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News and notes: January 2021

Some links of note, as we begin the new year:

  • Spotlight PA is slated to interview State System Chancellor Daniel Greenstein 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. “The state’s system of higher education is facing unprecedented challenges as it copes with the coronavirus pandemic, a major plan of consolidation, and ongoing criticism for how it responds to racism on its many campuses,” promotional information from Spotlight PA reads. Submit questions prior to the event to ypiper@spotlightpa.org and register to watch live via this link. The event will be recorded.
  • APSCUF members: As you prepare to watch the interview, you may wish to visit our integrations information page, available to APSCUF members exclusively in a secure area of our website. View this members-only resource (login required*) via this link or via the “Issues & Advocacy” dropdown menu.

* LOGGING INTO THE APSCUF WEBSITE:
APSCUF upgraded its website in summer/early fall 2016, and unfortunately we were unable to move the usernames and passwords with us. Thus, if you haven’t logged into the website since that time, you’ll need to create a new account. Website accounts are unrelated to your time as an APSCUF member; members must create their own logins. Once you’ve registered, it will take up to 24 hours for the login to activate. (We verify all information for security purposes.) If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset via this link. If you do not receive your password-reset email promptly, please check your spam filter; we have received some reports of the email being diverted there.

 

For your reading:

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Matt Richtel wrote about financial issues and cuts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He spoke with APSCUF President Dr. Jamie Martin and APSCUF State Secretary Dr. Michele Papakie, both IUP faculty members. Click here to read the news article, published on the front page of the Dec. 28 New York Times. The Times accepts reader feedback via this page.

In response, Yale-educated Ryan Craig, author of “A New U: Faster Cheaper Alternatives to College” contributed an opinion piece to Forbes titled “Stop Romanticizing Failing Colleges.” “In the Times article, Dan Greenstein, the Chancellor of PASSHE, comes across as a budget cutting monster who ‘did not respond to request for additional comment,’” Craig wrote. “But I know Dan, and few people think more deeply about the future of American higher education.” Forbes accepts general editorial feedback via readers@forbes.com.

Chancellor Daniel Greenstein shared the link to the Forbes opinion piece in a two-part tweet:

APSCUF accepting applications for internship, scholarship

The State APSCUF office seeks a junior or senior in political science, communication, journalism or a related field to serve as a government/communication intern in summer 2021. This paid internship typically occurs at the APSCUF headquarters in Harrisburg, but the internship will be remote if staff members have not yet returned to the office. Click here to learn more and download the application. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Direct questions to APSCUF’s communications director at kmorton@apscuf.org.

APSCUF offers a $3,000 scholarship to relatives of APSCUF or APSCURF members in good standing. Click here to download the 2021 scholarship application. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2021, and the committee will award the scholarship(s) in August. Direct questions to APSCUF’s director of membership services at 800-932-0587, Ext. 3021.

One retrenchment letter issued last week

One non-tenured faculty member received a retrenchment letter Dec. 1, the second of four deadlines for Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities to issue notices to faculty members who may lose their jobs at the end of the 2021 spring semester. The recipient is a faculty member at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, one of five universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education that have active possibilities of retrenchment — layoffs through no fault of the employee. Click here to read the complete APSCUF press release.

Click here to learn more about how students, alumni and community can fight retrenchment. #CutsHurtStudents

Members may click here for a members-only retrenchment toolkit (login required).

Chancellor calls integration work ‘profoundly inspiring stuff’

At last week’s short Board of Governors meeting, Chancellor Daniel Greenstein gave a brief update about integration progress at this early stage, mentioning the “breadth and audacity” of work so far and “ambitious and audacious goals.” He also referred to the work as “phenomenal” and “inspiring.” He mentioned changes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, though it is not one of the integrating schools. He called the plan at IUP “very audacious, a very ambitious and actually a quite powerful strategy, its NextGen strategy, which is really breathtaking in scope.”

He concluded his presentation: “It’s hard work. It’s emotional work because it is so profoundly transformational. It’s anxiety-producing work. … There’s bumps, obviously, along the way, and there will continue to be. But it’s profoundly inspiring stuff.”

WATCH:
The BOG meeting, queued to Greenstein’s comments
Integrations leadership orientation meeting

READ:
State System university integrations page
State System material about integration working groups

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD:
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State System directory
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