Update on the May UC Regents’ meeting

Our comrades at Reclaim UC have excellent coverage, as well as a critical appraisal of Sherry Lansing, the Regents’ newly elected chair.  According to the Daily Cal,

Yudof said in the event that an all-cuts budget is passed, the UC will have to struggle to fill the gap in a short period of time using a bridging strategy and a 32 percent midyear fee increase the board would have to approve.

Another possible fee-related change would be

differential tuition by campus – an idea that has stirred controversy in the weeks leading up to the meeting.

While some said that all options needed to be on the table, others cautioned that differential tuition would have a multitude of negative impacts on the university, including increasing counterproductive competition between campuses and unequal qualities of education from campus to campus.

Also of note, the Regents rescinded approval of the controversial renovation of Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley.  Campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof refused to address this decision, insisting,

Construction continues apace and we are confident that as a result of this process, the Court’s concerns will be fully addressed without stopping or delaying the construction activities that will fulfill our commitment to improve the seismic safety of the Stadium.

We’ll keep tabs on developments over the course of the summer.


One response to “Update on the May UC Regents’ meeting

  1. Milan Moravec

    Solve the problem of increases in tuition at University of California. Californians pay toward University of California (UC) costs. As Californians face foreclosure, unemployment & depressed wages it’s about time that the timid UC Board of Regents & President showed some leadership by curbing costs, particularly wages, benefits. The UC system is not untouchable. As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private & public universities. If the wages are better elsewhere, UCOP, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty should apply for the positions. If wages keep employees committed to UC, leave for the better paying job. Talented, ambitious employees will be promoted to the vacancies. The sky will not fall at UC. California suffers from the worst deficit in modern times. UC wages & benefits must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. UCOP, campus chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty are replaceable by like or more talented individuals.
    Curb UC tuition increases:
    No furloughs
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
    18 percent prune of campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

    A rose bush blooms after pruning.

    The UC Board of Regents can show leadership by bridging the trust gap to the public by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect the depressed wages of California. The sky has not, & will not fall at UC.
    Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor & Legislature make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Then come to the public for specified, continuing or new taxes.
    Thanking you in advance for your partnership & for standing up for all Californians & University of California system.

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