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CFHE statement on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education is trying to prevent the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.  The IFA supports this campaign and encourages colleagues to call our senators (phone numbers below). As well, please forward … Continue reading

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A Statement of Principles for Choosing New University of California Chancellors

The Council of UC Faculty Associations, with the assistance of the Irvine Faculty Association, has developed criteria for Chancellor searches in light of the vacancies at the Davis and Berkeley campuses. We welcome your feedback. ********************************** A University of California … Continue reading

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Add your voice to a call for changes in SB 520

The IFA 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. Continue reading

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SCFA Request for Information RE: Online Education Contract with Coursera

The SCFA learned that the University signed a contract with Coursera without including them in the discussion. The SCFA, as the bargaining agent for UCSC faculty, should be consulted whenever there is the potential for a change in the relationship between the University and faculty, that could therefore be subject to collective bargaining. The SCFA is not taking a position at this point on the desirability or undesirability of working with Coursera. Their concern, at this stage, is the maximal protection of faculty rights and authority, whether faculty participate or not in Coursera-hosted on-line courses. A Request for Information has been made to the university.
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Online Education in the Media – January 2013

January 2013 – There has been an explosion in the mainstream press already this year concerning online education.  Here is a s synopsis of relevant  links that represent just a few of the articles that have been published. Whose Online? … Continue reading

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Funding Higher Education: The Search for Possibilities

The national Campaign for the Future of Higher Educationis releasing a series of papers titled “Funding Higher Education: The Search for Possibilities.” The CFHE calls on America’s college & university faculty to join in the search for new ways to fund higher education. The Council of UC Faculty Associations contributed one of the papers in the series. CUCFA Vice President Stanton Glantz, as principal author of that paper, will be participating in the news briefing on February 12, 2013,
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University of California must disclose more information about its investments

Interesting article that ties in with our concern that the Regents are top heavy in investment bankers which makes the possibility of deals such a problem. “An Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled that the University of California must … Continue reading

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Irvine Faculty Association Statement in Support of the Berkeley Faculty Association Petition

“In support of the Berkeley Faculty Association, the Irvine Faculty Association calls upon UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to request specifically that the Alameda County District Attorney’s office drop charges it has filed against at least 8 people (students, faculty, … Continue reading

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