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Survey of Academic Department Chairs: Pandemic’s Impact on Budgets, Buyouts, Retirements & Tenure

  • ID: 5311238
  • Report
  • April 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 70 Pages
  • Primary Research Group

This report examines how the pandemic has impacted and is likely to impact departmental budgets, hiring and personnel practices across various academic departments in the United States and Canada.  One hundred six department chairs  from 57 colleges and universities provide detailed data on their budgets and on personnel practices such as buyouts, early retirement and tenure promotion.  This 70-page report helps its readers to answer questions such as: how are academic departments adjusting their budgets and spending? Have early retirement offers and buyouts increased?  Will tenure be more difficult to get in the near future? What is the near term future for departmental technology budgets?

Just a few of this report’s many findings are that:

  • Departments in business and economics faculties had the grimmest budget outlook for the next year.
  • Canadian faculties were less likely than those from the USA to believe that their department or discipline was treated less well than others at their institutions.
  • Mathematics and statistics departments had the brightest outlook for future budget increases.
  • A shade more than 11% of survey participants felt that tenure decisions in their departments were likely to be postponed.

Data in the 58-page report is broken out by many variables related to the individual survey participants and their institutions including but not limited to academic department,  host country, tuition level, public/private status, and college type or Carnegie class.

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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE    

2. INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS    

  • Characteristics of the Sample    

3. SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS    

  • Departmental Budget Outlook    
  • Departmental Spending Areas of Adjustment    
  • Future Treatment of Departmental Budget    
  • Current Treatment of Departmental Budget    
  • Departmental Budget 2021-2022 Percentage Change    
  • Pandemic Impact on Tenure Decisions    
  • Retirement and Buyoff Changes    
  • Departmental Software and Hardware Budget    
  • Long-Term Impact on the Number of Employees    
  • What areas of departmental spending may be adjusted, upward or downward, in the next year? Broken out by the academic department

List of Tables  
Table 1.1 How do you feel that your departmental budget will be treated by college administration relative to other academic departments?    
Table 1.2 How do you feel that your departmental budget will be treated by college administration relative to other academic departments? Broken out by the academic department    
Table 1.3 How do you feel that your departmental budget will be treated by college administration relative to other academic departments? Broken out by country    
Table 1.4 How do you feel that your departmental budget will be treated by college administration relative to other academic departments? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 1.5 How do you feel that your departmental budget will be treated by college administration relative to other academic departments? Broken out by type or Carnegie class    
Table 1.6 How do you feel that your departmental budget will be treated by college administration relative to other academic departments? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 1.7 How do you feel that your departmental budget will be treated by college administration relative to other academic departments? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 1.8 How do you feel that your departmental budget will be treated by college administration relative to other academic departments? Broken out by FTE department size    
Table 1.9 How do you feel that your departmental budget will be treated by college administration relative to other academic departments? Broken out by how long, in years, have you been chair?    
Table 2.1 Relative to other administrative departments of your university would you say that your departmental budget and personnel allocation has been hit harder, about the same, or less hard than the norm for others?    
Table 2.2 Relative to other administrative departments of your university would you say that your departmental budget and personnel allocation has been hit harder, about the same, or less hard than the norm for others? Broken out by the academic department    
Table 2.3 Relative to other administrative departments of your university would you say that your departmental budget and personnel allocation has been hit harder, about the same, or less hard than the norm for others? Broken out by country    
Table 2.4 Relative to other administrative departments of your university would you say that your departmental budget and personnel allocation has been hit harder, about the same, or less hard than the norm for others? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 2.5 Relative to other administrative departments of your university would you say that your departmental budget and personnel allocation has been hit harder, about the same, or less hard than the norm for others? Broken out by type or Carnegie class    
Table 2.6 Relative to other administrative departments of your university would you say that your departmental budget and personnel allocation has been hit harder, about the same, or less hard than the norm for others? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 2.7 Relative to other administrative departments of your university would you say that your departmental budget and personnel allocation has been hit harder, about the same, or less hard than the norm for others? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 2.8 Relative to other administrative departments of your university would you say that your departmental budget and personnel allocation has been hit harder, about the same, or less hard than the norm for others? Broken out by FTE department size    
Table 2.9 Relative to other administrative departments of your university would you say that your departmental budget and personnel allocation has been hit harder, about the same, or less hard than the norm for others? Broken out by how long, in years, have you been chair?    
Table 3.1 What will likely be the percentage change in the departmental budget for the 2021-22 academic year?    
Table 3.2 What will likely be the percentage change in the departmental budget for the 2021-22 academic year? Broken out by the academic department    
Table 3.3 What will likely be the percentage change in the departmental budget for the 2021-22 academic year? Broken out by country    
Table 3.4 What will likely be the percentage change in the departmental budget for the 2021-22 academic year? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 3.5 What will likely be the percentage change in the departmental budget for the 2021-22 academic year? Broken out by type or Carnegie class    
Table 3.6 What will likely be the percentage change in the departmental budget for the 2021-22 academic year? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 3.7 What will likely be the percentage change in the departmental budget for the 2021-22 academic year? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 3.8 What will likely be the percentage change in the departmental budget for the 2021-22 academic year? Broken out by FTE department size    
Table 3.9 What will likely be the percentage change in the departmental budget for the 2021-22 academic year? Broken out by how long, in years, have you been chair?    
Table 4.1 Do you feel that tenure decisions in your department might be impacted by the pandemic?    
Table 4.2 Do you feel that tenure decisions in your department might be impacted by the pandemic? Broken out by the academic department    
Table 4.3 Do you feel that tenure decisions in your department might be impacted by the pandemic? Broken out by country    
Table 4.4 Do you feel that tenure decisions in your department might be impacted by the pandemic? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 4.5 Do you feel that tenure decisions in your department might be impacted by the pandemic? Broken out by type or Carnegie class    
Table 4.6 Do you feel that tenure decisions in your department might be impacted by the pandemic? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 4.7 Do you feel that tenure decisions in your department might be impacted by the pandemic? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 4.8 Do you feel that tenure decisions in your department might be impacted by the pandemic? Broken out by FTE department size    
Table 4.9 Do you feel that tenure decisions in your department might be impacted by the pandemic? Broken out by how long, in years, have you been chair?    
Table 5.1 Have retirements in the department been moved up or buyouts offered to departmental faculty?    
Table 5.2 Have retirements in the department been moved up or buyouts offered to departmental faculty? Broken out by the academic department    
Table 5.3 Have retirements in the department been moved up or buyouts offered to departmental faculty? Broken out by country    
Table 5.4 Have retirements in the department been moved up or buyouts offered to departmental faculty? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 5.5 Have retirements in the department been moved up or buyouts offered to departmental faculty? Broken out by type or Carnegie class    
Table 5.6 Have retirements in the department been moved up or buyouts offered to departmental faculty? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 5.7 Have retirements in the department been moved up or buyouts offered to departmental faculty? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 5.8 Have retirements in the department been moved up or buyouts offered to departmental faculty? Broken out by FTE department size    
Table 5.9 Have retirements in the department been moved up or buyouts offered to departmental faculty? Broken out by how long, in years, have you been chair?    
How has the departmental Software and Hardware Budgets been impacted by the pandemic? Broken out by the academic department    
Table 6.1 What do you think will be the long term impact on the number of employees in your immediate department?    
Table 6.2 What do you think will be the long term impact on the number of employees in your immediate department? Broken out by the academic department    
Table 6.3 What do you think will be the long term impact on the number of employees in your immediate department? Broken out by country    
Table 6.4 What do you think will be the long term impact on the number of employees in your immediate department? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 6.5 What do you think will be the long term impact on the number of employees in your immediate department? Broken out by type or Carnegie class    
Table 6.6 What do you think will be the long term impact on the number of employees in your immediate department? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 6.7 What do you think will be the long term impact on the number of employees in your immediate department? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 6.8 What do you think will be the long term impact on the number of employees in your immediate department? Broken out by FTE department size    
Table 6.9 What do you think will be the long term impact on the number of employees in your immediate department? Broken out by how long, in years, have you been chair?    

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