Penn State college students obtained an all-school e-mail at 6:06 p.m. on Monday asserting an “essential assembly” the subsequent day at 1 p.m. No additional particulars. Not precisely the type of anxiety-inducing occasion to drop on college students every week earlier than finals. There had been an ongoing seek for a brand new dean… perhaps that was it?
The truth is, the dean search has been canceled. As an alternative, Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi introduced that the 2 legislation faculties within the system: Penn State Legislation at College Park and Penn State Dickinson Legislation in Carlisle shall be mixed right into a single legislation college. The shell-shocked viewers had 10 minutes to ask any questions they’d over the information they hadn’t begun to course of. The president then left “at 1:20 on the dot” in keeping with a Penn State pupil on Reddit.
The Penn Stay article on this opens with: “Penn State believes it has two good legislation faculties. It want to have one wonderful one.” Which may be the college’s spin, however that’s not how this works. Should you mix one legislation college rating within the excessive 50s and a legislation college rating within the low 60s you get… in all probability only one legislation college within the excessive 50s.
Combining the legislation faculties affords the college potential cost-savings. However it might additionally pose income issues as a result of it’s not like you possibly can magically plop one other 300 college students on both current campus. Will the mixed college shrink accordingly? Will they need to throw cash at larger amenities? Are they shedding college?
There aren’t a number of solutions to these questions but. Penn State Dickinson Legislation Dean Danielle Conway shall be heading up a committee to hash all that out over the approaching months. However regardless of the last plan, the announcement made clear that the intention — after 20 years of efforts to shift the steadiness of legislation college energy nearer to the principle Penn State campus — is to construct the brand new, unified legislation college round Dickinson’s Carlisle location.
However the true query is “why now?” The college is now saying that this has been within the offing for six months. It doesn’t appear as if the college is any nearer to a last proposal now than it might’ve been in September. Or, for that matter, any nearer than it will likely be in two weeks when everybody’s finished with finals. There’s simply no motive to place this out now and definitely no motive to place it out with all this cloak and dagger nonsense.
Penn State desires its 2 legislation faculties ‘again collectively.’ Now it has to determine what which means [Penn Live]
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