March 4th GSA Resolution @ UCLA

WHEREAS, In an effort to close the budget gap, the University of California Regents inNovember of 2009 voted to institute a mid-year fee increase throughout the UC-system for allgraduate level instruction without proper due process by way of the denial of a stipulated public comment period and sufficient graduate student inclusion in the decision making process .

WHEREAS, UC President Yudof’s budget plans to increase graduate student fees and decreasefunding to UCLA work against the University’s goals of educational access, affordability, andshared governance by hindering the quality of graduate instruction at UCLA, the viability ofspecific programs and departments, and disproportionately place the financial burden on UCgraduate students, employees, staff, and faculty.

WHEREAS, UCLA specifically has seen an increase of 20 percent in classroom sizes over the lastthree years and a decrease in 428 paid positions from February 2009 to July 2009, including 36ladder faculty, 95 lecturers, and 109 teaching assistants, which will significantly decrease thequality of education for UCLA graduate students, limit faculty and graduate student recruitment,and impact the diversity, quality and inclusivity of UCLA.

LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the UCLA Graduate Students Association is of the opinion that: Fee increases and funding decreases for graduate instruction are detrimental to the educationalclimate and livelihood of the University of California, Los AngelesFee increases, cuts to enrollment/admissions and the lack of adequate financial aiddisproportionately affect students from economically disadvantaged families and thereby threatenthe state’s economic fiber.Layoffs, salary reductions, and furlough days threaten the quality education and overall missionof the University of California, Los AngelesShared governance and the democratic process should be respected on all levels of decision-making

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that for the aforementioned reasons The UCLA Graduate Students Association is in support of and will participate in the UC system-wide Day of Action onMarch 4, 2010.LET IT FINALLY BE RESOLVED, that the UCLA Graduate Students Association stands insolidarity with the undergraduates, staff, faculty, and workers throughout the UC system, and isinvested in building sustainable coalitions with these groups for the purpose of the continueddefense of the future of public education in California.

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