Presidenta de USF pide apoyo a ex-alumnos y comunidad universitaria / USF president calls for support from alumni and university community
La misiva que sigue a continuación es un llamado de la presidenta del sistema universitario de la Universidad del Sur de la Florida, la Dra. Judy Genshaft, a toda la comunidad y sus ex-alumnos a defender la educación pública y sus instituciones. La misma deja ver cúan importante es para las universidades públicas y sus administraciones mantenerse independientes de la política partidista, sobretodo en tiempos en los que el empuje político-economicista insiste en el desmantelamiento de las instituciones públicas de educación superior a través de la reducción de ofertas de estudio y financiamiento, y la intervención indebida en asuntos esencialmente académicos. Esta carta demuestra, además, la importancia que tiene para la administración mantener sus lealtades claras con aquellos que valoran la educación como derecho universidad en su funciones de formación, servicio y avances en el conocimiento: sus estudiantes, las comunidades a las que sirven y el desarrollo del conocimiento y la investigación, siempre que el interés genuino de la misma sea la preservación y desarrollo de la UNIVERSIDAD.
The letter that follows is a call from Dr. Judy Genshaft, President of the University of South Florida system, to the USF community and alumni to defend public education and its institutions. It shows how important it is for public universities and their administrators to stay independent from party politics, especially in these times where political and economic forces insist on dismantling institutions of higher education through the reduction of course offerings and budget, and the unjustified intervention into issues fundamentally academic. This letter also demonstrates how important it is for the administration to retain its loyalties with students, the communities it serves, and the development of knowledge and research if their genuine interest is to preserve and develop the UNIVERSITY.
Feb. 13, 2012
To: The USF Community and Alumni
From: Judy Genshaft, President, USF System
The Florida Senate is proposing a total cut of $128 million to the University of South Florida, including a 60 percent cut to our appropriation for academic affairs. If passed, the cuts would be immediate and devastating to USF’s students, its research and its contribution to the economic recovery.
This cut is much greater than any other university is being asked to absorb. We have not seen any rationale of how these percentages were allocated in the Senate budget process.
We need your help right now. These cuts would injure our students immediately, and they will strike a blow against economic recovery in the Tampa Bay region and the state.
Please contact your elected legislators, and the governor, and let them know USF needs their help:
– don’t enact these massive cuts to higher education. The cost to our students and our economy is too great;
– don’t single out USF for extraordinary cuts.
For updated information, we have created a web page at http://www.usf.edu/ to track the impact of the budget proposal.
To contact your legislator, look here: http://www.capwiz.com/usfalumni/issues/alert/?alertid=60994916&type=ML
There are several steps that must occur before this Senate proposal could be mandated. USF has great friends in the Florida Legislature, and we will rely on them to ensure that state allocations are equitable to this university, and that higher education is recognized for its role in galvanizing Florida’s economy.
Everyone who cares about the future of USF and the future economic development of the Tampa Bay region should be concerned.
During the last four years of the recession, USF has worked carefully to reduce the impact on our students. We have maintained our academic majors. We have retained and recruited our great faculty members. In every way, we have dedicated the university to the success of our students and our region. That success is now threatened. For a cut this enormous to come after four years of cuts will threaten what we can offer students.
I urge you to express your concern, and I hope you will thank our elected officials who are fighting on our behalf.
Thank you again for your support, your encouragement and your commitment to USF.
Publicado el febrero 16, 2012 en Yo opino y etiquetado en antropología contemporánea, ataques a la universidad pública, attacks to public universities, budget cuts, contemporary anthropology, J.D. Alexander, neoliberalism, neoliberalismo, Occupy, recortes presupuestarios, Tampa, University of South Florida, USF. Guarda el enlace permanente. Deja un comentario.