* Update on Online Education

We concluded our bargaining with the university over revenues for online course offerings in December 2016.   Under the current agreement, 40% of any revenues above course development costs will go to the faculty developer, a figure double the university’s original position.  We will continue to closely monitor online course policy.  The significant elements of the agreement are the general principle that the faculty member retains authority over the course and the frequency of its offering, along with the 40% return to faculty course developer.  The SCFA also has the right to review the means by which costs for course development are calculated.  We will revisit the agreement after two years to gauge its effectiveness and to judge whether changes are […]

* Summer Session Salary Negotiations

In December 2016  the university proposed a cap on summer school salaries, and the SCFA began bargaining on the issue.  We first succeeded in getting the university to agree not to implement proposed changes in Summer 2017. Bargaining on the proposal continued, and concluded in August. We’re happy to report that the university has withdrawn its proposal for a summer salary cap.   One of the SCFA’s core positions is that faculty salary cuts should not be used to address real or perceived budget issues; this was and will remain at the core of our bargaining position.  The university also proposed a formula for pro-rating compensation for summer courses of fewer than five units.  Based on our evaluation of the […]

* Academic Analytics

UCSC entered into a contract with a company called Academic Analytics in 2013. Academic Analytics describes itself as a provider of “custom business intelligence data and solutions for research universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.” Their mission, in their words, is “to provide universities and university systems with objective data that administrators can use to support the strategic decision-making process as well as a method for benchmarking in comparison to other institutions.” Academic Analytics sells their data to universities as a tool to guide university leaders “in understanding strengths and weaknesses, establishing standards, allocating resources, and monitoring performance.” One of their data bases, “Faculty Counts,” provides “a numerical summary of productivity on a person-by-person basis….[with] a numeric […]