I have been reading the Daily Cal newsletter online and am wondering what effect will the All UC Campus Faculty Walkout on Sept 24 have on the students?
I can understand why the faculty is angry about the budget cuts, furloughs, etc. I have read the arguments on both sides. However, what I do not understand is why they are taking it out on the students, except to make their voices heard even more. Seems to me that forcing kids into the politics of running a University is going to make this years' high school seniors question whether or not they even want to apply to the UCs or attend with all of the controversy.
Longer term, I am also wondering what effect the budget cuts will have on the professors at Cal. I have read that five prominent faculty already left UC San Diego this summer (one for Columbia) for higher paying work, and that some Cal profs are already entertaining the idea of leaving for better salaries and offers elsewhere.
So the Walkout may be small (only missing a day of class) in comparison to the big picture (UC quality reduced with potential brain drain), but prospective students are taking notice and wondering how all of this will impact the future of the university and the UC system.