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December 15, 2010
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Wendy Brown’s Speech to Regents on UCOF

Historically, UC has offered the unparalleled combination of premier faculty, path-breaking research, top-ranked graduate programs, and sterling undergraduate education available to the top 8th of California high school students. All of these are now seriously threatened by the state fiscal crisis and the Commission on the Future is to be commended for thinking hard about how to secure faculty, research and graduate programs amidst these threats. What it proposes to throw under the bus, however, is undergraduate education–both its access by California students and its quality. This is particularly evident in the recommendations to develop pathways toward 3-year degrees and on-line courses, and in the move to increase out-of-state students at the very moment when in-state students are losing the educational access promised by the California Master Plan. Continue reading

December 9, 2010
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SF Chron: UC Panel’s Plan to Raise Money Comes Under Fire

The panel’s report was quickly criticized by faculty members who view online classes and three-year degrees as quick money-makers that may fill university coffers, but ultimately come at the cost of a quality college education.

“These efforts to push people through in three years and moving to online education reflects a privatized model where you bring people in based on how much profit they’ll create,” said Stanton Glantz, vice president of the Council of UC Faculty Associations. “The priorities of the institution will reflect the market interests instead of the public interest.”
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