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ISSUE 8 / February 2014

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Diana W. Guerin, Chair of the Academic Senate, suggests that the CSU has far to go in restoring the strengths of the system to its former glory. More »


 

Message From CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White

After visiting all 23 campuses this past year, Chancellor Timothy P. White provides his perspective on the state of the CSU. More »

Reports From the Standing Committees

Chairs of the ASCSU’s committees—Christine Miller of Academic Affairs (AA), Andreas Gebauer of Academic Preparation and Education Programs (APEP), Manzar Foroohar of Faculty Affairs (FA), and Praveen Soni of Fiscal and Governmental Affairs (FGA)—report on committee work underway and plans for the future. More »
Our Past Faculty Trustee Looks Back (Bernadette Cheyne, Immediate Past Faculty Trustee)
Professor Emerita Bernadette Cheyne reflects on her two years as Faculty Trustee. More »
Op-Ed (Susan Gubernat - Member-at-Large, Academic Senate CSU)
When “shared governance” isn’t... More »
Letter to the Editor
On the American Studies Association boycott. More »

Bookmarks: A Handy list of URLs worth keeping on your desktop for future reference

Book List: What Faculty colleagues are reading and recommending:

Diane Ravitch. Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. Knopf: 2013. - Anyone in public education and/or concerned about its future in the US should peruse Ravitch’s book. It focuses on the privatization of K-12 schools.  The dramatic shift to charter schools and vouchers is diverting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to private, often for-profit, schools. This is coupled with the testing mania forced from Washington under the rubric of the Bush administration’s “No Child Left Behind” and President Obama’s “Race to the Top.” Teachers and administrators are being fired and entire schools labeled as “failed” based on these very limited, often invalid, measures of performance. Teaching to the test has narrowed the curriculum, and in many cases, led to the elimination of the arts, history, science, literature, etc.  According to the author, the destruction of unions is part of this movement’s agenda. The author presents ample, though often redundant, evidence to document these changes.  She also ties them to the increasing class and racial segregation in our society.

I have been teaching social stratification classes for almost half a century and I have never seen less equality of opportunity in the US. In addition, during my 20 years on local school boards and beginning just before Prop. 13, I personally and painfully witnessed the erosion of local community control over schools and its transfer to Sacramento. Ravitch makes a powerful case regarding the further centralization of power to the federal government and private organizations and corporations. She debunks many popular myths regarding K-12 education but suggests solutions as well. I strongly recommend this book (though you might want to skim some of the repetitive data.)  Those of us in higher education, especially in the CSU, struggle with the products of these disintegrating pre-collegiate, non-publically controlled, “public” schools. (Bill Blischke, Professor Emeritus, CSU Dominguez Hills; ERFA Liaison to the ASCSU)

The Faculty to Faculty Newsletter editor welcomes op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and suggestions for “Bookmarks” and “Book List.” Please send to susan.gubernat@csueastbay.edu. Include your name, campus affiliation, and best email address. We reserve the right to edit submissions for length and clarity.

 

Resolution Summaries

At the January plenary, the ASCSU passed three resolutions and one commendation. Six more resolutions will be acted upon at the March plenary session. Summaries of these are provided. More »
Upcoming 2014 ASCSU Meeting dates
March 19 - ASCSU Standing Committee meetings
March 20-21 - ASCSU Plenary

April 11 - Standing Committee Interim meetings

April 22 - ASCSU Legislative Days (Sacramento)

May 14 - ASCSU Standing Committee meetings
May 15-16 - ASCSU Plenary
May 16 - ASCSU Organizational Meeting and election of 2014-15 officers
Coming in 2014 - Thursday & Friday, November 13-14:
The ASCSU Academic Conference in Long Beach (Hosted by Chancellor Timothy P. White) immediately following the Board of Trustees' meeting.


 

 

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