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  1. I doubt they want to take on management of any of the other schools. Why add that hassle when they don't need to. They're doing fine financially, enrollment-wise, in selectivity and fundraising. Why upset the apple cart? I'd guess that they'd try to influence any reforms to the system to their liking but not take any responsibility to actually step in and save any of the schools....in fact, maybe even try to gain some kind of autonomy from the state for themselves in the process.
  2. One aspect of instituting such a system relative to many campuses' enrollment issues, is that you could negotiate with OSU to--in exchange for their recognized flagship role and separate funding model--to put a cap on enrollment. I looked at their numbers for last Fall, and they enrolled 7900! freshman with an average ACT score of 30. On top of that, they're stockpiling hundreds of kids in the 24-27 range at their branch campuses. If they capped that at 6500, that's 1400 very well qualified students who would be looking elsewhere. Some would go out of state, but most I think would end up at another Ohio public. OSU probably doesn't want to do it voluntarily because the 1400 kids at the bottom of their class profile are probably paying full tuition as well as taking up a dorm bed for two years. There'd need to be some kind of incentive to make it work on their end. So they get their clearly designated flagship status and funding model, they get to ramp their selectivity up to Michigan levels, and the rest of the system gets an infusion of over a thousand well qualified kids.
  3. I think what you'd be looking at is a merger of Kent, Akron and NEO to create a Cincinnati type school. I don't buy into this notion that you can create a "STEM school" that is taken seriously as a national or even regional university. Even MIT and CalTech have respected history and economics departments. If you're truly talking about a California style system, then you're talking about OSU as the flagship of the system, then a tier below that of UC, Ohio U., UA/KSU/NEO and BGSU/UT with regulated grad/professional programs. These schools' role would not be to become OSU any more than it's UC Davis' role to challenge and compete with Berkeley. I'm not sure how you fit in Miami without more thought. The next tier down would be relatively easy admission, campuses with little or no grad programs (YSU, KSU, WSU) and beneath that the community college system. Schools would be funded differently based on their roles in the system.
  4. The one thing that you have to accept with implementing a California type system is that not everybody gets to be Berkeley or even a UC campus. Schools play a role in an overall system that doesn't allow them to change lanes and start empire building to seek prestige. I don't know whether Ohio is capable of that. They can't even take the simple step of calling OSU the "flagship" when it's as plain as day on the ground and historically. And of course the great irony of that is that OSU hums along above the fray while the schools that have most strongly advocated the spread the peanut butter evenly and let every school determine its own course model are the ones heading off the cliff.
  5. All the other state universities are being affected by this other than OSU, UC and Miami, and Miami is only holding on because they relentlessly recruit out of state students. It's hitting Akron the hardest because of years of Proenza's reckless spending binge followed by mediocre or worse leadership that only cared about getting to the next job. This is undoubtedly going to feed the element in state government that's long advocated consolidating programs and even campuses and instituting a much more rigid, structured system, and can you blame them? Proenza's building spree will be exhibit A in the argument to reign in "empire building" within the system. This is a system that funds more public law schools and the same number of public medical schools as California. It's been heading for this cliff for a long time.
  6. Those two schools are pretty much universally considered to have top 5 computer science departments globally. And then there's MIT at #30 behind Kaplan University of Davenport. Meanwhile, DePaul is #6--I live in Chicago,and Depaul is not #6 in anything . I don't know what kind of methodology could have come up with that ranking. If one's going to look at individual department rankings, one needs to look at the once-per-decade evaluations by the National Research Council. Those are the gold standard.
  7. Had my hopes up that it was legit, but Stanford and Illinois at #36 and #37 removed any credibility.
  8. Grand reopening of Nippert after being renovated last year, so it's not surprising. We'll see what they do over the course of a year or two.
  9. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/08/sexist_welcome_banners_at_ohio.html#incart_m-rpt-1
  10. I wonder if Scarborough and the Trustees have seen the video.
  11. 350 fake soldiers at 2,000 a head would be $700,000. Remind me of how much was saved by cutting baseball.
  12. They have decades of that identity and culture and multi-generational aggy families who don't even consider sending kids elsewhere. They also have a population 3x the size of Ohio with a very conservative military culture and retiree population. Even still, A&M has a very self-selecting applicant pool that alienates a significant portion of the potential students because of their narrow culture and general weirdness. To a huge portion of the Texas population, particularly transplants from the Great Lakes and West Coast, A&M is considered this very weird, bizarre university and if kids don't get into Texas they don't even think about A&M as the backup. I just don't see how you attempt to transplant that aggyness and wrap the identity of UA in it without alienating a huge pool of kids who'll just look to K--SU, YSU or CSU instead. UA should be trying to broaden its appeal right now rather than narrowing it, but that's what SS is doing with Polytechnic (which I admittedly lukewarm support depending on how it's implemented) and now the fake army. If you want to increase the graduation rate, have better academic counseling, send marginal kids to a branch campus or CC for a year or two and provide more need-based aid to get kids through with less financial pressure to quit. A fake army is no magic bullet.
  13. That's a great initiative and should go a long way towards making up for the pathetic amount of need-based institutional aid that UA gives out.
  14. Not if you're a student who doesn't care about playing fake army while at college. If UA is going to be recruiting students needing the impact of the leader of the school's fake army more than that of the faculty, I really feel sorry for where UA is headed. If this turns out anything like Texas A&M, the fake army is going to turn off more potential students than it attracts.
  15. The University of Akron's commandant of the Corps of Cadets and director of the Leadership Academy will earn $100,000 a year. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/08/university_of_akrons_director.html#incart_river I, for one, will welcome our new Golden Flash overlords when this is all done.
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