Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of May 02, 2016

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The state’s investment in the University of California has taken a huge dive since 1965, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California. “Forty years ago, higher education spending accounted for a quarter of the state General Fund; since then, it has dropped to 10 percent,” the report’s authors write.

Some UC officials are upset over a state audit that criticizes the increase in out-of-state admissions, reports the Los Angeles Times. At a recent Regents’ meeting, one regent went so far as to warn his fellows to “avoid being defensive” on the issue.

UC has announced it is setting aside over $8 million a year through 2019 to support undocumented students financially, according to a press release.

UC Berkeley has spent “just shy of $700,000” on a new fence for the chancellor’s campus home, according to San Francisco Chronicle columnists Matier and Ross, which “has to be one for the record books” – though campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said it will save about $200,000 a year because of reduced policing needs.
Investment in higher education has taken a huge dive since 1965
Faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if a mediator is unable to help negotiate a new contract, reports the New York Times. The union representing 25,000 CUNY workers, the Professional Staff Congress, has been pressuring management for a pay increase since 2010.

Union organizing among graduate students is on the upswing, and an upcoming legal case could decide whether they will have full legal rights to bargain, according to Josh Eidelson writing in Bloomberg.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is set to issue new rules on “wellness” programs, which are under fire from disability and privacy advocates for their sometimes punitive effects on those who don’t, or can’t participate, reports Politico.
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