Updates to faculty layoff plan and other stuff

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Tere North
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Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:20 am

Leatherneck10 wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:12 pm
Tere North wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:58 am
I would suggest the administration positions for the chopping block.

$175,620 VP-QC - at most, this should be a Dean's position, and certainly not a VP
$142,800 Dean-Libraries - Dean's lead multiple departments that have faculty, this is a single department and its faculty do not teach
$120,000 Chief-of-Staff - this hardly needs an explanation

Almost a half-mill savings with minimal impact on WIU and none on students
Every person you mentioned is a tenured faculty member. If their positions were to be eliminated they would have to be offered full time faculty positions. The potential savings is therefore reduced by probably two-thirds.
I know the Chief-of-Staff was faculty and has tenure, but the other two have never been faculty at Western. Even if they were given tenure as part of their administrative hire, two tenured faculty were included in the list anyway. Plus, I can't see VP-QC or Dean-Libraries even considering a "return" to teaching they didn't come from. Yes, for all there would be some grace period, of up to 1-year at full salary while working, just as the tenured/tenure-track faculty that were cut last year did and will be gone June 30, 2019. Still by June 30, 2020, this would add to the $ savings.
wiu712
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Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:09 pm

132 laid off at Western Illinois University due to budget.
From WGN-TV News:
https://wgntv.com/2019/03/05/western-il ... employees/
wiu712
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Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:00 pm

Asked about WIU layoffs, Gov. Pritzker vows funding boost for all Higher Ed.
From WEEK-TV News (Peoria):
https://week.com/news/political/2019/03/05/94070/
wiu712
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:08 pm

Vice President of Administrative Services speaks on layoffs.
From the Western Courier:
https://westerncourier.com/43758/news/v ... n-layoffs/
wiu712
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:23 pm

The Western Board of Trustees is down to 2 members: one regular Trustee and the student Trustee.

Representative Norine Hammond to Pritzker: Fill BOT vacancies, provide emergency funding to WIU.
From KHQA-TV-7 News:
https://khqa.com/news/local/hammond-to- ... ing-to-wiu
Leatherneck10
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:48 pm

wiu712 wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:23 pm
The Western Board of Trustees is down to 2 members: one regular Trustee and the student Trustee.

Representative Norine Hammond to Pritzker: Fill BOT vacancies, provide emergency funding to WIU.
From KHQA-TV-7 News:
https://khqa.com/news/local/hammond-to- ... ing-to-wiu
Not exactly. Trustees whose terms have expired can continue to serve until they are officially replaced.
wiu712
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:11 pm

WIU rally to “Buy into Western” following staff cuts.
From WGEM News:
https://wgem.com/2019/03/06/wiu-rally-t ... taff-cuts/

"Buy into WIU" Campus community rallies amid faculty and program cuts.
From KHQA-TV-7 News:
https://khqa.com/news/local/buy-into-wi ... ogram-cuts
wiu712
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Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:22 pm

From the McDonough County Voice:
Representative Hammond to Governor Pritzker: WIU needs trustees, emergency funds.
https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/201 ... ency-funds

Rally at the Sherman Hall steps.
https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/201 ... y-at-steps


From Tri-States Public Radio, WIUM-FM:
WIU: 10 Academic Programs Up for Elimination.
https://www.tspr.org/post/wiu-10-academ ... limination

WIU Rally: "Stand Up, Fight Back".
https://www.tspr.org/post/wiu-rally-stand-fight-back
wiu712
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Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:24 pm

Rally at Western Illinois University calls for action from administrators, lawmakers.
From WQAD-TV News (Moline):
https://wqad.com/2019/03/06/rally-at-we ... lawmakers/
wiu712
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Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:03 pm

More Open Meetings Act Violations by WIU Board & Administration.
From Tri-States Public Radio, WIUM-FM:
https://www.tspr.org/post/more-open-mee ... nistration
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