If there was ever an argument for swinging by campus during breaks even when one is not required to be there, this is one for sure. It seems that the XChange is developing a bit of a reputation as a place to leak information. That’s especially valuable during a time like this when Kutztown University is retrenching.
Let me put it like this (to borrow a line I first heard from Greg Palast when he was speaking at Politics & Prose bookstore back in 2001): I was just sitting there at my desk when out of nowhere, this landed on my desk. Actually, it’s more like: I made my way to campus today to take care of some business and opened my door to find this little gem.
The gem? I’ve got a copy of PASSHE’s “Retrenchment Overview and Instructions.” Maybe this will turn out to be old news, but just in case, I am going to alert our State Meet and Discuss team and APSCUF President Steve Hicks of this document in case they haven’t seen it yet. In any case, this is the kind of document that I think should be PUBLIC: so, here it is (PDF format):
It’s at times like these I’m glad I bought a decent scanner last year. I’m also grateful for my recent acquisition of Adobe CS4 (thanks KU). As you’ll see, I’ve inserted some comments and highlighted certain sections that were of particular interest to me. You should be able to check out the comments by clicking on the yellow dialogue bubbles.
Two items jumped out upon my first read:
- This document was authored 8/6/2009 and updated again on 10/8/09. That says that PASSHE has been actively planning for retrenchment since AT LEAST last summer. Given that this document found its way into my hands, I am going to assume that President Cevallos has a copy of it as well. In that case, there are questions as to whether or not he was following the procedures outlined in this document on his own or from an order from the Chancellor’s Office. Regardless, it is clear that Cevallos is following PASSHE’s playbook for the most part.
- PASSHE’s interpretation of the status of temporary faculty directly clashes with APSCUF’s interpretation of Article 29 (Retrenchment). PASSHE is suggesting that the elimination of temporary faculty should occur BEFORE retrenchment–even when the reasoning is financial. However, Article 29 B.2 clearly states that “the following order shall be utilized to the extent feasible in the department where retrenchment is occurring:
a. temporary, part-time
b. temporary, full-time
c. regular, part-time
d. regular, full-time
Let me close by thanking the person or people who got this document into my hands. The more information that we can get out there, the better faculty, staff, students, and citizens can become actively involved in defending the quality of higher education in PA.