Professors and staff at Connecticut’s Naugatuck Valley Community College say they will boycott meetings with Terrence Cheng, president of Connecticut State Colleges and University (CSCU), reports the New Haven Registry. The professors allege that Cheng has been “dismissive” and “evasive” of their concerns about his consolidation plan, which involves combining the state’s 12 community colleges into one accredited institution.
According to Register now, members of the Connecticut Community Colleges (4C) congressional union said shared services had already led to issues such as delayed contracts for adjunct faculty and compensation issues. In addition, the president of the part-time workers’ section of the 4C union, Gail Hughes, told the Register now that the union is concerned about a “loss of autonomy, a loss of creativity and the loss of our beloved community and our very identity in Naugatuck Valley”.
Meanwhile, CSCU spokesperson Leigh Appleby told the Register now that “refusing to have a conversation benefits no one”.
“This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to have an open and honest conversation about the future of our colleges and our system,” said Appleby. “No one is required to attend, but if employees really have legitimate concerns, they should engage in a constructive dialogue with the chairman of the system.”