UC Budget Meeting (Th – Mar 12)
Hosted by SUA – Guests: Administrators of Student Affairs
A 2 hour meeting approximately. A presentation was given by SUA with intermittent discussion periods in between slides. Then a question and answer period with Student Affairs administrators, among which included Felicia McGinty.
According to Felicia McGinty:
-115 million dollars in cut to the entire UC confirmed
-Another 50 million dollars in cuts possibly, depending on the Obama Stimulus
-Net Cut can reach 450 million dollars (to UC system)
-Total UCSC cut totals 13 million dollars
-Of which, UCSC Student Affairs will be cut 3 million; 1.5m in programs and 1.5m in housing
-UCSC endowment has been affected by the budget crisis to some extent
-questions were raised regarding the general state of and how cuts will affect: AB540 students (undocumented), outreach to communities of color, among other things. Michelle Whittingham indirectly answered some of these questions by giving examples of successful programs in place (note: the lack of direct answers were abundant at the meeting and may have been partly due to the unfinalized nature of where the cuts were going)
-Most students in attendance seemed unwilling to submit to any cuts at all.
-In response to a question about student fees, Felicia McGinty said that certain fees (reg. fees?) go to UCSC, while some other fees are given to the UC system to divide up. She stated that most of the fees that students pay that go to the UC system are from there disproportionately distributed to the campuses with medical centers (particularly UCLA and UCSF). In other words, a good chunk of the money that UCSC students pay to the UC doesn’t actually go to UCSC. According to Felicia McGinty, George Blumenthal has been a strong advocate for this issue and has been lobbying the Regents to change the redistribution system of fees.
There was a comprehensive powerpoint presentation by SUA. For more information contact SUA. SUA Commissioner of Academic Affairs: Matt Palmer: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For those interested: Student Affairs Organizational Structure
Budget Forum Powerpoint (courtesy of SUA)
Quote of the night:
“Its pathetic we live in a state that has a larger budget for prisons than education” -Felicia McGinty