University President Slams Moral Decay, Corruption on Campuses

West Texas A&M University President Walter V. Wendler criticizes universities for rampant crime, lack of moral leadership, and corruption in athletics programs. He argues that these issues harm institutional quality and moral force, and calls for change to address the problems.

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University President Slams Moral Decay, Corruption on Campuses

University President Slams Moral Decay, Corruption on Campuses

In a scathing critique, West Texas A&M University President Walter V. Wendler has condemned universities for their rampant crime, lack of moral leadership, corrupt athletics programs, low admissions standards, entitlement culture, and suppression of minority viewpoints. Wendler argues that these issues are harming institutional quality and moral force.

Why this matters: The decline of moral leadership and integrity in higher education institutions has far-reaching consequences for the development of future leaders and the erosion of trust in these institutions. If left unaddressed, these issues can perpetuate a culture of corruption and entitlement, ultimately affecting the quality of education and the broader society.

Wendler cites the example of a student who was beaten senseless for $60, highlighting the prevalence of crime on and around university campuses. "It's hard to get reporting on this crime; few facts are known, but it happened: near my campus, to my student, and in my community," Wendler writes.

University leaders are accused of operating without a moral compass, with vested interests in contracts, scholarships, and loopholes that allow for unacceptable behavior. "Values absence oozes into led and surrounding communities like a ruptured abscess," Wendler states. He argues that athletics programs have become corporate circuses, with star athletes and coaches engaging in malfeasance and being excused for their behavior. "This is not sports; it's stupidity," he adds.

Wendler also criticizes admissions offices for accepting students without basic skills, diminishing standards, and doling out scholarships to enhance enrollment, often to boost tuition revenue. "And that's the upside as it assumes a pandering, twisted notion of good-will," he writes. Institutions have become bastions of entitlement, Wendler argues, where people keep jobs despite lying, cheating, and stealing, and students are allowed to re-enroll despite owing money, failing academically, or committing "minor" violations of law.

"This level of dishonesty from either perspective burns me up, Eddie," Wendler writes. He also takes issue with the suppression of minority viewpoints on campuses, which he says are swept under the rug and labeled as intolerant, undermining intellectual and academic freedom. "And Eddie, I have to tell you, this cooks my grits," he adds.

Wendler's critique is not a new one, as he wrote about these issues a decade ago. However, he believes that the current state of affairs warrants a second look. "Arrogance coupled with entitlement is the ultimate transgression of university leadership that believes people are too stupid to 'get it,'" Wendler writes.

As the President of West Texas A&M University, Wendler's weekly columns are available online. His scathing assessment of the moral decay and corruption plaguing universities sheds light on deep-seated issues that he believes are eroding the quality and integrity of higher education institutions across the country. It remains to be seen how university leaders and stakeholders will respond to Wendler's critique and whether concrete steps will be taken to address the problems he has identified.

Key Takeaways

  • West Texas A&M University President Walter V. Wendler condemns universities for rampant crime and lack of moral leadership.
  • Wendler cites examples of corruption, low admissions standards, and entitlement culture harming institutional quality.
  • Athletics programs are criticized for becoming "corporate circuses" with star athletes and coaches engaging in malfeasance.
  • Wendler argues that universities have become bastions of entitlement, tolerating dishonesty and suppressing minority viewpoints.
  • The President's critique highlights the need for universities to address these issues to restore integrity and quality in higher education.