Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Charles McMillan Named New Director Of Los Alamos Lab

In addition to the "$10 Billion Dollar UC hospital system" Yudof frequently mentions in speeches-there is the UC military industrial complex holdings (the UC student papers and MSM rarely cover the labs as part of the UC system)-the LANS Board of Governors and UC Regents today appointed "someone who's highly committed and credible in the world of nuclear weapons, global security, and other science missions." you can read the press release: here.

The regents meeting in March mentioned that "the labs" are raking in the dough, flush with $... the UC Regents want them to get even more "business" -- how this historically and currently affects and interacts with the rest of the UC system ... well...it will give you a headache.
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Feel very sorry for current parents and students - grad and undergrad - who have to: try to figure out what their fee/tuition dollars are funding or not funding.
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It looks like Rice took a few UCSD cancer rock stars-- and the rock stars have some interesting comments on their way out! They talk about problems that are metastasizing that are not necessarily CA budget related- gee, what could that be?! (btw Couldn't the rock stars have been offered some sort of deal at the lucrative UC labs, UC hospitals or something? as a retention effort?)
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Cal is trying to be more like UNC Chapel Hill- thus the Bain Operational Excellence effort at Cal. So, look what is now happening at UNC Chapel Hill:

Why They Move-When times get tough, top talent goes elsewhere. Inside Higher Ed May 31, 2011

Did Bain Consulting or Bain Capital handle that too?

That's why we called it "Operational Exodus" from the start (not just being a Cassandra prophet ;-)

If you want to see more on the Bain - UNC Chapel Hill- Cal connection see:
http://www.ncci-cu.org/files/dmfile/AchievingOperationalExcellenceinHigherEducation2.pdf

and

Unlike peers, Yale cuts back on consultants it includes this interesting sentence: "UNC has not cut any Bain consultants because they were entirely funded by an anonymous donor"
for starters, or do your own quick search-- lots of consultant-powerpoint- white paper-babble on it floating around.

Finally, check out VC-Admin John Wilton's UC Berkeley Budget Presentation to the Academic Senate pay attention at the 20:30 mark

1. Bain has 792 companies and institutions on its database and Cal scored 792nd on
Cal's "penchant for analysis over action"

2. Berkeley has a "critical culture that does not reward decisive action"

3. Berkeley has weak performance management processes on administrative side - weak performance metrics
-- how far up the chain does this go?

lots of faculty tittering and guffawing in the background audio...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

UC Staff Names Being Placed On "Watch List"?

Take a look at the comments section in this Daily Cal story (the story also mentioned in our earlier post.) One comment states this: "(At the door, campus i.d. cards were checked against a list of BSA members. My name was highlighted in yellow, and I was told I was an "alternate", then that I was "on the watch list.")"(all staff at Cal are automatically members of BSA).

wow! that is a crazy way to treat staff attending a Chancellor's Address To Staff! Things are seriously fucked up at Cal.

Memorial Day - a day to honor and remember service members and all that we cherish that has passed away- including the way Cal used to be?...

Also see these related news stories:

Public Records Reveal University Surveillance of Student Organizers
Students, faculty, staff question university’s motives, spending on last year’s May walk-out, teach-out


University Acknowledges Errors in Handling of Police Matter But Denies Infiltrating Student Protests

Guest opinion: UC Davis police and administration infiltrate peaceful student protest

Is The UC Student Regent Role Becoming A 'Graduate Students Only' Position?

Take a look at what is happening with the the ONE student regent role -- it will not be held by an undergraduate for the next few years (a span of years that will also demand increasing beaucoup bucks from undergrads!)... We believe there should be a student regent slot at each level in order to achieve equal representation-- what do you think? Also, is it fair to compare an undergraduate application for student regent against a graduate level application (e.g. one student describes running a dynamic de cal course vs. a student enrolled at Boalt, GSPP and/or also a former staffer in the state legislature)?
Don't be put off by the odd headline and see: New Regents To Restore Order

Are UC Regent Blum's Online Schools Included In "California's For-Profit Colleges Under Investigation "?

see:
California's For-Profit Colleges Under Investigation

and this other older story:
The University of California invests $53 million in two diploma mills owned by a regent.

--another question arises :when public universities become online universities how do you then allow a public agency to review them and compare them with For Profits without bias?...

Only 50 Staff Members Show Up For Chancellor Birgeneau At Cal!

Chancellor Birgeneau at Cal made an address to staff- he was somber- a different tone from his AVC Wilton's recent remarks about UC Berkeley, and in deep contrast to the upbeat marketing stuff coming out of its development office to alumni (i.e. hash tag "winning"). Birgeneau rolled out the full Doom and Gloom tone for the staff... except he does promises raises "for some people"...if need be on an individual case by case or crony by crony basis.

Only 50 staff members attended - that looks to us like that is not just low morale,that is not just "work load prevents from attending"-- that seems to us to be a vote of no confidence in the leadership/administration. If the staff got the usual release time to attend - apparently they did not want to hear it or engage in Q & A. Attendance used to be HUGE!(even in years when it was available remotely by archive video etc. lots of folks attended in person.)

Also, note: "reinstatement of all five intercollegiate athletic teams, he thanked Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott for his work in negotiating a broadcast-rights deal that will bring in about $3 billion over 12 years." and his comments on China. We also include a link at the bottom to an odd puff piece the Daily Cal ran on Birgeneau today. It had a lot of rehashed stuff from old stump speeches where he would whip out his staff card to show it was marked staff etc.- and it only brushed over his time with former UC President Robert Dynes at Bell Labs--it did not discuss his recent statements advocating for tiered tuition rates systemwide, and what he thought of the comments on it at the regents meeting last week, which might be an important thing to ask him-- and was not noteworthy but they gave it space-- for some reason...

See the administration's "news"center coverage:
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Staff Assembly digests chancellor’s stark campus update

By Robin Hoey, NewsCenter | May 25, 2011
BERKELEY —

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau sought solace in relativity Tuesday as he strained to strike an upbeat note during his state-of-the-campus address to the Berkeley Staff Assembly.

The roughly 50 staff members who attended the annual address heard Birgeneau pitch a plea for realism and solidarity in an “unusually challenging time for the university,” as he reminded his audience that, under the circumstances, the campus is weathering the fiscal storm with remarkable resilience.

Of the “handful of truly outstanding universities in the United States and internationally,” Birgeneau marked UC Berkeley out as “the only public university left in that top list.”

“Funding is at the margins, basically,” said Birgeneau. “Assuming that we do not get an all-cuts budget, the money the state gives us to pay your salaries will be 12 percent of our total budget.”

He went on to recount a recent campus visit by top administrator from Chung Hua University—one of top three universities in China—who asked, “Why is it that you haven’t collapsed under all this pressure? How is Berkeley managing to do it, even now?”

Expressing pride at the manner in which staff have held up during a period of unprecedented pressures, Birgeneau held out hope that an end to the turbulent times may be in sight.

“Our budget model, whether we like it or not, is in transition, but we’re working very hard to maintain equilibrium because we don’t want any more furloughs,” Birgeneau said. “We’re hopeful we will be able to have salary increases this year.”

However, some question remains as to whether the UC Board of Regents will approve a pay hike for unrepresented staff.

“If the regents, do not agree then we’ll have to figure out a strategy that’s campus-specific, whether we have to do that person by person,” Birgeneau said. “But we strongly prefer some combination of across-the-board and merit-based increase to our staff.”

The BSA-hosted event unfolded in a low-key atmosphere save for one terse exchange with several audience members who pressed Birgeneau on the living-wage issue during the brief Q&A session that traditionally rounds out the event.


UC Berkeley is facing a total shortfall of $110 million for the fiscal year 2011-12, comprising the campus’ portion of the state’s $500 million systemwide cut, which equates to about $70 million, plus about $40 million in increased expenses, including salaries, pensions and utilities.

The administration’s effort to bridge the shortfall focuses on a combination of resident tuition increases of 8 percent and increased revenue from nonresident tuition, plus savings generated from Operational Excellence.

“That takes care of the first $50 million of the $110 million, but we still have a real hole of $60 million next year,” Birgeneau said.

The second part of shortfall-bridging strategy involves raiding the Emergency Reserve Fund for $30 million and forcing a number of units to spend carried-forward funds, which equates to an additional $30 million.

“That’s a little bit dangerous because it means our reserves are going to be severely depleted, but we want to be able to manage the budget in a controlled way,” Birgeneau said. He anticipates utilizing such strategies for two years as the campus transitions to a new financial model.

For Birgeneau, Operational Excellence is critical to that strategy.

In January, the administration will roll out eProcurement, the next stage of Operational Excellence, which is projected to yield about $30 million in annual savings, in addition to the $20 million yearly savings generated by Organizational Simplification.

“What happens if OE fails? That’s disaster, if you look at the extended budget models,” he said. “OE must succeed. Otherwise, our longterm financial plan doesn’t work and there will be a lot more people out of jobs.”

Similarly, all bets are off in the event of the “not impossible” scenario of an all-cuts budget.

“If the governor came to us and says we’re taking another $500 million out of UC… well, we don’t have a simple answer to that, and we’re going to need everybody’s input with creative ideas,” Birgeneau said.

On the other hand, as Mary Sue Coleman, University of Michigan president, told Birgeneau, “The only good thing about where you’re headed is that once the state funding is small enough, a big cut in a small number is an even smaller number.”

Next year, the largest source of funding will be the federal government at $500 million. Lagging behind other sources in fourth place, next year state funding is projected to total about $260 million next year, compared to 2004, when state funding totaled $450 million and was the primary source of support for UC Berkeley.

“This is actually scandalous that the state has gone from No. 1 to No. 4 in a period of seven years,” Birgeneau said.

Had the annual state funding increases promised to the UC system in 2004 held true, then state funding to UC Berkeley would be $600 million next year, Birgeneau said.

“That really illustrates what we’ve all had to deal with, especially over the last three years and going into next year as well,” he said.

Student tuition is projected to generate about $400 million next year, with private philanthropy bringing in about $300 million.

In 2004, federal funding totaled about $300 million, student tuition and private fundraising each brought in $150 million, while the endowment generated income of some $100 million.

“Although I knew it, somehow just writing it down was quite shocking,” Birgeneau said.

Citing polling data that indicates more and more Californians view higher education as a private good, Birgeneau urged staff to join him in “educating people that education at any level is a public good.”

Noting that the campus fundraising campaign passed the $2 billion mark in February—edging ever-closer to its $3 billion target—the chancellor lauded the donors who still “believe in Berkeley and are willing to step up,” in a climate of dwindling state support.

“The Chinese are investing like mad in their universities in a way our governments are no longer investing, and that’s a huge challenge for our whole country,” he said.

Expressing his delight at the reinstatement of all five intercollegiate athletic teams, he thanked Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott for his work in negotiating a broadcast-rights deal that will bring in about $3 billion over 12 years.

“It’s enough money that it will enable our collegiate athletics to be on a clear guide path to sustainability, and those resources will be available for other purposes.” Birgeneau said.

Looking further ahead, the university is working to create a novel Pac 12 network that will feature superstar lecturers from the academic world alongside coverage of Olympic sports.

“So that should be quite interesting over the next couple of years,” he said.

source: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/05/25/chancellor-birgeneau-addresses-staff-assembl/
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Activist past gives campus chancellor unique worldview from Daily Cal

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Open Government Advocates Strike Deal with UC, CSU on Transparency Act (Cross Post)

hhhmmm, we're reviewing this latest- we've italicized and bolded some sections:
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Open Government Advocates Strike Deal with UC, CSU on Transparency Act
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Public universities drop opposition to Yee's bill, sunshine law now likely

SACRAMENTO – For the past three years, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), along with open government advocates, students, and workers, have been trying to bring greater transparency and accountability to California’s public higher education institutions – University of California, California State University, and the state’s community college system.

Previous legislative efforts have been opposed by the administrations of UC and CSU and vetoed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles), but today, the sides announced a compromise that will remove the universities’ opposition, protect donor anonymity in most cases, and increase transparency at auxiliary organizations and foundations operating on public campuses.

“After several years of fighting to open up the books of our public universities, I am pleased that we are able to come to this agreement,” said Yee. “Finally, we will have true sunshine and accountability of the administration of billions of dollars within UC and CSU. I commend the universities for seeing the light and allowing us to strike this deal.”

The amended version of SB 8 will ensure UC, CSU and the community college auxiliaries and foundations adhere to state public records laws. Under SB 8, all other financial records, contracts, and correspondence would be subject to public disclosure upon request.

In addition, the bill will protect the anonymity of donors and volunteers in all cases except in situations where there is a quid pro quo in which the donor or volunteer receives something from the university valued at over $2500 or in which the donor or volunteer receives a sole source (no-bid) contract within five years of the donation. Anonymity would not be provided to any donor who attempts to influence curriculum or university operations.

“The University of California is pleased to remove its opposition to SB 8 in response to amendments that will protect donor privacy and recognize that University campus foundations are non-profit organizations that exist solely to assist UC with its educational, research and public service mission,” said Steve Juarez, Associate Vice President of UC State Governmental Relations. “Senator Yee, his staff, and the sponsors of SB 8, in particular the California Newspapers Publishers Association, are to be applauded for negotiating a compromise that provides for greater transparency and accountability without sacrificing privacy protections that University donors and volunteers have a right to expect.”

“We are delighted that, after a three year struggle to require the CSU auxiliaries and UC foundations to operate openly and transparently, an agreement has been reached among the stakeholders that pulls the curtain back on these quasi-government agencies to inform the public about their operations while protecting the privacy of donors who choose to remain anonymous,” said Jim Ewert, General Counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

“The California Faculty Association is heartened that the CSU and UC are removing their opposition to this common sense reform for increased transparency,” said Lillian Taiz, CFA President. “We also want to thank Senator Yee for his willingness to negotiate language to which all the parties could agree. He is truly a great champion for accountability and transparency in higher education.”

According to the CSU Chancellor’s Office, in 2009, 20 percent of its $6.7 billion budget, or $1.34 billion, was held in their 87 auxiliaries and foundations.

Several recent examples demonstrate the need for increased public oversight and accountability provided by Yee’s legislation.

• The most recent scandal of an auxiliary organization involved the CSU Stanislaus Foundation. The Foundation negotiated a speaking contract with Sarah Palin, but originally refused to disclose her compensation. After a lawsuit filed by CalAware, a judge ruled that the CSU acted illegally and forced them to disclose the contract.

• At Sonoma State, a $1.25 million loan issued to a former foundation board member two days after he resigned. A bankruptcy court forced the Sonoma State Foundation to return a portion of that loan which the former board member attempted to pay outside of the bankruptcy court proceedings. The Attorney General’s office and the FBI are investigating a number of auxiliaries at Sonoma State.

• The Fresno Bee newspaper was denied information in 2001, specifically concerning the identity of individuals and companies that received luxury suites at the Save Mart Center arena at Fresno State. The denial resulted in CSU v. Superior Court (McClatchy Company), in which the Court opined that although it recognized university auxiliaries ought to be covered by the CPRA and that its ruling was counter to the obvious legislative intent of the CPRA, the rewriting of the statute was a legislative responsibility.

• At San Francisco City College, a campus executive has been indicted for using money from the San Francisco City College Foundation for personal and political purposes. At San Jose/Evergreen Community College, the Chancellor was found to have engaged in lavish travel and other examples of financial impropriety that prompted her resignation. Since local community college campus auxiliaries are already subject to the CPRA, these instances of waste and abuse have led to the parties being held to account.

• Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez spent over $27,000 from the campus auxiliary money to remodel his kitchen in 2007 and received over $80,000 for housing expenses on top of a foundation loan of over $230,000. An Attorney General audit said the situation created “the appearance of impropriety.” Additionally at Sacramento State, $6.3 million of public funds was transferred to University Enterprises Inc. – a campus auxiliary – to backfill losses from a property acquisition, which is completely contrary to UC and CSU claims that no taxpayer dollars are used for campus auxiliary operations.

• In October 2009, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo eliminated a guest lecture at the request of executives from the Harris Ranch Beef Company, who threatened to withhold $500,000 in support for a new campus meat-processing center. Emails obtained by the San Luis Obispo Tribune also found that Harris Ranch may have also forced the resignation of a faculty member who taught a course on sustainable farming. Harris officials then requested a meeting with Cal Poly administrators to determine whether or not to continue with their donation.

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Contact: Adam J. Keigwin,
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CSU, Jerry Brown vs. Grover Norquist In Sacto; Hellman and Adachi in SF; and Bob Samuels and "a white paper directed to him"...

round up...
Brown Enlists CSU Leaders To Lobby GOP

Grover Norquist vs CSU and "the idealogue visiting from the Potomac" see:
SF Chron Blog Coverage

Jerry Brown hits back: Grover Norquist a "highly undemocratic" outsider, trying to "dictate" CA politics (VIDEO)

and KGO ABC local SF affiliate has good video on it!
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Bob Samuels and "the white paper directed to Robert Samuels" from UCOP
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Jeff Adachi and Warren Hellman make pension moves in SF :
info on it from the Bay Citizen (which is a paper started by Hellman FYI)

and an opinion piece about it in the SF Chronicle

(involves SEIU-- remember that little factoid CalBuzz shared recently?)
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UC Nurses seem to have worked out a deal- now they vote on it
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And the latest staff advisor to the regents is a guy who now works in the UCLA chancellor's office - he is formerly from Cigna, remember that health insurance firm that President Obama's mom was fighting from her death bed-- yep, that one.
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Mitt Romney, Bain Capital, Bain Consulting, Operational Exodus at UC Berkeley -- any stories on that? as Linda Richman from SNL used to say "discuss", "talk amongst yourselves".
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Try to catch this documentary if you can-- it was spellbinding.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Public Records Request On Cal Athletics "laugh out loud funny"?!

Hat tip: University Diaries had this post on the following article: Review of 'Big-Time Sports in American Universities'by Duke University Professor Charles T. Clotfelter. (Reviewed by Ken Armstrong in Seattle Times)

"Clotfelter also gets adventurous while investigating the ways in which universities use their sports programs to court potential donors. He filed public-records requests with eight universities, asking for the names of invited guests who sat in the president's box during home football games.

The University of Washington, to its credit, complied with this request. The University of Oregon, to its shame, demanded payment of $791.87. And the response from the University of California, Berkeley, was laugh-out-loud funny — a snooty version of: We're not giving you the names, because we don't want to."


Clotfelter's experience is not that big of a surprise given this :
UC gets poor grade for complying with records requests
and a review of the findings here: CalAware's Audit of UC Public Records Requests-- UC Gets An F

also of note is this section :"The guests who sat in the box of Mark Emmert — then president of the UW, now president of the NCAA — reflected the salesmanship of such settings, mixing marquee students (A former pole vaulter turned medical student! Olympians who brought home silver and gold!) with moneyed VIPs from Microsoft, Weyerhaeuser, T-Mobile and Boeing."
Important, because Cal's Chancellor Birgeneau claims a close personal friendship with Emmert and--
especially given how Microsoft's Bill Gates is written up in this Sunday's New York Times here:
Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates, here is a key section:

"The (Bill and Melinda Gates) foundation is also paying Harvard-trained data specialists to work inside school districts, not only to crunch numbers but also to change practices. It is bankrolling many of the Washington analysts who interpret education issues for journalists and giving grants to some media organizations.

“We’ve learned that school-level investments aren’t enough to drive systemic changes,” said Allan C. Golston, the president of the foundation’s United States program. “The importance of advocacy has gotten clearer and clearer.”

The foundation spent $373 million on education in 2009, the latest year for which its tax returns are available, and devoted $78 million to advocacy — quadruple the amount spent on advocacy in 2005. Over the next five or six years, Mr. Golston said, the foundation expects to pour $3.5 billion more into education, up to 15 percent of it on advocacy.

Given the scale and scope of the largess, some worry that the foundation’s assertive philanthropy is squelching independent thought, while others express concerns about transparency. Few policy makers, reporters or members of the public who encounter advocates like Teach Plus or pundits like Frederick M. Hess of the American Enterprise Institute realize they are underwritten by the foundation.

“It’s Orwellian in the sense that through this vast funding they start to control even how we tacitly think about the problems facing public education,” said Bruce Fuller, an education professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who said he received no financing from the foundation.


--this captures a large part of the circle of what many are calling the "corporate corruption of public (higher) ed"

Mark Yudof's Problem With The First Amendment

Mark Yudof would prefer to skip teaching the First Amendment and move straight on to teaching the 2nd Amendment when he returns to teaching at a law school. (Perhaps he will return to his beloved Pennsylvania- he likes to call himself a Philadelphia lawyer - so, it would be fitting.)

The comments were left out of the text of his prepared speech posted on Facebook -(this is the same speech where Yudof makes distinctions between "faculty who are creators of knowledge—in other words, those who do more than just transmit the accepted wisdom." etc.)
- his actual delivered speech included the following sections:

He, first, is introduced by "Ramona"- someone who glorifies Yudof as a "head of state of a large country" (he/UCOP has taken to calling Yudof simply "President", rather than UC President-- ah, but when the sh!t is hitting the fan recall he says he has no power-- it's the regents, chancellors running things...yep, that's leadership.) and this same 'Ramona' says she used to serve as a regent at U. New Mexico-- at the 4:35 mark she says:

"I know you're an expert in freedom of speech, among other things, when I was a regent at the University of New Mexico - when we raised tuition every year I thought freedom of speech was maybe an over-rated right -- it was really more than I thought was necessary"-- and then takes some shots at med. doctors and tenure...

Yudof then speaks and says at the 9:27 mark of the video -,

"and I found -this is taking my key/cue from Ramona that the um,-I've always had enthusiasm for the first amendment. I taught a course on it, constitutional law. What can I say, California is a rich cornucopia of folks exercising their free speech rights-- and its given me a certain perspective on the constitution-- if I ever go back to law teaching- which I expect- I am going to start with the second amendment -that's my plan-and I may deal with quartering of soldiers-i don't know,there's all sorts of things- letters of marque and reprisal"

Wow, this is all hysterically funny stuff, isn't it?!
(We didn't even have to pay Sista Sarah to say it either!)
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So much for Tom Lutz's "The only thing that has a chance of turning this devastation around is student activism." from:
We Are On A Race To Become A Mediocre University At Best
by Tom Lutz, Professor of Creative Writing, UC Riverside

The Cal Rugby Team -That Cal Administrators Cut, Reinstated- They Just Won Nat'l Title

see:

Cal wins 26th national title over BYU
Bailes scores 11 of Bears' 21 points

remember

Cal-Berkeley Cuts 5 Athletic Programs

(the solutions that were finally achieved -and reinstated rugby- they could have been met without all the drama-- if the admins had their eyes on the ball.)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Clever Video On UC

Please watch : Raising UC by UCSCCollective

If you click the above link- on the youtube side bar there are add'l links to "UCLA Defending Public Education Panel Talk from 2009"-- it would be good to revisit some of what was espoused there during that panel talk, for instance: how well did Lakoff's CA Majority Rule come off? Samuels comments on union busting by UC, funding and other prognostications; and Mark Sawyer's comments about organizing alumni to speak only about certain things and 'stay away from talking about UC waste,fraud, abuse within the system'-- maybe revisit these talks and reassess how well the strategies mentioned have or have not worked out over the past few years.
here are direct links if you can't find them in the sidebar of the video listed above:

Bob Samuels UCLA and George Lakoff
and
George Lakoff and Mark Sawyer
and
Sondra Hale and Mark Sawyer

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the latest on Prof. Goodwin Liu

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Warning To UC Hopeful CCC Transfer Students

see: California By Dean Dad in Inside Higher Ed "Apparently, the state is considering addressing the capacity problem in California cc’s by allowing them to establish separate, parallel course offerings at higher prices."

Whose University? The Decline of the Commonwealth, and its Meaning for Higher Education Speech By Mark Yudof

Yudof's speech has some very strange pivots in it on public and private and - his view - that undergrads somehow automatically benefit from profs who are distinct from other faculty because they are "faculty who are creators of knowledge—in other words, those who do more than just transmit the accepted wisdom."-how so?-and he does not address how we also see those same faculty members start their own corporations and turn their public research/ public good into a private enterprise -- his comments were puzzling on a couple of fronts - but it is an interesting read for how he frames the public v. private in his own mind and his answer to the question: "whose university?". But it is limited in many ways-- Yudof, for instance, can't address the dynamic created by having very private UC Regents running the worlds greatest multi multi billion dollar public university system...

Whose University? The Decline of the Commonwealth, and its Meaning for Higher Education Speech By UC President Mark G. Yudof at American Law Institute Annual Meeting Keynote Speech Westin St. Francis – San Francisco, CA on May 17, 2011

He also says "California’s state government has a $26 billion budget deficit." and that is a political not an econ problem.

It's The End Of The World As We Know It - And Cal Feels Fine

As you may or may not know, May 21 marks the beginning of the end of the world-doomsday.

and UC is saying things are dire, very dire indeed
"we need to be a private, act like a private, accept more out of state students rather than Cali folks, act like we are a Fed school,jack up tuition, 'diff.'/ 'tier' tuition etc."

But things are great at Cal!
Philanthropy Fuels Cal Future
The UC Berkeley campus (one campus in the UC system) has a seven year campaign to raise $3 Billion -- and they have already raised $2 Billion-- that's what it says in the glossy PR stuff they sent to alumni...

Here's the REM tune if you want to hear it.

Did Cal Fail To Help Speaker John Perez To Graduate?

update- here is more on the story and fall out:
Perez takes 'full responsibility' for claiming to have graduated from Cal
May 20, 2011, by Lance Williams

and

John Perez Fabricates College Degree, Admits Blame In Prepared Statement by Jon Fleischman from Flash Report

-- but no one answers the question: "How many units shy from graduation was he?"-- that seems important, too.
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Original Post:
Perhaps Speaker Perez should come back to Cal and finish what he started- he could gather some very interesting facts as a re entry student. Wonder if he feels the university did or did not provide resources to help him to achieve a degree?
See:
Records of Assembly Speaker As Cal Grad Went Unchallenged by Lance Williams in California Watch

Assembly Speaker John Pérez A Cal Dropout, Not Grad from SF Chron

"Pérez enrolled at UC Berkeley in 1987. He pursued a Chicano studies major, a university spokeswoman said.

University records show Pérez left UC Berkeley in May 1990 without graduating, the spokeswoman said. A 2007 profile on the social-networking site LinkedIn said he was at UC Berkeley from 1987 to 1991 - four years. Pérez, who is gay, told Capitol Weekly last year that he came out at a campus meeting in 1991.

Pérez left school "to deal with family and financial issues" and took a job with the painters union, Vigna said."

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"The University of California may charge higher tuition each of the next five years even if the state stops cutting its budget,"

and the shock doctrine continues:

UC leaders: Tuition hikes nearly inevitable

and

UC tuition could soar under worst budget scenario

UC's 24+ years of Sherry Lansing goes on, latest update:
Lansing, a former high school teacher and CEO of Paramount Pictures who currently serves as the board's vice chair, will succeed Russell Gould, whose term as chairman expired.

The board also made standing committee assignments for the coming fiscal year. The chairs and vice chairs are:

Committee on Compensation: Fred Ruiz, chair; George Kieffer, vice chair;

Committee on Compliance and Audit: Charlene Zettel, chair; Lori Pelliccioni, vice chair;

Committee on Educational Policy
: Bonnie Reiss, chair; George Kieffer, vice chair;

Committee on Finance: Bruce Varner, chair; Monica Lozano, vice chair;

Committee on Grounds and Buildings: Hadi Makarechian, chair; Bruce Hallett, vice chair;

Committee on Health Services: William De La Peña, chair; Norman Pattiz, vice chair;

Committee on Investments: Paul Wachter, chair; George Marcus, vice chair;

Committee on Long Range Planning: Leslie Tang Schilling, chair; David Crane, vice chair

Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories: Norman Pattiz, chair; William De La Peña, vice chair.

UC and Dream Act, STAPLE Act, E Verify; and random thoughts on today's regents meeting

just stuff around the web:

Faces of the DREAM Act: Undocumented Wins Student Senate Seat
--about a high profile UC student.

If You Care About Immigration, You Should Care About the STAPLE Act -- important info on the genesis of the STAPLE act-- think Silicon Valley. Gates and others are big time behind this move, along with many execs in higher ed.

Democrats' Linkage of E-Verify and DREAM Act Called 'Cynical' -- just a little blurb

and Calbuzz gave a shocker:
SEIU has the largest Republican voting block in Cali!

--if that don't beat all! (knee slap)
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the second part of the UC Regents meeting happened today-- we'll let others do the play by play.

Just some immediate random thoughts on exchanges still in mind:

Blum talking about former UC/UCOP staff (paraphrase) "if those folks were still here we would just be sitting around right now trying to figure out how to file Chapter 11"-- wow, Blum and Co. brought many of those folks to UC-- do you remember some of those folks? we do...

Regent Eddie Island basically hand held the finance folks during their presentation- walked them back across the street so to speak- and made them go back during the meeting and use actual dollar figures as projections on future tuition rates- and made them put it on paper for the public to see. Gee, who'd a thunk we'd ever need something like that?!... oy veh.

Regent Island said he wanted it documented that the Regents may be doubling tuition- a 50% increase in under ten years -- and he said "we should know what we are doing or about to do."

Blum (or some other regent) said they hoped this meeting would not be Unconfirmed UC Regent David Crane's last meeting...

Crane (?) saying UC must act as a private, said a secret state report is being developed and will be released in the next year and UC will see this truth-- so private industry must be courted for funding etc.

(it is as though the regents think UC folks don't live in actual cities-- that they can be transported from a UC hot house to a firm or Silicon Valley hot house-- and never have to rub up against the rest-- or develop solutions that include all community members-- solutions in the public realm. and, yet, indirectly they were admitting that corps need to give money back to the public realm because those corps benefit from the public realm. the problem is that the regents don't pursue and support legislation to do this--instead they want to call their "friends" and do it through UC fundraising...)

Yesterday's meeting was rather fascinating for the simple fact that several of the regents spoke out of both sides of their mouths- when discussing LGBT issues related to students-- these regents had glowing praise for Gavin Newsom, Speaker John Perez etc.-- but in other meetings lambaste them and all the others in Sacramento. The regents obviously believe they are the only group who can lead on finance-- the mindset being: leave what they perceive to be the "soft issues" to Sacto and pat 'em on the head. (No discussion of the Cal Tang Center recent scandal as it relates to this issue either.)

For some reason it reminded us of Newt Gingrich saying:
"I know how to make the whole rest of the country look like Texas,
President Obama knows how to make the whole rest of the country look like Detroit."
-- have you taken a look at the Gingrich campaign lately?
(and then remembered Di-Fi and Regent Blum were sitting on the podium and in the frame when President Obama took the oath of office.)

It all just seems a game of double speak - buttering both sides of the bread.

(Told you they were RANDOM thoughts.)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fox News On UC Admissions and Arnold, Meg And Their House Staff

Today, when the news broke in the wee hours of the morning on Arnold Schwarzenegger and his house staff member-- well, it reminded us of Meg Whitman and her "you don't know me and i don't know you" maid.

Some (who are pissed off about how they think Gov. Brown is dealing with UC) have lately begun to wonder a general question aloud: "How is Jerry Brown any different from/better than Arnold or Meg?"
We reply:
Perhaps, aside from other stuff that might turn some folks off, like: Meg's support for Yes On 8 ; and her plan to fire 40,000 public employees, end welfare programs, and eliminate the state's capital gains tax; and the effect those policies would have on college towns like Davis, Berkeley, Westwood, San Diego etc.. Well, sigh,how one treats "the help" is also kind of important(esp. Govs and wanna be Govs)-- for more imp. reasons other than just appealing to some limo liberal guilt. -- but that's just our running l'il take on it...
Also, Lawrence O'Donnell had another interesting piece on celeb pols like Arnold.

and then these other stories popped up -- so here they are:

Fox News on UC Admissions:
Has this played out in states that have already passed Dream Acts? California, which has had a Dream Act since 2001, would seem immune due to a state law forbidding universities from using race as a factor in admissions.

University of California spokesman Ricardo Vazquez told FoxNews.com that their policy is to treat “all students equally in the admissions process without regard to their race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.”

“Residency status is not taken into consideration at all in the admissions process,” he also noted.
However, the data show that Hispanic students admitted to the University of California system had lower GPAs and SAT scores than White or Asian students who came from families with similar incomes. For example, admitted Hispanic students whose parents made more than $120,000/year had an average SAT score of 1749, while Asian students with parents making that much had an average of 1890, 151 points higher. For Whites it was 1844.

A similar pattern holds for GPAs, and for individual schools within the University of California system. Scores are not separated by legal residency status.

Vazquez said the differences in scores were not due to race, but rather “the school context in which an applicant studied, a broad variety of both academic and nonacademic achievements and talents, and a range of family circumstances beyond income and parental education level.”

Read the full piece: University Insiders: Illegal Immigrants Get Affirmative Action
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and:
Rico Chavez: UC Something Wrong Here?
"noise confined to the choir." - hardly
but, enjoy.

CA Middle Class Trounced At UC Regents Meeting Today?

See Bob Samuels : Will The UC Regents Protect The Middle Class?
Reminder:
Live audio Internet broadcasts of the open sessions are available during the open session meetings. Here is the agenda for this meeting. Please use this link to connect to the audio streaming during the meeting:

http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

Remember-- no archive copies of UC Regent meetings are maintained- you can only catch it live...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Riddle Me This : May Revise

to get a better understanding of the machinations of the May Revise read this post:
UCLA Faculty Association on The May Revise

UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng Resigns - will not be at regents meeting tomorrow

you can read his open letter to the student body here:
An Open Letter to the Students of the University of California

background:
Daily Cal's coverage.

May 17-18 Regents Meeting - UCSF Mission Bay - revised - sessions added

Live audio Internet broadcasts of the open sessions are available during the open session meetings. Here is the agenda for this meeting. Please use this link to connect to the audio streaming during the meeting:

http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

Remember-- no archive copies of UC Regent meetings are maintained- you can only catch it live...

Revisiting Bain Consulting, Bain Capital and OE at UC

see:
Faculty Members Eligible For New Back-Up Care Program Starting This Summer

some details on this interesting perk offered to faculty and denied to staff and students:
"I spoke with (Angelica Stacy) and we think it's best to keep the contract amount confidential," said Wendy Nishikawa, the campus's work/life program manager, in an email. "The reason for this being we got an incredibly good deal for the backup care program with our vendor and we are concerned that if this amount was made public, it might impact them negatively in their negotiations with other companies or universities."

Is this information allowed to remain private at a PUBLIC institution?
(a public institution that is requesting its state funding be increased from a paltry $2.5 billion btw)
do you know?

more on: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

In the mix: Bright Horizons originally founded by US Sen. Lamar Alexander -R Tennessee and acquired by Bain Capital - does that name "Bain" ring any bells?--remember Operational Excellence consultants?... (one of our old profs wrote a piece on Alexander owning several private prisons, particularly in the south, trying to find that link-- don't confuse him with former US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist whose family owns several private health care firms etc.)
Recall we originally brought up Bain Capital and Bain Consulting: here.

We remember stories about faculty leaving their kids in cars with tragic results (at Irvine and UCSC etc.)-- and other childcare issues for faculty that make the news -and so we understand the need -- but it seems the administration is unconcerned with this same problem affecting all staff levels, all types of students (the same students who they routinely refer to as "kids")-- and, thus, it screams administration sanctioned/instigated class warfare on an issue that hits everyone at the tenderest spot-- and then - as a topper-the administration adds conflict of interest questions about the consultants they hire for OE and other initiatives,and then want to black out the terms of the contract to the public.

(not to mention the disparities in benefit packages between faculty with kids and faculty without children etc.)

Questions, just lots of questions. Seems cozy.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Did You Walk?

Did you walk?
Waking this morning we knew today we would see : Engineers to help paraplegic student walk at graduation
A great feel good moment.
What we did not expect to see this morning was this news story:
Rocky Clark, Paralyzed Athlete, Fights To Survive With No Health Insurance
and
Rocky Clark Is Dying From a Lack of Health Insurance by Dr. Boyce Watkins Professor, Syracuse University

bittersweet-- had Rocky in mind all day today-it was overcast today for graduation ceremonies and then broke out into partial sun and then the fog rolled in, so, to us, the weather fit the mood-- please help Rocky if you can.
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"Did you walk" (aka graduate)? -- if so, congratulations!

Dorothy Leland Nominated To Become Chancellor of UC Merced

Who the heck is Dorothy Leland?

Georgia State College Chief Nominated To Head UC Merced

At Georgia College, a state liberal arts school which enrolls about 6,700 undergraduates and graduate students at its Milledgeville campus, she oversaw new construction projects and significant growth in federally funded research. Those expansions apparently caught UC’s eye.

here is the UCOP announcement of her nomination.

and Modesto news coverage of it.

--"Steve Montiel, spokesman with the UC Office of the President, said Leland's compensation will be discussed by the board in a closed session and the board will vote on it May 18 during an open session. (After being hired, Chancellor Kang was paid a relocation allowance of up to $10,000 and an annual salary of $295,000, along with an annual automobile allowance of $8,916.)"

and

--"It's not the first time she's applied to lead a Central Valley university. In 2009, she was one of three presidential finalists at University of the Pacific in Stockton, according to the Stockton Record newspaper."

Let Me Be A Regent And I'll Lower Your Tuition.

More on Unconfirmed UC Regent Crane and his appeal(?) to students.

-- along with a chicken in every pot, silken tofu for the vegetarian students...

Friday, May 13, 2011

"The rancor over the collective-bargaining issue shows that fellow Democrats need to adapt to the reality of a constricted state budget, Crane said. Union rights may be appropriate in the private sector, he said, but not always at public agencies."

Let's finish off Friday the 13th with a little more David Crane, so apropos:
"If there's anybody who is fighting for a control on tuition, it's me," Crane said in an interview Friday. "It's odd that students would be opposed." -see:

UC Regent Crane Traveling Rocky Road Toward Confirmation Hearing
By Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times

No coverage in the piece about Crane's many combative comments during regents meetings --or the issues many in the UC community have with several of the regents, like Crane, and their investment houses etc.-nothing on that recent history-no comment from Crane on the latest $1.3 Billion problem with the perk benefits etc-- wonder why?.

Rocky road indeed- two scoops and all the toppings.

"Dr. David Feinberg, Whose UCLA Salary was Doubled to $1.3 Million, Gets an L.A. Times Front Page Puff Piece"

wow, looks like the puff pieces abound...and we never see Dr. Feinberg address this story:

Lost UCLA Cadavers' Final Chapter-with no hope of winning lawsuits over loved ones' remains, relatives fight for the last word.(2011)

OE Sock Puppet Videos Released at Cal

got a message that "OE Sock Puppet Videos Released at Cal" -- and sure enough - here they are- bland, staged, canned and fed:

Dean Andrew Szeri Answers Questions From UC Berkeley Students and Staff
and
Lisa McNeilly discusses the future of Energy Management at UC Berkeley
and
Jon BainChekal on Cal Planning Tool at UC Berkeley

Note the strategy/use of the diversity and inclusion rep used in the pseudo Charlie Rose role. Anyone who remembers what Cal was like in the 70's,80's,90's must be weeping. The staff have always been so much more dynamic and engaging-- but they likely are not allowed camera time to ask questions, engage, share their thoughts... President Obama uses a term to describe the above : "boiled out". Some things - certain flavors of interaction- have already been lost.

At Cal: "it's not all doom and gloom, far from it"- we're doing great!

The posh voice says it, so we believe it?...
John Wilton's presentation on Cal's budget.
John Wilton Vice Chancellor Administration, introduction by Chancellor Birgeneau.

UC's "Perk For Special Talented People" Causing A $1.3+ Billion Problem

"A little-noticed cash benefit for some University of California employees is adding strain to the system’s battered pension plan just as the university prepares for a $500 million reduction in state aid, the deepest cut in 20 years.

At various points since 1992, the university has diverted about $875 million from its regular retirement fund to finance supplemental retirement benefits, in part to make up for salary cuts or meager increases tied to state budgets. But now the university system is carrying a roughly $1.3 billion obligation to more than 100,700 faculty, staff and administrators who were promised generous returns on those initial sums that the university salted away for them."

read the rest of the story here note links on that site to these other recent stories:
*Livermore Retirees Sue University over Health Care Benefits
*Bonus Payments to Retirees Draw Ire in Cash-Strapped City
*UC Pension Cuts Approved

and let us also re-highlight this story from a few days ago:

UC Audit Reveals Decreasing Net Assets from Daily Cal (this is from an internal UC audit-- the state's JLAC audit of UC will not publish its findings until July).

University of California Student Association (UCSA) has joined the effort to oppose the confirmation of David Crane to the UC Board of Regents

UCSA highlight lack of student input and Crane’s stance on collective bargaining

SAN FRANCISCO – The University of California Student Association (UCSA) has joined the effort to oppose the confirmation of David Crane to the UC Board of Regents. In March, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and UC workers began a campaign to oppose Crane’s confirmation and asked Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to immediately call a hearing to prevent Crane from continuing to serve as a regent. Such a hearing has not yet been scheduled.

UC students say Crane has failed to reach out to them in any formal capacity to hear about their concerns and experiences.

“It is deeply troubling that students were not informed before this decision,” said Nelson Cortez, a UC Santa Cruz student and board member of UCSA. “The needs and views of students and workers must be prioritized in the appointment of UC Regents. That clearly was not done with Regent Crane’s appointment, and therefore UC students are opposed to his confirmation.”

UCSA also cited Crane’s recent comments questioning the value of collective bargaining for public employees.

In March, Crane took his cue from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) by questioning collective bargaining rights for California’s teachers, nurses, firefighters, university employees, and other public sector workers. Crane argued in an op-ed published in the San Francisco Chronicle that “collective bargaining for public employees in California changed the balance of power and - most importantly - gave public employees power over their compensation and benefits.”

In a statement issued yesterday, UCSA said, “Particularly at a time when collective bargaining rights are under attack around the country, students find it disturbing that Mr. Crane would choose this time to raise questions about this fundamental and essential right for public employees.”

“I commend UCSA for their courageous stance in opposing David Crane to the Board of Regents,” said Yee. “They deserve to have someone who will fight for them and ensure their needs are addressed. Considering recent efforts to privatize the University of California, yet another wealthy investor for a Regent is the last thing students need to protect their public university.”

Crane, a multimillionaire and resident of San Francisco, was appointed to the Board of Regents by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) during his final days in office. Crane must be confirmed by the Senate by the end of the year in order to continue serving as a Regent for a 12-year term.

“Crane promotes a very dangerous agenda that would harm working families in California,” said Yee. “Unlike David Crane, I believe public employees make an enormous contribution to our neighborhoods and our communities. Taking away workers’ collective bargaining rights – which doesn’t help balance the budget or protect vital services – while giving big corporations tax breaks is simply unconscionable.”

What workers are saying about David Crane...

“David Crane has proven, once again, that he is unfit to serve as a regent of the University of California. For us, this is not just a fight for collective bargaining. It is a fight to save the middle class.” – Allan Clark, President, California School Employees Association (CSEA)

“Patient care is my top priority. Because of our union, we were able to work out receiving hours for continuing education to improve our skills in the Radiology Department that allows us to provide a higher quality of patient care. David Crane’s hope to get rid of collective bargaining for public employees is not just an attack on working families—it is an attack on patients and quality care.” – Randy Johnson, UCSF MRI/CT Technologist and AFSCME member

“Nurses know that if the right is successful in their efforts to break our unions, we will no longer have a voice in the political arena to advocate for better and safer care for our patients. Whether it’s in Wisconsin, or at the University of California, we cannot allow that to happen.” – DeAnn McQuen, Council of Presidents, California Nurses Association

“Instead of working to meet our state's challenges, David Crane seems more interested in pursuing a Wisconsin-style political agenda to strip public servants of their rights. Californians roundly reject these kinds of attacks on workers. By pushing a political agenda rather than acting in the interests of California families, Crane has shown he's unfit for important appointments that are intended to serve the public interest.” – Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation

“Governor Walker in Wisconsin and David Crane in California are trying to turn back the clock to a time when workers had no rights. We will not allow this to happen” – Tim Paulson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council

“David Crane has repeatedly demonstrated his unwillingness and inability to represent the interests of the public. He is unfit to serve on the Board of Regents or any other public body.” – Matt Hanson, State Engineer and President of the Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG)

“Our opposition to Crane is to yet one more multi-millionaire who made his fortune in investment banking -- just like current Regents Richard Blum, Russell Gould, Hadi Makarechian, Leslie Tang Schilling, George Marcus and Bonnie Reiss. The UC Regents are supposed to represent the people of California, not just the multi-millionaire investment bankers of California. Is it just a coincidence, by the way, that investment bankers in general have an incentive to get people out of institutional defined benefit plans and into individual defined contribution plans? Crane’s op-ed was a red flag to the legislature that this Schwarzenegger appointment must be stopped. I applaud Senator Yee for getting the message and taking action.” – Robert Meister, Professor of Social and Political Thought at UCSC and President of the Council of UC Faculty Associations

“David Crane is free to express his anti-worker views as a private citizen, but he should not have the bully pulpit of the UC Regents. The anti-union campaign he has waged against state employees in California should not be allowed to continue as part of our world class public university system.” – Patty Velez, Environmental Scientist and President of the California Association of Professional Scientists

“Close to 50 percent of the employees in the UC system are covered by collective bargaining agreement. It therefore makes no sense to have a Regent who is against unions and half of the workers. We need Regents who are about education and the people who make the university work.” – Bob Samuels, President of the University Council – American Federation of Teachers

“Every day is a struggle for me and my family to make ends meet. I know high paid UC execs have plans to cut my check even more. It is not right that I am tightening my belt while executives are getting fatter. At least I know that my coworkers and I are guaranteed a voice through my union in decisions that are being made that will affect us, so we can protect our families.” – Arnold Meza, UC Berkeley Custodian and AFSCME member

source: http://dist08.casen.govoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_PR&SEC={EFA496BC-EDC8-4E38-9CC7-68D37AC03DFF}&DE={4F696CAE-2A98-4A03-9B6C-83A775F53106}

UC, CSU Foundation Transparency Bill Advances

Committee Approves Higher Education Transparency Bill
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yee's legislation would expand public records law at public universities

SACRAMENTO – On a 7-1 bipartisan vote, the Senate Education Committee today approved legislation to bring greater transparency and accountability at California’s public higher education institutions.

Authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), SB 8 would require auxiliary organizations and foundations that perform government functions at the University of California, California State University, and California’s community colleges to adhere to state public records laws.

The bill has overwhelmingly passed the Legislature twice but was vetoed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles).

“I am confident that unlike his predecessor, Governor Jerry Brown will match his action with his rhetoric and sign this bill into law,” said Yee. “Our public universities should not be allowed to hide billions of dollars without any accountability. Most of these auxiliaries are fully staffed by public employees who administer public funds, yet their decisions are made in complete secrecy. Taxpayers and students deserve better.”

While SB 8 is considered a non-fiscal bill and previous versions of the legislation were not considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bill will receive an unexpected hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee in the next few weeks after the UC made such a request of the committee chair last week.

“There is clearly no cost to this bill and in fact it will likely save taxpayer funds and ensure dollars are spent on students rather than executives,” said Yee. “Without any evidence and despite the bill’s language to protect donor anonymity, the UC and CSU are trying to claim the bill will result in fewer donations. We not only have anecdotal evidence from donors who say they need transparency in order to trust that their donation is being wisely spent, other states that have implemented similar laws have seen an increase in donors.”

The UC and CSU have often evaded the public records act by shifting some responsibilities to foundations and other auxiliary organizations operating on campuses. Several recent examples demonstrate the need for increased public oversight and accountability provided by Yee’s legislation.


The most recent scandal of an auxiliary organization involved the CSU Stanislaus Foundation. The Foundation negotiated a speaking contract with Sarah Palin, but originally refused to disclose her compensation. They first claimed they had no documents pertaining to her June visit. After emails written by administrators regarding the visit were uncovered, they then claimed the Foundation was exempt from the state’s public records law despite being fully staffed by taxpayer-funded employees.

Students later found pages 4 through 9 of the Palin contract in the administration’s Dumpster, which showed her visit requirements included a hotel suite, first class airfare or a private Lear jet, pre-screened questions, and “bendable straws.” After a lawsuit filed by CalAware, a judge ruled that the CSU acted illegally and forced them to disclose the complete contract which showed she also received $75,000 plus expenses.

According to the CSU Chancellor’s Office, in 2009, 20 percent of its $6.7 billion budget, or $1.34 billion, is held in their 87 auxiliaries and foundations, and out of public view.
source: http://dist08.casen.govoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_PR&SEC={EFA496BC-EDC8-4E38-9CC7-68D37AC03DFF}&DE={54D4AAD1-3C29-4EDC-950C-502E2C4669A3}

You can read more: here and here

Thursday, May 12, 2011

UC Provost Pitts : UC plans a "path in the burgeoning world of online education"-- seems more than just a "pilot project"

Reevalution of online pilot program needed instead of current bail-out
UC decision to fund online pilot program after it failed to gain private financial support is flawed
By UC Daily Bruin Columnist Carly Cody
(includes a great $ graphic attached to the article)

receives this response: Online pilot project has support by Lawrence Pitts Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of California Office of the President

two interesting turns of phrase in Pitts' response:
--"we are unwilling to lose control of the project"
--"I firmly believe this research-based pilot project is exactly what the university should be doing before it maps its path in the burgeoning
world of online education.
"

both articles are a reaction to Prof. Wendy Brown's original piece:
Why is UC Borrowing 7 Million to Fund the On-Line Education Pilot Project?
By Wendy Brown Heller Professor of Political Science and Co-Chair, Berkeley Faculty Association

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

At UC Davis: "You think you've found the bottom," but...

just some excerpts:
In California, class sizes are swelling while class offerings are shrinking. One community college district in San Diego has cut 90 percent of its summer courses. And in Washington, universities are increasing the enrollment of out-of-state students, who pay about three times as much as in-state students, while considering trimming resident enrollment.

Colleges and universities, which can levy revenue through tuition hikes, are a primary target for cuts when states are in a budget bind.

"This year is going to be the hardest year on record," said Dan Hurley, director of state relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which has 420 member institutions. "Any new revenue at the state level is being gobbled up by Medicaid and K-12 education," he said, and much of the federal stimulus money expires this year, setting up the perfect storm for higher education.
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At UC Davis, some lecture class capacities have doubled to 400 students. Science labs that had 12 students three years ago now have 20, and there are fewer sections of introductory foreign language courses because "we just don't have the money to offer them," said Bob Powell, a professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and chair of the Davis division of the Academic Senate.

Some faculty are entertaining lucrative job offers from private universities that pay 40 or 50 percent more than UC Davis, which hasn't provided across-the-board raises in four years, Powell said. "If that trickle turns into a river, we've got a big problem," he said.

The situation will only worsen under California Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for next year, which slashes funding to the California State University and University of California systems by $500 million each -- a decrease of 18 percent for CSU and 16 percent for the UC system. It also cuts $400 million from the state's expansive network of community colleges.

Worse yet, those cuts could double if an extension of temporary statewide tax increases isn't approved. After meeting with California college presidents in April, Brown vowed to mobilize support for the extension, telling reporters, "The university is an engine of wealth creation. Stripping it of its professors and its research in the way that an all-cuts budget would require is unacceptable."
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An "all-cuts" budget would rely almost entirely on cuts to close the state's $26 billion deficit. The possibility of steeper reductions has Powell, the UC Davis professor, worried. "You think you've found the bottom," he said. "You're like, 'Finally, we can stabilize things,' and then it just turns into another quagmire."

read the full article here: Universities Slash Budgets Nationwide

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--there is this response to the idea of tiered rates/differential tuition at UC:
Charging varying tuition would threaten UC's character -- but, unfortunately that piece did not give a full response to "the Birgeneau proposition".

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and on the online ed front there is this editorial in NYT: Education Is the Last Thing on Their Minds

and, yet, there also is this story on the NYT (they seem to be taking a page from the Washington Post and its relationship to Kaplan U):
New York Times To Offer Online Accredited Courses

Monday, May 9, 2011

David Crane on UC: ""Once I got the cold shoulder, I started firing in,"

recall (Cal's Chancellor) Birgeneau constantly saying in 2008-09 something like "circle the wagons, but don't shoot inward" etc.
well, take a look at Unconfirmed UC Regent (kind of like "dowager" titled)
David Crane's latest quote:

"Once I got the cold shoulder, I started firing in," Mr. Crane

other nuggets in the piece:
"(He does have the apparent backing of Gov. Jerry Brown, who, since taking office in January, has chosen not to withdraw the nomination his predecessor made.)" that runs counter to what Bob Samuels opined.

"He says he wants to be confirmed, but he doesn't seem to care too much one way or the other."

"when asked how the university should prepare itself, Mr. Crane defers, saying he hasn't had enough time to get into the details. A high-fee, high-aid model could be a good start, he says. He says he would like to raise revenues without relying so heavily on tuition—a difficult task—and is looking into the lessons of public universities in Michigan and Virginia. "I'm like Paul Revere saying, 'The British are coming,' but I don't know what to do necessarily when the British get here," he says."

--no discussion of his investment firm background in the piece - interestingly- but... you can read the full story here.

you'll recall earlier posts on Crane's other questionable statements at Regent meetings --is this appropriate? in any way? do the Regents step in to comment on the inappropriate comments? does the UC President? where's the leadership?

and here, also, is Crane's lame retort to Prof. Christina Rosen: Op-ed made irrelevant claims on account of budget knowledge

...On the same page as the Crane article in the Chron, there is an interesting piece from Yudof's old UT stomping grounds that make us wonder on the status of: Faculty Productivity Data Reports for UC.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pushing For Tiering Tuition at UC Campuses

Seems there is a real push coming out of SoCal to advance, gain traction for, the idea of tiering tuition at UC campuses :

University of California weighs varying tuitions at its 10 campuses
Proponents say demand should help set price; they cite benefits to all campuses. Critics call the idea elitist and say it would undercut UC's unified system.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Yudof Testimony Today At Budget Hearing In Mountain View,CA

This state hearing took place at Microsoft Corporation-- that speaks volumes.
Mark Yudof, President University of California
Mohammad Qayoumi, President Cal State East Bay
John Hendrickson, Chancellor West Valley CCD
were on the first panel.

Yudof's testimony begins at 15:00min mark

http://media.senate.ca.gov/2011-05-06-Budget-Hearing-MountainView
and
http://sbud.senate.ca.gov/videoarchives (select the May 6, 2011 meeting link)

-he awkwardly quotes Lady Gaga again and rehashes many of the same talking points.
But he does say that the engineering school at Cal is the best engineering school in the country--so...

Yudof also at the 59:00 mark says in response to a question about administrative salary bloat that the state is only paying $2.5 Billion and that there are outrageous claims by uninformed people-- everything Yudof does not agree with is an outrageous claim by uninformed people - does this include the UC faculty who make claims backed up with facts?

Yudof warns "tuition will go up geometrically"

Yudof says "most of our IT initiatives are to reduce personnel"-- but he fails to point out how IT has just grown and grown- in terms of size of staff and salaries- with few of the promises coming to operational fruition-- and several high profile data breaches and other IT issues that have had a negative impact on faculty,staff, students, patients, alumni and others (news stories on this in the right hand column). What about that side of the story? And, none of the state senators addressed the fact that their constituents were being edged out of a job by these IT initiatives and how they were going to address that issue -- instead, state senator Loni Hancock of Berkeley said that the state has not done enough of this sort of IT initiative to replace personnel work. Let's recall "the personnel"= "Californians".

Yudof says he has "not seen any faculty exodus"--but compensation and raises need to happen soon.
Chaired by Leno. Senator Leno also says that CA budget set aside 20% of its 1972 budget for public higher ed-- we guess, in an ideal world of his making he would want 20% of today's CA budget to go to public higher ed and we leave it to our readers to decide whether or not that would be a good thing.

Daily Cal is now covering the story -and includes this section:"The senate budget committee also heard testimony from several Silicon Valley business leaders who all credited the state's public universities for producing the human capital that tech start-ups rely on for success, a rare pairing of public and private interests before the committee.

"We are at a point of no return," said Kim Polese, a tech entrepreneur and member of Tech Net, a Sillicon Valley lobby group. "Your choices will carry enormous impacts for years to come, and as you weigh those choices, I urge you not to make further cuts to UC and higher education. The impact of further cuts would be devastating to California's economic vitality and to current and future generations."

Polese, a UC Berkeley graduate, told the committee that that large corporations like Genentech, Qualcomm and Amyris were all founded by UC graduates. Without the universities, she said, the state's economic future is at great risk. "-- but does not address how much or how little Silicon Valley has contributed to UC and the other public universities they benefit from so greatly...
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we are still wondering why other blogs are calling Bob Samuels' latest piece a "British perspective"-- is he British? It seems to us to be a warning to the Brits from an American-- but, anyway...

How Universities Became Hedge Funds by Bob Samuels

see: How Universities Became Hedge Funds by Bob Samuels --yes, Changing Universities Bob Samuels

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cinco De Mayo UC Regents Meeting Info, And Audit Findings Report Delayed

Update:
here's our sad little sort of notes/very quick take on the Regent meeting today-listened in at about the 11:45 mark (and there was lots of high tone beeping in between words as people patched in and out of the teleconference- but we tried to follow as best we could) :

--heard some talk about payroll records that were not handled properly, destroyed or something too quickly-- and we guess UC got in some trouble for it or something-- but they would not disclose the campus it occurred at - and will not. They said they would only tell the name of the campus if such violations occurred routinely and it looked like a pattern at the location. But they are fixing it so it never happens again-- in fact, they are fixing every mistake so that it never happens again -- that is the most important headline, meeting minute of every meeting -so, there...

-- some guy from UC Riverside talked about how great CIOs are, he loves them, they are the most special people on earth, PIs owe great debts to CIOs etc.... talk about polishing the senior admin apple... the faculty rep then schooled him on some issues with his presentation.


-- one regent asked the question about entertaining ideas on reducing the UC police force, having only ONE UC Police Chief serve system wide, reducing the numbers and other ideas-- followed by lots of nervous laughter and comments from unidentified regents and participants.


-- creating an IT chief of privacy and security system wide position was also discussed-- it will save money to create the role as a combined function--someone named Russ Auckland (sp?) is working on it--UC has suddenly discovered that this might be an important role--ya think?!--sigh, heavy sigh

-- also, a campus climate presentation was made and discussion of online training and interactive theater were discussed. listening to the comments was surreal because UC (through the regents) was acknowledging that in person interactive theater serves an important role that online training cannot (Catherine Cole are you listening?!)-- yet, at the same time, they seek to push undergraduate education to online instruction-- we were surfing at that time and came across this UD post that emphasized the point (of how higher ed administrations rely on, or return to, in person compliance training rather than online) even more.

they rushed a bunch of stuff toward the end so that they would break at 1pm PST sharp-- lots for a UC regent to do in Mallorca- so, no holding the VIP folk up. Anyway, if you didn't listen to it live -- try finding the minutes once they are approved by the regents or something-- 'cause UC Regents don't archive their meetings --like U Texas or U Minnesota or other systems do...
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the student newspapers don't seem to be covering it but there is this latest news related to Cal alumni:

American hiker charged with spying by Iran will not return to face trial: Sarah Shourd says she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and going back to Iran would be too traumatic


and there is this breaking news: State Assembly passes one of two DREAM Act bills


and check this story out- K-12 following the public higher ed model:
High-level Pay Approved For Top Administrators At Cash-Strapped LAUSD
(they are pursuing private money to ameliorate-- geez where have we heard this before?)
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a side note-- have to get this off the chest: in the national coverage of today's 9/11 memorial events it seems lost on the east coast based MSM that Flight 93 Shanksville,PA occurred (it happened on private land and there are a lot of issues with land use and making it a memorial)-- two of the flights were headed from Logan (liberal Boston,Mass) to CA- one to LA and one to SF. Many of the heroes of Flight 93 were Northern Californian liberals, even Cal alumni, some our friends -- but much of the NYC and DC MSM can't deal with that reality- it doesn't serve their spin, and so it seems Flight 93 got short shrift in the coverage today- but we remember them.
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Original Post
UC Regents meet this week -Cinco De Mayo - one of the regents will be joining the meeting from Calle San Magin 1, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (it just gets more and more posh, wonder if they will be joining hot on the heels of having attended the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey? Maybe they are at the same honeymoon vacation spot as the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? Is this the same regent who joined a previous meeting from the London Savoy? We sh!t you not!)- here's the open session agenda:
May 5 Committee on Compliance and Audit by teleconference (Regents only session, followed by Open Session)

You can listen to live audio if you can catch it (remember: no archive available of the UC Regents meetings):

http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2
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--and the JLAC audit report has been moved now from May to July. (Recall the report was originally scheduled to be released in January- they must have a lot to go over.)

Rosen Op Ed on David Crane UC Regent Appointment

Christine Rosen has written this Op Ed on David Crane in the Daily Cal-- leave your thoughts, comments there (if you can get to the site- the traffic/server seems to be making it difficult to view the article):

"The flattering article on David Crane that appeared in the Daily Cal on April 22, "Controversy surrounds appointment of UC Regent," gave surprisingly short shrift to those opposed to Crane's appointment. While the reporter contacted me for information about the number of people who signed the Berkeley Faculty Association's petition opposing Crane's appointment (1,475), he did not ask to interview me or any other officer of the BFA, and none of our concerns about Crane made it into the article.

The article quotes Crane saying, "What I'm focused on is ... maintaining access and [the UC] remaining the finest public university system in the world." We all support that idea. The question is whether Crane is going to get us closer to this goal. Not likely.

According to the article, "Crane considers finding alternative revenue streams - rather than focusing on organizational efficiencies - paramount if the university is to maintain its excellence, access and affordability." Yet Crane never identifies any source of alternative funding beyond a vague reference to the Medical Schools as assets. He has no interest in reducing outsized compensation for top administrators. Why isn't this kind of cost control a part of any strategy to balance the university budget? Crane advocates that pensions now provided by defined-benefit (DB) plans be converted to defined-contribution (DC) plans. While this would produce paper savings for UC, it would cause existing unfunded liabilities to snowball without relieving the university of its legal duty to fulfill its accrued obligation to existing and future retirees covered by its existing DB plan. Worse, it would make UC's salary and benefits package less competitive, further undermining its ability to recruit and retain world-class faculty and staff.

The fact is Crane is very much like many of the other Regents in background and outlook. Eight of the eighteen publicly appointed Regents made fortunes in the financial sector - David Crane would be the ninth. From 1979 to 2003 he was a partner in Babcock & Brown, a firm specializing in real estate derivatives that once was worth over $9 billion and went bankrupt when the real estate bubble burst in 2008. Reporter Peter Byrne recently wrote an award winning 8-part report identifying a multitude of potential financial conflicts of interests on the part current Regents who oversee the University's investments (see http://spot.us/pitches/337-investors-club-how-the-uc-regents-spin-public-funds-into-private-profit/story). Even as a Regent-designate, Crane has taken a lead in pushing the financial sector's agenda against the interests of all others. If confirmed, he will be another Regent who views the challenges facing the university through the narrow lens of finance and privatization, the very approach that has helped get us to the sorry state we are in now.

California's Constitution foresaw that wealth and political connections could contaminate the Board of Regents. That is why Article 9 section 9-e defines a twelve member advisory committee that the Governor must consult when naming a candidate for Regent. This process was not followed in Governor Schwarzenegger's 11th hour appointment of Crane.

California's Constitution also provides that "Regents shall be able persons broadly reflective of the economic, cultural, and social diversity of the State" (Article 9 section 9-d). But there is no one on the board with experience in what the university does: higher education, research and hospitals. Where are the professors, the scientists, the doctors? Where are the humanists and public intellectuals?

Governor Brown should rescind Schwarzenegger's improper appointment of David Crane and utilize the Constitutionally mandated procedure to select a better candidate. If he won't do this, the Senate Rules committee - which by law must confirm appointed Regents - should reject Crane and demand that the Governor nominate a better candidate using the legally required method."

SOURCE: http://www.dailycal.org/article/113041/david_crane_is_unfit_to_serve_as_a_member_of_the_u