Don’t forget, tomorrow, we’ll be liveblogging for the UC Regents meeting, starting at 8AM! It’s going to be a huge Regents meeting, with a lot of policy proposals that will dramatically affect UC students, and it looks like with a rally of students tomorrow (particularly with free busing from UC Berkeley) and many controversial topics, it’s going to be a hot one!
Some highlights about what items to pay particular attention to tomorrow and for Thursday.
Item E1 – this is the item that discusses an increase to non-resident enrollment at UC campuses. The item should be tied to the earlier proposal from Commission on the Future, which suggests that the UC should increase it’s non-resident enrollment up to 10% overall across the system. While it’s important to recognize this is only a discussion item – so there is no direct action here. However, the conversation around the item will largely guide what UCOP’s approach on nonresident enrollment looks like, and what Regents are thinking about non-resident enrollment increases. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/regmeet/nov10/e1.pdf
F5D – Small amendment to language regarding children of military officers and foster youth. This is a small amendment that extends residency to foster youth and children of military officers that normally would have not received residency until they spent a full year as adults within California. The current policy disadvantages foster youth in particular, who would have had to pay nonresident enrollment for a year, even if they had been living in California the entire time. Good amendment, it’s part of the action consent items on the Finance committee.
J1 – Amendment to Student Fee Policy, changes the name of “education fee” to “tuition”. The amendment changes the terminology of majority of student fees that students pay to attend UC. It is traditionally called “education fee”, which all students pay, because it largely pays for the educational costs of students. The item – J1 – changes the education fee name to “tuition”. UCOP says the change is made for simplicity or transparency. Opponents say that the change moves the UC towards the direction of privatization – it also assumes and promotes ‘tuition’ permanentness, the idea that student should and always will pay tuition to attend UC. So not good things.
F9 – Operating Budget and Expenditure for UC for 2011-2012. this is the entire operating budget for the UC for 2011-2012. Total budget is 21.8billion dollars – including med centers and energy labs. The core budget, that covers educational mission of UC is 6.8 billion. 29% of overall budget. They also mention that They also mention that if the state cannot meet the “essential cost increases for 11-12” “further fee increases will need to be considered later in the budget cycle”. Overall budget increase is
around 834.6million or 13.5%. The other notable part about the budget is that it makes an ask for a UCR medical center to be created. That would request 10million dollars from the UC budget, but because they don’t have that money, they’re asking for 15million instead of permanent funding from the state budget.
F10 – Fee increases for students. I think we’ve covered this one pretty extensively, check https://ucregentlive.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/jesses-jab-item-f10-student-fee-increase-and-expansion-of-blue-and-gold-plan/ for a recap on those details.
F11 – Professional Degree Fee Increases. In some ways, these are just as devastating and important as student fee increases. PDF increases apply to professional graduate students, such as medical students or law students, but also masters in public policy, social work, engineering, etc.etc. They range and change according to which school you’re in, and what campus that school is housed in. We are looking at approximately 40 PDF increases or changes this year, ranging from 0-31%. The highest is the nursing program at UCSF, which is at 31% fee increase. The lowest is actually the Public Policy schools at UCI and UCB, and the Public Health school at UCB – all three which are actually reducing their fees. And there is a professional school which is having a 0 increase.
You can check the complete agenda and the actual language of the proposals here: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/regmeet/nov10.html
And please remember, tune in tomorrow where we’ll be liveblogging the UC Regents meeting and the student protest! And follow us on twitter at twitter.com/ucregentlive