Is there a way to reduce costs and preserve appropriate student-faculty ratios?
It’s hard to raise much excitement over a chart, but a recent one that breaks down how colleges can reduce the number of sections they teach and reduce faculty time while educating the same number of students might be getting there. But not all the excitement is positive.
By Peter Schmidt
The humble calculator has emerged as a powerful weapon for faculty members battling administrators over spending.
When university leaders say they need to hold down instructional spending because of a budget crunch, the American Association of University Professors often seeks to debunk their claims by crunching numbers.
I have been involved in AAUP leadership for 10 years. This calendar year has been the worst in those 10 years in terms of faculty-administration relationships, and implementation of the contract. The support for such a claim is simple: we currently have 1 ULP and 4 arbitrations pending. Faculty members do not feel as if they are protected in terms of safety. Untenured faculty members are afraid to speak. The dept. of AA has violated the contract in numerous cases, and young, untenured faculty members are being told that if they go to the union, they will have problems. By itself, this is another ULP that we have yet to file
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