Shorter has not been so lucky. Their disaffected constituents began mobilizing as soon as the dramatic changes were announced last fall. They took quite an interest in what we has done, and I believe our blog pre-dates theirs by about three months. They have also, understandably, pursued a more aggressive media strategy, which we will likewise do if things get worse.
You should definitely follow Shorter constituents' attempts to recover from the wreckage on Facebook and Twitter. If you follow these issues closely, chances are you've already read some of the news reports. This week, Inside Higher Education has a lengthy piece on the Shorter situation by noted religious college reporter Libby Nelson. Last October, after faculty met with trustees for what was billed as a routine meeting,
The trustees told everyone that there would be some additions to contracts for the next academic year -- changes intended to amplify the liberal arts college's Christian mission. Then the faculty and staff filed out, past the large painting of the Prodigal Son in the hallway. Within the hour, they received two documents by e-mail. One was a statement of faith; the other, a list of "lifestyle" expectations.
Those who wanted to keep their jobs would have to sign both.One young alum said of Shorter the same thing I have thought of saying about OBU when asked by my friends and colleagues about my alma mater:
He went to a small liberal arts college in the South, the former student now says. But that college doesn't exist anymore.You truly should read and consider the entire piece. And say a prayer of thanksgiving that we have the ability to protect academic freedom and insist on ethical administration at OBU -- before it's too late.