The proposed formation of a medical school on the campus raises other questions. If the university truly is in the dire financial straits that have been described, then how can it afford to build a new facility and fund such a major program in the long term, even in consort with another university? What studies have been done with regard to the interest and need for such a program locally? In the Globe story, MSSU President Bruce Speck said, “We must do this for the future of Missouri Southern, for the future of Joplin.” What is the basis for such a sweeping statement? Where is the groundswell of demand for such a step? Surely prospective donors would need these answers before committing their money to such a venture.
Shockingly, Dr. Speck and board member Dwight Douglas admit that they have no idea what implications instituting a medical school would have for the international mission (and presumably other programs) and that they were in such a hurry to seal the deal they haven’t even discussed it! Isn’t that what you do first? Find out what the impact would be for the whole campus?
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Hunts challenge assertions made by Speck, Douglas
In an op-ed for the Joplin Globe, retired Missouri Southern State University officials Duane and Gwen Hunt challenge many of the assertions that have been made by University President Bruce Speck and Board of Governors members Dwight Douglas and Rod Anderson. These include statements that the university is in dire economic condition due to the administration of former President Julio Leon, statements about the university's international mission, and the need for a medical school: