The BFA held its third Board meeting of the academic year on Thursday (May 4). We committed ourselves to increasing faculty access to administrative decision-making. With this in mind we present you with a transcript of the important Senate Meeting held last Wednesday (May 3). Click here.
- Chancellor Dirk’s address to the Senate (pp.1-7)
- Chair Powell (pp.8-12) gave his view on free speech, announced progress made on last year’s resolution on the oversight of cases of sexual harassment, and reflected on the future of Intercollegiate Athletics.
- VC Alivisatos (pp.14-20) updated us on research administration and new projects.
- Most importantly we heard from interim EVCP, Carol Christ (pp.20-35), about progress in and plans for tackling our budget deficit. Having reduced the deficit by $40m this year, next year we have to reduce it by another $53m. This will be accomplished by a combination of increased revenues and sustained cuts – a negotiated 6% cut across the board that takes as its basis everything that is not basic to teaching and research. The BFA will seek to monitor the fallout of these changes on the ground as well as insist on accounting transparency at the campus level.
- At the end of the meeting, Anant Sahai (EECS) (pp.35-40) introduced a proposal that faculty investigate the activities and functions of the Central Campus administration, inverting the usual mode of surveillance. There was no time to discuss the motion so it will be carried over into the Fall.
There have been a few changes to the BFA Board. We would like to acknowledge the devotion and dedication of Celeste Langan who will be stepping down from her position as co-chair as well as the extensive contributions of three Board Members who are cycling off – Leslea Hlusko, Zeus Leonardo, and Line Mikkelsen. We warmly welcome Paul Fine to the Board and we are looking for two new members. If you have proposals or self-nominations please get in touch with us.
In our weekly news digest below, among other things we learn of the continuing turmoil around the State Auditor’s report on the operations and finances of UCOP with President Napolitano under fire from the Legislature.