CSCU system spending should be more detailed and transparent

CSCU President Mark Ojakian has mentioned repeatedly that contract negotiations with unions in higher education are important because of a dire need to rein in spending within our system. I agree. However, before we once again attack the problem of “doing more with less” we have a responsibility to the taxpayers and students to clearly detail how we currently spend. As a system, we haven’t done this.

CT prof on CSCU’s Ojakian: Scorched earth, not warm feelings

The Mirror’s recent article on CSCU President Mark Ojakian portrayed him as a good listener, a mediator, a reasonable man, and a really nice guy. But the warm feelings engendered by the Mirror’s puff piece should not be allowed to obscure the fact that the contract proposals put forward by his Board of Regents are nothing short of a scorched-earth attack on the faculty of Connecticut’s four state universities and the students they serve.

What do Connecticut’s professors actually do?

People’s perception of the work that others do is often inaccurate. This is especially true for university professors. The public in general, and politicians in particular, and even our governing body, the Board of Regents, seem to believe the work that full-time professors do is easy and largely limited to the classroom. Is this perception accurate? Let’s look at what professors actually do.

GMO labeling case is not based on science

The movement to label foods containing genetically modified organisms is based on bad information and flies in the face of scientific reason. If state legislatures continue to pass bills that support the anti-science agenda, we will end up with a patchwork of unnecessary regulations that stand to negatively impact the food industry and ultimately hit consumers where it hurts most—in their wallets.

Op-Ed: No ‘brain drain’ from Connecticut State Universities

More than 80 percent of the students in the Connecticut State University system remain in the state after graduation, providing the state with a well-educated, tax-paying workforce. The state should treat the system like the economic engine it is rather than continually cutting its budget.