| For the Week of April 16, 2012
Faculty members at all 23 Cal State university campuses begin voting today on whether to strike if they cannot reach agreement on a contract with CSU management. Mediation has already proven unsuccessful. The contract dispute will go to a fact-finder next, after which the union would be able to strike.
Twenty thousand graduate students at the Cal State University system opened their financial aid notices and discovered that CSU grants that take care of tuition for low-income students were missing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Instead, students found offers of federal loans at 6.8% interest. CSU Chancellor Charles Reed instructed campuses not to allocate $90 million this year, pending a decision by the system. CSU faces a possible cut of $200 million next year, on top of $750 million already cut this year.
A UC education was supposed to be free, remember? That was a central idea behind California’s 1965 Master Plan for Higher Education: Investing in education was investing in the future. Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik calls for a return to that commitment.
Pres. Mark Yudof has spoken out in support of Gov. Brown’s tax initiative.
Riverside County will be investing $10 million in UC Riverside medical school.
Following a federal investigation of incidents targeting African American students, UC San Diego has agreed to overhaul its practices for handling complaints of harassment. The campus has created an office to handle such complaints.
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