Top UC Myths
4) The deal with the governor to freeze tuition and increase the number of students from California makes sense.
When I asked people at UCOP how they planned for this increase in enrollments, they told me they made sure there were enough beds, counselors, and medical services: they did not mention classrooms or teachers.
--But consider that post now in light of what is happening with disabled students at UC Berkeley resulting in staff layoffs, see SF Chron:
"Disability program’s closure troubles UC Berkeley students"
"The end of WAIV comes as the university struggles to provide the most basic of disability services, campus activists say.
Only six specialists in the Disabled Students’ Program and two administrators serve the hundreds of registered students with disabilities, according to Montez.
Some students told The Chronicle of waiting weeks or months into the semester to receive their textbooks in an accessible format (for instance, braille or audio textbooks for students who are blind), having exams scheduled during other classes and struggling to communicate their accommodation needs to professors who aren’t trained in how to comply with disability access requirements.
Lisa Albertson, a student who receives accommodations because of an autoimmune condition, said she waited a year to get her note-taker request approved, ultimately filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights. Her incompletes and academic difficulties led to the loss of her financial aid, she said.
Her experience battling the administration led her to co-found the activist group Berkeley Disabled Students, which has lobbied the campus for improved services.
“I ended up having to take out payday loans so that I could make it through my last semester,” she said.
In December 2015, the Faculty Coalition for Disability Rights, a small group of UC Berkeley professors, co-signed a letter to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks expressing concern over delays to accommodations, staffing vacancies and the possibility that the school was not in compliance with the terms of the settlement of a 2005 disability-related lawsuit.
Dirks wrote a letter delegating the issues to a member of his administration 3½ months later. Over the summer, he acknowledged in another letter that the school’s approach to delivering services “must change.” Dirks has since announced his resignation"...
--Is it cynical to wonder why the UC faculty have attached their disability rights to U C students' disability needs while leaving out UC staff as part of the community of concern? Does that coalition include staff, or?
"Medical care now California’s biggest industry, dwarfing all others"
"A new UCLA Center for Health Policy Research study reveals that we Californians are directly or indirectly spending a mind-numbing $367.5 billion a year on our physical well-being, equal to 15 percent of the state’s $2.5 trillion economy.
That makes it, by a huge margin, our largest industry, dwarfing such high-profile California mainstays as movies, agriculture, aerospace and tourism.
The $50 billion film industry, for instance, is scarcely one-seventh the size.
Oddly, however, it takes something like the UCLA study to drive home the point, because medical care encompasses so many specific activities that, in official data, are counted separately.
Hundreds of thousands of Californians, from hospital security guards to brain surgeons, and from insurance claims processors to electronic technicians, are employed in an industry that obviously affects the lives of virtually all of the state’s 39 million residents.
In fact, it works out to an average of nearly $10,000 a year for each of us, and we taxpayers are picking up most of the bill, the UCLA study found."
And Walters ends with:
"As governmental spending on medical care increases, it competes with other demands – such as K-12 and higher education – for shares of the public purse.
David Crane, a financial adviser to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has written that constitutionally guaranteed K-12 spending, fast-increasing entitlements for medical care and public employee retiree benefits will inevitably erode college support, which doesn’t have the same legal protections.
He’s dead right on that."
-Crane almost was a confirmed UC Regent, he still advises UC Regents committees...
"University of California form ACO to focus on mining patient data ... The nation's largest health insurer and the University of California"
Should it comfort or concern folks that UC is offshoring/outsourcing and UC Med will not comment on the IT moves? See: