Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Some More CA Higher Ed Leg. Moves - April Edition, and a bit more.

Daily Cal: State Assembly Subcommittee Holds Hearing On UC Enrollment Issues
includes comments from some new UCOP leadership and then: UC Berkeley doctoral student Charlie Eaton, who spoke at the hearing, encouraged the university to restore in-state enrollment rates, which he said is unlikely to happen unless the university is “required to do so by the state budget.”

He also said the university is “constantly under pressure to compete with wealthy private institutions like Stanford.” According to Eaton, Stanford University froze undergraduate enrollment at about 1,700 students, the majority of which are out-of-state, while also doubling non-hospital spending per student.

“While Stanford is among the most extreme cases, exponential growth in endowment financed spending at the wealthiest institutions has unleashed unprecedented levels of spending to lure top faculty and students away from institutions like UC,” Eaton said during the hearing.

Restoring the university’s in-state admission rates, Eaton said, could “further strengthen public support for providing new, dedicated revenue for building on UC’s greatness.”

Will post video of that assembly budget subcommittee meeting if/when it becomes available :here.

(btw there was this on UC and energy:
at the 01:08:00 mark)

Ok, so the: CA Assembly held their Higher Ed Committee Meeting and some various highlights including:
57:OO mark specifically on UC and admissions

The Master Plan 'not really codified into law' discussion at the 01:05:00

Requirements on admissions to CA residents tied to funding or else it is empty leg.

Also Assemblymember Williams presentation of AB 967.

This is: the agenda link.

AB-509 California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009: exemptions.
Perea Assembly - Higher Education

AB-626 Community colleges: employees.
Low Assembly - Higher Education

AB-752 Private postsecondary education: California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.
Salas Assembly - Higher Education

AB-770 Community colleges: basic skills innovation program.
Irwin Assembly - Higher Education

AB-798 College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015.
Bonilla Assembly - Higher Education

AB-801 Postsecondary education: Success for Homeless Youth in Higher Education Act. Bloom Assembly - Higher Education

AB-819 Public postsecondary education: alumni associations.
Irwin Assembly - Higher Education

AB-967 Postsecondary education: sexual assault cases. Williams
Assembly - Higher Education

AB-969 Community college districts: removal, suspension, or expulsion.
Williams Assembly - Higher Education

AB-986 Community Colleges: Compton Community College District: report.
Gipson Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1000 California State University: student success fees.
Weber Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1010 Community colleges: part-time, temporary employees.
Medina Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1145 Pupils: Early Commitment to College program.
Medina Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1212 Postsecondary education: Student Freedom of Association Act.
Grove Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1228 Public postsecondary education: campus housing: priority for homeless youth. Gipson Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1307 Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act.
McCarty Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1317 Public postsecondary education: executive officer compensation.
Salas Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1349 Public postsecondary education: California First Act.
Weber Assembly - Higher Education

Also, this link to a separate seventeen minute video excerpt of this meeting that focuses on homeless students at UC and CSU and CCCs; and also AB 626 on full and part time faculty and student:faculty ratios (unfortunately it cuts off in the middle of testimony from a part time lecturer), see:


And, there's this other CA Senate Ed Committee Meeting from April 22:

Senate Education Committee April 22


Governor Brown and Milken- in a very odd Forbes way...

Do it for the...faculty?

First, note this line: “We are asking for additional funding so we can continue to increase our enrollment, so we can recruit and retain top faculty.” : here at Fresno Bee.
Then see: U. California Loses Hedge Fund Chief, Looks to Recruit
With a transformation of the $90 billion fund's team nearly complete, a remaining senior role has opened up.
The University of California’s (UC) longtime head of hedge funds Lynda Choi has submitted her resignation, CIO has learned.

Choi’s departure—scheduled for July 1—will end her decade-long leadership of the now-$6 billion portfolio, putting the managing director role up for grabs.

She is to leave behind a legacy of strong performance and an investment office that has almost wholly transformed over the past year.

Also this in it:

Generous pay packets (Bachher joined for a target $1.23 million), vast capital, institutional support, and sovereign fund-style vision have attracted senior staffers from Norges Bank Investment Management, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Bachher’s old stomping ground: the Alberta Investment Management Corporation.
Changing Universities: Does Instructional Quality Matter to the UC?
includes: The people representing the university at the table argue that lecturers should have no expectation of having a career until they pass their sixth-year review, and so it is not necessary to review their teaching and service before they come up for a continuing appointment. Since most lecturers never make it to their sixth year, this means that the university does not think it is important to judge the quality of instruction for the majority of lecturers.

Daily Cal: Campus students, faculty fight to reverse tenure decision for environmental science professor
“Carolyn is like a case study of the problems with tenure for women and people of color, and what happens when they embody both,” said Chryl Corbin, another one of Finney’s doctoral students.
Former assistant professor Kim TallBear left UC Berkeley because she felt that her “credibility and approach was second-guessed constantly” as a feminist scholar in ESPM. TallBear said she was privy to conversations in the department during which faculty members openly discussed Finney’s role as a public intellectual, as opposed to a traditional academic, and how that would negatively affect her career.


Daily Cal: Campus faculty urge review of investigations into allegations faced by former vice chancellor - not just any ol' run of the mill VC - i.e. Vice Chancellor for Research

Daily Bruin: Students at UCSA Conference call for more funding, transparency

US Senate Democrats Introduce Resolution Calling For Debt-Free Public College
The Senate resolution was introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), while Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) introduced the House version.

The lawmakers support plans to increase financial aid, help states lower tuition and make it possible for students to earn degrees in less time.

In a statement, they noted that the cost of college has increased by 300 percent over the last 30 years and that when students graduate with debt, it has negative effects on the economy.

“When students graduate with loads of debt, the ripple effects are endless; they're less likely to start a business, to buy a house, and to realize their full potential," Schumer said. "When it comes to making college affordable, I'm hopeful that debt-free college is the next big idea."

National Journal with this:
Ms. Napolitano, who is now head of the nation's largest public research university system, will discuss the new initiatives within California's public universities to provide additional financial aid to immigrants, as well as why she supports President Obama's executive action on immigration. Following her keynote remarks, she will sit down for a one-on-one interview...

Davis Enterprise:
on UCD's School of Public Health or School of Population and Global Health debate:
“Unless you don’t do something different than they do, it’s hard to justify the cost of starting up a new one,” Kizer said.

Other questions about how the school would be accredited as a brand-new type of institution are being considered.

“We’d be writing the book on how it works at a School of Population and Global Health,” he said.

Next up for the proposed school? Support personnel have been added and subcommittees are being planned, along with an inventory of existing programs, centers and departments that are related to the new school being conducted. Also, proposals are underway for the regents and UCD’s Academic Senate.

Kizer said with a smile, “The people most interested in this are also very busy.”

Some UCD town gown coverage, this from Sac Bee: The two faces of UC Davis’ annual Picnic Day

Monday, April 20, 2015

"Similarly, UC Berkeley provided data to The Huffington Post last year, but declined to separate how many students were expelled versus suspended. Initially, the flagship campus cited federal privacy law but later admitted it was just declining to share the information."

-- and so then what happened? Did HuffPo/others continue to request? or? See: Huffington Post: on the above quote and some CA state legislative moves here.
then see...
Daily Cal with another 'and so then what happened' update here, that includes:
Beles described instances of Kevess’ conduct as mutual, albeit unethical. According to Infante, though, the charges encompassed allegations that patients did not know what was happening when Kevess initiated sexual contact.

“He was a man of discipline, a man of commitment,” Beles said at the hearing of Kevess’ medical career. “He takes all of that and he crashes that and now he loses that.”

The mother and sister of one of the patients traveled from Los Angeles to attend the hearing after being invited by the court. The judge did not allow them to speak, however, because the patient had died and his case was subsequently dropped from the charges.

The deceased patient graduated from the campus in 2010 and was allegedly sexually abused while being treated by Kevess. In 2012, his parents filed a suit against Kevess, claiming that the doctor’s actions had caused their son to commit suicide. The suit was later dismissed.

Transparency and Time - Waiting Games... and A Primogeniture System In Both Private and Public Higher Ed?

First, there's More Subsidies For State Run Universities - OC Register
on SB 15
UT San Diego Fog Still Hangs Over University of California Finances

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that UC appears unable to readily provide accurate information on what funds are being used to pay some of the system’s highest-salaried workers. “I think we should demand, ‘Who is making what salaries, and what component of that is private and what part is coming from state money?’” said Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-San Rafael.

LA Times: UCLA Female Faculty Faced 'Demeaning' Mistreatment, Probe Finds

Hiatt said he has made some changes in the department of neurology in response to the complaints. Without saying that anyone had been directly disciplined, he noted that the department of neurology has a new interim chair, professor Marie-Francoise Chesselet, and that another professor has been appointed as a monitor for issues of gender and equity. He said he is committed to a fair and "welcoming" school workplace.

The former neurology chairman, John Mazziotta, was promoted in March to vice chancellor of UCLA’s health sciences and dean of the medical school. Hiatt’s letter did not mention him and did not say what role Mazziotta may have had in previous handling of the women’s complaints.


Daily Beast: Ivy League Stiffs Its Female Profs
A new database of faculty salaries from “The Chronicle of Higher Education” exposes the American academy at a crisis point—both in labor practices and gender inequality. Why women are taking the fall.
...Not only does the data reveal a substantial gender pay gap at both private and public schools, it also shows that male-dominated college faculties disproportionately rely on the labor of women in instructor and lecturer positions.

and then this linkage:
Women may keep our colleges running but the American university is still an old boys’ club.

At Twitter, for example, women make up only 21 percent of leadership roles overall. Facebook fares slightly better with women in 23 percent of senior-level positions. The tech sector has long been pilloried for these figures—even prompting Intel to pledge $300 million earlier this year to address the lack of diversity in the industry—but college faculties are managing little better and receiving much less tongue-lashing.
see: the full article there.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The 'UC Suppressing Accountability Report' ?

What to call it? See:
San Jose Mercury News: UC Delays Release Of Admissions Data Amid Budget Negotiations

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León -- who is still waiting for data he requested weeks ago on how many UC applicants were placed on wait lists -- says the university is "using the hopes of wait-listed students as a bargaining chip in funding negotiations."

--The Committee of Two talks caused delay on the JLAC approved audits of UC--and now is it the cause of the delay on release of this admissions data? Or, is it just a UC delay?

New America Media has another 'UC President interview', see: Napolitano to Gov. Brown -- ‘What Went Down Must Come Up’

"What’s your long-term goal in this battle over state funding?

What we want to do is reengage the state of California in its public universities and its public higher education mission."
Washington Post: California and N.Y. Are Thinking Big On Higher Education. Will The Feds?
includes coverage of CSU system and CCCs.
This excerpt:
Note, to repeat, that real per-student state appropriations are down about 25 percent from 25 years ago. Note that a doubling of net tuition has not brought total resources back to their 2001 peak. Recall that this is the period in which US degree attainment fell to 16th place in OECD rankings. Note that rising college enrollments has now reversed.

In other words, per-student public funding has been cut. Tuition and student debt have boomed concurrently. So Prof. Campos winds up back where we all started, with per-student appropriations that are less that what they were seven years ago or 25 years ago, and with educational problems that follow from the reality of this long-term austerity on the public side of the university system.

2. Expanding Admin

So why did Prof. Campos deny per-student austerity, which is real, to focus on aggregates that stopped rising very quickly about twenty-five years ago?

My theory is that he has been driven half-mad, like many of us, by the refusal of senior academic managers to put their own choices into the picture, and say yes we too have increased costs with our decisions. Prof. Campos seems to have been willing to reinforce damaging stereotypes of overfed public colleges in his obsession with rejecting the causal claim that public cuts (and only public cuts) produce tuition hikes. His last line in the Times reads: "What cannot be defended . . . is the claim that tuition has risen because public funding for higher education has been cut" (emphasis added). In other words, he's saying, universities have hiked tuition also because of other cost increases, many chosen by the universities themselves. And on this point, he is absolutely right.
- much more to it, so see: Remaking the University for the entire post there.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"could have been used for other purposes...could have done tons of stuff"

In UC’s case, the system president’s office loaned the Online Instruction Pilot Project the $7 million startup cost, with the loan expected to be repaid by 2019. Two years later, the university swallowed the loss, and repaid the loan from money from its budget that could have been used for other purposes.

With that money, “you could have done tons of stuff,” says Diane Harley, director of the Higher Education in the Digital Age program at UC-Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education and chair of the Academic Senate committee that had oversight of the pilot project. “With all the budget cuts at the university, [it could have] provided graduate school support or given it to individual campuses to bolster their student learning centers.”

in this article by US News and World Report: End of California's Digital Campus Is a Blow for MOOCs
Once-celebrated online courses haven't lived up to the hype.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy 'Equal Pay Day' - UC Style...

[The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Equal Pay Day involves thousands of local advocates in programs and activities focused on eradicating wage discrimination against women and people of color. It's about equal pay for equal work, equity etc.---Not about everyone being paid the same amount regardless the job description.]
This Daily Cal piece: UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor For Research Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegations Arise

The Chronicle reported that the UC Office of the President investigated the allegations and found evidence that Fleming’s behavior may have been inappropriate. In a letter to the chancellor, Fleming criticized the investigation, according to the Chronicle. A public relations consultant working with his lawyer also told the Chronicle that Fleming denies the allegations.

and also touches on the past in this:
Leite was fired in 2012 for allegedly violating the university’s sexual harassment policies when she increased the salary of an employee with whom she was having a sexual relationship. Before being fired, Leite was notified by Fleming that she would be demoted and have her pay docked from $188,531 to $175,000.

SF Chronicle gets into it here: UC Berkeley's Chief of Research Exits As Sex Charges Fly

Leite, now 50, worked under Fleming until her firing in 2012. Among her allegations:

•In 2009, while on a university business trip, Fleming rubbed Leite’s feet while they were lying on a hotel room bed fully clothed and put his arm around her.

•Fleming touched her breasts during a gathering with colleagues in 2009 at the Cal Faculty Club and said he wanted to “molest” her.

•He kissed the back of her neck in 2011 and sent “affectionate and familiar e-mails” to her over an extended period.

In January, Fleming sent Chancellor Dirks a letter acknowledging that he had “used poor judgment” with Leite on several occasions and that he “sincerely” regretted the actions, “as well as the embarrassment those actions may cause the university.”

“However, I strongly deny that any of my actions toward Ms. Leite were unwelcome or otherwise constitute sex harassment,” Fleming wrote.

Fleming’s exit is the latest chapter in a drama that began in 2011 when Leite’s relationship with purchasing manager Jonathan Caniezo, who is 17 years her junior, was detailed in a whistle-blower letter to her university bosses. While the two were together, Caniezo’s annual pay grew from $57,864 in 2008 to $120,000.
-- Must read section in the last three paragraphs there for more twists in the story.

Local press CBS coverage:
UC Berkeley Research Administrator Accused Of Wanting To ‘Molest’ Assistant Resigns Amid Sexual Assault Investigation

The UC Regents received a pretty basic and generic presentation on undergraduate education at the last UC Regents meeting in March. It was presented by the Chancellor of UC Berkeley, he closed by stating his belief in the importance of UC Constitutional autonomy in CA as protecting the research arm of UC especially. Some of the Regents, like Keiffer, said they next would like presentations on the important research side of the university next -they specifically said they wanted a presentation on "research". (Doubt very much they want to get into how research and Title IX and pay equity intersect sometimes in higher ed and at UC...)
Remember the UC profit sharing circles (for some) were mentioned in this news piece on UC Davis - wonder-- is data on those circles included in how it is all compared, quantified in these efforts listed: here and: here?

Anyone remember the UC Regents compensation tiger team blah blah blah some years back?

Also, there's Modest Gains in Faculty Pay- Inside Higher Education