CFA Headlines • January 14, 2014

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CFA calls for more state funding for the CSU

On Jan. 8, Gov. Brown released his 2014/15 state budget plan. With revenues up, the plan begins to restore many pressing needs, including  public higher ed funding.

CFA Pres. Lillian Taiz noted the governor’s improved funding but explained why more is needed now to rebuild the CSU.


Bargaining takes up salary & workload
January 14, 2014

The CFA Bargaining Team met with representatives of CSU management last Thursday and Friday for discussions the CFA Team called “cordial and constructive.”

The sides took up two topics of great concern expressed in surveys of CFA members—salary and workload.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week
Intellectual Property Rights

This weekly CFA Headlines feature offers a brief “Faculty Rights Tip” or short information piece about the faculty contract.


Article 39 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement covers faculty intellectual property rights.  The article assures that faculty retain the rights to materials they create as long as there is no “extraordinary University support” in creating those materials.


Student lawsuit over 2009 fee hikes goes to hearing, Jan 15

After two years of discovery of documents and information regarding the 2009 fee increases on CSU students, a lawsuit brought by a group of students goes to a summary judgment hearing.

The class represents students who planned on, and in many cases paid in advance, for fees set at a certain rate in 2009, but were later charged and assessed higher fees when CSU Chancellor Charles Reed decided on an across-the-board rate increase with no regard to whether or not students had been billed or paid. 


California AAUP annual conference to tackle faculty strategies for higher ed, Feb. 8

CFA members are invited to the annual meeting of the California Region of the American Association of University Professors at Santa Clara University on February 8, 2014. The theme—“Faculty Voices: Shared Strategies for CA Higher Education in 2014”—reflects the seriousness of the undertaking for faculty engagement this year.

Kimberly King, a CFA member at Cal State L.A. who serves in the CA-AAUP leadership says, “I strongly encourage you to attend and participate in what will be a high-level discussion about the current issues and the future of higher education in our state.”


Links of the week • Jan. 14, 2014

MIT will offer its first online professional course, Tackling the Challenges of Big Data, to a global audience beginning March 4, 2014. The four-week online course, aimed at technical professionals and executives, will tackle state-of-the-art topics in big data
MIT Science & Articifial Intelligence Laboratory