Whatever you know, or don’t know, about this story, everyone agrees in applauding the courage of Juan García in his frank remarks to the Wildcat editors, and whose efforts on behalf of undergraduate education at the UA cost him his job as Vice President for Instruction.
The circumstances of his dismissal, and the manner in which it was carried out (see below), were the straw that broke the camel's back -- an unforgivable affront to the students and to the faculty of the UA, and a signal, to the Arizona Board of Regents, of failed leadership at the University of Arizona.
The online version of the Wildcat article, entitled “No Confidence,” provides an informal quick-poll “yes/no” voting box where you can give your opinion on the question, “Have President Selton and provost Hay abused their power in the UA transformation?” Please feel free. Click here. But that poll is only an informal approximation.
More important, and more decisive, will be the next step, which is currently in the discussion and planning stage. The next step will be a closely targeted poll of all current and former Deans, Department Heads, and Program Directors at the UA, for their yes/no response to the same question. The results will go to the Regents.
Stay tuned for further details.
PS - Another blog covering these issues is written by Renee Schafer Horton, a former reporter with the Tucson Citizen. Renee documents the fact that the reports of intimidation and "flat-out denials" from Sheldon and Hay, have been going on since last year. Renee would welcome further information and comments.
Still another blog, closer to home, closer to the ground, and closest to UA Students, is Sally Gradstudent, Gradstudents for Change in Arizona. Excellent coverage by some of our finest graduate teaching assistants, ferociously dedicated, well-informed and certain that Change can come to Education in Arizona.