FIU Faculty Senate votes no-confidence in chair’s ability to fight DeSantis over higher ed

In an unusually tense Zoom meeting Tuesday, the Faculty Senate at Florida International University voted 30-28 to register no confidence in its chairwoman because of what they described as insufficient action in the face of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attacks on higher education.

Professors who spoke in favor of the no-confidence motion said they expect a more aggressive approach from Deanne Butchey considering how DeSantis and Florida legislators are proposing bills that are impacting academic freedom, tenure for professors, and diversity, equity and inclusion programs at the state universities and colleges.

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