Governance Standards in Institutional Mergers and Acquisitions
December 1, 2017
President Dell'Omo Lays Off Entire Westminster Faculty
Letter to Faculty
October 31, 2017
How a For-profit Company Might Ruin Westminster
October 18, 2017
For information regarding summer negotiations and Westminster, use the links in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
Discouraged, Disheartened, & Dismayed
by Elizabeth Scheiber
Throughout the fall semester, I've had the opportunity to talk to faculty and staff from across the university, and the message I have received repeatedly is our community feels discouraged, disheartened, and even angry. Many have expressed their dismay at the sale of Westminster. These personal reports echo the statistics the AAUP collected in a survey during the summer. At that time, 84.5% of all faculty and 88% of full-time faculty were dissatisfied with the direction of the university. Add to that the numbers that show a disconnect between what faculty value and what they think the university values, the picture becomes clear. While nearly all of full-time faculty think the three areas teaching, research and value are vital parts of their job (98%, 94% and 97% respectively), they did not think the administration valued it: 75% think the administration does not value research, 64% think it does not value faculty teaching, and 62% think it does not appreciate faculty value activities. No doubt due to that disconnect, 69% of full-time and 61% of part-time faculty said they were considering leaving.
While the administration may not appreciate all of the hard work we do, we know what we all contribute, and we need to support one another. To that end, we honored faculty who have served on an APC and/or the Promotion and Tenure committee at our November meeting. In the spring, we will celebrate faculty scholarship.
In addition to preparing these appreciation events, the executive committee has been looking at ways we can show how important faculty contributions are to the institution. Come to meetings, check the website, keep you eye out for our communications to find out ways you can let administration know how important your work is.
September 5, 2017
Below are three documents. The first is an article-by-article review of all substantive changes from the present Agreement (2014-17) to the proposed new Agreement (2017-20). All substantive elements of the present Agreement that are not referenced in this attachment remain as in the present Agreement (2014-17). This document represents what you are voting on.
Much of this summer's work involved resisting the administration's attempt to dismantle most of our Agreement's key protections. The second attachment provides most of the administration's major proposals and our final achieved outcome. Where it says "unchanged" it means that the provisions of the present Agreement (2014-17) remain in place. This second document is not exhaustive.
The third attachment represents changes in the 100/80 and 90/70 health insurance options.
The ratification meeting will be held on September 14th in the Yvonne theater at 11:30. It will be conducted in accordance with the rules laid out in our Constitution (Article XI -Contract Ratification).
Your Negotiating Team,
Jeff Halpern, Chief Negotiator
David R. Dewberry
Article by Article Review
Administration's Initial Proposal and Final Outcome