And now:Ish <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

 > -----Original Message-----
 > From:        Craven, Jim 
 > Sent:        Wednesday, September 15, 1999 6:06 PM
 > To:  Campus Master List
 > Subject:     A Tale of a Community College
 > Here is a true tale about an Indian community college; it shall remain
 > nameless as it doesn't matter and sadly it is not atypical from that found
 > on many Indian reservations in America and reserves in Canada.
 > This community college was visited by an accreditation team and passed.
 > The accreditation team visited, surveyed and made some suggestions but
 > essentially gave it a clear pass. They were shown around the school and
 > reservation, but there was a whole other reality--sub rosa--they were
 > never shown and didn't do much to look for.
 > For example, the accreditation team missed the fact that the President and
 > her husband, a faculty member, plus other family members also on staff or
 > faculty, were running up travel bills amounting to $73,000 per year for
 > one person and close to that amount for others individually. They were
 > going to "conferences" in Stockholm, Paris, Hawaii. Recently, the
 > bookkeeper of that College quit out of disgust and out of fear of a
 > federal investigation. The key computer person of that college, with
 > access to all the records, and herself trained in law and who had tried to
 > leak some sensitive information out of the college, was recently found
 > dead in a highly suspicious car wreck that several insiders are calling
 > murder.
 > The accreditation team missed the fact that for over three years, planning
 > and funding had been in place to put in a T-1 line and to hook up the
 > college to internet (especially critical since the library at the college
 > is abysmal) but that college still remains not hooked up due to the
 > squandering of designated funds and a now former dean who was a chronic
 > and lazy alcoholic and coke-head.
 > The accreditation team missed the fact that on the Board of Trustees, all
 > but one were trusted insiders put and kept on the Board through insider
 > processes by other trusted insiders of a corrupt Tribal Council and
 > several prominent and corrupt families; those Board members acted as a
 > rubber stamp for anything the College administration wanted to do.
 > The accreditation team missed the fact that several of the faculty members
 > had been hired through insider and family connections, had no teaching
 > experience, had embellished or falsified credentials, or no credentials,
 > and were nonetheless in critical positions and caused critical damages
 > vis-a-vis  critical and foundational subjects not being properly taught by
 > those with proper qualifications.
 > The accreditation team missed the fact that large amounts of funds
 > designated for capital expenditures had been diverted into travel and to
 > cover deficits in non-capital accounts such that critical capital
 > construction was put off and when a pending audit was coming down, faculty
 > and staff were pressured to surrender 10% of their monthly salaries in an
 > attempt to cover the illicitly diverted funds.
 > The accreditation team missed the fact that "honors graduates" of this
 > college were being admitted to surrounding colleges and universities and
 > were being found horribly deficient in the most basic skills and knowledge
 > necessary for any beginning freshman or sophomore to have any chance of
 > success; the non-honors graduates were even in worse shape, and the
 > graduates of the college, percentage-wise, were small in relation to total
 > enrollees and potential graduates. 
 > They missed diversions of Pell Grant and Workforce/Worker Retraining
 > funds--to cover shortages in other accounts-- desperately needed by poor
 > students on limited time and money allotments of training.( Some students
 > getting checks for $4.95 after normally getting checks around $80 to $160)
 > And when these and other matters are investigated, as they will be some
 > time, there will be even more damages as the college is turned upside down
 > with possibly excellent faculty and staff lost--along with hopefully the
 > corrupt ones.
 > In all of this and in much much more missed by the accreditation team,
 > this college and its students were given no favor by being given a pass.
 > No doubt, some of the acccreditation team members with genuine sympathies
 > for the plight of Indians and the pressures/constraints of an Indian
 > community college, were motivated out of a desire not to be too harsh and
 > to give the college a chance to improve. But out of this accreditation
 > visit, and all that was hidden or missed, many opportunity costs ( lost
 > potential returns of lost or foregone opportunities) occurred and are
 > mounting. This college, and its precious young--and older--students, the
 > only hope for a Tribe on the verge of extinction--in terms of training the
 > future leaders and workers and families of the Tribe--was left neglected
 > and superficially or parochially examined; and worse of all, it was left
 > with some very corrupt elements still in control and now ratified and
 > legitimated by outsiders doing a superficial accreditation visit.
 > When anyone, fails to do their best, fails to be honest and fails to be
 > accountable or held accountable, there are indeed myriad and very
 > dangerous and damaging opportunity as well as direct costs. And these
 > costs and damages go on and on and on with those least able to pay paying
 > the bill while those who only have taken for themselves and their cronies
 > reap the short-term spoils.
 > If this Tribe winds up in total chaos and extinguished, as is a very real
 > possibility, some perhaps "well meaning" individuals on that accreditation
 > team, who failed to do their best and were swayed by superficiality and
 > "escorted access" by those who had something to hide, will be partially
 > culpable even if they never come to know it. Like the legacies of the
 > residential schools, the infected blankets, the hubris and parochialism of
 > the Federal Government, broken treaties and racism, the legacies and the
 > destruction from these and other failures will continue with mounting
 > costs and victims.
 > Jim Craven
 > James Craven
 > Clark College, 1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
 > Vancouver, WA. 98663
 > (360) 992-2283; Fax: (360) 992-2863
 > *My Employer Has No Association With My Private/Protected
 > Opinion*
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