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RE: UConn loses $40 million in 2018 trying to keep up
(02-15-2019 01:03 AM)CarlSmithCenter Wrote:  Peers and Aspirants are the new Leaders and Legends.

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Keeping up with peers and chasing the aspirants has really deteriorated what used to be whatever good or benefit there was working in higher education. It was like there was a migration, a long sunset of schools turning over long-time employees, and the new people in charge turned these places into insane asylums utterly fixated on institutional positioning.

For UConn, yeah, that whole "we should be like <peer or aspirant school>" is something that would be said in the big meetings. And its totality, which may include the athletics portfolio, may explain why they are in a mess of it. Being "D1" or "FB/CS" may be a small sliver of the greater peer/aspirant thing, but it's definitely part of the overall equation. From what floated out there over the years, it definitely mattered in places like Rutgers, who kept Penn State and Maryland in its sites for years, and the Big Ten (recalling the conversations in the 80's or 90's about whether to source out hosting football to the Meadowlands instead of keeping the OCS).
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RE: UConn loses $40 million in 2018 trying to keep up
(Yesterday 11:42 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  
(02-15-2019 01:03 AM)CarlSmithCenter Wrote:  Peers and Aspirants are the new Leaders and Legends.

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Keeping up with peers and chasing the aspirants has really deteriorated what used to be whatever good or benefit there was working in higher education. It was like there was a migration, a long sunset of schools turning over long-time employees, and the new people in charge turned these places into insane asylums utterly fixated on institutional positioning.

It is inherent in academia to be "fixated on institutional positioning". UConn is utterly unremarkable in that regard, everyone is.
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RE: UConn loses $40 million in 2018 trying to keep up
(Yesterday 12:17 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(Yesterday 11:42 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  
(02-15-2019 01:03 AM)CarlSmithCenter Wrote:  Peers and Aspirants are the new Leaders and Legends.

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Keeping up with peers and chasing the aspirants has really deteriorated what used to be whatever good or benefit there was working in higher education. It was like there was a migration, a long sunset of schools turning over long-time employees, and the new people in charge turned these places into insane asylums utterly fixated on institutional positioning.

It is inherent in academia to be "fixated on institutional positioning". UConn is utterly unremarkable in that regard, everyone is.

No, unremarkable because, correct, there is nothing new about this kind of comparator list or benchmarking. Yes, because of the shifts in enrollment profiles, access, funding (especially at the state level), operations consolidation and expansion, governmental regulations and research emphasis in what seems to be a very tight time-frame.

The world of higher education was very different at a place like UConn back in 1999/00 than it is today. I doubt such a shift was as significant in similar 15-20 year windows. For a sector known for being quite glacial when it comes to change, those pivot points are really huge given their proximity to one another. To add the swift-moving changes to FBS football operations as part of the overall operations? Yeah, sorry...I can understand how UConn is a bit behind on that one. I mean, really, you know where they are on a map, right?
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RE: UConn loses $40 million in 2018 trying to keep up
UConn being perceived and regulated, by default, to being a "perennial bubble school" for a grander conference is really just a permanent state of limbo. It is the perils of frustrating aspirations.
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