Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rose protestors targeted by Brandeis restructuring?

Brandeis University programs whose students and staff prominently protested school administrators’ proposal to shutter the school’s Rose Art Museum and sell its collection are among those slated for elimination, under a proposed academic restructuring announced yesterday (full report in pdf here, summary here).

The key affected programs include the masters degree programs in cultural production and theater design, both of which would be phased out as soon as students currently in the program graduate. The plan also calls for “significantly” cutting funding for the Brandeis Theater Company and related theater production activities over the next two years.

Andrew Gully, Brandeis senior vice president for communications, denies claims that these programs were targeted because they were affiliated with students and faculty prominent in Rose protests. "That's false," he says in an e-mail. "In fact, a number of prominent faculty opponents of the university's Rose Art Museum position last year are members of the Brandeis 2020 Committee that made the 18 proposals."

The Waltham school says cuts are necessary to address the school’s continuing financial problems. Programs from anthropology to biochemistry to computer science are targeted for cost cutting, but most of the changes call for reductions or merging of programs. Besides the art programs, the only other programs that the plan says “should be terminated” are the undergraduate majors in Italian Studies and in Hebrew Language and Literature; undergraduate minors in Yiddish and East European Jewish Culture and in Internet Studies; as well as scientific research in the areas of chemical dynamics, immunology, radio astronomy and combinatorics.

The 23-member faculty, staff and student Brandeis 2020 Committee, which formulated the plan, said that as many as 7 full-time and six-part time faculty and staff would be eliminated beginning around July 2011, but no administrative support staff cuts are proposed. These proposals come on top of the recommendations of the Curricular and Academic Restructuring Steering Committee last year to cut 35 faculty or roughly 10 percent and increase undergraduate enrollment by 400 students or roughly 12 percent. Combined, the school believes, these proposals could save the school $3.8 million annually.

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Graduate School Council, Faculty Senate, four School Councils, and open student forums are expected to review the plan before Provost Marty Krauss announces whether school administrators will forward the plans to the school’s Board of Trustees for review at its March 24 meeting, when the school’s annual budget is expected to be approved.

Dec. 23, 2008: Rose freezes curator search
Jan. 26, 2009: Brandeis to close Rose
Jan. 27, 2009: Update: Brandeis to close Rose, sell art
Jan. 27, 2009: Brandeis president’s e-mail on Rose
Jan. 27, 2009: Brandeis’s money
Jan. 27, 2009: AG on Brandeis's plans
Jan. 29, 2009: Brandeis’s liquidator-in-chief
Jan. 29, 2009: The first painting Brandeis should pawn
Jan. 29, 2009: Question: Brandeis financial management?
Feb. 5, 2009: Brandeis won’t close Rose?
Feb. 5, 2009: Will defunct Rose replace defunct Safra Center plan?
Feb. 9, 2009: Open discussion at the Rose tomorrow
Feb. 11, 2009: How do you solve Brandeis’s budget crisis?
March 16, 2009: Rose family objects to closing Rose museum
March 16, 2009: What is the Rose family saying?
May 15, 2009: The end of the Rose?
May 20, 2009: Voices from the Rose.
May 20, 2009: Rose collection treasures.
July 27, 2009: Rose overseers sue to preserve museum, stop sale of art: If museum can’t be saved, they say give art to new Rose Preservation Fund.
July 31, 2009: Key weaknesses in the Rose suit.
Sept. 15, 2009: Brandeis seeks dismissal of Rose lawsuit.
Sept. 25, 2009: Brandeis president announces resignation.
Sept. 28, 2009: Brandeis’s Rose Museum: Where to go from here?
Oct. 2, 2009: Administrative exodus from Brandeis.
Oct. 8, 2009: Rose budget increased?
Oct. 14, 2009: Brandeis agrees to not sell some Rose art: Attorneys disagree on what happened at hearing yesterday.
Oct. 16, 2009: Attorney General investigates Brandeis over Rose.
Oct. 28, 2009: Quiet protest at “Rose at Brandeis" opening: Cops attend too, while Brandeis board meets.
Nov. 1, 2009: Brandeis considers suing Harper’s Magazine.
Nov. 3, 2009: Brandeis seeks art curator … but not for Rose.
Nov. 10, 2009: Review of “The Rose at Brandeis” exhibition.
Dec. 18, 2009: Brandeis looks for new Rose staff.
Feb. 2, 2010: Brandeis hires Rose to litigate Rose.
Feb. 22, 2010: Moody's: Brandeis a more risky investment.


Anonymous brian said...

really appreciate your continued attention greg. we don't know why, especially considering the program MADE the school money

February 23, 2010 at 4:11 PM  

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