Click here to read several recent articles pertaining to the involvement of EMU with the Educational Achievment Authority (EAA).
The following is a letter to the BOR sent by the COE Council:
Dear EMU Board of Regents, President Martin, and Provost Schatzel,
We, the faculty members of the College of Education Council, as representatives of the faculty of this college, respectfully request that the university’s participation in the inter-local agreement that created the Education Achievement Authority be severed immediately. We base our request on the following rationale:
We find the undermining of democratic processes represented in the creation of a district outside the purview of public decision-making and oversight to be in direct conflict with this university’s mission and our legacy as a champion of public education. This violation of our principles is now beginning to affect our historically strong relationship with local schools, as local districts have begun to respond. In a strong protest of EMU’s involvement in the EAA, the leadership of the Michigan Education Association in Washtenaw County is now moving to boycott placement of our student teachers in their schools. They have plans to work with unions in other nearby counties to do the same. Obviously this response will have detrimental impacts on enrollment and student credit hour production as the effects of this teacher-led action undermine our ability to attract students to our programs, and carry out necessary aspects of our national accreditation.
American Association of University Professors
Our mission is to advance the core values of the American Association of University Professors: academic freedom and shared governance. The AAUP has been standing up for these principles since its founding 1915, and we believe that these values ensure that higher education will enhance the common good..
Working Together for the benefit of EMU
The EMU-AAUP is the union and collective bargaining agent for the tenure and tenure-track faculty at Eastern Michigan University, and has represented the faculty since 1974. As a union, we work to act collectively to make EMU a better place, so that we can best educate and learn with the dedicated students of EMU.
We are all better off when we work together
To stand up and fight for the basic principle that public higher education is a public good, and to defend the institution against the corporatization of our universities. The EMU-AAUP will stand with other labor organizations, community groups, student groups and others who will fight the attacks on working people, and stand with those who believe we are always better off if we act and work together.
Research makes a difference in our communities
We promote the interests of education and research in higher education, so that we can create and disseminate knowledge. This research will help us understand the world around us, which will make a difference in our local communities and beyond.