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Nominees for 2008 Dunce Cap Awards Solicited by University Consultants


BOCA RATON, Florida – A consulting company specializing in higher education announced that it would accept nominations for its 2008 Dunce Cap Awards. Joseph Schmoke, founder of University Consultants LLC, the sponsor of the awards, said that only the worst statements and the dumbest actions by people and organizations in higher education would qualify. Nominations may be submitted online to until midnight EST January 31, 2009. Final award decisions will be announced on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

When asked what prompted the creation of the Dunce Cap Awards, Schmoke said, “During 2008 our esteemed educators made some astounding foot-in-mouth statements and did some dumb things and it is only proper that they be memorialized for all to see and some to ridicule.” Schmoke gave the example of the university executive who stated that his institution only accepted the “best and brightest” when asked why his school was not recruiting students who served in the military. Schmoke feels that this person deserves a Dunce Cap along with a trip to Afghanistan to serve alongside frontline troops.

Nominees will be accepted from those in the education industry, those being educated, and those who pay the high cost of education, which seems to be almost everybody these days, said Schmoke.

University Consultants LLC, founded in 1980, has specialized in strategic planning, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and financing for colleges and universities since 2001. A current client is Andrew Jackson University, which is bucking the trend of spiraling college costs by eliminating tuition in its unique sponsored tuition programs.

Schmoke, 64, is an outspoken critic of mainstream higher education and in a December 15 press release predicted that some colleges and universities would request a bailout. He says that, in his opinion, many of the people running our colleges and universities are myopic, arrogant and deathly afraid of change. He cites a recent report by The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education/Public Agenda to support his claims. The report, titled The Iron Triangle: College Presidents Talk about Costs, Access, and Quality, is available online. Schmoke says that everyone interested in higher education should read The Iron Triangle report and form their own opinion of the people running – maybe ruining – higher education in the United States.



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