Announcing a Faculty Seminar on UC’s Financial Future
Initial organizing by Professors Stanley Klein (Optometry), Alan Schoenfeld (Education), Charles Schwartz (Physics).
You are invited to attend this open seminar and to participate in shaping its agenda. A first announcement was made at the Academic Senate’s February 2 meeting – on the topic of the campus budget – and it received encouraging responses.
- First Seminar Meeting: Tuesday, February 16, 5:10-6:30 PM
- Location: Minor Hall room 489 (just West of Haas School of Business)
A host of issues are receiving faculty scrutiny as never before (e.g. the finances of the football stadium, and the University’s system for keeping tack of its debts); many other issues could help make the case for UCB as a public University (e.g., quantifying the economic contributions made by faculty and alumni and otherwise demonstrating our contributions to the state, and pursuing alternatives to massive tuition hikes). We propose a faculty seminar that would tie into and expand on some of the current efforts. The specific agenda for the seminar would be developed by those who participate, but the basic questions would center around understanding and gathering information about issues critical to the survival of UC, and Berkeley in particular, as the world’s greatest public university. We’re inviting you to join us.
If you are interested in pursuing these issues and/or having access to the bSpace site related to the seminar, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org – Subject: Faculty Seminar
Include any suggestions you have for particular topics. All UCB Senate faculty will be getting an informational note tomorrow afternoon from Chris Kutz, Chair of the Academic Senate. In the meantime, please forward this announcement to others who might be interested.
Some Issues that may be discussed (Those who come will decide):
- How do we think about the true value of UC – what we “cost,” what we bring to the State? How does this tie to the mission of UC?
- Where does the money now come from and where does it go?
- What does Privatization mean – In financial terms? In terms of social impact?
- Is it enough to ask the state for more money for UC, or should we also make a serious effort for some internal reforms?
- What is a broader context for understanding Higher Education’s troubles?
- Some Specific Issues (which we may explore, or may keep tabs on given that other groups are exploring them)
- Transparency – getting data to address the questions we deem essential
- Administrative Excesses
- Shared governance
- Funding for Construction Projects
- True Cost of Undergraduate Education
- Indirect Cost Recovery (and comparison with other publics, and privates)
- Priorities for Student Fee Revenues
Views of UC from Outside, ways to mount public campaigns