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A year ago, University President George Ross insinuated that students weren't "grown-ups" and couldn't fully understand the Faculty Association/administration battle.
On Tuesday, Ross sat down with Central Michigan Life's Editorial Board and one would be hard-pressed to find the same man that offended some students a year earlier.
The drive from Central Michigan University to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City every weekend is coming to an end for Dewitt senior Taylor McManus.
McManus, a hospitality major and professional sales minor, is graduating in May.
On the campus of a public university, administrative transparency should be a given.
This includes informing the campus community, from students to professors, about the goals of the university, what projects are being funded and what source of money is supporting them.
Central Michigan University administrators have failed miserably this academic year in acting as a transparent body.
The most noteworthy failure is presenting necessary information regarding the planning of the College of Medicine, from course work to funding to future costs.
Although the administration tends to say the releasing of hundreds, if not thousands of pages of CMED documents in November was a step toward transparency, they seem to have selective memory.
Central Michigan Life, the Faculty Association and the Academic Senate all had to use the Freedom of Information Act to wring the information from CMU and were told the documents would likely cost them money, before they were ultimately released to the public.
This lack of faith in the administration openly presenting information is made evident by the 19 units on campus that support the Academic Senate’s vote of no confidence against University President George Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro.
After months of unanswered questions, enough people stood up to complain.
As the university celebrates its 120th anniversary, the students, faculty and staff of Central Michigan University should be both proud of, and grateful for, the decisions made by previous generations of Chippewas.
We should be grateful to those with the courage and vision to transform our institution from Central Michigan Normal School and Business College (1892) to (sequentially): Central State Teachers College (1927); Central Michigan College of Education (1941); Central Michigan College (1955) and Central Michigan University (1959), which today is considered a national doctoral institution.
Today, the university is in the process of another major transformation as it prepares to become a major player in the most dynamic, fastest growing, and arguably most important industry in the world: health care.
This has been, as one might expect, a challenging and contentious transformation.
Thirty teams of potential entrepreneurs will face off at Central Michigan University’s College of Business and the Isabella County Bank’s second New Venture Competition Friday.
The all-day competition offers the chance for the best student entrepreneurial business ideas to win up to $55,000 in start-up funds.
Central Michigan University's economics department has become the 19th unit on campus to endorse the Academic Senate's Dec.
Samuel A. Spralls III has reached more than just a milestone in his career.
The PhD Project announced March 5 that Spralls has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at Central Michigan University.
“He has demonstrated dedication, hard work and intelligence in joining the rapidly growing ranks of minorities choosing to influence the next generation of business leaders as college professors,” said Bernard Milano, PhD Project president.
Editor's note: This story has been updated.
The Academic Senate, with 73-percent support, enacted the fifth shared governance committee in Central Michigan University history on Feb.
Alberto Albanelli, Michael Birach and Jordan Woodcock had only 72 hours to come up with a real estate developmental plan.
The three students are a part of Central Michigan University’s Real Estate Development and Finance program within the finance and law departments in the College of Business Administration.
Editor’s note: This is the second story in a series about Academic Prioritization.
The College of Business Administration ranked as an overall favorable program in preliminary Academic Prioritization released Thursday.
Karl Smart, business information systems chairman, said the data was collected by forms filled out by the faculty and deans.
Dow Chemical Company increased the amount of the Dow/SAP Award of Excellence to $4,500 annually, an increase of $1,500.
This means more opportunities for students studying business.
Three students have received the scholarship this year, each awarded $750, instead of the $500 last year.
Midland graduate student Matt Hock, one of the recipients, said Dow's presence can certainly be seen within courses.
"Their guidance can be seen from the guest speakers who visit the classroom to how classes are taught," Hock said.
Central Michigan University's College of Business Administration is one of the top 294 business schools in the world according to the Princeton Review.
The rankings, published in “The Best 294 Business Schools, 2012 Edition,” were based on more than 19,000 student interviews conducted by the Princeton Review.
Charles Crespy, CBA dean, said the students’ positive ratings had to do with how much they enjoyed the college experience and how much they gained from it.
“What separates us (from other schools) is faculty attention to students,” Crespy said.
Rick Barz swung the first hammer in construction of the new Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship Friday afternoon.
Isabella Bank recently made a $500,000 donation to the College of Business Administration.
George Ross, I live in my own apartment and cook myself dinner every night.
Central Michigan University gained $47.8 million in unrestricted funds from last year, up to about $276 million on June 30.
The increases are composed mainly from capital projects in various stages of planning.
The reserve balances include funds from operational activities that have not been restricted by donors, grant agencies or other parties external to the university.
Faculty Association members voiced their concerns to the board of trustees Wednesday and Thursday in the Bovee University Center.
Sarah Opperman, board of trustees chairwoman, read a statement which said the board has received many heartfelt letters about the issue, and a contract agreement would require compromise on both sides.
"We are in regular communication with President Ross and know the administration team has and is more than ready to move toward a compromise and a resolution in the best interest of the entire university," Opperman said.
Central Michigan University President George Ross said the administration remains eager to reach a fair and equitable contract.
About 150 FA members picketed outside of the UC prior to the meeting.
The Supervisory-Technical Association has agreed to a tentative agreement with Central Michigan University after 14 months without a contract.
Friday, 73 out of 118 STA members voted on the contract issue.
Central Michigan University and its Supervisory-Technical professionals union reached a tentative bargaining agreement on a new three-year deal Thursday.
Details on the Supervisory-Technical Association/MEA-NEA, which represents the 118 supervisory-technical employees, will be released once the tentative agreement has been ratified.
A meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Students upset about the closing of Grawn's computer lab should be pleased to know that a state of the art classroom is on schedule to be completed.
The new area will include subsections of breakout rooms for smaller teamwork sessions and should be completed by the start of second semester.
"There's never enough state money to do exactly what you want, but we've received a very generous $500,000 gift from the Isabella Bank, which launched the whole thing," said Charles Crespy, College of Business Administration dean.
He said the new technology will bring a level of sophistication currently unavailable elsewhere in the college.
"Right now, for example, say you're in a negotiating class.
Central Michigan University has a strong financial foundation.
That’s the truth.
If it didn’t, the government would step in, figuring $68 million of tax money goes toward the university each year.
During University President George Ross’ State of the University speech he even said, “And the state of Central Michigan University is indeed strong.”
Central Michigan Life’s Friday editorial stated, “University President George Ross said Central Michigan University was in strong financial shape in his State of the University Address Wednesday.”
I received a call from Steve Smith, director of public relations, early Friday morning saying we had misquoted Ross and asked if we could fix the situation by printing a correction.
He said the context was in an academic sense, as Ross had spoken about academia prior to saying the quote.
I refused, citing my major issue — when any president, especially of a university, tells you their company is “indeed strong,” that encompasses finances, academics, students and faculty.
Smith explained to me the rhetoric, saying governors and presidents say similar things all the time during their state of the state, or nation, but that doesn’t mean they are financially in good shape.
When did CMU become a place so concerned about the politics of giving a speech?
I asked Smith whether CMU was financially struggling and he declined comment, saying that was not the issue.
An editor’s note was added to the online version of the editorial and I added Ross’ direct quote to give more clarity to readers.
As Ross was giving his State of the University, several buildings over in Powers Hall, Vice Provost of Academic Administration Ray Christie said under oath that CMU never had an issue with giving the Faculty Association what they had originally asked for in contract talks between the two.
“We’ve never stated we could not afford it,” Christie said.
But would a university admit it can afford pay increases if it is financially struggling?
CMU has acted like the victim in all of the FA contract talks, claiming it lost $12 million in Michigan funding this year, which is true.
What CMU isn’t saying is the added 3.47 percent tuition increase will more than make up for the $12 million loss from the state.
For the 2010-11 fiscal year CMU made $189,691,837 from on-campus tuition dollars.
For the 2011-12 fiscal year CMU is anticipating $204,496,263.
That’s nearly $15 million, which makes up for any loss in appropriations they received.