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Senate Source current issue now available online

The February 2013 issue of The Senate Source is now available online. This month’s features include:

Notes from the Academic Senate Chair Robert Powell: 2012–13 Chair Powell reflects on current issues before the senate and the university.

Interview with Provost Aimée Dorr: Provost Aimée Dorr discusses some of the most significant issues facing the university.

TFIR urges UC to hold course on UCRP funding: The Academic Council has unanimously endorsed a letter from the University Committee on Faculty Welfare’s Task Force on Investment and Retirement (TFIR) urging the university to maintain its current plan for funding UCRP.

Online ed, faculty diversity headline regents meeting: The Regents’ last meeting focused on several issues of interest to faculty, including online education and faculty diversity.

Senate pushes for improved composite benefit rate scenario: Significant faculty concerns about a plan to implement composite benefit rates on the campuses as part of the transition to a single payroll and personnel system have led to important changes in the original plan.

BOARS Goes to Sacramento: In a first for a systemwide Senate standing committee, the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) held its February meeting in Sacramento, with about a dozen staff from the legislature and the Governor’s office in attendance.

Senates working together to implement open textbook legislation: The Academic Senates of the UC, CSU and California Community Colleges, through the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS), have been charged with implementing two pieces of legislation signed into law in 2012 that are intended to drive down the cost of textbooks for California college students.

This issue also includes a list of current items under Academic Senate review and several other updates and announcements of interest to the faculty.

The Senate Source is an online publication for UC faculty published by the University of California Systemwide Senate. Previous issues are available on the Publications page of the Academic Senate website.

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