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Citing Series of Conflicts, San Jose State U. Asks for Governance Review

19 Nov

By Steve Kolowich

Academic leaders at San Jose State University on Monday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution asking the chancellor of the California State University system to review governance at the university, where unease over the introduction of massive open online courses has exacerbated difficulties caused by tight budgets.

The resolution cited “a series of conflicts over the past year” that have highlighted “communication and transparency” issues and “opened serious rifts in our shared sense of community.”

The Academic Senate passed the resolution by a vote of 38 to 2, with five abstentions, but delayed until its December meeting a vote on another measure related to the president’s push to adopt MOOCs.

“In my 24 years at SJSU—most of that time on the Senate—I have never heard such widespread and deep concern about the direction our campus has been taking,” said Kenneth B. Peter, a professor of political science, in a prepared statement provided to The Chronicle.

Mohammad H. Qayoumi, San Jose State’s president, spoke at the meeting and endorsed the resolution.

[ Full article available at The Chronicle for Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/citing-series-of-conflicts-san-jose-state-u-asks-for-governance-review/48427 ]

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