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State Audit Report on UC

Colleagues,

A state audit report was released today about the budget practices and administrative expenditures of the UC Office of the President. UCOP's news release can be found here.

In addition, a video response to the audit report for UC employees has been issued by Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano and can be viewed here.

For updated information and UC responses to the audit, please visit the UCOP news page.

Thank you,
Glenda

 

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Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 1:14 PM
Tags: audit (1), Glenda Humiston (17)

Comments sought on revisions to Staff Policy 3 – Types of Appointment

The University of California is proposing revisions to Staff Policy 3 – Types of Appointment, which applies to staff employees in the Professional & Support Staff and Managers & Senior Professionals personnel groups and to Senior Management Group members.

The policy has undergone full review and a systemwide workgroup with representatives from UC Davis, UC San Francisco, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and the Office of the President was formed to propose revisions to clarify the various types of appointments at the University. The proposed policy revisions will combine PPSM 3 with PPSM 24 (Per Diem Positions) and PPSM 61 (Release During the Probationary Period or from Limited Casual/Restricted, and Floater Positions) in order to have all relevant language in one policy.

The proposed policy is posted on UCnet: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/tools-and-services/administrators/policies/proposed/ppsm-3.html.

Employees covered by this policy who wish to provide comments on the proposed revisions may submit them to Robin Sanchez at rgsanchez@ucanr.edu by May 24, 2017.

 

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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Climate change video series “sneak peek” today at 1:30 p.m.

All UC ANR staff and academics are invited to join a webinar at 1:30 this afternoon for a “sneak peek” of a new video series about combatting climate change. The 30-minute webinar will introduce “Climate Change,” a six-episode series produced by the University of California communications team and slated for wide distribution later this week by Vox, a news and opinion website that is known for explanatory journalism.

The series features UC and non-UC experts sharing potential solutions to the global climate change threat. One of the episodes focuses on reducing food waste. The release of the video series coincides with recent efforts being made by UC and other organizations to highlight the importance of science and research.

The webinar will be broadcast on ReadyTalk at 1:30 p.m. today (April 18).  

To join the meeting, paste the following link into the browser address bar:

https://cc.readytalk.com/r/xyu6ffst6wsv&eom

Audio conference information:

Dial-in to (303) 248-0285

Access code:  9879910

For technical support:
U.S. and Canada: 800-843-9166
International: 303-209-1600
Email: help@readytalk.com
Web: https://support.readytalk.com/SP/?src=ccemail

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:23 AM
Tags: video (1)

UC ANR REC System Investments

Dear Colleagues,

As we move forward with the implementation of our new Strategic Plan, I want to take this opportunity to share some exciting plans for recapitalizing and modernizing our research infrastructure and facilities. This investment is a key strategy within our larger efforts to “rebuild the UCCE footprint” and increase the number of academics throughout the system.

The Strategic Plan proposes a total investment of more than $40 million on UC ANR research facilities, with well over half of that designated for the Research and Extension Center System (RECs). This historic investment will be funded by a combination of debt issuance, judicious deployment of reserves, revisiting recharge rates (cost recovery) and a robust capital campaign. The good news is, in the current financial market, interest rates are still relatively affordable, making it a very good time to borrow money and expedite construction.

The RECs are a unique and critical part of the research capacity of UC ANR, as well as a vital resource for California's agricultural sector. Unfortunately, they have not been adequately supported for a number of years, resulting in 21st century research being conducted in facilities that are 50 to 60 years old. We must look to the future and invest in these facilities now to serve the researchers and scholars that bring their projects to the RECs – both current and future. Going forward, we must also ensure financial stability and plan for ongoing upgrades to keep our facilities up-to-date and in demand. 

UC ANR central funds currently cover expenses at the RECs ranging from 70% to 90% of all costs; the RECs, in turn, use those funds to support, on average, over 80% of the costs to conduct research. This significant support has been given to all researchers, regardless of need or priority, and doesn't allow ANR the flexibility to target our research support dollars where they are most needed. Furthermore, much of the work conducted at the RECs for projects awarded to UC campuses, provide no Indirect Cost (IDC) to the RECs to cover utilities, infrastructure and other support costs generally covered by IDC. 

Lisa Fischer has been working with the REC directors to develop a vision for the RECs, including prioritizing the improvements to be funded and identifying options to enhance administrative and financial management. Several options are currently under discussion, including liquidating assets and/or pursuing land lease options, increasing crop income, seeking endowment opportunities, and resetting recharge rates either as a system or by individual RECs.  

As part of these options, we need to develop recharge rates that more accurately reflect true costs and assist with recovery of the division's outlays. This move will enable those funds to be available to help improve operations and maintenance as well as augment three research funds that we are developing: one to provide extra support for early-career ANR academics, another to be available for emergency needs such as Asian citrus psyllid, and the third to provide matching funds when required for certain grants.

I know you share my enthusiasm about the potential of our REC System to become the elite and productive research infrastructure that California is depending on to provide solutions to the many issues facing the state.  We are discussing and evaluating all available options to reduce the RECs' dependence on central funds and develop strategies to improve their administrative and financial management. I anticipate receiving a proposal from REC leadership in late April.

Rising costs, coupled with budget forecasts from our traditional state and federal sources that appear flat for the foreseeable future, mean that all of UC ANR, not just the RECs, must look for ways to manage ongoing programs with less reliance on central funding. Concurrently, we are also greatly enhancing our funds development capacity to assist with program needs and expanding our academic footprint. I will be providing more updates on that, as well as other aspects of the Strategic Plan implementation effort, as plans are finalized and milestones are met.

Sincerely,

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

 

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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Register for May and June UC ANR program team meetings

Register for May and June UC ANR program team meetings

Registration is open for the following program team meetings in May and June: Agronomic Crops, Pest Management and Positive Youth Development. Associated workgroups may also meet at the program team meetings. Registration links are below:

All program teams will have an opportunity to meet at the 2018 UC ANR Statewide Meeting, which will be held the week of April 8, 2018, in Ontario. Please mark your calendars.

The strategic initiative leaders and a planning committee are working with Sherry Cooper, director of the Program Support Unit, on an agenda that leaves time for program teams to meet in conjunction with the event. During fiscal year 2017-18, April 8-13 will be the time for program teams to meet. No additional funding will be provided to hold program team meetings between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, (FY18) other than during the statewide meeting the week of April 8-13, 2018.

In the coming months, Cooper will solicit program team requests for meeting rooms. If you have ideas for the statewide meeting, please share them with any of the strategic initiative leaders.

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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 9:05 AM

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