Thursday, May 21, 2015

UPDATED: Are 'They' Meeting Friday, too?

They leave it: a mystery for those weren't there today to watch the end or didn't watch the live stream...
- cuz you CAN'T : SEE how they adjourned today's afternoon session to discern if they will or will not be meeting tomorrow
UPDATE- On Friday they decided to post the archive of the Thursday afternoon session, you can view it at this link:

a few more links...

Mercury News editorial: UC needs to fund benefits or end them

and Sac Bee editorial:Brown, Napolitano get A-plus for compromise on UC tuition

In return, the UC will have to do some pension reform, which they’ve tried before, wanly. Compared to new state workers, university executives retire in Fat City. Brown and his finance director, Michael Cohen, were adamant that there will be no wiggle room this time, not even for top hiring prospects. So this aspect of UC’s culture will have to change.
Brown was strategic, looking to the state’s cap-and-trade gusher for help with some campus maintenance projects.


Educating Californians is the school’s core mission, and in-state enrollment must increase.


UCSF has new alumni regent designate

Daily Cal: UC regents approve increases in undergrad nonresident tuition, endorse funding agreement

The regent vote effectively removes Napolitano’s authority to raise resident tuition over the next two years and limits her authority to raise tuition by, at most, the rate of inflation for the following three years, amending the tuition authorization passed by the board in November.

SF Gate: UC regents give thumbs-up to tuition trade-off

Daily Bruin: UC Regents endorse state budget plan keeping in-state tuition flat

LA Times gets into the 'not so sunny': UC regents endorse Brown's funding plan, but look to lawmakers for more
- some of the UC Regents acknowledged the 'gaping hole'
Daily Democrat includes:
Hans Johnson, a higher education expert at the Public Policy Institute of California, called the deal “certainly a lot better for the university than what had been originally proposed by the governor,” but providing for more in-state enrollment is crucial.

Except for during these last few years of recession and budget cuts, “in general the practice was to tie funding increases to some kind of enrolment expectations,” he said — yet this deal doesn’t create more slots for qualified in-state high-school graduates.

“We’re losing tens of thousands of students who are eligible each year for UC or CSU,” Johnson said. “I think that’s a big issue.”

UC admission logjam concerns Board of Regents

The only regent who initially said he might vote against the deal was former Assembly Speaker John Perez. He said letting Napolitano automatically increase tuition by the rate of inflation in future years would "abdicate some of our responsibilities" both to her and to the Legislature.

But Napolitano said the board still will vote on any future tuition increases. She and Perez huddled for a side conversation, ending with mutual nods and Napolitano's collegial pat on Perez's back. Perez then proclaimed the deal "pretty damned good" compared to the five-year series of increases he had opposed late last year, and he said he would vote for it with the understanding that the board can revisit it if the Legislature makes changes.

Is there some pension precedent UC hopes can be set?

nbc local,AP: UC Board of Regents OK's 8 Percent Fall Tuition Hikes for Non-Residents

SF Chron:Governor to business leaders: Downturn could be looming

Daily Cal with:
Although both the UC Student Association and Student Regent-Designate Avi Oved said the agreement was a win, the UCSA said the agreement should be made to benefit all students, and Oved said students had not been a big part of the conversation.

“I think that there needs to be a better sense of what engagement and consultation looks like, because students and administration are speaking different languages,” Oved said.

Daily Bruin has: Arthur Wang: ‘Bloody Thursday’ defines lack of dialogue between UC, students

Students have long felt rather powerless and like they lack a say in the policies and goals of the UC. That is because the UC continues to suffer from a lack of dialogue between officials and student voices. The student regent position on the UC Board of Regents is one of the only substantial avenues that students have to influence UC policy within the institution itself – and there is only one voting student regent at a time, who only has one year of voting power. The student representative’s powers must be expanded or multiplied if students want a University that most faithfully serves student needs.

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