* “UC Irvine professor quits midway through online Coursera class”

A UC Irvine professor has stopped teaching midway through a massive online course in microeconomics offered through the Coursera organization, saying that he had disagreements on how to conduct the free class for thousands of students around the world.

* “Funding Higher Education: The Search for Possibilities” February 2013

The national Campaign for the Future of Higher Education is about to release their series of papers titled “Funding Higher Education: The Search for Possibilities.” The Council of UC Faculty Associations contributed one of the papers in the series. CUCFA Vice President Stanton Glantz, as principal author of that paper, will be participating in the news briefing on February 12. Please help spread the word to your local faculty and local media, or via your social media channels. Details are in the press release (pasted below): ——————————————————- Campaign for the Future of Higher Education For Release: February 6, 2013 Contact: Lisa Cohen, 310-395-2544 or Alice Sunshine, 510-384-1967 FUNDING HIGHER EDUCATION: THE SEARCH FOR POSSIBILITIES The Campaign for the Future of […]

* University of California must disclose more information about its investment

Interesting article that ties in with our concern that the Regents are top heavy in investment bankers which makes the possibility of deals such a problem. “An Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled that the University of California must disclose how its investments in two of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms have performed.”

* SCFA Small Grants Program Fall 2013 Award Recipients

Creative Responses to Crisis in Education: An SCFA Small Grants Program This fall the Santa Cruz Faculty Association chose recipients from among a strong pool of applications for its second annual program of small grants—ranging from $1500 to $10,000—for projects led by Academic Senate faculty at UC Santa Cruz. The mission and purpose of these grants addresses a need seldom met in UC funding sources: to encourage a connection between university research and our increasingly crucial advocacy of the idea of the public university. Public research institutions have long been sources of strength for diverse intellectual, economic, and cultural dimensions of society. More recently, in the shadow of economic crises, public dialogue on the struggles of higher education has been […]