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Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Near as I can tell there's some nonsense deficit at play in many (even serious) conversations about enrollment. I'm hoping to get around to posting about that before this issue is off shelves. Multitasking! But the idea of "getting enrollment up" is maybe the wrong perspective and a self-creating problem when so many dire enrollment crisis moments can be directly related to something as basic as rising and falling birthrates. For communities its important to foster opportunities for education, vocational training, etc, but for colleges -- particularly small, specialty colleges -- the goal of stabilizing and growing enrollment has to be married to realistic scale and adaptability.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 11/17/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Here's another interesting commentary on the state of higher education. [1]

The truth is that all institutions of higher education are going to be hurting bad around 2027 due to lower enrollment. We won't see the last of the closings, and even well managed schools will close.

It's up to us to get that enrollment higher in Memphis. We need to graduate more students who are college ready. And we need to do more to convince our kids to stay home, or at least give them a reason to.

[1] - https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-11-17/debate-close-some-u-s-colleges-or-build-more

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/17/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “The Windjammer to Close

Someone buy it!!! this is so sad!! Memphis losing its charm :(

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Posted by Kate Jesse on 11/17/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “'Massive' New Boat Brings Friction on the Riverfront

IT LOOK LIKE IT WILL BE A FUN PLACE AFTER REFURBISHING. MAYBE THE OWNER SHOULD SEEK INVESTOR'S AND MAKE IT AWESOME! Just a thought from Las Vegas, NV point of view.

Posted by Val Nesmith on 11/16/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

I had the privilege of attending the Memphis College of Art as an Illustration major from 1995-1999. I enjoyed my time there and it's sad to see that MCA will be shutting its doors in the not-too-distant future. However, I'm not surprised at the announcement. Along with the stated reasons behind MCAs' impending closing, one also has to factor in the consideration that Art has become both more specialized and devalued in society, and even having a degree in art doesn't guarantee that a person will have a career as any sort of artist. This is true whether one is a "Fine" or "Graphic" Artist. There are those young people and their parents who realize that art schools are a very expensive proposition and that the end results may not justify the crushing debt that many will be saddled with afterwards. Speaking of the "commercial/graphic arts", the fields have changed so drastically within the past couple of decades that if a person is brave, passionate, or foolhardy enough to pursue a career as an artist, then he or she had best pursue the media arts and have a game plan. It's no longer enough to be able to draw, paint, or sculpt well or be a graphic designer; one must also embrace 3D computer graphics for videogames, animation, and moviemaking, in addition to the other attendant skills for working in Hollywood special FX , movie, television, and videogame industries. Also, Memphis College of Art is not the only art school closing in the United States. The Antonelli Institute of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be closing its doors after the 2017-2018 academic year. It was founded in 1938 and offered a two-year Associates Degree in Photography and Graphic Design. The Brooks Institute, a "for profit" visual arts school in Ventura, California recently closed for good in October 2017 after the ouster of the school's president and the resignations of its trustees. Brooks Institute specialized in Visual Journalism, Film, Graphic Design, and Professional Photography. Last, The Art Institutes ("Ai") closed 19 of its campuses between 2015-2016. Ai was embroiled in the "for profit" school scandal, accused of deceptive practices and described by some students who'd received degrees from them as being "worthless." The so-called "Art Institutes" were owned by Education Management Corporation (EDMC), which was one of the largest "for profit" chains in the country and is now looking to sell off Ai. It's worth noting that only the Nashville and Atlanta campuses are still open & that The Art Institutes operated 50 campuses at its height. In this ever-volatile economic and political climate, it makes one wonder what other art schools will be on the chopping block.

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Posted by Tony Parker on 11/16/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Graceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in Court

Angel, I think you might add, "!!!!!!!!!".

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Posted by crackoamerican on 11/16/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Susan, that would be nice, but in America today, incompetence will shoot you right to the top.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 11/16/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Wish you'd have called out the boneheads who drove this wonderful place into the ground...name names so they can be avoided!

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Posted by Susan Swain on 11/16/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

David,

You can find enrollment data from the federal government's College Scorecard. [1]

I wouldn't be surprised if the other information is there as well. Outside Donations. You will have to look at the tax information to find that stuff and make assumptions. It's probably here. [2]

[1] - https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

[2] - http://wheretogivemidsouth.guidestar.org/NonprofitProfile.aspx?OrgId=1146403

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/16/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

I'm all for supporting local universities, but if we must support a private college it should be our HBCU. [1]

The data shows that we have changing demographics in this country. We will have less future college students and they will be more diverse. [2] We have a great asset in LO, which needs to be invested in.

[1] - https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2017/11/15/black-incomes-outpace-the-national-average-in-124-majority-black-cities-so-wheres-the-investment/

[2] - https://knocking.wiche.edu/

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/16/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Graceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in Court

Why is Graceland publicly funded?

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Posted by Angel Jackson on 11/16/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

This analysis would be well served with a chart/graph showing enrollment, tuition and outside contributions each year 2005 -current contrasted with annal budget for the same years.

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Posted by David A Simmons on 11/16/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Chris,

Great work. I haven't seen such a well done local piece of journalism in a good bit. Appreciate it.

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/16/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Opposition Grows to Mississippi River 'Poopline' Project

Tom Volinchak,
Now that we have a scientist on the line,maybe you can give us an estimate of how many people upstream would have to be dumping their crap in the Mississippi before it makes a difference. And is there difference between Minnesota crap and East St. Louis crap?
And on a personal note, tap man or bottle man?

Posted by CL Mullins on 11/12/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Opposition Grows to Mississippi River 'Poopline' Project

At the risk of upsetting folks with science, let's look at why this pipeline is absolutely meaningless to the Mississippi River ecosystem.

The river flows at 4 million gallons per second. The arithmetic tells you that this is roughly 350 billion gallons per day (no,multiplication and division is NOT math, it is arithmetic).

3.5 million diluted by 350 billion is a dilution of 1 part waste water per 100,000 parts of river water.

Furthermore, the biological and mechanical activity of the river will turn this waste into eco-friendly food for fish and flora.

Conversely, sent it to a treatment pond and it will wind up in the aquifer.

By the way, rain-water/storm-water sends far more toxic materials (oils, gas, grease, pesticides, animal waste, garbage, etc.) into the river than this pipeline ever will.

But hey, seriously, far be from me it to inject chemistry, physics, biology and water science into this conversation. By all means, carry on. Knock yourselves out. Sign the petition, residents. Take Hooterville and secede from the union.

Posted by Tom Volinchak on 11/12/2017 at 1:11 AM

Re: “The Windjammer to Close

I'm unfamiliar with the Windjammer, but its departure sounds like one of our fair city's many recent losses.

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Posted by Laura Salovitch on 11/09/2017 at 6:31 PM

Re: “City Council Votes to End Beale Street Cover Charge

Chalk this up as a win for Memphis.

The whole point of Beale Street is that it's a place you can go even when you're broke and down on your luck. That's the quintessential story of the Blues, and to see people trying to suppress that indomitable spirit using spurious taxes masked as "fees" is frankly un-Memphian, un-Southern, and un-American.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 11/08/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “City Unveils $160M Fairgrounds Redevelopment Plan

If the city is going to screw us, then they oughta kiss us first.

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Posted by William S. Paley on 11/08/2017 at 3:33 AM

Re: “City Unveils $160M Fairgrounds Redevelopment Plan

The City and Mayor have once again run roughshod over the input and desires of citizens, neighbors and stakeholders and are in the process of handing over a huge piece of land in the city center to greedy developers. The neighbors from Orange Mound to South Memphis to Midtown to East Memphis have spoken loudly at the sham public input meetings about the need for a community space to serve the underserved youth of Memphis. And yet, the Mayor has once again shown lack of leadership in proposing retail stores in the age of online shopping and Youth Sports for those who can afford to travel across the country to elite tournaments, ignoring the needs of children just blocks down the street where poverty and crime define lives. Throwing a bone of the repurposing of Melrose High School won't assuage this travesty, Mayor. Follow the money and the developers, folks. The fix has been in on this for ten years, since the first Fair Ground proposal. There was a huge public outcry at the meeting against this unproven, one-trick-pony, unsustainable plan. Think, Mud Island fiasco.

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Posted by MemphisTigers on 11/07/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Memphis Animal Shelter Sees All-Time High Save Rate in October

Our YTD euthanasia numbers are down in every category: most significantly in the space category, but also in medical, behavior (this category has decreased the least), and owner-requested euthanasia.

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Posted by Katie Barratt on 11/03/2017 at 8:59 PM

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