Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of May 22, 2017

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The UC regents meeting on May 17 was “disrupted by protests over state audit finding of undisclosed surplus,” reports the Los Angeles Times. However, the auditor said she found “nothing ‘nefarious’ in UC’s central budget practices,” reports the Times, and the regents promised to “strengthen their oversight of the Office of the President.” The audit’s 33 recommended reforms “are aimed at making [UCOP’s] “budget practices more transparent and effective.”

Last week, for the first time, the UC regents decided to cap nonresident undergraduate enrollment to 18 percent at five UC campuses: Davis, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Riverside, and Merced. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Four campuses that already exceed that level – UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UC Irvine – will be allowed to keep but not increase the higher percentage they enroll in 2017–18.”

The frustrations that led UC to pull back the “welcome mat for nonresident students” are explained in the Sacramento Bee. And last week the governor withheld another $50 million in state funding for 2017–18 “until the university made more progress in increasing transfer students and implementing the auditor’s proposed reforms of budget practices,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Graduate students in the Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences voted on May 19 to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, following a similar vote earlier this month by Brandeis University graduate students, reports Inside Higher Ed.

On the same day, a regional NLRB office allowed graduate students at the Roman Catholic Boston College – except for students studying “theology and ministry and mission and ministry” – to hold a union election. The group is organizing with United Auto Workers.

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