Tuesday, April 04, 2006

OUCH! All the News fit to print

***** BURNING HOT INFO FROM THE WIRE *****

Torgo has received info like fire today. St. Isadore of Seville must be on the case or something.

Speaking of cases, Torgo found two copies of complaints filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Ave Maria College. (Torgo wonders if other parties have been joined by separate motion). The gists of each complaint are whistleblower/wrongful discharge cases that each allege that individuals named as plaintiffs were discharged for reporting the information that allegedly resulted in the investigation by the Department of Education.

Fascinatingly, if these are true and accurate copies of the court filings, and Torgo is pretty sure they are, the allegations include that the procedure was to "re-code" AMU(florida) students as if they were AMC(michigan) students thereby causing fed loan eligibility when in fact AMU(florida) students would not otherwise be eligible as the institution was not accredited. Torgo will verify -- however, it seems consistent with the m.o.: bleed the worth.

Torgo has another sheet in the inbox that requires some decoding and verifying before posting too much detail. It appears as if someone has compiled public statements made by AMSOL admin (the Dean) and quite possibly made a compelling impeachment. Furthermore, it appears that some sort of impeaching of the Dean is done with some U.S. News and World Reports policies that indicate he knew of the ranking...

Needless to say, Torgo is intrigued by all of this stuff in one day...

DEVELOPING... (as at least one web site says it).

7 Comments:

At 5:10 PM, April 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading the details.

 
At 8:20 AM, April 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Torgo should blow himself

 
At 9:53 AM, April 05, 2006, Anonymous Boobus Americanus said...

Great show of intellectual horsepower there. How many rhetoric classes did you need to master before you could make such a detailed charge?

Very persuasive, too. I imagine you are a real gem.

Sadly, not even enough hootzpah to make a fake name.

 
At 12:11 AM, April 06, 2006, Anonymous Phineas said...

In addition to the other statements mentioned speaking out against the administration, the following email went out to almost all of the AMSOL student body April 5, 2006 from an off campus email account and is creating ALOT of commotion. The students are now officially up in arms.

This is a student compiled list of grievances concerning the high-level administration:

The Dean has not taken any responsibility for the US News & Report rankings, which he either knew, or should have known, would be coming out.

The Dean warned staff not to organize a Union, as this would be contrary to the Mission & Philosophy of AMSOL. However, any reading of Rerum Novarum and Centesimus Annus would mean that either AMSOL’s mission & philosophy is wrong, the Catholic Church is wrong, or the Dean is wrong.

The Dean’s recent accounts of the founding of Ave Maria School of Law deny the crucial role of Founding Faculty members. This is in contrast to the account published in the first issue of the Advocate – written by Mr. Monaghan himself.

The Dean has become the mouthpiece not of the student body, or the faculty, but of the Chairman.
The Dean has allowed AMSOL to become a sole proprietorship, taking his orders from Mr. Monaghan, rather than acting in the best interests of the law school, and discarding the essential input of the faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

The Administration has tried to intimidate alumni by calling their employers, as well as current students, attempting to suppress any free _expression of opposition to the prospective move to Florida, abusing the sound judgment demanded of such an office.

The Dean lied to the students about the real reason that Dr. Charles Rice was voted off the Board of Governors under the guise of “term limits”: his opposition to the move to Florida and his opposition to AMSOL being run as a sole-proprietorship.

Any law school interested in protecting its reputation in the legal community, such as St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota, which opened in 2001, taken obvious and necessary steps to guard its reputational status in the legal community. AMSOL has not.

The Dean has repeatedly altered the criteria that he will use to determine whether a move to Florida would be prudent.

A move to Florida, especially in light of current events, would present a grievous and destabilizing blow to both current students and alumni.

The Dean has said that the “tenure” of faculty members will be re-examined. At any other academic institution (such as a Top Tier Law School), this would be unthinkable.

Further, the Deans of other law schools do not normally serve in the capacities of both President and Dean, concurrently, for periods in excess of 5 years.

The Dean has denied students any meaningful opportunity to address our concerns to the Board of Governors.

The Dean has said that his responsibility is to look to “25 years from now.” The Dean, the Chairman, and the Board have a fiduciary duty to the CURRENT STUDENTS.

These are our grievances. We believe that this Administration must take proactive steps to correct these wrongs listed above. We want the Administration to publicly address these grievances and implement solutions so that the students may regain confidence in the leadership of Ave Maria School of Law.

 
At 11:12 AM, April 06, 2006, Blogger res_ipsa_loquitur said...

Has anybody tried sending these concerns to MRS Dobranski? One of the quickest ways to get through to a man is through his wife...

 
At 11:18 AM, April 06, 2006, Blogger Torgo said...

Torgo has elevated the comment from Phineas to a full post on the blog.

Click here to go to that post.

Torgo prefers if comments on that comment are contained in the post because it can be linked to and cross-blogged more easily then.

 
At 7:07 PM, April 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Guernsey's "golden parachute?"

Now that Dan Guernsey, the current, sixth, and last president in the short history of Ave Maria Institute/College in Ypsilanti, Michigan, has almost finished his assinged task to close Ave Maria College by the end of this academic year (May 2006), is he turning his sights to another Monaghan project--namely, the establish of a kindergarten through grade twelve Ave Maria Catholic School to open in the township of Ave Maria, Florida, at about the time that the permanent campus of Ave Maria University will open (fall 2007)? Before he became president of Ave Maria College (his first and only job in academia), he did some work for the Ave Maria Foundation in conjunction with the Spiritus Sancti Academy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As the spokesman for the article below (from a recent issue of the Naples, Florida, Daily News) on the planned prep school in Florida, will Dr. Guernsey become the headmaster of that educational enterprise?


"Catholic prep school to open in town"

By Katherine Lewis
naplesnews.com
Tuesday, April 4, 2006

When Tom Monaghan founded the town of Ave Maria, he wanted a community that was "very special, something I don't feel exists anywhere in the United States today."

When building Ave Maria University, Monaghan wanted "to have the finest Catholic university we can possibly build. We want to be the best Catholic university, not the biggest."

Apparently, those sentiments will also apply not only to Ave Maria University and its town, but to a Catholic school for younger children that will be located in the town.

Ave Maria Catholic School, as it is currently called, will open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in fall 2007.

"The school will have everything most people expect in a Catholic school. In addition to your math, science and history classes, there will be daily mass and Eucharistic adoration," said Dan Guernsey, president of Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Mich.

It is not something that is new to those involved, he said. Ave Maria College has been instrumental in the development of some Catholic schools in Michigan, including the Spiritus Sanctus Academy in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to Guernsey.

Guernsey said the school will provide a classical education based on the trivium, which refers to grammar, rhetoric and logic, and the liberal arts, which will focus on the great books and classical and modern languages.

"The school will be unified in its goals of providing a curriculum that is strong and coherent and will allow for flow into the university. We feel that some of our students will want to continue at Ave Maria University once they graduate," he said.

The Catholic school will be built in phases to accommodate the immediate needs of the students in fall 2007 and possible future growth, said Guernsey. Phase one will serve up to 450 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The $6 million school will be two stories initially, and will include 17 classrooms, an adoration chapel, art and music rooms, a science lab, library and offices, Guernsey said.

A gymnasium is planned for the second phase, unless the school can secure enough donations to build the gym, according to Guernsey.

The school, which will eventually be able to accommodate up to 900 students, will be open to everyone in the community, Guernsey said, regardless of whether they live in the town or are Catholic.

"Our hope is that everyone who attends the school would make the transition into the Catholic faith. It is not a requirement, but part of the school day will be based on the teachings of God and, more specifically, the Catholic faith," he said.

Ave Maria University President Nick Healy said the school will be similar to parochial schools across the country.

"We have an order of Dominican sisters who staff some schools in Michigan who have volunteered to come here and teach and be role models," he said.

Guernsey said the town has a conceptual agreement with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, but does not currently have a formal agreement with the Order.

Healy said a Catholic school was important to the university's faculty and staff who will be working and living in the town.

"We think it is another attraction to a community that will be based on traditional religious and family values," he said.

Tuition at the school has not been set, but Guernsey said it would be comparable to other Catholic schools in the area. Specific guidelines for application are still under development, Guernsey said.

"In general terms, the students and parents will need to support the mission of the school and abide by the school policies. The students will need to have the ability to progress through the curriculum at the grade level they will be joining," he said.

Ave Maria University is actively seeking donors to help build the school. Donors can also give to secure the naming rights to the school. Those interested in contributing should call Dr. Carole Carpenter at (239) 280-2572, or at ccarpenter@avemaria.edu.

The school will be in a neighborhood northeast of the oratory in the town. The neighborhood is targeted to house many single-family homes, Healy said.

The opening of the school will coincide with the opening of the Ave Maria University campus to students.

Residents of Ave Maria are expected to begin moving into the town in spring 2007, said Barron Collier Cos. President Paul Marine, the project developer.

But the Catholic school is not the only school that will open in the town. Ave Maria has given the Collier County School District 46 acres to build schools within the town. Under an agreement among the town, the district and the county, the acreage is mitigated against impact fees.

Still, students who live in Ave Maria and want to go to a Collier County public school in the town will have to wait until 2012 before the first elementary school opens and 2023 until the first middle school opens.

That doesn't mean they won't have options for public school. Alvah Hardy, executive director for facilities management with the School District, said students in Ave Maria will attend school at Estates Elementary School, Corkscrew Middle School and Palmetto Ridge High School until schools are built in the town.

All of the schools are between nine and 11 miles of Oil Well and Camp Keais roads, the intersection that leads to Ave Maria.

He added that schools could pop up earlier than expected.

"With emerging development, we monitor the situation every year. It is not any different than any other school development," he said. "The elementary school was originally slated to open in 2015 and now it is 2012."

 

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