Thursday, September 18, 2014

UC Regents Meet Sept 18

view: agenda items and background docs and ways to view. listen to the meeting: here

Thursday, September 18

8:30 am Committee on Compensation (Regents only session)

8:40 am Committee of the Whole (open session - public comment session)

9:00 am Committee on Compensation (open session)

9:15 am Board (open session)

9:30 am Committee on Compensation (open session)

10:15 am Committee on Health Services (open session)

11:15 am Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)

11:30 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)

12:00 pm Committee on Governance (open session)

12:05 pm Board (open session)

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

UC Regents Call Out CA Senate and Governor--High or Low Lights From UC Regents Wed Session, briefly

So, at UC Regent Wed. morning session there was something called the 'UC Budget 2015-16 presentation' at the 02:50:00 mark and then that led into at the 02:59:00 mark a 'Facts and Myths about UC presentation' in the video here-- which maybe should have been called the Hometurf Rebuttal to the CA Senate Rules Committee and Governor,
(if you don't remember the CA Senate Rules Committee Confirmation Hearing for UC Regents: see this)

After the presentations (at Wed UC Regents morning meeting) -during Q and A- some of the regents (Blum, Gould, Pattiz mostly) said:

-"We have not got this Governor committed to Higher Education"

-(the CA Senate Rules Committee) were a "Hostile Group of State Senators"

-"There's Corruption in Sacramento" (related to lobbying, affecting UC funding decision by CA leg)

-"Our Governor doesn't want to hear about faculty salaries"

-after they said their comments some other regents noted that they wanted to second and third the sentiments. it should be noted that none of the pols who are ex officio were in attendance at the morning meeting. cuz when the pols who are ex officio do attend it's all "Oh Governor we're so glad you're here to give us this feedback" "we know your committed to xyz" "so grateful for your leadership on this"

-Lansing and Kieffer were not in attendance to moderate or maybe tone it down when they got rolling

- Blum also said he hated to name drop but Larry Summers said this to him and Bill Clinton said that to him about Berkeley and UC -- and he'll talk more with Nick about it over lunch-- and, anyway, he is willing to take on the Governor, his friend of forty years cuz he's 'sick of it' (...oh yeah, on like donkey kong...not).

-- the UC Regents also mixed in that they were getting the vapors because VP Patrick Lenz is leaving at the end of the year-Blum said something like 'we'll be in the wilderness without you'- Chair Varner cited Kenny Rogers (Fine Time To Leave Me) Lucille-- but it probably is more about 'know when to hold them, know when to fold them'.
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Daily Cal left out/avoided writing about the UC Regents comments listed above, see their coverage here: UC Regents address shortfall of state funding at board meeting Wednesday

and they mention: Governor signs legislation to increase Cal Grant awards
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The big takeaway from the Anti Campus Assault (or whatever name they've given to it this round) presentation was that Chancellor Dirks blocked registration for about 500 Cal students because they did not attend the mandatory training. Dirks mentioned it as an example of a need for persistent follow through (guess his staff didn't think he really meant mandatory when he said mandatory??)...at the 02:22:00 mark

Disturbing Impression I: The lead person on the task force is the UCOP compliance and audit officer for the entire UC system- and in the middle of the presentation she made some comments that she decided (in her mind?) that the student population is the most important population to tend to on this issue-- have no idea how she could think that a proper stance with her systemwide ucop job - but she framed her comments around being the mother of students and a woman. administrators should stop using the 'i have kids who are students so i care' line when the institution is being called out on a long term problem under their leadership. ugh, it was so stereotypical. worse yet, likely not terribly comforting for affected or concerned staff and faculty to hear. The position requires vigilance and policy protections and implementation for all parts of the UC -- in equal measure.

Disturbing Impression II at the 02:25:00 : The other thing that was disturbing in the presentation was that Regent Reiss tried to make statements around the idea that campuses and UCOP were in a policy battle on this like a state vs. fed fight (she must know that there is a fed and state battle on legislation moves on these issues, right?). She mentioned that the campus representatives are resistant to making (e.g. websites) information for victims more uniform so that it is easier for them to access-- the framing had a familiar ring to it like the resistance campuses have/had to UC Path... $220 million dollars ago (btw is UC Path a $220 million project or is it getting ready to be a $280 million project in Jan 2015? And does anybody really believe what they told Regent M in July- that going forward it will likely be just a $5 mil maintenance agreement to Oracle in future years?)

Disturbing Impression III --the discussion on how this interacts with admissions decisions, having people sign 'awareness and consent pledges' and throwing around 'zero tolerance' term was pretty flippantly done at various points.

Anyway, LAT covers it in more than a stream of consci...train of thought,live blogging, run-on sentence

LA Times: UC task force unveils guidelines on fighting campus sexual misconduct

and so does Daily Cal: UC Regents hear from task force on improving sexual assault policies

The positive side of this presentation-- boiled down to the students attempts to really tackle the problems from all sides.
The ex officio alumni regents asked really good questions and noted the taskforce work has a long way to go --that the entire culture and community need to be addressed.
Alumni regent Rodney Davis mentioned he wrote the task force about this NYT article: Harassment in Science, Replicated By Christie Aschwanden

Reflecting back, I’m struck by how ill equipped I was to deal with this kind of situation, especially at 19. My university undoubtedly had a harassment policy, but such resources were thousands of miles away. I was alone in a foreign country and had never received any training on my rights and resources in the field.

I’d forgotten about this experience from two decades ago until I read a report published July 16 in the journal PLOS One. Kathryn Clancy, an anthropologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and three colleagues used email and social media to invite scientists to fill out an online questionnaire about their experiences with harassment and assault at field sites; they received 666 responses, three quarters of them from women, from 32 disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, biology and geology.
Almost two-thirds of the respondents said they had been sexually harassed in the field. More than 20 percent reported being sexually assaulted. Students or postdoctoral scholars, and women were most likely to report being victimized by superiors. Very few respondents said their field site had a code of conduct or sexual harassment policy, and of the 78 who had dared to report incidents, fewer than 20 percent were satisfied with the outcome.


Anyway..recommend the NYT article to anyone hoping to cling to 'blame it on Athletics, Alcohol, Greek life as the convenient scapegoats' approach on this one.
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Also see Daily Cal on: Sexual assault survivors urge governor to sign affirmative consent bill at state capitol
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UC regents support renewable energy but not coal and oil divestment
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During public comment there were complaints from students who said the renewable energy/divest from fossil fuels taskforce was looking a sham, dismissive of student reps.

And some Title IX student task force members concerned about the anti campus assault task force work was becoming just a big PR stunt w/out proper funding and implementation discussions and agreements.

Also, during public comment there was a statement about the cutting of multiple sports programs at UC Davis and the speaker claimed that it was done by Chancellor Khatehi without community involvement- and questions were raised about whether or not it complied with campus policy.
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Didn't even get to the afternoon session of Wednesday's meeting but you can watch that section here. Compliance and audit, management corrective actions session. External audits, etc are also discussed.

And, at the 02:22:00 mark, Chancellor Block made a presentation on NCAA and Pac 12 changes and student athletics etc. Dirks also co-presents with Block on student athletes in high revenue sports, and educational mission. 'Non-cost neutral student athlete initiatives' and a Presidents letter discussed. at 02:33:30 mark Lt. Gov. Newsom showed up for this section of the meeting and had comment and questions on it. Newsom cites stats where UC grad rates for athletes have been "comical" - but his demeanor is serious- and then he says 'let's be serious about the racial components of this, too - which are subtext,profound,disgraceful'. His comments go on for several minutes and are detailed on hours of practice, scholarships, culture and habitual and institutional solutions, stadium financing, more.

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UC Regents this week...The video is here

The background docs posted here

same for the Sept 12th Committee Meeting on Investments and more on it here w/ audio clip
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Dazed and Confused
and Communication Breakdown

higher ed and velvet rope, nightclubs, dunce hats, the dreaded 'edifice complex'

and misdirected philanthropy arguments both ways- they all come up in this clip:

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Mostly surprised Tim Cook didn't talk to Charlie Rose: about these events in light of an Apple latest roll out-- Richard Quest on a Euro solution that exists already.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunny Day--everything's...

a-ok?
Some Implications of the UC Regents Proposed UC Ventures
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UCLA vs. Kaiser
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University of California Said to Plan PE Stak Sale -
The Regents of the University of California is looking to sell about $500 million in older private-equity fund stakes after valuations of the holdings jumped, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

UC Regents, which oversees the $91 billion pension and endowment funds of the University of California, hired Cogent Partners to manage the potential sale of venture capital and buyout fund stakes, said the people, who asked not be named because the information is private.

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UC money plan aids environment, but divestment uncertain
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Apple's Tim Cook talks solar and green campuses and higher ed here
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University Diaries on "the subtle and complex synergy" that keeps hitting headlines
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at UC Berkeley: Not On The Same Page about free speech
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Happening Now--UC Regents are back in sessions with Committee on Finance

UC Regents Meet Sept 17

view: agenda items, background docs and ways to view, listen here -all times are PST

Wednesday, September 17

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session)

9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)

10:45 am Committee on Finance (open session)

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Committee on Investments (open session)
concurrent with

1:00 pm Special Meeting: Committee on Investments (open session)
Item added to agenda
2:15 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (open session)

3:00 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)

3:30 pm Committee on Compensation (Regents only session)

4:00 pm Committee on Educational Policy (Regents only session)

4:15 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session)

4:45 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (Regents only session)

4:55 pm Board (Regents only session)

Times indicated and order of business subject to change
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Daily Cal Op Ed "No boundary between free speech, political advocacy"
In fact, these questions were fully settled. On Dec. 8, 1964, the Berkeley Academic Senate adopted a resolution stating that “the content of speech or advocacy shall not be restricted by the University.” This resolution was then reinforced by the regents’ resolution on Dec. 14, 1964, which stated, “Henceforth University regulations will not go beyond the purview of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”

In celebrating the half century that the campus has been “a symbol and embodiment” of the idea of free speech, you are proudly and properly acknowledging the outcome produced by the movement in the fall of 1964. But your statement seems to miss the central point.


and "Freedom and its limits"
Placing the present character of the public university in historical perspective are those 1960s alumni whom we are honoring, in this case, for contributions not to financial purposes but to UC Berkeley’s reputation for advancing political freedom and social justice. There is surely no better time and place than this fall at UC Berkeley for having a robust debate about freedom and its limits in today’s public university.

The Berkeley Faculty Association welcomes everyone to two events it has organized to provide perspective and facilitate debate: “The New Normal: What Does it Mean to Work at UC Today?” on Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. in 300 Wheeler and “The Operation of the Machine: UC Then and Now” on Oct. 1 at 1:30 pm in 315 Wheeler.

"After a state audit showed that some campuses were being hurt by this process, the UC decided to let the campuses keep their own tuition dollars, and state dollars were redistributed through a method called “rebenching” to help out the campuses that were historically underfunded. However, the statistics below will show that the problems have only gotten worse for the underfunded campuses."

that's from Changing Universities
The UC Campus Funding Imbalance to read the post...
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UCLA Faculty Association
UC Goings on This Week
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Remaking the University with their latest
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Votes Down the First Amendment (UPDATED)


and The Order of Civility

and The New Brutalism In Higher Education
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Daily Cal on State Investigations Findings on Custodian Death at International House

and Daily Cal on the J School at UC Berkeley and tuition moves:

Campus graduate school of journalism may raise costs by more than $10,000

Edward Wasserman, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, sent an email Friday to students, faculty, alumni and other affiliates of the school alerting them of a $10,250 proposed supplemental fee submitted to the UC Board of Regents, the governing body of the university.

The tuition increase, which would bring in more than $1 million annually, would come in the form of Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition, which, unlike basic tuition, would go directly to the school of journalism.

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“What redeems this is the prospect of making a successful career out of this,” Wasserman said. “We’re operating under the assumption that we will produce dazzlingly successful journalists.”
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Because the proposal had to be submitted to the regents in August, Wasserman wrote it without faculty approval with the intention of submitting faculty opinion later in the process.

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and the Daily Cal has an op ed from Peace and Conflict Studies folks, it reads in part:
What emerges from these documents is a story of duplicity and distortion: IAS administrators have manufactured a crisis for the PACS program, when in fact there was none prior. These documents reveal professional and ethical violations on the part of the IAS administration so great as to prompt a coalition of PACS students and alumni to create a white paper expose in response demanding justice, accountability and transparency. The white paper details the ways in which the IAS administration engaged in suspicious and questionable misconduct and failed to provide the basic resources needed for the PACS program to properly function.

The shameless lack of accountability and flagrant disregard that the university and IAS administrators have displayed toward the review is insulting. Equally disconcerting is the lack of transparency and amount of power wielded by the IAS leadership to simply disregard the recommendations of the review. This trend of ignoring the recommendations laid out bythe program review process has had severe implications for PACS students and the program at large.

We as students have suffered the consequences of negligent administrators for too long. Instead of improving PACS and providing it with the resources it so rightfully deserves, IAS administrators have systematically incapacitated the program and altered it almost beyond recognition.

The recent actions of the IAS administration have demonstrated a cavalier disregard for the PACS program and a failure to properly support this discipline that is so desperately needed in today’s world.

Now, we as the PACS community are making public the mistreatment, neglect and disrespect we have suffered as an academic program for far too long. After enduring the slashing of all of our resources, we as PACS students demand answers and accountability from the administration. Why have you repeatedly chosen to defund, ignore and neglect
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Predictable?

On the VC Fund

WSJ University of California Plans Venture-Capital Fund for Campus Startups
Investment Pool, at $250 Million, Would Be Among Biggest Targeted for Student, Faculty Research


they also have a video interview with Janet Napolitano on Tuition, Educational Policy
they describe it as "Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security Secretary and current president of the University of California, addresses why tuition has risen, future plans on costs, and her thoughts on President Obama’s educational policy."

-and talk about a way to have a predictable tuition model



and SF Biz Times on the VC fund again too
University of California launches $250 million venture fund
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remember UC Regents dreams of Jagdeep and always 17% -- met it this time:
University of California endowment chalks up 18.7% return

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KEYT with this:
Students File Federal Complaint Against University of California Santa Barbara
Allegations Of Hostile Environment

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The Hill: University of California decides against divesting from fossil fuels

Reuters on it too: University of California task force won't support divesting fossil-fuel holding
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Sac Bee with two stories on the Pres of the UC Regents
don't know if this group includes any UC folks:
A San Francisco appellate court has upheld a trial judge’s decision that Gov. Jerry Brown wrongly furloughed thousands of state-government scientists and engineers three years ago.


and on: his reversing 187 language

and: they talk about AB 1476

and CA higher ed comes up in this SF Gate article on Brown and Kashkari:
According to 2012 Census data, California's bottom 20 percent of households earn an average of a little more than $12,500 a year. The top 20 percent of households earn nearly 17 times more at an average of about $211,000 a year.

The top 5 percent of average households makes roughly $369,000 a year.