Investigating UC

19 Oct

Here’s a sampling of the investigative work Zachary Williams, the UCLA AWDU candidate for Recording Secretary, has done over the course of the past few months. For even more analysis, visit Zach’s website, Good In Theory.

1) A retrospective analysis of union transparency made during the previous triennial election, focusing especially upon communication with the membership during our last contract vote.

2) A brief account of why tuition hikes matter for the security of graduate students.

3) A comparative investigation into the UC’s use of increasingly prevalent ‘general revenue’ and ‘student tuition’ pledge structures, which finance capital projects by pledging student tuition.

4) A rough investigation into the UC’s budget and how much it spends on instruction relative to its other costs.  This post is typical of many investigations he’s made into the tuition hikes and how tuition relates to the UC budget as a whole.  These investigations give a good idea of the room UC has to actually increase outlays on instruction, including for TAs.

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