Cleveland State University Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in Administration

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Cleveland State University's administration got a vote of no confidence Wednesday from faculty leaders who don't think they've had an appropriate role in the decision to convert the undergraduate curriculum to primarily three-credit-hour classes.

The Faculty Senate voted 31-11 despite assurances by CSU President Ronald Berkman that the faculty would be an integral part of the curriculum conversion and that the processwould not be rushed nor harm any students.

Berkman, who was not present for the vote, earlier during the meeting told the faculty that a vote of no confidence would damage the university's reputation, its relationship with donors and alumni, and affect prospective students and their parents.

Several faculty members, however, told Berkman they feel the process has moved forward much too quickly and that they cannot reconfigure courses and curriculums in place by the requested deadline of September, 2014. More than 200 people attended Wednesday's meeting.

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