Friday, December 19, 2014

Napolitano: "I think for a long time now we’ve been hiding behind reputation as opposed to what really matters, which is public support."

Gov. Jerry Brown will be announcing a draft budget for 2015 in January. What are you hoping to see?

The governor and I have spoken at length since the Regents’ meeting and the discussions have been not only about money, but really the value of the university and what goes into an education at the university. I think there is a bigger picture here…. What is the priority in California for public higher education?

-she comments on on SCA 1 proposed legislation regarding changes to UC constitutional autonomy
-and she describes the tuition hikes that were voted on and now are policy-- as "contingency"
-and she discusses concerns about changes to the middle class plan for students and more
here at New America Media:
Napolitano: What is the Priority for Public Higher Education in CA?

A New York Times poll found that more Americans feel the American dream is unattainable. Do you see a connection to what is happening in higher education?

The economic recovery has not been experienced equally. Too many people feel stuck. They’re not moving up, and they don’t see their kids moving up. And that’s the American dream.

I think in California we have a separate dream: The California dream. We have the opportunity to be different than the rest of the nation. And I think we pivot that difference off the fact that we have these great universities, and great state schools and great community colleges. But they can’t be great in name only. It takes substance under that. I think for a long time now we’ve been hiding behind reputation as opposed to what really matters, which is public support.

Sac Bee Jerry Brown’s budget: Five things to watch

3. Brown v. Napolitano, Round 2

University of California President Janet Napolitano and the University of California’s governing board voted last month to raise tuition if Brown and lawmakers don't give the university system more money.

The threat was a budget play, and Brown’s response is expected to come in his spending plan.

In previous budget documents, Brown conditioned modest annual funding increases for the UC on the system holding tuition flat. Through the two sides never made a formal pact preventing a tuition increase, Brown officials have accused the UC of breaking a deal.

Brown could offer the UC more money, or threaten to reduce funding if the UC raises tuition. Or he could hold fast to his original plan for a modest funding increase, hoping the UC blinks.

An update on SB 850 includes hopes of making the Master Plan relevant again

also at Sac Bee in Dan Walters column: Community colleges’ good move

One of those occasions was last August, when both legislative houses, without a single dissenting vote, passed Senate Bill 850, which – on a limited, pilot basis – grants some community college districts the authority to offer four-year bachelor’s degree programs.

His fellow legislators heeded Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, who argued that with demand for college-educated workers and applications for slots in the state’s universities outstripping supply, and with university costs soaring, it makes no sense to artificially restrict classes at low-cost community colleges.


Allowing community colleges to offer baccalaureate programs could respond to both problems, even if it breaches the pedagogic demarcation lines of the state’s half-century-old Master Plan for Higher Education.

But that means the plan is out of sync with 21st-century reality and needs a top-to-bottom overhaul. Former Gov. Pat Brown played a leading role in writing the plan, and his son, Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed SB 850, should take the lead in making it relevant again.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What's It Really About?

SF Chron Top Democrats Plan Divest In Coal To Stop Global Warming
From the roster of notables who showed up Monday, it was clear that Steyer’s clout in California is undiminished. Besides de León, those in attendance included Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, University of California President Janet Napolitano, and Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board.

Fighting Darth Vaders
For his part, the 57-year-old Steyer depicted environmentalists as the good guys in a “Star Wars”-like battle for the planet’s health — with oil companies cast as a collection of Darth Vaders who are fully capable of raising gas prices “in order to punish us.”
“I like to think about it as 'Star Wars’ redux,” Steyer said of the climate change battle. “We’ve had this fight before. We will win it again. The Jedi will always return.”

UCLA Fac Blog also notes it as a possible indication of more...

At Cal-- It happens in September - public informed in December?!
And it gets so confusing--who is the client?
Still wondering, as each new dribble comes out on it, did UC students get thrown under the bus for it?:
Regents of the University of California to Pay 500k to Resolve Allegations of False Statements in Obtaining Grant Funding
The Regents of the University of California agreed to pay the United States $499,700 to resolve civil allegations under the False Claims Act that the University of California at Davis submitted false and misleading statements in connection with obtaining grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Dec. 11.

"U.C. Davis has also agreed to take steps to prevent these events from reoccurring by supplementing its current research training program for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctorate students with an hour-long module covering time and effort reporting, reasonableness of costs and other aspects of federal grants for a three-year period beginning in January."

- but the students (grad, post doc, visiting etc.) aren't the ones who sign off on UC grant submissions, right?
Is it meant to stay confusing?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

UPDATED - speedy completion, high speed rail - higher ed, more

CORRECTED link, see: Dean Florez writing this in 'The Governor vs The Board' piece: Rather, this is a question about whether California systems will allow other outside provider's courses to count for credit as well. The cost and quality question center's on whether students should be able to prove their mettle by earning certificates of credit from places like Western Governor's University or other online college competency programs and whether California colleges are willing to recognize and reward a student's more affordable choice.

What the UC regents, legislators and governor should do in this situation is begin the process of explicitly and clearly defining all pathways for free and low-cost transfer options into the UC system, giving students a better way to manage the overall cost of a degree.

Also recall from News Brief - 7/11/05 Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano Joined the Board of Western Governors University - current list of trustees for them here-and President of the UC Regents Gov Brown listed in the 'member states'.
and Wilk on the high speed rail and higher ed : This measure would also require the net proceeds of other bonds later issued and sold under the high-speed rail portion of the bond act to be made available to fund construction of school facilities for K-12 and higher education.

The Atlantic begins coverage on it: CA High Speed Rail - It's Happening