Thursday, August 27, 2015

Joint Legislative Oversight Hearing on the University of California Overview of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment - video, Updated

Cal channel from Aug 26, 2015 runs 02h 37m

the meeting begins at the 5:00 minute mark

Some coverage:

UC fails to reach $25 million incentive to add Californians

Includes this section:
UC has argued that the effect of adding students from outside California is actually positive for the state because they contribute so much to UC’s financial aid pool: about $74 million last year. At the same time, lawmakers were surprised to learn last spring that $32 million of that money went to help the nonresidents themselves pay for school.

Agenda and background also posted at this link

video link here

See also: for additional materials, background referenced at the 02:16:00 mark
Changing Universities
A University Divided: Separate and Unequal

-Why did they pick a researcher for the first panel from U. (formerly Napolitano's) Arizona?

--UCSA asks some important question toward the very end of the meeting in public comment.
Just wanna add in this add'l related --from KQED:
'State of Higher Education' section Begins at the 5:50 mark, here:

Scientists have uncovered new information on the impact of California's drought. Thuy Vu and Scott Shafer talk with University of California President Janet Napolitano and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris about tuition costs, class availability and student loan debt. Author Julie Lythcott-Haims talks with Thuy Vu about her new book, "How to Raise an Adult."

– The last section of it covers someone from Stanford and discussion of parents of higher ed track students etc.
--Funny how White couldn't make this interview- could the 'CSU made out better than UC on Committee of Two complaints' have anything to do w/ it?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


P & I Online with: University of California at San Francisco Foundation recruits first CIO

From U. Penn.

The $1.2 billion endowment funds had been managed by the foundation's investment committee and external managers, “but have grown large enough to warrant professional in-house management,” a news release said.

'Lawmaker's Favor for Labor Hamstrings UC'
- by Sacramento Bee

Sen. Lara’s bill for AFSCME would raise costs for UC
UC should keep tuition down and admit in-state students
Legislature could focus on contract workers later and more comprehensively

News-Gazette on U. Illinois included:

Updated: Wilson seeks to rebuild trust on campus; Adesida steps down as provost

He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Daily Cal with the latest on :
Federal Office Opens Complaint Into Alleged Discrimination Faced by Cal Field Hockey Team

again, On UC ANR : UC Research Leader Seeks New Ways To Expand Grower Opportunities

She told of attending a recent two-day economic summit in San Jose, at which the words “agriculture,” “natural resources” and “water” were rarely mentioned.
“It was as if our policymakers … somehow think the California economy is living on some barren rock in outer space,” Humiston said, adding there’s a lack of knowledge among urban leaders of how ag and natural resources underpin the economy.
In addition to her work on the innovation panel, Humiston will have a key role in Napolitano’s Global Food Initiative, which seeks to align the university’s research, outreach and operations to figure out how to nutritionally and sustainably feed a world population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025.
Her work will often take Humiston out of the country. She was in Brazil last week attending a forum on water and said she will likely visit Mexico in her first year on the job.
“I’m a firm believer that there’s room in our system for all types of agriculture,” Humiston said. “What’s important to us here at ANR is that we’re developing the research that will enable that ag to be as sustainable as possible.”


In the realm of 'weird and strange news coverage headlines by non UC MSM (while UC admin/media relations also silent on the “laptop, tablet, cellphone” i.e. potential data aspect.. --no statement from Cal admin to possibly pre-empt or assuage concerns on that part- which would seem like a normal thing to do now, right?…)-- there’s: this better detail at Daily Cal and at KRON

Might recall a similar- but ‘w/ a twist’ story- (Kensington is 'down the road' from Cal campus, a town that also happens to be the official home of the UC President estate 'Blake House')-anyway, yep, they had: this at SF Gate headline in February 2015.

Should it be an issue? non-issue?

Guess they are still figuring it out, Daily Cal quotes UCB PR:
“We don’t have any analogous event, so we don’t have a history to draw on,” he said. “We’re seeking the highest possible level of expert input.”
…“ the administration would determine further actions and whether or not current existing rules are “what we want and need.”

Sunday, August 23, 2015

"the shine is off of it" --and the list goes on...

Students Claim A Financial Aid Nightmare Happening at UC Irvine see:
Petitioning UC Irvine Administration & Office of Financial Aid

UC Irvine, Stop Denying Students Timely Financial Aid

UC Irvine Class of 2019

this new post:
UCOP Begins Process To Reduce Pension Benefits For Employees

could it really be a surprise given the talk about 'JP Morgan at UCSF' during the UC Regents July Meeting (that Blum organized?)

yes, UC Regents goin' after a 'mom and pop' hardware store in LA:

UC Board of Regents files lawsuit against Santa Monica business

But this other/next story falls in line with what the UC PATH 'project' has come to symbolize, how it represents UCOP and UC Regents priorities, decision-making.

See Daily Cal “the UC Board of Regents’ lawsuit against the firm that consulted the university in developing the UC Student Health Insurance Plan continued this week”

The university alleged in court documents that the company misrepresented itself as an expert in health insurance for higher education and “failed to be candid with the university” about the risks and challenges of switching to a self-funded insurance plan in which the university would assume direct financial risk.
The university’s complaint claims that while the university relied on Aon Hewitt’s expertise to determine the feasibility of consolidating a systemwide health insurance plan, the company falsely projected $10 million savings in cost in the first year alone.
The company’s “negligent and reckless errors,” the complaint alleges, caused a $4.83 million deficit in plan year 2010-11, and the regents said Aon Hewitt failed to adjust accordingly in the next two plan years, leading to a total deficit of $57.41 million.
As a result of the deficit, UC Berkeley withdrew from UC SHIP and returned to its self-operated, fully funded Student Health Insurance Plan in 2013.

Marin Voice: As higher education fees rise, more students fall through the cracks

California’s earlier open-door policy represented more than simple, good-hearted benevolence. It reflected the certain understanding by state leaders of the connection between a skilled population and the economic well-being of the state.
Even with Pell grants and a variety of other government aid and private scholarships, the average graduate still leaves both UC and CSU campuses with $20,000 of debt. Students in graduate and professional programs usually incur much higher debts.
UC leaders are now preparing future tuition increases. With every rise in academic costs, more poor and minority students are chopped out of candidacy for the better life that education usually brings. They are the ones who really fall through the cracks in our higher education system.
by: Alan Miller, taught bioethics and environmental studies at the University of California at Berkeley for many years.

and there is also

Guest commentary: UC and the new economic paradigm

To call UC's subcontractors "temporary" is also a misnomer. Many are assigned to permanent, full-time workstations for years, or are inherited when UC acquires new buildings and retains the incumbent building management company.
Through subcontracting, UC has turned a blind eye to wide ranging forms of abuse against its lowest paid and most vulnerable workers. These workers face unaccountable bosses, unsafe conditions, being too scared to call in sick out of fear they will lose their jobs, or too afraid to refuse a hazardous assignment -- like cleaning an area suspected of Ebola contamination without proper training -- for the same reason. Still others find themselves working at world class hospitals for years, yet being unable to afford to take their own children in for vaccinations or preventive care visits. The list goes on.

(The Shine Is Off Of It-- in case you did not read that ol' NYT article: here)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

'Cal's Gated Community' Theme To Start Fall Semester -- Hitting the Wrong Notes Over and Over Again

recall 2014 ...
Cal Admin started off last year’s Fall semester with

Berkeley Chancellor Angers Faculty Members with his Remarks on civility and free Speech

For this year, it’s:
UC Berkeley Students Criticize New Security Fence...

'The UC Berkeley Chancellor Puts A Pricey Fence Around the Mansion' story picked up everywhere: see CBS local

NBC BayArea : Fence Built Around UC Berkeley Chancellor's Mansion Follows 'Uptick in Incidents'
Fence symbolizes divide between students and administrators, activists say

Sac Bee UC Berkeley builds fence around chancellor's residence
It will cost approximately $400,000.

It unnecessarily blocks a popular walking path.

UC Merced expansion delayed by budget cuts, online classes
The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Merced's experience should be a warning, said Henry Eyring, co-author of "The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out" and academic vice president at Brigham Young University's Idaho campus. As much as politicians like to cut ribbons in front of new campuses, he said, traditional colleges have become much more expensive than online courses and other new means of delivering education.
"You have to ask, 'Is this truly essential?'" he said. "You have to look very closely at every dollar invested into brick and mortar."

a ribbon cutting photo accompanies: UC Berkeley’s Jacobs Hall, home for engineering design innovation, officially opens

Dirks always mentions his coming from 'the ivys'

University Diaries with "Many Are Called. None Are Chosen" post

It points to several quotes, but this one jumped out: "Yale’s endowment spent $480 million paying its hedge fund managers last year and $170 million on its students."

Rapid expansion or admission for the masses - can it work? more

Pbs news hour

Under its current president, Arizona State University has increased its student population to 84,000, making it the largest university in America. In particular, the focus has been on boosting the number of low-income students. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how ASU transformed itself, and why some are questioning the outcomes of its rapid expansion

There are meetings happening involving a number of UC Regents investment committee members - for the LBNL position
this for Aug. 25

and this from June

All those headlines on UC Davis research on the drought -but there is also this coming up:

Political differences could peak at Lake Tahoe summit

Dean Heller, Gov. Jerry Brown, others to gather for Lake Tahoe summit

California Dreaming, Still - Counterpunch

Higher education has fared no better. Indeed, it is in worse shape. The University system’s nine campuses saw their budget cut by $1 billion at the height of the crisis. Much of that now looks to be permanent. The cardinal factor in the equation is that Jerry Brown is no fan of the University. He views it with aversion. There is a long and complicated history to this. In his college days, Berkeley was the magnet for many of his generation. Brown instead chose to enroll first in the University of Santa Clara and then transferred to a Catholic seminary, Sacred Heart Novitiate, which he left after three years. That was followed by a short stint at Berkeley.

and it goes on from there...

University Diaries with some on:

on: the Harvard endowment model


on: the Yale endowment model

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Back Away... Or Never Work

Back Away From Students' Medical Records, Feds Warn Colleges
Schools were accused of looking at sexual assault victims' therapy history.

However, other universities have also asked students reporting sexual assaults to waive their federal privacy rights so that the schools can look through their therapy records. Those schools include the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Kansas.
Styles warned that the benefits of on-campus medical services "cannot be fully realized in an environment where trust between students and the institution is undermined.


Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who had prodded the department earlier this year to clarify how student medical records should be treated under FERPA, called the new guidance "encouraging."
"Now, it's critical that privacy experts and the higher education community weigh in on the draft guidance to make sure colleges and universities are held to the highest possible standard when it comes to protecting student privacy,"
The department is seeking input until Oct. 2 on its draft guidance.

UCLA Fac Blog points out some of Napolitano’s comments on a Cottage Industry -- Clery, Title IX

Is this another part of a prior legacy on it, or not? Dunno what to make of it…

At Daily Cal there's:
A Contract in Question

A Fence Around the Chancellor

Search for New Campus VCR

New UCANR vice president wants to boost partnerships, advisers

Among Humiston’s duties will be to help lead the university’s U.S.-Mexico initiative, with which the U.S.’s southern neighbor hopes to set up an extension program that’s similar to the UC’s, and to serve on Napolitano’s innovation council with a focus on improving ag technology, she said.
She has already created a new position that will help county offices identify and apply for grants, she said.
“I think there’s probably more research dollars out there that we’re not aware of,” she said.

The Pres. of UC Regents Gov. mentioned in:
Report: California Plans To Take Up To 300 Farms By Eminent Domain For Delta Tunnel Project -- CBS Local


The GOP Does Education; Bill Clinton's Birthday
U.S. News & World Report (blog)

A b-day flashback might include that 1988 Dem Ed Platform Committee work he did, remember? No video(?!) of it, (mostly everyone just remembers the too long speech and then the stops on late night to explain etc.) -but he talked it up good-- then.

Hillary Clinton and Phyllis Wise: Signs of Better Things ~ Remaking the University

…”Complex organizations thrive or decline by trust and goodwill, which underwrite their powers of collaboration.

The Wise Affair may seem like an anomaly or a day at the office in the rough and tumble of state politics. So Dr. Wise was trading Steven Salaita for Board chair Christopher Kennedy's support for her College of Medicine proposal, in John K. Wilson's valuable reading of the email record: what did you expect?

My point is that we have to expect much better. We have to build better academic governance at the state level or the federal bailout will either never happen, or never work.”…

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Just All Kinda Horrible

Remaking the University has a baaad UC Regents meeting flashback in the middle of this:
Can Faculty Deal With Policy Drift? A List of Options.

Sacramento Bee op ed by Velma Montoya, a University of California regent from 1994 to 2005.
: UC Regents Were Too Generous To Yudof
Mark Yudof had been an administrator for decades
Sabbaticals should be reserved for professors, not administrators

When selected, Napolitano announced she was a new kind of administrator who would coordinate university activities from the UC Office of the President while remaining above the 10-campus academic fray.
Yet Napolitano recently secured tenure at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, providing the opportunity to “return to teaching” for someone with no teaching background.

SF Chron includes comments from GSPP's Brady (of recent Peevey 'fame') and also UCOP in: How Foreign, Out-of-State Students Pad UC's Shrinking Budget

“There’s a lot of positives about having nonresident students,” said Steve Boilard, executive director of Center for California Studies at Cal State Sacramento. “The third-rail issue is: Are these students displacing resident students? That’s where a lot of people get riled up.”
Boilard said the displacement claim doesn’t hold ground systemwide, since UC sets enrollment targets for California students based on funding from the state. But the uptick could be making it harder for in-state residents to get into schools like Berkeley and UCLA — where competition has gotten much steeper.
Some worry that the higher-ranked campuses could follow other lauded public universities — such as the universities of Michigan, Colorado and Wisconsin — where non-residents accounted for 38 to 40 percent of enrollment in fall 2013, the most recent year data is available.
“Increasing out-of-state residents hurts the system and it hurts access,” said Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. “Lower-class families are feeling the squeeze.”

Reason Mag.:
University of California System Spending Big Money on Salary Boosts
Nothing new here: Officials spend extra taxes on themselves.

The net cost: $14 million a year. "The University of California's mission statement proclaims that one of its fundamental missions is teaching and creating 'an educated workforce that keeps the California economy competitive,'" noted Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto, in a July 22 letter to Napolitano. "How does your decision today help California students achieve this mission?"
That's the key question whenever government-supported entities use new funds to boost salaries rather than invest in services for their"customers."


The Atlantic: The Pension Crisis at Public Universities
Benefits for retirees could ratchet up tuition costs.

So, in 2012, at 63, Hansen quit his university job to lock in his benefits before they could be watered down. So did 408 fellow employees of the university’s two campuses, and another 1,008 at The University of Illinois—twice the number who had left the year before”

and they add in:

“The University of California pension fund alone has a shortfall of between $8 billion and $16 billion.”


If you still did not catch any of the UC Regents July meeting here: are video links again:
(You have to toggle to the action.)

Afternoon Session 07/21/15

Morning Session 07/22/15

Afternoon Session 07/22/15

Morning Session 07/23/15

(U. Washington came up over and over during the health committee meeting of UC Regents --along with mumbled comments from Blum about poetry profs compensation and Keiffer talking about UC Regents meetings and how the public nature affects proceedings –what other model would he suggest? Many other things. )

Now, here's some UCD that went to U. Wash. then to Ill... first:

Was UC Davis ever this tranquil, serene- really ? From 2011:
Meisinger, 66, has served as a dean and the University of Washington's top planner in charge of new initiatives.
He met Wise when both were at the University of California-Davis, she as dean of the College of Biological Sciences from 2002 to 2005, and he as associate vice chancellor from 1986 to 2005.
He said that he's proud of his work at Davis at a time in the 1990s when the state of California was in an emergency fiscal situation from which it has never fully recovered.
"We were able to work with ongoing budget deficits with the least amount of acrimony among the state universities," he said.

Now, she’s fired?! (but it coulddah all just been a ‘UC form of sabbatical’?)
see this (now corrected link) Chicago Tribune on rejected bonus, and dismissal proceedings: here


SB Independent in depth article on legislation and history in: Das Williams Pushes for Isla Vista Governance
Santa Barbara Independent-


Horror Film 'Del Playa' Too Close To UC Santa Barbara