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Spring 2018 cuts, May 20 rally, and other important updates from the FSU

Dear Colleague,

We want to update you on a number of important issues:

Course Cancellations for Spring 2018:  We are hearing that there are possibly more course cancellations in departments for the spring of 2018.  Let us know what is happening in your department, and how many fewer sections and/or faculty you may have, and the effects of these (higher course caps, more teaching CAPs or Navitas). 

FSU Annual Meeting this Wednesday at 2 pm and other news

Dear Colleague,

The FSU Annual Meeting is this Wednesday, April 26th, 2PM in Crossley Lounge (Wheatley, 6th floor, room 47). Please contact the FSU to see an agenda, the proposed FSU FY18 budget, and the proposed FSU bylaws changes.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Course cancellation update and Research Intensive Semester meeting this Friday

Dear Colleagues,

We are hearing that many fall classes have been cancelled, including CAPS courses with no input from faculty or departments.   We are also hearing that class sizes are increasing.  Please let us know if this is occurring in your department.  Please let us know if any of these cancelled classes usually fill or are required for the major, and if faculty have been consulted about teaching larger classes (if these have increased).  Departments are supposed to decide courses and course sizes, not the administration. 

REMINDER: FSU Annual Meeting Wednesday April 26 – Vote on Proposed Bylaws Changes

Dear FSU Member,

The FSU Annual Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 26th, 2PM in Crossley Lounge (Wheatley, 6th floor, room 47). The agenda will include updates on the FSU, including course cancellations, bargaining, and a proposed FSU FY18 budget; the latter and a detailed agenda will be sent next week.

All Summer Courses Restored!

Dear Colleagues,

We are thrilled to inform you that all summer courses that were cut by the Administration have now been restored. Departments will once again have primary responsibility over whether or not courses run, not the administration!   Departments themselves have chosen to cancel very few.   (Any courses that do not reach 12 students for undergraduate and 8 for graduate sections will still be subject to cancellation the week before these classes begin, however). 

Rather than defer payment for these courses, instructors will be paid on time. 

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