Students and academics need to come first, and that includes support of athletics and other extra curricular activities that make our graduates well-rounded and ready to compete in the real world (outside of an academic utopia). I don't support most of Mr. Ojakian proposals, however the administrative bloat at the system level is obvious and some consolidation of support functions is necessary. I'm all for an open dialog to help put the CSU System, and CCSU in particular, on a better fiscal foundation, but Mr. Blitz's editorial and proposal is as ignorant and self serving as Mr. Ojakian's.
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By DAVID BLITZ
May 2, 2017, 6:00 AM
The recent proposal by Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system President Mark E. Ojakian to reorganize the community colleges and universities by consolidating institutions and functions seems to meet the conventional wisdom that universities and colleges should be run like a business by streamlining operations when budgets get tight.
Although this may seem uncontroversial to those outside the university, the proposal ignores the specificity of public higher education, which is emphatically not a for-profit business and cannot be run that way.
This is not to say that higher education can flout basic economics: We do have to balance our budget, and I will suggest some ways, quite distinct from those proposed by the CSCU Board of Regents, to deal with the chronic budget shortfall.
His full Op-Ed pice can be found here: http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc ... story.html— Reduce the tens of millions spent by the Connecticut State Universities such as Central Connecticut State University on intercollegiate sports, while maintaining on-campus intramural sport activities.