As a union of faculty members deeply concerned with the education of our students, we have at times found it necessary to wage campaigns to press for issues we believe are crucial to mainatining and advancing the quality of scholarship at Rutgers. Informational tablings, sticker campaigns, rallies, lobbying and other actions are often central to resolving conflicts with the Rutgers administration and New Jersey State legislature.
The New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act went into effect on July 1, 2013. Rutgers University remains one university with advisory boards for the Camden and Newark campuses, but we are remaining vigilant as the integration goes forward. Rutgers University is restructuring by integrating UMDNJ’s schools and units to create a new School of Biomedical and Health Sciences. University Hospital in Newark and the School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) will not be part of the merger.
Click here for the link to the new Merger Watch site.
Dedicated Funding Sources for Public Higher Education
State funding for public higher education has been declining for over a decade, while colleges and universities have made up the difference with higher tuition and a shift to students taking out more loans to pay for their education. Realistic alternatives to privatization could become a healthy "new normal," if elected officials hear from us that there are credible sources of dedicated funding for higher education.
Click here for the link to the Save Public Higher Education Facebook page.
Campaign for the Future of Higher Education
Click here for the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education
Bob Samuels, a University of California non-tenure-track faculty member (now teaching at UC-Santa Barbara) and President of UC-California AFT, argues for free public higher education by reallocating current governmental expenditures for higher education and by eliminating regressive tax breaks.
Stanton Glantz, a professor at UC San Francisco, and Eric Hays, Executive Director, Council of UC Faculty Associations, use California as a test case for the feasibility of returning to adequate levels of state funding for higher education.
Rudy Fichtenbaum, an economics professor at Wright State University and president of national AAUP, explores a currently unused tax revenue source that could be tapped: a miniscule tax on selected financial transactions.