Friday, April 18, 2014

Freshman Admissions - New Data

see: here is the administration's overview for UC Berkeley
here are the links to the tables/data for UC systemwide from UCOP.
Update, so here's how the coverage is shaping:

AP carried by CBS local More Latino Than White Students Admitted To University Of California Schools also carried by SF Chron

SacBee: UC Berkeley acceptance rate plunges amid new admission process

San Jose Mercury UC admits record number of students for fall 2014

LA Times California students feel UC admission squeeze

Daily Cal UC Berkeley admission falls 9 percent from last year under new enrollment model

Daily Bruin Enrollment cap, more UCLA applicants lead to fewer admissions
see: Who Is Responsible For The University?

A Public Health School At UC Davis?

A new leader at UC Davis in this piece: UC Davis Public Health School Back On Front Burner

Katehi is on board.
“Population health — with a global perspective — is increasingly critical in today’s world,” Katehi said. “It is very early in the process, and we are still consulting stakeholders and exploring options, but this is exactly the kind of innovative, collaborative initiative UC Davis is well positioned to lead.”
“We all hoped the new leader would embrace a structure that really encompasses the life sciences — ag, vet med and biological sciences — and embraces them all,” said Dr. Fred Meyers, vice dean of the medical school. The concept is “to really have an impact at home in California and internationally.”
The initiative is going to take money. But the state budget is in better shape now coffers are more padded than they were the last time the concept was floated, supporters note.

and: on CCC and CSU this Oakland Tribune editiorial might be pointing to what's in the seat cushions -- but the question is: if they get $5 mil -- should it go to marketing?

That is why CSU and the community college systems have asked Gov. Jerry Brown for $5 million to launch an aggressive marketing campaign to highlight the transfer degree.

That decision should take the governor about 30 seconds to make. In California that is budget dust; more money than that can be found in the seat cushions of certain capital watering holes frequented by legislators and lobbyists.

back to public health-- Hank Plante on printing new legends instead of old facts-- he joins Andrew Sullivan in an important conversation. Many in SF didn't make it through the 80's and 90's in order to say it- so those who can say it now should get some lotsa space.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Napolitano Chat with Staff video, and A Closer Look At What Happened At 'Deltopia'

Napolitano talks about budget, pay, job titles, the UC mission, CA Higher Ed trends, succession planning, career development -- and expanding online instruction at the 20:00 mark, see:
also see: Deltopia In Review Part I from Remaking the University

make it rain...

see: PECASE and others make their case for more public research funding:

Dr. Katherine Rauen, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, Davis, said that individuals struggling to obtain funding at her institution were leaving for the private sector.
The dollars and stability there have always been more alluring, but the trend has become more pronounced, she said. And for a nation eager to shuttle as much brain power as possible into medical research, this trend is alarming.

"We want them to stay in academic medicine," said Rauen. "We want them to stay in clinical, translational research to provide the best practices for patients in the future."
Pols trying to catch up on decades and decades of Title IX oversight neglect
Jerry Brown pushes his plan for state reserve fund
Governor declares a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue in a major test of the state's new political dynamic.

Udacity Phasing out certificates of free courseware completion

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If Boalt Can Go Online...

then why not the real potential to reduce down to two years?

and there are other criticisms of that piece linked here -it includes:
The first person Chemerinsky hired onto the UC-Irvine faculty when he got this self-abnegating enterprise rolling five years ago [Erwin Chemirinsky, notes Campos, is dean of a brand new law school that, "in a hyper-saturated legal employment market," [charges] $47,300 in resident and $53,900 in non-resident annual tuition.] was his wife. In 2012 this dynamic academic duo pulled down a combined salary of $597,000 from the University of California’s perpetually cash-strapped system.

--really? was it like that? the very first hire he made? really? or was it part of his hiring package?
also- does he get some of the heat because he once had a client named Valerie Plame? political persuasions at the root?

[recall there was talk at a UC Regents meeting where UCI Law students' numbers for passing the CA bar were higher than any other UC law-- a couple years ago. Guess there is more to that story, here: "Umm, UC Irvine, we need to talk. The school went from a pass rate of 90.2 percent in 2012 — second place for the entire state — to a 77.5 percent pass rate. Maybe this is the difference between people who got to go to law school for free and people who got half scholarships. Better shape up, Class of 2014."]

Boalt is not UCI - in terms of years of existence etc. but if Boalt can offer online...
-or is that online move part of this:
Chemerinsky: "This crisis mentality is not only unfounded, but is also creating pressure for reforms that would make legal education worse, not better."
UC Hastings visits UC Riverside on civil rights and this is the write up -- it includes reference to a skewed supply in higher ed.
Are coaches automatically also educators? Does the position come w/ an academic title? Or, is Dirks referring to basketball education? Dirks: “Identifying the right head coach for our men’s basketball team was a high priority for us, and warranted a significant investment of time and effort,” stated Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. “Together with Athletic Director, Sandy Barbour, we spoke with a large number of highly qualified candidates and carefully evaluated their personal and professional attributes. I am confident that in Cuonzo Martin we have found an exceptional coach and educator, with a proven ability to support the athletic and academic success of his student athletes. I know that he will be a great fit for our program and our campus.”
A Modest Proposal For CA State Political Reform
if UC Berkeley heard it was 'operationally excellent' - would they bring this to University Health Services at Tang? - mixing lucrative higher ed with this other hot frontiers...research programs, top notch tier 1 research universities...

but then consider the denial of services for proposed improvements on Title IX matters...not so operationally excellent??
While at UD..also see this on GSK- and this on beauty cream - might make you howl.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Corporate Dems with UC Ties -- btw, 'Corp' Dem is more accurate term than 'Mod' Dem

the term moderate Dem definition is squishy - it could break down, slice and dice many different ways on the issues, policy - but "Corporate Dem" is pretty clearly based around certain specific $$$$$ forces at work - this piece includes references to many familiar UC donors, hangers: Capital and Main In Plain Sight: The Rise of Corporate Democrats In California -but, the rich also tend to discreetly give to both sides to 'hedge their bets'.
HuffPo on: The U.S. Department of Education is forecast to generate $127 billion in profit over the next decade from lending to college students and their families, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Changing Universities points out more events in DC and: "failure to understand the true cost of attending college is also shaping several recent proposals to make community college free to students in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Oregon. All of these states are only discussing making tuition free, but most lower- and lower-middle-income students already have their tuition covered by state and federal grants. This means that only upper-income students will receive the new break, and these tuition-free programs may end up cutting additional funding to the non-wealthy students who need aid to pay for the non-tuition aspects of the total cost of attendance. Once again, a progressive sounding policy turns out to be welfare for the wealthy as the non-wealthy continue to get stuck with the bill."
Highlander Editorial Board on affirmative action: Affirmative action not needed to improve UC’s diversity

Speaker Perez on it earlier,he remains as speaker until May 12 (he is having a time of it running for controller- - could the corporate dem thing be gumming things up??):

Daily Cal on discussing undergrad advising problems with Provost Steele:
Steele admitted that advising is a problem now, but he seemed to underestimate the urgency of the issue.
He talked a lot about peer advising, which is a helpful tool for students. It is only a partial fix to what comes down to a lack of resources, however. Campus administrators need to recognize the importance of proper advising to students’ academic success and the undergraduate experience.
Is UC delaying?: We’ve reached out to the university many times to resolve these issues and are prepared to make our case before a neutral arbitrator if necessary. Unfortunately, the university has delayed coming to an agreement and cancelled several meetings at the last minute. The delays must end.
There's a value to Litmus tests sometimes. Real debates. Questioning candidates issue by issue.
Blood Moon did not disappoint, more to come.

Speaker Perez Moves To Bring Back California Postsecondary Education Commission

Lawmakers Seek To Restore University Watchdog and Database
A move is afoot in the Capitol to bring back a higher education watchdog and restore a data trove of 1.7 billion records on public colleges and universities that were placed in limbo by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Outgoing Assembly Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles, wants to restore the functions of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. His bill, AB 1348, would create a new independent entity with a new name and a redesigned governing board.

Brown eliminated the commission in 2011 to save $2 million.

“Not funding CPEC didn’t save the government that much money in the scheme of things,” said David McCuan, a political science professor at Sonoma State University.

But, McCuan added, Brown’s unexpected action did “push the issue forward about what should we do with higher education in California.”

Pérez’s bill would set up an office called the California Higher Education Authority, or CHEA, which would perform largely the same functions as CPEC.

But there is a major difference: His bill would cut the 16-member board that governed CPEC to 13 members, eliminating a representative of each of the public institutions of higher education. Instead, the CHEA board would be composed of nine members of the general public appointed by the governor and Legislature to staggered six-year terms, and four student representatives who would serve for a year.

Removing higher education from the governing board stems from suggestions by the lawmakers’ analyst that the CPEC was ineffective in riding herd on higher education because the very institutions it was watching wielded undue influence on its board.

and Union Complains About UC Tactics,
Sac Biz Journal: Union complains about UC tactics
Napolitano On Drought.
SCPR: Napolitano adds to the drought vocabulary - they also have further links on the following:
New UC president Janet Napolitano (who's apparently known for some other position she's had in the past) took an aerial tour of areas hit hard by the sereation. This is ahead of a sustainability plan due out this spring that will involve all 10 campuses:
It was Napolitano's first visit to the 330-acre center -- one of nine UC agriculture research hubs that dot California -- where she took a tour of the canola, walnut and blueberry crops planted there. Her visit comes as California faces a third year of drought and one of the driest years on record. Napolitano said the UC system will do its part to help farmers find relief. For example, she said, UC Merced could soon play a more prominent role in agricultural research. (Fresno Bee)
But agricultural research itself is taking a hit.
Many growers in California will receive no surface water allocation this year because of the drought. Neither will the University of California’s Westside Research and Extension Center (WSREC) near Five Points, which gets its surface water from Westlands Water District. (Western Farm Press)