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Anonymous
13 hours ago

Will Biden be invited to “America’s flagship Catholic university’s” commencement?; 3 Mar 21

https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/will-biden-be-invited-notre-dames-commencement

Anonymous
7 days ago

I was surprised to see how CUA’s Columbus School of Law ranks among the six law schools in Washington, DC

See http://schools.lawschoolnumbers.com/washington-dc-law-schools

Anonymous
7 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

In a word: embarrassing. Significantly below American? Awful. New rankings come out next month but don’t expect much change; CUA consistently hovers in the 100-ish area. Because of the school’s location, a small handful of the top students do pretty well with careers, but not enough to generate the kind of grateful alumni donor base that can lift an institution to the next level. There’s cutthroat competition among the first-year students to gain grades good enough to transfer to a higher-ranked school. All that said, the school is under-ranked; it has some truly first-rate profs and both the current dean… Read more »

Anonymous
4 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I’m sorry to report that based on the 2021, Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, CUA is not hovering in the 100’ish area. I’m not sure when it did.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/rankings/united-states/2021#!/page/0/length/25/locations/DC/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

Anonymous
3 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I was talking about the law school’s standing in the U.S. News law school rankings, which is what the initial post was based on. You are talking about a different set of rankings of the entire university. Apples and oranges.

Anonymous
2 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I wonder if CUA’s rather low ranking is dragging the Law School’s ranking down with it.

Anonymous
2 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

That shouldn’t happen because they are totally separate rankings produced by unrelated rankers using different criteria for different publishers. That said, could there be some unconscious bias based on a law school ranker’s vague but negative perception of CUA as a university (as distinct from its law school)? Impossible to say. But rankings can go in the other direction, too. That is, a higher-ranked law school might very well improve public perception of the university as a whole. So, too, the university’s distinctive architecture and music programs could, if better nourished, generate a halo effect benefitting the larger enterprise. And… Read more »

Anonymous
3 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

With Andrew Cuomo reeling from sexual harassment charges, there is a possibility that the next governor of New York State will be a graduate of Catholic University Law School — Kathy Hochul, currently the Lt. Governor. If that happens, don’t expect her to be invited to speak at the law school or the university; she is pro-choice.

Anonymous
8 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

The traditional justification for tenure is protection of academic freedom — the liberty to research, teach, publish, and debate positions that might be controversial, all in pursuit of the truth. But when those goals are not at stake — when tenure becomes no more than an issue of job security for unproductive faculty — it’s a lot harder to justify tenure.

Anonymous
10 days ago

FYI – “U.Md. cancels in-person instruction for at least 1 week, orders on-campus students to sequester in place”; 20 Feb 2021

https://wtop.com/maryland/2021/02/u-md-cancels-in-person-instruction-for-at-least-1-week-orders-on-campus-students-to-sequester-in-place/

Anonymous
13 days ago

FYI – “Local Catholic University Named as Having One of the Top 10 Business Schools in America in 2021”

https://www.universitymagazine.ca/best-colleges-for-business-2021/

Anonymous
13 days ago

FYI – “Joe Biden is a different kind of Catholic.”; 02.17.21

I think that this article is worth a read.

Unfortunately, I doubt that the current CUA leadership will ever invite President Biden to speak on campus.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/02/joe-biden-catholic-social-teaching-centrism.html

Anonymous
13 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

If CUA doesn’t try to get Biden to speak, or if it does and he declines, the university will have sealed its irrelevance.

Anonymous
15 days ago

This is what success at a Catholic university looks like. https://www.law.georgetown.edu/news/two-historic-gifts-for-georgetown-law/

Anonymous
15 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I get it that you are throwing shade at CUA, but that’s what success at any university looks like.

Do you have any constructive suggestions as to how CUA can emulate Georgetown?

Other than winning an NCAA basketball championship or turning the university over to the Jesuits, of course.

My suggestion is that CUA renounce its dependence on EWTN and Koch influences and merge with GU.

We would lose our name of The Catholic University of America but rightly so.

Anonymous
14 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Ha! Why in the world would Georgetown want to dilute itself by merging with an inferior institution? As for emulating Georgetown, one of Garvey’s singular achievements has been his realization that CUA lacked the kind of advancement culture and infrastructure that produces wealth for schools like Georgetown and his effort to create that initiative almost from scratch. He’s gotten great results but the problem is that once you are as far behind your competitors as CUA is, it’s very, very difficult to catch up. It’s a problem that compounds over generations. Cycle after cycle, you wind up admitting less capable… Read more »

Anonymous
14 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

It’s true that if you can somehow get the money, you can “buy” better students with financial aid, and their higher academic credentials will boost your standing, and if you keep it up over time, you’ll eventually acquire a more successful and loyal alumni base. But it takes a long time and if you’ve neglected it for a long time, you’re in trouble.

Anonymous
19 days ago

“Thanks to President Garvey’s Approval, CUA Receives More Press”; 11 Feb 2021

I wonder if this kind of news will help CUA’s enrollment challenges.

(1) Amid controversy, Abby Johnson speaks at Catholic University of America
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/amid-controversy-abby-johnson-speaks-at-catholic-university-of-america-84008

(2) CUA students object to pro-life speaker, call her comments ‘hate speech’
https://catholicphilly.com/2021/02/news/national-news/cua-students-object-to-pro-life-speaker-call-her-comments-hate-speech/

Anonymous
19 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

On the bright side, these articles are in the sort of small-circulation niche media where mentions of CUA typically appear.

Anonymous
19 days ago

CUA Law School Graduate Part of Trump Impeachment Trial Defense Team

https://sauconsource.com/2021/02/11/upper-bucks-native-part-of-trump-impeachment-trial-defense-team/

Anonymous
20 days ago

Can someone explain to me what Garvey is saying in the penultimate paragraph of this statement? Specifically, is he saying that Biden could be invited to speak so long as his subject isn’t abortion? Because if that’s not what’s being said that paragraph, I don’t understand the point. It has been my understanding that speakers with any kind of pro-choice history are barred, regardless of the subject of their proposed address – is that not CUA’s policy? https://president.catholic.edu/communications/letters/speech-on-campus.html

Anonymous
20 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

He’s saying Biden could not be invited to speak, about anything. A pro-choice position is disqualifying, period. His claim in nearly the same breath that CU’s is a “fairly liberal” speaker policy can only refer to the evident fact that racist, homophobic, anti-science, anti-government, anti-vaccination “views” are fine if a speaker is “pro-life.” Where would the line be drawn? Anti-semitic views? Holocaust revisionism? Nope, pro-life Polish politician Antoni Macierewicz was invited, and spoke. “Fairly liberal”? It was would be comical if it weren’t so meretricious. This is a case study in John Garvey’s long-running history of sophistry. It makes a… Read more »

Admin
20 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

These are Garvey’s exact words: “The other point I want to make is about the nature of the objection to Ms. Johnson’s appearance. The students invited her to speak about her experience working for Planned Parenthood and her subsequent embrace of the pro-life movement. Those who objected to her appearance by and large agreed with Ms. Johnson about abortion. But they pointed out that she held other views – about race, politics, and the Covid vaccine – that were offensive and inconsistent with Catholic teaching. This is a principle that would disqualify many, if not most, speakers who might be… Read more »

Anonymous
20 days ago

That’s what I thought he might be saying – that a pro-choice speaker could be invited so long as he didn’t speak on abortion and his subject isn’t otherwise offensive to core Church teaching. But Garvey’s statement on this is not clear to me. Also, Garvey seems to be implying that racism is less important in the hierarchy of Catholic values than abortion; he doesn’t dispute that Johnson has made racist pronouncements (including about her own son!) but he doesn’t find these disqualifying. Maybe Johnson should be invited to speak to Garvey’s Sister Thea Bowman Committee, where she can opine… Read more »

Anonymous
20 days ago

That’s one possible reading, but it’s incredibly unclear and slippery. If his example is a counterexample designed to vitiate the principle, he should have come back clearly with “…But we would NOT bar President Biden from speaking on campus about immigration.” Of course, that’ll never happen, even if Biden were invited and accepted; and if Garvey wrote such a sentence, the radical Catholic right would explode in scandalized indignation, and no doubt some furious bishops would set his phone on fire. This vacuum in Garvey’s deflective rhetoric speaks volumes, a sleight of hand that also masks an invidious equivalence he… Read more »

Anonymous
20 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

You are correct that the second Catholic president in U.S. history will never be invited to speak at “The” CUA. Let that sink in. At least not by the university leadership. CUA Student Dems should test it by inviting him.

Anonymous
19 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

More likely that Biden will be welcomed to speak at the University of Scranton, a Catholic college roughly in the same level as CUA.

Anonymous
19 days ago
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Anonymous
20 days ago

College of the Holy Cross Announces 33rd President

Another former Boston College Law School dean assumes the presidency of a Catholic university.

I hope that Holy Cross has a better experience than has CUA.

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2021/02/10/college-of-the-holy-cross-announces-33rd-president/

Anonymous
20 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

The new Holy Cross prez has the benefit of a much stronger, better respected institution with wider and deeper alumni loyalty and public recognition. Garvey has played the hand he was dealt.

Anonymous
20 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Boston College faculty were absolutely relieved when John Garvey left.

Anonymous
20 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

BC law school, and by extension its faculty, including any ungrateful members, flourished under Garvey.

Anonymous
21 days ago

CUA theology faculty in latest Commonweal responding to the pro-life critics of the vaccine: https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/dangerous-confusion

Anonymous
22 days ago

President Garvey’s Statement on Abby Johnson

Just imagine what 10 more years of President Garvey’s decisive leadership will mean for the CUA community.

May God help us all.

https://president.catholic.edu/communications/statements/president-garveys-statement-on-abby-johnson.html

Anonymous
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

It’s not just Garvey. This is what CUA is — a place that will give a forum to an openly racist, gay-basher so long as he or she promotes the anti-abortion message. Meanwhile, anyone with any connection, however attenuated, to the pro-choice side will be banned, even if their presentation has nothing to do with the abortion issue.

Anonymous
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Here’s the thing: Garvey insists that Johnson’s “conversion” story is uniquely compelling. But there’s substantial reason to question the truthfulness of anything Johnson says — including that “unique” story — because she’s demonstrably a liar. Here is what she said about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, in which she proudly participated:”I KNOW Antifa was there because I was almost knocked down the stairs of the Capitol when a fight broke out between some Trump supporters and some Antifa activists. It was discovered that some of the people in the crowd were actually with Antifa, but were posing as… Read more »

Anonymous
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

John Garvey is very happy to endorse a liar, so long as the lies please the Board and the Bishops. There are more holes in Johnson’s conversion story than a moth-eaten cassock. https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/the-convert/

Anonymous
22 days ago
Anonymous
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Sponsored by Garvey’s vaunted “Sister Thea Bowman Committee” initiative?

Anonymous
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

For every parent or student this attracts to CU, it will repel a hundred others.

Anonymous
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Note that Garvey doesn’t dispute that Johnson has said the things attributed to her, including that her “brown” son is “statistically” more likely to commit crimes than her white sons. He’s ok with giving this woman a forum on campus, but not anyone with even an tangential connection to pro-choice beliefs? Remember when establishment of a student NAACP chapter faced official opposition because of the national organization’s pro-choice position?

Anonymous
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Here’s who the CUA administration is ok with welcoming to campus: https://jezebel.com/anti-abortion-activist-abby-johnson-had-quite-the-adven-1846043253

Anonymous
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

From a purely practical standpoint, if I owned this university’s bonds, I’d be very concerned about my investment.

Anonymous
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Given her public racism, it’ simply incredible that a Catholic university whose chancellor is a black Cardinal would even consider hosting this woman.

Anonymous
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

It’s a slap in the face to Cardinal Gregory.

Anonymous
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Garvey’s statement is typically hypocritical and disgusting. This woman’s racist statements and activity at the Capitol on January 6 should disqualify her from being invited to our campus.

Anonymous
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Bondholders should look closely at what malfeasance they are supporting.

Anonymous
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Bondholders look at one thing – the chances they’ll get repaid. When their borrower starts looking like a wack-a-doodle that’s losing customers, then they get worried.

Anonymous
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Also, Johnson is a COVID anti-vaxxer. Outrageous that she’s being platformed by CU. Every prospective student and their families should be gravely concerned. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vice.com/amp/en/article/bvxdz5/the-gops-fave-anti-abortion-celebrity-is-a-covid-anti-vaxxer-now

Anonymous
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Religious zealotry coincides with bigotry. Hardly a new story.

Anonymous
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

When you watch the videos of the mob at the Capitol on Jan. 6 that are being displayed in Congress today, and then reflect on the fact that CUA is providing a forum to one of those rioters, it’s hard not to conclude that Garvey should resign.

Anonymous
22 days ago

FYI – “Catholic University students protest lecture by pro-life activist” scheduled for 9 Feb 2021 Students at the Catholic University of America have released a series of letters and petitions protesting the school’s decision to allow Abby Johnson, a prominent pro-life activist known for her public racism and support of Donald Trump, to speak in a Feb. 9 Zoom lecture hosted by a student club. Johnson is slated to speak during an event hosted by the Washington, D.C., school’s Cardinals for Life student group. She is a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, who now works as CEO of And Then There Were… Read more »

Anonymous
23 days ago

The university’s “Light The Way” web site reports, as of today, that the capital campaign has raised $333.5-million toward a $400-million goal. Does anyone know whether that report is truthful?

Anonymous
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Regarding the stated (but unproven) progress on CUA’s Light the Way campaign, I invite you to reread the article that appeared in the CUA Tower, student newspaper one year ago in February 2020. See: http://cuatower.com/2020/02/progress-on-catholic-universitys-light-the-way-campaign/ For your convenience, I extracted a few noteworthy points from this article. (1) The campaign’s top three priorities are the Athletics Department, the Columbus School of Law, and the Conway School of Nursing. (2) The Faculty Assembly, a forum for the discussion of faculty issues, appreciates the work of the Light the Way Campaign, but hopes the university remains transparent in its fundraising and distribution,… Read more »

Anonymous
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Thanks, but the article is a year old, and I don’t have a lot of confidence in the ability of the Tower staff to fact-check what university administrators tell them. For example, the story reports on a $10.8-million bequest intended to fund “22 endowed scholarships.” Have any of those scholarships actually been established and awarded? The “Light The Way” web site claims the law school has obtained $17-million, and yet law school alumni were recently advised by the dean that the school’s most recent budget was $300,000 in the red. I’m still wondering how reliable the web site’s “progress to… Read more »

DISGUSTED
23 days ago

I received an email tonight from a former student, who told me that a certain faculty member in the School of Theology and Religious Studies was at it again on Twitter, and he sent me the tweet in question. In case the tweet doesn’t attach to this message, I will give you the narrative here: The faculty member in question, responded to a tweet from Newsweek’s Josh Hammer that read, “Really, of all years, why does the halftime show this year have to feature so many people in face masks?” with this: “It’s all about knowing how to celebrate ‘good… Read more »

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Anonymous
23 days ago
Reply to  DISGUSTED

As to the first-mentioned tweeter, does he have tenure? He strikes me as being as much unstable as he is malign, and eventually he’s going to get his school and the university in trouble. As for the second guy, given his lack of training and experience in business, his place on the business school faculty is inexplicable; Tuscon is just the place for him.

Anonymous
23 days ago
Reply to  DISGUSTED

How does Pres. Garvey simultaneously tolerate this faculty member’s mocking of John Lewis and trumpet the university’s “Sister Thea Bowman Committee”?

Anonymous
23 days ago
Reply to  DISGUSTED

The Tower shined light on this fellow’s “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” disgrace. Maybe it will do the same with his latest handiwork. What’s next – a CUA Klan chapter?

Anonymous
23 days ago
Reply to  DISGUSTED

I don’t know if the absence of CUA in relevant articles in the major press outlets is due to this faculty member in particular, though tweets like the one you post don’t help. Unfortunately, I think CUA’s relative anonymity — even in public discussions involving the Church in America — is more broadly the result of its overall lack of stature among Catholic universities and other intellectual institutions. That may be why certain tweeters are able to get jobs on the faculty here but not at higher-ranked schools.

A Sad Alum
24 days ago

CUA’s Delusions of Grandeur Dear Colleagues – I just came across this CUA website which contains CUA’s collection of disingenuous claims of its “Rankings and Recognitions”. See https://www.catholic.edu/about-us/rankings-recognition/index.html It starts out with the statement that, “Innovative programs and a beautiful, green campus are just the beginning of Catholic University’s national leadership, as reflected in an array of rankings, recognitions, and other honors.” Most of the FA members know the truth but suppose you were an innocent potential CUA applicant or one of their parents and you read this stuff. CUA’s national leadership????? The claims made in this website conjure up… Read more »

Anonymous
23 days ago
Reply to  A Sad Alum

Based on the enrollment numbers, nobody is being fooled.

An Optimist
26 days ago

Looking Forward to Ten More Years of President John Garvey; 5 Feb 2021

“Getting the world to understand the quality of our academics here is a challenge… So that’s what we want to focus on,” said President Garvey.

See http://cuatower.com/2021/02/celebrating-ten-years-president-john-garvey-reflects-on-the-past-and-looks-to-the-future/

Anonymous
26 days ago
Reply to  An Optimist

Ouch. Ten more years would be very tough on the university. Enrollment declines, brain drain, falling rankings, decreasing faculty/staff morale, 2 no confidence votes. I hope the BoT goes in a different direction with a new leadership.

Anonymous
26 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

It’s been a long steady downward trajectory that began before Garvey arrived, but he hasn’t arrested it. What reason is there to believe that anyone can?

Anonymous
24 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Fact check: Between 2000-10, university headcount rose each year from 5493 to 6967 under Pres. O’Connell. Between 2010-2019 (last year avail), CUA headcount declined each year to 5771. It was NOT on a downward trajectory before Garvey arrived.

Anonymous
23 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

In terms of prestige relative to competitors, the trajectory has been downward for a long time. O’Connell? CUA lost its place in the AAU on his watch. Enrolling 1,000 freshmen who got turned down by Georgetown and GW wouldn’t come close to making up for that humiliation.

Anonymous
25 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Unfortunately, the BOT is only concerned that CUA continue its transformation to a far-right Catholic institution

Anonymous
25 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

That’s a tough goal when fewer and fewer kids choose to enroll. But it’s not impossible to thrive as a conservative institution if you embody and project excellence. For example, Brigham Young or George Mason’s law school. CUA’s problem is simply that it’s such a mediocre school, regardless of political orientation. It makes some bizarre hiring decisions, like filling a precious faculty slot in the business school with at least one right-wing self-promoter with absolutely zero training or experience in business, or the guy who tweeted “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” in response to Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death. When… Read more »

A Realist
25 days ago
Reply to  An Optimist

I trust that “An Optimist” was being sarcastic.

Anonymous
24 days ago
Reply to  An Optimist

The difference between a leading university and an also-ran is money. It’s mostly that simple. Garvey inherited a poor university that lacked a culture of fundraising and an infrastructure to support it. He’s done a lot to change that. A lot more needs to be done. CUA could have done a lot worse than Garvey — and it has with some of his predecessors.

Anonymous
23 days ago
Reply to  An Optimist

Garvey understands the lesson embodied by the transformation of NYU, as chronicled in this NYT piece. It’s about fundraising. I’m not suggesting that CUA can accomplish what NYU did, but one can dream. https://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/20/us/buying-excellence-nyu-rebuilt-itself-special-report-decade-1-billion-put-nyu.html

Anonymous
1 month ago

“The Catholic University of America seeks an experienced enrollment professional to fill the position of Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.”; 29 Jan 2021 The candidate AVP will report directly to Christopher Lydon, CUA Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing.  The Division of Enrollment Management and Marketing includes 70 employees in the offices of undergraduate admission, student financial services, enrollment services, enrollment systems and operations, and marketing and communications. The associate vice president leads the 27 professionals on the enrollment services and enrollment systems and operations teams, directly supervising three director-level staff. The new AVP will help to establish… Read more »

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

The Enrollment staff is on track to outnumber the freshman class.

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Unclear whether this is a newly created position or just filling a vacancy.

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I think that President Garvey is replacing the wrong executive.

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

This is likely to replace an AVP who left the university over a year ago. I don’t think this will help with the direct recruiting effort, but rather oversee the back office functions of enrollment management for new and continuing students. There still needs to be a plan for growing enrollment and improving admissions. Rising tides will lift all boats.

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

[Edited by FA to remove name of a staff member] The CUA website (https://enrollment-services.catholic.edu/contact-us/index.html), lists the current Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and University Registrar.

If that person left a year ago, it gives you some idea of how well CUA maintains its web sites.

Anonymous
1 month ago

CUA Was Not Mentioned in the New Yorker Article, “Can Joe Biden Save American Catholicism from the Far Right?’ It seems to me that there are likely two reasons why the author did not mention CUA in the subject article (1).  First, the Niche college ranking service listed CUA as the 23rd best Catholic university in America in 2021 – see (2). Goodness – I would probably have trouble naming the top 23 Catholic universitew of any stature. The author mentions Notre Dame, Georgetown and Villaanova in his article but they are listed in the top four best Catholic universities in America respectfully. So, given… Read more »

Anonymous
1 month ago

Here, the New Yorker joins the discussion about the significance of Biden’s election in relation to American Catholicism, in a piece that refers to Georgetown, Villanova and Notre Dame. As usual, not a word about the place that calls itself “The” Catholic University of America. More evidence that CUA isn’t a serious intellectual force. https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/can-joe-biden-save-american-catholicism-from-the-far-right?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=the-new-yorker&utm_social-type=earned&fbclid=IwAR0eB6HbnxbCeFVg_uMeCJ0jKKGv2CKTNs6pWw-6r4aPNPeANkmKzYmOPcM

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

There are two main effects of the absence of references to CUA in mainstream print and broadcast stories touching on the Church in America. One is to confirm the lack of widespread respect for the university as an authoritative agent in American civic and intellectual life. The second is to reinforce the university’s lack of standing in such matters, especially when the stories quote experts from other Catholic universities whose profiles are enhanced and echoed. And the venue matters. The difference between being quoted in The New York Times or the National Catholic Register is pretty profound.

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Indeed I think a persistent problem — decades long — is the university’s lack of name recognition among the general public outside the DC metro area. When a reporter or other writer working on a piece with a Catholic angle doesn’t think to look for a source at CUA, there’s a reason. If they don’t find what they need from a Georgetown expert, they’ll go to Boston College or Fordham without even thinking thinking of CUA. Meanwhile our communications people are peddling fluffy columns by John Garvey to diocese newsletters.

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

And based on declining enrollment numbers, those diocese-directed PR efforts don’t seem to pay off.

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Credit where it’s due: Garvey has rebuked Trump, albeit less than fiercely, in the niche media that carry his views. https://www.thebostonpilot.com/opinion/article.asp?ID=189222

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Bishops throw cold water on the most Catholic inauguration in history” Biden did more in 24 hours to remind the American people that the Catholic Church can be a force for good in our country than the bishops’ conference has done in 10 years. Unfortunately, Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, president of the U.S. Bishops Conference and member of the CUA Board of Trustees, issued a statement before he even heard Biden’s speech..  Gomez acknowledged there would be areas where the bishops could work with the new administration but also warned that Biden had “pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance… Read more »

Anonymous
1 month ago

“The renegade Catholic clerics who shamefully backed Trump’s Big Lie”; 01.19.21
The claims that Viganò, Strickland and Pavone have made were amplified through their access to a large range of conservative and far-right Catholic media such as the EWTN Global Catholic Network, and many others. 

Every time I read articles like this, it bothers me that CUA maintains such a close relationship with EWTN

See https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/19/opinions/catholic-clerics-who-backed-trump-big-lie-moses/

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Moderate and progressive Catholic constituencies long ago decided that “The” Catholic University of America was not CUA; for them, it might be Georgetown or Notre Dame or Villanova or another of the many Catholic schools more prestigious than CUA. So CUA was forced to accept support where it could be found — in extremist, reactionary quarters like EWTN. This may have kept the school alive, but not prosperous.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Big story in WaPo about new president’s Catholicism. Experts from Georgetown and Villanova quoted. Not a word from anybody from “The” Catholic University of America. Does the humiliation never end? https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/01/11/catholic-grief-joe-biden/

Anonymous
1 month ago

A message from the president of a Catholic University about the events that occurred in Washington, D.C., on 6 Jan 2021 I write to you with great sadness regarding the shocking insurrection at the U.S. Capitol yesterday and the brazen attempt to undermine our democracy. There is simply no place for this kind of lawless behavior, and for those who incite it, in the United States of America and I condemn it, personally, in the strongest way possible.  I ask you to join me in prayer for national unity and an end to such violence. I pray as well for… Read more »

A CUA Moderate
1 month ago

Don’t forget that many members of the CUA senior administrationand the BOT embrace the Federalist Society and this article should give the moderates among the CUA family to be very concerned.  More than 200 judges have been embedded in the federal judiciary by outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump. The huge majority of those judges come from the Federalist Society, the right-wing dark money association that has been working for years to erode civil rights, end abortion, oppose LGBTQ equality, stop gun safety laws, and fight regulations protecting the environment, health care, and worker safety—aka everything achieved in roughly half a… Read more »

Anonymous
1 month ago

FYI – “Leaked transcript shows NY church’s attempt to block Child Victims Act”; 01.13.21In a 2017 meeting,
CUA Board of Trustees member, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, discussed the politics of reconciliation.
https://abcnews.go.com/US/exclusive-leaked-transcript-shows-ny-churchs-attempt-block/story?id=75229253&cid=clicksource_4380645_6_heads_hero_live_twopack_hed

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

You are grossly oversimplifying the Federalist Society. Obama appointed at least one Federalist Society member to the federal bench, who was among the judges who rejected Trump’s arguments for overturning the election: “The suit claimed that under Ms. Boockvar’s guidance, the Democratic counties gave voters who had submitted mail-in ballots with minor flaws an opportunity to ‘cure’ or fix them while counties with mostly Republican populations did not alert voters about faulty ballots. “That, according to the Trump campaign, violated the equal protections clause of the United States Constitution. “Judge Brann, a former Pennsylvania Republican Party official and a member… Read more »

A Politically Moderate Friend of CUA
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Dear Colleague – I apologize if I gave you the impression that I was oversimplifying the Federalist Society as that was not my intent. I am but a simple man but I’m confident that there are many respectable members of the Federalist Society. And I also believe that most Federal judges are outstanding – whether the Federalist Society recommended them or not. Nonetheless, in my simple opinion, CUA should sever its ties with the Federalist Society. If you want a simple example of why I feel this way, check out the following Federalist Society under fire after leader spoke at… Read more »

Anonymous
1 month ago

Is CUA’s President Garvey fairly compensated or overpaid relative to his peers in the greater Washington, DC area?

I think that pay should be based on achieving actual results.

Review these data and then you be the judge.

See https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/10/09/from-degioia-to-loh-heres-how-much-our-university.html

Anonymous
1 month ago

A CUA Politics prof weighed in on Jan 5 about how the election was supposedly stolen.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-2020-election-what-happened-a-political-scientists-memorandum/

The professor is by the founder of the Center for New American Statesmanship.

Note the very first comment below the article:
“TAC you should be ashamed of throwing the bone to conspiracy theorists. This reads like Giuliani rhetoric, not the well argued thesis it purports to be.”

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

And here is the second comment below the article.

“And this guy is supposedly a professor at Catholic University. The dead giveaway in this article is that he spews out the standard points of fraud without having ever researched the simple responses to them. I’ll make sure to keep my Catholic grandsons from attending Catholic University.”

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

This is disgraceful. In 2018, the same professor as head of CNAS invited a leader of Poland’s far-right pro-Catholic Law and Justice party, Antoni Macierewicz, to speak on campus where he advanced, among other questionable notions, the party’s claim that no Poles had any complicity in the Holocaust. None. The panel was chaired by a certain disgraced former Cardinal. See a pattern?

A Concerned CUA Donor
1 month ago

I think that the CUA Faculty and Staff deserve an update on CUA’s Executive Pay – Including Bonuses. Warning – the following information is likely to be very disturbing. Reference: SaveCatholic.com published the taxable income of CUA’s executive leadership in 2009 and 2016, and drew attention to the fact that their pay went up 86% over that period. The table is published below. What we would like to point out are the bonuses paid. President Garvey received a bonus of $115,000; Robert Specter received $51,116; Frank Persico received $43,000. According to the explanation on the IRS filing, “these bonus payments… Read more »

Anonymous
1 month ago

In the four years since 2016, the university has raised tens of millions of dollars through an unprecedented advancement effort spearheaded by Garvey; that alone would justify his compensation. The same may not be true for all VPs, especially Enrollment. In any event, you can’t look at raw numbers alone. You have to assess in light of the market of peer institutions.

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

And which universities do you consider to be CUA’s “peer institutions”?

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I’m really not sure. But I submit that the burden is on the individual claiming that Garvey is overcompensated to identify peer institutions for purposes of evaluating the claim. Otherwise, it’s just a bald assertion that “he’s paid too much.”

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

How will President Trump and his many enablers be held accountable for the group of Americans who stormed the U.S. Capitol, wreaking damage wherever they went?

Michael Gerhardt, Burton Craige distinguished professor of jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina, just posted an excellent article on the need to hold accountable those Trump appointees who enabled Trump’s misconduct, from the lying to the destruction of documents to obstructing the institutions of democracy.

See https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/trump-25th-amendment-impeachment-censure-republican-congress-20210109.html

I look forward to a similar article from CUA’s president or maybe from some members of CUA’s BOT – but I am not holding my breath.

Anonymous
1 month ago

CUA History Professor, Michael Kimmage Comments on Capitol Hill breach and its damage to U.S. politics By: Tom Tracy Date: January 8, 2021 https://www.catholicnews.com/historians-capitol-hill-breach-damaged-u-s-politics/ WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — There is no example in American history of a U.S. president inciting violence against American institutions or fellow citizens in the manner that President Donald Trump seemingly did on Jan. 6 when an angry mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, according to a historian at The Catholic University of America. There is, of course, the War of 1812 when British troops burned the White House and attacked the capitol building, but that isn’t an… Read more »

Anonymous
1 month ago

FYI – Georgetown University announces spring semester plans but receives backlash from parents and students

https://www.fox5dc.com/news/georgetown-university-announces-spring-semester-plans-but-receives-backlash-from-parents-and-students

Demanding Leadership and Accountability
1 month ago

Isn’t it sad and a terrible condemnation of the University administration that as of 9:00 this morning, the only “official” statement on the events from yesterday’s storming of the Capitol building came from the director of IPR? He’s a middle manager and AVP at best, and the rest of our overpaid leadership remains silent, including a president who claims to be a constitutional law expert.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’ve got a Board of Trustees full of Trump/Hawley/Cruz supporters – what’d you expect? But did other DC university presidents issue statements?

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Yes, several (Georgetown, American, Trinity) were quoted in yesterday’s IHE article (Mon). At least a CUA statement was issued this morning. Better late than never. IHE link: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/01/07/higher-ed-leaders-condemn-riot-us-capitol?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=42511938ca-DNU_2020_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-42511938ca-199840949&mc_cid=42511938ca&mc_eid=62312d1168

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

For crying out loud, my DC Catholic HIGH SCHOOL issued a statement condemning the attack on the Capitol. Garvey’s silence speaks volumes. Catholic enablers of this crime have a lot to answer for. Good on IPR.

Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Garvey actually did send a statement out via email to the community, and he was also quoted here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/01/07/college-react-capitol-mob/

Anonymous
1 month ago

Law School Dean Payne issued a superb statement on the school’s web page: https://www.law.edu/news-and-events/2021/faculty/2021-0107-Response-to-events-at-capitol.html

Ironically Anonymous
1 month ago

“Baffled” anonymous below raised some good points. I’d like to ask the Faculty Assembly executive board to revisit the question of whether hosting a public anonymous discussion board is productive at this point in time. It was when the Faculty Assembly re-started in the midst of Academic Renewal, but it also harms any effort to legitimize the standing of the assembly on campus. The Faculty Assembly has other means to promote transparency, and the impolitic nature of anonymous discussion boards, even when well moderated, is not the most likely way to initiate collaborative problem solving or convince the Board of… Read more »

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope that CUA’s Faculty Assembly will continue to host its public discussion board. As I previously responded to our “baffled” colleague, in my opinion, the Faculty Assembly’s public discussion board is fairly moderated and it serves a very useful purpose by promoting transparency. The only way we can improve CUA is to correctly identify its problems and then for the faculty, staff and administration to work collaboratively to solve the problems. I believe that prospective students, their parents, donors and prospective faculty members will appreciate such transparency. Hiding or ignoring our problems with the hope that no one will… Read more »

Admin
1 month ago

Thank you for your suggestion. We will discuss this issue at our next FA Executive Board meeting and look into pros/cons of a private messaging board.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Hello – anyone there? Dear Colleagues – I noticed that there have been no contributions to the FA Discussion Site in over two weeks. I get it that you all need a break but two weeks of ignoring what is going on at CUA seems a bit long – even for academics. Have all the issues that we had been discussing been resolved? Has the FA Discussion site been closed down? It would be a shame to lose the momentum that the FA has developed in 2020, so let’s all get back to work and keep the ball rolling. In… Read more »

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

The FA Discussion Board moderators were not available during the Christmas holiday season. We hope everyone had a restful and blessed holiday season. Happy New Year!

Anonymous
2 months ago

An essay by CUA Prof. Brandon Vaidyanatha received praise in a David Brooks’ 12/24/20 NYT column. Awarding Prof. Vaidyanatha’s piece one of his “Sidney” awards for outstanding non-fiction writing in 2020, Brooks wrote: “I was also drawn to Brandon Vaidyanathan’s ‘Systemic Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System is Not a Myth.’ Writing for Public Discourse, a conservative-leaning publication, Vaidyanathan is rebutting conservative writers who argued there is no such thing as systemic racism. The core point he makes may not shock too many readers of this newspaper, but the way he does it is a glowing example of how… Read more »

Binh Tran
2 months ago

Just wanted to change the discussion a bit. As we conclude the Fall semester, on behalf of the FA Executive Board, we would like to thank all the faculty and other visitors for your contributions to the discussions on this board. Thanks to all faculty and staff for their hard work this term. The 24/7 demands of online learning take a serious toll on all of us and our students. We hope everyone has a restful Christmas and holiday season. Enjoy your families, unplug, and re-charge! See you in 2021!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Regarding a recent Anonymous posting stating that, “I am aware of no evidence that attributes faculty “cuts” to the expense of Advancement staff, and as a matter of arithmetic, that wouldn’t make any sense.” Oh, really? Let me remind the poster of a basic economic fact – costs are costs. CUA’s “cost volume” includes costs associated with supporting at least: (1) An excellent teaching and research faculty; (2) An effective support staff; (3) A cost-effective physical plant; (4) An attractive student-focused infrastructure; (5) Effective Development and Admission offices; (6) Highly compensated senior administrators. CUA’s “cost volume” must be at least… Read more »

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

The issue you address is still one of basic arithmetic, and you’ve provided none to support the proposition that Advancement costs more than it generates.

Disappointed Alum
2 months ago

Here’s some good news for Christopher Lydon, M.A., CUA’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing.
At least CUA is at least more selective than these 50 top least-selective colleges – we must still have a modicum of pride left.

Spoiler alert – this is not a very impressive list of colleges and I hope that CUA doesn’t slide into this list.

See https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/easiest-colleges-to-get-into-high-acceptance-rates/?ftag=ACQ-07-10acf3j

Anonymous
2 months ago

FYI – The College of the Holy Cross Seeking New President

Compare this to how CUA conducts searches.

https://www.holycross.edu/leadership/presidential-search

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Paywalled. Please cut and post. Unthinkable, only if you’re a naive disbeliever in the power of Mammon. Former Proovost Andrew Abela liked to talk about tenure as if it were meaningless. Not his own, of course. Never waste a crisis

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hit by Covid-19, Colleges Do the Unthinkable and Cut Tenure Schools facing steep drops in revenue scale back the age-old role of faculty in governance By Douglas Belkin, WSJ Dec. 6, 2020  When Kenneth Macur became president at Medaille College in 2015, the small, private school in Buffalo, N.Y., was “surviving paycheck to paycheck,” he said. Enrollment was declining and the small endowment was flat. Then came the coronavirus pandemic. The campus shut down and revenue plummeted 15%. Dr. Macur saw what he considered an opportunity: With the approval of the board of trustees, he suspended the faculty handbook by invoking… Read more »

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Unfortunately, this article is behind a paywall.

Could you please share the actual article with us?

Thanks

Anonymous
2 months ago

Request for President Garvey’s Response to CUA Having the Largest Enrollment Decrease of All Washington, DC Area Universities As reported on 12.03.20 It appears that CUA’s student enrollment strategy is based on having an extraordinarily high acceptance rate and then discounting its inflated tuition fees in an attempt to convince prospective students and their parents to think that they are receiving special consideration. Clearly, an increasing number of prospective students and their parents are not buying CUA’s recruiting strategy. Clearly, something has to change soon or CUA will simply fade away into irrelevance. For starters, I think that the CUA… Read more »

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I happen to think Garvey has done a lot of good things, but I concede this is a fair request. I don’t know that the extraordinarily high acceptance rate is so much a “strategy” as it is a necessity, but it’s not working.

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I think that it’s only fair to have a list of all the significant good things that John Garvey has done for CUA during his tenure as president of CUA.

Since you happen to think that “he has done a lot of good things”, maybe you would be so kind as to enumerate some of his key and notable contributions for those of us who have been struggling to find justification for all the good things that CUA has done for him.

I promise to give your list a fair consideration.

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I’m not going to take the time to post an exhaustive list, but two of the most important things he’s achieved are the restructuring of the Board of Trustees and the establishment of a professional institutional Advancement operation. Both have contributed to unprecedented levels of fundraising — hundreds of millions of dollars in the aggregate — over the course of the last several years.

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I promised to give your list a fair response. I’m sure that you are very busy but I’m surprised that you only had time to come up with two inputs. Frankly, your inputs were not surprising given your previous posts. (1) OK – I agree that CUA’s development office has been effective to date. This recent webcast was actually quite good. See https://engage.catholic.edu/events/navigating-moment-webcast-catholic-university. (2) But, unfortunately, CUA’s “professional” development office is an extremely expensive overhead expense. It makes me wonder how many more cuts to the faculty will Garvey decide to make to support to continue this office. And don’t… Read more »

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

A brief response to your points (2)-(4): (2) It is undeniable that Advancement brings in far more money than it costs. I am aware of no evidence that attributes faculty “cuts” to the expense of Advancement staff, and as a matter of arithmetic, that wouldn’t make any sense. My initial post expressed my agreement that an explanation is required for the outsized enrollment losses. (3) I don’t get this at all. The goal and effect of the BOT restructuring was to bring aboard more lay trustees with both the personal resources and the contacts to enhance philanthropy. A board dominated… Read more »

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I am not sure of the basis for your comment that, “It is undeniable that Advancement brings in far more money than it costs”. You seem to believe that CUA’s Development Office is and will continue to be a perpetual money-machine. Consider the following. (1) CUA has a very large Development Office with 7 VP-level senior staff and almost 50 director-level staff; see https://engage.catholic.edu/about/directory. How many CUA schools have this many staff? (2) Regarding the general compensation of such people, this reference may be of interest to you: see https://www.salary.com/tools/salary-calculator/college-development-officer/washington-dc?type=bonus Compare these data to the pay received by CUA’s full-time… Read more »

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Few if any things last in perpetuity, so I don’t think whether Advancement will be a “perpetual money-machine” has much relevance to whether it is presently generating more revenue than it costs. Your a suggestion that it’s not is unsupported by any data. No doubt some of the gifts Advancement has produced won’t be collected until the future, but enough has come in to begin construction on a multimillion dining facility and design workin the new nursing/sciences building. Other tangible results, like Carlini Field, also attest to Advancement’s value. The resentment that some faculty may feel about resources not going… Read more »

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I respectfully take exception to your comment that, “The right wing is, unfortunately, the ground that CUA had staked out well before Garvey appeared on the scene.I have known CUA since the 1960’s, and until Garvey arrived, I considered CUA to be a reasonably “moderate” Roman Catholic institution which is the only Catholic university sponsored by the United States bishops As you are aware, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States has become as polarized as the American political scene.And moreover, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is dominated by conservatives who are fundamentally anti-Pope Francis. They are currently… Read more »

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Your analysis seems correct but it doesn’t account for the fact that during the period when CUA was “moderate” among Catholic colleges, it still failed to keep up with its competitors in terms of prestige and growth of resources. Mediocrity has been baked into the institution over a long period and across all of its political regimes. Mediocrity makes an institution vulnerable to crisis in times of stress, like now, while excellence provides a bulwark. I don’t think pointing to CUA’s current “conservative” politics is enough to explain its predicament.

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

CUA lost its invaluable membership in the AAU before Garvey arrived. The downward trajectory was well underway by the time he got here.

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Add to Garvey’s list of accomplishments his conception and initiation of The Catholic Project, whose podcast “The Crisis” won a spot on The Atlantic’s list of the 50 best podcasts of 2020, earning the university some prestigious notice. The Project’s podcast clocked in at No. 34 on the magazine’s list: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/12/50-best-podcasts-2020/617486/

Anonymous
2 months ago

The enrollment decrease for CUA is embarrassingly large compared to other universities and colleges in the region.

https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2020/12/03/enrollment-greater-washington.html

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

The article is behind a paywall.

Can you please post the actual article or at least a summary?

Thanks

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Enrollment is down at Greater Washington universities, but not across the board. Here are the numbers. By Jonathan Capriel – Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal Dec 3, 2020, 12:15pm EST Updated Dec 4, 2020, 1:38pm EST This story has been updated to include comment from Northern Virginia Community College. Yasmin Senior is finishing up her first semester at Howard University — from her parent’s home in Long Island, New York. The 18-year-old computer science major has only been on the D.C. campus only once this year, in January. A couple weeks before move-in, Howard told incoming and returning students that… Read more »

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Just the latest in a long string of humiliations, each of which incrementally degrades the university’s public standing further, putting the institution further beyond, digging the hole deeper.

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

So CUA’s enrollment loss was twice that of GW and Georgetown’s and three times that of American. What possible defense can the administration offer?

Winter Retreat Funding?
2 months ago

How there is money ($200) to participate in a winter training retreat but the university has taken away regular retirement contributions and has asked for an 18 month salary reduction? In light of the hard work and self-sacrifice faculty and staff have given over the last 9 months, why can’t this money be used to pay our “regular” amounts in light of such overtime already? Where are these funds coming from?

Anonymous
2 months ago

I’ve done a lot of extra training starting in March when we first moved online through discipline-specific professional organizations. The university has never acknowledged this work and certainly has not offered any extra payment for doing it.

Anonymous
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

A widespread reaction!

Anonymous
2 months ago

What is this winter training retreat and who is invited to participate on it?

Anonymous
3 months ago

CUA lists 142 COVID cases since August 24. The New York Times puts the CUA figure at 225 (almost double). Credibility gap?

Anonymous
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Can you please provide the pointer to the NY Times article and to the CUA dashboard?

Anonymous
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Also listed on Catholics Covid Dashboard are 97 self/reported cases. Self-reported cases can be from students studying at home, nearby campus or on campus (7 reported). This plus the 142 positive cases conducted on campus most likely makes up the NYT number.

Anonymous
3 months ago

A million bucks to renovate a chapel that’s 100 yards from one of the largest churches in the world, when you have to cut the salaries of faculty who haven’t had a raise in a decade. Words fail. https://nationalministries.igivecatholic.org/organizations/caldwell-chapel

A Confused CUA Donor
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I understand your frustration, but my understanding is that CUA is asking for external donations to achieve this renovation and that is fine with me.

This request has nothing to do with faculty salaries.

Are you suggesting that the CUA administration should reach out to donors to help pay our faculty’s salaries?

If so, do you want to include asking CUA’s donors to help pay the salaries of our already well-compensated administrators?

I sure wish that I could understand CUA’s business model and how it relates to its stated mission satement.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Every university relies on “external” philanthropy for all sorts of purposes. Some universities are more successful than others in fundraising. CUA has historically had an anemic Advancement operation – the name for the organizational component that tries to raise “external” donations. Garvey, to his credit, has been trying to do better on that front. Money is fungible; whether a dollar pays for a chapel or a professor, the source of the dollar doesn’t matter. What matters is that you get the dollars you need to pay for the most important things you do. When you can’t afford to pay your… Read more »

Anonymous
3 months ago
Anonymous
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I hope that the Pope’s article is reprinted by CUA’ student newspaper, The Tower.

And maybe President Garvey will weigh in with his support as well.

Stay tuned.