Thursday, April 06, 2006

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT

Ave Maria School of Law Admissions FAQ:
http://www.avemarialaw.edu/prospective/admissions/faq.cfm

THE FAQ:
(Team Torgo has seen things disappear after scrutiny before)




Here's the part of interest:
If the School of Law were to relocate to Florida effective with the 2008-09 school year, is it likely that a student entering in fall 2006 would be able to graduate from the School of Law in Ann Arbor in May 2009?
The consultants' findings will be presented to the Board of Governors by the end of August. However, by June 15, 2006, I will be in a position to inform deposited candidates whether the School of Law would move prior to June 2009. It is important to note that the June 15 announcement will not relate to our decision to move. Rather, it will pertain only to the timing of the move should the Board decide at its September 2006 meeting that the move is in the best long-term interests of the law school.


read that again:
The consultants' findings will be presented to the Board of Governors by the end of August. However, by June 15, 2006, I will be in a position to inform deposited candidates whether the School of Law would move prior to June 2009. It is important to note that the June 15 announcement will not relate to our decision to move. Rather, it will pertain only to the timing of the move should the Board decide at its September 2006 meeting that the move is in the best long-term interests of the law school.


Does that leave you with the impression the neither the consultants' findings nor the Board's decisions matter in this? What else could you be left to believe?

On one hand, it could be explained away as if there is new information and funds will be available and there is a need to notify people, but really, is that satisfying? Does that not support the assertions that because Monaghan wants it, nothing else matters, and it better happen soon?

more to follow...

UPDATE: Here's the likely plot-line developing: sand bag the Alumni Association and others from contacting the feasibility committee consultants and get the input from them before anyone has contacted them. Get favorable results, and make an announcement that the school will move on June 15 (does anyone in their right mind think anything other than those words are going to come out of the Dean's mouth on that day?) but the June 15th announcement will be heavily equivocated on the Fall decision of the Board. Over the Summer, while everyone is gone, the orcs will come up from Florida to the law school make all the necessary "spins" and PR to force the Board to believe it's all approved and good except for their rubber stamp.

Really, do they think we are as stupid as to believe there is any other option in their minds than to move at this point?

5 Comments:

At 10:05 PM, April 06, 2006, Anonymous Kuza said...

All this talk of discussions and studies...why don't they just say they are moving and let people make plans based on whether or not they want to make the move to Florida.Monaghan has a track record of leaving something after a few years, why should the law school be any different?

 
At 10:15 PM, April 06, 2006, Blogger Torgo said...

It's important for people who know they are doing something wrong to find a good enough reasons besides "I want" -- the undergrad had less administrative entanglement as far as accreditation went to make a move, and yet, even there Monaghan has a feasibility study commissioned.

Of course, by the time the study was floating around, it was already done, fait accompli.

Likewise, the issue with the law school is that the study and the autonomy of the school is an issue demanded by the ABA, so for Monaghan to be able to pretend that it is, he needs these externals pretexts and to hide in the shadows.

Pretextual reasons and having it done before people can act are his methods (just ask the Madonna College people and AMC -- by the time they were organized, sale agreements were already in place.

Seems as if that's what will be attempted at the law school -- announce it, have the consultants recommendations in hand before any can act, and then force the Board into a corner to approve it ... because... after all, everyone else thinks it's a good idea and already knows it's going to happen....

That's the plan on BD's and TM's part... at least the PR thus far appears to support that's what is going on under the sheets.

 
At 10:55 AM, April 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another question that we should be asking is why doesn't the Dean inform the prospective students of his decision before the seat deposit deadline of June 10, 2006? Is the Dean incapable of make his decision six days earlier so that prospective students can actually make an informed decision?

 
At 11:03 AM, April 07, 2006, Anonymous kuza said...

I know. I have first hand knowledge of how TM and company work. Shakespeare had it right: "What is past is prologue." The Law School can put up a fight, but I think they will be spending a lot of time and energy for nothing.

 
At 1:05 PM, April 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the June 15th announcement premised upon the construction status at Ave Maria Town/AMU?

 

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