The Union Recorder

Local News

December 5, 2012

Proposed Emory cuts anger some students, faculty

ATLANTA —  

A plan by Emory University to eliminate several academic departments and make cuts to others has angered some students and faculty who say the administration decided on the changes without consulting the university community.

The school announced in September that it would close the educational studies division, the physical education department, the visual arts department and the journalism program. It also plans to suspend admissions to the graduate programs in Spanish, economics and the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts.

More than 150 students gathered Tuesday in front of Emory's administration building and then poured into the hallway outside administrators' offices to protest the cuts. The protesters demanded a full reversal of the cuts; formal and meaningful student, faculty and staff participation in key decision-making bodies; and full disclosure and investigation of the processes leading to the cuts.

Harold Braswell, a 31-year-old Ph.D. candidate studying bioethics and the history of medicine, joined the protest with some friends, holding a sign that said "Insufficiently Peer Reviewed."

"These cuts were made without any sort of due process or consulting with the community," he said. "I think the main issue is the complete lack of transparency."

History professor James Melton, who is the secretary of the Emory chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said the administration's actions don't comply with the principles of faculty governance.

"The curriculum is a central area over which faculty must exercise authority," he said. "And, more broadly, we are very concerned with the concentration of power with the upper administration, the president and the provost."

The plan focuses on investing in traditional strengths in the arts and sciences, as well as expanding into new, interdisciplinary areas, including contemporary China studies, digital and new media studies and neurosciences, Emory said when it announced the changes.

Text Only
Local News
Poll
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes