Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of July 10, 2017

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#UPTEStrongUnion members send an #UPTEStrong message Retiree health benefits are under threat from UC's Office of the President, which is asking for authority to lower the university's contribution, according to the Remaking the University blog and then pulled the proposal back. Several years ago, UC committed to a "payment floor" of 70% of retiree health premiums as part of a task force on post-employment benefits. Several unions, the Council of UC Faculty Associations, and a key committee of the Academic Senate are opposing UC's move to cut support for the benefits.

The online magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports that students of color will make up nearly 74 percent of the incoming freshman class at UC. Although Proposition 209 in 1996 eliminated affirmative action at UC, notes reporter Emil Guillermo, "university admissions folk have managed to achieve diversity goals that may have seemed unimaginable."
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From scholarships to a 1 percent tax on millionaires for education, Bakersfield.com summarizes efforts in the California Legislature to make college more affordable to the state's students.

While freshman admissions at UC increased slightly in 2017, admissions of California students declined systemwide, reports the San Francisco Business Times. In response to pressure from the Legislature and the governor, UC President Janet Napolitano has pledged to increase in-state student enrollments by 10,000 by 2018. As public radio station KPCC reports, 111,000 California students applied to UC, up 6 percent over last year, but increased demand is making it more difficult for California students to win admission.

The regents have elected a new chair of the board. George Kieffer will take his seat at the July 11–13 board meeting. Kieffer is a prominent lawyer from Los Angeles. John Perez, former speaker of the California Assembly, was elected vice chair.

New "system-wide procedures for responding to alleged sexual misconduct by faculty and staff" are to be implemented by September 1, reported ABC 7. Among other changes, investigations are to be completed "within 60 business days and decisions on discipline within 40 days after that."

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