Mission:

The Council of University of California Faculty Associations is a coordinating and service agency for the several individual Faculty Associations -- associations of UC Senate faculty -- on the separate campuses of the University of California, and it represents them to all state- or university-wide agencies on issues of common concern. It gathers and disseminates information on issues before the legislative and executive branches of California's government, other relevant state units dealing with higher education, the University administration, and the Board of Regents. The Faculty Associations are voluntary dues supported organizations and are therefore completely independent. [More...]

Vision:

CUCFA is committed to renewing public investment in California higher education by giving every California family a stake in the system by restoring full access and by regaining the trust of the people by restoring accountability. The public-spirited legacy of generations will be squandered if the best of the system is financially out of reach for most citizens and increasingly controlled by corporate funders. The people of California will support higher education if it serves us all again. [More...]

Latest News and Issues:

American Association of University Professors and Council of University of California Faculty Associations Announce Partnership Agreement

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) announced that they have agreed to work together as partner organizations in "defense and promotion of academic freedom, shared university governance, and the economic security of all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education." In a formal agreement approved by the governing bodies of both organizations and signed last week, the faculty groups "agreed to join together as independent but allied and cooperating entities." [More...]

CUCFA Statement on "Civility" and Academic Freedom

Those who administer institutions of higher learning bear a responsibility for the protection of academic freedom, which includes free speech in the ways described here. The University of California bears an especial burden to respect these rights. For the rights of academic freedom and the 1st Amendment right to free speech cohere in a way peculiar to a public university. As a public university the University of California is called upon to affirm not only the guild rights of Academic Freedom but the more expansive rights of the 1st Amendment—which after all, are possessed by students and staff as well as faculty. On the basis of all of the above, CUCFA Board deems necessary to release the following declaration... [More...]

Senate Rules Committee Should Reject Unconstitutionally Nominated Regents

We conclude that it is the duty of the legislative branch in general and the Senate Rules Committee in particular to insist that the Governor respect the Constitution in its specifications of both process and goal. We request that the Rules committee do so by rejecting this slate of proposed nominees. [More...]

Concerns re: Rescission of 1989 Guidelines on University-Industry Relations

Dear President Napolitano -- The Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) is concerned by both the substance and the process associated with your recent announcement that you have rescinded the 1989 Guidelines on University-Industry Relations. The policy you rescinded contained restrictions on direct UC investment in companies commercializing technology based on UC research. These provisions in Sec. 13 of the 1989 Guidelines are thoughtful and prudent..." [More...]