Berkeley Faculty Association Letter to Academic Senate on Steinberg's Legislation

Remaking the University 2013-03-16

March 13, 2013
AS Chair Christina Maslach
AS Vice Chair Elizabeth Deakin
Academic Senate
320 Stephens Hall, #5842
Berkeley, CA 94720
Dear Chair Maslach and Vice Chair Deakin:
The Berkeley Faculty Association is gravely concerned about the proposed California legislation to mandate acceptance of online courses for UC, CSU and CC credit.  In view of President Yudof's general endorsement of this proposal, cited in yesterday's New York Times article on the proposed legislation, we are especially concerned about whether the UC Academic Senate leadership was consulted about this proposal, and if so, whether they gave it their approval. Would you find out and let us know? There are many complex issues here, of course, but of immediate concern is where the Senate leadership is on this extremely important development. As I am sure you are aware, the proposal has profound implications for shared governance, educational quality, faculty control of curriculum, standards for degrees, and much more.
We look forward to your speedy response. 
Many thanks.
Sincerely yours,
Louise Fortmann and Christine Rosen
Chair and Vice Chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association
For the Board of the Berkeley Faculty Association