Monday, March 30, 2015

Peeved over and over, on tuition, more

UCSD Guardian with: Report Finds Tuition Hike in Violation of State Law
The UC Board of Regents did not abide by state law when it raised tuition last November, according to a recent report by the California Legislative Analyst Office. The Required Report on the Implementation of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act, issued on March 21, stated that the University of California did not comply with four out of the six consultation and notification requirements prior to the increase.
- see the full article.


and this op ed there: Blatant Disregard -The Editorial Board laments the sheer lack of attention that UCOP has paid to California state law regarding student tuition increases.

here is a link to that LAO Report: Implementation of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act dated March 25, 2015

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UCLA Fac Blog with a new LA Times link on the Peevey GSPP story.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

a UCSF talk earlier This Week

is the subject - see this article from IHE: Should a University Partner with a Political Organization host an Event on Campus? Guilt By Association

"I’m not saying they should not be allowed to set foot on campus, but they should not be allowed to do so as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, with an institutional endorsement,” he said, noting that the institute -- not the university -- originally pitched the idea to Keith Yamamoto, San Francisco’s vice chancellor for research."
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HuffPo/AP: Colleges Are Getting Out Of The Health Insurance Business


and HuffPo reporting on: New Federal Data Show Student Loan Borrowers Suffering More Than Previously Believed

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Have a UCMeP laugh?: Public Education and Public Lands: Two Ideas Worth Privatizing - In conjunction with the summit: Universities for Corporate Science, Private Profit from Public Land
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Though the Brinkley bit is more complicated than that satire might lead...

(Not to be confused with David from the original This Week...)

Friday, March 27, 2015

GSPP...'these days'

UT San Diego with a three page article on: UC struggled with Peevey party funds -
Dean of public policy school felt loyalty to utilities boss

“The crucial fact is that we were the victim of events that developed very quickly so that I had to make decisions about whether to abandon a longtime supporter of the school and Cal or to join a chorus of self-righteous indignation about him,” the dean wrote. “I chose loyalty over self-serving indignation. I think that was the right choice given that Peevey is only under investigation. I think our trustees and friends should know that we will not just cut and run on them.”

The some of the key coverage on it compiled earlier here if you don't recall.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boalt, Where are the female athletes and female academics in it?

see the headshots panel assembled and currently listed here now: Berkeley Law lines up all-star roster to speak at Sports & Law Conference

Just one female rates 'all star'?

..."concerns that the state will likely approve a budget this summer that will fall well short of what the nation’s largest four-year public university system has requested."

see:
Cal State University talks cost cuts as state budget looms
Long Beach Press Telegram
Trustees for California State University fear they won’t be able to make do with less, they said today, predicting even more crowded classrooms and a lesser quality education.

Hearing about several staggering cost-savings measures the 23-campus system has implemented didn’t assuage concerns that the state will likely approve a budget this summer that will fall well short of what the nation’s largest four-year public university system has requested.

The presentation prompted Chancellor Timothy P. White to issue yet another warning about the state budget’s impact on the CSU, particularly regarding overcrowding in classes as campuses struggle to meet student demand with adequate faculty staffing.

“It’s the truth that quality has been affected in the CSU,” White told trustees. “It would be a hell of a lot worse had these efficiencies not been found, but you cannot tell me that the increased number of students in classes, that are designed for discussion, improves instructional quality.”

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at the US Senate level there's IHE: Alexander’s Higher Ed Act Agenda
"Notably, though, while the Senate Democrats’ proposal would exclude community colleges and historically black colleges from risk sharing, Alexander’s paper emphasizes that such policies ought to apply to “all colleges and universities.” That’s a common refrain of for-profit colleges, which argue that they are unfairly singled out for scrutiny and federal regulation in a way their nonprofit counterparts are not."
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a "flame out ahead of the tape"?! University of Phoenix's Wings Get Clipped-Wall Street Journal

and
CNN: University of Phoenix has lost half its students. Stock plunges 28% - Mar. 25, 2015

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For those white papers, see directly:
http://www.help.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=4dc6f28c-e8ea-4a94-9c82-91db98e10c0d&groups=Chair
Alexander is seeking public feedback on his policy papers. Comments are due by April 24.

Alexander released the following three staff white papers today:

1. Higher Education Accreditation: Concepts and Proposals

2. Risk Sharing: Concepts and Proposals

3. Consumer Information: Concepts and Proposals

He requested input on the topics to inform the committee’s reauthorization process. Comments should be sent to the following corresponding email addresses no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015. All comments will be shared with Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and all members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

--and to provide feedback see the same link above for those direct links there.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In Search Of A Higher Ed Democratic Model

First see Sac Bee: More Than Money At Stake In UC Budget Negotiations

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The Daily Tar Heel Higher Education Governance Must Be More Democratic
On both coasts of the U.S., students are advocating for accessible education, and administrators are looking away. To secure a democratized future for higher education, this dynamic must be upended.

At the UC Board of Regents meeting, Board President Janet Napolitano was recorded saying, “We don’t have to listen to this crap” in regard to students protesting proposed tuition hikes.

Though Napolitano later apologized for the remark, her words and the setting in which they occurred, much like the results of the UNC Board of Governor’s meeting, demonstrate how little these unelected bodies are accountable for listening to student voices.

Napolitano and California Gov. Jerry Brown are the only two members of a committee that will recommend changes to the system’s operating budget.

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Phoenix Biz Jrnl: Napolitano and Crow Together Again

includes:
“California Gov. Brown asked President Crow to share his experiences in developing a model for a New American University, and he was pleased to have an opportunity to discuss how ASU has been able to increase enrollment, graduation rates and its research enterprise during a period of declining state investment in higher education,” said ASU spokesman Kevin Galvin.

and:
In 2003, Napolitano yelled at Crow and told the ASU chief to get out of her office when the two squabbled over a state budget battle. That time, it was Arizona that faced a $1 billion deficit. Crow had been negotiating with Republican lawmakers over research funding. Napolitano didn’t like that. Crow responded by asking the governor whether her consternation was based on emotion or fact, according to various accounts including by Phoenix Magazine. Napolitano liked that less and tossed Crow from her ninth-floor office.

-"Crow" -so many literary references available, so pick your fav...
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San Jose Mercury with more on reaction to Napolitano's crap comment

Daily Bruin Editorial: Napolitano responsible for regaining student trust after protest comment
Last week, University of California President Janet Napolitano expressed an insultingly cavalier attitude toward student protesters at the UC Board of Regents meeting, endangering her already precarious relationship with a distrustful student body and toppling her carefully crafted image as a concerned and understanding administrator.

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To make matters worse, it was clear at the meeting that Napolitano has made little progress creating tenable solutions for the UC’s financial woes. Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown updated the regents on the progress of their two-person committee, tasked at the last board meeting with creating solutions to the UC’s funding problems as it faces yet another tuition hike. They said the committee will not be making recommendations for several months. Napolitano said they might have something to bring the regents “hopefully, some time in the near future, without putting a date on it.”

It’s rather audacious of the UC president to say that she does not want to hear students protest their rising tuition even as she fails to bring concrete solutions to the table.

Napolitano entered her tenure as UC president on rocky terms with students in the system who were concerned with her track record in the Obama administration and with the circumstances of her appointment.

She’s worked hard to overcome that initial mistrust, but this comment threatens the progress she’s made – not because the word was “unfortunate” but because it betrays a troubling sentiment.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Design and A Plan?

DailyCal: Employees, administrators negotiate problems as campus transitions to paperless timekeeping system

Under CalTime, UC Berkeley is expected to save $2.6 million annually. The project began in 2012 with an initial investment of $2.9 million, but the scope of the project and the timeline for implementation have expanded significantly since then, according to Melanie Hurley, spokesperson for Operational Excellence, the office through which CalTime is administered.

This has largely occurred due to the requirements of UCPath, an initiative from the UC Office of the President, or UCOP, that aims to implement a single payroll, benefits, human resources and academic personnel solution for all UC employees. The new payroll and timekeeping system created under UCPath would replace CalTime at UC Berkeley, but according to Hurley, the campus would be unable to comply with the UCOP directive without first completing the CalTime project.


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Despite efforts to prepare employees, some still faced difficulty understanding how to operate the new system and communicate with the campus.

While Nelson said supervisors have been responsive, others have said attempts to contact supervisors and higher officials to resolve problems were deflected or went unanswered. Additional concerns have been raised that employees have less access to human resources officials since representatives were moved to an office off campus at Fourth Street as part of a cost-cutting and efficiency measure implemented by UC Berkeley in 2012.

“Morale is pretty much down for all workers,” said Armando Voluntad, who works within facility services on campus. “They’re disappointed in the whole CalTime system and how it doesn’t seem to be working.”

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In recent months, multiple unions, including Teamsters Local 2010, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County and a union representing UCPD, have filed CalTime-related grievances — formal accusations of a breach in their bargaining agreement.

Errors in vacation and sick leave accrual have been the source of many of the grievance complaints. Unions have alleged that leave hours tallied under CalTime have been incorrectly documented or were lost entirely when employee information was transferred over to the new payroll system.


Much more in this Daily Cal article, once again check it out in full: HERE.

Also, consider in the mix this past coverage:
SF Biz Jrnl: UC Berkeley Hasn't Quite Mastered Marriage of Time and Money


This earlier Daily Cal piece included: In a press release, UPTE-CWA local 9119 president Tanya Smith states that the estimated costs of $20 million for the move does not include the $26.2 million lease for the center, increased work for campus staff, and the loss of “face-to-face time … inclusion and diversity.”

There's this post on: University of California’s $220 Million Payroll Project Reboot

- and many other headlines out there on it now, see right hand column for some of them.

Why is Cal so resistant to UC Path? Or, why aren't UCOP and UC Berkeley coordinating their projects in advance?
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Daily Cal: Online webcasts may be restricted to UC Berkeley students, campus tech service says

According to Hubbard, the benefits to the students-only model include quicker availability of videos online, faculty members feeling more comfortable with webcasting their lectures and availability of all lecture materials to student viewers. He also said there will be fewer concerns among faculty about infringement of their intellectual property. But he said ETS will no longer have the capacity to improve low-quality videos or edit poor audio.

The recommendation is currently being considered by an Information Technology Governance committee.

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UC Former Pres. Peltason Dies
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I shouldda quit you Baby -- a looong time ago
or-- also could call it -- It Might Get Loud Part II


- a 'pretty rude sound'...

"Swan Song" turned around..."he lays the rhythm on it"

It might be California's influence- or not,
but "all of this stuff is planned -it wasn't everyone just chipping in - it really was a sort of design..."