CFA spring Kickoff workshops address big issues

Workshops at the CFA gathering and the subsequent CFA Board of Directors meeting last weekend took up three developments in the public university:

Online Education

Participants at the CFA Kickoff discussed some implications of online education and the two main new projects underway in the CSU – Cal State Online that is system-wide and the Udacity Project at San Jose State.


Another workshop took up the challenges associated with restructuring academic programs on some campuses. Faculty members from four campuses—Dominguez Hills and Pomona in Southern California and East Bay and Sacramento in the north—reported on their experiences with management’s push to collapse programs, alter curriculum and reduce the requirements needed to get a degree.

The goals and likely outcome of restructuring can be all over the map, from changing general education requirements to eliminating programs and merging colleges.

CFA Associate Vice President Dave Bradfield (CFA Chapter President at Dominguez Hills) noted change can be a good thing if it is done thoughtfully with the reality of the students in mind. He also reminded faculty that management must always “meet and confer” with the union about the impact of these changes on the faculty.

Equity Year 2

A third workshop explored the status of funding what is known in the faculty collective bargaining agreement as “Equity Year 2.”

The Equity Pay clause in the contract is meant to solve inequities in the faculty salary structure. Implementation of the new contract in regard to Equity Year 2 must be carried out on a campus-by-campus basis.