Friday, October 28, 2011

(Hardly Any) Insight Into Admissions at the University of California and The Importance of "Side Bar Conversations"...

Side Bar Conversations...

Interview with UC Student Regent Alfredo Mireles Jr. transcript
sections of note:
"the University of California continues to thrive and be successful, more so than almost any other university system in the world. We just had another Nobel Laureate — I think he was a Berkeley professor. We’re seeing an increase in the amount of students that graduate in six years," -- he mentions this last as a success/accomplishment(!)

"I don’t think it’s particularly helpful to be too pessimistic. About five years from now, we’re going to have to fight each day’s battle as it comes."

"you come from high income backgrounds, it’s a more challenging question. It’d be interesting to hear from them, if they think it’s affordable to them."

"I don’t know if you looked at the minutes, but the staff adviser, Penny Herbert, she made a comment that was very specific to just staff issues that did not like fit the tenor of the general conversation, and no one even acknowledged her point. Maybe the staff felt better because somebody said their specific issue out loud, but it didn’t have any influence over the direction of the conversation."

"there’s a middle-income student financial work group forming at the Office of the President to make sure that those middle income students have their needs addressed better in the future, especially if we continue to see fee increases. Jonathan and I will both serve on that committee. So we need to make sure that we are dogged and we are forceful that those students need our advocacy just as much as low income students do."

"there’s a group of relatively wealthy and successful UC alumni, primarily based in Los Angeles, that finally had enough of all the cuts and decided to finally form a PAC, well two PACs. One for initiatives and one for candidates to finally have some influence over the state government."

-of course, b/c wealthy and successful have no say in state govt right now...some of these wealthy and successful alumni are covered in the stories listed in the right hand column. how convenient to place their agenda under a fund UC banner PAC- sounds concerning if not fishy-there needs to be more coverage of them- remember the regent who talked about forming a 'pro business pac' with a strategy to see the 'right candidates' take office at the last regents meeting? How do you say in Latin "be careful who you give your PAC contributions to"?

"I think that’s a common concern we hear from people who think the regents don’t do lobbying, but I’ll remind people who hold that position that many of the regents are incredible, well-connected people who served in very senior level government positions in Sacramento. Our former chairman (Russell) Gould was the director of finance for Gov. Pete Wilson, and he’s still called upon by leaders in Sacramento for his advice on how to handle issues. The director of finance is seen as the first among equals, as far as the most important influential appointed positions by the governor. So having him as a regent is an incredibly valuable resource. Regent Charlene Zettell is a former assemblymember from San Diego. So she still has allies and colleagues in elected and state government, who are friends that she can call upon. Regent (George) Kieffer is a partner in a very influential law firm in Los Angeles, who is very well connected to Sacramento. And I’m just scratching the surface here. To get appointed as a regent you have to have some clout in the state and honestly to kind of push back against a commonly held position. It’s not just the most people who donate the most money to a gubernatorial campaign — it’s people who, for one reason or another, have caught the interest of the governor, and in a lot of cases, it’s because they’ve shown commitment to public service in the state government, and they’re seen as tremendous resources once they’re no longer in their official capacity as director of finance or assemblyperson, but now they can serve as a regent with that background and experience."
yep, that really is the quote...doubt very much that there is anyone who thinks the regents 'don't do lobbying' -- the concern is what kind of lobbying...
the reporter then asks:
JR: So you talked a lot about the connections the UC Regents have, but do you have any specific examples of the results that those connections have brought to the UC?

-- you will have to go read the article for the answer--and he also comments on the value of sidebar conversations with regents.

Also, check out the Occupy coverage at DailyCal while you are there.
another forum on higher ed - this one with the UC stamp of approval:
What’s the future of public universities? Forum seeks way forward and Daily Cal covered it as well. --but far more dynamic conversations are happening elsewhere- online, offline, social media etc.
Hardly Any Insight:
Insight into Admissions at the University of California -- maybe someone in attendance can write a more thorough follow up.

Cornell, Stanford Vie For Tech Campus In NYC

While Silicon Valley leads as the nation's top city for number of venture capital deals and investments, New York City outranked Boston in the number of deals secured for the first time in 2010.
"During the 1980s and '90s, Silicon Valley -- not New York -- became the world capital of technology start-ups," Bloomberg said at Crain's. "And that is still true today. But if I am right -- and if we succeed in this mission -- it won't be true forever."

President Obama signed two more executive orders today,...
One of the new Obama orders is designed to “take steps to speed up the transfer of federal research and development from the laboratory to the marketplace,” said a White House statement.

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