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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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"…
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…
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 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…
Monday's University of Akron Board of Trustees meeting was packed with those who wanted to weigh in on budget cuts. The fact that none of them were able to provide input was frustrating to UA Director of Orchestral Studies Dr. Guy Victor Bordo, who attended the meeting. "It was a…
Monday, 27 July 2015 12:27

UA Trustees Agree To Cut Jobs, Rescind Course Fee

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University of Akron board of trustees agreed to reverse the university's decision to impose a $50 per credit hour fee on upper-level courses -- but also agreed to cut 213 positions. UA spokesman Wayne Hill said employees will be notified on Monday and Tuesday. The moves were made after the…
Monday, 20 July 2015 09:33

UA Plans To Reverse $50 Credit Hour Fee

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The University of Akron is planning to reverse its decision to add a $50 per credit hour fee on higher level courses. President Scott Scarborough released a statement this morning announcing the change and plans to ask the Board of Trustees to remove the "upper-division program fee." Scarborough plans to…
The University of Akron announcing a three-year plan to address financial concerns...and that means some 40-million dollars in budget cuts that'll cut 215 non-faculty jobs and end UA's baseball program. UA vice president for advancement Larry Burns says that the nine month budget process ended up out of balance. "And as…
Friday, 26 June 2015 17:58

Stow Couple: "It's Like I Won The Lottery"

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A Stow couple has waited 31 years for this day. "It's like I won the lottery," said 66-year-old John Marshall. Marshall couldn't hold back the tears while explaining the meaning behind getting a marriage license to legally tie the knot with his partner, 65-year-old James Neilsen. "It's just like all…
In a statement loaded with apologies to a city hall employee he's known for 14 years, his wife of 25 years Sandy, his cabinet members, the Moneypenny family and the citizens of Akron, Garry Moneypenny's political ambitions flamed out because of inappropriate touching of a female co-worker at City Hall…
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