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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Homo Sapiens , We're Not !!!


What a stroke of genius it was to declare that the human specie is shrewd and wise.
Since we are the only ones who can make such declarative statements why not lavish praise on ourselves? We are smart, knowing, intelligent, responsible, moral, and ethical, You get my drift. We can call ourselves whatever we want, who is to argue with us.

If we are to subject the term “wise humans” to a serious critical analysis then I am certain we will conclude that the name does not apply. It is simply a misnomer. In order to justify pillaging the world we declared that we were created in Gods image and further more we invented the story that He gave us dominion over all the animals and plants; over the whole world. We convinced ourselves that we are outside of nature and therefore it is perfectly rational to trash the planet and soil our nest. Many justify this behaviour by saying that we are intrinsically good but we just cannot see the consequences of our actions that will not be felt during our lifetime. So we do not care about misery and disease that is far away and we will not act to remedy potentially catastrophic events since it is not clear yet how they will affect us.


Even if you are going to accept all of this claptrap about being hard wired to care only for the dear and near then how, in the name of whatever you believe in, would you explain the utterly irrational and yes even masochistic behaviour of a group of people who chose not to act even when imminent danger is starring them in the face. Pace as an institution is in trouble, it might not be able to survive the financial vicissitudes that confront it and yet the faculty, a group that is morally obliged to try and save the institution, acts like a Bambi paralyzed in the glare of an oncoming freight train. The last joint faculty council was a waste of time and effort because it was NOT a joint faculty council. In the face of the most severe crisis in the life of the institution and possibly the most severe crisis that any one of us would ever face the faculty could not overcome a bureaucratic technicality in order to convene a Joint Faculty Council. Let me ask you, is that the behaviour of a “wise specie”?

It is apparent to all that the faculty will not be in a position to take any action for at least six weeks when literally speaking the future of the institution is in the balance. Please, I urge you dear reader, to send in your thoughts about what you think we must do in February. I also urge you to keep the comments civil, well thought out and brief when possible. We have to make sure, when we reconvene, that we are taking action in the interest of Pace University and that we rise to the challenge to do our part. And finally let me remind you that a No Confidence vote ; in case you suggest it; is not a strategy in itself. If a No Confidence vote is to make sense then it must be viewed as a step in a larger plan. I am betting that we can act in such a way as to be deserving of the description Homo Sapiens”. We can be "wise" and deserving of the nomenclature "Homom Sapiens" if we choose to act expeditiously in order to do the right thing. Let us prove that we are up to it.

Keep the conversation going.

54 Comments:

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the chairman and the and his hunter court MUST GO..........IT THAT SIMPLE

 
At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas, At a minimum we need a new set of eyes. We have to vote no confidence . The present people at the top have caused the problem and they must pay for their mistakes. If nothing happens when we vote no confidence then we go up a notch. We seek the involvement of Board of regents and/orAttorney general.

 
At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS SAYS IT ALL....NO MORE TALK .........VOTE NO CONFIDENCE ASAP
So, folks, enough is enough, let us get rid of them all as they are only dragging their feet to satisfy their egos at the expenses of running the institution down to the toilet while they pockets the spoilage

5:52 AM

 
At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Presidential power is the power to persuade. .............dave could not persuade me to leave a burning building...............folks what are we waiting for?

 
At 6:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave give everyone at Pace a HAPPY NEW YEAR ........"RESIGN"...........Otherwise we're stuck with you for three more years.

And let's be honest, you're stuck with the mess you've made for three more years.

Three more years of disaster. Everything you touched has turned foul.

 
At 6:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dave the best defintion that decribes you is:.....overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors .................please go away and don't come back.

 
At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Examination of conscience is a review of one's past thoughts, words and actions for the purpose of ascertaining their conformity with, or difformity from, the moral law.

 
At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People sing this chourus loud and clear.......................Well, we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter's night
With a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender......................the king and his hunter court must GO!!!.

 
At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Darn It you the fat fellow in the King missionery position!

Is wasting Pace so important for You that you would not want to give up all your power and a million bucks a year? When you unilaterally raised the tuition by 20%, we heard at a faculty council from someone quoting a janitor in late summer who had predicted the enrollment would go down by the same 20% and it did come true, didn’t it? Should you therefore be replaced by that feeble illiterate janitor with much more common sense that you--who takes much less space than you and thus consume less oxygen, and as a result less pollutes the air.

The faculty, especially the junior ones are jumping the ship by the dozen at a time, and you are still holding on to your power and the big million bucks a year? Be ashamed of yourself and disappear into oblivion, will you fellow? The predication has it that as many as 150 (junior) full-time faculty will NOT return this fall, let alone the majority of the so called lecturers and adjuncts who would not bother returning either.

And yet, you have the audacity to stick your head in…..well dirty sands and pretend everything is hunky dory?!

 
At 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm.. I guess we're into censorship now.

There was a post that was somewhat against some of the ideas posted here and it was 'deleted by the administrator'.

From the main blog page: "Discourse is encouraged as long as it remains civil and constructive. Let the games begin."

I presented my opposing view and you deleted it. It did not contain expletives or otherwise disrespectful remarks. It just proposed critical questions and offered a view other than yours.


And instead you post a resposne about the 'missionery position'. As a reader, I am offended by THAT remark and think it should be removed.

Shame on you... Is this what you teach in your Political Science courses? Is this what appears on CSPAN????

 
At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tp...people are saying that you will only go to the mat if you are certain of a win.......................those days and ideas are old and tired. you started it the right thing to do is FINISH IT!!!

 
At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Thomas Paine said...

Annonymous 7:53,
If you would only look before you leap you would avoid the pitfall of making spurious accusations. You are right when you say that this is a space that is committed to the exchange of ideas. Unfortunately I noticed that your objection to an earlier post as having crossed the line of civil dialogue was correct and so I exercised my prerogative of deleting it. As you might imagine, once I deleted the offending comment then your comment had to be deleted also otherwise it would be referring to what is not there. If this is not a satisfactory explanation then please resubmit the original comment and I would be glad to give it prominence by making it a separate post.

 
At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they using divide and conquer tactics................................it time for outside help...........tp u have the connections just DOIT!!!

 
At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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The Vision Thing: Without It You'll Never Be a World-Class Organization
by Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner
Leader to Leader, No. 31 Winter 2004
Thought Leaders Forum:
Ken Blanchard
Ken Blanchard co-chairman and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, is coauthor of "The One Minute Manager," "Gung Ho," "Whale Done," and 10 other best-sellers. He and Jesse Stoner have recently published "Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Company and Your Life." (1/2004)
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Jesse Stoner, is a highly regarded and experienced organizational consultant, executive coach, and author. The primary focus of her work for the past twenty years has been helping organizations create a sustaining shared vision. Her pioneering work in vision development has helped wide range of companies create a compelling vision, identify the strategies to capture it and ensure it is lived. She has worked internationally in a wide range of industries including retail, hospitality, financial, manufacturing, government, and non-profit.
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e've been studying leadership and organizations for more than thirty-five years and have come to a conclusion: All the world-class organizations we know are driven by three critical factors:

Clear vision and direction championed by top management

Trained and equipped people focused on implementation of the agreed-upon vision and direction

Established recognition and positive consequence systems that sustain the behaviors and performance that the vision and direction require

Vision and direction are essential for greatness. In world-class organizations, every-one has a clear sense of where the enterprise is going. Only when the leaders of an organization know that their people understand the agreed-upon vision and direction can they attend to strengthening the organization's ability to deliver on this vision.

The second step in the process of building a world-class organization--implementation-- is training, preparing, and equipping people throughout the organization to live according to the vision and accomplish the desired goals.

If organizations do not do that, their people will never take care of their customers. And after all, profit is the applause you get for taking care of your customers and creating a motivating environment for your people.

 
At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've been studying leadership and organizations for more than thirty-five years and have come to a conclusion: All the world-class organizations we know are driven by three critical factors:

Clear vision and direction championed by top management

Trained and equipped people focused on implementation of the agreed-upon vision and direction

Established recognition and positive consequence systems that sustain the behaviors and performance that the vision and direction require

Vision and direction are essential for greatness. In world-class organizations, every-one has a clear sense of where the enterprise is going. Only when the leaders of an organization know that their people understand the agreed-upon vision and direction can they attend to strengthening the organization's ability to deliver on this vision.

The second step in the process of building a world-class organization--implementation-- is training, preparing, and equipping people throughout the organization to live according to the vision and accomplish the desired goals.

If organizations do not do that, their people will never take care of their customers. And after all, profit is the applause you get for taking care of your customers and creating a motivating environment for your people.

 
At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question...................does anyone share the king's vision? If we do not then why are we letting him stay on his throne?

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.

 
At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world tolerates conceit from those who are successful, but not from anybody else.

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.

 
At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“KING, PLEASE RESIGN. FOR THE SAKE OF

PACE AND THE PEOPLE WHO STUDY AND WORK HERE

“THE KING IS ARROGANT, IRRESPONSIBLE,

DEFEATIST & INCOMPETENT.”

 
At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LAST POSTER YOU WERE TOO KIND!!!

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

by Marcus Tullius Cicero
(born January 3, 106 BC and murdered December 7, 43 BC)


NOTHING HAS CHANGED
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear."

 
At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In sociology and critical social theory, alienation refers to the individual's estrangement from traditional community and others in general. It is considered by many that the atomism of modern society means that individuals have shallower relations with other people than they would in a traditional community THANK YOU KING

 
At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pace University Struggles to Survive Financial Exigency from Inept Leadership

Tom Paine from New York Reporting- As Pace University commemorates its centennial anniversary it is not clear whether or not it will survive in certain minimal form into the next century. Although Pace has been facing lingering leadership and financial dilemma ever since its life-long Patron, President Edward Mortolla stepped down in the late 80’s, its predicament has never been as exacerbated as its recent impasse, when David Caputo, the current president, despite repeated advice by the Faculty bodies against it, unilaterally raised its tuition and fees by 20% which has in turn led to a drop in enrollment by the same exact 20% and possible mass exodus of its students.

Back in the late 90’s President Caputo was brought in by the Pace Board of Trustees from Hunter College where he served as its president for a short while, in order to sharpen the Pace image and identity and raise its dwindling endowment by required five folds. It is said, the endowment for private colleges must be in the order of three times their annual budgets. That, for Pace translates to over $900M, a number derived from its annual budget of over $300M. Faculty are dismayed to note, however, that the endowment if anything, has actually gone down from $125M when Caputo took over to its current dismal level of less than $100M. Pace has in the interim, be further mortgaged against its physical plants as collateral to pay its debts. During his nearly seven years at Pace, Caputo has unilaterally created a dozen self-centered so called university centers that primarily serve his politically charged national agenda, while increasing the number of executive positions through nepotism, i.e., vice presidents from his by four folds to its current 20. In other words, external audit states that the institutional overhead has quadrupled, while expensive infusion of computing and technology in retrospect, had promised lowering the overhead costs.

In a series of recent correspondences with the Board of Trustees, the faculty and students stressed the urgent need for intervention and rectifications, but it all fell on deaf ears. The morale, already miniscule since the previous president who also earned a faculty no confidence vote, has now reached at all time low. Junior faculty and those who could still qualify for jobs are flying away as fast as they could, but the President pretends all’s OK, and does not acknowledge serious breach of communication and leadership at pace.

There seem to be an emerging consensus by all Pace constituencies, comprised of student, faculty, staff and alumni, that there is no way back, but for the President and the Board of Trustees to immediately step down, if there is still any part of Pace to be salvaged. That may, similar to Adelphi University, require the NYS Board of Regents” administrating Pace under austerity circumstances. Although according to not-for-profit statutes, the Board of Trustees for a place like Pace have fiduciary responsibilities to the well-being of the institution, it is as if most Pace Board members are detached, ignorant or negligent as to what has been devolving at Pace. There are still a few members of the community who dream that the above is not true; however, for lack of transparent communications and presenting proper documentations, the community is hard pressed not to conclude that the above are not true.

One major issue that has not been resolved is the rapidly ascending salary of President Caputo, which has increased from the upper $200’s to almost one million dollars with an average annual raise of 20%; when including his perks like spending half a million dollars to renovate his mid-Manhattan apartment procured by Pace and his chuffer and car, and his extensive number of executive assistants, Caputo overall package exceeds $2.5 million dollars. Students who demonstrated against such irrational salary were arrested by NYPD and per president’s order. This promoted the faculty and students to participate in a series of walks and sit-ins in solidarity with the arrested students. (See it at http://www.antiauthoritarian.net/NLN/photo-gallery/2006_pace_faculty/). A group of concerned faculty members have also set up a BLOG, www.paceacademe.blogspot.com , in existence since early October where ideas are exchanged and debated in the dire hope to save Pace. As the impasse struggle between demoralized faculty, staff and students form one side, and the executive leadership headed by Caputo on the other side continues, one could only yearn for a glimpse of hope that this critical juncture in Pace’s history is somehow miraculously resolved.


Disclaimer. The above is expressed based on rumors, facts, and comments and statements to the best of the author’s interpretations. They could be refuted if Caputo does present transparent factual documentation to the contrary, but this is not anticipated.

 
At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom,
Many thanks for your latest news release, as it could be further modified and updated, and pitched broadly to press.

An administrative accountant did an internal audit of Pace and conlcuded that if 87% of the executive positions down to deans and their extensive associates were to be eliminated, Pace could still function as good or as bad as it currently does. BUT this will reult in a substantial saving of up to 32.5 miliion dollars for Pace. The person at the helm could still draw a reasoanable salary of half a million dollars.....

 
At 5:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tp .. you know the hunter story you know the neil and king story ....it time to reveal all

 
At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tale makes the clearest contrast between the safe world of the village and the dangers of the forest, conventional antitheses that are essentially medieval, though no versions are as old as that. It also seems to be a strong morality tale, teaching children not to ‘wander off the path’

 
At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, what do you do when everything else fails? folks your thoughts,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 
At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recall is a procedure that allows citizens to remove and replace a public official before the end of a term of office

 
At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Captains Courageous.................o mighty king you are not Captains Courageous..................

 
At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles S. Lauer
Leaders don't force people to follow—they invite them on a journey.

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

COURAGE IS:. ‘The hard
right against the easy wrong.’

 
At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HE DOWNFALL OF THE KING...Meeting of the Estates General (financial crisis, vote by order, Third Estate)
The Tennis Court Oath (pledge, National Assembly, Constitution of 1791)
The Storming of the Bastille (July 14, 1789, prison, gunpowder, revolution)
The March on Versailles (women, bread, palace, promise)
The Reign of Terror (Robespierre, guillotine, treason, republic)
The Rise of Napoleon (emperor, military success, reforms)......................

 
At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AP PRESS RELEASE..........Pace University Struggles to Survive Financial Exigency from Inept Leadership

 
At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does a vote of no confidence mean? Obviously, at a minimum it means that some or a large part of the

faculty is not happy with an institution's leadership. But in the final analysis, it means what the Board of Trustees wants it to mean. At most institutions, the board is mandated by its constitution and by-laws to hire, evaluate, and terminate, if necessary, the president. It must guard its responsibility as jealously as the faculty guards academic freedom. In American higher education, the board is the final arbiter; shared governance does not and should not negate that role. .........THEREFORE WE MUST NO CONFIDENCE IN THE BOARD.

 
At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All talk, no action = STATUS QUO

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (or SNCC, pronounced "snick")...............................tp can you round up the gang?

 
At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.
Hank Aaron......................................king you did not hit a home run ,triple,double or single....................YOU STRUCK OUT

 
At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the king's song...........
"A Day In The Sun"

Everything's working out fine
You've got all the things you want and I've got mine
No more struggle and strife
Kickin' back and diggin'...it's a wonderful life

And then you awoke
To start the day out laughing
It's some kind of a joke

Everybody's waiting for a day in the sun
Everybody's working hard to have some fun
First you want a million then a million and one
Everybody's waiting for a day in the sun

City girls and small town boys
Big time spenders with expensive toys
Pretty people who don't look so good
Some are mopping floors and some are chopping wood

But they try and they try
Waiting for the clouds to disappear from the sky...............

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

king"it is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tp the word is out that you are all talk and no action....please put up or shut up................the chairmen and the king must go or close down the blog....you know their secret past and you will not reveal it.

 
At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The king and the board chair are now said to have belonged since their tender childhood to the notorious secretive Free Masons Lodge, that is the illuminaties. You do know well, that members of such secretive clans move up to the highest LODGE when they allow themselves to be subjugated, thus serve as object to the higher authority.....

 
At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

insufficient ..............the chairman and the king's talent and tp's actions.....................HAPPY NEW YEAR

 
At 6:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chairman and the king are ranked among the weirdest and most notorious self-centered, egotistical, egomaniacal delusional beings in the history of mankind.

Notwithstanding that, however, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, probably the last one for many of us at Pace…

 
At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE KING,THE CHAIRMAN AND THE BOARD.........Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?

 
At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU COULD HAVE FOOLED ME!!!


America's Universities in Building Boom
12/21/2006

From Stanford University on the West Coast to the Ivy League schools of the Northeast, U.S. universities are in the grip of a building boom that looks set to extend well into 2009.

 
At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

READ AND WEEP...........


America's universities in building boom
By Jason Szep | December 20, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - From Stanford University on the West Coast to the Ivy League schools of the Northeast, U.S. universities are in the grip of a building boom that looks set to extend well into 2009.

Reasons for the whirl of construction activity vary -- from a surge in enrollment as children of the baby-boom generation enter college to growing competition in China and other Asian regions for the world's top scientists.

Educators add that surviving on a high-school degree is harder than ever in America, pushing more people into university, while some schools in big cities want a larger slice of the lucrative student landlord market, building dormitories to capture more rental income.

Backed by rising tuitions and growing endowments, schools are also piling on amenities unheard of just 20 or 30 years ago -- from condominium-style residence halls with suites boasting private kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms to state-of-the-art recreation centers resembling country clubs.

At University of Missouri, a newly renovated $43 million Student Recreation Complex that opened in August stretches over 300,000 square feet -- including cardio and fitness rooms, an aquatic center, a DJ booth and a juice bar.

"Parents want not only quality academics but they also want a quality of life in our institutions that perhaps 20 years ago or 30 years ago parents were not so concerned about," said Claire Van Ummersen, a vice president at the American Council on Education, which represents more than 1,800 colleges, universities and organizations involved in higher education.

Some institutions like University of California, Stanford and Harvard University are upgrading aging infrastructure -- in part to head off rising enrollment with 2009 expected to bring 3.2 million high school graduates, the highest ever.

New construction on U.S. college and university campuses could peak at 34.5 million square feet by 2009, surpassing a 31-year high in 2002, a study by McGraw-Hill Construction said. In 2006 alone, new campus construction rose 18 percent.

Few places are experiencing the boom like Boston, a student destination where universities are planning about two dozen new buildings, including museums, research centers and a new residential high-rise tower that could reach more than 30 stories over the city's historic Back Bay.

'NEED THE SPACE'

"We really need the space," said Roger Brown, president of Berklee College of Music, which unveiled plans this month to spend $300 million in building new complexes and other projects in Boston over the next decade.

Applications to Berklee, one of the world's best music schools, have surged 72 percent in two years but lack of space has kept total enrollment to 4,000 students. "It means it has become much harder to get into Berklee," Brown told Reuters. "Only about 30 percent of students who apply are accepted."

Harvard, the world's richest university with a $29 billion endowment, is planning a new multibillion-dollar campus in neighboring Allston; Boston College is finalizing plans for a campus overhaul; Boston University, Emerson College and Northeastern University have all done recent upgrades.

In total, more than 5 million square feet of construction is in the works on Boston's campuses, according to an analysis by The Boston Globe.

"We are going to have a group of very handsome buildings by very good architects," said Pamela Delphenich, director of project management at MIT, which announced last month plans for a $750 million expansion spanning one million square feet.

America's top research institutions also face growing competition in Asia. China, Singapore and India, which in the past sent many students to the United States, now boast burgeoning higher education sectors competing for tuition.

China wants its top universities to be the world's best within a decade and is spending billions of dollars on first-class research labs to attract top-tier scientists. India and Singapore are also pouring state money into higher education to gain an edge in so-called knowledge industries.

"As other nations ramp up their research capabilities it's important that this country maintain its capabilities and strengthen them, and we're seeing that now," said Barry Toive, spokesman for the Association of American Universities, which represents 60 top research universities.

RACE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY

Some institutions hope to emulate MIT's success in building a biotechnology corridor in Cambridge's Kendall Square where executives and researchers from private biotech and pharmaceutical companies rub shoulders with MIT's scientists in a nexus that draws investments and jobs to Massachusetts.

Baltimore is also building up its biomedical capacity with the construction of $250 million federal laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. In Rhode Island, Brown recently announced the biggest expansion in the school's history -- the purchase of seven buildings in the state capital Providence near a major hospital. Brown says the area could be used for life sciences.

"Many universities have been ivory tower-like in their view of research and are now seeing the success of leaders in this area over the last decade like MIT and Stanford and so on," Dick Spies, Brown University's executive vice president for planning, told Reuters.

"There's real advantages for everybody of being more activist, of coming out of the ivory tower," he said. "There's a way of the leveraging investments universities are making."

This could mean higher costs at many American schools. While some of this is shouldered by expanding endowments, tuition and fees are growing at a faster rate than inflation, rising on average 7.1 percent at public colleges and universities in the 2005-06 academic year.

Few see that trend changing. Already, the number of U.S. students who graduate with at least $40,000 in debt rose tenfold between 1993 and 2004 to about 77,500 from 7,000, according to the Project on Student Debt in Washington.



© Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

 
At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the closure of the semester, the final exam and the grading period, and of course the somber holiday seasons".

But why is it that this BLOG went Down all of a sudden? Did it accomplish its stated goals? Where did Tommy Painful go?!

BEAM UP BABES..

 
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