CSU-AAUP statement on updates to “Students First,” a community college consolidation plan

Upon the recent consolidation update announcements from Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian, CSU-AAUP stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the community colleges and the 4Cs, Council 4 AFSCME, and AFT.

Acknowledging the layoff protections that exist in the collective bargaining agreements, President Ojakian has said there would be “no reduction of unionized workforce.”

That said, decisions that impact students learning and the quality of public higher education must continue to be made with shared governance as a key ingredient of planning efforts. Faculty have always put students first and are equipped with valuable insights and experience that come from working closely with students day to day as educators and as mentors. That is why shared governance and the faculty voice must continue to be an essential part of the fabric of our public higher education institutions.

CSU-AAUP stands resolute by the principles of shared governance and academic freedom that underpin every quality public higher education institution in our United States. To chip away at those standards is to chip away at the future of our state, our country, and even our democracy.

President Mark Ojakian presented his consolidation plan updates known as “Students First” to the Board of Regents during their Oct. 19 meeting at 61 Woodland St., Hartford. The agenda for the meeting can be viewed here.   To view this meeting on CT-N, click here.

Prior to the BOR meeting, President Ojakian met with community college union presidents to discuss the updates in person. While in this meeting, his office released the same information to the media (see the Hartford Courant  here) and issued a letter to the CSCU community.

Members wishing to offer feedback to the BOR on this plan may follow this link to complete the Students First Survey. Please provide your feedback by November 20, 2017.

Click here for more information on the consolidation, including draft reports from consolidation planning teams.

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