Monday, May 17, 2010
A Few News Briefs (updated on 5/18):
1. So called "Reorganization" of the College appears to be underway, a committee of 12 nominally in charge, selected by some mysterious and wholly arbitrary process. The Dean, always compliant, is on it. Their deadline as charged by jacobs is June 10.
Here is the memo sent by Lloyd Jacobs after the fact of its organization:
Committee of Strategic Organization
Organizational structure can be an important tool for the attainment of
strategic goals. Specifically, an organization that promotes interaction
promotes creativity. Formal and informal interaction can promote vibrancy
and excitement which in turn can result in new ideas and ways of thinking.
For these reasons I have asked a group of faculty and administrators to
continue the work begun during the recent trip to Arizona State University
by thinking about our Organizational Structure. They will be benchmarking
with other institutions as well as thinking creatively about ?Organization
as Strategy?. Ultimately, it is my hope that their deliberations will
directly connect with the strategic planning process and constitute another
implementation appendix for our recalibrated strategic plan.
The faculty and administrators involved are: Dr. Rosemary Haggett, Nina
McClelland, Peg Traband, Patsy Komuniecki, Marcia King-Blandford, Jamie
Barlowe, Beverly Schmoll, Miggy Hopkins, Ann Krause, Debra Davis, Charlene
Czerniak, Penny Poplin Gosetti and Kaye Patten Wallace.
2. A number of Department secretaries, >5, have been axed as of Friday, May 15. A list will follow when available.
3. Chair appointments have been delayed by the Dean's office, allegedly, until after the reorganization. Update: New information now has it these appointments are going ahead.
4. The Carlson Library appears now to feature video games rather than books. Also they have been throwing media materials, maps and government documents into the dumpster.
5. The Blade has published University of Toledo salaries on its website. You can see for yourself where the money pours. UT is truly an administratively-centered university. Administrative salaries skyrocket here and elsewhere. Here is the link to the article--which itself links to a salary database:
6. The Independent Collegian ran an article on the irresponsible use of big executive longevity bonuses by the BOT/Jacobs administration, citing as evidence the failure of large bonuses paid to retain Provost Haggett, et al. See:
Fat Stupid Bonuses
7. The BOT on 5/17, according to reporters, OKed a budget that will lay off an additional 36 support people.(Correction, apparently these are 36 people already laid off and approved. Interpretations, however, vary).
8. And no, Bloggie is not making any of this up.