Last spring, PASSHE campuses were abuzz over the Retirement Incentive Package that the system was preparing to offer senior faculty. APSCUF, while willing to negotiate some kind of package better than the offer we were hearing, understood that the primary impulse was to shed expensive faculty in favor of cheap replacements–on other campuses that are well under the 25% Temporary Faculty cap, they knew this would be yet another excuse to add more temporary faculty.
In this morning’s Chronicle of Higher Education, word from a state college in VT that campus management actually said, out loud, to one of their faculty members that their RIP was designed precisely to save money. This faculty member says he was pressured to take the deal at the risk of causing other full-time faculty to be fired. Management on his campus is not being honest now, but my hunch is that this was a rare moment of candor.