Is there really a financial crisis at the University of Minnesota?

This glance at finances could be interesting:

University finance scholar Howard Bunsis will be presenting the lecture, “Is There Really a Financial Crisis at the University of Minnesota?” at the U’s Coffman Union on Friday, Oct. 7, from noon to 2 p.m.

Bunsis, an attorney, professor at Eastern Michigan University and secretary-treasurer of the association’s national council, was commissioned by the U’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors to create the report.

The presentation will be in Campus Club rooms A, B and C.

The association writes in an announcement:

Professor Bunsis has prepared a full financial analysis of the University of Minnesota, including a discussion of the Minnesota State appropriation and the State’s political situation as it relates to the University, which will be the basis for his presentation. He has performed similar analyses for universities across the country with the aim of helping faculty to urge administrators to “open up their books” before making decisions to cut programs or faculty salaries. Following the open meeting, Professor Bunsis will be meeting with the University of Minnesota Senate Committee on Finance and Planning to discuss his report.

  • Anonymous


    I hope this report/analysis will be made available to the general public.

  • Anonymous

    I aim to get it as soon as possible and then post it.

  • Anonymous

    It would also be nice to know the source of the data used by the analyst — and, what exactly “is” an administrative cost? Is student advising by professional staff administrative, or is it instructional? Juicy for juicy’s sake is a waste of time — one hopes that the exercise has more point than the usual “administration is evil” mantra