Higher education accountability bill passes through state Senate committee

A bill that requires California to establish a system for reporting how its higher education institutions are meeting educational and economic  goals passed through the state Senate Education Committee last week. Assembly Bill 2 — introduced by state Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge — was passed by the committee
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Governor vetoes Democratic budget plan

Less than a day after state Democratic legislators passed a budget that included an additional $150 million in cuts to the University of California, Gov. Jerry Brown issued the first veto of a state budget in California’s history. Brown announced in a statement Thursday morning that the plan passed by
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Supreme Court upholds in-state tuition for undocumented students

After nearly six years of petitions and appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on Monday that challenged a state law allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at California universities and colleges. The plaintiffs — 42 former UC, CSU and California Community College students who each
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State Senate passes higher education transparency bill

The California State Senate approved a piece of legislation Thursday that would bring greater transparency and accountability to the state’s public higher education institutions — the University of California, California State University and the California Community Colleges. Senate Bill 8 — dubbed the Transparency Act by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San
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Financial aid bill set for full vote

The California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations approved a bill Friday which would provide state grants and financial aid to undocumented students in California and now moves to the Assembly floor for a full vote. One of two bills that make up the state’s DREAM Act, Assembly Bill 131 —
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Cal Dining, which operates the Crossroads facility shown above, is among the auxiliary organizations that will be affected by the new regulations.

UC, CSU drop opposition to higher education transparency bill

The University of California and California State University systems have dropped their opposition to a bill that would require their auxiliary organizations to adhere to state public records laws. A previous version of the bill was vetoed in October 2009 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has said that it
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UC Berkeley student nominated as 2012-13 student regent

The UC Office of the President announced today that a special committee of the UC Board of Regents has nominated Jonathan Stein, a UC Berkeley graduate student, to serve as student regent for 2012-13. Though the board will vote on the nomination at its July meeting, Stein would first serve
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Union members present rebuttal to challenge of recent election

More than 100 members of a union representing academic student employees throughout the UC packed into a statewide membership meeting Saturday afternoon, overturning a challenge to the recently concluded leadership elections, unseating a recently elected member and discussing the future direction and structure of the union. Approximately 130 members of
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