Classes begin Monday, January 28
Edinboro University President Wollman reassures students as start of semester nears01/21/2013
Edinboro University President Julie E. Wollman reassures students as they prepare to return to school amid negotiations between the State System of Higher Education and the faculty union that the spring semester will begin as scheduled on Monday, January 28, and plans are in place to continue their education if faculty should strike.
In a statement to students, their parents and the broader community, Dr. Wollman states:
As the start of a new semester approaches, we at Edinboro University know our students have a lot to look forward to: reunions with friends and mentors, courses to explore, and opportunities to build on last semester's achievements.
It's understandable at this time that the status of negotiations between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) also is on the minds of our Edinboro University students and your families. First and foremost, you should know that we have a plan in place to ensure that your education continues should a strike occur. Answers to frequently asked questions about this plan, along with the latest information about the status negotiations, are available on the PASSHE Negotiations Update section of University website at www.edinboro.edu.
You should also know that the Edinboro University administration and faculty share a focus on students and a desire for a settlement. PASSHE officials have stressed that they, too, are committed to achieving a new collective bargaining agreement that is fair and positions the State System universities to continue to provide affordable, quality education. Details about the State System’s bargaining positions are available on the PASSHE website at www.passhe.edu.
Ultimately, our hopes rest on successful resolution of the issues that separate the negotiators. At Edinboro University, our focus remains on how best to continuously enhance the quality of our academic programs as well as on the academic progress of you, our students.