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TRESSEL IN AKRON | 'Work to be as selfless as possible'

Published: Thu, May 1, 2014 @ 1:48 p.m.

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Jim Tressel tells the audience at the University of Akron, stressing oneness for success: "We'll work to be as selfless as possible as we work to be the best we can be."

In other words, in this tough economic climate for higher education, the natural inclination to look out for the self has to be suppressed for the greater good of the whole.'

"We're here for student success" and making sure the region flourishes.

He says if he were to choose a UA provost, that person would have to be selfless, and a great communicator.

Tressel also told the UA crowd, "We are all

responsible for recruitment." He says retention is No. 1 financial lever

the university has. To ensure young people succeed, UA must give students

relevant learning opportunities and make sure students are ready to

compete in the world.


1billdog1(5771 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes under the new funding model student retention is number one. Please tell us how you will change the current attrition rate of either institution should you be elected its president? Currently both have a great deal intervention programs, a great deal of stuff to track student success or lack of, systems for alerting failure and forced intervention. Exactly how will you make them work more efficiently?

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2Nurse_Midlo(34 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Selfless... that's not the right word!

Taking credit for every success the valley has seen including Abraham's stem college is not selfless!

Bertie reminded us, Tim Ryan told us Tressel knows about it all! NAMII! Stem!

Most importantly, he knows about the money! (How to make it like a fat cat)

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3billdog1(5771 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

There is not many tattoo's to be traded here, not many really want a Zips or Penguins jersey either.

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4Seriouslee(148 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow, Brilliant! Not one specific proposal or suggestion. And this is "Breaking news?"

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5Spiderlegs(161 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like a motivational speech, but not a strategic vision for a university. JT seems way out of his league.

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6handymandave(578 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Student retention is number #1 ? Great, how do you propose to make sure the students want to stay At Akron where you'll most likely be president?

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7Chessiedad(374 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Tressel = Liar, cheat and disgrace. With those descriptive terms that can be applied to his background, he sounds like the perfect candidate to lead a major institution in the Mahoning Valley. Why not, when the Valley has had past leaders like Traficant, Philomena, Bailey, Fergus, O'Nesti, Tsagaris, Kerrigan, Cronin, Antonini....the list goes on and on and on....

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8badeepster(124 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Just read above everyone to see why Youngstown is the aging, bitter capital of the world with a dwindling population and people who condemn everything put in front of them. Check most of the comments posted by many of the above. Nothing but negative. Bertie pied piper followers right to the bitter end. Until nothing is left. Losers.

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9DSquared(1778 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

You nailed it badeepster!

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10topper11(704 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago


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11prodgodq(172 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

When I see a story about this issue, the first thing I click on is the comments section. Entertaining as always! Of course, the Vindy rushes to post stories like this, because the guaranteed clicks are great marketing points to their advertisers. That's not a criticism, it's the way the media business model works.
In the same way, whether any of us like it or not, the current American university model is heavily dependent on fundraising. This fact seems to be lost on the people who post on this board, who appear to be stuck in some sort of strange time warp to a theoretical past where all universities and institutions of higher learning operated on nothing but integrity.
So the practical question becomes: Who can be the public face of the university to attract the money necessary to provide the programs that students find attractive? Taxes alone are not enough.
Would Tressel be able to accomplish this mission?
Good question. If not Tressel, then will the other two candidates be able to do it?
And for those on this board who actually think it would be a good thing for YSU to die off......unbelievable. What would you suggest as a replacement for all those university buildings downtown? More prisons?

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