Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of June 11, 2012

A commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle today argues that while the growth of positions held by UC faculty and regular, front line workers has kept pace with the growth of student enrollment over the past two decades (about 40 percent cumulative increase), the ranks of "management and senior professionals" have swelled 220 percent in that period.

UCLA’s Academic Senate voted 53 to 46 that its Anderson Business School can stop accepting any state funds and replace those funds with tuition and private support. UCLA’s Graduate Council opposed the move, saying it could help marginalize those programs that do depend on state support, and paves the way for more privatization. The plan now goes to University President Mark Yudof for approval.

Susan Orlofsky, a Sr Editor and UPTE AP supporter at UCSD. Photo by Lisa Kermish.
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has released a report calling on the UC and CSU systems to eliminate programs with low enrollments. What are these classes? The San Francisco Chronicle says UC had “792 programs with fewer than 10 students receiving a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, according to the report,” and cites these examples: “five of UC's 10 campuses graduated a total of 14 undergraduates in ‘geophysics and seismology’ last year. At UC Berkeley, six students got a master's in anthropology. Four got a master's in German studies.” At least one website points out that ACTA is a conservative group founded by Lynne Cheney, wife of former vice president Dick Cheney, and whose National Council includes several prominent conservative critics.

The Alameda County District Attorney will not prosecute most of the “Occupy the Farm” protestors arrested during the raid on an urban gardening project UC Berkeley-owned farmland late last month.

A decade-long study of California workplaces that are subject to random safety inspections found that injury claims were reduced by 9.4 percent compared to those not inspected, with “no negative impact” on profits. That’s according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, which noted that these businesses also saved an average of 26% on workers’ compensation costs. The study, which challenges the notion of "job-killing regulations,” was published online in Science.

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