12 December 2005

Saving the Tulane University School of Engineering

More grassroots efforts . . . and signs, and websites. This sign is "ducted" onto a St. Charles Streetcar Line pole adjacent to Audubon Place--in front of the chancellor's house in fact. Last week, President Scott Cowen announced restructing plans for Tulane University post-KTMB. (See renewal.tulane.edu). In addition to other substantial changes such as the cutting of several hundred jobs and the dissolution of Newcomb College (another tragedy) is the elimination of the School of Engineering. I did not personally attend Tulane, but come from a long line of family members that not only attended the university but received civil engineering degrees from Tulane. From what I understand, the School of Engineering was a perennial money loser in recent years not from a lack of students or lack of quality faculty--and despite decent endowments and donations. Two major factors have contributed to negatively impact the School of Engineering's financial status: the incredible overhead the university requires from the school and the amount of full scholarship students within the School of Engineering. According to my source, the scholarship situation is the one that really has hurt them financially and make them an easy target for eradication. They are simply giving an engineering education to too many for free.

Check out the website: http://savetulaneengineering.org/wordpress/

Hopefully, this can be stopped. Yep, we don't need any engineers in post-KTMB New Orleans. Absolutely no work here to do that involves engineering.


At December 12, 2005 3:38 PM, Blogger Al Scramuzza said...

In a related story Tulane is keeping their Div. I status in all Football, Baseball and Basketball.

At December 12, 2005 4:26 PM, Blogger dillyberto said...

To each his own...

for those who ask, much will be given.

Let's stand up for engineering now.

At December 12, 2005 5:26 PM, Anonymous ashley said...

David Filo's $30 Million donation was earmarked explicitly for engineering scholarships. That's about $1.8M a year ROI for the endowment.

Of course a lot of money went to giving people free rides, because one of the guys that got a free ride years ago is giving something back.


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