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College and University Governance: Idaho State University

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This report was published in the 2011 issue of the Bulletin of the AAUP.


This report, prepared by the Association’s staff, concerns the decision made on February 17, 2011, by the Idaho State Board of Education to suspend the operation and bylaws of the faculty senate at Idaho State University and to direct ISU president Arthur C. Vailas to “implement an interim faculty advisory structure.” The board acted on the recommendation of the president, one week after the faculty voted no confidence in his leadership. In a press release, the board characterized its action as “the most reasonable . . . to take at this time” because of “the impasse between the leadership of the senate group and the administration.”