Faculty OKs no confidence vote

2006-12-12T00:00:00Z Faculty OKs no confidence voteBy Beverly J. Lydick/Tribune Staff Fremont Tribune
December 12, 2006 12:00 am  • 

Midland Lutheran College faculty have approved a “no confidence” vote in president Steve Titus and rejected three recommendations to “restructure” academic programs.

Faculty chairman James E. Tremain confirmed Monday members took the votes on Friday.

Approximately two-thirds of MLC’s 60 educators eligible to vote, disapproved of recent administrative recommendations to discontinue majors, minors and endorsements in vocal music and speech and theater.

Tremain said the faculty also voted against an administrative proposal to offer majors and minors in journalism and mass communications through a combined English and journalism department.

A fourth faculty vote, stating no confidence in Titus, passed by a narrow margin, Tremain said.

In November, Titus announced his resignation, effective at the end of the current academic year.

The faculty approved a resolution calling for “careful planning for quality educational programs and fiscal responsibility” through the combined efforts of the campus committee on academic affairs, which includes students, the faculty executive committee and the vice president for academic affairs, an office now held by interim Richard Green.

The resolution requested a process “to evaluate program viability and to make recommendations for necessary changes,” with reports made available to the faculty by Feb. 15.

Tremain said the Friday meeting came about as a result of the faculty’s dissatisfaction with the amount of information released by administrators about its “restructuring” of the academic program.

“I think the faculty continues to seek additional information about why these (program) cuts are being made,” he said. “We, as a faculty, have had an opportunity to examine the academic programs. We believe we should have the opportunity to also study the non-academic programs.”

Results of Friday’s voting, which was done by paper ballot, were forwarded to the board of trustees. The executive committee of the board will hear all recommendations when it meets tonight.

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