Survey: ‘little faculty buy-in to current plan’

LOCK HAVEN — The results are in.

Between March 24 and 26, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, (APSCUF) released a survey to the collective 1,469 faculty members who work throughout the six state universities reserved for consolidation proposed by Chancellor Dan Greenstein.

The survey supplied by APSCUF President Dr. Jaime Martin, followed questions involved with the faculties’ views and perceptions regarding the consolidation.

Though not every faculty member filled out the survey, a total of 991 members responded at a rate of 67.5%. The questions on the survey were measured on a five-point scale ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Here are the results

Faculty support of consolidation: Less than 8% of the faculty members who responded to the survey indicated that they were supportive of consolidation, while nearly 70% are not supportive.

Development of the program array: Only 11% of the faculty members believe that the final program curricular array will reflect the work they did in the consolidation sub-groups. Sixty-three percent of respondents do not believe that it will.

Transparency of the consolidation process: Only 69 respondents (7%) believe that the consolidation process has been a transparent one, while 78% (n=773) disagree with that view.

Assessment of student excitement regarding consolidation: Less than 2% of the respondents (n=19) believe that students are excited, while 60% do not believe that they are.

Faculty excitement regarding consolidation: Only 26 (3%) of the 989 respondents who answered a question about faculty excitement said they are excited about consolidation, and 83% (n=825) of the faculty said they are not.

Other areas of concern from an open-ended question: The survey captured concerns that students will have fewer options for face-to-face classes and may not have access to the program that they want to pursue on the campus of their choice. Comments noted the belief that the process has been rushed and that it will not save money for the State System — nor lower costs for students. Respondents also voiced that the overriding problem is a lack of funding for the State System and the lack of advocacy for it on the part of Chancellor Dan Greenstein.

The survey results supplied by APSCUF reportedly showed a disconnection between the narratives that exist and the ones that are being pushed by the venues by the state system regarding the faculty, according to Martin.


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