Edinboro APSCUF chapter receives 2017-18 retrenchment notice

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Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 5:45 PM

The Edinboro Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) chapter was informed by letter today that "faculty positions could be affected at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year." 

The required retrenchment notice from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is a result of the collective bargaining agreement (Article 29, in particular) forged between APSCUF and PASSHE.

“The letter was issued with one purpose: to meet the formal requirements of the collective bargaining agreement. The agreement requires notification when financial, organizational or programmatic changes that have the possibility of impacting faculty positions are being considered,” said Edinboro University’s President Dr. H. Fred Walker in a separate written statement.

Walker continued on, stating: “It is important to note the word: possibility. There are no determinations regarding faculty positions or programs at this time. All interventions across the university are under consideration, as are numerous enhancements to address the key areas of student success, bringing expenses and revenue into alignment, and refreshing our program array.”

Over the past semester, Walker has held multiple town hall meetings, as university working groups have gathered and presented data, along with a "SCOT" analysis (strengths, challenges, opportunities, threats) for the campus. Recently, an outside consulting firm, Campus Strategies, went about validating portions of the data. 

Walker, in the statement, pledged to work with Edinboro APSCUF President, Dr. Michael Bucell, to "explore all alternatives."

EdinboroNow has reached out to Bucell and state APSCUF representatives for comment. 

On March 22, the APSCUF website announced Mansfield has received an "intent for retrenchment," as well, which stated "academic programs may be affected, but it did not identify which are under review." APSCUF President Kenneth Mash said the following regarding Mansfield. 

“We know from a State System study that students were attending our universities primarily because of academic offerings and the relatively low cost,” APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash said. “Meanwhile, costs have continued to soar, which continues to shut working families out of the American Dream. Now our universities are setting their sights on academic offerings. This is not a strategy that will improve the lives of working Pennsylvanians; it only digs a deeper hole by limiting opportunities and leaves potential students in the dust. Current and prospective students deserve to know the university’s plans as soon as possible, as do all whose futures and livelihoods depend upon Mansfield University."

Recently, PASSHE requested a 2017-18 appropriation of $505.2 million, which was an increase of $61 million. Instead, they received an increase of $8.9 million from Governor Tom Wolf. Recent enrollment at Edinboro hit a peak in 2010 with 8,642 students. In fall of 2016, it had fallen to 6,181.

Continue to check edinboronow.com for updates on the potential faculty retrenchment. 

Macala Leigey is the managing editor of news at The Spectator and EdinboroNow. 

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