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Enrollment Increase: Alumni Thoughts

In its November/December issue, the Alumni Magazine ran a half-page story on Phil’s half-baked ideas for increasing undergraduate enrollment by 10%-25% and building a massive dormitory complex in College Park. Several alumni were quick to respond in the January/Febuary issue:

DAM Jan-Feb 2018 Enrollment Increase Letters.jpg

Phil Hanlon’s justifications for increasing enrollments are achingly weak — because they aren’t the real justification at all. He just wants to bring in more tuition money to make up for failed fundraising.

Addendum: A faculty member writes in:

I don’t know if you are aware of this, but we are now having to share our offices because of lack of space. While I am happy in theory to do so, it means that there are days when I simply do not have a quiet room in which to do my work. The library is ridiculously noisy, and the faculty offices in there have long waiting lists (and they are hideous). It also means that I can’t leave my books and papers on my office desk from day to day.

Of course, given the impossible parking situation, getting to my office is nearly impossible. I am certainly not going to walk 30 minutes in this cold weather, back and forth to a parking lot, and the bus transport is totally unreliable.

It’s as if the administration doesn’t want faculty on campus.

Colleagues of mine at miserably underfunded institutions, such as U. of Illinois at Chicago, have lovely, well-lit private offices with parking lots a block away. How did we come to this?

Addendum: The author of the first letter above and his father generously donated the College’s new video scoreboard at Memorial Field:

Lewinstein Family Scoreboard.JPG

The Lewinstein family is a minority owner of the Boston Celtics.


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