CCRI Faculty Association
Press Release: October 13, 2017
Statement from Community College of Rhode Island Faculty Association President Steven
Murray regarding the announced 2018 January Session (J-Term):
As we welcome a greater number of students due to Rhode Island Promise, our focus should remain on quality education for all CCRI students. A “J-Term” for a few hundred students shifts that focus. Management never sought the professional recommendations or advice from faculty and staff. Instituting a “J-Term” with zero input from the very professionals who are educating CCRI’s students disregards the importance of communication and planning. Every CCRI student enrolls believing their individual pursuit of a postsecondary education is a priority to the college. Faculty members, education support professionals, and staff work every day to ensure students are prepared with the skills and training necessary for well-paying employment. Communication among administration, faculty and staff is a crucial component to student success. If President Hughes was graded on her commitment to involving stakeholders in the process, she would receive a failing grade.
The CCRI Faculty Association (CCRIFA) represents full-time faculty members at the Community College of Rhode Island. The Faculty Association is a local affiliate of the state National Education Association-Rhode Island (NEARI) and the National Education Association (NEA).