UC Berkley SLIS Update SLIS 13 Jun 1993 17:10 UTC
___________________ This message has been cross-posted to a number of LISTSERV's. Apologies for duplication. ___________________ The Academic Senate of the University of California, Berkeley, passed a resolution at its meeting May 12 asking the campus administration to reinstate admissions to the School of Library and Information Studies and criticizing the lack of due process and lack of consultation in suspending admissions to several campus units. The resolution is not binding on the administration, and it does not appear likely that the admissions suspensions will be reversed. What the resolution does is to express the views of the Academic Senate which represents the campus faculty. "We appreciate the support of the Academic Senate," says Acting Dean Nancy Van House. "We understand that the campus faces a serious budgetary situation. The Academic Senate is asking the campus administration to consider the process by which such decisions are made and the cumulative impact on the campus of these individual decisions. The administration keeps warning the state of the difficulty of rebuilding programs that are dismantled as a result of the budget crisis. The Academic Senate is warning the administration of the same thing." The other graduate programs whose admissions have been suspended are Dramatic Arts and Art Practice. Text of the resolution follows. For further information contact: Nancy Van House, Acting Dean School of Library and Information Studies 510-642-9980 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHEREAS there has been a lack of due process and a lack of consultation in the manner in which the reviews of some units, resulting in suspension of admissions, have been conducted; and WHEREAS suspension of admissions can be tantamount to disestablishment, for which a formal process requiring Academic Senate and Regental review exists, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that suspensions of admissions in any units be subject to Academic Senate committee review; BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the Academic Senate asks the Administration to reestablish admissions in the School of Library and Information Studies for January 1994; Art Practice for Fall 1994; and the Department of Dramatic Art for Fall 1994; and that future suspensions of admission in these or other units not be made until the Area Review Panel reports have been reviewed by the Academic Senate; BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the Academic Senate asks the Administration to report on the process by which decisions were made concerning these departments and the relationship of these decisions to Area Review Panels; and BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the Academic Senate asks the Academic Planning Board to delay action on Art Practice until the Area Review Panel process is completed.