Faculty Coalition at Work in Sacramento

As the budget battle grinds on in the state capital, the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) has been advocating on behalf of system faculty. In February, CUCFA weighed in on a proposal to alter UC governance. In a letter to legislators from Joe Kiskis (UC Davis), CUCFA noted While some actions of … Continue reading Faculty Coalition at Work in Sacramento

UCOP Study Shows Decline in Faculty Compensation

A year ago Colleen Lye and James Vernon, co-chairs of the Berkeley Faculty Association, drew the attention of faculty across the ten campuses of the University of California to the continuing degradation of their pensions, benefits and salaries. Increasing employee contributions to health insurance and pensions were compounding the negative impact of slow salary group, … Continue reading UCOP Study Shows Decline in Faculty Compensation

Univ. of Wisconsin Faces Big Changes under Walker

Wisconsin's Republican governor Scott Walker recently proposed a $350 million cut to the University of Wisconsin system budget, and a fundamental shift in the university's relationship to the state. Currently, the multi-campus system is a state agency. The new law would make the UW system a "public authority." In a lengthy analysis, UW professors explain … Continue reading Univ. of Wisconsin Faces Big Changes under Walker

Diversity Requirement Debate Returns

The question of a diversity requirement for undergraduate students in the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences is back on the agenda, this time apparently heading for a vote of the entire UCLA faculty. Last October, faculty in the College of Letters and Sciences voted to adopt an undergraduate diversity requirement, and the measure was … Continue reading Diversity Requirement Debate Returns

Text of College FEC Letter to Senate LgA Members

The following is the full text of an email from the College Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) to members of the Senate Legislative Assembly (LgA) concerning the requirement for diversity-related courses.   From: FEC Chair Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 8:01 AM To: FEC Chair Subject: College FEC: Message to LgA Members Dear Colleague, Since you … Continue reading Text of College FEC Letter to Senate LgA Members

College Diversity Requirement Gathers Support

The following statement has been circulating among faculty today and has about 80 co-signers as of Wednesday afternoon. We Support the College Diversity Requirement We, the undersigned faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles, express our enthusiastic support for a College Diversity Requirement for students within the College of Letters and Science. Our signatures … Continue reading College Diversity Requirement Gathers Support

College of Letters and Science Faculty Vote on Diversity Requirement

UCLA faculty with appointments in the College of Letters and Science are voting this week on a proposed Diversity Requirement for undergraduate students  in the College. The vote is open between October 24th and October 31st. The Academic Senate has an extensive informational site (votediversity.ucla.edu) that includes documentation on the requirement, a frequently asked questions … Continue reading College of Letters and Science Faculty Vote on Diversity Requirement

CUCFA Statement on “Civility” and Academic Freedom

This week the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA), with representatives from 9 UC campuses including UCLA, issued the a statement reflecting concern over academic freedom cases around the country: Statement on "Civility" and Academic Freedom On Friday Sept. 5, Chancellor Dirks of UC Berkeley circulated an open statement to his campus community … Continue reading CUCFA Statement on “Civility” and Academic Freedom

UCLA FA to Rejoin CUCFA

Some years ago the UCLA Faculty Association was a member of Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA), but dropped out.  With new leadership at CUCFA and the UCLA FA, it seemed like a good time to revisit our membership in the Council, and recently the Executive Board voted unanimously to pursue a renewed … Continue reading UCLA FA to Rejoin CUCFA

The Degradation of Faculty Welfare and Compensation

Colleen Lye and James Vernon (UC Berkeley Faculty Association) 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 … Continue reading The Degradation of Faculty Welfare and Compensation