* CUCFA Statement Opposing Threat to City College of San Francisco’s Accreditation

The Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) opposes the recent decision of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to revoke accreditation for City College of San Francisco (CCSF). CUCFA joins the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors, the American Federation of Teachers and the California Federation of Teachers in asking ACCJC to: (a) reverse its decision to revoke CCSF accreditation, and (b) seek a new assessment which recognizes CCSF’s high academic standing as well as its financial and structural problems, from reviewers less top-heavy with administrators. CUCFA applauds CCSF faculty and students for maintaining their commitment to quality education under extremely difficult conditions. We urge the city of San Francisco and the state to […]

* Online Education in the Media, April and May 2013

Members of the SCFA have been tracking campus conversations about Coursera and other commercial online course providers.  The most recent articles appear at the bottom of the list. Thank you to Sean Keilen (Literature) for providing us with these updates which have appeared recently in the media. Duke U.’s Undergraduate Faculty Derails Plan for Online Courses for Credit “The faculty of Duke University’s undergraduate college drew a line in the sand last week on online education: Massive online experiments are fine, but there will be no credit-bearing online courses at Duke in the near future.The university’s Arts & Sciences Council, the governing arm of the undergraduate faculty, voted down a proposal to join a consortium of top colleges offering for-credit online courses through […]

* “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 […]

* Concerns re: open access to publications policy

Chris M. Kelty Chair, University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communications January 10, 2013 Dear Professor Kelty, We write to you on behalf of the Berkeley Faculty Association to express our concern that the proposed policy to expand open access to research publications fails to address many of the issues faced by faculty whose articles, books, and other publications include embedded copyrighted material. This problem was originally brought to your attention in a September 2012 letter signed by Margaretta M. Lovell and a number of other professors. We agree with the concerns expressed in this letter and want to be sure that the problem is resolved in an appropriate way. Certainly the ability to opt out of the open access […]