Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of December 10, 2012

Despite votes against by Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the regents last month gave UC Berkeley’s new chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, a $50,000 bump in salary over that of outgoing Robert Birgeneau, pushing the new salary to $486,000. The pay raise prompted another effort by state senator Leland Yee to introduce legislation that would prohibit such raises in years of budget trouble or student fee increases, even if the increases are funded by foundations rather than the state. The bill would apply only to the Cal State system, but Yee hopes UC would follow suit. Then-governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill in 2009.

The dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management has published an article in the Huffington Post explaining strategies the school has followed to deal with the budget crisis. Primarily this has meant generating revenue from non-state funds and reducing reliance on state funds, including launching new graduate programs that don’t rely on state funding.

But UC saw a small drop in private funding in 2011-12, down to $1.56 billion from the previous year’s $1.59 billion. The UC Davis California Aggie pointed out that the amount nevertheless is a substantial over the past decade. Although UC has increased its private fundraising efforts, it admits that they won’t make up the cut in state funding.

Over 30,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a new, “modern” University of California logo launched by Office of the President. A story in the San Jose Mercury News says the look is part of a “broader remake of the 10-campus university’s image.” One employee remarked that the video introducing the new logo seems more “like an attempt to sell coffee mugs, flip flops and bags” than to symbolize California’s most celebrated university.
New UC logo

Old UC logo & new UC logo

UC President Mark Yudof thanked Gov. Jerry Brown last month for campaigning for the successful passage of Proposition 30. "The University of California, for the first time in my four years here, finally has a clear shot at attaining a sense of fiscal stability," he said.

UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education will be launching the Food Labor Research Center to raise awareness about the wages and working conditions of food and restaurant workers.

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