Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Revisiting UC 'Operational Excellence' talk...more.

Let's return to an earlier piece and ponder the true meaning of operational excellence in it:
UC, Texas A&M to team up on bid to operate LANL
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/uc-texas-a-m-to-team-up-on-bid-to/article_953ef4d6-1e04-57fb-833f-5edc42684a71.html

See this section:
.. “But along with UC’s record of experience, of course, comes a record of some failures. There have been failures, in particular, in operations. And now the question becomes, if you’re a selection board, do you go with somebody who has experience but possibly questionable past performance? Or do you go with somebody who doesn’t have that kind of directly relevant experience, but has better past performance in things that are arguably similar?

“Or do you perhaps find somebody, some team, that combines some operational experience that you would consider highly relevant with past performance that you consider to be excellent?”"...


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The 'regent Pattiz and UC regents culture and governance' issue comes up in: "How sexual harassment is playing out in the California governor's race", a new Sac Bee piece:
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article189256529.html

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UC Merced brings in $3billion to State?!:
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/campus-s-economic-impact-state-nears-3-billion
- that's a UC press release...or news?
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Addressed 50 staffers, of a total staff of 10,000...:

..."improve morale and better connect with the school’s 10,000 staff members.

“We couldn’t do what we do, we couldn’t serve our students, we couldn’t serve our faculty were it not for the extraordinary work you do,” Christ told the group of 50 staffers."...
http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/12/08/chancellor-hopes-to-help-staff-find-more-community-on-campus/

A UC Berkeley Law alum, and a UC Davis alum...

Are in this mix of emotions for many on this news:


http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/San-Francisco-Mayor-Ed-Lee-dead-at-65-12423708.php

http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Supervisor-London-Breed-becomes-SF-mayor-upon-Ed-12423909.php



http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Supervisor-London-Breed-becomes-SF-mayor-upon-Ed-12423909.php


- at the place where a majority of UC Regents Meetings occur, although there are now two scheduled for UCLA in the new calendar:
January 24-25 - UCSF Mission Bay
March 14-15 - UCLA
May 23-24 - UCSF Mission Bay
July 18-19 - UCSF Mission Bay
September 26-27 - UCLA
November 14-15 - UCSF Mission Bay

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/

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Speaking of UCLA-
Local abc affiliate on ways to help:
http://6abc.com/how-to-support-california-fire-relief-efforts/2761877/

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gov. "Brown wants Pattiz to resign, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. He has had a senior staff member request Pattiz’s resignation at least once, the sources said, but Pattiz refused."... And on Climate Change

In depth article, see:
"Radio Mogul Under Pressure To Resign From Powerful California University Board
Several women have accused Norman Pattiz of sexual harassment."
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/norman-pattiz-uc-regent-harassment_us_5a2ed463e4b078950282a560

Includes:

..."The issue is complicated by the fact that it’s not possible for anyone ― including the board itself; any California legislative body; or the governor, who appoints most regents ― to remove Pattiz. Instead, Pattiz would need to voluntarily resign.

A lawyer for Pattiz told HuffPost, “Mr. Pattiz did not know of the letter (which I guess isn’t surprising given its underlying purpose).”

Brown wants Pattiz to resign, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. He has had a senior staff member request Pattiz’s resignation at least once, the sources said, but Pattiz refused.

The UC Regents, or as they are more formally known, the Regents of the University of California, are a governing board charged with overseeing the University of California system, including over 200,000 students and over 150,000 faculty and staff members. The Regents have broad powers and help to oversee a multibillion-dollar budget. The scandal-plagued University of California system has been working to improve its handling of sexual harassment cases by speeding up investigation timelines. And earlier this year, the Board of Regents also strengthened its own ethics policies, addressing procedures for investigations into alleged misconduct and providing options for sanctioning a regent if allegations are proven."
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"Pattiz serves on the Academic and Student Affairs; Governance and Compensation; Public Engagement; and Development committees. He has served as the chair of the National Laboratories committee, but former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who now serves on the Regents, is taking over that position, and Pattiz recently chaired his last committee meeting."

But there are Tauscher's recent controversial comments on sexual harassment, see:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/11/unconfirmed-uc-regent-flatly-argued.html


What are the powers of the UC President of the UC Regents?

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The President of the UC Regents Is Also:"The governor who's castigating the president on climate change"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-governor-whos-castigating-the-president-on-climate-change/


--That piece On many other things as well see the full article for all of it.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

UC 'n A&M for LANL?

See: UC, Texas A&M to team up on bid to operate LANL
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/uc-texas-a-m-to-team-up-on-bid-to/article_953ef4d6-1e04-57fb-833f-5edc42684a71.html

..."“It would make sense politically, certainly,” said Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group, “and it would seem to make sense from a research perspective. Both schools have a little different niche in that regard.”"...



..."Neither officials at the University of California nor those at Texas A&M would confirm their partners or say whether they are working together.

“We can’t confirm or discuss any of our bid partners,” said UC’s Gary Falle, a government relations specialist working with California regents."

See the full article for more.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

UC Regents Health Services Committee, December 13, 2017

Notice of Meeting: Health Services Committee, December 13, 2017

A meeting of The Regents Health Services Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13

See: http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/dec13.html

December 13, 2017
12:30 pm
Health Services Committee (closed session)

Date: December 13, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m.1
Location: Centennial Ballroom, Luskin Conference Center, Los Angeles Campus
Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of October 18, 2017

H1(X) Discussion UC Health Litigation Update
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

H2(X) Discussion UCSF Health Strategic Affiliation, San Francisco Campus

Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]

upon adjournment of closed session

Health Services Committee (open session - includes public comment session)


Agenda – Open Session

Public Comment Period2 (20 minutes)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of October 18, 2017

H3 Discussion Remarks of the Executive Vice President – UC Health

H4 Discussion Overview of Report from the President’s Ad Hoc Task Force
on Health Data Governance


H5 Discussion UC San Diego Health Budget Overview, San Diego Campus

H6 Discussion Potential Leadership to Manage the Leveraging Scale for
 Value Initiative and Corresponding Market Reference Zone

H7 Discussion Clinical Quality Dashboard for University of California
 Medical Centers


Committee membership: Regents Blum, Lansing (Chair), Makarechian, Reiss, and Sherman
(Vice Chair); Ex officio members Brown, Kieffer, and Napolitano;
Executive Vice President Stobo, Chancellors Block and Hawgood;
Advisory members Dimsdale, Hernández, Lipstein, Ramsey, and
Smith



Times indicated and order of business subject to change
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Here is a piece on UC Davis student housing:
"Commentary: So Called Mega-Dorms Are Being Villainized, but there Are Advantages As Well"

http://www.davisvanguard.org/2017/12/commentary-called-mega-dorms-villainized-advantages-well/


And on financial aid :

"In an era of inequity, more and more college financial aid is going to the rich
Poor students still get money, but higher-income classmates get a growing share"
http://hechingerreport.org/era-inequity-college-financial-aid-going-rich/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HechingerReport+%28Hechinger+Report%29

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

UCSF high profile IX Case, -And Higher Ed separate from education in CA or not?

This apparently is a still open case at UCSF, no final findings yet released by that campus and seems to involve a CUCFA leader: "Former UCSF researcher sues UC regents, UCSF professor for alleged sex harassment"
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/06/former-ucsf-researcher-sues-uc-regents-ucsf-professor-alleged-sex-harassment/

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At UC Davis: Public Commenters Speak Out Against Mega-Dorms
http://www.davisvanguard.org/2017/12/public-commenters-speak-mega-dorms/

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"Where they stand: leading Democratic candidates for California governor offer visions for education"
https://edsource.org/2017/where-they-stand-leading-democratic-candidates-for-california-governor-offer-visions-for-education/590875
..."The candidates were not asked to talk about higher education at the Advancement Project California event.

The governor’s influence over education at all levels in the state is massive — and arguably far more than that of the state superintendent of public instruction, whose post is also up for grabs next year, but whose powers have been severely curtailed by the Legislature. The governor has considerable sway over how tens of billions of dollars in state support for child care, K-12 education and postsecondary education are spent.

In addition, the governor can exert direct influence over preK-12 policies through the people he appoints to 4-year terms to the State Board of Education, to the Board of Trustees of the California State University system and to the Board of Regents of the University of California. Because the CSU trustees’ terms are 8 years long, and those of the regents are 12 years, the governor’s influence over these governing bodies is shared by appointees of previous governors who are still serving out their terms. The governor’s appointees are supposed to act independently of the governor, but he makes his influence felt by nominating candidates who typically broadly share his views on
education."...

Another view:
"How Education Could Shape the Governor’s Race in California: Funding, Accountability, Charter Schools"
https://www.the74million.org/article/how-education-could-shape-the-governors-race-in-california-funding-accountability-charter-schools/

And, one more:
..."The University of California system refuses to accept certain high school courses that rely on BJU and Abeka materials for credit. The Association of Christian Schools International sued the University of California System over this issue in 2005. A judge eventually ruled in favor of the UC System."...
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/school-voucher-evangelical-education-betsy-devos_us_5a021962e4b04e96f0c6093c?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Pushing agendas 'talks'- and proper survey handling is important...,more.

"Chemerinsky said during the event that they began each class by polling students on court cases and issues regarding free speech and found the students were “overwhelmingly” on the side of "...
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/05/uc-president-janet-napolitano-interviews-berkeley-law-dean-erwin-chemerinsky-campus-free-speech/

Then there's also that UC prez-penned high-minded op ed at:
Civic Education and the University of California
http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/12/civic-education-university-california/



And these moves:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/uc-berkeley-law-dean-announces-plan-invest-new-owner-la-weekly/



But, most importantly, consider it along with these next two articles:

State Official Seeks Consequences for UC President's Aides Who ...
http://ktla.com/2017/11/22/state-official-seeks-consequences-for-uc-presidents-aides-who-interfered-in-audit-investigation/


It -polling , survey, evaluation,request for feedback- comes up as a task at key points in University business:

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/end-semester-course-evaluations-can-impact-instructor-pay-administrators-say/

With significant results...

And we also have to recall:

http://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/10/brook-ings-no-dissent-brook-ings-no.html



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Cal Athletics, this new hire:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/uc-berkeley-hires-consultant-help-cut-costs-cal-athletics/

In light of :
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/28/unprecedented-drop-attendance-hits-cal-football/


Also at IHE :https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/12/01/avalanche-football-related-concussion-lawsuits-against-ncaa-and-conferences-could

In light of that Monday night f ball...:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/12/05/after-brutal-steelers-bengals-game-ben-roethlisberger-hopes-his-son-plays-golf/


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Then you've got your University endowments and leg hijinks coverage:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/01/senate-tax-bill-hillsdale-college-endowment-275980

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/gop-higher-education-bill-proposes-eliminating-loan-forgiveness/

Its Makin' folks Moody('s):
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/12/06/moodys-downgrades-higher-educations-outlook


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A flashback to Dirks $200,000 PR moves to get a Ted talk? "consulting firm, to identify “fruitful domestic and international opportunities” for Dirks, such as TED talks, "http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-invested-in-consultants-to-boost-9147047.php

Now:

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/tedxberkeley-announces-2018-conference-features-18-speakers/
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Good luck finding that Napolitano-Chemerinsky talk here:
https://www.commonwealthclub.org