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Mon May 9, 2016, 03:34 PM

We need to pay attention to what is going on at The University of Akron

I don't know how much coverage The University of Akron has been getting statewide, but anyone who lives in NE Ohio knows that in the past two years a right-wing president has been slashing and burning the education and student services components of the university while privatizing such areas as food services, student advising, and grounds and building maintenance. Full-time faculty are not being replaced, and what classes are being taught on site are being taught by more and more underpaid adjuncts. The push, however, is for more classes on-line and classes taught through another outside private agency.

This is frightening. A healthy university that EDUCATES its population makes for an economically healthy region. The current model being followed at Akron is privatize, take profits, and provide a substandard education.

In the news this past year was a move on the part of Akron to partner with ITT Tech, the national for-profit university currently under investigation for all sorts of illegal activities. The student newspaper put in a records request to learn more about it, and those records show that the highest levels of Ohio state government were interested in this merger. We need to pay close attention to these guys. The mess they made of K-12 education in Ohio is something they hope to duplicate in higher ed. Akron is their test case, apparently. Here is a link to the article that includes all the documents:

http://www.thedevilstrip.com/home/documents-reveal-a-political-whos-who-of-ohio-supported-scarboroughs-itt-tech-plan/

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Response to ladym55 (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 03:38 PM

1. Akron will be the model for the entire country if the GOP steals the WH.

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Mon May 9, 2016, 03:40 PM

2. He's not an academic. The faculty are asleep at the wheel, and they need help from powers that be.

 

Friggin' mess. If they fired him tomorrow, it would take 5 years to recover.

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Response to ladym55 (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2016, 03:10 AM

3. I'm not there,

but I've kept up with a few articles along the way. I'm not impressed with the changes that are occurring.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #3)

Thu May 12, 2016, 09:30 PM

4. The latest is a decrease in bond rating

All of the stupid changes to "save money" have not really done so, enrollment is plummeting, and Moody's and Fitch are noticing.

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