Today (April 7, 2017), Wright State University posted a recap of what the interim university President sent to the students and staff. It mainly detailed the woes and “progress” that they’ll make to eradicating a ballooning $30 Million debt. I am sharing a piece of what they said in the recap.
“We will likely see many great staff and faculty leave us, whether through job opportunities elsewhere, retirements, or layoffs. This does not mean that we will stop educating students and working to improve the region.”
I would like to know what ways the university plans on educating students. Seriously. How can teach the students when they are on a hiring freeze and will get rid of the professors? A lot of the remaining professors will not want to pull double duty for the same pay as before. Realistically, doing twice the work without a little boost in pay or compensation will not happen. Even those who love to teach is not about to do that much work to compensate the University’s mismanagement.
Also, how will they seek to improve the region? They cannot improve their own mess. It’s like they believe that the downward spiral of the University is a quick fix. All hands need to be on deck to preserve whatever they have left of the school.
The focus of this place has been off in “la-la land” for years. Last year, Tom Hanks endorsed a portion of the University that focused on motion pictures.
In 2016, that was the big hoopla. It was like the University President and his cronies were witnessing the second coming of Jesus Christ. In actuality, it was an actor giving the nod and a thumbs up for a university getting aroused to put his name on the side of the building. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Tom Hanks. I was there at the ceremony, but it was not anything extravagant that guaranteed any revenue for years to come. An investment like this should have been an investment that benefited the community and college as a whole, and not for a small overrated department. We’re not Ohio State. We cannot afford the ceremonies of big actors and dedications of people who come by once in a decade.
The Interim President said that this is something we’re all going to have to deal with and go through and that we will all be affected by this. Why? Why will innocent professors lose their job or lose benefits and why will students bare the unavailability of courses and advising? Why does this have to happen because President Hopkins and the board were too blind to notice that they are spending way too much. Seem hypocritical when they get onto student because of fees. It’s not like we racked up the debt. Students paid into the school, hoping for quality, hoping for an education that will get them out of the realm of poverty. I am curious where my grants and loans went to. The President’s pocket? The NEW President’s country club? They can pay the new President more than half a million dollars but stress the budget being cut for professors.
My strange suggestion would be to cut the boards salary because apparently they’re too ignorant to realize that simple budgeting is too complex.
Ignorance isn’t bliss.