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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Three in a room

From the BruinUCLA is planning to offer triple capacity rooms in fall on-campus housing to accommodate a higher number of students, administrators announced Monday.

With the recent decline in COVID-19 cases and increased vaccination rates, Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily Carter said in an campuswide email Monday that under the updated housing capacity, UCLA will be able to offer more housing options to foster youth, veterans and second-year students, including second-year transfer students.

Previously, the priority groups for on-campus housing included incoming freshmen, sophomores, first-year transfer students and students with an institutional need, according to an April 2 announcement...

 UCLA also expects to offer about 80% of courses in-person in the fall, with the exception of large lecture classes, which will likely be held remotely, according to the email Monday. Previously, administrators estimated that 70% to 80% of classes would be held in person...

Full story at https://dailybruin.com/2021/05/17/ucla-plans-to-offer-triple-capacity-housing-some-in-person-courses-in-fall

Harvard Admissions - Again

From time to time, we provide updates on the Harvard admissions case that is wending its way to the U.S. Supreme Court as a potential test of "affirmative action." Much depends at this point on whether the Court wants to use the Harvard case to come up with a new take on affirmative action in admissions (or elsewhere). There are reasons to think the Court might not want to use this particular case for such a purpose, even if it wants to change direction. The Court can decide simply not to hear the appeal.

From Politico:

Harvard University on Monday urged the Supreme Court to reject Students for Fair Admissions’ petition for race-blind admissions, which is widely believed to become the high court’s next opening to ban affirmative action

“After years of discovery, SFFA produced no persuasive evidence to support its legal claims,” Harvard lawyers wrote in a 47-page brief. “SFFA is not entitled to battle out the facts a third time in this Court.”


The anti-affirmative action group, which represents more than 20,000 students nationwide, in February petitioned the Supreme Court to hear its challenge against the Ivy League school and overturn the ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger, the landmark affirmative action case that has shaped admissions policies for nearly two decades. In Grutter, the Supreme Court decided it was legal for colleges to consider race and use a holistic admissions policy, as long as their affirmative action programs were narrowly tailored. SFFA also asked the high court to decide whether Harvard is violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act “by penalizing Asian-American applicants, engaging in racial balancing, overemphasizing race, and rejecting workable race-neutral alternatives....


Full story at https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2021/05/harvard-urges-supreme-court-to-toss-affirmative-action-challenge-2055970 via today's UCOP Daily News Clips.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Addendum: "Discretionary" Components of Proposed UC Spending in the May Revise


The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has prepared a listing of items viewed as discretionary spending on higher education in the governor's recent May Revise proposal. Above is a table just for the UC components.

Source: https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/4432/3

The 3% Letter

UC President Drake sent out a letter last week to the campuses announcing a 3% general pay increase for nonunion staff for the next academic year. Exactly what the implications will be for faculty and union-represented employees is not spelled out. It appears the campuses have some discretion in defining eligibility for those covered by the letter. Some campuses have already circulated announcements:

Santa Cruz: https://news.ucsc.edu/2021/05/salary-increase.html

Davis: https://hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/compensation/2021-salary-program

The letter itself - shown above - is at:

https://ucdavis.app.box.com/s/y31zgj130fzb7ixvce0hg3wkt2rk22qb.

In any case, we'll just have to wait to see (and listen) if more letters come with good news:

https://archive.org/details/78_naughty-nicky_ray-heatherton_gbia0029052/01+-+Merry+Mailman+-+Ray+Heatherton.flac

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Percentage Perspective

We have blogged about the governor's May Revise budget proposal in recent days. Apart from the numbers, it's useful to consider the percentages. So, here's one percentage to consider, based on numbers in the May Revise.

The total state allocation from the general fund and other funds is about $4.9 billion. The total UC budget (which includes everything - hospitals, Dept. of Energy labs, etc., as well as "core" education - is $46.6 billion, i.e., a little over a tenth of the total. 

Source of data: http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/budget/2021-22MR/#/Department/6440.

The Train Is Coming - Part 4

Metro has updated its notices of construction in the UCLA/Wilshire area. Click on "Learn More" for details:

  • Caltrans Basin Drainage Work near Southbound I-405 | Learn More
  • πŸ”†Driveway Installation at UCLA Lot 36 and Veteran Ave | Learn More
  • πŸ”†SCE Coordination Work near VA Hospital Campus | Learn More
  • πŸ”†Utility Relocation on Westwood Blvd near Ashton Ave. | Learn More
  • πŸ”†VA Hospital Campus Worksite | Learn More
πŸ”†denotes a new or updated notice.

By the way, the picture above is what will be. Below is what once was:


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Delete

 

If you got an email such as the one above this morning, delete it and don't click on "learn more." At best it's a sales pitch for something to avoid. At worst it's malware.