* Taking a Stand Against Harassment, Part of the Broader Threat to Higher Education

The Board of the UCSC Faculty Association supports the following AAUP statement which was released September 7, 2017, and is also signed by the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of Colleges and Universities. ———————————– In recent months a disturbing trend has emerged in American higher education. At a variety of institutions—public and private, large and small—individual members of the faculty have been singled out for campaigns of harassment in response to remarks they have made, or are alleged to have made, in public speeches, on social media, or in the classroom. Vicious threats of violence and even death have been directed against individual faculty members and their families, including their children. A large number of those threatened […]

* Statement on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education is trying to prevent the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.  The SCFA supports this campaign and encourages colleagues to call our senators (phone numbers below). As well, please forward this message to colleagues across the United States, especially those in red states. The CFHE letter follows: **************************** The nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education raises alarms that the new administration will fail to support college access and affordability for millions of current and future college students. Her nomination signals a blatant disregard for not only the magnitude of college debt plaguing our students but also the widespread fraud that has been exposed in the for-profit sector across […]

* The $48 fix: Reclaiming California’s Master Plan for Higher Education

On Thursday, January 26, the UC Regents will consider and likely approve their budget for the University for 2017-2018. It and the Governor’s budget, to which it is closely tied, perpetuate decades of failed privatization and persistent under funding of the University and of public higher education more generally. At UC and as compared to both 1990-1991 and 2000-2001, total per student expenditures for instruction and the State general fund contribution to per student instruction are sharply down while the inflation-adjusted contributions from students through tuition and fees are 70% higher than they were in 2000-2001 and 135% higher than they were in 1990-1991. Students and their families are paying more and getting less. It has become conventional “wisdom” that […]

* Saving Public Education: Public Lecture and Policy Document Release

The UCSC Faculty Association is very excited to announce a talk by Christopher Newfield, Professor at UC Santa Barbara and author of several important books on higher education, on Thursday February 2, 2017:   “After the Great Mistake: Fixing Public Universities in the Trump Administration”. —————————————————– Christopher Newfield Professor, English, UC Santa Barbara  After the Great Mistake: Fixing Public Universities in the Trump Administration Thursday February 2, 5-7 PM.  Humanities Room 210 Christopher Newfield is one of the country’s most important writers on higher education.   He is the author of Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard, 2011) and Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke, 2004).   His latest book is The Great […]

* CUCFA’s Statement of Principles for Choosing New University of California Chancellors

October 1, 2016 The Council of UC Faculty Associations has developed important criteria for Chancellor searches in light of the vacancies at the Davis and Berkeley campuses. ************************* A University of California Chancellor must be committed both to broad access to university education and to scholarly excellence, and have a proven record of support for the value of public education. A Chancellor must recognize that, despite increases in fundraising for specific projects, efforts at privatization have failed to sustain the University’s central mission of education, research, and service for the people of California. In addition to providing intellectual vision and integrity, the Chancellor should demonstrate accountability to the principles and the public mission of the university. To be forthright and […]