AAUP to Investigate Closing of Antioch College

Oct 16th, 2008

By Scott Smallwood, The Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog — read the original news blog here.

The American Association of University Professors plans to investigate whether Antioch University violated faculty-governance standards when it shut down Antioch College.

The Yellow Springs News, in Ohio, reported on Friday that the AAUP sent a letter this month to Antioch leaders informing them of the investigation. Anita Levy, an associate secretary of the association, told the newspaper that the group was concerned that professors had not been properly consulted and that their due-process rights had been violated. An ad hoc committee of professors from around the country who have not been involved in the case will conduct the investigation.

Antioch University’s chancellor, Tullisse A. Murdock, told the newspaper she would meet with other Antioch University campus presidents to devise a response to the AAUP letter. But she also noted that four teams of financial and legal experts had already analyzed Antioch’s ledgers and determined that the financial exigency that led to closing the college was necessary.

The university said in 2007 that it was unable to weather the operating deficits of the 156-year-old college and announced that is was closing it down until it came up with a different operating plan or found a buyer. Earlier this year, it appeared the university was close to a deal to sell the college to a new corporation led by alumni and former trustees. But those talks fell apart. —Scott Smallwood

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