A faculty senate decision to set aside a threatened confidence vote on the administration of Salt Lake Community College bodes well for dialogue, President Frank W. Budd said Tuesday.
"I believe yesterday's action was a good sign that we are making progress," Budd said, promising to continue working with senate leaders on a new and improved channel of communication."We have not yet established a pattern of consistent communication between the administration and faculty senate, and until we do so, there will be frustration on both sides," Budd said.
Senators expressed that frustration last month with a unanimous vote to consider a confidence vote at their Feb. 5 meeting. After polling faculty members in the interim, however, senators voted Monday to hold off on the action and instead voice their concerns to the Board of Trustees.
The college is wrestling with a number of issues, including rapid growth, the faculty's role in decisionmaking, teaching policies and increasing union activity on campus by the American Federation of Teachers.
While he has no objection to the senators taking their case to the trustees, Budd said it's the administration and faculty that will ultimately have to forge the solutions.