Faculty Coalition at Work in Sacramento

As the budget battle grinds on in the state capital, the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) has been advocating on behalf of system faculty. In February, CUCFA weighed in on a proposal to alter UC governance. In a letter to legislators from Joe Kiskis (UC Davis), CUCFA noted While some actions of … Continue reading Faculty Coalition at Work in Sacramento

The Great Gazbee

“Gazbee” is how you pronounce GASB, the acronym for the Government Accounting Standards Board.  GASB determines accounting standards for public employers, including public pension plans.  (It’s equivalent for the private sector is FASB – the Financial Accounting Standards Board which is pronounced – you guessed it – “fazbee.”)  From calpensions.com today comes this item:New public … Continue reading The Great Gazbee

If you’re telling them about the UCLA hotel, could you let us in on the secret?

The Regents agenda is now posted and includes the proposed UCLA hotel/conference center.  But no plan is attached to the agenda item.  No plan has yet been received by the UCLA Faculty Association although a public documents request was filed by the Association and others some time back. Below is the agenda of the Regents’ … Continue reading If you’re telling them about the UCLA hotel, could you let us in on the secret?

UC (and UCLA) Campus Climate Survey

After a series of racial incidents on various campuses (including UCLA), UCOP and the Regents hired a consultant, Susan Rankin of Penn State, to do a "campus climate survey."  She has done such survey work at other universities in different parts of the U.S. in recent years. This is an expensive endeavor.  I have been … Continue reading UC (and UCLA) Campus Climate Survey

Gov. Brown Says Pension Proposal Will Involve Constitutional Changes & a Vote of the People

At the Milken Institute State of the State conference today (attended by yours truly), Governor Brown was asked by Michael Milken about public pensions in California. (Cell phone photo of conference event at right.) Brown indicated he was working on a proposal on pensions – but did not give a precise date when it would … Continue reading Gov. Brown Says Pension Proposal Will Involve Constitutional Changes & a Vote of the People

Audio of Regents Meeting on Budget, 3-16-11, For Your Listening Pleasure

The Regents meeting this morning dealt with budgetary issues. There were reports by three chancellors (from Santa Cruz, Irvine, and Berkeley) on the impact of the budget squeeze on their campuses. The Regents had various reactions to the situation. Plans were offered by Peter Taylor to generate more cash through portfolio management. He argued that … Continue reading Audio of Regents Meeting on Budget, 3-16-11, For Your Listening Pleasure

UC is on a Bridge to Nowhere: Other Public Universities are Taking Action

Inside Higher Ed has an interesting article today on various public universities that are working on establishing some type of new agreement with the powers-that-be in their states in the wake of budget cuts. Sadly, UC seems stuck in its reactive mode, a bridge to nowhere. The legislature/governor cuts the UC budget. The Regents & … Continue reading UC is on a Bridge to Nowhere: Other Public Universities are Taking Action

Two Unclear Issues in the Yudof Pension Proposal Clarified

Our previous post reproduced the letter from President Yudof explaining what he will be recommending to the Regents in mid-November regarding changes in the UC retirement system. (The Regents are expected to make their formal decision in December.) In one sense, the letter was no surprise since it recommended a lower-tier pension for new hires … Continue reading Two Unclear Issues in the Yudof Pension Proposal Clarified

Letter to UC from President Yudof about proposed changes to UC retirement benefits

October 26, 2010 Dear Colleagues: I am writing to share with you the recommendations I plan to discuss in November with the UC Board of Regents about changes to the University’s post-employment benefits programs. When I established the Post Employment Benefits Task Force, I made clear that the proposed changes needed to satisfy two critical … Continue reading Letter to UC from President Yudof about proposed changes to UC retirement benefits