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ISSUE 7 / December 2013

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Diana Guerin, Chair of the Academic Senate CSU, urges you to tune in — literally — to the Board of Trustees for a glimpse of what makes individual members, and the Board as a whole, tick. More »


Reports from the Standing Committees

Chairs of the ASCSU’s committees—Christine Miller of Academic Affairs (AA), Manzar Foroohar of Faculty Affairs (FA), and Praveen Soni of Fiscal and Governmental Affairs (FGA)—report on committee work underway and plans for the future. More »

New "Outstanding Faculty" Website Debuts (Diana W. Guerin - Chair, Academic Senate CSU)

Award-winning campus faculty members—and their achievements in teaching, scholarship, and service—are now getting system-wide and statewide recognition as this new site launches. More »
Op-Ed (Susan Gubernat - Member-at-Large, Academic Senate CSU)
How to define a high-quality education for all undergraduates in the CSU. More »

Capitol Watch

Our “Man in Sacramento” Tom Krabacher keeps his fingers on the pulse of state government and predicts what we might expect from the legislature in the next session. More »

Bookmarks - A Handy list of URLs worth keeping on your desktop for future reference

Please send your URL suggestions to: Susan Gubernat, Member-at-Large

Book List- What Faculty colleagues are reading and recommending:

Evgeny Morozov. To Save Everything, Click Here:The Folly of Technological Solutionism PublicAffairs [Perseus Books Group]: 2013 - Data collection and processing have gone large-scale, and many in our society see technology as the solution to any social or political problem. The MOOC mania of the past year or so is clear evidence of that trend, as is the continuing push for more and more data collection and centralized processing.Morozov provides a well-informed and thoughtful counterpoint to the siren call of technology. He asserts that “solutionism,” which he defines as the tendency to define problems as problems based solely on the fact that we have nice and quick technological solutions for solving them, leads inevitably to an impoverished understanding of the world around us. He also argues that techno-evangelist reverence for the Internet is misplaced and notes that with data, as with so much else, more is not always better. By no means is Morozov’s text a light read; however, it is a wickedly intellectual manifesto debunking some of the snake-oil peddled by so many Silicon Valley apostles of technology. (Steve Filling [Stanislaus]; Vice Chair, ASCSU)

Michael Sandel. What Money Can’t Buy—The Moral Limits of Markets Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: 2012 - How far can/should we push market-based solutions? Can we ethically transact in kidneys or eyes? What are the ethics of paying extra to get to the front of the queue? Should we bribe children to get good grades? Should we raise money for public services by selling advertising space on fire trucks and police cars? Sandel addresses some difficult questions arising from the continued economization of our life-world, and does a masterful job of highlighting those difficult questions with clear and thought-compelling anecdotes. Reading Sandel’s text one gets a feel for what his [always oversold] courses at Harvard must be like—he excels at questioning the core values of our society in ways that encourage engagement. Given strong and continuing attempts to shift education from a public good valued by and funded by society into a private good sourced only in economic transactions, this text is critical reading for those who have dedicated their lives to education or social justice. (Steve Filling)

Gavin Newsom. Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government Penguin: 2013 - The Lieutenant Governor’s book has some interesting ideas regarding the use of technology to increase democratic governance. I recommend it. (Bill Blischke, Professor Emeritus, CSU Dominguez Hills; ERFA Liaison to the ASCSU)

The Faculty to Faculty Newsletter editor welcomes op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and suggestions for “Bookmarks” and “Book List.” Please send to Include your name, campus affiliation, and best email address. We reserve the right to edit submissions for length and clarity.


Board of Trustees Report

In the nick of time, newly appointed Faculty Trustee Steven Stepanek took his seat at the November Board meeting. He introduces himself and shares his perspectives on his first meeting. More »

Resolution Summaries

At the October 31-November 1 plenary, the ASCSU passed six resolutions and three commendations. Four more resolutions were introduced and will be acted upon at the January plenary session. Summaries of these are provided. More »
Upcoming 2013 ASCSU Meeting dates
January 22 - ASCSU Standing Committee meetings
January 23-24 - ASCSU Plenary

February 21 - Standing Committee Interim meetings

March 19 - ASCSU Standing Committee meetings
March 20-21 - ASCSU Plenary

April 11 - Standing Committee Interim meetings

April TBD - ASCSU Legislative Days

May 14 - ASCSU Standing Committee meetings
May 15-16 - ASCSU Plenary
May 16 - ASCSU Organizational Meeting and election of 2014-15 officers
Coming in 2014 - Thursday & Friday, November 13-14:
The ASCSU Academic Conference in Long Beach immediately following the Board of Trustees' meeting,



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