“When we make college more affordable, we make the American dream more achievable.” -Bill Clinton
Over the next four years, the University of Helsinki will see its budget reduced by approximately 100 million Euros, or about 15% of its annual expenditures. As a response, it’s reducing its workforce by 980 members, a necessary cut given the budgetary changes.
Yet how they chose to cut their budget provides a model for how US colleges can reduce tuition for students and improve the faculty experience: nearly 2/3 of the cuts are to full-time administrators, where virtually all university expenditure increases have taken place over the past 20+ years. By joining forces, faculty and students can end the new administrative tyranny, and make college both affordable (for students) and pleasant (for professors) once again.