June AVC Message: Work To Be Done On State Budget


Governor Jerry Brown has released his May budget revision for 2017-18, and with that release, we know there is more work to do to best help our students and continue to make the University of California and UCLA a beacon for what higher education can achieve.

The UC system is still seeking $9 million to enroll an additional 900 graduate students, who support undergraduate student education, conduct ground-breaking research and help fill state workforce needs. Graduate education is an important priority for the campus and the UC system.

We are also concerned by the budget’s proposal to take $4 million each from the UC and CSU’s general fund allocation in order to fund financial aid for students receiving Cal Grants attending private universities. As higher education advocates, we, of course, support financial aid for students, but we would hope this money would not have to come at the expense of our public institutions.

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Letter: Proposed Federal Cuts Imperil Core Public Research Pillars

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block

I am writing as part of the leadership of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), one of the nation’s premier universities engaged in research, scholarship and innovation for the benefit of society. UCLA is ranked among the leading research universities worldwide in fields ranging from medicine to engineering to humanities to arts and sciences and everything in between.


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UCLA Advocate In Action: Francisco Carrillo Finds His Way Home

Federal Relations Executive Director Francisco Carrillo addresses a crowd on federal appropriations talking points during a recent campus event.

Francisco Carrillo was a self-described knucklehead when he attended UCLA, so much so that he didn’t make it through school on his first attempt.

He took his education for granted the first time around, but when given a second chance to make good, he did, and now the “prodigal son” returns as Executive Director of Federal Relations for UCLA with a mission to promote his alma mater at the federal level and to advocate for higher education priorities in Washington, DC.

“My undergrad story is interesting,” Carrillo said with a weary smile. “I didn’t go the normal route. I actually got dismissed from school because my academic performance was suffering. I was very young and naive. But thankfully, I got back in.”

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Postcard From Sacramento: Professor Edward Leamer Forecasts The Economy

Professor Edward Leamer presents the UCLA Anderson Forecast, which came out most recently on June 13.

Elected officials up in Sacramento know that Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast (released new June 13) Edward Leamer’s door is always open for a lively discussion.

“I think good citizenship is essential to a good university’s function,” Leamer said. “The faculty needs to do what it can to help the governance of the locales in which they reside — the city, the county and the state. I go up to Sacramento with that in mind. It’s an opportunity and an important function that’s really part of my job and also part of my activity of being a citizen of California.”

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AUDIO: Spreading the word about a new UCLA community School in South LA

The Mann UCLA Community School brings together the resources of the school, family and community to help young people thrive and make families and communities stronger in the South Los Angeles area. The school will prepare all students to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, careers, and civic life. The school is currently enrolling students for 6th through 9th grade for the 2017-2018 school year.

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