Developing Story: Ass’t Dean of School of Managment Quits

On September 24, 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle published a story on its website, SFGate, in the Matier & Ross column about the resignation of Dayle Smith, the associate dean of undergraduate studies at the USF School of Management.

Dayle Smith quit her position as associate dean amidst what the Chronicle calls, “USF’s aggressive recruitment of students from China.” Many of these students have trouble speaking English. Smith remains employed as a USF professor.

According to the Matier & Ross column, 781 of the 10,017 students at the University of San Francisco are Chinese national students. In the column, it is noted that Mike Webber, dean of the School of Management, said that the “considerable increase in foreign students this year is not in and of itself a cause for concern.”

In his written statement included in the Chronicle’s column, Webber said, “But given that so many of these students have weak English skills and are disproportionately from one country, we are going to be faced with some unique pedagogical and cultural challenges.” Mike Webber’s comments in the Chronicle also stated that Smith “felt there was a real failure on the part of the university to understand these unique challenges and how they will impact” the business school.

Provost Jennifer E. Turpin, provided a written comment to the Foghorn which stated “USF admitted a smaller percentage of Chinese applicants than we admitted last year, but we increased our requirement in English proficiency. As a direct result of conversations I had with faculty last year, we now require Chinese students to score not only an overall 79 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), but also to obtain a score of 17 on each sub-area of the test.

These criteria are similar or more strict than those at other universities.” She also said, “The University is rightfully proud of the successes of our Chinese students and grateful to them for the cultural perspectives they bring to campus. USF will continue to recruit internationally and will work to ensure all students are prepared for class.”

As of Monday evening, Dayle Smith has not yet returned Foghorn phone calls for a comment.
The Foghorn will provide more news on this matter as the story progresses.

5 thoughts on “Developing Story: Ass’t Dean of School of Managment Quits

  1. What a shame that one of the best deans who really cared about all the students is being crucified in the press and in the headlines. Provost’s numbers don’t make sense if you are a business student. Seems like half the class can;t speak english; doesn’t have the skills to contribute to our assignments yet we get graded on work that is of a failing nature; student plagiarize and cheat. Yet the University says we have rigor and higher standards. If the business school is considered to be applying higher standards they are missing the boat in who is in the classroom. This brings down our whole education. Employers don’t want to talk to business students because of our reputation. Dean Smith did a brave thing and now the university misleads you. If there are only 700 students in the business school than why are half are classes made up of non-english speaking students????? Do your research Foghorn and don’t make it sound like that Dayle Smith did the wrong thing. Our jesuit school teaches us about truth, values and ethics. Seems like everyone is blaming dayle for doing something that should have been done a long time ago to get the attention of the administration. She stood up for academic quality in our school. Is anyone asking why she hasn’t commented? has any journalist talked to any students in the business school? Maybe she left because she stood up for something. It is truly our loss that we don’t have a dean anymore that cares about students and what happens in our classrooms. I am sure there is more to this story than all the reporters are saying. I know we should be writing to dayle to ask her to stay. she knew how to advocate for students. someone in all these political statements to the news has got to be missing the point. I know Dayle for 4 years (I am a senior). She is the best thing that happened for school of business and now we lose her because the university wants to delude itself that they have high standards for who comes into our school. my friends in the Arts or in Sciences don’t deal with what we deal with in the business school . Dayle loves China and lived there. She worked with great students–some of who she helped us network with and now we have chinese friends in Hong Kong who we are doing projects with. What dean does that? Someone needs to research their stories before repeating what had to be inaccurate or out of context in the stories that are in the news. I thought better of our student body. Lets put academic freedom to the test and dig for the real story. I know many of our teachers feel the same way about what has happened. But none of them are talking. Could it be that the administration told them they couldn’t talk about the ugly truth. Lets at least have an open discussion and come to the business school to do the math to see the real numbers and quality. I have great friends in the business school and many are great chinese but many chinese students can’t even talk with me and have to translate in class. I worry if I am assigned to write a paper or do a presentation with them and then my grade will go down cause their work is not good enough. It isn’t even english. That isn’t fair and it certainly isn’t the standards or test scores that Provost Turpin claims is the truth. Come on Foghorn. Act like journalists!

  2. The writer did not necessarily “crucify” Dayle Smith in this article. It’s made evident she did not respond to phone calls from the writer to clarify her resignation.

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