ACADEME BLOG

BY GALEN LEONHARDY

Guest blogger Galen Leonhardy  teaches at Black Hawk College.

For those who don’t know, we’ve had a recent hullabaloo at Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois. I’ve written before about how American authoritarianism plays out at my small community college in the heartland, but this most recent episode provides a tale especially worth the reading.

Our February 24 Board meeting was filled with authoritarian decision making.  A total of twenty-six concerned community members, students, faculty, and regional experts attempted to engage in democratic exchange by explaining why terminating programs and upper-level, full-time faculty positions was problematic, and they did all that just prior to being ignored by BHC Board members who promptly voted to eliminate 8 full-time faculty positions, hack off half the art department and the entire earth science program, and then allocate nearly a half million dollars in spending for renovations. Our union leaders tell us…

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