Largo219 wrote: 5ky wrote:
The below link makes me a bit nervous...
Losing Laycock will be a shame. But aside from that, I am quite sure nobody will remember this in 6 months. Faculty and (some?) students are upset, because that's what people do on college campuses. Larry Sabato is making an ass of himself on twitter.
Yes, he really is.
Rector Dragas' response was pretty convincing. If President Sullivan had that list and still decided on the very incremental (seems to be the trendy word right now) plan for change that was submitted, then her resignation seems more than justified. The current model of higher education is completely out of date, but it is not surprising that those with the most to lose, tenured university professors, are fighting tooth and nail against deep structural change. The same thing is happening in countless industries across the country.
As a recent ('12) law grad and as a UVa undergrad, I have to say that the BOV and Rector Dragas are 100% incorrect. Dragas's statement simply laid out the obvious - UVa faces challenges that have been developing over the past decade. Her statement utterly fails to make a case for why President Sullivan needed to be removed. Indeed, if anyone read President Sullivan's strategic memo from May, they would have seen a much more articulate explanation of the same troubles.
Rather, the BOV and Rector Dragas have failed the University. Their job is to be good stewards. Before making a rather rapid decision to fire the brand new president, they should have gauged the reaction of the stakeholders (the students, faculty, and alumni). Their utter inability to handle the PR fallout demonstrates their incompetence. It is telling that: (a) every school dean of the University of Virginia has called upon Rector Dragas to resign and to reinstate Sullivan (the soon-to-be interim President, dean of the McIntire school of commerce was left off out of concerns of putting him in a bad position); (b) the faculty senate has called for her resignation; and (c) the alumni comment system crashed within 30 minutes of its opening because of the deep alumni disapproval of this BOV's actions.
This isn't something that's just an issue because it's the summer time. Rather, this is a serious, existential crisis for the University. Two weeks of continuous coverage in every media source in Virginia, uniform editorial board criticism of the decision (including the very conservative and very influential in VA politics, Times Dispatch), and continuous coverage by the Washington Post and New York Times, suggest that this is quite a big deal. When Mortimer Caplin, yes that Caplin, has denounced the BOV's actions, law students should pay attention. And, young alumni (i.e., 2/3 of my facebook friends) are incredibly upset - when they stop giving (which they will), it hurts the rankings.
I am well aware that law students tend to be insulated from most of the University. But, law students should be aware when "something big" is happening at their University.