Utica University Program Elimination News Round Up

Catch up on what’s been going on at Utica University since the announcement on January 18, 2023 by Utica University’s outgoing president, Laura Casamento, and the outgoing Board of Trustees Chair, Bob Brvenik, to eliminate 15 majors as well as their recommendation that 8 more majors and 1 program be revised or else perhaps risk being eliminated.

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AAUP-Utica President Responds to Utica University’s Announcement to Eliminate 15 Majors

Utica University’s outgoing president, Laura Casamento, and the outgoing Board of Trustees Chair, Bob Brvenik, announced their recommendation today to eliminate 15 majors as well as their recommendation that 8 more majors and 1 program be revised or else perhaps risk being eliminated.

This announcement comes amid a grievance that the AAUP-Utica filed on January 10, 2023 over the University’s failure to follow proper shared governance procedures as specified in the AAUP-Utica’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The AAUP-Utica is currently awaiting Provost Pfannestiel’s response to Step 2 of the Grievance Procedure as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The AAUP-Utica President, Leonore Fleming, responds to the University’s “Red Wednesday” Announcement in the following video message sent to Utica University bargaining unit members:


Latest NY Academe Issue Covers Confidential Presidential Search at Utica University

The newest issue of NY Academe, VOL 46, No 4, Winter 2023, includes the article “Confidential Presidential Search Underway at Utica University” written by AAUP Utica/AFT 6786 President Leonore Fleming. Among other things, the article includes a timeline of events from October 2022 under the section titled “A Timeline of Shared Governance in Decline.”

Read the article and access the entire Winter 2023 issue on the New York State AAUP Conference Website HERE.

Download a mobile version of “Confidential Presidential Search Underway at Utica University” HERE or read it below.


AAUP-Utica Files Grievance Over University’s Failure to Follow Proper Shared Governance Procedures

On January 10, 2023, AAUP-Utica filed a formal grievance over the University’s failure to follow the procedures of the Faculty Senate by-laws as specified in Article 7, GOVERNANCE, Section 7.1, Faculty Senate Committees, of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. This grievance is in accordance with Article 16 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, specifically, Step 2.

It is the position of the AAUP-Utica that the contract requires that the Curriculum Committee consider matters related to the curriculum of the University. This includes the current Academic Program Review Recommendations and any and all proposals to design, redesign or eliminate programs or majors.

Additionally, the Curriculum Committee’s Function and Authority is stated clearly in the Faculty Senate Bylaws:

Function and Authority: shall receive, consider and/or initiate all requests for, or studies of, new or revised curriculum changes, including the general education program, majors, minors, special programs, courses, course credit, descriptions, numbers, titles, methods of instruction, graduation requirements and all standards and policies pertaining to the same; consider what changes are academically wise, financially practicable and within the mission of the College; and report and recommend the same to the Faculty Senate.

Download the January 10 Grievance Letter or read the full letter below:


Utica University’s Student-Run News Source, The Tangerine, Reports on the Academic Program Review

On December 8, 2022, the Utica University Student-Run News Source, The Tangerine, reported on the Academic Program Review at Utica University, “spurred by a Board of Trustees resolution, which has caused unrest and questions on campus.”

That Board of Trustees Resolution on Academic Program Review (August 19, 2022) states:

Whereas shifting enrollment patterns and a significant decline in enrollment have resulted in an unsustainable faculty-to-student ratio at the university; and


Whereas the current academic program portfolio no longer reflects prospective student recruitment interests regionally or nationally; and


Whereas the current academic program portfolio no longer reflects the credentials most sought by employers in the region or nationally;


Be it resolved, the Board of Trustees of Utica University direct the administration to undertake an academic portfolio review designed to provide recommendations for any changes to credentials offered by the institution, including possible program design, redesign, or elimination.

Recommendations are to be delivered to the Trustees at the February 2023 board meeting.

The Tangerine article includes interviews with faculty and students, as well as an interview with the Provost, Todd Pfannestiel.

Read More Details in the Full Article Here.

https://uticatangerine.com/11933/news/11933/