U of M President Interviews / Institutions Must Be Held Accountable, Gaber Says
Backer, Jennifer, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The high cost of attending a university has created a need for greater accountability and also understanding outcomes in higher education, Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas, told University of Memphis students and faculty Monday afternoon.
Gaber and three other candidates to replace interim U of M president R. Brad Martin visited campus last week and this week for second-round interviews with the search committee and to participate in campus forums at the University Center with faculty, students and staff.
She shared the story of a University of Arkansas student who visited the provost's office after failing a class needed for graduation 10 times to stress a point about the need for better academic guidance and counseling.
"When you fail a class 10 times, it may suggest that you have this other aptitude or opportunity," she said. "No one necessarily wants to hear that, but I also don't want to take this student's money."
The University of Arkansas and U of M share common challenges in their mission to increase external research funding and improve graduation rates, she said. Gaber highlighted both growing enrollment and graduation rates during her tenure as provost at the University of Arkansas. …