5186529080_67cce0c7aaAt this point, the UC Regents’ approval last Thursday of a 9.6 percent fee increase should be old news to you. Even if the specifics of California’s budget plan and its exact impact on your college tuition are more than a little confusing, the mere fact of fee hikes is enough to get everybody’s blood boiling with a quickness.

But on the subject of confusion, it seems that even members of the ASUC don’t entirely grasp the logistics of this whole crazy business. See, in addition to the 9.6 percent figure that the regents ultimately approved, there was also the matter of “trigger” cuts to consider — meaning the potential for an additional loss of $100 million in state funding to the UC within the next six months and, consequently, the possibility of yet another 5.9 percent increase in the cost of student fees.

Now, because student leaders got especially riled up vis-a-vis any talk of a trigger increase, the regents agreed at Thursday’s meeting to table that discussion read more »


Iz not amused.

We at the Clog saw it fit to awaken from our winter slumber to bring you this heartwarming bit of holiday cheer.

It seems three dozen of the UC’s highest paid executives have sent a letter to the Board of Regents demanding a dramatic increase in retirement benefits. Because the existing benefits along with their $245,000+ a year paychecks are clearly not enough.

As it seems, the current calculation does not calculate pensions as a percentage of salary for those earning more than $245,000 a year, instead it calculates benefits only on the first $245,000. We know, it’s tragic. read more »


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An invitation to faculty has been sent out by the UC to participate in a pilot project used to help determine whether online courses can have enough caliber to be considered UC quality.

Many online courses are already being offered, but completion of these courses does not win one UC credit, just UC transferrable credit. As the demand for education grows, the UC must think of ways to expand number of students. According to a study by the Public Policy Institute of California, by 2025 California is expected to have 1 million fewer college graduates than its work force will need. Since UC lacks funding for new buildings, read more »


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Your beloved UC Regents will be holding a meeting next week, Sept. 14-16 in their often-used hangout on UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus. The location is far enough from campus as to detract casual protesters, but close enough that UC Berkeley types can get there with no more than a few transportation transfers and probably some missed classes.

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There’s plenty to be seen and heard in terms of walkout coverage on the ground

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Image Source: Anna Hiatt, Daily Cal

… but what about the rest of the world watching via the Internet? Here are some highlights:

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“As hundreds of students rushed the building today where UC Regents were meeting – throwing wet red bandannas meant to look like blood – the regents’ finance committee voted to recommend a 32 percent student fee increase, setting off read more »


You’ve heard it all before—the state’s financial situation is horrible. And as such, so is the university’s. As of July, they had a budget shortfall in the amount of $813 million. So, the expected cuts came …  unpaid furloughs, talk of paycuts, hiring freezes, fee hikes and to top it off, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced you won’t be able to stay out late in the libraries during finals anymore.

Luckily, the UC Board of Regents, beacon of fairness and fiscal responsibility, has been here to see us through this tough time. And in their meeting last month, the board approved an additional $500,000 to supplement exective pay at various campuses and also chose to create two new executive spots at UCSF.

Wait—what!?

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Oh, harsh realities of budget cuts! First you went for our classes, then our student fees and now, our time-honored final season all-night Anoncon … er, we mean study sessions.

You heard right, the UC Regents voted Chancellor Birgeneau announced last week at the UC Regents meeting to that the 24-hour study halls in university campus libraries during finals will end due to budget cuts. This in addition to the usual, cutting student jobs, GSIs and, now, instating furloughs for UC employees.

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State legislators, including Leland Yee and Roy Ashburn, have officially called shenanigans on the UC system’s freewheeling ways. Five legislators authored a bill to remove the UC system’s autonomy and allow the state to meddle in setting UC policy. According to Yee’s chief of staff, the UC Regents have been acting “above the law,” Night Passage buy

citing executive pay raises coupled with student fee hikes as a particular offense.

Not that we wouldn’t be amused by a showdown between the UC Regents and the state government, but isn’t this the same state government that is proposing the elimination of the Cal Grant program and already cuts tens of millions of dollars from the UC system?

Wait, how is this going to help again?

Image Source: Joe Gratz under Creative Commons
UC’s autonomy may be removed [Daily Cal]
State may discontinue Cal Grant program [Daily Cal

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While the number of students eligible to apply to the UC system goes up, the number guaranteed admission goes down. A recipe for heartbreak? [Daily Cal]

A $3.1 million plan was passed to help low-income students pay their university fees—like, all of them. [Daily Cal]

The UC Retirement Plan is exhumed in an unholy ritual of employee contributions. Nineteen years of being six feet under can’t be good for its appearance. [Daily Cal]

The UC and CSU systems will collaborate with each other and listen to students who want a transfer to a four-year college. Campuses sharing more students with each other? Kinky. [Daily Cal]

Earlier: Since You’ve Been Gone, Unmusical Edition


Ideas are flying left and right for how to get our UC system out of its current financial rut. Our chancellor has a couple of his own up his sleeve: raise and lower student fees according to the financial need of each respective campus.

The University of California Board of Regents traditionally imposes equal tuition for undergrads across all nine UC campuses (currently $6,571 per year). If Chancellor Birgeneau’s idea were to be set into motion, each campus would be allowed to raise or lower said asking price by 25 percent.

He writes in his proposal (titled “Access and Excellence”) several upshots to his propositions. Among these: provide incentive for students to attend UC campuses aren’t exactly first in preference for students (as these campuses would lower their student tuition) and provide sufficient funding for the schools to which students flock like madmen (i.e., UC Berkeley. Represent!). Additionally, Chancellor Birgeneau predicts that any gap between top tier UC campuses and leading private schools will be made smaller once our campuses are better funded.

Well, duh. read more »


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