* CUCFA’s Letter to San Francisco City Attorney Herrera re: ACCJC suit

On August 28, CUCFA sent the following letter to San Francisco’s City Attorney Dennis Herrera: August 28, 2013 City Attorney Dennis Herrera City Hall, Room 234 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102-4682 cityattorney@sfgov.org fax: (415) 554-4745 (delivered by e-mail and fax) Dear City Attorney Herrera, We applaud your quest for injunctive relief from the decision of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to  terminate City College of San Francisco’s accreditation on the basis that the ACCJC unlawfully allowed its advocacy and political bias to prejudice its evaluation.  Thank you for supporting City College and all those who are trying to protect the public interest in low-cost, high-quality education for all kinds of learners. […]

* California: Do MOOCs Deserve Credit?

“It’s the wrong solution to the wrong problem,” said Robert Meister, chair of the Council of UC Faculty Associations and professor at UC Santa Cruz, in a phone interview. He argued that the problem is inadequate funding and the solution is to increase it. “The legislature and the governor have been cutting higher education on a per-student basis for ten years,” he said. “The universities and colleges have been reducing the number of admissions, especially at the community college level, and also reducing the number of seats in required courses. Those problems wouldn’t exist if the university, and particularly the community colleges, were adequately funded.” Meister said he believes the state of California could easily restore funding for all three […]

* 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.  

* 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.

* OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMIC SENATE ABOUT SB 520

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.