The DE has an article that does a nice job of summarizing President Dunn's interview with local news radio host Tom Miller. Highlights (most covered in the DE story) include the following:
- We're "six to nine months" behind EIU, "particularly on the Carbondale campus". EIU has seen 177 layoffs and faculty are currently voting on a plan to defer $2 million in salary dollars until EIU sees an infusion of cash from the state. An update from EIU is below the break.
- Senate Bill 2059 is probably the only way universities are going to see money this year. Dunn noted that it passed the House with 70 votes, including one Republican (who represents Charleston, home of Western Illinois). It takes 71 votes to override a veto. Dunn suggested that Rauner can sit on the bill for 60 days before vetoing it, leading to a veto override attempt in late May.
- Cut programs on the Carbondale campus are likely to be cut for good, and would include many of things, introduced in the Delyte Morris era, that made SIUC into a nationally recognized research university.
- Faculty with grants are looking to move elsewhere (see the story below on Wisconsin).
The online news site Slate ran a story yesterday titled The End of Research at Wisconsin. The thesis of the story is noteworthy: the evisceration of tenure means that Wisconsin is having to shell out millions in research support dollars as counteroffers to faculty with grants who are tempted to take new jobs at institutions that still have tenure. But those millions won't lure new faculty to Wisconsin, and the loss of tenure undermines the integrity of ongoing research projects there.
The Urbana-Champaign TV news is covering the faculty vote on salary deferral at EIU. The story includes a quote from the EIU President, who isn't happy with some of the terms in the union proposal, which has strict terms for repayment of faculty salaries in the event the state begins to fund universities again. And here's a story from their campus newspaper on the vote. It looks like it will pass, though the union and administration may have further negotiations to tend do. See my older post for more details.
T/TT colleagues at SIU-E are pushing unionization, and have formed a Faculty Association affiliated with the IEA. Here's a news story (which mistakenly suggests 400 faculty already support unionization--that's the total number of T/TT faculty at SIUE); here's the SIUE-FA web site.