CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The faculty organization that had planned to vote on censuring the University of Northern Iowa said it will hold off on making a recommendation about the university.
The American Association of University Professors had been slated to meet this summer to consider voting to censure UNI because of recent budget cuts.
But in a statement released Saturday, UNI President Bill Ruud said the group won’t make a recommendation until 2014.
“The AAUP’s decision to delay a recommendation regarding UNI is very good news,” said Jeffrey Funderburk, professor in the School of Music and university faculty chair. “We’ve made good progress this year and continue to have positive conversations. We look forward to the new administration addressing remaining issues. It’s time to continue down a successful path.”
An AAUP committee commended Ruud for his stated willingness to address outstanding issues. The committee also commended UNI faculty leaders for agreeing to work with him on these matters.
Because of these recent developments, the committee voted unanimously to make no recommendation regarding UNI until 2014. AAUP has accepted this recommendation.
“I appreciate AAUP delaying their recommendation regarding UNI until 2014,” Ruud said. “This gives the university time to address outstanding issues and it gives me the opportunity to engage with Faculty Senate and United Faculty. I appreciate the support of the faculty organizations in encouraging AAUP to delay their recommendation. I look forward to continuing positive dialogue with all faculty, staff and students at UNI.”
Scott Peters, associate professor of political science and past chair of Faculty Senate, said with in the past year, the university took steps toward transparent decision making, and he said faculty can continue to make progress during the next year.
“The decision by AAUP Committee A to defer a recommendation related to the investigating committee report on violations of shared governance and academic freedom at UNI provides the Iowa Board of Regents an opportunity to remedy problems that were identified,” said Daniel Power, professor of management and past president of United Faculty. “Personally, I am cautiously optimistic that President Ruud will successfully address the remaining issues.”
Last year the AAUP undertook an investigation after UNI announced a number of budget cuts, which included closing the Malcolm Price Laboratory School.
In December, the association released a report accusing UNI of violating governance, academic freedom and tenure procedures.