How Higher Ed Would Feel Medicaid Cuts

When states began opting in to Medicaid expansion after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, among the beneficiaries were the teaching hospitals that train doctors and nurses and serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. But if the U.S. Senate’s proposal to replace the ACA goes through, higher education groups say, those teaching institutions could take a large hit to their bottom lines because of serious Medicaid cuts. In addition, the pressures those reductions would put on state budgets likely will lead to less support of public higher education, the groups warned.

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by Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed.

1 in 5 L.A. community college students is homeless, survey finds

One in every 5 of the Los Angeles Community College District’s 230,000 students is homeless, and nearly two-thirds can’t afford to eat properly, according to a new survey commissioned by the system’s board of trustees. Nearly half the L.A. community college students surveyed reported struggling with high housing costs. Of the 19% who said they were recently homeless, 8% reported being thrown out of their homes, 4% said they had been evicted, and 6% had stayed in an abandoned building, car or other location not meant for housing, the survey said. Although college students nationwide face financial constraints that affect their nutrition, according to the study, those enrolled at the L.A. district’s nine campuses fare worse than the national average. About 65% can’t afford balanced meals, and 60% are unable to buy more when their food runs out, the study said.

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by Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times.

Incoming UC Berkeley chancellor lays out plan to reduce budget deficit. There could be layoffs ahead.

The incoming chancellor of UC Berkeley has unveiled her plan to reduce the school’s budget deficit from $110 million to $57 million this year — and it involves some deep cuts… Christ takes the helm at Cal from Nicholas Dirks, who has faced widespread criticism for his handling of the university’s finances, while the UC system as a whole is under fire from lawmakers upset over a recent audit that showed the central office failed to disclose $175 million in reserves. Tuition is also set to rise for the first time in six years.

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by Emily DeRuy, The San Jose Mercury News.

Democrats block Republican legislator’s proposal for forensic audit of UC Office of President

Two months after a state audit found mismanagement at the University of California, Democratic state lawmakers on Wednesday blocked a Republican legislator’s proposal to have auditors go back in and look deeper at spending, this time with an eye for possible criminal activity… “I am fighting to return trust in the institution of the UC Office of the President for students, parents, faculty and staff,” Acosta said. “Only complete transparency can accomplish that goal.” However, no Democratic lawmakers on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted to authorize a new audit, so the motion failed… State Auditor Elaine Howle said Wednesday in response to a legislator’s question that she did not find any evidence of misuse of funds. “We didn’t see anything nefarious,” Howle told the panel.

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by Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times.

Calif. governor’s office ignores law by appointing UC regents without required input: report

California governor Jerry Brown’s office has apparently been ignoring state law and appointing members of the University of California Board of Regents without first consulting a mandatory advisory committee. Some members of the advisory committee claim they have never spoken to the governor whom they are obligated to advise; it is further unclear if the committee has assembled even once in its more-than-four-decade-long history.

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by Amber Loveshe, The College Fix.

UC community expresses dissatisfaction with new regent nominees

The Council of University of California Faculty Associations wrote a letter to California state Sen. Kevin de León last week asking the state senate to reject the four regents Gov. Jerry Brown appointed last month. The CUCFA said Brown did not consult an advisory committee when selecting the regents, as specified by the California Constitution… Glantz added that he thinks the governor should have used the advisory committee because he thinks the regents in general are not representative of California’s demographics.

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by Sharon (Yu Chun) Zhen, The Daily Bruin.

Commentary: UC San Diego is failing in equity and diversity

While Chicanos and other Latinos make up over 40 percent of the California population, Chicanos are less than 20 percent of UCSD’s undergraduate enrollment… A recent New York Times article noted that the percentage of UCSD students receiving federal Pell grants decreased from 48 percent in 2012 to 26 percent in 2016. While virtually every other higher education institution in San Diego County has become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with an enrollment of at least 25 percent Chicano/Latino, UCSD has failed to enlist the support of the UCSD Chicano Alumni Association, our Concilio and local Chicano stakeholders to develop a plan that will achieve HSI status for UCSD.

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by Patrick Velasquez, The San Diego Union-Tribune.

UC paying top dollar to investigate Napolitano’s office

While $210,000 for an investigation is a hefty price, it is just a fraction of the $1 million that the president’s office spent investigating allegations of wrongdoing by former UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi. That probe, headed by former U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, led to Katehi’s resignation in August. In 2012, UC paid $445,879 to the security consulting firm Kroll Associates to help with a task force headed by former state Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso looking into the pepper spaying of student demonstrators by UC Davis police. More recently, the president’s office spent $57,671 on the probe into how outgoing UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks received a free campus gym membership, personal training sessions and an elliptical machine — perks that totaled all of about $5,000.

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by Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, The San Francisco Chronicle.

At Colleges, Demographic Changes Everywhere but the Top

Although diversifying the makeup of student bodies has been a major effort on college campuses in recent years, when it comes to the president’s office, there has been little change: The typical college president continues to be a white man in his early 60s, a new national survey has found. College presidents are also increasingly preoccupied by (and worried about) budgeting and fund-raising. At public institutions, well over half of those surveyed predicted that state government funding would decrease in the next five years, and more than three-quarters believe that tuition and fees will go up. As colleges grapple with these challenges, the survey offers a snapshot of the leaders in higher education: who the current presidents are, how they got there, how they spend their time and what they think the future holds.

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by David W. Chen, The New York Times.

Critics rip University of California for favoring illegal immigrants over out-of-state Americans

The regents in the University of California system recently instituted Regents Policy 2109 in response to state lawmakers threatening to withhold from the university system nearly $20 million if school officials didn’t cap the number of out-of-state American students. The university’s response to the state government’s threat was to limit the percentage of out-of-state American students in the student body to 18 percent on most campuses… Officials for the University of California say that the school system is simply being consistent with state law. “This policy applies to students who, under California law AB (Assembly Bill) 540, qualify as state residents for tuition purposes,” Ricardo Vazquez, spokesman for the University of California, said to Fox News.

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by Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News.