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...]
Latest News and Issues:
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].
CUCFA statement on the selection of Janet Napolitano as incoming UC President
The Council of the University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) urges brisk and open discussion within and without the university community of the Board of Regents’ choice of Janet Napolitano to replace Mark Yudof as the new President of the University of California. We also urge Janet Napolitano to join in these discussions. She was chosen by the Regents in the course of a secretive process that largely excluded the meaningful participation of UC faculty; now she has been asked to refrain from dialogue with the press, and the university community she hopes to lead, until her appointment is officially confirmed. But Janet Napolitano is a member of the public we serve, and transparency of information and the free exchange of ideas are of the utmost importance to the University of California. We ask her to demonstrate her own commitment to these values by confirming her support of the Master Plan and meeting with representatives of the academic community, CUCFA among them, to discuss our concerns and hopes for the future of our university.
CUCFA Opposes Threat to City College of San Francisco's Accreditation
The Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) opposes the recent decision of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to revoke accreditation for City College of San Francisco (CCSF). CUCFA joins the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors, the American Federation of Teachers and the California Federation of Teachers in asking ACCJC to reverse its decision to revoke CCSF accreditation, and seek a new assessment which recognizes CCSF's high academic standing as well as its financial and structural problems, from reviewers less top-heavy with administrators. [Read the rest...]
CUCFA President Meister's Open Letter to Coursera Founder Daphne Koller
"Because I share your vision of creating a world in which all have access to an excellent and empowering education, I would like to propose a new online course for you to make freely available through the Coursera platform. Its title is 'The Implications of Coursera’s For-Profit Business Model for Global Public Education.' The goal of the course will be for the students enrolled in it to understand the real relation between Coursera’s visionary mission—'to offer courses, in partnership with the worlds’ top universities, to everyone for free'—and the logic of the strategic business plan that led Coursera to be named 'The Best Startup of 2012' by TechCrunch last January." [Read the rest...]
How Much Would It Cost to Restore California's Public Higher Ed (January, 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 return (individual or joint), restoring the entire system while rolling back student fees to what they were a decade ago would cost $48 next April 15. Read "Financial Options for Restoring Quality and Access to Public Higher Education in California: 2012-13" at the Keep California's Promise website.