Sunday, March 31, 2013

More Great News from the Auditors (If you believe in fairy tales)

Elnora Daniel responding to audit exceptions in 2007: “I’m the CEO and anything, any audit finding, as far as I’m concerned, I take full responsibility for.”

Wayne Watson in 2011, attributing many of the audit exceptions to: "incorrect processes (that are) embedded in the culture here — have lasted for years and are even part of training for the staff. That is unacceptable, and we are working to correct it."

The latest CSU audit report is out. 29 exceptions, with 16 repeat findings. It is available on the Illinois Auditor General's website:,

In the ten years between 2000 and 2010 auditors discovered a total of 120 audit exceptions at Chicago State. Those years include audits for Elnora Daniel's entire tenure and for Frank Pogue's only year as interim president. The Daniel administration totaled 107 audit exceptions between 2000 and 2009, including a high of 20 in 2009. In Wayne Watson's three years, his administration has amassed a total of 104 audit exceptions, including 49 repeat exceptions. Of course, in the integrity-filled world of Wayne Watson, this is not his fault, it is the fault of previous administrations. As far as his administration working to correct the problems, it should only take another two years to reduce audit exceptions to below the level achieved in Elnora Daniel's worst year. Another terrific job by you and that great leadership team you have assembled.


  1. Ah, but Watson just fired the CFO, clearly just in time to blame him for the audit findings. So subtle.

  2. This repeated lack of precision is cultural. When leaders do not require attention to detail, employees assume that this is the acceptable behavior. This, in turn, becomes the environment in with the campus community operates. Our students are living in a state of Jim Crow at Chicago State. Their presence is not valued by some and their questions are either dismissed by the higher-ups or they are met with open distain by segments. Don't take my word for it. Just ask them. A learning curve can be expected of new employees, however, such repeat offenses reflect a certain level of apathy, unpreparedness by campus leaders, and incompetence. If Dr. Watson wants to crack down on what he say we aren't doing as faculty, I challenge him demonstrate the some level of micro-management in the Cook Building.

  3. One comment and one question. First the comment: perhaps he should also apply those micro-managerial skills to the persons in SUB. Second: who do you see as responsible for the "state of Jim Crow at Chicago State"?