CFA Headlines • November 19, 2013
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Modest pay increases to appear in Dec. 1 paychecks

General Salary Increases (GSI) that were negotiated last summer between CFA and CSU management are scheduled to be included in Dec. 1 paychecks.

The amount will be paid retroactively to July 2013. The total is pro-rated to a faculty member’s time base.  This is a permanent increase to each faculty member’s base salary.

The negotiations were part of “reopener” bargaining over compensation in the last year of the current contract, which expires June 30, 2014.

Bargaining Update

CFA Bargaining Team prepares for talks to begin Dec. 12

The CFA Bargaining Team met six hours on Friday in preparation for the Dec. 12 launch of negotiations that will lead to the next faculty contract. The team used feedback provided by CFA members in the recent contract survey to get ready for the talks.

“We have a great bargaining team that includes faculty from campuses all over the state who represent all ranks and aspects of the faculty including lecturers, tenured and tenure-track, and from traditional classroom teaching, librarian, coaches and counselors,” says Andy Merrified, Chair of the CFA Bargaining Team.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Two kinds of grievances

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


The collective bargaining agreement provides two methods for the filing and processing of a grievance. They are referred to as the contract grievance track and the statutory grievance track. 

The statutory track provides for a Faculty Hearing Committee to review the grievance and may, as a practical matter, involve claims which range far beyond direct contract violations.


“MOOC Mania” in Thought & Action

The current issue of the National Education Association’s Thought & Action: The NEA Higher Education Journal (Fall 2013) features the article “MOOC Mania” by Susan Meisenhelder, CFA past president and co-organizer of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education. 

The article lays out the range of issues circulating through the use of this new, heavily promoted technique.  She notes the strong dose of hyped promotion in place of careful evaluation and she looks at who does and who does not benefit.


Links of the Week • Nov. 19, 2013

When A MOOC Exploits Its Learners: A Coursera Case Study
With 10000 students [in a MOOC], you also have access to a research sample of 10000 people, which is much larger than typical samples in the social sciences (although likely to be biased and range restricted). But this is where I think MOOCs can become exploitative in a different way than we usually talk about. I concluded this from my participation as a student in a Coursera MOOC. — NeoAcademic blog