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Nov. 8: All out for Emergency Meeting on Infosilem/CourseAtlas

Submitted by Jillian on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 10:44

Faculty and Grads: All out for Emergency Meeting on Infosilem/CourseAtlas

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, 2-4pm, AB 2160

Takeaway: Management is unwilling to sign any agreement that recognizes faculty and student needs in the implementation of the Infosilem/CourseAtlas system. In order to save this administration from another dreadful decision that will have untold impact on the university we must act now. We are calling all faculty and grads to join us on Nov 8 at a special meeting with senior administrators. Fill out this short to attend, tinyurl.com/Infosilem

We have a serious problem. The Barchi administration is stonewalling the union on Infosilem. Their intention, as far as we can tell, is to ram this new system down the throats of faculty, students and staff without any real dialogue or input. Any concessions they have made, they refuse to put in writing, which means they could get rid of these provisions down the road. And most importantly, their arguments about improving the student experience do not hold water. Why? For two reasons:

1. They have not made public the results of simulations 3 & 4, in which they claim to have made strides.  

2. They have not simulated student enrollment based on the randomized scheduling and they have no idea what impact this enrollment will ultimately have on course scheduling.

Nonetheless, they are throwing caution to the winds as they try another wrongheaded strategy to automate higher education.

If you are concerned about the impact this will have on students, faculty and staff the time to act is NOW. We are calling on all faculty and grads to come out on November 8. Faculty at Rutgers' largest school, SAS, have used their bylaws to trigger an emergency meeting with Executive Dean Peter March, Friday Nov. 8th, 2-4pm, Academic Building-West 2160, College Ave. Campus. SAS faculty have invited colleagues from ALL schools to join them to collectively press for a resolution to dump or delay the implementation of Infosilem until we have an enforceable union agreement that includes protections for service, research and family commitments and, in the end, a faculty human hand to resolve conflicts. Please go to tinyurl.com@Infosilem to attend. A significant vocal presence at the emergency meeting will have an impact. Don't miss this last opportunity to regain control of your schedule.

If we fight, we can win!

Todd and Becky

Todd Wolfson, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT

Rebecca Givan, Vice President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT

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