From Cleveland.com (4/3/13):
Cleveland State University’s administration got a vote of no confidence Wednesday from faculty leaders who don’t think they’ve had an appropriate role in the decision to convert the undergraduate curriculum to primarily three-credit-hour classes.
The Faculty Senate voted 31-11 despite assurances by CSU President Ronald Berkman that the faculty would be an integral part of the curriculum conversion and that the process would not be rushed nor harm any students.
It’s hard to know exactly how to read this situation just yet. On the one hand, anyone who’s ever been a faculty member at a university becomes a bit queasy when shared governance seems to be getting short shrift in conjunction with sweeping changes in curriculum. On the other hand, CSU converted from the quarter to semester system around 1999 so revamping the number of credit hours for degree programs has been in the works for a while despite faculty response to it now. If we had to venture a guess, we’d say that significant change happens at universities so seldom–despite the fact that there is an unending amount of relentless churn going on all the time in lieu of actual action–that probably faculty are justifiably surprised that anything is actually happening at all.
No matter what, now that this situation is on The Ivory Tower’s radar, we’ll be watching with interest from this point forward.