AkronAAUP Survey Reveals Increasingly Negative Faculty Sentiment
More than 80% of reporting faculty are not confident in University of Akron leadership.
AKRON, Ohio – May 2, 2016 – A recent AkronAAUP survey of the faculty indicates even less confidence in University of Akron leadership than was measured by a similar survey during the fall semester. More than 75% of bargaining unit faculty responded to the online survey, the results of which reflect faculty sentiment across academic areas.
“In spite of overwhelming faculty support for our new contract, on every issue measured, faculty have more negative views of UA than they had just 7 months ago,” says AkronAAUP President and Professor of Sociology, John Zipp. “Approximately 9 out of every 10 faculty believe that the university is worse off than it was two years ago, that the public sees the University more negatively, that shared governance is not working well on our campus, and that they have little confidence in the direction the leadership is taking the university.”
|SURVEY QUESTION||FALL 2015||SPRING 2016|
|Would you say that the university is better off … or is it worse off?||72.2%||Worse Off||90.1%||Worse Off|
|Would you say that your department or school is better or worse off …?||73.1%||Worse Off||77.4%||Worse Off|
|How about your students? Would you say that they are better or worse off?||47.2%
|Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? “Shared governance is working well at The University of Akron.”||81.3%||Disagree||85.8%||Disagree|
|Do you have confidence in the university’s strategic planning and budgeting process?||79.7%||No||88.3%||No|
|Are you confident that President Scarborough is leading the university in a positive direction?||72.2%||No||89.3%||No|
|Are you confident that the Board of Trustees has been upholding its responsibilities?||78.1%||No||87.9%||No|
|Do you believe that President Scarborough values the learning and scholarship mission of the University?||80.8%||No|
|Thinking about your interactions within the broader community of NE Ohio, do you think that UA is seen as doing better or worse than it was doing two years ago?||92.2 %||Worse Off|
|The Faculty Senate voted no confidence in the President at its meeting on February 4th. Since then, he has made no public comment responding to the concerns expressed in the preamble to the Senate’s no confidence motion. Do you feel that is appropriate?||84.9% No. The President has waited too long to respond.|
|There have been many public views expressed about President Scarborough and his plan for the University. Some say that the President just needs more time to fully implement his plan for the University. Others say that there has been enough time, and the plan is not working. How do you feel about the President’s plans?||80.0% There has been enough time. The plan is not working. We must change course; the longer we wait, the worse the damage will be.|
Note: the questions that do not have results for Fall 2015 were not asked in that survey.
More than 75% of bargaining unit faculty completed the survey, and it is broadly representative of fulltime faculty across campus.
|College||% of College Faculty Responding|
|Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences||77%|
|College of Applied Science and Technology||73%|
|College of Business Administration||67%|
|College of Engineering||67%|
|College of Health Professions||82%|
|College of Polymer Science and||40%|
|Lebron James Family Foundation College of Education||77%|
|CAMPUSWIDE RESPONSE RATE||73%|
FOR DETAILS OF THE SURVEY RESULTS Go To:
Media Contact: John Zipp, President
The University of Akron Chapter of The American Association of University Professors
Phone (330) 9726893