Thursday, July 28, 2011
Profiles in Duplicity: NYLS Dean and President Richard Matasar
New York Times reporter David Segal blasts the law school industry again, with this piece – which was published on Sunday, July 16, 2011. The article is entitled “Law School Economics: Ka-Ching.”
“What I’ve said to people in giving talks like this in the past is, we should be ashamed of ourselves,” Mr. Matasar said at a 2009 meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. He ended with a challenge: If a law school can’t help its students achieve their goals, “we should shut the damn place down.”
Given his scathing critiques, you might expect that during Mr. Matasar’s 11 years as dean, he has reshaped New York Law School to conform with his reformist agenda. But he hasn’t. Instead, the school seems to be benefitting from many of legal education’s assorted perversities.
N.Y.L.S. is ranked in the bottom third of all law schools in the country, but with tuition and fees now set at $47,800 a year, it charges more than Harvard. It increased the size of the class that arrived in the fall of 2009 by an astounding 30 percent, even as hiring in the legal profession imploded. It reported in the most recent US News & World Report rankings that the median starting salary of its graduates was the same as for those of the best schools in the nation — even though most of its graduates, in fact, find work at less than half that amount.” [Emphasis mine]
In the next paragraph, you can see take a look at MaTTTa$ar’s bravery and honor.
“Mr. Matasar declined to be interviewed for this article, though he agreed to answer questions e-mailed through a public relations representative.”
Later on, Segal blasts Matasar in the mouth – with the following overhand right:
“The jump seems to contradict one of Mr. Matasar’s core tenets.
“Can class size be increased without damaging quality?” he asked in a 1996 Florida Law Review article. “Can class size be increased without assurances that jobs will be available for the increased number of graduates? Can class size be increased without also providing more staff, faculty, books and service? Increase class size? No!”
Did Mr. Matasar change his mind? In an e-mail, he cited the unpredictability of yield rates, which is the percent of students who accept an offer of admission. There was more than one year of yield surprises under Mr. Matasar, the largest of which came in 2009, when the incoming class leapt by 171 students.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, what a man of integrity and unyielding principles, huh?!?!
After consulting with others, Richard "The Reformer" Matasar decided to finally respond to the NYT article, on his commode's site. Here is the dean’s conclusion, of his tepid, platitude-filled reply:
“A school is best measured by the education it provides to its students. New York Law School’s faculty provides a terrific education to our hardworking students powered by continued dedication to our core values: embracing innovation, fostering integrity and professionalism, and advancing justice for a diverse society. I am proud to serve at New York Law School. I am confident that the New York Law School community will continue to press to improve the Law School, to have graduates who will take action on behalf of their clients, and to accomplish all that we are capable of accomplishing.”
Wrong, Ass-Clown. A school must be measured by the job prospects it provides its paying customers, i.e. students and graduates. Honestly, a supposedly stellar or superb “legal education” does not mean much – if the student is tied down with tons of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, and faces anemic employment outlook. What the hell is the point of taking out an additional $119,437 in law school debt, for a TTT law degree, if it does not lead to decent employment?!?! In your own words, pig, from January 2009:
“We own our students' outcomes," Matasar said at the AALS program. "We took them. We took their money. We live on their money. … And if they don't have a good outcome in life, we're exploiting them. It's our responsibility to own the outcomes of our institutions. If they're not doing well ... it's gotta be fixed. Or we should shut the damn place down. And that's a moral responsibility that we bear in the academy.” [Emphasis mine]
Law School Tuition Bubble has shown that Matasar’s response does not add up.
“So full-time applicants dropped 28% and part-time applicants 11%. Segal didn’t research this, and Dean Matasar has no reason to tell anyone. At some point in 2009 NYLS’s admissions office must have realized there was a problem, and it altered its acceptance strategy accordingly.
Starting with part-time students, it looks like Segal is right: NYLS deliberately accepted more applicants predicting they would matriculate.”
Jobless JD also bitch-slapped this “educator.”
Conclusion: In the end, it is so hard to hold onto your stated “principles” when it is so PROFITABLE to continually disregard them!
On page 18 of New York Law Sewer's 2010 IRS Form 990, you will note that Richard Matasar made $519,238 in straight salary, i.e. no other compensation - for 2009!!!
Head to page 17 of this sweltering commode’s 2009 Form 990. It shows that this “reformer” also raked in $495,122 in compensation, for 2008. In fact, check out page 2 of this tax document, and focus on lines 20-22. As you can see, this independent, "non-profit" cess pool had $393,215,054 in total end-of-year assets - balanced by $194,524,797 in total end-of-year liabilities. This means that this THIRD TIER SEWAGE PIT had $198,690,257 in total net assets - at the end of this particular tax year. See how profitable it can be to run a "non-profit" corporation masquerading as an "institution of higher learning"?!?!
Posted by Nando at 10:59 AM