Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of May 19, 2014

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A new survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education found that university presidents at public institutions earned total compensation of more than $1 million at nine public universities in 2013, compared to just four in 2012. Former UC president Mark Yudof’s pay was just shy of $1 million at the time he retired late last year. Student debt grew faster at those universities with the highest-paid executives, according to the New York Times. (The Chronicle’s database on executive pay, subscription required, is here.)

Robert Birgeneau, former UC Berkeley chancellor, withdrew his appearance at Haverford College outside Philadelphia after students protested his handling of UC Berkeley student protests. The protest by Haverford College students prompted the replacement commencement speaker there to call them “immature” and “arrogant.”
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California governor Jerry Brown and UC president Janet Napolitano both pressed to increase the number of community college transfer students at last week's regents meeting to increase diversity and "make sure that low-income families have their shot at UC," according to The Daily Californian and NPR's The California Report.According to the Daily Bruin, however, the regents "were divided about increasing transfer enrollment to increase diversity."

Scientists at UC’s Lick Observatory, which tops the hills overlooking San Jose, are fighting to keep the 125-year-old observatory open after UC decided to end its funding within five years. Lick receives $1.3 million annually and is used as a hands-on lab for astronomy students and post-graduate researchers. “The observatory is a fantastic bang for the buck,” commented one UC Berkeley astronomer.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Governor Brown and "legislative leaders of both parties announced an agreement" on a rainy day fund that includes "regular annual contributions" as well as additional revenue "when the economy is especially robust." The deal will enable California "to pay off long-term debt, including public pension liabilities."

A UCLA study finds that California is "among worst in the nation in school segregation," reports the San Jose Mercury News. UCLA's Civil Rights Project released the study on the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education. 

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