AAUP Report & SEIU Financial Analysis

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Dear Colleagues:

The National AAUP sent the following email to all AAUP members early this morning: “Dear AAUP Member: Today, the AAUP released an investigating committee’s report on unilateral actions taken by the administration and board of the College of Saint Rose in New York to reduce or eliminate twenty-seven academic programs and thereby to terminate twenty-three tenured and tenure-track appointments. The report concludes that the cuts and layoffs were “the result of a lack of responsible stewardship at the board and presidential levels” and that they undermined academic freedom and rendered tenure virtually meaningless. The program reductions and closures followed a three-month “academic prioritization process” that ended two weeks before Christmas, at which time the affected faculty members received their termination notices. The investigating committee finds that the administration and governing board terminated the appointments in disregard of AAUP-recommended procedures for financial exigency and for discontinuing programs for educational reasons, thus violating the joint 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and Regulation 4 of the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure. It also finds that the process by which programs were selected for reduction or elimination departed from the college’s own regulations. The investigating committee visited the College of Saint Rose in January to meet with the involved parties. Prior to publication, the AAUP sent the draft report to the principal parties with an invitation for comment and corrections of fact. At its June 3–4 meeting, the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure will determine whether to recommend that the Association censure the College of Saint Rose administration. Censure can be imposed only by vote of delegates to the annual meeting, which occurs this year on June 18. I invite you to read the report at www.aaup.org/report/college-saint-rose and register for this year’s annual meeting at http://www.aaup.org/event/2016-aaup-annual-conference. Cordially, Henry Reichman, Chair AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure”

Because some have had difficulty with the link, I have attached to this email a pdf of the report for your convenience.

I also am attaching a summary of a financial analysis that SEIU conducted in support of its efforts on behalf of the adjunct union. I hope you find both documents to be interesting and informative.

Best wishes, Kathleen Crowley, AAUP Chapter President

See also the Times Union write up of the situation and the coverage at Inside Higher Ed.