I appreciate your willingness to discuss this matter. To be frank, what caught me
and other members of AAUP off guard was that, when you requested additional
information from AAUP on its attrition survey, you said that you wanted the
information because you would be contacting other institutions on this matter. You
did not say that the Administration wanted to make its own report for the Board of
Governors. Moreover, after the Administration made its own report, you did not
share the Administration’s report until after I saw that it had been done and
asked for a copy.
It seems that you wanted this information from AAUP in order to write a rebuttal
to the AAUP report. For instance, the Administration’s report reads, “The AAUP
obtained the addresses of 50 faculty members who departed Truman during this
period, of which 24 responded to their survey. Thus, the results of the survey
are based on 25 of 180 people (13.9%).” Frankly, after seeing your report, it
unnerved me to learn that you had solicited these numbers in order to refute the
AAUP Report and had not informed me your intention. While I recognize your right
and need to make a reply on this important matter, you left me uninformed until
the day before the Board of Governors Meeting.
I feel that I was manipulated by a pretense. This makes me distrustful. If we are
going to have serious conversations on important matters, there needs to be a
sense of trust and good will that the other will respect you enough to be
forthright. I feel hurt that you did not show me such good will. Below is a copy
of your earlier request. To repeat, it is important that we are able to trust
that we are “straight” with each other. Trickiness leaves people alienated and
demoralized If you wish and have the time, we can meet and talk about this in
copy: AAUP members
I have been making contact with other institutions, at present only within
Missouri, to get information about the state of faculty
attrition/retention. Some have expressed interest in gathering more data.
With this in mind, I have several questions regarding the AAUP survey:
- What was the sample size of your survey (the questions asked of faculty
who had left)?
- How many faculty responded?
- From the listed responses, what were the frequency rates for each of the
I’d appreciate any help you might provide here. I will let you know what I
discover from my inquiries.