You may have seen an announcement from UCOP regarding the implementation of the UC Phased Retirement Program for January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2019. The intent of the Phased Retirement Program is to help eligible employees who are 55 years or older transition into retirement and allow for longer-term planning for employees, their families and the unit they work in.
ANR has decided that it will not offer the program in 2015 to avoid adding to the workload of our already thin workforce. One of the primary guidelines in the program prohibits the department from adding capacity to offset a participating employee's reduction in time.
Linda Marie Manton, Executive Director
During 2014, the Division did not release a call for ANR's internal competitive grants program in order to conduct a formative assessment to determine if the program's intended results are being reached or if the trajectory is on target to reach them. ANR's Office of Program Planning and Evaluation (OPPE) was charged to measure progress toward addressing the grants program goals and to document the extent to which it is operating as planned.
A summary of the competitive grants program assessment can be found at http://ucanr.edu/grants_assessment_summary.
The ANR competitive grants program is on track to reach its goals: to support...
Two years ago you were asked to participate in a statewide survey regarding your work environment. Survey results have been tabulated and reviewed. While the Work Environment Assessment Committee was discussing survey results, we realized that ANR has no formal or consistent mechanism to get feedback from staff. an ANR Staff Assembly would provide that mechanism.
A staff assembly would promote effective communication between staff employees and the ANR administration. An ANR Staff Assembly would provide forums where staff at all levels can discuss UC ANR and...
Last month Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz wrote to you about ANR's follow-up plans for the Work Environment Assessment. Six workshops have been scheduled around the state. Please plan to attend the one in your region and mark it on your calendar. Prior to each event, invitations, a registration survey and more information will be sent.
Please remember that California is a very large state, and in scheduling workshops, some people are going to have to travel farther than others. We also understand that not everyone will be able to attend, and we will plan to share information with everyone later in the spring. The regional groupings, the location of the workshop, and the...
Six program teams are scheduled to meet in 2015. You can register and request travel funds at http://ucanr.edu/sites/programteams for the following meetings:
- February 12-13, Water Resources PT, Davis
- April 8-10, Joint Environmental Horticulture PT and Pest Management PT, Davis
DATES TO SAVE! More information will be made available in early to mid-January for the following meetings:
- March 17-19, Joint Agronomic Crops PT and Dairy Production and Food Safety PT,...