Saturday, December 3, 2011

UC- Siempre Como Una Telenovela

It is fitting that Remaking the University chose to employ the use of soap opera titles for links to stories on Higher Ed -- afterall, true public higher ed is going down the same path of extinction as some of the most beloved soap operas. So, decided to go big on that idea- couldn't resist- we contribute our set of titles as well below-
start with the more positive stuff first:
Search for Tomorrow
Newsom Seeks to Harness Energy of Student Protests
(his new digs, wonder if that Russian billionaire friend will visit him there?)

The Young and the Restless Innovative
UC and Stanford rank high in earnings from business spinoffs

Guiding Light
Daily Cal journalists point out the pros and cons of developments in the DREAM Act
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Ryan's Hope 'Birgeneau's Nope' to Grad Students
but evenso a former Academic Senate Chair tries to offer some support.
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Edge of Night
Pepper-Spray Cop's Money Troubles

Passions
some are so passionately annoyed by the 200 faculty (a fraction of the total faculty) who signed in support of Katehi-- so passionate in fact, well, they posted their salaries! --but they should focus that kind of ire on the senior administrators...

One Investigation To Live
Investigation of UC Davis Wall Street Ties

it's funny, all the quotes from Lynn Tierney- remember her from this story: U.C. Regents Boot Documentary Filmmaker Ric Chavez From Meeting

2010 UCOP TIERNEY , MARY LYNN ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT $224,660.08
2009 UCOP TIERNEY , MARY LYNN ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT $220,622.82

she sounds a lot like Claire Holmes at Cal

2010 BERKELEY HOLMES , CLAIRE A. ASSOC. VICE CHAN.(FTL. AREA) $230,000.04
2009 BERKELEY HOLMES , CLAIRE A. ASSOC. VICE CHAN.(FTL. AREA) $230,000.04
2008 BERKELEY HOLMES , CLAIRE A. ASSOC. VICE CHAN.(FTL. AREA) $142,504.20

folks like Debra Saunders think there a too many going- but she doesn't understand that some of them are for CYA purposes...
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Another World
there is this post on the 'specialness' of UC Regents -widely read -- The Regency

Santa Barbara - this from the Daily Nexus
Regulating the Regents: Why it’s Your Job
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this section is a l'il bit deep inside baseball/in the weeds, but a good read:

General Hospital- cuz- in the mind of UCOP
--UC is primarily- first and foremost- a $10 Billion dollar hospital system--
they don't care how the non hospital side operates, or fails to operate but they like the tuition $$$ from the non hospital side:

more evidence of the Operational Excellence debacle-
The Adobe project and its implications for future OE-related IT efforts

and The Bold and The Beautiful: "Nearly two months later "things" which are inhibiting deployment are still being worked out. This does not strike me as being particularly "operationally excellent"."

- these problems have been around forever but now? the movers and shakers of OE will start to start to think about how to start addressing these long standing issues... (yes, wrote that sentence just like that- read it slowly over and over again if you must.)

Peyton Place Patents
Apply This 1% Solution to the Affected Areas…

Sad about the soaps but the Telenovelas are muy popular! -- Maybe Carlos Slim can pick up the hobby of other billionaires and start his own Future of CA and UC committee-(call it the 'Think Lavar CA Committee' or 'Gobernar CA' or 'Valor CA') and step in to save the day for the soaps and CA higher ed?!- The classes could be in Baja- technically keeping it U. of 'California' and Jerry "I Don't Want To Step On My Own Story" Brown could visit on vacations to give the convocation!
Habla Espanol Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahay Chandler Roy Montgomery Marick Montgomery?

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