02 March 2010

March 4

March 4 is only a couple of days away, and a number of events are scheduled around the state, including a rally on the Capitol steps. The administration has mounted a sizable effort to redirect the protests away from Oakland towards Sacramento, and certainly the dysfunctional Legislature and ineffective Governor bear much of the fault for the current state of the University. But it is also clear that, under the heading "never let a good crisis go to waste," UCOP is looking to use the current situation to push through momentous changes in the way the University is funded and run, from a shift to a "public/private" model to an attack on faculty governance (a weak senate leadership being complicit in this effort).

Will it work? Much depends on participation on the various campuses, especially when it comes to faculty that until now have preferred to sit on the sidelines.

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