Thursday's University of Akron Board of Trustees off-schedule private meeting has led to further speculation by the school's many critics that it might show further interest in buying into the online for-profit teaching company, ITT (for Technical institute). There's been little question of President Scott Scarborough's obsessive interest in privatizing whatever is within UA's grasp - and whatever isn't - to convert the school into a national power.
Trouble is, as he has set out to do it, his woefully ill-managed thrust has disrupted the university's basic academic mission to send its graduates into the world knowing a lot more than when they arrived. The leadership's confidently expressed game plan has shrunk faculty, depressed morale and created a national spectacle of a campus gone awry The latest indictments, of course, was both the 50-2 no confidence Faculty Senate resolution and a painful peep from the once hospitable Beacon Journal that has called for his "transition" .
But the ITT enterprise would draw more public attention to a private national operation that the U.S. and Exchange Commission has charged, along with two top-tier executives, with fraud in dealings in two student loan programs.
Pop quiz: Will the trustees ignore ITT's current legal problems just as they did in hiring Scarborough with his troubled academic career path?
Hold the applause for now, please.