If Governor John Kasich’s proposed 2013 budget (HB 59) passes, boards at public institutions of higher education would have the right to modify college faculty workload policy, requiring all full-time faculty to teach an additional course in one of the next two academic years.
The increased workload would then become the “new minimum for faculty members to maintain,” according to a March 4 Inside Higher Ed article, thus allowing boards to ignore workload provisions in faculty union contracts.
The bill, whch includes a number of other provisions related to higher education, still requires approval by both houses of the General Assembly. Republicans control both the Ohio House and Senate.
The Ohio Conference of AAUP has issued a statement against the provision and plans to partner with like-minded organizations to have the offending language removed from the buget.
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