Saturday, February 1, 2014
Tax Prof Bridget Crawford (Pace) reports on the news that Albany Law School's "administration and governing board have announced that, because of serious financial difficulties, notifications of faculty layoffs will be issued shortly."
Albany's bonds have been downgraded in recent months, and its 1L enrollment has declined 27% over the past five years:
The AAUP has pushed back, based on a detailed financial analysis:
The Chapter maintains that there is no showing of a bona fide institutional financial exigency or of individual faculty incompetence. Accordingly, no justification for faculty terminations exists. Since no faculty terminations are justified, the Chapter takes no position on what the order of layoffs would be if terminations were warranted under a state of financial exigency. In the absence of evidence of anything remotely resembling a bona fide financial exigency, firing any faculty member would depart from nationally accepted standards of law school governance.