UC Grad Student Pay Lags Behind Competition

The following article was published in The Daily Cal, UC Berkeley’s student newspaper. By Alisha Azevedo Contributing Writer Monday, July 26, 2010 Category: News > University > Academics and Administration As the University of California tries to absorb massive cuts in state funding, a recent UC report shows that without addressing the many financial challenges graduate students face, the academic quality of the entire UC system could slowly erode. The report, as well as a recent survey of UC Berkeley graduate students, found many concerns about graduate students’ level of compensation, working conditions, child services and affordable housing. These concerns and possible solutions will be addressed when Steven Beckwith, UC vice president for research and graduate studies, presents the Biennial […]

Samuels on Online Education

The Two Big University Lies: Why the University of California Wants to Promote Virtual Slums by Bob Samuels, UC-AFT President Published on Huffington Post, July 20, 2010 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-samuels/the-two-big-university-li_b_652789.html) In discussing the fiscal problems of the University of California with the Chronicle of Higher Education, President Mark Yudof argued that driving the budgetary problems for the university is the high cost of instructional salaries. According to this common argument, many costs of universities can be reduced, but the high salaries of tenured faculty cannot be lowered, and so the only solution is to find a less expensive way of delivering courses. In the case of the UC system, the proposed solution is to turn to distance education. Unfortunately, the entire UC […]

Call to Action October 7

The following call to action was recently issued by the California organizing committee formed at the Second Conference Against Privatization in Los Angeles last April. October 7th Day of Action and October 23-24th Mobilizing Conference In Defense of Public Education and Public Services The historic actions, protests and strikes of last Fall and Spring showed our state and the nation that students, teachers, staff, and our communities are determined to fight against the cuts, layoffs, fee hikes, and the shrinking access to public education and services. However, our fight is far from over. On October 7th, supporters of public education plan to unite and demand accessible, affordable and quality education for all. Public higher-education is an engine of economic growth […]

SF Chron Op-Ed: UC must put emphasis on education, not brand

UC must put emphasis on education, not brand Timothy Hampton,Garrison Sposito Tuesday, July 13, 2010 The UC Board of Regents will discuss this week a proposal by the University of California president’s office for an ambitious plan to market UC online. The proposal entertains the vision of an eventual online bachelor’s degree that could tap new students throughout the world, from “Sheboygan to Shanghai.” In fact, the track record for online higher education is very uneven. It requires enormous up-front investments and continual investments for upgrades. Given these high stakes and the financial pressures on UC in the current economic climate, it is crucial for California’s public university to move prudently. As educators and scholars, we are, like our students, […]

SF Chron: UC online degree rattles Academics

by Nanette Asimov, July 12, 2010 Taking online college courses is, to many, like eating at McDonald’s: convenient, fast and filling. You may not get filet mignon, but afterward you’re just as full. Now the University of California wants to jump into online education for undergraduates, hoping to become the nation’s first top-tier research institution to offer a bachelor’s degree over the Internet comparable in quality to its prestigious campus program. “We want to do a highly selective, fully online, credit-bearing program on a large scale – and that has not been done,” said UC Berkeley law school Dean Christopher Edley, who is leading the effort. But a number of skeptical faculty members and graduate student instructors fear that a […]