University of Nebraska faculty want more input, transparency
Sep. 14, 2017
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Faculty leaders at the University of Nebraska at Omaha say they want administrators to consult them more frequently and thoroughly on some key decisions.
The university's Faculty Senate passed a resolution Wednesday asking administrators to "advise and consult" with the senate on budgetary matters, planning and certain hires, among other topics, the Omaha World-Herald reported .
The resolution cited several recent developments, including budget cuts, a decision to make the Medical Center's chancellor the Omaha campus' interim chancellor, and the directive to share some vice chancellors between those two institutions.
Melissa Lee, spokeswoman for University of Nebraska System President Hank Bounds, said the president hasn't reviewed the resolution but is "committed to shared governance and values the input of the faculty."
Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor of the Medical Center, said the resolution "supports my overall philosophy about governance of the university."
He said there's a balance between consulting an elected body like the senate and engaging individuals' input.
"And I understand what they're saying and respect it," Gold said.
Faculty Senate member Burch Kealey opposed the resolution, saying executives should have the right to make decisions without consulting the faculty group. He said executives are the ones who make the calls and take the risks.
"What you say is true, were this a business organization," said Paul Landow, a member of the senate executive committee, in response to Kealey. "It's a university organization."
Lee said Bounds will visit with professors if they have feedback or concerns.
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com