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For the Week of May 24, 2010

The UC regents say they intend to cut $500 million by 2015 by centralizing purchasing and administrative functions. UC officials have proposed consolidating payroll, tech support, personnel, and other services. UC says it has already saved $232 million by cutting 1,900 jobs. $500 million amounts to only 2.5% of UC’s overall budget.

UC’s own second annual Accountability Report highlights nine trends that indicate UC educational quality, access, affordability and diversity are at risk.

More than 100 students at UC Santa Cruz staged a three-day “study-in” to protest budget cuts to the library there. The students ended the occupation after discussions with campus officials. Students followed the occupation with a two-day teach-in, “Walk Out to Your Education.”

Students at UC Davis turned in 2350 signatures to the ASUCD Election Committee calling for a “no confidence” vote in UC president Mark Yudof. The vote will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 26-27.

“Whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting over,” Mark Twain is supposed to have said. Water politics have been central to California’s history, but UC is threatening to break up a unique archive that preserves that history due to budget cut backs. The Water Resources Center Archives has started a campaign to keep the archive intact.

At last Thursday regents’ meeting, doctors criticized the governor's proposal to have UC manage California’s prison heath care system. One physician suggested instead that the regents establish fellowships to train young doctors to care for inmates.

It’s 11 pm. Do you know where your regents are? The San Francisco Bay Guardian reports that the heads of California’s three largest public educational institutions – UC, CSU, and the community colleges – sit on the California Chamber of Commerce. The CCC consistently opposes legislative efforts for fair tax reform that will preserve affordable higher education. According to state senator Leland Yee, “The Chamber benefits from the prestige that Yudof and Reed bring to the table, and uses it to advance a right-wing agenda….”

A broad coalition of school boards, districts, administrators, PTAs, and students filed suit May 20 to order California to design a system that fulfills its constitutional duty to the state’s children. One commentator believes the suit is risky but that it may help the state match its goals and resources.

A proposal to create a degree-granting cybercampus, included in last week’s Monday Memo, was discussed Thursday on KQED’s Forum. Tune in to the archived broadcast to hear pros and cons and listener comments.
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