* Saving Public Education: Public Lecture and Policy Document Release

The UCSC Faculty Association is very excited to announce a talk by Christopher Newfield, Professor at UC Santa Barbara and author of several important books on higher education, on Thursday February 2, 2017:   “After the Great Mistake: Fixing Public Universities in the Trump Administration”. —————————————————– Christopher Newfield Professor, English, UC Santa Barbara  After the Great Mistake: Fixing Public Universities in the Trump Administration Thursday February 2, 5-7 PM.  Humanities Room 210 Christopher Newfield is one of the country’s most important writers on higher education.   He is the author of Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard, 2011) and Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke, 2004).   His latest book is The Great […]

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* CUCFA’s Statement of Principles for Choosing New University of California Chancellors

October 1, 2016 The Council of UC Faculty Associations has developed important criteria for Chancellor searches in light of the vacancies at the Davis and Berkeley campuses. ************************* A University of California Chancellor must be committed both to broad access to university education and to scholarly excellence, and have a proven record of support for the value of public education. A Chancellor must recognize that, despite increases in fundraising for specific projects, efforts at privatization have failed to sustain the University’s central mission of education, research, and service for the people of California. In addition to providing intellectual vision and integrity, the Chancellor should demonstrate accountability to the principles and the public mission of the university. To be forthright and […]

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* CUCFA’s Letter to the President of Long Island University

September 7, 2016 As you may already know, three days ago, President of Long Island University Kimberly R. Cline and the Board of Trustees locked out the faculty of the LIU Brooklyn Campus. After contract negotiations on a new contract failed, the administration simply ended negotiations. Such a lockout has never happened before in higher education in the United States. The administration not only locked out the faculty, but they also cut off their pay, their benefits, their health care, and even their university email. (For more up to date information see https://academeblog.org/2016/09/08/lockout-of-faculty-at-liu-looking-down-into-the-abyss/). Convinced that this gross violation of labor relations and shared governance practices must be met with swift and resolute denunciation, CUCFA has sent a letter to President […]

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* Alarming Changes to UC Regent’s Governance Structure

This issue was voted on by the Regents on July 20, 2016, and  passed unanimously.  We fear that this change will make it more difficult for us all to monitor policies that affect students, faculty, staff and the public. Regents Propose Centralization Without Real Justification, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, by Michael Meranze, Remaking the University Alarming Changes to UC Regent’s Governance Structure, July 19, 2016, Robert Meister as posted on the Council of U.C. Faculty Associations (CUCFA) website.

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* Act now to stop UC pension benefit reductions

We urge you to participate in the UCSC Academic Senate Meeting where the pension proposals will be discussed. Friday, February 12, at 2:30 in the Stevenson Events Center. The University of California is currently considering introducing a new pension plan for its employees hired after 2016. These proposed changes will dramatically reduce pension benefits for most new faculty. The Academic Senate will be reviewing the proposals over the next few weeks. Your opportunity to provide input to the Senate lasts just a couple weeks. For some purposes, it will be most effective to provide input this week. Contact information is at the end of this document. This ill-conceived and ill-advised plan, which was negotiated behind closed doors by President Napolitano […]

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