Sunday, August 23, 2015

"the shine is off of it" --and the list goes on...

Students Claim A Financial Aid Nightmare Happening at UC Irvine see:
Petitioning UC Irvine Administration & Office of Financial Aid

UC Irvine, Stop Denying Students Timely Financial Aid

UC Irvine Class of 2019

this new post:
UCOP Begins Process To Reduce Pension Benefits For Employees

could it really be a surprise given the talk about 'JP Morgan at UCSF' during the UC Regents July Meeting (that Blum organized?)

yes, UC Regents goin' after a 'mom and pop' hardware store in LA:

UC Board of Regents files lawsuit against Santa Monica business

But this other/next story falls in line with what the UC PATH 'project' has come to symbolize, how it represents UCOP and UC Regents priorities, decision-making.

See Daily Cal “the UC Board of Regents’ lawsuit against the firm that consulted the university in developing the UC Student Health Insurance Plan continued this week”

The university alleged in court documents that the company misrepresented itself as an expert in health insurance for higher education and “failed to be candid with the university” about the risks and challenges of switching to a self-funded insurance plan in which the university would assume direct financial risk.
The university’s complaint claims that while the university relied on Aon Hewitt’s expertise to determine the feasibility of consolidating a systemwide health insurance plan, the company falsely projected $10 million savings in cost in the first year alone.
The company’s “negligent and reckless errors,” the complaint alleges, caused a $4.83 million deficit in plan year 2010-11, and the regents said Aon Hewitt failed to adjust accordingly in the next two plan years, leading to a total deficit of $57.41 million.
As a result of the deficit, UC Berkeley withdrew from UC SHIP and returned to its self-operated, fully funded Student Health Insurance Plan in 2013.

Marin Voice: As higher education fees rise, more students fall through the cracks

California’s earlier open-door policy represented more than simple, good-hearted benevolence. It reflected the certain understanding by state leaders of the connection between a skilled population and the economic well-being of the state.
Even with Pell grants and a variety of other government aid and private scholarships, the average graduate still leaves both UC and CSU campuses with $20,000 of debt. Students in graduate and professional programs usually incur much higher debts.
UC leaders are now preparing future tuition increases. With every rise in academic costs, more poor and minority students are chopped out of candidacy for the better life that education usually brings. They are the ones who really fall through the cracks in our higher education system.
by: Alan Miller, taught bioethics and environmental studies at the University of California at Berkeley for many years.

and there is also

Guest commentary: UC and the new economic paradigm

To call UC's subcontractors "temporary" is also a misnomer. Many are assigned to permanent, full-time workstations for years, or are inherited when UC acquires new buildings and retains the incumbent building management company.
Through subcontracting, UC has turned a blind eye to wide ranging forms of abuse against its lowest paid and most vulnerable workers. These workers face unaccountable bosses, unsafe conditions, being too scared to call in sick out of fear they will lose their jobs, or too afraid to refuse a hazardous assignment -- like cleaning an area suspected of Ebola contamination without proper training -- for the same reason. Still others find themselves working at world class hospitals for years, yet being unable to afford to take their own children in for vaccinations or preventive care visits. The list goes on.

(The Shine Is Off Of It-- in case you did not read that ol' NYT article: here)

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