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4/4/2017 President’s Report

    • DATE: April 4, 2017
    • TO: Policy Committee
    • FROM: Harry Hilton, UIUC AAUP Chapter President
    • RE: President’s Monthly Report to Policy Committee (3/14/17 – 4/4/17)
    1. Tenure workshop: The following have agreed to participate in the workshop on April 20, 2017, 3:30 – 5 pm, 314 A IU: Provost John Wilkin, Associate Provost Abbas Benmamoun, Terry Ostler (chair CAFT), Lynne Rudasill (member FAC), John Prussing.
    2. Statute revisions: The revisions have been approved by the three senates and the Senate Council. They were transmitted to the president on December 5, 2016. I have asked the president’s office to notify me when they are sent to BoT. Next BoT meetings:
      • May 11, 2017 Springfield
      • July 12-13 2017 Chicago
      • I have been assured of the notification prior to transmittal. Nothing was transmitted to BoT for their 3/15/17 meeting.
    3. Legislative attacks on tenure and course content: Bob Parker continues to track news items on this important subject. We may wish to consider these topics for a workshop or for the May annual membership meeting. See
    4. Shared governance questionnaire: Abbas’s office has distributed our questionnaire and transmittal letter (attached) with return deadline of April 14. The provost will send a reminder email to unit heads.
    5. AAUP fact-finding committee visit: Professor Mark Criley’s (Illinois Wesleyan University) visit has been rescheduled UIUC to April 28. I will have a prepared statement for PC approval by the middle of this month. I am waiting for some more pertinent information to include.
    6. Letter to Representative Davis: David O’Brien prepared the attached letter. It and the response are attached.
    7. Proposed federal cuts in research funding: Should the PC take a stand on proposed cuts in funding to NIH, NEH, NEA, NSF, etc., and on the elimination of overhead costs including RA tuition?