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USI’s School of Engineering has been sold to Ivy Tech College for an undisclosed sum and future considerations.
Acting on the demands by the School of Engineering to reduce or eliminate those parts of the university’s educational experience that are not considered relevant or important for today’s engineers, the School has been sold to Ivy Tech College, a state supported institution and trade school.
According to unnamed sources from the School of Engineering, “twenty first century engineers don’t need those “liberal” classes that interfere with their purposes for being here: which is to get a job, not get educated.” The unnamed source went on to further state that “those literature, poetry, artsy and foreign language courses are corrupting our young engineers’ minds, giving them a broader view and pushing a radical viewpoint that is contrary to the American engineer.”
“American engineers,” he said, “have no need for complex thinking, elegant language skills nor visual or aesthetic education. We just want to get ’em in and get ’em out.” When asked to comment on a recent Techcrunch article that pointed to a “glut” in run of mill engineers, the source declined official comment, saying only, “Jobs for graduates are always available. So what if they aren’t in their chosen field?”
Upon hearing of the sale of the School of Engineering, an anonymous faculty source from the College of Liberal Arts commented that “It doesn’t surprise me. After all, the sale is a logical extension of the movement to run the university from the ‘business’ model perspective where the goal is to produce graduates (products), not educated men and women (frills).”
“Yes” he said, “it is a great day, when a University can finally offer a trade degree, free of all those extraneous courses that make up a university degree. The lowering of standards and requirements is just like businesses everywhere,” he stated. “When the competition gets tougher, you cut the quality of the merchandise as much as you can.”
Officials from the office of Academic Affairs were unavailable for comment.
Father Lenny Dowhie
Professor Emeritus, USI