Program Cuts

Melancholy in the Academy

It’s hardly news to anyone that higher education is under siege. That’s painfully clear. Self-serving politicians, self-righteous ideologues, and self-delusional bean counters are all demanding their pounds of flesh from our increasingly emaciated institutions. It’s hard not to be discouraged. Moreover, the Lilliputian stature of our leaders both in government and on our campuses does little to inspire confidence or dispel gloom. As the writer and translator Lin Yutang once wrote, “When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.”

Financial Exigency, Program Closures, and Faculty Layoffs

At its fall 2012 meeting, Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure approved publication of a draft report on program closures and resulting terminations of faculty appointments on grounds of financial exigency. The report, The Role of the Faculty in Conditions of Financial Exigency, finds that recent program closures represent a massive transfer of power from faculty to administration over curricular matters for which the faculty should bear the primary responsibility.

The Faculty Role in Financial Exigency

Widespread program closures represent a massive transfer of power from the faculty to the administration over curricular matters. These developments are addressed in a new draft report, The Role of the Faculty in Conditions of Financial Exigency.

Students and Faculty Protest Cuts

Hundreds of faculty and students at Bowling Green State University protested yesterday over the administration's plan to slash 100 faculty positions. "That is a mistake that BGSU must not make," BGSU AAUP chapter president David Jackson said. "We will be losing somewhere between 500 and 800 classes to be taught next year."

Bowling Green Faculty Fights Cuts, Negotiates Contract

The year 2013 got off to a tumultuous start at Bowling Green State University, where members of the AAUP-affiliated faculty union led protests against funding cuts and became involved in intensive—and ultimately successful—contract negotiations.

Stand With Louisiana French Professors

In summer 2010, the administration of Southeastern Louisiana University announced the closure of its French degree programs and the dismissal of the three tenured French faculty members. In violation of university guidelines and AAUP-supported standards, the administration announced the closures without having notified the faculty members concerned. Nor did French cease to be taught: French courses are still available, and a French minor is still offered. These courses are being staffed by low-paid instructors on a contingent basis.

Terminations of Tenured Faculty Appointments at SUBR

An AAUP investigating committee’s report on Southern University, Baton Rouge, focuses on the termination of nineteen tenured faculty appointments in spring 2012. The actions followed a declaration of financial exigency in October 2011 by Southern University’s board of supervisors in response to a budgetary shortfall and a concurrent plan to reorganize SUBR by reducing the number of its colleges from nine to five.

Mass Terminations of Full-Time Faculty Appointments at NLU

An AAUP investigative report on National Louis University deals with the administration’s actions in spring 2012 to discontinue nine degree programs and five nondegree certificate programs, to close four departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, and to terminate the appointments of at least sixty-three full-time faculty members, sixteen with tenure. Administrators cited financial problems and the likelihood of deficit budgets for 2012 and 2013, but at no point did they assert that a condition of financial exigency existed.

Cooking the Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs: California’s Higher Education System in Peril: A Master White Paper for the CSU

California’s higher education system, the world’s largest and the pride of the state and nation, faces an unprecedented threat. That threat emanates from the de-funding, privatizing, and dismantling of public institutions. The course and outcome of this battle over higher education, between radically different visions of what constitutes the public interest, will have major repercussions for California, the nation, and the world.

From the President: The Impact of Trump's Budget on Higher Education

In the years I have been writing the president’s column, I haven’t felt compelled until now to write about the same topic in two consecutive issues. My last column was written shortly after November 8 and focused on the significance of Donald Trump’s election as the forty-fifth president of the United States. There, I predicted that Trump’s presidency would be “neoliberalism on steroids.” In this column, I focus on how that neoliberalism, as reflected in Trump’s March budget proposal, might affect higher education.


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