Friday, June 22, 2012

Is uni worth it?

I am an assistant prof in the faculty of Medicine at McGill, but I have rEally become disillusioned by other parts of the university especially the victim studies programs. The financial chickens are coming home to roost so maybe we can get back to the core of of uni education. There was confusion at the University of Virginia two weeks ago when the board forced the resignation of Teresa Sullivan, the sociologist who has served as president for the past two years. Ms Sullivan was popular among the faculty staff. There was no warning that anyone had it in for her. But the affair was not as mysterious as it looked. Helen Dragas, the rector, said UVa needed more reforms “in financial resource development and in resource prioritisation and allocation”. Translated, this means the university’s accounts are a mess. The confusing bit concerns whether this is Ms Sullivan’s fault. (Her supporters hope to get her reinstated next week.)

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