Political Action

Voluntary separation bonus and other news from the FSU

Dear Colleague,

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

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). 

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. 

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. 

Survey on budget cuts and lobby day this Wednesday

Dear Colleague,

We will compile and share this information with the UMass Boston community. No individual names or other identifying information will be shared. 

We will use this information along with a coalition of students and unions at UMass Boston to fight budget cuts on this campus.

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