THEEE Ohio State University is, apparently, going pretty hard in the paint with its diversity and equality hiring… to the tune over $13.4M a year in salary and benefit expenses.
Is that a lot? Well, it all depends on how you look at it.
Ohio State spends right around $3 BILLION annually on all of its staff. Its latest breakdown on its website looks like this:
So, that begs the question, is $13.4 MILLION that much? I don’t know. Probably not. A drop in the bucket.
On the other side of the question is: does Ohio State neeeeeeed 132 employees dedicated to Diversity, Equality, Inclusion?
That sounds like a lot to me, but what do I know.
Here is how that breaks down:
That is a long ass list and it looks like it has a lot of redundant positions. But, again, what do I know.
I suppose the most important question would be: has it worked?
Well… yes, it has.
According to its annual reports, Ohio State has changed the face of its campus — as intended by addressing diversity — as its enrollment has increased AND its minority enrollment has as well.
To the numbers:
2012 — Total Enrollment, 63,058. Minority, 14.4%
2013 — Total Enrollment, 63,964. Minority, 17.01%
2014 — Total Enrollment, 64,868. Minority, 17.29%
2015 — Total Enrollment, 65,184. Minority, 18.11%
2016 — Total Enrollment, 66,046. Minority, 18.89%
2017 — Total Enrollment, 66,444. Minority, 18.6%
2018 — Total Enrollment, 68,100. Minority, 21.00%
2019 — Total Enrollment, 68,262. Minority, 22.4%
2020 — Total Enrollment, 67,957. Minority, 23.9%
I would say that it is a victory for finding a mission and going after it.
For all the folks complaining about the hiring, it is working.