The University of California is live streaming audio of the meeting.

Here’s a live stream of tweets about today’s UC Regents meeting. The regents are dialing in from four locations to discuss next year’s budget. Student protests are planned at a number of campuses. The agenda allows for a one hour window for public comment and student voices.

  • Anonymous

    University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau hijack’s all
    our kids’ futures.

    I love University of
    California (UC) having been a student & lecturer. Like so many I am deeply disappointed
    by the pervasive failures of Birgeneau from holding the line on rising costs
    & tuition increases. On an all in cost, Birgeneau has molded Cal. into the most
    expensive public university.

    Paying more is not a
    better education. Instate tuition consumes 14% of Calif. median family income! Faculty wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others
    are paid.

    Chancellor Birgeneau ($450,000
    salary) dismissed many much needed cost-cutting options. He did not consider
    freezing vacant faculty positions, increasing class size, requiring faculty to
    teach more classes, doubling the time between sabbaticals, freezing pay &
    benefits, reforming pensions & health benefits.

    Birgeneau said such
    faculty reforms “would not be healthy for Cal”. Exodus of faculty, administrators: who
    can afford them?

    We agree it is far
    from the ideal situation. UC Berkeley cannot expect to do business as usual:
    raising tuition; granting pay raises & huge bonuses during a weak economy
    that has sapped state revenues & individual Californians’ income.

    Birgeneau can bridge the trust
    gap with alumni, donors, politicians, and the public with reassurances that salaries
    & costs reflect California’s
    ability to pay.

     

    Chancellor Birgeneau’s
    campus police deployed violent baton jabs on students protesting increases in
    tuition. The sky above UC will not fall when Chancellor Birgeneau ($450,000
    salary) is ousted.

     

    Opinions? Email the UC Board
    of Regents  marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

     

     

     

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