Board Statement on Academic Governance

March 28, 2010

SIGCSE, representing the international community of computer science educators, is deeply troubled by news reports that the governing board of at least one institution of higher education has circumvented ordinary faculty governance channels in discontinuing its computer science major.

The SIGCSE Board has issued the following statement:

“SIGCSE strongly endorses the principle that faculty members are professionals who through virtue of their specialized expertise ought to have primary responsibility for matters of curriculum and faculty status. SIGCSE supports particular expressions of that principle which have been developed within the context of individual nations' and regions' higher education systems. (See below for examples articulating the principle.)

UNESCO -- Paragraph 32 of "Recommendation concerning the Status of
Higher-Education Teaching Personnel" adopted by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its 29th session, Paris, 21 October - 12 November 1997.

AAUP “Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities” (within the United States)