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Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Hardin effect

Posted By on Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 6:45 AM

Does the drumbeat of financial problems at UCA in the aftermath of the Hardin administration mean problems, or at least changes, for higher education as a whole in Arkansas? Brummett poses the good question today.

Specifically, could colleges that have been unable to manage themselves well wind up forcing sensible and unified state regulation, rather than competing fiefdoms overly prone to political manipulation and empire building? Not any time soon most likely. Certainly not if king UCA insider Sen. Gilbert Baker is the lodestar of reform. Baker could begin by disclosing whether his kid was on the discretionary scholarship list (as well as recipient of special housing assistance) at UCA. The university refuses to reveal the insider beneficiaries (other than the current interim president Tom Courtway) though it's clearly public information.

And speaking of university management: $200 million in deferred maintenance at the University of Arkansas? I don't think you'll find any sports palaces on that list.

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