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ERIC Number: EJ769777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-18
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Conflict over Relocation Divides a Catholic Law School
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n37 pA8 May 2007
A mutiny may be brewing at a Catholic law school whose board has voted to pack it up and move it from Ann Arbor, Michigan to a rural community in southwest Florida. More than half of the professors at Ave Maria School of Law are fighting the move to Ave Maria, Florida, the town being created by Thomas S. Monaghan, the Domino's Pizza mogul who founded the law school eight years ago. Critics, including many alumni and students, say the move to the Catholic-oriented town between Naples and Immokalee, Florida, would jeopardize the independent law school's progress. They accuse Monaghan of moving a successful law school to prop up a struggling university in a town that has already attracted controversy. Critics worry that the move could jeopardize the law school's standing with the American Bar Association, which gave the law school provisional accreditation in 2002 and full accreditation in 2005, and is already reviewing a complaint that, among other things, faculty members are being cut out of decision making. On the other hand, supporters of the move counter that a small group of faculty members is undermining the institution by fighting a plan that could boost the law school to national prominence and promise long-term financial stability. A law-school faculty member who asked not to be identified said the move would constitute a "de facto affiliation" with the university; even though the law school would remain independent, its location on the campus of Ave Maria University would ensure that most people would view it as part of that institution. Ave Maria University has been plagued by administrative turmoil and student-recruitment troubles in recent months, and is not yet accredited.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; Michigan