The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 19th, 2014
Fill in the blank: Faculty members and the leadership of _____
state-college system are at odds over a proposal that aims to streamline
how the institutions work, to save money, and to improve student
performance through technology and administrative cooperation.
That story is playing out in several states in the Northeast and
Midwest, where falling enrollments and shrinking state dollars are
putting an especially tight squeeze on regional colleges. In contrast to
public flagships, the regional institutions have two strikes against
them: They largely serve a place-bound student body, and they lack the
prestige to build big endowments or research portfolios.
The most recent example was in Connecticut, where faculty members at
both two- and four-year institutions in the Connecticut State Colleges
and Universities system have revolted against a plan that calls for
enhancing online learning, aligning courses with the state’s work-force
needs, and sharing some administrative functions.