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UCSD Hosts UC Regents Convention

The University of California Board of Regents met yesterday at UC San Diego for the first of three days of administrative meetings this month.

In yesterday’s sole meeting, the Committee on Grounds and Buildings addressed capital improvements on the UC Los Angeles, Davis and Berkeley campuses. Today, Regents will discuss Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2011-12 budget and its cut of $500 million in state funding for the University during the Committee on Finance.

UCOP Spokesperson Leslie Sepuka said Vice President for Budget Patrick Lenz will give an in-depth presentation about the governor’s proposal.

“[Lenz] is basically going to give an update on the proposed mid-year budget and the 2011-12 budget,” Sepuka said. “I think everyone’s going to be paying attention to the budget update. That’s obviously an important subject for everyone in the university community.”

UC Student Association President Claudia Magaña, a third-year sociology, politics and Latin American & Latino Studies studies major at UC Santa Cruz, said Lenz will offer a number of potential alternatives for dealing with the proposed cuts.

“Lenz will [present] a laundry list of options the university can take,” Magaña said. “[The Regents] are just laying out a loose framework in response to the cut and what it means to the UC.”

Today, the Committee on Finance will also review new litigation involving the UC, including two reports — one on discrimination/retaliation and another on unilateral change — filed by UCSB’s Coalition of University Employees. Additionally, the Committee on Educational Policy will vote on implementing a more individualized review process for undergraduate applications.

Four UCSA-appointed student representatives from across the UC system will attend the meetings to advocate student issues.

According to Magaña, the representatives will actively communicate opposition to further fee hikes.

“We’re trying to gauge where the Regents are on fees,” Magaña said. “We want to make sure they know how important it is that [raising tuition] isn’t an option at all or at least the last option.”

Tomorrow’s meetings will feature a host of open and closed sessions on a range of topics including quarterly internal audit and compliance updates, as well as committees on governance and compensation. Public comment sessions begin today and tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

For the complete agenda and access to live audio streams of the meetings, visit http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2.

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