* Final Coursera Agreements – End of Negotiations, for now

We are pleased to announce that, following two years of negotiations with the UCSC administration, we have reached an agreement regarding on-line course contracts, resulting in an Online Course Hosting and Services Agreement between Coursera and the University, and a Pilot UCSC Online Education Course Agreement for Coursera Courses to be used between the University and future Course Creators. These negotiations got off to a rocky start when the university signed a contract with Coursera without first consulting with the SCFA, but substantial progress was made subsequently and the bargaining committee of the SCFA wants to thank the administration for their good faith efforts in reaching a resolution on this matter. The agreements will be revisited at the end of […]

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* Faculty Association Analysis of the UC Budget

The Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) has released the following statement to help inform faculty about the terms and consequences of the revised budget. The May Revise As the Legislature and Governor enter the end game for the 2015-2016 budget, here is a review of provisions related to UC in the Governor’s latest budget proposal—the May revise, which is now being considered by the Legislature. It appears likely that the final UC budget will have provisions that address access and affordability. What is missing are resources to ensure that the university can maintain quality. It is the hardest to quantify, the weakest politically, and is now the most seriously threatened. This budget is another demonstration of the […]

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* Update on the UC Healthcare Options Discussion

This past February, the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) became aware that the UC administration was considering plans to restructure the health benefits for all University of California employees. At a meeting of the UC Senate Faculty Welfare Committee, John Stobo, Vice President for UC Health, outlined a plan to push UC employees currently enrolled in HMO plans such as Health Net, and potentially eventually Kaiser, into a new UC Care HMO built around the UC Medical Centers, supplemented by contracting with a network of private medical providers where UC Medical Centers were not available. Alarmed by this proposal to eliminate competitive choice in healthcare plans — a proposal that could require employees to sever long established relationships with their doctors — CUCFA wrote a letter opposing the elimination of […]

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* Report on the SCFA Budget Cut Impact Survey

Deeply concerned about the effects of UC-systemwide and campus budget cuts since 2008, in winter 2014, the Santa Cruz Faculty Association sponsored a program of Small Grants for Creative Response to the Crisis in Education. One of the awards was granted to conduct a Budget Cut Impact Survey to assess and evaluate the particular impacts of those cuts on faculty teaching and morale at UCSC. This report contains the results of that survey. These results seem particularly timely given current discussions about budget cuts we may be facing again in the near future, and the impacts those would likely have.

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* Petition to protect UC healthcare options

March 19, 2015 Dear UCSC Faculty member, As you are aware, recent changes in UC’s health care policies and benefits, and glitches in its contract with Blue Cross, have affected many of our faculty, instructors and staff.  SCFA has been paying close attention to this issue, and the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) drafted a letter to President Napolitano, which you received yesterday, asking for clarification on proposed changes in the structure of and options for health care (these are described in the letter).  While we are not yet clear about how these would affect UCSC in particular, it does appear that the changes could further limit benefits and options available to UCSC employees. The SCFA board strongly supports […]

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