Monday, November 17, 2014

At Great Length- here we go...

Prof Rei Terada has a post: at Reclaim UC with some thoughts on the tuition increases


including a reminder of this section from a Remaking the University (Prof Meranze) post:

It is important to recognize the assumption that state increases will continue: although most of the discussion and argument has been about the 5% figure UCOP's proposal actually leaves open the possibility of up to a 9% tuition increase if the Governor follows through on his insistence that he will only allow General Fund increases if tuition remains frozen.
I am not sure if UCOP simply fumbled the roll-out (so that now the university will look even worse if it tries to increase tuition by more than 5%) or if it was trying to pin down the state. But whatever the explanation, the possibility of further overburdening students is real.
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See UCSD Guardian Guest Commentary: Funding the UC
Financial aid officers and the UC Office of the President continue to reassure students that receive financial aid that they will not be impacted.

How can they say that?
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KCRA with comment from the Governor and UCD student comments on how tuition hikes would impact them:
"I'm not going to discuss university matters on a Sunday," Brown told KCRA 3 before heading into services. "There will be plenty of time and I'll be available to talk at great length."
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reminder Monday 9am KQED Forum talk UC Tuition Hike Proposal Upsets Students, Pits UC President Against Governor -listen:
Host: Michael Krasny
Guests:
Ana Tintocalis, education reporter for KQED News
H.D. Palmer, deputy director of external affairs for the California Department of Finance
Kevin Sabo, board chair of the University of California Student Association
Steve Montiel, media contact for the UC Regents and the UC President's Office


What do they discuss? They discuss:

- the way Prop 30 funds were allocated, planning for life after Prop 30 etc. and how student leaders are excluded from that conversation

-the $7 Billion pension retirement issue and the twenty year holiday that caused it

-UC Ventures raised repeatedly, Montiel keeps on alluding to possibility/likelihood that UC can make money from UC Ventures, startup funding, patents etc. Montiel mentions that UC Ventures is run out of the Chief Investments Office as a selling point.

-some callers and guests raise the issue of Napolitano possibly disappointing a lot of UC stakeholders and community b/c she is not using her political clout, savvy in the best ways: like tacking Prop 13, etc. and getting more money directed toward stable predictable funding Sacramento directs to UC, instead of hitting up the students and creating a beef with the Gov in the process.

-a perception- from Sacramento and at campuses- that Napolitano has not consulted with elected UC student leadership regarding tuition and discussion of how that might be against some UC and leg rules. Hangouts and discussions with students on Title IX, immigration cited but no direct conversation with student leaders on tuition hikes moves discussed.

-Justification for high salaries for Senior Management admin

- and lots more in their discussion.

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and KPFA UpFront program has an interview with Prof Chris Newfield at the 34:00 mark here on tuition hikes and then it moves into a discussion on fossil fuels divestment movement at UC.
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Also Prof. Schwartz research came up in that SF Chronicle piece over the weekend titled variously (depending on the format you read it in) as: 'UC Fails To Reveal Spending Details - data under new law sought in Tuition Debate', 'UC Resists Detailing How It Spends Public Money' and 'UC resists law requiring disclosure of expenditures'

The Schwartz paper -in full- can be found here: Who Pays The Hidden Costs Of University Research?

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