Tuesday, April 17, 2012

#SpeakOut4HigherEd #WeekofAction

CFHE press release: Organizations of Faculty & Staff on America’s Campuses Speak Out for the Future of Higher Education in our Country


Organizations supporting the national Campaign for the Future of Higher Education will host public events on college campuses during the week of April 16. The news media is invited. Please see listings below for a wide range of events from a protest march in Minnesota to a strike vote in California, a petition drive in New York and forums in many states.

CFHE  injects the faculty voice into the national discussion over our country’s higher education policies—a discussion that has been dominated by executives and consultants, with far too little participation by the people who are in the classrooms with the millions of students whose success will determine the future of America.

The project is supported by 59 local and national organizations, including allies of higher education as well as college and university faculty organizations in states from Massachusetts to Florida to the Midwest and California. Its “virtual” think tank brings together faculty experts from across the nation to speak out on issues challenging our nation’s system of post-secondary education.

For more information about CFHE, please contact Lisa Cohen 310-395-2544 or Alice Sunshine 510-384-1967. For information about specific state events, please see the contacts in the listings below.

  • California State University: Monday April 16: Voting to Authorize a strike of the faculty at all 23 CSU campuses. Noon media available at San Francisco State, Sacramento State, CSU Long Beach, Sonoma State, and Fresno State. Sponsor: California Faculty Association. Contact Alice Sunshine 510-384-1967.
  • California State University Chico: Thursday, April 19, Noon-1 pm, in the Bell Memorial Union, Room 210.  “Grassroots Organizing for Education Reform” by Anthony Cody, National Board Certified Teacher and education activist, will lead a brown bag discussion about how we can respond to education reforms that are not working. Sponsors: California Faculty Association and Student California Teachers Association Contact Ann Schulte, 864-3886
  • California State University Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA) Thursday, April 19, Loker Student Union. Labor, Environmental & Social Justice Fair. Noon presentation on the corporatization of higher education. Contact: Dave Bradfield, 310-748-7130
  •  Cal State Los Angeles, Thursday, April 19, 3:15 – 5 pm, Location TBA “For-Profit Higher Education and the California State University: A Cautionary Tale” with faculty speakers Teri Yamada and Steve Filling. Contact: Melina Abdullah (323) 617-0475
FLORIDA Florida International University (Miami). Wed, April 18, 4:30-7 pm at Faculty Club [Graham Center, Modesto Madique Campus, 11200 SW 8th St. 'Standing Up for Quality Higher Education'  Sponsor: United Faculty of FloridaContact: UFF-FIU Senator  Kathleen Wilson [305.323.1114] and UFF-FIU President Teresa Lucas [786.263.3512

MASSACHUSETTS  Boston College (Chestnut Hill. MA)
  • Wednesday, April 18, 3-4pm at Fulton Hall 145, Boston College (Main Campus), 140 Commonwealth Ave. “Faculty Speak Up/Speak Out.” A meeting for all faculty: tenure track, tenured, non-tenure track, graduate students to address their concerns for increased participation in decision making in matters of importance to the entire university community. Topics include: inequalities in status of non-tenure track faculty, financial pressures on faculty and students, lack of shared governance and the importance of academic freedom on our campus (including recent concerns about oral history and research, the Belfast Project and BCAAUP’s petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/boston-college-investigate-belfast-project.)
  • Thursday, April 19, 12-1pm at Lower Dining Hall, Boston College (Lower Campus). BCAAUP invites faculty to meet with undergrads and grad students to discuss ways in which to work together to focus on The Right Course by Investing in Quality Education at Boston College.
Sponsor: Boston College American Association of University Professors (BCAAUP). Contact: Susan Michalczyk, President, 617-552-2362 or 508-864-6351.

  • Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall, MN). April 16, 12:30-1:30 PM at Charter Hall 201, Southwest Minnesota State University, 1501 State St., Marshall.
“The Impact of the Loss of Funding” The program will include a panel discussion featuring administration, faculty, staff, and students all briefly discussing the impact of the loss of funding to Minnesota higher education generally and Southwest Minnesota State University specifically.
Contact: Daniel Rieppel, 507.5303202
  • St. Cloud State University. Thursday, April 19, March starts at 11 am. Speakers start at Noon. March & Speakers. SCSU Campus - Atwood West Mall Area between the Performing Arts Center and Atwood. Between 620 and 651 3rd Avenue South. Contact: Jeff Kolnick, 651.308.7241
Union County College (Cranford, NJ). April 18, 3-5 PM- Main Lecture Hall, Cranford Campus Adjunct Issues Forum. Open meeting with College President and VP for Academic Affairs, questions and answers on role of adjuncts in student success and college governance. Posters and signs in main lobby, large turnout of Adjunct faculty. Sponsor: Chapter United Adjunct Faculty of NJ. Contact Bill Lipkin (co-president UCC Chapter UAFNJ) 908-370-4535

  • City University of New York. A petition campaign opposing the University’s efforts to dilute and narrow curricula, program called Pathways. Contact Mike Fabricant mfabricant@pscmail.org (212) 354-1252. Sponsor: Progressive Staff Congress.
  • State University of New York. Friday, April 20 at the UUP statewide Delegate Assembly held at the Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY
A resolution in support of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed’s Principles and funding for higher ed. Visuals posters and signs and will have a photo op of 400 Delegates participating in action (resolution to follow). Sponsor: United University Professionals. Contact: Eileen Landy elandy@uupmail.org. (518) 879-3626

OREGON Portland State University
  • April 26 at the Native American Center on Portland State Campus: "For-Profit Education: Bringing Sub-Prime to College" - A talk by Barmak Nassirian.
  • April 27 at the Native American Center on Portland State Campus:"How Much is Your College Degree Worth?  Defending Quality in Higher Education." A roundtable discussion with Mr. Nassirian
Above events both sponsored by the American Association of University Professors.
  • May 1 at 1 p.m at Park Blocks: Protest Action to dramatize the university's skewed budgeting priorities. Theater, Huge Budget “Cake”, Clowns, “Administrators”, Fight Over Crumbs, Game Show - What Happened to the Budget Surplus?, Poetry Slam. Sponsored by CORE and AAUP, in conjunction with Occupy Portland State.
Contact for all events Marcia Klotz <mklotz@pdx.edu>  (503) 926-2239

PENNSYLVANIA APSCUF (Associated Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties) campuses plan to make concerted efforts on Wednesday, April 18th, http://apscuf.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/cfhe-day-of-action-april-18-2012/

VERMONT University of Vermont, April 17 at 4 pm in 413 Waterman
“THE FAILURE TO INVEST IN QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION IS A CRISIS FOR OUR NATION”  talk with Prof. Randy Martin, NYU: “Taking a SIP From the University’s Glass:  The Politics of New Management.”
Contact Yolanda Flores  yolanda.flores@uvm.edu or Nancy Welch nwelch@uvm.edu

VIRGINIA George Mason University (Fairfax VA), April 21, Details at  http://www.aaup-va.org
“The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education” With speaker Peter Blake, Director, State Council for Higher Education of VA. on the future of higher ed in Virginia and a panel on the Seven Principles and the Challenges facing faculty and students in the Virginia Community College System
Sponsored by Virginia Conference of AAUP Annual Meeting. Contact Craig Vasey, cvasey@umw.edu 540 654 1342.
For Release: April 15, 2012
Contact: Please see contact names with the event listings

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