Those numbers are publicly available, but readers should know another fact: Both have refused to meet with Hatchet reporters this academic year despite repeated requests.
Maggs and Kayes are the interim deans of the GW Law School and the GW School of Business, respectively. But having “interim” in their titles does not absolve them of responsibility to answer questions about the colleges’ directions in interviews.
Both have plenty to answer for. The No. 21 law school was forced to widen its acceptance rate to 42 percent to amass more tuition dollars. That’s up from 17 percent a decade ago.
The No. 56 business school has seen sliding student satisfaction, faced scrutiny from accreditors, and dealt with the shock, finger-pointing and financial repercussions of former dean Doug Guthrie’s firing last fall.
When Hatchet reporters sit down with administrators, we don’t only ask about these kinds of challenges. Deans also steer new programs, build research partnerships and cultivate GW’s future. We ask about all of it.
Maggs and Kayes have responded to some questions via email this year, but their statements typically lack depth or are written entirely by public relations staff members. In email interviews, reporters do not have the chance to follow up, clarify context or push for the whole story.
Top administrators – from Rice Hall to dean’s offices – usually meet with Hatchet reporters and editors in person several times a year. Even University President Steven Knapp has fielded multiple in-person and phone interviews this year.
There are other exceptions. The deans of the engineering, international affairs, and medical schools – David Dolling, Michael Brown and Jeffrey Akman – also have not accepted interview requests for at least the past academic year.
We note in stories when sources decline to comment or meet for interviews. And when that happens, readers don’t get the full story.
You should know that the top leaders of the law and business schools this year have made sure you aren’t getting the full story.
Cory Weinberg, a senior majoring in economics, is The Hatchet’s editor in chief.