As the cost of higher education increases significantly and without fail each year, it is undoubtedly time to make big changes in America’s colleges and universities to help remedy, and hopefully eventually eliminate, this monetary problem. Fortunately, I have devised the perfect solution to fix this growing epidemic.
Let’s use Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania as an example. The biggest issue at this prestigious establishment is the huge number of faculty and staff who are employed there. With more than 50 majors and 65 minors, Bucknell has an innumerable amount of professors currently working in the various departments. In addition to all of these qualified professors, Bucknell employs hundreds of staff members working in the finance office, the registrar’s office, dining services, on the athletic field, etc. While there is no doubt that each of these functions needs to be accomplished for the business that is Bucknell to run successfully, Bucknell is simply paying too many salaries.
Here is what we need to do: eliminate the extra staff members working at Bucknell so that only the professors remain. Who will do all of the administrative, dining and coaching duties? The professors, of course! Fortunately, most professors only teach one or two courses, leaving the rest of their day open for other activities. I propose that professors in colleges and universities across the country use this free time in their days to take on the duties of the staff members at each respective school so that tuition prices will fall from the exorbitant levels that they currently are stationed.
While professors will be able to apply to the positions of their choice, professors from certain departments will fit naturally into certain positions. For example, the management and accounting professors will obviously fill the finance positions as well as the positions that require a strong business background. Engineering professors know how to build and fix things, so naturally will fit into custodial and facilities roles. From the various science departments we can fill the health and dining positions: chemistry professors teach students about what will result from mixing certain substances, so they will make delicious food as chefs, cooks, and food service providers; who would be better doctors at health services than biology professors? Psychology professors have the perfect skill set to deal with athletes and lead to domination and championship wins on the sports courts and fields. While a set of professors are teaching their classes during the day, the ones who are not teaching will be working in other areas, making the school run like a well-oiled machine!
In conclusion, colleges and universities should not be wasting money on unnecessary staff members, when there are hundreds of perfectly capable and intelligent professors who will fill the positions and run the school without struggle. Each professor has a skill set that can be easily applied to each of the staff positions… and more importantly, they have the time! And what more economical use of their time could there be than further contributing to their places of employment?