December 1, 2017: Stop the Cuts to UW Superior! A Phone and Email Zap

Five-minute action you can take on Friday, December 1st, 9am-12pm to support UWS students, faculty and staff! Use the below scripts (or your own words) to call and email UWS administrators and tell them to stop the cuts!

See this letter for more context and info: https://goo.gl/forms/t1u5a5RAefFs9djH2

Contact Info:
Chancellor Renee Wachter
rwachter@uwsuper.edu
ph. 715-394-8221

Interim Provost Jacalyn Weissenburger
jweissen@uwsuper.edu
ph. 715-394-8449

Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Brenda Harms
bharms1@uwsuper.edu
ph. 715-394-8155

**Take three minutes and *CALL* each of the above numbers. Feel free to use the below script or your own words!**

Phone script:
I am calling to express support for the overwhelming community opposition to your recent decisions to shutter 9 majors, 15 minors, and 1 master’s program and to place 15 other programs on warning — nearly one third of your institution’s total programs. Your decision explicitly targets programs where students tend to engage in critical, creative inquiry and independent thinking to make sense of the world. Don’t deny UWS students the kind of quality, rigorous, and expansive education that is becoming increasingly restricted to the upper classes. Please listen to your students and your wider community, and rescind this decision by Monday, December 11th.

**Then, take an additional minute or two to send an *EMAIL* to the above addresses. Feel free to copy and paste the below template or send your own!**

Email template:
Dear Chancellor Wachter, Interim Provost Weissenburger, and Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Harms,

I am writing to express support for the overwhelming community opposition to your recent decisions to shutter 9 majors, 15 minors, and 1 master’s program and to place 15 other programs on warning — nearly one third of your institution’s total programs. Your decision explicitly targets programs where students tend to engage in critical, creative inquiry and independent thinking to make sense of the world.

Your public moves make it clear that the source of your decisions are rooted elsewhere than the best interests of University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) students, staff, and faculty. Justifications for denying UWS students a quality, rigorous, and expansive education have included:
*claims that first generation college students — 46 percent of your student population — are not intelligent enough to make choices about what they desire to study,
*spinning a summer “taskforce”, which focused only on minors and specifically made no recommendations to remove programs, to argue that faculty were involved in an “ongoing [decision-making] process” to make the cuts,
*shifting the blame for the need for program cuts away from your own and the state’s political agenda and onto poor faculty advising and teaching without any evidence to back this up,
*and claims that the decision will not affect faculty jobs because faculty will be asked to teach outside their areas of expertise (which will aid in enrollment how, exactly?).

Don’t deny UWS students the kind of quality, rigorous, and expansive education that is becoming increasingly restricted to the upper classes. Please listen to your students and your wider community, and rescind this decision by Monday, December 11th.

Sincerely,
[your name, affiliation]

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