Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Former OpEx 'Leadership'in Cal Leadership Revolving Door

At some point it will become quite clear whether or not the reaching back for past leadership to become once again 'new' leadership works out- or not - for Cal in its current 'difficult time'..

Will Dirks' picks for associate Chancellor and newly named LDO effective April 1 (replacing another of Dirks' Associate Chancellor's who will continue in that title as well but have other duties) continue to be part of a Christ administration?

Last July, Dirk's hired the former Operational Excellence head as an associate chancellor, now as mentioned above that person will oversee whistleblower cases at UC Berkeley as LDO,---Dirks made that hire just before the SF Chronicle and other papers broke these types of stories on the Dirk's administration:





-Some of those items began as whistleblower cases...Some of those cases can get significantly more complex than even an OpEx rollout...

Given the poor roll out of Op Ex and other initiatives connected to it like campus shared services, the resultant campus troubles...

Is it all just an early April Fool's for the campus?

Attempt To Tamp Down?

At this month's UC Regents Meeting the UCOP admin took a chunk of time and did their presentation on all the wonders they believe OP does for UC campuses etc, and now there is this PR that they are putting out


It starts off like this:
"Led by UC President Janet Napolitano, the Office of the President plays a distinct role in helping to shape the overall vision for the university and in carrying out core activities that allow the 10 campuses to function as a single university."

Do they allow UC to operate as one university?-- when the Title IX hits the fan or capital projects go wrong, or personnel decisions in the senior management turn a hot mess or sports funding plans, usually the UCOP response goes something like-UCOP delegates authority to the campuses and didn't know anything about that problem in advance-- you know the 'how could we have known?' familiar OP posture...

So, it seems the PR campaign was mostly created in advance of this:
2016-130 - University of California Office of the President—Administrative Expenditures
Est. Release Date: April 2017

And then there is this still to come:
2016-125 - University of California—Contracted Employees and Contracting Practices
Est. Release Date: June 2017

Also there's this update:

Gov. Jerry Brown in Washington: 'Wherever we are going to find common ground, we are going to do it'

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article139750348.html

Jerry Brown travels to Trump’s town to look for ‘common ground’

And add'l update which is of consequence to UC Med, see:

Gov. Jerry Brown warns of at least a $6-billion-a-year hit to California under GOP health plan



More Higher Ed talk at Cal- and, A Good Short IX Talk

Here's: Berkeley Sociology Forum: Christopher Newfield presents The Great Mistake

"Berkeley Sociology Forum and THE Berkeley Faculty Association co-sponsor an author-meets-critics panel. Chris Newfield will present his new book, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them with responses from Professors Kim Voss (Department of Sociology), Henry Brady (Goldman School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science) and Prudence Carter (Graduate School of Education)."

Begins with 25 min lecture/overview, then about 40 minutes rebuttal from other panelists, and then five minutes response rebuttal and concludes with section of Q and A with audience. Covers lots of different issues.


Also this very good interview on Title IX- See:
Title IX and Gender Discrimination in School Sports Sarah Fields talked about the impact of Title IX on equity in school sports and the prevention of gender discrimination. This interview took place at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Runs about 20 minutes.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

UCSF Outsourcing and Offshoring US Jobs on 60 Minutes.

(Also some UC Regents who have close ties to UC Med decisions should be asked about this along with UCSF admin , not just Napolitano)

See: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-u-s-jobs-vulnerable-to-workers-with-h-1b-visas/
"Harrison was told he could stay on the job, get paid for four more months, and get a bonus if he trained his replacement.

Robert Harrison: And now I’m being told that I h-- not only gonna lose my job, but also have to train these people to take my job.

Bill Whitaker: Are you angry?

Robert Harrison: Pissed. That exceeds angry. I’m really not a violent guy. I love people. But I’ve envisioned myself just backhanding the guy as he’s sitting next to me, trying to learn what I know. And I was like, God, please don’t let them send anybody to sit next to me, to shadow me. I don’t want to do this. I really don’t.

“I think, for once, we’re gonna stand up as Americans and say enough is enough. We’re not gonna take it anymore.” Kurt Ho
Harrison and his colleagues staged a protest outside the Medical Center. His fellow worker, senior systems administrator Kurt Ho is losing his job too. He had just trained his replacement from India.

Kurt Ho: I think, for once, we’re gonna stand up as Americans and say enough is enough. We’re not gonna take it anymore.

Sara Blackwell: Thank you for standing up for what you believe in.

Their rally was organized by this woman: Florida attorney Sara Blackwell.

Sara Blackwell: This is about the companies making the decision that you are worthless to them.

She represents hundreds of U.S. workers who were fired and replaced by foreign workers with H-1B visas.

Sara Blackwell: When you tell someone their real reason for getting rid of these jobs is for cheap foreign labor that should offend everyone.

Bill Whitaker: They have to train the worker who’s going to take their job?

Sara Blackwell: Right. They are told by their company: if you don’t train this person in a way that we approve of them being trained, then you don’t get your severance.

The UCSF Medical Center is a highly regarded state-run institution. Administrators say outsourcing the IT jobs could save $30 million taxpayer over the next five years. That’s a fraction of the university’s $5.8 billion annual budget, but to Robert Harrison, it’s his job.

Robert Harrison: I can’t wrap my mind around training somebody to take my position. You know, it’s my livelihood. How am I supposed to feel?

Craig Diangelo worked for Northeast Utilities – now called Eversource – and was one of 220 IT workers replaced by H-1B visa employees. Diangelo says his replacement, a worker from India, told him he was making half Diangelo’s salary with no benefits.

Craig Diangelo: I didn’t get laid off for lack of work. I got laid off because somebody cheaper could do my job.

Bill Whitaker: So, to anyone who would say, “You’re anti-immigrant.”

Dawn Collins: No!

Jay Palmer: That’s a lie.

Craig Diangelo: That’s a lie. You don’t want to have any animosity toward them, because they’re looking for a better way of life.

Bruce Morrison: The workers being brought in don’t know anything more than the workers they’re replacing. They know less. And that’s why they have to be retrained or trained by the American workers who are being laid off. This is not about skills, this is about costs.

But saving money on labor was not the law’s intended purpose. Robert Harrison says the money saved can’t replace the dedication of his IT team.

Robert Harrison: So our jobs, they’re not menial jobs. They’re very important. Somebody’s child is laying in the Children’s Hospital fighting for their life, and they depend on us. I see parents laying up all night long in the room with their child who’s fighting for their life. And you’re gonna bring somebody in here that has no clue, has no sympathy, don’t know the urgency to make sure that everything those people need is supplied? Right now? It’s not going to happen.

Craig Diangelo says at Northeast Utilities the fired workers pressured to stay and train their replacements launched a quiet protest.

Craig Diangelo: Every one of us that would be let go had an American flag sticking out the cubicles row after row after row. As we were let go--those flags were taken down. I was the last person let go. I went in and I took the last picture. There were no more flags left. You have a queasiness in your stomach when you look around and you’re saying, “This-- this-- this can’t be possible. This didn’t happen.”

But it did happen, to Craig and Dawn and Leo and workers at hundreds of companies across the country. Former head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, now president of the University of California, faced a huge public outcry when she got rid of those 80 IT jobs at the Medical Center. She declined to give us an on camera interview, but stated publicly that the university, quote “didn’t use the H-1B process in the right way.” She instructed the Indian-outsourcing company to stop using H-1B workers.
But that comes too late for Kurt Ho and Robert Harrison. Three weeks ago they packed up – their final day at the Medical Center.
Robert Harrison: It’s gonna be a matter of time before everybody else feels the same burden, the same pinch, the same hurt that we’re feeling right here at UCSF. It’s a matter of time."

See CBS News 60 minutes coverage in full here

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Maybe also fill those four vacant UC Regents slots to help with the advocacy?

(Perhaps to help with advocacy and equally important to explain the Brown perspective on NRST etc within UC -esp since he isn't attending UC Regents meetings lately but the faculty and administration are advancing their own feelings and musings on where he stands on UC and at the same time several UC Regents are not so active on UC lately or unfortunately generating their own bad headlines --some new Regents might freshen,boost.... He could pick a couple high profile Regents to help with big topic advocacy and then he could pick two others to help with his internal UC messaging if their UC policy views align nicely with his...Will he fill those four open UC regent slots soon?)

Jerry Brown heads to D.C., with Schwarzenegger right behind him

Gov. Jerry Brown heads to Washington as Trump and Republicans offer plans with big consequences for California
Los Angeles Times

Jerry Brown heads to Washington ...
"shrink National Institutes of Health research programs at the University of California."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article139373673.html


Fired Assistant Professor Alleges Anti-Gay Bias at UC Irvine
"In March 2016, the University of California, Irvine issued a press release praising assistant professor Hung Duc Nguyen for receiving a prestigious National Science Foundation grant, but months later school administrators ignored overwhelming faculty recommendations for his tenure and instead terminated his employment."
Full article:


Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Christ cited a key difference in fiscal oversight: At Smith, attentive trustees require the campus president to update them on finances four times a year; UC campuses have no such individualized structure. She said that a previous chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, proposed such a structure, but it went nowhere."



"Asked Wednesday about the difference between running a private college and a large public university, Christ cited a key difference in fiscal oversight: At Smith, attentive trustees require the campus president to update them on finances four times a year; UC campuses have no such individualized structure. She said that a previous chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, proposed such a structure, but it went nowhere."

On his way out Dirks would do well by Cal and his own legacy if he tells hard truths of the state of things as he inherited them and as he experienced them since he arrived.

It matters.

UC Regents March 16 Meeting

See for more info on agenda below:http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/mar2017.html

And limited time Archive here: http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/mar2017/mar2017.html

Thursday, March 16
8:30 am

Board (closed session)
Location: Robertson Auditorium

9:15 am

Board (open session - includes public comment session) Location: Robertson Auditorium

Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 26, 2017
Personnel Matter
Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]
Committee Reports Including Approval of Recommendations from Committees:
Compliance and Audit Committee
Recommended Settlement for Board Action
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Approval of Ground Lease Business Terms and Financing of Phase
IV-A of the East Campus Apartments, Irvine Campus
Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]
Governance and Compensation Committee
Closed Session Statute Citation: Collective bargaining matters
[Government Code §3596(d)]
Health Services Committee (meeting of March 3)
Closed Session Statute Citations: Collective bargaining matters
[Government Code §3596(d)], Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)],
Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

Public Engagement and Development Committee
Closed Session Statute Citation: Gift matters [Education Code §92032(b)(3)]
B1(X) Discussion Review of Misconduct Cases and Due Process Procedures
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
B2(X) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates
1. CRISPR-Cas9 Patent Interference Proceeding – Patent Office
Decision of No Interference-in-Fact – Patent Dispute – Berkeley

Also see: http://www.dailycal.org/2017/03/02/mit-professor-co-discoverer-crispr-feng-zhang-speaks-berkeley-forum-event/

2. Michele Coyle v. Regents of the University of California,
Riverside Campus
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Actions
Closed Session Statute Citations: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

All times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment2
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 26, 2017
Committee Reports Including Approval of Recommendations from Committees:
Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Amendment of Regents Policy 3103 – Policy on Professional Degree
Supplemental Tuition and Regents Policy 3104 – Principles Underlying the
Determination of Fees for Students of Professional Degree Programs
Establishment of Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition for Two Graduate
Professional Degree Programs
Amendment of Regents Policy 7401 and Academic Personnel Manual Sections
015 and 016 – The Faculty Code of Conduct and University Policy on Faculty
Conduct and the Administration of Discipline

Compliance and Audit Committee
Resolution to Reaffirm the University of California Ethics and Compliance
External Audit Plan for the Year ending June 30, 2017
Resolution to Exclude Access to Federal Classified Information
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Approval of Budget and External Financing, Minnesota Street Graduate Student
and Trainee Housing, San Francisco Campus
Approval of Budget and Design Following Action Pursuant to the California
Environmental Quality Act, Precision Cancer Medicine Building at Mission Bay,
San Francisco Campus
Amendments of the 2017-18 Budget for State Capital Improvements and
Approval of External Financing
Authority to Form Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation Pursuant to Section
23786 of the California Business and Professional Code, Davis Campus
Governance and Compensation Committee
Amendment of Certain Regents Policies Related to Board Operations
Amendment of Regents Policy 1110: Policy on Conflicts of Interest
Amendment of Certain Charters of the Standing Committees
Amendment of the Schedule of Reports to The Regents and Adoption of Policy
on Reports to Regents
Approval of New Market Reference Zones for UC Health Positions in the Senior
Management Group, as Proposed by the UC Health Executive Compensation
Working Group
Health Services Committee (meeting of March 3, 2017)
Endorsement of Request for Budget and Design Approval for the Precision
Cancer Medicine Building at Mission Bay, San Francisco Campus

Investments Subcommittee
Public Engagement and Development Committee
Endorsement of Comprehensive Campaign, San Diego Campus
National Laboratories Subcommittee
Action Amendment of Standing Order 100.4: Duties of the President of the
B3 Action Adoption of Policy on Review of Allegations of Board
Member Misconduct
B4 Action Establishment of Policy on Nonresident Student Enrollment
B5 Discussion University of California Operating Model
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Actions