After the break, you'll find an AAUP announcement about efforts to "construct a positive counter-narrative in the national debate over the future of American higher education at a time when public higher education is at great risk." I'll post any details I hear about any relevant campus events.
Campaign for the Future of Higher Education
More than seventy faculty leaders from universities, four-year institutions, and community colleges in twenty-one states, including many AAUP leaders, met in Los Angeles in January at the invitation of the California Faculty Association. There were tenure-track and contingent faculty, faculty from collective bargaining units and those from settings without collective bargaining, and there were faculty from various national affiliates (AAUP, AFT, and NEA) and independents. The purpose was to hold a first-of-its-kind discussion on how to construct a positive counter- narrative in the national debate over the future of American higher education at a time when public higher education is at great risk. The mission of this grassroots campaign is twofold: to ensure that affordable quality higher education is accessible to all sectors of our society in the coming decades; and to ensure that faculty, students, and our communities, not just administrators, politicians, foundations, and think tanks, have a voice to guarantee that “reforms” to higher education are good for students, for the quality of education, and for the public good. Participants agreed on seven principles (below) that should guide the development and assessment of policy and practice in higher education. They also agreed to identify April 13 as a national day of taking class action in support of higher education, with faculty organizing various actions at the local level. A formal launch of the campaign will take place in a press conference at the National Press Club on May 17.
What Can You Do?Although the campaign is in its early stages, we know already that its success depends on widespread participation by faculty and other constituencies (students, civil rights groups, community groups, organized labor) who care about the future of higher education. We need to build buzz about the campaign, its principles, and its formal launch. Please help by: