No relief for the University of Akron and its president Scott Scarborough with a new YouTube video that uses paper sack puppets in a parody of Scarborough and others. The video was uploaded by a group that calls itself Graduates over Greed.

As of 6:00 this morning, the video was well on the way to nearly 3,500 views; the group also has a Facebook page. The now-famous antique olive jar that decorates the Scarborough bedroom makes the cut. There were a couple of violinists outside a recent board of trustees meeting that are also part of the joke. 

ADVANCE NOTICE -- some of the language in the video clip may not be welcome with the kids listening.

 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:32

UA Protesters: "Akron Is Scarred"

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Ode to an Antique Olive Jar:

"O Olive Jar! You are empty while I am sad. 

I cannot afford to fill thee with expensive imported olives."

The poem, written by University of Akron graduate and retired educator Wendy Duke, was intended to symbolize the feeling of disgust that many are attaching to an $556 decorative olive jar recently purchased for the university-owned presidential residence.

Duke and dozens of others waited nearly two hours outside the doors of room 339 inside the Student Union. UA Board of Trustees were scheduled to meet in a public session around 9 a.m. The nearly two-hour wait was plenty of time for protesters to voice their opinions and express their concerns surrounding UA's recent budget cuts, including the elimination of 213 jobs. 

28-year veteran English professor Antonia Forster made it very clear why she showed up.

"Generalized rage about the way the university is being destroyed by this attitude that money is the only thing that matters," said Forster.

People like Forster are mad about the elimination of staff and proposed reconfiguration of the UA Press, EJ Thomas Hall and the hiring of an inexperienced company to provide success coaches to students.

"The faculty is being treated like morons and lied to all the time and each time one lie gets pointed out, they come up with another one," said Forster. "There's a pattern of getting rid of all the people who know how to do things and replacing them with cheap people who don't know what they're doing."

Kristie Kern and her 10-year-old son, Kenton, were also in attendance outside the board of trustees meeting, using their violins as a way to express their concerns and present a symbolic message to represent the changes and job cuts at EJ Thomas Hall. Kern's husband, Kevin, is a UA history professor and also a member of the UA Press board.

"We, most especially, are upset about the situation with EJ Thomas Hall," said Kern. "This is why we brought our violins, my son and I, to represent the loss of performance opportunities at EJ Thomas."

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But much of the attention was placed on the support offered for president Scott Scarborough, drawing snickers from people who were hoping to hear the opposite.While it was business as usual inside room 339 as UA board of trustees.

"We believe Dr. Scott Scarborough has appropriately and effectively addressed the issues presented to him," said Pavloff, who was then interrupted by the crowd's laughter. reconvened following an executive session Wednesday morning, Scarborough and Board Chairman Jonathon Pavloff did admit to making mistakes -- saying the administration could have done a better job delivering the message.

The board of trustees did not hear or answer questions from the public.

Previous Coverage:

Olive Jar Discussion Continues

Scott Scarborough: Unplugged

Eliminate UA Football: Not So Simple

UA President's House Repairs Cost More Than It's Worth

UA Planning To Cut Jobs, Baseball Program

 

 

Thursday, 06 August 2015 15:56

Scott Scarborough: Unplugged

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The University of Akron is offering a more detailed explanation about its budget crisis that has dominated social and traditional media the last couple of weeks.

The university's method to fill a $60 million two-year hole is well-publicized but offering insight to media and the community has been reactive and sporadic until today. UA President Dr. Scott Scarborough agreed to answer our questions. Just hours after the exclusive conversation, the university began spreading the link to a new page on its website that is dedicated to giving a different take to some media reports.

The interview is mainly about the budget but also focuses on some specific criticisms, including that $556 olive jar that sets somewhere in the newly renovated home that Scarborough (or any UA president) is required to live.

 

Here's a synopsis of some of the topics we discussed:

Road to recent budget deficit: UA was spending more than it could afford; enrollment has been declining, which Scarborough says is a trend in the Midwest; state budget cuts and recession are factors.

Confidence in plan: Scarborough is confident and says it's difficult to protray optimism in the days after eliminating jobs but he says right-sizing the budget will allow UA to thrive.

Mistakes: The fee hike but mainly in the way they went about it. Scarborough says invoices went out before UA told anyone it was coming; he says it could be revisited.

Communication: Scarborough defends some of UA's communication strategy but admits that it fell short in some areas, too.

Program Cuts: EJ Thomas, Multicultural Center, Off Campus Student Services and UA Press are among the biggest losers; Scarborough explains how they can survive, including hiring some people.  Yes, UA may actually create some new posititions related to the ones that were just eliminated.

Athletics: Following some calls to partially dismantle or eliminate football may not be prudent; he explains the many variables.

Success Coaches: Scarborough explains why he okayed a committee recommendation to hire TrustNavigator to provide success coaching rather than a company that has actually done it before.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 06:32

UA Defends Decision To Hire Trust Navigator

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The University of Akron is defending its decision to hire an outside company to provide student success coaches in the midst of a projected $60 million shortfall. Associate Vice President of Student Success Stacey Moore was part of the committee that recommended approving an $843,000 contract with Trust Navigator, a company with no prior experience working with a success coaching program. 

campus archesTrust Navigator was picked over InsideTrack, a nationally recognized program with around 15 years of experience. UA officials were impressed with InsideTrack's record, but the univeristy wanted to team up with a local program that would provide on-campus resources. Despite Trust Navigator's lack of student coaching experience, the university was interested with the company's goals -- including hiring UA graduates and working directly with students on campus. Moore said there's already research that proves direct and consistent contact with students improves retention. And that's what she said Trust Navigator is offering.

"We're not flying blind on Trust Navigator, even though they don't have a proven track record in higher education," Moore said. "It is attractive to us that they're hiring our own graduates, recent alumni. That means they're contributing to our student success after graduation."

Moore said tackling a program, like the one offered by Trust Navigator, on their own would require more money, more time and create a larger, more permanent risk.

"Keep in mind that this is a pilot [program], so we also want the ability to watch it, judge if it's successful and if it's not, then we can move outside of our contract pretty quickly, in a way that would not be as easy if we hired a whole set of people internally," said Moore. 

Moore estimates that it would have cost UA about $1.3 million, possibly more, to launch the program on their own. While InsideTrack would have cost the university around $1.66 million, Moore said one of the major disadvantages with the program would be the lack of on-campus coaching to provide face-to-face communication with students.

As for Trust Navigator's lack of prior experience in higher education, Moore continued to reiterate the fact that the university has the ability to terminate the contract at any time if they're not happy with the service. That's something Moore said wouldn't be easy if they hired their own staff. 

The program doesn't replace the role of advisors or counselors at the university. Moore said it's a service that adds a more personal coaching method that students can utilize both in and out of the classroom.

Moore admits that the committee didn't take a look at Trust Navigator's website before picking the company to launch the program at the university, but she says they focused on the responses to the request for proposal that was released in late June. Despite the university's recent budget cuts, including eliminating 213 jobs, Moore believes the process of making investments remains crucial.

"As challenging as it is, and we are certainly living the challenge of difficult fiscal times, if you fail to invest in anything, then I don't know how you move forward."

UA plans to take the lead on the project and oversee how Trust Navigator coaches are trained before meeting with students. 

Previous Coverage: 

InsideTrack: "We Had 8 Business Days To Respond"

REPORT: Trust Navigator Questions Building

Who -- Or What -- Is Trust Navigator?

UA Trustees Agree To Cut Jobs, Rescind Course Fee

 

 

Sunday, 02 August 2015 10:49

REPORT: Trust Navigator Questions Building

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With just six employees, no prior clients and no experience in higher education, the University of Akron picked Trust Navigator, LLC to bring "student success coaches" to the campus over a firm that has worked with more than a million students.There are questions surrounding whether TrustNavigator is the right fit for a university that is currently under a microscope after announcing a projected $60 million budget shortfall --- but some of those questions have now been answered after the Devil Strip's Chris Horne examined UA's request for proposal (RFP) seeking success coaches. 
 
Just over a week ago, on Monday, July 27, 2015 the University Board of Trustees approved an $843,000 contract with the newly launched program -- the same day the trustees also approved eliminating 213 jobs, including more than 50 jobs in the Department of Student Success. The University claims it will save $15 million dollars because of the workforce reductions to help meet the challenge of a $40 million to $60 million dollar deficit depending on various reports.
 
Trust Navigator and InsideTrack were the only companies to respond to UA's RFP -- and there are obvious differences between the two. RFP's were due July 7, 2015 meaning there was less than three weeks for review by the Administration and eventually Trustees.
 
Trust Navigator has a website which is largely in-progress and lists a few employees, no clients or events. InsideTrack has a more developed website, lists more leadership team members and includes links to stories from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Among those listed as references by Trust Navigator are E. Gordon Gee, the president of West Virginia University, and James E. Bennett, Chief of Stafff to the president of Cleveland State University. InsideTrack declined to provide a list of references until the final step of the due diligence process to "maintain the goodwill of existing clients." InsideTrack also noted it's attorney was working with existing clients to approve release of their names due to confidentiality agreements due to the "quick turnaround time for the RFP." 
 
InsideTrack is a for-profit San Fransico-based company, founded in 2000 which employs more than 300 individuals across the country. It was named one of the "10 most innovative companies in education" by Fast Company. The company reports working with more than a million students "across every type of higher education institution in the country" and discusses its program that provides a mobile app to connect students directly to university and career resources.On the other end, Trust Navigator, a Cleveland-based company, listed no prior clients or higher educational experience. They currently employ only six individuals with plans of hiring 20 success coaches to serve around 4,000 students. They did note that it would be a "heavy workload and most probably stretching the limit of burnout risk."

According to the proposal, Trust Navigator expects that over 75 percent of their success coaches will be UA alumni -- but that's not guaranteed. While that may have been an important element to UA officials, that was just one of 15 factors in the evaluation used to grade the companies. InsideTrack did not make any promises to hire UA graduates. 
 
Research and citations were included in InsideTrack's proposal to show evidence of success and the company's growth within a 15 year period. Trust Navigator was unable to provide similar results because they have yet to officially launch their program.
 
InsideTrack's standard outreach program for 4,000 students was nearly double the cost of Trust Navigator, with a price tag of $1.66 million. That factor alone was weighted 10 times more than any other criteria that was graded based on UA's 1200 point scale.
 
Trust Navigator outscored InsideTrack on 9 out of the 15 criteria analyzed by UA officials. Final score: Trust Navigator - 680. InsideTrack - 360. Or, put another way, a company with no track record had double the evaluation score than a company with 15 years experience and a national track record.
 
If in fact cost and hiring a local company that employs UA graduates were deciding factors, the question still remains as to how the university can afford the financial risk of working with a pilot program with no prior experience or proven results?
 
Previous Coverage: 
 
Saturday, 01 August 2015 09:28

UA President's House Repairs Cost More Than It's Worth

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One phase of budget cuts at the University of Akron is over, at least as far as a statement from University President Dr. Scott Scarborough is concerned. He acknowledges the pain caused but has noted the situation was dire with a massive $60 million dollar defecit first identified. The furor over belt-tightening, however, is getting more fuel to the fire over costs renovating the President's residence.

By contract, the University President is required to live in the home at 465 Burning Tree Drive, purchased in 1999 at a cost of $850,000 in a neighborhood marked by large homes and wealthy neighbors. The University maintained the home needed repairs and renovations left behind after Dr. Luis Proenza's departure after 15 years in the home, and also cited allergies suffered by Scarborough's family that prevented them from fully moving in. The family had been staying at a local hotel at a reported cost of $25,000 while repairs and renovations were being made. The Scarborough's moved into the home in January, according to the report.

The family provided their own furniture for their living quarters on the second floor of the home; the first floor is used for entertaining and meetings and more public use.

The new report from Northeast Ohio Media Group shows the costs of repairing the home -- with a property valuation now listed at just over $733,000 dollars -- is actually $950,000, more than the home is worth. The report notes some of the work includes renovations and repairs from University of Akron construction employees who were part of layoffs proposed by the Administration and approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this week in decisions that sidelined 161 employees and abolished 213 positions from the University's budget.  

Among the items going into renovations: a modernized first floor bathroom at a cost of $40,000 and more than $141.000 for furnishings and decorations including window treatments.

In contrast, a report by student media at Kent State University in November 2014 compared the various perks other colleges and universities provided their Presidents. Kent State's Beverly Warren lives in a home built by her predecessor, Dr. Lester Lefton, and KSU pays an annual lease of $56,000 annually on a deal extending to 2033. Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel, who was a finalist for the Akron job but criticized by faculty for not having a doctorate, lives in Pollock House, an 1863 mansion gifted to the University in 1950. 

Source: Google Maps

 

 

Friday, 31 July 2015 05:32

Who -- Or What -- Is Trust Navigator?

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As the University of Akron eliminated more than 213 jobs this week including over 50 jobs in its Department of Student Success, board of trustees also approved a move to spend $843,000 on a company that would provide "success coaches" for students.

But details on the company delivering those "coaches" are limited with the exception of a single article on the website FreshWaterCleveland.com published last month or the company's own website. Trust Navigator searches respond with links directly to the company's website or background on some of the key staff listed by the company.

On Monday, board of trustees approved plans to enter an agreement with Trust Navigator, LLC, a not-for-profit organization based out of Mayfield Heights, to provide coaches to work "closely with this fall’s incoming freshman class." The package of layoffs approved by Trustees included deep cuts in the existing "student success" bureaucracy at the University.

According to Trust Navigator's website, the coaches are "assigned to a student until graduation" focusing on "academic success and retention." While those goals are in line with UA's mission to focus on student success, there is little known about Trust Navigator's prior clients or experience in the educational field. In examining the Trust Navigator website there are no references to existing clients or events. WAKR.net reached out to UA officials for comment, but our request was acknowledged by a University spokesperson who noted key individuals who could answer any inquiry were on vacation and would not be available until next week. WAKR has requested copies of documents presented to the University of Akron Board of Trustees outlining the student success agreement and the contact between the firm and University as well as other documents which may provide other information about Trust Navigator's experience.

TrustNavigatorPostcardTrust Navigator's website does include some information regarding the past experience of those directly involved in the organization, including Trust Navigator's Chief Ambassador, Tom Roulston. He's listed as the “ideas man” behind the company with "30 years of entrepreneurial experience." Roulston currently runs two companies, Roulston Buyside Research and Thomas Roulston Investment Partners.

Rob Reho, Chief Operations Ambassador, has more than 32 years of "experience in marketing and operations management." According to the company's website, Reho graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Communications and completed his MBA at Kent State University. He serves as the interim General Manager for Flohr Machine and is the owner of Executive Marketing Plus.Reho returned our calls but was unable to provide additional information, explaining he was also on vacation this week but would be in a position to provide more background next week.

In the position of Communications and Curriculum Ambassador, the first staffer recognized on the website, Grace Roulston, is listed as a graduate from Ohio University with a Major in Communications and a Minor in Film Studies. According to the website, she worked in marketing for Save Local Now, a startup company where she gained "experience working with entrepreneurs and getting to learn about a variety of small businesses." The website was revised Thursday afternoon to list Anna Zeller instead of Roulston in the position of "Chief Envoy Ambassador" with a qualification listing her college career at Allegheny College and the University of Akron where she also played on the women's soccer team. A graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Major in History and a Minor in Art history, Zeller "...accepted the opportunity to work at Trust Navigator and help other college students maximize their educational experience' according to the website.

Details in regards to Trust Navigator's history is limited, but a quick search revealed that in a 2005 revised disclosure form, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) listed Trust Navigator, LLC as an investment adviser --- but is now listed as "NOT currently registered and is NOT filing reports with the SEC or any state." Kenneth A. Louard, former director of operations and chief counsel with the Cleveland Browns, and Tom Roulston were listed in the SEC filing as managing partners.

Louard is currently the director of business development at Grain Management, LLC in Sarasota, Florida.WAKR.net searched for more information on Louard; there were three LinkedIn profiles for a Ken or Kenneth Louard and all appear to be of the same person with business interests in northeast Ohio and affiliation with an investment and equity firm in Sarasota, Florida. In one, the Harvard Business School educated Louard is listed as the owner of Trust Navigator, LLC. A more comprehensive listing shows Louard as a Director of Grain Management LLC of Sarasota since August 2012. Grain Management is listed as a private equity firm specializing in media and communications sectors with two flagship funds managing "...a number of the country’s leading academic institutions, endowments, and public pension funds." Louard's LinkedIn resume also includes more than seven years with the Cleveland Browns serving as Director of Operations and Chief Counsel and as partner for more than three years with the Cleveland-based law firm of Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 12:11

See The List Of UA Eliminated Positions

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Here is the list of positions eliminated as a result of the budget cuts at The University of Akron, along with their annual pay and value of fringe benefits. Associate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Hill notes that of the 213 eliminated positions, 161 were filled and will result in layoffs while the rest were vacant positions.

  Classification College/VP Location & Unit Ann + Fringe  
1 Acting Dir, Data & Technology Buchtel College of Arts & Sci/A&S Dean's Office              23,560  
2 Asst to Dean, Comm Engmt & Dev Buchtel College of Arts & Sci/A&S Dean's Office            113,275  
3 AssttoDeanStu&AdminAff-A&S Buchtel College of Arts & Sci/A&S Dean's Office            118,734  
4 Administrative Secretary College of Applied Sci & Tech/Business & Info Technology              25,141  
5 Academic Adviser II College of Applied Sci & Tech/Coll of Appl Sci & Tech Dean's              32,881  
6 Academic Adviser II College of Applied Sci & Tech/Coll of Appl Sci & Tech Dean's              32,576  
7 Administrative Assistant College of Applied Sci & Tech/Coll of Appl Sci & Tech Dean's              40,854  
8 Secretary College of Applied Sci & Tech/Engineering & Science Tech              22,760  
9 Office Assistant College of Applied Sci & Tech/Trng Ctr, Fire & Haz Mtrls              25,161  
10 Co-Op Coord College of Engineering/Co-op              43,000  
11 Asst to Director, IPE College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Engineering              87,358 *
12 Engineering Technician Sr College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Engineering              73,950 *
13 Engineering Technician Sr College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Engineering              79,442  
14 Engineering Technician Sr College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Science              71,379 *
15 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Admissions              63,326  
16 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Admissions              49,485  
17 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Admissions              57,269  
18 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Admissions              57,602  
19 Secretary Division of Student Success/Associated Student Government              55,543  
20 Administrative Secretary Division of Student Success/Counseling & Testing Center              60,812  
21 Academic Adviser I Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ              29,277  
22 Asst Dir, Acad Advisement Ctr Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ              62,779  
23 Asst VP, Student Success Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ            122,828  
24 Office Manager Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ              44,822  
25 Sr Business Analyst Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ              77,226  
26 Coord Developmental Progs Supp Division of Student Success/Developmental Programs              43,398  
27 Asst Dir, Stu Health Srvs Division of Student Success/Health Services              73,393  
28 Assoc Dir, Multi Dev Progs Division of Student Success/Multicultural Development              62,779  
29 Departmental Records Spec Division of Student Success/New Student Orientation              44,519  
30 Assoc Dir, Rec & Wlns Srvs Opr Division of Student Success/Ocasek Natatorium              84,942  
31 Administrative Assistant Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services              65,900  
32 Asst Dir, Commuter Central Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services              70,446  
33 Asst Dir, Off Campus Stu Srvc Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services              51,861  
34 Dir, Off Campus Stu Svcs Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services              95,533  
35 Office Manager-Accessibility Division of Student Success/Office of Accessibility              67,899  
36 Administrative Assistant Sr Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success              67,111  
37 Asst to VP, Fis Op Stu Success Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success              88,716  
38 ExecAssttoVP&DirStratPlng&Comm Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success              80,020  
39 VP, Student Success Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success            280,980  
40 Coord, Residence Life Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              46,237  
41 Coord, Residence Life Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              42,147  
42 Coord, Residence Life Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              45,440  
43 Coord,Housing Assign&Contracts Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              34,858  
44 Custodial Superintendent Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              53,301  
45 Custodial Superintendent Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              53,301  
46 Department Admin Asst Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              69,443  
47 Residence Life & Housing Spec Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              81,254  
48 Coord, Writing Lab Division of Student Success/Student Academic Success              66,457  
49 Assoc Dir, Stud Union Ops Division of Student Success/Student Life              67,474  
50 Asst Dir, Maintenance Division of Student Success/Student Life              70,501  
51 Coord, Bus Office Student Life Division of Student Success/Student Life              70,170  
52 Coord, Events & Scheduling Division of Student Success/Student Life              62,268  
53 Coord, Scheduling Division of Student Success/Student Life              62,175  
54 Coord, Technology Division of Student Success/Student Life              54,967  
55 Head Volleyball Coach Division of Student Success/Student Rec & Wellness Srvs            106,451  
56 Mgr, Aquatics Division of Student Success/Student Rec & Wellness Srvs              49,846  
57 Mgr, SRWC Systems Division of Student Success/Student Rec & Wellness Srvs              58,610  
58 Assoc Dir, Stud Services Ctr Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              75,062  
59 Student Enrollment Counselor Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              45,912  
60 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              46,165  
61 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              58,752  
62 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              48,499  
63 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              50,289  
64 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              53,207  
65 Exec Dir, Student Initatives Division of Student Success/Student Success Center              95,533  
66 Secretary Division of Student Success/Student Success Center              50,909  
67 Sr Exec Administrative Asst Division of Student Success/Student Success Center              38,122  
68 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Transfer & Adult Stu Enroll Ct              63,507  
69 Administrative Secretary Honors College/Honors College Dean's Office              56,845  
70 Administrative Assistant Sr Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              62,932  
71 Assoc Dir, Multi Center Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              57,768  
72 Assoc Dir, Multi Center Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              50,769  
73 Assoc Dir, Multi Dev Progs Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              64,144  
74 Secretary Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              58,662  
75 Dir, Institutional Research Office of Academic Affairs/Institutional Research            160,660  
76 Administrative Secretary Office of Academic Affairs/International Programs              72,562  
77 Mgr, Opns & Systems OIP Office of Academic Affairs/International Programs              80,346  
78 Administrative Assistant Sr Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs              75,985  
79 Assoc Dir, Inst Teach & Lrng Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs              88,610  
80 Assoc Provost, Talent Dev Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs            200,313  
81 Assoc VP, Strat Init & Eng Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs            177,219  
82 Asst to President, Emeritus Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs              50,095  
83 Coord Print Mfg & Digital Prod Office of Academic Affairs/University Press              82,557  
84 Dir, University Press Office of Academic Affairs/University Press            143,252  
85 Editorial & Design Coord Office of Academic Affairs/University Press              65,704  
86 Dir Development Office of Advancement/Department of Development            102,357  
87 Mgr Annual Fund Office of Advancement/Department of Development              51,451  
88 Sr Exec Administrative Asst Office of Advancement/Department of Development              97,911  
89 Advertising Manager Office of Advancement/Univ Comm & Marketing              78,198  
90 Assoc VP & Chief Comm Officer Office of Advancement/Univ Comm & Marketing            252,481  
91 Public Relations Rep Office of Advancement/Univ Comm & Marketing              57,596  
92 Assoc VP, CPFM & PFOC Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Capital Planning & Fac Mngt            122,828  
93 Spec Asst for Envir Compliance Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Env & Occ Health & Safety            111,481  
94 Building Maintenance Supt Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              66,172  
95 Coord, Physical Fac Admin Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              46,184  
96 Dir, Bldg Srvs,Gnds & Spec Srv Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities            114,863  
97 Dir, Phys Fac Bus Admin Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              95,806  
98 Master Electrician Crt Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              64,961  
99 Master Painter Crt Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              61,932  
100 Master Painter Crt Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              60,479  
101 Painter Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              52,938  
102 PFOC Budget/Fiscal Admin Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              58,872  
103 Asst Chief, Univ Police Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department            141,953  
104 Locksmith Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department              52,817  
105 Patrol Officer Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department              29,806  
106 Patrol Officer Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department              29,806  
107 Police Officer II Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department              85,857  
108 Student Services Counselor Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Admissions              53,725  
109 Administrative Secretary Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              61,569  
110 Administrative Secretary Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              52,726  
111 Asst Dir, Career Center Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              61,414  
112 Career Adviser Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              53,520  
113 Program Assistant Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              67,505  
114 Department Admin Secretary Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Medina County Univ Center              34,858  
115 Department Admin Secretary Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Transfer & Adult Stu Enroll Ct              54,331  
116 Dir, Student Serv & Tech Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Transfer & Adult Stu Enroll Ct              87,326  
117 Asst to CIO, Strat Initiatives Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs            144,103  
118 Asst VP, Applications Dev Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs            191,988  
119 Dir, Applic Systems Srvs Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs            160,973  
120 Project Manager IT Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs              86,020  
121 Security Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs              92,941  
122 Sr Systems Analyst Programmer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs              22,908  
123 Sr Web Developer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs              74,258  
124 Electronic Technician Office of Info Technology Srvs/Audio Visual Services              61,811  
125 Asst VP, Computer Operations Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs            177,219  
126 Customer Support Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              46,517  
127 Customer Support Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              49,092  
128 Dir, Inter & Srv Sys Srvs Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs            147,945  
129 Electronic Technician Sr Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              80,527  
130 Mgr, Tech Learning Support Ctr Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              96,624  
131 Software Deployment Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              65,930  
132 Sr Systems Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              91,781  
133 Systems Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              64,064  
134 Systems Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs            102,978  
135 Technology Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              76,227  
136 Technology Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              83,889  
137 Technology Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              41,161  
138 Asst to VP/CIO, Proj Support Office of Info Technology Srvs/Info Tech Srvs Office Support              85,958  
139 CBA & Eval Testing Asst Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              88,038  
140 Instructional Designer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              77,383  
141 Instructional Designer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              75,062  
142 Learning Tech Support Spec Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              97,662  
143 Sr Systems Analyst Programmer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              96,887  
144 Coord, Radio Communication Office of Info Technology Srvs/Network & Comm Svs              34,788  
145 Accounting Clerk Sr Office of Info Technology Srvs/Telecommunications              73,955  
146 Dir, Network & Telecom Office of Info Technology Srvs/Telecommunications            148,751  
147 Telecom Network Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Telecommunications              74,531  
148 Asst Dept Syst Admin, HR Office of Talent Dev & HR/Talent Dev & Human Resources              27,252  
149 Dir, Spec Events & Projects Office of Talent Dev & HR/Talent Dev & Human Resources            104,111  
150 TD & HR Associate Office of Talent Dev & HR/Talent Dev & Human Resources              69,776  
151 Administrative Assistant Office of the President/Athletic External Relations              50,636  
152 Dir, Info Stadium, Lic & Mer Office of the President/Athletic External Relations              66,842  
153 Administrative Assistant Office of the President/Office of Athletics              59,504  
154 Asst Baseball Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              49,200  
155 Asst Baseball Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              40,943  
156 Asst Dir, Football Operations Office of the President/Office of Athletics              54,590  
157 Asst to the Head WBB Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              42,816  
158 Asst Women's Tennis Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              39,578  
159 Athletics Business Manager Office of the President/Office of Athletics              57,915  
160 Dir, Marketing & Promotions Office of the President/Office of Athletics              53,520  
161 Dir, Men's Soccer Ops Office of the President/Office of Athletics              53,440  
162 Dir, Women's Soccer Ops Office of the President/Office of Athletics              33,450  
163 Head Baseball Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              96,470  
164 Sr Assoc Athl Dir, Ext Rel Office of the President/Office of Athletics            159,266  
165 Sr Exec Administrative Asst Office of the President/Office of the President              82,738  
166 Dir, Mktg & Comm Law School of Law/Law Dean's Office              66,900  
167 Library Specialist University Libraries/UL Access Services              48,456  
168 Administrative Assistant University Libraries/UL Dean's Office              49,334  
169 Asst to Dean, Univ Libraries University Libraries/UL Dean's Office              65,155  
170 Library Associate University Libraries/UL Electronic Services              57,359  
171 Library Associate Sr University Libraries/UL Electronic Services              40,097  
172 Visit Asst Prof, Bibliography University Libraries/UL Research & Learning Srvs              71,500  
173 Library Specialist University Libraries/UL Science & Technology              69,626  
174 Legal Assistant VP & General Counsel/VP & General Counsel              82,678  
175 Legal Assistant VP & General Counsel/VP & General Counsel              72,684  
176 Accounting Clerk II VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP & Controller              43,277  
177 Administrative Assistant Sr VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP & Controller              64,052  
178 Property Accounting Specialist VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP & Controller              57,995  
179 Administrative Assistant Sr VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP, Treasury & Fin Plan            101,726  
180 Mgr, Ticket Office VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/EJT Hall Box Office              74,148  
181 Asst Mgr, Mailing Srvs VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Mailing Services              51,484  
182 Asst Dir, Parking Srvs VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              79,421  
183 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              16,545  
184 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              17,433  
185 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              18,987  
186 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              18,987  
187 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              18,341  
188 Asst Managing Dir VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              68,238  
189 Business Mgmt Assoc, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              52,432  
190 Coord Mktg, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              58,816 *
191 Coord, External Programs PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              63,425  
192 Coord, Ticket Office VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              39,742  
193 Events Assistant VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              22,153  
194 Exec Dir, Performing Arts Hall VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall            213,993  
195 Managing Director VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall            113,675  
196 Mgr, Sales & Marketing, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              87,820  
197 Mgr, Technical Srvs - PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              79,618  
198 Technical Svcs Assoc, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              47,295  
199 Technical Svcs Assoc, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              55,971  
200 Asst Buyer VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Purchasing Department              56,481  
201 Dir, Grad Prof Development VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School              70,149  
202 Student Services Counselor VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School              53,695  
203 Student Services Counselor VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School              52,423  
204 Student Services Counselor VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School              27,138  
205 Coord, Grants Sr VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Office of Research Admin              64,246  
206 Secretary VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Office of Research Admin              45,124  
207 Assoc VP, Res & Dir Tech Trans VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Technology Transfer, Off of            250,787  
208 Sr Exec Administrative Asst VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/VP Research & Grad School              60,823  
209 Instr Tech Trainer/Spec-WC Wayne College/Academic Affairs - Wayne              46,407  
210 Coord, Developmental Prog Wayne College/Developmental Programs-Wayne              81,522  
211 Mgr, Tech Support Svs - WC Wayne College/Technical Support Srvs - Wayne              71,074  
212 Patrol Officer Wayne College/University Police - Wayne              35,025  
213 Desktop Publishing Specialist Wayne College/Word Processing Ctr-Wayne              35,887  
     TOTAL  15,275,702  
    *Indicates salaries not budgeted.    
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:11

University of Akron Releases Layoff List

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The University of Akron has released a list of those affected by budget-related job cuts - which affect 213 positions and 161 employees.

A list of all the position cuts is published here on WAKR.net.

The layoffs will save the university about 15-million dollars a year in salary and benefits.

The list confirms the dismissal of all staff at E.J. Thomas Hall, the Student Services Center, the Multicultural Center and the UA Press.

UA officials say the Multicultural Center will consolidate with the Office of Inclusion and Equity and that University Press is being merged into the university library system.

Other departments affected included the Office of Information Technology.

University officials say that some employees have "bumping rights"...that could enable them to move to another position within the university, thereby displacing another person.

The University of Akron is trying to clear up more of the budget fallout that they didn't make clear the first time.

Layoffs at the university's multicultural center and at University Press do not mean those entities are closing. That's according to the vice president of advancement, Larry Burns, who says the multicultural center will consolidate with the Office of Inclusion and Equity.

He says University Press is being merged into the university library system. The university made the clarification after some media reported that both facets were being closed.

The same thing happened before ... the university fired the staff at E.J. Thomas Hall, media reports suggested that E.J. was being closed down, then the university said that was incorrect.

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(Statement from Lawrence Burns, Vice President of Advancement, The University of Akron) Media reports that The University of Akron plans to close its Multicultural Center and University Press are incorrect. Neither entity will close and UA's commitment to both diversity and the support of the humanities is resolute.

The Multicultural Center's operations are being consolidated with the university's Office of Inclusion & Equity. This consolidated unit is being elevated and will report directly to the president.

University Press operations are being transferred to UA's Division of Libraries.

Working in close consultation with faculty leadership – including the head of the Faculty Senate and the president of the AAUP-Akron chapter – there was an in-depth and comprehensive nine-month review of university finances that led up to the development of the University's budget. Unfortunately, position eliminations were a necessary part of the budget-balancing work to strengthen UA's financial health. As part of that process, it was determined that there would be no faculty layoffs to ensure the academic mission of the University was protected.

(Earlier coverage) A second day of layoffs at the University of Akron have hit other full departments.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that all staffers at UA's Multicultural Center and the UA Press have been released.

That comes after the staff of E.J. Thomas Hall was laid off on Monday.

213 positions are affected over all, with 161 employees in filled positions losing their jobs.

The University of Akron is trying to close a 60-million dollar budget gap, and administrators also eliminated the university's baseball program.

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On the Web: Northeast Ohio Media Group, www.cleveland.com

 

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