OK, OK you are right, enough talk, what is needed at the moment is a plan of action to start taking shape. The time is ripe and there is no time to lose. We have a university to save.
As we have stated many times before and as it was also eloquently addressed by a faculty member last Friday at the
May I, in the spirit of responsible behavior and moral obligation, suggest the following rough outline for a rescue plan. Up until know the administration has not told us about the extent of the financial crisis neither have they suggested even a plan of action. One explanation, and this is highly unlikely, is that the problems are under control and the perception of a major crisis is just plainly wrong. The other explanation, which is the one supported by this blog, is that the problems are actually greater than what we have been led to believe and senior management is finding it difficult to come up with a credible plan. Rumors have it (I stress that it is only rumors) that
Up until know we, the faculty, have been passive observers of this process. It is time for this to change. We must approach senior management with an offer that will make our commitment to the institution very clear. If we are sincere about doing whatever we can to save Pace then this is NOT the time to talk about merit pay increases in addition to the cost of living adjustments. We have a duty to suggest that we are ready to forego our annual salary adjustments for two years subject to a list of conditions, primary amongst which is the demand for deep, meaningful and radical changes. This blog believes that the list of such demands should reflect the communal point of view and thus can be arrived at only after serious but relatively brief deliberations. We have to show that we are serious about saving Pace and that we are willing to make the requisite sacrifices in that regards. Let me stress that our sacrifices are to be contingent upon the adoption of some specific measures and the attainment of specific goals. The value of such a sacrifice, if it comes to pass, is rather substantial. A quick back of the envelope calculation reveals that a freeze of salaries at the current levels for two years would probably amount to over $10-12 million