… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Monday, December 13, 2010
"good financial health" according
to Chief Financial Officer Pfutzenreuter
Yes, you read that right...
The University of Minnesota ranked among the top 10 research schools in the country for the first time in its history, based on year-end data presented Friday.
Bigger is better?
While the school moved up two places since 2005, it’s still struggling to reach its goal of being a top three research institution
“If you’re going to rate a university on its research enterprise, this is the single number most would rely on,” Mulcahy said.
So, uh, we're better than Harvard, better than Caltech, better than any institution that does not garner as much research funding? Doesn't size have anything to do with this?
“I used to think the goal of being [among] the top three research universities was only an aspiration,” Regent Linda Cohen said. “But after this report I’m beginning to think perhaps this could be a reality.”
Breathtaking lack of understanding about what a top research university is...
The end of the federal stimulus program — which netted the University $208 million over two years — and shifts in federal funding could threaten future research growth, Mulcahy said.
“To be honest with you, I’m concerned,” he said. “The future does not look bright for research at the national level.”
Bingo! And remember the old saying: The bigger they are the harder they fall.
The University is in “good financial health” and things are beginning to turn around after the recession, Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter said Friday during an annual finance review.
“It’s been a tough couple of years with the economy,” Pfutzenreuter told the Board of Regents. “[But] the University, I think, is certainly on the repair.”
Sure Pfutz, whatever you say. About those layoffs? About those salary freezes? About those tuition increases? About a trip to Boynton for a reality check?
The University’s expenses remained essentially the same as the previous year, something Controller Mike Volna attributed to an “extraordinary effort” to cut costs and budget more efficiently.
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