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CFAC ratifies labor contract

CFAC ratifies labor contract

May 15, 2019

Columbia's part-time faculty union and the administration have signed a labor contract, with 95% of union members voting to ratify the contract, according to CFAC President Diana Vallera. Ratificat...

Union members, leadership eager to focus on students following contract agreement

Union members, leadership eager to focus on students following contract agreement

April 19, 2019

Despite the part-time faculty union and the college reaching a tentative agreement on a new contract April 17 after more than a year without one, some union members and students are looking for increased ...

Editor’s Note: Relationship between college, adjunct faculty must improve

Editor’s Note: Relationship between college, adjunct faculty must improve

October 15, 2018

A string of recent updates regarding the college’s relationship and collective bargaining with part-time faculty demonstrate a flawed rapport between the two parties, an issue that must be amended for th...

Columbia alumna gives voice, laughs to women of Chicago

Columbia alumna gives voice, laughs to women of Chicago

December 11, 2017

Kelsie Huff, a standup comedian and 2003 theatre alumna, has created a voice for Chicago women in comedy by providing opportunities for women in a typically male-dominated industry. Originally from Richmond, Illinois, Huff came to Columbia to study radio but soon discov...

Do students know what they’re picketing for?

Do students know what they’re picketing for?

December 4, 2017

Though I support the right to lawfully and peacefully protest what groups believe are injustices, as a student, I cannot place my full support behind the Nov. 29–30 part-time faculty union walk-out and strike. During my time at Columbia, I have had many classes taught by adjunct ...

New report sheds light on CPS students’ education

New report sheds light on CPS students’ education

By Blaise Mesa

November 27, 2017

Filed under Metro

Chicago Public Schools students are learning at a faster rate than 96 percent of their counterparts, but problems persist in meeting national educational standards, according to local experts. A Center f...

Students need to join together for on-campus change

By Editorial Board

November 20, 2017

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Members of the Columbia community have formed a coalition to voice frustration with the administration’s actions and bring about change at the college.The college’s part-time faculty union and some students have created a group named OurColumbia to protest rising tuition, cuts to student resources and continual departmental changes, as reported Nov. 6 by The Chronicle. At the coalition’s Nov. 10 meeting, members plotted...

‘Let’s slow it down this year’: Tuition raises, but not as much as it could have

‘Let’s slow it down this year’: Tuition raises, but not as much as it could have

November 6, 2017

Students can expect larger bills after a 2 percent undergraduate tuition increase and an average 2.8 percent increase in on-campus housing costs were announced Oct. 31 during an annual presentation by President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim and other administrative leaders at a Student Governm...

Labor board rules in favor of staff who teach, P-Fac appeals

Labor board rules in favor of staff who teach, P-Fac appeals

September 19, 2016

The approximately 55 full-time staff members who teach part-time cannot be denied representation by the college’s part-time faculty union, according to an Aug. 30 ruling by the National Labor Relati...

P-Fac: ‘No confidence’ in college administration

P-Fac: ‘No confidence’ in  college administration

By CAMPUS REPORTER

October 5, 2015

Filed under Campus, CFAC

Columbia’s Part-Time Faculty organization overwhelmingly voted no confidence in President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim and his administration, according to a Sept. 30 P-Fac press release provided by Nancy Trav...

Columbia’s strategic sham

By Editorial Board

April 13, 2015

Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Following the conclusion of a two-week feedback phase intended to give the college community a chance to offer input on the recently released Strategic Plan, there seems to be one group whose voice is decidedly absent from the discussion. Students—the group whose input should be valued above all—posted little feedback to Civic Commons, begging the question: Does student input even matter? The administration has made small...

Part-time faculty association votes yes on disaffiliation from parent union IEA-NEA

By Campus Editor

January 21, 2015

Filed under Campus

Following nearly a month of campaigning to disaffiliate from IEA-NEA, the Illinois Education Association part of the National Education Association, Columbia’s part-time faculty association voted 232–50 on Jan. 21 to disaffiliate from its parent union.Only 286 ballots were received out of a total 585 adjuncts who were eligible to vote, according to a Jan. 21 press release from Diana Vallera, president of P-Fac and an adju...

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