The Ithaca College Faculty Council held their first meeting of the 2016–17 academic year where they tackled old and new agenda items.
Following a summer of work by the presidential search committee, meeting and vetting candidates, the search for a new president of Ithaca College has been narrowed to under 30 candidates. The committee’s stated goal is to select a new president of the college by the end of 2016.
The Ithaca College administration took a different approach to the biannual All-College Meeting on Aug. 18. Instead of the traditional meeting structure consisting of updates on the budget, enrollment data or upcoming initiatives, President Tom Rochon focused on two “commitments” to the campus community — diversity and inclusion, and shared governance.
Ithaca College has set a date range for administering its second campus climate survey, which will assess how the community feels about living and learning at the institution.
The Faculty Council concluded the spring semester by welcoming in new council leadership and addressing goals that Benjamin Rifkin, provost and vice president for educational affairs, has for the coming year.
Professors at Ithaca College are paid less than their counterparts at similar four-year private colleges in New York state. Despite this data, some faculty and administrators believe it is not fair to compare these other institutions in New York state to the college.
The Ithaca College Faculty Council has addressed confusion around whether or not faculty members lose the rights of tenure when they begin the process of phased retirement.
The Faculty Council is planning to distribute Ithaca College’s budget to all faculty with the attached criticism that it is “deeply lacking detail.” The council is also preparing to launch its diversity and inclusion database by the end of this week.
“Right now, we have people in our membership who are single mothers, on welfare, on food stamps, barely making ends meet, who don’t know if they’re going to be hired next semester,” Graham said.
Having no clear vision to propose to the community provides little motivation for people to get involved and contribute to this vision — a vicious cycle of counterproductiveness.
Ithaca College has announced the members of the search committee for the college’s ninth president. The committee of 15 is made up of six members of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees, one dean, three faculty members, two staff members, two students and one alumni representative.