Wednesday, October 7, 2015 UC

Fox News: Critics blast $20M Cal-Berkeley fund for race-based scholarships, hiring

With comment from former UC Regent Connerly:

Prop 209's effect on universities has long been viewed as impacting admissions policies. While private scholarships can legally use race as a consideration, Cal-Berkeley's involvement in creating and administering the endowment could be viewed as violating the law's intent, according to Connerly.

“I intend to ask the Pacific Legal Foundation to take a look and if there’s any wrongdoing found, we will sue,” he said. “If we allow them to disregard the law, then they will try to do more and more.”

Gail Heriot, University of San Diego law professor and expert on Prop 209, told The College Fix the scheme does appear to violate the law.

“If the initiative is as described in the university’s announcement, it is a straightforward violation of Proposition 209,” Heriot said.

--so, need a minute to remember those O'Rourke articles in RS ...and, decades later--that Title IX  Clery related 'Jackie' article also in RS.

and, see The Supreme Court Is Back At Work, And Things Look Pretty Ugly Already

Affirmative action, public unions and legislative representation are all on the chopping block in the next nine months.

But it won't be long until things start to heat up with cases that examine the future of affirmative action at public universities, the livelihood of public-sector unions, and whether the Constitution grants representation to everyone or just to registered voters in state legislative districts.

So far, legal observers and commentators agree those disputes -- Fisher v. University of Texas, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and Evenwel v. Abbott -- are the big constitutional cases the Supreme Court will be hearing and deciding in the next nine months. For someone like The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin, this means "the coming liberal disaster."

--btw, Toobin's wife heard an earful recently at that hearing -- mentioned in an earlier post here is the direct link with video


And then there's this:

University of California still deciding who it will serve -- an op-ed from an author who recently wrote multiple op-ed on the recent free speech/academic freedom /campus climate agenda item at UC Regents meetings...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Secretaries And Guvs

Arne,  (Arnold), Janet,  and Jerry
-and even 'Mitt'ens comes up, too in
Why Arne Duncan Mattered In CA
the relationship history at LA Times :

Also, this other piece there:

And, Unlike his predecessors, Arne Duncan tackled more higher ed issues

in press release:
Napolitano statement on Arne Duncan stepping down as U.S. Secretary of Education

and in this old post


UC regents, Aon Hewitt reach settlement in years-long dispute

and UCLA Fac Blog on the Japanese Garden, UC Donors rights, and the 'UC Regents Were Duplicitous statements...

and speaking of pr statements see:

that Gov. trip with a former uc regent comes up Sac Bee

PS if you don't get how Duncan could have been picked for a Romney admin as mentioned in the LAT piece above, you should watch Napolitano comments at Haas on Boston and CA --DC tends to just see them as econ hubs to help grease skids  :See her talk at this link

But it is also why accountability and transparency probs in higher ed have hit crisis over and over. To a point where : now it is looking like the two party system has lost power to control it

Thursday, October 1, 2015

UC's Fair Wage Work Plan roll out

UCOP press release:
UC launches first phase of new $15 an hour minimum wage policy

Offiice of the President
Thursday, October 1, 2015
The University of California’s new minimum wage policy takes effect today (Oct. 1) with thousands of direct and contract employees slated to receive the first of three years of raises that will increase their earnings to at least $15 an hour by 2017.

Under UC’s Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan, all employees hired to work 20 hours or more a week will be paid an hourly wage of at least $13 starting Oct. 1. That minimum will rise to $14 an hour on Oct. 1, 2016, and to $15 on Oct. 1, 2017.

Effective today, all new and renewing contracts with the university will require that workers be paid at least the UC minimum wage.

UC is the first public university in the country to voluntarily set a $15 minimum wage. The new rate will be higher than California’s minimum wage, which currently is $9 an hour and set to increase to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016.

UC President Janet Napolitano announced the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan in July to support employees and their families, and to ensure that workers being paid through a UC contract are likewise fairly compensated.

“Supporting the employees — and their families — who help make UC a leading institution is an important part of our values as a public university,” she said.

The new minimum wage is being implemented over three years to give campuses time to plan and budget for the cost increase. The bulk of the cost will be funded by non-core funds, such as sales from self-supporting programs like bookstores and food services. These are separate from tuition and fees, state resources and other funds that support UC’s core instructional programs.

As part of the new policy, UC will enhance its oversight of contractors and subcontractors for wages and working conditions. This includes a telephone hotline and online reporting system, both already in place, that contract workers can use to report complaints and issues directly to the Office of the President.

It also will include annual and interim audits of contractors to ensure they pay employees at least UC’s minimum wage, and enhanced oversight to make sure they comply with all local, state and federal laws as well as UC policies. Annual audits will be funded by the contractors, and implemented as new contracts are established and existing ones are renewed.

Sac Bee Op-ed

on low wage uc workers from ASUC senator
and prop 30 extension(?) comes up in PPIC sunny days poll results coverage

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In it 'n of it

Huff Po on followup to the Rollingstone debacle regarding higher ed ongoing debacles:

but then ponder this in another article there

" Only sexual assault, abuse and battery -- and not other illegal behaviors --

would require students to notify"

US Senate happenings on it:
'Dept of Ed Shredded for Overreach...' watch the video segment on it here:

and also see at:

then, the detail in this news at UCLA involving students:

You can watch September UC Regents meetings, prceedings here:

btw there was a september 25 meeting on a recruitment,see:


Pell Grad Rates Revealed?:


here is a direct link to that petition to Dirks:

and here is the link on that need for culture change at Harvard:

so much coverage of that pill price increase story earlier

more in depth : those Steven Brill stories rolling out on J&J...

he talks about it here:

and the content is here:

wonder what UC RWJ Scholars think of it

Monday, September 28, 2015

Caveats roundup...

UC Must Follow Department of Labor Rule for Post Doc Staff


Chicano Latino Alumni Association Releases Petition to Highlight Underrepresentation in Campus Leadership

Nicholas Dirks Discusses College Rankings, Black Lives Matter, Title IX, more...

and here

Reclaiming the master plan for higher ed in CA

CA  Democrats Starve Public Education


The Atlantic on Model Minorities and Admissions, College Rankings, here:
The Model Minority at Top Universities
Caveats to This Year's College Rankings

The Greatest Threat To Campus Is Coming From DiFi and Her Military Contractor Husband by Glenn Greenwald

And Remaking the University

Napolitano quoted in...Harvard report calls for more investment in education, infrastructure ...

'Culture Change Needed at Harvard' also at Boston  Globe

See VIDEO on
Napoliano interviewed by pol pr  at She Shares event:

Monday, September 14, 2015

Online or Offline?

Cal Channel on online instruction:
UC Speaker Series: Online Learning in Higher Education with Cameron Sublett

Sublett is a doctoral candidate in Education Policy, Leadership and Research Methods in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on education policies surrounding student transitions from high school to community college to career. At UCSB Cameron conducts research for the California Dropout Research Project (CDRP) and serves as a Graduate Student Researcher on an NSFfunded study of applied STEM coursetaking in high school. Cameron is also an instructional faculty member at Santa Barbara City College where he is the course director for Argumentation and Debate

Daily Cal- this new venture with Haas: Haas School of Business, Saudi businessman launch free online education program

IHE: Looming Battle Over Perkins Loans


Final days for Perkins? - POLITICO
Obama administration unveils shifts in FAFSA | InsideHigherEd


Also Daily Cal: UC launches website for student-veteran services

Will Napolitano be in the audience for:
Jeh Johnson at UC Berkeley to give talk