Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of August 04, 2014

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Last week the Monday Memo reported on AFSCME’s decision to withhold donations to the United Negro College Fund after the fund accepted $25 million from the Koch brothers. In his blog, the Los Angeles Times’s Michael Hiltzik points out that universities – struggling to cope with overstretched budgets – are increasingly accepting donations from monied interests that explicitly direct research and curriculum, and asks: should universities sell their souls so cheaply? At Arizona State University, it was the Charles Koch Foundation. At UCLA, it was Herbalife.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that several Cal State universities are charging hidden fees for classes that are supposed to be covered by tuition. By reclassifying courses covered by tuition into special sessions, they’re able to charge students for each class.
Mr. Money Bags

Meanwhile, new enrollments at CSUs will be cut by half because the expected funding increase from the state of California didn’t come through. 

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