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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Waiting for leaks

John Myers writes a column in the LA Times about the behind-the-scenes, last-minute budget negotiations that go on around this time of year in Sacramento:

Few outside of Sacramento realize that some of the most important state budget decisions happen just before Christmas, in private meetings where the governor signs off on the spending plan he will present to the Legislature in early January...*

Sometimes - not always - bits and pieces of the state budget are leaked out, perhaps intentionally to see the reaction - or just leaked.

In any case, there is more money around currently than was forecast last June when the current budget was adopted. Whether UC will benefit from that circumstance is uncertain. But to the extent anything leaks, we'll try to keep on top.
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*http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-road-map-california-budget-timing-20171217-story.html

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Pattiz may quit

The University of California regent who was recorded last year asking an actress at his podcast company if he could hold her breasts said Friday he’s considering resigning amid calls for him to step down from the powerful panel.

But Regent Norman Pattiz told The Chronicle that if does resign, it won’t be because of demands that he do so.

“Had this (recording) not come up, I might have considered retirement more than I’m considering it now,” Pattiz said, noting that he’ll be 75 next month and has been a regent for 16 years. “I certainly don’t like the idea of retiring under a cloud.”

Pattiz, who has apologized for his remarks and said they were meant as a joke, said he hasn’t yet decided whether to step down.
“I haven’t made that determination,” said Pattiz. “If I become a distraction, I don’t want that. I care too much about the university. Time will tell if I’m going to be a continuing distraction.”

Now, as the UC student government and student protesters demand that Pattiz resign, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and two other regents are raising questions about whether the Board of Regents has dealt too lightly with their colleague while cracking down on sexual harassment elsewhere in the university. In addition, a UC labor union has proposed a Constitutional amendment to give the state Legislature authority to remove a regent...

Full story at http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/UC-regent-who-asked-to-hold-actress-s-breasts-12435049.php

The Numbers

We posted recently about applications to UCLA and Irvine. Above is the full listing. More info on applications can be found at http://www.ucop.edu/institutional-research-academic-planning/content-analysis/ug-admissions/student-workforce-pages/2018-applications.html.

Friday, December 15, 2017

UCLA Also Brags About Setting Records

A previous post today noted that Irvine was bragging about setting records in applications. UCLA does it, too:

UCLA has shattered its own record as the nation’s most popular college choice for high school seniors, attracting more than 113,000 freshman applications for fall 2018, according to preliminary data released Thursday. Applications to the Westwood campus soared among California high school students and across all racial and ethnic groups. UCLA again led the University of California’s nine undergraduate campuses, which collectively received more than 181,000 freshman applications — a 5.7% increase over last year...

Full story at http://www.latimes.com/local/education/higher-ed/la-me-edu-ucla-applicants-20171214-story.html

Fires? Droughts? Earthquakes?

Don't complain about California. Yours truly is in Cambridge, MA at the moment:

Change of heart at Irvine

Remember last year's un-enrollment scandal at UC-Irvine in which admitted students were un-enrolled on technicalities? It led to apologies, regental action, etc.

Now it seems that Irvine is anxious to brag about record applications:

The number of applications from both incoming freshmen and transfer students vying to be part of the fall 2018 class at the University of California, Irvine totaled 116,192 — a campus record, school officials said Thursday.
It’s an increase of 12,000 applicants over last year’s high of 104,000 and a 41 percent increase over the last five years, representing the largest surge in the UC system, according to UCI officials.
“The verdict is in: high school and transfer students understand that UCI’s distinctive combination of quality, accessibility and affordability makes it a preferred destination among America’s leading universities,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “Earlier this year, the New York Times selected UCI as the college `doing the most for the American dream,’ and these 116,000-plus applicants exemplify our continued commitment to inclusive excellence.”...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Waivers won't be taxed

Inside Higher Ed is reporting that taxation of grad student tuition waivers has been eliminated from the Republican tax bill:
Senate and House negotiators meeting this week to craft compromise tax-reform legislation plan to exclude from a final bill some controversial proposals affecting students and colleges, according to multiple reports.
Lawmakers from the two chambers of Congress agreed to drop provisions that would treat graduate student tuition benefits as taxable income and repeal student loan interest deductions. Both provisions were included in House tax legislation passed last month but left out of a bill that narrowly cleared the Senate Dec. 2...
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