What's wrong with higher ed: A WVU nutshell

by JS O’Brien

Administrators at West Virginia University have demonstrated, both by their actions and their words, exactly what’s wrong with higher education in the US.  In case you missed it, here’s the story

Heather Bresch is the chief operating officer (COO) of Pittsburgh-based Mylan, Inc.  She is also West Virginia governor Joe Manchin’s daughter.  The CEO of Mylan is a longtime contributor to Machin’s political war chest.  So far, it’s a pretty familiar story.  A child of a close friend and associate is promoted to a top executive job.

But wait!  There’s more!

Ms. Bresch published a biography claiming an MBA from West Virginia University.  As a routine check, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called WVU and, ding-ding-ding-ding-ding, there was no record of Ms. Bresch’s MBA award anywhere.  Ms.  Bresch protested that she had an agreement to substitute work experience for the final 22 (out of 48) hours she needed for an MBA, and that it was a records issue.  A WVU committee found that it was, indeed, a records issue, and gave MS Bresch her MBA 10-years after she walked away from Morgantown. Continue reading