UC Berkeley Budget Crisis

November 8, 2012

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This blog was established in July 2009 for the UC Berkeley community to post recommendations, articles and letters concerning the UC budget crisis. It was intended to allow the UC Berkeley community to share data and experiences in order to better understand how different departments were dealing with the budget crisis and to expose campus-wide patterns. The website is mostly an archive now and only the Intercollegiate Athletic (IA) links are maintained as AI continues to have unresolved issues in budget, student health and academics.

The Faculty Budget Forum Listserv was also established in 2009 and continues to be active. It has become  a forum for faculty to discuss pressing issues: http://facultybudgetforum.berkeley.edu.

Spring Meeting of the Academic Senate, Berkeley Division: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Prior to the meeting, a formal notice will be posted here:http://academic-senate.berkeley.edu/division-meetings.

Previous Events

Fall Meeting of the Academic Senate, Berkeley Division: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sibley Auditorium

Chancellor Dirks will attend his first meeting of the Berkeley Division and will give priorities for the campus. In addition, a panel presentation, followed by an open discussion, will provide Senate members an opportunity to consider the size of the Berkeley faculty; student-to-faculty ratios; comparisons to peer institutions; campus processes for review and allocation of FTEs; the impact of budget challenges on hiring; and issues raised by new methods of teaching and learning. The formal notice of meeting is posted on the Senate website at: http://academic-senate.berkeley.edu/meetings/division/property-0

Nov. 8 Walkout. An Educated California is a Public Good: Faculty Stands with Students Against Defunding UC

At the NorCal cross-campus faculty gathering (faculty from CAL, UCD, UCSC), Berkeley attendees decided to organize a faculty demonstration on Nov., 8 just before the main student rally in order to demonstrate solidarity with students. This will be the first in a series of actions demonstrating faculty’s non-support of the continued privatization and dismantling of the campus work place. RSVP: jskoller@gmail.com

Debtor’s Assembly – Student Debt in a Global Context: Neoliberalism and Crisis, Nov. 8, 2012, 5-6 pm

The third Debtor’s Assembly will be held on the east lawn of California Hall, from 5-6PM. Joshua Clover will be among the speakers talking about approaches to resistance. There will also be a a collective discussion. This is the third in a series of weekly Debtors’ Assemblies to learn more about the many forms of debt and discuss ways to resist debt’s claim upon our lives.

Faculty Forum on Shared Services, Wed., Nov. 14, 2012. 9:30-11:00 am, Seaborg Room, Faculty Club

The Operational Excellence (OE) Program Office, in partnership with the Academic Senate and the Campus Shared Services (CSS) project, invites all faculty to attend a discussion about a topic I know is on the minds of many: Shared Services. At the forum, Andrew Szeri, OE Program Faculty Head and Dean of the Graduate Division, will provide a brief summary of the CSS Implementation project and will offer a few remarks about how it will affect faculty and the campus. Then, he and key team members from the shared services project will answer your questions. Operational Excellence is a multi-year, multi-project effort to make the operations of UC Berkeley more efficient so that the University may direct more resources away from administrative expenses and toward teaching and research. The mission of Operational Excellence is to support UC Berkeley’s world-class teaching and research with world-class administrative support. (More information:oe.berkeley.edu). Shared Services will create an internal service organization to deliver reliable, high-quality administrative support for UC Berkeley in the areas of Business & Financial Services, Human Resources & Academic Personnel Office Support, Information Technology (IT), and Research Administration. (More information: sharedservices.berkeley.edu). To attend, please RSVP to: acad_sen@berkeley.edu

Debtor’s Assembly – Student Debt in a Global Context: Neoliberalism and Crisis, Oct. 24, 2012, 5-6 pm

Protest outside of California Hall. After a presentation by Robert Meister and Q&A there will be an open forum to address the problems students and others face dealing with debt. This will be the first in a series of weekly Debtors’ Assemblies to learn more about the many forms of debt and discuss ways to resist debt’s claim upon our lives. Debt is a permanent feature of most of our lives. Yet the socialization of risk debt represents isolates individuals, locking us in the private misery of our dealings with banks and creditors. Medical debt, student debt, consumer debt, foreclosures—these social forms mark so many personal failings and moral obligations, we are told. Debt, in other words, not only insures our continued servitude to the corporate pursuit of dwindling private profits. It also serves
to alienate us from one another, and foreclose the possibility of collective resistance.

10/28 cross-campus faculty gathering

On Sunday October 28, 2012 from 12-2 pm, a group of faculty drawn from the northern UC campuses will gather to discuss the multiple kinds of actions and interventions we can engage in, in defense of the public nature of the University. Please join us. This follows on a meeting held on September 30, in which an initial group from Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Davis and UCSF gathered to share challenges for each campus and for the larger system and to envision our role in protecting the University as a public institution. Notes from that meeting, including both minutes and graphic records of the conversation, can be found here: http://ucbfa.org/2012/10/september-30-workshop-minutes/.
All are welcome on October 28. Please join us, whether or not you attended the first meeting.  The meeting is sponsored by  the Berkeley Faculty Association and the Faculty Organizing Group at Santa Cruz. For more information or to RSVP, contact info@cucfa.org.

March 1-5 2012 Mobilization for Public Education in California

From the Berkeley Faculty Association: A major mobilization is coming up March 1-5, 2012 to put pressure on the Governor and legislature to renew support for public education in California. It includes a variety of marches, rallies and other activities around the state, peaking with a big show of protest on the Capitol grounds in Sacramento on Monday, March 5th.  A key part the action is a “99-mile March for Public Education & Social Justice”, starting hereabouts and going to Sacramento. Faculty can participate in two ways:

  • Have faculty join the 99-mile marchers on Friday, March 2d, 1-3 pm.
  • BFA will organize car pools to and from the march, starting around noon and returning around 4 pm to Berkeley. It is recommended that faculty march in robes, if you have your own regalia. This would be more likely to get press attention and interviews. It would be good to have as many faculty as possible talk to the press. If you are willing to participate, please write back to BFA/CUCFA/AAUP staff person Deborah Rosenberg at deborahrosenberg@ymail.com.

  • Have faculty join the demonstration at the Capitol on Monday, March 5th (morning).
  • There are buses going from Berkeley (and other points) and coming back. You need to sign up at: http://www.refundcalifornia.org/march5. If you are planning to go to Sacramento, please tell us that, too, via Deborah Rosenberg deborahrosenberg@ymail.com. BFA and CUCFA have endorsed the statewide protests, which are organized by the ReFund California Coalition and an ad hoc group, Occupy the Capitol, which includes the California Federation of Teachers, the Courage Campaign, ACCE, and the Berkeley grad students union.

Faculty Forum on Key Operational Excellence Technology Initiative – February 8, 2012, 4-5:30 pm Section Club, Tang Center

The Operational Excellence (OE) Program Office, in partnership with the Academic Senate, invites all faculty to attend a Q+A forum about a key campus-wide OE information technology project, the IT Productivity Suite. Through this project, all faculty, staff and students will migrate this year to a new integrated email and calendar solution from Google, and can access best-in-class software from Microsoft, Adobe, Mathematica, and more.

  • Andrew Szeri, OE Program Faculty Head and Dean, Graduate Division, will provide a brief summary of the project and how it will affect faculty and the campus, and then a panel will answer questions. Panel participants will also include:
  • Paul Wright, Director of the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
  • Bob Jacobsen, Academic Senate Chair
  • Shel Waggener, Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology
  • and Chief Information Officer
  • Bill Allison, Director, Campus Technology Services
  • Alex Walton, Project Manager, IT Productivity Suite
  • Gabriel Gonzalez, Chief Technical Officer, Berkeley Law

December 6, 2011, noon-2:00pm: Taxation, Citizenship, Protest, and our Current Crisis in Higher Education, Wheeler Auditorium

  • Henry E. Brady (Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy)
  • Catherine M. Cole (Professor, Performance Studies)
  • Donald Kennedy (President Emeritus, Stanford University)
  • Alfredo Mireles, Jr. (Student Regent)
  • Jonathan Stein (Student Regent-Designate)

Special Meeting of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, Nov. 28, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011, 3:00 in the Chevron Auditorium, International House (Notice of Meeting). The meeting is in response to anger over police brutality to non-violent student protests.

Special Meeting of the Academic Council, Nov. 20, 2011

The Academic Council met by teleconference for two hours this afternoon, and unanimously adopted the following four statements:

  • We are outraged by the display of force against members of the UC community that we have seen at the Berkeley and Davis campuses.
  • It is essential that there be a clear chain of command, with the Chancellor accepting ultimate responsibility for actions of the police, who must be trained to respond appropriately to protests.
  • Campuses should exercise restraint in responding to peaceful protests and seek to resolve the situation through dialogue.
  • We support the right of free speech and peaceful protest by all members of the University community. We reaffirm our opposition to the state’s disinvestment in higher education, which is at the root of the student protests.
  • November 15: Robert Reich, Mario Savio Memorial Lecture

    Pauley Ballroom, 8 pm. http://www.savio.org/. Full video of Robert Reich’s Mario Salvio speech at Occupy Cal archived, http://bit.ly/uyMwxs.

    Strike on Tuesday, November 15

    After a mass rally and march of over 3,000 people, and repeated police assaults on the encampment, the Occupy Cal general assembly decided – withover 500 votes, 95% of the assembly – to organize and call for a strike and day of action on Tuesday, November 15 in all sectors of higher education. We will strike in opposition to the cuts to public education,university privatization, and the indebting of our generation. We also call for simultaneous solidarity actions in workplaces and k-12 schools. We will organize through daily, 5pm strike planning meetings at our encampments, followed by general assemblies.

    Protests Against Tuition Hikes (November 9, 10, 16)

    Student and staff groups are calling for a “Teach-Out” this Wednesday (“Day of Action“) and Thursday (Nov. 9 and 10) to protest rising tuition (300% in the past ten years) and severe state budget cutbacks to public higher education. This is a precursor to protest planned for the Regents meeting on November 16th at the Mission Bay campus, San Francisco. The November 9 Teach-Out includes a noon rally in Sproul Plaza. Students and workers are actively organizing to bring students to the rally and to encourage departments and other units to walk out/teach out en bloc. There are buses organized to enable students and others to assemble at the Regents meeting in Mission Bay on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 16th. Although the 3-year 81% tuition increase proposal may not be voted on at the Nov. 16 Regent’s meeting (that vote may be moved to March), many believe that strong opposition to this plan is imperative now. Related websites:

    photo of police in front of students at UC Berkeley photo of students at Occupy U.C. Berkeley photo of Colbert covering Occupy U.C. Berkeley

    Photo of Martin Luther King from the Atlantic article

    November  8: R. Jeffrey Lustig, “Corporate MisEducation and the Liberal Arts Response”

    Townsend Center, 5 pm. http://townsendlab.berkeley.edu/making-uc-futures. ** Please note this is a seminar and the paper is to be read in advance. The paper is available for download:

    The American university is a battered figure on the public domain, half relic of the past, half orphan of the present, celebrated on the dais while denigrated in the boardroom, swamped by passing fads, starved by state legislatures and fated finally, it seems, to have its different pieces auctioned off to the highest bidder. If it also remains a special realm for the cultivation of the mind, the last self-governing community in the country and a critical public sphere, it maintains those other aspects against long and ever-mounting odds. Within a maelstrom of forces and pressures a master trend is apparent: the corporatization of the university. In order for this trend to be resisted and the older promise of the American university reclaimed, we need to understand how that trend became dominant, why the narrative seemed persuasive, and what the alternatives are for the American university. Offering an analysis ranging from Cicero and Clark Kerr to Novartis and British Petroleum, Lustig’s essay challenges faculty, in particular, to recreate their culture from within and to affirm the university itself as a school of publicness, a place where we learn what it means to be a public.

    October 25 2011, noon-2:00pm: Social Inequity and Social Opportunity, Pauley Ballroom

    October 4, 2011, 1-2 pm, 306 Soda Hall Auditorium: Ralph Nader spoke on “What’s the Matter with Big Time College Sports”

    Open to the public, this talk is part of a Freshman Seminar “Priorities Under Pressure: A Critical Assessment of How the University’s Core Mission is Affected by Intercollegiate Athletics. Talk is archived at: , http://priorities.weebly.com/guest-speaker-schedule-and-videos.html

    September 22: Day of Action for Public Education

    September 22 is the first day of classes at the other UCs. Though we know that they won’t be able to organize anything yet, we picked this day in solidarity with them, in hopes that later on in the semester we can organize events on a cross-campus basis.  A rally is planned for noon on Thursday, Sept 22, on the Mario Savio Steps (front of Sproul). See the Public Education Coalition for more details.

    September 20: Austerity Townhall

    6-8 pm on Tuesday, Sept 20, in the Maude Fife Room in Wheeler Hall (3rd Floor: room 315). This student organized event will be an “open mic” conversation with four speakers, each speaking relatively briefly during the first hour, followed by an open discussion period.

    September 13 2011, 5:00 am – 6:30 pm: Education: Back to the Future? Wurster Hall, Cal Design Lab, Room 501SE

    We are in the early stages of a large-scale organizational transformation that will impact everything we do-from how we organize production to how we grow our food to how we govern ourselves. Although we often see this transformation through the lens of new technologies and global access to information, the larger impact is social; it is in how we lead our lives and re-structure our institutions, including education. If you were starting a school or a university today – with today’s technologies and knowledge of the latest findings in the neuroscience of learning, what would it look like? In this talk, Marina Gorbis will take us on a tour of the education landscape of the future in the context of larger technological and organizational shifts. She will talk about how we can “socialstruct” education–bringing together the best technologies and online resources for the purpose of creating social interactions and environments most conducive to learning. Marina Gorbis is Executive Director of Institute for the Future, a 42-year old non-profit research and consulting organization based in Silicon Valley. The Institute is dedicated to helping people think systematically about the future in order to make better decisions today. . She holds a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Presented by the Townsend Center Working Group “Making UC Futures.”
    http://townsendlab.berkeley.edu/making-uc-futures. For more information, contact Catherine Cole, colecat@berkeley.edu.

    August 27, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm: OPENed: education as experience

    Berkeley Art Museum, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Reservations recommended. From the ‘knowledge factory’ to factory farming, homogenization has traded diversity for efficiency. Eager to point to alternative strategies, new and historical, OPENrestaurant proposes an educational experience based on curiosity, play, and desire. Transforming the grounds of the Berkeley Art Museum on the UC Berkeley campus into an open classroom and living kitchen, visitors will be able to shape their own education, participating in the creation, production, and consumption of food as collective performance. Part demystification of the lore of the kitchen and part tracing the genealogy of Chez Panisse and its influences – from the free speech movement to Edible Schoolyards – OPENeducation invites participants to collaborate with students, educators, farmers, cooks, and artists in constructing the elements of a lunch menu in a series of independent classrooms. More at: http://openrestaurant.org/2011/06/26/opened-education-as-experience/

    There is a “digest” feature available to all members of the Faculty Budget Forum (FBF) list. You can receive FBF messages in this form by going to the CalMail home, selecting “Managing Your Mailing Lists” from the Quick Links menu, and then selecting the link for “faculty_budget_forum@lists.berkeley.edu.” On the page of “Options” for your CalMail account, scroll down and you’ll find the button for Digest Mode, which will let you receive FBF emails in daily (or semi-daily) bundles. For questions, contact Mark Goble, mgoble@berkeley.edu.

    Contact Info: For more information on this blog, contact Alice Agogino in Mechanical Engineering. Please contact her if you would like to have an account to publish a comment. Note that opinions are not official statements or policies of the university and comments may be from people not associated with the university.


    1. If you want to participate in unmoderated on-line discussions (at faculty_budget_forum@lists.berkeley.edu) you can send a message with your email address to the list administrators Colleen Lye (at clye@berkeley.edu) or Mark Goble (at mgoble@berkeley.edu) to join.

      Q: What is the Faculty Budget Forum?
      A: The FBF is a listserv that came into existence this summer of 2009 in the wake of the announcement of further budget cuts and the employee furlough plan. The FBF is unmoderated and nonpartisan. It is intended to serve as a communications vehicle for faculty in different departments, divisions, colleges, and schools, to share information about the impact of the budget crisis and exchange analyses and perspectives about its amelioration and possible solutions.

      Q: Who can belong to the Faculty Budget Forum Listserv?
      A: The listserv is open to subscription by all UCB faculty, ladder-rank and non-ladder-rank. Since the listserv’s purpose is to create a dialogue space about the encompassing effects of the budget crisis on the university’s teaching and research mission, the informed perspective of non-ladder rank faculty, many of whom run crucial units and programs, is also essential.

      Q: How do I find out who is currently subscribed to the Faculty Budget Forum and how many members there are?
      A: New members are added every day. To see the updated roster, login to the “Managing Your Lists” page in CalMail. Click on “Faculty Budget Forum.” Go to the lefthand menu; click on “Roster.”

      Q: I’d like to encourage others to join. How does one subscribe?
      A: To subscribe, send an email to Colleen Lye (clye@berkeley.edu) or Mark Goble (mgoble@berkeley.edu).

      Q: I want to stay informed but I am inundated with too much email. How can I receive all postings from the listserv in just one message daily?
      A: This is something you have to select yourself. There is a digest function in CalMail which will collect all postings and run them together in one email to you. (Unfortunately, this function is not intelligent enough to summarize the postings for you). Login to the “Managing Your Lists” page in CalMail. Click on “Faculty Budget Forum.” Go to the lefthand menu; click on “Advanced”; click on “digest”; adjust your settings accordingly.

      Q: I’m not on CalMail. How do I receive all postings from the listserv in just one message daily?
      A: Ask your tech help in your school.

      Q: I have just joined the listserv and don’t have a sense of previous discussion. Is there a website where previous discussion threads are archived?
      A: Go to: http://facultybudgetforum.berkeley.edu. This automatic HTML discussion archive uploads from the listserv every 24 hours at 3 am, so be aware it is not immediately up to date. It contains all posts from the beginning of the listserv’s existence and is organized chronologically and by discussion thread. It is accessible to FBF subscribers only, so as to assure the same level of privacy (or nonprivacy, as the case may be) as you enjoy on the listserv itself. You will be asked for your Calnet ID and password to login. It’s something of a bare-bones interface at present, but I hope not too difficult to navigate. We plan to pretty it up in the not-too-distant future, and also to add a search engine.

      Comment by Colleen Lye — September 6, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

    2. Budget crises in Universities across the world, I hate to think of the price my daughter will pay for her future. Good luck.

      Comment by 3d television — September 15, 2010 @ 5:03 am

    3. Good Old Berkeley. they had budget problems back when I went there… I guess some things never change.

      Comment by Jubilee — November 5, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

    4. I think it’s a shame that young people today will be priced out of being able to have an education. Learning doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and the universities should be looking at ways to drive down costs rather than asking for more money.

      Comment by Steve Johnson — May 7, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    5. “Berkeley is a fascinating university that often plays a leadership role in higher education,” says the seminar’s creator, computer-science professor Brian Barsky. “It makes sense that freshmen new to the campus be given the opportunity to study and learn about Berkeley as part of their formal education.

      Comment by Adrian Popescu — August 2, 2011 @ 4:06 am

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