Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mr. McRaven's "Blue Ribbon Panel" Reports Back

"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
Proverbs 11:1

Following the Kroll report, Mr. McRaven commissioned a "blue ribbon panel" to investigate the U.T's admissions practices; they reported back at today's regents meeting:

  • McRaven will make his full recommendations at the August meeting.
  • (Former U.T. President) Larry Faulkner chaired it, which means it's a joke.
  • No firewall between the University President and admissions.
    • In limited cases, President should be able to overrule admissions committee
    • Prez will report on these cases once a year to the Chancellor.
      • Author's Note: Who, of course, will do nothing.
  • Letters: Undue influence = Coercion.
  • No "sharply restrictive" policies on letters.
  • No open records for admissions data.
    • Blah, blah, FERPA, blah, blah.
  • Abandon admissions holds.
    • Author's Note: Essentially, create a new system for business as usual.
  • Process is inherently subjective.
  • Wallace Hall: "How is it ever acceptable" for someone to gain admission via proximity to the university President or the right legislator?!?
  • "President is the ultimate admissions officer."
  • Act all butt-hurt that Jim Pitts' incompetent son Ryan's 155 LSAT score became public
The statesman has a detailed write up here.

Bottom Line: Any allegedly new admissions policy based upon the premise that the university "President is the ultimate admissions officer" is, by definition, a farce.

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