Ohio.com - UA wants bigger role in he...

Ohio.com - UA wants bigger role in health

There are 6 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Sep 21, 2007, titled Ohio.com - UA wants bigger role in health. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

The Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy has taken center stage in a discussion about how best to reorganize Northeast Ohio's public universities, especially the University of Akron ...

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Bad Idea

Strongsville, OH

#1 Sep 22, 2007
Merger with CSU. Leave it to FiNgerHUT and his $196K a year salary to come up with that one.
Old Man Grump

Canton, OH

#2 Sep 22, 2007
No way should UA merge with CSU. Eric "The Finger Nut" is thinking "The Mistake on the Lake" would benefit. What would this merger do for Akron - Nothing. I don't think any student wants to go to Cleveland if they can avoid it. Costs would be much higher there as well.

Neoucom was setup as a colaberation of KSU, UA, and YSU for MD's in Ohio's mid-markets. Let's keep it that way.

I'm sick and tired of all these job grabs by Cleveland who is a dying city at the expense of every other city in Ohio.

It's time to say "Go to H*LL"" Cleveland.
Sue

Cleveland, OH

#3 Sep 22, 2007
NEOUCOM is 20 minutes from Akron. Where are you going to build a medical school in the near vicinity of UA. NEO is centrally located to its consortium schools. The campus out there is beautiful and in a peaceful setting. It needs to stay where it is. Students are assigned to area hospitals during their training and are the ones who have to travel. Why should they have to travel down here from Cleveland everyday. Spending too much travel time takes away study and learning time for them. Leave it alone.
new kid

United States

#4 Sep 22, 2007
Akron U used to be pround of having top programs such as "Polymer Science and Engineering". With the disappearing plastic and rubber industry, it is hard to grab research money from industry or NSF since tire rubbers and car plastics are no longer cutting-edge research topic. They are commodity now.

The only way to keep the "Polymer" program strong is to make it relevant to new frontiers of research, such as bimedical and energy fields. The president of Akron U know it well and to have a medical school is probably the only way to make Akron U competitive, and reverse the declining trend of Polymer program and prestige of the school.

However, there is already an elite school in Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University. It has both top Polymer and Biomedical programs. It is not cost effective for Ohioans to spend tax money to duplicate the same idea. Ohio is already most highly-taxed state in the US, and we should not allow these colleges to waste more tax money in the name for our economy (but actually for their ego, and probably salary too). When tax is high and air is polluted, our universities are just wasting our tax money and supply free college graduate for Texas, Washington, Florida (all have no income tax), and Carolinas (nice clean air), and so on.

Forget the idea of building a medical school in Akron or Cleveland, or merge Akron U with CSU. Try some cost effective way to have joint research program between Akron U and NEOCOM.

When the economy and ecology in northeast ohio is declining, it is hard to keep the prestige of high cost universities. We see Case is decling, and it is impossible to stop the downward trend in Akron.

So we are doomed? NO!!!! If we do this:

1. Reduce the state tax by half. So business and people will stay.
2. Enforce the environmental law to improve the air quality and environment.(Business will invest money for clean air from their tax savings)
3. Cut the spending by half. We know it very well that Professors can doudle the teaching duty, and government can reduce the workforce by half.

So, visionary president of Akron U should have a vision for Ohio, not just Akron U.
Really

Cleveland, OH

#5 Sep 22, 2007
new kid wrote:
3. Cut the spending by half. We know it very well that Professors can doudle the teaching duty, and government can reduce the workforce by half.
If you increase instruction time, you decrease research time. Research is how universities get external funding that is often not dependent on Ohioans to provide.
Teddys second thought

Broadview Heights, OH

#6 Sep 22, 2007
Really wrote:
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If you increase instruction time, you decrease research time. Research is how universities get external funding that is often not dependent on Ohioans to provide.
Cheap research labor is their most important function. Teaching is not and has not been an important function for quite a while.

Glad you get it. Lets hope the suckers paying tuition don't figure this out.

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