* 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 […]

* SCFA Small Grants Program Fall 2013 Award Recipients

Creative Responses to Crisis in Education: An SCFA Small Grants Program This fall the Santa Cruz Faculty Association chose recipients from among a strong pool of applications for its second annual program of small grants—ranging from $1500 to $10,000—for projects led by Academic Senate faculty at UC Santa Cruz. The mission and purpose of these grants addresses a need seldom met in UC funding sources: to encourage a connection between university research and our increasingly crucial advocacy of the idea of the public university. Public research institutions have long been sources of strength for diverse intellectual, economic, and cultural dimensions of society. More recently, in the shadow of economic crises, public dialogue on the struggles of higher education has been […]

* SCFA Grants Program Award Recipients

This fall the Santa Cruz Faculty Association chose recipients from among a strong pool of applications for its second annual program of small grants—ranging from $1500 to $10,000—for projects led by Academic Senate faculty at UC Santa Cruz. The mission and purpose of these grants addresses a need seldom met in UC funding sources: to encourage a connection between university research and our increasingly crucial advocacy of the idea of the public university.   Public research institutions have long been sources of strength for diverse intellectual, economic, and cultural dimensions of society. More recently, in the shadow of economic crises, public dialogue on the struggles of higher education has been focused on tuition and the costs associated with serving a […]

* SCFA Annual Meeting and Brunch

SCFA Annual Meeting and Brunch Upcoming Events SCFA Brunch Greetings! We are writing to invite you to join other members and the Board for Brunch on Oct 7, 2012, at the home of Shelly Errington, 323 Rigg Street Santa Cruz. At the first annual SCFA Fall Party, we will socialize, eat brunch, discuss our ideas about the future, and become informed about issues. Here are a few of them: What’s happening at the systemwide level with CUCFA, and what are other FAs doing? (report from CUCFA) Followup from Sept 30 meeting of No.Cal. UC faculty, held at Berkeley (if you are an SCFA member, you got an invitation – contact Debi Rosenberg rosenberg@cucfa.orgif you want to go. Between 6-10 UCSC […]

* CREATIVE RESPONSES TO CRISES IN EDUCATION

A Small Grant Program for UCSC Senate Faculty        from the Santa Cruz Faculty Association The Santa Cruz Faculty Association announces a program of small grants—ranging from $1500 to $10,000—for projects led by Academic Senate faculty at UC Santa Cruz.  Applicants are encourged to join the SCFA, but non-SCFA members are eligible, and we will not consider membership as a factor in adjudication. Public universities have long been sources of strength for diverse intellectual, economic, and cultural dimensions of society. More recently, in the shadow of economic crises, public dialogue on the struggles of higher education is focused on tuition and the costs associated with serving a growing number of students. But universities are not mere service providers and students […]