Friday, July 19, 2013

Regent Kieffer isn't sure what shared governance is

he brought up a request for a study on it as it relates to UC during the morning long range planning session at the 1:50:45 mark. not sure where the administration's authority is and where it isn't, Pattiz and Reiss also make statements wanting to cover this -- academic freedom and academic responsibility. An important section to review. (gossipy item: just prior to Keiffer's suggestion-- Pattiz makes a joke about Fox News and the camera is on Gavin Newsom, and he smirks in a way that makes one think he might have been thinking of his ex, Kimberley Guillfoyle (sp?), a Fox News employee in NY...)
reminded of Keiffer's comments after reading this: Clear and Present Dangers of Janet Napolitano's Appointment as UC President

At the very least, the Regents should have afforded a longer period for consideration of Secretary Napolitano's nomination. Instead, in the very announcement of her nomination they actually forbade any discussion: "Note to reporters: Out of respect for the appointment process, neither Napolitano nor the University of California will comment further until after the regents have acted on her recommended appointment". How can anyone trust the Regents when they consider "respect" to be not questioning their decision until after its been confirmed. Shades of pre-Arab Spring Tunisia or Egypt, anyone?

What is truly frightening here is that the senior academic leadership, in the system-wide Academic Senate, seems to have completely supported not just her hiring, but this closed, secretive and completely undemocratic process through which it has proceeded. It's one thing when the Administration wants to stop all debate. When the colleagues who are supposed to be representing your interests so easily fall into line, the future of faculty self-governance at one of the universities that pioneered the concept is truly dark. And with the end of self-governance, any remaining hope that UC can return to its former state of health will be lost.

UC faculty should consider ourselves served notice that the UC to which so many of us have devoted our professional lives has finally been put out to pasture, and that a very different institution, administered by people with increasingly little experience, understanding or even concern for the core purposes and ethics of higher education, is emerging in its place. The question is, What are we going to do about it?

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