Thursday
Aug222013

A Ten Year Trend: Decreasing Support for the Core Academic Mission

On June 25, Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance Bob Ambach presented UC’s Current Funds Budget Plan for FY2013-2014 (the “FY14 Budget Plan”) to the Board of Trustees for its approval. (The Budget Plan is available on the University’s website at: http://www.uc.edu/af/budgetfinsvcs/budgetmgt.html.) With little discussion, the Board approved the FY2013-2014 budget which, among other things, cuts funding for Instruction, the University’s core mission, maintains funding for Institutional Support at roughly current levels, and significantly increases funding for Intercollegiate Athletics. In addition, the Board approved the Nippert Stadium renovation project, authorizing the issuance of $97,000,000 in new debt to fund the project. 

READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY STEPHANIE SPANJA IN WORKS

 

 

Tuesday
Aug202013

AAUPUC PRESIDENT ON JUSTICE AND THE STATE OF UC

The University of Cincinnati has chosen Michael Sandel’s Justice:  What’s the Right Thing To Do as the common reading for the university community for the 2013-2014 academic year. As a philosopher, of course, I commend this choice.  Looking around the university, however, I wonder whether the administration and trustees have done their homework.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN AAUP WORKS

Friday
Aug162013

Bargaining in Slow Motion

Since bargaining began on March 1, 2013 for the new 2013-2016 collective bargaining agreement, progress has been slow—very slow. In fact, nothing of significance has been TA’d (tentatively agreed to) at this point.

By way of comparison: In 2004, when then-newly-appointed President Nancy Zimpher clearly entered bargaining in the spirit of “let’s get in and out, no muss or fuss,” the entire bargaining agreement was TA’d within 3 months. In 2007, a totally new grievance procedure was negotiated, along with changes to health insurance and tuition remission, new domestic partner parity language, and a restructuring of the bargaining unit—all within 5 months.  

READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY GREG LOVING AND STEVE PELIKAN FROM AAUP WORKS