UC Regent Meeting Liveblog 9/15/10

9AM – We’re starting liveblogging now!  Public comment just started…and it looks like this!

Merced Medical Hospital – Supported by a coalition of healthcare professionals, business and community leaders.  Here to support Merced getting a medical school.

Teamsters/CUE – CUE union workers are here, they’ve recently affiliated with the Teamsters union, for more backing in negotiations.  Union workers argue that they haven’t gotten pay increase since 2007.  Also talking about retirement plan.

UCLA Students – Cris Santos (EVP) speaks about DREAM Act on Gov’s bill and encourages the UC to advocate for that, and Kathy (Chief of Staff) talks about fee increases.  Filiberto (LL, from UCSB, Grad) talks about how students stand in solidarity with union members.

2:30PM – Yudof’s opening comments are quite long today…eek.  Let’s see if I can get everything.  He defends his position on the retirement plan, he says he currently does not have any solid plan, and also retirement reform only applies to new employees.  Yudof also defended incentive pay – apparently incentive pay goes only towards investment managers (the ppl who handle UC investments, they get incentive pay based on how well investments do), and they go to healthcare employees (he suggets all the employees get this, and it’s based on healthcare quality).  Regent’s will be addressing both issues on Thursday (unfortunately, the student regent does not sit on those two committees).   President Yudof also talks about a union representative adding to the Investments Advisory Group.

10:AM – Faculty Chair Simmons makes a strong statement about UC – the UC is a tunnel (weakened by years of deferred maintanance).  There are two trains on that tunnel, running into a collision on a same rail.  The first train is privitization – he argues that the UC Regents cannot allow campuses to make individual choices that allow campuses to raise their own revenue (own note: UCLA Anderson School would be a good example of this).  Soon, we will have more high fee programs than low fee programs.  he also argues the other train is mediocrity.  when the UC Regents are considering some of the highest executive compensation plans tomorrow, they are also considering a 5% decrease in compensation in all employees, including workers, to continue employee contributions.  He challenges what that means, although the Academic Senate supports plan for employee contributions.  (note: item that decreases compensation for employees is J7, and item for executive compensation is in the closed session, but is also in the consent chart for committee on compensation).

10AM – I also wanted to note: Chancellor Block gave a presentation on the Anderson School of Business…uh…relieving itself of state funds.  They are making the MBA program become completely self-sustaining outside of state support (so they’re going on all private funds).  They plan to do this through cost containment, larger endowment, and increased tuition.  The chancellor.

10:10AM – UCR gives its campus report to Committee on Ed Policy.  They have outstanding diversity (one of the most diverse campus, tied with UCM), they are a Hispanic-Serving-Institution, which allows them to tap into federal funding.  They have decreased the number of administrators on their campus, saving half a million dollars.  That’s very different than the national average, and UC.  Imma be real – Chancellor White has done an amazing job at UCR…graduation rates for Latino students are the highest out of all UC campuses, and even above white graduation rates.

10:20AM – UC Davis seeks to expand it’s public phase of it’s fundraising campaign – they want 1billion dollars, they’ve already gotten 570something million dollars.

11AM – UCSA President is speaking to the Regents, some highlights.

  • UCSA had it’s largest congress this year at UC Irvine, we’ve chosen two goals: Economic Justice for Undergrads and Bill of Rights for Grads
  • Economic justice: fee rollback/undocumented student financial aid!  Undocumented student financial aid – DREAM Act is on the Gov’s desk, we encourage the Regents to advocate for it.
  • Grad Bill of Rights – includes working conditions and housing!
  • Interested in collaboration, challenging the UC Regents to show UC students that they are committed to the students.

11AM – We’ve skipped Finance for now, going back to that later, currently on the annual diversity subreport.  The lowest point of diversity in our campuses are among academic appointees – faculty.  They are a solid 3 and 4 points lower in diversity than staff.  it is one of our largest issues at UC, and one of hte hardest to solve.  28% of students felt like they were stereotyped and negative views from other students…apparently 5% of students had those views come from faculty or staff.  African American students are below 6-10% of any other racial ethnic group in saying “i belong on this campus”.  Serious issue within campus climate.  Questions from Regents

  • Regent Johnson: Can we train our faculty to be welcoming of students?
  • Regent Ruiz: I noticed that Univesrity of Texas has achieved a good demographic balance on their campuses.  Seeing how this was President Yudof’s old system, did he have comments?
  • Prez. Yudof: They have affirmative action, we can’t cuz of prop 209
  • Regent Island: why haven’t faculty diversity grown in the past year?

11:30AM – And now we’re moving to the annual report on Graduate/Professional Students – whiel applications have slightly risen, the admissions rate and attendance rate has remained flat.  UCB dominates the fellowships market, they have the largest number of NSF fellows in the country.  Underrepresented minority students in graduate students have grown by 2.2% per year, altho other AAU publics have increased by 2.8% per yr.  Furthermore, there is a clear distinction in financial aid between grad students.   Humanities and Social Scinece Ph.d.’s are largely funded by UC gradns and fellows.   the Sciences, especailly ones that may later go on into industyr after ph.d., find much more extrenal funding for grad students, and rely much less on UC funding.  We are very worried about student support – we are losing on our campuses our top recruits because of the 1 or 2 thousand dollars.

1:40PM – We had projections out for the rest of 2010-2011, and then 2011-2012.  The cost increases of 11-12 are going to be around 240m, plus 34m for other increases and 113m for initiatives that the UC Regents want to run.  If we get no money from the State Legisalture this year, this means that in 2011-12, we’ll be looking at a budget shortfall over nearly 1billion dollars.

However, state and federal funding for financial aid has been very good (especailly with students winning the SAFRA law last year) and so that has allowed the UC to take some financial aid and set it aside especially for the struggles of middle class students.  those options should be coming up in Nov or Jan!

Regents have talked from a range of things including whether we really need to reduce enrollment from year to year, how efficiencies are heard in Sacramento, and how are we really effectively advocating.  Regent Pattiz suggests that we really need to make it hurt if they cut our budgets, and I think he’s talking about impacts on the insittution (?).

Budget plans should start coming in November – we should be looking about how we’re expected to deal with the budget gap, depending on how the current state budget deal goes through.  it’s hard to project without the gov and legislature figuring out the current state budget deal – however, there is a potential for UC to deal with as large as a 1billion dollar budget gap.


5 responses to “UC Regent Meeting Liveblog 9/15/10

  1. cloudminder | September 15, 2010 at 8:34 am | Reply

    once again this mornings 830 meeting was removed
    from this site: http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2
    now this is all that is listed:

    Upcoming Events
    Name Date
    UC Regents Committee on Investments 1284592500September 15, 2010 – 4:15 PM
    UC Regents Committees 1284651000September 16, 2010 – 8:30 AM

    cloudminder | September 15, 2010 at 8:35 am | Reply

    where did the 830 am meeting today go?
    cloudminder | September 15, 2010 at 8:45 am | Reply

    no explanation is posted for why the secretary removed the 830am meeting for Sept 15th-that calendared item has been posted but then it was suddenly removed and now this is all that appears
    Upcoming Events
    Name Date
    UC Regents Committee on Investments 1284592500September 15, 2010 – 4:15 PM
    UC Regents Committees 1284651000September 16, 2010 – 8:30 AM

    no explanation given for the removal
    cloudminder | September 15, 2010 at 8:47 am | Reply

    now suddenly the item appeared already in progress — the people are already speaking
    depriving listeners/Californians the ability to listen to the ENTIRE open section of the meeting

  2. UC Berkeley. Unseemly $3,000,000 allocated by Chabcellor to hire consultants to do his work and work of his vice chancellors. $3,000,000 that should be used in support of faculty, students and classes. Ready to act? A legacy of waste in UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office: easily grasped by the public, lost on University of California’s President Yudof.
    The UC Berkley budget gap has grown to $150 million, & still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on $3,000,000 consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the consultants “thinking, expertise, & new knowledge”.
    Does this mean that the faculty & management of UC Berkeley – flagship campus of the greatest public system of higher education in the world – lack the knowledge, integrity, impartiality, innovation, skills to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years?
    The consultants will glean their recommendations from faculty interviews & the senior management that hired them; yet $ 150 million of inefficiencies and solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor & Provost Breslauer were doing the work of their jobs (This simple point is lost on UC’s leadership).
    The victims of this folly are Faculty and Students. $ 3 million consultant fees would be far better spent on students & faculty.
    There can be only one conclusion as to why inefficiencies & solutions have not been forthcoming from faculty & staff: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility & the trust of the faculty & Academic Senate leadership (C. Kutz, F. Doyle). Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility & trust will remain. (Context: greatest recession in modern times)
    Contact your representatives in Sacramento: tell them of the hefty self-serving $’s being spent by UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer.
    Let there be light!

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  5. today the meeting was moved from 830 am to different later times
    it kept getting moved then it completely dropped off and all it said was
    there are no events scheduled at this time?

    what is going on with UC Regents meeting?
    this is NOT the only method for broadcasting the meeting
    it deprives Californians the right to know what is happening at UC Regents meetings

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