Faculty rip campus climate survey

By on February 7, 2018

By Megan Brewer — 

In the Feb. 7 Faculty Senate meeting, faculty said the 2017 campus climate results need refinement and analysis to meet the university’s strategic plan.

“It was useless, (the survey results) they released,” Associate Professor Reginald Bruce of the College of Business said.

Faculty said they were concerned because the range of answer options wasn’t broad enough.

Interim president Greg Postel said the issues identified in the earlier 2014 survey still need to be addressed.

“What’s important to me is to make sure we really do something with the results of the survey,” Postel said. “Some of the answers are very clear — there’s clear directives from faculty and staff on some of the questions, others are a coin toss.”

 

Faculty also said they want to see a statement about tuition and scholarships in the plan.

Dale Billingsley said the administration wants to increase enrollment up to 30,000 students in the next five years.

“This morning I was asked, ‘Well, what’re we going to do with 30,000 students next fall?’ …  I hope we don’t have 30,000 students next fall because we’re in no way ready to accommodate them,” Billingsley said.

Billingsley said enrolling 30,000 students — 8,000 more — would put pressure on finances, student housing, classroom space and the number of professors.

Budget forums have been announced to discuss university finances and explain the results of the campus climate surveys.

These forums will be Feb. 22 at Noon at Floyd Theatre in the SAC and Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Kornhauser Auditorium on Health Sciences Center.

Photo by Arry Schofield / The Louisville Cardinal

About Megan Brewer

Opinion editor that's won first place awards, specifically for the piece "It’s time to give David Grissom the boot," and once got asked about being "injured in some horrific backyard barbeque."

One Comment

  1. John Drees

    February 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    The 2020 Plan focuses on five areas, one of which is community engagement. It includes not only ideas and goals for community engagement, but also metrics. Spelled out specifically on Pages 12, 13, 23 and 27.

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