Restructuring Colleges

[This post will be updated as we get more RMEs in.]

The administration is now pushing forward restructuring colleges. And, at least in some cases, faculty are being given all of a week to vote on huge changes–dismemberment of their current college, moving to a new college, or accepting additional programs to their college.

Our understanding is that five colleges have received RMEs. These have not been disseminated outside the colleges yet, but we have received those relevant to the College of Science. As you’ll see below, one of the RMEs transfers units from the College of Science (biology programs, physics, chemistry, math, and computer science) to Engineering, whereas the other “renames” Engineering to reflect the addition of units from science and CASA (aviation programs and automotive).

These are massive changes. They are separate from the Article 9 process, as they do not directly affect academic programs or basic academic units, which would remain more or less intact, at least for the short run. This administration apparently believes that one week is enough time for faculty to decide about the fate of their college and their future work home.

RME Transfer of Academic Units in COS

RME Rename COE-Revised


Restructuring update

After a bit of a lull, the administration is starting to push forward with restructuring plans. Three “Program Change Plans” reached us last night (3/8). The administration has set an initial deadline of March 30 for departmental votes on these proposals, with April 6 the deadline for the FA to provide its response.

Program Change Plan – School of Earth Systems and Sustainability (packet)

Program Change Plan – School of Biological Sciences (packet)

Program Change Plan- School of Computing (packet)

After the break, an update on who voted for an extension, who to speed up, etc.

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FA News (3/7): Announcements, retreat

Dear colleagues,

Attached you’ll find the latest FA newsletter: FA News 7 March 2018.

There are a number of announcements—the most timely being news that the BOT is holding a retreat this Friday at Touch of Nature. I attach the agenda for that meeting: 0318boardretreatwebposting.

In addition to the announcements, you’ll find my effort to understand the next phase in the restructuring effort. We’ve had a bit of a lull, and I hope all of us find some time to catch our breaths over spring break, but restructuring fire and fury will be returning all too soon.

In solidarity,

Dave Johnson
President, SIUC FA

FA News (2/12-13/2018): Deadlines

Dear Colleagues, (2/12)

An edition of “FA News” with some important information on upcoming deadlines is attached. Here are the basics; the attachment provides fuller explanation: FA NEWS 12 Feb 2018. 

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FA News (2/9/2018) Survey, college review, BOT

Dear colleagues,
Attached you’ll find the latest FA Newsletter: FA News 9 February
Here I’ll just flag one item, the CCC survey, which closes Sunday night at midnight. Do consider taking it, and encouraging anyone you know who has a view about the restructuring proposal to fill it out as well. It only takes about ten minutes. Community members are welcome to fill it out, and student responses are particularly important. Results, I am told, will be completely anonymous. 
In solidarity,
Dave Johnson
President, SIUC FA

FA News (2/7/2018): Grievances and job security

Dear colleagues,
The newest FA newsletter is attached: FA News Feb 7
It includes two items that are time sensitive: a reminder of this Friday’s deadline to vote to extend the deliberation period under Article 9, and an invitation to join a new grievance regarding Article 9. Also included are some remarks on a new argument in favor of reorganization, the argument that the revised organization will protect faculty jobs. 
I will be attending and speaking at the BOT meetings in Edwardsville today and tomorrow, and will post some updates on the meetings on Facebook.
In solidarity,
Dave Johnson
President, SIUC-FA

FA News (1/30/2018) If not this, what?

Dear Colleagues,
I attach the latest “FA News”: FA News 30 January 2018. 
 I’m going the attachment route as formatting so often gets scrambled (at least in my experience) in my efforts at email. Do of course let me know if the attachment itself gets scrambled. (We are all feeling somewhat scrambled these days.)
This edition of FA News has two parts. First comes a number of updates and deadlines. Above all, note that the time for voting for extensions to the Article 9 process is nearing its end.
—> Votes should be taken in time to report them to Associate Provost Dave DiLalla by February 9.
See the attachment for more details. Three proposed schools have secured extensions already, and at least 16 departments in total have voted for extensions.
The second part is an effort to answer a question I’m getting asked a lot these days: If not this, what? 
In solidarity,
Dave Johnson
President, SIUC-FA

FA News: 1/23/2018

[Catching up on older newsletters, and trying to post all. This one was mainly annoucements that have since been overtaken by events.  3/9/2018.]

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Restructuring update: more schools

The chancellor is apparently now saying that he wants there to be at least 20 schools; in the latest released draft of his restructuring there were 18, including Medicine and Law. We have received word of two new schools in the works, in addition to the proposal for Computer Science.* We do not yet have a new, formal A9 proposal (unlike the case with Computer Science), so these are tentative. We will update when we get official proposals.

  • The Department of Psychology will be removed from the proposed School of Social Sciences and allowed to form a School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, to be housed in a proposed College of Health and Human Sciences. Faculty currently in Psychology would be joined by faculty in behavior analysis and therapy.
  • The Department of Technology will become a School of Technology in the (renamed) College of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Transportation (STTEM!).

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Restructuring update: Computer Science

The administration today (1/24) shared with the FA a new Article 9 proposal for a School of Computing. It basically calls for the current Department of Computer Science to be rechristened as a School of Computing. The proposal only affects faculty in Computer Science.

The proposal suggests that the tentative new name for the college will be College of Science, Technology, Transportation, Engineering and Math (no doubt looking for STTEM as the acronym). This also suggests that Transportation may be split off from the proposed School of Transportation and Applied Science.

Program Change Proposal – School of Computing.pdf