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Protests Continue Over UE's Proposed Academic Realignment Plan

Students, faculty, and alumni alike came together at the University of Evansville on Sunday in protest of the proposed Academic Realignment plan, which could potentially eliminate multiple departments and majors from the University entirely.

Posted: Jan 25, 2021 1:06 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2021 9:59 AM

Protests continued Sunday over the University of Evansville's proposed Academic Realignment Plan.

Students, faculty, and alumni of the University joined together to voice their opinions on the proposed plan, which in its originally-proposed form, would eliminate multiple departments and majors from the University entirely.

The plan was developed with multiple factors in mind, with one main factor being the University's finances - and though some who are speaking out against the University's plan say they understand that to be the case, that doesn't mean that they agree with it.

"Everybody understands the University has not been in a great place financially for several years now," said Paden Gullquist, a 2012 UE alumnus who was present at the rally on Sunday.

"But cutting the faculty out of the decision-making process throughout all this and then half-heartedly inviting them to propose something after this massive proposal doesn't sit well with me," Gullquist continued. "I don't think it should sit well with anybody."

After a separate protest was held at the University in December 2020, UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz said that the University would be extending the comment, discussion, recommendation, and proposal period for the draft Academic Realignment plan until the end of February.

Sunday's protest was organized by the Fighting Aces - a group of students, alumni, and community supporters organized against UE President Pietruszkiewicz's realignment plan.

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