* SB 520 Update – Bill Monning abstains in the face of significant pressure

SB-520 passed out of the Senate Education Committee on May 1, 2013. It now moves on to the Senate Appropriations committee. It has not yet been scheduled to be heard by the Appropriations committee, but that committee must hear it before May 24th if the bill is to progress to the Assembly this year. The official vote in Senate Ed was: Ayes: Block, Correa, Hancock, Hueso, Huff, Jackson, Liu, Wyland Noes: none No Votes Recorded: Monning SCFA supports Bill Monning in his choice to abstain in the face of significant pressure from the author of the bill, and leader of the Senate, Steinberg.  

* UC Santa Cruz Panel talks about the future of online education

A panel discussion Friday at UC Santa Cruz explored some key issues surrounding online classes at the college level with speakers Daphne Koller, a Stanford computer science professor who co-founded Cousera — an online platform that offers free college classes; Alison Galloway, UCSC’s executive vice chancellor and a forensic anthropology professor; longtime UCSC professor Robert Meister; education professor Rodney Ogawa; and molecular biology student Matt Hong. Koller explained Cousera and the virtues of expanding online access to higher education to people all over the world who might not otherwise be able to afford it, especially those living in developing countries. UCSC is one of 62 university campuses globally to offer some of Cousera’s free online classes. The partnership was launched […]

* Spring Forum “Online Education & UCSC: What’s next?”

Friday, April 26, 2013 – 3:15-5:00 p.m., Stevenson College, Event Center Panelists (see below) will tackle the big questions surrounding online education: How will the role of the professor change? What are the risks to faculty member’s intellectual property? How will online courses be assessed, and who will determine the measures for success? The event will be moderated by distinguished UCSC Alumna, Lois Kazakoff, Deputy Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. We hope you can join us for this spirited discussion! Panelists: Daphne Koller, Co-founder of Cousera, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University Robert Meister, Professor of History of Consciousness, UCSC and SCFA member Rodney Ogawa, Professor of Education, UCSC Alison Galloway, Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Matt Hong, UCSC […]

* Add your voice to a call for changes to SB 520

We are deeply concerned by Senator Darrell Steinberg’s attempt to force the UCs, CSUs, and Community Colleges to accept credit for online courses from any source. Please help us convince him to pull or amend his bill by signing the petition.


March 15, 2013 – Academic senate leaders sent out this statement from the statewide senate officials. Senate Bill 520 raises grave concerns. We were not consulted in the writing of this legislation, which purports to address course access problems experienced by students in public higher education. Next week, we plan to meet with Senator Steinberg’s staff in order to discuss this bill.