SUNY’s New Online Education Initiative
UUP seeks input from members to prepare for discussions with SUNY
UUP will discuss online education with SUNY and the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations pursuant to Appendix A-13 in our 2016-22 contract, which states the following: “As soon as practicable after a fully executed agreement, appropriate GOER, SUNY, and UUP designees shall meet to discuss and review issues of mutual concern related to the impact of online education initiatives on bargaining unit employees.”
PLEASE SEND COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS, AND CONCERNS TO YOUR UUP STATEWIDE OFFICERS THROUGH THE COMMENT BOX BELOW.
All comments and information submitted through this portal will be kept confidential. At no time will the names of individual members or information that can be connected to individual members be presented in discussions with SUNY.
UUP’s objective: To accurately represent concerns about impacts of online education initiatives on terms and conditions of employment, including workload, compensation, intellectual property protection, the need for resources and support systems, and involvement of private companies, etc.
2018, Chancellor Kristina Johnson launched a new initiative to expand SUNY’s online education offerings. She explained SUNY’s objectives in her State of the University System address on Jan. 31, 2019.
In February 2019, SUNY issued a white paper and presented it to campuses during an open comment period that ended Feb. 28.
In March, SUNY held a series of webinars focused on specific themes to explore campus interest in developing new online programs or expanding existing ones.
In a widely circulated March 8, 2019 email announcing the webinars, SUNY Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Tod Laursen stated the following in reference to the white paper: “Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comments on the Draft White Paper from the SUNY Online Working Committee. We are carefully working our way through your responses now, in a process which will definitely strengthen the final white paper. Questions raised during the comment period will be addressed in a variety of ways--both in the final document and likely via other means, i.e., FAQ, webinars, etc.”