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Two Profs and Provost Who Protested College President’s Call to Drown Cuddly Bunnies are Dismissed

February 10, 2016

In a reprehensible action, the President of Mount Saint Mary’s (MSM) College dismissed two professors and the college provost who protested his request that teachers submit lists of incoming Freshmen who were likely fail their classes after only one month on campus. As reported in a ThinkProgress article by Byron Dewan, first year MSM President Simon Newman, a former private equity CEO who earned his MBA from Stanford, fired the tenured professors and “celebrated provost David Rehm”, all of who had (ahem) coincidentally expressed concerns over Mr. Newman’s plan to identify probable drop-outs early to boost MSM’s retention rate and thereby boost their ranking in the USNews and World Report college rankings. This paragraph recounts the blunt advice Mr. Newman offered:

Several months ago, Newman asked professors for a list of students unlikely to succeed in college, and told college administrators to have “a frank discussion” with them about the prospects of finishing their degrees. Students in that group who dropped out before a certain date could receive a refund on their tuition. Newman has reportedly shown little, if any, sympathy for struggling Mount St. Mary’s students, as evidenced by his remarks to skeptical colleagues that “this is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads.”

This isn’t over yet… but it echoes the charges brought against NYC Charters who ruthlessly push out low performing students and offers  yet another example of how running an education enterprise like a business drowns innocent students who may end up putting Glocks to the economy… or our heads.

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