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Mount St. Mary's president under fire after firing faculty

Mount St. Mary's president under fire after firing faculty

Alumni of Mount St. Mary's University are calling for the ouster of the school's president after he fired two faculty members and demoted the provost amid a growing controversy over a new academic policy the president implemented and insensitive remarks he made defending it.

The alumni are angry over the firings and the demotions, which came after the affected faculty members opposed a plan by university president Simon Newman to weed out freshman who were struggling academically early in the school year and encourage them to leave the university, a move that would improve Mount St. Mary's student retention rate and national ranking.

Some graduates were also offended by...

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