Gustavus Adolphus College president faces revolt on campus

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 3, 2013 - 10:41 PM

A groundswell of students, faculty and alumni seeks to oust the St. Peter college's president.

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swmnguyFeb. 3, 13 7:36 PM

Higher education, like the rest of America, has adopted the corporate management model. It's the most inefficient, degrading organizational structure we have. But it's good at amassing money. If that's your purpose, so be it. But if your purpose is to provide education, or health care, or high-quality goods and services, it's a disaster.

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truthtimeFeb. 3, 13 8:06 PM

As one well-known student of future trends has said, higher education as it is delivered today is a dinosaur, but just know it yet. Higher education costs way too much and spends way too much on physical facilities. Why aren't more courses delivered via Internet? Why, because too many administrator and professors are sucking off on the teats of the higher education sow fed by families overspending. Those $50,000-$75,000 private liberal arts schools could be delivering the same product for half that.

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sunburstfarmFeb. 3, 13 8:18 PM

What's the beef? Some list of specific complaints being levied would be helpful to understand the problem

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ladylake420Feb. 3, 13 8:25 PM

Actually, no, they could not be delivering the same thing for half the cost. You can go get half the education for half the cost, though. For all the rhetoric about climbing walls and high professorial salaries, these increases are actually mostly about support services and facilities. Go figure: if you want a world class education in science, the arts, the humanities, that stuff costs actual money. If you want to watch a youtube video and get a signed certificate that you did so, yeah, that will be cheaper. Apples and oranges. Meanwhile, that is *not* what the dispute at Gustavus is even about.

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myblunderFeb. 3, 13 8:43 PM

It sounds like Gustavus is trying to keep up with the private universities in St. Paul yet do not have the funds to do so. I think that the biggest issue with college spending is on athletics. As much as I love sports and school pride, where else in the world do you see hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by universities to build over-the-top athletic facilities? I think that the best thing all universities should do is self-reflection by asking themselves this: what is our university's mission?

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colaleenFeb. 3, 13 9:47 PM

This place is not what it was.....I planned to leave a nice endowment, but this man, and one very unethical director in one of the departments will allow me to treat a non profit very nicely in the future. It used to be that everyone, even down to support staff were considered as highly as the president. Go to Stanford, its cheaper.

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roymercerFeb. 3, 1310:35 PM

This is just a symptom of upheaval that colleges will start to experience with the higher Ed bubble about to burst. Faculty soon will realize that they are nothing special, but rather a replaceable commodity. A new model and governance are taking root.

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hounanFeb. 3, 1310:42 PM

Gustavus is a bad institution. I went there, and had to struggle against the administration bureaucracy. The professors and education is great, but the college really lacks focus in whats important, which sounds like the heart of this conflict. Things haven't changed since I was there over 10 years ago, and because of that I will continue to not support the institution financially.

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DufferHFeb. 3, 1310:46 PM

It would have been good to have seen some specifics. All there was here was innuendo and some belly-aching about faculty salaries. If Gustavus is such a horrible place to work, these instructors should should their displeasure with their feet. They will find there isn't a huge job market out there for college instructors. And why would a prof from Kentucky be an expert on the Gustavus situation?

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bootsy07Feb. 3, 1310:55 PM

Higher education is terrified of the potential of online learning. Learning after all, is merely the configuration of neuronal connections. It does not necessarily require lush sprawling campuses, rock climbing walls, expensive tenured professors and football teams. Economics will prevail here, as families will realize that going six figures in hock for credentials that don't return anything close to that value is stupid.

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