a tight budget, Antioch cuts four faculty searches
Antioch College faces
further tension from tight budgets, and this time is being forced to eliminate
searches for new faculty, according to college officials.
President Joan Straumanis was notified by the Antioch University Board
of Trustees that the college had a $90,000 deficit and that in order to
compensate, four faculty searches out of eleven planned must be postponed
Two searches to be cut are positions for the library and the education
department. The other two cuts will be decided upon by AdCil, a student
and faculty group that acts as an advisory board to Straumanis. The search
areas to be considered for cancellation are political science, communications,
Eastern philosophy and cooperative education.
At an AdCil meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, students and faculty showed up
in record numbers to protest the decision to end the searches. Many people
in the crowd considered the search cancellations as detrimental for future
enrollment and long-term financial gains for the college.
If decreasing enrollment, sacrificing academic integrity and losing
tons of our current students is our goal, were doing a top-notch
job, said one student who wished to remain anonymous.
As one student, Kelly Connolly, who also sits on AdCil, said in a proposal
that was later passed, AdCil calls upon the college administration
to continue all four faculty searches originally set to be conducted this
Despite the vote, Straumanis said she could not present the Board of Trustees
with proposals that its members may consider financially unsound.
Both Antioch College administration and students are concerned that continuing
the searches against the trustees recommendations could result in
the trustees making the budget-cutting decision themselves.
Although Straumanis has halved the deficit since her arrival on campus
last February, she says that presenting the trustees with a proposal based
on AdCil demands would be dangerous for college autonomy. Its
an invitation for them to meddle in our affairs, said Straumanis.
The meeting ended in the issue being tabled and was taken up again in
a special meeting of AdCil on Thursday, Dec. 12. After another hour of
deliberation and an increasing student and faculty audience (at one point,
students were standing in the hallway), AdCil moved to close the meeting
to the public.
AdCil remained in session until noon. Finally the group decided to go
ahead with the communications and cooperative education searches as planned
and to review the budget for possible compromises regarding the other
two searches. AdCils next meeting will take place next term.
Ralph Wells, co-editor of the Antioch Record, contributed to this