Hi to members at USC-Aiken and to members at any other chapters who may have helpful suggestions. USC-Aiken members may have heard about the recent, surprise announcement that the training stipend for attending the Critical Inquiry (CI) Summer Institute will be reduced from the expected $600 amount to $300. It is my understanding that any instructor who teaches CI at USC-Aiken is required to take the training to teach the CI class. Many of the CI instructors are adjuncts, and this sudden reduction in expected pay could really place them in a bind. Also, other faculty not scheduled to teach the CI class can take the paid training for professional development purposes. While budget constraints may make it necessary to adjust the amount of the training stipend at times, it is important for the administration to communicate such changes with proper notice. Next year, it may be appropriate to offer a lower stipend, but for this year, those of us who enrolled with the expectation of a $600 stipend should get it in full. (My two cents.) Does anyone else have comments or suggestions on this issue?
May 26, 2018
http://www.unkochmycampus.org/ Although political donor investment by the Koch Foundation to SC schools has been minimal according to the unkochmycampus website and has centered on only four private universities it may be a good idea to discuss donor influence in SC and consider what stance the AAUP of SC may want to establish regarding donor influence. Let's use this thread as a central location to discuss issues, compile resources, and track stories related to donor influence on higher education.