The Columbus State University administration, facing a no-confidence vote from the faculty, has reversed its stand on the one of the major issues raised by the faculty senate.
The University will go back to old standards for tenure and promotion until the 2011-12 academic year, President Tim Mescon announced in an e-mail to the faculty Friday.
Changes in the tenure process had created a backlash from the faculty senate and was one of the reasons it called for a confidence-no confidence vote in Mescon and Provost Inessa Levi.
The eight faculty members who were denied tenure this year will have the right to resubmit their requests and have them re-evaluated, Levi told the faculty senate Monday afternoon during a meeting.
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After the meeting Levi, the university’s chief academic officer who has been on the job 10 months, was careful in her words to describe the move.
“I would not use the word concession,” Levi said after the meeting. “We are responding to a recommendation by the faculty senate.”Faculty senate executive officer Susan Hrach, a tenured English professor, said it was a clear response to concerns raised by the senate.
“If she would prefer not to call it a concession, I understand that,” Hrach said.
A vote of confidence-no confidence in Mescon and Levi will be held Tuesday and Wednesday by the university’s 287 eligible faculty members. The vote was called April 5 by the faculty senate. It has no formal impact on their jobs with the University System of Georgia school.
There was no discussion during Monday’s senate meeting about delaying the vote.
“What the vote is about is the way decisions are made,” Hrach said. “But does this mean we still have confidence in those people who made the decisions in the first place?”