To the Editor, Wesleyan Argus,
Substantive questions can be raised about recent events at Wesleyan ranging from limiting free speech (recent Argus issue), the February, 2015, drug arrests and medical hospitalization, lower rankings compared to major small colleges, and interactions between the Wesleyan community and law enforcement. Clearly these events give an impression of a campus that appears to be borderline out-of-control. What drives it?
Have taught over a 34 year period in three research universities (Univ. of Pittsburgh, Univ. of Pennsylvanian, Univ. of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign (now Professor Emeritus there)), I learned from observation and experience the nature of administrative structure and form in higher education. To me the problems listed above suggest a loss of administrative control of the campus that potentially undermines the structure and integrity of Wesleyan University.
The solution? An intensive review of the administrative practices at Wesleyan is needed. If it reveals serious flaws as appear likely, perhaps it is time to remove the top-level administration and bring in new leaders who will move the campus to a higher standard.
I proposed such a review in a letter to the chairman of the Board of Trustees sent to his business address. I have yet to receive the courtesy of a response (very U-Wesleyan). Perhaps a new board may also help address these issues.
Klein is a member of the Class of 1954.