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WEMU continues its series of conversations with key stakeholders at EMU as it progresses through these financial issues.  EMU AAUP President Dr. Judith Kullberg and Faculty Senate Budget Committee Chair Dr. Robert Carpenter sat down with Patrick Campion to discuss how shaping a better conversation is truly important to the future success of Eastern.  

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As part of a budget restructuring plan, Eastern Michigan University will cut four of its sports teams.  Softball, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis, and wrestling are the teams that will be eliminated this year.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan covered the announcement this morning at Eastern's Convocation Center.


Press releases from both EMU-AAUP and Eastern Michigan University  have confirmed that arbitration, initiated after disputes surrounding the Academic Partnerships contract, has ended.  The arbitrator decided not to grant any of the relief requested after determining that EMU was not in violation of any workplace agreements detailed in the original grievance.  

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Faculty and lecturers at Eastern Michigan University held a rally this morning to protest, what they're calling, a violation of their labor union contract.


In November 2016, Eastern Michigan University entered into a Master Service Agreement with Academic Partnerships.  According to the contract, which has an effective date of 09/01/2016, AP will act as the marketing arm for EMU’s online degree programs.  Payment to AP is made in the form of revenue sharing: 50% of revenue derived from students who enroll in specific online programs over the next five years will go to AP (47% in the case of EMU’s RN-BSN program).  Online program management providers are not a new phenomenon in higher education, nor are online only programs (EMU had 19 fully online programs prior to this agreement).  This contract, however, has raised many questions across the campus community.  What is Academic Partnerships?  How did EMU come to the decision to enter into this contract? Why are the faculty unions now publicly expressing concerns over this contract?  What happens next? 

Eastern Michigan University entered into an agreement with Academic Partnerships last November to market "online only" degree programs.  Since then, the contract and its possible ramifications on the students and teaching staff at EMU have become the source of a large amount of scrutiny.  The issues raised by faculty and lecturers' unions on campus (and at the center of an ongoing arbitration) have recently garnered national attention as they embark on an ad campaign geared towards a "pause" in the agreement.  WEMU will offer ongoing coverage of the issue and revealed, this morning, that we are working on a comprehensive "special report" on the matter.


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Faculty, staff, and students at Eastern Michigan University want to halt a plan to privatize dining services on campus.


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If HBO has it right, the Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics has lost well over $50 million over the past two years.  That doesn't sit well with many on campus.  Now that the program "Real Sports" on HBO has highlighted EMU sports, the conversation is expanding nationwide.  We caught up with the vocal critic of athletic spending highlighted in the cable news report, Howard Bunsis.