10 Reasons Why University Administrators Bust Unions
GSOC's fight is not only a local struggle, but a national one as well.
Fighting For a Fair Contract for NYU Grad Labor
Martin Lipton, Chair
A founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Lipton specializes in advising major corporations on mergers and acquisitions and matters affecting corporate policy. He is best known for inventing the "poison pill defense," a strategy for safeguarding shareholder value in the event of a hostile takeover.* Net profits at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 2005 are projected at $405,834,000. Lipton's personal profits this year will be $3,295,500.*
William R. Berkley, Vice Chair
Berkley is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer of W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company that offers property casualty insurance business in the United States and internationally. Its revenues in 2004 totalled 4,512,200,000.* In 2002, the insurance conglomerate was able to establish a $12,000,000 reserve on surety bonds to indemnify itself from the bankruptcy of its biggest client, the Enron Corporation.* Berkley's paycheck this year will be $7,040,000.*
Laurence D. Fink, Vice Chair
Fink recently stepped down as chairman and chief executive of New York's BlackRock Inc., one of the largest bond-fund managers in the world with $400 billion in assets. Since it went public, BlackRock's stock has quintupled, earning $143 million on revenue of $725 million in 2004.* Fink is now a trustee of the company, as well as a member of the Board of Executives of the New York Stock Exchange.
Kenneth G. Langone, Vice Chair
On the General Electric Board of Directors (and member of executive committee for Home Depot, TRICON, and the NYSE), Langone first struck it rich by taking Ross Perot's Electronic Data Systems public in 1968. Has been quoted as saying "Bernard Baruch said, 'I got rich by selling too soon.' I got rich by never selling."* Langone's net worth is estimated at $750,000,000.*
Larry A. Silverstein, Vice Chair
Best known as leaseholder of Ground Zero, Silverstein is also president of Silverstein Properties, Inc., a Manhattan-based real estate investment and development firm which owns interests in and operates over 10 million square feet of office space.* Silverstein has spent the last four years in and out of U.S. District Court, devoting his energy not to higher education but to turning a $3.5 billion insurance policy on the trade center complex into a $7 billion payout.* 2005 revenues of Silverstein Properties were $2,700,000.*
Anthony Welters, Vice Chair
As President and CEO of AmeriChoice (a UnitedHealth Group Company), Welters has made his fortune in health insurance, targeting a demographic near or below the poverty line.* The company operates managed health care plans for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program recipients in about a dozen states. Welters has been the subject of ongoing investigations at the state and federal level: "Federal and state audits concluded in the early and mid-1990s that ineffective oversight by Pennsylvania officials had enabled Welters and his partners to make too much money from their taxpayer-supported business," The Washington Post reports, "The audits said the Welters group had paid itself millions of dollars in management fees - paid to other companies they controlled - and millions more in bonuses."* In May 2000, New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced that for years, Welters' clinics had been staffed by "unsupervised physician assistants or nurse practitioners."* Since its creation, AmeriChoice has made revenues of around $2,674,000,000 annually.*
Leonard A. Wilf, Vice Chair
As president of Garden Homes Management Corporation, Wilf and his real estate partners have diversified their assets in professional sports (the Wilf family bought the Vikings for $600 million) and a variety of real estate investments. In 1999, the Justice Department sued Wilf and Garden Homes Management for engaging in racially discriminatory housing practices (refusing to rent to African Americans in several properties in New Jersey).* Wilf set the record in New Jersey when he settled for divorce with wife Marcia in 2000, after 12 years of wrangling and $20 million in fees.*
M E M O R A N D U M
Monday, November 28, 2005
TO: DEANS, DIRECTORS, AND DEPARTMENTAL CHAIRS
(Deans and directors: please forward this planning
memo to departmental chairs)
From: David McLaughlin, Provost
Re: Spring Semester Planning
Our undergraduates have a right to complete their fall semester's work and experience no disruption in their courses next semester. It is therefore important that departments and schools in their planning of class schedules not rely upon the
presence of graduate assistants who may choose not to meet their classes. Departments and schools should complete their planning for the spring semester, including assignments of teaching responsibilities for graduate students, by December 15, using the following planning parameters:
1. If a graduate assistant is meeting his or her responsibilities at the assigned time and place by Monday, December 5, or the first class period thereafter, and continues to meet all of the GA responsibilities for the remainder of the fall term, he or she may be considered eligible for teaching responsibilities in the spring semester.
2. If a graduate assistant is not meeting his or her responsibilities by Monday, December 5 or the first class period thereafter, the planning assumption must be that such a graduate assistant will not be eligible for teaching duties and other GA responsibilities in the spring semester. Alternative teaching plans must be formulated by the department.
3. All departments should note -- and they should advise those graduate assistants accepting assignments for the spring -- that absent exceptions for appropriate reasons granted by the Dean, the failure of any GA to meet his or her teaching responsibilities in the spring semester will result in the loss of stipend and eligibility for teaching assignments for two consecutive semesters.
The University recognizes that these planning parameters, as well as the academically driven initiatives already being developed in some schools and departments, may require additional resources. The University is prepared to work with schools to provide these resources where appropriate.
From: NYU President John Sexton (email@example.com)
Subject: A Letter to NYU Graduate Assistants
Dear Graduate Assistants,
Your admission to NYU’s graduate programs represents recognition of your potential to be part of the next generation of intellectual leaders, as men and women who will fill the ranks of university faculty throughout the world, as individuals who will lead lives devoted to advanced inquiry. In providing you with financial aid and the opportunities and responsibilities of assistantships, we hope to help prepare you for that life.
We recognize that for some of you there is an unfortunate disparity between the ideal and the reality. In some instances, assistantships have not been structured to accomplish what we want: to enhance professional development. There is always a delicate balance between matching undergraduate curricular needs with the academic and scholarly interests of those who teach; in the case of GAs, we have not always achieved that balance. While this is not true in every department, it is true in some.
Our exchanges with one another have been shaped by this reality and the mistrust engendered by it. We know we must work to bridge the gulf that has developed, and to align our realities with our ideals.
The recent announcement within Arts and Science limiting assistantship responsibilities in languages and literature departments to one stand alone course per semester is a first step. We know we must take others, but these academic decisions are best determined by schools and departments. The University will commit resources in support of these efforts. Moving closer to this ideal, however, will be difficult without restoring an atmosphere of mutual respect and good faith within the University community.
We appreciate that for some GAs a collectively bargained contract, driven by a union, provides a greater sense of security; for them the University’s August decision to move ahead without the union was wrong. For them and others, the changes to the student health plan and the errors surrounding Blackboard created doubts about the University’s good will, when both of these issues could be understood quite differently in an environment of mutual good faith.
For my part, I will not repeat the challenging history that contributed to the University’s decision to work directly with our graduate students rather than through the intermediary of a union. Suffice it to say that we accept that, as we move forward, the burden is on the University to create an environment of trust as we aim to achieve the ideal.
To this end, we propose the following pathway: for all current and incoming graduate assistants, the University will offer written contracts based upon their appointment letters. From our perspective, these commitments already are binding; nonetheless, we will proceed to document them in a manner that makes clear to all that these contracts obligate the University and are legally enforceable. These contracts will detail the terms described last summer, including:
• $1000/year minimum increases in stipends for the 2005-06 academic year (already enacted), as well as 2006-07 and 2007-08, plus the publication each April of the next three year’s stipends;
• continued payment by the University of 100 percent of health care premiums for the comprehensive student health insurance plan; and
• full tuition remission.
But there is more work to be done, and much of it must be driven by graduate students themselves. Since the beginning of the fall semester, two groups of graduate students have set to work on matters of importance to graduate students generally, and graduate assistants in particular.
The Graduate Student Working Group is crafting a rights-and-responsibilities compact that will provide a basis for defining the relationship between graduate students and the University. The Working Group is also formulating a permanent grievance procedure for graduate students to replace the interim procedures presently in place. Some members of the NYU community have expressed concern about the fairness of a grievance procedure that ends with the Provost, a University official. While we must await the Working Group’s proposals, we are open to any suggestions they may have regarding how members from the academy outside the University might play a role in this process.
The Graduate Affairs Committee of the Student Senators Council has also started to address economic and benefit issues affecting graduate students in general and GAs in particular. Again, we must see what this group proposes; were it, however, to offer a new mechanism that would enable graduate assistants elected at the department level to act as representatives of all GAs in annual discussions of stipend levels, health care benefits, and other matters of importance, we would embrace that as part of our university governance procedures.
Lastly, I wish to talk about the strike.
Many GAs have continued teaching, others have taught at off-campus locations, and still others have not been teaching. I believe that those striking have been acting out of conscience. Though I fervently disagree with their decision not to teach, I do not think they made this choice lightly. But however strongly felt a graduate assistant’s act of conscience may be, it should not be pursued any longer at the expense of undergraduates.
So far, those who have been on strike have been able to act out of conscience without experiencing consequences for their actions; instead, the burdens have fallen on departments, faculty, and, in particular, our undergraduates. Because graduate assistants are also our students, those on strike have continued to receive their stipends, they have continued to receive free tuition, and they have continued to receive free health insurance.
Their points have been made and heard. The time has come for the University to insist that the academic needs of its undergraduates be met. All of us should share a deep commitment to meeting these needs. Those undergraduates in classes affected by the strike are understandably anxious about the disruption to their studies. Such disruption must not continue. I thank those who have been teaching, and I ask those who have not to return to the classroom.
For those graduate assistants who resume teaching and other assistantship assignments by Monday, December 5th (or the first class meeting thereafter) at the assigned times and places, and who fulfill all assigned responsibilities for the remainder of the semester, including grading, there will be no consequences. These GAs will be eligible for teaching and other assignments by the department for the spring semester. This amnesty represents a balance between our respect for the principled positions of those choosing to strike and our obligation to undergraduates, who have a right to complete their semester’s work and experience no disruption in their courses next semester.
Because we take both responsibilities seriously, graduate assistants who do not resume their duties by December 5 or the first scheduled teaching assignment thereafter – while experiencing no consequences for this semester – will for the spring semester lose their stipend and their eligibility to teach.
For those graduate assistants who return by December 5th and accept a teaching assignment for the spring, this acceptance comes with the commitment to meet their responsibilities without interruption throughout the spring semester. Absences not approved by the dean will result in suspension from assistantship assignments and loss of stipend for the following two consecutive semesters. Graduating students will be assessed comparably.
None of the striking graduate students will have their ability to continue their own studies affected. In all cases, their tuition and health benefits will remain in place, and where the suspension of stipend would create economic hardship, loans will be provided to students upon their request.
For those who will be satisfied with nothing less than a union, I know it will be a disappointment that the University will not recognize GSOC/UAW as the collective bargaining representatives of NYU’s graduate assistants. I nonetheless hope that we share a goal to make graduate education at NYU better, even if we differ about the vehicle for achieving this, and that we can come together around this goal.
This has been a difficult and rancorous semester. While I do not condone what has been done by those who have been striking, their actions have caused us to take a hard and unflinching look at ourselves and our practices, and these self- examinations will lead to significant, enduring improvements. I hope that in this spirit we can work together to complete the semester and rebuild the trust we need.
To: Deans, Directors, and Departmental Chairs
Cc: Faculty, GAs, TAs, and RAs
From: David McLaughlin, Provost
Re: Continued Learning of Undergraduates for the Remainder of the Semester
Date: November 23, 2005
Undergraduates in classes affected by striking graduate assistants are understandably concerned both about completing their courses and receiving appropriate evaluations of their performance. Faculty, departments, and schools are required by University regulations to meet these expectations. And although it is critical that students receive grades, it is also important to provide additional options for students whose classes have been disrupted.
The University is, therefore, making available various options and resources, including relaxing certain University rules:
1. For students whose academic work has been disrupted, schools will temporarily suspend restrictions on using pass/fail grades to fulfill general education requirements and/or major requirements.
2. Students whose fall semester academic work has been disrupted may elect to take a course on a pass/fail basis prior to receiving a grade, with the notation on the transcript that the pass/fail option was exercised in the special circumstances of a graduate assistant job action.
3. Students whose fall semester academic work has been disrupted also may elect to take a course on a pass/fail basis after receiving a proposed grade, with the notation on the transcript that the pass/fail option was exercised in the special circumstances of a graduate assistant job action. This choice may be exercised until the end of the spring semester.
4. In certain courses that are part of a year-long sequence, students may elect to replace pass/fail grades in affected courses with the letter grade earned in the following spring semester. A list of eligible courses will be developed and distributed in the coming weeks.
5. Students in courses that have been disrupted may elect to drop the class before December 14th (the last scheduled day of classes) without any notation of that course on his or her transcript. If students elect this option, NYU will waive summer school tuition for a comparable number of credits or waive charges that would ordinarily apply to an overload course for one fall or spring semester. Alternatively, if students choose to take a similar course of equivalent credits at any other university within one year, NYU will pay the tuition and accept the credit.
6. Next semester, the University will provide additional resources to departments and schools for enhanced tutoring or other additional academic assistance to any student who believes that he or she may benefit from it, with a particular eye towards assisting students who were in courses affected by the strike.
Simultaneously with this letter, we are communicating with all undergraduates about assistance this term for students with academic concerns. The letter to students can be viewed at:
Please start saving receipts for any co-pays or deductibles you pay for health coverage. Under the UAW strike fund, while we are on strike, we are eligible for reimbursement for the difference between the co-payment amount required under our contract and the increased amount unilaterally imposed by NYU after our contract expired.
November 16, 2005
To: FAS Chairs
From: Richard Foley, Matthew Santirocco, Catharine R. Stimpson
Re: A New Arts and Science Policy About Teaching Assistants and Stand-Alone Courses
cc: George Downs, Peter Lennie, Edward Sullivan
We’ve heard concerns from our students, chairs, and faculty that the amount and kinds of teaching that graduate students do in language, writing, and literature courses interferes with their academic progress and the goal of their teaching being an occasion for their development as teachers.
As a result, we are proposing a new policy that will be Arts and Science-wide, but will primarily affect our languages and literature programs. The new policy is intended to align more precisely the teaching done by graduate students with their professional development. The University has committed the resources necessary to make this policy work. It consists of three main points:
1. As of Spring 2006, GSAS-wide, the teaching load for teaching assistants doing stand-alone courses will be one course per semester. Departments will design plans to staff courses that will no longer be covered by teaching assistants.
2. Departments that mount language, writing, and literature courses will work to enhance their mentoring programs for teaching assistants. Such programs should be compatible with the work of the GSAS Educational Development Program, should be implemented in consultation with faculty and more experienced graduate student teachers, and should provide varied teaching experiences for assistants.
3. This new policy will not reduce the size of a program’s entering doctoral class.
We have also heard concerns about the responsibilities of teaching assistants in some departments other than languages and literature (for example, recitations in departmental and MAP courses). Once again, the nature of some of these teaching responsibilities may not be closely enough aligned with the professional development of students. Accordingly, we are asking the FAS Policy and Planning Committee to form a special task force of faculty and graduate students to work with departments and deans to make recommendations about the roles of teaching assistants in recitations.
All of us in the Faculty of Arts and Science----faculty, students, staff----care about creating the best possible graduate education. Doctoral education combines research, advanced course work, and learning how to teach. Ideally, MacCracken packages should find the right balance among all three.
Striking GSOC members have begun to receive invitations from their Chairs to attend departmental meetings. Many members have expressed concern that the purpose of these meetings is to coax strikers to come back to work without any agreement from the administration to bargain. If you are invited to such a meeting, we can put you in touch with other GSOC members who have attended these types of meetings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“If NYU can do it for us, they can do it for GSOC,” [Stephen] Rechner said, adding that he pickets with the graduate students before work every morning.
The university has refused to negotiate a new contract and has rescinded recognition of its employees’ union under cover of a 3–2 party line NLRB decision in 2004 that reversed the board’s bipartisan 2000 opinion. Nothing in the new ruling prevents NYU from recognizing the democratic wishes of its graduate employees, but NYU has chosen management expediency over human rights.
Today we picketed Bobst and Silver, and ended our day with two fantastic events:
Luis Wilfredo Berrios, a Salvadorian trade unionist and social movement leader, and Luis Adolfo Cardona President of SINALTRAINAL, the Food and Beverage Workers Union in Columbia, here to attend a Law School discussion on human rights in the developing world, refused to cross our picket line and joined it instead! Both addressed striking members and finished our afternoon picket shift on an inspiring note.
Then, famed New York author and journalist Pete Hamill honored our picket line rather than speak at an NYU alumni event in Hemmerdinger Hall. Several alumni also refused to cross. Dozens of GSOC members marched, chanted, sang and danced in front of Silver Center while President Sexton addressed the crowd inside.
THURSDAY, 2pm: Christine Quinn and other City Council members will visit our picket line and speak in support of our union and our strike. Councilwoman Quinn has always supported GSOC, and she spoke at the NYU Town Hall meeting last July (audio transcript: http://www.nyu.edu/provost/ga/noticeandcomment.html). Our support from the City Council is crucial, as any NYU development plans require their approval, so come out Thursday at 2pm and rally with these important allies!
-- In addition to NYU faculty, undergrads and staff, members of PSC-CUNY have been marching with us daily.
-- During our ending rally in front of Bobst, students in the "quiet" study lounges above us banged on the windows in unison with our chants.
-- Last week, Amanda Plumb from UMass-Amherst and Dave Rowland from the University of Illinois volunteered in our office and marched with us on the picket line.
-- Last Wednesday, the grad union at the University of Florida rallied on their Gainsville campus in solidarity with the first day of our strike.
In June, the administration told union representatives that the only obstacle to bargaining were certain grievances filed over the reclassification of TAships to lower paid adjunct or hourly positions which NYU claimed interfered with academic decision-making. We offered to withdraw these grievances if NYU agreed to negotiate a second contract. Administrators initially agreed to consider this, but after a few days, despite insisting that these grievances were the only reason for not negotiating, rejected our offer and announced they would not bargain a new contract.
In mid-July, the administration conducted a town hall meeting on the subject of the union. Notwithstanding the time of year, hundreds of GSOC members and faculty attended, and spoke in favor of bargaining with our union. [Go to http://www.2110uaw.org/gsoc for an audio transcript of the meeting.]
In early August, the administration sent a letter to UAW Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Bunn proposing a sham contract with a "take it or leave it" economic offer that included the right to change our health benefits unilaterally, no union security and no mechanism for enforcing the contract, other than an appeal to the Provost. The letter gave us 48 hours to accept. We responded by asking for face-to-face negotiations to discuss all the issues. NYU rejected this and announced their final decision not to negotiate.
You can read NYU's "offer" at: http://www.nyu.edu/provost/ga/proposal.pdf
and our response at: http://www.nyu.edu/provost/ga/uawletter080405.pdf
For a summary of the events, go to: http://www.2110uaw.org/gsoc/GSOC_update_August_9_05.htm
At no time has NYU engaged in meaningful, good faith negotiations with our union. We remain committed to negotiating a second contract, and are ready to do so at any time.
Dear Fellow Member of the NYU Community,
As we move into what is likely to be the second week of the job action by some of our graduate assistants, I write to address several issues that have been raised in conversations and correspondence with colleagues over these last several days.
Last Week’s Decision About and Implementation of Blackboard
Let me address first the errors that were made in activating the Blackboard system as a vehicle for providing continuity of instruction in courses being taught by graduate assistants.
We have been forthright about our emphasis on sustaining students’ academic progress. Providing Blackboard access to departmental chairs and faculty who are charged with ensuring academic progress for our undergraduate students when their GAs are on strike is a responsible approach to ensuring educational continuity. However, as the attached memo from the Provost indicates, the complexities of implementing Blackboard access in a large, diverse, and decentralized university led to mistakes. That said, these steps were taken openly, and to infer that it was surreptitious or malicious would be unfair. I and the entire University administration regret these errors, which have been rectified.
The Recent Past, and the Future
As we enter this week, it is natural to ask where we are headed. There was a time during the summer when GSOC and the union might have emerged as the collective bargaining representative of our graduate assistants. That time has passed.
Some colleagues ask why we do not simply re-open negotiations with the union. There are two reasons.
First, beginning last May, we spent months in such negotiations, and in the end, we came to appreciate that there were core differences that could not be bridged: the union would not agree to a framework that would protect the integrity of academic decision-making and the freedom of graduate students to choose for themselves whether to pay dues to the union without penalty of losing their stipend.
Contrary to public statements, our proposal was not a “48-hour, take-it-or- leave-it” offer, but was itself the subject of discussion in the days and weeks before our letter was released. We understand the importance of off the record conversations in all labor negotiations; they can be an important path to common ground. We are not at liberty to share the details because we and the union gave our word to each other to protect the confidentiality of these conversations. We are prepared to cooperate with the union in disclosing sufficient details of the summer discussions so that others can reach their own conclusions on the facts of the matter.
Second, when the union rejected our offer, we turned to the objective we all share: making progress on what matters most to graduate students. We strove in the final decision we announced in August to create enhanced conditions for our GA’s. We have increased our financial support of GAs, and crafted what has been viewed by most as a fair package; today, each GA has a contract awarding a fellowship, stipends and benefits and delineating their teaching and other responsibilities. Indeed, some of the provisions –like our agreement always to lock in GA benefits for a horizon of three years – are unattainable in a collective bargaining framework.
We did not – and do not – believe we have all the answers; we implemented the benefits we thought were right when the union rejected our offer, which would have recognized them as bargaining representatives on economic issues such as stipends and benefits. At the same time, we asked the elected representatives of the students to create vehicles in our governance procedures to help us move forward with improvements for GAs and indeed all graduate students.
There are now two groups of graduate students, all selected by their fellow students -- the Graduate Student Working Group, and the Committee on Graduate Affairs -- working hard to perfect the frameworks around grievances, rights, responsibilities and all other matters that affect graduate student life here, including health benefits and stipends. To abandon these efforts would undermine their work and risk a loss of momentum.
A final thought. We are above all else a university community. Especially at this time when civil discourse in America has collapsed into a rhetoric of vilification, it is important that we refrain from mirroring that trend within the university. As we go forward in our discussions, no matter how intense they become, let us conduct them as colleagues on the merits. We are a community of principle and reason, and all of us, no matter what our views, have a part in advancing that ideal.
In order to make this strike short and effective we need tons of parent support as well as undergrad support. With that in mind, here is a form letter for parents that can be sent to Sexton. His email is email@example.com. Please have your parents attach their name as well as any comments and send this in. The more parent pressure we can muster the better!
ps- here is a link to gsoc's "parent" page with more info for parents. feel free to pass this along: http://2110uaw.org/gsoc/gsoc_strike_center.htm
Dear President Sexton,
As a parent of an NYU student, I am very concerned about the graduate assistant strike. My child's education is of paramount importance to me, and I am worried about the disruption that the strike is causing. Our family's tuition dollars should be used to improve my child's education, not to bust a union. I urge you to bargain fairly with GSOC/UAW Local 2110.
Dear Chairs and Directors:
Yesterday several departments and a few faculty members contacted us to object that their departments' DUGS and two of the College's Associate Deans were added to Blackboard shells. We want to take this opportunity to address these concerns.
There is a range of opinion on graduate student unionization among us, but we have sensed an overwhelming commitment from departments and programs to ensuring undergraduates’ academic progress. For some time, therefore, the College had been consulting with a number of departments -- about a dozen in all -- to determine whether it would be useful if a point person in the department had access to Blackboard. The departments consulted indicated that adding the DUGS or Language Coordinator for classes in which GAs are the instructors of record would be a useful tool for ensuring continuity of instruction in the event of a strike. Thus, yesterday morning all DUGS or Language Coordinators were given this access (if they didn't already have it).
On reflection, while this was done openly -- the names appear clearly on each Blackboard “shell” as additional instructors -- and with extensive consultation, it would have been better if there had been complete consultation and advance notification. If any department advises us that it does not need Blackboard access to manage their students’ academic progress, we will have ITS remove the DUGS or Language Coordinator from these sites.
At the same time yesterday, the College's Associate Deans, Otto Sonntag and Richard Kalb, were also added to the Blackboard shells of TA-taught courses, again to facilitate communication with students in particular classes or groups of classes. When several departments objected, the University removed them from all Blackboard shells. We want to assure you, however, that Otto and Richard continue to be available to assist departments in using Email Direct to communicate with large numbers or segmented groupings of their students, if they don't wish to use Blackboard accounts for this purpose.
Finally -- and most regrettably -- the two College deans and the DUGS were added to the Blackboard shells of several courses taught by faculty. This was an inadvertent technological error, which occurred because in these courses a TA or grader was listed along with the faculty instructor for Blackboard purposes. ITS has now corrected this mistake.
Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues. Also, if you have further questions, or if we can assist you or your colleagues in any way, please don't hesitate to contact either of us, or any of the Arts and Science deans.
Dick (Foley) and Matthew (Santirocco)