We, the Students . . .

“We, the Students . . .” provides a platform for thoughtful reflections arising from the student body of Baylor University, and is addressed to our esteemed faculty, administrators, and regents. This blog conveys the sentiments of numerous current Baylor students and is not affiliated with nor approved by the University or any of its constituent parts.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Official Baylor Report Highlights Shortcomings of Former Administration

An official report released by Baylor University has highlighted many shortcomings of a former Baylor administration. The following are among those listed:
  • "The major public relations blunders over the past ten years have irritated our alumni."
  • "Baylor has been very 'administration centered' [. . .] for the past [several years.] A number of faculty feel excluded from a real role in shaping Baylor's future. They need the opportunity to have input to the strategic development of Baylor."
  • "A considerable number of Baptists in the marketplace of Baylor are from limited financial strength. [sic] The growth of Baylor and the costs of attending Baylor have overwhelmed them and disenfranchised them. They are somewhat resentful their children cannot afford to attend Baylor."
  • "The alumni of Baylor are not a united group. There are factions with particular interests that drive their attitudes and concepts of what Baylor is and what Baylor should be in the future."
But what report is this? And to which administration does it pertain? Believe it or not, the above is taken directly from the Baylor University Self-Study Report, 1994-1996 which was prepared for the Comission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and submitted in January 1996.

Now, in the past two years, many critics have insinuated that these very shortcomings are the product of the bold manner in which Vision 2012 was implemented by the Sloan administration. But since Vision 2012 was not initiated until 2002, it strains credulity to maintain that this administration was somehow to blame for these problems. Indeed, because these problems were significant enough to make it into a self-study report that was released only as the Sloan administration had just begun, it seems quite clear that if blame is to be assigned, it must certainly fall at some previous administration's feet.

We, the students, are not in the business of laying blame; we therefore decline to speculate on just which previous administration(s) might have been responsible for these problems. All we can be sure of is that, given that the presence of such problems prior to the mid-1990's, the Sloan administration and Vision 2012 cannot possibly be responsble for them.