The Berkeley Faculty Association is circulating a petition against recent amendments to SB 520 proposed by Senator Darrell Steinberg (CA-6). Here is the text of the petition and a link. Please consider adding your name. http://signon.org/sign/uc-faculty-opposition?source=s.fwd&r_by=7379924
Dear Senator Steinberg,
We, the undersigned faculty of the University of California, write to express our many, deep concerns about SB 520, as recently amended. We believe that this bill will lower academic standards (particularly in key skills such as writing, math, and basic analysis), augment the educational divide along socio-economic lines, and diminish the ability for underrepresented minorities to excel in higher education. In other words, we predict that SB 520 would worsen precisely the situation it claims to resolve.
The research on MOOCs demonstrates that on line courses suffer from high dropout rates, poor outcomes for students struggling with basic skills, and high cheating rates (see Di Xu and Shanna Smith Jaggars, “Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas.” Community College Research Center, Teachers College Columbia University, February 2013). This research also indicates that MOO Cs produce the worst outcomes for exactly those students they would most likely serve — students from less wealthy families. None of these unfortunate realities square with your hope for high-quality, wide-access education.
The best way for the California legislature to ensure that college students can take the courses they need to graduate on time (a goal we endorse whole-heartedly) would be to increase funding to its universities and colleges to ensure there are enough seats in classes students need. SB 520 funnels public money into the hands of private corporations – some of whom are currently under federal investigation.
This bill fails to address the complex challenge of ensuring that credit will be given only for courses that meet the high standards of California’s many institutions of higher education. The UC campuses already have timely mechanisms in place to ensure transfer credits from a variety of sources. Your bill will undermine essential quality controls that ensure appropriate preparation for college-level work. Without these, students will fail to succeed in their majors or to thrive academically after they transfer into to a CSU or UC campus from the community colleges.
In short, SB 520 is deeply flawed. We believe it will worsen the conditions you say you hope it will ameliorate. We urge you to consult with UC, CSU, and CCC faculty and other experts to enlist their help in devising a well-designed piece of legislation that will truly help students, while protecting the quality of the education they have the right to expect – and that we, as University of California faculty, have the duty to provide them.”
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The UC Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs (CCGA) put a big Stop sign in front of the privatization of the UCLA MBA program on August 31st. You can read the full memo here. Proponents of making the daytime Master of Business Administration a “self-supporting program” (SSP) rammed their proposal through the UCLA Senate Legislative Assembly at the end of spring quarter 2012. CCGA’s report raises many of the same concerns that the UCLA Graduate Affairs Committee pointed to when it rejected the spin-off, including the plan’s failure to comply with existing policy on SSPs and the appearance of undue influence by donors (who made their donation contingent on privatization). Here are a few choice quotes:
On SSP policy:
“The program does not meet any of the four criteria for an SSP articulated in the President’s policy. The proposal itself identifies only one criterion under which the program might possibly qualify, that the students are “non- traditional.” The AGSM and the UCLA Graduate Dean assert that the Anderson M.B.A. students satisfy this criterion.1 However, the students have exactly the sort of age and experience that is normal and traditional in a full-time regular-session M.B.A. program.” (p. 1)
“Despite a vehement denial that there is any intended influence exerted by the donors on the school in the AGSM 7/27 response, it does appear that the donors are already trying to influence the school by making their funding support contingent on program status.” (p. 4)
On procedure within divisional review:
“Evidence of meaningful and complete review by the divisional Senate must be included in the future proposal. Secret documents that cannot be reviewed in advance of a meeting or reread after one are a serious concern.” (p. 5)
and hubris at the system-wide review:
“CCGA’s concern regarding process was intensified by the proposers’ responses. The proposers declined to address certain budget-related questions in part because they deemed them outside CCGA’s charge. However, the Academic Senate has a statutory advisory role regarding budgetary matters, the claimed but elusive budgetary gains are put forward as the main argument in favor of the proposal, and budgetary issues do affect the allocation of resources among instructional priorities.”
The Daily Bruin is out with an article.
[The following is an appeal from Katherine King, Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics at UCLA]
Here are the facts as best we know them from eyewitness testimony and from videos of the events.
When the Regents stopped the public comment period before all who had signed up had had their chance to speak, verbal protest broke out. The Regents held firm about ending public comment, the protest continued, and the Regents then left the room to meet in a private space. The UC police, which included a contingent from UCLA, declared that everyone inside the room was part of an unlawful assembly. They gave the audience ten minutes to clear the room.
The students waited until the last three minutes to file out. Andrew Newton, undergraduate, exited early but waited in the atrium because he was designated police liaison for the UCLA contingent. Graduate students Cheryl Deutsch and Matthew Sandoval waited to leave until they were sure everyone got out safely. The rest of the students filed out to the atrium, some starting down the stairs, others lingering.
While the protestors were filing out, UC police officers began counting down loudly and then started physically pushing students though the atrium and down the stairs. Because of the pushing, Mr Newton asked to speak to the commanding officer, stating that the formal dispersal order had specified only the meeting room and that there had been no command to leave the building. Police officers rushed toward him; he raised his hands in self defense, and four or five of them wrestled him to the ground. He was later booked on charges of resisting arrest and misdemeanor battery on an officer.
When Ms Deutsch and Mr Sandoval came out of the meeting room, they saw Mr Newton being wrestled to the ground. Mr Sandoval, who had come to the meeting specifically to alert the Regents about police aggression at protests, was unable passively to watch Mr Newton being dragged on his face and stomach. Reacting with his heart and without considering possible consequences to himself, he tried to raise his friend from the floor by the shoulders. (He did not touch any part of any police officer.) Four officers immediately wrestled him to the ground alongside Mr Newton. He was later booked on charges of felony resisting arrest and participating in a riot.
While the police were manhandling Mr Newton and Mr Sandoval like dangerous criminals, Ms Deutsch tried to stay near and take photos with her cell phone. Police officers pushed her away to the edge of the stairs. She stopped there, asking if they meant to push her down the stairs. One officer said, “Give her one more warning.” “Just bag her,” the other replied. Having “bagged” her, they led her roughly back toward the room where Mr Newton and Mr Sandoval were now being held. On the way, she stumbled and fell to the floor. Instead of helping her up, one of the officers pressed his baton on her neck to keep her down. Ms Deutsch, we should note, was eventually not charged with anything.
The three were held in a small room off the atrium for about an hour. Ms Deutsch, who was able to peek around the corner, saw President Yudof walk up, shake each officer’s hand, and thank each one individually. She leaned out and asked him “What are you thanking them for?” She received no answer.
Subsequently they were taken to UCPD headquarters for questioning and then, when they refused to talk without lawyers present, they were transferred to the San Francisco police. The SFPD kept them for nine hours before Ms Deutsch was released and Mr Newton and Mr Sandoval were booked on serious charges with serious bail: $61,000 for Sandoval and $11,000 for Newton.
The high bail produced two highly negative consequences. First, in order to get out of jail, the students had to post bond amounting to nearly $6,000 between them, and this bond is not recoverable even though the San Francisco District Attorney dismissed all charges. Second, while awaiting bail, both young men were put into the jail population, which meant that the police could (and did) strip search them.
The harm from these police actions radiates beyond their effect on the arrestees. Violently arresting non-violent protesters, strip-searching them and charging them thousands of dollars for their freedom is clearly intended to instill fear in future protestors. It is chilling to free speech, a key ideal of the university.
Since the first arrests in November, UCLA students have seen a rapid and troubling increase in repression from police, including arrests and violence. The same UCPD Lieutenant Maureen Sullivan oversaw the arrests at UCLA, the March 29 arrests at the Regents meeting in San Francisco, and police response protestors at the Regents’ meeting at UC Riverside in January, in which a lecturer was violently arrested and police opened fire on students with less lethal ammunition. Since the most recent Regents’ meeting, UCLA police have been following student activists on campus.
We need to know if the UC administration is complicit in the increasingly punitive response to campus protest. We need to know why President Yudof thanked the officers who had just thrown three non-violent weaponless students to the ground. And we need to know if these students were targeted because of their previous civil disobedience.
UCLA academics must take a stand against this policy (if such it is) and strongly support both free speech and our students. There are several options for action:
Demand that our Academic Senate get answers about UCPD policy.
Write individual letters to President Yudof and Chancellor Block objecting to UC complicity in police actions like that of March 29 and taking a strong stand against the criminalization of dissent.
Contribute to the Bail Fund so that money will be available immediately in the case of future arrests and the chance of being strip-searched will be minimized. Here is a link to the bail fund:https://www.wepay.com/donations/ucla-protester-bail-fund
Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics
Vice-President, UC-AFT Local 1990
Students and unions at UCLA have a full schedule of events for the March 1 Day of Action to defend education. USAC is also sponsoring actions around campus all week to highlight student loan debt. You can find the schedule on the UC-AFT website or on Facebook. Bob Samuels of UC-AFT says this is the start of the campaign for a Millionaire’s Tax to fund education.
Here is what the students are saying about life at UCLA:
We are all paying more tuition than students in our parents’ generation would have ever imagined being possible. And, it’s not just because of austerity measures in Sacramento. It’s also because the UC Regents are using those tuition dollars for pet projects and investment schemes. How does that make you feel?
Low-income students and students of color are being kept out of our university. Poor high school kids with the credentials to be here are priced out, while qualified under-represented students are being Jim Crow-ed out. The UC’s reaction is a public relation stunt called the Blue and Gold Program, which has yet to remedy the class and race barriers which act as gatekeepers to our school. How does that make you feel?
There are now more administrators than faculty in the UC system. This is no accident: the Regents and other decision makers would rather manage us than teach us. Just look around: does it look like there is a 16:1 student:faculty ratio in your classes, as was probably sold to you when you were touring the school? Of course not! How does that make you feel?
Day of Action events get started at 12 noon March 1st on Wilson Plaza. Faculty! Let’s show some solidarity!
On Monday, the 21st of November several faculty members responded to an invitation from the UCLA administration to discuss the concerns raised in its November 20th Open Letter to Chancellor Block. We had a frank, open, and wide-ranging discussion on the importance of allowing free speech and dissent as well as respecting both the forms and the principles of the protesters. The administration expressed its desire to prevent an escalation of conflict with students, and also to maintain control over events on campus.
During the meeting and in follow-up communications faculty emphasized the following points:
- It is essential to recognize and protect the free speech rights of students, faculty and staff who protest on campus.
- UCLA’s self-review of police actions at the 2009 regents meeting, which confirmed that the police operated according to their own protocol, did not address the fundamental issues concerning the use of non-lethal weapons. We stressed that distrust on the part of students is connected to that earlier debate over police use of force (in that instance tasers).
- This longer history is especially important because of the ongoing attempt of the university to narrow the definition of non-violent protest, as epitomized in Berkeley Chancellor Birgenau’s statement that linking arms was “not non-violent,” and also institutionalized in the definitions of the UCLA police department’s own regulations. Combined with the growing militarization of the police, the effect is a serious limiting of first amendment rights and contributes to an escalation of violence.
- We also urged the administration to recognize that the role of campus police should be more about ensuring safety than asserting control. It is the desire for control that raises non-violent protest into a moment of crisis.
We appreciated the open conversation with the administration. However we remain very concerned that current UCLA Police policies will produce the conditions for additional clashes between protesters and police. Moreover, we share–and shared with the administration–the skepticism voiced by other UC faculty about the way that President Yudof has constructed both the investigation into police violence at UC and the systemwide review of police protocols. We add our voices to the call for truly independent reviews conducted by faculty, staff, and students across the system.
Tobias Higbie, Michael Meranze, Gabriel Piterberg, Jenny Sharpe
November 20, 2011
Dear Chancellor Block:
In the predawn darkness this past Friday, a large contingent of police arrived on campus to remove a group of students who were peacefully protesting tuition increases, student loan debt, and the collapse of public funding for the University of California. In an act of civil disobedience, 14 students chose to ignore an order to disperse and were arrested.
Their crime, formally, was to violate a campus policy against camping. But in reality they were arrested for engaging in political speech at a time and in a manner that did not please the campus administration. For this political action, they may face disciplinary proceedings.
As UCLA faculty we call on you, to drop any charges that may be pending against these students. The freedom to debate controversial topics is at the core of university life. The students occupying Wilson Plaza on Thursday night were not posing a health or safety risk. They were not disrupting the educational mission of the university. They were holding ongoing discussions—what they call a “general assembly”—to share information and experiences, and decide together how to face the future.
So far UCLA has avoided the bitter conflicts between campus police and students that we have seen at Berkeley and Davis. However, you will recall that in 2009 UCLA Police engaged in questionable use of force that injured students and triggered an internal review. While different people may have different perceptions of the Review’s conclusions about the use of force in 2009, no one would disagree with their reaffirmation that “[w]hen members of the university community peaceably assemble to challenge some aspect of University governance, their rights to advocacy must be respected.” (44)
We have a chance to find another path at UCLA. As UCLA’s own “Principles of Community” declare, “We are committed to ensuring freedom of expression and dialogue, in a respectful and civil manner, on the spectrum of views held by our varied and diverse campus communities.” As anyone visiting the protest site can attest, the protesters were upholding their end of this charge—far better than we see in most of the political debate in this country. To stifle their voice would shortchange the future. At both Davis and Berkeley, campus police have deployed deplorable violence and injured students and faculty. On both campuses, police introduced violence while students, staff, and faculty were engaged in peaceable protest. We call on you to ensure that UCLA does not follow in their footsteps and fail to uphold the principles for which the University stands.
We urge you to drop all charges and disciplinary proceedings against the students arrested in Wilson Plaza, and also to respect students’ rights to protest the pressing issues of our political, social, and educational life.
Tobias Higbie Associate Professor of History
Michael Meranze, Professor of History
Jenny Sharpe, Professor of English and Women’s Studies
Michelle Clayton, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature & Spanish & Portuguese
Chris Looby, Professor of English
Nouri Gana, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
Jan de Leeuw; Distinguished Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Statistics
Joseph Bristow, Professor of English
Saree Makdisi, Professor of English
Steven Nelson, Associate Professor of African and African American Art History
Carole H. Browner, Professor of Anthropology
Jeffrey Prager, Professor of Sociology
Jessica R. Cattelino, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Jack Chen, Associate Professor Asian Languages & Cultures
David Delgado Shorter, Associate Professor World Arts & Cultures
Noah Zatz, Professor of Law
Katherine King, Professor Comparative Literature
Matthew Fischer, Assistant Professor English
Gerry A. Hale, Emeritus professor of Geography
Peter McLaren, Professor of Graduate school of Education and Information Studies
Michael Cooperson, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Andrea Goldman, Assistant Professor of History
George Baker, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art
Allen F. Roberts, Professor of World Arts & Cultures/Dance
Susan Curtiss, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics
Henry A. Hespenheide, Professor Emeritus of Ecology
Kathleen A. McHugh, Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies Program
Valerie Matsumoto, Professor of History and Asian American Studies
Sondra Hale, Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies
Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Associate Professor of English
Stephen Yenser, Distinguished Professor of English
Robert Brenner, Professor of History
Vinay Lal, Associate Professor of History
Sharon Traweek, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and History
Susan Slyomovics, Professor of Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
Susan L. Foster, Distinguished Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance
Teofilo Ruiz, Professor of History, Spanish & Portuguese
Rafael Perez-Torres, Professor of English
Jason Throop, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Kenneth L. Karst, Price Professor of Law Emeritus
Susan Plann, Professor of Applied Linguistics and Spanish & Portuguese
Alex Purves, Associate Professor of Classics
Helen Deutsch, Professor of English
Yogita Goyal, Associate Professor of English
Michael Salman, Associate Professor of History
Jan Reiff, Associate Professor of History
Chris Tilly, Professor of Urban Planning
Grace Hong, Associate Professor Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies
Lowell Gallagher, Associate Professor of English
Arthur Little, Associate Professor of English
Carollee Howes, Professor of Education
A. J. Julius, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Robin Lauren Derby, Associate Professor of History
Jonathan H. Grossman, Associate Professor of English
Robert N. Watson, Distinguished Professor of English
Andrew Apter, Professor of History and Anthropology
Calvin Normore, Professor of Philosophy
Victor Bascara, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
Ching Kwan Lee, Professor of Sociology
Francoise Lionnet, Professor of French and Francophone Studies
John McCumber, Professor of Germanic Languages
Juliet Williams, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies
Jorge Marturano, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Peter Lunenfeld, Professor of Design Media Arts
Ruben Hernandez-Leon, Associate Professor of Sociology
Douglas Kellner, George F. Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education
Héctor Calderón, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Sandra Harding, Professor of Education
Barbara Fuchs, Professor of English and Spanish and Portuguese
Michael Chwe, Associate Professor of Political Science
Michelle Erai, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies
Felicity Nussbaum, Professor of English
Mishuana Goeman, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies
Sherry Ortner, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Anurima Banerji, Assistant Professor of World Arts and Cultures
Laure Murat, Associate Professor of French & Francophone Studies
Shane Butler, Professor of Classics
Elizabeth Upton, Assistant Professor of Musicology
Sorin Popa, Professor of Mathematics
Elizabeth Marchant, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies
Brenda Stevenson, Professor of History
King-Kok Cheung, Professor of English and Asian American Studies
Zrinka Stahuljak, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
James Gelvin, Professor of History
David N. Myers, Professor of History
John Dagenais, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Timothy Taylor, Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology
Gary Blasi, Professor of Law
Barbara Herman, Professor of Philosophy
Joanna Schwartz, Acting Professor of Law
Thu-huong Nguyen-vo, Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian American Studies
Namhee Lee, Associate Professor of Asian Languages & Cultures
John Carriero, Professor of Philosophy
Brian Kim Stefans, Assistant Professor of English
George Dutton, Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
Samuel Cumming, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Law
Sheldon Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Gil Hochberg, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
Mark Sawyer Professor of Political Science
Karen Brodkin, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Women’s Studies
Andrea Fraser, Professor of Art
Chon Noriega, Professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media
Peter Peterson, Professor of Mathematics
Chris Chism, Associate Professor of English
Malina Stefanovska, Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Victoria Marks, Professor of World Arts and Cultures|Dance
Kathleen L. Komar, Professor of Comparative Literature & German
Richard Elman, Professor of Mathematics
John Papadopoulos, Professor of Classics
Dana Cuff, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design
Natasha Heller, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
Carlos Alberto Torres, Professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education
César J. Ayala Professor of Sociology
Ghislaine Lydon, Associate Professor in History
Cameron Campbell, Professor of Sociology
William Roy, Professor of Sociology
Jerome Rabow, Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Nicky Hart, Professor of Sociology
Darnell M. Hunt, Professor of Sociology
Phillip Bonacich, Department of Sociology
Stefan Timmermans, Professor of Sociology
Miguel M. Unzueta, Assistant Professor of Anderson-HROB
Alan Garfinkel, Professor of Medicine
Patricia Gandara, Professor of Education
Joel F. Handler, Professor of Law
Michael Heim, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures/Comparative Literature
David Lopez, Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Gail Kligman, Professor of Sociology
Maylei Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
David Gieseker, Professor of Mathematics
Lyle F. Bachman, Professor of Applied Linguistics
Pamela Munro, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics
Aisha Finch, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Afro-American Studies
Tova Brown, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
James Ralston, Professor of Mathematics
Walter Ponce, Professor of Music
Joshua Foa Dienstag, Professor of Political Science
Olga T. Yokoyama, Professor of Applied Linguistics
Abel Valenzuela Jr., Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Catherine Opie, Professor of Art
Richard J Jackson, Professor of Environmental Health Science
Steven P. Wallace, Professor of Community Health Sciences
Inwon C. Kim, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Otto Santa Ana, Associate Professor Department of Chicana/o Studies
Dwight W. Read, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor of History
Christopher Erickson, Professor of Anderson School of Management
Maia Young, Associate Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, Anderson School of Management
Jody Kreiman, Professor of Surgery
Michael J. B. Allen, Distinguished Professor of English
Stephen Cederbaum, M.D. Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Human Genetics
Ali Behdad, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
John Merriam, Professor Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
Arthur Winer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Health Sciences
Samuel Culbert, Professor of Anderson School of Management
Andrew Christensen, Professor of Psychology
Dorie (Dorothy) A. Glover, Associate Professor of Psychology
Nina Byers, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Paul Sheats, Professor of English Emeritus
Andy Kelly, Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus
Carole Pateman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science Emeritus
Brent Vine, Professor of Classics
John Tormey M.D., Professor Emeritus of Physiology
Robert Ettenger M.D., UCLA Children’s Health Center
Bruce Rothschild. Professor of Mathematics
Richard W Olsen, Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Sanford Jacoby, Howard Noble Distinguished Professor at the Anderson School of Management
Howard Adelman, Professor of Psychology
Richard D. Anderson, Jr., Associate Professor of Political Science
Donka Minkova, Professor of English
Gabriel Greenberg, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Barbara Geddes, Professor of Political Science
Raymond Rocco, Associate Professor of Political Science
Robert Trager, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Jeffrey B. Lewis, Associate Professor of Political Science
Pater Baldwin, Professor of History
Avanidhar Subrahmanyam (Subra), Goldyne and Irwin Hearsh Professor of Finance
Judy Wolfenstein, Emeritus, for the late Professor E. Victor Wolfenstein, Political Science 1965-2010
Christina Palmer, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Christopher S. Tang, Distinguished Professor Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration, Anderson School
David Kaplan, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
Allison Gilmore, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
Anthony Pagden, Professor of Political Science
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