IOWA'S COUNTY RESIDENTS WANT BETTER PROF & UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCE!

3-20-17

Greetings,  Nicholas Johnson of Iowa City, retired member of the University of Iowa College of Law Faculty, and all—

Your 1,065 word guest column  in the 3-19-17 Cedar Rapids Gazette wailed on and on about more money for ‘education’.  You inferred Iowans and legislators are uninformed, stupid and don’t know what is going on in Iowa universities and ‘education’—as legislators and taxpayers are finally starting to resist blindly throwing more money down those ‘education’ rat holes. 

You whined and opined about what ‘education’ has  done for us without giving a thought to what it has done to us—such as in hosing us!! 

And finally out of desperation, you want to know what “residents of each county wants”, as if universities would actually listen and provide it.   Why should anyone believe you?  But read on anyway!!

You have no compelling evidence university officials and profs listen to anyone but themselves!!  Several years ago, state Senator Chuck Larson complained about UI profs spending too little time in the classrooms.  They  argued against him and dimwittingly proved his point with data showing they spent most of their time in their offices tutoring students—they failed to teach in the classrooms!!  

Today, Iowalive estimates UI profs average about 1 hour per day in the classroom at a total average cost to students of at least $1,000 per hour, including bennies.  Similarly, the average total cost per UI graduate, per job offer received, is at least $200,000, including interest on student loans.  Where are yours, or UI  President Bruce Harreld’s better numbers, Nicholas?  Huh? 

It might interest you to know that NO university president, or other official representative, has responded to any of the following website postings, viewed by hundreds of thousands of Iowa’s county residents, who have not questioned or refuted them.  Same goes for the tax and spend Cedar Rapids Gazette editors.  But Iowa’s county residents and legislators are wisely showing more concern about blindly throwing more money at ‘education’.

POSTINGS SHOW UNIVERSITIES’ PERFORMANCE, FAILINGS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Prepared by citizens and professionals living in Iowa’s counties

PERFORMANCE--IA's 3 UNIVERSITIES ARE MEDIOCRE

EVIL PREVAILS AT U OF I COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

WHAT IA UNIVERSITIES MUST CUT--NO NEED FOR OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS!!

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA PROFS ET. AL. SUFFER FROM TENUREITIS

LOW INTEGRITY CRITICS DEFEND $1.98 BILLION WASTE AT U OF I

UI AAUP CHAIR THREATENS REGENTS WITH PROF UNION

 REGENTS WISELY TIPPED THE BALANCE FOR STUDENTS!!  http://www.iowalive.net/universityperformance.htm

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FIGHTS DELOITTE EFFICIENCY REVIEW  http://www.iowalive.net/uifightsefficiency.htm

EVIL PREVAILS AT U OF I COLLEGE OF EDUCATION  http://www.iowalive.net/evilprevailsatuoficollege.htm

PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS FOR UI UNDER PRESIDENT HARRELD'S LEADERSHIP

UI PRESIDENT HARRELD AIMS UI AT NATIONAL UNIVERSITY LEVEL

YOU ASKED WHAT COUNTY RESIDENTS WANT FROM UNIVERSITIES

If you don’t believe the following are wanted by county residents—offer them to them and ask them!!

1.   The university should make much better use of existing funding and tuition before asking for more!!

a.   This means tuition and budgets will not increase for at least 3 years as performance and  services are improved!

                                              i.     This shows the university is listening and serious about making performance and efficiency improvements!

2.   Teach teachers the Five Essential Components for Teaching  Reading, according to May 2006 Science of Teaching Reading Report made by The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

a.   This means teachers will be able to teach K-12 reading properly  and effectively—without wasteful special education or remediation.

3.    The university to record, report and continuously increase the average number and average amounts of graduate job offers, for graduates in each college—as total average student cost per graduate job offer is continuously reduced.

a.   This shows the university actually cares about the students in meaningful, measurable ways—not just talk.

b.   And it shows prof results can be measured and graded as well as student achievement results.

4.   The university to prepare and effectively implement plans to have professors teach more classes per week—better.

a.   Professors should not be excluded from making performance improvements.

b.   This also shows the university actually cares about the students in meaningful, measurable ways—not just talk.

5.   The university to convince employers that paying profs more at UI makes hiring a UI graduate a much better choice than hiring a graduate from another university!

Nicholas, pushing for the above actions and results will show you and the profs care more about students and taxpayers than about clamoring for more money for the university to waste.  What say you?  It’s a safe bet your response will not be carried in a 1,000 word Sunday guest column in any upcoming Cedar Rapids Gazette, that also contains what you claim to be better numbers than those posted herein, or in the above websites!!

The ball is in your court, Nicholas.  What  say you and UI president Bruce Harreld?  What about ISU president Heath and UNI president Nook? 

Sincerely,

Iowalive      A growing number of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa.