University Senate                                                                     

Proposed: February 27, 2009

Adopted: withdrawn

 

RESOLUTION TO ASSURE

PARTICIPATION OF THE UNIVERSITY SENATE

IN THE BUDGETARY RECKONING COLUMBIA MAY FACE

 

WHEREAS      the current economic downturn has taken a toll on Columbia University’s endowment whose dimensions are not yet known, and

WHEREAS      this decline may threaten Columbia’s most fundamental and expensive institutional priorities, including the commitment to a practicable principle of full-need undergraduate financial aid, as well as the idea of academic freedom and the system of faculty tenure that supports it, and  

WHEREAS      the recession, if it continues long enough, may confront the university with fateful choices among these and other priorities, including Columbia’s massive commitment to a future campus in Manhattanville, and

WHEREAS      such choices must be made in the name of faculty, students, and other essential university constituencies;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED       that the University Senate, as the legislative body representing the members of these constituencies in every Columbia school, must participate in any major impending decisions about budgetary priorities, with access to essential information in transparent deliberations.

                                                                                   

Proponent: Faculty Affairs Committee