Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Is the University of Louisville a degree mill?

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported yesterday that John Deasy, a superintendent in California and one of Robert Felner's cronies, received a PhD from the University of Louisville after completing only 9 units of coursework never completing the residency requirement, both of which are violations of university policy. Felner is the former education dean at U of L who is currently under investigation for misusing federal grant money.

The story came just as U of L President James Ramsey was trying to put the quietus on the negative PR the university had been receiving by making a long overdue public apology.

At some point someone is going to have to start questioning why it was that President Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz didn't have any clue about this until others from outside the university started snooping. The board too is going to have to start asking hard questions about how their university is being run before its reputation is irreparably harmed.

Oh, and it doesn't help that U of L's name is being dragged through the mud by national publications like the Chronicle of Higher Education either.

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