Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Fourth Tier Trash Pit Valparaiso University Law School Now Offering Buyouts to Tenured Faculty Swine
Tighten Your Belts, Pigs: On February 26, 2016, the Chicago Post-Tribune published a piece from freelance reporter Amy Lavalley, under the headline “VU Law School announces ‘right-sizing’ plan.” Enjoy this beautiful opening:
“Valparaiso University announced Friday that in the wake of declining enrollment for its law school, it is offering buyouts to tenured faculty and faculty members with multi-year contracts.
The school has 21 tenured faculty and six with multi-year contracts and any of them could be eligible for a buyout, said Andrea Lyon, the law school's dean, adding she couldn't comment on a target number for the buyouts because that would depend on salaries and the school's budget.
She said the school is "right-sizing" its faculty because of a drop in students. The school has an enrollment this year of 430 full- and part-time students, and had an incoming class in the fall of 133 students.
At its peak, the school had 600 students, she said, and while the number of students at law schools nationwide has been dropping for 40 years, the decline became precipitous with the recession several years ago. The number of students taking the LSAT, a standardized test required for law school admission, has dropped 50 percent nationwide since 2009.
The incoming class at VU hovered around 150 or 160 students for a few years but is now declining, Lyon said.
"For the size we are and are becoming, our faculty is too large and that's why we're doing this," she said, adding the school wants to make sure its students are prepared to succeed and the faculty is doing that.” [Emphasis mine]
You’re welcome, bitches! Scroll down, near the conclusion, for this gem:
“By the end of March, Lyon said administrators should know which faculty members have accepted the buyout and what the school's next step will be.
"We are very grateful to our faculty who have been here, many of them for 30 years or more," she said, adding the decision to offer the buyouts was not one the school took lightly. "It's not a referendum on any faculty member, or that anybody has done anything wrong. It's a response to the market. My colleagues are wonderful people and I will miss them very much."
Tuition for this school year for full-time students was $39,450, which Lyon said would remain the same for the coming year.” [Emphasis mine]
Perhaps, you greedy pigs should drastically reduce your tuition rates. Of course, that thought never entered your little mind.
Other Coverage: On February 26, 2016, Rob Earnshaw’s article, “VU Law School to offer faculty buyouts,” appeared in the Times of Northwest Indiana. Take a look at the following excerpt:
"Dean of the Law School Andrea Lyon said there are 36 full-time faculty members and the number of buyouts to be offered is still undetermined. Once there is a target number, officials hope the buyout works and the school can be right-sized.
Lyon said if they don't reach the target number "we'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it."
Lyon said enrollment in the Law School has been going down and the school's been more selective from a much smaller pool of applicants. She also said legal education has taken quite a hit and people taking the LSAT nationwide has gone down 50 percent from 2009 to now." [Emphasis mine]
Let’s see how selective the commode has been, in it’s admi$$ion$. After all, that’s what the dean of the law school said.
Scraping the Bottom of the Bowl: Reviewing the garbage heap’s 2015 Standard 509 Information Report, you will note the following:
"75th percentile UGPA: 3.27
Median UGPA: 2.93
25th percentile UGPA: 2.63
75th percentile LSAT: 148
Median LSAT: 145
25th percentile LSAT: 142" [Emphasis mine]
Hell, I could score higher on the LSAT, if Sofia Vergara was sitting on my lap the entire time. By the way, if this pile of excrement is becoming more selective, who were they admitting before?!?!
Ranking: A law school that charges such outrageous tuition MUST have one hell of a reputation in the legal and academic communities, right?!?! Well, according to US “News” & World Report, Valaparai$o Univer$iTTTTy Law Sewer is rated as a FOURTH TIER DUNG HEAP! What an incredible feat, huh?!?!
Conclusion: Valparaiso “University” Law Sewer is a decrepit toilet that is desperately trying to stay in the game. You can bet your ass that the univerity brass grew tired of no longer relying on this cesspool as a cash cow. Then they see that jackals with JDs, who do not submit articles in peer-reviewed journals, are making MUCH more than men and women armed with PhDs in core disciplines such as math, history, physics, and biology. At least, a smaller pool of applicants and students will result in fewer Valpo Law grads eating Alpo dog food.
Posted by Nando at 5:54 AM