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ERIC Number: EJ771061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
No Confidence in No-Confidence Votes
Petrick, Joseph
Academe, v93 n4 p52-53 Jul-Aug 2007
Faculty sometimes use votes of no confidence as a tool of last resort to express opposition to a college administration. Unfortunately, however, such votes often have limited effect aside from further damaging relations between administrators and faculty. This article describes how a no-confidence vote was averted at Alfred State College (formally known as the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Technology at Alfred) by scheduling an official "visitation" to deal with a conflict between the faculty and the college administration. Under the governance procedures of SUNY's systemwide University Faculty Senate, the senate can arrange a visitation upon written request from a campus president and local faculty senate. The system senate selects a team of SUNY faculty who visit the campus with an ex officio member of the system administration to investigate and report on a problem. At Alfred State, the visitation process called the attention of the system administration to the campus conflict in a way that a no-confidence vote or media coverage never could have done, and it helped resolve difficulties between the faculty and the administration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York