DOCUMENTS: HLC Visiting Team Final Report


January 15, 2018 at 6:24pm
@January 15, 11:30 am - Awesome way to clarify how petty and immature, not to mention paranoid, recent comments that have taken an all time low. However, I am still seeking clarification on the size of a cockroach's behind and its capacity to carry around a wart?
January 15, 2018 at 11:30am
To respond to a few recent posts:

Adams may monitor your email - duh! If you are an employee then you likely signed an agreement for use of a computer and/or an email account. This is a work account and it is owned by the employer. There is NO promise of privacy. Many large employers regularly monitor employee's email, this is not unusual. Having said that, Adams does not waste much time or money checking employee emails, but it should be remembered that what you write on your account is for work, on work equipment, and should only contain work content.

Kurt and Ed are tight, so beware - right, and Donny and Marie are siblings, Rob knows rocks, Tammy and Lori are co-workers, and I am pretty sure Jimmy cracked corn. There is some useful information. All of which will help us with HLC, I'm sure.

Kurt listens to conversations - okay. If it's on campus hopefully he'll catch you discussing how to increase math pass rates, or improve retention, or effective recruiting strategies, or teaching techniques that work. Or wait, is he more likely to hear you bitching about your work, trashing the people who hired you and pay your salary, or otherwise undercutting your employer and fellow employees? If so, that's on you, not him. Who cares who is listening? Just do your job.
January 12, 2018 at 1:24pm
I suspect they monitor personal email, as well. Anything accessed via ASU computers could be compromised.
January 12, 2018 at 5:10am
Kurt Cary and Ed Crowther are tight so beware of both.
January 11, 2018 at 11:38am
Jan 11 10:35am - Kurt Cary is no better than a wart on the behind of a cockroach.

And he's not the only nor is that the only tactic. Be very careful about what you do on university computers, using your university email account and be careful around any security cameras. 

They do watch and listen.
January 11, 2018 at 10:35am
Watch what you say and do. Kurt Cary goes all over campus and listens to conversations. He’ll even hide in a room with the lights off and listen.
January 10, 2018 at 6:07pm
ASU refused to release the draft report on January 8. Then they turn around and release the final report on January 10?  Perhaps CORA violation? Certainly suspicious!
January 10, 2018 at 3:20pm
The following email was sent to all ASU employees on Jan 10, 2018 at 3:13 PM:

From: Office of the President <>
Subject: HLC Visiting Team Final Report...

Please see the following message from President McClure:
Dear Faculty and Staff:

As we begin a new semester, I wanted to share some positive developments around our most recent correspondence with the site visiting team of the Higher Learning Commission. 

Following its comprehensive visit this past November to consider reaffirmation of accreditation, the HLC site visiting team is recommending that the sanction of Probation be removed for Adams State and commends ASU for the progress it’s made in addressing prior HLC concerns and resolving federal compliance concerns. 

It is important to note that this is only a recommendation and that both the Institutional Action Council (IAC) and the HLC Board have full discretion to disagree with the underlying findings and/or recommendation of the visiting team, and the HLC Board has other options at its disposal should it determine, based on the evidence, that a different or less favorable outcome is warranted. 

Certainly we all should be “cautiously optimistic” that the HLC Board will adopt the recommendation of removing the Probation sanction when it meets this summer. 

There is no question based on the site visiting team’s full review and recommendations that the hard work and intensive hours many of you put into the site team’s visit this past November led to the positive recommendation. 

Adams State was placed on probation in 2016, mostly due to a lack of oversight for the online learning and written correspondence course in the Extended Studies program. The site visiting team notes in its recommendations that these concerns have been addressed. 

There were five core components to the site team’s visit: Mission of the University; Ethical and Responsible Conduct of the University; Teaching and Learning, including Quality, Resources and Support provided by the University; Teacher and Learning components around Evaluation and Improvement; and University Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness. 

The HLC site visiting team determined Criteria 1, 2, and 3 were “met” and Criteria 4 and 5 were “met with concern.” A follow up visit will be required in 2020. 

As an institution of higher learning vital to the health and well-being of the San Luis Valley, we look forward to a full review of the site visiting team’s recommendation by the HLC Board. 

We will continue to share updates as we receive them. In the meantime, it’s onward and upward with Adams State. Please join us January 18 at 4:00 p.m. in Richardson Hall Auditorium for an all-campus update.

The full report is located at:

Have a great spring semester!
January 10, 2018 at 1:57pm
Jeff Elison's point is spot on, but doesn't go far enough. Those who whine "we don't care," or "we do nothing," are truly ignorant of the work good people do every day at Adams. Yes, meetings of faculty and staff, students and student leaders, community members, specialists and consultants, and others, all to improve learning opportunities for our students - many who struggle. And truthfully, colleges don't need to do any of that. Adams should be commended.

One writer asked about "demographics." We should not care about the divisiveness of demographics. It is not a "demographic" that fails math, or drops out, or incurs student loan debt. It is a person. But that takes us to the very racist "help" programs that are open to some and not to others.

One demographic however should be looked at - the large number of SLV area high school graduates who cannot write and cannot pass "grade 13" math.
January 9, 2018 at 8:53am
Dear Jan 8: I'll repeat this, I was responding to a question and accusation: "I'm asking what was done and why wasn't there any concern?" I provided facts, data, and an incomplete list of actions. I only used "Title V to support my argument" in that they funded work to address pass rates in remedial math and students not taking advantage of tutoring and other support services. You can't tell me the folks in Title V don't care about pass rates and graduation rates. The meat of my argument is that a bunch of other people (virtually everyone in the Math Dept including adjuncts, me, and a math education consultant) actually took time and effort to do something. I think that partially answers the original question (what was done?) and refutes the accusation that there was no concern.

Regarding Title V and racism, I meant I don't know the folks in that office very well. You took that and made a leap to saying I don't "know enough about Title V" and stretched it farther to talking about our students. To answer your question, I have been at ASU seven years.

- Jeff Elison
January 9, 2018 at 7:36am
While it is a huge injustice that non-Hispanic students feel like they don’t matter here at ASU let’s look at a few alarming things the powers that be are doing. They see being an HSI as a means to stuff their wallets. They are exploiting what it is to be Hispanic for their own selfish gain. Sure, they let us have our CASA and our Cesar Chavez week and let us build hornos and try as we may to keep our traditions and count on the fact that that is enough for us and to a large degree sadly it has been. Then they turn it into a form of demagoguery; again to fatten their bank accounts.

As much as I am for keeping and remembering the traditions of such a proud people and culture what the powers that be are counting on is that we remain in the past and celebrate the heroes of yesterday because then no one will rise up and answer the call of today’s cause. As for the people who claim to “help their people”? They only do so because that’s where the money is. We are nothing but job security for them. Bob Marley had it right when he sang, “send us another Brother Moses...”, it’s time for a new generation to rise up.

As for those who call for us to give you our names? Know who we are as a people; as human beings first and not just a means to exploit us for gain and job security.
January 9, 2018 at 6:20am
@January 8, 2018 at 5:32pm - please explain the demographics to which you are referring to those of us who are unaware?
January 8, 2018 at 5:32pm
You not knowing enough about Title V is exactly my point. Yet you use Title V to support your argument. How many years have you been working at Adams, Jeff? You should know as well as Matt Nerhing. Apparently you guys think it's OK not have a better understanding of the demographics of ASU students.
January 7, 2018 at 9:36am
January 4, 2018 at 8:49pm wrote: “Wait Jeff. You did not address the first part of the ‪11:06 PM‬ comment. Accusing the Title V department of being one of the most racist departments on campus."

No, I didn't. I was responding to the question about what had been done about low pass rates in remedial math. None of the students in the focus groups mentioned Title V. I don't know enough about Title V to speak to this accusation. However, the next comment made it sound like they only help students with "brown skin." In my brief discussions about the Math 09x studies I did, Title V folks told me that of course the work they were funding would help all students. That was certainly true of all the work I was involved with. Also true of other initiatives they funded, such as bringing in a math education consultant, repeatedly.

- Jeff Elison
January 5, 2018 at 8:40pm
The biggest function an HSI has is to integrate and not segregate but the latter seems to be the only form of functionality at ASU. LatinX serves a great purpose especially since there are not many Hispanics in places of leadership at ASU but there again it’s only served as a means to segregate especially within LatinX itself! There is more division within LatinX at ASU than there is any hint of unity. Those who claim to “help their people” do so and hold it over their “peoples’” heads in one form or another.
January 5, 2018 at 7:18pm
@ 5:48 PM: “Engaño” if you want to imply dishonesty or fraud. 

“¡Es un robo!” for something priced way too high. 

I think both apply but I’m sure the CAMP scholarship is available whether you qualify or not. If that’s how they “help their people” count me out.
January 5, 2018 at 7:08pm
I think most of the reactions and emotions y'all are sharing are completely valid and I want to thank you all for sharing. In regards to those of you implying that the Hispanic Serving Institution designation is a marketing ploy. Sure. To an extent it can definitely be seen as so, but also understanding the historical context and how we came across such is important as well. I've linked the article below for some background reading on the history of what it means to be an HSI. Honestly, I had no idea what it meant a couple years back.

Here's my challenge to our institution as a whole. Most of the ASU community understands we're an "HSI" but also to an extent many of us don't understand how to put it into practice. Right? So ask yourself how many times within our departments have we brought into our meetings, "hey how are we doing in regards to serving our hispanic/ latinx identified student populations?". For me personally, not a whole lot and I'm planning on changing that. So I encourage all of us to engage in these conversations, and really think critically about what actionable steps are next so that we feel like we're achieving our institution wide goal. Bring it up. Set aside from time. Just do it as Shia Lebouf (he was on Disney channel) once said! Don't feel like you can go to the BoT or the President? Start with your colleagues or with yourself and perhaps think of ways to implement it into practice. Doesn't have to be huge, but starting small can have a significant impact!

We have a lot of potential this year, I really believe so! Hope y'all had a great holiday 

The article for though I mentioned before: A Closer Look at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

What is "latinx"? Read more here: Rodriguez: The X in LatinX
January 5, 2018 at 5:48pm
Yes 2:15pm, I know many former students whose families are more poor, who are in deep student loan debt, and who have no degree at all - thanks to the predatory admissions policies of Adams State University.  Given that only 28% of Hispanic students enrolled at ASU earn a degree in 6 years (about half the state's average), the university is engaging in blatantly fraudulent marketing as a designated Hispanic "Serving" Institution.  So what's the best way to say "rip off" in Spanish?
January 5, 2018 at 2:15pm
Well if ASU is being accused of catering to Hispanics then where does the fault lie when the numbers show a lesser percentage of Hispanics completing their education? Do we let the blame rest at the feet of the students or the people who claim to help “their people”? 

I don’t see how ASU is a true HSI with those kind of figures. Fact is the students, faculty, staff, community and parents are all being bled dry to line the pockets of the Richardson elite. Everybody serves RH, BOT, HR and the boot lickers who do their bidding.
January 5, 2018 at 10:21am
January 5 @ 6:42am - That is the most ludicrous conjecture that has ever been posted. You are delirious. Thanks for the humor. It made our day.
January 5, 2018 at 6:42am
Of course the Title V program is racist - by plan, by design, by staffing, by implementation, and by practice. The only students we care (institutionally) about on this campus are migrants, and others of brown skin color. Pete Gomez talks about helping "his people," and that means only the ones just referenced. Try to get reading or math help for a student with black or white skin color and you are turned away.

But it's bigger than Title V. When racism charges were made against a previous transfer coordinator, they were ignored, the accuser punished, and the coordinator promoted.

Jeff Elison is right about the students. Those questions have been asked and are regularly asked, and the answers are disappointing. But all colleges have those students. It is because of our small size and unique mission that we have a disproportionately larger population of them. Then we stupidly herd them into demographically defined groups (migrant, Hispanic) to better prep them to succeed in the general population. It is the exact opposite of how we should help all students - but follow the (grant) money and the protected employees who exploit and spend it.

Much like with opioids, the treatment (to pain) created a larger problem. Such as it is with grants and the untouchable people they fund.
January 4, 2018 at 8:49pm
Wait Jeff. You did not address the first part of the 11:06 PM comment. Accusing the Title V department of being one of the most racist departments on campus. That is huge! Wow!
January 3, 2018 at 9:03am
Dear 10:41 and 11:06: "So we are saying that the students just don't care?" No, SOME students said that, not all. However, the number was alarming.

"They don't want to graduate." Sure they do, but not all of them have a clear understanding of what that requires. I didn't invent the "C's get degrees" saying. I find it very troubling to hear that from students.

"Sometimes you should not rely on a survey, you should just talk to the students themselves." Indeed! We created the surveys after running six focus groups with students from the Math 09x classes. We started by identifying the themes that came up in those focus groups. Yes, being intimidated or poor tutors were mentioned occasionally. However, lack of motivation, not caring, and lack of time were mentioned more often, as were complaints about MathXL.

I suspect the biggest problem is prior education in that their educational experiences did not provide an adequate base for math and convinced them they couldn't do math. Low self-efficacy for math was the number one predictor of grades.

I'm not blaming anyone here; I'm just reporting the data. I responded to a question: "I'm asking what was done and why wasn't there any concern?". There were other efforts by the Math Dept as well (revising content, focusing on "less [content] is more" teaching), but I wasn't involved in all of those, so I can't tell you much more.

Some things to consider:

"The most recent PISA results, from 2015, placed the U.S. an unimpressive 38th out of 71 countries in math."

"Colorado schools rank 21st in the country in Education Week's annual Quality Counts report released Thursday. The state scored an overall grade of C, the same grade as the nation. That ranking is the average of three separate indices: "Chance for Success," "K-12 Achievement," and "School Finance.""

"The rankings vary by measure, but Colorado's rank ranges from 39th to 47th across all states in K-12 education funding."

"In terms of average faculty salaries based on purchasing power, the United States ranks fifth, behind not only its northern neighbor, but also Italy, South Africa and India."

Colorado is way down the list for faculty salaries in the U.S. and ASU is probably the lowest paying public four-year institution in Colorado. On the list I saw from 2015, we were above community colleges, Naropa, and a few art institutes and seminaries.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong (I'm sure I didn't need to say that). :-)

- Jeff Elison
January 2, 2018 at 11:06pm
Title V is one of the most racist departments on campus. Run by Neo-liberals who only pretend to care about students of color. Many students did not feel comfortable with going to the tutoring centers because they could not relate to the professors and tutors that were there. Most general education math classes are weighed on tests and not the work that is done in class and for homework. There are also many math professors to find it disrespectful to ask questions during class in which a student would have to make an appointment with the professor after class in order to find out what they didn't understand. Sometimes you should not rely on a survey, you should just talk to the students themselves.
January 2, 2018 at 10:41pm
So we are saying that the students just don't care? They don't want to graduate. That is the biggest bullshit I've ever heard in my life.
January 1, 2018 at 6:45pm
----Editor's Note: Readers may be interested in the related Watching Adams podcast from a former ASU math instructor: Andy Zaugg: “I Can’t Do Math and It’s Not Important”
January 1, 2018 at 6:36pm
Jan 1, at 9:45 - "What plan was made to assist these students with what they needed to pass? I'm not saying make it easy for them. I'm asking what was done and why wasn't there any concern?"

There was and continues to be a great deal of concern.

Many people put in many, many hours attempting to address this problem. I was one of them. Title V funded studies, which including surveying students, to find sources of the problem and solutions. Title V also funded studies to figure out why so few students go for help (e.g., tutoring or to professors) when they need it. Changes were made in the Math 09X classes and in the tutoring centers, including more "marketing" of available services.

The studies revealed two clear themes. First, many students in these classes have very low self-efficacy when it comes to math. So they tend to give up quickly once they start having trouble. They learned earlier in school that "they can't do math." Second, regardless of subject, many students don't care enough to make the effort to get help, or study enough. I'm not being judgmental or jumping to conclusions, they told us these things, over and over.

- Jeff Elison
January 1, 2018 at 11:34am
I think the real problem is not with the math department, it is that students at ASU are consistently being coddled and the standards of the institution keep being lowered. I know many people, not just at Adams, that struggled with the math requirement. Rather than dumming down the standards, how about ASU raises the admission standards? College is not for everyone. Maybe it is the fact that ASU has watered down the value of its degrees by letting everyone in. The valley has a JC, maybe that is a better place for people who need remedial help. Math is a requirement at any institution. ASU is doing a disservice to everyone by admitting everyone. The math department was great to both my wife and I. The professors were always willing to help. I am sorry that some people are just too lazy to do the work.

Oh, by the way. I had Matt Nehring for multiple classes. He was a good professor. He is good for the institution and I hope to god he does not water down the value of my degree by lowering standards. I agree that a 75% failure rate is an issue but I think the issue is not with the math department but an issue with admissions. Again, college is not for everyone and by letting in individuals that can not do the work we do everyone a disservice.

I follow Watching Adams regularly and I agree with a lot that I see here but lowering standards in order to accommodate the lazy is not the answer. Again, college is not for everyone.

-signed, an ASU graduate, class of 2007, who actually earned their degree

Also, if you would like my contact information, please post yours in the comments and I will respond personallly.
January 1, 2018 at 9:45am
If any academic department has a 75 percent failure rate of a general education class under poor leadership, why would we want the same leadership to be responsible for all of the academic departments? What plan was made to assist these students with what they needed to pass? I'm not saying make it easy for them. I'm asking what was done and why wasn't there any concern? Fact check the failure rate in Banner. Numbers don't lie.
January 1, 2018 at 8:03am
To December 30, 2017 at 8:13pm:

We don't understand your point about Dr. Nehring visiting Admissions. He has his degrees and is likely not looking to apply. He also is the VP for Academics - essentially the lead faculty member. The Admissions office is an entirely separate office. There is no need for him to meddle there.

But your point that admissions is a failure is spot on. There has been no defined, strategic, recruiting and admissions plan in many years - in recent memory actually. Of the many good things your president has done and cleaned up, this is one issue where she has failed thus far. While evidently unpopular on this site, The Promise Scholarship and guaranteed tuition are actually good tools. But they have never been effectively promoted or used.

Hopefully 2018 can be the year where everyone recruits, everyone promotes the good things about Adams, and you all come together to strengthen a good university. Hopefully too the new recruiting hire will craft and execute a good plan and we will see the results.
December 30, 2017 at 8:13pm
Matt Nehring hasn't been to the admissions office 1 time.

Does anyone have a clue what goes on down there on a daily basis? There is no strategic plan to recruit students for fall 2018! Someone with credibility and some plan, ANY PLAN had better get down there soon.

Or maybe Karla already knows that it's too late? Where is that preliminary HLC report?

While we are at it, what about the more than 200 students who aren't able to register for spring because they didn't pay for fall? Dont worry, its only $500,000!

Keep collecting your paychecks everyone. The well is running dry.
December 30, 2017 at 10:24am
December 30 5:32am - Do you have any additional reasons why Matt Nehring would be a "terrible choice"? Because your only reason is worthless. He had little control over the pass rate in those classes, but we do know he didn't just drop standards to let everyone through. I can't think of a better person in ASU administration.
December 30, 2017 at 8:52am
December 30 5:32am - I appreciate your point about a 75% failure rate in the mathematics department under Matt's leadership. But let's be honest, there are many more variables than just Dr. Nehring--not excusing it--simply looking at it from a multi-faceted perspective.

Perhaps this is indicative of the students who matriculate into ASU, which in turn is indicative of the quality of mathematics faculty or the lackluster GTLC. I'm not completely certain without data collection and regression analysis. 

But what I can unequivocally conclude is that based on the logic of a variable of one (Mart Nehring), then Liz Thomas Hensley would be an excellent choice for VPAA--no rigor, huge pass rates. I, for one, just can't go to the opposite end of that spectrum.
December 30, 2017 at 5:32am
Matt Nehring would be a terrible choice for the VPAA position. Did we forget that while he ran the Math Department most students were at a 75% failure rate for Gen Ed math? How many students are out there who have completed all of their credits and only need math to graduate? I'm not sure why he was picked as the Interim VPAA.
December 29, 2017 at 12:25pm
At a minimum, I hope Matt Nehring applies for the VPAA position (I wish the board would just appoint him). He truly seems to be the only person with any sense and who cares about this campus! He works from the heart and what is best for ALL at ASU--not his own agenda. And he's a nice man. That goes a long way considering the "mean girls"' club.
December 23, 2017 at 11:47am
Want to be the next VPAA at ASU?  This job description doesn't do justice to the workplace hazards of reporting to Beverlee McClure...
December 19, 2017 at 11:04pm
@9:22 pm: that’s not the Financial Aid philanderer I was referring to but maybe you are right in what you say. It totally makes sense. 

In other news Rodney is going to get off “Scott” free. I couldn’t resist the bad joke but sad thing is everybody is going to be the punchline. Not even the mailroom which he ran for a short time has recovered from his despotic reign. His maddening methods have passed on to the one who currently runs it now. Rodney controls ASU, people. He controls us by manipulating those in control. He fits the profile of a sociopath, a jealous and possessive boyfriend and a cult leader.
December 19, 2017 at 9:22pm
Maybe the philanderer and the politician have a little something going on! Ever think of that? Why is she always allowed to be campaigning and gone? After all, the philanderer is her boss. 

December 19, 2017 at 6:55pm
Ask anyone who has a degree... Yes, let's. Let's ask those who have received a graduate degree from ASU (especially an MBA). What were their undergraduate GPA's that merited their entrance into a grad program? What were their GRE scores? Were they pursuing a graduate degree just so that they could continue competing in their sport? Answers: below 2.5, what GRE scores?, and yes. Way too many cases like that to count. There are certainly good people doing good work here but they are drowned out by poor leadership/administration and the few faculty that remain who conduct business illegally and unethically (Crowther, Hensley)
December 18, 2017 at 2:25pm
Notice how Guaranteed Tuition isn't even mentioned anymore (in ASU's PR or BOT communications) in terms of how it can attract or retain students, boost enrollment, or even address the increasing costs of attending ASU?  That's how poorly-planned a policy it is.  And it will be remembered as part of Beverlee McClure's failed presidency.  Moody's was correct in downgrading ASU's credit as a result.
December 17, 2017 at 5:22pm
Financial Aid, they are watching you too and a certain male trying to be promoted from campus flirt to campus philanderer.
December 17, 2017 at 5:05pm
Clearly 25% of the staff at Adams will be cut. Careful everyone, careful. Years of dedicated service won't me a damn thing. 

Admissions...they are watching you!
December 17, 2017 at 5:00pm
Ask the majority of ASU students who never earn a degree and are saddled with the debt... ASU Graduation Rate 26% Lower than State Average - "ASU’s four-year graduation rate is only 15.3%.  And in six years, only 34.2% of students will graduate with a degree.  The same data shows the statewide average for six-year degree completion at 59.9%."

A university that only confers degrees to one third of the students who attend there? That's unacceptable and taxpayers should be outraged that ASU is a long-running dropout factory. Don't tell us that ASU's educational achievements are solid.  They are shoddy.  And covering for the soft bigotry of low expectations doesn't help ASU students or the San Luis Valley as a whole.
December 17, 2017 at 4:05pm
Talking of degrees and jobs: Erica Romero, who is employed by ASU, but who is never at work because of her other political obligations, does not have a degree. Yet she’s trying to run ASU, ASD, the hospital, etc...
December 17, 2017 at 3:45pm
Ask everyone who has degrees and jobs because of Adams... then tell me the educational achievements are not solid.
December 17, 2017 at 1:55pm
If you think this website doesn’t have facts, you clearly cannot read. This past week, we saw more facts about ASU’s deficit spending, rising interest payments on the university’s debt, diminishing revenue due to lower enrollment, rising costs to students, being among the lowest average university salaries in the nation, and now being about 45% overstaffed due to all the shrinking programs. Those are facts, ladies and gentlemen. So you can celebrate the bread and circuses of athletics, but the educational foundations of ASU are not solid and the financials are not sound.
December 17, 2017 at 1:42pm
No facts are presented here, only peoples opinions and negative attitudes towards ASU, if there is truly good happening at ASU we need to recognize that too, not just complain about everything. Cross team takes nationals and you wanna talk smack... whatever haters, jump in a lake!
December 17, 2017 at 9:20am
"Chris Lopez was not the first choice for the PR/Marketing position, but Beverlee made sure he was hired."

Yes, there were others with much better qualifications and experience, but Chris, with his ties to certain BoT members, had one quintessential asset that placed him above the others. Loyalty. Bev, like Trump, values loyalty over and above skill, experience, intelligence, ingeniousness and energy.

Chris may have all those things, but he must defer to Bev's omnipotence - because she is an expert at everything and beyond challenge. This means keep his nose down and mouth shut and simply taking Bev's orders. If he does not, he will lose his job.

This of course is what happened to that other Chris. Gilmer put the needs of the university first, above those of the need to feed Bev's fragile ego, and was fired. And of course the BoT capitulated.

We will know soon enough if Chris Lopez has a spine because he will not be long in his new seat. Being fired by McClure is now a badge of honor because it shows you have a heart and a brain.
December 15, 2017 at 11:28pm
Many good people work at ASU. And many more have left - either because they were run off, disemployed, or simply found a better job elsewhere. This isn’t an accident.

Adams State seems quite committed to retaining incompetent bullies and blowhards while punishing innovators, those willing to uphold high standards, or advocates of academic integrity. Just observe who is still drawing six figure salaries and attending lavish parties while running ASU into the ground. And then wonder why Dr. Gilmer was forced to resign at the threat of being sued by Beverlee. The qualified are kicked out, the inept are rewarded generously.

But hey, it’s always easier to blame a scapegoat: the HLC, “negativity”, “cyber bullying”, etc. That’s what a failed leader does.
December 16, 2017 at 11:06pm
Anyone at ASU doing a good job? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Only Danny I guess, because he goes to plays and what not.
December 16, 2017 at 10:23pm
I am so sad that the BoT and the Administration have allowed Adams State to fall to this level. I'm angry that they continue to pad their pockets while the rest of us are left wondering if we will even have a job. Obviously they don't care how their greed will affect Adams State employees or the the SLV.
December 16, 2017 at 8:30pm
@December 15, 1:48 PM: Rodney will remain employed at ASU regardless of the current investigation on him. Kurt and Ana will make sure of that. The only reason they started the investigation was because the HLC was in town at the time. In this current investigation they are asking only for pertinent information dating back to only a year or a year and a half back. If the all the prior investigations regarding the last 20 or so years of his tenure hasn’t gotten him fired the current investigation regarding the last year or so of his tenure only cements his stay at ASU. Thank you, Kurt. Thank you, Ana.
December 16, 2017 at 6:55pm
Beverlee has been a disaster, and it is shameful of BOT not to have realized this long time back. Their decision to hire her in the first place was an extremely stupid decision. It was clear reflection of the unsophistication and naiveté of BOT. Anyone with experience and professional maturity could see right through her during the interview process. BOT should have dumped her a longtime back.
December 16, 2017 at 1:34pm
I would encourage the Valley Courier to shut down its publication. All it does is divide the community with facts about how poorly run ASU has been for years and years. If only the administrative incompetence were kept under wraps, ASU would be great and getting even better!
December 16, 2017 at 12:26pm
Regarding this morning's Valley Courier articles, it's too bad the Board and president only acknowledge all these problems now that layoffs are imminent. Rather than addressing them openly, or addressing them at all, they chose to hide and deny problems in the past.

I am amazed by the variety of admissions, so much bad news:

We are overstaffed for 3,000 students when we only have 1,600. Does that mean 45% of employees will be laid off?

ASU currently sits at the bottom of CUPA’s list of average salaries for 89 institutions. There's a shocker.

2010 was ASU’s peak enrollment year and it has decreased every year since. Great job.

ASU wouldn’t have to worry about the competition as much if it was still the most affordable public institution in the state; however, it is now the sixth most expensive of public institutions. Holy crap! They blame this on HLC and the drop in online courses, but they never mention the interest and fees for capital construction, or acknowledge that Extended Studies was a joke deserving of HLC's sanction.

I can't wait to see Moody's reaction this spring. B-team here we come.

According to McClure the average Division II percentage of student athletes is 15-18 percent and ASU is made up of 40 percent student athletes. ... “We can’t get our revenue correct because it costs more per full time equivalent for an athlete,” said McClure.

In spite of McClure's statement about athletes, this is Trustee Pryor's take: "While major cuts to the athletic program weren’t discussed, other than the approval of the department’s criteria, Trustee Wendell Pryor added on Friday that he would like to preserve the department as much as possible. 'I would certainly like to not tear down the progress we’ve made in the athletics program,' said Pryor. 'It has to be a shared sacrifice and I’d like to preserve as much of that infrastructure as we can.'

Wendell, please resign and take McClure with you. Why does it have to be a "shared sacrifice"? Let me see, we are a university that has to make cuts. Universities exist to teach. But let's cut academics equally with athletics. Your attitude pretty much summarizes one of the biggest problems in higher ed today. We are fighting for survival and if anything is to survive, it needs to be education.
December 15, 2017 at 5:53pm
Re: December 15 @ 2:03p.m. - Not to mention interfering in campus employment searches. Chris Lopez was not the first choice for the PR/marketing position, but Beverlee made sure he was hired. Possibly because of his relationship to someone on the BoT?
December 15, 2017 at 2:03pm
Salary and benefits combined, ASU students and taxpayers have paid Beverlee McClure well over $500,000 and counting.  What do we have to show for it?  Declining enrollment, financial ruin, public embarrassment, academic devaluation.  There are so many better ways this money could have been spent.
December 15, 2017 at 1:48pm
Forgive this comment as this conversation seems to have happened quite some time back but I have just learned of this site. I am very surprised to see that Rodney Martinez still works at Adams, I haven't worked there in many years but I recall at one time he was arrested for beating his I'm assuming now ex-wife. Being drunk and wrecking an Adams vehicle. As well as using facility equipment and other resources to have a side business cleaning. And I do recall that he was an umpire of either baseball or softball (cant quite recall which if not both) during regular business hours when he should have been at work doing whatever he does. So it seems he likes to double dip or maybe triple? Not to mention all the sexual harassment allegations that were "settled". Wow Adams you really let this continue for so long!?
December 15, 2017 at 9:32am
We're not the only ones suffering. Check out this poem regarding the compensation package for the prez at Wake Forest:

Poem About Your University President’s Completely Reasonable Four Million-Dollar Compensation Package
December 14, 2017 at 10:20pm
December 14, 2017 at 6:29pm - You know, there's something remarkable about reading your comment while at the ASU Theatre Building to film the Nutcracker Ballet. I haven't missed a dance recital since I started recording these programs in 2004! So yeah, I care about my hometown for many reasons and I've been going to events and activities at Adams State since I was a kid. I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.  The San Luis Valley needs a community hub for creative and intellectual life.  ASU needs to be the best it can be.  And I think we can all agree that ASU could do better - for its students, its employees, and the community at large.  It has to.

- Danny Ledonne
December 14, 2017 at 8:57pm
It's interesting that nowhere in the contingency plan, which is supposedly to help save ASU from bankruptcy, is there a suggestion that McClure or Doell or Hardesty et al take a pay cut. They are entirely happy to eviscerate everyone else's livelihood, but they make no sacrifice themselves. So much for all that crap about being in this together. 

Then they wonder why they have lost so many people's respect.
December 14, 2017 at 8:37pm
December 13, 2017 at 5:26pm - Kari Allen is Heather Brooks' sister who somehow didn’t have to apply for the position that was never advertised. Hmmmm.

Let’s take this a step further, Heather Brooks (Alamosa City Manager) and Randy Wright, who is on the ASU board of trustees are very good friends. In fact, Randy is a puppet of Heather. Heather is very good friends with McClure. It’s easy to see how Kari Allen was hired. The City of Alamosa wouldn’t be much without the support of ASU. The cesspool needs drained at ASU, the City, and the Chamber of Commerce (Wright’s employer). Very surprising that none of this has been made public!
December 14, 2017 at 7:28pm
The ones who divide the community and undermine the SLV as a whole are people like HR, Doell, McClure, Hardesty, etc. They implore those who make the least amount of money to make the biggest sacrifices. They bleed ASU dry to ensure their livelihoods are left intact should the doors close. They make sure to keep the integrity of the term “Hispanic Serving Institute” to serve themselves and their ilk and live the American Dream.
December 14, 2017 at 7:14pm
The fact that Danny even posts comments from the detractors shows he’s not here to bring ASU down. If a site like this didn’t exist it would benefit those who have plenty to hide.
December 14, 2017 at 7:13pm
@6:29: I would encourage you to stop reading if you don’t like this site!! No one is forcing you to, I’m quite certain!
December 14, 2017 at 6:29pm
I would encourage you to shut down this site, anyone can make up a name or even put someone else’s name making it seem like they wrote it... this site helps no one... In fact it further divides our community, but what do you care you live in Oregon.
December 14, 2017 at 2:21pm
While periodically this page receives a rash of Trump-like personal attacks, with absurd calls to fire swathes of ASU employees, the majority of comments are mainly concerned with finding out what is going on in the echoing halls of Richardson. For example, as someone recently asked, what is the plan to earn the income to dig us out of the debt chasm into which the university has slid? Is that not a reasonable question?

Most people simply want to know what's going on at ASU, but because Dr McClure and the BoT are intent on keeping us in the dark, we must resort to WA to share information. It is not ideal, but there is no other choice, and it is lucky for us that we have someone like LeDonne with the technical skills to provide us this channel. 

I don't agree with a lot of comments, and the tone of some is distasteful, but this site exists only because our "leaders" have actively repudiated shared governance and organizational transparency. This site would dissolve if they took their responsibilities to us employees seriously and started engaging with us as adults.
December 14, 2017 at 11:24am
@December 14, 2017 at 10:24am – I have and continue to perform community service in the places I've lived because I find it fulfilling. I try to post 2-3 relevant news and information articles on Facebook each day because I enjoy staying informed and exchanging ideas with other people. Sometimes I post more, and sometimes less, depending on what else I have going that day.

I can show you how the comments submission process works and, like yours, I assure you that all comments are published as submitted unless they violate the terms of use. Very few comments have ever been withheld here.  I do try to clean up grammar and spelling errors for the ease of readership.

Given that this forum is maintained for discussion about Adams State University, I would encourage yourself and others to stay on topic for the benefit of everyone here. But if it's your heart's desire to send me hate mail, I enjoy collecting it and you may do so here.  My collection goes back to at least 2006.

And I'm sure Mr. Trump appreciates your support!  The latest Monmouth University poll has him down to a 32% approval rating, with 56% disapproving.  He's really losing support among women and independents lately.

- Danny Ledonne, aka a jealous, bitter keyboard warrior
December 14, 2017 at 10:58am
The only way to save millions of money is by downgrading our athletic department from NCAA Division II to Division III. Students come to ASU to get a degree! It is mind-boggling how people could say things like students come to ASU to play sports and without strong sports, we won't students. Athletics is NOT the student life - just a PART of it. In higher education, academics has to come first. If they don't get it, they shouldn't work at a teaching institution like ASU.
December 14, 2017 at 10:24am
Danny Ledonne is a jealous, bitter keyboard warrior who is always on Facebook and other ridiculous blogs like this, I think it’s only he who posts and puts fake names. Also this site allows others to post under whatever name they like. How bout you go serve the community instead of complaining about others on the internet...... p.s Go Trump
December 14, 2017 at 7:26am
Can someone interpret the budget document posted here? Are we really $7.2 million in the hole this year? Are we really paying almost $5 million in interest on our debt? Thanks Bill, Frank, Dave, Beverlee, and the past Board of Trustees members. Swell job that will cost us ours.
December 13, 2017 at 9:48pm
There were many times a job was posted for two hours or less in RH especially when it was starting to be renovated. They would put the job post on a wall where nobody could see it.
December 13, 2017 at 6:08pm
Well color me surprised!  Heather Brooks is Beverlee McClure's lead booster amongst a very shallow pool of remaining support.
December 13, 2017 at 5:26pm
Kari Allen is Heather Brooks' sister who somehow didn’t have to apply for the position that was never advertised. Hmmmm.
December 13, 2017 at 4:52pm
Yet again, more about the contingency plan but absolute silence about Plan A. You know, the one you put into action before Plan B?

Every 101 student in business school will tell you that any commercial operation - and that is what education has become - can only survive if it generates income. Trimming the fat is fine, but if you are already anorexic, cutting services, cutting resources (in our case, the human capital we call employees) and cutting morale without demonstrating a strong plan for income recovery, is a death sentence.

You can reorganize your debt and negotiate extended repayment schedules... but eventually the bank manager is going to call in your chit.

So... and let me repeat... where is the plan to build income?
December 13, 2017 at 4:42pm
December 13 @12:36 - Well stated! All Jason's machismo behavior does is make his wife look worse, not to mention how foolish he looks/sounds.
December 13, 2017 at 12:36am
Jason, there's no need to start white knighting on the Internet. This isn't about the “hatred” of anyone but honest criticism of under-performing administrative bloat in times of financial hardship for ASU.

I have no special knowledge of Erica Romero's job performance as Scholarship Coordinator in Financial Aid, but what has been alleged is that “Financial Aid/One Stop is replete with people who take unnoticed leave” and providing specific examples of this, to which Erica was then identified. More seriously still: “She is on every board known to man and she is never at work. I believe that being cronies with the higher-ups allows her to take unnoticed leave everyday. Earlier in the year, some students didn't get their scholarship money processed because she was busy trying to be a politician instead of her job.”

Notably, Erica Romero was also on the Alamosa School Board when they were sued by a group of community members in 2013 for failing to do their due diligence in assessing the property value of the Polston land. Those bad decisions ended up costing the school district over a quarter million dollars because it turns out that the Healthy Living Park group was able to put up well beyond the appraised value. Erica voted against the better offer and the community lost out as a result.

So please keep the personal insults and alpha male braggadocio out of this. Instead, focus on the issues of public policy and job performance where ASU obviously needs major improvements.
December 13, 2017 at 11:58am
Hey Alan maybe we can meet up and discuss your hatred of my wife in person? That is if you are truly the non-cowardly grizzly you claim to be.

- Jason Romero
December 13, 2017 at 11:40am
December 13 @9:04 - That’s Kari Allen - Assistant to the President/Value Added Ag Coordinator, Office of the President
December 13, 2017 at 9:04am
Questions: Who is the email exactly from in RE: to “From: Office of the President Subject: Contingency Planning Process"?

Who is ‪‬?

And in reference to bullet point 6: “The Vice President of each area will discuss evaluations with Contingency Plan Senior Leadership Team” ... who is that VP of each area?
December 12, 2017 at 10:54pm
To December 2, 2017 at 9:20am- That would be the hated and disliked PRESIDENT of the Alamosa School Board - Erica Romero.

Re: December 6, 2017 at 2:20pm - “The students will know about this site in droves shortly. There are 3 particularly interesting stories involving the track team, and upper admin that will be exposed soon. The corruption involved in it is nothing short of shocking and criminal.”  Curious when will this be exposed? Do tell more?

Will the doors of ASU be reopened after the New Year in 2018?  We are not 5 to 6 million in the hole, we are 8 million in the hole! And now academic departments are being asked to give back money to the university... don’t spend your operations budget unless you absolutely need to, volunteer for a furlough, take an early buy out, graduation rates are down, spring 2018 is DOWN, go out and recruit your students, early retirements, searches for departments are on HOLD, Debbie Chapman left, Coach Rosenbach left, track team in the news, sexual harassment, bullies, liars, loss of students, Rodney is going to be director of facility services, Kurt Carey will continue to patrol, prez will recover from her surgery and dig us deeper into a hole... proud to be an INDIAN... I am not a scared cowardly grizzly!

Santa 🎅 please deliver one 🎁 gift! You know what I want. I’ve been a good boy this year!

- Alan
December 12, 2017 at 10:41am
The following email was sent to ASU employees on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM:

From: Office of the President <>
Subject: Contingency Planning Process

Attached you will find a diagram outlining the Proposed Contingency Planning Process. The Process reflects how decisions will be made through our Shared Governance Process. Please review and answer the three questions to help us determine if this is the best process.

For clarification, here are the members of each group:
Constituent Groups:
Faculty Senate
Classified Employee Council (CEC)
Professional Administration Staff Council (PASC)

Contingency Planning Group of 21:

Faculty Representatives:
Sheryl Abeyta, Rob Benson, Beth Bonnstetter, Ed Crowther, Jess Gagliardi, Curtis Garcia, Yusri Zaro

CEC Representatives:
Kristina Cook, Peggy Dunn, Jerah Dickson, Andrew (Andres) Herrera, Kendra Marquez, Patrick Roybal, Elaine Wenta

PASC Representatives:
Rosanna Backen, Andrea Benton-Maestas, Betsy Chacon, Kevin Daniel, Bruce DelTondo, Toni Leach, Shanae Mundee

Contingency Plan Senior Leadership Team:
Beverlee McClure, Kurt Cary, Lillian Gomez, Heather Heersink, Ken Marquez, Matt Nehring

Executive Team:
Beverlee McClure, Kurt Cary, Margaret Doell, Karla Hardesty, Heather Heersink, Lori Laske, Chris Lopez, Tammy Lopez, Kenneth Marquez, Larry Mortensen, Matt Nehring, Tracy Rogers, Penny Sanders

President’s Cabinet:
Beverlee McClure, Mark Manzanares, Alex Lopez, Dianne Lee, Kevin Daniel, Dodie Day, Kristy Duran, Jess Gagliardi, Ed Crowther, Mari Centeno, Renae Haslett, Matt Nehring, Lillian Gomez

Board of Trustees:
Cleave Simpson, Kathleen Rogers, Pam Bricker, Reeves Brown, Michele Lueck, Wendell Pryor, Arnold Salazar, John Singletary, Randy Wright, Robert Benson, John Owsley
Here is the process described:
1. For the Academic area: Data from Institutional Effectiveness and Budget Office is distributed to department chairs for review and consideration.

2. Departments develop the narrative sections of the evaluation – due Feb. 1.

3. Evaluation of programs conducted and ratings assigned by VPAA. This process will include communication/discussion with department chairs and faculty. Completed by Feb. 21.

4. For Student Services and Operations, the same process will be used with data routed to the appropriate department heads.

5. For Athletics, a comprehensive departmental evaluation of athletic programs to determine if athletics is aligned properly with the goals of the University and is serving in the best interest of the University will be conducted. This will include a sport-by-sport review.

6. The Vice President of each area will discuss evaluations with Contingency Plan Senior Leadership Team.

7. The relevant Vice President will make recommendations regarding program prioritization to the Executive Team.

8. The Executive Team makes recommendations to the President’s Cabinet.

9. President’s Cabinet makes recommendations to the Contingency Plan Senior Leadership Team.

10. Additional revenue generating and expense saving proposals will be vetted through the Contingency Plan Group of 21 and will follow the same process as the above.

11. The Contingency Plan Senior Leadership Team makes formal recommendations to the President.

12. The President makes formal recommendations to the Board of Trustees
December 10, 2017 at 11:03am
Dec 8 8:16: maybe they offered Ellen Novotny an early out — one that isn’t offered to anyone else yet.

- Carol Otto
December 8, 2017 at 8:16am
Re: December 8 @7:16am - Really? Ellen is gone? Before the end of the semester? Wow!

Maybe Dr Frank(enstein) "NO"votny will be next. They are nothing more than bullies and thieves.
December 8, 2017 at 7:16am
What happened to Ellen Novotny? I walked by her office the other day and it's empty and her name plate is gone. Karma? Good riddance!
December 7, 2017 at 11:26pm
What does everyone think about the outdoor program? Miltenberger as a director, seems like he is not doing that program justice. It used to be too notch, now not so much.
December 7, 2017 at 8:36pm
I've been around long enough to remember when the girls basketball team used their voices. They were able to rid themselves of Storm.
December 7, 2017 at 7:03pm
No silence to break on this one, the voices have just been ignored a dozen times: Crowther.
December 7, 2017 at 6:11pm
Many people have put their names in places like HR, VP office, prez office, EOE, etc. and they have been ignored or ran off. One ignorant person who refuses to look at the facts posted will not define what guts is. One ignorant person will not define the masses who although disrespected, retaliated against, lied about still come in every day and work their butts off. Right now it's all about making people aware. Names will come but it starts by naming the perpetrators. You want people to have guts then give them a hope, an avenue by which they can speak and find justice. Stop the dastardly act of calling out the victims.
December 7, 2017 at 9:25am
Frank Novotny created a hostile workplace and was one of the major determining factors in my decision to leave Adams State University. He routinely used his status as VPAA to force other faculty into keeping quiet about things that needed to be addressed for the success of students at ASU that he did not want to deal with.

I know that several other faculty that left ASU indicated that he, as well as Margaret Doell, bullied them into a feeling of helplessness when the faculty brought up valid concerns that either Frank or Margaret did not want to discuss because it would have made more work for them. I can honestly say that both Frank and Margaret created an environment that has resulted in many faculty deciding to leave ASU because they felt their opinions did not matter.
December 7, 2017 at 8:31am
Finally someone with guts, good job Danny, maybe others will take your lead and put down their names like you did. Otherwise these posts mean nothing. BTW I think Danny was unjustly let go, seems like he was kicking butt. At least he is not a coward....

- Doreen C.
December 7, 2017 at 5:19am
@11:39 pm: women have shared their stories and they've been ignored. The "it's her word against mine" saying is the loophole. The fact that a person can be under investigation twice in a span of less than a year it telling but what's more telling is the fact that people like Ana are saying the previous investigation was never about said person. They're protecting the abusers and the predators.
December 6, 2017 at 11:39pm
If ever Adams State were to have a truth and reconciliation movement, this would be it.  Major political, entertainment, and news figures are being brought down by average people coming forward.  "The Silence Breakers" are named Time's Person of the Year.  Women are sharing their #MeToo stories of sexual misconduct.

Perhaps it's time to start naming names around ASU.  Who have been the predators that create a hostile workplace?
December 6, 2017 at 9:15pm
I find it interesting that people like Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer (to name a few) can be brought to justice for things they've done years ago but ASU can conduct an investigation on someone and only want recent things. They don't want to bring their cronies to justice. They know all too well about their pervy past, their physically abusive actions toward their employees and want to continue to ignore it. If the aforementioned people that had all the fame, power, money and prestige can be brought to justice why not the nobodies at ASU who continue to abuse their power and debase women?
December 6, 2017 at 4:36pm
This is golden. Sounds like Trump: "'While Adams State has made some progress toward our goals, we do still have a substantial amount of work to do,' said President McClure." WHY? Why have you, the Board, and upper administration gotten so little done over the past years?

The press release then laughingly lists some weak measures or measures that should have been taken years ago. In other words, they don't know what to do. And then the press release slips in the real message at the very end: "The Adams State Board of Trustees also authorized the administration to prepare a contingency plan to 'right-size' the campus". This is the real message, the only thing they really know how to do, get rid of people. Throw up their hands in despair and try to keep the doors open long enough to collect their salaries until they can find new jobs. While watching ASU sink.
December 6, 2017 at 4:23pm
Right on Danny! You did a great job at ASU. People in the know know your being banned from campus had absolutely nothing to do with the job you were doing. Total bullshit to imply otherwise.
December 6, 2017 at 2:20pm
The students will know about this site in droves shortly. There are 3 particularly interesting stories involving the track team, and upper admin that will be exposed soon. The corruption involved in it is nothing short of shocking and criminal.

---- Editor's Reply: Please have any interested individuals contact us with more information.
December 6, 2017 at 2:03pm
During the years 2011-2015, I performed my job duties at or above the defined expectations, including:

- Developing and teaching 10 media production courses that had never previously been offered at ASU

- Collaborating with ASU Athletics, Art, Theatre, Sociology, and History departments to support interdisciplinary coursework, as well as college readiness training for SLV high school students

- Establishing and serving as advisor for the Grizzly Video Productions student organization

- Receiving student evals of between 4.65 – 4.94, above the department-wide average

- Receiving all “Meritorious” evaluations from my department chair

- Producing over 100 videos for ASU Creative Relations – featuring Student Scholar Days, department promotional spots, advertising campaigns, construction updates, and campus messages from the president's office

- Co-founding the Southern Colorado Film Festival and supporting its annual programming

- Volunteering for service events like Late Night Breakfast and ASU Open House functions

I lived and breathed Adams State.  Almost all of these duties were performed while working as an adjunct instructor and independent contractor – without health insurance coverage, without an office, and often with delayed paychecks.

But then again, I met many other colleagues who were themselves doing a great deal above and beyond their job duties, as well. And they were also being compensated well below their peer position averages. Many of them are now making significantly more money in similar positions elsewhere.

One of the hallmarks of a dysfunctional institution is the devaluing of the laborers who make such a system possible. Campus morale surveys, salary data, and staff turnover rates certainly suggest Adams State suffers from these problems.

- Danny Ledonne
December 6, 2017 at 12:33pm
Watching Adams is a site built by a person who wasn’t doing there job, got let go and now is providing other people who suck at their job to complain about people who are good at their job. You professors that post on this site are a disgrace, be better teachers and not “ no it alls”
December 6, 2017 at 6:25am
Keyboard warriors? I'm sorry but I won't fall for such tactics, Doreen. If that is your real name. Fear has nothing to do with anonymity. Rather, we speak for the collective who actually are fearful. We who post don't just speak for self. How many people have come forward without the shroud of anonymity only to be ignored or worse - retaliated against? It's worse than what's being said and people are now having to write up exactly what they do at ASU, so what does that tell you?
December 5, 2017 at 8:16pm
Doing a fine job? By what criteria? Increased enrollment? No! Increased gradation rates? No! Increased morale? No! Increased reputation? No! Increased income? No! Improved status as a university? No! 

I understand the reflex to support your employer and be a good corporate citizen, but we are an institution of higher learning where we are supposed to use our brains, and employ our faculties of critical thinking. That means looking at the numbers and coming to inevitable conclusions. And using these simple arithmetic tools, we can rightly say that McClure is not doing a fine job. She simply is not, period, no matter how much you might want her to succeed.

And by the way, between you and me, there is no Santa Claus. Nor, unfortunately, is there a Termination Clause. Bev gets to keep you in Fantasyland for another year.
December 5, 2017 at 8:02pm
Oh my god. "Dec 1, 7.27am" got it absolutely right! McClure and the BoT have no idea how to save ASU. Dated 4-12-17 under the banner "Adams State Works to Grow Revenue, Trim Costs," they just admitted in Trump-like idiot fashion that they have no idea about how to recover ASU's fortunes.

The blurb starts with Bev's robot-language that no real human would use by saying: "We continue to strive to make Adams State University financially strong, while also meeting the needs of our historically underserved student population," said Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure. "We are committed to improving our financial health while not losing sight of our role and mission as a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. Adams State is vital to its population and the economy of rural Colorado."

Danger, Will Robinson, danger! My batteries are low.

But the real substance - the .357 magnum shot to the foot - is this; that ASU intends "....identifying and implementing new student recruitment and retention strategies..."

So let's get this straight. The BoT has sat on its hands for nearly a decade watching as ASU's student recruitment and retention has steadily nose-dived. Yet it is only now "identifying and implementing new... strategies." And McClure, whose remuneration and benefits package has cost the university nearly a half-million dollars since her appointment two years ago, is only now just getting to think about "identifying and implementing new student recruitment and retention strategies..."

Bev and BoT, what have you been doing for the last two years?
December 5, 2017 at 1:42pm
3-5 million in debt is a fine job? Laying people off because she can't do what she claimed she could do?

I'm wondering which of the admins are now on here encouraging people to quit under phony names. That'll make their jobs easier when it comes time to lay people off because the University has been mismanaged for years. The ones to go are not the ones responsible for this mess. In fact, the ones who are responsible will probably get a raise after the mass head chopping that's coming down the pipes.

But yes, I'd love to hear how she's doing a fine job. What do you know that we don't?

I'll continue my anonymity, not due to cowardice on my end, but for to the cowardice that the administration portrays. If their response to any complaint is to harass and intimidate the person into quitting, than I don't see how protecting your employment is cowardly. It's cowardly to retaliate, lie, defame, or harass a person for a legitimate concern. Sounds like a dictatorship would suit "doreen" just fine.
December 5, 2017 at 8:19am
I support Adams State, McClure is doing a fine job and all you disgruntled employees need to go to elsewhere if you can’t support our fine institution! Adams State will endure....... your negativity will only bring negativity to your life , but Merry Christmas anyway
December 5, 2017 at 7:56am
Doreen, I admire your pluck. Now, on behalf of all these chicken-shit anonymous whiners, go see Dr McClure and tell her that enrollment continues to fall, retention of staff and students continues to fall, ASU's status as a university (already among the lowest in the US) continues to fall, graduation rates continue to fall, and employee morale continues to fall, Then you tell her all your ideas for making things better.

See how that goes for you.

Go girrrrl!!!
December 4, 2017 at 10:25pm
What has become of the tree that was/is going to save us all? 

Who is Doreen Cordova? 

Debbie Chapman is leaving and the great Coach Rosy is right behind her.

The Director of Admissions search was a joke, but at least they didn't settle for the only game in town. If Admissions doesn't have a full time Director, the blind will continue to lead the blind, right down the drain! 

Application numbers for 2018 & 2019 are already down. Problems problems everywhere! 

All of these vacancies should be saving some money, but at what cost? Are there any hot coals left? Who will light the fire Adams State so desperately needs? Where is the sense of urgency? 

Mesa State Alamosa? President Foster! 

Simply put, there are no solutions on the horizon. This year's money problems have nothing on next year's. 

Contingency plan(s) won't help. You (McClure!!!) have to learn to work WITH what you have. Unless failure is what you are seeking? Stop working against the crazy/desperate, capable few left in Adams States corner.
December 4, 2017 at 2:13pm
Perhaps you all should quit being a coward and put your names in these posts..... typical of keyboard warriors, talk tough, usually grammar police because they have nothing relevant to say.......

- Doreen Cordova
December 4, 2017 at 1:37pm
Re December 4 @ 10:46. Perhaps one should practice what one preaches. And you should learn the appropriate use of there, their, and they're.
December 4, 2017 at 10:46am
This website is not beneficial for anyone... It is used to gripe and complain about an institution that is continuing to help young and old attend and finish college... The haters on here have nothing else to do other than watch others rather than doing there own job... Get a life.
December 3, 2017 at 9:22pm
@Dec. 2, 9:20am: Financial Aid/One Stop is replete with people who take unnoticed leave. It's very easy too when the supervisor is across campus. They go to unnecessary trainings, appointments of every kind and twice a month or more a back goes out or some kind of maintenance man has to stop by their house and only they can go home for such visits. Oh and don't forget they also have to leave when a package arrives at their front door whether it's Christmas or not.
December 2, 2017 at 9:20am
How is it that one paper pusher from financial aid is able to be everywhere around town throughout the day? She is on every board known to man and she is never at work. I believe that being cronies with the higher-ups allows her to take unnoticed leave everyday. Earlier in the year, some students didn't get their scholarship money processed because she was busy trying to be a politician instead of her job.
December 1, 2017 at 7:27am
It seems that Plan B - the contingency plan, "lower the lifeboats" - is actually Plan A. It is clear that McClure and the BoT don't know what to do.

Why is Tracy not explaining how we are going to build up enrollment, prevent staff and student defection, increase graduation rates, bring in the money that McClure promised she would "cos I'm a "business woman", and improve morale? Why? Because there isn't a Plan A.
December 1, 2017 at 2:40am
How can Maxine afford to be so mean?
November 30, 2017 at 9:48pm
Ding-dong! How can some of the lowest paid faculty and staff in all of American higher education afford to take unpaid days off? Then again, Tracy makes $86,652 per year so maybe this seems like a good idea to her.
November 30, 2017 at 8:05pm
Are these emails from Tracy for real? Is ASU actually this desperate? If so, I would strongly advise people to take her up there on the volunteer furloughs so that you have a day off each week to begin looking for other jobs. These emails are a thermometer reading for how bad things are in the boiler room. I assure you, this is the a sign of an institution on the verge of collapse. Don’t wait.
November 30, 2017 at 6:20pm
Beverlee McClure should show some leadership on this issue and voluntarily furlough herself until her contract ends.  She would save the university more money than any other employee and campus morale would instantly improve!  The HLC might appreciate that, as well, given her antagonism towards them.
November 30, 2017 at 5:13pm
You all know what comes after the VOLUNTARY options, right? Starts with INV...
November 30, 2017 at 2:30pm
The following email was sent to ASU employees on November 30, 2017 at 1:34pm:

Subject: Interested in VOLUNTARY furlough?

Good afternoon,

As we continue to engage in the contingency planning process, one suggestion that has come up in several campus forums is the use of furloughs, which would allow us to reduce salary expense in this fiscal year. A furlough is a temporary reduction in your salary in exchange for unpaid time off. 

We are exploring the cost savings of offering voluntary furloughs that could be taken between now and June 30, 2018. If you have any interest in taking a day or two (or more) off in exchange for a reduction in pay let me know and we can discuss the possibilities. I can be reached by e-mail at or at 587-7990.

November 29, 2017 at 9:18pm
@9:00 pm: I sure hope so too. Stop the despotism in Facilities Services because Bev, Kurt, HR and Ana sure as heck won't!
November 29, 2017 at 9:00pm
I sure hope the HLC reads Watching Adams.
November 29, 2017 at 6:44pm
While I'm appalled and dismayed to read about all the crookedness, lechery and beguilement going on in Facilities particularly from one person I tremble at the thought of how the custodial staff will be retaliated against due to the recent posts. Word around campus is there's already fingers pointed at a few custodians the supervisors think are sending them. Here's a little news flash for you. You honestly think the custodians are the only people who know what's going on in that department? The whole campus and the community at large know what's going on so before there's fingers pointed at an already browbeaten custodial staff in search of whom to punish know there are more of us in the know who are speaking out and this is just the first place we are going to in coming forward with the truth.
November 29, 2017 at 6:51am
With Kurt Cary assuming all of Scott's former duties, you can be sure Rodney is the proxy Director of Facilities Services. People once highly esteemed are losing credibility standing in support of Rodney. Even their inaction is a strong stand support for Rodney.
November 28, 2017 at 9:18pm
Gee, I wonder how long it will be before Rodney is appointed Director of Facility Services.
November 28, 2017 at 8:14pm
How can Rodney cause so much trouble when he spends most of his time in Shannon's office? But seriously, who is going to come forward from his staff? Who will speak up? Even former employees are afraid to speak out against him out of fear that his connections with their current employers will be an avenue for him to retaliate.
November 28, 2017 at 5:05am
It's not surprising to read of Scott's departure. No matter what the official statement is, never forget that anybody who opposes Rodney suffers the same fate. He does his homework, people. He keeps his employees under his thumb and when held accountable by his immediate supervisor, he starts filing grievances against them and ends up not having to report to them. Kurt Cary and Ana are basically getting paid to continue to ignore the problem Rodney has been for almost 20 years. Look how many people they ignore when they come forward and "ignore" is the best case scenario for anybody speaking out against Rodney. Mark my words: there will be changes in the custodial department and Rodney's reign of terror will continue and worsen. Every time he gets in "trouble", he ends up getting promoted. Let's see if the trend continues...
November 27, 2017 at 11:23am
Effective December 15, 2017 Scott Travis will no longer be Director of Facilities Services. Number the brave among you...
November 27, 2017 at 9:54am
The following email was sent to ASU classified employees on November 27, 2017 at 8:02am:

Subject: Interested in Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan?

Certified Classified Employees,

I hope you had a great break. I sent the following message just before break and wanted to remind anyone who MIGHT be interested in a VSIP (or just want more information) to let me know and I'll add your name to the list of people to keep in the loop.

If you have interest or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 7990 or

November 26, 2017 at 6:56am
How is it that a certain employee can have countless complaints against them for the last umpteen years and nothing happen? Yet when a new investigation is being done on them the people being called in to speak are told speak up because now is the time for something to be done or remain silent and never complain to EOE, etc. again and deal with it. Firstly, how has the problem remained for so long? Also, how is it all up to the people all of a sudden when people like Ana, etc. are the ones who get paid a pretty penny to make such decisions? I'm not sure if it's Ana's decision but she still has to be the one to submit her findings. All of a sudden the people who have the job titles and all the pay want to play Pontius Pilate and wash their hands while they rile up the workers?
November 23, 2017 at 8:38am
I live out a way from Alamosa and not totally familiar with everything. Specifically all the posts about Facilities Services, people named Rodney, Ana, and and Shannon. I know about Tracy (ugh). What is the scandal?
November 22, 2017 at 11:50pm
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful to have gotten out of ASU before wave after wave of administration-caused problems compounded by a retaliatory workplace. But those turkeys in Richardson Hall should not be pardoned.
November 21, 2017 at 12:06pm
@5:02 - I will see your $50 & throw in another $150!!!
November 21, 2017 at 5:23am
I also want to know who the gentleman is that's always hanging around Scott. I hear he's some consultant for Facilities Services and that he gets paid a pretty good amount. Is a consultant necessary especially in these financially dire times?

Facilities is a place ASU needs to look at more closely and see there's too many supervisors. When custodial is a few people short the supervisors continue to spread them thin instead of helping them out. It's been that way since the current regime took over.

Also, isn't grounds a four-man crew? Then why is there always only three of them working to get things cleaned up around campus? Where's the supervisor to make sure everyone is working?

A big thank you to custodial and grounds for all that you do to keep our campus clean and safe!
November 20, 2017 at 6:39am
When you have Shannon sitting next to Ana at basketball games, people in Facilities taking Ana out to lunch and the whole lot of them having drinks together I don't know what anyone asked to contribute to Ana's investigation of FS can really say of any value that could go against Rodney that she won't go back and tell him. Then he'll obviously retaliate within the parameters of his job and call is a managerial decision.
November 19, 2017 at 5:02pm
@4:39pm - We could start an online fundraiser to pay McClure to voluntarily resign!  I would contribute $50.
November 19, 2017 at 4:39pm
Question: Did Tracy send the voluntary severance incentive plan email to McClure? She's the obvious place to start. ASU could save a lot of money and curb the damage she continues to do.
November 19, 2017 at 1:05pm
Not to fear, McClure is a prodigy! Surely her prodigal mind will save ASU! Not convinced? Not to worry, I doubt anyone in the state of Colorado buys into this either. Must be an exercise in self-advertising as McClure continues to find a way to secure her own rescue boat. Of course, after being at the helm this long, I can't imagine anyone expressing any interest in saving our dear leader. 

Presidential Prodigies - A new breed of campus leader
November 17, 2017 at 7:17pm
Why would ASU Horrible Relations send an email to all Classified employees openly inviting them to get paid a bonus to retire or resign?  And what happens if not enough "volunteers" step forward to walk the plank for a loaf of bread?  This is the Adams State Hunger Games.
November 17, 2017 at 3:11pm
To 11/16/17 @ 8:10 am- Do you have any proof that Tracy is not sleeping with the enemy, Bev McClure? We know that Rodney is sleeping with Shannon, hence, nothing is going to be done to him. Keep filing complaints on Rodney, they will only go by the wayside. Ana is corrupt as Satan! And Tracy is probably sleeping with McClure! 

Rodney + Shannon + Ana + Tracy + McClure= corruption... deceit... lies... adultery...

Does one believe that ASU is going to pay out a reputable amount to classified employees for early retirement or separation? I bet they have ocean front property too!

But one can read in between the lines, we are financially doomed!
November 17, 2017 at 8:53am
How does the snake still have a job? That's easy, when you're as corrupt as the people running this campus, you need someone who has no morals, no integrity, and no dignity to do all the dirty work. Tracy is the perfect person for that job, and is really a reflection of the administrations true self.

At-will employees will be preferred to be kept in place of classified because the snake knows they can legally be taken advantage of. They will be forced to work longer hours and take on additional duties without a say in the matter and without reimbursement. They can also have their pay cut for no reason and ultimately become the slaves that Tracy has longed for ever since she heard slavery was a real thing.
November 16, 2017 at 8:10pm
Re: November 16 @ 5:16 - Exempt employees will simply have their positions eliminated and IF you're lucky a thank you for your service and don't let the door hit you on the way out. Of course, the snake Rogers won't be in that boat. What DOES she have on people to keep herself employed? Especially this administration? I mean it's not like she's in bed with McClure like she was with Svaldi and Novotny...?
November 16, 2017 at 5:27pm
Re: November 16 @ 12:41 - Laughable! As if anyone in their right mind would trust Tracy Rogers, regardless of who the president is. Anyone who doesn't know the snake she is has their head in the sand.
November 16, 2017 at 5:16pm
Great, just great! VSIP for classified! What about those of us who are exempt? Not all exempt employees make a great deal of money or have been around forever milking the system. We don't have a council guiding us, no union protection. What the hell are we supposed to do?
November 16, 2017 at 3:41pm
Thank you, Tracy. It’s all clear now. Apparently the HLC report is really moot. The straits are indeed dire and it is every man, woman and child (student) for themselves. You, your cronies, and let’s not forget the bored (sic), have mismanaged ASU into the ground.
November 16, 2017 at 2:22pm
Another investigation involving Facilities Services? What now? Why does Facilities keep getting treated as a fringe department that gets ignored when there's obviously some serious things going on?
November 16, 2017 at 12:41pm
The following email was sent to ASU classified employees on November 16, 2017 at 9:52am:

Subject: Interested in Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan?

Dear Certified Classified Employee:

As part of the ongoing contingency planning process we would like to explore the feasibility of a voluntary Separation Incentive Plan (VSIP). Offering a VSIP allows us to provide a monetary incentive to those considering retiring or otherwise separating from the institution, resulting in base salary savings and increased flexibility for the institution.

We are only gauging interest at this time and may or may not move forward with offering an incentive depending on the financial feasibility of doing so. If you have any interest in participating or learning more, please let me know by close of business ‪on November 29th.‬

Indicating interest does not obligate you in any way; it simply provides us with a way to gauge interest. I will not share this information in any manner except as necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of utilizing a plan.

If you have interest or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 7990 or

November 15, 2017 at 11:30am
I agree with 7:51 am: The letter from McClure is hardly satisfying. The line: "For this process, it is our understanding that the report will only be shared with a few members of the administration and will not be widely circulated." Is a cop out. Of course, HLC is not widely circulating this report. That's not their job! It is the job of university administration to circulate it and inform the campus and wider community. Stop spewing about the supposed ASU pillar of transparency if you're not able to lean on it - much less stand on it.
November 15, 2017 at 7:51am
Current employees of ASU, I would ask you to take a minute to carefully consider what your president and self-appointed CEO, Beverlee McClure, is asking us to do. In not so uncertain terms, she is asking us to work hard to save the university while the HLC's decisions looms. However, although McClure and upper administration will have the opportunity to read the HLC's report, and through it gain valuable insight into the future stability of the university, we will not know our institution's fate until next July. Imagine how difficult it will be to secure a new job before August 2018, especially if our previous employer is no longer an accredited institution!

McClure & CO have time and again raved about their transparency and their willingness to opening discuss the institution's wellbeing with anyone and everyone. I would encourage everyone to remind her of such promises. As employees, we have the right to know what the HLC thinks about our institution, and of course, for our own future's sake, we need to know as soon as possible. We have children and families that depend on our incomes!

Knowing earlier rather than later about the future of the insitution is particularly important on the side of faculty, for as we all know, academic searches are long, drawn out processes that take months on end to sort out. Most faculty members at ASU that have achieved tenure status previously applied to hundreds of jobs before they landed their current position. Imagine how difficult it will be, after being associated in name with ASU, to land another tenure track job? I know most people are already looking for jobs outside of ASU, but I get the sense that if you're not, now would be a good time to start working evenings and weekends on applications before it's too late. Regardless, we have a right to know how the HLC visit went, and as soon as possible, what the report indicates. McClure & CO should hold open houses to discuss these matters ASAP.

In addition to our right to know more as employees, the whole community has a right to know about the institution's future. Imagine the negative economic impact that losing accreditation would have on the SLV? How many families depend on income from the university? How many restaurants and businesses depend on a steady flow of students and their families to keep things afloat? And what will be of all our students who are matriculating courses at ASU? What are they to do? Should they transfer? Should they stay? Should they both investing time and energy into ASU? They too need to know.

We need to demand transparency. We need more than hollow e-mails from Richardson hall. We need hard evidence to demonstrate that our administration has us on the right path because everything that's currently on the table indicates that we are not.

Perhaps this website can run a poll on the percentage of employees at ASU who would prefer to see the results of the HLC audit as soon as they are available. And then, once the results are in, we could send them over to McClure & CO so they have a genuine sense of our urgency. Or perhaps we could print up the results and post them around campus just in case McClure fails to read our e-mails, as her tendency has been in the past.
November 14, 2017 at 10:04pm
Is Adams State losing its university status?
November 14, 2017 at 8:33pm
Want to expose police corruption? Don't leak documents to the media – just tell the sheriff! Want to reveal a coach abusing their players? Don't blow the whistle to referees – just tell the team owner! Want to resolve a harassment dispute from a colleague or boss? Don't file a lawsuit or make an EEOC complaint – just go to the company's HR!

Want to reform a university engaged in systemic abuse, corruption, and fraud? Don't alert the press, accreditors, or regulators – just politely address the Board of Trustees. Yes, it will all work out just fine – for the entrenched interests, that is. For the aggrieved victim, it will be a surefire way to put target on their back.  Guaranteed Tuition?  How about Guaranteed Retaliation? Just ask the folks who already tried following “the proper channels” at ASU in the past few years... And what happened to them?

Truth to Power 101: “When you try to handle a problem internally within a broken system, don't expect justice to be served in the outcome.” That's a lesson that ASU teaches its students and employees incredibly well.
November 14, 2017 at 8:20pm
It is upsetting to learn that the outcome of the visit won't be known until July at the earliest. I'm also irritated to read that only select administration will see the initial WTF so much for transparency!
November 14, 2017 at 3:30pm
The following message was sent to the ASU campus on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 1:28 PM:

Please see the following message from President McClure:

Thank you for all your hard work and your participation in the HLC visit. Today we had our exit interview and the visiting team will now begin work on their report. As expected, we do not know their recommendations. Here are the next steps:

We will receive a draft report from the visiting team in mid-December. We will review this report and can only correct “errors of fact.” For this process, it is our understanding that the report will only be shared with a few members of the administration and will not be widely circulated.

We will have 30- days to conduct this review and submit any corrections to HLC.

The final report will be sent to us in late January or early February.

In the spring (dates to be determined), the chair of our HLC Visiting Team and I will appear before HLC’s Institutional Action Council (IAC) for a hearing on our probation status. This hearing will take place in Chicago.

The IAC will review the visiting team’s report and our presentation to make a final recommendation to the HLC Board.

The HLC board will vote on our status for the removal of probation and granting of our full accreditation in their June 26-28 meeting. It will not be until after this meeting that we will know our status.

Again, thank you all for your hard work.
November 13, 2017 at 7:42pm
I am going to assume that the November 13, 2017 at 1:30pm commentator means well. They are trying to be helpful. They are being thoughtful and providing a thorough account of their point of view.

But they're also enabling bullies and a workplace culture of retaliation. The idea that we simply need to have more compassion for someone like Bill Mansheim or Frank Novotny or Beverlee McClure or Ed Crowther because they may have personal problems completely abdicates their responsibility for making the lives of many ASU employees more stressful, needlessly difficult, and often times miserable. There has been a documented pattern of willful lying, intimidation, retaliation, and furthering a hostile workplace by a number of past and current ASU administrators and senior faculty. This website is replete with examples.

So please, @1:30pm, take your advice and apply it to the people who are causing faculty and staff to flee ASU in droves. These bullies in power are setting the tone on this campus and they are creating the conditions the rest of ASU's employees (and students) must endure. This website is a response to that culture, which existed for many years prior under Dr. Svaldi and has continued (and worsened) since Dr. McClure's hostile takeover.
November 13, 2017 at 7:19pm
I could be wrong, but the last two posts sound like they are coming straight from upper admin. At the very least they originate from the admin apologist and sycophant fan club, posted with full admin blessings. It's all so very reminiscent of Russian meddling in US social media. Bonus points to you for being so trendy!

But really - we should report complaints to the Bored of Trustees first? You completely blew your cover with such an absurd recommendation. You need to work more on your stealth tactics. Go hang with some Russian trolls for a while.

I see this as a good sign. It means the creation of the reporting "tree" has made them nervous. As it should.

A few thoughts about the tree:

1. If you are concerned about others being able to keep a secret (understandable), just ask the editor of WA to keep your identity from others. You can share your story, in the company of others, yet without ever knowing who those others are. You can set the terms of disclosure. You control your story. Right, Danny? The idea is to end their ability to isolate us while fully maintaining our individual safety.

2. I don't think reports need to be limited to HR abuses. We all know the mistreatment of employees extends well beyond that office. We all know that HR is often indirectly behind other abuses. They coach admin in tried and true techniques for how to silence us and disappear us.

3. Reporting on systemic abuses does not put ASU at risk. Don't fall for this appeal. It's just another classic tactic of propagandists throughout history. ASU doesn't stand a chance unless all the ugliness is thoroughly rooted out and exposed. Truth is the only way forward.
November 13, 2017 at 3:31pm
First of all, I have no desire to be a part of this Support Tree, if for no other reason than I cannot keep a secret to save my life.

That being said, I have some concerns about the plan of going to the wider media that has been proposed here. If 9 News ran a story about corruption at our University, it is going to damage the institution. At least for the short term, and probably long term, effect on enrollments at the very least. Maybe it will be worth it in the long run to prevent greater harm to the institution down the road, maybe not, time will tell. For that reason, any accusation brought to the media need to be backed up by evidence that is above reproach, otherwise the damage done will be for nothing and the civil litigation that would be sure to follow any unsubstantiated claims against McClure is going to hurt any accusers personally as well.

I'd also recommend giving a copy to the board and any other interested parties before giving it the the news, so that they can have time to prepare to refute any of the accusations if possible. It's not the fun way to do it, but I believe it is the right way.
November 13, 2017 at 1:30pm
Re October 22, 2017 at 11:46am - Perhaps I can assist in answering your questions; "I am wondering why there is a need for a "Director of Clery compliance"?" - The DOE program review did call out issues specific to Clery Compliance. All but one of those issues/findings occurred in the 2013 calendar year and prior, and the other had to do with an oversight regarding off-campus teaching locations - 5 out of 6 of these locations have since been found to be inactive beyond 2 years and have been reported to and accepted by the HLC as such. While each of these is absolutely an important concern, ASU's compliance with Clery Act regulations has improved tremendously since 2013.

"Considering many other, much larger institutions, do not staff a position like this, is this just another case of fluff at ASU?" Yes, many institutions, do not currently employ a full-time Clery Officer, however, please keep in mind that up until the Clery position at ASU was created in 2015, no one person was responsible for overseeing ASU's compliance with Clery, which meant several important aspects of the Act were mistakenly overlooked, and compliance often fell on the shoulders of employees who had not been adequately trained, and whose primary functions did not include Clery responsibilities but took it upon themselves to try to do as much as they could on top of their normal full-time duties. At that time, and earlier, there was little awareness of it, however, with the increase of Clery-related high-profile cases in the media over the last few years, as well as more frequent increases in Clery fines and audits, the University made a decision to create the position, though it had been lucky in years past to have not been audited before now. Due to these rapid increases & changes, many institutions, like ASU, are continuing to create or designate Clery-specific offices or positions to keep up with the numerous and extensive requirements and take those requirements very seriously.

For example, in the first 22 years of enforcement, the Department of Ed issued no more than three fines in a single year; in 2013 the Department imposed a record high eight fines, ranging from $82,500 to $280,000 and totaling $1,455,000. Between 2014-2016, institutions were fined a total of $3,285,000 while the number of audits increased significantly as well.

Individual fines were originally $25,000 per violation but have increased periodically from $25,000 to $27,500, and from $35,000 $53,907 just within the last year. This continues to be expected to increase in the future to as high as $150,000 or even 1% of the institutional budget, per violation. One challenge ASU faces is that the Clery act is dynamic and is amended frequently, making it extremely difficult for the university to keep up with these, sometimes very technical, requirements.

I do not get on this site often, but every time I do, the amount of negativity and hate I see in these comments is mind-blowing. Which is why I felt it might be helpful to answer a few questions so that instead of wondering, or jumping to conclusions (which I myself am guilty of occasionally) those on this site could form better informed opinions. While I completely understand the need to voice these opinions and fight for equality and better treatment, it seems to me that a lot of these comments boil down to what I consider "blind anger/hate". Being upset about a person or situation not knowing them or the entire background directly or fully. We sometimes become biased because of our own experiences, and it becomes easy to hear one side of a story & feel immediate frustration before hearing all sides or taking into consideration that there may be more to the situation that what we are aware of.

Many of the issues on this site are absolutely legitimate concerns, and I in no way am saying that any should be quiet or stop, I just feel there are more kind and intelligent ways to go about questioning or dealing with a lot them. And like we learned as kids, two wrongs don't make a right. Being frustrated about issues at this university, (all very serious and important), does not excuse us from having compassion for other human beings on this earth. I do not personally know a lot of the people on this campus, what their own personal struggles are, what their job descriptions entail specifically, and how busy they actually are.

So, while it may be easy to create a list of people who some feel don't do their jobs correctly, or criticize a person's drinking habits, or another's leadership, or another's willingness to act on a grievance or complaint, I implore those of you making these judgments to stop & take a look in the mirror; look at how good a job you are doing as a human being. Think about yourself and these people. Think about what else they may be dealing with in their jobs and lives and the struggles you yourself have dealt with. Consider instead what you actually know about the entire situation and then, please just question and talk about these issues without all the name calling and hurtful jabs. No institution is perfect, and ours is far from it, but we also have a ton of amazing, kind and helpful people working here too, doing really good jobs and making differences in the lives of our students and those around them.
November 8, 2017 at 10:09pm
Thank you editor for making the tree possible. I am the one who volunteered to be the first. I have already had contact with the second. We will chat in a couple of days about strategy for this group which includes SAFETY! More info about process will follow. 

But to be clear, we will vet everyone closely, thoroughly, and rigorously. If someone "in the tree" can't vouch for an individual, then that person will have to be on hold until someone can. Safety is paramount.

And yes, the editor is correct DO NOT use your Adams account. And DO NOT use your work computers, even with a personal email account. Everyone is being monitored. This dates back to at least two years when one computing services employee "accidentally" found something against a former employee. The safest way is to use your home computer, a public computer like at a library or your cellular service (no Internet).

The second in the tree and I will post more after we figure out what is the safest and most effective way to move forward.

Ok everyone... it's time to take back our university: that starts by exposing those who need to be exposed.

I haven't been this happy about a project for a long time!
November 8, 2017 at 8:45pm
Perhaps a very public outing, one that could include Ruth Heide or better yet 9WantstoKnow, could be arranged? I've been wondering when Adams State and McClure will make their television debut! She is always ready for her close-up. Developing Story or Breaking News? Have they been contacted by anyone? Maybe it's time!
November 8, 2017 at 8:39pm
I second not using the account for such purposes. The term "monitor" goes far beyond just being a term for computer hardware.
November 8, 2017 at 8:16pm
Bravo, let the tree begin! Enough is enough. Thanks Danny.
November 8, 2017 at 7:48pm
Re: November 8 @ 7:39pm - I have often thought the very same thing you have articulated so well. But, as you point out, how do we find out who we are?

Is there someone who could start an underground contact tree, of sorts? A way to vet the serious? Perhaps the editor of this very website? 

I would be willing to be the first to reach out to the second, and so on...

---- Editor's Reply: If people contact us individually and indicate that they wish to establish a confidential contact tree, we can arrange that.  Please include a name and email address.  I strongly recommend not using an email account for any such correspondence.
November 8, 2017 at 7:39pm
I've been following the recent line of comments with great interest. There are clearly many of us who have suffered both ill treatment and illegal treatment at the hands of HR and their RH co-conspirators. But most of us remain anonymous, if not silent. This is exactly what they count on. They isolate us, they leverage their petty power, they play to our vulnerabilities, they make us feel that we are alone and have no recourse. 

This is what has allowed the Weinsteins of the world to cause so much suffering for so many years. It doesn't mean that we are responsible for our situations. We are the victims of a thoroughly malignant organization that has gotten away with too much for too long. 

The lesson in recent national headlines is that there is power in numbers. There is power in finding a way to come forward as a group. I suspect that we collectively have a class action case in the making. The challenge, though, lies in discovering who we all are and finding some way to connect with each other. Contacting the state HR officer individually and independently is an option but I suspect that many, myself included, would not feel safe doing so. 

Is there another way?
November 8, 2017 at 1:01pm
It appears that the grievances need to be escalated to the state level as soon as possible! Hostile work environments, fraternization and substantial whistle-blower concerns.

Chief Human Resources Officer:
Kim Burgess

Executive Assistant:
Charlene Wisher-Howard

Someone needs to take the next step, that is, if the accusations are sincere and with merit?
November 8, 2017 at 12:45pm
Few know how deep cronyism runs at ASU, but for those of us that has seen it up close and personal, it’s absolutely mind-boggling. Richardson hall was plagued by nepotism and cronyism long before McClure showed up. She hasn’t helped the situation but she certainly didn’t create it, either.

Take HR, for example. HR’s issues with neutrality began the day Svaldi chose to hire a young woman fresh out of law school with who he had a relationship with when he was a professor and she was working on her undergrad degree. This is a woman who doodles her way through meetings and proudly brags about doodling her way through law school, which she claims to have despised. Clearly, she wasn't the most qualified person for the job, but now that she’s in it, and she knows what she knows, she’s untouchable. Of course, HR’s neutrality suffered even more when the director decided to begin a second relationship with the then-VPAA at ASU. Tracy probably has more dirt on past and present administration than anyone in the valley. Unfortunately, she’s absolutely terrible at her job.
November 8, 2017 at 8:08am
HR & Ana, what a bunch of pathetic individuals who are employed at ASU. File a grievance? File a complaint? Are you kidding me, they don’t even know the rules and how they apply to all employees on campus. The director is here to see her courted love with Novotny. Coffee anyone? The assistant director is in matrimonial bliss with Rodney. The admin used to be best friends and babysit her children. And Ana, the county judge’s wife!

See the problem, see the cycle. As anyone who has dealt with these women, they are useless and do not support any employee that is not in their high society world, nor support anyone who doesn’t look like them. And how the HR women criticize others on campus. Get off the phone with the admin to find out how unethical they are... how they make fun or roll their eyes when you walk out of the office or hang up the phone. Send an email to one of them, you might get a response back within two weeks... To find out the director has been gone or out of the office.

Disgusting! They have no class, no morals, no ethics, not supporting, do not help with reallocations, promotions, nothing! Coffee at the SUB, anyone?
November 8, 2017 at 6:20am
4:03pm is right on the money. HR and Ana G. won't do anything to help you. The Board doesn't care. The only way to break the cycle is to get external help. It's been done successfully before.
November 7, 2017 at 4:03pm
ASU Horrible Relations has functioned as a place to identify “problem employees” and target them for ongoing bullying until they "resign", are non-renewed, or are fired. The Office of Equal Oppression works closely with Horrible Relations to ensure grievances go nowhere and the employee feels too defeated to persist. The Mean Girls Administration will support Horrible Relations and the Office of Equal Oppression whenever possible. And the Bored of Trustees doesn't want to hear about any of this and will just defer employees back to Horrible Relations, the Office of Equal Oppression, and the Mean Girls Administration.

Want to break the cycle? You'll have to hire a public sector labor attorney and/or file complaints with state and federal employment offices. Or alert the media. External pressure is the only language ASU's cabal of retaliation understands.
November 7, 2017 at 1:38pm
Wow! Not sure what's going on there. I do not support or condone any physical harm to anyone in HR or on the Adams State campus.

However. I have had many experiences where they were difficult with almost any situation that I brought to their attention. One being my job description and work duties. Also, my complaints regarding racial discrimination. Most importantly I felt like they were completely unsupportive towards my request for family medical leave during my 8 surgeries on my lower back. I had to come in to the office constantly to show documents from my doctor, and during this time I had a draining tube connected to my lower back with a machine.

Again I do not support any harm to anyone in HR my hope is that Adams State looks at these issues with severity, and that everyone feels welcomed and safe.

- Meagan Smith
November 7, 2017 at 12:04pm
File a grievance with whom? Ana? You think any good would come of that? Hasn't worked for anyone else except in McClure's favor.
November 7, 2017 at 9:59am
If the HR rumors are true, perhaps someone should file a grievance: creating a hostile work environment?
November 7, 2017 at 7:48am
I suspect one reason HR is contemplating calling the police is due to the fact that a certain situation between an employee and a conflict of interest is brewing and it's their attempt at dissuading this individual coming forward.
November 6, 2017 at 7:46pm
Re: November 6 @10:26 - I suspect what the bitches in HR are reacting to is the roar of the karma bus. After ALL of the horrible treatment MANY have suffered at their hands (with Svaldi's blessings), they might be a bit nervous about their victims' desires to beat the snot out of them--which is quite understandable. I have NO sympathy for them. Let them keep crying wolf.

----Editor's Reply: While criticism of ASU employees is within the acceptable standards of commentary, expressing support or advocacy of violence is not.  This comment appears to be getting close to doing that, so please remember that such statements will not be published.  It is also not encouraged to refer to female employees in a derogatory manner based on gender.
November 6, 2017 at 10:26am
Human resources is now threatening to call the police when employees bring contentious matters to their attention. I've heard that they've felt threatened a few times and use it in a manner to silence dissent. I've called their bluff and they never made the report. If you want a fair meeting with them you might as well record the entire meeting. Then, and only then, will they act professionally. SAD!
November 5, 2017 at 6:48pm
I pray daily that Adams retains its accreditation, and McClure flies away on her broom!
November 4, 2017 at 11:25pm
If McClure really wanted to leave a positive legacy at ASU (which is the opposite of what she is currently doing), she would phase out the football program and re-invest in more funding for academics and culturally-relevant student programs.
November 4, 2017 at 10:09pm
How much scholarship money does the football program dole out each year? They are an embarrassment! Wouldn't it make sense to cut football and use the money to increase academic scholarships to attract students that aren't here just to play a sport?
November 4, 2017 at 12:04pm
So quiet here lately. Is it the impending doom of the HLC visit? Fear of downsizing? Complete apathy, as everyone has given up?
October 27, 2017 at 5:01pm
Apparently ASU administration and the board just see departing employees as fewer mouths to feed. Maybe they don't realize that these are the people who also make the meal that everyone is eating. When employees depart and are slow to be re-hired with a qualified replacement (this is the San Luis Valley we are talking about), there is an ongoing loss of revenue from the lack of expertise and labor from those who left. ASU has been slow to recognize the valuable contributions that employees make and how difficult it actually is to find qualified replacements.

And if ASU is serious about improving admissions, they should not be admitting over half of their students with conditional enrollment due to low GPA or standardized test scores. These students are often never able to complete remedial courses (especially college math) and never go on to earn a degree. But ASU has been all too happy to sign them up, even if the data shows they are very unlikely to catch up and graduate within six years.
October 27, 2017 at 4:21pm
Why bother with interviews when all new positions are hand picked ahead of time.
October 27, 2017 at 11:17am
@9:02 Interviews for the admissions director position have begun. They hope to have a new director by December.
October 27, 2017 at 9:02am
Ummm! Who is supervising Admissions?
October 26, 2017 at 4:54pm
@10:52, more out of state travel would mean less trips to Starbucks and almost no time for lottery tickets. Not to mention news and football. The admissions counselors are very busy people.
October 26, 2017 at 10:52am
Hopefully the new Marketing Director will request that admissions counselors recruit more Out-Of-State students especially the Midwest and East. Our competitors like Mesa and Western are sending their folks out there or have recruiters living in those states. This would make a significant increase in ASU income .
October 25, 2017 at 8:29am
Wow! ASU executed a NATIONAL COMPETITIVE search for the new position of Director of Public Relations and Marketing so quickly. Impressive. [SARCASM!]
October 24, 2017 at 11:52pm
Does it seem odd to anyone else that the BoT isn't scheduled to meet again until December?
October 24, 2017 at 11:29am
Arnold Salazar’s brother-in-law is the new marketing director! Valley politics at their best!
October 24, 2017 at 9:03am
Please see the following message from President McClure:
Dear Faculty and Staff:

I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify some information in the recent Valley Courier article that summarized some of the discussion at Friday’s Board meeting and to provide some additional information about the Contingency Plan.

As a reminder, the Contingency Plan is just that—a plan. This plan is more comprehensive than identifying potential cuts. It will also focus on where we can generate additional revenue, improve operational efficiency of the University, and eliminate redundancy and waste.

The creation of this plan is an inclusive process and will be open and transparent. Our goal is not layoffs, but instead to look at ways to take advantage of attrition over the next three years. We will also continue to try and reverse the downward enrollment trend we have been experiencing since 2011.

The priorities of that plan do include reallocation of resources to make our faculty salaries more competitive. In fact, this is a priority for Dr. Nehring and me. We cannot rely on the Valley’s attractiveness to retain faculty with less than competitive salaries. The Executive Team has already taken steps to correct some faculty salaries in an effort to begin the process of bringing all faculty up to competitive levels.

The Foundation has helped us offset the cost of a new Director of Public Relations and Marketing. We are excited that Chris Lopez has accepted this position and will begin in November. Chris is a seasoned Public Relations and Marketing professional, and is an alumnus of Adams State. Additionally, we are filling our vacant Director of Admissions position.

We will be looking at offering courses at varying times to better attract our non-traditional age student population, as well as working to provide additional resources for programs that have the potential to grow. Offering non-credit course offerings targeted at serving the San Luis Valley for workforce and professional development is another consideration. In fact, the recent campus survey provided ideas for the type of courses that could be successful.

As we move forward in a positive and transparent manner, we will continue to communicate with you openly and often. Please let us know if you have questions or need additional information.

President McClure
October 24, 2017 at 12:40amEditor's Note: We have published a commentary detailing some ideas to cut costs and ramp up revenue at ASU.  We encourage your comments on this topic!
October 23, 2017 at 9:09pm
Worried? Scared? Angry? Wondering what you can do? The time for submitting HLC public comments may have passed, but you can still communicate your concern for ASU's precarious future by showing up to the next trustee meeting. A large audience will speak volumes in and of itself, but if you're comfortable you can also share your views during the public comment period. See you there.

---- Editor's Reply: Just a reminder that the ASU Trustees now maintain email accounts and yes, they do check them and respond.
October 23, 2017 at 8:37pm
@4:58pm: Respectfully beg to differ. Long lists of perpetrators are problematic, it's true, but everyone is NOT part of the problem. This is not just some sad, unavoidable situation. It's a crime. Crimes involve both victims and victimizers, and there is a distinct difference. I will not be summarily lumped in with the criminals. I will not dilute their guilt. I will not share in their culpability.
October 23, 2017 at 6:47pm
I for one am against finger-pointing but certain names have to be brought to light! Why have some kind of Lovecraft-ian phobia as if these wolves are Cthulhu himself? Not everybody is part of the problem, how ridiculous and half-assed is such a comment! If you truly feel that way why don't you have the guts enough to be the martyr and take all the blame upon yourself because I for one will not find a hill to die upon for they who are truly to blame for the denigration of ASU.
October 23, 2017 at 6:34pm
Totally agree with 4.58pm. Finger-pointing long lists of people who should be terminated sounds too fascistic for my taste.

But as with any organization that faces systemic failure, its leadership - the president and the board of trustees - must be held accountable.

Finally they have publicly admitted that ASU is facing an existential threat. Which is in essence a public admission that our leaders have failed to fulfill their jobs. I don't believe that this failure is a result of laziness or unwillingness, but that they simply do not know what to do. So it is incumbent on them to gracefully bow out and find people who can save us.
October 23, 2017 at 4:58pm
Ladies and Gents: 

This is what is the real concern. All bullshit aside, this is the concern and everyone needs to be aware. This does not look good for future faculty nor students! QUIT POINTING FINGERS...... EVERYONE IS PART OF THIS CONCERN AND PROBLEM THAT WE ARE FACING!!!

---- Editor's Note: This commentator then pasted the entire text for the Valley Courier article, ASU financials cause concern.
October 23, 2017 at 1:49pm
@10:53 - if you lump those with the reason of "broader economic trends" you clearly have the 25% of respondents who seem to have their heads in the sand. It also seems to show that those ruining the institution into the ground appear to be reading WA. "Broader economic trends" ??? When you look at other universities in the state, most are gaining students. CSU has record enrollment. CU enrollment is up as is U of northern CO. Broader economic trends? That along with WA provides these people with a way to blame someone else. I think the only way some people will see is if ASU fails. Unfortunately, those who are causing the issues are not going to be the ones standing in the bread lines.
October 23, 2017 at 1:37pm
re: October 21 at 4:28 pm and October 22 at 8:29 am - Let's not forget to add Rodney Martinez, Alicia Harmon, Shannon Heersink, Jacqueline Martinez, Stephanie Hilwig, Mark Melgares, Kara Espinoza, Angela Madrid and Andrea Rydgrun, and Larie Bearss
October 23, 2017 at 10:53am
The recent poll reveals an alarming amount of people that would choose "Watching Adams and its negativity" as a culprit for ASU declining enrollment. 12 votes the last I checked. That in and of itself, not counting those that are still too scared to click anything on the WA screen while sitting at work, should be cause for alarm. These folks are still "drinking the kool-aid" and refuse to see that if you take WA out of the equation - ASU is still hanging on by a thread over a cliff. Remove WA from the equation and the only difference is that we would be more in the dark than usual - or was admin readily handing out public information prior to all the CORA requests that WA has solicited? Didn't think so...
October 23, 2017 at 9:24am
Dear friends and former colleagues, welcome to the abattoir. To all the adjuncts and untenured, your time of usefulness to this decrepit institution will be coming to an end. To all you tenured and privileged clubbers, your workload is about to increase with a modicum of a pay increase. Before this House of Usher falls the majority of pain and sacrifice will be put on your backs. In an effort to save what is left to their skins, your feudal lords will eliminate your peers of lower status in a paltry and fruitless effort to raise your pay somewhere above your current but still maintaining a sub CUPA status.

In return for this paltry and ultimately meaningless gesture, you will no doubt be asked to teach evening classes, and weekend classes on top of your day load.

“O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

As part of the master plan to save your wretched and flailing institution, your dear leader and phalanx of cronies will be asking for schedule augmentations such as these to make the institution more appealing and accessible to unwary applicants. Of course with the elimination of adjuncts and the untenured, the weight of this burden in the fall directly upon your shoulders.

Perhaps an alternate plan would be to have the dear leader McClure and others at Wretchardson Hall teach evening and weekend classes. Standing Strong, shoulder to shoulder with tenured faculty in a grand valiant effort for Addams Family Values and and bringing this ship safely into port. Can you see it now? Neither can I.

On its current course the SS Adams should more aptly renamed the SS Titanic. The dear leader and Wretchardson Hall cronies are “right sizing” ASU into oblivion.
October 22, 2017 at 9:25pm
The Valley Courier piece signals the watershed moment we all knew was coming. Administration is finally cornered by reality – they can no longer pretend everything is fine. Heersink says they’re not crying wolf yet, and she’s correct - they can’t cry wolf because they ARE the wolves. The wolves are crying uncle. The article is a clumsily orchestrated plea for help from administration. A plea for a bailout, a plea for outside intervention, a plea for mercy from the HLC, the DOE, somebody, anybody.

And yet they still can’t help but engage in multiple false pretenses. The article references a “possible faculty retention problem”, as if we don’t all know the tsunami of departures is very, very real. They claim the flight of faculty is a pay issue, when we know it’s primarily a result of the supremely crappy, corrupt, and clubby culture they shamelessly honed. And Beverlee has the temerity to suggest that ASU’s enrollment issues can somehow be fixed with course scheduling – beyond laughable! 

More insidiously, the article is a clear, formal announcement of what we should expect in the coming year. Make no mistake about it, the “contingency plan” will be implemented. Faculty will be let go. If you aren’t tenured, get out of Dodge now. And if you are tenured, know that it may not save you when entire programs are cut. The wolves have finished raiding the hen house, and they’re now at your door looking to "right-size" you.
October 22, 2017 at 6:44pm
Whether they are faculty, staff, or administration, offing some employees so the remaining ones receive higher salaries is a disaster for morale and institutional cohesion. Think about it: people no longer want to work together for mutual success and shared rewards but instead compete to make others look bad so they will be fired and the remaining employees take home a part of their fallen co-worker's paycheck.  What could possibly go wrong?

This is corporate cannibalism and just the kind of “leadership” a shill like McClure would introduce. Sounds like the Adams State Hunger Games to me! May the odds be ever in your favor.
October 22, 2017 at 6:25pm
From the Courier article: "If the plan means faculty are let go then the remaining employees could theoretically receive a higher salary. 'This is one of the top priorities of this reallocation plan,' said McClure."

McClure mentions letting go of faculty first? Is she out of her tiny little mind? Why does she think students come here, to see her? She should quit and take Novotny, Rogers, Crowther, and most of the athletics program with her. That would be a significant cost savings and no students would miss any of them.
October 22, 2017 at 1:15pm
Larry Mortensen and his “great leadership” of his highly successful athletic department will be coming to an end this year due to his self announced retirement.

His teams compete to hopefully reach “the playoffs” which in reality they are talking about the RMAC playoffs for many sports. Is this how high the bar is set for success in his athletic department? Or is it simply an enrollment quota for participant sports? The is not how ASC competed in the past, on and off the field.

The ASC historic Wrestling program is at an all time low with zero accountability. Football is getting embarrassed constantly. Women’s Basketball is sad at best. Most teams strive to reach the coveted RMAC playoffs. Seriously?

Thank God the dynasty that Coach Vigil built is on auto pilot still with strong coaching and scholarship funding.

Svaldi gave Mortensen a $30,000 per year pay raise before his retirement. For what? For a padded false 3-4 year average to raise retirement income per PERA calculation methods. Mortensen knew this. He truly is a deceptive person.

Mortensen deserves to be on this list and an AD to be remembered for his failures, not a few successes that were in place before he arrived.
October 22, 2017 at 11:46am
I am wondering why there is a need for a "Director of Clery compliance"? In the DOE audit, there were issues with Clery compliance specifically called out. This was pointed out in McClure's letter to campus about the DOE findings. Considering many other, much larger institutions, do not staff a position like this, is this just another case of fluff at ASU? I am pretty sure that up until a couple years ago that position did not even exist at ASU. Was ASU ever called out on Cleary issues before?
October 22, 2017 at 8:29am
@ October 21, 2017 at 4:28pm - Please do not forget Armando Valdez.
October 22, 2017 at 6:18am
Re: the academic identity survey. If I had a dollar for every time a survey like this was sent out, I'd be rich. These surveys are sent out by our leaders under the pretense of gathering input but it's really to get others to do their job! Are we really going to base our optimal enrollment numbers off of an alum or community members perception of what they think is an optimal number? What are the trends, folks? What are best practices being developed all over the country? What are you getting paid to do?!
October 21, 2017 at 9:45pm
I came across this comic from 2005 and it reminded me too much of Adams State not to share it here...

October 21, 2017 at 4:28pm
Right-sizing the institution, huh? Allow me to make the following recommendations based on incompetence, culpability or both:

Beverlee McClure
Frank Novotny
Ellen Novotny 
Ed Crowther
Margaret Doell
Elizabeth Thomas Hensley
Tracy Rogers
Karla Hardesty
Kurt Cary
Ana Guevara 
Larry Mortensen
Dianne Lee
Anthony Romero
Judy Phillips
Ken Marquez
Lori Laske
Gaylene Horning
Richard Loosbrock
Lisa Marie Centeno
Elaine Trujillo Wenta
Zena Buser
Sammie Thomas Trabert
Mark Schoenecker
Julie Waechter 
Michael Henderson 
Berna Hostetter
Aaron Miltenberger 
Lisa Clements
Beneranda Chacon

I'm sure there are others deserving of the unemployment line, but this would be a good start.
October 21, 2017 at 2:41pm
So Bev stated we need to find new revenue streams. Isn't that why the stupid drunk was hired? Wasn't she hired to lobby and do fundraising? Oh yeah, she's been too busy dismantling our institution, firing competent people, and ensuring a Balkanized campus.

Seems like Danny was speaking truth to power all along. But the power (the board) was too arrogant and up Bev's skirt to listen.

And yes, we will "right size". Great plan, dozens of hardworking people, who truly care about this institution will be in the unemployment line. And our leader probably won't even know their names.

Nice work Bev! You earned that evaluation and quarter of a million dollar salary.
October 21, 2017 at 11:36am
Welp, even the Valley Courier is sounding the alarms about ASU’s poor finances, low enrollment, and high turnover. This reads like an article from Watching Adams over the last two years!
October 20, 2017 at 7:46am
Again, where is the Board of Trustees? They remain silent, presumably transfixed by McClure's stunning "performance". Why doesn't the BoT make a public announcement about what it intends to do to save ASU? Or don't they have any idea?
October 20, 2017 at 7:11am
If well-known, well-liked figures of other universities like Joe Paterno, Rick Pitino, etc. can get caught, be held accountable and suffer the consequences then why not the repeat offenders of ASU?
October 19, 2017 at 11:11pm
Looking at these enrollment trends, we should just tell HLC to never mind and throw ourselves at the mercy of the state. Any of the systems, including the community college one, would be a lifesaver.

Nice work Bev. Enrollment has dropped since you took the helm by a number larger than you indicated we needed to grow to make guaranteed tuition work. You truly don't know ANYTHING about higher education. AND, you've gotten rid of anyone who does and surrounded yourself with idiots dumber than you!

Time to brush up the CV--as if we could be that lucky now.

Holy sh*t!
October 16, 2017 at 10:28pm
So what do people think about this ASU Academic Identity Survey?  Is it the pretext for starting to cut programs and departments?  A meaningless showpiece to pretend to care about public input?  An administration completely out of ideas?
October 16, 2017 at 12:40pm
What a great comment, Danny. I don't know how you were able to describe ASU so succinctly, but it's dead on!
October 12, 2017 at 8:55pm
I have submitted my comment to the HLC.  I saw no point in having my information remain confidential, though I understand why others might. It was challenging to condense my observations to under 250 words, but here's what I wrote:

As a faculty member at Adams State University between 2011-2015, I found many of the institution's structures to be highly dysfunctional. Worse still, a hostile campus culture protects various types of corruption, fraud and ineptitude from meaningful internal reform. I joined multiple committees to address issues of salary inequality, lack of shared governance, deliberate lapses of academic integrity, violations of labor law and handbook codes, and low campus morale. Many employees on these committees subsequently encountered retaliation up to and including termination, workplace hostility to the point of attrition or constructive dismissal.

In the years since, I have published – an accountability website with over 100 news and commentary articles, public documents, external press, podcast interviews, and reader comments regarding Adams State. With the assistance of current and former employees, the site highlights various institutional problems primarily rooted in the policies and practices of the ASU administration.

The institution's response was to ban me from campus without due process for false allegations of “campus safety”, culminating in the university being sued by the ACLU. The university settled out of court, paying $100,000 and lifting the campus ban. Multiple settlements with other former ASU employees have occurred before and since.

After conducting dozens of anonymous and on-record interviews, I have concluded that the nature of ASU's problems are deeply entrenched and not merely regulatory or compliance issues. High employee turnover, declining student enrollment, and a retaliatory work environment warrant serious and sustained intervention to repair a fundamentally broken university.

- Danny Ledonne
October 12, 2017 at 5:49pm
Most of the people at One Stop need to work out of Richardson Hall anyway. It's not efficient for the department when the supervisor has to walk all the way across campus multiple times a day to check on things.

Use the Community Outreach building to house people like Ken Marquez, Karla Hardesty, Margo & Mark and send the back part of One Stop to the 2nd floor of Richardson Hall. That should make things more efficient and improve accountability in that department.
October 12, 2017 at 4:32pm
From the Valley Courier: Carpio is History Colorado philanthropy officer

"The Community Museum Division of History Colorado recently added a new philanthropy officer as part of the recent expansion of Community Museum programming and services. Eric Carpio joins History Colorado as philanthropy officer for Community Museums. He brings with him more than 20 years higher education experience, most recently as Assistant Vice President of Student Services at Adams State University in Alamosa. At Adams State, Carpio and his team received more than $2.5 million dollars in different grants for several different programs. In his new position, he will design and implement fundraising strategies across the state to support Community Museum initiatives."
October 12, 2017 at 10:45am
@9:18pm: One Stop is just as grueling. Come and go as you please and answer only to self. How can one be of service to the students when the office door is always closed even when they do decide to show up?
October 11, 2017 at 9:18pm
Admissions is the place to be for those who want to collect a check. If streaming Netflix, ESPN or Fox News sounds like a rough day at the office, they have it the worst. I can't understand why enrollment is down!
October 10, 2017 at 6:40pm
All comments to the HLC regarding ASU's accreditation are due by this Friday.  The form asks, "Would you like HLC to remove your identifying information before sharing your comment with the evaluation team and institution?" and you may choose "Yes".  If you have anything to say about ASU to its accreditor, this is the time to do so.
October 9, 2017 at 10:18am
I think the comment about bumping rights is incorrect. The "talent agenda" part of HB 12-1321 eliminates bumping for all state employees except those within five years of retirement. Is this not the case?
October 8, 2017 at 2:43pm
Classified will have bumping rights for those with seniority. Classified employees with less than 5 years will be let go. Exempt employment will be let go as they are at will. 

Classified employees who will retire in the next year won’t be paid out for early retirement.
October 7, 2017 at 4:01pm
Does anyone know if there is a plan B in the event Adams does lose its accreditation? What will happen to classified and exempt employees?
October 7, 2017 at 3:27pm
"The duty of citizens in a democracy is to be skeptical -- not to worship our leaders, who have always been fallible, but to question their decisions, challenge their policies, and hold them accountable for their failures." Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Same should be true regarding the duties of University employees.
October 6, 2017 at 9:43pm
Is anyone really surprised by the Board's evaluation of McClure?  This strikes me as precisely the kind of review that a lackadaisical, out of touch, asleep at the wheel board might give of a divisive, unhinged, vindictive president.
October 6, 2017 at 9:20pm
"People skills exemplary with those not working under her." ...Wow, lots to unpack with this criticism tucked into a positive wrapper.

I'm sorry, but this just cannot be the true or complete evaluation. Comments are far too sparse and generic and pointless for a position of this importance.
October 6, 2017 at 4:40pm
What any wise, dedicated employee should do when receiving their evaluation is to start with the lowest numbers because they point to where they need to improve.

* "Works effectively to maintain high morale among subordinates and between herself, her staff, and others within the University. = 3.1" I've heard so many people say morale at ASU has never been lower.

* "Based upon the President's leadership, faculty and staff have confidence in the future of the institution. = 3.25" The Board pegged this one, but should have given her a 2.0. None of us have confidence we'll still be open next year or the year after.

* "The President's leadership has a positive influence on employee morale and performance. = 3.25" Her influence is most definitely negative overall. She has created a divided campus which is becoming less divided as people realize just how bad she is. Sounds like Trump.

* "The President is effective in resolving significant problems. = 3.37" Hahahahaha! Look at how she dealt with Ledonne, HLC, enrollment, etc.

* "Reacts too quickly without thought at times." Understatement to be sure.

* "Looks at problems with clarity, logic, and coolness, and makes decisions based on facts. = 3.4" Yeah, not so much. Coolness? Hardly.

Board suggests faculty may be able to assess some of these more accurately. I should say so. The Board picked up on many disturbing shortcomings, but they definitely did not realize or care to admit just how bad these things really are. McClure is no leader. She isn't and never was presidential material. The sooner she goes, the better ASU will be.
October 5, 2017 at 11:54pm
President evaluation is a bunch of horse crap! I work at ASU and she has yet to speak or acknowledge me. She’s an arrogant arse! 

What’s it going to take for others to see her true colors?

Get her the hell out of here!
October 5, 2017 at 8:13pm
Evaluations completed at Adams State are unprofessional done by unprofessional people or those placed in “puppet power” (Board members) and acknowledged by those they evaluate (McClure) as being of high esteem, character, and servitude. 

In Arnold Toynbee’s writings Theory of Civilizations, he argues that the breakdown of civilizations begins from decay within by the actions of the dominant minority that forces the majority to obey without meriting obedience. 

The Dominant Minority then forms a “Universal State” which stifles political creativity. 

This process leads to the fall of civilizations. History shows this time and time again. 

Just some thought and parallel to the Rise and Fall of Adams State.
October 5, 2017 at 1:06am
I'm not sure what to make of McClure's evaluation. Has the board truly lost touch? Or are they giving her an "out"? Let's review. On a 5 point scale--with 5 being the highest mark, below are her overall marks on each dimension and my thoughts related to each.

Commitment to Institutional/System Mission = 4.7 (A-): Ok, perhaps she is committed to institutional mission. How has she proven that through her actions in the past 2 years of her tenure? Part of our mission is that of an HSI...has anyone counted, lately, how many Hispanic employees she has either fired or run off? 

Leadership Ability = 3.9 (B+): Seriously? McClure couldn't lead her way out of a paper bag. Other than a handful (literally 4-5 individuals) believe in her leadership. The rest of us are waiting with baited breath for her to leave. She is NOT able to "resolve significant problems" any more than she "has a positive influence on employee morale and performance". I could go on, but, space is limited.

Management Effectiveness = 4.0 (B): She displays none of these characteristics. Let's just talk about "appropriate judgment in the appointment and retention of senior institutional personnel". From Margo to Kurt to Karla to Scott to Liz, her "administration" is full of incompetent buffoons! And, the most competent can't wait to get the hell out.

Fiscal Management = 4.2 (A-/B+): Seriously? BUDGET CRISIS! Need we say more?

Daily Decision Making/Problem Solving = 3.9 (B+): "Identifies problem areas before they escalate into crisis". Well, the majority of us know she is the crisis. And we know she loves to escalate things.

Human Relations/Communications Skills = 4.5 (A-): HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Fundraising = 4.15 (A-/B+): How much has she brought in over the last two years?

Academic Quality/Accountability = 4.7 (A-): Three letters: HLC

What a bunch of bullshit!
October 4, 2017 at 3:59pm:---- Editor's Note: We have received and published President McClure's 2017 evaluations.
October 2, 2017 at 2:36pm:
New email that came out 10/2/17:

Office of the President

Dear Campus Community:

Last week two staff members from the Department of Education were on campus conducting a Program Review of Adams State University. The team met with a number of Adams State University staff and among other things they reviewed student files associated with Federal Financial Aid, conducted an analysis of our compliance with the Clery Act, and explored some distance education courses.

‪On Thursday evening‬ the DoE site review team provided an exit interview with the Administration during which they described a handful of findings as well as outlining next steps in the process and the time frame until the final report is complete. Some issues flagged for attention by ASU included a couple of items under Clery; a policy for how many semesters of developmental education any given student can complete; evaluation of our procedures related to conditionally admitted students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and an institutional policy for how we make referrals to the Office of the Inspector General.

The Department of Education will complete a preliminary program review report in 60-75 days (end of November or early December). Adams State University will have 30-60 days to respond to this preliminary report and the Department of Education will then issue their final report some 90 days later. I will keep the campus community informed as we receive more information and as results from the Program Review become available.

Thank you.

President McClure
October 1, 2017 at 12:18pm
I didn’t realize there was an administrative person in the athletic department (a bit of sarcasm). Dianne Lee is hardly ever in the office. She’s either out taking care of her grown up kids, out to conferences, sitting at games, golfing with Margo and our glorious President McClure. She’s one of the President minions kissing ass and making a huge salary. Have you noted her title?

Dianne Lee, Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women Administrator. No college degree nor does she represent any of our students' demographics and she’s as rude as she comes just like her President!

If I was not a single parent, relying on my income and insurance for my young children, I’d be gone. I work three jobs to keep afloat. I have a masters degree and I’m still one of the lowest paid employees. People like Dianne Lee infuriate me to no end. 

There is no transparency, no equity or equality. It’s just a big black dark deep hole.

It won’t get better, HLC will dismiss the probation, jobs will be cut (including mine), continue to be in debt. It’s her way or the Highway. And Crowther, Novotny, Nehring, McClure, Doell, Hardesty will continue to reign and look down us with smirks and arrogance because they won the fight! People will continue to resign... and we’ll be back in the same situation in 4 years. It’s a damned cycle.

Feeling Hopeless and Beaten

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