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Missionettes Accomplished

May 4th, 2016 at 02:45 pm

Surprisingly everything went according to plan yesterday. I got my new purse for $8, and I like it. DH and I got to our wellness assessment, completed it in record time, and found we're about the same as last year. We both need to lose 10 lbs and eat somewhat better. We've been walking after dinner for a while, so I hope that will help. And we're looking forward to the $300 incentive sometime this summer. After I deposited him back at work, I went out to my adjunct job to drop off some UK gifties for my friends there. I just brought home some tea and canvas bags from Primark for their teenagers who like them much more than the 1.50GBP I paid. And I got the travel authorization process moving. DH's car repair came in under $900, so the car lives on.

Along the way though, I heard several stories of how tough things are in higher ed right now. Our director of Intl Ed has deserted the floundering ship that our state university system now is. She's taken a job in California after 20+ years here. She's originally from our English Department so I've known her for years, and we're all sad--as is she--to see her go. And I met a colleague who is thinking of early retirement before our massive cuts take place next year. She doesn't want to leave, and will be a big loss to us as we have no one with her expertise--and won't be allowed to hire anyone either. And my adjunct job looks bleak too. I have a summer class in late June, but they're ready to let go of some of their classroom space as enrollments suffer. It made my $8 purse seem like a very wise buy.

3 Responses to “Missionettes Accomplished”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Illinois higher education is in a sorry state, with a governor and legislature that will not pass a budget. Some universities are on the brink of closing. Yesterday I got an email from the President of the college I retired from, explaining that the budget impasse has cut several million from their budget, even though it is a private college. It is because so many students will lose/have lost scholarship funding. It is so sad.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    We have similar retention problems, CB. Lots of money to get students in the door, but then drastically reduced grants and scholarships down the road. I'm trying hard to find my London students some summer jobs. It's the pressure on the middle class and the prospect of massive loans. Ugh

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That doesn't sound good (re: unease in the university employment arena)

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