Urgent: Faculty Assembly Meeting Oct. 22


One of the principles and strengths of the university system is its bedrock systems of shared governance. At this crucial moment at GW we need to make our voices heard and exercise our right and responsibility for shared governance. Accordingly, GWUFA supported a set of 6 motions to be considered by all faculty at the next Faculty Assembly which meets at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 22 in Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW.

In order for these motions to even be considered or voted on by the Assembly, it is mandatory that at least 125 faculty members be in attendance for the entire Assembly meeting. Without 125, there will be no quorum and no votes. We urge you to attend this meeting!
The full text of the motions is at the Faculty Senate website.
As a group, the motions indicate concern that neither the faculty as a whole nor its elected representatives have been properly consulted in matters that fall under our purview. If passed, these motions direct our representatives on the Faculty Senate and its committees to consider whether the faculty have been properly consulted by the administration and trustees as they shaped the strategic plans to cut the size of the student body and to alter the composition of the student body and thus the curriculum and research profile of the university.
In addition, the motions ask the Senate to evaluate whether the charges for the faculty-led strategic planning committees (appointed by the President) are overly narrow and assume a particular outcome. Further, the motions ask that the faculty have an opportunity, through its elected representatives, to evaluate the findings of the strategic planning committees before they go to the administration and Board of Trustees for implementation.
The last of the motions requests that there be a special meeting of the Assembly so that the faculty as a whole may vote on the findings of the Senate.These motions are intended to allow the faculty to exercise its role in shared governance and to have a vote on, rather than being told, what the university’s future will be.So that these questions can be considered, it is critical that you and your concerned colleagues attend the entire Assembly meeting on October 22 at 4:00 PM in the Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st.

Published by GWUFA

GWUFA is a grass-roots, faculty-run organization and has no official relation to the university administration or the Faculty Senate.

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