Advocacy by OneKU and its members in the news

The University of Kansas this week told instructors it was moving into the looming fall semester with a more normal sense of operations in mind.  While recognizing that there will still be KU community members who need greater levels of accommodation due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, a message from four academic vice provosts said the university is planning to phase out most pandemic-specific course adaptation [...]

 

Posted on May 21, 2021

After releasing some details earlier this month about its budget reductions, the University of Kansas is not providing any additional information about the extensive cuts — which range from zero to 12% by unit. The Journal-World reached out to various deans and KU’s spokesperson to ask about the impact the cuts would have on the […] 

 

Posted on May 15, 2021 Categories KU

The University of Kansas has submitted a proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents to construct a nearly $200 million science building, a move that ‘appalled’ a group of faculty members concerned about KU’s budget. But a KU spokesperson said the university’s proposal was procedural and that the building’s construction would be dependent on securing […] 

 

Posted on April 26, 2021 Categories KUTop News

In the fundraising world, there is nothing quite like a check without strings. Think of a check that doesn’t come with any instructions on a particular building it should construct, a specific academic field it should support, or even a desire to see more wins on the football field. It is simply a check to […] 

Posted on April 17, 2021 Categories KU

Updated at 5:39 p.m. Friday The University of Kansas is requesting an extension from the Kansas Board of Regents regarding the implementation of a controversial policy that critics say would imperil the tenure system at KU. KU Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer wrote in a campus message Friday afternoon that the decision to ask for an extension […] 

 

Posted on February 5, 2021 Categories KU

The University of Kansas this week told instructors it was moving into the looming fall semester with a more normal sense of operations in mind.  While recognizing that there will still be KU community members who need greater levels of accommodation due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, a message from four academic vice provosts said the university is planning to phase out most pandemic-specific course adaptation [...]

 

Posted on May 21, 2021

Faculty and students at the University of Kansas stood in shadows of Allen Fieldhouse to blow the whistle Tuesday night on the administration’s plan to deal with massive budget problems by shedding tenured professors from the payroll, undervaluing work of graduate teaching assistants and jettisoning degree programs. Focus of the protest prior to the basketball […] 

 

Posted on February 3, 2021 Categories KU

The University of Kansas will put together a framework for a new Kansas Board of Regents policy that would give university CEOs more power to dismiss, suspend or terminate employees, even those with tenure, according to a statement from Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer. Bichelmeyer said in a video message Tuesday that […] 

 

Posted on January 26, 2021 Categories KU

Hundreds of University of Kansas faculty and staff members are objecting to a new Kansas Board of Regents policy that they say circumvents professional standards and violates the university’s commitments as a member of the American Association of Universities. On Jan. 20, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a two-year policy that gives university CEOs […] 

 

Posted on January 25, 2021 Categories KUTop News

A recent decision from University of Kansas leadership to reorganize the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has prompted backlash from faculty and staff who say the changes were made without consultation from the marginalized communities who will be affected. About 60 department chairs, numerous faculty staff councils and the graduate teaching assistants’ union, among […] 

 

Posted on December 21, 2020 Categories KU

Dozens of department leaders at the University of Kansas are demanding more transparency from administrators about plans to reopen campus after a COVID-19-induced shutdown, and a few of them have refused to comply with a mandate that requires instructors to document their health conditions in order to get an exemption from in-person teaching, the Journal-World […] 

 

Posted on June 28, 2020 Categories Coronavirus (COVID-19)HealthKUNewsState and Region

The House Appropriations Committee voted to insert in the budget for state universities a mandatory tuition rebate to students based on the number of classes taught online and the academic days dropped from the calendar during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Posted on February 17, 2021

Faculty and students at the University of Kansas stood in shadows of Allen Fieldhouse to blow the whistle Tuesday night on the administration’s plan to deal with massive budget problems by shedding tenured professors from the payroll, undervaluing work of graduate teaching assistants and jettisoning degree programs.

 

Posted on Feb 2, 2021

Gregory Cushman, an environmental studies professor, spoke at the protest in support of the graduate teaching assistants.

He relayed support for the graduate students from OneKU, a faculty collective that organized in the summer to press the university on matters of public health and budgeting during COVID-19. University administrators haven't been transparent with either faculty or graduate students when it has come to budgeting, he said.

Posted on March 8, 2021

May 10, 2021 — University of Kansas faculty governance leaders are frustrated with a proposal from administration for a second Integrated Sciences Building ...

Feb 5, 2021 — After faculty and staff protested a new KBOR policy outside of Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday, Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer responded with a ...

Feb 4, 2021 — The protestors, led by the Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition, stood outside of Allen Fieldhouse with signs and chanted to students waiting to ...