Review Category : UC

UC introduces system to alter allocation of state funds

State funds distributed by UC to each campus this academic year (2012-2013): Not currently receiving rebenching funds: UCLA: $6,413 UC Davis: $6,129 UC Berkeley: $5,749 UC San Diego: $5,499 Currently receiving rebenching funds: UC Riverside: $5,401 UC Santa Cruz: $5,215 UC Irvine: $4,975 UC Santa Barbara: $4,275 University of California officials have agreed that the process by which individual campuses get state funding isn’t transparent enough. A newly introduced budget model called rebenching aims to remedy that. The new system will allocate funds for UC campuses based on enrollment figures, according to a recent rebenching proposal. Extra state funds will not be redistributed among all the campuses, rather, to those schools that typically receive less funding. UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara are currently receiving these rebenching funds. Setting enrollment goals for UC campuses is the next phase in the rebenching proposal. Upon receiving campus input, UC officials are expected to set the enrollment targets by June, which will eventually determine the rebenching fund amounts... ...

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Senator proposes bill to create online courses for public universities

On Feb. 21, Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) presented Senate Bill 520, which would create online courses at the state level in hopes of providing relief for California students struggling to get into introductory courses. The bill is set for a hearing on April 24. These classes would be offered in an online clearinghouse — an online course registrar offered by the state — and students could receive credit at UC, CSU and California Community Colleges (CCCs), according to the bill’s summary. Bob Powell, chair of the University of California Academic Senate and UC Davis professor of chemical engineering, chemical science and food science and technology, co-authored with Bill Jacob, vice chair of the University of California Academic Senate, an open letter opposing Steinberg’s bill. “We need to do this in a way that creates high-quality courses that are periodically reviewed, can be updated regularly as new material comes into the curriculum and has UC faculty both designing them and teaching them. That’s really what it’s about for... ...

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UC Regents discuss UC SHIP, online education at March meeting

At the March 13 and 14 UC Board of Regents meeting at UCSF Mission Bay, the UC Regents discussed the search for a new UC President, along with other issues the University is facing. The meeting addressed caps to UC Student Health Insurance Plans, energy efficiency, as well as members of the public during the Board to divest from fossil fuels. Regents also discussed making the UC System more oriented toward social media, encouraging students and alumni to garner funds through media platforms, such as Twitter. On March 1, the UC Regents announced an international search for a new UC President to follow President Mark G. Yudof. Yudof is stepping down in August. According to a UC Student Association press release, the Regents’ Special Committee, which is the hiring team searching for a new UC President, is working in collaboration with the Student Advisory Committee, which is composed of one representative per campus and the UCSA President, Raquel Morales. These representatives include undergraduates, graduates and professional students. “As the Student... ...

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Whistleblower report calls for change in UC Medical Centers

A whistleblower report was recently released alleging a myriad of issues within the UC Medical System that are supposedly detrimental to patient care. The report, titled “A Question of Priorities: Profits, Short Staffing, and the Shortchanging of Patient Care at UC Medical Centers,” was released by AFSCME 3299, the statewide union of University of California service and patient care workers. It compiles a list of concerns about practices at the five centers that make up the UC Medical System: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego and UCSF. These concerns were brought forward by patient care advocates, independent investigations and frontline care workers at the medical centers. The main problem alleged in the report is a fundamental shift in priorities in the UC Medical System, leading to a decrease in proper patient care. “The biggest problem that needs to be addressed is the problem of priorities. There’s been a culture shift that is a result of the policy passed a couple years ago that gives budget autonomy to each... ...

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News in Brief: UC Board of Regents to meet tomorrow

The UC Board of Regents is scheduled to meet tomorrow at UCSF Mission Bay. The meeting will be held at the Conference Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until Thursday. The meeting agenda includes the search for the next UC president, the systemwide Social Fundraising program, campus safety and security, court settlements involving UC and auditing practices. A select number of sessions will be open to the public. More details on the meeting, as well as links to stream the meeting live, can be found online at regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings.html. — Muna Sadek ...

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ObamaCare loophole has bearing on UC students

ObamaCare, formally known as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will impose new legislation that mandates all citizens to have a form of health insurance and prohibits insurance companies from placing lifetime caps on insurance policies. However, this act exempts self-funded programs, like the one at the University of California, where the system takes on the financial risk of medical expenses. According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, thousands of UC students are demanding that the University lift its insurance caps through a petition drive. Universities have always offered student health coverage to ensure students have access to health care. In the fall 2012 term, more than 138,000 people were enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). The average premium for undergraduates is $1,275 per year and $2,172 for graduate students, according to Shelly Meron, media specialist at the UC Office of the President. “We’re absolutely committed to providing our students with strong medical coverage and helping them ensure health care costs don’t become... ...

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UC workers protest terms of new UC contract

Union members of The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 3299 picketed at the three UC Davis Dining Commons in opposition with their new University contract last Thursday. A rally was also held at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. These protesters were among UC workers and medical center staff all over California who took part in Thursday’s statewide demonstration. The workers included janitors, cooks and gardeners on campus. Many of these workers had contracts ending at midnight last Thursday. “We want a fair contract. We want fair staffing,” said Fernando Garcia, groundskeeper at UC Davis. The new contract proposed by the University would include fewer retirement benefits for new workers, an increase in the amount current and new employees must pay to pension and no wage increases. Shelly Meron, University of California Office of the President media specialist, said the University is addressing the retirement program to provide more aid to retirees by asking workers and students to pay more. “We prefer to negotiate at... ...

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UC Education Abroad Program to give $1 million in scholarships this year

The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) announced that it will be doubling scholarship funding to $1 million for 2013-14. UCEAP will be giving scholarships to students of all majors and programs, according to a press release from UCEAP. It will also award scholarships for returning students who are selected to be Student Ambassadors. The Education Abroad Center provides opportunities through four types of programs — the UC Education Abroad Program (about 26 percent of UC Davis study abroad participants); UC Davis Summer Abroad (51 percent), UC Davis Quarter Abroad (18 percent) and independent, third-party programs (5 percent), according to the UC Davis EAC office. “We know from surveys and advising that finances [or] lack of financial aid is the number one reason given by UC Davis students for not participating in a study abroad program. These are students who want to study abroad but do not have the resources to make it happen. For those who do study abroad, over 60 percent are self-reported financial aid recipients. At... ...

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UC Online aims to increase number of courses offered online

Joining the growing number of other nationally ranked universities that offer online courses, the UC system is beginning to offer online courses to UC students through UC Online Education (UCOE). In its first year, UCOE enrolled over 1,700 students. In 2011-12 UC campuses offered over 2,500 online courses, with more than 90,000 enrolled students, according to an online item of discussion at the Tuesday UC Board of Regents meeting. Other universities, such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have also implemented online courses, known as massive open online courses (MOOCs). Although MOOCs are free, they provide no course credit. UCOE differs in that all the courses offer credits to both UC and non-UC students. UCOE is free for students who are already attending a UC; non-UC students, however, must pay a fee. “One of the things we hope is that it will be another source of funding to the university,” said Keith Williams, UCOE interim director. Williams also added that it will be useful for high school students... ...

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News in Brief: UC President Mark Yudof announces resignation

On Friday, Mark Yudof, UC president of five years, announced his plans to discontinue his tenure, effective Aug. 31. Yudof cited his reason for resignation to be “taxing health issues” and because he believed it to be “an apt time for the University to bring in fresh leadership.” The announcement came one day after the UC Board of Regents meeting. “UC remains the premier public university system in the world, and I was both honored and humbled to serve as its president for what has been nearly five years now. I will miss my daily interactions across the system with so many dedicated, capable, and intellectually stimulating people,” his announcement stated. Yudof also said that he, along with members of the entire UC community, have succeeded in preserving the quality of academics, research and healthcare, despite obstacles. He said that the UC was made more accessible to low- and middle-income students through various initiatives such as the Blue and Gold Financial Aid program and the Project You Can Scholarship Program.... ...

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UC Student Regent, Regent-designate to visit campus Friday

UC student Regent Jonathan Stein and Regent-designate Cinthia Flores will visit the UC Davis campus Friday to speak about the 2014-15 student regent application. The event, scheduled to take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Student Community Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m., will address how to apply for the student regent position, as well as challenges facing the UC. Friday’s event will also include free pizza. The student regent is a voting member of the board of regents. Serving a one-year term, he or she establishes policy in various areas including student fees and admissions. The appointee is given the regent-designate title prior to the July 2014 commencement. All mandatory University fees and tuition are waived for the student regent during the year he or she serves in the position, according to the UC Regent webpage. At the time of application submission, the applicant must be an undergraduate, graduate or professional student, in good academic standing at a UC campus. The application is due Feb. 28 and can... ...

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Yudof named one of the most influential forces in higher education

In The Huffington Post’s “12s of ’12” series, University of California President Mark Yudof was named one of this past year’s most influential forces in higher education. Yudof was among a diverse range of forces in education highlighted this year. Included were law student Sandra Fluke for her outspoken beliefs about birth control, student activists for their ability to influence real change in their environments and others who helped shape the face and climate of higher education this year. The Huffington Post even put pop music on the list, citing singers like Carly Rae Jepsen, Gotye and PSY for sparking a sensation of parody videos across college campuses. Yudof was recognized for presiding over the UC system as it held onto its reputation for excellence despite facing a myriad of obstacles this year. “Despite enormous challenges from state funding cuts, rising tuition, criticism over the mishandling of student protests, multiple University of California campuses remain world-class public research universities rivaling Ivy League schools in top rankings,” stated The Huffington Post.... ...

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News in Brief: Gov. Brown proposes $250 million increase in state funding for UC, unit number cap

A new state spending plan was announced Thursday by California Gov. Jerry Brown. Both the CSU and UC systems would be set to receive a $250 million increase in state funding should the proposal be agreed upon. Brown also proposed to cap the amount of quarterly and semester units that can be taken by UC and CSU students. According to Brown’s budget proposal, this would potentially enable students to receive their degree quicker and free space for other incoming students. In the first two years of the proposal, UC students will not be allowed to accrue more than 270 quarterly units and CSU students 180 semester units. “This policy will encourage students to identify an educational goal and reach it in a timely and efficient way, focusing on the courses necessary to complete their educational goals, while still allowing for some exploration of other subject areas,” the proposal stated. According to a Jan. 10 news release by the University Office of the President, almost half of the money that UC... ...

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News in Brief: UC Regents meeting scheduled for Tuesday

The UC Board of Regents is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the UCSF Mission Bay Community Center. The meeting will run until Thursday. The Board is set to discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget and the UC budget for 2013-14. Patrick Lenz, UC’s vice president of budget and capital resources, is scheduled to give a presentation highlighting the state budget recommendation and Brown’s proposals for the UC budget, according to the meeting agenda. The fourth annual Accountability Report will also be discussed. The report addresses issues of diversity in race, gender and ethnicity of UC faculty, along with campus climate. This will include systemwide efforts to increase diversity of faculty in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM). The agenda also notes that online education at UC will be discussed — in particular, massive open online courses (MOOCs), online courses that are free of charge for enrolled students, currently employed by other top universities. Live audio broadcasts of the meeting’s open sessions will be made available online at... ...

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UC suspends new logo in face of system-wide opposition

The University of California pulled its new logo on Dec. 14 after receiving harsh criticism from students, alumni and community members since it was unveiled at the end of November. After news of the monogram went viral, many people expressed outrage at its modern and corporate motif. UC Irvine biomedical engineering student Reaz Rahman started the petition to withdraw the logo on Change.org that ultimately received 54,383 signatures in a week. “As soon as I saw the new monogram, I knew someone had to do something,” Rahman said. “I decided it was worth a try to voice an honest opinion in a peaceful manner. The monogram itself did not seem to uphold the honor of the University. It loses the prestige and elegance of the current seal.” In response, UC decided to suspend further use of the monogram as it was causing a distraction from the UC’s broader efforts, according to Daniel Dooley, UC Office of the President senior vice president for external relations. “The UC community is passionate in... ...

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