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Yet again an example of the regents inflating executive salaries at our cost.
The following is from Protect GSHIP:
…last week Lisa Sloan, Dean of Graduate Studies, officially asked that the Graduate Student Association approve concessions in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP). These concessions will increase the cost of co-pays for doctor visits ($10 to ~$20), prescriptions, and emergency care ($50 to ~$150), as well as the limit on our yearly out-of-pocket expense ($3,000 to ~$4,000). Essentially, your costs for basic health care will increase next year. This increase, in conjunction with significant rent increases for graduate students living in Family Student Housing and impending cuts to graduate student funding across academic divisions, marks a concerted effort on the part of the UCSC Administration to transfer a significant portion of the University’s budgetary shortfall to one of the groups that is least able to bear an increased burden. Meanwhile, the UC Regents are hiring executives with significant salary increases (at other campuses—see SF Chronicle article below); our very own EVC Kliger and Dean Sloan make $250,000 and $150,000 per year, respectively—obviously these decisionmakers are acting as if they are COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH with our reality, even if they entertain the burden of their own salary cut this coming year to “share our pain.” They are acting as if they are incapable of comprehending that we are, basically, already too poor to absorb higher health care and housing costs.
It is time for us to band together and take action. If we do not speak up, the Administration will continue to ask us to make sacrifices that we cannot afford to make. For this reason, we are calling for a “Call-In Action” to take place on Monday, May 11. During business hours on Monday, we ask you to call the offices of EVC David Kliger and DGS Lisa Sloan to express your opposition to cuts to GSHIP.
We also encourage you to recruit your family members (parents, partners, children) to call EVC Kliger and DGS Sloan on the same day. We need to let the UCSC Administration know that graduate students cannot afford further financial hardship. We have attached to this email a sample script for your phone call, as well as a sample script for your friends and family members.
We encourage you to go beyond the script to share your stories with EVC Kliger and DGS Sloan. You may want to explain how the cuts to GSHIP will combine with other recent policies to significantly increase the cost of your education. You may want to call more than once, in order to make clear how important this issue is to you. If you get his voice mail, leave a detailed message and try again later. You should also consider sending an email to both administrators. We have attached a sample template email for this purpose. You can also find these resources through the “Protect GSHIP” group on Facebook. Sign up via Facebook to participate in this event: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Protect-GSHIP/102843767872
The UC office of the president, or UCOP, recently released a document called “UC Myths and Facts” which explains the claims leveled by critics of the budget cuts to be false and inaccurate. Physics Professor Emeritus of UC Berkeley, Charles Schwartz, recently produced this response to the UCOP’s propaganda.
What you call the “funding for per-student education at UC” is a piece of accounting fraud that I have repeatedly criticized. The numbers you use to calculate that actually cover all of the costs for faculty research work throughout the academic year as well as undergraduate plus graduate educational programs. When I disaggregate that bundle of expenses, it turns out that undergraduate student fees now cover the full per-student cost for UC to provide undergraduate education. So the reduction in state funding is really a cutback in the faculty’s research program. That is a lamentable loss, but it is totally unjustified to dump that cost onto undergraduate students (and their families).
-Professor Emeritus, Charles Schwartz