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January 22, 2017 at 7:36pm No matter how you slice it, law or policy, Ellen Novotny making more than twice as much as all the other people teaching extended studies is unconscionable. When money at ASU is in such short supply, her extra should have been used for something better. Didn't it cost about $200k to bring faculty up to 72.5% of CUPA? Frank and Ellen probably bilked ASU for more than that over the years. Just in 2013-2014, Ellen made around $270K combined. If half of that was from being overpaid, that's $135K in just two years.
January 22, 2017 at 4:18pm Nepotism, what the Novotnys did, is illegal in some states and some organizations. In others, it's just against organizational policy. ASU's Trustee Handbook says: "Section 3.9: Supervision of Immediate Family - It shall be deemed to be a conflict of interest for an employee to serve in a direct supervisory capacity over an immediate family member or audit, verify, receive, or be entrusted with moneys received or handled by such family member. Immediate family member includes spouses, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers and sisters." However, we all know the people at the top at ASU rarely get held accountable. Look at Walter Roybal. Why is he still allowed anywhere near Extended Studies? Why does he still have a job? Only those who speak up about problems are routinely punished at ASU.
January 22, 2017 at 12:51pm I agree with the comment that Novotny should be investigated. What he did should be against the law.
January 22, 2017 at 9:40am Re: the comment on January 21 @12:44 Racketeering comes to mind...
January 21, 2017 at 12:44pm Is Novotny being investigated by local, state, federal authorities? Certainly he violated some laws?
January 21, 2017 at 11:16am "Obesity can be caused by a variety of factors, including depression and certain medications. In these cases, an employer who discriminates against an employee based on weight can be in violation of federal employment laws. It is also important to point out that weight-based hiring restrictions can be linked to other forms of discrimination since BMI and body fat varies by age, sex and race. An employer could be perceived as having discriminatory hiring practices based on these factors in addition to weight, especially if one class was disproportionately affected by the company's policies." Apparently obesity can also be linked to poor teeth and plumbers according to McClure. I'm guessing the Nursing Department teaches our students not to mock their patients. I'm also guessing Business Management and Marketing recommend against mocking 10-30% of your employees and students. McClure: not a leader, not an educator, not a businesswoman, not respectful.
January 20, 2017 at 7:22pm Having worked with Armando Valdez before, the report that he added almost 70% to his salary - making $108k - from up to 13 job duties doesn't surprise me. He was extremely slow to respond to communications, couldn't be counted on for help most of the time, and frequently showed up with his job duties thrown-together at the last minute. School of Business faculty aren't superhuman. They are cutting lots of corners in their job in order to make 2-3 times what other faculty make at ASU. And finally, people are starting to notice and call them on it.
January 19, 2017 at 5:52pm Novotny and Crowther both belong in prison. McClure belongs in an asylum.
January 19, 2017 at 2:15pm As stated in the President’s end of semester laundry list holiday email to the campus in December, she and Walter Roybal will be presenting to Faculty Senate on Monday about Extended Studies. Since ASU hired VP Gilmer to oversee Extended Studies, why isn’t it he presenting about the division which he, presumably, oversees? Why hasn’t VP Gilmer been allowed to put forth action that this campus so very much desires and NEEDS in order to survive HLC? Is McClure THAT insecure, vindictive, and venomous that she is unable to step aside and give credit to where it’s due? Is she unable to put aside her own pride in order to do what is truly best for this institution? I am at a loss. After the Mathieu’s report there was hope that some decisive action will occur to right some previous wrongs. And yet, here we are, 4 months later, and only one month away from HLC and it “looks” like we’ve been sitting here twiddling our thumbs waiting for the axe to fall. What has been happening? What is the “higher level decision making” going on without Gilmer? Way to be transparent ASU! Way to put students first!
January 19, 2017 at 10:07am Wow! Novotny and wife had a real deal. Perhaps ASU should have banned Novotny and his wife from campus instead of Ledonne.
January 18, 2017 at 9:15pm Have people seen President McClure's "welcome back" video on YouTube? Please do, but not with coffee in your mouth or you might spit it all over your computer. It starts with her proudly announcing that "last year was a great year for the university" and the ridiculous propaganda just rolls out from there with any number of vapid talking points. She makes no mention of being put on academic probation by the HLC, being downgraded by Moody's, sued by the ACLU for civil rights violations, called out by FIRE and shamed in the Chronicle, audited for declining financials by the state of Colorado, exposed with fraudulent online coursework by the Mathieu report, and presiding over students and faculty leaving in unprecedented numbers. Question: is McClure pathologically delusional, a master of deceit, or both? Yeah, 2016 was a great year for ASU because they made it in the top 50 of 278 HSI's, even though they graduate among the lowest percentage of Hispanic students in the nation. Then there's mention of the Salazar Rio Grande Del Norte Center, a self-congratulatory PR stunt timed amid multiple controversies to distract and bury ASU's real problems... but also a poorly-curated and improperly-produced museum exhibit that upstaged and usurped the important work of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. McClure mentions that ASU will “continue to build on our academic excellence,” but doesn't mention the serious academic problems that has made the university's reputation and the value of an ASU degree anything but excellent. McClure's message continues in the tradition of denial and oblivious jingoism. It represents the empty rhetoric of a leader who doesn't have a clue how to get out of the many problems she has presided over and worsened. And fittingly, the lighting and camera make McClure look like a deer caught in headlights. So watch it a second time with the sound off for the real message of the video: this person is clueless and the university is going to get hit by a bus.
January 18, 2017 at 8:44pm We have now crossed over into the Twilight Zone, the higher education edition. In this episode, the most capable, accomplished, selfless, professors, those who devote themselves completely to serving students and bettering higher education will perversely be labeled as narcissists. Only the dwindling survivors of this warped universe, the few who still retain their intellect intact, know to look instead to the Marvel house – carefully avoiding the east side spell of mirrors, of course - to witness what a true narcissist looks and acts like. In this episode, the small-minded with no regard for constitutionally protected liberties will crow over someone being denied promotion because “he values free speech so much” (January 8, 2017 5:12pm). They will proudly – shockingly! - state that this denial of promotion was “punishment” (January 8, 2017 5:12pm), going so far as to explicitly claim that they “denied Elison his promotion” (January 8, 2017 8:48am), and meanly sneer that “what comes around goes around” (January 17, 2017 6:21pm). One is tempted to label such revolting expressions and claims of retribution as deeply unAmerican and antithetical to the principles of educational inquiry, but this doesn’t ring so true these days. Like our nation, ASU has become an alternate reality where up is down and down is up. Those stuck in the Twilight Zone look desperately to outside state and national leadership, hoping that someone out there is paying attention to the swirling drain of this sad, sad, little backwater of a campus held hostage by an “intellectually inbred, middle school mentality of cliques” (thanks to January 16, 2017 4:42pm for the apt expression). Adams State crossed over into the Twilight Zone some time ago, and we’re all stuck in its vortex. The first step out of the Twilight Zone is to recognize you’re in it, but this seems to be an insurmountable challenge for most. When surrounded by educational zombies, mimic them to survive, right? This eventually become your new normal, until one day you no longer recognize zombies for what they are - the intellectual undead. The second step is a tough choice: Take a stand, stand ones ground, and do what’s right, or set your sights on normalcy and run for the border. Good night, and good luck out there. ----Editor's Reply: I will confess to having an affinity for political science fiction that is becoming science fact.
January 18, 2017 at 7:51pm So, we have name-calling from all directions and amateur psychological diagnoses, and then there are facts. I wonder which HLC, Moody's, etc. will be concerned with. My bet is on the numbers. Mathieu report: "There is, indeed, a culture of questionable academic practice that appears to have been in place for many years; a culture that further compounded the actions of the OES such that, for many, it became standard operating procedure that was rarely questioned." And the culture lives on. Those who raise issues out of concern for ASU and our students are demonized. Those who reaped the benefits of "questionable academic practice" and those close to them defend the status quo. ASU is poised to fail, failing all our students. Whose fault? The numbers don't lie.
January 18, 2017 at 5:13pm An article from 11 years ago that's worth revisiting... Novotny assumes Interim Chief Academic Officer duties (01-20-2006) "I also believe that ASC has a strong administrative team that works well together in an environment where everyone feels free to express their opinion," Novotny said. "Only when all perspectives are considered can the best decision be made." ... "Novotny said he believes his personal challenges are balancing being a husband and father with the demands of the job and trying to differentiate what needs to be done from what could be done." Because what needed to be done in 2006 was a strategic campus plan to increase retention among students and employees, prioritize quality academic programs, remove parasitic administrators who were incompetent and/or ineffective, and cultivate a campus culture of empowered, motivated faculty and staff. But what could be done was going into debt with massive construction projects, creating an online degree mill for extra cash, prioritizing athletics programs and administrator pay, and cultivating a campus of fear and repression to scare off anyone who might "express their opinion" or to "consider their perspective." Guess which one Frank failed to differentiate?
January 18, 2017 at 4:40pm First, I would like to thank Watching Adams for analyzing the salary data. It is certainly eye opening. I was stunned to read that Frank Novotny's wife earned $141,750 in 2013-14 teaching Extended Studies courses and was paid twice the rate per student than other faculty teaching ES courses. This was while Novotny was the administrator ultimately in charge of Extended Studies. This was nepotism at its worst but I would go further and call it "criminal." Also the fact that Novotny resigned and ended up with a salary of $106, 608 in 2016 is deeply disturbing; his salary is almost $40 K more than the chair of his department. Novotny brings no value-added back to his department; he was a less than competent administrator and non-scholar. ASU and its students are simply not getting their money's worth in this deal. As the salary analysis shows, there are just too many "bad" deals being made by ASU.
January 18, 2017 at 1:18pm Is it any wonder that several ASU business faculty have lead the way when it comes to converting a public university into a private profit center for themselves? Or are we to believe the free market fantasy that Liz Thomas Hensley and Linda Reid are simply working 2.5 times more than everyone else on campus? I'm not so sure the HLC will be convinced.
January 18, 2017 at 12:48pm So Elison is not a narcissist; that is news to the rest of campus and especially to his colleagues in Psychology. Ask them; they know (However, don’t bother with Pipitone; he is Elison’s toady.).
January 18, 2017 at 9:15am There is no doubt that Novotny is an economic parasite on the carcass of Adams State. Instead of being “resigned,” he should have been terminated for allowing his wife to make an excessive amount of income in a program that he oversaw. It was pure and simple nepotism that was partly responsible for ASU’s academic probation. Also allowing administrators to be “resigned” and go back into the faculty ranks making most of their administrative salary is a poor business practice that should be ended. It is unfair to faculty, students, and taxpayers.
January 17, 2017 at 11:48pm With all the talk about "right sizing" and budget cuts at ASU, those high salaried faculty and administrators racking up extra paid services and coursework should be the first to get cut. But something tells me that won't be happening. Just think: while Frank Novotny was earning his reputation as "Dr. No" for refusing to fund programs, faculty lines, and other needed academic budget requests, his wife was making huge amounts teaching online and he was getting paid extra to do his job. His job, of course, included overseeing precisely the program area that his wife was making six figures to abuse until ASU was put onto probation. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
January 17, 2017 at 10:00pm Loosbrock also resented Dr. Nealy because of her command of the English language and her "earned" Ph.D.. Crowther resented Dr. Nealy for many reasons especially because she is everything that he is not: A highly religious ideologue with fierce courage and academic integrity. Crowther is a coward at best and should never be in charge of the hiring process because he has cost the school more litigation fees than most. Crowther could not intimidate Dr. Nealy like he does with Saenz, Centeno, Goddard, Loosebrock, and Solis. It's really awful how my alma mater has gone down the drain. I attended the event a year ago that Dr. Nealy organized and I enjoyed it. Well organized event. Not sure why Loosbrock was on the panel...the presentation I least liked. But, now she is gone? But these ahumans are still at the college causing problems. What's happening to ASU? All the good professors are leaving or already gone. I blame Crowther for all ASU's problems. That bastard needs to go crawl under a rock. His day is coming real soon. And I'm certain he had something to do with Elison's full professor denial. A white male without any privileges!
January 17, 2017 at 8:12pm "the list of targets continue to grow, and the gripes pile up" as well they should. Would Crowther like to explain these line items? $30,000 for “Outreach Off Campus Faculty” $5,178 for “World Language Program Director" World Language? At least it's singular, "language", and not languages. $5,000 a year to "direct" one prof? That doesn't sound like a scam at all. Who is bringing down the university? People who are willing to talk about problems, like Waddell and Elison, or the scam artists like Crowther and the unscrupulous profs and adjuncts teaching 400, 500, 600 students? Waddell, Elison, and like-minded employees did not bring on ASU's probation, bad publicity, and dire financial straits. Crowther, Hensley, Reid, Longfellow, Coddington, Scott, the Novotny's, and others win that honor. Yes, when you pull back the curtain, the list grows and grows.
January 17, 2017 at 6:50pm I am a current student here at ASU and a former student of Dr. Nealy. I took Dr. Nealy's Black Radical Feminism class and her Intro to American Government course as well. I was extremely impressed with her passion and love of teaching which was exhibited in her love for students. She is an extremely brilliant professor, oratorically gifted, and a high professionalism I have not seen displayed by my other professors in McDaniel Hall. Dr. Nealy has high standards and she let everyone in the class know that. She is among a few professors here at ASU who didn't give grades or extra credit. What you earned in her class, you earned fairly through preparation, studying hard, and doing the work in her class. I appreciate this because my other professors dumb down to us like we are high school students. But Dr. Nealy motivated me and encouraged me to do my best because she had faith in me when I didn't believe in myself. I am simply proud that I enrolled in both her courses and earned a B. To me that's like an "A" because she is a very tough challenging professor. She cares and as she would say in class "tough love" is what you will experience in my classes. I was very saddened to learn that she left because honestly, Dr. Nealy was the best professor I have taken here at this school. And I miss her because she always went beyond the call of duty to help me and other students. She's very professional, very strict with rules and policy in her courses, but you know what, I liked this about Dr. Nealy because it showed that she wasn't like any of the other professors who don't have standards. Those professors allowed me to cheat on tests, come late to class, and eat in class. But, wow, not Dr. Nealy she was an entirely different professor with the highest standards. So, sure, I thought about dropping her class the first day because I just wasn't use to so many rules, high standards, or expectations. However, I stayed in the courses because Dr. Nealy to me is a real professor, a true intellectual, a true academic and educator and I admire her for that which changed my way of thinking. I want to end by saying that other professors in McDaniel were very jealous of Dr. Nealy because my classmates and I overheard conversations(won't reveal professor's names because i am currently enrolled in their boring class) from those professors "plotting" to get rid of her. One even called Dr. Nealy an "uppity colored" ... Yeah, I and my classmate were surprised and we went to tell Dr. Nealy, but it was too late. I will be transferring to another college soon because as a student of color, I don't support what ASU did to Dr. Nealy nor do I have any respect for those professors who called her that racist name. Wherever you are Dr. Nealy, I enjoyed your classes and thank you for motivating me to do better and believing in myself. I think you are a very unique high quality professor with high morals who I will always admire.
January 17, 2017 at 6:21pm Remember Elison, what comes around goes around and Karma can be a real bitch. - Gerri Swartz ----Editor's Reply: This user submitted a fake email address and their identity cannot be verified.
January 17, 2017 at 5:16pm "If you really love the San Luis Valley, don't criticize Adams State University." - does that sound like an abusive relationship, or what?
January 17, 2017 at 3:56pm Danny’s “Revenge Porn” Site Maybe Danny had good intentions when he started this site, but I don't think so. After being denied a tenure track job, he got pissed off and refused to accept that he was no longer employed at ASU, attending meetings he had no business attending. When people who did not know him looked into his background, and discovered that he had written his stupid Columbine RPG game, he was then designated as PNG. So now, under the guise of “great transparency begins here,” he is extracting his revenge. It seemed that at first, President McClure was the primary target, but the list of targets continues to grow, and the gripes pile up. This is nothing but a “revenge porn site.” Danny and his minions (all three or four of them) are obviously out to bring down the institution that he knows is crucial to the economic health of the valley he claims to love. What a guy. The most ridiculous thing I’ve seen posted here concerns Lisa Neely. Fault Crowther for hiring her in the first place, but not for his part in getting her out. He wanted to hire a woman of color. Anyone who had any dealings with her knows that she was a complete disaster. Most of the students who signed up for her courses dropped her classes immediately. Only a small handful of students liked her quirks enough to stay in her classes. The idea that Centeno was jealous about having another woman in the department, or that she was smarter than Crowther is total nonsense. I have no interest in getting Danny’s editorial response. Spare me, as I already know what you will say. This site should be shut down along with the other revenge porn sites. ----Editor's Reply: We do have an interest in publishing your criticism, even if you aren't interested in a response to it. While ASU banned Ledonne for unsubstantiated claims that it couldn't defend against the ACLU in court, any number of other universities have invited him as a guest speaker, presenter, and lecturer for the same body of work. Perhaps this says more about ASU than it does about Ledonne. While “revenge porn” is the invasion of privacy for prurient interests, the performance and policies of public universities are not. And while it is convenient to attempt to discount and marginalize inquiries into these policies, there remain serious structural problems with Adams State University that have been unaddressed for far too long and are now subject to the scrutiny of multiple outside agencies. If this were all the deranged ramblings of a few vengeful people, ASU would not be subject to a state performance audit, on academic probation from its accreditor, a lowering credit score from ratings agencies, declining enrollment, and high employee turnover. Watching Adams reports on these issues. Whatever one thinks of a particular comment on this reader-created page, perhaps the most ridiculous assertion is not about any individual statement but that a website should be shut down as “revenge porn” for discussing the performance and procedures of a public university. What university of serious academic standing espouses the ethos of banning people and websites for their ideas, however unpopular or controversial?
January 17, 2017 at 5:28am Working for ASU is like swimming with sharks. They eat their own.
January 17, 2017 at 1:16am I am a parent to an ASU nursing student that has elected to complete her nursing degree elsewhere due to a failing soon to be unaccredited nursing program! We have decided not to be part of a 41% pass rate nursing program. In this embarrassment of a nursing program we were faced with retaliation, race discrimination, unfairness, and intimidation beginning with a unprofessional nursing director, along with unprofessional nursing instructors. Melissa Milner, nursing director, has allowed nursing students to cheat, use drugs, and violate patients' HIPAA rights, along with many other violations. All these violations have been voiced with no repercussions! Shame on the students? NO! Shame on Melissa Milner for allowing this! Therefore, this is not a program we want to be a associated or even accredited from! Nursing instructors along with nursing students should be ashamed to be part of Melissa Milner boorish, unprofessional, and unethical direction as the nursing program director! Goodbye! ASU Nursing Program! With a Pass Rate of 41%!
January 16, 2017 at 7:47pm "Fall 2017, Gilmer gone, McClure still here." Right, the power of mirrors! The scariest part of this scenario is the message it would send to HLC. ASU fires the guy who took them seriously and ordered the Mathieu report, while keeping the sorceress who accused them of unfair treatment in her tantrum of a reply. We'd better all plan on finding new jobs.
January 16, 2017 at 4:42pm Professor Elison is the exact opposite of a narcissist. He is humble and the first to admit when he doesn't know something, supportive of his colleagues, and stands up for people less fortunate than him even when it wouldn't benefit him to do so. There's also no question that he is well published, exceptionally qualified, and highly regarded by his students. You know, the qualities that are supposed to matter in a performance review. But at ASU, none of that matters. It is an intellectually inbred, middle school mentality of cliques. If you don't fit in, and especially if you are willing to question authority structures, you will be beaten down and chased out. Just look at who rises to the top – the very people who have gotten ASU into serious academic and financial trouble. If Elison didn't get promoted, he should take it as a badge of honor and a compliment. Like so many others, maybe he will move to a better school with higher pay and a functional workplace. I wish him the best and I know many others at ASU who do, too.
January 16, 2017 at 1:07pm I'm going out on a very thin limb here and say that Gilmer will not be here at the start of next school year. It won't matter how popular he is, it won't matter what the faculity believes. Truth be told, your input means very little at the end of the day. This administration is going to do what they see fit. when it best serves them. Fall 2017, Gilmer gone, McClure still here.
January 16, 2017 at 1:05pm So Elison did not get promoted to professor. It certainly takes a real piece of work to be denied promotion due to a personality defect. However, Elison is the classic clinical definition of a narcissist. Perhaps it is time for him to pack up his shame scale (including the Polish translation) and move on down the road.
January 16, 2017 at 10:10am It's the really big stucco house that borders the McDanial Hall parking lot. Northeast corner of Second St. and Richardson Ave. No idea how it got it's name.
January 16, 2017 at 7:45am Is McClure's house really called the Marvel House? Why? Where is this place? We want to walk by and see the mirrors.
January 15, 2017 at 9:07am Trump mocks disabled reporters; McClure mocks people who struggle with their weight, the working class, and students. McClure lied about the State Police Watchlist and terrorism; Trump lies about, well, just about everything. McClure was clueless about the reality of the HLC's grounds for probation, or tried to cover them up; Trump is clueless about just about everything and routinely covers up his mistakes. McClure silences dissent with intimidation and humiliation; ditto Trump. This week the parallels continue: McClure used her Danny Ledonne folder as a prop in meetings with students and this week Trump played from the same game plan. Watching Adams had a good laugh over McClure's inept lying and manila theatrics, and sad coverage of her fat-suit and endangering accreditation. Now the press is enjoying Trump's manila props: Above the Law: REVEALED: What’s Really In Trump’s Stack Of Folders Huffington Post: I’m One Of Trump’s Manila Folders Boston Globe: What was in those folders at Donald Trump’s press conference? The Hill: Trump barred reporters from examining stacks of folders at press conference Both our presidents better realize this isn't a reality show and they aren't above the law.
January 15, 2017 at 8:49am Regarding the Doell-Crowther road tour, Ed's appeal was less than compelling. It would take a marketing genius to sell McClure-Doell over Gilmer.
January 14, 2017 at 9:29pm I'm pretty sure the answer to that last question is no. Well actually yes, McClure would replace Gilmer with Doell if she could get away with it. But she can't. To replace one of the most popular, competent administrators with one of the least popular, least competent while ASU is under HLC scrutiny would be career suicide and university homicide. She'll just have to settle for mirrors on her windows. The Doell-Crowther road tour to undermine Gilmer is just undermining McClure-Doell-Crowther. Bullies only get away with their game for so long. Picking on the wrong person is usually their downfall. Or when their bullying threatens everyone's jobs.
January 14, 2017 at 10:17am Re: January 13, 2017 at 12:57pm While the prospect of President McClure replacing Dr. Gilmer with golfing BFF Margaret Doell is disgusting, it would be entirely consistent with our new post-truth political reality in which facts no longer matter. Dr. Gilmer has demonstrated a commitment to academic integrity from the moment he arrived on the ASU campus. In contrast, and in addition to other legitimate criticisms, in numerous instances Margaret Doell has clearly demonstrated that she entirely lacks any semblance of academic integrity. Could ASU’s longstanding tradition of cronyism actually trump (pun intended) academic integrity in the VPAA’s office? Woe unto ASU!
January 13, 2017 at 1:13pm With apologies to the Eagles: Mirrors on the WINDOWS, The PATRON on ice And she said "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device" And in the master's chambers, They gathered for the feast They stab it with their steely knives, But they just can't kill the beast Last thing I remember, I was Running for the door I had to find the passage back To the place I was before "Relax, " said the night man, "We are programmed to receive. You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave!"
January 13, 2017 at 12:57pm No, no, no, McClure doesn't have mirrors in her windows because she'd love to replace Gilmer with Doell, even at the risk of losing accreditation. The mirrors are her best solution to HLC accreditation so far. HLC is in Chicago. That's why she put all those mirrors on the east side of her house. Nothing crazy about it.
January 13, 2017 at 8:54am I saw the mirrors in the president's windows. Does Adams have a minor in Voodoo?
January 11, 2017 at 8:04am I think I know most of the business faculty. Who is an assoc/full prof without a doctorate?
January 10, 2017 at 11:11pm Re 8:04 pm comment: Seriously? I need to take a gander and view for myself of what is spoken of... if so, I shall photograph such a sight and send to our newspaper, the Valley Courier. Hmmmmm what ever does this mean? Has the witch gone mad, is she creating a spell? ----Editor's Reply: If someone contacts us with a link to a photo, we will publish it here for public review, but only if the photo is taken from a public location (such as a sidewalk).
January 10, 2017 at 11:07pm Dr. J Elison should ask why he was denied a promotion... Then ask why a handful of faculty ex. School of Business and Teacher Education as to why these professors gained associate/full profs without obtaining their PhD. Simple reason: because of Tomlin, Hensley and Crowther.
January 10, 2017 at 8:04pm Walk or drive by the Marvel House, President McClure's residence, and note the mirrors in every single window on the east side. No other sides, just the east side. What do mirrors in the windows mean? It could be to deflect wayward birds, but that's extremely unlikely given how low the first floor windows are and how close the house next door sits. Alternatively, a Google search reveals: "it works like a protective shield. like if someone is sending you negative energies through spell work or just wishing harm on you, supposedly the mirror makes it go back to them." Whose house is immediately next door to the east? Dr. Gilmer. I think we can draw two conclusions here: She really doesn't like Chris Gilmer and this is some bizarre passive-aggressive act against him. And she's losing her mind. Very scary. I hope the BoT is paying attention.
January 10, 2017 at 8:02am Inclusive excellence at its finest. ASU respects us as long as were not fat or working class. Great message from the President. You can re-phrase Streep to fit McClure. The parallels with Trump are bad. [Mocking] Someone [she] outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. And this *instinct* to humiliate, when it’s modeled by our President, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to mock those who are overweight or working class. The President's disrespect invites disrespect from others on campus. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. Most profs seem to defend her but we students certainly lose when she acts like that.
January 9, 2017 at 11:18pm Re: January 9 @ 10:51 - Yes, we are all losing. Even McClure supporters are losing. They just don't get it... yet.
January 9, 2017 at 10:51pm “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.” Meryl Streep speaking about Trump And our most respected seat at ASU wears a fat suit! "And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
January 8, 2017 at 9:39pm At most universities, hard-working and dedicated faculty and staff - who care about institutional ethics and the well-being of their colleagues - are valued and retained. But not at ASU. Here, they are bullied, ridiculed, shunned, and pressured to leave or are simply kicked out. Then the faculty or staff frequently go on to more prestigious (and higher-paying) institutions elsewhere. ASU students pay attention and consequently, they are leaving ASU, as well. How many students left because Lisa Nealy isn't there for them, or Ben Waddell is no longer teaching in their department, or their favorite Art or English professor is gone, or their favorite librarian has left, or their department and degree plan begin to look like Swiss cheese? There are real numbers behind each of those questions. And they aren't good numbers. So the next time someone celebrates ASU's high turnover because it serves their vindictive, petty office politics, just remind them that it hurts the entire university when good employees go elsewhere. Especially given that many of ASU's worst employees are rewarded and rise to the top.
January 8, 2017 at 5:12pm Elison has nothing to complain about with denial of his promotion. But he probably will anyway. Quoting someone: "although his salary will be 11% lower than it would have been had be been promoted, at least Dr. Elison can rest easy at night knowing that he stood up for something that mattered." His punishment is even worse than 11% (or better I'd say). Based on CUPA for his department, his raise would have been over $10,000 per year, more like 20%. But since he values free speech so much I'm sure it was worth it to him. Whose eating crow now, Jeffie? As to his resting easy at night, I hope $10K, $20K, $30K is enough to keep him awake applying for jobs somewhere else. He should follow Waddell right out the door.
January 8, 2017 at 4:50pm Yes, and a toxic institution that bullies and retaliates against its dedicated faculty and staff who speak out against a culture of corruption and poor academic integrity... is in turn reprimanded by academic accreditors, free speech organizations, state auditors, and experiences ongoing enrollment decline coupled with financial downturn... triggering more lay-offs across campus and contributing to the low morale of the entire institution. Is this vindictive culture of "extermination" really helping ASU out? It sure doesn't seem like it.
January 8, 2017 at 8:48am From 2/13/16, If we are going to name names - let's call out Jeff Elison and Ben Waddell as being the sad, sad danny followers. Anyone else? These guys don't have a freak'n clue about the ramifications of this for their careers. Sure called it. We booted Ben out of here, denied Elison his promotion, and I bet he'll be gone soon too. WatchingAdams bozos are a bunch of vermin who at this rate will all soon be exterminated.
January 7, 2017 at 7:41am The President of Adams must stop bullying faculty & students! This unprofessional, unethical & corrupt behavior has already been exposed & will continue to be until this situation is resolved! Time for the president to be held accountable & to evolve into this century!
January 6, 2017 at 9:40pm Very interesting article about Closing Out a College. "Faculty members who had stayed with the institution even though they weren’t being paid said they kept working out of a sense of duty." "Some professors reported not being paid for months. Some said money deducted from their paychecks for health insurance and retirement accounts was not ending up in those accounts. Retirees reported insurance policies canceled because the college hadn’t paid for them." "Intermont could have survived. Things could have worked out otherwise, but we followed our leadership and it led to complete institutional failure. As a result, the school we love is coming to an end." Oh the blindness of blind faith.
January 6, 2017 at 4:54am Think it can't happen here? Does this ring familiar? Closing Out a College - Inside Higher Ed "The 130-year-old college in Southwestern Virginia had been on life support for years as financial troubles fueled accreditation issues..." "The idea of going out ugly is likely to spark discussion of Virginia Intermont. Financial troubles at the college were no secret in the years leading up to its closure. Such issues led to accreditation trouble, with the college seeking an injunction against the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 2013 in an attempt to stave off its accreditation being revoked. In 2014, the situation came to a head. The college was to lose its accreditation July 1 of that year. Plans to merge with Webber International University collapsed." I know some are placing their faith in the state to bail us out when all else fails. But being a public university does not mean we can avoid the same fate, certainly not in Colorado.
January 5, 2017 at 10:45am What must David Mazel be thinking about Adams right now? I wish the owner of this board would try to schedule a podcast with Lisa Nealy and learn what she thinks of her one year experience. And what does Kim Kelso think of Jeff Elison not getting full professor? I hope Jeff gets a good attorney and sues ASU into bankruptcy. This place needs to be destroyed. Too bad for the greater SLV community, but this toxic, vile, obscene institution of rampant cronyism must be destroyed. ----Editor's Reply: We would welcome the opportunity to record a podcast with any former student or employee with a story to share. Please use the Contact Us page to reach out with your contact information.
January 5, 2017 at 8:29am Speaking of the Faculty Handbook and faculty duties: "I solemnly (swear)(affirm) that I will uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Colorado, and I will faithfully perform the duties of the position upon which I am about to enter." It is obvious from Senator Elison's statements that he believed he was performing this duty when he objected to President McClure banning a citizen from campus without due process. It's the ultimate irony that he would be punished for following the Handbook while no one else is held accountable when they fail to do so. The majority is always right, right? Great message for students: conform, go along with the crowd, don't speak up. It's the easiest way to get by in this world.
January 5, 2017 at 7:11am The concerned professor at Jan 4, 12:38pm has eloquently and thoroughly captured the whole of our situation and the essence of the choice before us all. Status quo is the surest path to disaster – for ASU, for Alamosa, for the entire region. Disaster is not some remote possibility. It stares us in the face right now. Each of us must decide for ourselves whether the seemingly safe but utterly deceiving status quo is our chosen path, whether our personal principles and sense of integrity will lead us to follow the numerous other capable individuals who have already left our community, or whether and when we’ve finally had enough and will take a stand against the stranglehold that ASU’s corrupt and ineffective leaders have had on us all for far too long. You can’t escape the choice before you. If you do nothing, you are opting in for disaster. You’ve made a selection, you’ve chosen your path, and you can’t then foist off blame for the inevitable consequences on others. All of us, through inaction, are collective owners of our unfolding disaster. I keep hoping that some singular event will finally topple our false sense of hope and wake us up to the need for action, for change, for real noise. Will Jeff Elison’s patently unfair denial of promotion, due to his brave and principled stand on constitutional issues, be that singular event? With all this town puts up with, I’m not optimistic. I was once optimistic, but it was beaten out of me. The choice before us is not an easy one. We truly love our community and don’t wish to leave. Or perhaps we can’t. We see from the example of others that standing up for what is right in a dysfunctional environment carries heavy consequences. Taking a stand may mean having to leave. Taking a stand may mean that the choice to leave will be made for you. But doing nothing? As our concerned professor says, how can you rest easy at night? You may have delayed personal disaster, but collective disaster is just around the bend. I believe a list was previously posted in this forum of state and national organizations to contact if you’ve finally had enough – would the editor be so kind as to post it again? ----Editor's Reply: We have posted some of the possible organizations to contact on the "Contact Other Agencies" section of the Contact ASU page.
January 4, 2017 at 2:48pm Crowther and Centeno have scammed many people into thinking they are so liberal, so progressive. Shameful. They are both as phony as a $3 dollar bill. Crowther resented Lisa Nealy because he truly does believe he is the first African American in the department. Ask students. He is that delusional. Despite his "public" self promotions as a defender of civil rights, this man is a flaming hypocrite made all the more dangerous by the power the institution for some reason continues to give him. Perhaps he is back to drinking? Centeno scams the university and taxpayers every year. Because of her bullying and playing the feminist-latina card, she and a handful of students are granted exhorbitant amounts of money for travel to far off countries supposedly for Model UN but commonly known as a sightseeing junket vacation. I invite any responsible investigative journalist to look at the disproportionate amount this club is awarded compared to other campus clubs. It is obscene that 5-6 individuals get this much taxpayer money at the expense of other clubs who actually do more, serve better, and involve higher numbers of students. And the new administration does nothing to stop this theft of public money! Oh, and what happened to that book publication Centeno was granted a sabbatical to write? As for Jeff Elison, all one needs to know is that Centeno and Loosbrock are full professors. Check Elison's vitae with both of their's - charlatans to the core! - Disgruntled Grinch Troll
January 4, 2017 at 12:38pm As a concerned professor and long-time resident of the area, I was extremely disappointed to hear of the outcome of Dr Elison's application for full professor. I do not work in his department but I have had the pleasure of working with him on several occasions on campus. My comments regarding his merit for promotion stem from this interaction as well as my general knowledge of his scholarship and teaching. Based on all objective criteria--teaching, scholarship, and university/community service--Jeff Elison's promotion folder for full professor is quite easily among the strongest folders ever submitted to a promotion committee at ASU. I say this without exaggeration. He is currently ASU's best published professor and consistently ranks among the university's best evaluated instructors. Students genuinely enjoy his classes and he is dedicated to their success. He has served on multiple campus committees in his time here, and although he occasionally speaks out on controversial subjects, as the Faculty Handbook reveals, he clearly has a right to do so. Dr. Elison fully embodies the role of a true professor in that he constantly pushes his students to improve and questions the status quo when he deems appropriate. In my opinion, that's what education is all about. If education were about holding the line and following orders our world would never progress. The whole purpose of an education is to question existing knowledge as a means of potentially contributing to the progress of society. How can we realistically expect our students to question the world they live in if we don’t allow our professors to do so? In this sense, the promotion committee’s decision to not grant Dr. Elison the title of full professor is a strike against free inquiry at ASU. The decision should be reversed and the committee members should be reminded of their duty to consider each candidate’s merit for promotion through a neutral lens in which they set aside personal differences with the candidates. The fact that Elison wasn't promoted to full professor is hardly an assessment of his character or merit. Rather, it is an unfortunately accurate evaluation of the state of affairs at ASU. Cronyism have long plagued ASU's campus, where leaders frequently hand out sinecures to their closest allies. However, McClure's leadership has promoted these types of practices to such a degree that the most effective scholars and teachers are simply fleeing ASU altogether. And those who haven't left, like Jeff Elison, are condemned for advocating for what is right and just. It's really uncanny how closely the rise of President McClure parallels the rise of President-elect Donald Trump. In this sense, ASU is an unfortunate thermometer for social conditions elsewhere in the country. Like the latter, McClure has silenced opposition, cultivated a climate of fear, and quite literally gone out of her way to vilify those who have questioned her authority. Like the US Constitution, the ASU Faculty Handbook clearly defends and encourages free speech. However, like US society in recent years, ASU’s campus is looking more and more like the security state that Orwell described in 1984. In his book Orwell wrote, “Big Brother is watching you.” The same could be said of ASU in 2017. They are watching, and if you don’t tow the line, you’ll be punished. Frankly, it's scary how quickly otherwise good people can be turned to the dark side. In my time at ASU I’ve watched seemingly genuine people turn a blind eye when they had an opportunity to speak up about injustices, unethical behavior, and corruption. This reminds me of another point Orwell made, which is that most humans will chose comfort and stability over freedom. One should expect this from the general population but it is surprising to see such highly educated people succumb to such basic principles of psychology. I suppose, in the end, it is a reminder of the limits of the human mind. For better or worse, we are bound to our tendency to conform to the group. It is a survival mechanism that may very well lead our civilization over the proverbial cliff. In the meantime, it appears to be leading ASU into its own dark precipice, and to be honest, I’m not very confident there is a road out. If indeed there is a path forward, it must begin now. The SLV community needs to stand up for what is right because it is quite clear that those on campus will not. And who can blame them? Anyone with an ounce of objectivity will see Dr. Elison's promotion outcome for what it is: A thinly veiled attack on free speech. But who would dare question administration after this? I would like to take a minute to remind administration, faculty, staff, and the broader SLV community, that the Faculty Handbook at ASU encourages its faculty to defend free speech and academic freedom. In fact, on page 6 it states that faculty shall, “Respect and defend the free inquiry of colleagues.” Then, on page 7, it goes on to state: “As citizens engaged in a profession that depends upon freedom for its health and integrity, Faculty have a particular obligation to promote conditions of free inquiry and to further public understanding of academic freedom.” Free inquiry is the cornerstone of higher education, and at ASU, it is under fire. This may seem like an isolated event but it is important to remember that in many ways ASU is the bedrock of this community. If ASU falls, the SLV will follow suit. With this in mind, regardless of whether or not you care about academic freedom, it would be in your own best interest to start pressuring ASU’s leaders to turn things around because if they don’t, your own stability and wellbeing may very well be on the line. I know this seems like a bit of an exaggeration but people should know that the Higher Learning Commission will be visiting ASU in the fall and that as things currently sit, it is highly questionable whether or not they will reaccredit ASU. Failure to obtain accreditation would doom ASU but it would also have a massive impact on the SLV. I would ask local business owners to think about a world without ASU faculty, staff, and students. What would happen to the local housing market? To bankers and real estate agents? To stores and service providers? Take health care industry as an example. If ASU collapses, that means fewer patients, which means less demand for doctors, which means less demand for upscale homes, restaurants, and services. ASU’s collapse would trigger a severe economic crisis in the SLV, and while farming and ranching would obviously continue, the SLV community as a whole would suffer. I know nobody likes to envision the worst. In fact, as humans we are quite adept at downplaying doomsday scenarios but believe me, the state of affairs at ASU is as bad as it seems. This is not just another roadblock that ASU will somehow overcome. This is different. ASU has spent its way to the brink of financial ruin in recent years and student enrollment is falling, quickly. Public support isn’t what it used to be, in fact it’s gone from covering 70% of ASU’s annual bill in 1999 to covering only about 30% in 2016. If students keep leaving, and our current leadership keeps its blinders on, ASU will not be reaccredited in 2017, and everything I described above will happen. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide which side of the line you want to stand on but if you choose to hunker down and pray for the best, know that you had an opportunity to turn things around, and you chose not to. And you alone will have to live with that. In this regard, although his salary will be 11% lower than it would have been had be been promoted, at least Dr. Elison can rest easy at night knowing that he stood up for something that mattered.
January 3, 2017 at 10:23pm Re: January 3,2017 @ 950 No you clearly don't get it. Like I said you look foolish. You attacked the "grinch" turned "troll"--anonymously--which in turns makes you a troll. Get it?!? Takes one to know one! Don't try to use the alt right or the heinousness of racism as your saving grace. That's just uglier than what you've already done. Editor's Reply: At this point, I'm going to respectfully request that we move on from discussing the merits or lack thereof in criticizing a particular faculty member. By now, I think everyone has a sense for these points of view and the comments here are becoming redundant.
January 3, 2017 at 10:20pm I've known Jeff for several years now. He's a great professor who loves his work, is dedicated to his students, is modest in his associations for professional gain, has an impressive track record of publications, is principled on academic integrity, speaks truth to power, and isn't willing to run with the inner circle of popular kids who currently run ASU (into the ground). For all these reasons, Jeff being denied full professorship shouldn't surprise anyone who understands how ASU works. At a healthy university, faculty like Jeff (and Ben Waddell) would be leaders to look up to rather than dissidents to be marginalized and shamed. Look who we have leading us instead - among them the very people who put ASU on academic probation and made it the laughing stock of higher ed. That tells you everything you need to know about ASU. "I start from the supposition that the world is topsy-turvy, that things are all wrong, that the wrong people are in jail and the wrong people are out of jail, that the wrong people are in power and the wrong people are out of power." - Howard Zinn, 1970
January 3, 2017 at 9:58pm I dropped off WatchingAdams awhile ago, but I was alerted to discussion of my promotion. Amazingly the comment was posted at 4:08, about 30 minutes before I received the Committee's Summary Report and almost an hour and a half before I got home and had a chance to read it. Who says WatchingAdams doesn't have its fingers on the pulse of ASU? Regarding my promotion and the report - no comment. Now I'll say goodbye (to WA) again. - Jeff Elison
January 3, 2017 at 9:50pm So if you call someone a troll because they are making nasty, personal remarks anonymously, apparently that makes you a troll. Bit like the alt-right claim that calling someone out as a racist makes you a racist. Okay, I get it.
January 3, 2017 at 8:56pm Re: December 31, 2016 @1020am comment. "Still trolling, huh?" If you read closely the various (3-6) anti-Centeno posts, it's quite clear that they were written by at least 2 different individuals if not 3. Simple language usage and levels of sarcasm make this quite clear. I'm pretty certain I could identify the individual who wrote the first two simply because of my relationship with this individual and knowing his/her speaking habits. It's not rocket science. Having said that, it's clear you have painted several individuals with a broad brush stroke that likely isn't fair. To suggest that anyone who has issues with a faculty member is simply "trolling" negates what those individuals were trying to communicate. Perhaps in their eyes AND EXPERIENCE Centeno IS the worst person at ASU. That's not your call to make. Nor does it negate the bad behavior of Novotny of which you speak. And speaking of calling people "troll", isn't that exactly what you are doing through your own anonymity? I guess it takes a troll to know a troll. And, please don't make a further fool of yourself by trying to attack me. You already look foolish enough. Happy New Year "troll"!
January 3, 2017 at 6:46pm Re: Jeff Ellison's alleged denial of promotion. If this is true it's probably because he didn't take the Liz Thomas route of finish your PhD AFTER you get tenure and then suck up thereafter. Suck up to athletes to be judged "presidential teacher". Suck up so you don't have to do ANY scholarship (and don't give us this bullshit about ASU being a teaching college. The faculty handbook does have some mention of scholarship...however lame). If this is true...could ASU have yet one more lawsuit on its hands? How many are there now?
January 3, 2017 at 4:08pm I just heard that Jeff Elison was denied a promotion to professor. Word is that he has a solid teaching and scholarship record. What is going on? What is the story?
January 3, 2017 at 12:19pm ASU's extended studies department is understaffed so much that they have unqualified people doing critical jobs. They are the focus of the accreditation people, so if stuff isnt done right it could bring down the entire college. The people in charge are either dumb or doing it on purpose.
January 2, 2017 at 10:56pm Happy New Year! Let me start by saying it's very refreshing that Crowther, Loosbrock, Centeno, are finally gaining their assigned seat in purgatory. And let's not forget good ole' Goddard and Mumper who stood by and watched these wicked devils vote to not retain the very first African-American faculty in that department. And my guess is that she represented what Crowther, Loosbrock, Centeno, Goddard, doesn't represent: superior moral character, brilliant, classically trained opera singer, excellent teacher, well-published, and a true feminist who spoke out against racial, gender, religious inequities that plague Adams College. She wasn't afraid to speak out and held one of the best panel discussions here last year. What a prolific speaker this African American is with such articulation of thought and expression. And her students were just motivated and inspired by the powerful lectures delivered. Crowther simply could not stand to be in this faculty presence because she eloquently read him like a book. This African American faculty knowledge on every subject matter was soooo threatening to Crowther, Loosbrock, especially Centeno that they didn't know how to engage this lady. I note all this to shed a bigger light on the underlying issue of how blatantly discriminatory these people are and that African American faculty cleverly addressed such ill behavior. I attended that panel discussion she organized and it was standing room only. This school has never organized anything of such magnitude. Her high standards, perfectionist, teaching our students on a much higher level than Crowther nor Centeno could ever do and this is why she was not rehired. Not to mention that Crowther did not attend that dynamic event..... so much for supporting the college first African-American faculty. Good job Crowther, good job.
January 2, 2016 at 12:05am An interview about the rise of made-up watch lists, loss of tenure protections, threats to academic freedom, and a campus climate hostile to dissent. Yes, sounds like Adams State to me! On Contact: A New McCarthyism with Ellen Schrecker "On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores the rise of a new McCarthyism with Professor Ellen Schrecker, author of “Many are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America”. They examine the role of President Elect Donald Trump and the impact the suppression of dissent has had on higher education. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at a few recent examples of targets of this new McCarthyism."
December 31, 2016 at 9:06pm In re: December 30, 2016 at 3:37pm comment and Dr. Loosbrock not having a doctorate. McClure stated no faculty will be tenured. A mention that if Dr. Crowther was on your side and had something to gain he'd use it. What about the faculty who were just granted full professor without having a doctorate in Crowther's departments???? How does this work for us faculty who work so damned hard.
December 31, 2016 at 3:16pm A line in the January 2017 New Yorker magazine that Drs McClure and Crowther might like to note before next looking in the mirror: "Power doesn't change who you are; it reveals who you are." ----Editor's Reply: I'm a fan of this variation - "No man is really changed by success. What happens is that success works on the man's personality like a truth drug, bringing him out of the closet and revealing what was always inside his head." — Albert Goldman, author
December 31, 2016 at 10:20am Still trolling, huh? There are so many things wrong with your December 30, 2016 at 3:37pm comment. WA's editor may correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this site was established to put a spotlight on abuses by those in power, by revealing factual information that the administration has kept from public view. Commentary about the dubious (to say the least!) behavior of some of ASU's top officers, based on those facts, is entirely legitimate. But airing personal animosity is not part of WA's brief. To call Centeno "about the worst person in ASU" is laughable. Really? Compared to Novotny, who lied and cheated to faculty senate? Compared to McClure, who throws tantrums, verbally abuses people and tries to destroy the reputations of those who stand in the way of her ambition? What about all those who "taught" hundreds of students on year online, bringing down the wrath of the HLC? They are less "worst" than Centeno? Get a grip! Your hate extends to denying her her background. Are you saying that she - and by extension, anyone - can't be Latina if they grew up in America? That you can only be Latina if you are an immigrant? Really?!? You also deny her position as a teacher because she is not a published academic. This is categorically not a research university - its niche is as a teaching institution. There are plenty of professors, teachers who are the backbone of this university, who have published little or nothing for years because all their time is taken up caring for students. It is obscene that you should be so dismissive of them. Again, you demonstrate your membership to the Cult of Like, which worships the idea that being popular is more important than competency. There are plenty of very competent professors who are not popular, just as there are professors who are very popular but not particularly competent. Who would you prefer to have teach your children? Again, I ask you to stop this hate speech and concentrate on demanding better performance from McClure and her disciples. It is only by this means that we may see the resurrection of ASU's reputation, an improvement in its financial security, and a more prosperous future. ----Editor's Reply: We maintain this page as an open forum that includes a broad array of perspectives (most choose to remain anonymous) and encourage readers to consider it as such. Our news and commentary articles are reflective of Watching Adams' design goals, however we recognize the comments page is by and for the readers themselves. To offer one observation: as public higher education in the United States more closely resembles a for-profit business model, there is almost inevitably a decline in collegiality among faculty (who begin to quite rationally see one another as competitors rather than colleagues). As faculty are encouraged to view themselves as "academic entrepreneurs" who "cash in" on the university model for their own private gain, there is often more financial incentive to practice the small-minded politics of division than to cultivate solidarity amongst the professoriate for the common good of the institution and its students. This is an unfortunate national trend that can certainly be observed at ASU.
December 30, 2016 at 3:37pm Although Ed Crowther might have some personal shortcomings, he certainly will do what he can for his students. Crowther has always encouraged students and helped them to grow academically. As far as the HAPPSS department, he is one of the biggest supporters of students and their endeavors. Maybe the phrase "Do as I say, not as I do" works for Crowther here. I am glad people are starting to talk about the other bad eggs in that department. Didn't Loosbrock lie about having his PhD for years before it was discovered he didn't have it? And now he is a full professor? I guess it pays to have Crowther as your friend, at least for the protection. Centeno is about the worst person at ASU. She is insecure about nearly everything and does not care much about others. She plays up her "latina" background, but she grew up in America, and only has family in Latin America. She has said she's from Venezuela so many times she probably believes it at this point. And how is she a real academic? She has never published and only cares about her Model UN group. What has she actually done besides use this group to finance her travels to say how cultured she is? How is she tenured and a full professor? Oh wait, she's a "minority" and single mother. I would bet she's the only full tenured that hasn't published anything. She's a joke. No wonder why students don't want to take her, because she will likely end up alienating students like she does with everyone else.
December 30, 2016 at 8:15am 12/27 writes: "Truly an amoral being." For awhile there, Crowther added repeated confessions of "I am a bad person" to his honey badger shtick. Obviously he was having some insight into his amoral behavior, his turning against his own principles. I always assumed he either wanted others to reassure him he was a swell guy or just wanted to beat others to the punch, rather than these being honestly remorseful confessions. We haven't heard these confessions recently, probably because he's gotten so much worse that it's better to simply hide behind his power. As someone said, Crowther is a smart guy and he's right once again, he really is bad.
December 27, 2016 at 6:49pm December 27, 2016 at 12:02pm has said it correctly---DO NOT EVER TRUST ED CROWTHER................He comes off as quite affable..........in fact he is a back stabber who will do and say whatever serves his interests regardless of the consequences for others. Truly an amoral being.
December 27, 2016 at 12:02pm One of the greatest problems holding back ASU is the Cult of Like. You get ahead here because you are deemed likable, not because of you competencies. I personally don't like Dr McClure - I find her arrogant and aloof, bad mannered and bad tempered - but if she were doing her job (improving enrollment, reversing student and faculty desertions, bringing in funds and improving ASU's public reputation), I would be a hundred-percent supporter. But despite her quarter-million package and two years at the helm, ASU is worse off than before. This is an issue of management competence and leadership failure. As a matter of logic, she should be replaced. Ed Crowther, on the other hand, is very likable. He has a wide group of friends to whom he is generous by all measures, he is humorous, musically talented, a competent administrator, and a good academic. His determination to remake himself physically should be much admired. I like him very much. We have shared much alcohol together. But I can't trust him. He lectures on the principles of civil rights, but has ignored principle when his colleagues express opinions that are at odds with own his ambition. He has supported McClure each time she has violated others' civil and constitutional rights. He supports institutional bullying. He has repeatedly undermined those who have attempted in good conscience to criticize poor performance. These traits are incompatible with his role as faculty senate president, whose job is to represent the interests of his fellow professors, not to represent his own, or McCLure's interests. Centeno is a classic victim of the Cult of Like. Regardless of her competency, her dedication to her students, her incredible work ethic, and her intelligence, she is being impugned simply because someone doesn't like her. Nothing else seems to count. ASU is full of likable, incompetent, complacent people. And those less likable but more competent are vilified. And here we are, one of the least favored, least respected, least innovative universities in the nation. Could there be any connection? To Centeno's detractor: What you are doing is egregious and cowardly. To derogate someone anonymously online simply because you don't like them makes you - not a Grinch - a Troll, the lowest of all cyber species. Please stop.
December 27, 2016 at 10:55am Re: Crowther's exceptional sexism...how many of you knew about these honey badgers....no doubt in my mind this is what he is referring to every time he says it. Crowther is a sickening misogynist! Meet the Honey Badgers, the Women Behind the Men's Rights Movement http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a15964/honey-badgers-mens-rights-movement/ A Fond Salute to “Honey Badgers,” the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Online Anti-Feminism http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/09/23/honey_badgers_misogyny_the_ladies_wing_of_online_anti_feminism.html
December 26, 2016 at 10:38pm How can you all be so negative about Crowther? He does, I mean gets paid for, the jobs of four faculty. Or more! He must be the chosen one. Who else could contribute so much to sucking up, while drinking, coaching, and exercising so much? When Admin needs a hatchet man, who you gonna call? Fairness-Busters Ed!
December 26, 2016 at 7:41pm Lisa Mari grades on weekends because she intentionally has no life. She likes no one and no one likes her except easily influenced female undergrads who she has indoctrinated to believe she is the picture of feminism. Truth is Lisa Mari is an enemy of other women. There is a long list of women she has abused, including faculty on the third floor. She purports to be a latina but is in fact Jewish and quite American born and raised. She once called a meeting of all Hispanic political science students and reamed them for 30 minutes for being a disappointment to their "people." She is intolerant of opposing viewpoints and is a secret admirer of Stalin. Well, actually, it is really not so secret. Her relationship of mutual exploitation with Crowther is quite amusing.
December 26, 2016 at 6:11pm Now, now...let's not start calling people names simply because they have a different view with which we disagree. The "grinch" never claimed Lisa Marie isn't a hard worker, rather s/he indicated that Lisa Marie isn't a nice person because she doesn't like others and others don't like her. And the "grinch" is correct about that as well as her own dislike of other women in the department. I think Lisa Marie has some internalized oppression issues...but that's another thread... But, you are spot on about Crowther. He's a worthless piece of crap. And likely his new fascination with the honey badger Lisa Marie has to do with that there are finally no other women with whom he can cavort...none would have his grossness.
December 25, 2016 at 9:33pm Listen, Grinch! Crowther is one of the big dogs at crotch height, where his sense of smell is greater than his sense of ethics. We all know that, and so he is fair game. But I take great exception to you slagging other professors who happen to be under his command. Centeno is a single mother who works incredibly hard and does ridiculously long hours to serve her students, with little support from her superiors. You will find her on Saturdays and Sundays grading student work when many of the big dogs are brown-nosing Bev. Centeno is the epitome of dedication. So back off! That Crowther might be buddying up to her is not a reflection on her character. Rather, it is he who is needy. Crowther is a social creature and now that his social capital has dissipated, he will impose himself on anyone who has the forbearance to listen to his tired old "honey badger" schtick.
December 25, 2016 at 3:42pm It is good to see that E. Crowther is finally beginning to be exposed for what he is-a narcissistic, power hungry, back stabbing, racist, anti-Semitic, cruel, selfish, insensitive drunkard. His lacky in the department Loos"er"brock is his chief cheerleader. Crowther is now tight buds with Centeno, who likes no one and is liked by no one, because Crowther fears one more sex harassment case and he is toast. He should be gone after the the way he treated that department's first and only African American faculty member. Was she not re-hired because of Crowther's racism or Centeno's refusal to allow any other female in the department? What a disgusting group of charlatans in that department.
December 25, 2016 at 12:18am On the twelfth day of Christmas, Dr. McClure gave to us: Twelve promised layoffs Eleven vague explanations Ten poor excuses Nine empty statements Eight percent lower enrollment Seven financial problems Six ethics violations Five total lies Four budget cuts Three sad semesters Two bad years and accusations that we're sexist!
December 24, 2016 at 11:43pm Merry Christmas, y'all. Happy Hanukkah. Seasons greetings. Happy holidays. Best wishes. Shalom. Salaam. Peace be with us all. Whatever! We have problems... let's work together to get them fixed.
December 24, 2016 at 1:48pm Or better late than never? We know that McClure is frozen in the spotlight of community scrutiny, and nothing substantive will get done until she leaves, but that doesn't mean the rest of us are also frozen. The board will eventually have to dispose of her one way or the other, and replace her with a pragmatic president who pulls in more students and stops the bleeding. In which case, having Degree Works up and running, even if not optimally, will be a tremendous boon.
December 23, 2016 at 6:01pm From the Degree Works website: "Ellucian Degree Works™ is a comprehensive academic advising, transfer articulation, and degree audit solution that aligns students, advisors, and institutions to a common goal: helping students graduate on time." So Degree Works is a tool to support retention and graduation of students. But you need to actually have students to retain for such a tool to be useful. ASU advisors were requesting it for years, along with the additional advising staff needed to use it effectively. Too little, too late.
December 23, 2016 at 1:57pm Yes, Karla Hardesty is a smart, hardworking and dedicated staffer. But I challenge her admirer (December 22, 2016 at 9:04am) on their claim that her colleagues are less than competent. In fact most of her colleagues are perfectly capable of doing their jobs, but they are stymied by their so-called leaders. When guaranteed tuition was introduced, the scheme was so riddled with exceptions, dispensations and caveats that it has become a quagmire for those having to implement it, thereby creating more work for already overworked staff, and also creating confusion for students. This is not the fault of staff. It is the direct result of poor-quality thinking by McClure et al, a limited imagination that prevented her from anticipating problems, and a propensity to blame those who are tasked with making a lousy idea work. It was a hospital pass. If the implementation of Degree Works fails, it will not be the fault of Hardesty and her colleagues - because almost all of them are smart, hardworking and dedicated. Rather, it will be another failure of leadership by those who take home pay packets twice or three times that of Hardesty and her crew members. Go Karla and Co! We are right behind you.
December 22, 2016 at 11:26pm I totally second that motion to nominate WA. Also, I agree that ASU isn't a university by any standards. So let the original label stand; "college".
December 22, 2016 at 2:40pm My experiences communicating with Beverlee McClure are similar to the hemp farmers in the article. She often uses "air quotes" to belittle people, never apologizes or comes across as empathetic, and frequently makes you feel unimportant. So ASU has a president who isn't good with public relations, doesn't really understand online education, hasn't raised the money she was hired to bring in, and ends up getting the university in bigger trouble whenever she opens her mouth. Why was she hired, again? I am trying to figure that one out.
December 22, 2016 at 9:12am From my vantage point, Watching Adams is truly a unique, outstanding, commendable example of citizen journalism. And it's right in our own backyard. I know not all WA readers will agree with this assessment but if you do, I just did a quick search and see that there are multiple awards for citizen journalism, including the CNN iReport Awards, the Bob Awards, the Paul de Armond Citizen Journalism Award, and others, I'm sure. WA may not be reporting from downtown Aleppo, but I'd argue that they are covering far more than just one small, rural public college with financial and administrative woes (and I use the word "college" pointedly - let's get real, it's not a university). WA is a case study of so many larger ills plaguing society today - the rise of an all-powerful elite, the decline of higher ed, rising attacks on constitutional freedoms, and more. Anyone else think WA should be nominated ? Let's join forces.
December 22, 2016 at 9:04am Regarding the 11.05pm commentary, it is worth noting that all other Colorado universities have successfully employed Degree Works. CAPP was a useful tool too, but like any tool, it is only as good as the people who use it. And that is the issue at ASU. We have elevated people to positions of power simply because their main talent is kissing ass, and not because they are good at their jobs. Btw, Karla Hardesty is a smart, hardworking and dedicated staffer as far as I can tell. The success or failure of the Degree Works implementation will depend not solely on her abilities but also those of her less-than-competent colleagues. For all of us, let's hope that the administration can get Degree Works running effectively as soon as possible before ASU frightens off more students by poor advisement and shambolic scheduling.
December 22, 2016 at 8:43am Woke up this morning to find yet another piece of fine reporting by Watching Adams: Local Hemp Farmers Excluded from SLV Hemp Symposium. Choked on my coffee over the final section. McClure LIED. Clearly. In writing. She was directly involved in the planning of the hemp symposium. Enough is enough. When will enough be enough for the BoT? After she's thoroughly destroyed ASU's remaining reputation in the valley and has chased away every last of our "On-campus Undergraduates"? Side note: love the unwarranted capitalizing, on our homepage no less. Also noting that McClure's response to the Rezolana Institute is incredibly rude and unprofessional. It opens with a desultory "Don't know who to respond to." She couldn't even muster up a full sentence. She puts "host" in air quotes for unfathomable reasons. And nowhere in her email reply can I detect any effort to apologize. Even if it was purely a matter of unintentional oversight - and it doesn't seem to be - a true leader would acknowledge it as an unfortunate misstep and make a sincere attempt to repair the relationship. Enough is enough.
December 21, 2016 at 11:05pm I had to chuckle and shake my head as I read the Valley Courier piece regarding the purchase of degree auditing software. Several years ago, the University invested in a software program called CAPP (Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning) to accomplish the very task the BOT is now willing to spend $152,000 on. CAPP was designed to track student progress towards timely completion of degree requirements, which includes auditing for in-progress, completed and transfer coursework with the ultimate goal in aiding the advisor and student. In fact, the ASU Registrar's Office employed at one time or another, a full-time staff member to institute this program. Valuable time, money and other resources were made available to get CAPP off the ground. So, in the end, what did ASU get for it? Does McClure and Hardesty really think the Degree Works software will be any better? Again, Hardesty finds herself at the helm of another trainwreck waiting to happen. McClure will be ill-advised to continue down this path with believing that Degree Works software will save the day. It did not work before, so why would it now?
December 21, 2016 at 9:56pm Yeah, I heard about the way Crowther mistreated that professor just because that jerk finally met someone who was smarter than he and used sophisticated language of expression that he couldn't even comprehend. Now of course, he wasn't gona have that type of highly intellectually grounded professor in his kingdom for long. ASU cannot survive these discriminatory internal problems.
December 21, 2016 at 9:38pm I could have told you that McClure is as clueless as a deer in headlights. And I'm certain her time here at ASU is coming to a squeaking hault..hell...probably hit like a dear in headlights who will not be rescued left in the middle of the highway. Wow, her lack of racial and gender sensitivity really is highly problematic. Talking with many students of color on campus has opened an entire can of kick-ass. These students are very smart and knows fake leadership when they see it McClure, Crowther, Novotny, Murphy, and the list goes on. But to my point, students, especially the few handful of African American students on this campus have complained about no diversity in faculty. One transfer student from Denver asked me why ASU fails to hire African American professors? I saw the disgust in his eyes but didn't really want to answer that question. Instead, I suggested he go talk with Ms. Clueless, Crowther, Novotny, who lied about an all inclusive faculty. Not sure if this bright student will get the truth from clueless McClure and if he doesn't, I told him my door would be opened to him. But in retrospect, I can't help but to feel a little guilty for not sharing with this student that before he enrolled, we were lucky to have hired an African American professor. "Hired" as in past tense because of my 21 years of teaching here, it was my first time ever witnessing ASU hiring any African American professors, especially one with such an extraordinary research publication/grant writing /teaching background. And Crowther was very intimidated and jealous of that professor. Oh, well, I'll be transparent with that student should he stop by my office again. McClure and Crowther should be ashamed of themselves for not retaining that professor with such brilliance! Oops...sorry, i was told by my buddy across the hall from me that it was Crowther's doing that pushed that professor out of ASU because of her perceived radicalism and "high standards " in the classroom. Way to go ASU...way to go.
December 21, 2016 at 6:59pm Where's the administration been this week??? Gilmer gone.... McClure absent..... Margo....???? Crowther???? Who's in charge????? O that's right.... no one!!!!! They are all gone..... so, LET'S GET RID OF EM ALL!!!! Dear Santa, Please remove these individuals from ASU... and give us people who are leaders and really care! Thank you, Me
December 21, 2016 at 6:55pm Re comment at 4:01 pm I believe McClure was indicating she wanted ASU to become a destination campus... offering up the land by the Rio Grande .... the one by Margo and Crowther's homesteads. These are our destination planners! Maybe they'll drown in the 3 ft. of water when the boats sink... no one will throw them life preservers.
December 21, 2016 at 6:52pm My understanding is that the Huron audit will be available in January. McClure's cheery rightsizing holiday message, though, gives us a pretty big clue as to its findings. Someone *really* needs to clue her in to the unspoken but widely understood "Don't use the holiday season to deliver negative news to employees" rule. And the importance of celebration at this time of year. Managing Through the Holidays https://howwelead.org/2010/12/12/managing-through-the-holidays/
December 21, 2016 at 4:01pm Re: comment at 1:54 It was during the state of Adams state address to faculty senate. McClure was presenting on some initial findings of the Huron Audit (where is that anyway??). The findings suggested that ASU utilize its space more efficiently (ie. our deserted SUB). She used the ASU Rio Grande access as an example of utilizing space and garnering revenue. It was a river access example, not necessarily rafting, but things like paddle boarding and maybe a coffee shop. Not a horrible idea but I think we need to be using our brain power and financial resources on more important things, like, oh I don't know getting our students to attend classes and pass them.
December 21, 2016 at 2:37pm AVP search? Let me guess. They will call it a failed search and appoint Crowther without faculty input. God help us all.
December 21, 2016 at 2:35pm Thanks to the 8:22am comment. You deliver more transparency and shared governance than administration. There was a search for a new AVP? No open forums? You have to be kidding me!
December 21, 2016 at 1:54pm I was told that Dr McClure recently told - was it faculty senate? - that she wanted to lease a plot of ASU land to a rafting company and then take a percentage of their profits. Is that true? I mean, really? Has she seen the Rio Grande at the end of Stadium Drive? You can roll your pants up and wade across it. Why would anyone want to raft it? Is she in La-la Land? Or was she joking? Did she also mention a real plan was for raising enrollment?
December 21, 2016 at 1:49pm ASU's future is dependent on reversing our appalling enrollment and retention rates. We already know, as predicted, that the guaranteed tuition gimmick is not working. So, what's Plan B? Start culling employees. Genius!! You can delete as many employees as you want, Bev, but it won't increase enrollment. Nor will it prevent undergraduate desertion. And you have no idea what to do about those two crucial factors, do you? Please stop pretending you know what you are doing, and just leave before you are pushed.
December 21, 2016 at 11:17am Just read this update in the Chieftain: Adams State University probation review visit moved back Has President McClure explained to anyone how and why she want from publicly stating that the HLC was unfairly targeting ASU as a “whipping boy” to then pleading with the HLC for more time to fix the many problems with Extended Studies? We know the answer. It's because Dr. Gilmer arrived and commissioned a real investigation, the conclusions of which were damning. But will McClure ever admit to these and many other mistakes, or will the blame always be on someone else, somewhere else, as the university incurs damage?
December 21, 2016 at 9:30am Everybody knows that the dice are loaded, Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight is fixed The poor stay poor and the rich get rich That's how it goes Everybody knows that the boat is sinking Everybody knows that the captain lied Everybody's got this broken feeling...Everybody knows the deal is rotten... - Leonard Cohen 1934-2016, "Everybody Knows (1988)
December 21, 2016 at 8:50am In the interests of shared governance, can faculty have a say in who "right-sized"? No, of course not.
December 21, 2016 at 8:45am Another euphemism big business uses for "right-sizing" is "cutting the fat." But when the concept is applied to institutions that are already anorexic, then taking up the knife means cutting into muscle and bone. So the patient ends up lighter but dead. McClure may be a doctor but she is a business quack.
December 21, 2016 at 8:22am To the commenter curious about hiring a new AVP. Why YES! The search committee has wrapped up interviews and names have been put forward! What? You didn't know about this? Not invited to open forums? Were there any? Ask Crowther. He chaired the search committee. Another "great story" about "great transparency"!
December 20, 2016 at 8:59pm Comment said: "Right-sizing, letting go, retrenchment, career transition, decruitment - whatever euphemism you want to use to mean "you're fired". Exactly, these are euphemisms that are supposed to make losing your job more palatable. Companies used to say "your fired". Then some marketing / HR jerk came up with "laid off" because it sounds so nice to "lay down", unless it means your dead, as in fired. So, they got more creative and came up with "downsizing" because it sounds nothing like firing. And then the brightest of the slimiest came up with "right-sizing" because it just plain sounds like the moral high ground, as opposed to "we're firing you because we don't know how to keep this organization afloat." McClure should be right-sized to some less important job where she can't harm the lives of so many young students and well-meaning faculty and staff.
December 20, 2016 at 8:07pm So here we have another example of McClure's so-called business acumen. "Right-sizing" is the last resort of a business leader who doesn't know what else to do. Right-sizing, letting go, retrenchment, career transition, decruitment - whatever euphemism you want to use to mean "you're fired" - is the beginning of the end for an organization already weakened by poor management. Once you start culling those who provide an organization's products or services as a means of stemming losses, it is virtually impossible to reverse fortunes. It is the ultimate hit-and-hope, punt-and-pray tactic. This is proof that McClure has no plan for turning ASU around. If she had a better idea, surely she would tell us. But she has nothing left, except to delay and delay, while she desperately seeks another job before ASU goes bankrupt, both financially and morally. She will escape on the last lifeboat while the rest of us are left to sink. A true hero.
December 20, 2016 at 7:43pm Is ASU still in search of this such AVP? Hire in spring, let's hire someone to this position during this shit-storm! Who on campus is out of their mind to apply or accept this position? Why on earth would we hire and put someone here? Welcome to ASU, where great stories really begin! Vacancy Announcement Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies, Research, and Sponsored Programs Non-Teaching Exempt Position # A3B003. (PDF here)
December 20, 2016 at 2:20pm Perhaps there would be fewer staff members laid off if a few administrators of dubious worth would take pay cuts.
December 20, 2016 at 9:18am Booking a commencement speaker relevant to your institution really shouldn't be that difficult. ASU continues to prove it doesn't know who it is or who it serves.
December 20, 2016 at 8:51am In her cheery Holiday Email, President McClure wrote: "I also discussed the need for us to "right size" our staff size to be compatible with our current enrollment." Those of us who will be "right sized" right out of our jobs should realize that enrollment is down partly due to McClure's failures, embarrassments, and that the financial pressure of dropping enrollment is magnified by guaranteed tuition. Due to guaranteed tuition, ASU is limited in its ability to respond to lower enrollment because we cannot increase tuition for 3/4ths of our students. If I remember correctly, that was Moody's point and a reason many institutions decided their similar programs were failures. Cuts are coming soon and again in July.
December 19, 2016 at 8:15pm I'm not sure marketing Guaranteed Tuition more widely is a good idea, anyway. It's a confusing jumble of exceptions and qualifying statements. Like, you'd think Guaranteed Tuition would most appeal to business students, right? But no, they're exempt because “differential tuition applies only to degree programs in Nursing and Business and is in addition to base tuition rates. Differential tuition rates are not guaranteed or included in the base tuition rate.” Guaranteed frustration. And just ASU announcing it would be offering Guaranteed Tuition prompted Moody's to downgrade ASU's credit rating because it diminished their ability to adjust revenue while facing ballooning debt. Maybe Guaranteed Tuition should be secret. Or it just be quietly phased out with Beverlee McClure.
December 19, 2016 at 8:00pm Am I missing something? McClure claims to be a business-person who will turn ASU around with her great ideas, we pay others to do marketing and web design, and we have professors that teach marketing, and this is the best we can do to market guaranteed tuition? From our home page: Guaranteed Tuition - No increase for up to four years - On-campus Undergraduates - Predictable costs - Generous tuition window: 12-credit rate for 12-20 credits Brilliant, "On-campus Undergraduates" will draw them from miles away. You're really hooking them with an ambiguous phrase that belongs in the fine print. Is the fact that we have "on-campus undergraduates" a selling point or is it a restriction? Well placed, appearing there above "predictable costs." Please fix this and please fix our enrollment crisis.
December 17, 2016 at 3:13pm Dear Danny Ledonne (owner, manager, designer, and gate-keeper of this site), Watching Adams has generated buzz but to what end? Thank you for the early posts of objective CUPA documentation and the like, but the goal of greater transparency with ASU has long since evaporated from this site. Check your heart. Check your motives. It seems that this has become some sort of resume building item for you as evidenced in your repeated posting of "Page Views". Does this equate to efficacy of your website and mission in your mind? You succeeded in creating a blog version of a car wreck. People are rubber-necking at side-show cherry picked carnage that you decide to post like your recent nursing program update. You provided not one shred of objective perspective on that situation. It's a fledgling program that has struggled greatly with continuity of leadership. The SLV is in great need of health care providers, but did your post show any concern for what the underlying factors might be? No. What sort of journalistic ethic is that? What sort of professional have you become? Has it been worth the cost on your life, this burn it down mindsight? Your personal angst and bent towards deriding ASU has consumed you to some bitter end. Please put an end to this anonymous dumping ground for anyone with an axe to grind. If you care for the welfare of the greater SLV community, and if you ever had an ounce of care for Adams State, you will end this experiment in exercising your demons. You are doing great damage to the SLV and Southern Colorado communities. You have sought to throw the baby out with the bath water. Please stop. ----Editor's Reply: Thank you for your civil and thoughtful comment. I think you are well-intentioned in your suggestions and I will respond with the same civility and sincerity. Watching Adams is not a fixed project with a single end goal. As stated from its creation, the site is designed to do what no other publication in the San Luis Valley has consistently done: cover the serious issues facing Adams State University. And we both know they are many. Some are relatively small, such as ASU allowing a double department chair to serve as faculty senate president (most university by-laws specifically forbid this and it is not recommended by the AAUP). Other issues are much larger, such as ongoing negative fiscal performance, declining enrollment, and academic probation. Watching Adams happened to come about in this maelstrom and here is where we find ourselves. The aforementioned issue of the ASU nursing program falls somewhere in the middle. Recall that last December, we published a podcast with Elaine Regan, former nursing faculty member, as she described being labeled a “trouble maker” for raising her concerns about serious design flaws with the program from its inception, as well as being pressured to pass students who weren't prepared to take the NCLEX-RN. Lo and behold, ongoing poor pass rates are the result. Watching Adams is attempting to connect the dots here, among other issues. We recognize the urgent need for healthcare providers in the San Luis Valley and have the resolve to point out that what Adams State is doing currently isn't working. This empty sentiment about how “everything is great at Adams State” is demonstrably false and worse yet, enables the kinds of problems that have gone unaddressed for years. It's really disappointing that, metaphorically speaking, various aspects of Adams State are on fire and burning to the ground. I realize that Watching Adams has pulled the fire alarm and it's ruining everyone's afternoon tea, but hopefully we can at least agree that these issues are serious and warrant our attention. Virtually nothing on ASU's own website, nor its press releases, communicate that whatsoever. The campus and more importantly, the broader public, deserves an independent and alternative source of information on these critical matters. And of course, people are free to disagree or not visit the site at all. To quote a truly great journalist in his day: "Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit." - Edward R. Murrow. And just in case one might construe otherwise, I certainly don't believe I am a great journalist. This is my amateur effort at doing something I believe some one ought to do and, once my employment at ASU ended, I recognized I had unique opportunities (and perhaps even responsibilities) to blow this whistle. Watching Adams is a side project from Emberwilde Productions, unpaid at that, because I am passionate about these issues and the many people I care about who I have witnessed silently suffering at ASU – past and present. If you haven't yet, I would encourage you to read “Why We Are Still Watching Adams,” which details the many issues we covered and stories we broke in the first 14 months of the site's existence. Only upon reflecting did I realize how much ground we've covered! And frankly by those standards, I would confess that Watching Adams has been slacking as of late. But once we've brought an issue to the forefront, we have let things develop and only update it when new data is available (such as subsequent enrollment numbers or new NCLEX-RN pass rate data). Regarding page views, there are two primary functions of updating the site every 25,000 views. The first is simply the clumsy function of not having a hit counter on the site; only the site administrator can see the fascinating daily deluge of data in terms of individual article views, visitor locations, hourly trends, etc. For example, one might be interested in knowing how many times people view Dr. McClure's contract for employment, how regularly salary data is downloaded, and how many other sites on the web refer to Watching Adams articles. It's quite a learning experience for me as the site admin. The second reason is to discredit the notion that Watching Adams has no readership, that no one pays attention to it, or that only a “handful of unhappy people” ever frequent the site. Clearly, the data does not support that hypothesis. As one reader comment quoted: "Boards of directors are like subatomic particles - they behave differently when they're observed." - Nell Minow. And that's really the point; Watching Adams cannot be ignored as a relevant source of discussion. Perhaps that's why it upsets some people so much that they want it taken down. And that's a familiar experience for me. Just to help you understand where I am coming from, for whatever it's worth: recall that I have a long history of taking on difficult and controversial subject matter. I created a videogame about the Columbine school shooting that was nationally vilified and yet also acclaimed and has gone on to become part of “the fabric of the history of videogames” (according to game industry leader Hal Halpin). I received hate mail and death threats the likes of which make the flack I receive for Watching Adams appear tame. Yet to this day, the game is still studied in game design courses worldwide, the documentary I produced on this experience premiered at AFI Fest in Los Angeles and is still widely viewed on major video platforms, and I regularly speak on college campuses about the design and reception of this challenging work. The documentary and videogame are still online, over a decade later. I was also among ten plaintiffs in a lawsuit to “Keep Polston Public” in 2013-2014. I'm sure many San Luis Valley residents remember this and some may still feel bitterly about it. At the time, it was highly controversial and generated acrimony and solidarity in equal measure. “Just stop, you're hurting the community” was a common criticism we received. After a long and difficult journey spanning the courts of law and public opinion, our plaintiff group was able to secure this gorgeous 38 acre riverfront property for continued public use, place the river walking trails in a public easement, and is now the home of the innovative agricultural project, The Rio Grande Farm Park – generating many new grant-funded and micro-enterprise opportunities. Whenever I walk onto the land, the very same place I went to elementary school in the early 1990's, I feel a deep sense of purpose and serenity about all that has come before and all that lies ahead. Taking the road less traveled is worthwhile. I don't pretend to get everything right and I'm sure that there are a multitude of mistakes I have made in my life (as I imagine anyone who is honest with themselves might conclude). I have corrected any number of grammatical errors in Watching Adams articles, I am the first to admit I am a perfectionist, and try my very best to verify the data I review and publish on the site. But I'm still fallible and maintain these channels of communication for anyone to “call me on my bullshit” - which I welcome. During my four years working at Adams State, I began to more keenly perceive any number of intractable problems that, when one attempted to address them head-on, experienced indifference or even repression for doing so. I wrote about this in an open letter to Dr. Chris Gilmer after the publication of the Mathieu Report. If and until ASU can welcome and embrace robust discourse – including and especially about the institution itself – there will be an urgent need and ongoing relevance to Watching Adams. This “anonymous dumping ground” is the result of a climate in which “the proper channels” have too often failed and many individuals do not feel comfortable, nor safe, speaking their mind in an in-person forum. I will note that you did not sign your comment, so perhaps you already implicitly understand this. I will say to you what many in the Campus Advocacy Group said during its fledgling, abortive efforts of 2014-2015: “work with me to make Watching Adams better!” If you believe this site isn't doing what it should, that it has lost its way or that “the goal of greater transparency with ASU has long since evaporated from this site,” - what can you do to make this site better? I am more than welcoming of ideas and am not a difficult person to get ahold of if you wish to contact me privately. I mean this with complete sincerity. And frankly, making Watching Adams the best it can be is every participant's responsibility. With very few exceptions, I have published every reader comment I receive and this forum is reflective of those who post on it – for better and for worse. You may sign your name, or not. You may use profanity, or not. You may take a mature and civil tack, or not. I am here to keep this line of communication open, for whatever Adams State related issues one wishes to discuss – including those I personally disagree with or don't find particularly compelling. And the day that ASU is in perfect form, populated only with happy students and employees, in compliance with all standards and regulations, and meeting or exceeding its benchmarks in higher education, this site could very well drift away into irrelevance because there is nothing more to discuss. But since we know that this is unlikely to happen anytime soon, I am committed to maintaining Watching Adams as the place for anyone to go to when they have a concern or question about the university that they don't feel comfortable raising on their own. Thanks again for the opportunity to discuss this in greater detail. Your feedback is appreciated.
December 17, 2016 at 12:52pm I have never seen a bigger bunch of lying bullies that I have at Adams State University. Your professors gang up of other professors, tell lies and isolate. Shame on all of you with the exception of a few good ones.
December 17, 2016 at 9:47am CIELO is a nice little sinecure for retiring professors, and they don't have to do anything much other than organize meetings for "people who identify as white" where they can eat, drink, feel bad about their white privilege and feel good about confessing their white privilege. And Title Five pays for all that. It's a great little gig because you don't have to prove efficacy. There are no tangible measures of success, no hard numbers that show all the bloviating and breast-beating amounts to any real improvement for students.
December 17, 2016 at 12:46am "I wasn't joking earlier, I'm completely serious. When will CIELO address the fact that the ASU president thought it was appropriate to dress in a fat suit with rotting teeth, ridiculing people who are overweight, cannot afford dentistry, and working a blue collar job like plumbing, and then uploading the photos to Facebook while writing “ain't I pretty?” This is ASU where few have the backbone to stand up to this sort of treatment. We are afraid to speak up for fear we won't graduate. We just let it ride and keep our mouths shut. Mock people who are over weight? Sure that's fine. People who are "below the president", like my family? Sure that's fine. There are no truly "courageous conversations" here, just a lot of posing. If you want to know about courageous conversations, then get in touch with us, your students with real challenges like families that don't support us, and kids, and jobs. Our president has no idea about our challenges and hasn't tried.
December 16, 2016 at 11:40pm I wasn't joking earlier, I'm completely serious. When will CIELO address the fact that the ASU president thought it was appropriate to dress in a fat suit with rotting teeth, ridiculing people who are overweight, cannot afford dentistry, and working a blue collar job like plumbing, and then uploading the photos to Facebook while writing “ain't I pretty?” This is patently offensive on multiple levels: body shaming and classism. On any other campus, this would have prompted the president to apologize and release a public statement expressing regret for their choices. This could be a teachable moment! Like someone else pointed out, this would certainly be unacceptable behavior for President Obama, the president of Harvard, Governor Hickenlooper, etc. But at Adams State, this issue gets swept under the rug and everyone pretends as if nothing happened. Even bringing it up generates allegations that you're against ASU. No, I want the president to behave like a thoughtful campus leader and a mature adult. That's not too much to ask of someone making over $200,000 annually plus benefits – billed to students and taxpayers. CIELO is “Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity.” Their website states their vision as: “CIELO leads and supports actions that transform ASU into a model for inclusive excellence by promoting equity, cultural responsiveness, diversity, and community engagement.” And it states their mission as: "Through reflection, self-assessment, and collective leadership, the CIELO advocates to eradicate structural barriers to equity and inclusion throughout our campus community.” Their web page lists their contact information: Carol Guerrero-Murphy, Emeritus Professor of English Title V Conexiones Activity Director and CIELO-Liaison for Diversity and Inclusion Porter Hall 144A - Suite 3060 719-587-8614 CIELO has brown bag luncheons every other week (including the day after Christmas, according to the website). They discuss “increasing our skill and knowledge about social justice issues.” So will Carol Guerrero-Murphy take a lead in facilitating this “courageous conversation” about fat-shaming and classism, since President McClure will not be? And if CIELO refuses to address a glaring, painful issue of inclusive excellence and social justice on its own campus, why should it exist?
December 16, 2016 at 5:17pm Reading some local news stories and subsequent comments, I find it disappointing and disheartening that speaking out about injustices or calling for change from influential (very well paid) leaders in our community is automatically equated with somebody being “ignorant”, “bashing”, and “negative”. If it comes from people within the institution, with firsthand knowledge, their experiences are trivialized and they are “biting the hand that feeds them.” Same thing tends to happen when you question what is happening in politics at a national level. There are many people that have justified complaints that are all being lumped together as whiny and vindictive with a personal agenda. I can reassure anybody keeping track – that is not the case. There are things happening that need to be investigated and discussed in an open and safe format. Judging from the comments I’ve read, we aren’t there yet and the fear of retribution is quite real. Most people don’t complain or LEAVE a place of employment they LOVE just because they are “out to destroy ASU”. We have seen good individuals (faculty and staff) depart ASU this academic year. I personally know that they love their jobs and their students. They leave because they realize staying in an environment of retaliation and intimidation is no longer healthy for them on a personal level. Every company, business, organization, and institution has problems. Ignoring them or attacking individuals that highlight these problems is counterproductive and ineffective. Like most things in life, in order to grow and prosper you have to acknowledge things that are detrimental to your success. To do so is healthy and necessary. Until we receive complete transparency on ALL issues, we will continue to spin our wheels and see quality faculty, staff, and students give up and leave our institution and our community. - Daisy Valdez
To the comment regarding CIELO, I find myself wondering the same thing. There was absolutely nothing inclusively excellent about the President's Halloween costume. In fact, if anything, it was the polar opposite of inclusive. To be honest, McClure's presence on campus has generate nothing but division and exclusion. Will there be a Standing Strong march for our friends and colleagues who happen to be overweight? I doubt it but there should be. And this is the problem with CIELO, it discusses all the hard topics except the ones right here on campus. The issues beyond our little bubble are important, and they should be discussed, but the very future of this university is on the verge of collapse. And yet, despite this, all I hear around campus are people talking about the fact that we have been in similar situations previously and one way or another we will prevail. I know it's frightening to wake up one day and realize the job you've always thought stable is no longer so, but you can only externalize the situation for so long, eventually you have to address the issue head one. Adams State is in trouble. The HLC means business. And we need to be discussing how to secure our future, because all of our jobs depend on it. Our children depend on it. Our families depend on it. Our students depend on it. The local economy depends on it. You can all keep blaming Danny for ASU's demise if you'd like but believe me, what ASU faces next fall is a much larger challenge than Danny Ledonne. Ironically, what Ledonne, McClure, and CIELO all have in common is that they all distract from the real issue, which is positioning ASU for reaccreditation. However, where they differ is in the fact that through December 15th, 2016, the most consistent efforts to address the actual issues affecting ASU's quality have come from Watching Adams, not McClure or CIELO. It's time to wake up people. Come hell or high water, the HLC is coming to town.
December 15, 2016 at 4:20pm Commenter at 3:15: That is an excellent question!
December 15, 2016 at 3:15pm Will CIELO be sponsoring a "Courageous Conversation" about why wearing a fat suit to a Halloween party and uploading the photos to Facebook is not presidential behavior?
December 15, 2016 at 1:23pm So you've got to write about how now the Salazar ranch barn is apparently now an event center!!!!!!! LOL, get em Danny!!
December 15, 2016 at 11:53am Ironically, this website only exists because ASU is so bad at communicating with its own people and the broader community. For example, Dr Tomlin apprised us of several students who had recently performed particularly well - instances of "great stories begin here" at ASU. But instead of being all over the front page of its own website, you have to go hunting through this tangled cyber-maze to find any mention of it. Same with serious issues. Instead of the Mattiau report on Extended Studies being in a prominent place, it was buried. I only found out about it through Watching Adams. I suspect WA would have died after the LeDonne court case, but then ASU began broadcasting blatant lies. The Valley Courier did not challenge ASU's mendacity, so the dying embers of WA were blown back to life. ASU only has itself to blame.
December 14, 2016 at 10:51pm Alamosa’s very own telenovela! This website amazes me! Everyone is talking about it, so I had to check this out! OMG! I think everyone really underestimated Danny Ledonne! Even the people that are against him are posting on his website, and by now more than a few of them are probably fans. That's really the success of this site. It’s become the unofficial news source from ASU. Those who love it read it, and those that hate it read it too! You don’t believe me? Just check out the stats. More than 125,000 views all time from 18,000 unique viewers. WOW! That’s a lot of repeat customers. The sad truth is that as a student you really have to be crazy to come and study at this University. Whether you like this site or not, it reveals what many have known for a long time, ASU has a lot of problems. Seems like there is a lot of infighting! Very sad! I am very concerned about the quality of what Adams State offers its students. The fact that administrators have been unable to resolve the division evident on Watching Adams and that faculty and staff are clearly at each others throats, well, if nothing else it is a signal that things are bad. Students need to remember they have the power. "Student Power": If you are paying for this "telenovela", don't waist you time and money! Go to a better University! Once students leave and tuition flows slow down administrators will be forced to start thinking about the real problems and focus on creating high quality education! I’ve heard that 70% of Adams State’s money comes from tuition and that only 30% comes from the government. If that’s true, students are the ones in control, they just don’t realize it! And if students begin to walk there won’t be time to keep fighting because the university won’t be able to fund itself. Uh, and they say Adams State is a Hispanic Serving Institution? WTF? Are you serious? I’m Hispanic and the only thing Hispanic about ASU is CASA and I’ve heard that they have to beg for money just to stay afloat. Has the president even been there? I saw her speak there once, for like 30 seconds, but I’m not sure she went in. But she must have stayed long enough to realize that the most Hispanic-serving building on campus is a HUD trailer! I mean, come on! Really? You’ve got to be kidding! And then there is the Spanish program that is run by ONE professor. What kind of Hispanic Serving Institution offers a Spanish degree with one professor? Or for that matter, any degree with one professor! As for the Halloween party, I am not from Alamosa and I know everyone can dress like they want for Halloween but really, she’s the President of a University! Would people tolerate the president of Harvard dressing up in a fat suit? Would they tolerate president Obama dressing up in a fat suit? What if Governor Hickenlooper dressed up in a fat suit? You know the answer! It was inappropriate! The fact that people hold McClure to a lesser standard reveals something important about ASU, people don’t respect it! They justify her actions because in their mind they go, ‘It’s just Adams State.” Come on people, if you really want to create great stories you have to be willing to hold yourself to the standards of great people! I just hope a few good people stand up at ASU before it’s too late! The writing is on the wall people. If you don’t see it by now then you must be blind! ---Editor's Reply: Thanks for your support! As of this post, Watching Adams has 143,446 views and 21,430 visitors. If you'd like to make a donation to support our work and to keep this site going strong, click on the PayPal button on the About Us page.
December 14, 2016 at 10:45pm Waah, waah, waah, what a bunch of crybabies. This site is a joke. You know what, if you are offended by a halloween costume, lose some weight. Jealous of the presidents hair and makeup, then earn more money. Didn't think her teeth were funny, then get a job or apply for obamacare and drain tax money from people who work for a living. Leaving? Good. Fight your fight or your weight problem somewhere else. I think president McClure should wear whatever she wants without answering to anybody. Especially whiners.
December 14, 2016 at 9:41pm Based on what I heard about Senate yesterday, meaning friction between McClure and Gilmer and a letter chastising (?) him and his being shut out of Extended Studies changes, it's no surprise she wore a fat suit to his Halloween party. What more could she do to insult him? Chastise was the word I heard, but does anyone know what she said? Was she there? That would be odd wouldn't it? I didn't think she normally went to senate meetings.
December 14, 2016 at 9:11pm I really appreciate the links posted in the 6:15 comment. Saying "hey, laugh at me because I'm pretending to be fat" reveals alot about this "leader". Reading those links helped me understand why I feel like I do, why she is so inappropraite.
December 14, 2016 at 9:08pm Hey Pres, I'm one of your obese students. How much time do you spend on your expensive treadmill? And how much money on your hair and makeup? Do you have a personal trainer? Have you ever seriously had to fight a weight problem. I'll be at another school next semester, far from you.
December 14, 2016 at 7:57pm This website is outstanding! The transparency accomplishments in such a short time should be commended. Mcclure MUST GO! We may need a Watching Alamosa County and Watching the City of Alamosa!
December 14, 2016 at 6:15pm This issue of Dr. McClure's Halloween costume isn't that complicated or nuanced. It might be okay to dress in a fat suit when you are in college, but not when you're a college president. This is fraternity/sorority behavior, not that of the public face of a public university. I might suggest some light reading for Dr. McClure over the holiday break. But don't expect an apology from her because she doesn't admit anything is her mistake. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - "Are Fat Suits the New Blackface?" http://www.uwec.edu/WAGE/upload/AreFatSuitsTheNewBlackface.pdf from '7 Reasons Not To Buy A Fat Suit Costume This Halloween' this summary: "By wearing a fat suit — regardless of whether it's to dress like a specific character or not — the person sporting it is essentially saying they find fat people laughable. They're openly invalidating plus size individuals for what they look like, and turning somebody else's appearance into a joke. It's especially cruel when you consider that the person will likely encounter a fat person at a Halloween party or their local bar's holiday-themed night. And that fat person will probably feel pretty sh*t at the sight of their body type being ridiculed." https://www.bustle.com/articles/117069-7-reasons-not-to-buy-a-fat-suit-costume-this-halloween
December 14, 2016 at 2:42am Danny, In regards to facebook. You are not as clever or anonymous as you think you are. You slipped up on one. Good luck. ----Editor's Reply: There certainly hasn't been an attempt to be "clever or anonymous" in sharing Watching Adams content on Facebook. I was approached several weeks ago by the administrator of Antonito News because they appreciate the work we're doing. Subsequently, we arranged for Watching Adams articles to be published there. I actually have serious doubts about distributing content directly through Facebook (such as by creating a Watching Adams Facebook page) because many people with a critical view do not have the comfort of posting as a named source. Imagine how dangerous "liking" Watching Adams on Facebook would be - how many ASU administrators and other officials would use that list to form their own "watch lists" against ASU employees. Nonetheless, I view Facebook as a platform for sharing relevant information and appreciate the opportunity to partner with Antonito News in doing so. In the past few days alone, we've gotten over 4,000 site referrals to Watching Adams from Facebook - resulting in the highest levels of readership in 15 months of running this website! For myself, I am willing to speak out publicly and maintain this forum as an identified person because I have long believed that someone must. I often receive thanks for running Watching Adams by people who do not have the privilege to speak up for themselves, due to ongoing and documented acts of retaliation. As Colorado is an at-will employment state, many people are rightfully afraid to speak up and those who have often report being reprimanded for doing so (including for posts and comments on social media). Earlier today, I received this message from a current ASU employee: "Again, from everyone who doesn't have a voice right now, **thank you!!!!** We all understand it's not easy, but we greatly appreciate you and your efforts." Good luck to you, as well. Nice try. But the contradictions you and your "anonymous" page are spewing are increasingly showing the obvious. On Antonito News they or should I say you claim that Watching Adams approached the page because of the reach. Then they said there was no attempt to be biased and they never liked any of the content through facebook likes. Lies. Now you're on here saying they contacted you to arrange to publish your articles. So which one is it? I'll wait for one of your and Antonito News' detailed answers. Interesting as well how yes Antonito News has clicked like on things critical of ASU but once someone called it out your using your other page to promote Watching Adams it suddenly stopped. But guess which social media account has taken up the mantle and liked and commented....you guessed it....Danny Leddone's. Keep denying it but it is obvious you are one of the administrators if not the administrator. As for other potential administrators I wonder if public officials should be involved in something like that? ----Editor's Reply: Danny Ledonne is not nor ever has been an administrator of Antonito News. His comments are his own and he does not speak on behalf of Antonito News. The administrator of the Antonito News Facebook page first contacted Danny through his personal account in October 2016. He agreed to start publishing Watching Adams articles, beginning with the editorial "Field Notes from the Valley of Fear." Thanks to sponsorship from donors to Watching Adams, Antonito News has agreed to boost Facebook posts written by Watching Adams. They are disclosed as such. Danny Ledonne has "liked" and "followed" Antonito News on Facebook. In full disclosure, Danny Ledonne is the sole administrator of the following Facebook pages: Emberwilde Productions, Duck: a Duckumentary, and A Perilous Journey - all of which are related to his video production company. Nice try again. But more misinformation. No, the posts are not disclosed as such. Not until very recently that is. The only disclosure was them showing up on other profiles as paid advertisements. Once again not until you all got called out did you start writing "paid and sponsored for" at the end of the article. Their is definite partnership between the two entities which you Danny Ledonne just confirmed, and which Antonito News, has lied about. Also on my first post on here I didn't even mention Antonito News did I? Thanks for your own assumption though. It's great! ----Editor's Reply: both recent commentary articles written by Watching Adams and published on Antonito News state: "The [sic] is a sponsored post written & funded by Watching Adams." The previous Antonito News Facebook post about NCLEX pass rates was also sponsored but Antonito News did not state this at the time. That is their administrative decision, not ours. Given that Danny Ledonne does not share Watching Adams content on his personal Facebook page, this was the only reasonable assumption to make. However, Watching Adams articles have been shared on Facebook dozens of times so it is possible that other references are not within our purview to discuss. If you have further questions at this time, we would encourage you to contact us individually so this forum can be available for other topics.
December 13, 2016 at 12:22pm Beverlee McClure has been making costly mistakes almost since her arrival. Her conduct got the university sued by the ACLU, made a bad situation with the HLC worse, made ASU the laughing stock of mainstream and academic press, created lies and cover-ups from multiple academic and financial ethical violations, strained relations with community partners, polarized faculty and staff, condescended students, and worsened the university's enrollment every semester while giving raises to all her cronies in administration. If that doesn't count as doing something wrong, it's hard to imagine what aspect of the university is left for her to screw up. We should all focus on how to make improvements on our campus and help our students learn better. That starts with demanding accountable and effective leadership. Until the ship is steered in the right direction, no amount of rowing is going to get ASU out of dangerous waters.
December 13, 2016 at 11:41pm Could McClure be a better president? YES. Does she deserve ouster? Absolutely NOOOOO!!! She didn't do anything wrong. People pushing for vote of no confidence here are being emotional and completely out of touch with the reality. You guys need to clam down and stop escalating things. We all should be focusing on how to make improvements on our campus and help our students learn better. Think for the future of our students we are serving at ASU!!!!!
December 13, 2016 at 7:19pm It's not that people are turning "this into an entirely different problem than what originally existed" or that "rather than go after and try to fix the true issue, people are using this as an opportunity to further their own agendas and try to oust a leader that they do not care for." There is no one single issue at ASU. There is no one single problem. There is a RATS NEST of issues and problems that feed off each other in sick, twisted, parasitic symbiosis. We can't talk about any one problem without it connecting with three others. And this is the true tragedy of Adams State. There is no one person who bears all the responsibility, whose dismissal would magically fix things. McClure may go down - and well she should - but until fully HALF of administration and their nasty faculty lackeys also go, ASU will continue its slow but steady fade to black. If anyone ever really cleans house someday, the halls will echo with emptiness. It never should have gotten this far.
December 13, 2016 at 6:42pm December 13, 2016 at 5:55pm asks why no one in ES has been held accountable. I've wondered the same. In a healthy, functioning organization, responsibility ultimately resides with leadership and leadership is quickly held accountable when core mission or central values go awry. The fact that no one in ES has yet been held accountable is a crystal clear sign of a dysfunctional organization. As a friend recently and wryly noted, ASU is not a normal operating environment. An archived November 3, 2016 comment at 8:29pm touched on this issue: "Interesting question considering something I heard the other day... that Mr. Roybal is "not worried.” “He has enough dirt on others that is he is fired others will go down as well...and the administration doesn't want that. Gossip? Probably...but again one has to wonder why nobody has been accountable..." I don't care for gossip, but what else are people to do in such an abjectly abnormal operating environment? Oh, that's right - leave. And they are, in droves.
December 13, 2016 at 6:23pm I believe that is the previous commenter's point exactly. Why has nothing been done? Because instead people turned this into an entirely different problem than what originally existed, and now time and effort is spent on mudslinging instead of problem solving.
December 13, 2016 at 5:55pm The previous comment raises an obvious question: if there have been severe and systemic problems with Extended Studies for so long, why did McClure deny this in her March 2016 letter to the HLC and why wasn't there an external investigation until after Gilmer arrived? And why, why hasn't anyone been fired or otherwise disciplined for these actions? The inaction on such serious matters is a sign of McClure's deeply inadequate leadership.
December 13, 2016 at 5:01pm To the "Former ES employee with direct knowledge"... As an ES employee, I am pretty willing to bet that I know who you are and that you, your program and your shady dealings were part of the problem and part of the reason that HLC took a hard look at our department and programs. As far as your direct knowledge goes, is it truly direct knowledge, or something that a peer shared with you? Throwing someone else under the bus to make themselves look better? The continued resistance to integrating with the rest of the campus, the wish to stay as it's own entity, the "let's just turn a blind eye" mentality, the lack of willingness to address issues as they come up, as opposed to waiting for them to blow up, the continued lack of communication and half truths that are constantly told to employees...these are the reasons that this department may never realize it's full potential. This is a program and University that I wholeheartedly believe in. The fact of the matter is, this university is in the trouble that it is in, ie: being on probation, because of a few people who sat at the top, ignored issues, turned a blind eye, or just felt that they would never be caught or questioned. This entire thing has turned into a witch hunt against President McClure, and has completely overshadowed the fact that the people at the head of the department no only knew that they were doing wrong, knew what and when they were doing wrong, but for the sake of making money, showed absolutely no remorse for their actions. Why has this been completely forgotten? In any other institution, corporation or *any* business, for that matter, if issues like these had been discovered, these people would have lost their jobs immediately. They should count themselves lucky at this point. These employees' actions single-handedly put this university under it's current probationary status, but every one is happier to turn the issue into something else entirely. Just another reason that things may not get taken care of....rather than go after and try to fix the true issue, people are using this as an opportunity to further their own agendas and try to oust a leader that they do not care for. For this university to survive and actually thrive, focus needs to be shifted back to the real issues/problems. Being a pot stirrer for the sake of ruffling some feathers is completely counterproductive. Let's turn focus back to where it belongs and actually fix the situation. Should this university not make it, the students, faculty, administrative employees and eventually all of the valley, will feel the horrible impact.
December 13, 2016 at 3:11pm You know, some older ASU employees may wear adult diapers due to incontinence, not because they are babies who are easily offended. Or in the case of Ed Crowther, because they are so full of shit.
December 13, 2016 at 2:34pm I am no fan boy of this administration. With that said, if anyone is or was offended by McClure's Halloween costume is a thin skinned, political correct infant. They're are people running around this campus with safety pins on their shirts, ask one of them to help change your diaper.
December 13, 2016 at 1:10pm Sure, and while we are Facebook stalking people, also check out Beverlee and Margaret's trip to Las Vegas. Ask yourself: is their personal relationship having an adverse effect on their workplace conduct and performance? Given that McClure has put Margaret in charge of HLC accreditation despite being highly unqualified to do so, it seems the answer is yes. Anyone who was present for Margaret's painfully uncomfortable VPAA interview knows this is true. You may or may not have been offended by a silly Halloween party, but you should be deeply upset that McClure has placed personal loyalty far above the qualifications that everyone at ASU relies on for Adams State to remain open.
December 13, 2016 at 12:52pm Check out David creels facebook page to see his photos of that Halloween party. See how he and his husband Chris Gilmer were dressed. Look at McClure's page too. Get the true picture of the halloween party that David and Chris hosted. Nobody looks offended as far as I can tell
December 13, 2016 at 7:44am To the inebriant at 9:56, 12/12, normally one shouldn’t drink and text but in your case it’s entertainment.
December 12, 2016 at 11:37pm Mike, Should we have confidence in McClure's ability to take the HLC fiasco seriously? I don't think so. Margaret Doell hasn't a clue and Karla Hardesty is one part of the problem that remains of the old guard. Hardesty was directly responsible for some, if not most, policies, procedures and oversight within the Extended Studies independent study and distance degree programs while an employee of that department. These same policies are what the HLC took issue with so many years later. Now, ironically, Hardesty works hand in hand with McClure to try and save us from this mess. Tell me, how can we have confidence in that? Simply put, the University is screwed. -Former ES employee with direct knowledge
December 12, 2016 at 9:56pm I support you and this is the end resut. This site sickness me. ----Editor's Reply: We don't know who or what this is in reference to. Please get some rest and feel better soon! I know this site is run by Jeff and now Gilmore's husband. That is why it has become something it was never meant to be. Classified employees do not support this site. I do not support this site. ----Editor's Reply: This site is owned and operated by Danny Ledonne, its creator and sole person ever to have administrative access. As a matter of policy and with respect to all involved, Watching Adams does not confirm or deny affiliation with any individual at ASU. Gilmer's husband is now the editor. Push McClure out so you and Gilmore can move in. Gilmore has only stated it twice. That is why you brought all that furniture with you. Tell the truth, Gilmore came from a poor background, but you are a rich boy. Look at the vehicle you drive. I hear that you have a house cleaner and cook. You should be ashamed! Boundaries have been crossed. I hope you understand boundaries, but it is aperantly past your thought process. ----Editor's Reply: It may disappoint you to learn this, but Watching Adams contributors have no official organizational roles. Some write regularly, others infrequently, review drafts and documents, donate or in other ways support this website. We cannot confirm or deny any individual's involvement on this website, including your own. Much of what you have written is a personal grievance of which I am not aware, cannot speak to, and certainly is not relevant to the structure and functioning of this website. Get some rest and consider using a spellchecker. The Danny I know would never lower himself to this ----Editor's Reply: Although I am not sure what you are referencing as "this," Watching Adams is composed of many people who have different opinions and ideas (like any group of people). We collaborate but also respect one another's perspectives and our publication reflects that.
December 12, 2016 at 9:10pm Wow! 143 people 65% of the people at Adams State University wish to see Beverlee J. McClure pack up her cheap high heels, trashy 1990's couture, and mean girl persona and vacate Marvel House! Drink up, Bev, maybe Clovis will take you back as their President in the strip mall. Maybe not.
December 12, 2016 at 5:48pm Not sure if people are aware but President McClure has criticized and reprimanded staff at ASU for their civil Facebook posts on their personal pages. It's inappropriate to reprimand people for their actions when what you have done is much worse.
December 12, 2016 at 5:15pm As a business school professor, Dr Tomlin will attest that employees in any successful large organization will have key performance indicators included in their employee contracts. If Dr McClure's performance measures up favorably with her contract's KPIs, then surely the critics should shut their mouths. She is no doubt proud of her achievements so far, so I am sure she would have no hesitation in making public her annual review results. Right?
December 12, 2016 at 4:58pm The banality of Mike Tomlin's questions reveals a shallow understanding of why so many people are losing confidence in Dr McClure's ability continue at ASU's helm. "Do we have confidence in her ability to appoint top level executives such as [....] Chris Gilmer?" It's an open secret that McClure did not want to appoint Gilmer, that she preferred Margaret, but knew there would be a quiet riot if Margaret was selected. It was the unanimity of faculty senate that forced McClure to appoint Gilmer, not McClure's acumen. It is an open secret that she is now trying to side-line him and put Margaret in charge. "Do we not have confidence in her ability to build relationships with community leaders...?" No we don't. If you talk to city counselors, you will discover an alarming proportion find her imperious, arrogant, a poor listener and disengaged. Go talk to them yourself. Suspend your prejudice for a couple of hours, earn their trust, and hear what they say. "Do you have confidence that her team will be able to pull off a nice graduation on Saturday?" Is that a serious question? If she can't do that, she isn't qualified to run a kindergarten. What's really funny is that I presume Mike considers his questions sensible while questions about McClure's performance "...are thin and have no credibility." To quote an earlier commentator who succinctly enumerated McClure's poor standing, "we have seen no improvement in recruitment, retention, graduation, financial status, credit rating, staff and student morale, public reputation, or regulator and funder relationships." And of course we can add to that, that she is a documented liar and a fear monger. All of these claims are backed up by facts and figures, all in the public arena. But I guess like Trump, let's not have facts and figures get in the way of the truth. By contrast, Dr Tomlin can't produce any documents that support his notion that we should continue to have confidence in Dr MClure.
December 12, 2016 at 4:29pm Dr Tomlin says that some contributors to this site show disrespect for some board members and "derision of seniority and rank." Whether that is legitimate depends on whether you think respect is earned or bestowed. Should we suspend critical thinking and rational analysis and doff our caps when ASU's lords and ladies pass? Do we believe that their status proves they are inherently better than the rest of us, despite their actions, just as being crowned king was once thought to be an expression of God's favor? American exceptionalism is built on the idea that people are judged by what they do. Respect is earned. The Founding Fathers were explicit in their condemnation for people who have power simply because of their breeding or their class or the office conferred upon them by even more powerful people. If one takes into consideration all of Dr McClure's activities since her appointment, one must come to the conclusion, based on her list of achievements and her failures, that she has overall performed poorly. The level of respect she has garnered is earned.
December 12, 2016 at 4:15pm We'll see how many of the commentators on this site will fall for Mr. Tomlins trap to distract from the real issues at hand. I'll bet that some will not be able to resist and address his latest reflection on what should be done or not done at ASU. Let Mike say what Mike says and for the rest of us, stay the course. Anyone else given a thought that maybe Mike's long reflections are heartily encouraged and calculated by top administration.
December 12, 2016 at 4:12pm With the continued talks of trust, professionalism, and whether or not people have been acting ethical, people need to look at others instead of just the president. Whether or not she stays at a function is her call--not anyone else's. We all had the freedom to attend and leave when we wanted. And because people are questioning this is simply juvenile. Why are you stooping so low to be this picky about something this trivial? As I stated in the first sentence, look past the president at others who claim to have such "clean" records and possibly have not done anything wrong--I am looking at you, Carol Smith. Even though you do not work here anymore, let's see if you have lived up to the high ethical standards you keep others at. You conducted yourself in a unprofessional manner, trying to champion causes to secure you and your husband (who lack the degree and teaching ability to teach). You knew you were leaving ASU for a while. Although you have the right, you took a very long vacation at an inopportune time. You cut people off at the knees from time to time. You took a job in Idaho, while still working for ASU and your long vacation, only to really be there for a few days, before leaving to go to the Colorado School of Mines. I hope people will question your ethical leadership capabilities. As much as you think you are strong, you created your own demise at ASU. You were just waiting until you could fully blame your leaving on someone else. Then you left Idaho high and dry after a few days. If I were at Mines, I would question your abilities. The funny irony in all of this is that you created your own demise. I am thankful that you and all the others who are so opposed to ASU have left/are leaving.
December 12, 2016 at 4:07pm Intriguing, don' t you think, that two out of three of Mikes' questions on a possible no-confidence vote against McClure are about himself? Why do you think anyone really cares about your scholarship or your color or your gender when considering such a question? It does raise another question though, and that is of your own narcissism.
December 12, 2016 at 3:58pm Perhaps Tomlin would do well to reread the comment on December 11, 2016 @ 5:10: "To all those who have voted against holding a "no confidence" referendum, I have a question. What are you so scared of? If you really think that she is the bees knees, that she has proved her worth and that her practices and policies have been effective at lifting ASU's prospects, then surely such a vote would be a slam dunk. If she wins, her opponents lose all legitimacy. Dissent ended with the click of fingers, just like that. But of course you are pretty certain that she would lose. And that's why you are desperate to ward off a vote." Yes, Mike, What are you afraid of?
December 12, 2016 at 2:24pm Should there be a no confidence vote? That is serious water to step into. First, what is your credibility to ask the question? The strength of this site has ranged from the size of my CUPA, the scholarship I have engaged in, and that I am a white (I am not) male (I am). So based upon that evidence you think you should call for a vote of no confidence for our President? But wait, there's more. Your bona fides continue with snappy observations of when the president did or did not leave the Christmas party. You have also written at length about her Halloween costume evidently at a party. Really? And all of the feigned offense - yep there's evidence of the need for a vote. Then you call out senior faculty - Professors Alvarez, Crowther, Loosbrock, Reid, Schell, and others. You signal to the BOT your disrespect and in fact have chronicled on this site your derision of seniority and rank. You show that you resent the best of our faculty for the dedicated and voluminous work they do, work that many of you are simply not good enough, or ambitious enough to do. So there is more evidence that we should vote on our confidence in the president. And then we have to ask confidence to do what? A vote of confidence is not like a "like" on social media. Do we not have confidence in her ability to appoint top level executives such as Curt Cary and Chris Gilmore? Do we not have confidence in her ability to build relationships with community leaders - City Council, Chamber, etc? Do we not have confidence that her team will be able to pull off a nice graduation on Saturday? Do you not have confidence that your December paycheck will be cashable? What are you not confident in that is the work of the president? You see, you have to have reasons for asking the question. Yours are thin, and have no credibility. There's another problem too. Once we go to the no-confidence vote, regardless of the outcome, we will have opened the genie lamp. Next the BOT will be toying with opening the tenure question, and considering post-tenure review. They could put a freeze on promotions that just might "frost" some of you wannabees who don't respect the rank you aspire to. No, these votes are not games for children to play and there generally is blow-back. A wise faculty and a wise faculty senate will reject the call out-of-hand. And then those who do the work can return to the very serious work we have ahead of us, the president and her team doing theirs, and others of us doing ours. That would be a good Christmas present for the entire university community. Michael Tomlin Professor Management
December 12, 2016 at 1:41pm This occurrence at Adams State reminds me very much of what happened on Halloween at the Univ. of Louisville where the President and his minions wore stereotypical Mexican costumes and an apology was made via the Wash. Post! - so tasteless and infantile, definitely insulting! College president apologizes for wearing stereotypical Mexican costume for Halloween party https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/10/30/college-president-wore-stereotypical-mexican-costume-for-halloween
December 12, 2016 at 10:55am "You want a safe space? Move to Boulder," says Commenter December 11, 2016 at 9:51pm. This of course is an admission that ASU is not a safe place, despite McClure's proclamation to the contrary. And instead of working towards making ASU safe again, our commentator supports Mcclure's answer to every problem.... If you don't like it, then just get the hell outa here. Sad.
December 11, 2016 at 10:51pm SO IS President McClure LYING AND WRITING ONLY TO HER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY? She posted this on her Facebook page? Did she deliver this OR WRITE/SEND THIS MESSAGE TO THE ASU EMPLOYEES? ?? OR DID ONLY SELECT I'VE PEOPLE GET THIS MESSAGE AT ASU??? WHAT'S THE TRUTH??? ----Editor's Reply: This commentator then copied/pasted the full text of this message as originally published by ASU and on Dr. McClure's personal Facebook page, which was later republished by other news outlets. We aren't going to publish the full text here in the interest of space considerations but encourage readers to consider it and also the commentary we published in response. Also, a friendly reminder that CAPSLOCK IS LIKE YELLING AT PEOPLE ONLINE and is strongly discouraged.
December 11, 2016 at 10:48pm Have you noticed that no one is able to directly and specifically defend any of the dozens of serious issues Adams State has incurred, particularly the serious errors in judgment and poor leadership skills of President McClure? Instead, the response is to attempt to silence people, write off their motives for raising the issue at all, or assert that they don't need to address these serious problems because they don't like the people raising them? It's also a response almost exclusively to the San Luis Valley area – a crude and shameful form of tribalism that prevents honest and open efforts for change. That's why “outsiders” who arrive on the scene (like Dr. Gilmer) must be instantly demonized and their efforts to assess the scope of the problems (like the Mathieu report) must be curtailed, blocked, or transferred (by President McClure) to the leadership-approved cronies (like Margaret Doell). This is because Beverlee McClure's conduct is indefensible. It is indefensible by academic practice, by financial and ethical guidelines, in federal court, and in the realm of human decency. So before you attempt to discredit the many substantive arguments that have been made about the case for a vote of “no confidence” in McClure, ask yourself if you have genuine intellectual ground to stand upon or if your brazen words are spoken from atop quicksand that is sinking, sinking fast.
December 11, 2016 at 9:51pm Stop the witch hunt because the feelings of a teacher, Danny whatever his name is, were hurt. Life is hard and you don't always get your way. You want a safe space? Move to Boulder. Want your job back? Be a good teacher. The valley relies on this school and it is not only for Hispanics. The white kids get degrees there too. ----Editor's Reply: It was, of course, President McClure who proclaimed in her post-election campus message that ASU is a “safe space.” Our commentary asserts that while that is indeed a worthwhile goal in some sense, the campus is far from a safe space for many who work there. And sadly, an embarrassing number of good teachers have left and continue to leave ASU. It is precisely because the SLV deserves the best institution Adams State can be that we are calling out its deficiencies and offering solutions to address immediate and systemic issues, even as many on campus have experienced retaliation for attempting to do so within the proper channels as defined by the university's dysfunctional shared governance model.
December 11, 2016 at 9:50pm Regarding the Mathieu report, someone asked: "Where's the transparency, and what's happening now that the 'listening period' is done?" I believe Bev and Margo are blocking any action to make Dr. Gilmer look bad and to cover their mistakes in claiming it was all fixed, the HLC was just being unfair, etc. They want Margaret to head this effort, a disaster in the making.
December 11, 2016 at 8:37pm Following the release of the Mathieu Report, Dr. Gilmer requested feedback from campus. While the Mathieu Report was published, or referenced in numerous venues, the feedback - some of which refuted or reframed the report's findings - was not, even though some of it was intended to be public, or could be considered public record. Where's the transparency, and what's happening now that the 'listening period' is done? ----Editor's Reply: We would be happy to post any additional documents as they become available and can request documents through open records requests, but only final releases and not "work product" that is not yet published.
December 11, 2016 at 8:30pm You might consider adding a method here that enables the sending of attachments. Some things are too large to be effectively put in the comment space. ----Editor's Reply: For a variety of web interface and security reasons, we aren't able to allow for attachments to be uploaded to the comments page unless they can be processed as linked images or other already-online content. If you have additional information to share, please provide a contact email address and we can follow up with you privately.
December 11, 2016 at 8:15pm The letter referenced appears to be a personal attack on the President. Who initiated the letter and was the document actually signed by faculty? I have sincere concerns about anyone attacking another when its unwarranted, but my daughter attends the school as a bi-racial student and has never experienced any of this the writer documents. Additionally, my bride graduated from ASU in 1984 and supports the school 100% and.........she is 100% Hispanic. The problem with the Internet is that there are no consequences for those pushing bad information and/or those with ill-will in their heart. I hope this letter is simply BS. Supporter of ASU David R. Osborn ----Editor's Reply: This Watching Adams commentary about intimidation at ASU was drafted by our staff, a group of current and former ASU employees with a commitment to public accountability at ASU and with an interest in presenting divergent views from the administration's official narrative. As the article demonstrates, virtually every claim is linked to primary sources and/or represents the direct experiences of our staff of writers and researchers. This commentary is an analysis of the workplace conduct of the university's president, who is a public official. This does not represent a “personal attack” but rather a critique of Dr. McClure's decisions in office.
December 11, 2016 at 5:10pm To all those who have voted against holding a "no confidence" referendum, I have a question. What are you so scared of? If you really think that she is the bees knees, that she has proved her worth and that her practices and policies have been effective at lifting ASU's prospects, then surely such a vote would be a slam dunk. If she wins, her opponents lose all legitimacy. Dissent ended with the click of fingers, just like that. But of course you are pretty certain that she would lose. And that's why you are desperate to ward off a vote.
December 11, 2016 at 2:41pm Richard, I respect your courage, putting your name to your opinion. I confess that I have less mettle than you. And I detect that you are genuine in your belief. You're right, Dr McClure did inherit a real mess, and she does have the responsibility to correct past mistakes. She may have made some hard decisions but it's arguable that she did not make enough of them. Richardson and the BoT is still filled with the people who resided over the implementation and maintenance of those mistakes. If Dr McClure leaves, then indeed we will go backwards, to what is effectively Svaldi's administration. These are the people who allowed ASU's performance to deteriorate to the point where HLC had to intervene. She has certainly not done enough to sluice out the old and tired, nor has she done enough to usher in new blood and innovative thinkers. In fact, judging by the commentators below, she is actively trying to bury them. And in the meantime, we have seen no improvement in recruitment, retention, graduation, financial status, credit rating, staff and student morale, public reputation, or regulator and funder relationships. She has not exhibited any talent in any of these areas. So it would seem that she - and Svaldi's old sidekicks - need to go. If not, you're right, we could lose our university in Alamosa.
December 11, 2016 at 10:12am Regarding the poll results, wow, Bev and Margaret must be really busy running from computer to computer this morning! Thirty-two new votes in less than 2 hours. If anyone else is voting no, I'm guessing there is a lot they don't know about president McClure. The vote-of-no-confidence question closely parallels another question: do you want ASU to succeed? Vote no if that's how you really feel.
December 11, 2016 at 9:13am I have watch first hand when she took over at Adams. She has had to make some very hard decisions and came into a real mess at the college. Many problems that were allowed to exist with the previous administration she has the responsibility to correct. She deserves our respect for making hard choices and why would we want it to change back to what we had before in the previous administration. In that case we might and could loose the College in Alamosa. This is exactly why we're on probation now. - Richard Clark
December 11, 2016 at 8:43am Thank you, Ben, for having the courage to say what so many of us feel. Sixteen months ago when the hiring committe was split in the hiring of Beverlee MCClure, far from a unanimous decision, and with large opposition from many vocal tenured faculty, it was a time of great disapointment accross campus. Now, after so much time has passed, we hope the BOT have seen enough from her hypocrisy, intimidation, harrassment, bullying, and elitist behavior to ask for her resignation before the HLC give up on us, before Dr. Gilmer gives up on us, before the students, faculty, and staff turn away from us! It's time for others to be courageous and stand up for what is right.
December 11, 2016 at 12:43am Why are some faculty still have their jobs, knowingly corrupting ASU? It's not only McClure, but her inner circle are truly amoral ahumans such as Crowther, Lubrock, Alverez, and many others over there in McDaniel. These thieves should have been fired long time ago. Their salaries are higher than anyone of us here in the Art department. I am desperately seeking a way out of ASU because this institution is not what McClure portrayed it to be "diverse". A truck load of old white males and gays does not represent diversity here at ASU. And for the record McClure, you lack full understanding of what it means to be a "feminist". So, stop parading around the campus attempting to be something you are not!
December 10, 2016 at 11:21pm Thank you, Ben Waddell. I only hope the faculty senate can convince the BoT to rid the mean girl, McClure! Remove Margo from the ES reorganization! And save our HSI and accreditation! 2017 may be looking up!
December 10, 2016 at 8:13pm At ASU if you align yourself with your values and beliefs, and if they don’t align with the administration’s values and beliefs, you find yourself between a rock and a hard place. ASU is an HSI, and yet, anyone who actually commits to serving Hispanic students in practice is viewed with caution. Worse, if you genuinely commit yourself to challenging the status quo, you will be let go. Someone on this forum once wrote that your salary depends on where your ambition and talent meet. At ASU, that is hardly true. There are individuals on this campus that work day and night and have done so for years. Still, their pay is dismal compared to those who get in close with the President. I’d love to know what the total compensation packages look like for those individuals that run in McClure’s cadre. Beez? Doell? Alvarez? Crowther? At ASU your salary depends on your willingness to sell your morals down stream. Period. That’s it. There’s nothing more to it. As Dr. Crowther once said, “If you want to change something son, get in close with the president.” Given this, it’s likely not surprising that he’s also been quoted saying, “I reek of establishment.” And that, in the end, is why Dr. Gilmer represents such a threat to McClure. Dr. Gilmer is a genuine intellectual who is academically grounded and understands how to move ASU forward. However, his confidence and preparation represents a threat to the establishment. And unless the faculty and staff are willing to stand up, ASU is doomed. This is our moment. We must respond. The BoT meets on Friday, and there is still time to let them know who we stand with. If you care about your job, you need to communicate with them. Write them. Call them. Knock on their doors. Let them know who you stand with. Your job depends on it, and more importantly, our students’ education depends on it. - Benjamin James Waddell ----Editor's Reply: We have obtained itemized compensation data for these and other employees from fiscal years 2013-2016 and will be publishing this data when it has been prepared for release.
December 10, 2016 at 6:16pm Well, Dr. Gilmer certainly has never been called "the worst woman in America" by a nonprofit, written a pornographic autobiography, been sued for calling a faculty member a terrorist and lost, led a statewide organization in a deficit financial model, promoted a culture of fear and intimidation, or jeopardized a university's accreditation! And why are we assuming he even wants to lead this institution? I suspect he came here to do the job for which he was hired. It seems to me we should focus on Dr. McClure's "leading" us and what has become a long day's journey into night.
December 10, 2016 at 5:59pm JUST LIKE TRUMP? No qualifications necessary... Chris gilmer touted as ASUs next great hope was executive director of Alcon state university's expansion campus for only ONE year before coming to ASU. And he left University of Alaska SE in a bind to do it. How does this make him qualified to lead an institution?
December 10, 2016 at 4:51pm McClure has no commitment to our students or the San Luis Valley. She just wants to hide her mistakes long enough to get out of here. Once she's gone she won't look back and she won't care if hiding her mistakes cost ASU accreditation. Please, someone hire her away before she does any more damage.
December 10, 2016 at 4:46pm False advertising about iOpia? The article says: "reviews at Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, where it gets no fewer than 5 out of 5 stars." But it does get fewer: 3 stars in the only Amazon review and there are no reviews on Barnes and Noble. Huh, more BS?
December 10, 2016 at 3:22pm 50 SHADES OF DISGRACEFUL: While President of Adams State University, Dr. Beverlee Mclure, sits high above everyone on her pedestal in Richardson Hall acting as a role model for our young, impressionable students, her pornographic novel sends a message parents should take notice of. It was written under a pen name, B. Jeffries, and is by all accounts just a poorly written narcissist's failed attempt at fame, but reads more like an autobiogrophy. Dr. McClure defends her distasteful book called, iOpia and the reason she cowardly used a fake name as saying, "...I didn't want it to tarnish my brand." Well, what about your presidency? What about the legacy of Adams State? What about the reputation of our community, faculty, staff, students? And this, ladies and gentlemen, is your leader! Whipped cream, anyone? https://www.abqjournal.com/540797/whipped-cream-anyone.html
December 10, 2016 at 3:07pm Here's the thing about narcissistic people, particularly incompetent ones: they fear self-confident, competent people. Everything you have observed about the contrast between Beverlee McClure and Chris Gilmer could be boiled down to those dynamics. When I met Beverlee McClure in the summer of 2015, she seemed friendly and outgoing. But like many other people at ASU, I had my “McClure Moment” that revealed someone who is extremely superficial, uses the appearance of kindness as a means to an end, and quickly, viciously turns on anyone (and eventually, everyone) because she is deeply insecure in herself. She loathes honest and secure people, cannot accept criticism, cannot admit fault, and cannot embrace her own shortcomings. These are all flaws that must be externalized, lashing out at those who would raise areas to be improved – in herself and in her university. Conversely, getting to know Chris Gilmer has been the complete opposite experience for me. He is observant, careful and yet thoughtful, kind and yet assertive. He has shown himself to be someone who is deeply honest and sincere about identifying challenges and tackling them, about admitting mistakes and correcting them. He has genuine courage and a steady hand in his ways, a natural leader but also a reliable colleague. Chris has been a welcome breath of fresh air and many of us intuitively sense that from our time with him. And this is why we've arrived at the current collision. We have in McClure someone who feels threatened by genuine competence and views it as a threat to her absolute authority, her air of infallibility, and her command of unquestioning loyalty from her inner circle. And we have in Gilmer someone who sees the best in people and wants shared success for ASU and for Alamosa. If McClure were an effective leader, she would recognize the great good that Gilmer can bring us, but instead she sees him as undermining her authoritarian rule over ASU and appears to be obstructing his good faith efforts to improve the campus at such a critical juncture. But that's just my impression, I could be wrong.
December 10, 2016 at 1:58pm Well, we haven't had any real leadership at ASU for years, just drifting along, blundering here and there, so even if Gilmer isn't the perfect administrator, he would be vastly better than McClure and her coven. Given his fantastic track record since arriving, his openness and honesty, and his dedication to transparency and shared governance, he is indeed a very good, if not perfect, fit for the presidency. But all that is moot. Right now, he isn't even allowed to do his job let alone lead. He has been purposely shunted into a siding by McClure because his popularity offends McClure, who is loathed by a substantial proportion of even her own "cabinet". Instead of elevating people with talent and drive, our president is trying to bury them. She wants to bury Gilmer, just like Svaldi buried Mumper. A long and pathetic tradition to which the BoT has turned a blind eye for years.
December 10, 2016 at 1:50pm With regard to Chris Gilmer, someone asked "Is this the kind of leader ASU needs?" Yes! Absolutely! Would people prefer the man who ordered the Mathieu report, a report that gives us a fighting chance of accreditation or the narcissist who kept telling us everything was fixed? You can follow her if you want, but it could mean the end of ASU, our jobs, our students' educations, and the health of the SLV. Chris has tremendous support all across campus. Go ahead attack. It will just result in backlash.
December 10, 2016 at 12:18pm If you have heard Dr. Gilmer speak even once, you know the depth of his love for his late mother. She did not get to go to college, but she made sure he did, and reared him to be a voice for those who are sometimes voiceless. I believe she died after a long and painful battle with Cancer in May of that year, and I am pretty sure his world fell apart. Maybe he wasn't quite ready to lead a university two months after such a loss. I believe it is notable, however, that he wrote and got funded a 4 million dollar grant for that campus which provided a level of resources sufficient to change many lives in the small town of Sitka, Alaska. I have not heard Dr. Gilmer asking to lead this university. I think maybe he just wants his hands untied to do the job he was hired to do.
December 10, 2016 at 11:49am LEFT THEM HANGING: Gilmer accepted University of Alaska SE position in February of 2015. Turned it down four months later in July - ONE WEEK before start date. Is this the kind of leader ASU needs? University of Alaska Southeast director won’t take job https://www.ktva.com/university-of-alaska-southeast-director-wont-take-job-685/ Sitka Campus Director Says He’s Not Coming http://sitkasentinel.com/7/2012-05-10-22-08-10/local-news/8849-sitka-campus-director-says-he-s-not-coming
December 10, 2016 at 1:05am Well, it took me a while, but I just finished reading the recent commentary. How can anyone logically and rationally argue against any of these points? These aren't opinions folks! This is an accurate compilation of factual instances of lying (as&f meetings, faculty Senate meetings, valley courier), misleading ( valley courier again and again), deliberate misrepresentation (hlc, finances), and fostering a hostile work environment (pfff pick one) on the part of President McClure. I have yet to read any rebuttal against anything written in this commentary. All I see are the same "if you don't like it leave", "move on Danny", "just get back to work", "you're just negative and trying to tear down the University", "if McClure were a man you wouldn't be saying this".... The list of empty, superficial, and distracting rebuttals goes on. We can continue nit picking at CUPA data and whose publication list is longer than the other, but the larger institutionalized issues wil persist. As one commentator mentioned: our students are voting with their feet - without them we are all nothing. So by continuing to tell critics to leave if they don't like it- you're sending the same message to our students. Current leadership is Not cutting it, McClure is Not cutting it. Not only do we deserve a strong leadership team, we have a right to demand one.
December 9, 2016 at 3:37pm Total agreement with December 9, 2016 at 3:10pm. The Board should "fire fast" starting with the disgraceful "Mean Girl" Beverlee McClure and hire a president who will clean house and put some real accountability into place - someone like Dr. Chris Gilmer who is willing to give an honest and hard look at what needs fixing around ASU (such as commissioning and releasing the investigation of Extended Studies). All I want for Christmas is a vote of "no confidence" in President McClure.
December 9, 2016 at 3:10pm Tomlin is correct. ASU does fail to "fire fast." Think of all the people whose knowing complacency or egregious conduct ended up putting ASU on academic probation, who have been responsible for its ill-advised Guaranteed Tuition policy, its reckless spending, its terrible PR integrity, its bloated athletics budgets, its excessive administrative salaries, its violations of academic integrity and breaches of conflict of interest and nepotism. Have any of those people been fired? No. Instead, people who have tried to raise these very issues are bullied, shunned, and humiliated to the point of their resignation, or even banned from campus without due process. For too long, ASU has been keeping all the rotten eggs in the basket and tossing all the good ones onto the sidewalk. And it's not an accident.
December 9, 2016 at 10:53am So much for staying on the high road...
December 9, 2016 at 10:39am It's hard to tell but I am sensing that my call for us to work together and fix the leaks at Adams and paddle together for re-accreditation has raised the ire of some of you. But your comments following that post of mine do clarify for the BOT the work to be done. President McClure and the 30% must not only work hard on recruitment and retention, and fixing the ship for re-accreditation, but must also manage the clear "bozo explosion" of the 20% as referenced previously on this site. "Bozo explosions" happen in organizations that fail to "fire fast," referencing the same Harvard Business study. That failure allows the 20% to fester and work against the organization. They gain courage from each other with anonymous attacks on those who do the work. They compare their positions and salaries with others more ambitious and able than themselves and commiserate within their 20%'er group. Here at Adams the 20%'ers seem to think I am the way to their increased salary and heightened self-esteem. So of course - attack Mike. A note to readers, my "biographer" who writes on this site has not been officially approved by my publicist, so don't consider the writings official or accurate. Regarding the researcher who spends time looking for my publications, please come by my office, I have them compiled for you. And yes, they include international, national and regional refereed publications, trade publications, soft publications, online and print newspaper columns, and political cartoons. I am happy to share and visit about them. It is interesting you mention the binder. Yes, a training company employed me to develop a training program for school principals. I did so and the training manual is in 3-ring binder format. It was adopted by school districts in 13 states and widely used. I taught (the binder) at the National Instructional Leadership Academy as a consultant for years. The binder and curriculum are now years out of date and no longer readily available, but I have one and would be pleased to demonstrate it to you. Just let me know when that is convenient. Mike ----Editor's Reply: I might suggest that your comments would be more persuasive, and you would receive fewer of the insults you keep referencing, if you didn't characterize those with contrary views as "a bozo explosion." To effectively call for maturity and civility may require leading by example. Editor, Thanks for your comment and suggestions. Please note that I do not write to persuade the 20%. I write to reassure the 30% who are on board and working hard to achieve Adam's stated goals, and who support their university and employer. Note too that "bozo explosion" is not my term, hence the quotation marks. It is attributed to Guy Kawasaki, best-selling author, speaker and former Silicon Valley tech wonk. The quote came from research authored by Greg McKeown and published in the Harvard Business Review. It often is used as an indictment of management practices for hiring fast and firing slow - which allows the "bozo explosion" conditions to occur. Better management would hire more slowly and deliberately, and fire at the first sign of contributing to such conditions. I merely applied the term where it seems an obvious fit - those who would publicly trash their university during its time of need. MT ----Editor's Reply: Many people here agree that the ASU administration is guilty of "firing slow" but likely disagree with you about who should be removed from their duties. And if you are willing to quote someone else in making your own argument, you must be prepared to own that language rather than deflecting it as someone else's. That is an attempt at shirking responsibility for your own choice of language (because no one forced you to invoke the term "bozo explosion").
December 9, 2016 at 8:21am Someone wrote: "I wouldn't be surprised if Mike considers bloviating on Watching Adams about how fantastic he is to be a form of 'university service.'" No, no, no, look at his vita, his posts here are scholarship. A search of the ASU library databases shows 34 entries for Tomlin and they are all "commentary" pieces published in the Idaho Business Review. And if you want a laugh, read one of them. High standards. Grammar like this. Deep ideas like his wife reads a Nook, but he reads paper books, therefore, online education is great. He claims to have hundreds of publications, including several books. So, if you want another laugh, try finding them. One ring-bound book on Amazon with one used copy available. A smashing success. The final laugh is what apparently counts for scholarship in ASU's School of Business. Their ethics with regard to scholarship match their teaching ethics. If someone is willing to "buy" it or accept it, then it counts. Quality doesn't. On several occasions, Mike has regaled us with tales of his early days of writing through the night by candlelight at his R-1 institution. Maybe the fact that none of those writings can be found is why he is no longer there. Mike, care to point us to a peer-reviewed article you published or a book that was released by an actual publisher?
December 8, 2016 at 6:29pm I would like to thank the editor (December 8, 2016 at 5:24pm) for reminding everyone that this website is most productively utilized to shed light on institutional issues that need to be addressed. Engaging in individualized insults, justified or not, is tantamount to Trumpist cyber-bullying, damages the credibility of this website, and is counterproductive. We should be better than this - even if our leadership is not. Let’s stay on the high road.
December 8, 2016 at 6:12pm Whispers spread from one corner of campus to the next and all the way to the Pacific Northwest of a major rift erupting between President McClure and Vice President Gilmer, not surprising since in her world no good deed ever seems to go unpunished. I wonder how long it will take for Dr. Gilmer to be labeled a terrorist and to be banned from campus. There is, after all, a precedent. This is a significant moment contributing to the future of Adams State University. Listen carefully to what is being said, and render your own judgments based on what you have observed to be the character of these two individuals.
December 8, 2016 at 5:24pm The reason Tomlin "gives bullies passes" is because he IS one...ever since the day his worthless ass arrived. ----Editor's Reply: And on that note, this is probably enough insults directed at one person in one day. My hope is that we can get back to focusing on relevant issues facing Adams State University.
December 8, 2016 at 5:18pm Obviously Mike is smoking on the job. (Is he allowed to do that, Dr McClure?) His reality is truly bent out of shape. You might think of cutting down a bit, Mike, cos, like, dude, you sound, uh, totally sick, man.
December 8, 2016 at 5:12pm Somewhere back in this stream, Mike mentioned that he used to be in business. Hardly surprising that he no longer is, given his refusal to acknowledge that unless an organization - and the people who run it - is honest with itself, it is doomed to fail. A shame that ASU hired such a failure. No wonder he defends his boss so abjectly.... no one else would have him.
December 8, 2016 at 4:56pm Sounds like you are drunk in the Kool-aid, Mike. Since when do students, faculty, staff, and community NOT mind the business of the President? Turning our heads in the other direction, ignoring corruption, pretending high heels move mountains is just plain reckless. Stop giving bullies (Trump, McClure) passes for intimidation, narcissism, conceit, arrogance, and harassment. It is disrespectful and offensive to the gay kid who was put in a trash can in high school or the latina woman abused by bullies with different names but the same makeup. Get your head out of your ass, man!
December 8, 2016 at 4:48pm My diagnosis: Mike Tomlin has a self-promoting addiction problem and this website is his cry for help. Recall that he started posting here back in August (by name, anyway) to play the victim card as being “bullied” because there was a passing reference to discussing pay at ASU as being “gauche.” Mike confessed to being a failed humorist and appointed himself as the white knight of the School of Business, charging in to defend the honor of his castle... The same one that largely put ASU on academic probation, I might add. It appears that Mike then went on to post anonymously again and again for awhile, insisting that there is no problem with teaching hundreds of students online while still teaching a full course load on campus. When shown that it was a problem according to the HLC and the Mathieu report, Mike went back to identifying himself by name and calling for everyone to stop talking about salaries, their discontent with the president, problems with graduation rates and college rankings, or basically any other topic critical of ASU. In turn, this invites others to criticize Mike's idea that ASU shouldn't be criticized (it's a form of “soiling your nest”). Which prompts Mike to return many times more to qualify that it's okay to criticize ASU as long as it's done his way. Talk about “not taking 'no' for an answer!” I wouldn't be surprised if Mike considers bloviating on Watching Adams about how fantastic he is to be a form of “university service.” Maybe Mike Tomlin would approve of comments celebrating himself and the School of Business, but he very well could take exception to that, as well, because they weren't written by him. But try as Mike might to insist that everyone should stop visiting this website because he believes Watching Adams is “not successful in generating ideas and good discussion,” Mike continues posting here, multiple times per day, in what appears to be a desperate act of professional masturbation. He has thrown himself so far behind ASU's moribund trajectory that he cannot distinguish between mediocre performance and greatness. Mike cannot stop promoting himself here, even as he insists everyone should forget about “some part-timer who taught here two years ago” - the same person who continues to give him this very platform on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. This could be another form of “soiling your own nest.” Ledonne wasn't the first person to be run off campus, nor has he been the last. Mike is willfully avoiding connecting the dots because it paints an ugly picture of a regime he defends and enables. Ask yourself: how much better would Mike be at his own job if he wasn't obsessed with defending his ego online? How much better would the School of Business be if Mike wasn't committed to defending its outrageous online teaching practices and the unethical conduct of the faculty he supervised while serving as chair? Maybe it's time for Mike to start taking his own advice: get back to work – including nights and weekends – so he might finally earn the absurd amount of money he makes as a disgraced former chair.
December 8, 2016 at 4:11pm Just when I get caught up and go over my quota new comments pop up. I want to respond to Dec. 8 @ 1:44pm. I think your comments are very heartfelt and I appreciate them. I would offer some different perspectives for you to consider. First, never assume that you know others' financial situations. It is common to be wrong, but regardless, viewing your position through the finances of others is a losing game. Your money is important to you. My money is important to me. Those are the rules that matter. I understand that you are worried, but 75 years ago yesterday over 1100 Americans who were worried "for their life" lost it. You are worried for your job, career and to be able to take care of your family. I get that and respect that. What I don't understand is how you are responding to do those things. I fear too that our university is in trouble - my response is not to deny it but to double down on my advisement to keep students here, teach well, maintain my professional contacts so I can tout the positives of Adams every day to someone, trying to help with our reputation. All of us pulling together to show HLC we are tight. We had some procedural issues and they are being fixed. But at our core we have good faculty, a robust curriculum, staff that keeps the train running day and night, that is the message we should be sharing. Humility, confidence, competence. What would HLC's observation be of us here? You're still focused on some part-timer who taught here two years ago, what time was it when the president left a party, how big your CUPA is. All of these things will be insignificant if the ship sinks. Perhaps we should concentrate on fixing leaks and paddling together. That's my position. Regarding your fears, if you think we're going to fail, then put your house on the market, spiff up your resume/CV, and protect your family by moving to a more stable position. It's what we do. And consider, while some of you are tearing us down we are soon to be interviewing people who want to come here for their dream job. Three new business faculty - such an exciting time! The problem at Adams is that we have had what the Harvard Business Review right in front of me that I am using for a reference for an article calls "a bozo explosion" on the staff. People are freaking out when should just be working. Day in and day out what the President does is simply irrelevant to most of us. Last night she and I had a short visit at the table, but that was the first conversation we've had in many weeks. She doesn't micromanage my job (thank you) and I don't micromanage hers. If we all do our jobs, and well, we more likely will be okay. Just a thought. Mike
December 8, 2016 at 3:50pm Dear Santa, I have been very naughty this year so I guess I will only get bad gifts. Here are a few really bad gifts if you come down my chimney at Marvel House. 1. Several copies of iOpia by B. Jeffries for re-gifting to future graduates of ASU and to pass out at next year's faculty holiday Christmas party. 2. Knock-off rhinestone boots, one can never have enough. 3. A puppet of my very own, preferably with no experience in distance learning or accreditation so she can head up the HLC re-accreditation at ASU. I will name her Margaret! 4. The manual, How to Be A University President for Dummies. I don't need it for myself because I am perfect. It's for a friend, yeah, for a friend. 5. Last but not least, please bring me some donations for the University. It's been over a year now, and I suck at fundraising. The BOT will be so pleased, I bet. Yours Truly, Bev ----Editor's Reply: This comment is intended as satire and not to be construed as having been written by Dr. Beverlee McClure.
December 8, 2016 at 2:44pm In light of many comments and pleas regarding the possibility of the Board of Trustees removing President McClure, it may be worth observing that the Board of Trustees taking action to remove a president is not without precedent in recent history. In 2005, after his serving only a single year, the Board of Trustees removed President Richard Wueste (hired in 2004) and appointed David Svaldi Interim President. However, and importantly, this action was apparently not the result of a campus-wide perception of President Wueste’s pervasive arrogance, authoritarian management, and being consistently unreceptive to input. Neither was this due to an implicit campus-wide vote of no confidence by academic units, faculty, or staff. Rather the BOT action was primarily the result of the perceptions and dissatisfactions of the administration and the BOT. It would therefore appear likely that, so long as this culture continues at ASU and the BOT continues to praise and support President McClure, dissatisfactions, proposals, and pleas of faculty, staff, and/or students will continue to be irrelevant to consideration by the BOT. It would be naïve not to realize that the BOT considers itself to represent the apex of authoritarian management, in spite of being comprised of individuals having little or no experience in higher education. Therefore, in their view decisions and directives are unidirectional - the BOT dictates and the campus obeys. The BOT has historically been arrogantly dismissive of input or suggestions from the campus regarding what actions they might be well advised to take. In this culture, shit flows downhill.
December 8, 2016 at 2:02pm Mike, you haven't so much fallen behind, as fallen in line. In lock step with a leader taking us nowhere.
December 8, 2016 at 1:59pm At lunchtime today, a colleague and I were discussing ASU's difficulties, and she said something that floored me. When I said I was disappointed with McClure's failure to increase enrollment, she said, "Well, she's doing her best, and we should stop interfering." I don't think she is alone thinking this way. Maybe its our small-town thinking, our not wanting to offend others we might meet in the street. I'm not sure. But we are living in a global economy and while once our student catchment was just the valley, it is now statewide or country-wide or even international-wide. Potential students are voting with their feet. They are going elsewhere and not here. So excusing McClure's "best" as good enough for little ol' ASU, for the little ol' Alamosa, is NOT good enough. If her "best" is this poor, she has to go. We need someone with a better "best"
December 8, 2016 at 1:44pm Mike, I AM worried for my life. If we lose accreditation, what does that mean for my job? Does that mean ASU might be closed? Will some sort of liquidator take over and start closing departments down?Will we be taken over by a more competent university and reduced to some sort of outreach program? If I lose my job as a result of such a "rescue package" how am I going to pay my mortgage? If the university is downsized, with so many others possibly having to sell up and get out, will that not depress the local realty market and drop prices so I lose more money? If ASU loses its status, how will that affect students? Will ASU's reputation take another hit so that graduation from Adams would be worth as much as a diploma from Trump University? You might be okay, Mike. With your big fat salary, presumably you have paid off your mortgage. You don't have kids at home so your outgoings are low compared to most families, and anyway you are close to retirement so you'll soon have even more cash to play with. It is clear that your attitude is; "I'm all right, so the rest of you should stop complaining, and continue being docile and pliable." Btw, which tune do you fiddle as ASU burns?
December 8, 2016 at 12:41pm Oh my, I see I fell behind... Last night was way fun! Good food, a drink or two and we laughed and laughed. It was great to see people that I don't regularly see around campus. Thank you RH and BOT for the party. I appreciated it. We had 10 faculty and spouses at the School of Business table and enjoyed getting the group together. We all noted too that President McClure took the time to come table-by-table and visit. She was at our table twice over the evening and we all chatted and joked. Regarding some of you who supervised our president last night, please understand the 3 rules for business owners or CEOs at their Christmas party.: 1: Go to the party. 2. Mingle a bit and visit. 3. Leave early so the employees don't feel like you are watching them. It seems Beverlee understands and played it exactly as we might teach it in a management class. When the big boss leaves early it also allows employees to meet and visit with VPs and other administrators without scrutiny. But also when she comes and goes is not our business anymore than when we come and go is hers. Do you want to be called out for coming late, or leaving early, or having that 3rd (no no) drink? Some of you would do well to take care of your lives, not worry about who left without telling you - losing your BFF in the dark of night, people sold off to slavery over the weekend and you didn't know about it. Good grief! Live your lives and leave others to live theirs. I think we have about 350 employees at Adams so an average flux for an organization our size would be about 14-15 positions at any given moment. People come and people go. Sometimes we lose good ones and sometimes we celebrate when one goes. That is simply organizational life. Regarding December 6 @ 3:31pm who wrote: "We need - desperately need - employees with the courage to say that the empress has no clothes. Le Donne is not a terrorist. McClure and Salazar are documented liars." So in response, we are involved in multiple faculty searches and none of the job descriptions include duties of de-cloaking our president. We have approved interview questions and they will center on applicants' fit at Adams and the contributions they will make carrying out the work of the university. And, why are we still focused on Danny? I knew Danny and thought he was a nice man. He wasn't recommended for the job. It appears Adams botched whatever transpired after that and our insurance carrier settled. Hmmm, settled. The issue is settled. Let's move on. And then the post said: "And one last thing. Tax payers pay our salaries. Our loyalty is to them and their children, not to those who warm seats in Richardson." Okay, I'm not sure about seat warmers in Richardson. I know I was invited a few weeks back for a chair massage, but I am no longer a chair so I didn't qualify. I'm not certain who gets their seats warmed but I hope it is not just the chairs... Mike
December 8, 2016 at 8:26am Beverly McClure is NOT a businesswoman. And never has been. On Dec 7, 2016 at 9:10pm, a commentator noted in passing that "McClure may be a businesswoman...." but it is a myth perpetuated by McClure herself, yet another fiction concocted to disguise her incompetence. She has never been a businesswoman. She has always been a salaried employee, just like everyone at ASU. She was president of a small community college (salaried) before becoming a cabinet secretary for the New Mexico governor (salaried). She then became CEO of the Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico for nearly eight years, (again, salaried). Perhaps it was wishful thinking that ASU's board of trustees convinced themselves that she had business savvy. But did they not know that she ran the Association in deficit for many of those years while at the same time repeatedly increasing her own salary? Sound familiar? She doesn't have the business acumen to even be a shoe-shine (despite her experience at trying to polish turds.)
December 8, 2016 at 8:18am There have been some pretty harsh comments here about the Board of Trustees, and while I don't agree with many of them, I do believe the BoT has not been involved sufficiently. There have been just too many mistakes and too many bad administrators at ASU under their watch. I think this is an extraordinary time for the BoT to reverse that trend. They could make a strong statement and win a lot of support by firing McClure, a move that would probably be met with approval by HLC.
December 8, 2016 at 7:55am You (9:31pm) were not the only one to notice that President McClure didn't have the time to mingle with mere employees last night. Several people commented about it to me. She took off very early with Margaret in tow, as usual.
December 7, 2016 at 11:44pm I am attending ASU. ASU states they are an HSI. Please explain that to me. Because all I see is discrimination, sexism, racism, bullying and microaggression!!! President Mccure states she has an open door policy. ... I spoke to the snooty woman for maybe 1 minute, she made me feel lower than low. Was it because I am an undocumented female, who looks or dresses nothing like her? Was i not worthy of her attention? Remember, you need me along with my siblings and relatives to attend. Remember this is an HSI..... Hispanic Serving Institution. ... NOT YOUR HETEROSEXUAL SIGNING INCOMPETENCIES... Without Gilmer, you are nothing! We see thru your fakeness and racism. We saw how you cringed each time Dr. Gilmer was praised for his Think Tank. We watch you... we watch your body language. .. we see how your face reacts to people of color and minorities, especially us females. Gilmer is way more transparent and diverse than you will ever think to be. Maybe Mccure you will have a cure!!! Because Mclure, you have no clue. My family and friends will not continue to attend ASU.... 7 of us are transferring in spring 2017 to a University who cares for there students and more of us to leave..... My sense along with others, you are trying to put locks on the doors, board up the windows and shut ASU down. Mcclue, you don't get. .. this community. ... our culture.. you could care less about progression. ... If I can ask for one thing for Christmas, please leave ASU before you shut us down. Don't be a grinch...please give us this one gift! Then we can all state, great stories really reside here! !!!! And we can have great things to talk about! !! Happy Holidays , Freshman student trying to succeed in this undeserved rural community.
December 7, 2016 at 11:28pm I'm coming over for coffee! ----Editor's Reply: I have no idea what this is in reference to. I'm only publishing this comment in the hopes that someone else finds more meaning to it than I do; I don't even drink coffee.
December 7, 2016 at 9:31pm As an at-will employee I've never risked commenting on this site but after tonight I can't hold back. I see the day to day leadership on this campus and I can no longer avoid the obvious, ASU is doomed if it continues down the current path. Did anyone else notice that McClure barely attended the annual staff and faculty party? She entered, hung by the door with Margaret for a few minutes, and left, with Margo, of course. Meanwhile, Gilmer rocked the show. I can't help but see tonight as a sign of things to come. McClure may be the president but Dr. Gilmer is the only one capable of leading ASU through HLC and into the future. I hope others see the light because the very future of ASU depends on the next several weeks.
December 7, 2016 at 9:10pm I appreciate the information about the HLC's perspective in the 12/5 10:30 post, but this isn't about President McClure "eating crow", this is about survival of ASU. If ASU fails, our students and the San Luis Valley economy suffer. If she can't handle the challenge professionally, then the Board of Trustees needs to step in and fix the situation. We hired an extraordinarily competent leader in Chris Gilmer, let him do his job. McClure may be a businesswoman, but Gilmer understands higher education. The same commentator expressed the opinion that McClure is not a leader. No, she is not, but perhaps Arnold Salazar and the rest of the board can step up and demonstrate the leadership that we need. I believe they care about our students and the San Luis Valley.
December 6, 2016 at 11:05pm Who else has recently left? We know Ben Waddell is leaving for another opportunity, but did someone just recently leave to who ever is referenced as that person's BFF?
December 6, 2016 at 5:22pm Dear Santa, Please bring that vote of no confidence! I've been such a good girl, head down, no complaining or whining.
December 6, 2016 at 4:56pm I applaud Mike for attempting to improve ASU's parlous state. God knows we need people with fresh ideas. He is not alone. Many others have tried again and again to offer ideas. A case in point was the Campus Advocacy Group, which suggested upgrading our anti-neoptism policy. It also offered a plan to improve employee retention, and pushed for more administrative transparency and better governance. The result? Members were accused of - in Mike Tomlin's words - bitching, whining and moaning. Again, to quote Mike, CAG's ideas "may or may not have been good suggestions - but they were honest." Unfortunately, they were not taken that way. Not long after, the sandbagging started. Karen Lemke, an outspoken advocate for supporting student extra-help programs, got the boot. Danny Le Donne was accused by McClure of being a terrorist and banned from campus. Another member faced ostracism within her office, was bullied by her boss to a point were she was frequently reduced to tears. (A personal grievance complaint against her boss was dismissed out of hand.) And our library director was subjected to two years of intimidation before being made to walk the plank. (She is now at Colorado's elite School of Mines with double her ASU salary.) There are numerous people who have offered creative solutions to problems that everyone could see needed fixing. But the administration assumes that any suggestion for improvement is intrinsically - and personally - critical. And their response is draconian. Mike, that was your big mistake. You offered some fresh new ideas. Ironically, you now support McClure's Luddite regime.
December 6, 2016 at 3:31pm Oh Mike, if you read the comment again, You'll find it says that the success of our few outstanding students is due to their own talent, skills and grit. why do you consider that an insult? Kudos to them, and shame on you for insinuating that ASU was somehow a primary driver of their performance. It is you who diminish their success. Let me make a few things clear. I do not work for "the boss." I work for my students. I don't insult my boss. I criticize her for patently lying, and for providing no clear benefit to ASU despite her huge pay check. If she and you take that as an insult, then that's your prerogative. If she was a little less thin-skinned and a little more competent, she wouldn't have been "sideswiped" by a tiny problem like Le Donne, nor would she have magnified our problems with HLC. Regarding the Gallup study, I notice that its categories are pathetically simplistic. (By the way, it's worth noting that Gallup was notoriously unsuccessful at predicting the triumph of Trump, so I'm not sure you can call it a reputable research house anymore.) It renders university employees into only three categories, as if we are bees in a hive. It's laughable that Gallup assumes those actively committed to doing a good job are also not critical of their universities. Or conversely, if one is critical, by definition you are a "discontent and work against the mission, goals etc of their employer." This is indeed the Manichean view held by ASU's administration - and you, Mike. No criticism = good employee. Criticism = bad employee. If Penn State's "good" employees had been more critical of Jerry Sandusky's locker room lechery, Penn State's reputation - and many of its employees - would not have been so degraded. We need - desperately need - employees with the courage to say that the empress has no clothes. Le Donne is not a terrorist. McClure and Salazar are documented liars. All our statistics show that ASU' situation has been worsening for some time, and the current administration and board of trustees seem incapable of changing course. Now Mike, is there anything in the last three sentences that is not true? And one last thing. Tax payers pay our salaries. Our loyalty is to them and their children, not to those who warm seats in Richardson.
December 6, 2016 at 9:48am Your apparent strategy: 1. Argue with Mike 2. Insult your boss 3. Insult two of our outstanding students by calling them insignificant. 4. Expect a pay raise. I will watch closely to see how this works for you. However a fair question was asked of me on December 4 @ 3:24pm. "So Mike, have you got any suggestions to make ASU better? No, I didn't think so." I am confused as to how I was supposed to answer between the two sentences. Perhaps here will suffice. I applied for the position of president of Adams State and wrote multiple pages in my application of how I would work to improve our university. I was afforded two engaging telephone interviews with the search firm. Obviously my candidacy did not continue as we hired Beverlee McClure, but don't wonder if I have suggestions or not. I crafted them and put them front and center into a job application, and stood behind them. What did you do besides bitch, whine and moan? They may or may not have been good suggestions - but they were honest. My first step would have been to spend a lot of informal time with staff and faculty. I am an organizational guy and I think we have organizational needs. I knew then we had trust and self-worth issues. They needed to be attended to. I have no insight into President McClure's initial plans but she ran headlong in the "Danny" affair then into the Extended Studies issue. She likely was sideswiped by both as she was just getting her feet under her coming in from the outside not knowing how needy our workforce was/is. That is when we as employees needed to step up the most and show leadership. Some did, many did not. In organizational studies we know the research on work groups, and as recent as 2014 a major study from Gallup, reported in the Harvard Business Review reinforced the sad news. * 30% of employees are actively committed to doing a good job. * 50% of employees merely put in their time. *20% of employees act out their discontent and work against the mission, goals, etc. of their employer. Those numbers are likely consistent here. Hopefully we have more than 30% who are carrying the major load but I am not certain. I am certain that management (in all organizations) knows this - so don't ever wonder why some are rewarded and some are not. Want to be a player? Join the 30% and make it bigger. We do get paid to carry out the work of our employer after all, not to work against it. Mike
December 6, 2016 at 1:45am Are you brain dead Mike? Or, are you that poorly equipped to empathize with my loosing my BFF??? Wow, instead of holding administration accountable for what may have been their doing in forcing my BFF out, you squarely turned a blind eye to the real problem here at ASU; dishonest administration from the bottom up.
December 5, 2016 at 10:30pm Wow, I had not seen this until the 8:18 post pointed me to our website: https://www.adams.edu/hlc/hlc-letter-to-asu-11-17-16.pdf "President McClure, I am appreciative of your acceptance that there indeed is, and was, a genuine issue at Adams State University related to distance learning. I certainly encourage that when you have concerns or reactions to HLC Board actions in the future, you will feel to contact me directly. It is always useful to have productive direct communication versus other alternatives." Nice job, Bev! How does it feel to eat crow? A true leader... you are not!
December 5, 2016 at 9:09pm "Another quick great story, our (School of Business) senior faculty member Dr. Linda Reid, was honored last year as Business Teacher of the Year, by the MPBEA and has been nominated for a national award this year." Clearly the MPBEA did not know about her unethical course loads. Who nominated her this year? You or someone else from the department? Perhaps the awarding body should be contacted about our probation being the result of her great contributions, combined with a swell administration.
December 5, 2016 at 9:05pm As the commentator at 4:22 pointed out, it's easy for Mike and others to delude ourselves. Mike: by what metric do we have "the strongest program in the State of Colorado"? Oh, I see. You are restricting this to Agribusiness Management. Are there rankings for that? Is this the same program the BoT considered canning? When I look at top-ranked business programs, I don't see ASU. http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-best-undergrad-business-schools/ 114 programs, 3 or 4 from Colorado, but not us. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/adams-state-college-1345 - Not even on the list. Even if you take into account cost to get "best value" we aren't there: http://www.valuecolleges.com/rankings/best-value-undergraduate-business-schools/ What about agribusiness? http://colleges.startclass.com/d/o/Agribusiness_-_Agricultural-Business-Operations - CSU is on their list, we are not. No program in Colorado is listed. http://study.com/articles/Top_Universities_with_Agribusiness_Degree_Programs_List_of_Schools.html Yes, we all have some great students and many of us do our best for them. Some students are so good, they are bound to succeed wherever they go, due to ASU or in spite of ASU.
December 5, 2016 at 8:18pm President McClure, are we getting coal in our stockings again this year? While Margaret Doell runs the HLC reaccreditation process, what's she getting in her stocking? Is it the same big stipend Frank Novotny got added onto the top of his whopping salary when he was overseeing the HLC review? Perhaps she should be returned to her tenured professor of art position to paint in solitude all day since she has an overall campus likability of zero, with the exception of Presidential favors. I know the HLC would be happy. And speaking of HLC, it's great we got an extension, but I wonder exactly how did that come to be? Was it your idea, Dr. McClure? And is it true you have so angered and antagonized the president of HLC that the primary concern we should have about getting off probation is that she is disgusted in your careless obstruction with the process being that you are a blatant narcissist and quite frankly can't stand you? Don't most presidents accept accreditation decisions demurely and work to correct the problems rather than calling out the accreditor in a temper tantrum for the higher education world to see unfold right before their watchful eyes? Is that a not-so-veiled threat in the HLC president's letter to you posted on the ASU website? Paraphrase: accept that your university did wrong, fix the problems, and don't attack HLC in public again if you know what's good for the university. Where are the diplomats when we need them? Then there is the problem that caused us to go on probation in the first place--Extended Studies. How is it that it took more than a year or longer as President for you to even address HLC's most pressing concern? Wait. That was the new VPAA Dr. Gilmer who addressed it, wasn't it, only a month or two after he got here. As the campus waits to see what is coming for Extended Studies, I wonder why we have seen no big decisions after so much time has passed. My guess is because you have reined in your new VPAA Dr. Gilmer and won't give him the authority to do whatever he thinks should be done, because of ego, of course. From what I hear on campus, even the folks in Extended Studies who questioned the Mathieu Report's findings are starting to trust him to make a decision that is fair to all, so maybe it doesn't serve your purposes for folks on both sides to trust our new academic leader. I bet it is because he is a man, you are a woman, and blah, blah, blah...you have beaten that dead horse enough. Male chauvinism cannot be your default every single time you fail. I have always heard a president's main job is raising the profile of the university and raising money. Have I missed all the major contributions and donors you have attracted? I know I haven't gotten my raise. I know we got the Salazar Center lately which is great, but honestly, that family is so committed to the university that anybody could have brought in that donation in their sleep. We knew when you were hired that you didn't have a faculty background or much likability, but there was at least a slight hope you had political and fundraising skills. Nope! Then there's all the old stuff that really we got for Christmas last year and I guess will get again, like calling Danny a terrorist and informing the campus of decisions after they have already been made without us being consulted. I guess we won't get transparency or shared governance again this year in our stocking. In fact, the only grand act of transparency I have seen this year has been Dr. Gilmer's brave release of the Mathieu Report. Like what it says or not, he promised to share its contents with the campus, and he did. Maybe he did all this while you were on the golf course with Margaret or drinking your Patron on ice. I have one gift in mind I think the campus should give you this year, a vote of no confidence by the faculty senate and the other groups on campus so that hopefully the board of trustees might be able to hear loud and clear since they haven't been able to hear our voices so far. It takes time to raise salaries, rebuild morale, change a culture of fear and oppression, and I'll admit a lot of those problems were here before you came. Still, you have had time to at least make a start. Instead you have made our problems worse. We won't get this all fixed for Christmas, but at least we could get some hope. We need a new leader for the new year. Out with the old, in with the new.
December 5, 2016 at 4:22pm So Mike, students graduating from ASU is a great story? Isn't that what is supposed to happen as a matter of course? If you look at the numbers, you will find that our graduation rate is the worst in the state. Is that a great story? It is true that students and faculty win prizes and go on to greater things. But the question is of course; is it because of ASU or despite it? Don't get me wrong. I am not denigrating the efforts of hard working students or hard working faculty who do exceptionally well. Quite the contrary. It is a measure of their personal skills, talents and grit that they do so well in an environment so "unexcellent." It is also true that some of our students go on to better universities, but many go there before they graduate from here. They transfer because they don't want to have "ASU" on their diploma. Guess who told me that? A student. And take another guess..... She's enrolling at CSU next semester. All universities have their "great stories" but if we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that the frequency of our "great stories" compared to others is low. Rather than the norm, they are the exceptions, and that is sad. If we continue to use hyperbole like "great" and "excellent" when what we mean is "okay" or "quite good" then we debase the language, fool ourselves and encourage mediocrity. Perhaps my standards are simply higher than yours.
December 5, 2016 at 1:01pm Re: Tomlin's n of 2 students-- hardly significant-- quantitatively or qualitatively. Now when you have an n of 2 (or more) faculty in one department participating in activities that have clearly jeopardized HLC...well now we have some significance.
December 5, 2016 at 10:29am December 4, 2016 at 9:29pm "Oh for godsake, Mike. Tell me of one “great story” produced by ASU in the last five years. " Thank you for the request, I am pleased to. One of the exciting things about working regularly with prospective students is telling them and their families the great stories. This one is about a young man I had as a freshman student - Intro to Business, and then as a sophomore - Business Communications. He is a local student, from a modest farming background. He did well in class. Then he continued to do well as an Agribusiness Management major under the tutelage of our excellent faculty. Last year he went to state contest in Denver and took first place, beating students from schools such as CSU. Then off to Nationals and finished in the top four, a great honor for him and our program, faculty, and university. This student was accepted at DU Law, where he is this year and was asked to serve as a water law editor for the Law Review. Another great and distinct honor! The story continues. This year our Agribusiness Management students again went to state contest in Denver and one of our young women took first place! We also placed other students in the top tier. Some will be off to Nationals! Understand that I do not teach in our Agribusiness Management program, but our faculty have quietly created the strongest program in the State of Colorado. This means all faculty - these students take their science classes in Porter Hall and Communications classes in McDaniel, then they learn their major content here in the School of Business. Like all great stories here it is an ASU - wide effort. We should all be proud. Another quick great story, our (School of Business) senior faculty member Dr. Linda Reid, was honored last year as Business Teacher of the Year, by the MPBEA and has been nominated for a national award this year. Kudos to Linda for all of her hard work. Yet another great story. Want some more great stories, ask the faculty and staff who actually do the work. Ask Yusri Zaro about his banking and finance graduates coming from poor families and now serving in well paying jobs in the finance industry. Ask our accounting faculty about their recent graduates working in prestigious accounting firms and organizations. And ask the good faculty of other departments for their great stories. Great stories? We've gottem! Mike
December 5, 2016 at 7:58am Last night, someone wrote: pay... "isn't even determined by competence at the job or basic compliance with state and federal education guidelines." Actually, there appears to be a relationship, it's just an inverse relationship. Those who are willing to ignore or violate state and federal guidelines, and ethical guidelines, are paid more: McClure, both Novotnys, Roybal, Mansheim, Schlaufman, Crowther, Reed, Hensley, Coddington, Longfellow. Those who simply do our jobs well and ethically get paid less, period.
December 4, 2016 at 10:15pm Dr. Mike, "working inspired" by "writing scared" is hardly the prescription for a happy workplace. ASU is the kind of place whereby people conceal their fear and desperation as they look for a way out - one in which only the truest of BFF's even know their colleague is trying to escape with career intact. But at least be honest that, like the rest of the world, ASU doesn't pay people based on how effectively they do their jobs. Some of the most effective faculty I ever met at ASU have been adjuncts, paid less per course and with absolutely no benefits package (in America, virtually alone in the developed world, health insurance is a "benefit" that only some people get). Adjuncts have a passion for teaching, often beloved by their students. They often have terminal degrees and an impressive amount of professional and life experiences to share in the classroom... yet they are paid less and are more likely to "write scared" than any tenured professor. And like many schools, ASU's academic model is increasingly relying on adjuncts and full time instructors to do the heavy lifting on campus and online. Pay at ASU isn't determined by passion for the job or by measurable student outcomes. It isn't determined by the governor's office or legislatures. Evidently, it isn't even determined by competence at the job or basic compliance with state and federal education guidelines. Pay at ASU is determined by how closely-aligned one is to Richardson Hall. A cursory review of compensation data reveals this as plain as day.
December 4, 2016 at 9:52pm Mike Tomlin says he believes "teachers of all sorts should be paid more." But then he blames the State for not providing enough to "cash strapped school districts or small colleges." Not entirely true, like most of Mike's missives. The State allocates a lump sum, and the administration decides who gets paid what. And Mike, you know that, so don't pretend otherwise. The only reason some teachers are paid poorly is because the administration makes arbitrary decisions based on...... What?! What benchmark did administrators use to make their decision? We certainly know it wasn't CUPA. Does Mike Tomlin work twice as long and hard as those who are paid half his rate? Is he three times smarter than those who get paid only a third of his salary? Is he prodigiously creative, or outstandingly gifted? Is he simply a superior human being? No! Quite the contrary. He is paid way more than others, not because he is inherently worth more, but because someone in administration decided to pay him more. (Perhaps his work as McClure's surrogate explains his penthouse salary.) If Mike genuinely thinks teachers should get paid more, then perhaps he would volunteer a pay cut so that others might get their fair share. But that's not going to happen, is it Mike?
December 4, 2016 at 9:29pm Oh for godsake, Mike. Tell me of one “great story” produced by ASU in the last five years. And please, don’t regurgitate the cross country team’s success. Yes, they have done well, but this is not a sports club - it’s supposed to be an institution of higher learning. If we look at the numbers across the board, there are no great stories, and very few good ones. Overwhelmingly, the story of ASU is that of mediocrity, complacency, incompetence and low morale, controlled by an administration with no vision - and that is why the HLC is coming down on our necks. Yeah, remember them? Generally, the results at ASU, compared to all other universities in Colorado, are pretty lackluster. That’s a fact, Mike. The numbers tell us that it is so. And no fiction is going to change those facts. How about we get down to reality, honestly admit that we can do a whole lot better and make some positive changes rather than pretending that everything’s just peachy? So Mike, have you got any suggestions to make ASU better? No, I didn't think so.
December 4, 2016 at 3:24pm Dear Dec. 4th at 12:45, Here's a tip - if your BFF left without telling you then he was not your BFF. Tip two, if his advisees are coming to his door and you don't know what to tell them, simply put a sign on his door that says "Professor 'Jones' has left the university" and to see you next door for advisement assistance. Then visit with your chair or departmental admin regarding advisee transition, however your department handles it. Dear Dec. 3rd at 4:14, Hmmmm, so I have been milking the system for years? I have been at Adams for 4 years and 5 months. I accepted without negotiation the salary I was offered. I was inspired then (2012) by the "Great Stories" potential of Adams and I remain inspired today. Regarding "milking," I entered the civilian workforce as a public school teacher in 1976, for a salary of $9,600. Completing my masters degree milked it up to $11,200, after 3 years. I worked a part-time job in summers and remained active in the Army Reserve to supplement my income. I think teachers of all sorts should be paid more. But those arguments belong in the state legislature not in cash strapped school districts or small colleges. As a young university professor (42), I learned the phrase "writing scared" very quickly. I was at a research university and teaching mattered but so did publication. I "wrote scared" for five years, every night and every weekend, and earned tenure and ultimately promotion to full professor. Then I concentrated on taking care of my family's finances and developed a consulting practice to do just that. It also complimented my teaching and my scholarship. I was inspired by three people: 1. Bob Codner - a high school math teacher in Evanston, Wyoming. He soon tired of working for little pay, yet loved teaching and was known for innovative math lessons. He created a home business and traveled to conferences selling his math lessons and strategies. He soon developed an international business and wrote the book "From Teacher to Tycoon." The high school kids loved to see his limo roll up in the mornings and he chided them about the importance and value of math. I met Bob numerous times doing consulting work in his district. 2. Alan Dershowitz - Harvard law faculty who was a member of the O.J. Simpson defense team. Dershowitz taught at Harvard Law, had a radio show, wrote books, speaks widely on Jewish issues, and likely never knew what his Harvard salary was (or his CUPA) because it would have been insignificant compared to his other earnings. 3. Name unknown - a Japanese public school teacher I read about years ago. He earned the equivalent to $60K U.S. for his teaching, and about $400K annually for his tutoring. As the readers know Japan's school systems are competitive and parents hire tutors to help their kids qualify for the best. They pay the best the most and he was the best. When interviewed he said "My teaching job allows me to do that which I most love, and my tutoring work allows me to take care of my family in the manner I wish." Wow. Nuff said. I'll simply offer that working inspired is a far happier place than working jealous. Let's all advocate for and commit to increasing revenue at Adams, so that increased salaries can follow. I'll say again, listing the salaries or calling out on this website those who are productive will not raise the salaries of others. Nor will arguing with Mike raise your salary :-) Michael Tomlin
December 4, 2016 at 12:47am Imagine sitting at your office computer on the campus and working overtime with duties of preparing weekly class lecturers, designing course syllabi, advising students, grading term papers, attending department and campus wide meetings, and you suddenly discover that your new colleague next door over is gone! You become bitterly enraged at administration, especially your department chair for not being transparent about the new colleague who left our department. ASU cannot afford to reject talented new faculty who stands for integrity over "bullying", integrity over "corruption", integrity over "liars", integrity over "whiteness" and integrity over "cowardness". I am hurt that my new bff has gone without one word mentioning it from my department chair. I am now left with holding the bag of explaining to students why my colleague departed ASU. I don't know what to tell them when they go to his office and see someone else's name there. ASU sucks!
December 3, 2016 at 4:14pm If I had known, when I was offered my position, that many members of the administration (including faculty leaders) had many times my income, I would not have signed on. But I was lied to. I was told by my interviewer that ASU could not pay me more than offered because the university was financially strapped and that everyone was in the same boat - working hard for students despite the low salaries "because everyone is committed to helping our young people." I thought that was a great sentiment, and I wanted to work for a university where that was the dominant ethic. Because of that, I was willing to take the hit. But now we find that are not in the same boat. The likes of Tomlin, Crowther and Novotny among others have been milking the system for years, living high on the hog while the truly dedicated teachers among us are grovelling for gruel. Mike Tomlin thinks that because I signed on for what was offered, I should shut up and shove off. Or I should somehow work more than my average 12 hours a day and go moonlighting. I am by no means the only one who signed on after being led to believe - or blatantly lied to - that we shared ASU’s financial constraints. And we can see by the number of professors “signing off” that once they have discovered that they have been made fools of, they do as Tomlin suggests and walk. I am actively looking for ways out of here. I am prepared to put my all - blood, guts and grit - into a university that truly lives by its values, but I will no longer work for a place where Tomlin and Co jeer at those who work just as hard as them - if not more so - and get two-thirds less.
December 3, 2016 at 2:56pm As do I. So glad Dr. Gilmer joined ASU. From what I can tell, he has the full support of faculty. I haven't heard a negative comment yet.
December 3, 2016 at 12:06pm I concur with the December 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm post, wholeheartedly.
December 3, 2016 at 8:17am The painful truth at ASU is that doing your job won't earn you an extra cent, if you see your job as being a great teacher, doing scholarship (even with students), and fulfilling the usual service expectations. The things that *will* increase your pay are mostly things that will detract from the quality of your teaching: special assignments (some of them complete boondoggles), sucking up to administration, being administration, and teaching overloads. These are the same outrageous overloads that negatively impacted ASU's reputation (i.e., HLC probation, Mathieu Report, Confessions of a Fixer). No one has ever gotten a bonus or pay raise for *teaching*, which shows exactly how much it is valued. Sure you have to be adequate to be promoted to associate and full professor and those come with raises. Maybe a few people each year used to get a little money for the President's Teaching Award (or whatever), but that went away as well. Nevertheless, there is no merit raise for being a great teacher. As Jeff pointed out in Senate, there is no compensation for going above and beyond as a teacher: service learning, undergraduate research, etc. High-Impact Practices (HIPs) are being promoted, but will they be compensated? Not likely. Either work them into your "normal light teaching load" or suck it up and do them for free. ASU is nothing without faculty, but that's rarely recognized. Instead, administrators pull in much higher salaries in terms of CUPA, and then pad those salaries with many special projects. If you think I'm joking, consider: - Ed Crowther: paid over $5000 for being our World Languages Program Director. Yes, that's right, WORLD LANGUAGES because it takes him hundreds of hours to oversee the work of ONE member of his department? - Frank Novotny: paid over $16,000 in 2015 and 2016 to direct the HLC reaccrediting process. Isn't that his job? And we can all see what a great job he did by the Mathieu Report. - Bill Schlaufman: paid $88,000 as our Controller with time to spare to make another $77,000 teaching online! Sounds like two jobs for a total of $165,000 in a single year. - Liz Hensley: paid over $27,000 to be the Business MBA Program Director, while teaching ridiculous loads on and off campus. - Many chairs (and Hensley) get paid $3000-$6000 to manage their Distance Degree Programs, clearly a heavy burden. So, when Tomlin writes, "It could be that your 'little CUPA' isn't getting bigger for a reason, " he's correct for many of us. It's because we are doing our jobs, jobs that are not valued at ASU.
December 2, 2016 at 3:03pm The overall morale on the campus of Adams State University has grown by leaps and bounds since Dr. Chris Gilmer began his position as Vice President of Academic Affairs. He has cultivated a climate of transparency, equity, cultural duversity, integrity, and listening that has been absent since the mean girls took over Richardson Hall. Dr. Gilmer's leadership is refreshing, to say the least. In only five short months, he has made promising changes at Adams State University, and continues to do so every day. Ask yourself what positive changes Dr. McClure has made in over a year! Yeah, I hear crickets chirping. My only hope is that she might pattern herself after a true, genuine leader like Dr. Chris Gilmer. Cheers to the holiday season, and I, along with the other faculty, staff, and students, toast the future of ASU with a natural-born leader (finally) in Richardson.
December 2, 2016 at 11:31am It has been an interesting year on this site and as it winds down I have reviewed and taken some notes. It is my observation that many contributors here claim to want two things: 1) higher salaries, and 2) to "reform" ASU. Let's look at their strategies. First, higher salaries (in fairness we all want higher salaries), but here is the strategy being used: Step 1. Insult their employer as a loser place to work. Step 2. Insult those who do more work - teach extra classes, consult, speak, run a business., etc - and thus make more money than they. Step 3. Argue with Mike. Step 4. Insult the new crosswalk at the School of Business for making money "everything." Step 5. Argue with Mike. Step 6. Post Mike's salary on this site. Step 7. Argue with Mike. Step 8. Call out Mike for having too large a "CUPA." And post a different salary for Mike on this site. Step 9. Argue with Mike. Step 10. Criticize Mike for being white and male. Step 10. Lather, rinse, repeat. Hopefully at the end of the year readers will receive an update on the salary increases gained by these strategies. Now, for institutional reform. Let's look at their plan. 1. Insult our Trustees and demand resignations. 2. Insult Adams State as a loser organization. 3. Insult the School of Business for understanding business. 4. Argue with Mike. 5. Insult those who administered and taught additional classes as they were asked, and who generated precious revenue for ASU. 6. Argue with Mike. 7. Demonstrate their solidarity by organizing an invisible march. 8. Hide in embarrassment. 9. Blame every career move that people make in leaving Adams on "fear." 10. Argue with Mike. 11. Insult the Nursing Department. 12. Argue with Mike I think that brings us up to date. Again, I am curious to see how well "reform" goes under pressure of the above plan. But even with the compelling strategies outlined above, there are a couple of clarifications that may help the reformers. First, I believe there are positions on campus that are underfunded. I will stand with my colleagues and Faculty Senate and work for higher salaries. But I also understand the concept of "revenue first." Before more money can be paid out more money must come in. The President is working to that end on many fronts, in addition to attempting to increase enrollment, an area where we can all help. Secondly, I do criticize administration when I believe they have erred. I believe we have moved too slow with promised changes regarding Extended Studies. I voiced that directly to an RH exec in a meeting. We should be faster. On the other hand I believe some credence should be given to the comprehensive rebuttal offered to the "Mathieu Report," a document that for some reason has not made it to this site. I am not silent and do not always support the direction of my organization or administration. When I disagree on a matter of importance I tell them. I also tell them when they make decisions that I believe are good. But I do NOT believe that publicly soiling your own nest is a good way to gain changes or reforms. And after all is said and done it is your nest that remains soiled. Let's hope the new year inspires some new strategies. Michael Tomlin
December 1, 2016 at 10:30pm Regarding the December 1, 2016 at 9:06am post: “Did ASU administration consider this when they started their Nursing Program? Did they anticipate this would be a problem for an institution that grossly underpays its faculty and has serious retention problems? Or did they simply act without thinking things through?” You would have to ask Frank Novotny. Establishment of the Nursing program was his big accomplishment. What a big surprise that it is such a poorly performing program.
December 1, 2016 at 9:31pm Tomlin writes: "I am also male, but then only a sexist person would make that an issue." I think this one wins the prize. So anyone who questions sexism or racism or ageism, etc. is sexist, racist, ageist, etc? No wonder you were fired (at least) once and demoted here at ASU. As others have pointed out, we have to give McClure credit for doing the right thing in your case.
December 1, 2016 at 9:23pm Arguments? Indeed. Tomlin's comments sound more like the preachings of a fundamentalist religion than critical thinking. Praise the status quo, don't question authority, all is well. Have faith sinner! Blind faith. Religion? Or marketing himself?
December 1, 2016 at 9:12pm Mike Tomlin knows or should know that CUPA is a reference to national peer group averages of per-position compensation, not one's individual salary ("your CUPA"). Most of his previous comment is incoherent because he consistently misapplies the term. But Tomlin is correct: ASU has been putting "revenue first" - ahead of academic integrity, excellence in online scholarship, financial planning, ethical use of grant funds, and valuing its workforce. For many years, nobody seemed to care about any of those pesky details so long as the dollars kept rolling in. So ASU has been great at streamlining its programs to bring in revenue. Per the Mathieu report: “The conclusion drawn from these observations is that there was often greater interest in remuneration rather than quality teaching and the maintenance of academic standards among many of the faculty teaching online courses for OES.” ASU has indeed put "revenue first" - with the consequences of very poor graduation and retention rates, high staff turnover, low morale, and the tenure of insufferable suck-ups who bloviate, bully, and belittle anyone who would call for pay equity and administrative accountability.
December 1, 2016 at 7:07pm Mia CUPA oh my! I make more money every time I look at this site. Amazing. I guess I should go to HR and ask for what you guys print. I know it is a fool's errand to debate with a racist, sexist person, but it amuses me. I am not white. White is not a race nor an ethnicity. White is a color. I am a U.S. native born citizen, who's bloodline is 88% Brit, and the rest Scotch-Irish with some Scandinavian. I am proud of my culture and heritage as I assume most readers are of theirs. But so what? That doesn't increase "little CUPA's" money and that seems to be the issue. I am also male, but then only a sexist person would make that an issue. I am also tall. But what "little CUPA" doesn't understand is that if I donated my salary back next year it would not create a pay raise for them. Pay doesn't work that way. You cannot make your CUPA bigger by diminishing others. You won't make your CUPA bigger by trashing our Nursing program either. It is interesting that the students who failed their exams sat in the same classes as those who passed, had the same faculty, experienced the same clinical experience. Hmmmm. Yes, we need to strengthen our program but how do you critics do that by insulting it and tearing it down? Your "little CUPA" syndrome is showing. I may not know a lot but I do know that "revenue first" is a rule for any organization. I have lunch every week with many of our donors and they are very proud of our university. What picture do you paint? My wife and I have contributed to the university and its scholarship funds. We are pleased to be able to do so. I also promote the university in the business community, regularly with student prospects and their parents, and anytime I get the opportunity. What picture do you paint? It could be that your "little CUPA" isn't getting bigger for a reason. And it is not because I am male, tall, and of Brit heritage. Michael Tomlin
December 1, 2016 at 6:53pm What an interesting series of incorrect assumptions and spurious arguments Mike makes: motives, happiness, jealousy, and why would anyone care about salaries? Perhaps to investigate injustice, discrimination, nepotisim, cronyism... How else would widespread discrimination against women in the workplace have been exposed? It was one way that the unethical course / student loads of ASU professors were discovered, unethical behavior that resulted in probation by HLC. And then there's Ellen Novotny. Why did she get paid so much more per student than everyone else teaching for OES? Finally, for now, let's not forget that ASU administrators have been giving themselves raises for years that kept them at inordinate CUPA levels in comparison to faculty. Given ASU's history of shady management, I just know we will hear about more of these examples in the near future.
December 1, 2016 at 1:45pm Throwback Thursday - that time ASU Nursing program had a near-perfect NCLEX-RN pass rate. Oh wait, it was the competition. "Regis University’s Accelerated and CHOICE Nursing Programs Celebrate Nearly Perfect Licensure Test Pass Rates" (June 2014) http://www.regis.edu/News-Events-Media/News/2014/May/Accelerated%20Nurse%20NCLEX.aspx
December 1, 2016 at 10:32am Michael Tomlin, making over $94,000 last year as a full time faculty member, wonders aloud as to why anyone would care about their own compensation on a campus where many faculty make half that. He wants to scold people for even researching the peer group average of their position. He seems to believe that equal pay for equal work is a form of "jealousy" and everyone should be excited simply to have a job even if they are being exploited. People are only paid what they're worth, after all, so it's self-evident that Tomlin should be making more than most ASU faculty. And as such, he doesn't care about CUPA data (and neither should anyone else) because he is doing just fine, thank you. Tomlin seems to exemplify the white male worker who makes the rest of white male workers look bad. Apparently, Tomlin is also a business professor who is publicly stating that he wouldn't research similar compensation data relative to his own. I'm just going to leave it there.
December 1, 2016 at 9:49am Dear CUPA Watcher, (Nov. 27 at 8:23pm) Wow, I never knew my CUPA was so much bigger than yours. But really – big whoopa CUPA loofa – who cares, other than you? So many numbers and dollars and percentages, and what do they get you? I actually didn’t know what CUPA was but quick research shows it is an HR group of just over 50% of bachelors granting colleges and universities that maintains data on average salaries. I take it from your post that our salaries at Adams are below average. I would have guessed that. What I would not have done was research others’ salaries and compare them with mine or with CUPA data. I suspect there is value in our HR Department tracking these numbers but I cannot imagine the benefit of me doing it, or you. We applied for jobs, we were excited to accept the job and salary. The salary is higher than it was when we came. The story kind of ends there… Whatever does it say about a person and their self-worth when they spend their time looking at and measuring someone else’s CUPA, and then jealously comparing it with their own? I will wager that if I had signed a contract for your CUPA, and you had signed one for mine, that I would still be happy, and you would not. I wish you well but I think you are measuring the wrong things for your happiness. A gentle suggestion would be to focus on your work (not your CUPA), your service, your contributions to Adams and the community, and your family. If you need more revenue then go generate it. I don't know much but I have learned that life is mostly a do-it-to-yourself program. Michael Tomlin
December 1, 2016 at 9:06am Just a small selection of articles on a common theme: Nursing Faculty Shortage: The Nursing Faculty Shortage: A Crisis for Health Care http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2006/04/the-nursing-faculty-shortage.html Nursing Faculty Shortage http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/nursing-faculty-shortage Five Factors Contributing to the Nursing Faculty Shortage http://online.stmary.edu/msn/resources/five-factors-contributing-nursing-faculty-shortage A Continuing Challenge: The Shortage of Educationally Prepared Nursing Faculty http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ThePracticeofProfessionalNursing/workforce/NursingShortage/Resources/ShortageofEducationalFaculty.html Nursing Schools Face Faculty Shortages https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/07/22/nursing-schools-face-faculty-shortages Did ASU administration consider this when they started their Nursing Program? Did they anticipate this would be a problem for an institution that grossly underpays its faculty and has serious retention problems? Or did they simply act without thinking things through? If any department at ASU can justify paying its faculty more, it's Nursing. The program needs to be saved or euthanized, but something needs to be done ASAP.
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