university of california
Petition to Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein
Affordable College Prices for California
"Institutions like Regent University are lowering tuition to increase access, respond to the economic realities of the day, and combat a trend that must be reversed for higher education to meet its goals in America. We must find creative ways to reduce educational costs, including the use of technology (by next fall, nearly all of our bachelor’s degree can be completed in three years if students take online courses to supplement the traditional on-campus experience) and course redesign." Quoted from Dr. Carlos Campo of the Huffington Post To see the full article visit The Huffington Post.
Petition to University of California
UC Students Condemn Executive Order Creating Travel Ban
We, the undersigned students from the University of California, condemn Donald Trump’s executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” This executive order bans non-U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The ban violates internationally recognized conventions of human rights, and is an assault on the lives and dignity of millions of people fleeing war and persecution. It is especially damaging to American higher education as tens of thousands of students from these countries attend colleges in the United States, and the ban directly affects the mission of college campuses nationwide seeking to foster a diverse global community. While U.S. District Court Judge James Robart has granted a restraining order on the executive order, his decision is only temporary, and the executive order could be reinstated. We are grateful to President Napolitano and our Chancellors for issuing statements supporting members impacted by the executive order, and for recognizing that the executive order is contrary to values of the University of California. However, we also call on the University of California Regents, the Office of the President, and all other administrative personnel: 1. To refuse to release the immigration status of students, or otherwise aid in the enforcement of this or similar executive orders and policies; 2. To defend the student visa program and protect faculty, staff and students who have been affected; 3. To create a determined number of academic seats for students displaced by conflict, which will help sustain dialogue and offer opportunities and support to those who need it most. If the ban is reinstated, such academic seats would still be available to educationally displaced students already in the United States.
Petition to Nicholas Dirks
Prevent the College of Chemistry from being dissolved
UC Berkeley's College of Chemistry is one of the largest and most prestigious chemistry institutions in the world. Its chemistry and chemical engineering programs have consistently been ranked on par with or higher than private schools like MIT, Harvard, and Caltech -- the only public school to do so. Faculty and alumni of the College have received thirteen Nobel Prizes, and researchers at the College of Chemistry were responsible in part for the discovery of over a dozen elements, including Californium, Seaborgium, and our very own Berkelium. Yet despite the incomparable prestige that the College of Chemistry brings to UC Berkeley, the Chancellor's Office is considering disbanding the College, which dates back to 1872, as a proposed cost-saving measure. There is no doubt that UC Berkeley's high chemistry and chemical engineering rankings and ability to compete with far better-funded departments is due in part to the unique design of the College of Chemistry, which fosters a cooperative and interdisciplinary environment that brings faculty, grad students, and undergraduates together. Dissolving the College of Chemistry would not only destroy a valuable part of UC Berkeley history, it risks losing the spark that makes Berkeley's chemistry and chemical engineering world-famous. The college's small class size and relatively low student:teacher ratio allow it to maintain its intimate focus on undergraduate research that produces such quality academics. Folding chemistry and chemical engineering into different colleges (Letters & Sciences and Engineering, respectively) damages the intersectionality of these fields, affecting numerous researchers and faculty whose work transcends these boundaries. To top it all off, the College of Chemistry raised more money during the 2015 Big Give than the entire College of Letters & Sciences, despite having less than 5% of the undergraduate population of the latter. The College of Chemistry is a tightly-knit community that produces unparalleled results in part due to its unorthodox administrative position, with a history that stretches back over a century and alumni that have shaped and defined the course of modern science as we know it. The dissolution of the College of Chemistry would not just affect the students and faculty who call it home, it would be a loss for the University of California and the entire scientific community.
Petition to Mark Yudof, University of California, Jason Simon
University of California: Stop the new UC logo
PETITION CLOSED 12/14/2012 11:00 AM http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/28817 From Jason Simon, UC Director, Marketing Communications "UC Community, Over the past week it has become clear that the University of California systemwide monogram recently created is a source for great debate, dialogue, and division. In short, it's too much of a distraction from our broader effort to communicate UC's value and vital contributions to Californians, and so we intend to suspend use of the new monogram. We will begin to take the steps required to do so. This will not happen overnight in all case, but we are committed to doing so. Without diving too deep into the commentary of the past week, there are a few things that remain clear—the UC community is passionate in its support of the system as a whole, believes any new directions should reflect the tradition, prestige and import of both higher education broadly and UC specifically, and wants want to be engaged in an open, collaborative dialogue and process. We commit to respecting that feedback in determining a path forward as these issues are revisited. It's my hope that some of the passion displayed through this site and other social channels can be turned to adding important voices to the cause of sharing stories of success and breakthrough that the students, alumni, faculty, staff, and broad UC community have every day in making California (and the world) better. It's a way for us to stay engaged and honor the dialogue you have requested. If you're willing, please join us by following UC on Facebook or by joining the UC for California advocacy network. Best, Jason Simon Director, Marketing Communications University of California | Office of the President" _______________________________________________________ THIS AFFECTS ALL UC CAMPUSES! The newly designed monogram of the University of California, while attempting to be modern, loses the prestige and elegance of the current seal. So far complacent and dismissive response of UCOP is essentially just telling us we just don't understand. We DO understand the new logo is not replacing the seal on formal communications, however it will be used to identify the UC system on a broad scale, and this new logo is not acceptable. Please let your voice be heard and sign this petition to stop the identification of the University of California with the new monogram, and ask the Regents, Director of UC Marketing Jason Simon, and President Mark Yudof for an alternative solution. Read the article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/12/critics-say-new-uc-logo-is-not-dignified-enough-.html Example of new logo ALREADY in use: http://www.ucop.edu http://vimeo.com/53530934#at=0 Check our facebook page for updates!http://www.facebook.com/StopTheUCLogoChange Thank you everyone. You have shown so much passion and our voices are being heard. I would also like to remind all of us to please be respectful of each others opinions. The vitriol and personal attacks being sent to some of the team that helped to design the new monogram is not okay. They care deeply about the university and are greatly invested in ensuring its success. They don’t deserve anger, threats and insults directed at them. Let us all strive to be positive in our discourse and continue to hold fruitful constructive discussions.- Reaz Rahman _______________________________________________________ UPDATE 12/8/2012 6:33 PMFrom Jason Simon, the University of California Director, Marketing Communications "First and foremost, we are gratified to see so many people who care passionately about the University of California. Feedback, and dialogue, are essential in a university setting and we are paying attention. While doing so, it's important that we provide some more context to people who are coming to this issue completely cold. This is not an either/or situation — we are not trading in the seal for the new mark. The seal will continue to be used to represent the UC system. Additionally, this does not replace or take the place of any campus identities. The new mark was created as a part of our broader efforts to build awareness and support for all the things that UC does to make California (and by extension the world) better. What we have tried to do is to create a mark that is iconic, flexible, and solid enough that it works to represent the UC system as a whole. The mark can be used in a combination of the various UC blues and golds as well as in a multitude of applications. Seals are wonderful and carry a legacy and tradition. They also signify bureaucracy, staidness, and other not-so-great characteristics. Much of this was evident in the testing and discussion we did as part of the process. Our challenge is to represent not only the work done on our campuses but also in UC medical centers, agriculture and natural resources efforts, research centers, K-12 preparation and outreach efforts, and even things such as overseeing the state’s 4H program or the University of California Press. And, of course, the longstanding impact of our alumni. People experience the results of these efforts every day but the University receives little recognition for them. This is the message of our Onward California campaign. Much of that is visible if people want to visit http://www.onwardcalifornia.com. There are amazing examples of the ways that UC touches people’s lives every day and we are proud that so many people have visited the site or taken part in outreach efforts over the last several months. Our students, alumni, faculty and staff have all done a terrific job in raisingtheir voices in support of UC and higher education. We know that we share a common goal of ensuring that the great work UC does is valued by as many people as possible. We sincerely intend to listen to this feedback and respect what we are hearing." _______________________________________________________ UPDATE 12/11/2012From Gavin Newsom Lieutenant Governor, Member of UC Board of Regents "Dear President Yudof, The overwhelmingly negative response to the recent change to the University of California logo demands immediate attention. In the materials posted on the University of California, Office of the President website about the recent rebranding effort speaks about improving communications and better connecting to the University of California audience. Clearly the new logo for the University, even in its limited use, has backfired. [ suspect that, had the team leading this project reached out in the spirit of communication and audience building this unfortunate gaffe could have been avoided. I applaud the attempts to "relatinch(ed) the online home for the University of California Office of the President with a new design, improved search, consistent navigation and a clearer picture of how the Office of the President is organized." However, it appears the new logo fails to respect the history and the prestige of University of California En only a few days, almost 50,000 students, alumni and Californians across the state believe so strongly that the logo fails to represent the institution they are so proud of, they have signed a petition calling for its removal. It bears noting that tuition at the University of California has more than doubled in recent years, access is being limited and students are incurring more debt than any other time in history. Perhaps now is the time to return to the use of the old logo and allow the University community a cooling off period to concentrate on the long-term health of the University. Instead of being creative with the University of California logo, we should be searching for creative solutions for funding the University of California. Respectfully, GAVIN NEWSOM Lieutenant Governor" _______________________________________________________