The Council of University of California Faculty Associations is a coordinating and service agency for the several individual Faculty Associations -- associations of UC Senate faculty -- on the separate campuses of the University of California, and it represents them to all state- or university-wide agencies on issues of common concern. It gathers and disseminates information on issues before the legislative and executive branches of California's government, other relevant state units dealing with higher education, the University administration, and the Board of Regents. The Faculty Associations are voluntary dues supported organizations and are therefore completely independent. [More...]
CUCFA is committed to renewing public investment in California higher education by giving every California family a stake in the system by restoring full access and by regaining the trust of the people by restoring accountability. The public-spirited legacy of generations will be squandered if the best of the system is financially out of reach for most citizens and increasingly controlled by corporate funders. The people of California will support higher education if it serves us all again. [More...]
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Senate Rules Committee Should Reject Unconstitutionally Nominated Regents
We conclude that it is the duty of the legislative branch in general and the Senate Rules Committee in particular to insist that the Governor respect the Constitution in its specifications of both process and goal. We request that the Rules committee do so by rejecting this slate of proposed nominees.[More...]
Concerns re: Rescission of 1989 Guidelines on University-Industry Relations
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(CUCFA) is concerned by both the substance and the process associated with your recent announcement that you have rescinded the 1989 Guidelines on University-Industry Relations. The policy you rescinded contained restrictions on direct UC investment in companies commercializing technology based on UC research.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 of the 1989 Guidelines are thoughtful and prudent..." [More...]
The Degradation of Faculty Welfare and Compensation
UC faculty need to wake up to the systematic degradation of their pay and benefits. In 2009, when the salary furlough temporarily cut faculty salaries between 6 and 10%, faculty were outraged. Yet since then our compensation has been hit by a more serious, and seemingly permanent, double blow. [More...]
How Much Would It Cost to Restore California's Public Higher Ed (December, 2013 update)?
Raising revenue has become such a taboo subject in California politics, but restoring quality public higher education in California can be done. For the median California tax payer, restoring the entire system while rolling back student fees to what they were a decade ago would cost $50 next April 15. Read "Financial Options for Restoring Quality and Access to Public Higher Education in California: 2013-14" at the Keep California's Promise website.
UC's continued efforts to assert ownership of faculty IP
An important article in the October 11th Inside Higher Education: "Faculty must defend their rights to their intellectual property, which are increasingly under threat, according to a draft report released Thursday by the American Association of University Professors… university attempts to assert ownership over faculty intellectual property have accelerated… Historically, professors do share intellectual property on inventions and products created with university support, but books tend to be controlled entirely by the faculty authors, even if they, too, benefited from the college resources. Property models for online content are still emerging. The report also highlights the University of California System’s recent adjustments to its faculty patent rights agreement, which explicitly assigns to the university the rights to inventions and patents made using its resources or facilities. AAUP says faculty must actively safeguard their intellectual property, ideally by signing a license granting the university the right to use – not own – the material." Read full article [here].