Taiz, Lillian


Lillian Taiz is a professor of History at CSU Los Angeles and President of the California Faculty Association (CFA). CFA is the labor union representing 23,000 faculty members, coaches, counselors and librarians working in the CSU system.

We Need a More Transparent & Inclusive Search For a New Cal State University Chancellor

By Lillian Taiz
California Faculty Association

As we feared, an announcement regarding the process of searching for a new chancellor of the California State University, issued yesterday by the CSU Public Affairs office, disappoints in a number of important ways.

Although we are gratified that the CSU Board of Trustees plans to hold a meeting “to receive input from CSU stakeholders and the public,” Tuesday’s announcement indicates that a job announcement and position description have already been created, released, and widely circulated.

California Faculty Association’s (CFA) Open Letter to Trustees on Chancellor Search

By Lillian Taiz
California Faculty Association

According to a recent Sacramento Bee editorial (June 3, 2012), in 1997 the search for a new CSU Chancellor “was marred by a board decision to conduct the search in secret.” The process, according to the then Board Chairwoman, was to be “‘completely confidential up until we announce who the new chancellor will be.’” The Sacramento Bee has urged that the 2012 search should be different.

We could not agree more. We hope that under your leadership the current Board of Trustees will seize this opportunity to ensure that the process used to select the next leader of our system can help turn the page and establish a fresh, collaborative working relationship among the entire university community.

California State University Leaders Modeling The “People’s University” After The “For-Profit Education Sector”

By Lillian Taiz
California Faculty Association

Without a public mandate and without open discussion within democratic processes, the administration of the California State University is transforming California’s great public university—“The People’s University”—into the image of a For-Profit higher education enterprise.

This is the overall assessment of “For-Profit Higher Education and the California State University: A Cautionary Tale,” a white paper the California Faculty Association released Tuesday at a meeting of the CSU’s Board of Trustees.

For years, the faculty on campuses up and down this state have tried, in vain, to get CSU administrators and its Trustees to rethink the path they are on. Some of them, having decided that the era of public funding for higher education is over, have set a course for our state university system that threatens to nail the coffin shut on public higher education.

Why California State University Faculty Will Strike on November 17

By Lillian Taiz
California Faculty Association

Today-- November 17th the faculty of this great university system will take the historic step of striking on two campuses—Cal State East Bay and Dominguez Hills.

Faculty and staff have been more than patient we have watched this administration focus obsessively on the wellbeing of Presidents and top managers and pay millions to consultants who duplicate the work of existing departments.

We have waited for years for this Chancellor and this Board to prioritize the people of California and the people out on the campuses—the students, staff and faculty —who built this system.

Time for the CSU's Top Brass to Look in the Mirror

By Lillian Taiz
California Faculty Association

As soon as he took office, Gov. Brown set a new standard for a more frugal and more focused model of state government. Even as he tackled a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall he demonstrated, by eliminating cell phones and state cars, that priorities matter, in small ways as well as large.

The Governor wants to ensure that California’s public institutions live up to the mission for which they were created.

It is in that spirit that the California Faculty Association launched a CSU Waste Whistleblower web page where people can log on and anonymously submit tips about state funding that is being wasted, misspent or improperly used on the California State University's 23 campuses or in its offices in Long Beach or Sacramento.

Cal State University Faculty Statement on “Fees” Vs. “Tuition”

By Lillian Taiz
California Faculty Association

Words matter. Everyone knows it's true, even though some would deny it.  

That is why a little item on the agenda at the California State University Trustees meeting this week jumped out at those of us who believe that our state university is an investment in the future by making sure higher education is available to every Californian who can benefit from it.

That agenda item notified the Trustees and the public that the CSU Chancellor plans to issue an executive order that student "fees" charged to attend the CSU henceforth shall be known as "tuition."

The Buck Stops With California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed

By Lillian Taiz
California Faculty Association

Just under two weeks ago our CFA staff, while searching for financial information on the CSU Chancellor's website, stumbled across minutes of meetings involving the top financial leaders of the California State University.

We were shocked to find that these minutes record comments by top executives of the CSU saying that auditors have found inappropriate co-mingling of taxpayer dollars with private donations and other business revenues inside the university’s 90 affiliated auxiliary organizations.

Massive Protests Reveal Urgent Need for National Recommitment to Education

By Lillian Taiz
California Faculty Association

The March 4th actions in support of public education around California and in 32 other states have fired the imagination of Americans who believe in our public school system.

Here in California, as leaders make decisions about how we will fund education, tens of thousands of ordinary people took to the streets to say loudly and clearly that the time has come for our state to reinvest in public schools and colleges. 

The March 4th protests were historic. They were the largest statewide actions for education in memory. Moreover, for the first time in our state, all segments of public education from pre-school through Ph.D are working together to secure our educational system’s future.

Restructuring the CSU or Wrecking it? What Proposed Changes mean and What We Can Do About Them

By Lillian Taiz
President, California Faculty Association

Like so many other public institutions these days, the California State University is under attack. Not just from the deep and persistent budget cuts, but also from a radical change in the way university administrators want to deliver higher education.

Today, the California faculty Association has released a white paper detailing this disturbing trend entitled, “Restructuring” the CSU or Wrecking It?”

To view the white paper, go to: http://restructuringcsu.wordpress.com/

This authoritative report seeks to address the top down call for “restructuring” occurring throughout the CSU and UC systems and offers insight into the political agendas that may be driving the trend.

The white paper also makes it clear that, without any public conversation, there is a profound shift in public policy taking place concerning the CSU’s mission.