Saturday, October 28, 2017
The Sunflower, WSU newspaper — a fact-finding, truth-telling news source
For a small university newspaper, The Sunflower is catching a lot of flack lately. This is because, unlike many university newspapers, it is actually printing controversial and defiant stories that expose the corruption of
's management staff. For some time they have been printing stories about WSU
President, John Bardo, for sacrificing
student needs to buy off big time school investors and contributors, such as the Koch brothers. In the following
article The Sunflower reports on
attempts to dispute an article they ran on the staff padding enrolment numbers
to deceive the public as to how WSU staff are really doing when it comes to
attracting new students. Rick
Muma, senior associate vice president for academic affairs and strategic
enrollment management seems to dislike having a student newspaper that calls
them out when the try to use deception to justify their own jobs. The Sunflower responds to such
allegations of misleading news articles: Wichita
From The Sunflower,
Those who know us at The Sunflower know us as a fact-finding, truth-telling news source.
This week, WSU Today, a university-published newsletter managed by Strategic Communications, featured a headline reading, “Sunflower enrollment article inaccurate, misleading.” Underneath the headline was the same letter that appeared in Thursday’s Sunflower issue, authored by Rick Muma, senior associate vice president for academic affairs and strategic enrollment management.
In the letter, he condemned The Sunflower for discussing padded enrollment numbers. Misinformation, false beliefs, and lacking integrity were all themes prevalent in his message.
WSU Today, a university-published newsletter,
published a leading headline calling The Sunflower inaccurate and misleading.
Had The Sunflower requested interview with Muma, he would have willingly provided accurate context, he suggested.
The Sunflower should have reached out to Muma for its article on enrollment padding. However, the primary findings of our article: that the reason Wichita State was about to report the largest enrollment increase in the state is because 668 non-degree-seeking students enrolled in free, half-credit-hour badge courses offered in the two weeks leading up to the day of the official count, and, overall, degree-seeking students at WSU are at a seven-year low.
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