Tue
Feb 24 2009
08:40 am

WBIR.com:

As far as the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees is concerned, half a million dollars is a small price to pay to make John Petersen go away.

Meanwhile, UT is set to cut the nursing program by about the same amount.

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metulj's picture

Observation: Notice the cuts

Observation: Notice the cuts are coming on "economy important" programs like nursing (it actually trains people for needed jobs) and not on things like that prestigious "Aerospace MBA" or "Physician Executive MBA."

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Andy Axel's picture

I was sort of noticing that

I was sort of noticing that the cuts were coming on a program where the population skews heavily towards women.

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metulj's picture

There's that too. The

There's that too. The 'boutique' programs (AKA 'bullshit) are definitely male centric.

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R. Neal's picture

Don't they have to have

Don't they have to have those so football and basketball players can have a major?

WhitesCreek's picture

I've been thinking about

I've been thinking about this and I have decided that I would be willing to NOT work at UT for half of what Petersen is willing to not work at UT for.

That way UT is halfway to restoring the cuts in the Nursing program.

(See how easy all this is when you step up and offer to make a personal sacrifice for the greater good of the University?)

Ragsdale2010's picture

Bottom line is we need one university system, eliminate overlap

both in campus curriculum and with the expensive administrative beaurocracy that does very little except pontificate about and stammer around trying to look academic and trying to look important.

There is no reason for duplication of programs at various institutions which are 2 hours apart from each other, the professional schools are fairly seperated by geographic district, now we need to move into the undergraduate curriculum and start reducing overlap.

All encompassing university systems with programs and degrees on every street corner are dinasours which states no longer can afford. The University of California system is a fairly good example, although not the model to follow, but they operate under one system and we could very easily continue to operate as they have, but start tossing overlapping people and curriculum which we can no longer afford.

jcgrim's picture

litigation is more expensive

jcg
As outrageous as this sum is, it is much less expensive than litigation. I think Peterson would have sued & UT doesn't want to spend that much time & money fighting it. They just recently settled the lawsuit with Schumacker that's been going on for 5 years.

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