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Friday, March 10, 2017

Louisville's 5-Year Interim Dean Is Passed Over In Selection Of New Dean; Law School Fires Student Workers And RAs To Address Budget Deficit

LouisvilleFollowing up on my earlier post, Louisville Dean Finalists Include 5-Year Interim Dean And Associate Dean With Experience Addressing 50% Enrollment Decline:  

Lousiville Courier-Journal, Acting U of L Law School Dean Told She Won't Get the Job:

The acting dean of the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law for five years was notified this week she won’t get the job permanently.

Susan Duncan gave faculty the news on Thursday that she has been eliminated as a candidate for the position. In an interview, Duncan said she was informed of the decision Tuesday by Provost Dale Billingsley, whom she said didn’t cite any reasons for it. ...

In an email, Shelley Santry, director of the school’s Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Clinic, said, “Not hiring Susan is the biggest mistake U of L has made in a very long time, and that is really saying something.” ...

The Courier-Journal reported in 2014 that applications to Brandeis had plummeted 59 percent over the past three years, to 618 from 1,495, while enrollment of first-year students dipped nearly 30 percent, to 94 from 132. Duncan said the school has 111 first-year students this year [admissions data].

The school also was rocked by a scandal in 2014 in which its former admissions director, Brandon Hamilton, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful access to a computer for promising incoming law students $2.4 million more in scholarships than the university had to offer.

Louisville Business Journal, U of L Passes Over Interim Law Dean:

Long-term interim dean of the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law will not get the permanent job, according to school officials. Susan Duncan has been interim dean of the Brandeis School since former dean Jim Chen departed in 2012. However, Duncan told her staff via email on Thursday that she will not be the dean for the next academic year.

WAVE 3 News, University of Louisville's Budget Shortfall Affects Law School:

Budget shortfalls at the University of Louisville are starting to have a direct impact on students. This week, student employees for the Brandeis School of Law were let go. University officials say the law school is letting student employees go to address the budget shortfall from the 2016-2017 school year.

The University is facing a $48 million deficit for the 2017-2018 year and enacted a university-wide hiring freeze to address that number.

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Yeah, fire those student workers! Their swollen salaries are the primary driver of law school costs!

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 10, 2017 8:14:31 AM