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Chancellor Gray-Little prepares to share KU's vision for improvement with Kansas Regents

Toe,

KU doesn't need to raise admission standards...it needs to follow the standards already in place rather than bending the rules. Far too many students get in because of who they are or who they know instead of what they know. Regarding, increasing tuition, it is already outpacing student's ability to pay. The reality is that some faculty members (not all) and a large majority of upper level administrators make far too much money. There are way too many associate/assistant/vice deans/provosts/chancellors. At a time when the private sector continues to flatten in terms of management, KU and universities in general keep adding layer upon layer creating a managerial quagmire. The absolute wrong direction is to continue to force debt on students through increased tuition. And what exactly does top tier faculty mean? In my experience, a lot (not all) of "renowned" researchers make crappy teachers. So students pay more for instructors who don't really want to be in the classroom. Your points are well taken, but accessibility and quality of teaching, in addition to research, have to be high priorities as well.

December 12, 2011 at 11:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Athletic balance

Nice retort...spoken like a true sports fan.

May 21, 2011 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback given opportunity to make statement on higher ed

You're just taking a provocative position. Do you know that he wants to be on the BOR? Have you talked to him? If your only "proof" is his concern voiced in the Saturday Columns, you are reaching.

May 21, 2011 at 1:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback given opportunity to make statement on higher ed

I think all of you are missing the point. Mr. Simons isn't advocating for a position on the BOR. He is indicating correctly that the next appointment(s) are critical to the long term health of our Regents institutions. And he is correct about the BOR needing to be more than just a rubber stamp for the Chancellor/Presidents. The BOR should be taking an active role in helping institutions define niches, prioritizing long-range goals, and adjudicating unnecessary duplication. And, particularly in the first year, the BOR needs to pay close attention to the activities of newly hired university leadership down to the Dean level.

It's ironic that some of you who have posted above have leveled concerns about the current Chancellor in previous posts, but can't see that the reason for her lack of accountability is a weak, directionless BOR.

May 21, 2011 at 12:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Athletic balance

You did miss the point. I love college athletics, but it is increasingly apparent that the sports dog is wagging the academic tail. When you have people actually making a decision to go to a school based on their sports prowess, the situation is out of control. And when you have assistant coaches making two or three times as much as a faculty member, the situation is out of control. And let's be honest, in many sports, Division I college athletics IS the equivalent of a farm league for professional franchises. It would be great if both could co-exist, but I am not sure that they can without extraordinarily strong leadership at the top of a university. Sadly, most universities lack that leadership today.

May 20, 2011 at 5:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: KU School of Business releases differential tuition report; KUMC study links stomach problems to depression in rats; graduation ceremony steeped in rules, traditions

It may have been online somewhere, but students didn't receive notification that it was there until last Friday. That sounds sort of suspicious since Friday was stop day.

May 16, 2011 at 9:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: KU School of Business releases differential tuition report; KUMC study links stomach problems to depression in rats; graduation ceremony steeped in rules, traditions

Duck and cover and deflect. That's the modis operandi at KU. It's happening at the Business School and, with BGL's help, it's happening at the Medical School as well.

May 16, 2011 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Issues at Kansas University medical school shouldn’t be ignored

Quite the contrary, Dolph loves KU and, like many of us, wants it to succeed through strong leadership which is currently lacking.

May 14, 2011 at 2:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Income concern

The City isn't focused on anything, that's the problem. We spend $250K per year funding the Lawrence/Douglas County Bioscience Authority (LDCBA) and spent money building the incubator on behalf of the Lawrence Regional Technology Center (LRTC) and both of them are led by people who have absolutely no idea how to recruit and/or assist in commercializing bioscience initiatives. We have intellectual property leaving KU just to avoid LRTC. And I would love for someone to justify for me why LDCBA even exists. The leaders of these organizations are taking home pretty good salaries with no discernable benefit to the community. We need to either do a national search to find suitable leaders for these organizations or scrap them.

As for the Farmland property, court records show at least two industrial development companies were willing to take the property and bring in large-scale technology-based development. So how is it that the City decided to take on the property? Now the City is stuck with both cleaning up the site and developing it. I hope the powers that be hit a home run with this site, but I am not holding my breath.

May 10, 2011 at 9:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Legislators say progress being made on Kansas budget

It's just a bunch of jagoffs using the budget as a tool to tell us how to live our lives.

May 10, 2011 at 8:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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