Faculty ask for “clear, credible communication” from administration

A letter to Robert Hiscock, sent in reply to the administration’s “FAQ” site posted on February 3rd:


I’m very concerned about the content of the faq posted earlier today and communications over the past two days.

Courses are routinely scheduled before the budget is approved by the Board. Many or perhaps all departments have been told the plan for teaching resources next year and I understand that WGST was told unambiguously that there would not be resources to hire someone to teach courses next year.
There are many polite words for your announcement and the statements made by Gloria and Hans, but I think it is fairly clear to all that these statements are somewhere between deceptive and meaningless.
It’s widely believed that a good strategy in crisis management is to admit error, communicate clearly and then take action.
It is disappointing to me that our administration is still firmly in the “MtA falsely declares” world. No one I’ve talked to in the past two days thinks the administration has any credibility. We laugh about it, but it really isn’t very funny.
While I’m convinced there is a deliberate effort to deceive the community, this is actually irrelevant. The real problem is credibility. Clear, unambiguous and credible communication is necessary.

Andrew Irwin

Math and Computer Science