An Odyssey of Reform Initiatives: The Back Story

It was about 17 years ago when I was winding down a campaign for Systemic Engineering Education Reform that I finished reading the book Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University by Jim Duderstadt, President Emeritus, University of Michigan.
 
Duderstadt helped spread the word about my engineering education reform campaign to his fellow members at the National Academy of Engineering. Subsequent conversations with Duderstadt inspired me to initiate a campaign to Reclaim Academic Primacy in Higher Education that, in turn, led to my contacting Notre Dame's Fr. Hesburgh to ask if he would consider writing a Foreword for my "Reclaiming" brief as well as to my affiliation with Jon Ericson, Dave Ridpath, and The Drake Group.
 
The Sequel to my Odyssey book provides a summary of my thinking as I now stand just past my 89th birthday on November 2, 2019. An excerpt of The Drake Group’s related press release can be accessed on this website.

Perhaps after reading the Sequel, some might feel that a special dose of outrage is required after they come to know the brutal truth about college sports. However, it is a sad reality that many, if not most, Americans have become numb to abuse, cheating and corruption in their churches, businesses and government. The upshot is that the Sequel will likely not give rise to a special dose of outrage, but rather, could very well be taken as just another story in an ugly catalog titled "Who Cares?"
 
The Drake Group is working to make sure that the latter scenario won't be the case.
 
Warmest regards,
 
Frank G. Splitt


Courtesy of Anne Rassas

The above photo was taken on November 9, 2016, at the downtown campus of Loyola University- Chicago (LUC). The occasion was the formal presentation of the book, An Odyssey of Reform Initiatives: 1986-2015, to the LUC Library as a memorial to the late Arthur J. Schmitt, founder of the Fournier Institute of Technology, Frank Splitt’s alma mater. Pictured (from left to right) are Judith Splitt, Frank Splitt, Patricia Shevlin, Executive Director of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation, Michelle Nickerson, LUC Professor of History, and Patricia Mooney-Melvin, Dean of the LUC Graduate School.


Courtesy of Kevin Leonard

A copy of the book and the CD are now part of the Distinctive Collections at the Northwestern University Archives. A related photo from the April 19, 2017, ceremony celebrating the presentation of the Odyssey book to the Northwestern University Libraries, pictures (left to right): Judy Splitt, Manijeh Razeghi, McCormick School Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Center for Quantum Devices, Kevin Leonard, University Archivist, Frank Splitt, a former McCormick Faculty Fellow, and Carol Simpson Stern. School of Communications Professor of Performance Studies, a former dean of the Graduate School, and a past president of the American Association of University Professors.