Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Grounded In Disruption

Regents meeting will start in a few minutes, you can listen in here. and Daily Cal is live blogging the meeting.

Remaking the University has a post in response to yesterday's UC Regents Meeting
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Changing Universities also has this post: The UC Regents, Governor Brown, and the Online Hail Mary

Ironic: Exactly One Year After Coming Together- UC Pushes For Online Interactions
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Updated with more links and coverage:
Governor Brown called him a 'fast talker' today, also said he will be picking his brain as he(Brown) reviews UC reports etc in the coming months-- but what was most notable was how worked up Peter Taylor was today- he said the students' report was 'scurrilous' etc. and Blum tried to help him vent. Anyway, Taylor has written a response op ed in the SF Chronicle, it includes this:

As much as I love Shakespeare, I don't pretend to be qualified to teach a class on his works. Similarly, the students who have criticized the university's policies should understand that just because they are in graduate school doesn't mean they are experts in everything. Their miscalculations are outrageous. Indeed, if this level of "research" were produced for a class on finance, it would merit an "F."

Here is the report he is responding to and the op ed that the students wrote.
Taylor took umbridge at the grad students not running their findings by him or his office to get a response in advance of publishing the report or op-ed...valid point, if true.
Perhaps if there wasn't such an air of -- contempt-- there might be more of an exchange of information, ideas and explanations from UCOP to engaged students. Taylor spent a bunch of time talking about how he needed body guards in order to conduct aspects of his job at the last UC Regents meeting-- unnecessary hyperbole, hysteria interjected into a meeting that is already fraught with anxiety of students and employees and parents etc.
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There is a Slumber Party at Mission Bay tonight
and Here is more coverage of the Governor's attendance at the UC Regents meeting today and LA Times Larry Gordon's UC, Calstate approve budgets that seek more state funding--Buoyed by the passage of Prop. 30, the university systems ask for the funds to boost enrollment and maintain other programs. Gov. Brown warns them to control costs.

Could this be premature- Joseph Palermo in HuffPo: Kudos to California Governor Jerry Brown
and Sac Bee:
Jerry Brown tells University of California to 'get more grounded'
Gov. Jerry Brown prodded University of California regents today to pursue online course offerings to reduce costs, saying the state's premier university system must "get more grounded" in its approach to education


Jerry Brown Tells UC Regents They Need Heroic Moves To Save Money, Such As Online Courses

The Governor did not talk -at all- today about the three open UC Regent positions and if he plans on filling them or when. Recall the governor said he felt no urgency to fill these seats - he basically said that the regents are the same ol', same ol' and don't really matter, that he didn't even really know the regents, he knew of them generally like that lady who made movies etc (Lansing) -- but today it didn't appear like that is his real position on the regents. And we know he socializes with them to watch documentary on his dad with them and to go out to dinners on the eve of regents meetings etc.

UC President Thanks Governor For Prop 30 Passage
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UC's Bob Meister covered in this piece:
"Perhaps in a prior decade, prior to the great financial crisis and the creeping rise of extreme inequality and economic stagnation that seems firmly set now, back in the days of Clinton maybe, maybe even the first days of Bush II, recent graduates could reasonably expect to land jobs at pay scales making growing debt burdens worth the risk. Even then, however, the burden of debt over their lives was rising fast. It’s hard to say at what point the privatization of everything and the subjugation of the so-called 99% to the rent-seeking of the 1% passed the point of no return.

Somewhere it did, and now most of us are living impossible lives, hoping something changes. Now whole cohorts of twenty year-olds and early thirty-somethings wander about the charred economic landscape with confused looks in their eyes, able to land only menial jobs, watching Fortune 500 firms laying off tens of thousands a quarter, watching their parents struggle, seeing the unemployment and food stamp rolls burgeoning, joining those rolls."

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If you want a sense of how insane the differential tuition talk can get: read this
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If you want to understand a bit more about the disruption online instruction talk, read this piece. and this one too.

This Inside Higher Ed post could be headlined "Dear Jerry,"
But the universities insist that reducing costs is not the impetus for Semester Online. While they hope the program will generate some extra revenue, the provosts did not seem optimistic about online courses as a significant step in defraying the cost and funding problems that have led to steep tuition rises in recent years.

But the universities insist that reducing costs is not the impetus for Semester Online. While they hope the program will generate some extra revenue, the provosts did not seem optimistic about online courses as a significant step in defraying the cost and funding problems that have led to steep tuition rises in recent years. "Do I think that having available of these types of courses will be able to allow us to lower tuition to the full Duke experience?" says Lange, the Duke provost. The answer is no. "It may slow the growth," he continued, but "I don’t think it’s going to lead to a reduction.”

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This is the way Merced press cover UC capital projects funding.
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Sixteen Tons or Loretta
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and this also is part of the story from NBC Bay Area.

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