Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UC Pension and Tuition - and more on Knowing IX...

SF Business Times UC president walks tightrope between pension costs and tuition hike - includes UC Pension info graphic
Napolitano and her team are correct in saying that a 5 percent tuition hike for each of the next five years — assuming no increase in state funding that would lower that increase — will put the 10-campus system on solid financial footing. California Gov. Jerry Brown is right to say the UC system needs to be smarter in its spending. UC students and their families are right to complain about tuition that, if all stands as voted last week by UC regents, will have increased 135 percent from fall 2007 to $15,564 in fall 2019.
What's being overlooked, though, are some of the reasons we got here in the first place: The cost of UC pensions and the historic inability of California politicians and UC leaders to make tough decisions.

Remaking the University: The Impact of Tuition Hikes On Undergraduate Debt
- gets real on UC tuition as a lived experience by students and their parents.
WBUR Here and Now Interview with Napolitano - interview highlights and article here: "On why tuition needs to increase,On what the UC system has done, On the issue of campus sexual assault"The UC Student Regent comments on tuition and admin bloat also covered in it. Napolitano and UCOP continue to lean heavily on that PPIC report.
- and she comments on her alma mater UVA and that RollingStone article.

(Is PPIC the equivalent of the disbanded-unfunded-state agency-non partisan CPEC, or not? Who fact checks or confirms the analysis, data from their reports? The LAO?)
On that UVA coverage- noted this here at HuffPo:
Later, however, as the meeting neared its third hour, board member Edward D. Miller interrupted to note the Visitors were laughing too much for a session dedicated to such a serious issue. Miller commented through a conference call, as he was not able to be there in person. His comment was quietly applauded by public audience members.

After the laughter died down, the board voted to pass Dragas' resolution to commit to a zero tolerance policy on sexual assault, though university administrators have gone on record opposing zero tolerance approaches to student misconduct.

"Part of the reason we got here is because we swept things under the rug," Dragas said at the end of the meeting, insisting the culture of UVA was to contain secrets. She called on the university to commit to a "transparent, accountable process" as they move forward.

The board livestreamed the meeting online but did not allow for public comment or questions from the press.

The President of the UC Regents Gov Brown in coverage on CA pensions here and here
Happy, Peaceful, Exciting, Bountiful Holidays- For All.

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