Source of TINA image.
There is a fire before storytelling generates its grand narrative.
TINA is antenarrative to the grand narratives of neoliberalism. An antenarrative is the untold stories before a narrative is told. There are many untold stories of people whose jobs are gone, university programs scrapped, students who were planning to enroll at a university, then heard all the bed press and changed there mind, and went to some other university, not as close to the heart of the storm, the storm’s eye.
1. Lower the state expenditures to public universities, reduce I&G subsidies, and attempt to transfer the gap in funding to private market initiatives, such as Arrowhead development of revenues from faculty, student and community member patents.
2. Institute budget cuts for faculty, staff, and graduate assistantships; cut academic programs and support units.
3. Implement tighter top-down controls, centralize decision-making, standardize curriculum (eliminate course options), and increase focus on annual performance reviews, outcomes assessment, & accreditation preparations.
4. Implement administrative practices to create ‘docile’ faculty bodies that do not resist increased top-down bureaucratic control, surveillance, and recurrent meetings on conforming to reaccreditation reporting.
There were great antenarrative bets on the future by the free market forces: Wednesday, July 09, 2008
” State Expects $400 Million Revenue Windfall from Oil, Gas Associated Press. SANTA FE — New Mexico is reaping a revenue windfall because of high prices for oil and natural gas, and a top legislator says the state should give its citizens a tax rebate to help with skyrocketing fuel prices. Revenue collections should be almost $400 million higher than expected in the current budget year, mostly because of the money New Mexico collects from taxes and royalties on the production of oil and natural gas. The updated revenue forecast was issued today by economists in Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration and the Legislature. The revenue windfall this year can be used for one-time spending projects such as capital improvements, to supplement the budgets of agencies or pad the state’s already healthy cash balances.”
MORGAN LEE, Associated Press, and KOB.com Web Staff, one September 30, 2016 06:44 AM, writes “New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday she will convene a special session of the Legislature to try and plug a budget shortfall linked a downturn in oil and natural gas markets … A spokesman for the governor said the Legislature will meet Friday, after more than 60 days of unfruitful negotiations between the governor and Democratic lawmakers over just how to restore depleted operating reserves and fix a projected general fund deficit for the current year… New Mexico depends on oil and natural gas revenues more than almost any other state and has watched its operating reserves dwindle into negative territory amid a sustained downturn in energy prices… Martinez also opposes any tax increases and has directed agencies under her control to decrease spending during the current budget year by 5 percent, without yet outlining details of proposed cuts publicly. ”
Actually, NMSU and UNM already did cuts to offset 5.7 million each, and hundreds of faculty and staff positions were cut at NMSU. This means as the legislature meets tomorrow (Friday), there will be a huge cut coming. But will this 5% cut be enough to bridge the gap in falling oil and gas prices?
Notice the TINA-logic: THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE to the gas and oil market forces, only they can determine the stream of money available to public education.
Moody’s Investors Services has placed the state of New Mexico’s finances under review. This could mean a downgrade of the State’s debt ratings. This will increase the cost to borrow money, such as all those building’s constructed for K-12 and public universities.
Other energy-dependent states have increased taxes or tapped rainy-day funds, but New Mexico has already spent all its operating reserves, and does not want to tap into its $219 million saving account. That money came from a settlement with Tobacco companies.
Meanwhile, every week on our College of Business, committees meet to find idle professors to dismiss, courses to cancel, add work load to surviving faculty, and cancel budgets for office supplies — in the hope that unspent I&G funds will count for the next 5% cut.
“Sen. John Arthur Smith, the Democratic chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee that drafts the state budget, said satisfying credit agencies is ‘going to take more than frantically digging into the couch cushions for find loose change.'” IBID. MORGAN LEE, Associated Press.
Question 3: What are you recommendations concerning neoliberal agenda is being implemented?
I propose NMSU and UNM do a study of the ROI in Public University education. The payscale.com web sites indicates that NMSU has a 46% graduation rate, and UNM a 48% rate of graduation. I compiled a list of peer institutions. Only UTEL (38%) has a lower rate. I hypothesize that this explains the difficulty of NMSU in increasing its enrollment.
We need to be more critical of how neoliberal agenda is implementing changes to public university faculty governance and student debt.
- We need to snap out of the TINA syndrome and come up with revenue creating strategies
- Aggie Experience has had a 50% drop in parents and potential students visiting the NMSU campus.
- Talking with parents they are saying, “no body want to get on board a sinking ship.”
- People are reading about the cuts in programs, staff, and faculty, and deciding NMSU is not the place to go.
- It was suggested that NMS needs to change its marketing and its budget control tactics
There is an online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FWGY9FT on impact of Neoliberalism policies on Public University downsizing, budget cuts. I can take the first 100 respondents, but don’t have the money for the premium edition of Survey Monkey that would take more responses.
There are also alternative. Don’t be a TINA!
Note: these are my own questions and concerns as resident of New Mexico, and do not represent those of the university where I work.