William Thornton wrote:I'm not sure where the anti-Shorter crowd is headed. The GBC owns the thing and is willing to pour millions annually into the school, for good or ill.
I'm not sure where the Save Our Shorter and Save OBU
folks are headed.
To an extent, I think these "Save Our" efforts are part of the grieving process. These are faithful alums who truly LOVE their school and former faculty/staff who devoted many many years to their school. Those of us who are removed from these efforts realize that these fights are over.
The GBC won. Sad but true.
Now, if you want to see what happens over the long-term when a state convention gets neck-deep in the affairs of higher ed and exerts enormous control over day-to-day activities, look no further than Brewton-Parker College.
Just two weeks ago, it was reported
that BPC was moved from warning status (already been there for two years) and put on Probation by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)
This puts Georgia Baptist-controlled Brewton-Parker on the cusp of losing its accreditation w/ SACS.
SACS found that Brewton-Parker "failed to comply with standards for financial stability, for having adequate full-time faculty, for control of finances, as well as standards regarding federal financial aid programs."
A couple observations:
1. The finding that BPC does not have adequate full-time faculty is damning. I'm not surprised because - via Facebook - I've discovered that a former high school classmates of mine have been teaching regularly at BPC.
Say a tenured professor makes $50K at BPC and teaches a 4-4 load, that's 8 classes a year. Dump that professor, hire an adjunct and you can have those 8 classes taught for just $16K total, possibly less. I would not be shocked to learn that an adjunct in some fields only gets $1500 per class at BPC. They paid $1300 for an adjunct about 15 years ago.
2. I'm curious as to what the standards regarding financial aid programs means. 15-20 years ago, BPC had a huge financial aid scandal that involved Canadian-born baseball players getting federal subsidized loans. The scandal brought down the President (who was not involved) and I think at least one person went to prison, maybe two.
3. The finding that BPC lacks control of its finances is severe - shows just how dependent on the GBC the college has become.
My question is - maybe you know William - how much longer will Georgia Baptists keep throwing money at BPC? The only way the school survives is with a significant stimulus. A bail out.
My understanding is that many of the buildings are out-of-use. They can't afford the up-keep. The school sounds like - from what I hear - that it is falling apart, slowly.
Once upon a time, it used to a be a good little Baptist college that met the needs of the surrounding community with great music programs and a fine education program for aspiring K-12 teachers. Of course, the person who played the biggest role in running the school into the ground got a Golden Parachute out of there and is not an administrator at a Baptist university in Dallas.
All that said, I sympathize with the Shorter and OBU people. Been where they are in a sense especially those connected to a faculty who lost his/her job. But Shorter and OBU is going to do what they are going to do. There's no stopping that. The state conventions call the shots. And recovering those state conventions is not something that is realistic.