After reading this article, it’s impossible to connect the word competence with the title of high-ranking MnSCU administrator. Here’s why:

According to Sam Nelson, president of Minnesota State College Faculty-Ridgewater, the decision to take the vote followed eight years of efforts to improve communication with Allen. Union members feel Allen has been unresponsive to their concerns.

The vote passed overwhelmingly. About 140 faculty members were eligible to vote, 75 percent cast ballots, and 90 percent voted in favor, Nelson said.

That’s a pretty overwhelming result. Here’s the results of the faculty’s surveys:

This statement startled me:

1. President Allen demonstrates respect for faculty.

2007-08 = 2.22
2008-09 = 2.067
2011-12 = 2.38

This is the other statement that startled me:

3. President Allen demonstrates that he places appropriate value on the input of faculty in addressing college issues.

2007-08 = 1.98
2008-09 = 1.623
2011-12 = 1.86

Part of the collective bargaining agreement between MnSCU and the faculty is shared governance. Whether you agree with that principle or not, it’s part of a negotiated contract. That means these colleges’ presidents are obligated to that. Clearly, the vast majority of faculty at Ridgewater think that President Allen isn’t living up to their agreement.

This isn’t rare within MnSCU. At St. Cloud State, their monthly shared governance meeting is officially called Meet and Confer. For the last 2+ years, the SCSU Faculty Association have nicknamed the meetings Meet and Announce, as in they hold the meeting and President Potter announces the things he’s changed unilaterally.

Considering the fact that St. Cloud State has a $9,542,000 deficit this year that’s predicted to jump to more than $12,000,000 next year, perhaps President Potter should consider the possibility of actually listening to the FA’s ideas.

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