Colleges Set Up Pantries to Aid Hungry Students

LAKE WORTH — A single mother of four doesn’t just rely on Palm Beach State College to feed her mind. Jenie Hoben knows of one who relies on it to feed her family.

“Sometimes her kids come in and help her carry out boxes of food,” said Hoben, who directs the counseling center that oversees PBSC’s food bank for students on its Lake Worth campus.

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Misaligned Priorities: Dept of Ed Study on Spending on Prisons and Schools

(from Academe Blog: The Blog of Academe Magazine)

The Department of Education Policy and Program Studies Division has released a report on State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education.

Here are the highlights of the report:

–From 1979–80 to 2012–13, public PK–12 expenditures increased by 107 percent (from $258 to $534 billion),4 while total state and local corrections expenditures increased by 324 percent (from $17 to $71 billion) ― triple the rate of increase in education spending.

–Over the same 33-year period, the percentage increase in state and local corrections expenditures varied considerably across the states, ranging from 149 percent in Massachusetts to 850 percent in Texas. PK–12 expenditure growth rates were considerably lower, but still varied widely across states, ranging from 18 percent in Michigan to 326 percent in Nevada.

–All states had lower expenditure growth rates for PK–12 education than for corrections, and in the majority of the states, the rate of increase for corrections was more than 100 percentage points higher than the rate for education.

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Successfully Negotiated Contract: Raises In Order

On Tuesday, the FAU Board of Trustees unanimously ratified the 2015 –2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). This means that salary increases (merit and/or equity up to 3% of base salary) for the 2015 –2016 contract year should begin with the first regular paycheck in August. Salary increases for the 2016 – 2017 contract year (also merit and/or equity up to 3% of base) will begin in October. So, potentially, faculty could expect to see a 6% increase in their base salary by October.

We hope to have the new CBA posted on the UFF-FAU website in the next few weeks.

For the UFF-FAU Collective Bargaining Team

Bob Zoeller

UFF-FAU Chapter President

More Evidence that Florida’s Corporate Model of Higher Education is Failing: High Tuition, Low Salaries, and Unrealistic Expectations

Fading Affordability

(from Inside Higher Ed)

College affordability has declined in 45 states since 2008, with low- and middle-income students in particular feeling the pinch, new study finds.

April 28, 2016

Overall college affordability has worsened in 45 U.S. states since 2008, creating a significant financial burden for students of modest economic means.

That’s the top-line finding in a new, state-by-state study by researchers from the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and the Higher Education Policy Institute.

The report defines affordability as reasonable estimates of the total educational expenses for students and families in each state, calculated as a percentage of family income. Educational expenses include tuition and costs of living, minus all grant-based financial aid from federal and state governments and institutions.

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Collective Bargaining Update, April 19

UFF met with the BOT representatives on Friday, April 15, 2016.  We have tentatively agreed that faculty will receive the following raises:  3% based on 2014-15 evaluation, 3% based on 2015 evaluation; and 2% on 2016 evaluation.  Raises will not be retroactive despite our best efforts.

However, we are still negotiating the details of the distribution of equity raises. Additionally, and importantly, another salary issue concerns raises for FAU Schools (FAUS) teachers. Currently they are offering NOTHING for teachers with Permanent status.

Other contentious issues are FTE for Instructional Assignments (e.g.,.20 vs .25) and the inclusion of sustained performance evaluation in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

When these issues are resolved, the first raise will be forthcoming shortly after ratification in the first regular pay check (not summer).

The second raise is scheduled for October 2016.

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 29 at 9 am in the Provost’s Conference Room. (We wanted to meet sooner but this was the soonest BOT representatives were available)

For the UFF-FAU Collective Bargaining Team

Bob Zoeller

UFF-FAU Chapter President

UFF President Dr. Jennifer Proffitt Vows to Press On to Keep Firearms Off College

Tallahassee – Earlier this week, the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus held an awards ceremony in New York City to commend the work of key leaders in different states to defeat proposed laws to allow individuals to carry dangerous firearms on college campuses. The organization, founded in large part by individuals directly impacted by campus gun violence, has worked in states across the nation to keep university and college campuses gun-free.

Proffitt, a communications professor at Florida State University, has been a leader in the opposition to bills in the Florida Legislature over the past two years that would lift Florida’s current ban on firearms on university and college campuses.
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Collective Bargaining Update: We’re #1

Dear Colleague

As you know, FAU ranked #1 during this year’s Board of Governor’s metrics scramble. After placing near the bottom two years ago, FAU moved up to secure $11.6 million in performance funding last year. We don’t know how much we’ll get this year, but it promises to be a much larger sum. In his e-mail to the FAU community, President Kelly states “It is impossible for me to name everyone who played a part in this incredible turnaround, because you all are responsible. I want to thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for all you do in your passionate pursuit of excellence for this great university.” One way in which President Kelly can express such thanks in concrete terms is through significant raises, something that the UFF bargaining team has been negotiating since late last year. For years we’ve been denied raises ostensibly because of the lack of legislative or performance funding. Now is the time for the President and the Board of Trustees to reward an outstanding but drastically underpaid faculty. Prior to the announcement of our ranking first place in the state metrics, President Kelly had already committed to raises based on the $11.6 million already received. The UFF bargaining team has now proposed a 12% raise for faculty over the next three years (4% each year).

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Collective Bargaining Update

Article 23 – Salaries
Before the March 4th bargaining session, UFF sent the BOT representatives a salary proposal that included a $2500 increase in salaries for all employees with a satisfactory (now “Good”) evaluation or higher to be paid the end of the Spring ‘16 semester. We also proposed increases for meritorious performance and monies to address compression inversion problems with a total package of approximately 5% each year for the next three years (for a total of 15%).

BOT rejected the $2500 increase and responded with a 3% increase beginning in October, 2016 and 2% in October, 2017 and 2% October, 2018.
The proposal gave UFF carte blanche in how merit and equity would be divided/distributed. They also now included those evaluated as Satisfactory/Good as eligible for merit. However, the salary increases in years 2 and 3 were tied to “sufficient” performance

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