Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Preliminaries to the meeting today: 4 pm in Reeve 307

In an e-mail circulated this morning, we learned that the chancellor asked for clarification of issues to be discussed at the meeting. The faculty committee sent an answer to the chancellor. Here is how I would summarize the complaints at the the April 21 meeting.

We are concerned about

1. Raising enrollment without increases in courses offered or faculty
2. Reduction in upper-level courses to cover service courses
3. Increasing teaching load from 9 to 12 hours per semester.

Additionally, there was concern about how funding cuts have been allocated. In particular, why the administration orders additional seats in gateway courses without providing money to pay for them. (should we call them unfunded mandates from Dempsey?)

As the Faculty committee has noted, up to this point, there have been no clear responses to any of the concerns raised by faculty members.

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