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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Recommended Reading

How UT Dodged a Bullet (a must read)
“But in the wake of the Arkansas controversy, Best met another faculty uprising, and more charges of cronyism, at the University of Toledo in Ohio. The school’s chief financial officer at the time, Scott Scarborough, was a native Texan who’d been DePaul University’s CFO when it sold Barat College to Best. The school turned Academic Partnerships away. (Toledo went on to develop its online courses in-house.)”


Anonymous said...

This is a good overview of AP. No doubt Scarborough will make another attempt to work with AP, this time at Akron. More's the pity.

Anonymous said...

Off topic, but the nursing dean "Stepped down". Wonder if he'll stick around picking up a big paycheck?

Anonymous said...

Great article in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer how the former Main Campus Provost is driving the Ohio Polytechnic Institute--opps, I mean the University of Akron--right over a cliff. Talk about the gang that can't shoot straight

As they say in Texas, the man is all hat and no cattle.

Anonymous said...


Another informative article in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer about the breathtaking bloodbath underway at the University of Akron. The article includes a list of abolished positions and their salaries.

As is always the case, it's the staff that is being thrown under the bus, much the way dozens of loyal, hard-working UT staff members were beheaded in 2009, 2010 and 2011. No UA faculty lost their jobs.

How sad. How cruel. How fundamentally unfair to ask just one class of employees--in many cases among the lowest paid at the university--to pay for mistakes that were not of their own doing.

Frankly the board ought to claw back the salaries of the former UA president and vice presidents for the spectaclar fiscal mismanagement of the institution.

I've often wondered whether members of boards of trustees, university presidents and finance guys--in quiet, reflective moments--truly understand and appreciate the economic and psychological devastation they inflict on those who lose their jobs and members of their families or whether in their climb to leadership positions and their attendant half billion dollar salaries and perks lose all capacity to empathize or even care.

Anonymous said...

I feel for the University of Akron. The trustees, like our trustees, should have done their due diligence and they could have avoided the mess that follows Scarborough. Having said that, I am so happy he is no longer our problem.