Thursday, October 8, 2009

Say, what?

With such terrible acoustics in the Convocation Center it was very difficult to hear the entirety Dr Watson's very long speech outlining his "vision." Can anyone confirm that I heard (in no particular order):
  1. we should build a 1,000-room dorm?
  2. administrators should put in 12-hour a days? (as if they didn't do that already)
  3. that he slipped up and referred to us as "City Colleges"?
  4. that his outline of plans to counter the accreditation issue came across as the usual adminstrative "top down" decision-making that we have always had?
  5. that "faculty must be part of the university?" what exactly does this mean? what does this imply?
  6. that there was a strong paternalistic attitude toward the students --as if we were teaching high school or (gasp!) community college students?
  7. that the whole thing did not end until around 3 p.m.?
  8. that there was anything substantially different from what he said in his "interview," such as it was, in April?

I really want to know--it is clear the Convocation Ctr. is a terrible venue for this sort of thing. Please do feel free to post and offer your clarifications and perspectives.

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