UL system probed on faculty
The nation's top university professors organization has launched an investigation into alleged mistreatment of faculty in the eight-college University of Louisiana System.
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#1 Oct 5, 2011
It's about time someone says something about how Northwestern handled all of this. Glad to see AAUP is investigating.
Here's how Randy Webb put his head in the sand as usual....
In a Messenger to the Faculty/Staff on Friday after receiving the notice from AAUP, Dr. Webb and his cronies came up with this message to faculty. Sounds a bit threatening to those still employed as well.
"Dear Faculty and Staff: I would like to take a moment to let you know that we recently received notification from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and they have elected to conduct an "investigation" of the termination of tenured faculty stemming from discontinuance of some of our degree programs, concentrations, and minors last year. As many of you already know, the AAUP is an organization that advocates for faculty rights. Although its work over the years has helped frame many of the rules and processes associated with faculty employment, the organization has no official or legal standing in this particular matter. Our institution is governed by the Rules and Policies of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. As is certainly their right, the faculty who were notified of termination under our Systems Program Discontinuance policy disagreed with the decision, and some have initiated legal action. Because this matter involves personnel actions which are presently in litigation, legal considerations will constrain members of the university administration and others involved in our campus academic program review process from participating with the AAUP in this investigation. Members of the campus community should also be aware that the AAUP lacks authority or power to compel anyone to take part in their proceedings although those not constrained by legal considerations who wish to participate are free to do so. As the campus community is well aware from many of Dr. Abney's and my prior campus communications, the unprecedented reductions in our State funding over the last three years have resulted in many difficult decisions. As I have maintained from the beginning of the budget crisis, in order to continue our ability to offer outstanding opportunities to our students in the current difficult financial environment, we must prioritize the utilization of our limited resources. Although not an easy task, the prioritization process to date and the resulting decisions have allowed us to sustain operation of our remaining programs. Furloughs for faculty and staff over the period of budget reductions have been avoided as have additional releases of staff and faculty. The position of the administration has been and continues to be that we must remain focused on the success of our students and continue to monitor the budgets and appropriations very closely in order to allow us to sustain the healthy operation of our current and future academic programs."
Sincerely, Randall J. Webb
The only thing Randy Webb is "sincere" about is covering his butt and that of Robert Crews pointless $115K position--oops, that was redundant wasn't it?
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