Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of March 18, 2013

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that three student senates at UC campuses have now passed resolutions calling for divestment from Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, creating speculation about a national trend.

A different kind of divestment – from fossil fuels– may be discussed at the May regents meeting if students from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and UC San Diego are able to get the regents to include the issue.

A bill is circulating in the California legislature that would force California’s public higher education, from community colleges to UC, to give credit for online courses offered by for-profit companies if class shortages would prevent students from graduating on time. State Senator Darrell Steinberg introduced the bill as a response to overcrowded classrooms. Reaction has been mixed. Gov. Jerry Brown recently attended another UC regents meeting to push for online education.

The regents also took the opportunity at that meeting to stick students with the cost of a lawsuit UC lost, imposing a $60 surcharge through 2018 that will bring in $91 million by the time it expires. The lawsuit was filed by students of professional schools for excessive fees UC was charging them. The irony of UC stiffing students to pay off penalties for stiffing students was not lost on San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll.

The University of California is turning to social media to raise money. “Promise Platform” will turn students and young alumni into fundraisers by asking them to use social media to solicit donations from friends and family in exchange for promising to complete a given task, such as not drinking coffee for a week.

A law passed in the state legislature last year was supposed to make the private foundations attached to UC and CSU campuses more transparent, but the Associated Press reports that the results have been anything but.

Here's your chance to apply for a promotion and a hefty pay increase! The UC regents have released the formal qualifications they are seeking in the next president. 

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