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August 19, 2017 at 6:44pm
I haven't kept up with Watching Adams comments, but I remember a few about whether or not comments made to HLC would be kept confidential. I just made my comment and the form explicitly asks: Would you like HLC to remove your identifying information before sharing your comment with the evaluation team and institution? And this is a required field, so fear not.
August 19, 2017 at 9:27am
Analogous to Trump's presidency, McClure leverages the power of her position to harass and intimidate. Despite the heated rhetoric and passionate opinions, the Board of Trustees must endorse her behavior. Putting her up in the President's home to plot and execute domestic terrorism, she has free reign to do as she pleases. I imagine the Board is also plotting to erect a monument to represent the time and place of her reign at ASU; a monument that depicts her persona, knock off boots and all.
August 19, 2017 at 9:09am
Of course she doesn't care about minorities. Ever notice she won't allow ASU Grounds mow her lawn, etc and they are all Hispanic? Notice who she DOES have as grounds keepers; those worthy of attending those little personal outdoor parties she throws.
August 18, 2017 at 10:03pm
Bev's statement about Charlottesville was so obviously self-serving as to be ridiculous. She doesn't care about others, especially minorities. She mocks those "below" her high position as Queen of Mirrors.

As for her mirrors, faculty from other institutions, citizens, students, and parents of students assume the Board of Trustees must endorse voodoo. Otherwise, they would have booted her last January. The woman is a nutcase and responsible for all kinds of harm to ASU, its students, and its reputation. Is it any wonder enrollment is down again... and again?
August 18, 2017 at 10:22am
When duck hunters want to fill their bags to the limit, they do three things. They hide in blinds, apart from their prey, and stare out at them from a protected place. They use duck calls to mimic the sounds which make the trusting birds feel most safe and comfortable. They float decoys out onto the lake so the ducks see others, tokens, who look like them, and they wrongly assume if the decoys are safe, they will be safe, too. Then they are slain.

When the pied piper came to town, his music was so alluring, so hypnotic, that he could charm a whole town into jumping off the highest peak of Mt. Blanca. Was it their fault they wanted to believe? No. Was it the piper's fault his song was untrue. You be the judge.

The eyes of the Cobra dance as it sways back and forth. How beautiful the colors of the dance must be, until it strikes.

Perhaps history will remember Walter Roybal not as the person who drove Extended Studies to the brink of destroying a university, but who instead, tried to convince those with all the power to stop funding their own folly and excess on the backs of students. But those in power did not listen. They needed a scape goat.

Perhaps history will remember Eric Carpio not as the person who sent enrollment numbers diving, but instead as someone tasked with the impossible, trying to sell seats on the Titanic after the iceberg hit.

Perhaps history will remember Chris Gilmer as he was when he came to us, full of passion and hope, equity and joy, someone who always had time to counsel a student or listen to a faculty member's concerns, someone brave enough to speak truth to power as an advocate for the underserved, and not someone who was run out of town by mirrors deflecting truth.

Are these men perfect? No. Are we perfect? No. But they are not the ones who hung the mirrors and neither are we. We are not the ones who betrayed right and hope to serve our own agenda. Neither did they.

Before this campus and its leader get to call out the racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia of this nation, we need to repossess one of those mirrors and look with a discerning eye at ourselves. Are we so afraid of the Adams State Gestapo, Scott White and Ana Guevara, that we turn away while our own minorities are carted off or racially profiled for simply eating their lunch on campus? Yes, Charlottesville was an abomination. Perhaps more of an abomination is letting our students believe that vacuous words spoken by self-serving leaders are sincere and will somehow render us safe.

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts doesn't mean you should not accept a pound cake from your neighbor. It means those who sue for peace are sometimes just buying time to deploy their duck decoys.

If you want to call me the ugliest racial name you know and climb over me to get where you are going, do it to my face. If you want to keep me in my place, well, if I am a 19-year-old Latina from Antonito whose parents are migrant workers, then Adams State is my place. False words spoken with motives even more false will never make it yours.

We see you.

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August 18, 2017 at 7:22am
Bev's email about the tragedy in VA was just her way of telling us we shouldn't hate her or have a contrarian viewpoint to her's. She is not mindful toward others, we are all just a body count by which she can step on to achieve a higher status of hubris.
August 17, 2017 at 8:10pm
Just a friendly reminder that the ASU President who claims "no toleration for intimidation" regularly intimidates people - the same president who claims "hate has no place here" after wearing a Halloween costume mocking obese, working class people.  And of course, never apologized.
August 17, 2017 at 2:33pm
The email below was sent to all ASU faculty and staff on August 16th. I think Beverlee should start practicing what she preaches. She's the most hateful person on our campus. How laughable!

Many of us are still in disbelief about the events that occurred this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. We saw violence and hatred of such proportions that we want to believe it could not and did not happen here on American soil.

But it can happen and it did happen. It was a frightening display of how much anger and hate one group can manifest toward others - others who are also Americans or who have come here in hopes of finding safety. Regardless of whether the violence was witnessed in person, on television, or on social media, the hurt inflicted runs deep across the country.

The phrase "Hate Has No Place Here" is an important mantra for those of us who wish to push back and denounce this hatred and violence. It is up to us to stand together to ensure that hate does not have a place "here," whether that "here" is our country, our state, our valley, or our campus. I want to encourage us to think of "here" as all of these and to stand together in unity and say, "No more! Hate Has No Place Here!" It is only by speaking with a unified voice that we will be heard. 

Adams State University can be an example of how vital it is to embrace and celebrate our diversity. This embrace can help us create a safe haven here on our campus. Hate has no place here, and that "here" is in our hearts.

President McClure
August 13, 2017 at 11:05am
I hope people have been watching the news closely in the last 24 hours. Imagine that you are student of color, and you walk in around Adams State campus. There are very few faculty of color. Are you going to feel supported? Where do you go to feel like you are in a safe place?
August 12, 2017 at 7:45pm
It is not merely incompetence among upper administration at ASU. The problem has included knowing, willful academic fraud against students and taxpayers of Colorado. Remember that Walter Roybal engaged in an ongoing and systemic act of fabricating degree plans for which there was no coursework in the Interdisciplinary Studies program. He was directed to do so under the Svaldi administration and this was allowed to continue under the McClure administration. This was only discovered because the hastily “resigned” Dr. Gilmer commissioned an investigation into Extended Studies which found, on page 8:

"It was reported and documented that Interdisciplinary Studies majors have been officially transcripted with emphasis in areas in which the University has no offerings such as “Interdisciplinary Studies in Construction Management”, “Interdisciplinary Studies in Child Development”, and “Interdisciplinary Studies in Public Safety”. Such notations on the ASU official transcript are misleading, inaccurate, and in violation of institutional integrity as seen by regional accreditors."
August 11, 2017 at 10:11pm
Double kudos for Walter Roybal for gaining any sort of job with having no real skills or talents and having done what he did with Extended Studies after leaving ASU...
August 10, 2017 at 5:12pm
Kudos to Walter Roybal for securing gainful employment at SLV Federal Bank after suffering no consequences for officiating the Extended Studies program that landed ASU on probation!
August 10, 2017 at 12:45pm
HLC will not accept anonymous comments but you do have the option to have any information which may identify the person making the comments removed before comments are given to ASU and those who will evaluate ASU. I don't think there was any intent to mislead anyone.
August 10, 2017 at 8:21am
So let me get this straight... the Valley Courier reported that comments to the HLC regarding ASU's accreditation could not be anonymous. But when an HLC staffer was questioned s/he, in fact, confirmed that anonymity could be provided upon request?

Wow! Not sure whether it's just shoddy journalism, biased reporting or fake news. Either way, it's dishonest at best and an outright lie at worst.

Shame on you, Keith Cerny, and your "rag".
August 8, 2017 at 1:42pm
Are you hiding from your boss? Leader’s destructive personality and employee silence - Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal (SBP)

"Employee silence is increasingly prevalent within modern organizations and has been considered a significant issue linking to a number of important organizational outcomes, hence attracting academic interest. In this study, we developed and tested a model of leader’s destructive personality, trust in leader, and employee silence with a sample of 205 supervisor– subordinate dyads. We found that (a) leader’s destructive personality was positively related to employee silence, and (b) trust in leader mediated the relationship between leader’s destructive personality and employee silence."
August 4, 2017 at 7:28am
Yes, I confirmed by email with an HLC officer that while you have to submit your name on your commentary, you can ask to have your identity hidden from public exposure.
August 4, 2017 at 12:38am
So here is a public service announcement that was NOT in the Valley Courier. Individuals are, in fact, able to submit complaints or comments to the HLC and, upon request, the HLC will keep the user's identity confidential.  The link is here: Third-Party Comment on an Upcoming Visit

Just want to make sure that everyone has ALL information available.
August 1, 2017 at 2:51pm
Re: 6:18pm and BoT emails: Way to go Danny! This is fantastic progress.

----Editor's Reply: I have been assured by Trustee Brown that these emails will be treated confidentially and/or he is willing to discuss matters over the phone if preferred.

----Amended 8/16: Trustee Brown wanted to make clear that confidentiality likely cannot be maintained for email communication.  He said, "Given that ASU is a public institution and its trustees are subject to the Open Records Act (CORA), I don't think we can assure anyone that their emails to the trustees are confidential. I think that a CORA request might even require a trustee to divulge any of their PRIVATE email if that email pertains to ASU business.  Could you correct this on your post? I just wouldn't want anyone to perhaps share more than they would otherwise be comfortable based on the errant assumption that their emails are confidential, and then have that turn out not to be the case. (This is the unfortunate downside of CORA.) It might be helpful for you to caution your readers about this."
July 31, 2017 at 6:18pm
Thanks to our constructive communication with the ASU Board of Trustees, the university has created email accounts for each of the Trustees and they can be reached here.

- Danny Ledonne, Watching Adams editor and publisher
July 31, 2017 at 10:15am
If ASU were truly a Hispanic Serving Institution, the Student Life Department would like CASA. If McClure is worried about supporting the Hispanic Community and retaining students, she should make these changes ASAP. Hispanic students deserve to see leaders that look like them and support their culture.
July 30, 2017 at 2:02am
@July 26, 2017 at 7:50pm - I whole-heartedly agree with this statement. It makes zero sense that CASA is not a standalone program. ASU needs to highlight and examine programs like CASA who are practicing and living best practices related to serving students, especially marginalized students.
July 29, 2017 at 1:46pm
Alright everyone, it's time to put up or shut up.  I see many people writing anonymous complaints about ASU but that probably won't change anything.  So take note of what is in today's Valley Courier:

Adams State University is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. Adams State will host a visit November 13 through November 15, 2017, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission.

Adams State has been accredited by HLC since 1950; it was placed on probation in March 2016. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation to determine whether the institution has demonstrated that it is now in compliance with all Criteria for Accreditation and whether probation can be removed.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university to the following address:

Public Comment on Adams State University
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. Anonymous comments will not be accepted. All comments must be received by October 13.
July 27, 2017 at 10:08am
 I'm guessing Carpio is leaving because he sees no point in staying. Everything he tries turns to crap with a touch of Bev's magic wand.
July 27, 2017 at 10:06am
McClure had burnt pretty much every bridge in the valley and a lot of people are just waiting for her to go. Many people can't understand why she hasn't been fired. I suspect no one is putting pressure on Arnold Salazar because he is a respected member of his community.
July 27, 2017 at 10:03am
Yes. Lots of disgust in some quarters, but no one wants to step up and "make a fuss." Others think everything wrong with ASU, from falling rolls to falling morale, is exclusively Danny Ledonne's fault. The fact that he has been living in Oregon for months seems not to have changed that fiction.
July 27, 2017 at 9:09am
Anyone have any idea of public opinion in Alamosa and the Valley on ASU and all the presidential scandals?
July 27, 2017 at 6:42am
I am guessing there was a reason for Carpio leaving. Does anyone know what the fall freshman/transfer numbers are looking like?
July 26, 2017 at 7:50pm
CASA does, organically, what no other department or program can do with all the fancy planning and strategizing that most spend their time and money on; create a home away from home for Hispanic and/or first generation students. In addition, it has made countless community connections and receives community support (on and off campus) without even trying. Why? Because we believe inn what CASA stands for. As such, to answer the previous poster's question, CASA should be a stand-alone department under the Division of Student Success, with its own Director, funding source, and staff. If ASU is truly to be a Hispanic SERVING institution (rather than just enrolling), that would be a first step.
July 26, 2017 at 3:18pm
Questions about the prez:

Is she married? What does her husband do for a living?

Does she really have a drinking problem? Is Ed Crowther her drinking partner?
July 26, 2017 at 9:07am
@July 25th at 10:59am - CASA being a student supporting group should not be under Student Life? Isn't he the director of student life? who are you suggesting it be under? Athletics? IT? Who?
July 25, 2017 at 10:59am
I agree Aaron needs to go. He has been a dead weight for years. He uses students to do his work. The fact that they put CASA under his department makes no sense what so ever. Let's not forget him supporting the "White Folks Study Group".
July 24, 2017 at 10:51pm
In 2015 Ledonne lost a job, but has since moved on, and clearly has come out ahead in his battle with McClure. The latter, on the other hand, has ruined her career. I'm not sure that has sunk in yet but it will shortly, for the inevitable is already unfolding behind closed doors. Where will McClure go from here? Who would dare hire her? Those who have supported her in her quest to bring Adams State down should be asking themselves the same questions. You may have run all those individuals you didn't like out of town but what is your plan now that your captain's ship is sinking? There's a lesson woven into this saga and it's quite simple. Selling your soul always comes at a cost, for in the long run, values and morals matter.
July 24, 2017 at 9:59pm
@3:41pm - If you don't understand how a septic culture can make even the most competent subordinate look like an idiot, you have not been around ASU long enough. Alan Turing, the father of computing, a genius, was imprisoned and eventually committed suicide because he did not fit into the culture of his time. Galileo was threatened with death, then exiled for life because he did not fit into the culture of his time. Socrates was condemned to death because he pissed off the elite.

I am not calling Carpio a genius by any means, but no one, not even you, could perform to any level of competence in administration so fouled by McClure's "leadership".
July 24, 2017 at 9:53pm
If we're going to speak of the dead weight at ASU, let's also look at getting rid of Aaron Miltenberger AND Ken Marquez. Both worthless and nothing but kiss-assers to the drunken President. Aaron has his head so far up the prez' butt! Keep cleaning house, Dr. Nehring!
July 24, 2017 at 6:39pm
@July 24, 2017 at 3:41pm – Your comment might be funny if it weren't so sad. We've already seen the enrollment data that includes a rise and fall during Carpio's time at ASU. We also know that, for years and years, there has been no marketing plan – which is not his job! He was literally sent out without the tools to succeed... and then gets blamed for the failures of this administration's leadership? I don't buy that for a second.

Given the diverse options in higher education today and the tuition hikes, scandals, controversies, and outright failures at ASU over the past five years, what rational student or parent would want to attend this university? Blaming all this on Carpio is like blaming a bank teller for the 2008 stock market crash; if you aren't directing your criticism about ASU right to the top, you don't really understand what is happening.
July 24, 2017 at 3:41pm
July 24, 2017 at 12:27am - Carpio's performance has been mediocre, at best, for many years. This is not just a recent situation. Carpio couldn't sell the university to students before all the issues you listed began. Again, he had no marketing plan. He thought people would just show up. Many of his admission counselors had no faith in him.

Regardless, his job was to sell the university and recruit students to coming. He did not. It seems to me that if you are supposed to be selling something, you better be good at it. So good, he should be able to sell ice to an Eskimo, but he can't even sell slop to a pig.

Good riddance to dead weight who can't do their jobs.
July 24, 2017 at 1:07pm
So if we were taken over by CU or CSU, would the BoT be replaced? Let's hope so. We need new blood and they deserve to be replaced after ignoring McClure's disasters.
July 24, 2017 at 12:27am
If the Board of Trustees (BOT) tries to plead ignorance, I have some oceanside property in Arizona I’d like to talk to them about. Only a blind man wouldn’t be able to see what’s going on at Adams State. Do they care? Obviously not. They have failed to act in the interest of the University or its students. The writing has been on the wall for President (I use the term loosely) McClure for a year and they refuse to admit their mistake, take the well-earned negative publicity of hiring her, and right this sinking ship. Instead, they are, as others have mentioned, most definitely the band playing while the Titantic was sinking.

To the individual claiming Eric Carpio was “dead weight.” I admit he wasn’t perfect (nobody is). At the end of the day, he cared about students and their success. He had to sell an "unsellable" University in the wake of: guaranteed joke, rising tuition costs, cheating scandals, being sued by the ACLU, an unethical former police chief, the list goes on and on. I’d like to see you put a ribbon on a piece of crap and see how successful you are selling it to parents and students. At this point, it looks like it would be a blessing for Adams State University to become part of the CSU or CU system. Maybe degrees would be worth something again. Unfortunately, CSU or CU would be insane to take on the mess that is currently Adams State.
July 23, 2017 at 9:29pm
I heard second-hand after the Chronicle of Decline report was sent to the Board that some of the newer members "had no idea things were so bad."  I think the trustees simply aren't sufficiently informed and aren't provided information to become more informed.  Thank Beverlee McClure and company for that.
July 23, 2017 at 12:32pm
So many times people have called for the BOT... has anyone actually spoken to them about the state of Adams State? Do they know? Do they care? When (not if) the state come in to save us will they be held accountable? Will they plead ignorance? I truly am confused as to their role, their power, who they are and what they know. They are completely silent and practically invisible!
July 22, 2017 at 6:56pm
Lets hope not, because she could not even manage her program assistant. Karla Hardesty thinks she should be a vice president. She wants Eric's spot. LET US SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT.
July 22, 2017 at 5:57pm
Got any idea who got the police chief job? What are that person's qualifications?
July 22, 2017 at 1:17pm
@7:48am: Those in the upper echelons now considering resignation in order to "keep their integrity" should be actively questioning whether they still can. Retaining one's integrity through adversity involves assuming personal risk, taking action at the right time to do what's right, and never, ever allowing loyalty to a leader to *trump* one's personal values.

At a certain point, resignations become obvious to all as cowardly acts of self-preservation. I'd say we're well past that certain point. So good luck to ya.
July 22, 2017 at 9:11am
7:48am - It's also extremely difficult for one to do his job--in this case enrollment--when Dear Leader is such a drunken nut job that she constantly has our institution in the news in a negative light--ACLU, HLC, credit rating, guaranteed tuition failure, drunken parties on facebook, author of soft porn, etc, etc, etc.

What student would want to come here? What parent would want to send their child here?

Eric could walk on water, get trees to grow money and make pigs to fly. But he would never be able overcome her "leadership". Nobody can. And until the BoT gets that, this instition will continue to spiral downward.
July 22, 2017 at 7:48am
For those who blame Eric Carpio for ASU's dire student enrollment numbers, they should keep in mind that no one, no matter how competent, can do their job properly when you have a Dear Leader such as McClure. Independent thought is not allowed. Independent thinkers are rooted out. Gilmer, Lemke, Ahmed - the list goes on - were cut out or cut off because they did not toe the line.

Regardless of their skills, talents and experience, no executive can do their job effectively without teamwork, and Dear Leader has destroyed her team by divide-and-rule. And there are many others in Richardson Hall - some in the highest echelons - who are considering resignation.

They are all asking the same question Carpio asked himself: "Do I stay for the pay, or do I keep my integrity and get out?"

It takes enormous courage to resign without another job in line. Congratulations, Eric. You have my deep respect.
July 21, 2017 at 5:02pm
The question we all want yet fear to know the answer to: What are Fall 2017 enrollment figures looking like right now? Any inside insights out there?
July 21, 2017 at 2:56pm
I would add to 11:52's comment that the "hostile and defensive" tone is also consistent with the comments made about Chris Gilmer after the Queen of Mirrors ran him out of town.
July 21, 2017 at 2:48pm
7:29am wrote: "But if you're a nice human that can't do their job, then you need to move on."

And what if you are a cruel, hateful, spiteful, insecure barely-human that can't do her job? I guess the BoT gives you a 3-year contract. It's so far past time to boot Bev.
July 21, 2017 at 2:40pm
@11:52am - Wow, thanks for posting that data!  It seems like Eric has been through the rise and fall of ASU's enrollment and pinning the current trends on him doesn't make much sense.  People who don't understand Eric's job are quick to blame him for so many other problems... and continue the general trend of kicking sand onto the bodies of ASU's departed soldiers as though they were the reason the war is being lost.  Next time, try blaming the generals!
July 21, 2017 at 11:55am
July 20, 2017 @ 5:40pm - Eric Carpio was entirely incompetent. Full stop.
July 21, 2017 at 11:52am
Re: July 20 @ 9:09pm No, I’m NOT kidding you (I don’t even know who “you” are). I find absolutely nothing about ASU’s enrollment situation or the hemorrhaging of faculty and staff to be funny or something to be “kidding” about. Frankly, I find our current state of affairs to be frightening, at best.

But let’s address your claim that Eric Carpio is incompetent and that enrollment “is his main duty and responsibility and he has failed bad at it.” [sic]. Below, I provide ASU enrollment data from the Colorado Department of Higher Education for every fall (this is how we report in higher education) from 2006 to 2015. Fall 2006 is an appropriate baseline because Eric Carpio arrived at ASU, as the Director of Admissions in March 2005. I ended with 2015 because these are the most current data available on the CDE website and ASU refuses to publish compendiums any longer. 

Fall 2006 Total Undergraduate enrollment 1981
Fall 2007 Total Undergraduate enrollment 1965
Fall 2008 Total Undergraduate enrollment 1924
Fall 2009 Total Undergraduate enrollment 2134
Fall 2010 Total Undergraduate enrollment 2218
Fall 2011 Total Undergraduate enrollment 2225
Fall 2012 Total Undergraduate enrollment 2194
Fall 2013 Total Undergraduate enrollment 2140
Fall 2014 Total Undergraduate enrollment 1980
Fall 2015 Total Undergraduate enrollment 1893

Some interesting points to note and a little history lesson: 

Yes, enrollment dropped from Fall 2006 through Fall 2008. Remember this was partially a time in which ASU had both an interim president and an interim provost, Dave Svaldi and Frank Novotny, respectively. In July 2007 a new provost began, Michael Mumper. After putting together an enrollment management plan, one can see the growth from Fall 2008 through Fall 2012. Actually, it was reported widely on the ASU website and at Dr. Svaldi’s retirement party as “record breaking” and “record smashing” enrollments during those years. Yes, Dave Svaldi took credit for something that he had never accomplished during his time as provost or interim-president.

In fall 2013, enrollment dipped by 55 students. This was a trend nation-wide as the economy had rebounded. In other words, yields were down at institutions across the nation. Anyone with any knowledge of higher education, whatsoever, understands that enrollment trends are often tied to economic trends. When people find jobs, they drop out or stop out of school. When people lose jobs, they go back to school.
Then, in late 2014, the now infamous article “Confessions of a Fixer” hit the Chronicle of Higher Education—although Svaldi and Novotny were well aware of this and the problems in Extended Studies long before the Chronicle got ahold of it. Oops! Now our HLC troubles begin…

McClure comes in 2015 and everything has gone downhill since, exponentially so. There is plenty of documented evidence on this very website as to McClure’s irrational and irresponsible behavior in terms of how HLC was handled; in terms of how PR was handled; in terms of decisions that were made. Additionally, McClure has surrounded herself with individuals who do not have the skill set or experience to be running enrollment management. The entire re-organization she undertook upon first arriving nearly cemented our doom. Karla Hardesty is hardly qualified to be in the position she is in. To name her director of enrollment management and marketing AND have Eric report to the VP of Student Affairs was just an irresponsible, rookie mistake. A mistake that would never had been made if Dr. Duran or Dr. Maestas had been hired.

As a side note, you ask “How is that marketing strategy?” related to some comments that Eric Carpio allegedly made. Ummm, marketing strategy was not his responsibility. That responsibility falls on the shoulders of Karla Hardesty and Mark Schoenecker to name a few. 

To suggest that plummeting enrollment is solely Eric Carpio’s fault is simply looking for an excuse; someone to blame; someone at whom to point the finger. Which leads me to my final point. The tone with which your post comes across—hostile and defensive—coupled with the fact that you provide quotes from Eric Carpio that were never public statements, but more likely came from an E-Team meeting leads one to believe that you are, in fact, Beverlee McClure, herself! And, if you are not Beverlee then you are one of her ever-dwindling minions—Kurt Carey, Margaret Doell or Scott White. Interestingly, the first two would be in those E-Team meetings as well.
July 21, 2017 at 7:29am
I have to agree. Grieving? Seriously? One of the biggest problems with ASU and one that keeps any organization from functioning effectively is that we confuse people's friendly personalities with their ability to do their job! "He's really nice, but..." "She's really friendly, but..." No! Stop that! I'm not talking about taking humanity out of what we do because we are not machines and humans are the most important part of any organization. But if you're a nice human that can't do their job, then you need to move on. I'm really quite unsure why McClure did not replace him the minute she took office. It is clear that our admissions/ recruitment strategy is NOT working.
July 20, 2017 at 9:09pm
@July 20, 2017 at 5:40pm. You have to be kidding me about ASU grieving over Eric Carpio's resignation. Talk about someone who is extremely incompetent in the position he was in. His main duty was to bring students to ASU. How has that worked out the past several years? Enrollments have been declining and as of today, we are significantly down in numbers. This is his main duty and responsibility and he has failed bad at it.

Even when asked about why numbers are low, his usual response was along the lines of "we shouldn't be worried" or "we'll make it up" Even asking him about why we are not getting as many valley students and what he is doing about it and he gave responses of "we expect them to show up" How is that a marketing strategy?

Carpio more than McClure is to blame for the decline in enrollments. If there is major blame on McClure, it is she did not fire him sooner. Carpio...what a waste of space, time and money. People put too much trust in him. I hope more "housekeeping" is done to eliminate the dead weight on this campus.
July 20, 2017 at 6:11pm
During my time at ASU, I always thought Eric was a friendly, sincere, and genuine person.  I also thought he was a "lifer" at Adams State.  After a semester or two under President McClure, I would see him with a nervous smile that concealed a deep sense of despair.  I hope he goes on to bigger and better places in his career.
July 20, 2017 at 5:54pm
July 20 @ 2:28 - That's what alcoholism does.
July 20, 2017 at 5:40pm
Re: July 20 @ 11:26am - Yes ASU lost an incredibly valuable employee this week with Eric Carpio's resignation. It is especially disheartening given where we are in the recruitment process for the fall 2017 class. Enrollments will likely be even further down than anticipated as no one is there to "seal the deal" with fence-sitters. And lord knows with our issues, we need someone with some competence who can sell this institution.

How many more hard working, competent faculty and staff will be bullied by Beverlee into resignations before the BoT not only does something, but GETS it? How much more Hispanic leadership do we lose at this "HSI"?

It's a real shame. Eric will be fine. While he left without any employment in the immediate future, he WILL land on his feet. He's that good. Beverlee...not so much.

Today is yet another day this campus grieves.
July 20, 2017 at 2:28pm
Maybe the Conejos County Citizen captured McClure's true form. Despite all her witchcraft and sorcery, Beverlee isn't looking so great these days.
July 20, 2017 at 2:05pm
Another campus, another set of problems involving Paul Grohowski.  At Allan Hancock College, his own police officers spoke out against him at a recent Committee meeting.  Not long after, Grohowski resigned as police chief (again).  “Chief Grohowski has made no effort to lead his department members. His lack of leadership and continued hostility toward his officers has crippled the department's morale,” according to an online campaign to keep the Police Department.

Notice also that this involved a large severance package - another $100,000 settlement involving Grohowski. Why does ASU keep hiring these train wrecks?
July 20, 2017 at 11:26am
It's official - Eric Carpio gave his resignation to ASU.
July 17, 2017 at 11:11am
July 11, 2017 at 3:13pm - I definitely appreciate your comment describing what your work load consisted of. It definitely provides some good insight to what it might look like to be a student of this program. This information also causes further alarm.

Your statements, "Although I believe that I have received a quality education, that appears to be primarily because of the work Gilder Lehrman has put into it" and concluding that "ASU is a schlocky institution.", says it all. That is exactly why the relationship between Gilder Lehrman and ASU has always been so questionable; in the way it was implemented and administered. Regardless of the rigor Gilder Lehrman offers in its own programs, they are not in the "business" of providing Master's level diplomas. Similarly, ASU should not be attaching its name to Gilder Lehrman and claiming title of a rigorous Master's level program. By doing so, it is nothing more and nothing less than a diploma mill.
July 14, 2017 at 2:03pm
Looks like everyone's favorite bumbling chief of police continues to bounce around the lucrative market of campus cops. As reported in the Lompoc Record:

"Hancock College Chief Paul Grohowski, who was sworn in seven months ago, has resigned as the school's top cop. His last day is July 31.  Hancock trustees accepted Grohowski's resignation during a board meeting Tuesday, and the school's Police Department now is seeking an interim police chief to lead the 12-member department. Grohowski, who was not available for comment before press time, has received a 10-month severance package."

Has ASU hired a permanent replacement for Grohowski almost a year after he resigned?  I couldn't find any info about a new police chief on the ASU Campus PD page.
July 11, 2017 at 3:13pm
I am an M.A. student through the GLI program. I just read some of your articles because I was curious who Matt Nehring is, since he sent me an email notifying me that ASU was terminating its involvement in the program.

While I'm not surprised that Ed Crowther was treating the program as his own personal cash cow, nor that Eileen Tilton was buried in work for the program, I do believe you have some misunderstanding about the program.

First, the phrase "as long as you want" refers to how long you have to finish the overall program, not how long you have to finish each class. Every class has a set starting and ending date.

Second, you appear not to understand the workload for the classes. Your article makes it sound like you just watch some videos and presto! instant credit. In fact, each course has a TA assigned (a Ph.D., as you noted). Besides watching the videos, there is a significant amount of reading with required discussions monitored and graded by the TA, a series of short papers (typically 5-8 papers per course, 1000-1500 words each, and a final project for each class. The requirements for these projects have varied, but for one I had to do a 25 page paper based primarily upon primary source research. I worked my butt off for that, as I have for the program in general.

I guarantee you that the requirements are rigorous, and I would be happy to put the work I have done up in comparison with any MA candidate at ASU. I have no doubt that the quality and rigor are comparable.

I am glad for future participants in the program that the association with ASU is ending. Although I believe that I have received a quality education, that appears to be primarily because of the work Gilder Lehrman has put into it. Based upon my experience, I think ASU is a schlocky institution.
July 9, 2017 at 4:25pm
Dear Matt Nehring,

Congrats on your promotion to Interim VPAA!

Here's a piece of advice: you're now working for a vindictive, high-functioning narcissist and pathological liar. So tread lightly. If you look “too presidential,” if you start acting like a genuine leader, if you make too many bold and sensible reforms, and if you create alliances across campus, you will be blackmailed and forced to “resign” just like Chris Gilmer.

Until she is removed from office, she will continue to undermine and ultimately destroy anyone's career if she perceives them as a “threat.” And trust me, nobody can manufacture fake threats and needless controversy like Beverlee McClure.  Good luck!

- a former ASU employee
July 9, 2017 at 4:03pm
Matt Nehring and Ed Crowther, now there's a serious contrast. Could the two of them be any different? Matt puts students and ASU first. Ed puts himself first. Matt moved up (and continues to move up) because he earns it. Ed moved up (and is now sliding back down) because he steps on others. Matt can be trusted. Ed is a snake who will bite in any direction that serves those to whom he sucks up.
July 9, 2017 at 1:05pm
6:12am mentions Senate doing something meaningful. That was never going to happen. Faculty ignored the problems with Extended Studies for years, inculturated into believing they have no power or responsibility for making ASU a quality institution. Far too often we hear: "I just worry about what happens in my classroom and trust administration to do the rest." That's a lazy and unethical position. Faculty who spoke up were driven away. Crowther as Senate president was the final blow, crushing any hopes of progress. In some cases, Crowther actively worked to undermine faculty who sought change.
July 9, 2017 at 6:12am
July 6, 9:50pm: "Go Matt Nehring! Clean this frigging house!" 

The general consensus is that Matt Nehring's laundry list of changes, dated July 5, 2017, represent a significant step in the right direction. Two questions, though:

1. Why are such changes only being announced and implemented now? The HLC's first written warning shot across the bow came in January 2015, in response to the December 2014 Chronicle articles. That was fully two and a half years ago. Think about that, people. 2.5 years ago. 

2. HLC returns to campus in just 16 weeks or so. Are the announced changes a whole lot come too late? Many of the listed actions won't be fully realized until July 2018. Will that satisfy the HLC in November 2017, after administration has had 2.5 years to get their act together?

There's a third question, that of whether the interim VPAA engaged in sufficient shared governance before implementing the changes, but it's really not worth much consideration. When the plane is in a tailspin, a pilot has no time for group discussions. And it's doubtful that group discussions would have accomplished anything anyway. Faculty Senate should have stood up and demanded these changes years ago, but they're all either in bed with administration or rightfully fearful of speaking up.
July 8, 2017 at 9:25pm
“From my perspective we’re accessible,” [Arnold Salazar] said. 

This is a clear sign of the contempt that the ASU Board of Trustees chairman, Arnold Salazar, has for his community. HE thinks he's accessible. Other people's opinions don't count. Everyone else must be, well...... who cares?

“I think the important access is to us as a board. As individuals, we can’t do anything but listen to someone, we can’t act. It’s only when we’re together as a board that we can take action on things.” 

That his colleagues on the board believe that they as individuals can do nothing except listen, is an abdication of responsibility. Imagine the captain on the Titanic saying that he heard from his crew about the iceberg, but that he couldn't act until the next White Star Line board's meeting.

I wonder what the Unsinkable Molly Brown, a Colorado resident, a woman of fortitude, courage, and action, who helped saved the lives of her fellow passengers when the Titanic was going down, would think of the gutless board members who watch, without saying a word, cos Arnold says they shouldn't, as ASU founders.

Heroes, every last one of them.
July 7, 2017 at 2:54pm
As the article on the Gilder Lehrman program posted here pointed out, everything about it stank. It put our accreditation at risk, but Crowther didn't care. It should have been handled by the Graduate School, but Crowther wouldn't let it go. No more TED chair, no more Boettcher, now it's time to let Crowther go all together.
July 6, 2017 at 9:50pm
Re: July 6 @ 8:32 - We lost the Boettcher program because Beverlee McClure is a self serving, misguided, narcissistic bitch. Because she is ALWAYS right; because it's her way or the highway; because she is SO ill informed, she pissed of the Boetcher board and they pulled the program. And why wouldn't they?!? Who in their right mind would want anything to do with this dysfunctional institution? It will take YEARS before the damage done by Svaldi, Novotny, Crowther, and company can be undone. All of those crooks should be fired, run out of town on a rail, and tarred and feathered. I don't what is the appropriate descriptor:


In any event, it's critical. And anyone who doesn't believe it has their head in the sand.

Go Matt Nehring! Clean this frigging house!
July 6, 2017 at 8:32pm
Trying to reconcile the loss of the Boettcher program with this: Officials tour Colorado looking for ideas to solve statewide teacher shortage
July 6, 2017 at 8:16am
THANK YOU Watching Adams for publishing that article on Gilder Lehrman. It seems that the only way the university and its leadership will mobilize to do the right thing is if they get called out on it publicly. The unethical practices with Gilder Lehrman had gone on too long. And who knows how long it would've continued despite questions being brought up by faculty and staff for years.
July 5, 2017 at 9:15pm
Check out the recent article in the Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction's paper) about how many Colorado universities don't make their Boards of Trustees accessible to the public. This has long been a criticism of the ASU BOT – often called “asleep at the wheel” and woefully out of touch with the ASU campus. I hope they read this!

The Adams State University trustee web page lists no contact information for a trustee, secretary or spokesman. Trustee Arnold Salazar said the public’s ability to interact with the board during meetings is the most important form of accessibility.  “From my perspective we’re accessible,” he said. “I think the important access is to us as a board. As individuals, we can’t do anything but listen to someone, we can’t act. It’s only when we’re together as a board that we can take action on things.”

It is a total farce and a public outrage that a state-funded university Board of Trustees has no public contact info available and whose communication is handled by the assistant to the ASU president, is regarded as “accessible” by the board chair. How can Salazar claim to believe this with any credibility? But then again, he's collecting major Title V funds for renting his barn and lying to the public about the ACLU settlement, so this is nothing new.
July 5, 2017 at 7:38pm
This email was sent to all employees today at 3:53pm, detailing many changes across campus.

Apparently Nehring is the only one with any integrity and can see the fool's path we were on with Gilder-Lehrman. And no, HLC would never have approved! That boondoggle (for Crowther) couldn't be axed soon enough. Along those lines, it seems somebody (Nehring) FINALLY has Crowther's number - no more Teacher Ed chair, no more Gilder-Lehrman. We all hope HAPPS is next.
June 29, 2017 at 9:52am
June 22, 2017 at 7:47am - yes, you and everyone else!
June 22, 2017 at 7:47am
Oh, I was hoping Novotny left ASU altogether.
June 21, 2017 at 10:16am
In December 2015 (after the HLC site visit but before the University was placed on academic probation), Frank Novotny announced he was stepping down as VPAA "given health concerns." He officially left the position in fall 2016... but continues making $106K to teach chemistry!
June 21, 2017 at 7:29am
Did Novotny leave ASU? When? Where did the jerk go? Did he take his girl Tracy with him?
June 20, 2017 at 6:08pm
First Svaldi, then Mansheim, then Novotny, now Roybal.  It seems many people connected with ASU's sanction by the HLC, primarily due to Extended Studies, are finding their way out the door lately.  This is what the email he sent recently said:

Amigas y Amigos,
I am writing to inform the LatinX Caucus of a change in my employment with Adams State University. Last week I submitted my letter of resignation to the President's Office. I will be fulfilling my contractual obligation through June 30th; however, my last official day in the office will be Tuesday, June 27th. I have accepted a position as a Commercial Loan Officer with the San Luis Valley Federal Bank and will begin the next chapter of my career shortly after the Independence Day holiday. Words alone cannot express my gratitude for the friendship, support and collaboration that members of this group have provided to me over the years. I have worked with many of you for the 17+ years I served the institution. Our challenges have never ceased and continue to require the attention of this collective group. Although I won't be working on campus after June 27th, please know I will always support the efforts of this group to provide a strong and safe learning environment for our students, staff and faculty of color. Thank each of you for making me feel valued to this institution!
Walter Roybal, M.A.
June 20, 2017 at 4:55pm
I was told I had to check in to see recent relevant comments. Glad I did. You see I've been having these horrible chills in the 95 degree Utah heat. Frozen lemon voodoo must be the explanation. I'm taking a White Bath immediately. I wonder if Danny and Chris are experiencing the same.

- Jeff Elison
June 18, 2017 at 6:46am
June 16, 2017 at 3:56pm - Please give us evidence, examples, of Mumper's incompetence and dishonesty. I agree with you on Novotny and Liz Thomas Hensley. I would like to know of the incompetence and dishonesty of Mumper. Also, what is your take on another unethical felonious miscreant-Ed Crowther.
June 17, 2017 at 9:03pm
But the truth about Bev's incompetence isn't buried very deeply. Google Image search Beverlee McClure. She must be thrilled to know that multiple photos of a smiling Danny Ledonne and Chris Gilmer come up, as well as quotes of her ridiculous lies about a police watch list, her hideously offensive Halloween costume, blatantly unprofessional emails and letters as archived on Watching Adams!
June 17, 2017 at 8:05pm
Google search Beverlee McClure. The curious searcher will notice that the top results are from 2015, when Beverlee took over as president of ASU. This, of course, despite a large amount of negative press coverage in recent years regarding her clear mismanagement of ASU. How is this possible you might ask? 

In the 21st century you can buy your way to the top of Google searches by paying a hefty fee for phantom traffic. Think about that for a second. The president of your university is paying to have news of her hiring--at your university--remain at the top of search results, as if those articles were the ones that readers were most interested in reading! What's even more egregious is that it appears that she is instructing her own staff to increase the traffic on these articles: 

Adams State Trustees name Dr. Beverlee McClure 10th president of university

Or might she be instructing staff to pay an outside party to increase traffic to these articles? It would certainly be interesting to know the truth, even if the source were to remain anonymous. 

Regardless, think about that for a second. The president of a university is instructing her staff to increase traffic to news of her hiring, when they should really be dedicating their time to improving the quality of education on campus that is in dire risk of folding up all together. 

Beverlee McClure, Frank Underwood, and Donald Trump suddenly seem to have a great deal in common! Of course, Frank Underwood and Donald Trump simply can't compete with the running love affair between McClure and the Assistant VPAA. Perhaps Netflix should take note! Or perhaps insiders already have and are currently in touch with the folks at Netflix. 

Only time will tell.  Ding, dong.
June 16, 2017 at 4:09pm
I'm worried the conversation is going to get stuck on witchcraft and lemons for an intolerable amount of time. So here; If you believe in this sort on non-sense, this is how to remove a lemon-voodoo affliction.

White Bath for Removing Lemon-Voodoo Afflictions
• 1 tbsp lavender flowers (dried) 
• 1 tbsp rose petals (dried) 
• 1 tablespoon salt 
• 1 bay leaf 
• Juice of 1 lemon 

Place the dry ingredients in a container of hot water and allow the potion to brew. Mix in the lemon juice and add the contents to the bucket of warm water. This bath helps to increase focus and personal productivity. It is also an excellent remedy for warding off malochia or the evil eye. 

• Make sure that all the bathing accessories that you use are clean and dirt-free. To ensure that you are as clean, do not forget to take your normal bath/shower with soap, shampoo and water. Wash your hair and body and rid yourself of physical dirt. 

• After the usual bath, add the warm water redolent with herbs to your bucket of bath water or the tub if you have one. Use a mug to pour the water over your head and body. As you bathe, consciously remind yourself of the aim of taking the magical bath and trust the process to accomplish its purpose 

• Do not use a towel to dry yourself after you finish bathing. Drape a robe or any other comfortable clothing around yourself and let the body dry naturally. This is known as air-dry in magical bath traditions. 

• If your hair is long or if you have a tendency to catch colds easily, wrap a towel over your head but do not towel dry your face or body. 

• It is best to wait 24 hours before you take another bath. If this is not possible, at least wait 12 hours before your next bath.
June 16, 2017 at 3:56pm
Re: June 12, 2017 at 9:20pm - among those who have egregiously exploited Extended Studies, none are more culpable that the two individuals you have correctly identified. Frank Novotny and Liz Thomas Hensley have shamelessly demonstrated a complete disregard for academic and institutional integrity in exploiting Extended Studies for personal profit.

From his position as VPAA Frank Novotny engineered his wife’s blatant disregard for academic integrity in enrolling in excess of 500 students in a composition course not simply for immediate profit amounting to nominally $150K per year (for an adjunct instructor), but more importantly in order to grossly increase her PERA benefit upon retirement. Thus, Novotny’s greed extended beyond exploitation of an immediate revenue stream, but more egregiously in order to position his wife to exploit an inflated PERA retirement benefit - for the rest of her life. Such an exaggerated benefit by one retiree would inevitably have an adverse effect on the solvency of the PERA retirement system, potentially at the expense of all PERA participants.

If Novotny’s nepotism is not criminal, it is without question abjectly unethical. However, ethical conduct has never been evident in Novotny’s conduct. However, if Ellen Novotny were in fact compensated at a higher rate than any other Extended Studies instructor (as documents provided on Watching Adams indicate) this would seem to warrant investigation as potentially criminal malfeasance.

In the case of Liz Thomas Hensley, her disregard of academic and institutional integrity extended beyond the gross over enrollment in her own Extended Studies courses to coaching her “student” athlete advisees as to how to bring administrative pressure on other Extended Studies instructors who were unwilling to compromise academic and/or institutional integrity in their courses. Beyond the obvious lack of professional respect extended to her colleagues, this clearly demonstrated a complete disregard for academic and institutional integrity. Institutional integrity, if it existed at Adams State, would mandate an immediate reprimand and post-tenure review.

In the case of Michael Mumper, I must take exception with the June 12 (9:20pm) post. Mumper was removed from the position for which he was hired (i.e., Provost) owing to obvious incompetence and a documented disregard for honesty. Mumper is an incompetent buffoon who has publicly admitted that he has no idea how, or why, he has managed to ascend to upper administrative levels. Nevertheless, as is the case with Novotny, upon his “resignation” from his administrative position and “return” to faculty status (in a department in which he is clearly superfluous), Mumper enjoys a grossly inflated salary relative to his peers at both Adams State and in the CUPA comparison. This, as is the case with Novotny, is an institutional disgrace.
Time: June 15, 2017 at 3:04pm
From her first month here, all her behavior has been patently ridiculous for a university president. That's not the main issue. Every large organization from time to times makes a hiring mistake and ends up with a loony-tune. The problem at ASU is compounded by a board that has failed to do anything about it. 

I understand that the trustees won't fire her because they are terrified, not so much of frozen lemon voodoo curses, but of having their asses sued off. 

Not only do the trustees lack competence, they also lack courage.
June 15, 2017 at 2:25pm
Does the ASU Board of Trustees, Higher Learning Commission, and CO Attorney General's Office know that Beverlee McClure is casting spells and practicing witchcraft on ASU employees and community members she doesn't like? This is patently ridiculous behavior for a university president.
June 15, 2017 at 11:46am
Ask Bev's followers about lemon voodoo. They watched and rolled on the floor laughing as she set up the concoctions aimed at certain individuals.
June 15, 2017 at 10:19am
June 12, 10:57 - Please tell me more about the lemon voodoo. That is creepy as hell!
June 13, 2017 at 6:44am
Crowther doesn't care about students, faculty, or anyone else. He only cares about power and his wallet. He sold his soul long ago and is a danger to ASU.
June 12, 2017 at 9:20pm
June 12, 2017 at 2:30pm - Well put. I am several years removed from all the scandal, greed, immorality, viciousness. I had my contacts with ugly mean people - Novotny, Crowther, Rogers, Centeno, and others. Oh, and truly one of the most UN-intellectuals at ASU - Liz Thomas Hensley.

They are a collection of misfits not worthy of being at any true institution of higher learning. The current Board is a farce. Bev is mentally, emotionally, intellectually unfit for her position. HR is a dating site. Athletics, specifically everyone's dream child cross country, has been the monster that ate and then excreted a university.

I hope enrollments decline and eventually the state figures it out - ASU needs to be officially eliminated. The campus should be incorporated as a vibrant branch of the U of Colorado or Colorado State. Billy Adams had a long run, but the track has been in a ditch for decades now.

All of the individuals implicated in enriching themselves though Extended Studies and other adjunct teaching (NOVOTNY!) should be investigated, indicted, charged, and tried. Crowther should be retired and sent off to the local bars to spend his life. Promote Michael Mumper, the only one in HAPPS with class, to department chair.
June 12, 2017 at 2:30pm
Not a darned thing is going to happen to anyone at ASU. Those individuals who have ruined our departments, credibility, and reputation will walk off this place hands free and with the money they stole richer.

BOT have no backbone, leadership or desire to do whatever is best for students and the community. Individuals have continued to make contributions, comments, file complaints and grievances and not one thing has been done!

HR is worthless. Heck one staff member sleeps around with the main facilities guy who has numerous complaints! Go figure!

Tracy Rogers and Ana Guevara are two failed, inexperienced, idiotic lawyers. One would think that after Novotny was demoted that people would see Tracy's incompetencies. No more sleeping - or rather “having coffee” with one another.

This place can fall apart... no one that can do something... will.

And me, I'm a lowly at-will employee hoping I have a job each hour and each day that passes. Yes, I am looking constantly to leave this place. And I will never allow my family or friends' children attend this horrible school.
June 12, 2017 at 10:57am
The recent fallen tree on the south side of Marvel House should be replaced with a lemon tree that yields an abundance of fresh lemons. That way, Bev would have lemons readily available. For you see, she practices "lemon voodoo" and targets certain people. Check out the Marvel House feezer. Yes, for reals!
June 10, 2017 at 5:47pm
In the Wall Street Journal. Shameful. And what is the Board doing? Novotny, Crowther, and others who scammed Extended Studies to bolster their income; Bev for her incompetence; Tracy Rogers for her complicity, and others should all be fired. The Board should be replaced with real trustees. Good riddance.
June 9, 2017 at 11:05am
Adams State is in the news again, but not in a good way.  The Wall Street Journal profiled efforts ASU is making to increase enrolled student credit hours, which many of us remember as a failed effort by Frank Novotny to require enrollment of 15 credit hours per semester.  Back in the spring of 2015, President Svaldi received a widely-signed petition urging him not to enact this policy - which he didn't.

According to this WSJ article: "The university’s goal is to have more than 20% of its students graduate in four years by 2020. For the freshman class of 2009, the rate was 11%."  The baseline here is terrible and the aspiration by 2020 is almost as bad.  Was this number chosen merely because 20% and 2020 end in the same number?  If ASU only graduates 1/5 of its students in four years, what does that say about the institution?  And remember: that's just a goal for three years from now.

Does anyone who reads the WSJ honestly want to send their son or daughter to a school that aspires to such mediocre graduation rates?
June 7, 2017 at 4:35pm
June 6, 2017 at 7:55pm – Of course everyone is still in the dark about ASU's plans and ASU's money. That's intentional. Recall that the 2020 Strategic Plan concludes with “the detailed plan with action steps and metrics is available at” but the webpage that is supposed to have details just links back to the slick document itself. There is no detailed plan, there are no action steps, there are no metrics. It's all for show.

If ASU really wanted to raise some money to fill its yawning chasm of debt, it should have setup a dunk tank at the Summerfest last weekend. Imagine! The chance to dunk Beverlee McClure, Arnold Salazar, or any of the others complicit in running the university into the ground. As long as they were anonymous, many ASU employees and students would be happy to step up to the challenge.
June 7, 2017 at 3:31pm
Re: June 7 @1:17pm - Ed Crowther stepped down of his own accord? Do you SERIOUSLY believe that?!?

Your own post stated his complete ineptness. Your own post states how he has single-handedly destroyed that department. And that's what Ed LOVES to do--destroy things. Look at his track record. Look at his long standing collaborations with the master destroyer Frank Novotny.

This coupled with his insatiable greed and thirst for power. WHY would he ever step down of his own accord?

Ed's story is likely that it was his decision...but like you suggested ask anyone in the department. I believe they knew nothing until a Sunday evening email from Ed himself. Not really a typical communication strategy for a planned exit.

Nah...despite McClure's bungling of many things, this one she got right. Or was it Nehring?

We will never know for certain. And it doesn't long as the big buffoon is gone. Next up: HAPPS! (And could we be so lucky to get his tenure stripped too?!?)
June 7, 2017 at 3:27pm
Fire the pot-smoking alcoholic bully once and for all. He is an embarrassment.
June 7, 2017 at 1:22pm
May 8. 3:39 pm - Ole' Margo and the prez seemed like a pretty chummy couple at ASU's football golf tournament. I wonder if this why Jennifer resigned from her position; she most likely had enough of their relationship.
June 7, 2017 at 1:17pm
In reference to May 24 @ 1:30 pm - Edward was terminated? I hear he resigned/stepped down on his own free will. I'm quite positive a faculty member in Teacher Education will share. My condolences to Dr. Cheri Meder for having to clean up over 5 years of damage that Ed faltered. There are no tenured faculty that could stand up to him. And the fact that there is only one on a tenure track. There is a huge decline in teacher education students, reduced programs, retired graduate adviser, and loss of the Boettcher program, and now HEAL! What a disaster and disappointment to our community and students! Teacher Education is most likely overjoyed to not have his lack of leadership! Surprised to hear that another "Hensley " was not going to be the interim chair. But yet there is time to hand it over to her. Teacher Education has always been dysfunctional and altered states.
June 6, 2017 at 7:55pm
I see that McClure and the board have both been challenged to demonstrate transparency and business competency. Basically, that challenge was: "Show us the plan, show us the money."

Silence.  As usual.  We are all still in the dark.
June 2, 2017 at 5:01pm
Either way, the board's reaction to any information it doesn't what to know seems to be; Put your fingers in your ears, close your eyes and loudly chant "lah-lah-lah."
June 2, 2017 at 2:12pm
Actually, I believe the Huron Report was paid for through the Colorado State Assembly - so, the taxpayers of Colorado.

And while the Board may prefer Pinot Grigio, Beverlee McClure seems more inclined to down large quantities of Patrón.
June 2, 2017 at 1:38pm
I too would like to think that the board of trustees doesn't lack care; that they simply don't know what's going on. But while that excuse might have been convincing a few weeks ago, now that the Chronicle of Decline is public, how can they possibly make that claim? The document itself says that it was sent to all of them. And even if they didn't receive a copy, I find it impossible to believe that one of their colleagues did not pass them a copy.

I suspect that the Chronicle of Decline only tells part of the story, and that there is much more that has yet to come to the surface. I am sure the administration would be terrified of a proper forensic accounting audit. The Huron Report only scratched the surface. 

Huron's managing director Andrew Laws even says that in the foreword: "We did not audit any financial statements... Our services are not designed, nor should they be relied upon to disclose weaknesses in internal control, financial statement errors, irregularities, illegal act, or disclosure deficiencies."

That the board paid a bucket load of money for a report that did not explore these avenues when the university is in deep financial do-do is surely proof of willful ignorance. And they've treated the Chronicle of Decline in the same way. See no evil, hear no evil, do no evil.... and "Oooh, I shouldn't, but perhaps a top-up of the Pinot Grigio please?"
June 1, 2017 at 12:15pm
Re: May 31 @ 5:48 - I don't believe it's because the board doesn't care. I believe it's because the board is ignorant.

Let's face it, the dog and pony show we call board meetings are nothing more than parade the good, spin the bad and hide the ugly.  McClure and her minions are the masters.

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