89.1 WEMU

EMUFT Local 9102

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University announced last week that a credit hour shortfall has caused a $4.5 - $5.5 million budget shortfall in this fiscal year.  To remedy that, up to 60 positions (both current employees and unfilled openings) will be eliminated across campus.  EMU's faculty and lecturers' unions responded yesterday with a joint press release saying that these issues are being driven by "bad management decisions."  Patrick Campion sat down with EMU-FT President, Daric Thorne, to discuss that message and what he sees as a vision for EMU's future.  

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.  

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? 

EMU Part-Time Lecturers Protest Pay Delay

Sep 16, 2014
Bob Eccles

Eastern Michigan University part-time lecturers Wednesday have been gathering petition signatures again in the Pray-Harrold building to present to university administration.  They were there Tuesday, saying they're having trouble paying bills and putting food on the table because the school isn't paying them on time.

Part-time lecturers set up a table outside of the Eagle Cafe' in Pray-Harrold, asking people passing by to take a marker and sign an oversized petition sheet on an easel.