Koch's role in hiring decisions at Florida State University raises questions

Discussion in 'Education' started by Political Junky, May 10, 2011.

  1. Political Junky
    Online

    Political Junky Gold Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2009
    Messages:
    19,569
    Thanks Received:
    2,948
    Trophy Points:
    260
    Ratings:
    +5,543
    Big Education Ape: Billionaire's role in hiring decisions at Florida State University raises questions - St. Petersburg Times

    A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university.

    A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University's economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting "political economy and free enterprise."
    <more>
     
  2. initforme
    Offline

    initforme VIP Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2011
    Messages:
    5,579
    Thanks Received:
    473
    Trophy Points:
    85
    Ratings:
    +1,368
    This is sick. I remember when scott walker got his call from a fake Koch....he sure stood up and gave attention to that call. Another example of inarguable plutocracy in this once great nation.
     
  3. Oddball
    Offline

    Oddball BANNED Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Messages:
    41,428
    Thanks Received:
    8,397
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Drinking wine, eating cheese, catching rays
    Ratings:
    +8,409
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Trajan
    Offline

    Trajan conscientia mille testes

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    29,048
    Thanks Received:
    4,751
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    The Bay Area Soviet
    Ratings:
    +4,756
    q- if say someone funds a chair at a Univ. for the study of whatever, should they have say in how the money is used?
     
  5. Toro
    Offline

    Toro Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Messages:
    50,797
    Thanks Received:
    11,059
    Trophy Points:
    2,030
    Location:
    The Big Bend via Riderville
    Ratings:
    +25,130
    My peeps!

    I thought so.



    Go Noles!
     
  6. sparky
    Offline

    sparky VIP Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    3,327
    Thanks Received:
    324
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    paradise
    Ratings:
    +341
    Quote: Originally Posted by Trajan
    q- if say someone funds a chair at a Univ. for the study of whatever, should they have say in how the money is used?


    right on down to partisanship.......


    Under the agreement with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, however, faculty only retain the illusion of control. The contract specifies that an advisory committee appointed by Koch decides which candidates should be considered. The foundation can also withdraw its funding if it&#8217;s not happy with the faculty&#8217;s choice or if the hires don&#8217;t meet &#8220;objectives&#8221; set by Koch during annual evaluations.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/10/koch-florida-state/

    Koch wasted little time in asserting his influence. In 2009, he denied 60 percent of the faculty&#8217;s suggestions to fill the positions in the new programs, called the Study of Political Economy and Free Enterprise (SPEFE) and Excellence in Economics Education (EEE). The hires that were made were agreed upon by Koch and the department&#8217;s faculty.
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2011

Share This Page