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Sunday, March 23, 2008

University of Toledo: A Success As A Failure OR A Failure At Success?

Is the University of Toledo a success as a failure, a failure as a success, a success, a failure, or just plain mediocre?

I read an interesting article in the Blade online about the low ranking of the University of Toledo. The article makes reference to "the 'America's Best Colleges' edition of U.S. News & World Report."

Much further down in the article, it states: "The magazine measures schools by seven 'key measures of quality,' such as graduation rate, academic reputation, and a student selectivity index that factors in grades, test scores, and class rank of incoming freshmen."

Upon reading the article, I found out that the University of Toledo ranks in the lowest ranking category of universities across America. That does not surprise me in the least.

Heck, Bowling Green State University, another State of Ohio public tax-supported university in northwest Ohio and about 20 to 30 miles from Toledo, is in a higher ranking category than is the University of Toledo. What does Bowling Green State University have that the University of Toledo doesn't have? Could Bowling Green State University possibly have a better President and better administrative team than does the University of Toledo?

My present perception and impression of the administration of the University of Toledo is that the current administration is top heavy with too many administrators, inept, inefficient, ineffective, non-caring, uninvolved, and just plain overall bad. There needs to be a full-housecleaning of the University of Toledo Administration with a total make-over and do-over.

Here are a few more quotes from the article:

"The University of Toledo has begun a formal initiative to raise its U.S. News rankings from the "fourth tier" to the "third tier" of national universities when the next edition hits newstands in August."

"A move into the third tier would place UT among 65 other universities, including Bowling Green State University, the University of Cincinnati, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich."

"UT President Lloyd Jacobs in January told the university's board of trustees it was his goal for UT to attain a second-tier U.S. News ranking before the end of his tenure. He declined an interview for this article"

Gee, why am I not surprised that University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs declined to be interviewed for the article. If you have previously read or now read the Roland Hansen Commentary University of Toledo: A Non-Responsive Bureaucracy, you might understand why a nonresponse from Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, the President of the University of Toledo, does not surprise me in the least.

Why not read the entire article UT begins push to improve ranking among U.S. colleges by Blade staff writer JC Reindl for yourself? If you do read the entire article, you will be able to read excuse after excuse for the lackluster ranking of the University of Toledo.

Head over this way and you can look at America's Best Colleges 2008: University of Toledo where you can then click on several embedded links for more information about the University of Toledo.

1 comment:

Judy said...

Horton gave a hoo, too bad the current head of household doesn't.