Monday, August 4, 2014

SIUC Turning the Corner

Caught on WSIU this morning that the university saw its lowest ever total enrollment last year, just under 18,000 total but President Randy Dunn says that the feeling is the university has turned the corner. As I have said before, the university has turned the corner so many times it is back at the starting line.

It is really not that hard to figure out what needs to be done to fix the university's problems:

1.  Hire the best instructors the university can afford
2. Raise the standard for admissions
3. Look for programs and degrees that are not offered or well served at other institutions and offer them.

It is easy for me to say what needs to be done, implementation is hard after 25+ years of chasing any and all students and trying to become another University of Illinois. Instead, focus on the things that brought the university to national renown from the 1940s through the 1970s.


  1. Additionally, end the hiring of adjuncts and put those currently at SIUC on tenure track; drastically reduce administrative bloat and send them back to the faculty to teach; forward a resolution to the Board of Trustees prohibiting future hires of ex-politicians in higher administrative positions to return the university to being a real educational institution.

  2. True, but I was trying to keep the list short.