Add your voice to a call for changes in SB 520

The Irvine Faculty Association is gravely concerned about SB 520, a bill currently being considered by the state legislature, which would mandate acceptance of online courses for academic credit at the UC, CSU and CCs, even those offered by 3rd party profit making companies, without meaningful input or quality control by faculty.   This proposal seems to us to have profound potential implications for shared governance, educational quality, faculty control of curriculum and standards for degrees.

Below is a statement and petition authored by the Berkeley Faculty Association in conjunction with sister Faculty Associations and the Council of UC Faculty Associations, opposing the Steinberg bill. The UC Irvine Faculty Association is circulating the Berkeley Faculty Association petition to the UCI community. If you choose to participate, please write your campus affiliation in the comment box so that we identify ourselves as faculty across the system. Please circulate it to your colleagues and beyond.


Dear Colleagues,

The Berkeley Faculty Association is deeply concerned by Senator Darrell Steinberg’s attempt to force the UCs, CSUs, and Community Colleges to accept credit for online courses from any source. Please help us convince him to pull or amend his bill by signing the petition at the link below.


on behalf of the Berkeley Faculty Association
Shannon Steen
Associate Professor
Department of Theater, Dance, Performance Studies Program in American Studies
UC Berkeley


For more information on this impending legislation, see the various links at:

An ”Open Letter” to UC faculty from the systemwide Senate can be viewed at:

Senator Steinberg (or his staff) wrote the following op-ed in the Orange County Register:

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