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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The McGuire Report

The very limited period of time, less than an hour and a half, and “consultant etiquette speak” took their toll on the very well attended meeting during which the major findings of “The McGuire Report” were presented.

The actual report has been delivered to the President and will not be made available to the faculty, the staff or the student body by the authors. This will be a litmus test of sorts, how serious is president Caputo when he talks about transparency and his support of it. We will find out in the next few days. A word of caution, however, don’t hold your breath for too long!!!

During Mr. McGuire’s answer to a question of a faculty member, it was difficult to hide a sparkling nugget. Mr. McGuire spoke openly and maybe even passionately about his admiration for the personal characteristics and managerial abilities of the President of Fordham. Was he insinuating that the performance of an institution is very much a function of the ability of those in charge? Maybe he was, because he went on to stress that so many of the people that have been taught by the president of Fordham have gone on to become excellent presidents themselves. Yes folks, leadership matters, if it did not then why do we pay them the mega bucks?

The Pace community has a tough task facing it. We must determine whether the emperor has nothing on and then we have to go public with our decision. Maybe, just maybe, the emperor is wearing no clothes. What do you think?

6 Comments:

At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Pacer said...

Thomas,
No charade can go on for ever. The truth has a way of ultimately making itself felt because the truth is reality.

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it Lincoln that once said:
You can fool part of the people all the time.
You can all the people part of the time
But you cannot fool all the people all the time.

This is my first comment Mr. Paine but I have been a regular reader. Thanks for taking the time to publish this Blog.

worried faculty

 
At 3:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so, thomas,

I am not still sure what the McGuire's report entailed. Did he address specific questions by the audience? Did he say what the main cause of our student enrollment drop was? Did he say that the students are dropping out and transferring away by the hundreds as we speak? Please you or someone else, kindly elaborate a bit more on this..

 
At 4:12 AM, Blogger Thomas Paine said...

Anon 3:29
In the final analysis he recommended (1) Abolish the tuition gaurantee (2) Freeze the current tuition (3) Increase the discount (4) Wholesale streaming of Enrollment Management (5) Strengthening of the OSA.

Mr. McGuire was aware of the fact that he did not tell us anything that we did not know. He alluded to that a couple of times by saying at least now you had the data examined by a new fresh of eyes.

I hope that the above answers some of your questions. If you were not able to attend then maybe the student newspapers , both NYC and PLV, will carry a more detailed description of the meetings.

 
At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm bigger than you, I'm higher on the food chain! not anymore!!!

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

grin and bear it
to accept an unpleasant or difficult situation because there is nothing you can do to improve it. NO WAY THE KING MUST GO!!!

 

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