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Archive for April, 2008

DFA news item

by Ian Kennedy

Spotted by a DFA member, on pages A11 and A13 of the NY Times April 28, two FULL page ads from UCLA

ACCESS OR EXCELLENCE “Everyone has a shot at UCLA. Everyone. Not a guarantee; a shot”

IT OUGHT TO BE A DOUBLE MAJOR  “If UCLA were simply a world class university, it would still be exceptional. But it happens to be a world-class research university, and that makes it extraordinary.”

Are we seeing the first shots in a tier one campaign by our colleagues?

From AAUP – UC Irvine case

One of our members spotted the following issue in the AAUP news at


On March 17, 2008, the AAUP and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression filed a jointly-authored amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  The amicus brief supported the appeal of Dr. Juan Hong, a full professor at the University of California-Irvine, in his suit against the university and its administrators.  Dr. Hong had, while participating in faculty governance, allegedly angered university administrators by opposing certain faculty hiring and promotion decisions and by his opposition to the university’s use of lecturers in place of professors.  After Dr. Hong was denied a merit salary increase, he filed suit against the university for violating his First Amendment right to free speech.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rejected Dr. Hong’s claim, finding in favor of the university.  The judge reviewed the Supreme Court’s decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006) (see discussion above) and concluded that because Dr. Hong was purportedly acting “pursuant to his official duties,” which included participation in faculty governance, he could not avail himself of First Amendment protection if his employer retaliated against him based on his expression of opposition to the university’s policy.  According to the court, the University of California-Irvine “‘commissioned’ Mr. Hong’s involvement in the peer review process and his participation is therefore part of his official duties as a faculty member.  The University is free to regulate statement made in the course of that process without judicial interference.”  In so holding, the court failed to acknowledge the fact that courts treat the speech of professors in an academic context differently than the speech of employees of public agencies in other contexts, and that the Garcetti decision explicitly set aside the question of academic speech.

The amicus brief focuses on the unique status granted to academic speech, including involvement in shared governance. The brief notes that academic speech has been accorded special First Amendment protection by the Supreme Court, starting with Sweezy v. State of New Hampshire, 354 U.S. 234 (1957) (Frankfurter, J. concurring) through Keyishian v. Board of Regents, 385 U.S. 589 (1967) and Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), and argues that such protection must include the right of faculty to participate in shared governance. The hallmark of such cases, the brief notes, is the recognition that academic freedom merits distinctive First Amendment protection against repressive action from within or outside the campus community.  The brief also notes that the district court mistakenly characterized Dr. Hong’s participation in faculty governance as an “official duty.” Instead of a “duty”, the brief argues, participation in faculty governance is part and parcel of professors’ First Amendment-protected right of academic freedom to speak without fear of retaliation.

Higher education leaders visit lawmakers to protest proposed budget cuts; cite devastating consequences for California

Ian Kennedy has asked that I forward this press release to the members of the DFA.

This press release originated at:

Monday, April 28, 2008
CCC contact: Tod Burnett (916) 445-4434, mobile: (916) 955-8655, tburnett@cccco.edu
CSU contact: Claudia Keith (562) 951- 4813, mobile: (562) 355-4479, ckeith@calstate.edu
UC contact: Paul Schwartz (510) 987-9924, mobile: (510) 387-5434, paul.schwartz@ucop.edu

Higher education leaders visit lawmakers to protest proposed budget cuts; cite devastating consequences for  California

Citing the potential for serious harm to the state’s economy and future, the leaders of  California’s three segments of public higher education — the California Community Colleges , the  California   State University and the  University  of  California — today (April 28) are making a rare joint visit to the state Capitol to urge policymakers to resist deep budget cuts for public higher education.

As part of CSU’s annual visit to legislators, CCC Chancellor Diane Woodruff, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and UC President Robert Dynes and UC Provost Rory Hume are urging the governor and the Legislature to provide the necessary funding in this year’s higher education budget to support greater academic opportunity for the next generation of Californians and to ensure the state’s economic vitality.

“This unprecedented collaboration among our three institutions underscores the severity of the proposed cuts and their potentially devastating effects on the people of this state, now and for years to come,” said Reed. “If we want  California  to be competitive in the global economy, then funding for higher education needs to be a top fiscal priority.”

For the past few months, leaders and other members of the three systems have been engaged in a first-ever joint public education campaign aimed at helping the public and policy-makers understand how important the state’s investment in public higher education is to  California ‘s economy, and to Californians’ short- and long-term well being.

If adopted in the final state budget, among other things the proposed cuts would mean severe hardship for students: Tens of thousands of qualified students will be denied a spot in college or be unable to make progress toward a degree or certificate. The proposed budget would leave the community colleges without the resources to serve more than 50,000 students next year, and both the CSU and UC are already overenrolled by 10,000 and 4,000 students, respectively. CSU has already been forced to turn away 10,000 qualified students for the coming fall semester, and UC may not be able to increase enrollment at all the following year. Student fee increases also will be considered by the governing boards of the UC and CSU systems.

“This is not about the future of our respective institutions; it is about our state’s economy and the future of California ,” said Woodruff. ” California ‘s public higher education systems not only create vital educational opportunities that help improve the quality of life for all Californians, they also represent the economic engine that keeps California  thriving and globally competitive.”

A recent study commissioned by the Campaign for College Opportunity analyzed the cumulative impact of the proposed budget cuts on the three public higher education systems and the citizens of  California . Key findings included:
• The cumulative impact of  California ‘s declining investment in higher education would diminish opportunities for students and hinder the state’s ability to enroll and graduate the number of students necessary to meet the ever growing need for an educated work force.
• Over the next several years, California Community Colleges would need to increase class sizes, reduce course offerings and reduce various support services to students.
• Both CSU and UC already serve thousands more students than current funding provides; new cuts could force UC and CSU to halt their existing student enrollment at current levels, directly affecting thousands of eligible 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders.
• The proposed $57 million cut in funding for the Cal Grant financial aid program will mean that 18,500 of the poorest and most deserving community college students will not get financial aid along with several thousand CSU and UC students.
• Even if the state’s finances improve enough to allow for increases in next year’s higher education budget, CSU and UC together could have to turn away more than 27,000 students in the next two and a half years (the size of an entire campus) in order to allow funding to “catch up” with existing enrollment.
• If 2 percent more Californians had associate’s degrees and another 1 percent more earned bachelor’s degrees,  California ‘s economy would grow by $20 billion, our state and local tax revenues would increase by $1.2 billion per year, and 174,000 new jobs would be created.

More about the report is available at www.collegecampaign.org/budget

“There is a very good reason why other  U.S.  states, and even foreign governments, look to  California ‘s public higher education system as a model – ours is a remarkable and truly unique system that has produced remarkable results for generations of Californians,” said Hume. “The proposed budget cuts have the potential to cripple the kinds of educational, economic, scientific and technological benefits that Californians enjoy on a daily basis.”

Combined, the three systems play a critical role in providing educational opportunities for  California ‘s youth and in fueling the economic and intellectual vitality of the state, including the following:

California Community Colleges
• CCC is the state’s largest workforce training provider, serving 2.6 million students and conferring more than 125,000 degrees and certificates each year.
• CCC credentials 80 percent of the state’s firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians, and 70 percent of  California  nurses received their education at a  California community college, with CCC graduating 7,700 nurses each year.
• Community colleges enroll the state’s lowest-income students — full-time students have an annual median income of $16,223 and one-fourth of those students have incomes of less than $5,544 per year.
• CCC is an important support system to CSU and UC — almost 60 percent of all CSU graduates and 30 percent of all UC graduates transfer from a  California  community college.

California   State   University
• CSU graduates nearly 90,000 students into the state’s work force each year.
• Overall, not including contributions from alumni, CSU supports more than 200,000 jobs in the state and awards more than half of the college degrees in agriculture every year to boost the nation’s largest agricultural state.
• CSU has a $13.6 billion total annual spending impact statewide and generates more than $760 million in local and state tax revenue.
• CSU educates more than 60 percent of the state’s teachers and graduates 45 percent of the state’s computer and electronic engineers.

University  of  California
• UC serves more than 220,000 students and has the highest proportion of low-income students among the country’s top research universities.
• UC contributes more than $14 billion in  California  economic activity and more than $4 billion in tax revenues each year, not including the impact of UC-related spinoff companies.
• UC employs more than 170,000 faculty and staff and will have a hand in creating more than 2 million California  jobs this decade (2002-11).
• UC supports the largest health sciences training program in the nation, educating 13,000 students each year and training approximately two-thirds of  California ‘s medical students; and operates the fifth-largest health care delivery system in  California , handling more than 3 million patient visits each year including a high proportion of the state’s uninsured patients.

More information about the proposed budgets cuts is available at:
California Community Colleges: www.cccco.edu/BudgetNews
California  State University: www.calstate.edu/BudgetCentral
University  of  California : www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/budget

Governors letter to Regents chair

by Ian Kennedy

The following message came to the Council of UC Faculty Associations from Stan Glantz, VP for CUCFA. It reports communications between Schwarzenegger and Regents Chair Blum, with Stan’s fulsome commentary.

Begin forwarded message:

From: “Glantz, Stanton A” <glantz@medicine.ucsf.edu>
Date: April 23, 2008 8:59:22 AM PDT
Subj: Blum sells out UC in a deal with the Gov — please broadly circulate

The attached letter [PDF], which memorializes a meeting between Gov.   Schwarzenegger and Regents’ Chair Blum, explains why, unlike CSU and the CC’s — UC is continuing to admit more and more students without the money it needs to educate them.  Blum seems to be more  interested in meeting the political needs of the governor than maintaining the quality and financial solvency of the institution whose board he chairs.

While I support Blum’s goal of de-bloating UCOP and increasing  efficiency, the fact is that there simply isn’t enough money being  wasted to make up for the billion and a half dollars Dynes gave away  in the Compact, much less the current half billion in the new cuts.   As the Senate “Futures” report clearly demonstrated, the only real  source of private money to fill the gap that the Governor created in  the Compact would be massive fee increases.  (This is completely  consistent with the Compact’s goal of privatizing UC.)  As the new  Senate “Cuts” report shows, the current round of cuts will put UC on  the full privatization pathway (scenario 4 in the Futures report).

But neither the Administration nor the Regents is willing to publicly  state this simple reality: The only way to maintain even the current  (greatly compromised) quality of UC in the face of the Gov’s budget  is to immediately raise undergrad fees to $10,500 on the way to  $15-18,000 over the next couple years … or start substantially  reducing enrollment low enough to be able to offer students a decent  education with the reduced resources that the Gov provides.

Rather, there will be more unspecified cuts pushed down on the  campuses (read students), meaning fewer classes, even fewer essays  read, fewer problem sets graded, less advising, fewer research  opportunities.  The job of fully privatizing the professional  schools — now well under way — will be completed.  Meanwhile, the  (much smaller, better endowed) privates are cutting fees for the top  students, meaning that UC will continue to lose them, contributing to  the decline in quality.  (It is the high quality students, after  all, which have always attracted and held the high quality faculty  despite the crappy pay.)

The faculty leadership need to start speaking out loudly and  publicly on this, not just passively putting reports on the web  where people like me can find them.  Contrast the Senate’s willingness to hand Blum a huge public defeat on tobacco money inside UC — where Blum was clearly right —  with its unwillingness to challenge him and the Governor on these much more fundamental issues.

I continue to believe that neither the public nor the Legislature  nor … it becomes enough of a public issue … the Governor will  find turning the University of California into a second tier  institution acceptable.  The Regents and Administration need to  start being honest about their fiduciary responsibilities to the  institution they head.

More info on Chancellor meeting

Some members have asked for more details about the Chancellor’s response to our meeting on Monday. There is little to report, as you might expect, other than recognition on his part that mistakes were made and that he would have done it differently in hindsight. He acknowledges that he should have kept the faculty search committee informed. He appeared to acknowledge that shared governance is not working well in other areas – we specifically raised issues about privilege and tenure.

At least the Chancellor now knows that we are attentive and will raise issues publicly when necessary. At the suggestion of one of our members, we are working on setting up a DFA web site that can report the opinions of members gathered during regular surveys on issues of importance to us. We hope to disseminate the collective opinion of the faculty widely.

DFA’s meeting with the Chancellor

The Chair of the DFA, Ian Kennedy, and Board member Lyn Lofland, met with the Chancellor – at his request – to discuss shared governance and the Provost search in particular. We offered our opinion of the recent Provost search and advised the Chancellor that we were very disturbed by a process that did not permit any faculty input to the final decision. We advised him that there was a concern on the part of many faculty members that shared governance was not working well in other areas of the University.

One final note re the Nash Prize dinner

by Lyn Lofland, DFA representative to the Nash Prize Committee

I wanted to let you all know that the deadline for RSVPing for the Nash Prize dinner has been extended to this Friday, April 18.  Attendance is looking good (nearly 70 at this point) but we’d very much like to reach 80 (that’s the maximum occupancy allowed by the fire department).

An Academic Senate reminder memo, similar to the DFA one you received yesterday, will be sent today or tomorrow.  Since you’re all members of the Senate, you’ll be getting this one too.   Sorry about the duplication.

Nash Prize Dinner RSVP Deadline Reminder

by Lyn Lofland, DFA Representative to the Charles P. Nash Prize Committee

Below is another copy of the invitation to the Nash Prize Dinner on April 28.  Please do try to join us.   The DFA is an equal partner in all aspects of the Nash Prize and it is important that our organization make a good showing at the dinner.


To Members of the Davis Faculty Association, Davis Division of the Academic Senate, and UC Davis Academic Federation:

Please join us on Monday April 28, 2008 for the inaugural Charles P. Nash Prize Award Dinner to recognize the achievements of the first recipient, Adjunct Professor Catherine VandeVoort.

The Charles P. Nash Prize, funded by the campus community and Charlie’s family and friends, is awarded by the Davis Faculty Association, Davis Division of the Academic Senate, and UC Davis Academic Federation to celebrate both Charlie Nash’s exceptional achievement and commitment to promoting shared governance, and advocating for faculty interests and welfare and the dedication and achievements of each year’s recipient.

Event Information
Monday April 28, 2008
The University Club Conference Center, Lounge Room
6:00 PM: Soft Bar
6:30 PM: Dinner
$35.00 per person for dinner

RSVP by 5:00 PM, Monday April 14, 2008
To Bryan Rodman (530) 752-3920
Please send your check (payable to the UC Regents) to: Bryan Rodman, Academic Senate Office – 402 Mrak Hall.

Include:  # of persons attending ____; name of each attendee and entrée choice; and your phone number or e-mail address.

Please select one:

________Entrée 1:  Brandy Peppercorn Chicken
________Entrée 2:  Mediterranean Veggie Lasagna


The Charles P. Nash Prize Committee:
Mrs. Charles P. Nash, representing the Nash Family
Distinguished Professor Alan Balch, representing the UC Davis Academic Senate
Research Professor Lyn Lofland, representing the Davis Faculty Association
Director Barbara Goldman, committee chair representing the UC Davis Academic Federation

April 21 March for Education

Students for California’s Future is planning a statewide protest of proposed cuts to education on the morning April 21. Locally, this will include a 9 am march from Raley field in West Sacramento to the steps of the Capitol where a 10:30 am rally and press conference will be held.

Already 400 students from CSUS and 900 students from UCB and San Francisco have arranged for busing to the Sacramento event. Other rallies will be held in Los Angeles and San Diego.

We have not been able to learn how involved UCD’s students are likely to be for this event, but we thought it might be useful for you to know that you may experience unexpected absences on the 21st, or there may be other disruptions on campus related to this event.

More information about the planned protest is available at: www.studentsforcalifornia.org

If any of you are interested in participating in this event we highly encourage it and recommend you e-mail Eric Hays at info@cucfa.org to coordinate your participation.

CUCFA in the Capitol

by Joe Kiskis, CUCFA Vice President for External Relations

On April 7th CUCFA officers, including Eric Hays, Joe Kiskis and Ian Kennedy of the DFA, spent a day personally delivering a faculty perspective on the higher education budget to the state capitol. We met with Lieutenant Governor Garamendi, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee), and higher education specialists on the staffs of Assembly Speaker Nunez, Assemblymember Julia Brownley (chair of the Assembly Education Finance Subcommittee), and Senator Denise Ducheny (chair of the Senate Budget Committee).

It was very encouraging that all of the people with whom we spoke had a good general understanding of what is at stake for higher education in the current budget discussions. The long-term, comprehensive perspective and analysis that CUCFA contributes was appreciated and well-received.

Our meeting with Lieutenant Governor (and UC Regent) Garamendi was especially gratifying. He has already been speaking out in a very positive way on the big issues associated with funding higher education. The meeting led to a plan for further actions to frame the budget discussions so that they are more likely to result in reforms that will benefit UC, higher education, and more generally all the areas of public investment that are important to Californians.

CUCFA will be following up on these meetings and will send additional reports as things progress in the coming months.

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