Saturday, March 30, 2013

NYT Ed Board Calls Out CA Leg Higher Ed Funding As Donner Party Behavior ??

the NYT Ed Board gets cute w/the title on Easter Weekend:
Resurrecting California’s Public Universities

they also note this from the PPIC report released a while back:
"the institute estimates that about 10 percent of students who qualified for admission to the elite University of California system did not enroll anywhere,"


The damage was acute in California, whose once-glorious system of higher education effectively cannibalized itself, shutting out a growing number of well-qualified students.

The same California State Legislature that cut the higher education budget to ribbons, while spending ever larger sums on prisons, now proposes to magically set things right by requiring public colleges and universities to offer more online courses. The problem is that online courses as generally configured are not broadly useful. They work well for highly skilled, highly motivated students but are potentially disastrous for large numbers of struggling students who lack basic competencies and require remedial education. These courses would be a questionable fit for first-time freshmen in the 23-campus California State University system, more than 60 percent of whom need remedial instruction in math, English or both.

"Alford agreed to a seven-year deal worth $18.2 million, with a yearly salary of $2.6 million, according to Guerrero. He will receive a $200,000 signing bonus. Alford will be introduced at UCLA on Tuesday."

UCLA hired Steve Alford as basketball coach on Saturday, luring him from New Mexico days after he signed a new 10-year deal with the Lobos.

Friday, March 29, 2013

"Dirks needs to develop relationships with Silicon Valley, said Blum,"

and so it begins-- Bloomberg on Dirks, some things to note:
Dirks said his mandate will include finding new sources of revenue and further reducing Berkeley’s dependence on state funding, which has slid from 35 percent of its budget in 2003 to 12 percent last year. While he said it was too early for him to talk about his plans, Dirks said fundraising needs be a priority and he expects to invest in the development office.
Berkeley raised $405 million in fiscal 2012, according to the Council for Aid to Education. That figure can be improved upon, said Richard Blum, founder of the Blum Capital Partners LP investment firm and a University of California regent.
“Just look at the Bay Area: If you want to include all the tech companies from San Francisco to San Jose, you’re looking at three-quarters of a trillion dollars,” Blum said. “Apple, Oracle, Google. All of those places have a vested interest in seeing the University of California doing well.”
At Columbia, he started master’s courses and online extension programs which Dirks said made money. While Berkeley has joined the EdX open online course platform developed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “in the short term, I really don’t see revenue generation,” Dirks said.
The exodus of faculty has also slowed. In the 2009-2010 year, Berkeley had 51 professors it wanted to retain who were weighing offers from other colleges, and 14 left, according to Vice Provost Janet Broughton. Two years later, the number with other offers fell to 33, with 26 staying and seven cases still open. Berkeley has 1,582 full-time professors, according to its website.
After helping lead Columbia University’s 17-acre expansion in upper Manhattan and its $5 billion fundraising campaign,
At Columbia, Dirks took part in the streamlining of the administration, a two-decade process that resulted in a reduced role for the dean of Columbia College, who resigned. Dirks said the reorganization made the university more functional. Claude Steele, who served with Dirks as Columbia’s provost, said actions made with good intentions can leave bruises, and Dirks has been the target of those lashing out.
“Columbia is an ambitious university and it tried to expand into a new campus and that strained resources,” said Steele, now dean of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. “When you have strained resources, you have tensions. And tensions can be taken out on people.”

“the de facto spokesman for public higher education in America,” -???

--what is that saying? 'everything old is new again' --or, is it 'everything new is old again'?
a good friday for- this ...yep, major anniversary this year.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Do Little or Doolittle...

see:DOE Watchdog Sniffs Out More Waste at National Labs

UCLA and Monkey Business

and UD is merciless to Flo and Flame's BFF...
some might find this interesting: Report: CalPERS May Hike Rates 50 Percent Over Next Six Years

"making it appear the anesthesiologist was present when he or she wasn't."-and-"O'Connor... remains wary of UCI Medical Center. "I won't go there, and I wouldn't take my family there,"

OC Register coverage: "O'Connor said he retired from UCI in 2008 after he repeatedly detailed the problems to several top university officials but was rebuffed. He said the university did its own investigation of his allegations in May 2006, but the report was never made public. "It just disappeared," O'Connor said. "That was disturbing." "

and SF Chronicle: UC Irvine to settle federal fraud claims for $1.2M
Original post

The UCI statement said "new leadership took over and transformed" the anesthesiology department in 2008, putting in place new training and policies, including "an electronic record keeping system that does not permit the practices alleged."

O'Connor, who now works at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, remains wary of UCI Medical Center. "I won't go there, and I wouldn't take my family there," he said.

The medical center has suffered a number of scandals in the last 18 years. In 1995, fertility doctors were accused of stealing patients' eggs and embryos and implanting them in other women without permission.

In 2005, the hospital shut its liver transplant program after federal funding was withdrawn. The action came after The Times reported that 32 people died awaiting livers, even as doctors turned down organs that later were transplanted elsewhere.

UC to pay $1.2 million to settle suit targeting UCI Medical Center
The federal whistle-blower suit charges falsification of records and poor supervision of patients by UC Irvine anesthesiologists.
there is this latest story covering CA public higher ed faculty response to online ed legislation.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CA Higher Education Accountability: Statewide Goals and Metrics Meeting - Video

Recall when SB 520 came coverage mentioned multiple pieces of proposed legislation re: online education floating around Sacto..well, here is a post that mentions a few of them.
Steinberg on high school dropout rates and the workforce dev act.
This week's CA Senate budget subcommittee on education (special ed, charter schools, education mandates -K-12 agenda-- Marty Block chairs)
UC's Provost and Exec. VP for Academic Affairs Aimee Dorr presented at Higher Education Accountability: Statewide Goals and Metrics
March 20, 2013 the full 2h 41minutes meeting video and agenda is available here, with multiple pdfs and background docs along with the video. here is: a link to just the agenda and pdfs -testimony from other panelists include:

Julie Bell, Education Program Group Director National Conference of State Legislatures

Ryan Reyna Program Director,Education Division National Governors Association
Dennis Jones, President National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

Aims C. McGuinness Jr.,Senior Associate National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

Dr. Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Academic Research and Resources California State University

Patrick Perry, Vice Chancellor
Technology, Research, and Information Systems
California Community Colleges

Kristen Soares, President
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Laura Metune, Bureau Chief
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

here is the video of the panel Dorr was on, (note: this is only the last 50+ minutes of the hearing, use the link provided above to view the full 2+ hours of it.)
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Friday, March 22, 2013

How George Lakoff 'frames' it

can be-- found in this active petition created by UC Faculty, located here:

#79 George Lakoff Mar 20, 2013 Berkeley, CA
Dear Senator Steinberg, I am writing as a Professor of 40 years standing at UC Berkeley. I have been teaching undergraduates at least half time, and often full time, for over four decades. Moveover, as a cognitive scientist, I work in a computer science institute and know what the potential for computer assisted education is and isn't. SB 520 has all the flaws mentioned in this petition — both hurting the people it is designed to help and destroying the quality of education at all levels in California. Students learn basic skill with real teachers, while interacting at a college or university with real fellow students. This is especially crucial for students not brought up in academic communities. That would be a disaster, both for the students and the universities. But the consequences could be far worse nationally. It could be the beginning of the end of our system of public education in state after state, since California tends to set national standards in public higher education. It could lead to massive teacher firings, fly-by-night private colleges with no faculty and no student community. Education is not spoon-feeding. It is not passive. It requires interacting with professors and fellow students who actually care about you and challenge. I urge you as strongly as possible to drop this bill. George Lakoff Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics UC Berkeley

there also is this other comment from another signature to consider:
UC may end up having to allow credit for such courses, but that does not mean that those course will count toward degree requirements. Every program will end up requiring "placement tests" to prove student proficiency in subjects or courses required for each degree major. My dept already does this for certain courses that transfer credit from community colleges, but they must pass a placement test for that credit to count toward the major of the degree. SB 520 simply creates more work and student disillusionment--for having wasted money.
UCSF gets money from Li Ka-shing:
"The gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation is small in terms of Li’s overall charitable giving—he’s donated at least $1.65 billion to various causes and universities so far –but meaningful in that it will establish a relationship between UCSF and Shantou University, a university in China’s southeastern Guangdong Province that is supported by Li’s foundation and focused on building its life sciences curriculum."

Thursday, March 21, 2013

the UC, Reuters, investments, and CPRA issue

UCOP: “This attempt to ‘reach through’ government to obtain records from private parties – so that Reuters can advance its own commercial interests – contradicts both the (California Public Records Act) and the legislative statute that created specific exemptions from disclosure so that public pension funds may invest in private equity funds,”

Daily Cal has an update

here is: background

UC Berkeley Extension Property in SF; and a sad update from UCSC

UC's San Francisco Eyesore

"The former UC Berkeley Extension campus in San Francisco has been largely abandoned for almost 10 years, and it looks it."

and from UCSC, disturbing: Woman charged in UCSC fake rape report it occurred at the UCSC campus but involved a UCSB student.

There is also this coming out of the CSU trustees meeting "More CSU funds mean room for more students" from SF Chron:

Brown has made it clear since last fall that he has high hopes for what cyber courses might do for overcrowded public universities, and his interest has helped inspire about a dozen bills dealing with online education making their way through the Legislature.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a trustee, is a skeptic who suggested that the cash might be better spent elsewhere.

"I don't mean to put you on the spot," Newsom said, turning to the governor. "But what is your intention with the $10 million?"

Brown turned to San Jose State Chancellor Mohammad Qayoumi and asked how his new online partnership was going with Udacity, an online education company.

"Results have been quite successful," Qayoumi said. Last fall, he said, just 59 percent of students in a traditional electrical engineering class earned a C or above. But a well-designed online version "changed that to 91 percent."

As the debate over online education persisted, new CSU Chancellor Tim White said that not all students have access to a computer, and that the "real goal" is getting more students of all backgrounds to the graduation stage.

UC Faculty Petition To CA St. Sen. Steinberg On SB 520

is: being circulated here and will be delivered to him.

Update: OC Register has this: "Darrell Steinberg: Online classes could unclog course bottleneck".

Changing Universities: The Devil is in the Details: Against SB 520

There are those who will not sign it-- and that is a statement, too.

Recall this passage from a previous post link where it is made clear phone calls b/ween UC and Steinberg's office are easily and quickly made if UC feels that CA legislation needs to be "reeled in" with his help:

To no one’s surprise, he has become a go-to guy when the university needs help at the Capitol.
UC President Mark Yudof, among others, called the Senate leader.
The measure later died quietly after Steinberg pulled it back to the Rules Committee and held it there.

V is for Ven----- at UT?!
sigh, this event
cast in a new light...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"completed his PhD under a Nobel laureate at UC Berkeley"

One of those statements only a few get to put on their CV...
University Diaries on: this story out of McGill University.
and there is this recent news...
an update on UC SHIP in the CA Leg today

CA Assembly Committee on Higher Ed video and roundup

Video: CA Assembly Committee on Higher Ed
Agenda Items:
Non Resident Tuition Exemption- Veterans
UC Riverside Medical School Funding
CSU Trustees Governance Roles, Ex Officio roles, designates, student trustees
World Religion Instruction in Higher Ed
Higher Education Cuts Risk Damaging State Economies For Years To Come: CBPP Report
a sorta 'just pay it' apathy:
Bite The Surcharge Bullet
is the surcharge a hallmark of transparency? or, a tool to produce a chilling effect for students (and perhaps their parents)?

would there be honor in that?
aren't there rules against it?: are students allowed to date their GSIs? are GSIs allowed to date students in their courses?
Alternatives to the tenure track- a conference at Cal

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

During a Tuesday meeting with Powell, Steinberg emphasized that "faculty must be central to any policy discussion on post-secondary education and that the primary goal is to help students and their families," Williams said.

so, it looks like Steinberg met with Powell on Tuesday:

UC faculty leaders blast bill on Internet courses
Terence Chea, Associated Press -UPDATED: the story has been updated and expanded on 3/20 and is posted at Merc News

Meeting with other faculty on Wed.? We'll see.

Is SB 520 'the cat feeding bowl'? the thing that makes water flow uphill?-- kinda lookin' like it.

update, also see:
St. Sen. Steinberg on his time as a UC student (at UCLA, UCB, UCD) and on his work on water rights, and on cuts to UC and UC autonomy -- covered in depth in UC Davis magazine.

Video: "California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg Unveils Measure to Provide Online College Course Credit"

In case you missed it you can watch the 78 minute hangout/presser State Sen Steinberg gave on SB 520: here at his webpage

For some reason it is not available or listed at Cal Channel (and they also offer no options like FB, youtube etc. to share the video- nothing other than to visit his webpage. The CA Senate homepage also offers no links to it.)

but this is readily available:

Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to Introduce Legislation on High School Dropout Reduction and Workforce Development Bond Act. (it starts at the 9:15 mark)


Another Question...

the other night a news reader made a reference back to: a series of news stories the Mercury News put out about diversity stats and Silicon Valley. It detailed how Silicon Valley tech companies continue to request waiver from reporting diversity statistics because they claim it could affect their competitive advantage, trade secrets etc.
So, if the CA Leg is giving instruction, curriculum dev over to SV companies will the Fed Dept of Ed be allowed to share diversity stats on the developers of this new IT ed? Will the CA Leg be allowed to have those figures as well now? Could the MOOC, public ed online developers request the same waivers from disclosing diversity stats (f they aren't already?) - would it be allowed to continue?

Also,: this from 2011 for more background

Granted we don't get great figures from UC about the current faculty doing the work, but when you consider SV...

"The available data demonstrates that no industry may have a worse record in California in the hiring of Blacks, Latinos, Southeast Asian Americans and women than Google, Apple and Oracle. Based on data from the 12 Silicon Valley companies that [publicly] released their EEO-1 data, the minority groups' expert states that Google's Black employees, for example, could be at just one percent, Latinos at two percent and women at the 20 percent level. In contrast, Stanford, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, has an entering freshman class that has 17.2 percent Latinos and 11.1 percent Blacks.

"Len Canty, Chairman of the Black Economic Council, said, 'Any Silicon Valley company with less than five percent Black employees should be denied H-1B visa workers until the problem is resolved since the Black unemployment rate is 80 percent higher than that for whites.'

"Since up to half of some Silicon Valley companies overall employees are H-1B visa programs despite high domestic unemployment rates, the complaint urges the President's new Job Czar, GE's CEO Jeffrey Immelt, to provide a report to the President within 15 days as to the impact of the H-1B visa program on unemployed Americans.

So many questions raised by SB 520, MOOCs etc...

A Fourth Segment?

Could the CA legislature just create a fourth segment -with agreements with the CSU and CCC- and bypass UC altogether? A question in mind while reading the links below:

See multiple recent posts here including links to:

Inside Higher Ed UC Faculty Union Says MOOCs Undermine Professors Intellectual Property

San Francisco Chronicle Faculty Spurns Online Course Approval Plan

UT San Diego Faculty Raise Concerns Over Online Education Plan
and now an attempt to explain the bmail drawbacks to students

Monday, March 18, 2013

If It Has Been Going On For Ten it just about the coach or coaching staff?

Interesting narratives being developed in the Person Of Interest Profiles of various Cal administrators/managers effort. Some of the profiles are light/fun; some of them highlight how different work/life options are when comparing their options to other lower ranking workers' narratives; and some of them raise more questions-- this one touches on some important recent headlines: concerning student athletes at Cal.

Just last fall, news that the graduation rate for the football Bears was the lowest in the Pac-12 conference preceded the departure of head coach Jeff Tedford.

Van Rheenen calls that kind of performance — in any sport — “completely unacceptable,” and says a turnaround is in the works.

“Any time you change a coaching staff there’s an opportunity to change the culture,” he says, referring to the football squad. “And we’re very happy with the kind of work that we’re doing with the new head coach [Sonny Dykes] and the assistants to engage the academic parts of these young men’s lives in a much more integrated way. There’s much more time that is being devoted to academics and to the support of student-athletes, not just athletes.”

Van Rheenen points to a moment early in Dykes’ young Cal career that highlights the renewed emphasis on academics in the football program.

“In the first week of classes, he said in a team meeting, ‘I expect every guy on the team to have all their books for every single class by this Thursday. And if someone doesn’t, there’s going to be hell to pay,’” Van Rheenen says. “And by Thursday every guy on the team had every book — and we’re talking about 100-plus guys. I don’t remember that happening in the past 10 years.”

On another note,
there also was a headline up at for several weeks that read: "no salary hikes for UC staff"- on this UCOP memo- it was strange that a campus publication chose to use that wording 'no salary hikes'. Expect it from non UC publications, but a surprise to see it there. Sometimes it looks like management just reclass themselves or do the new position shuffle instead of salary hikes-- then, maybe they can say the lower paid workers aren't receiving "salary hikes" and also run headlines like that-- even in campus publications. Just an observation.

UC’s Failure to Respect Shared Governance and Union Contracts Concerning Online Education - from Changing Universities
"It takes an immense amount of work to produce an adequate MOOC, and a staggering amount of work to produce a really good one."

—Armando Fox, U. of California at Berkeley
"Software Engineering for Software as a Service," 50,000

"I think MOOCs could potentially replace large-enrollment courses with little teacher-to-student contact. It makes little sense for 3,000 teachers to prepare Calculus I annually when one teacher given 10 times the time and resources could potentially do a better job."

—John Owens, U. of California at Davis
"Introduction to Parallel Programming," 28,000 registered

and, you have to read UD's comment there too- Chron Higher Ed on MOOCs

MOOCs Have Become a Straight Business Play - Remaking The University

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Where Does Your Chancellor Stand

A typical lab at the University of California," Richard Dawkins wrote in his book A Devil's Chaplain, "grows 48 liters of HeLa cells per day, as a routine service to researchers in the university."

The Immortal, Shattered Cells of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca J. Rosen

this is another way it has been covered.
and Minding The Workplace is recycling some favorite articles about working in the non profit sector-- yes, strategic planning, burnout and other familiar key words come up-- but addressed a bit differently...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dean Florez Wants To Apply To Replace Mark Yudof As UC President?

Noticed that Mark Leno was next to Steinberg in photos of announcement/presser of SB 520-- assume this means Leno supports SB 520 (?)

At Dean Florez's twitter account: Higher Ed Committee Chair Marty Block tweeted support of SB 520 and also called for passage of SB 547 Public school performance accountability- he said on March 13th "Sen @MartyBlock39: We've maintained affordabilty, now we have to improve access: @proTemSteinberg's #SB520& my companion bill #SB547 are key"

Also, noticed this was Florez's comment on filling Mark Yudof's UC President position: ‏@deanflorez Guess I should apply "online"? ;) RT @LANow: UC seeks president with 'creativity, courage ... and limitless energy'

"Proxy Wars" in Public Higher Ed

a 'round up'-- covered in this article.
University of Virginia’s Crisis Reflects Wider Conflict

more on that here
Is the sequester an intentional effort to try to push researchers out of American public higher education?: Colleges Say Federal Cuts Could Cause Brain Drain

"I wonder if this whole issue is going to prevent people from going into more advanced research where they can really innovate ... We don't really know what it's going to do yet. There's not enough information out. You know the storm is coming." Some university officials say a loss of federal funding from the cuts aggravates a current trend: Scientists already have less time to spend in their labs because they have to spend more time seeking grants. "What the sequester has done is make more dramatic this trend," said Scott Zeger, Johns Hopkins University's vice provost for research. "... It means that people aren't spending quiet time thinking about how nature works."
No, Frappuccino mixed with Bailey's is not the same as an Irish Coffee... Buena Vista

Friday, March 15, 2013

Update: Cal Does Steinberg 'A Solid'

Now the event includes an additional panelist:
Breaking News: The conference organizers added a presentation about Steinberg's new California Senate Bill SB 520: An Online Student Access Platform on Saturday 3/16/2013 at 1:00 PM. Senator Dean Florez of 20 Million Minds Foundation will be joining us for Panel 5. An open letter by the UC Berkeley Senate is linked here.

Some background on Florez comments about online education:
a video interview where he talks about the 34 cent per unit possibilities and changing the textbook industry
and his own press release

The panel he will be on:
Senator Dean Florez, 20 Million Minds Foundation, Senate Bill SB520: An Online Student Access Platform
Pieter Abbeel, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley and edX instructor
Lal Jones-Bey, Business Development, Coursera
Sunita Mohanty, Lumosity
Quinn Dombrowski, Research Applications Developer, UC Berkeley

The schedule for the event is here.
Original Post:
via this event tomorrow:

The conference organizers added a presentation about Steinberg's new California Senate Bill SB 520: An Online Student Access Platform on Saturday 3/16/2013 at 1:00 PM.
An open letter by the UC Berkeley Senate is linked...

--recall that he was inspired by the 20mm event at UCLA and that caused him to craft SB 520...

UC Academic Senate On Steinberg's SB 520: “the clear self-interest of for profit corporations in promoting the privatization of public higher education through this legislation is dismaying,”

Update- Please See: Remaking The University's post on the developments below as well as additional important details.
UC faculty leaders blast legislation on online education expansion in the LA Times

Rhys Williams, Steinberg’s spokesman, said Friday that the bill specifically gives California faculty control, albeit in a new way, over which online courses should be approved and that “nobody is trying to take away power from the faculty.”

He said the senator's office “embraces the opportunity to discuss” the bill with faculty leaders and that its details might change as a result.

However, he said the senator remains committed to the legislation’s goal of helping students.

*bold emphasis added

Here is the UC Academic Senate Open Letter as a pdf

and here is a link to the UC Academic Senate website where they also have links on SB 520- the legislation being discussed.

UC Spent $100 Million Dollars On...

it too- that money also came from students. It happened during the economic downturn years: Regents Vote To Extend Tuition Surcharge

Students from the university’s professional schools filed class-action lawsuits against the university in 2003 and 2010, and in both cases, the court determined that the UC system raised tuition without adequately warning affected students. In total, the litigation process cost the university nearly $100 million, according to UC spokesperson Dianne Klein.

Daily Bruin gives great background: Regents Vote To Continue $60 tuition Surcharge To Pay For Class Action Lawsuit

yep, $100 million and now surcharges that are a never ending PR nightmare.

the LA Times also covers the surcharge here.

Consider this story that broke earlier this week:

UC, CSU Foundations Remain Obscure Despite New Law

The 10 University of California campuses have one foundation each with a total of $5.9 billion in assets, according to the UC Office of Institutional Advancement.

Is the surcharge really necessary?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Woe Unto... The Next UC President

looks like...the search committee has 'delegitimatized' -or, more commonly referred to around the UC as 'f$#%&* you up' already, whoever you are:
Daily Bruin UC Presidential Search Prompts Concerns
UCOP's Patrick Lenz at CA Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education -all three segments CCC,CSU and UC testify during the three hour meeting today.

Unseemly Policy?: UC Students Will Pay For All UC Administrative Failures That Are Not Covered By UC Insurance etc.?

Dunno what to say about it.
'It' being the Kashmiri Fee why do they name it after a student exercising his rights? and what about Luquetta, too?
UC Regent Stein (a future JD Boalt) called the moves "unseemly"-- after trying to struggle for words to describe it.
UC Regent Eddie Island (JD Harvard)- had troubles with it too..
even UC Regent Blum could not even vote for it -- he cut off discussion but then voted "maybe"...

Yudof (an old school common law LL.B. holder) tried to justify it with an assist from UCOP VP Brostrom.. or was it Yudof trying to assist Brostrom on the "unseemly"?
other UC JD grads/UC Regents just stayed silent...

but Stein picked the right word- "unseemly"-- and voted no with Island.

So, now-- will the tuition be entirely line item-ed like this:
pepper spray $x number of dollars
baton $x number of dollars
sex assaults at UC clinic by employees $x number of dollars
student set afire in chem lab $x number of dollars

not all of the $$$$$ in all of those cases paid for by insurance-some went to scholarships too etc.- this is why those stories are put in list form here-- they cost something- and the costs are put on the backs of students

we heard it today that this is pro forma. what's the big deal?

the archive video of the UC Regents meeting this week can be viewed here --agenda, background items here

UCSB The Bottom Line captured some key points:
UC Regents Public Comment Session Draws Attention to Disagreements Between Students and Regents

Charlie Eaton told the story of a UC Berkeley student whose daughter was born with a bacterial infection, and has bills from keeping her in the hospital extra days after the $25,000 cap for newborn care was reached.

“Despite months of information requests, we haven’t been told how many students have exceeded these caps, and how much it would cost if we eliminated it, which would put us in line with the standards of Obamacare,” ...“We’re glad that the UCOP has indicated it will be eliminating the caps on lifetime care and on prescription drug coverage, but we need to address these caps too.”

(What kind of information request is Eaton talking about btw? CPRA or request for info as part of negotiations?...)

Eric Green, a UC Santa Cruz graduate student, summed up a lot of students’ feelings over different fees and tuition increases in the 2013-2014 year. (Bottom Line did not quite get Green's quote accurately-- so, we transcribe it here:

“Please don’t punish students for situations outside of our control or for the mistakes made by others,” said Green.

"So with the extension of the Kashmiri fee: we're really asking please don’t punish students for a lawsuit that was lost by the UC.

For the Student Health Plan we're really saying: please don’t punish students for the mismanagement and the miscalculation of premiums and for the debt that accumulated.

For situations like the governor's proposed unit cap: please don’t punish students for being unable to get into the classes that they need and instead taking away the finances that they require to finish-- even if it’s taking longer- and instead provide more funding so that they can have more sections and be able to get into more classes.”

an odd thing about today- was to hear Sheryl Vacca of Compliance and Audit talk about how great UC is in top down modeling for compliance and audit best practices...
Was she in the room yesterday hearing what we heard?-- that 9,000 people received healthcare benefits off of UC benefits plans when they were not eligible and that it cost $35 million dollars?! Zettel was the only one to say that "students pay for it ultimately"

It could have been $35 million that could have gone to UC SHIP or the 'Kashmiri Fee'...

UC Hospital Whistleblowers Allege Patient Neglect, Harm

It was mentioned at today's UC Regents meeting during public comment, here is more:
UC Hospital Workers Allege Patient Neglect Harm -OC Register

Report claims inadequate resources at UC medical centers from Daily Cal

You might say to yourself - Jerry Brown and Yudof and other UC big wigs use UC hospitals-- well, according to public comment the report discusses different levels of care and mentions VIP services for certain patients...

Here is the five page executive summary of the report "A Question Of Priorities"

the full 40 page report is here

UCOP On Financial Student Support, Cal Grants -Testimony To CA Legislature

CA Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance meeting this week- on Cal Grant Overview California Student Aid Commission; Debate about Federal Funding of Cal Grant program is discussed; Health and Human Services or Education and Cal Grant- TANF funding discussed. Deborah Cochrane, Program Director Institute for College Access and Success and Diana Fuentes Michel of Cal on cuts and fixes to Cal Grant programs. UCOP testimony video embedded below- you can also 'pause it' if you don't want to view it or hear it as you explore other links. (UCOP's Patrick Lenz is also testifying today on UC Finance stuff- will post that later when video is available.)

CSU's Chancellor White says Republicans on a $10,000 degree is just a sound bite

but didn't Dean Florez also say that costs for online degrees could be around 34 cents a unit? Does White consider that also just a sound bite?

and more on Steinberg's latest education moves:
Steinberg’s plan appears to have been closely guarded. While Pilati said she learned of it late last week and one of Coursera’s co-founders saw a draft of the bill a few weeks ago, a spokesman said the chairwoman of the Senate education committee was not aware of the plan until her office was contacted Tuesday by reporters, and the head of the Cal State system had not seen a draft of the bill Tuesday afternoon. Various other California education insiders said they also had not known about the plan or its details in advance.

The bill’s fate is unclear.

Governor Jerry Brown, who has been supportive of online education in the state, said he was excited by the prospect of saving money and helping students graduate faster, but he did not think the bill was a finished product because of political forces at play.

“But how are we going to proceed? I think that’s an open question,” the governor said Wednesday during a separate press conference when asked about the bill. “So I wouldn’t jump the gun too quickly. This is something I’m pushing, but I’m also talking to faculty. I respect their role.”

David Alcocer is UC Interim Director Financial Student Support UCOP
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UC Regents Meeting Thurs 3/14 8:30am PST

you can view agenda, background docs and listen or watch it here.

Daily Cal Live Blogged today's UC Regents meeting
UCSB Bottom Line tweeted the he// out of it

LA Times On UC Merced Altering Its Expansion Plans


You might also recall Assemblyman Richard Pan in this video standing up for student healthcare

well, it looks like some folks in Sacto are trying to make things difficult for him, perhaps because: Within days of winning re-election to the Assembly last year from his new district, Pan signed documents to explore a state Senate bid in 2014, targeting the seat of Sacramento Democrat Darrell Steinberg, who will be termed out.

Steinberg's district encompasses both of Pan's two homes.

recall this latest on Steinberg. Recently he was working the east coast circuit, NY and DC. What does Steinberg want to do after being termed out?
Didn't the UC Fundraising ideas yesterday sound like...Lent? Give up something or do something, do it to help others out...
Anyway, it still comes down too: "what kind of Higgs boson it is" update and as we suggested yesterday: Gov. Brown "but what do I know"

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

UC Payroll, UC PATH and Staffing -"Technologically the system is falling apart and it is a mess"

UC Payroll ops and UC Path- a $175 million+ project-- being discussed during the afternoon session of UC Regents Meeting
Possibility of retention program for PPS... with money for "keeping us going until the end".
you can watch it here you have to scroll to the 1:35 mark and ignore the "private session logo" on the screen...-- the compliance and audit committee does not have a quorum, no Regent M.. (and the audio is buggy like it was at the beginning of the morning session- Sherry Lansing's morning opening comments are playing over the live audio-it stops doing this eventually- but just hang in there.)

They are saying that UC Path/Shared Services at UC Riverside staff will be counted as UCOP employees under Peter Taylor. Zettel expresses her happiness about these jobs coming to Riverside/Southern California- no one really comments about these jobs leaving Northern California.

Launch date is April 2014 and full staffing in July of 2015 with 450 permanent positions and 150 contract positions. How much of the 6% contingency fund is spent is not discussed in dollars--but Taylor says he is fine with it being a li'l over budget and behind schedule if it is done right.

Internal Audit also being discussed. Management Corrective Actions numbers, themes and controls. Themes and PWC's Chancellors Letters.

Oakland Children's Hospital Transaction and their accounting model needing changing comes up at the 2:18 mark.

The Municipal Securities Market- SEC and UC external audit reports discussed with PWC and UCOP's Peter Taylor, who sits on the Municipal Securities Rule Making Board-- he talks about his discussion with Mary Shapiro of SEC on this issue- about how she mentioned it was part of negotiating. He and the PWC presenter made comments about Shapiro's replacement. Also, Taylor said that school districts and others would fight the new regs being talked about and that it would hamstring UC. It was interesting to hear him say that he sits on a board that makes the rules while at the same time saying that UC would be deeply affected by these proposed new rules...

Discussion of the Medical Centers having different IT systems is discussed.

External Audit is made a discussion item. Action to occur tomorrow.

Short staffing on payroll resulting in compliance issues/problems discussed.

Using debt to fund operations practices discussed- this was an interesting question from Zettel.
The State of California asking for $1 billion from UC a while back and UC giving it is discussed at 2:30mark-sounds like State is scheduled to give this back to UC April 23rd.

Zettel troubled by the spending down of resources trends in report.

Pension and Post Retirement now included in the report- driven bottom line down.

Moody's put UC on negative watch if trend continues. In next few days Taylor will send out email on weaknesses Moodys identifies.

meeting ends.

"Make Me An Instrument Of Your..."

What do the faculty want in the new UC President? Faculty Demand a New Type of University President - from NYU to UC.
And, while there note: California Shifts the Ground Under Higher Education -described as "another #online wonk OK w political force shoving #MOOCs onto #PublicUs wo quality assessment or biz plan"
They think California can what..can perfect it? Can make it the same as the degrees conferred for in person instruction...
"If California can actually integrate technology to displace some of the low-end functions of high-end institutions, then we'll really be getting somewhere." in California Pointing the Way to Online Education
By Matthew Yglesias in Slate

Those are big 'if"s

Folks need to remember the comments from Dean Florez at the 3:05 mark here.
Yes, saw it: Bill Gates Has a Solution for Higher Education: Yoda

George Lucas actually seems like he would have the capacity to discuss this in a way that matters-- more than what Gates offers.
blog title result of the news out of Rome today...A Jesuit named Francis. This likely was something the Governor noticed while at the UC Regents meeting today.

UC Regents Meeting Wed 3/13 8:30am PST

Update: The agenda has been revised and added new sections shortly before the meeting- not all changes are easy to identify but one thing noticed is this "concurrent meeting" listing: "10:30am Board (open session)concurrent with Special Meeting: Board (open session) regularly scheduled meeting"

you can view agenda, background docs and listen or watch it here.

Governor Brown is scheduled to attend.

couple of things from today's UC Regents meeting to note:

UC Faculty Rep Powell talks about outreach to Sacramento. Strange given the Steinberg news this morning.

When they discussed Working Smarter Initiative: 9000 people received benefits from a UC employee benefits package when they were NOT eligible or legitimate dependents of UC employees. (Some folks don't have to rush a wedding at UCSF meditation center to get benefits it seems.) UC Regent Zettel tried to tackle this seriously but then - games were played with terms like amnesty and fraud. A very strange exchange b/ween Zettel and Duckett. Zettel had to ask for the number- and Duckett told her the number was 9,000-- but that number is just from the sample pool, that is not the entire number of all records. All records were not subjected to review so the number is very likely much higher than the 9,000 it would seem. When Zettel asked if family pets had also received medical benefits Chair Varner moved on to Brostrom... you can watch this beginning at the 1:46:15 mark here. Zettel says "it is not fair to our students who pay for this" Duckett mentions an "outage" of payments for these benefits to ineligible people etc. to be around $35 million dollars...

The current staff adviser to the UC Regents tried to make a point about a "perfect storm--hook em, book em, and cook em" but it likely was very vague for much of the audience listening...merit increases and performance management.

during buildings and grounds committee -- it was strange how the UC Merced Chancellor was trying to talk up the plans and funding for building a campus that would foster community by building campus structures closer to each other-- Chancellor Leland said it would decrease transportation shuttle expenses, stop the practice of paying for extras on leased space on non UC property-- this was strange given that UC Berkeley is actively pursuing the exact opposite with their buildings -- like the 4th street shared services etc. UC does not have a system-wide policy or approach on this it seems.

UC Regent Stein tried to point out that precisely what he said to Regent M at the last UC Regent meeting is now happening: the sustainability issues of the new UCLA structure that was voted on today has been brushed aside- Lentz confirmed this to Stein, not to be discussed or addressed anytime soon.

Once again the UC Regents have no questions for UCSA...

Looks like the UC Regents are waiting for Dooley and Catherine Cole to present next...they are at break until the next panel attendees arrive. Is Cole gonna ask Dooley about the cat feeding bowl and faculty online instruction model or the leading faculty to create water flowing upward through $$$$$$ comments he made to little hoover - or, is it just gonna be ansel adams?

members of Presentation of Selected UC Faculty Research have stood up the UC Regents?

ok they are now presenting and the governor is present (he is showing books and talking incessantly in Yudof's ear-- they are offering to do a duet for fundraising purposes and Dooley is asking UC Regents to wear rainbow wigs for fundraising.)

See: Daily Cal's Live Blog of the UC Regent's meeting today.

and the UCSB Bottom Line Covers the UC Regents Meeting

The University of California Regents Meeting began with a public comment session during which current UC students and recent alumni voiced their concerns regarding potential tuition and fee increases.

Sophia Murga, a third-year Ph.D student in Education at UC Berkeley, spoke first about the UC Student Health Insurance Plan fee increase for the 2013-2014 year. She believes the UC Office of the President should pay the debt instead of the students.

“The rationale is that the debt was created because UCOP set the premiums too low in the first place,” said Murga. “Students did nothing wrong; they paid the premium that they were supposed to.”

Another student, second-year political science major Devon Murphy, voiced his opinions on the financial aid policy, saying it is not a model that worked very long and asking the regents to work toward finding a way to make university more affordable and accessible.

UC Santa Cruz Ph.D student Eric Green discussed the extension of the Kashmiri Fee, which is from a lawsuit against the Regents in 2003. It is on the agenda for Thursday under Consent Items.

“This fee is unethical and it is concerning that it is in the consent items,” said Green. “For tomorrow, I ask that the Kashmiri fee be removed from the consensus agenda and ask that UC cover the law suit.”

Fourth-year UC Merced student Jonathan Lee spoke about professional degrees’ supplemental tuition being raised for the 2013-2014 year. According to Lee, the fees vary by campus, but all the fees were raised in a single motion in the July Regents Meeting. He recommended that the Regents advocate in Sacramento at the next meeting to increase aid for professional students.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"No entity within the CSU or UC systems collects the foundations' financial information,"... and State Sen.Yee: "I hope that the university community understands that you've just got to be open and transparent about any activity relating to the university, its operations, its students and its administrators,"

From: UC, CSU Foundations Remain Obscure Despite New Law

The 10 University of California campuses have one foundation each with a total of $5.9 billion in assets, according to the UC Office of Institutional Advancement.

No entity within the CSU or UC systems collects the foundations' financial information, but there are so many of them within the CSU that they formed their own group, the Auxiliary Organizations Association. The association did not return telephone messages seeking comment for this story.

The AP requested documents describing or authorizing any payments on behalf of campus presidents and the next two top officials from foundations at three California universities, San Diego State University, CSU Sacramento and the University of California, Davis. That included a request for information about payments made to or on behalf of their family members for "automobiles, housing, renovations, salary, bonuses, health care and education."

The results showed wide variations in how much detail the organizations provided.

A request for a foundation's budget, for example, produced four years' worth of detailed spending documents from CSU Sacramento, which posts its audited financial reports online. In the case of the Campanile Foundation at San Diego State, the same request yielded just two years of its budget summaries, half-page documents with broad categories in which hundreds of thousands of dollars are listed for items such as "consulting fees."

"It's an opportunity, but it doesn't actually make the information public. It doesn't force them to be transparent," Alice Sunshine, communications director of the California Faculty Association, said about the new state law.

People seeking information have to make highly specific formal records requests, but the public is at a disadvantage because so little is known about the foundations' operations.

this story calls to mind this post from a few weeks ago: Towards the end of the meeting, there was a review of campus foundation financial results. The regents seemed somewhat unclear as to what responsibility they had for these foundations which make their own investment decisions.

Monday, March 11, 2013

New Fees For UC Students To Pay

or, should it be called "renewed" fees or "continuing" fees?
We all remember that old instruction-"Make Your Check Payable To UC Regents" - usually after standing in a long line for some sort of service on campus.
For fees, for parking, for this thing and that thing that has to 'get done' on campus.
The Regents say that the campuses run things and the campuses say the regents run things.
Things have not been running well-- for a long while now.

The administrative/operational failures paid for by imposing fees on students- a small fee this time-- that adds up to at least $91 million dollars:

UC Student Fee Covers Past Required Refunds

The seemingly minimal yearly fee, first charged in 2007, will add up to $91 million for UC by the time it expires in 2018, if the regents renew it as expected this week in San Francisco. It's money that students are paying to reimburse UC for tuition refunds to past students that they were entitled to after courts found that the university had improperly raised fees in 2003 and 2004.

Put another way, students are paying for what they weren't supposed to pay for because of the improper way they were told to pay for it. Think of the impossible loops in surrealist M.C. Escher's works, and all will be revealed.

"It is ironic," said Lesley Haddock, a UC Berkeley student who enrolled in 2010 and has paid the $60 fee every year. "For the university to make students liable for their own administrative mistake is really problematic

'If UC can remove caps for certain faculty, certain staff-- UC students should have that also extend to them' - to paraphrase

Update: from Daily Cal on SHIP Advisory Board and negotiations this month.
On Being Sick While At UC, one story (includes comments from UCOP and CA Legislature):

UC Berkeley student fought against cancer and for coverage and in SF Gate

Saturday, March 9, 2013

"Do we have anybody left in the Campus administration that can think logically?"

As the online instruction money is spent with enthusiasm (under whatever latest project names) consider what is being said in these comments about existing UC systems...(also, has IT staff grown or decreased at UC in recent years?)

Comments to "The Good, Not So Good, and Long View on Bmail":

I fully agree with Chris and his analysis. My opinion is that the UCB administration made a terrible mistake in forcing everybody to use bMail. The COE departments had excellent e-mail services with specific subdomains. Then the Campus administration decided to force everybody to use centralized CalMail. Thus, the most of COE departments were forced to discontinue their good e-mail services and replace it with the bad option. At the same time, the IT leadership “forgot” to invest in upgrading the centralized servers. Thus, it was predictable that the CalMail would crash after thousand of users were moved to CalMail. When it happened, it was used as an excuse to get the Campus community to agree to transfer our mail services to Google. Currently, bConnect offers terrible service, for any questions we are forced to wait for weeks, spam filters prevent regular Campus mail to be delivered, so we are now not sure if our mail is delivered or if we are receiving all of our mail. bConnect “forgot” to inform the Campus community about this issues with spam!! I raised this issue with our “Excellence” team, and was not able to get any satisfactory answers.

Even bigger issues is that bConnect is requesting us, in order to transfer to bMail, to have the same bMail ID as our CalNet ID. This opens up the entire UCB Campus to hackers that now only need to figure out what is our CalNet password, because they already know what is our CalNet ID. Do we have anybody left in the Campus administration that can think logically?
Wasn’t the embarrassing outage caused by the decision not to replace the aged, out of warranty servers with new servers because it was practically a foregone conclusion to outsource mail services anyway? The proper way it should have been done was to buy the new systems, and make it work so that the UC would have the proper time and luxury to decide whether Gmail would have been a good choice. Instead, the switch to gmail feels rushed and poorly made. The upper management had already decided the move years before, and started cutting corners in advance of the implementation and now claim that everyone welcomed the decision. That was a very short sighted implementation. The decision likely resulted with one of the CalMail architects leaving the university for greener pastures.

How much money will outsourcing actually save the UC long term? Does the short term savings justify the privacy issue with Google, a company whose main business is in mining everyone’s data for profit? It seems that peoples data are easily bought and sold by upper management.

The UC & gov. seem to always be lagging behind the private sector. The move to outsource had happened with private companies many years before. Now, many of them have already reversed the trend just as the UC is starting its move to outsource. The upper management should actually pay attention to the things that have already failed in the private sector and not follow through on all the foolhardy decisions, just because they were made several years ago.
My experience with bMail as of March 4 may be instructive. Long story short, automated mail from a non-campus domain is now being rejected before getting to my bMail account, because the spam rating is fairly high. NOTE that this mail is not being marked as spam and going to my “SPAM folder”, but simply not being delivered. I have yet to find if the sender is getting back bounce-messages to let them know something’s wrong. I have no idea how much other e-mail is not being delivered, because, well, I would not have any way of knowing (I only know in this case because this automated mail arrived every morning almost without fail, up through March 1).

To their credit, Campus IT professionals are apparently working hard to find out what’s happening and why, and are communicating with me. But as pointed out above, this is transferring IT staff time from direct maintenance of a campus system, to trying to get information out of Google, without necessarily any diminution of time-spent.

It’s quite ironic that there’s an iron-clad “privacy” concern being enforced by Google in its “gag orders” (which I’ve always found abhorrent), while the privacy concerns of the staff, faculty and student users is addressed flippantly if at all.

Isn’t it the case that the IT division was put in a sorry state because of “Operational Excellence” cuts, thus eviscerating our IT service and forcing us to negotiate with an external provider? That is the story I’ve heard, and if it’s not so, I’d like to hear it.

I agree with your statement: “We need to be less infatuated with “the cloud,” but I would prefer to replace “less infatuated” with “more concerned”. Examine how cloud servers monetize data. An excellant research paper to review these issues is the following: Free at What Cost? Cloud Computing Privacy Under the Stored Communications Act, William Jeremy Robison, Georgetown University Law Center April 1, 2010 Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 98, No. 4, 2010 . Pay special attention to page 1215, first paragraph.
You forgot, of course, that the transition to bMail itself was horribly implemented because our IT division is in a rather sorry state

“The University president … is more a mediator between the faculty and regents, between the California governor and legislature, and a mediator between different parts of the student body,” he said.

Will he give a talk at UC Berkeley before he leaves the UC President job? A talk like he gave at UCLA recently...or maybe one directed at students and maybe even staff?? See: Mark Yudof featured speaker at Institute for Molecular Medicine seminar

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pelosi at UCSF on sequester ...

Video: Pelosi points out effect of sequester cuts at UCSF

SF Chron Blog Pelosi talks sequester and cuts to medical research at UCSF:

Areas that the cuts — known as the sequester — affect include medical research and public health. At a press conference today at UCSF Mission Bay, supporters of health programs highlighted what could be sacrificed to the cuts — money for AIDS treatments for people in the Tenderloin, grants to support health research entrepreneurs, National Institutes of Health dollars for new drugs.

“This is about mediocrity,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said. “If we allow international competitors to attract our scientists and our best minds because of the opportunity for the labs and the freedom to investigate and research, we will not be No.1. If you’re not excellent, if you’re not the best, you’re not all-American.”

Pelosi repeatedly called for a solution to the sequester, but said she did not want to get into the details of how the sequester came about.

Is Jennifer Granholm leaving Cal to return to MI to run for Levin's seat? It could be a good thing...
a sign of sanity in the world

"but here in the real world"

March 7th CA Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Ed.
Educational cultural issues--"we're measuring things that other people don't care about" -- "UCs A-G requirements" as a barrier to future employment for Californians, lack of access to adult education, some believe career tech is not being addressed by CA ed policy etc. One senator discusses his life as a student athlete- All American QB- and the traps he faced. It runs an hour and a half-- but the exchange at around the 34:00 is where this stuff on UC comes up.
This discussion about Lincoln Center sounds like the talk about keeping "the talent" at universities happy- the board members provide the 'algorithm for the parking' also rang familiar notes from a UC Regents meeting... Also, the msm views stories and interviews like the Rose piece as 'the Springsteen anthem for the struggling creative class'- the struggling creative class at Lincoln Center... Somehow talent came out of Harlem, Deep South and other places with a lot less amenities, support- so disconnected from the lives of everyday Americans.

"The time for interior space. Psychic support."
Necessary-- for all. The talk about it is so messed up though.
Ah, the Facebook-and students- U.C. Berkeley's Facebook Hook-Up Page Includes Some Dirty Details and Highlander Editorial: To protect students, UCR Hookups must pull out of Facebook. (Will this come up at the next FB Board of Directors meeting? ha)
"but here in the real world"

Thursday, March 7, 2013

At Cal: "While our IT professionals did an in-depth analysis of Google and Microsoft, it seems that the decision to outsource was taken before the reality of the alternatives available to us were evaluated."

The Good, Not So Good, and Long View on Bmail
Chris Hoofnagle, director of BCLT's privacy programs

is this the language of a public land grant university system?: "Google recently announced that it will require government agents to obtain a probable cause warrant for user content. This is important, because other providers release “stale” (that is, over 180 days old) data to government investigators with a mere subpoena. A subpoena is very easy to obtain, whereas a probable cause warrant standard requires the involvement of a judge, an important check against overzealous law enforcement. Google’s position protects us from the problem that our email archives can be obtained by many government officials who need only fill out and stamp a one-page form."

"'It is rumored that some campuses understood this risk, and negotiated a “no data mining clause.” This would guarantee that Google would not use techniques to infer knowledge about users’ relationships with others or the content of messages. Despite our special responsibilities to students to protect their information and our research and other requirements, we lack this guarantee."

"Despite the contract negotiation, Google’s is a consumer-level service and our contract has features of that type of service. There is a rumor that one state school addressed this issue by negotiating to be placed in Google’s government-grade cloud service, but because of the secrecy surrounding Google’s negotiations, I cannot verify this."

*the whole piece is must read*
--and, has "UC Path" spent well beyond its 6% delay contingency rainy day fund? Will they tell the numbers at the next UC Regents meeting?
Very Cool- Good Luck!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

UCSF's Chancellor, Facebook, and the disturbing dialogue by women about women...everywhere

certain themes keep cropping up:

University of California chancellor is second woman to join Facebook board of directors

Facebook says the chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco, Susan Desmond-Hellmann, will join its board of directors.

She will be the second woman elected to the Menlo Park, Calif., company’s board, joining Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg. The company named Sandberg to the body last June after criticism that its directors were all men.

In case you are not aware--Sandberg is the sister of the founder of Facebook-- which is a fact that sends a message of its own.
stand corrected - mixed her up with this for some reason... now promise to read Sandberg's book in full.

More on Sandberg, Women and Facebook
Sandberg's message -- that women sabotage themselves at work in ways that men do not -- has been viral and controversial since she introduced it, first in a TED talk in 2010 and again in a speech at Barnard College’s graduation the following year.

It became even more divisive recently, when drafts of documents from Sandberg’s new nonprofit foundation,, leaked to the press, outlining her plans not just to promote her book, but to launch a crusade, teaching women practical strategies for getting ahead in the workplace. The resulting coverage was hardly friendly. “People come to a social movement from the bottom up, not the top down,” warned Maureen Dowd, who described Sandberg as “tone-deaf to the problems average women face.”

The Tyranny of the Queen Bee by Peggy Drexler WSJ
Though it is getting easier to be a professional woman, it is by no means easy. Some women—especially in industries that remain male-dominated—assume that their perches may be pulled from beneath them at any given moment (and many times, they are indeed encouraged to feel this way). Made to second-guess themselves, they try to ensure their own dominance by keeping others, especially women, down.

The result is a distinctive strain of negative leadership traits—less overtly confrontational than their domineering male counterparts but bullying just the same. Comments on appearance or dress are part of their repertoire—something that would be seen more obviously as harassment when coming from a man—as are higher, sometimes even unreasonable, expectations for performance. Women who have risen in male-dominated fields may want to tell themselves that their struggle and success were unique. As a result they sometimes treat the performance of females who follow as never quite good enough.

It cuts both ways, though: Women aren't always the best employees to other women either. Female subordinates can show less respect and deference to female bosses than to their male bosses.

Was gonna link to the Ashley Judd GWU talk the other day but thought it OT and so left it out -if she runs it will be an interesting race b/c of the demographics involved. Now, in light of the above: here is the link: Ashley Judd at George Washington University School of Public Health on Reproductive Rights, Women's Health, domestic violence on and off campus, violence against women on and off campuses, maternal health and global health. Fast forward through the dean's intro of every GWU faculty member in the room and go straight to the talk and Q and A. Most importantly, there are many resources referenced throughout the talk for both women and men (in various circumstances) who are in college.
Today started with some thoughts about some similarities b/ween the stigmatization stories of women in academia and community college transfer students in public higher ed...

As if all this were not enough, women PhD candidates had one experience that men never have. They were told that they would encounter problems along the way simply because they are women. They are told, in other words, that their gender will work against them.

-both groups treated as damaged goods upon entrance into the arena?

guess there is a theme for the day...and it keeps intersecting with higher ed.

but Ex Officio UC Regent Gavin Newsom's latest run in points out that the game of marginalizing, discrimination is everywhere. His wife travels this terrain too. , including her 'misrepresented' work. To some viewers the Academy Awards were part of the sexism.

Wonder what UC Regent Lansing thought of Seth? And, what UC Regents think of a UCSF Chancellor's new relationship with Facebook? What do you think of it?

You could come at it from a number of directions-- 'Facebook's relationship to the California economy'... 'UC Students Relationship To Facebook'...etc. and there is that old history of Desmond Hellmann and tobacco stock to consider in this too isn't there?-has it all been thought out clearly?

So, Maybe Keep This In Mind

in posts where it is pointed out that Thomas Friedman is hanging out talking Gov. Jerry Brown's ear off for an hour and a half (something California constituents- like students paying tuition etc.- don't get to do with the CA Governor)- well, encouraging folks to also think of the stuff discussed here: An Ad Hominem Attack Against Thomas Friedman

Remaking the University has many really good links today-- via twitter and lower on the right hand side of the screen regarding tuition hikes etc.

and UCLA Fac Blog has separated out several items upcoming at next week's UC Regents meeting-- and has more updates on 'the MOOCs'.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Gov. Brown's Prop 98 Budget Proposal for 2013-14

discussed during CA Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance--CA Superintendent for Instruction and Ex Officio UC Regent Tom Torlakson gives testimony: video can be viewed here. Remember Torlakson was caught right in the middle of the Prop 30 vs Prop 38 battle
K- 12, adult education, community colleges as well as other topics, trends discussed.
Against The Tuition Freeze-in the SJ Mercury News-a belief that a freeze makes the system freeze up
less nimble, less flexible
-- barely a paragraph on it...

Monday, March 4, 2013

UC and the THE Rankings...getting ridiculous or ridiculous all along?

Inside Higher Ed: On the illogics of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings (2013)

How, for instance, did UCLA move from 12th in the world to 9th overall in the THE rankings between 2011 and 2012 at the exact moment the California legislature was slashing its budget to ribbons? Was it because of extraordinary new efforts by its faculty, or was it just a quirk of the survey sample? And if it’s the latter, why should anyone pay attention to this ranking?

LA Times puts out the coveted headline: UC Berkeley and UCLA ranked among top 10 universities worldwide :

Harvard topped the list, followed by MIT, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Princeton, UCLA, the University of Tokyo and Yale in the publication’s “World Reputation Rankings.” The evaluations are based on a survey of more more than 16,000 senior academics.

Other California schools in the top 100: Caltech placed No. 11, UC San Diego 34, UC San Francisco 40, UC Davis 48, UC Santa Barbara in the general grouping between 51 and 60, and USC in the grouping between 61 and 70.

The British magazine also does a more in-depth annual study using objective criteria such as funding and research productivity. In that ranking, Caltech was the highest this year, with Stanford and Oxford tied for second, followed by Harvard and MIT. UC Berkeley was ninth and UCLA 13th in that listing issued in the fall.

March 4th Student Protest for Higher Ed In Sacramento


Daily Cal coverageLive Blog: UC Berkeley students rally for higher education in Sacramento

The Aggie reminder

Coverage from Sacramento Press with video clips
KCRA photos of march.

Remaking the University's latest post: The Current Cost Debate Will Do Nothing Except Hurt Students

Are Sebastian Thrun and Dean Florez Holding Out...

on providing their testimony materials (other speakers/participants have had their materials posted since the day of the meeting) to be posted here? No interest in having a complete record? Dunno. (Also, no video of this particular L'il Hoover meeting-- but usually video is provided for other meetings. Pointed this out earlier.)

But, Daphne Koller's testimony is now posted as a link-- long after the meeting....

Friday, March 1, 2013

Bonuses pertaining to academic performance include Dykes earning $10,000 to $23,000 when the total team GPA ranges from 2.7 to 3.0 and when the team’s Academic Progress Rate ranges between 960 to 980.

See: Cal football head coach Sonny Dykes’ five-year contract valued at $9.7 million

Bonuses pertaining to academic performance include Dykes earning $10,000 to $23,000 when the total team GPA ranges from 2.7 to 3.0 and when the team’s Academic Progress Rate ranges between 960 to 980. Last year, Cal’s APR score slipped to 936.

For on-field bonuses, Dykes will receive escalating bonuses if the team wins more than seven games.

The contract also includes a one-time lump sum of $594,000, which was paid to Dykes on Feb. 15. The bonus is approximately the amount Dykes was required to pay for exiting his previous job as the head coach of Louisiana Tech.

If Dykes is fired by the university before the end of 2013, he will receive $3.75 million. In the subsequent years, that figure will be reduced by $750,000 per year until 2016.

If Dykes leaves the university voluntarily before 2013, he is required to pay $3 million. This figure will reduce in subsequent years.

--keep in mind: this is goin' on with the stadium
-- or, consider it as almost double of what recently went out to the old coach.
or, look at it this way...
it is almost the full $10 Million Gov. Brown pledged toward UC online courses...

UC President Search Has Its Own Website

a website with descriptions, details and request for input- all members of the public are invited to give feedback.
Includes description of: Special Committee, Advisory Committees,Job Description, Selection Criteria, Nominations and Comments, Search Firm, Resources
Regents Home Page, Regents Policy 7101.

UC Faculty and CA Public Records Act Requests

Recall our immediate last post where we pointed to a U-T San Diego article detailing proposed changes to the CA Public Records Act...

UCLA Fac Blog has just posted a link
to this Daily Bruin story: Task force tackles concerns on public records requests

"But teaching university faculty how to protect certain research from public record requests questions the purpose of federal and state open record laws: public access to information and transparency."