UC Regents to discuss social media fundraising, UC Merced development at upcoming meeting

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The UC Board of Regents will meet next week at the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

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The UC Board of Regents will meet Wednesday and Thursday this week at the UCSF Mission Bay campus to discuss development of the UC Merced campus, the Working Smarter Initiative, a new social media fundraising program and selection criteria for the next UC system president. Below is an overview of what will be covered at the meeting.

Wednesday:

Capital projects

On Wednesday morning, the board will discuss requests by UC Merced to accept construction plans to keep the campus on track with its enrollment targets.

Since fall 2005, UC Merced has seen sustained growth in enrollment, on track with its goal of enrolling 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students by 2030. That growth, however, is contingent on new construction and funding for new academic and laboratory facilities.

Based on current funding levels, UC Merced’s enrollment will reach a maximum of 6,700 students within the next few years.

The regents will also vote on two proposals for UC Santa Barbara housing projects and on designs for an academic building at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

Finance

At the meeting, UC officials will present an update on the Working Smarter Initiative, a systemwide program that aims to save the UC system money by streamlining administrative operations. The five-year program, begun in 2010, is reaching the midpoint of its intended lifespan.

As of the July 2012 Annual Report to the Regents, more than $200 million in direct savings and more than $89 million in new revenue has been found, exceeding the two-year expectation of $200 million.

Fundraising

The Committee on Educational Policy will discuss the regents’ new social media fundraising pilot program, which attempts to leverage philanthropy from online sources to raise additional money for need-based undergraduate scholarships. The program is still in development but is planned for a fall 2013 launch.

Selection of a new UC president

The Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President will meet with the rest of the board on Wednesday afternoon to hold a consultation regarding search criteria for finding a new UC system president.

The regents emphasize strong leadership and management skills as well as experience working with federal and state governments on a website for the search.

Thursday:

Finance

On Thursday, the board will address renewing a $60 temporary tuition surcharge that covers the costs associated with the Kashmiri v. Regents and Luquetta v. Regents lawsuit judgments.

Both suits found that the regents had violated their contract with professional-degree students by raising fees after initial enrollment despite a promise not to do so. It is expected that the cost of the Kashmiri suit will be paid off by academic year 2012-13.

Agendas for the meeting can be found here.

Jacob Brown is the lead higher education reporter. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @jacobebrown.