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June 2, 2016- Ex Com E-Vote, Approval of SaveUMB Petition


The FSU Ex Com was asked to vote to approve the language in the petition below. The FSU Executive Committee voted to approve the petition language. The votes were 9 in favor; 0 opposed; 4 members did not vote.


Save UMass Boston and Its Urban Mission: 

NO to Increased Class Sizes, Tuition Hikes, and Cuts to Faculty and Staff

Nearly 400 UMass Boston adjunct faculty—approximately 1/3 of total faculty—have just been issued non-reappointment notices for the Fall of 2016. The UMass Boston administration also plans to increase the student-to-faculty ratio by more than 20%, may  raise tuition or fees for the second consecutive year, and possibly reduce funding for essential services, from cleaning to shuttle buses—even as student enrollment continues to climb.  

We, the undersigned students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and allies urge the President of the University of Massachusetts, Marty Meehan, the Board of Trustees, our UMass Boston administration, our State Representatives and Governor Baker to defend the urban mission of our institution, to guarantee full funding for public higher education in our state, and to say NO to

*Increased class sizes

*Tuition hikes

*Faculty and staff cuts, and

*Reduced essential services

UMass Boston has a vital urban mission: to provide underserved and low-income students from Boston with an enriching academic experience.  Faculty and staff are essential to fulfilling this mission. 

We call upon our leaders to preserve those things that are essential to UMass Boston, including its

*Relatively small classes

*Accessibility and affordability, and

*Support for the vital student services our diverse students need

As the only public university in the City of Boston and one of the great institutions for promoting equity in the Commonwealth, UMass Boston has a responsibility to serve its local communities and the historically under-privileged.  We urge our leaders to resolve the current budget crisis without resorting to measures that will impair the urban mission—and the teaching soul—that defines us.

Leave the Student-Faculty Ratio Alone.  No Increased Class Size, No Tuition Hikes, No Faculty and Staff Cuts!