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Noted Professor Cary Nelson Speaks at Spring 2014 Assembly

The Spring Assembly of the SC Conference of AAUP met on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Furman Hall on the campus of Furman University.

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Following registration, State Conference President Jim Henderson welcomed the attendees and conducted the business meeting. Minutes of the last meeting were read and the status of the treasury was reported. By unanimous vote, the rules (i.e. the Conference By-Laws) were suspended for this meeting. Chapter reports followed, then there was an election of Brandon Inabinet (Furman University) as Vice-President and Roger Johansen (Coastal Carolina University) as Secretary-Treasurer. President Henderson gave special mention of the long and faithful service of Judy Daulton as Conference Secretary-Treasurer. The location for the Fall 2014 Assembly meeting was discussed, with officers to follow up on possibilities. Other business included a possible revision of the Conference By-Laws.

Following the business meeting, a delicious lunch was provided and collegial conversation continued.

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At 2:00 p.m., Dr. Cary Nelson began his assessment of the state of higher education. Nelson is a professor of English at the University of Illinois and was the national AAUP president from 2006 to 2012 and is currently a member of the AAUP Executive Committee. He focused on the impact of MOOCs and the fragmentation of academic tasks and responsibilities on the broad issues of academic freedom, tenure and shared governance.

Following Professor Nelson's speech, a workshop was conducted. This was based on responses to a survey which had been sent via email to 140 AAUP members in South Carolina. At the conclusion, the meeting was adjourned.

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