April 25, 2012 Spring 2012 No. 5
A few weeks ago, we wrote to you to explain that due to the decision made to end the Partnership, UTB was required to redesign our organization to accommodate a smaller student population of about 7,400 students. We also explained that a process had been designed to make the rightsizing as objective as possible. Subsequently, committees were formed, meetings were held, and recommendations have been forwarded to the Provost.
This process has been an arduous task for the entire university, one that all of us would have preferred not to have to gone through. However, deans, department chairs and faculty serving on the department review committees have worked through very difficult decisions. The work of each of the committees has been professional and respectful. All discussions were confidential. They deserve our most sincere thanks for having completed this complicated and challenging work.
This week, faculty who have been recommended for the reduction in force have been notified in person. Those who have elected to serve a final year for the university will have the prerogative to choose to resign as part of an incentive program. Faculty who choose not to accept the incentive option will continue to teach, advise students, research and meet all usual requirements of their position until May of 2013.
UTB has established an Employee Help Center to provide customized job transition services to employees who have been affected by the separation of UTB and TSC. Services offered through the help center are free and include:
· individual consultation on job search strategies
· workshops and webinars
· financial counseling
· access to computer resource lab
· benefits and retirement assistance
· counseling through Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
For more information about these services, please contact Liza Benson, Employee Help Center Coordinator at 956-882-7172.
Faculty who remain with UTB will have the opportunity to help write the next chapter of its evolution. Faculty who move to Texas Southmost College will have the privilege of becoming an important member of the team needed to design a new community college. And faculty who choose to retire or relocate deserve our most sincere appreciation for a job well done.
The next few months will continue to test the very core of our spirit. The work that must be done requires that we remain focused on what lies before us. I am appreciative of the great effort that it will take on everyone’s part.
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