Through its Annual Newsletter the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) brings to faculty, staff, and students items related to preserving and promoting the well-being of the professoriate, enhancing the quality of instruction, and serving the educational interests of the public.  This year a new prescription-drug-benefits program has been put into effect for employees of the University of Michigan which, according the University President Mary S. Coleman, will result in a savings of $1.6 million for the University but which also constitutes a major shift in the cost of the prescription-drug benefits to University employees.  Cuts in the state appropriation for higher education put into place by former Governor John Engler and proposed by current Governor Jennifer Grandholm have caused a budget crisis at the University.  To address these decreases in state funding, the University administration is considering further changes in benefits that could result in a substantial salary reduction program for current faculty and staff.  Various aspects of these and other issues are addressed in this year’s newsletter.  Those who want to keep abreast of happenings at the University of Michigan, and who desire a view that often differs from that of University administrators, might wish to visit the web page of our Chapter –


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