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Forum: Oberlin's Finances

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Academic & Adminstrative Pgm Review

Created on: 12/17/18 04:45 PM Views: 85 Replies: 2
Academic & Administrative Pgm Review
Posted Monday, December 17, 2018 04:45 PM

I hope you are all somewhat familiar with the Academic and Administrative Program Review (AAPR) that is happening as a part of addressing Oberlin’s financial situation.

This set of articles and the associated links provides information on the AAPR:  https://bit.ly/2PDSrg7

This link provides the most recent update about the AAPR process:  https://bit.ly/2RVQMVj

We have just learned that a series of teleconferences will be scheduled soon for alumni to provide us with updates.  The first will be on February 5.

Please feel free to email me any questions you have, and I will do my best to get answers.  Thanks.  Or if you have comments, you can add them to this discussion thread.

Walt Galloway   Chair 1969 50th Reunion
mail whgalloway@verizon.net

 

 
Edited 01/12/19 03:08 PM
Academic & Administrative Pgm Review
Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2019 02:51 PM

Hi fellow '69ners,

I want to share with you some concerns about what's going on at Oberlin today with the hope that we might be willing to hold a forum about it at our reunion. 

Because my son graduated from Obelrin last spring, I've spend a good deal of time on campus. As a result, I've become friends with Marc Blecher, who is very concerned about the AAPR process. Marc is our age and has been at Obelrin since the early 1970s. He's chair of the Politics Department, Oberlin's largest major, I believe.  He's a very decent guy and not an alarmist by any stretch.

But he and about 60 other faculty members are truly worried about the direction of the college.  (See https://oberlinreview.org/16561/news/campus_news/faculty-join-national-advocacy-group-amid-personnel-changes/) They realize there are serious enrollment and financial issues, and recognize that sacrifices will need to be made. But they want to do so in a fair and equitable way that does not threaten tenure or divide the faculty against one another.  Instead, they fear the current administration is moving in the other direction. Much will come to a head this spring, and if things head south, they may ask for alumni support. 

I really don't want or need need another fight. But I feel a deep responsibility to the school and can't pretend that all is well as we celebrate. If we are needed, I think we should at least make room to hear all sides of the story. 

Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you soon,

Les

 

 

 
Edited 01/12/19 03:08 PM
Academic & Administrative Pgm Review
Posted Saturday, January 12, 2019 01:37 PM

The winter issue of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine arrived today.  On page 46 Carol Levine, president of the Alumni Association, writes in part that "When not included, alumni can become ornery.  Yet, institutions have to operate, and sometimes not everyone can be part of a decision....What if we drop some majors and departments?...What if we rebrand?..."

What if Oberlin does away with tenure?  What would it mean to rebrand?  My sister went to Oberlin, my spouse and I have two children, both of whom went to Oberlin, Joe Gross already has a grandchild attending Oberlin. The connections are deep.  While I have not paid attention to the college recently, Les Leopold has paid attention, and if he is concerned, I for one would like to hear what Prof. Marc Blecher has to say.

 


Les Leopold wrote:

Hi fellow '69ners,

I want to share with you some concerns about what's going on at Oberlin today with the hope that we might be willing to hold a forum about it at our reunion. 

Because my son graduated from Obelrin last spring, I've spend a good deal of time on campus. As a result, I've become friends with Marc Blecher, who is very concerned about the AAPR process. Marc is our age and has been at Obelrin since the early 1970s. He's chair of the Politics Department, Oberlin's largest major, I believe.  He's a very decent guy and not an alarmist by any stretch.

But he and about 60 other faculty members are truly worried about the direction of the college.  (See https://oberlinreview.org/16561/news/campus_news/faculty-join-national-advocacy-group-amid-personnel-changes/) They realize there are serious enrollment and financial issues, and recognize that sacrifices will need to be made. But they want to do so in a fair and equitable way that does not threaten tenure or divide the faculty against one another.  Instead, they fear the current administration is moving in the other direction. Much will come to a head this spring, and if things head south, they may ask for alumni support. 

I really don't want or need need another fight. But I feel a deep responsibility to the school and can't pretend that all is well as we celebrate. If we are needed, I think we should at least make room to hear all sides of the story. 

Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you soon,

Les

 

 

 

 
Edited 01/12/19 03:08 PM