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Mon Nov 18, 2019, 05:26 AM

OU faculty raise alarm about budget cuts, prepare to go on offensive

More than 100 Ohio University faculty met Thursday evening to air grievances about university administration, and to discuss a plan of action in response to looming budget cuts that they say could drastically damage OU's academic quality.

Although it's far too early to tell, the faculty members present discussed a potential faculty walk-out in response to the administration's handling of the university's budget crisis, as well as talking about possibly attempting to unionize OU's faculty. The meeting was hosted by the OU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The university administration set a target of roughly $19.3 million in budget reductions last spring that it’s asking OU’s various Athens campus academic colleges to make over the next four years. The largest portion of that – about $8 million – is coming from the College of Arts and Sciences.

The university’s AAUP chapter raised the alarm last month about how those cuts and other proposals could drastically impact the quality of education at OU. The chapter cited potential layoffs of as many as 40 or more "Group II" instruction-heavy faculty members (who are non-tenure track).

Read more: https://www.athensnews.com/news/campus/ou-faculty-raise-alarm-about-budget-cuts-prepare-to-go/article_a7f161a6-07c0-11ea-8ff1-e730b81f9560.html

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Mon Nov 18, 2019, 05:30 AM

1. Relative

Now there. He loves OU. Chose over several others.

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Mon Nov 18, 2019, 06:49 AM

2. I taught there for a while

None of this surprises me. Entrenched ideas and no planning for the future. They want to be Ohio State and won't accept that they never will be. These demographic changes have been known and anticipated in higher ed for at least the last 15 years.

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