Category Archives: Higher Education

Council of UC Faculty Associations Statement on the UC Regents Meeting

Discussion of state funding for and tuition at the University of California at Wednesday’s Board of Regents meeting was remarkable both for its candor and for the absence of original ideas and creative approaches from the UC leadership or the politicians on the board. It served only to give all parties a very public forum at which to reiterate their long-held positions. Although the rhetoric was often eloquent, passionate, and cogent, little was accomplished. President Napolitano presented her assessment of the funding needed to slowly Read More +

CUCFA Statement on UC’s Planned Tuition Increases

The Council of UC Faculty Associations holds Governor Jerry Brown’s slashing of public higher education responsible for UC President Napolitano’s recent proposal to budget for 5% tuition increases every year for the next 5 years. Raising tuition is not the solution. There is a better way: provide California students and their families high quality, affordable higher education, as defined by the California Master Plan for Higher Education. The reality is that Governor Brown has not been willing to spend the necessary money to do so Read More +

AAUP and CUCFA Announce Partnership

American Association of University Professors and Council of University of California Faculty Associations Announce Partnership Agreement The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) announced that they have agreed to work together as partner organizations in “defense and promotion of academic freedom, shared university governance, and the economic security of all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education.” In a formal agreement approved by the governing bodies of both organizations and signed last week, Read More +

CUCFA 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 Read More +