Responses from the Academic Community

  • November 4, 2010: Level the Playing Field, Cut UAlbany Athletics. The Times Union
    • UAlbany French professor Brett Bowles presents alternative budget adjustments that would re-prioritize academics at UAlbany.
  • October 30, 2010: UAlbany, Study Ancient History The Times Union
    • Letter to the editor by Judith E. Barlow, Professor emerita, English and Women’s Studies, UAlbany
  • October 26, 2010: The Decline of Higher Education! The Progressive Professor (blog).
  • October 25, 2010: So You Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities
    • Viral video critiquing the ongoing devaluation of the Humanities. SUNY Albany mentioned at 3:45.
  • October 24, 2010: Program Cuts Loom at 4 Public Universities The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • October 20, 2010: Save SUNY, For All Our Sake, The Times Union
    • by UAlbany Professor, Richard Fogarty.
  • October 18, 2010: UAlbany facing $12 million funding shortfall,YNN News.
    • Media coverage of UAlbany Senate Meeting to discuss proposed budget cuts.
  • October 18, 2010:“UAlbany Students Protesting Cuts.” WTEN News.
    • Coverage of October 18 Faculty Senate Meeting, including faculty emphasis on ties between UAlbany programs, Pres. Philip’s defense of the proposed cuts and cut process, and a graduate student’s reflection on the difference between learning a language and learning a culture.
  • October 18, 2010: “UAlbany President Faces Faculty, Opponents to Program Cuts.” Fox News 23.
    • Text and photography covering the October 18 Faculty Senate meeting includes a recap of the proposed cuts, President Philip’s points of clarification regarding budgeting processes and priorities, faculty and student reactions, and clarification from Fox 23 that the proposed cuts must be approved by the Faculty Senate before they can be finalized.
  • October 18, 2010: “Students React to UAlbany Program Cuts.” Fox News 23.
    • Coverage of October 18 Faculty Senate meeting includes quotes from Faculty Senator and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Professor Fernando Leiva, French Professor Brent Bowles, French Major Michelle Lach, and President Philip.
  • October 18, 2010: “Do Colleges Need French Departments?” New York Times
  • October 17, 2010: “Theater Degree a Valuable Asset.” Stephen M. Michalek, The Times Union.
    • In a letter to the editor, 2003 UAlbany alum reflects on the value and success of the theater program.
  • October 17, 2010: “Critics Slam UAlbany Over Humanities Cuts.” Scott Waldman, The Times Union.
  • October 14, 2010: “Humanities Are Important.” Deborah Kelsh, Ph.D., The Times Union.
    • Letter to the editor from an Associate Professor in Education at the College of St. Rose puts marginalization of the humanities in a democratic context broader than “budget cuts.”
  • October 9, 2010: “’The World Within Reach’ Cuts Off Some Cultures.” Michael Rice, The Times Union.
    • In a letter to the editor, a UAlbany student expresses his sense of personal betrayal.
  • October 7, 2010 “Anti-Intellectualism at UAlbany” by Teresa L. Ebert and Mas’ud Zavarzadeh, The Times Union
  • October 7, 2010: “Ivory Tower.” John De Rosier, The Times Union.
    • Political cartoon.
  • October 7, 2010: “UAlbany Cuts Betray Students.” Virginia Rinehart, The Times Union.
    • UAlbany alum and graduate student questions President Philip’s priorities in choosing programs to cut.
  • October 5, 2010: “Cuts Hit Home in Any Language.” Stephanie Lee, The Times Union.
    • Impact of cuts on language and study-abroad programs “reflects a widespread cultural attitude,” says Assistant Professor in Russian Timothy Sergay. Includes reactions from students, faculty and the Modern Languages Association.
  • October 4, 2010: “Disappearing Languages at Albany.” Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Education.
    • Analyzes the  process and the ramifications of the cuts, with statements from Jean-François Brière, professor of French studies and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Associate Professor of French studies Eloise Brière, UUP president Phil Smith, and Rosemary G. Feal, executive director of the Modern Languages Association, who considers the endangered programs “essential components of a liberal arts education in a university setting” and calls on UAlbany to “honor its claim to offer students a comprehensive, world-class education.”
  • October 3, 2010: “U. at Albany Will Lose More Jobs and Probably Close 5 Programs.” “The Ticker,” The Chronicle of Higher Education.