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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


So, how many of you have seen the ad for the new Provost?  The ad appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 18th.  It was on page B9.  It is filled with the usual academic jargon.  Words like "transformative leader," and "strategic thinker" are in the ad.  The new Provost is to be able to "...envision the future of higher education with its multiplicity of tensions and trends and to chart a course for the University of Toledo to pursue."  It would also be nice if he/she could walk on water.  The ad also notes that "...prior government, business, or other private sector experience is preferred."  Wow, we'll get a Wall Street Banker because they did so much to help the country avoid the housing bubble and get us all back on our feet.  I can hardly wait:  three martini lunches, limos, bonuses.  Non of that is for the faculty however.  We have been slurping at the public trough for eons.  The anticipation has me on the edge of my seat.  Just one last thought today.  I have read several articles recently and an editorial in The Blade that have all decried the state of rising tuition.  None of these has noticed the incredible expansion of administrative layers in both public and private institutions.  Too bad.


Anonymous said...

In other words, strongly qualified individuals with real leadership skills -- don't bother applying. Jacobs, Inc. and the BOT has already got someone lined up -- some Nietzschean sheep to obey these masters.

Anonymous said...

So the chief academic officer doesn’t need to have any experience in academia.

Anonymous said...

Barack and Michelle Obama only finished paying off their own student loans eight years ago.

Student loan interest rates set to double soon.

Tuition rates have doubled in the last ten years.

Bloated higher ed administrations are growing by leaps and bounds.

Where does it end?

Anonymous said...

Well if the student loans go up by %100 that can only be good for higher ed aristocracies (Pres, BOT, VPs, and cronies):

More kickback from Education Department and its cronies in the lending industry (including collectors) -- more student in debt, more revenue from interest and collections -- more federal UM got from ED in the 1990s under the guise of a research grant Model? UM Ann Arbor -- just see how many students they lure into with phony promises for good education (JD, PHD programs...listening to NPR lately???), give you useless masters degrees when they fail to deliver on promised education, but you pay or the collectors are after you like flies over dogcr@p... Welcome to the debtors' Gulag!

UT could soon have a large(r) stadium built with student loan dead beat dollars like UM's... And there are more like this out there, except now they are so greedy they need foreigners (more out-of-state tuition)

Anonymous said...

Good article on consequences of administrators putting more and more poorly paid adjuncts in the classroom