Air Force Academy Officials Faulted for Overstating Faculty Credentials

The U.S. Air Force inspector general’s office has faulted two senior officials at the Air Force Academy for making misleading statements about the academic qualifications of faculty members there, the Colorado Springs Independent reports. In a February 10 letter to a former economics professor who had complained about the officials’ overstating faculty members’ teaching qualifications, the inspector general’s office said its investigation had determined that Col. Richard Fullerton, the academy’s vice dean, “was negligent in making an absolute statement concerning the academic credentials of United States Air Force Academy faculty members while authoring the Academy’s 2009 Institutional Self-Study Report to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.” The letter said Brig. Gen. Dana Born, the academy’s dean of faculty, was similarly negligent in a statement about faculty credentials to a newspaper. The letter added, however, that the investigation had found no evidence to substantiate the allegation that faculty members were unqualified to teach at the academy.

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