… 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.”
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Where Do Minnesota and Wisconsin Stand In
Subject Area Rankings?
The propaganda mill at the University of Minnesota would have you believe that we are still on our way to becoming one of the third greatest public research universities in the world. For example, as late as last December, President Bruininks was still making statements like this:
...we're in the midst of transformative change en route to becoming one of the top three public research universities in the world. [sic] President Bruininks Dec 7, 2009 (web site)
This at at time when he was perfectly aware that the wheels were coming off the bus. Students have been aware for quite some time that all is not well in Gopherville. As the Daily put it:
Her [Professor Martin] question is about the quality of the student experience: Students are paying a lot more than when President Bruininks started in office, and the assumption has been that quality of the experience would increase as well. Now they are hearing that the quality is eroding. How can the University play in the global village when its costs are increasing and the student experience is declining in quality?
And even the deans, usually stalwart supporters of the administration, for obvious reasons, have publicly been expressing displeasure about the financial management of the university:
Dean Davis-Blake [Carlson School of Management] said that quality is going down because the quality of the student experience has declined, which is related to uncontrollable central costs. At the Carlson School, they have fewer TAs, fewer classes, more students in classes, the building is less clean, there are fewer advisers, they have more adjuncts, and they have less information technology. All of these things are happening.
So given all this pain and suffering, where do we stand in our march to greatness? By 2014 will we be in the top three, Mr. President?
Not bloody likely...
[Note: most of the universities - in the world - are public. I have pulled out just the US publics for comparison purposes. It is clear that "in the world" was an absurd addition to an already unreachable goal. Even if these rankings are only moderately accurate, they serve to illustrate what a tough position we are in if the administration continues on its pigheaded way. ]
Arts and Humanities
North Carolina 103
City University of New York 110
UC Irvine 117
Life Sciences and Medicine
UC - Davis 44
North Carolina 74
UC-Santa Barbara 28
Penn State 78
UC - Davis 105
Social Sciences and Management
North Carolina 45
Engineering and Technology
Georgia Tech 13
UC Santa Barbara 63
Mr. President: I have a very simple question. Why, exactly is it that Wisconsin has consistently kicked our butts academically? I won't even mention football. Do they have overwhelming financial resources? Why exactly is this?
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As you mention, such rankings are moderately accurate at best. With a quick glance, I saw that in the only five general subject areas used, Berkeley ranks 4,5,5,5,3, but in the overall rankings, Berkeley is 28th. Go figure.
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