UC Riverside Academic Senate

2009 - 2010 Mail Ballot Results

The document below reports the outcome of the faculty balloting (over 20 classroom days) on the five Resolutions that were submitted to a mail ballot as a consequence of the Divisional faculty meeting on December 1th, 2009. There were no invalid ballots. As a point of reference there are a total of 711 active faculty members + 236 Emeritus/a faculty who were eligible to vote.

Also listed below at the bottom is a sixth Resolution that was introduced and voted upon at the December 1th, 2009 Divisional faculty meeting.

1. Resolution on Campus Equity and Shared Governance

        In favor                   178
        Opposed                   71
        Abstain                   5

THEREFORE be it resolved that we:
  • call on University President Mark Yudof and the Regents of the University of California to demonstrate a continuing respect for shared governance by reconstituting the Commission on the Future and making it reflective of the University as a whole, with equitable representation across campuses, disciplines, and segments; and
  • urge that the reconstituted Commission honor shared governance through open forums, continuing input from affected parties, and with a 12-month timeline for consideration of policy alternatives and evolving budget realities.

2.  Resolution on Meaningful Fiscal Transparency

        In favor                   140
        Opposed                   89
        Abstain                   19

THEREFORE be it resolved that we:

  • call on the UC Office of the President and the UCR Administration to provide full, detailed, and meaningful fiscal transparency, including budget reports since    2000-2001 that can be scaled up or down in their level of detail, with meaningful descriptions of categories at each level of analysis, and justifications on restricted uses of revenues where relevant; and
  •  urge that cuts in instructional staff positions be halted until the consequences of such layoffs—on teaching loads and educational outcomes—can be fully examined and weighed in a forum open to all relevant segments of the UC community; and
  •  call on the Regents to desist from enacting these student fee hikes until further cuts in administrative costs, other cost deferrals, and new sources of revenue such as temporary borrowing are seriously considered and presented to the public.

3.  Resolution on Ensuring Solvency in Retirement Benefits

        In favor                   204
        Opposed                   34
        Abstain                   10

THEREFORE be it resolved that we urge the University to provide meaningful guidance and long-term planning to ensure continued viability and equity in the provision of retirement benefits.

4.  Resolution on the Strategic Planning Process at UC Riverside

        In favor                   150
        Opposed                   81
        Abstain                   14

THEREFORE be it resolved that we:

  • call on the Executive Vice Chancellor, the UCR2020 Steering Committee, and all other relevant committees place particular weight on issues of access and diversity, unintended consequences of the pursuit of AAU status, and equitable distribution of resources to all units of the campus; and
  • call on the Executive Vice Chancellor to make available all reports that inform the recommendations of the UCR Strategic Plan. Wherever possible and relevant, information should be provided in disaggregated form, by unit and department, on various bases such as per faculty member, per teaching assistant, per undergraduate major, and per undergraduate student taught

5.  Resolution on Faculty FTE

        In favor                   107
        Opposed                   104
        Abstain                   31

THEREFORE be it resolved that:

  • The UCR Division of the Academic Senate calls on the administration to make reduction of the fraction of unfilled faculty FTE to less than 11% be the highest   priority of our Strategic Planning process.

6.  Resolution on Master Plan for Higher Education
     [This Resolution was passed during the December 1th Divisional Faculty meeting.]

        In favor                   52
        Opposed                   4
        Abstain                   5

WHEREAS the Master Plan for Higher Education in California—a document that for five decades has helped produce a top-ranked university system that serves the people of California with excellence and access—is under grave threat;

THEREFORE be it resolved that we call on the state government and the Regents of the University of California to reaffirm their shared commitment to carrying out the Master Plan.



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