We now have two reports – one commissioned by the Regents and conducted by former state Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno and the Hueston Hennigan law firm, the other by the State Auditor Elaine Howle – both concluding that there was doctoring of the survey of campus views of UCOP. Responses that were supposed to go directly to the State Auditor, were redirected through UCOP. Michael Meranze summarizes the two reports here, pointing to the continuing leadership crisis not just in UCOP, but also at the level of the Regents and the Academic Senate. The latter tends to be reactive in its politics, at best. It needs to be more autonomous, pointing a way forward to counter the progressive degradation of higher education.
As Congress wrangles over the GOP Tax Bill, graduate students are mobilizing around its devastating consequences. Among other things, tuition waivers for graduate students will be taxed. (See TW#, #38) On Wednesday (November 29) there will be a walkout and rally at noon on the steps of Sproul, endorsed by the BFA Board. Wendy Brown will speak on behalf of the BFA to support the graduate student action. We encourage colleagues to support our graduate students, on whose shoulders rest the teaching and the future of our university.
Chair of the BFA