Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's All Greek 2

Changing Universities asks- and here's excerpt of some of the questions raised::

Questions about the UC Budget Deal
The recent state budget agreement has brought up many important issues for the UC system. Here are some of my top questions:

1) What is the current status of the deal made between President Napolitano and Governor Brown? ... Is the deal with the governor like the deal the governor thought he had last year with UC, which prevented any tuition increases for four years?

2) What happened to UCOP’s claim that it needed to raise tuition 5% over the next five years in order to maintain excellence? ... Was the earlier claim only a bargaining ploy, or does the UC really need more money than it is getting?

3) What is the status of all of the non-monetary issues (online ed, time to degree, three-year degrees, transfer rates) contained in the Brown and Napolitano agreement? First of all, aren’t these areas the domain of the faculty senate?

4) What exactly did the UC get in terms of enrollment funding? The state says they can get an additional $25 million if they promise to do many different things, including adding 5,000 additional students from California, but how did the legislature come up with the figure of $5,000 per additional student? Is this the result of UC’s continued refusal to come up with a fact-based analysis of how much it costs to educate each additional undergraduate student?

5) What happened to all of the legislation about sharing non-resident tuition among the campuses?

6) Did Napolitano really get anything by taking on the governor in such an aggressive fashion? Yes, she may have commandeered more funding for the pension, but at what price? ... Also, what does it say about an institution when it leaders says don’t worry about the changes because they only affect future workers?
New on UCTV: Robert Reich and Joseph Stiglitz on income inequality and what to do about it

more Stiglitz on it:
Europe's Attack on Greek Democracy

Will a Grexit Be the Lehman-Like Trigger of the Next Global Financial Crisis?

Monday, June 29, 2015

UC Berkeley Gets More Title IX Fireworks, and so does UC in various ways...UPDATED

This last update -looks like CSU systemwide comes into the mix- haven't heard Chancellor White address it though - see #111 in this detailed list: here

more info if you don't recall that news from a week or so ago:

LA CBS Local Grad Students File Lawsuit Over Alleged Sexual Harassment By UCLA Professor

Daily Bruin coverage here: Lawsuit Alleges UC Regents Indifference Towards Title IX Violations


LA Times: UCLA Graduate Students' Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Harassment

The suit, which names the regents of the University of California as defendant, alleges that UCLA also ignored several other complaints and reports of alleged sexual harassment


now, there's this from UCR

UCR Student Accused Of Secretly Recording Female Students In Dorm Shower

California student accused of filming female students in shower
CBS News‎

More Update

NBC Bay Area with their coverage: Three Sue UC Regents Over Sex Assault Reporting

KGO ABC Local with their coverage: here

Yahoo News: University of California sued over sex assault claims

LA Times: UC Berkeley sued for allegedly failing to properly respond to sexual assault complaints

you can read the detail also here:

CoCo Times: Former UC Berkeley students outline claims in Title IX sexual assault lawsuit

The university, in a statement Monday, said:

"The California State Auditor conducted a thorough review of UC Berkeley's handling of sexual assault and harassment cases in 2013-14. The auditor's report, which included a review of confidential case records, found that case outcomes were reasonable and that sanctions were appropriate given the severity of the incidents.

Daily Cal: Sexual assault survivors file lawsuit against UC regents, UC Berkeley


UPDATE I Buzzfeed and SF Gate provide more details on the three latest cases
Buzzfeed: Three Students Sue UC Berkeley For Mishandling Sexual Assaults
After two years of criticism surrounding its policies, the historically progressive school is being taken to civil court by students who say they won’t wait for a federal government investigation to force change.

SFGate: 3 women sue UC Berkeley, alleging sex assault complaints ignored

CBS Local: 3 Women File Lawsuit Against UC Regents Claiming Berkeley ...
Original Post

CoCo Times: Former UC Berkeley students announce Title IX sexual assault lawsuit
Attorneys for three former UC Berkeley students will announce Monday that they have filed a lawsuit against the University of California Board of Regents, claiming their clients were sexually assaulted and that the university did not do enough to protect them.

The Title IX sexual assault lawsuit will be announced at an 11 a.m. news conference in Emeryville,

IHE : Diversity and the Ivory Ceiling

While many associate professors experience frustration at midcareer, these experiences vary for faculty of differing races and ethnicities. Diversity is a key issue in higher education and many efforts focus on recruiting faculty of color. Fewer initiatives consider how to ensure that diverse faculty members thrive and are retained, although retention and promotion is clearly another piece of the puzzle.

SCOTUS Take Up Higher Ed Admissions, Affirmative Action again see IHE article here

and there's this post also:
Supreme Court on Admissions
DailyCal: UC Student Association discusses creation of student adviser position, prioritization of mental health
The proposal stops short of adding an additional student regent to the Board of Regents, which would require collaboration with state legislators to create language for a constitutional amendment. If the amendment did get to a ballot, money would have to be raised in a multimillion-dollar campaign to get it passed by California voters, Oved said.

also this other article there:
UC Office of the President announces measures for LGBT inclusion
- includes discussion of access to gender neutral bathrooms etc.

HuffPo pol analyst on
Why Jerry Brown Prevailed So Quickly in the California Budget Tussle by Wm Bradley

UCR Today: Undergraduate Discovers New Firefly Species

Friday, June 26, 2015

Higher Ed Trickery - Moves 'Cement In' The Cynicism

Sac Bee
State, UC disappoint with budget tricks

Budget hijinks have real consequences for California kids

Illusory $25 million means 5,000 fewer go to UC

UC raises eyebrows with $250,000 hire, just as Brown signs budget

UC President Janet Napolitano talks with Gov. Jerry Brown at a Board of Regents meeting. Budget hijinks by both UC and lawmakers have tarnished an otherwise laudable budget deal.

At Remaking the University:

This note makes a few comments on the final UC budget for 2015-2016 and then focuses on points related to the UC Pension Plan (UCRP).
By Joe Kiskis (UC Davis)


Sacramento Bee
Budget deal brings major changes to University of California pension system

She also expects that future governors will continue depositing state funds into UC’s retirement system. “That’s not part of the deal, but there’s a precedent that’s being set now,” she said.

Palmer, however, characterized the payment as a “commitment of limited scope,” a difference that could set the stage for future budget battles

- bold emphasis added

Other angles on the troubling questions covered here: Would you like PEPRA with that?

This ongoing deep dive reporting from HuffPo on: Education Department Vastly Undercounted Troops Overcharged By Student Loan Giant, New Data Show

The Justice Department data on the number of service members overcharged on Education Department-owned loans, previously unreported and provided to HuffPost, underscore a deep divide between the Education Department and Justice Department over how to ...

- Bold emphasis added. Consider it in relation to other issues though - possible implications for e.g. Title IX coordination b/ween those two on accuracy, on reporting #'s, procedures and instruction, transparency, other concerns?
In prime time there was:NBC News video: "Crisis On Campus" Dateline story

College Is Wildly Exploitative: Why Aren't Students Raising Hell?
Why aren't American students out on the streets?
By David Masciotra / AlterNet
Four hundred faculty members at New York University, one of the nation’s most expensive schools, recently released a report on how their own place of employment, legally a nonprofit institution, has become a predatory business, hardly any different in ethical practice or economic procedure than a sleazy storefront payday loan operator. Its title succinctly summarizes the new intellectual discipline deans and regents have learned to master: "The Art of The Gouge."

The reports sectioned into three parts:




a week for the history books

applesauce, fortune cookies...
Amazing Grace

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Is UC into "Techquity"?

see: States, cities call for expanding H-1B visa program for skilled foreign labor
in The Providence Journal

"The cap on these visas is always insufficient, and the shortage of workers often stymies productivity at our high-tech companies," Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California wrote in a 2013 letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Brown urged Feinstein to support an expansion of H-1B visas while also calling for more education funding to help with "filling our work force needs domestically."

MSNBC Growing Hope campaign visited Oakland (home to UCOP and a stones throw from UCB campus) and the new Mayor who talked about "techquity" and the fact that 40% of children in Oakland don't have access to computers, highspeed internet connections etc.


LA Daily News: Nearly 14% of LAUSD students in special education programs

There was:
California Governors Tend To Win State Budget Fights

more kettlebell, more kettlebell --at UCLA?!

didya catch:
CBS 60 Minutes on Using Polio To Kill Cancer -- at Duke

recall: this 2012 Sac Bee on UCD Med handling of neurosurgeons 'is scathing'
-they're sayin' Diddy got into it with a UCLA football coach?! Sean 'Diddy' Combs ...and
a kettlebell??!
Walken...SNL - cowbell, get it? (here's video if you don't

on that same UCLA football subject see: - UCLA Fac blog- "And if the research finds injuries?"
Dozens of UCLA student-athletes will participate in research by UCLA scientists that is expected to deliver new clues about the biological and genetic risk factors for sports-related concussions.

let the rain
wash away
all the pain of