Topic

liberal arts

5 petitions

Started 1 year ago

Petition to President Varlotta & her Administration

#NotMyHiram Alumni Petition

Dear Fellow Hiram College Alumni, I wish to inform you that President Lori Varlotta’s has an administrative agenda to remove nearly 20% of professors regardless of tenure status from Hiram College. Current Hiram students have formed the #NotMyHiram movement to seek to maintain the integrity of academic tenure, keep our professors teaching at Hiram, and to maintain our liberal arts tradition. Please see https://notmyhiram.wordpress.com/ for more information. For four years Hiram College was my home. A large part of what made it home was my wonderful, caring professors. I was on a first name basis with them. I would go to their houses for dinner. They’ve given me their cell phone numbers and I’ve called them for advice since I graduated. With the removal of ~20% of the full-time faculty, this is #NotMyHiram. President Varlotta stated in her “Strategic Executive Plan” that she would form the “New Liberal Arts” by increasing “faculty and staff accountability and success.” To do this, the school would “recruit and retain a competent and caring faculty and staff who place students first” and that it would “align faculty and staff expertise with institutional priorities to foster a culture of success and accountability.” By attempting to fire these faculty members, President Varlotta has failed to “recruit and retain” faculty as her “Strategic Executive Plan” stated. It is clear that President Varlotta and her administration is not retaining faculty, nor are they being transparent about their intentions. We, the undersigned, call for the retention of Hiram College’s faculty and to honor these professors’ tenure. If these professors are removed from the college we declare this is #NotMyHiram and will withhold from donating any money to the college in the future.

#NotMyHiram
325 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to President Varlotta & her Administration

#NotMyHiram Student Petition

Dear Fellow Hiram College Student, I wish to inform you that President Lori Varlotta’s has an administrative agenda to remove nearly 20% of professors regardless of tenure status from Hiram College. Current Hiram students have formed the #NotMyHiram movement to seek to maintain the integrity of academic tenure, keep our professors teaching at Hiram, and to maintain our liberal arts tradition. Please see https://notmyhiram.wordpress.com/ for more information. For three years, Hiram College has been my home at Hiram. The biggest impact, for me, of attending Hiram has been the relationships I formed with my amazing and deeply caring professors. We are on a first name basis and I know that my professors will always be there for me, both academically and personally. With the removal of nearly 20% of the full-time faculty, this is #NotMyHiram President Varlotta stated in her “Strategic Executive Plan” that she would form the “New Liberal Arts” by increasing “faculty and staff accountability and success.” To do this, the school would “recruit and retain a competent and caring faculty and staff who place students first” and that it would “align faculty and staff expertise with institutional priorities to foster a culture of success and accountability.” By attempting to fire these faculty members, President Varlotta has failed to “recruit and retain” faculty as her “Strategic Executive Plan” stated. It is clear that President Varlotta and her administration is not retaining faculty, nor are they being transparent about their intentions. We, the undersigned, call for the retention of Hiram College’s faculty and to honor these professors’ tenure. We stand in solidarity with our professors and declare this is #NotMyHiram if these professors are removed from the college.  

#NotMyHiram
5 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Purdue University Board of Trustees, Indiana University, Indiana University Board of Trustees

Save the French & German Programs at IPFW

The Department of International Language and Culture Studies (ILCS) at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is vigorously fighting the elimination of their Bachelor of Arts programs in French and German. Will you stand with us and tell IPFW and its parent institutions (Indiana University and Purdue University) that we will not allow the pointless reduction of meaningful humanities content at our metropolitan multi-system university? A recent report from the University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP) at IPFW proposed these closures after soliciting precious little input from faculty and ignoring the very positive feedback that the department received for these programs from the USAP team over the past two years. The team valued the fundamental contributions made by all ILCS programs, including French and German, to the IPFW mission and goals of Plan 2020; particularly, they highlighted the successful efforts of ILCS towards the crucial goal of internationalizing the campus. Claiming that the elimination of French and German is based on the evaluation emerging from the USAP process is not accurate. The French and German majors have been quite effective in recruiting, keeping, and graduating their students, and in producing students acquire high ranking jobs - locally, domestically, and internationally. Despite their smaller size, French and German generate more revenue for COAS and IPFW than the cost of maintaining their faculty. Moreover, since no faculty or administrative positions will be eliminated in this move, there are seemingly no savings to be gained from doing away with these programs.  IPFW is the only public university offering majors in French and German in the northeast Indiana area. Our graduates are vital in providing foreign language teachers for schools and local companies, which require employees who are capable of navigating cultural and linguistic borders to communicate successfully with colleagues and clients engaged in commerce, governance, and other organizational activities both at home and abroad.    The Purdue University Board of Trustees seems to be telling the entire northeast Indiana area that we are not worthy of an education that prepares us for the reality of a competitive global and internationalized world. That, it seems, is a privilege reserved only for those students and the families who can afford to send their children to West Lafayette, Bloomington, or a private university. We urge you to add your voice to this petition, to tell us why you're doing so, and to stand with us as we demand that all stakeholders be listened to and that this process take into account the financial realities that make this decision not just bad for the ILCS department, but bad for all of northeast Indiana, both now and in the future.

Sara Elaine Jackson
528 supporters