The professors’ union at CCRI has voted “no confidence” in the school’s leadership. Here’s the claim:
The motion said that Hughes, the vice president of academic affairs, Rosemary Costigan, and Dean Thomas Sabbagh have each “repeatedly failed in their leadership roles at the College to the detriment of our students.”
So what’s the underlying problem?
At issue is a plan for a three-week winter term that would start in January. In November, the chairs of the business, social studies, math and English departments said their faculty would not participate in the winter session without including the courses in the collective-bargaining agreement.
Ah… so the “detriment of our students” thing makes a leap from the professors’ interests to the students’. That link is debatable, but it shouldn’t be assumed.
The statement asserts that the administration is “putting our accreditation and academic reputation at great risk,” which would certainly be a concern to all of Rhode Island. Were this more of a looming possibility than some speculative rhetoric, though, one would think there would be more evidence. For now, this seems to be the same old story in Rhode Island — all about labor.