Wednesday, November 12, 2014
In viewing responses to my previous post it appears some folks have no real interest in answering questions but rather in venting. In no particular order responses deal with Jacobs, the BOT, negotiations, our students and whatever qualifies as postmodern something or other. While I understand the anger at Jacobs I'm not sure anyone is listening anymore. I believe it is more important that the BOT be held to account for what is taking place now as in the search for a new president and negotiations with the union. The BOT seemed eager to record our comments in public meetings but seems less than eager to allow us into the discussion. I find that a little more than just bothersome. Their attitude toward negotiations also seems to not take into account their role in the finances of this institution for the last eight years. As to the quality of our students I'm not quite sure where the stats came from but I do know they will vary by major. I will note that as long as I have been in higher education (35 years) faculty have complained about students. I think we would be better served to dance with the ones who pay the tuition. These are the students in our classes let's figure out how to teach them. That is what I told the Search Committee back when we had those meetings. If you want to be something, you have to work at it until people from the outside recognize that you're good at it. I believed we should have been working toward being an excellent undergraduate institution with an ability to help first generation and ill prepared students. I realize this doesn't give any university president bragging rights at cocktail parties but frankly I don't care. I am much nearer to the end of my career than the beginning and I'm tired of the jargon spewed forth by some administrations and I am really tired of being treated like the serf who came with the land given to the duke. The BOT needs to step up and include the faculty in a more forthright manner than it has to this point.