Strike Syllabus Week 3: Profits, Austerity, and Worker Suppression at the Neoliberal University

Slide deck here

Facilitators: Eugene & Thomas (UCSB)

Week 3’s presentation has us take a closer look at the leadership of the University of California, examining the makeup of the UC Board of Regents & UC Office of the President, as well as their actions, in producing the types of educational pressures we see in the UC today. If it’s a matter of management, the UC isn’t the font of educational opportunity it advertises for itself, but rather looking primarily at profit margins. The presenters, Thomas (he/him) & Eugene (he/him), will be giving an extended-length lecture about the corporate structurization of the UC, how the 2008 recession paved the path forward for tuition amounts and student admissions, as well as the ongoing battle about outsourced work. How the internal structure of the UC system affects its workers and students is integral to seeing how the COLA movement will need to be addressed at the UC-level in order to produce lasting change.


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Public education free and accessible for everyone - without student debt.
Critical thinking and skills - not bound to the imperatives of the market.
Communities of care and shared struggle - not competition for grades & grants.
Brilliance - without ‘experts’.

Learn your power to organize personal and social transformation.
Decolonize, democratize, queer, and abolish the university.