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Expect tradition to be challenged as this presidency progresses.
By smarter does he also mean they will immediately stop paying golden parachutes to "retain" all of the cherished admin staff? Would he also mean improving the basketball, football and hockey programs, because they pay the bills and right now they are sucking wind.
Way too many administrators in do little jobs with security, high pay and likelihood ofba golden or platinum parachute. Not one more check from this alum.
I am glad to see that he appears serious about this. Going to year round should save a ton of money. While he rightfully attributes the increased tuition to state cuts the response (passing it on to students) is wrong. I graduated from the U in the 70's and 2 kids have as well. My perception as a consumer is that it is still bloated and very inefficient. I would expect that as a learning institution, the U would have state of the art technology, processes and should be a model for the rest of the state. I hope that is the outcome.
I like Eric Kaler. He is not afraid to take difficult positions and make tough decisions. He is a good listener and thinker. He is not afraid to stand up to all the whiners. He is only 8 months into this job, but he has a solid handle on the prorates and is turning around this immense institution. I wish him well as he continues to navigate through the storm.
Massive payouts to his cronies. The man is a hypocrite of the worst type. I am outraged over these excessive payments and benefits to administrators. As a long term supporter of the U, I am ashamed to see what has been happening to a once great school.
Ask how many credits instructors are teaching. Get them in line with the other institutions in the state.
Something I have trouble understanding: a bright person goes to school to become a teacher or professor, spending 8 or more years and they immediately try to negotiate fewer classroom hours. Can't we find people who are qualified and want to interact with undergraduates?
I still don't buy that Maturi needs to be paid nearly $500,000 for fundraising. Pay him a much lower salary and give him a percentage of what he raises. Then there's accountability, and, if he's as good as advertised, he'll make his money. Instead, he's getting paid like a Big-10 Athletic Director who no longer has to do the heavy lifting of that job. This move smacked of "more of the same" from Kaler and the new U administration, and knocks down hope a little that anything is really going to change in terms of soaring administrative pay.
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