Friday, August 15, 2014

Napolitano..."while she hasn’t yet taken a position on the legislation, she supports its goals. “We’re still going through it,” she said in an interview last week."

see IHE: Some Colleges Embrace Tepidly Federal Scrutiny On Campus Sexual Assaults

Napolitano has backed separate legislation by Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, that would require colleges to provide an independent advocate to help victims of sexual assault get the resources they need and help them through any campus proceedings.
“I support the principles of the McCaskill bill, but we are not waiting for federal legislation."
She said that it’s especially important to bolster relationships between campuses and local law enforcement agencies.
"That's one of the areas that have somehow slipped through the cracks in the national debate," she said. "A rape is a rape and universities and colleges are not in the best position to prosecute crimes, so you need to have a way for the campus to have a connection with local district attorneys."
Without taking a stance on the legislation, Napolitano did allude to some concerns that have been expressed from the American Council on Education.
“It’s very difficult for a piece of legislation to appreciate all the differences between institutions of higher education -- big and small, rich and poor, residential, nonresidential,” she said adding that the “lengthy and laborious” rule making process further compounds that problem.
For instance, climate surveys, Napolitano said, are “something that deserves further discussion,” noting that such a tool has both possibilities and also limitations. “That’s the kind of thing where a cookie-cutter approach is not always the best way to look forward.”
Napolitano said that federal policy makers should focus on using their “convening authority” to facilitate the exchange of ideas on how best to combat sexual assault.
“One thing that Washington can do is to support and convene a national exchange of best practices,” she said. “There are evidence-based strategies in this area. They can support research into this area. That’s important. They can provide resources. Those are things that are well within the purview of the federal government.”

Hopefully Dirks does not bring this Columbia approach to Cal:

Columbia University Shuts Out Student Activists In Creation Of New Sexual Assault Policy

Newsom On UC, CSU Athletic Directors and Grad Rates

USA Today: California lieutenant governor wants ADs' jobs tied to academics

In the letter to Napolitano, he noted that the Cal football team's past two NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures were 48 and 44 (out of a possible 100). "This is simply unacceptable and contrary to the founding principles of this university," Newsom wrote.

see: his letter to UC Pres Napolitano here and his letter to CSU also available: in the article.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More 'Reboot' and 'Restart' UC Systemwide Projects Talk

remember the $200 million dollar UC Path reboot - now asking for $60 million more-(at July UC Regent meeting Napolitano saying it is a reboot and doable-- and Makarechian asking questions and making comments about Oracle and scope creep and cost creep)- which makes it closer to $300 million - which is way over the 6% contingency of cost overruns from the original ($150? million) plan...

well, the UC online is getting the same treatment, see IHE: 'It Takes Time'

Napolitano’s remarks contrasted with the rhetoric of Governor Jerry Brown, who has aggressively pushed online education in California. Yet Brown, too, is partly responsible for the changing priorities at UC.
In his budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, Brown proposed a $20 million earmark for UC and the California State University to invest in online education. Although Brown later vetoed that requirement, the two systems went in separate directions. Cal State decided it would replace its online arm with a shared services model, while UC pledged to spend the funding as originally intended, breathing fresh life into its online education initiative.
While some faculty members described the moment as a “restart,” Shelly Meron, a spokeswoman for the university, said the system’s approach has evolved, but not shifted.

and then followed by some flowery blame it on the undergrads statement...

and it starts of with wanting more money :

The University of California System, after five years and millions of dollars spent, is asking for more time and money to get its systemwide online education initiative off the ground.

btw: the Governor Opposes $9 Billion School Bond Plan

UC Davis Keyzer Whistleblower Case Decision

see: Davis Vanguard - "Jury Awards Janet Keyzer $730,000 From UC Davis In Whistleblower Retaliation Case"

Finally, the jury ruled that the conduct of the Regents was a substantial factor in causing harm to Ms. Keyzer.
It was September, 2009, when the Vanguard first published the account of Janet Keyzer. The Vanguard ran a follow up story this February when Judge Rudolph Loncke denied a motion in Sacramento Superior Court for summary judgment that would allow the case to go to trial in February – however, the trial was further delayed with a 1600-document dump of late discovery and when the Regents made attorney Mary Alice-Coleman a witness, forcing her to bring on Lawrance Bohm to try the case.
Ms. Keyzer’s disclosures in mid-2007 shut down the $5.5 million pain management study, a project in collaboration with UC San Francisco.
After the project was shut down, Ms. Keyzer was forced to file an internal grievance when she was denied placement in otherwise open and available positions. In response to her grievance, Ms. Keyzer was offered a short-term, non-nursing “contract” job which was terminable at will. She was then repeatedly told that she could not have a “career” appointment because it was contrary to policy, but to “trust” that the University would honor her career rights.
Fearing that she was being retaliated against, Ms. Keyzer hired attorney Mary-Alice Coleman, and was informed that she would be required to release all claims against the university to accept the contract position.
Ms. Keyzer indicated that the “contract” appointment failed to adequately satisfy numerous rights and benefits that were covered by her former “career” appointment, such as requiring good cause prior to termination, pension contributions, reduced tuition, and preferential rehire rights in the event of layoff.
Moreover, Ms. Keyzer specifically requested that actions be taken to address the ostracism and prospective retaliation she feared at UC Davis, as well as discipline be taken against the academic and administrative wrongdoers responsible for the non-compliance.

lots of in depth coverage in the piece read it in full here

There is also a 30+ minute video on the UC Whistleblower's Nightmare here

Monday, August 11, 2014

Common Core and Napolitano and CA, more

Op Ed Daily Pilot "Apodaca: Common Core facing stronger pushback"

Then in 2008, a task force led by Janet Napolitano — the former Arizona governor and Homeland Security secretary who is now president of the University of California — and made up of governors, educators and business leaders, created a report that became the basis for Common Core.
Buchanan Urges Brown to Pass School Bond Bill
Op Ed in Santa Barbara IndependentFunding Our Future- Employers Rely on a Well-Educated Workforce