Get your cringing muscles limbered

Evan Mah at the Wheel: Faculty Clash with Forman at Meeting.

An AAUP representative told the crowd to expect an official statement soon.

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  1. Sketchy Dealings Everywhere says:

    If you haven’t seen this already, check out the following comments from the Wheel ( They represent a close-reading of the GovCom minutes for the past several years. Here’s the quote in full:

    We read from the GovCom minutes of February 11, 2009:

    “The Governance Committee has passed a motion to formally constitute the College Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) as a sub-committee to be appointed by, and report to, the Governance Committee.”

    And just what did this this obligation to report to the GovCom amount to? What do the GovCom minutes tell us about CFAC’s work?

    The most extensive report on CFAC to GovCom between spring 2009 until spring 2012 is Eric Weeks’ “short report” on Sept 30, 2009. Cutting programs and departments is not mentioned.

    The November 10, 2010 meeting specifies only two qualifications for new members of CFAC: “credibility” with faculty and the dean, and “the ability to keep strict confidences.”

    The Feb 2, 2011 meeting includes a statement by Robin Forman suggesting that the CFAC’s mandate be expanded from meeting “short-term necessity to strategic, long-term trajectory.” This statement gives the lie to Dean Forman’s claim that he simply accepted the CFAC as it was originally constituted under Dean Paul.

    The April 20, 2011 meeting contains a prescient question from a member worried that GovCom is responsible for CFAC but is being “kept in the dark” about its work. Also in this meeting we have more evidence of Dean Forman’s role in expanding the scope and mandate of CFAC.

    The Aug 31, 2011 meeting contains a review of the history of the CFAC. It is not clear whether the true work of CFAC is communicated to GovCom or not. The phrase that describes CFAC’s work as studying “the allocation of resources in a manner consistent with scholarly priorities” can be read either as code for cutting and closing programs and departments, or as an obfuscation to the GovCom itself.

    The April 18, 2012 meeting contains yet another review of CFAC’s history. This is the first meeting in which overt discussion of cuts appears in the minutes. Also, in this meeting we read the same litany of “criteria” that Dean Forman has since presented publicly.

    The September 6, 2012 minutes indicate that the GovCom was informed of the dean’s announcement approximately a week before the rest of the College.

    Altogether, to Dean Forman’s argument that GovCom functioned as an adequate conduit of information between the CFAC and the rest of the faculty, the minutes seem to make the opposite case. They strongly suggest that CFAC never reported on its activities in any substantive way, and that the GovCom neglected its obligation to obtain such reports.

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