Professor Mark Naison, who has served as a faculty member in Fordham’s History and African and African American Studies Departments for 47 years, weighs in on the health crisis at Fordham. This post, that originally appeared on his Facebook page, is republished with his permission. He headlined that with “Keepin’ it real.” Thank you, Mark.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017
We have reached a very dangerous point in Fordham’s history. Students don’t come to Fordham because of the great Trustees. Or the amazing basketball and football team. Or fantastic food in the cafeteria. They come because it’s in New York City, has small classes, a strong spiritual foundation and a terrific faculty who you can get to know individually in a way you can’t at most big state schools, or at elite universities like Columbia or Yale.
But what if the strong spiritual foundation is undermined, the best young faculty leave and the rest are so angry at the Administration that they do as little as possible at the University outside of teaching their classes?
What’s Fordham’s appeal then?
Think that can’t happen? Think again. If the health plan proposed by Administration goes through, young faculty who have other options, and there are many, will start to desert Fordham. Great young scholars will be reluctant to come. And talented older faculty will start retiring at age 65 because Medicare is actually better than the new plan Fordham is offering.
If the current health care crisis is not resolved in a far more positive manner, we could be seeing the decline of Fordham as a great university after years of progress attracting great students from all over the country and all over the world.
If I am wrong to think this way, please explain to me why my thought process is misguided.
You can respond to Dr. Naison at his Facebook page.