* We Can Restore California’s Higher Education…If the Leaders Lead

By Stanton Glantz cross-listed from KQED   Conventional wisdom says the UC and CSU funding crises are the inevitable result of recession-driven budget shortfalls, and the only solution is to soak students and their families. But it’s bunk. Shifting costs from the public to students is a deliberate act of public policy. Well before the recession, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the UC and CSU presidents signed the Higher Education Compact. UC and CSU accepted huge cuts in state support and agreed to rapid annual tuition increases in exchange for a broken promise of future financial support. And, though a Democrat, Jerry Brown is accelerating the transformation of higher education from a public good the people of California provide for the benefit […]

* Debt and Taxes: Can the Financial Industry Save Public Universities? Privatization Is Now the Problem—Not the Solution

This article by Bob Meister, examines the limitations of tuition (higher personal debt) as a mode of funding public university systems and, also, the widespread resistance to any tax increase by citizens with falling or stagnant income and growing burdens of debt.

*Invitation from UCSC FA to “Earned Media” workshop”

September19, 2011 Welcome back to school! We hope that you have had a productive summer of research and that you are now ready to come back to teaching, as well. We still are part of a great public university, but, as you know, public, accessible, quality education is under attack all over the country.   This year CUCFA and its associated FA chapters are joining the CSUs and Community Colleges of California in the “Campaign for the Future of Higher Education” [CFHE], a national campaign that includes the voices of the faculty from our universities, colleges, and community colleges, students, and our communities — not just administrators, politicians, foundations and think tanks. The aim is to ensure that curriculum, pricing, and […]

Invitation from UCSC FA to “Earned Media” workshop”

September 19, 2011 Welcome back to school! We hope that you have had a productive summer of research and that you are now ready to come back to teaching, as well.  We still are part of a great public university, but, as you know, public, accessible, quality education is under attack all over the country.   This year CUCFA and its associated FA chapters are joining the CSUs and Community Colleges of California in the “Campaign for the Future of Higher Education” [CFHE], a national campaign that includes the voices of the faculty from our universities, colleges, and community colleges, students, and our communities — not just administrators, politicians, foundations and think tanks. The aim is to ensure that curriculum, pricing, […]

PERB Rules in Favor of SCFA

 Last fall, the Santa Cruz Faculty Association filed a charge with the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) arguing that the UC Santa Cruz administration violated labor law by refusing to bargain with the SCFA, the legal bargaining representative of UCSC senate faculty, over the implementation of the furloughs for senate faculty. We’ve recently won a partial victory! PERB issued a complaint alleging that the UC did possibly violate the law by refusing to bargain in good faith. The process is not finished, however. The UC administration must respond to the complaint. Stay tuned for more information! You can read SCFA’s original charge by clicking on the following link: SCFA UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGE. Read PERB’s recent complaint by clicking on […]