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We are ARG, the Alliance for Responsible Governance. Our mission is to protect our home and Alma Mater, RPI. We love dear old RPI, and because of this, we are disturbed by several issues plaguing our university. This includes the abrubt departures (“retirements?”) of many critical staff, the worrying headlines about RPI’s precarious financial situation (drop in our credit ratings, huge debt, endowment spending, etc), the failure to implement and maintain many “visionary” programs at RPI (Think CLASS, EMPAC, entrepreneurship, and many others), our dramatic drop in school rankings (most notably in the engineering school), the disturbing absence of our president, Dr. Jackson, and a lack of communication between the president and just about everyone else.
RPI is not just a place to take classes, it is a place to learn & grow. This includes experiences in the classroom, as well as through clubs, the student union, programs in residence halls, research and so much more. Students are not “customers,” we are a part of this university. Therefore, our voices must be heard loud and clear.
ARG is not the first group dedicated to saving our school. Many others such as RPI is RPI not Rensselaer, Students Against Financial Mismanagement, and Uprise at 5 (video) have come before us. However, none of these groups were successful in accomplishing change at RPI.
ARG WILL be different.
- Figure out what is going on at RPI
- Demand that the administration begin seekings student input for policies which will affect us
- Develop a manifesto of our mission, vision, and goals as an alliance
- Hold the President, administration, and other parties responsible for RPI governance accountable