Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl has plenty of awards and memorabilia in her office, including a piece from UCLA. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke)
When Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl left Hollywood behind and moved forward toward a new life of public service, she only had one institution in mind for a reboot: UCLA.
No matter what has happened in her life since being accepted to the university in the late 1950s, she has never strayed too far from connecting to the Bruins.
“I only wanted to go to UCLA,” she said. “When I was a child actor, nobody in my family had gone to college. I actually only applied to UCLA, I didn’t apply anywhere else. I was accepted with honors. And for $58 a semester, I got a full four-year, or actually as it turned out, five-year education.”
The UCLA State Relations team has been working hard and closely with the UC Office of the President and state lawmakers on a number of bills this legislative session. Below is a list of the highest profile bills set to impact UC and UCLA, the system’s position, and the status of each.
The following letter about the newly ratified California state budget from UC President Janet Napolitano was distributed on June 27:
Dear Friend of UC:
I am writing to provide you with an update on the state budget for the University of California, which has been signed into law by the Governor. While State revenues fell far short of January projections, leading to a tighter than expected budget environment, we are pleased with the budget agreement the Governor and the Legislature reached. This budget provides critical new funding for important UC priorities including student outreach and support, efforts to improve diversity, increasing California enrollment, and innovation and entrepreneurship activities at our campuses.
President Barack Obama speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, Monday, June 20, 2016, at the Washington Hilton in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Barack Obama announced a $70 million federal award Monday to a nonprofit co-founded by UCLA to create a nationwide Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, with the goal of improving the efficiency of advanced manufacturing.
The institute will be headquartered in downtown Los Angeles in partnership with the city, led by the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition and supported by UCLA’s leadership. It will include a national network of five regional manufacturing centers funded by $70 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and more than $70 million in matching funds from many of the institute partners.
In good news for higher education advocates, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on June 9 approved the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services education appropriations bill — potentially paving the way for year-round Pell Grant funding.
Receiving bipartisan support, the education appropriations bill would expand Pell Grant eligibility to low-income students attending classes year-round — often called the Summer Pell program. The change would benefit approximately 1 million students nationwide, who could see a roughly $1,650 boost to their Pell awards. This would raise the max Pell Grant award from $5,815 to $5,935.
Thank you to all of our Volunteer Advocates that joined us for our 2016 UCLA Days in Washington, D.C. Our delegation of students, alumni and staff met with members of Congress and Congressional staff regarding increased funding for Pell Grants and support for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Additionally, advocates discussed the success of the Academic Advancement Program (AAP) as a resource that has supported generations of Pell Grant recipients, first-generation college students, foster youth and other students over a 40-year period.