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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

YOU WANT A POLL? YOU'VE GOT ONE!!

For all of those Alumni (all 3-5 of you) who complained that the Alumni Association Board of Directors didn't "take the pulse of Alumni" before voting no confidence in Dean Dobranski a number of months ago, FUMARE has a special treat for you. POLL RESULTS (sort of)!!

Yesterday, the Alumni Association released the results of the survey they took some months ago of Alumni. Yes, that's right, an honest to goodness survey meant to get Alumni opinion on the proposed move of AMSL to Florida.

A significant number of Alumni responded (62), maybe 3 times more than attended the side show forums in Ann Arbor or D.C. (the latter being affectionately known as "Fun with Kate," or "How Not to Conduct an Objective Inquiry into Alumni Opinion").

Let's have a look at the results shall we?




Question I: I believe that AMSL's contemplated relocation to Florida is in the immediate best interests of AMSL.

Agree = 1%; Disagree = 94%; No Opinion = 2%; Further Information Needed = 3%


Question II: I believe that AMSL's contemplated relocation to Florida is in the long-term
best interests of AMSL.

Agree = 2%; Disagree = 71%; No Opinion = 2%; Further Information Needed = 26%.

Question III: If AMSL were to relocate to Florida, I believe that continued operation of a
branch campus or dual campus in Michigan is in the immediate best interests of AMSL.

Agree = 61%; Disagree = 16%; No Opinion = 2%; Further Info. Needed = 21%

Question IV: If AMSL were to relocate to Florida, I believe that continued operation of a
branch campus or dual campus in Michigan is in the long-term best interests of AMSL.

Agree = 45%; Disagree = 18%; No Opinion = 1%; Further Info. Needed 35%.

Not surprisingly, the reasons for Alumni opinion were all over the board, but note that money concerns were not a top consideration. Because Alumni are stupid? No because we know we can fundraise for a school that lives up to its mission, even in the way it treats its own, AND when we follow God's law in the treatment of others and put our noses to the proverbial grindstone, God provides.

Also, let's do away with the notion that most Alumni have been incited to hate Florida, or that they don't want to change from Michigan because they are used to it and are soured on Metro Naples. The top 5 Alumni concerns:

1. Stability of the Institution;
2. Attrition of existing faculty (yep, that's right Ms. O'Beirne, that's a close number two, and most Alumni think losing existing faculty is a BIG loss);
3. Future recruitment of quality students (the numbers continue to drop in quality);
4. ABA Accreditation questions/concerns; and
5. Future recruitment of credentialed faculty.

Tommy More already linked to this, but get the full survey results
HERE.

We will look on with interest to see if the Feasibility Study accurately reflects Alumni opinion.

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