December 15, 2008

Drama Builds Between Admin And Faculty Over Cuts

According to the Rumor: Fire! At Vassar blog, administration rejected a proposal from faculty who said they would take pay cuts so that the English professors in question could remain teaching at Vassar.

There is obviously a rift growing between the Vassar faculty and administration over this issue.

An English department insider confirms to Mads that administration did reject the proposal, but tells us that "the discussions between the administration and various academic departments is ongoing, and they are still trying to find solutions that would be satisfactory to everyone."

There will be a meeting tomorrow night in the Jade Parlor from 5-6pm with Cappy, Dean Chenette, and the English dept. co-chairs. Students are welcome to attend.

3 comments:

siomonkey said...

Wait... seriously? I was so proud of my department for being willing to take that step! What the hell, Vassar?

JonathanWLi said...

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Any new updates about the meeting at the Rose Parlor? I heard from one professor that the support from students was touching and articulate, but that the overall consensus from the admin is that this isn't about faculty cuts or the creative writing program, but rather what's at play is Vassar future financial stability and growth. Vassar must compete in the higer ed sector. This year it's M Mark and Julie Rose, next year it'll be other professors or staff specializing in something else. I have my theories about what's a play.

I spoke to yet another Vassar alum tonight and she reminded me that 1) creative writing classes are some of the most popular classes at Vassar 2) rarely do students from other major have the opportunity to work with other majors -- that's unique. It's going to be a long haul to preserve the Creative Writing program. I'm glad you have your audience and forum, and despite the administration's urge to blackout information, I believe (along with other professors) to keep this issue respectful yet public.

Jon Li
fireatvassar.wordpress.com

A Dime said...

"the overall consensus from the admin is that this isn't about faculty cuts or the creative writing program, but rather what's at play is Vassar future financial stability and growth."

Unfortunately, Vassar fails to look at the long term implications. What if the economy goes into depression? Vassar's standard of education is exactly what makes it a valuable resource. Forget any building upgrades and additions... forget anything like that. A school should never undermine its own purpose - it seems the administration is happy as long as Vassar is alive. Well, I'm only happy when it does its job!