In 1967, California Governor Ronald
Reagan issued several financial cuts in an attempt to balance the state budget, which deeply
affected the salaries and educational goals of the CSU system. Professors at SFVSC took an
active stand against the proposed budget cuts by joining with the American Federation of
Teachers in the 1967 Teachers Strike. Abcarian's campus unrest papers document the turmoil
facing CSUN and the nation at large during the late 1960s. The issues of academic freedom,
civil and student rights, teacher's salaries and the Vietnam War are central to the
As a member of the CSUN faculty, Dr. Abcarian took an active role throughout the last half
of the 1960s supporting several key protest movements that occurred on the campus of
California State University, Northridge, then called San Fernando Valley State College. In
1967, then Governor Ronald Reagan issued several financial cuts to balance the state budget
which deeply affected the salaries and educational goals of the CSU system. Professors at
SFVSC took an active stand against the proposed budget cuts by joining ranks with the
American Federation of Teachers in the 1967 Teachers Strike. Dr. Abcarian, along with other
members of the faculty and activists in the student body, also actively supported fellow
English professor Barry Sander during his retention case following his unexpected firing by
the University's administration.
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