Graduation is still about the graduates, I think, but if you attended last night's graduation you were forced to sit through an hour and a half of Larson, Bloom, & Farahi waxing ecstatic about their own self-importance. How many more times do we have to hear about all the great buildings that are going up on the OCC campus or about Pearson and distance learning. We all know that Farahi came here with 30 cents in his pocket and now has his own parking space. Oh, by the way, he makes more than anyone so that's why he's so big and important. Bloom, at least, tried to give a little credit to the students and, dare-I-say, faculty but still wound up sounding like the Principal from Peanuts.
Farahi, who falsified his CV, had the audacity to scold the "complainers" who, he added, may also be faculty. OCC and Kean are an unholy alliance but their philosophies are the same. The Emporer rules at each institution and God help those who question authority. The Complainers need to shut up and do as they are told. Go find another job if you do not agree.
Jon Larson, here is your legacy. You have taken what was once a community college and have corrupted and destroyed its very mission: educate the students of Ocean County. You have weakened the standards by which faculty are hired so that anyone with any degree can teach any subject. This is a detriment to the students who deserve to learn from experts in their field and not the guy who works part-time at Home Depot.
You have created an under-class of faculty known as Lecturers but who work as slave-labor. They are bound by contract to work at least 54 hours on campus and this does not even include their "administrative duties". You have pitted Lecturer against full-time tenured and have demonized the full-time faculty as worthless slackers who do not pull their weight.
You have created and promoted a climate of fear and retaliation at OCC where questioning anything is not acceptable. You have beaten down, demoralized, fired, and rejoiced in punishing anyone who does not agree with you and who does not kiss your ass.
You are a dispicable, mean-spirited, self-important self-promoter who is only concerned with money and power. This is how you will be rememberd. This is your legacy. You built lots of buildings at OCC but you failed, and took great pride in failing, to develop and nurture relationships with anyone who could not do something for you. You are a colossal failure and that is how I will remember your Reign of Terror.
I invite my fellow bloggers to leave their impressions of what Jon Larson's legacy will be.