The on-campus process involved dinner with the President of the school, and then a meeting with the staff and faculty during a series of small groups sessions the following day. Each candidate was to give a presentation on the candidate’s vision for the school to the full faculty at lunch the day of the interview.
The disturbing part of the report involves a candidate who raised concerns about the school’s declining student credentials and bar pass rates. That candidate was asked to leave in the middle of the lunch presentation. The candidate resisted, but was told that security would be called to remove the candidate from campus. This all happened in the view of about 40 faculty and staff present at this presentation, which was being recorded so others who were teaching class could see it later.
As you can some from Florida Coastal's LST page, the school is not only one of the expensive private law schools that features terrible employment outcomes, but it is one of the cash cows for Infilaw. A quick browsing of the school's LST page shows that the school has been rapidly increasing tuition at 6% a year for the past few years.
Reading further on the school one can't help but be outraged. Not just at the outrageous tuition, which is more than $40,000 a year, alongside the estimated $20,000 in living expenses, but at the gigantic 1L classes. Fall 2010 saw 808 incoming 1L's. That class is bigger than most law schools! As you can see, the 1L class has taken a massive dive, yet Fall 2013 still saw 441 1L's take the plunge at Florida Coastal.
The school is a disgrace, and I'm not surprised one bit that a dean candidate who expressed concern about the administration's "all-in" bet was shown the door, and threatened with removal by a security guard, no less. That person's vision wasn't the same "vi$$$$ion" that the rest of the 0D's apparently had, so they were shown the door, lest the concerns create a few consciences in the faculty.
And yet, it is hard to feel sympathy for the man/woman who was kicked out, as he/she was seeking the leadership position at a school whose sole purpose is to rake in millions of dollars of student loans for shareholders of Infilaw and employees of the school.
I'm crossing my fingers for more news on Florida Coastal's 0D's.