Kutztown University administrators seem poised to get a jump start on cutting faculty, staff, and programs in the 2014-2015 academic year. This past Friday, department chairs received emails requesting they attend a meeting with the Provost, Carlos Vargas-Aburto, and several other high-ranking administrators to review each department’s “majors, enrollment in classes, retention, faculty workload, budgets” [...]
Editor’s note: On November 13, 2013, ESU President Marcia Welsh wrote a Pocono Record Op-Ed responding to growing resistance to her decision to slash faculty and gut academic programs. Welsh claimed that “While the recent decisions made at ESU are unpopular with some, they are necessary.” ESU graduate student, Grace Kavanah, has become one of the most [...]
Editor’s note: For all of our coverage of PASSHE layoffs and cuts click here. Follow #slasshe on Twitter for the latest news and resistance. From the moment that East Stroudsburg Normal School opened in 1893 it has continued to grow from a small privately owned school into a contemporary university offering both undergraduate and graduate [...]
Last night, Kevin Mahoney was talking about his recent article, “Wall Street on the Susquehanna: PASSHE Bond Scheme Bleeds Education Budget for Beautiful Buildings,” on the Rick Smith Show. Listen to the interview below or listen to last night’s entire show RIGHT HERE.
This past July, eight of the fourteen PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities sent letters to their faculty and staff warning of the possibility of deep cuts, layoffs, and program elimination (what they like to call “retrenchment”). University presidents at California, Cheney, Clarion, Edinboro, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Mansfield, and Slippery Rock all shouted [...]
I have a rule when I hear Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) administrators explain the “budget crisis” in the system or at any one of the 14 state-owned universities: the first two reasons they give are generally throw-aways, but pay attention to the next reasons they give, because that’s how they are assigning [...]
Last night, Beth MacDaniel, Chair of the English department and President of the local chapter of APSCUF at Clarion University talked to Rick Smith about plans to cut over 40 jobs and eliminate programs and Clarion University.
In the wake of the devastating cuts proposed by the Clarion University administration and President Karen Whitney, it took a few days for faculty, staff, and students to shake off the initial shock and disbelief. Shock and disbelief has given way to a mobilization effort to save the three programs slated for immediate cuts and [...]
Last week, Clarion University announced what it called a “bold, ambitious workforce plan” that will result in the elimination of over 40 jobs, including 22 faculty. This is only the latest blow to a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) university in a state that seems hell bent on gutting public higher education. This [...]
Editor’s Note: To view the video, click the headline and you will be taken to the video page. Details of what’s in the budget are still coming out. It’s clear that education will still be crippled; no transportation bill until fall; stripping pensions from public sector workers and selling off the PA State Wine and [...]