Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of July 21, 2014

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UC is just one of the California public institutions that will get less money than the state budgeted to cover deferred maintenance because property tax revenues were lower than expected, the Los Angeles Times reports. UC and CSU each were to have received $50 million of the $200 million slated for California public universities, state parks and other institutions.

UC’s coaches outdid its brain surgeons in salary last year – that’s according to the Sacramento Bee, which reports that the 15 highest-paid athletic coaches pocketed $18 million, while the 15 highest-paid UCSF brain surgeons collectively earned only $9 million during the same period.
Celeste Solis (Counseling) and Kelly Diaz (Psychology), associate faculty members at the College of the Sequoiasassociate faculty members at the College of the Sequoias
Photo credit: Don Nikkel, College of the Sequoias
The article also notes that UCSF's neurosurgery department is ranked the best in California, while none of the coaches led their teams to a top 10 NCAA ranking in 2013.

With all these millions going to a few at the top, what’s the situation for the many staff and students at UC’s frontlines? UC Santa Barbara faculty member Chris Newfield confronts what he calls the “permanent public university austerity” and how it affects tuition, pensions and health benefits in his latest Remaking the University blog.

Last week UC president Janet Napolitano announced the launch of a UC "effort to reduce world hunger," reports the Los Angeles Times. The University of California Global Food Initiative will be based on agricultural and other research already being conducted throughout the UC system, including the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. It aims to work "toward putting the world on a path to sustainably and nutritiously feed itself."'

Assembly Bill 2705 helps clean up California’s Education Code and more accurately describes the key role that contingent or part-time faculty play in our state’s higher education system. UPTE-CWA represents part-time faculty at 3 community colleges. The bill is headed toward a tough Senate floor vote. Take a minute to sign this letter to your legislators in support of the bill.


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