My name is Laurie LaPorte, and I’m an adjunct lecturer of Anthropology at Boston University. I hope you’ll join me in thanking U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren for urging the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to keep accreditation standards high for the treatment and inclusion of faculty.
Earlier this month, as NEASC’s higher ed commissioners neared adoption of their new standards for 2016, Senator Warren wrote a letter urging them to “maintain and enforce high accreditation standards to support well-qualified faculty, and to include meaningful faculty input in the standards revision process.”
Let’s thank Senator Warren for speaking up on behalf of faculty and our students — and encourage her to continue her support of these important issues.
When I wrote to you last semester, it was to ask for your signature on a letter to NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. More than 520 of you signed my letter, and another 200 full-time and tenure-stream faculty petitioned the commission in support of high accreditation standards for teaching and learning conditions.
Our advocacy caught the attention of national media, and cast a harsh light on NEASC’s secretive efforts to take “two steps back” on job security, equitable professional development, inclusion and visibility for adjunct and contingent faculty — who make up over 60% of all faculty working in Massachusetts today.
Senator Warren’s willingness to hold NEASC accountable for the “extraordinary role” it plays in U.S. higher education is another important step in our struggle for fair and decent working conditions. Won’t you join me today in showing our appreciation?
Adjunct Lecturer, Boston University