Cocal Updates

by E Wayne Ross on August 15, 2012

1. More analysis from Senate report on for-profits, this time on cost differences with public schools

2. Action alert – help requested

Teachers and other public sector workers in Swaziland have been engaged in a battle that has become increasingly hard to watch – police have used rubber bullets and tear gas on strikers, nurses and civil servants have been fired upon, and hundreds have been sacked including the entire executive of the teachers union.

3. Law blog and journal discuss adjunct teaching for lawyers

4. The workplace: where free speech goes to die [All workers need free speech on the job, not just academics who need “academic freedom”.]

5. How low can contingent pay go – to zero? See below for Craig’s List ad for free work for Christian colleges

5. Next step by business in the push to privatize K-12 education. Can higher ed be far behind on their list?

6. No surprise – for-profit colleges their execs put profits above student success, Congress says.

7. If you haven’t bee reading this week’s Doonesbury, check out, starting with August 6.

and see (defensive) comment on it by IHE blogger at

8. Adjunct pay and teaching quality

9. If anyone on this list reads Hebrew, here are the links to the webpages of the unions that represent contingent faculty (called “junior” there) at two universities in Isreal. If anyone can check them out and give a brief report in English for this update, that would be great. I got them from two FTTT profs there who I happened to meet recently.

10. Updated call for conference on contingency in Pittsburgh April 5-7, 2013, sponsored by contingents and the USW. Joe Berry is an invited speaker. See below

11. For-profits now discounting tuition (like many private non-profits have been doing for years) in an attempt to counteract their recent enrollment declines.

12. University teachers strike in Sri Lanka

13. Even without a contract post-Katrina, United Teachers of New Orleans, LFT/AFT successfully fights on. A real lesson for all of us in the contingent faculty movement.

14. Newly organized adjuncts in NH cc’s (in SEIU) are having trouble getting a first contract. See below to help them.

15. Here is an important message from the Bay Area Occupy Education list that realates to attempts by LUMINa foundation, and allies like Bill Gates to buy the regional accreditors and especially attack community colleges, like the current attack on City College of SF. See below.

16. Mother Jones on the for-profits

Updates in full

5. How low can pay go for teachers? Craigslist is now advertising for college professors to volunteer their time by donating online materials for an alleged Christian university start up.

Professor (Philadelphia)

Date: 2012-08-05, 10:05AM EDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

New college (startup) projected to begin January of 2013 requests college professors to volunteer (essentially donate time and training) services by offering a college course that will be presented locally, but also made available online (e/distance learning) and in DVD-format. Opportunity for future payment. College will be a non-profit Christian University that will offer courses throughout the United States, and be affiliated with World Christian University. Courses will also be made available to offenders who are in state and federal prisons. Possibility of volunteer work leading to full-time academic position. Startup institution will offer extremely low cost college courses, and will begin with limited capital–therefore the need to get started with volunteer teaching. Courses could be made available on tape, and online, and therefore some courses could be prepared for presentation in as little as two weeks taping time. Thanks and God bless. Please contact Dr. Will Korey at 215-687-6971
Location: Philadelphia
it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
it’s OK to distribute this charitable volunteerism opportunity for inclusion in 3rd party web sites that have been approved by craigslist
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10. Apologies if anyone has already forwarded this–I’m new to the list. I’m also one of the organizers, so please feel free to email me if you have any questions. Regards, .R.

— Call for Participation —

Countering Contingency:
Teaching, Scholarship, and Creativity in the Age of the Adjunct
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
April 5-7, 2013

Inspired by the Non-Tenure-Track (NTT or adjunct) conversation sparked by Web sites like the New Faculty Majority and the Adjunct Project, a push to improve NTT working conditions by the MLA, and the effort to organize by NTT Faculty at Duquesne University, this conference offers an opportunity to think more deeply about the state of contingent, non-tenure-stream faculty. We invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, and creative presentations highlighting, critiquing, and theorizing how the unstable and unsustainable working conditions of NTT faculty impact intellectual work; narrating or analyzing the logistical challenges of serving as NTT teachers, scholars, and artists; discussing the working conditions that call for revision. Contingent labor constitutes the majority of faculty, yet NTT faculty are the lowest paid and most overburdened workers. We represent the foundation of academic experiences at the undergraduate level and offer irreplaceable interactions with students. We are artists, scholars, researchers, and examples of inspired teaching. This conference is an invitation to imagine the answers to crucial questions raised by our tenuous position: How can we use what we know to create a more sustainable and equitable labor and educational system, one that will benefit everyone at the university? What change is most needed? What does it mean to constitute the new faculty majority at your college or university?

Proposals for papers, panels, or roundtables are invited on the following topics:
–maintaining a scholarly or creative life in an era of non-tenured faculty invisibility
–documenting the institutional experiences of contingent faculty and their students
–comparative analyses of salary, contracts, and other aspects of employment
–histories of academic labor struggles
–best practices for contingent faculty
–unionization for contingent faculty
–the proletarianization of the professoriate
–links between this labor struggle and others past and present (especially in the Pittsburgh area)
–any topic related to these concerns

Proposals for non-traditional modes of participation are welcome as well. Some formats for these might include:
–art and creative writing panels (framed by your experience of creating this work under NTT working conditions or about the experiences of NTT faculty)
–interactive workshops that seek audience participation in ways that help us all to analyze and think reflexively about higher education institutions, funding, or any aspect of academic labor and life
–short performance pieces or multimedia presentations
–any other ideas you have for participation, just give us the details

Please email if you are interested in participating in, helping to plan, or attending the conference. For paper proposals, please send a 250-word abstract and short bio paragraph. For panels and roundtables, please send a 250-word panel description, plus 250-word abstracts of all papers/comments and bio paragraphs for all participants. For non-traditional ideas for participation or workshops, please send a 250- to 500-word description of your idea and a short bio paragraph for each participant. The deadline for submission of all proposals is September 15, 2012. Participants will hear back from the planning committee around October 15 at the latest, but please send your materials early and let us know if you need an early decision in order to facilitate travel funding requests at your institution. Informal inquiries before sending formal proposals are welcomed and encouraged for non-traditional presentations and workshops. Proposals from workers and scholars in the Pittsburgh region will be given priority.

Robin J. Sowards, Ph.D.
Duquesne University
English Department
600 Forbes Avenue
631 College Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

“Not merely the objective possibility, but also the subjective capacity for happiness, can only be achieved in freedom.” Theodor W. Adorno, /Minima Moralia/

“Madet orbis mutuo sanguine, et homicidium cum admittunt singuli, crimen est: Virtus vocatur, cum publice geritur.” [‘The world is drenched in mutual blood, and when individuals commit homicide, it is a crime; it is called a virtue when it is done in the name of the state.’] St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Letter to Donatus (par. 6)

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14. Hello All,

Adjunct Faculty members of The State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire/SEIU 1984 are facing a formidable challenge by the Community College System of New Hampshire, as we bargain for our first contract.

In the past few months, their mgmt. team: cancelled sessions, made regressive counter-proposals, and disrespectful remarks about our function and role in the community college system.

We are reaching out to all like-minded academic partners and friends. Will you show support for adjunct faculty by signing our petition?

We would appreciate your support by signing and circulating our petition to your friends, colleagues, and adjunct faculty that are struggling to improve their quality of life.

Once you sign the petition you will be automatically redirected to a share page.

Thank you for your support.

CCSNH Adjunct Faculty
SEA/SEIU Local 1984

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15. the Lumina Foundation along with Bill Gates gave WASC 1.5 million dollars. It is important for these mafia criminals to have complete control of all accrediting agencies for then they can use them, much like Wall St. id with Moodys and Standard and Poors, to rate schools for hostile takeover. This is all part of the takeover, hostile as it is, of the 112 community colleges.

The accreditation agencies are really being used to lower the ratings on community colleges to provide the excuse to take them over. SF CC must be seen in this light.

The Lumina Foundation has ten members which serve on its board that have ties with Sallie Mae and the Lumina Foundation is proposing four tenets of a program for community colleges that will include mandatory full time status to receive grants meaning that Student Loans will be needed for full time community college students hardly exist they have to work.

Take a look at Lumina Board members:

Lumina is not only a secret parliament that is now working assiduously to overtake through hostile takeover community colleges, but they have upped their budgets and targeted superficially post secondary education. Below are the four steps in order to get Lumina Funding and thus philanthropy money.

They will turn community colleges into a boot camp for low, entry level,low paid work and those who malinger, i.e. go to school to get an education, will be punished. Below you will see their four step program for dismantling access to and public education.

Lumina meets in luxury hotels where newly arriving, usually non-union immigrants or first generation immigrants serve them lavish luncheons with drinks, on cloth covered tables attending to all their needs while they plan the decimation of these same workers’ childrens’ future.

while the attention is on K-12 and testing and billionaires, Gates has upped his stake in post secondary and works closely with Lumina in creating the material conditions for school to work programs and community colleges as factories for ‘skills’.
Lumina’s “Four Steps to Finishing First ” program lays out a plan to achieve their goal of 60% attainment by 2025. Their method – use business type modeling to “increase productivity” (degree attainment); the assumed outcome of which will be more jobs created. The “Four Steps”:

1. Performance Funding – Don’t fund schools in the traditional budgeting process. Tie funding to performance. Legislators should “provide financial incentives to schools that help students clear certain milestones on their academic journeys or finish work toward their degrees or credentials.” More degrees = more money.


2. Student Incentives – Legislate tuition discounts and incentives to students who do not exceed the number of credits required for graduation. Limit financial aid to the required number of credits for graduation. In other words – better not change your major.


3. New Models – Institute low-cost approaches (specifically online degree programs) “substituted for traditional academic delivery whenever possible to increase capacity.”


4. Business Efficiencies – Implement business practices that “Produce Savings to Graduate More Students.” Part of the plan to be more “efficient” :

“At the state level, policymakers should limit the number of research institutions…research can be a problem at institutions that aspire to attract research funding, because fulfilling these aspirations can increase costs and reduce productivity in terms of serving undergraduate students.”


“Cut athletic funding – Competitive athletic programs almost always require substantial subsidies from colleges and universities that pull money away from academics.”

“Employee contributions to health care and retirement plans also deserve scrutiny and should be measured against other private sector, competitively established contribution and benefit levels.”

The plan cites The University of Maryland as a great example

RIGHT, AUSTERITY CUT BENEFITS AND HEALTH CARE NO MOR PENSIONS 401k OR NOTHING at success story in controlling costs…students and facultyexperiencing the deep program cuts imposed on that institution may disagree.


It is a vicious cycle – with ALEC and Lumina Foundation at the center. ALEC pushes legislation and policy which imposes draconian cuts to public higher education funding. Lumina lends financial and policy support to the agenda – and positions itself to step in with a “Four Step Plan” to fill the void. Lumina offers a brilliant talking point – “follow our plan, and more people will get college degrees, which means more people will get jobs…because (as everyone knows) people with degrees get hired more than people without.”


While these are lofty goals and wonderful ideals (for education is truly the cornerstone of democracy); with Lumina, the devil is in the details. There is a clear push in this agenda to privatize and take an opportunistic approach to a continuing economic recession (or as Paul Krugman more accurately says, depression). Educational Foundations such as Lumina and the Gates Foundation are taking on a greater roll in developing policy, as opposed to direct awards – and it is having an enormous effect, again, because of the draconian cuts being endured by public colleges and universities.

There are two questions to be addressed…first, what does this outsized financial influence by a select few on public education policy mean, and where are they taking us. And second – will more college degrees, as is the goal of Lumina, create more jobs…

It is important to note that this is now called ‘Advocacy philanthropy’ and although Lumina was in ALEC and is now out (due to publicity) they do not need ALEC. They have philanthrpy money (stolen from working people) at a time of austerity and this will give them leverage to completely overhaul through hostile takeover the entire CC system. They want a boot camp, or school to work with punishments for taking extra classes and forcing students to be on work tracks.

Here are a few other foundations, media groups and political leaders who have close ties to Lumina:

Friedman Foundation

Kipp Foundation

Hillsborough Education Foundation

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

McKnight Foundation

Yahoo! Finance

Sheila Simon

Jamie P. Merisotis

Center for Student Opportunity (CSO)

The Fiscal Times


Washington Area State Relations Group

Education Commission of the States

New America Foundation

American Association of Community Colleges

Excelencia in Education

The Education Trust

Achieving the Dream

As to SMC

a few searches for Dr. Tsang, Santa Monica College and the Lumina Foundation found they are in close contact.

Here is one of the agendas from a recent meeting where Lumina representatives and Chui Tsang and Louise Jaffe were highlighted guest speakers:

And there is more.

Louise Jaffe, SMC board of trustee was also involved in the conference with Chui Tsang which was sponsored by Lumina Foundation.

AB515 was Lumina based, they had their fingerprints all over it as the Student Success Task Force. they have now decided after the blowup at SMC that they will target, using their accrediting agencies and false data they derive from private data chop shops, that this campus or that campus must be taken over and perhaps even driven into receivership.

SMC has both federal and state lobbying firms.

SMC has a contract with the lobby firm: Statregic Education Services: see below. Please note the lobby firm’s other clients are privatization agenda companies- Connections is now owned by Pearson- the testing giant!!! K street consulting is another lobby firm. (Oakland Unified is one of K Street’s clients). there are major conflicts here between public instituions such as SMC and private education companies. Brownley is backed by the privatizers such as Edvoice. SF community college possible closure- not an accident as the privatizers continue to line the pockets of government decisions makers. Kathy The Student Success Task Force was written by individuals at CSU sacramento Institute for higher education leadership and Policy (IHELP). Dr. Wesley Apker was involved in IHELP-worked at IHELP and is a bad actor!!! He failed to disclose his economic conflicts on his required FPPC 700 form.

In addition, the SMC hired lobbyist, John P McAllister is a revolving door executive who formerly worked for congressman Bud Shuster (R) of PA in the 112th District who received his top support and lobbying from Republicans. In fact, all of his top contributions were made to and from Republicans.

Furthermore, Congressman Bud Shuster is a well known support of privatizing of education. In fact, his votes in congress further charter schools and the privatization of education.

The recent $82,500 expenditure in 2011 was costly and very bad timing given the current budget projections. Also, we are we supporting republican tied lobbyist who are known revolving door executives.

2011 was also the year that Julia Brownley was pushing AB515 at the state level. Regarding other wasted budget spending, SMC spent over $100,000 on a new logo in 2011. Many private schools also spend much money on branding and marketing, rather than properly funding their campus and opening new classes, hiring new teachers or providing excellent benefits to their workers.

In a message dated 8/12/2012 1:09:37 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:
Beezer — Thanks for this info.

The accrediting group us WASC — Western States Schools and Colleges, in case anyone wants to do more research.

At 12:26 PM 8/12/2012, Elizabeth de Martelly wrote:
> Summary of May 2012 Student Union Meeting in Santa Monica
> Over 100 students from 26 campuses met in LA’s Santa Monica College in May. At this meeting, they passed a mandate outlining the basic principals of an action-oriented, participatory democracy-based statewide student union that will fight educational austerity and privatization and work in solidarity with campus laborers to connect our struggles (please see the attached document and CA Student Union website for details: Importantly, participants at this meeting also agreed that students in NorCal should plan a follow-up conference to discuss the structure of this union formation, passing the baton to us!
> Campus/Union Reportbacks
> City College of San Francisco
> ~In June, WASK (a private accreditation firm) threatened to take away CCSF’s accreditation unless the campus overhauled just about everything. Critically, WASK is connected to the Student Success Task Force (bills intended to deny access and ration education).
> ~WASK has red-flagged 60% of the K-14 institutions in its jurisdiction, and many believe that the fate of CCSF could determine what happens to these other schools (i.e., if WASK wins in re-structuring CCSF, it will go after other schools).
> ~On October 15, CCSF must submit a preliminary report to WASK about how they will alter the institution to meet the firm’s requirements (many people commented that following WASK’s requests will result in a much less democratic, much less accessible, and significantly under-resourced institution).
> ~CCSF is mobilizing to fight this threat and call it out as bu….
> UC Berkeley
> ~There are new threats of fee hikes, where Prop. 30 is being used to de-mobilize and re-route our anti-austerity movement.
> ~This year, two unions (AFSCME and UAW) are entering into contract negotiations, and at least UAW is preparing to strike next year.
> ~Students interested in forming a statewide union have continued to meet and are forming/joining broad coalitions to start a wider conversation about educational austerity and ways to combat it.
> ~CSU faculty settled their contract and will not strike.
> ~UESF held secret negotiations and settled for half of the sum they had asked for, which will mean significant budget cuts. A “no vote” campaign is being organized.
> ~Prop. 30 is destructive and teachers are being forced to lobby for it rather than put their energies into building a long-term, sustained movement.
> Proposals that Passed
> 1. To plan a conversation-based forum (referred to in this meeting as “Bay Area Solidarity Forum”) to discuss the purpose of a student union and to build for a larger conference.
> Location: TBD (ideas that came up: somewhere in SF, at CCSF, or at UC Berkeley)
> Timeline: before larger conference (likely mid-late September)
> ~good to have this forum in earlier in the semester, like September 15
> ~this forum doesn’t necessarily have to be on a weekend
> Ideas/Scope:
> ~conversations/brief presentations about the purpose of a student union and international models
> ~focus on international solidarity and international student union leaders can come to this event (if not to the conference)
> Follow-Up:
> ~Location/Date Committee: Meleiza (bottlomlining), Millie, Juan, and Alex
> *At the August 25 meeting, this group will present a proposal for potential dates and locations for the Bay Area Solidarity Forum.
> 2. To hold a large student union conference where proposals for the structure of the union will be discussed and voted on, and where there may be some educational component, potentially on a second day.
> Location: preferably at CCSF, but if students are unable to mobilize, then UC Berkeley will be a back-up
> Timeline: between mid-September and October 20
> ~late September/early October: organizing far ahead of elections will help people see this movement as an alternative to electoral politics
> ~October 6: it would be better to have an organizing body in place before the WASK report is due (October 15) so that students can take on significant actions on the 15th (like shutting down the campus through mass walk outs or occupying a building–one person mentioned that such tactics may be the only way to stop WASK); October 15 was chosen for us, so we have to build our struggle around it and create the awareness/momentum before the 15th
> ~October 20: the Saturday following the October 15 deadline where CCSF will have to submit a preliminary proposal for how it will satisfy the accreditation committee’s demands; people will be angry, and this could help mobilize them
> Ideas/Scope:
> ~solicit as many proposals as possible about how the student union will function/be structured
> ~bring in international union leaders from Mexico, Chile, Quebec, Mexicali, etc. and/or do fundraising to help with the fines and fees many unionists are facing
> Follow-Up:
> ~Location/Date Committee: Beezer (bottomlining), Carla, Kitty, and Carlos
> *At the August 25 meeting, this group will present a proposal for potential dates and locations for the Student Union Conference, where CCSF is our first choice, and UC Berkeley is a back-up.
> 3. To assemble a group of people to draft a proposal for the structure of the union.
> Summary of Working Groups
> Bay Area Solidarity Forum Location/Date Committee:
> Meleiza (bottlomlining), Millie, Juan, and Alex
> *At the August 25 meeting, this group will present a proposal for potential dates and locations for the forum (likely mid-late September)
> Statewide Student Union Conference Location/Date Committee:
> Beezer (bottomlining), Carla, Kitty, and Carlos
> *At the August 25 meeting, this group will present a proposal for potential dates and locations for the conference, where CCSF is our first choice, and UC Berkeley is a back-up (likely early-mid October).
> Outreach Committee:
> Andy and Juan (bottomliners), Carlos and Kitty (fliers)
> *These folks will create fliers for outreaching the August 25 meeting; create/update a facebook page; upload content onto the student union website; and they will draft/help draft a longer call for the forum and conference once the dates and locations are finalized (this call should include information about what’s happening at CCSF as well as the October 15 WASK deadline)
> Facilitation and Agenda Planning for August 25 Meeting:
> Carlos, Rea, and Beezer
> **If anyone wants to join any of these committees, just respond to this thread! Folks in SoCal: we can’t wait for you to plug in, but we gotta put a few more pieces in place first :)**
> Schedule of Upcoming Student Union Planning Meetings
> Saturday, August 25 at 12pm: UAW Hall (2070 Allston Way, Suite 205 in Berkeley)
> Saturday, September 8 at 12pm: Redstone Building (2926 16th St. in SF)
> Announcements and Upcoming Actions
> Monday, August 13 at 4pm: meeting at CCSF’s Ocean Campus
> ~will discuss actions for CCSF’s opening week of classes, which start August 15
> Monday, August 13 at 6pm: The Women’s Building (3543 18th St. in SF)
> ~Occupy SF Forum and teach-in about CCSF and educational austerity/privatization
> Wednesday, August 15 from 10am-2pm: CCSF Ocean Campus (50 Phelan Ave. in SF)
> ~an informational picket on the first day of classes to educate students about what’s going on at CCSF
> Sunday, August 23 at 6pm: at Francesco’s Italian Restaurant (8520 Pardee Dr. in Oakland)
> ~OEA Skyle conference
> Monday, September 17 all day: Occupy SF
> ~anniversary of Occupy and “Hell no, we won’t pay” actions
> ~Occupy Education NorCal voted to sponsor this meeting and outreach for attendance
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