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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning

"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

UAlbany farce...

Well, good luck to you, sir: SUNY-Albany has just created a new position - the Vice President for Student Sucess. Now that sounds like a cushy position, especially since the salary is 185 large. But before you consider applying, note this aspect of the job description:
Building a successful college career isn't just about grades -- it's about becoming part of a community, University at Albany officials say.

So on Monday, the school announced plans to turn its student affairs department into a division that covers both academics and town-gown relations.

Good lord, that's not my idea of fun. I mean, I hope James Anderson - the man hired for the job - spent some time downtown on a Friday night before he signed up for the gig. He might just be in for a rude awakeing, especially since he is making statements like this:
UAlbany, he said, is just two or three years away from reaching the "national limelight."Anderson talked of finding ways for classroom learning to stretch off campus.
Those are some pretty lofty goals. Then again, maybe by "national limelight" he means getting back that top national party-school status that they just recently lost. And perhaps "stretching the learning" has to do with teaching students not to leave trash everywhere.

Don't get me wrong, I'd take the job for the cool 185 large they we the taxpayers are going to pay Mr. Anderson to do it. But you got to believe he's going to be earning that cash, especially if he manages to show some improvements.
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At 2:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

I enjoy reading this blog very much, but I find the UAlbany discussions a little condescending and snarky. There are plenty of well-respected faculty and top ranked programs there, for a great price. I chose to attend (BS and Masters) over "higher ranked" schools, and I absolutely do not have any regrets.

That being said, I look forward to reading future posts!    

At 2:50 PM , Blogger Matt said:

Oh, I don't mean to disparage UAlbany's faculty at all - i have spent plenty of time in the political science department and I find the faculty there to be first rate - friendly, approachable, and extremely smart people.

Nor do I have any problem with the schools facilities - i think they have a wonderful library with an extremely helpful staff. Nor do I think that most students at UAlbany are troublesome revelers - in fact I agree with you that Albany is a great education and a great value.

But that's only if you take advantage of it, which is seems like you did. The faculty, the resources, and the education aren't worth much if you are more interested in hanging out at the WT than you are in going to class. And for better or worse, that's a piece of UAlbany's reputation - and largely what i was commenting on.

I don't mean any disrespect to anyone who went to UAlbany - I can say firsthand that it's a phenomenal education if you wish to take advantag of it.

glad you like the blog.    

At 9:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

thanks for responding. I think of UAlbany as a younger sibling, i'll joke about it.. but I'm the first to defend. i wholeheartedly agree, we have our bad apples who tend to find themselves in the spotlight more often than not!    

At 6:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree too. It's a great school (B.S. from there), but if you want to be lazy and party, there are plenty of chances to..and they (SUNY) makes it easy to live that life and still survive at the school.    

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