APs, officials testify at SUCSS hearing

Eight speakers from the Urbana campus testified against the proposed rule change that would remove state universities’ authority to classify positions as academic professional. More testimony will be posted as it becomes available.

Full testimony from the following speakers is available at the links below:

  • Wendy Harris, Director of Budget and Resource Planning, Department of Mathematics;
  • Kathyrn Seybert, Director of College Human Resources, College of ACES;
  • Kostas Yfantis, Acting Manager of Teaching and Learning Services, CITES, and Chair, Council of Academic Professionals (CAP) (parts 1 and 2);
  • Melissa Madsen, Assistant to the Director, School of Art and Design, and Communications Officer, Council of Academic Professionals; and
  • A written letter from Paul Hixon, Interim CIO, to the Merit Board.

Civil Service Audit report finally released

The State Universities Civil Service System (SUCCS) has finally released its 2011 audit report for UIUC. The audit recommends that 61% of the approximately 200 positions reviewed by reclassified to civil service. More details are on the CAP news blog, but we encourage you to see the audit report for yourself.

Bear in mind the disturbingly long time for the release of this report. No satisfactory explanation has been forthcoming from SUCCS for the disconnect between their original post-audit statements to University personnel, in which they made representations that the audit would be positive, to the strongly negative results in the final report. It conveniently gives SUCCS personnel the ability to claim an increasing pattern of violations, when in fact the data and common sense show that the opposite has occurred: SUCCS continues to move the goalposts during the game, and like the replacement NFL refs, they’re callin’ them like they see them.

The big question is, will the SUCCS Merit Board check the instant replay and see for themselves what’s happening here?

News-Gazette chronicles latest battle over exemption authority

The News-Gazette recently wrote about attempts to remove from the U of I and other institutions the ability to classify positions as academic professional. The article is accompanied by a photo taken at the October CAP meeting.

A state committee is considering a rule change that would transfer the authority to exempt positions from civil service to the State University Civil Service System (SUCCS). Supporters and opponents of the change are organizing ahead of the SUCCS Merit Board meeting in November.

The significance of the rule change? Any request to make a position academic professional will be met with a chilly reception, and if SUCCS’s past history is any indication, significant delays to even receive an answer.