Thursday, December 08, 2005

Dohhhh ... we don't need no stinkin' engineers!

Condemning the decision by the Tulane Board of Administrators to eliminate degree programs in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science, and to eliminate 130 faculty from the School of Medicine, Ashley Morris wrote:

Why would Tulane need to produce people that know how to create computer networks, power grids, or, say, levees? ...

I guess we don't need doctors either.

The programs were slashed, along with many others, even as the Tulane President, Scott Cowen, is boasting that fully 86 percent of pre-Katrina students are returning in January.

I guess when Cowen said "there is light at the end of the tunnel," he was talking out of his ass.

Could it be that the bumbling Cowen Dopey is too easily distracted by shiny objects to defend esoteric virtues like the contribution and responsibility of academia to society?

Scott Cowen:


Dopey:


Live chat:
Tulane University President Scott Cowen will answer your questions about the renewal plan on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. central time. You will be able to submit questions ahead of time as well as during the chat.

A second chat will be held Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. central.

Finally, The Washington Post has a story on the Tulane decision.

5 Comments:

At 12/08/2005 05:41:00 PM, Anonymous ashley said...

I want to know if Cowan has to give David Filo back the money for an endowed chair in Computer Engineering.

Since Dopey dumped CE, it's the only honorable thing to do.

 
At 12/08/2005 07:46:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Just like he should give back the money endowed for maintenance of the Cunningham Observatory he demolished to make room for the business school expansion (here and here).

 
At 12/08/2005 08:00:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

On WWL, Cowen said only 15 percent of Orleans Parish is back. Two problems:

1. I think that's a little low.

2. St. Tammany is more than 100 percent what it was, as is St. Charles. Jefferson will probably be over 100 percent come January. What the hell happened to thinking regionally?

 
At 12/08/2005 08:36:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Yeah, well what percent of New Orleanians were ever interested in Tulane to begin with?

Most of its returning professional students and alumnus are probably back already living Uptown.

 
At 12/09/2005 10:44:00 AM, Anonymous ashley said...

I forgot. Filo donated $1M for an endowed chair. He donated $30M for scholarships in CSE.

 

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