* COUNCIL OF UC FACULTY ASSOCIATIONS STATEMENT ON “CIVILITY” AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

On Friday Sept. 5, Chancellor Dirks of UC Berkeley circulated an open statement to his campus community that sought to define the limits of appropriate debate at Berkeley.  Issued as the campus approaches the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, Chancellor Dirks’ statement, with its evocation of civility, echoes language recently used by the Chancellor of the University of Illinois, Urbana and the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (especially its Chair Christopher Kennedy) concerning the refused appointment of Steven Salaita. It also mirrors language in the effort by the University of Kansas Boar d of Regents to regulate social media speech and the Penn State administration’s new statement on civility. Although each of these administrative statements have […]

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* CUCFA Concerns re: Rescission of 1989 Guidelines on University-Industry Relations

On July 6, CUCFA sent the following letter to UC President Janet Napolitano in response to the June 26, 2014 announcement that she has rescinded a policy that barred the university from investing directly in companies that commercialize technology that has emerged through UC research: President Janet Napolitano Office of the President University of California 1111 Franklin Street, 12th Floor Oakland, CA 94607 Dear President Napolitano, The Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) is concerned by both the substance and the process associated with your recent announcement that you have rescinded the 1989 Guidelines on University-Industry Relations. The policy you rescinded contained restrictions on direct UC investment in companies commercializing technology based on UC research. These provisions in Sec. 13 […]

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* UC Faculty Call on UC Administration To Negotiate in Good Faith with Student-Worker TA Union

Dear Colleagues, For many of us, our teaching assistants are central to our pedagogy. They work the most closely with our students, and are most closely involved with our students’ individual progress. Our universities depend on them in many ways. As you all know, despite a series of system-wide labor actions and nearly a year of negotiating, our teaching assistants remain without a contract. The SCFA is sponsoring the following petition, to be delivered to President Napolitano, to demonstrate system-wide faculty support for a speedy resolution to teaching assistant contract negotiations. We believe that a strong showing by faculty system-wide can help make the case to the central administration that better working conditions for teaching assistants is not simply a […]

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* SCFA response to the University re: Proposed Campus Online Education Contract

The SCFA Bargaining Committee prepared this letter in response to the University’s proposed Campus Online Education Contract.  The proposal can be found HERE.   Renee Mayne Director of Labor Relations, UCSC Thank you very much for the proposed ILTI agreement, which you sent on April 1, 2014. Our Bargaining Committee has some initial comments, which we hope you will take into account before   the next iteration of the proposed contract. I am also confirming, again, that at the moment we are exchanging views informally in hopes that the contract can be refined to everyone’s satisfaction. When, having received commentary from us and from the Senate, you are ready to propose another contract, we will want to bargain the contract in […]

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* Campaign for the Future of Higher Education’s “Teaching Millions or Making Millions”

Sharp New  Video released by Campaign for the Future of Higher Education Questions False Promises of Online Education Industry.    “Online Ed: Teaching Millions or Making Millions?” at Online Ed: Teaching Millions or Making Millions?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vkKPt0Aacg The video, “Online Education: Teaching Millions or Making Millions?” is part of a national grassroots campaign to inform families, educators, higher education leaders, and policymakers about the very serious concerns of faculty members and educational staff who are on the front lines of higher education. The CFHE has challenged Coursera Co-Founder Daphne Koller, EdX President Anant Agarwal and Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun to watch the video and participate in a public debate on the issues raised in the video. The video will be unveiled formally at […]

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