DIU Calls For Boycott

Iowa ag summit, 2015 Photo: Gazette.com

Iowa ag summit, 2015 Photo: Gazette.com

BOYCOTT an illegitimate 5-year strategic planning process!

“Harreld and Rastetter have manufactured a crisis that is being used to legitimize their agenda for “transforming” the University of Iowa. Harreld talks about needing “to ask some harsh questions about what we’re going to leave behind” and about the need for “surgical” cuts in programs. What does he mean? Do you really think that he doesn’t already have a plan?”

Now this! The university administration announced on April 20 “an accelerated development process” for a five-year strategic plan. The university community—students, faculty and staff—have been asked to provide input in seven “open forums” in eleven days between Monday, April 25 and Wednesday, May 4. We are asked for our views on the “overarching strategies and goals” for the university.

What’s the rush? Why initiate a serious planning process at this time in the academic year when everyone on campus is at peak effort and then conclude it in the summer when most students and many faculty are off campus?

Does the administration not realize this is the busiest time of the year for students and faculty? Is it unaware that students and faculty have papers to write and grade, exams to write and prepare for, dissertations and theses to read and defend, department business to conclude, faculty governance and evaluation reports to write, and a research mission to advance?!

The Harreld administration was created by an illegitimate process, marked by secret proceedings and the appointment of a patently unqualified president who misrepresented his credentials.

Why should we participate in a bankrupt process to plan the university’s future without due time for deliberation? Do they already know the outcome? Do they want to minimize any impact our views might have?

Harreld and Rastetter have manufactured a crisis that is being used to legitimize their agenda for “transforming” the University of Iowa. Harreld talks about needing “to ask some harsh questions about what we’re going to leave behind” and about the need for “surgical” cuts in programs. What does he mean? Do you really think that he doesn’t already have a plan?

rastetterThe Board of Regents and Harreld do have an agenda! They are pushing it through while we are least able to push back, but they want the window dressing of student, faculty and staff participation.

It is time to say NO! Refuse to be used. BOYCOTT these hastily called forums.

The university community is perfectly capable of planning its future but not according to a rapid timetable and an agenda set by an illegitimate administration. We welcome an open, reflective, and accessible democratic process for setting goals and conceiving ways to defend our public university against the corporate interests that seek to restructure our mission to better serve their interests and reduce the level of public funding (and their tax support).

Contact Person:
Brad Pector
bpector@gmail.com
(847)373-4423

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