* Faculty Association Analysis of the UC Budget

The Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) has released the following statement to help inform faculty about the terms and consequences of the revised budget. The May Revise As the Legislature and Governor enter the end game for the 2015-2016 budget, here is a review of provisions related to UC in the Governor’s latest budget proposal—the May revise, which is now being considered by the Legislature. It appears likely that the final UC budget will have provisions that address access and affordability. What is missing are resources to ensure that the university can maintain quality. It is the hardest to quantify, the weakest politically, and is now the most seriously threatened. This budget is another demonstration of the […]

* Report on the SCFA Budget Cut Impact Survey

Deeply concerned about the effects of UC-systemwide and campus budget cuts since 2008, in winter 2014, the Santa Cruz Faculty Association sponsored a program of Small Grants for Creative Response to the Crisis in Education. One of the awards was granted to conduct a Budget Cut Impact Survey to assess and evaluate the particular impacts of those cuts on faculty teaching and morale at UCSC. This report contains the results of that survey. These results seem particularly timely given current discussions about budget cuts we may be facing again in the near future, and the impacts those would likely have.

* Faculty Letter to Senate Executive Committee concerning the planned Silicon Valley campus

What follows is a letter from UCSC Senate faculty to the Senate Executive Committee on the topic of the administration’s plan to allocate 14 FTE to a Silicon Valley campus. If you would like to add your signature, please do so in the form that follows. We would like to send the letter to the Senate Executive Committee by March 13, 2015.

As your colleagues in the Academic Senate, we write to you of our concern regarding the administration’s stated intention to divert 14 FTE to a planned Silicon Valley campus which, we fear, will erode UCSC’s ability to fulfill its core mission and will have negative implications for both undergraduate and graduate education at UCSC.

* California public higher education coalition letter to Gov. Brown

Pasted below is the text of a union coalition letter that was sent today, December 15, 2014, to Governor Brown and other state leaders, as well as the leaders of the three higher ed systems.   Dear Governor Brown: The escalating crisis in higher education requires a reaffirmation of the State of California’s commitment to the Master Plan for Higher Education. As key stakeholders representing well over 2 million students, staff and faculty throughout the State’s three higher education systems — California Community Colleges, California State University and the University of California — we are ready to work with your office, the State Legislature and university administrators to address this crisis. The Master Plan is in jeopardy. Tuition and administrative costs […]

* CUCFA Concerns re: Rescission of 1989 Guidelines on University-Industry Relations

On July 6, CUCFA sent the following letter to UC President Janet Napolitano in response to the June 26, 2014 announcement that she has rescinded a policy that barred the university from investing directly in companies that commercialize technology that has emerged through UC research: President Janet Napolitano Office of the President University of California 1111 Franklin Street, 12th Floor Oakland, CA 94607 Dear President Napolitano, The Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) is concerned by both the substance and the process associated with your recent announcement that you have rescinded the 1989 Guidelines on University-Industry Relations. The policy you rescinded contained restrictions on direct UC investment in companies commercializing technology based on UC research. These provisions in Sec. 13 […]