Tuesday, September 22, 2009

USC Faculty Letter Supporting Sept 24 Day of Action

 We, the undersigned faculty and graduate students of the University of Southern California, write to express our solidarity with the University of California professors, students and employees in their system-wide walk-out, 24 September, 2009.

The walk-out has been called in response to the UC administration’s handling of budget cuts over the summer, which have harmed the university’s mission, disproportionately affected students and lower-paid workers, and compromised the University’s principle of shared governance. The University of California is a cornerstone of social and economic progress, and these cuts reflect a massive failure of our larger economic and political system.  Nonetheless, the cuts have been planned, announced and implemented after minimal consultation with the UC community. They fail to take into consideration numerous alternative budgetary measures that could meet the budget shortfall with greater fairness and less impact upon UC’s capacity to fulfill its core educational tasks.  The upper administration has flouted the traditions of shared governance with faculty, without which no university can achieve or maintain a high quality of research or teaching, and it has imposed furloughs and layoffs upon its lowest-paid workers rather than generating these funds through more substantial reductions to the size of the management and to executive compensation.  We repudiate such measures, no matter which institutions they affect.

But we are not concerned only with the manner through which the cuts have been proposed and implemented and the negative example it presents to academic institutions nationally.  We are concerned that these cuts represent a further downward step towards the irrevocable decline and steady corporatization of the University of California.  We are concerned that the UC’s administration is willing to sacrifice the internationally recognized quality and accessibility of its campuses for increased dependence on down-sizing and private funding.  Rather than engage in a serious reevaluation of budgetary priorities or take up the political fight for the survival and reinvigoration of public education, they have opted for cuts, increased fees, and corporate funding.

In his recent speech to a joint session of Congress, President Obama invoked the example of the role that public universities play in setting a standard and a model for the private universities.  As faculty and students of a private university, we thoroughly concur with that observation.  Public education—free as it has been or should be from the interests that inevitably come attached to private funding, however philanthropic, and free as it can be from the demands of fee-based revenue—has established throughout California and the nation an example of disinterested learning and research.  It has helped to guarantee the autonomy of academic pursuits and the possibility of exploring avenues of research and teaching that do not ultimately depend on their immediately measurable value, either socially or economically.  In doing so, it has set a standard which any private university that lays claims to be a first-rate research university must and should emulate.

We believe that a well-funded and faculty-led system of public education is the cornerstone of all educational quality, private and public, in the state and the nation.  Without a vigorous public university education, available to all at reasonable cost, no academic institutions will thrive as they should. We therefore stand in solidarity with faculty, students and employees of the University of California in their walk-out and in their ongoing campaign against the cuts in California’s historically leading university system. We call on the UC administration, and in particular on President Yudof, to negotiate in good faith with their representatives in order to arrive at a fairer and more far-sighted budgetary solution.  And we call on politicians and policy-makers state-wide to consider the dismal effects of any further decline in UC’s standards and reputation for the state as a whole.

Elinor Accampo

Paul Adler

Deborah Alkamano

American Studies and Ethnicity

Lois Banner

History and Gender Studies

Rick Berg


Brandon Best

American Studies and Ethnicity

Brent Blair


Sheila Briggs

Religion and Gender Studies

Jolie Chea

American Studies and Ethnicity

Jih-Fei Cheng

American Studies and Ethnicity

Araceli Esparza

American Studies and Ethnicity

Vincent Farenga


Joshua Goldstein


Macarena Gomez-Barris

American Studies and Ethnicity and Social Science

Sandy Green


Ariela J. Gross


Larry Gross


Judith Halberstam

American Studies and Ethnicity and English

William Handley


Carol Hofmann


Janet Hoskins


Mark Irwin


Jane Naomi Iwamura

Religion and American Studies & Ethnicity

David James


Peggy Kamuf

Comparative Literature

Colin Keaveney

French and Italian

Robin Kelley

American Studies and Ethnicity and History

Tony Kemp


Priscilla Leiva

American Studies and Ethnicity

Akira Lippit

Comparative Literature, CNTV and East Asian Languages

David Lloyd


Alvaro Marquez

American Studies and Ethnicity

Tara McPherson


Natania Meeker

Comparative Literature

Celeste Menchaca

American Studies and Ethnicity

Claudia Moatti


Viet Nguyen

English and American Studies and Ethnicity

Laura Pulido

American Studies and Ethnicity

Jessica Quizar

American Studies and Ethnicity

Shana L. Redmond

American Studies and Ethnicity and English

Abigail Rosas

American Studies and Ethnicity

John Carlos Rowe

American Studies and Ethnicity and English

Margaret Salazar

American Studies and Ethnicity

Sriya Shrestha

American Studies and Ethnicity

Bruce Smith


Nomi Stolzenberg


Karen Tongson

English and Gender Studies

Yushi Yamazaki

American Studies and Ethnicity


Andrea Bertozzi said...

Thank you USC!! I have to ask though whether the letter was presented to any of the math/science/engineering faculty? I have many good colleagues in the Math Department at USC and am curious if they even knew about this letter circulating. I ask only because I think it would carry more weight with a more diverse collection of faculty, especially if it presented to members of the CA government. Still it's nice for those of us at UCLA to have this support from our friends across town at USC.

Judith Grant said...

Great to see so many of my old friends and colleagues on this list.
In solidarity,
Judith Grant

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