Leadership Group issues joint statement lambasting a “series of failures” by BOR and offering solutions for greater innovation, collaboration, and savings at the CSCU system.
NEW BRITAIN – Riled from the latest in a series of bad ideas coming from the Board of Regents, the Connecticut State University Faculty Leadership Group will deliver a statement to the Board of Regents at its general meeting on Thurs., May 10, at 10 a.m. The statement takes to task a series of blunders performed by the Board of Regents since the governing body was formed in 2011, the latest of which is the panned “Students First” scheme. Faculty leaders will also read excerpts of the statement in the public comments portion of the meeting.
Aside from the board’s revolving door of presidents, justifying a system office that costs on average $35 million per year to operate is untenable in this fiscal climate. As investment in public higher education continues to nose dive, the BOR is robbing students of funding that could go directly to supporting colleges and universities.
According to the statement: “We recommend following higher education systems in states like Oregon and Virginia that, in the face of reduced state funding, have moved in the direction of a reduction in outside financial and administrative controls. We can do this by returning to a coordinating model of governance as existed before 2011.”
The statement also calls for greater savings by reducing administration bloat at the Board of Regents, considering a consortia model between universities and community colleges in the same region, and demanding more state investment in public higher education.
The Faculty Leadership Group, which includes faculty leaders from the four Connecticut State Universities, also give solutions on how the CSCU system can move forward in a way that truly protects students and quality public higher education.
 James A. Hyatt, “Restructuring Public Higher Education Governance to Succeed in a Highly Competitive Environment” (UC Berkeley: Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, June 1, 2015), 8,
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