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Community College of Rhode Island Faculty Protest Shorter Winter Session



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On Wednesday, Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) faculty held a demonstration on the campus in protest of a shorter 12-day winter session that they claim “will fail the very students it purports to serve.”

CCRI winter session courses are scheduled to occur from Jan. 2 to 17 and would permit students to take one course.

The CCRI Faculty Association added that the winter term is not enough time for students to learn material to what is “typically done in 15 weeks”, according to Providence radio station WPRO.

The chairs of the departments of business administration, social studies, math and English told CCRI administrators that their faculty will not participate in the session because of the shortened time.

“It is irresponsible and academically unsound either to offer these courses or to teach them without thorough review, discussion, and endorsement by the department,” the English department wrote in email to CCRI vice president of academic affairs in October.

College administrators said in a statement that they want to provide students with the winter session to help them graduate on time.

“We know that winter sessions are a nationally proven strategy to support our students’ success,” CCRI president Dr. Meghan Hughes said in a statement.

CCRI administration responded to the protest stating that it was “disappointed” in the faculty association’s actions, but it will not overturn the 2019 winter term.

In early December, the faculty union cast a no confidence vote in Hughes and other CCRI administrators, arguing that they have “repeatedly failed in their leadership roles” at the school and “lack the competence and demeanor required” to achieve their leadership duties and should be removed. The motion passed 160-34, with 25 faculty abstaining from the vote.

More than 330 students are enrolled in 21 subjects during the winter session, according to NBC-affiliate TurnTo10.

 

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