In opposition to Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey’s announcement to terminate 100 full-time non-tenure track faculty, I am joining students, alumni, faculty, community members, and university supporters to call for an immediate stop to all plans to reduce the BGSU faculty workforce.
Slashing faculty numbers while planning to increase enrollment by 6,000 students (as you publicly announced in 2012) will greatly diminish BGSU’s position as one of Ohio’s top-rated public universities. Your plans would compromise the education of current students, and it would reduce the prestige of degrees that have already been granted by BGSU.
With nearly $200 million in unrestricted assets in reserve, you have no reasonable justification for terminating ⅛ of the faculty. You must retain BGSU’s hard-working, long-serving, and dedicated faculty as an investment in the future of the university and its tradition of excellence. We insist: you must halt your plans to eliminate 100 faculty now. Instead, begin to engage students and faculty in a new, inclusive planning process that creates a positive vision for Bowling Green State University.