Friday, May 29, 2015

Already... Yet... Ever... - Can It Be Called A Success?

Much of UC and CA is still undecided etc. it seems -but see this from
Herald Sun: UNC Presidential Panel Concurs On Consultant includes this view on UC:
A public university system should be looking to “figure out how it joins in that kind success,” he said, adding that in California’s Bay Area, Stanford University has created an economy around itself while the University of California’s Berkeley campus still frets about its share of state subsidies.

Aside from the Duke hires, Isaacson’s highest-profile recruitment effort was the one that resulted in former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano becoming president of the University of California system.

Isaacson said the first job in a search process is figuring out what the system needs from a new chief executive. And in California, while many people in the UC system wanted an academic, “that’s not really what the task was.”

Rather, it was “how does one establish a new compact” between the system, “the citizens of California and their elected representatives,” he said.

That “was going to be hard political labor, with people who were not necessarily going to be kindly about it,” Isaacson said. “We were looking for someone who had the size, dimension and quality not to be frightened [by that]. That’s how we got to Janet.”

Napolitano quickly established her credibility with the state’s leaders.

“I don’t think Jerry Brown [California’s governor] thinks very many people in the world are his peeps,” but he sees Napolitano as someone he can work with, Isaacson said.
check out the full article for more.
yes, it was still true this morning
see: Still Nothing and lots of folks would like the archive of it

the UC Regents and UCOP still have not provided the archive of this weeks UC Regents investments meeting- as also noted here earlier, but check back and see the video link now posted:
- (perhaps students could have put it on youtube or something by now and would not have forced viewers to install a bunch of crap in order to view it though??)

Others who were paying close attention to the live feed are covering it, see CIO:
Strategy Overhaul for UC Regents Fund
After a year in the role, CIO Jagdeep Bachher’s new approach is taking shape.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"One of their goals is to prevent these students from getting jobs."

see this breaking KGO ABC Local story: "Website Targeting Politically Active College Students Infringes On Free Speech"

Among those targeted is the current UC student regent Sadia Saifuddin. The website has a complete profile on her, including what they call infamous quotes.
A Cal spokesperson said UC Berkeley has no connection with the website and was not even aware of its existence until ABC7 News called the school. Some people started hearing about it just a few days ago.

A sad, huge mess at the end of the year. At the end of last week's UC Regents meeting some of the UC Regents thanked Saifuddin for her service on issues like campus safety, ending hunger on campus, etc. That was followed by a great moment where she and the incoming student regent Oved both laughed with each other (because she was overwhelmed by the kind words of UC Regent Reiss and others and she teared up and looked over to him) and it looked like they (Saifuddin and Oved) were bantering and something made them both laugh. It is in stark contrast to what is described in the news story above.

Regent Blum made public comments directed to her about her appointment and his feeling about her appointment during open session when she first became a regent - he welcomed her while expressing his concerns etc. - but it looked like Blum was not present for the May UC Regents meeting to make parting comments to her at the end of her term. In previous meetings it appeared they (Blum and Saifuddin) enjoyed a collegial and good exchange. Perhaps he is still working on the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal efforts and couldn't be in town.

Napolitano has previously made some comments about her concerns around the issues touched upon in the news report.

Former UC President Mark Yudof said (at an event- click this link- where he was interviewed along with Napolitano- both of their specific, relevant comments come after the 45:00 mark) that he stepped in on some similar recent issues at UC Davis and other UC campuses as a sort of 'roving UC pres' - Wonder if he will step into this? Or, maybe this requires more direct handling by Napolitano?

This issue - campus climate issues- etc. is also likely to be slated (based on what was alluded to in comments and coverage during May meeting) as a UC Regents agenda item in July along with other key, critically important topics like finalizing tuition/may revise positions ; campus safety planning, and getting into detail on some other controversial major UC projects (UC PATH?)- but have to wait for the UC Regents to formally post their agenda items for that meeting in mid summer.

UC Regents Committee on Investments May Meeting -- and other approaches...

more disruptive and technical problems the UC Regents give to the public, see this from UC Regents:

A meeting of The Regents Committee on Investments and its Investment Advisory Group is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2015, by teleconference as follows. Please note that all times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.

Live Video streaming of the open session of the meeting will be available:

Please note that Google Chrome has done an update that no longer supports Silverlight, which is our streaming protocol. We have been implementing new streaming protocols but they will not be ready for the upcoming meeting. To watch the live stream of this meeting, please use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox for PC and Safari or Mozilla Firefox for Mac. Unfortunately, Google Chrome is not an option.

Web :


UC Regents also hasn't posted it yet as an available archive either: here

Daily Bruin: UC Board of Regents committee reviews investment performance

CalBears with: Latest Academic Progress Reports Results Show Continued Improvement

Contra Costa Times: Albany Protesters Disrupt UC Regents Meeting

and then,
This Letter to Mercury News includes:
Ironically, the lie that UC is refusing to negotiate a community benefits agreement is being perpetrated by groups that actually have representatives on the working group! Somehow, they have convinced student activists in Berkeley to interrupt meetings and stage protests, all to ask for something that is already being done.

This does not reflect well on the protesters, who have obviously not done their homework. Nor does it reflect well on the groups sponsoring these protests and writing opinion pieces,

Along with UCD: Stanford researchers receive grant for study of K12 online learning - See more at:
CalBuzz: Santa Barbara Spill: Case Study of Post-MSM News

btw--LA Times Acquires San Diego Union Tribune, Lays Off 1/3 Of Staff
UT San Diego had some original reporting (like the Peevey CPUC and UC ongoing saga) that other 'major outlets' didn't cover first...

Cal Buzz brought up the SB Independent,so here: is the SB Independent in March with another aspect/update on Isla Vista aftermath- how will UC, UC Regents figure in?

Again with the clothes and female pols only... Politico covers what WSJ already covered?!- they bring up Napolitano in it,
previously there: was a similar WSJ piece on the $900 jackets starting price - now Politico on it - and also previously noted at the bottom of this post: here Will they talk male pol's suits and prices similarly next?-- Or, is that treatment just for John Edwards $400 haircuts - and 'chicks'?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

'Dueling', 'Divided'

SJ Mercury California budget: Democrats release dueling spending plans

Senate Democrats want to increase funding for CSU by $163.5 million to help more students graduate on time, but doing so would require eliminating a scholarship program for middle-class students that Assembly Democrats are seeking to expand. UC would get a funding bump of $35 million under the Assembly Democrats' plan.

and also on it

LAT: Brown, Democratic lawmakers divided on budget estimates


in Daily Cal: UC Union Representatives Call on UC President, Regents to Ensure Private UC Contract Workers are Compensated Comparably To University Employees Doing The Same Work

"The per-student argument makes mathematical sense... And yet... using this metric as the gold standard seems to miss something important about the function of the student at the public university today."

see reclaim UC: The Political Economy of Enrollment

Now, the UC administration claims that the cost of instruction is greater than in-state tuition. But these claims are at best debatable and at worst simply not credible, because as Chris Newfield and Bob Samuels have shown they include research and other non-educational expenses in order to inflate the alleged instructional cost. (It's gotten to the point that, as Samuels observes, the administration literally claims it costs $342,500 to educate one medical student for one year.) According to Newfield, a more reasonable estimate of the cost of instruction for undergraduates would be somewhere between 40-80 percent of the administration’s figures. Even using the higher rate, then, the administration still generates a net profit for every extra student they bring in.

Per-student funding can be a useful metric for clarifying certain trends, but it’s equally important to understand the things it makes invisible. University administrators make decisions about enrollment not out of some abstract interest in the “public good” but rather out of a very concrete interest in the bottom line. Enrollment should not be treated as a given but as a variable that may shift as executives and financial officers seek to optimize revenue flows. In this context, using per-student funding may obscure the function of the student today while deflecting antagonism toward the state.


Higher education: Should college be free for all?
by Carol Christ, director, Center for Studies in Higher Education

it includes many interesting rebuttal comments, including:
Carol: You know better then to offer these distorted and simplistic answers.

The present tuition charges for UC undergraduates amounts to much more than the actual per-student cost for UC to provide undergraduate education.

There is a distorted accounting habit that charges all of professors’ academic year salary and benefits as an “Expenditure for Instruction,” when we know that the primary incentive for UC professors is to produce research. One may argue about the division between “public” and “private” benefit of an undergraduate education; but there is no doubt that the research mission of UC (and other national research universities) is a public benefit.

Pushing that hidden cost of research onto the tuition bills of undergraduate students and their families is a dishonest practice that must be corrected if our great universities want to continue to have public support.

Charles Schwartz

studying clouds in 3D

Those moments of public comment at last week's UC Regents' meeting...more.

Over the weekend LA Times covered:
Candlelight vigil, memorial walk to mark anniversary of Isla Vista shootings

Veronika Weiss is in the photo accompanying that story- her dad's efforts covered: here and in his comments about UC in this next story by

Thousand Oaks Acorn: “They literally have money that is going to companies that make weapons and ammunition,” Weiss said. “We feel that they can find a way, with all their financial clout, to require that the funds they invest in are free from weapons industry businesses.”

He also spoke, directly to the UC Regents in public comment last week - you can watch at at the 00:41:40 time stamp at : this link.
My name is Bob Wiess. A year ago Saturday my daughter was walking from her dorm room to her sorority house and she was with two of her friends and all three of them were shot. Two of them were killed. My daughter was shot from her side- it traveled first through her left lung, then her heart, then her other lung. If this body is invested in the gun industry that means you're in the gun business and if you're in the gun business then I'm in the gun business - and I don't want to be in the gun business. I don't know how any of you can sleep at night with all the students who have been killed and be in the gun business. Thank you.

The secretary to the regents called the next speaker after him. The next group was called to speak on the topic of food security. The person who followed Mr. Weiss let it be known that she is a UCSB student and was a student there last year- and she seemed to choke back tears and, with great difficulty, went on to make her public comment on her scheduled topic -the impact of last year's tragedy also evident.

More coverage here at Daily Nexus: Final Regents Meeting Addresses Tuition Hikes, Divestment, Food Security

If you continue watching that same morning public comment section...there's also:

at the 00:13:40 mark
A new UC alumnus who told the UC Regents:

UC Grad students face myriad academic and student roles and there are particular and distinct experiences when reporting sexual violence.

These barriers include lack of information surrounding student or professional roles, responsibilities, or rights; fear of retaliation for reporting a faculty member or research advisor; and lack of consistent information and messaging in our professional capacity.
Some grad students are protected by collective bargaining and labor agreements -while simultaneously covered by student anti-discrimination policies such as Title IX --and the distinctions can be confusing.
As well, ten percent of graduate students are parents and there are unique barriers to seeking support.
My colleagues and I recommend that each grad student attend three mandatory small group sessions of evidence based practice training. These trainings should include, but not be limited to: graduate student rights; resources and options; reporting obligations; clear and readily available whistleblower and anti-retaliation policies; considerations of power dynamics; coercion and fears related to adviser-advisee relations; clear information regarding graduate student survivors reasonable accommodations when sexually assaulted or harassed by research advisers, undergraduate, or other professional or affiliate colleagues; rights, resources, and options for graduate student parents and their families.

That student was then followed by another new UC alum's public comment to the UC Regents - the recent grad gave her personal account as an undergraduate- at the 15:09 mark:
She is an alum of UCSD and also attended UCLA. She detailed her undergraduate experience where she alleges she was sexually harassed by a graduate student instructor and she also discusses how the faculty role and issues around diversity played negatively into that situation...

Later, during the UC Regents afternoon session the UCSA leadership referenced the above public comments in their scheduled presentation to the UC Regents and delved more in to detail on current problems they see system-wide and the system-wide training they would like to see implemented across UC- and the significant additional work that still has yet to be done - it leads off at the beginning of the video: here.

And Daily Cal gets into the training details in this op ed:

University Must Implement Anti Sexual Assault Training

-The links in this next section raises for the Cal-centric the question of.. 'What part of Columbia admin leadership is now at Cal?- do they share the views and approach of some Columbia admin. leadership detailed in the links below'?

Title IX post titled: "It's safer to be quiet": Cultures of retaliation~Cultures of sexual violence

There is an extensive back story to Sulkowicz's experience which is marked by administrative ineptitude that has never been explained or accounted for. Columbia should be apologizing to Sulkowicz but instead the university president refused to shake her hand* at last Tuesday's Senior Day ceremonies

(Is the Cal leadership that just arrived from Columbia like that too? Or different?)

in that post they also link to points made in : this anonymous piece from Jezebel

and it also points to this experience at Stanford University:
"My only chance to protect myself was to participate in the same Title IX process that had made me a target in the first place.
I knew that any decision I made would affect not just me, but the culture surrounding reporting on campus. I am a victim of harassment and retaliation, and this experience has been among the hardest I have ever had to deal with. I cannot imagine what it must be like for victims of violence and assault. Given the retaliation I faced for merely being thought to have reported harassment, I don’t know if I could face actually reporting a case of assault. And I am not willing to become a cautionary tale, an example of the reasons why people shouldn’t report."
Salon had this from a UCSB former student, teacher : “We fostered something chaotic and irresponsible”: Elliot Rodger, Isla Vista & the echoes of a tragedy- One year ago tomorrow, a young man opened fire in southern California. In the time since, has anything changed?
by Ellen O'Connell, includes:

But what has changed on the ground? Isla Vista, an unincorporated community, doesn’t belong to either the city or the university, and therefore can’t be governed or regulated by either. Kum-Kum Bhavnani, chair of UCSB’s Academic Senate, said the university’s efforts to protect its students is mainly up to its good will. “UC Santa Barbara has for many years voluntarily contributed significant resources (several million dollars annually) to the County for safety efforts in Isla Vista, and contributed additional resources to add more lights, sidewalks and recently a fence along the bluff. The safety of our students is our highest priority, including in Isla Vista, where the university’s influence is limited.”


A biz article claims 'UCSB alone can’t fix Isla Vista safety woes', includes:
What has not yet happened at Isla Vista is a comprehensive agreement – by Santa Barbara County, UCSB, the City of Goleta and other stakeholders – on a more robust governance system for Isla Vista. The state has a role here, too, as Isla Vista remains the largest population center in California without local government oversight.
A panel put together by UCSB’s governing board of trustees made important recommendations last fall about the need for better governance at Isla Vista. Perhaps now that Isla Vista again is in the headlines, Santa Barbara County, the state Legislature and others will take a closer look.


Surreal, this other story from MSNBC and HuffPo
-that story also has an awful UC connection.

Then, further in that topic thread, there's OC Register: had a letter on the tragedy and 'Brady': here--
also served as a reminder of Sarah Brady, and all of her work, she passed away earlier this year.

SF Chronicle: On another father of Santa Barbara shooting victim who also wants reforms

and with more on that same Dad of a UC Student, there's
NBC San Diego: Isla Vista Victim's Dad Devotes Life to Curbing Gun Violence

Sometimes turn to
Berkeley, 1968 - that 'jumps out' every time
- it starts off:
"Human reason is beautiful"
it includes that line though:
"Giving us the estate of the world to manage"

The SB oil 'spill'

There's the history of Santa Barbara 1969

and Yahoo- present day- on SB: Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California

Columbia and SB come up : here at HuffPo too- it starts off:
"Cleaning up the oil spilling into the ocean by Santa Barbara will cost much more than preventing the leak would have cost. But of course, preventing the leak would require more"...

and today Cal Buzz: is covering The Hunting Ground- which could be a good sign because politics is all over the issue- in myriad ways...Hopefully coverage of 'the politics of Title IX implementation over the past forty years' (what got us to today's circumstances) gets more coverage.
A memorial paddle out scheduled...

A Month of Remembrance Events

That earlier piece mentioned at the top includes:Sometimes they feel her energy. A cousin who was close to Veronika said she was searching for her phone when a track on a U2 album released for free to iPhone users last summer started to play on its own, Weiss said. The song mentions Santa Barbara, grief and Zuma Beach, where Veronika’s ashes were spread.

The full title includes CA:
“(California) There Is No End to Love”

Monday, May 25, 2015

"UC's law schools are exempt from fee increases being imposed on other professional graduate school programs"

just this update:
Also, want to add on to this earlier: "UC's law schools are exempt from fee increases being imposed on other professional graduate school programs"

just to recall
last week there were two UC items 6600 and 6440 that came up at the Joint Leg Budget Review in Sacto
$1 million to UC Hastings under 6600

6440 on UC grad prof schools

when they discussed those items - anyway, CA Sen Block
and other state senators got into an exchange about law school trends and esp. discussion of how 'law school grads seek to chase the higher earning positions so they don't go into public service' vs 'yes they do go into public service' was debated back and forth
(Nielsen, Monning and others also made comments around the topic).
if that video of that hearing chaired by Leno becomes available will post it here as a further update, background.

Anyway, that exchange may also play into the origins of the law school exemption from fee increases decisions. There's some speculation of special treatment from the governor, see: The guv's warm spot for lawyers. So just adding in that tidbit as an fyi.
original post:

See LA Times: UC Law Students Celebrate Exemption From Supplemental Fee Increases

Were they (Co2, OP) worried about maybe more students making (remember this SF Chron article on): Kashmiri moves?

Other articles also touch on other areas of uncertainty etc.:
LA Times: Tax proposals by unions, activists may loosen Brown's grip on budget

UCLA Faculty Association with: a post on some money headed to UC via cap and trade-- that may or may not be a sure thing


Free College?
With student debt topping $1 trillion, a renewed call for radical change – maybe even free public university tuition.

Bob Samuels, President of University Council-AFT, which represents librarians of the University of California. He is the author of the blog Changing Universities and of the book New Media, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory after Postmodernism.

Tamara Draut, Vice President, Policy and Research at Demos, a left-leaning public policy organization. She is the author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead. (@tamaradraut)

Sandy Baum, Professor of Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University. She is also Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and has co-written the College Board’s annual publications Trends in Student Aid and Trends in College Pricing since 2002.

Another college academic year down, another huge whack of college debt for young Americans. $1.2 trillion in college debt now in this country. Absolutely massive. The only kind of consumer debt not headed downward since the recession. In fact, student loans are up 84 percent. Critics says it’s a yoke on the necks of a whole generation and more. Now there’s a call – and legislation on the table – to make public higher education, college tuition, free. Not cheaper, but free. Like Germany and Finland and more. Would that be wise? Crazy? Up next, On Point: College for free.