Archive for April, 2010
A DFA member came across these news items about efforts by Erskine Bowles at UNC to rein in administrative bloat. Our member thought that our Chancellor might also be interested in this issue so we are forwarding the email to Chancellor Katehi for her information.
The stories and background information can be found at
On Saturday, 17 April, the Sacramento Bee published an Op Ed piece by a UC Santa Barbara freshman who essentially accused UC faculty of being greedy hypocrites. http://www.sacbee.com/2010/04/17/2685113/uc-faculty-could-find-a-lesson.html Among other things, Mr. Schneider wrote that:
“Though the path to full professorship requires perseverance, institutional savvy and a workaholic nature, what the survivors of this arduous journey most eagerly pursue is the guaranteed six-figure income at the end of it.”
“The relative wealth and security of academics make them bad rebels. Amid a statewide deficit of nearly $40 billion, an unemployment rate of 12.6 percent and unprecedented cuts to social services, the angry opposition by the UC faculty to a 9 percent pay cut is uninspiring. In particular, the call for solidarity with students and low-wage workers by these same professors is self-indulgent at best, and insulting at worst.”
“The faculty workers could make their opposition to the budget cuts clear, while showing willingness to bear their brunt. A tenured professor making $150,000 a year could preserve the salaries of 10 janitors making $30,000 per year, or save four students from skyrocketing fees by accepting a modest pay cut. The latter have mortgaged their future to student loans; the former, by some calculations, don’t even bring in a living wage.”
The following response was sent to the Bee – so far without any indication of publication:
Nathanael Schneider (Op Ed 4/18/10) evinces sympathy for the plight of the most lowly paid staff at the University of California. The faculty of the University share his concern for the well-being of the staff during this budget crisis. It is very disturbing to witness the impact of the budget cuts on the staff. He suggests that “stratospheric” faculty salaries might be re-directed toward supporting our staff colleagues. He is probably not aware that the current furlough scheme at UC, which in practice is simply a salary reduction for the same work load, was graduated so as to affect the highest salary bands significantly more than the lowest paid employees. The faculty supported this graduated furlough to protect our lower paid colleagues. Mr. Schneider quotes a salary of $150,000 per year. The facts indicate typical salaries at UC are much less. After a Bachelors degree, followed by 4 to 5 years of PhD study and research, followed in many cases by another 2 to 5 years of post-doctoral apprenticeship (earning currently about $40,000 per year), a new Assistant Professor can start their career at about $56,000 per year with a total of 10 to 15 years of training. After approximately 12 years of normal progress to a Full Professor, they reach about $78,000 per year and finally the quoted $150,000 after another 27 years of normal progress. The faculty of the University did not enter their profession for the remuneration – they became professors because of their love of learning. The Bee should attempt to publish better informed and less misleading discussions of the parlous state of UC.
Chris Newfield is a Professor at UCSB. He is a former Chair of the UC
systemwide Planning and Budget Committee and he has been active in the
Council of UC FA’s. He is very knowledgeable about the University. I
have worked with him through CUCFA and have respect for his mastery of
the facts about UC and his commitment to public higher education. I
recommend that you consider attending his talk – it should be very
Professor, English, UC Santa Barbara
“The End of the Public University‐‐and the Beginning of the Next”
Thursday, May 6, 2010
King Lounge, Memorial Union
History is replete with nations that declined because their leaders gradually undermined their own best institutions. The U.S. now appears to be doing this to its exemplary higher education system. The lecture will look at the contradictions within the American Funding Model for higher education, discuss two major symptoms ‐ reduced affordability for students and impoverished social and cultural disciplines ‐ and suggest how the decline of public higher ed can be reversed.
Christopher Newfield teaches American Studies in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research focuses on higher education history, funding, and policy, culture and innovation, and the relation between culture and economics. Recent articles have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Le Monde Diplomatique, La Revnue Internationale des Livres et des Ideés, Radikal (Turkey), Social Text, Critical Inquiry, and South Atlantic Quarterly, and include “Ending the Budget Wars: Funding the Humanities during a Crisis in Higher Education,” “Public Universities at Risk: 7 Damaging Myths,” “Science and Social Welfare,” “L’Université et la revanche des ‘élites’ aux États‐Unis,” “Why Public is Losing to Private in American Research,” and “Can American Studies Do Economics?” He is the author of The Emerson Effect: Individualism and Submission in America (University of Chicago Press, 1996), Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880‐1980 (Duke University Press, 2003), and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008), chairs the Innovation Group at the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society, runs a blog on the current crisis in higher education, Rethinking the University, and is working on a book called Lower Education: What to do about our Downsized Future.
Cultural Studies Graduate Group Spring 2010 Colloquium Series
Co‐sponsors: American Studies; Art History; Center for History, Society, and Culture; Consortium for Women and Research; Davis Humanities Institute; English; History.
If you missed Monday’s Post-Employment Benefits Forum, you can view the
Powerpoint presentation, and also watch a webcast of the session. Details from Sue Barnes:
*Click here for the Powerpoint presentation
Links to a video recording of the 10am – 12pm presentation on the UC
*Windows Media Player: *http://webcast.ucdavis.edu/HR/2010/Forum_04-19.asx
*Flash Video Player:
If you missed the forum in November, it would be helpful if you watch
that webcast or view the Powerpoint presentation first.
Click here for the November 9, 2009 PowerPoint presentation
Links to view the November 9, 2009 presentation:*Windows Media Player:*
*QuickTime Media Player:*
*Flash Video Player:*
The Task Force has been charged with developing options for balancing
the long-term costs of these benefits with the need to provide
competitive total compensation to faculty and staff. The Task Force will
study the issues, weigh input from the UC community, and then make
recommendations to UC President Mark Yudof on ways to change the funding
and policies for post-employment benefits.
To learn more about the mission and charge of the Task Force, visit the
Future of UC Retirement Benefits website
UC Davis Retiree Center
Deadline extended to Monday, April 19, 2010
Please join us on Monday evening, April 26, 2010 for the 3rd Annual Charles P. Nash Prize celebration dinner to recognize the achievements of this year’s recipient, Ian Kennedy.
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 commemorate Charlie Nash’s exceptional achievement in and commitment to promoting shared governance, and his work in advocating for faculty interests and welfare. This Prize is awarded to the nominee who most clearly represents advocacy, achievement and dedication within a body of service that exemplifies Charlie’s legacy.
Please reserve no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 19 by sending your $35 per person check, made payable to “UC Regents” to:
Academic Senate Office
Attn: Nancy Kilpatrick
402 Mrak Hall
Monday, April 26, 2010
Alumni Center, UC Davis Campus
6:00 PM: Registration
6:30 PM: Dinner
$35.00 per person for dinner, paid in advance
For more information please contact Nancy Kilpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-753-2220.
If you would like to invest in Charlie’s principles and community, please add your support for this Prize with an endowment check made payable to the UC Davis Foundation, with a notation ‘For the Charles P. Nash Prize,’ and send the check to:
UC Davis Foundation – Charles P. Nash Prize
1480 Drew Avenue
Davis, CA 95618
Attention: Melissa Ivanusich
The Charles P. Nash Prize Committee:
Alan Jackman, Committee Chair, Professor Emeritus, representing the
UC Davis Academic Senate
Barbara Goldman, Associate Director of Teacher Education, representing the
UC Davis Academic Federation
Krishnan Nambiar, Associate Professor, representing the Nash Family
Robert Rucker, Professor Emeritus, representing the UC Davis Faculty
All Out to the 2nd Statewide Mobilization Conference Against Privatization of Public Education
When? April 24th. Where? Los Angeles, Santee Education Complex, 1921 South Maple Avenue.
The future of public education in this state – particularly for the working class and communities of color, who are being hit especially hard by the cuts – depends on our ability to unify and push forward the struggle in defense of public education.
The purpose of this Statewide Mobilizing Conference is therefore both simple and extremely urgent: to democratically discuss and decide on a unifying political platform and plan of action capable of bringing together schools, student organizations, labor unions, committees, coalitions, and parent and community organizations across the state to deepen and push forward this powerful and broad movement that shook the state and the country on March 4th.
We ask activists, organizations, and mobilized schools across the state to put their full organizational capacity into helping us collectively to build and promote this conference. We ask for maximum participation from all education sectors Pre-K-12, Community College, CSU, UC, and Adult Education – and regions, and from all organizations of workers, teachers, and students, and we extend the invitation to all mobilized schools and organizations across the country. Get your union, student government or parent-teacher organization to endorse, attend, and participate in the conference.
The decision to call for this conference was made at the Statewide Mobilizing Conference of October 24th, 2009, where over 800 people from all of the sectors of public education decided together to call for the March 4th Strike and Day of Action in defense of public education.
Contact us, Sign up for updates, and send endorsements to the conference e-mail address: email@example.com
Conference website is under construction.
One struggle! One fight! Education is a right!
The Systemwide Academic Senate committee on Planning and Budget has released a report that essentially continues the narrative begun in their earlier “Futures” (“released in 2006) and “Cuts” (released in 2008) reports. CUCFA officers participated in the creation of these earlier reports and they form the backbone of the arguments on CUCFA’s outreach website http://keepcaliforniaspromise.org
The new report is called the “Choices” report. It is available online at: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/senate/ucpb.choices.pdf
Here is another quick read to help orient faculty to the current fiscal situation faced by UC faculty and faculty nationwide. This one is from the American Association of University Professors:
The DFA received the following reply in response to the open letter the DFA board mailed last week (the open letter is available online at http://ucdfa.org/2010/04/06/open-letter-to-ucd-from-dfa/):
In response to your letter to the Chancellor, we want to thank you for letting us know of your concerns about consultation with the college executive committees. The principles of shared governance are central to the University, and we must indeed take care that we hold to them, even when things are difficult.
I will bring your concerns to the attention of the deans at the next meeting of the school and college deans. I will also discuss it with Academic Senate Chair Powell and other Senate leaders.
Enrique J. Lavernia
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
University of California, Davis
UCSB Faculty Association member Chris Newfield has an article on his blog today that clarifies recent information and debate about the state of UC’s pension fund, including a recent report produced by Stanford graduate students at the request of Governor Schwarzenegger. Newfield’s article is at: