Everyone knows that universities and colleges are in big trouble. With education becoming virtually free on the internet, our expensive institutions of higher education need to come up with bigger revenue streams quick if they are going to survive.
Back a few years, these revenue concerns bothered the administration so much that they formed what they call the “Growth Initiative,” which is just a fancy way of saying that they are going to let as many students as possible through their doors so that the university can still be profitable. No one knows if this “initiative” is working.
But something funny is happening now. The dean of UW-Whitewater’s most noted college, the College of Business and Economics, left quite unexpectedly before this fall’s semester even started. The Chancellor, Richard Telfer, just announced unexpectedly that he’s retiring at the end of this year. News is circulating that Provost, Bev Kopper, has been applying to get out of Whitewater and is a finalist for positions at other schools. And UW-Whitewater’s head football coach, Lance Leipold, is leaving for the University of Buffalo. There are even rumors that many faculty are seeking employment elsewhere.
Why are all of these top UW-Whitewater people leaving?? I guess if the ship is sinking, it’s better to get off as soon as possible.