UMUC's long slide [Letter]

September 23, 2014

Bruce Hull and Maggie Cohen got it absolutely right in their September 18th commentary ("UMUC should focus on education, not business"). What they wrote is sad but true concerning the university where I taught for 20 years until late July. We faculty saw the deterioration in standards starting when former UMUC President Gerald Heeger tinkered with a plan to turn the university into a for-profit enterprise. That tinkering led to a long slow slide. Rather than fighting for student numbers by cutting costs, it should have done so by continuing to offer top-quality education. Faculty in Europe and Asia saw the current mess coming years ago, but an out-of-touch administration with a one-size-fits-all, number-crunching mass market attitude lost is way.

Maggie Cohen deserves a special commendation from the University System of Maryland for bravely putting pen to paper on this.

Nile Stanton

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