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Wells, Chester Caesar (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Volume X, Number 3 (December 1912)

Hollen, Edwin Stanley
Where your money goes,   pp. [unnumbered]-23



WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
            By Edwin Stanley Hollen, '15
SELDOM do we pause to consider that
    nearly two million dollars is spent on
the University each year, largely to pro-
vide us with sundry class-rooms, a football
championship, the divers entertaining in-
structors and the rest of those things which
in varying porportions go to make up our
college year. The report of the business
manager to the board of regents declared
that 4,132 students were taught at the ex-
pense .of $1,100,000, a comfortable sum
when we compare it with the few shekels
we so grudgingly tendered the bursar on
September 26 or there-about.    A  still
larger amount $1,900,000 gives a truer esti-
mate of the annual expenditures, the $800,
W00 difference being consumed by the sec-
ondary work of the University.
   Two million a year for educational pur-
 poses spent within the radius of a few
 miles. But for what does this stupendous
 amount pay; where does the money go?
 Without any attempt at "muckraking," the
 writer endeavors herein to probe a bit into
 University  finances  and  the business-
 managership of Wisconsin.
   The biggest single item in the list of
 annual expenditures is for the salaries of
 the members of the faculty and their assis-
 tants. It totals close to $800,000. More
 than half of this sum goes to College of
 Letters and Science, wherein three-fifths
 of the instructional staff are located. This
 matter of salaries is interesting.  Did you
 know what that slope-shouldered "prof" re-
 ceives for attempting four times a week
to insert into your "bean" the elements of
a dead language or that deadlier "math?"
If the student directory labels him an in-
structor, the chances are that his monthly
pay-envelope contains about $125.
  There are 155 such instructors in the
University. Of the next higher rank, the
assistant professor, there are nearly a hun-
dred, who average $175 per month. Pos-
sil)ly the man whom you call a "prof" is
in reality an associate professor, in which
case he would receive between $2000 and
$2750 yearly. The ninety-six men in the
University who are rated as full-fledged
professors are paid from $2700 to $4000.
The highest paid of the faculty, the half-
dozen (leans of the colleges, average $4500
for the nine months of the instructional
period.
   In all there are 517 on the instructional
staff. The College of Letters and Science
alone pays in salaries an amount approach-
ing half a million. The professors of all
colleges giving instruction in summer
school, receive compensation in two ways;
either they are paid in cash or they receive
vacation credit.
   We ought not forget the small army
 of the university's lesser employees-the
 janitors. watchmen, office boys, stenogra-
 phers, farm hands, dairymen, garden em-
 ployees, campus laborers, teamsters, cooks.
 waitresses, maids and so on. These "lesser
 lights" receive over a hundred thousand
 dollars a year. The diversified occupa-
 tions afforded by the University become


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