Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Congrats to Cal's Angela Hart, and other items

Not sure why outlets at Cal have not given this any/much coverage, but this happened at Nerd Prom -and was without question the best part of the night:

The White House Correspondents’ Association supports a student of The University of California at Berkeley through a $5,000 gift toward a post-graduate degree for a student in the Government and Public Affairs reporting track.

Angela Hart, Oakland, CA

US Army Veteran Angela Hart is a print and multimedia journalist who covers the environment, health care and her particular passion: politics. A proponent of what she describes as ‘explanatory journalism,’
Angela connects policy and politics to the lives of ordinary people. While currently pursuing a master’s degree at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, her thesis project investigates how the Affordable Care Act may leave behind many of the neediest Americans living in the Bay Area. In the past year she has reported on the 2012 election, city finance, and home foreclosures in Oakland’s poorest neighborhoods. She has written for The Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Press, The Huffington Post’s ‘Patch.com’ and a local web publication, Oakland North.
you can watch Mrs. Obama, Gayle King and Ed Henry announce her at the 29:50 mark here.
and see: For whistleblowers, fraying protection This piece was co-written by Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, and former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

Title IX and College Women-- Sexual assault survivors: Title IX is about more than athletics

a link to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts segment about the defunding by US Congress of certain research esp. Poli Sci. Here is the video: Is The House GOP Chipping Away At Research

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Friday, April 26, 2013

UCLA Professor, Ordered To Trial In Lab Death

See: UCLA Professor, Ordered To Trial In Lab Death
"He said Sangji, who had a bachelor's degree in chemistry, never worked with the chemical until she came to UCLA."

(do you give this class of chem to temp workers who are just looking for summer work on their way to study at Boalt in the Fall?-to pay for Boalt etc.- that's the question that keeps coming to mind.)

(Another question: did UC hold off on giving comment to the press on the Suda, Harran and other stories so that they would all break late on a Friday night? -- in hopes no one would notice them... not working.)

Speaking of Boalt and UC Irvine-- check out this piece: Dan Walters, Dean of State Political Reporters, v. Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UCI Law School

Chemerinsky concludes. "In fact, a recent study ranks UCI Law's faculty seventh in the country among all law schools--behind only Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, New York University and Columbia--in scholarly impact."


and yes, at UCI there is this: [UPDATED with Chancellor Response and Investigation:] UC Irvine Asian-American Fraternity Members Produce Blackface Music Video

and campus climate stuff going at Cal, too

UC's Impact On CA High Schools, and other items

see: this Merc News piece "Stringent Graduation Requirements Could Backfire Without Student Supports

California Governor Jerry Brown Contested By Fellow Democrats On Education Funding -- but the Governor is much more popular with voters than the members of the CA legislature, so...

on the Governor's plans for higher ed there is this: Brown's Higher Ed Framework (April, 2013)

Brown's Higher Education Plan Faces Criticism in Sacramento

CSU's Tim White on the Governor's latest move-- Five to seven years to get through CSU?

Cal on the latest on UC SHIP and Oil Tax

at Cal:
'we are operating like a private but we spend our money like a public rationale' and --'he really cared about me'

"Suda is the first UC professor criminally charged for violating the state's system for monitoring and preventing conflicts of interest by researchers on the 10 UC campuses, the AP reports."

see: Tatsuya Suda, Famous Computer Engineer, Accused of Criminal Conflicts from Japanese Telcom Firm's Secret Cash for UCI Research

h/t University Diaries

on the Suda story- take a look at this: for more background.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Video: Hearing on Steinberg's SB 520 and update on "unit caps"

The state leg. hearing video on State Sen. Steinberg's SB 520 can be: viewed here and also see other background materials.

State Sen. Marty Block's SB 547 hearing video is at this link

the difference b/ween 547 and 520 is: discussed here. and :also here

A hint on video posted at calchannel -- you have to toggle forward to where you see people at the meeting and then let it play as normal. Also, note that there were TWO different video offerings from CA Senate on Higher Ed/ Education on April 24th - so don't get them mixed up.
one video is: http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=1176

and the other is: http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=1184

Cal Channel and Distance Learning- Oy! it- the display etc.-- is clunky.

And, see CA Leg Rejects Proposed Unit Caps for CA Public Higher Ed -- the Governor wanted these unit caps.

Here is the video for the CA Assembly meeting on higher ed with the vote on unit caps. -- the agenda can also be viewed to the right of the video. the link is: http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=1173

Changing Universities has this post: Changes to Steinberg's Online Bill and the Governor’s Outcomes for Higher Ed

a "Civil Rights Issue": "Frankly, we're glad that we provoked a strong reaction," Steinberg said, "because it is time to engage with the leaders and the members who have the responsibility to actually cast the votes and pass any change, any major change to the way we finance public education."
for more from the Governor on his K-12 plans see his page with links here. the details on higher ed will come out in May- but some hints in this LA Times article.

Gov. Brown: "If people are going to fight it, they're going to get the battle of their lives," he told reporters. "Everything we have to bear in this battle, we're bringing it."

Gov. Jerry Brown promises fight over education overhaul

and, reading this (it runs five pages): How Jerry Brown Scared California Straight

“People who do things tend to have a lot of money at the end of the day. It’s not the granola crowd who are going to move mountains.”
Then he did some real cutting. “We cut child care—I’m sorry to say—old age pensions, the disabled, the elderly, and the blind. You can’t get any more sympathetic than that,” he says. The only cuts left to make, Brown claimed, were to public schools and, most significantly, the state’s universities and community colleges, which Californians—especially California’s many immigrants—consider a key part of the American meritocratic system.

The only way to save them was a tax increase. To get it, Brown used what he had learned from Howard Jarvis. In the Great Recession, the fervor isn’t antitax, but anti-rich. If President Barack Obama could have put the Buffett Rule to a public ballot, he probably would have gotten it approved. So Brown just wrote a proposition and gathered enough signatures from the public to get it on the ballot.

In June 2011 he tried to call a special election to ask voters to decide on a tax hike, but failed to gather support in time. He was lucky it didn’t work out: The special election would have had low turnout, which favors Republicans. By waiting for last November, Brown got the advantage of a new law that allowed online registration, which created 1 million young, liberal voters, who turned out in huge numbers. He also got lucky that a group of Orange County Republicans put an anti-union proposition on the November ballot, mobilizing union voters.

In addition to schools and community colleges, he would cut medical programs, aid to the disabled, and child health care. “Our breakthrough came because of the breakdown,” he says. “There were more layoffs, more pink slips, more agitation. Cutting was very conducive to the success of Prop 30.” In short: Jerry Brown scared the crap out of people.
When he quotes the Yeats poem Byzantium and I say it describes an opium dream, he tells me I was mistakenly thinking of Shelley’s Ozymandias, then quotes that, too. I tell him how academic that is. “It’s not academic! Yeats was not in the academy, as far as I know,” he says. Which is so academic.
At one point, Brown pulls out softcover books with horribly designed covers, many of which he’s rereading. One of them is Compulsory Mis-education, and the Community of Scholars by Paul Goodman. “He also wrote a book called Growing Up Absurd,” says Brown. “He’s an anarchist.” Gust laughs.

“Why do you laugh at that?” Brown asks, earnestly.

She shakes her head. “That’s not …”

Brown finishes the thought. “Because we’re not in that business,” he says.
The business of politics, he argues, is about storytelling. “We have 2,000 bills. Little bill bits. You can’t run a world on bill bits. That’s not what moves people. There has to be drama. Protagonist and antagonist. We’re on the stage of history here.”

So now he’s trying to tell a simple story about California’s future. When he was a kid, all the movies and TV shows about the future were utopian: flying cars, jet packs, robots, food pills, moon colonies. Now they’re all dystopian. So the action movie plot Brown’s selling is one in which California escapes disaster.

he yells something positive about California—“The sun is still rising in the West”—and quotes Antonio Gramsci: “I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.”

and some Warren Beatty interspersed in the piece
Someone is now very focused on the staging-can't help but think of Sherry Lansing, would she think it looks overproduced? Read the full article.
does David Crane still sit in on closed sessions of UC Regents meetings as an adviser?

"Especially when, as noted by David Crane, president of the nonpartisan group Govern for California, at least 60 percent of the new tax hike will be eaten up by fresh public-pension liabilities that were disclosed only after the November vote. It’s shocking but sadly predictable in California public finance: The bulk of the taxes voters thought would go to help schools will almost certainly never reach the classroom."

UC and Open Meetings...

UCSB Demonstration Protests UC Regents’ “Silencing” of Students
“We have the majority of our UCs here, so it’s ridiculous that they’re doing it in a closed-off space like San Francisco,” Ahuja said. “They put the meetings at 8 a.m. I know the people who went to the meetings, even simply getting into the room was like a hassle itself, and so they strategically make the meetings themselves inaccessible.”

According to Armen, student activism that resulted in the passage of Proposition 30 has caused the Regents to become even more detached from students. However, Armen said she sees the possibility of a Regents meeting at UCSB as a feasible goal, and added that she plans to pressure university officials to comply with a number of specific demands addressing student needs.

“For one, I think what we want to see here is actually a public forum that students have the ability to even attend,” Armen said. “So the point is to kind of criticize the existing excuses for a meeting, which you know are purposely put in places where even if students wanted to engage in a very civil and real way, voicing their grievances, they actually literally can’t.”

Furthermore, Armen said she would question the Regents on the location of the additional funds gained from Proposition 30 passing, saying she would use the right to access California Public Records to eventually gain this information. Armen also said she would ask the university officials to use their “political power” to advocate student issues, as well as pressure them into addressing and endorsing state legislation penned by UC Student Association, such as a student loan debt forgiveness bill.

and a section in this post

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, the Daily Californian ran a story with the headline, “Campus announces plans to construct new aquatics center.” It’s unclear from the story just when this announcement might be said to have taken place, since a public hearing on the proposal was held in Berkeley on April 3. Presumably at least those who organized the meeting knew of the proposal in advance. Still, it’s fair to say that the proposal came as a complete surprise to most of the Daily Cal’s readership—that is to say, faculty, staff, and students. An announcement has yet to appear in the Berkeleyan or on the UC Berkeley website.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Should Parents Do The 'Take Daughters, Sons To Work' If

their workplace is like this?

just throwing the question out there...

for more on the topic in popular conversation lately

what would --Diamonds, Daisies, Snowflakes, That Girl -say?
a round up...What's The Proper Role of MOOCs in Higher Ed? Armando Fox, academic director, Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education

Changing Universities Student Debt and The Stalled Economy

On Gift Horses and Trojan Horses: The Proposed Aquatics Center at UC Berkeley by Prof. Celeste Langan
she's fine alone but luckily for you...
ah, the messages in the tv programming from way back.

A Mess At UCR B School and CSU's Timothy White

see: Former UC Riverside Business Dean Sues School System
The complaint also alleges that the university failed to take effective measures against B-school faculty who violated the school’s code of conduct, which may have contributed to high staff turnover.

After voicing several complaints to the university and writing the California State Auditor, Stewart says White forced him to resign in July 2011, ending his four-year tenure as dean. White, who left UC Riverside in 2012 to become chancellor of the California State University school system,

The paper reports that the school had six deans in five years and that from 2003 to 2012, the number of full-time faculty at the B-School dropped by more than a third.

Stewart alleges that amid budget cuts, part of the MBA degree fees were used to fund the undergraduate business program, which had a sharp rise in enrollment but did not receive additional funding. As a result, he says, the burden “starved the full-time MBA program in Riverside and correspondingly shrunk the UCR Business School in students, faculty, staff, and resources.”

Also see Press Enterprise: UCR: Former business school dean sues university

Stewart said he discovered, when he took over as dean, that money from the professional degree fees charged to the roughly 80 graduate students attending the school of business management — about $20,000 per student — weren’t being handled appropriately. It was one of a number of management problems he found, he said.
“The school had been seriously neglected,” Stewart said.
He said it is the policy of the UC Board of Regents that such funds remain within the school, but that some of the money was being diverted into the general fund. Some of the money, he said, was supposed to help fund scholarships for graduate students.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On that $175 Million+ UC Path Project...

(that UCOP's Peter Taylor told UC Regents meeting he is fine with being behind schedule- and, of course, if he is okay with it coming in late and maybe over budget-well, that's all that matters right? (Update: here is the video of Taylor on UC Path at UC Regents meeting here "as long as it is done right"...) and here is discussion of it from Jan) WSJ on the latest:

University of California Selects Infor Enwisen HR Service Delivery to Support UCPath Center Project
The latest on creating "gold files" about UC students from KTVU- and more on the gold folder initiative here.
UCLA first to ban smoking
see: Brown wants to tie some funding of universities to new proposals
The governor's blueprint includes 10% increases in the number of transfer students from community colleges and the percentage of freshmen graduating within four years.

"Brown's plan would grant 5% increases to UC and CSU over the next two years, and 4% increases in the two years after that, if his conditions are met. But Lenz worries that higher costs for pensions and healthcare would eat up much of the extra money."

"We'd like to go back to the drawing board," said Patrick Lenz, a top UC budget official. The university was not consulted in advance about the details of Brown's proposal, he said.

a game of put up or shut up chicken goes on...

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Gov. Brown, UC, and the May Revise

"Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing forward with plans to shake up California's higher education system, including strict rules on tuition and fees"
Jerry Brown detailing plans for universities in LAT

some at Sac Bee think he is stalling out
Dan Walters: Jerry Brown's big issues have stalled
Gray Davis as UC Prez??!

Leon Panetta as CA Gov.?
F.King Alexander was a hot item as CSU Pres- and: in fact, UC Berkeley gave him a stage, too. He is now going to LSU-- was he considered as CSU Chancellor? an interesting coming and going.
could something like this happen with the UCOP pres search?:
During the search, the LSU Board of Supervisors decided to combine the LSU system president and the Baton Rouge chancellor into one position. Alexander will serve in both roles.
Alexander visited LSU last week to answer questions, describe his background and defend his record, which some critics say may be lacking from an academic perspective. Some of the LSU Faculty Senate criticized Alexander, for example, about lacking an actual research professorship on campus and management experience as it relates to medical schools. The Faculty Senate voted "no confidence" in the LSU board last Tuesday, shortly after the announcement of Alexander as the sole candidate.

“Listen, listen, listen and learn the lay of the land,” Alexander said of his first priorities once he takes over as president.

“The lack of credentials still remains as a fact, on the other hand we don’t know what the potential might be,” Kevin Cope, president of the Faculty Senate said after the meeting. “We have to distinguish between two things -- one is the credentials of the candidate and the deep secrecy of this search that caused the objection from faculty leaders.”

“In today’s world, you recruit your top potential candidates for a position that many, if not most do no want to have their names disclosed,” LSU Interim President William Jenkins said. “It’s the reality of today. We can argue both ways, and I’m prepared to do that.”

congrats Daily Cal!

Friday, April 19, 2013

At UC: "similar ethnic composition"

oh, there's gonna have to be a much longer discussion of that phrase...and what it really means for admissions at UC...

UC Berkeley boosts nonresident admission, maintains similar ethnic composition in admits
Out-of-state and international students rising at UCLA

UC Acceptance Rate of California Seniors At Record Low
The rate fell to 60.6% due to financial constraints and attempts to prevent crowding, officials say. UC has aggressively courted out-of-staters for their extra annual tuition.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Asked what has given him the most grief during his five years on the job, Yudof appeared most annoyed by what he described as a “grand narrative,” which he blamed largely on the media, that “poor kids can’t get into the university, tuition is out of control, and the empty suits are getting all the paychecks.”

Mark Yudof on many things (he brings back the 'grand narrative comment', too)- it is titled: Mark Yudof on Jews, Israel and his UC presidency and a companion piece on "The Off Campus Yudof"

"Asked what has given him the most grief during his five years on the job, Yudof appeared most annoyed by what he described as a “grand narrative,” which he blamed largely on the media, that “poor kids can’t get into the university, tuition is out of control, and the empty suits are getting all the paychecks.”
“I’m on call 24 hours a day,” he noted. “Every day is a challenge; every day there is some kind of crisis, an athletic scandal, funds missing somewhere or a student confrontation.”
Among Yudof’s accomplishments, which even most of his critics acknowledge, is that the UC today is a much better governed institution than it was five years ago.

The improvements, he said, are due to such unglamorous but important steps as cutting phone bills in half, adhering to budget limitations, instituting pension reform and, in general, running “a more parsimonious operation.”

Media reports have attributed Yudof’s retirement to his health, but in the interview he emphasized other reasons.

“I’ll be 69 in October, and after [my wife] Judy and I discussed the matter, we decided that as a law professor I would be under less stress,” he said. “I won’t be on call 24 hours a day. … What I want is a little less attention.”

500+ students stayed up until 5am and talked and voted on an issue... that can't be viewed as apathy.
Don't know what to make of it all --except to say maybe everyone should eat breakfast for dinner and nap --and maybe take better care of their circadian rhythms, hypothalamus etc.

Birgeneau offers his thoughts on the above. He brings up UCPD-- and right on cue there is a new chief appointed at Cal...
UC Davis borrows a page from Cal and tries out a middle class financial aid plan.

UC: "whiny students, unaccountably grumpy faculty and staff members"

that is: one view of UC in the LA Times.

is it how applicants for 'the job' view it?
Remaking the University: "one clear difference is that Block does not require public institutions of higher education to partner with for-profit online companies. Steinberg's SB520 on the other hand, commands that partnering as its very essence." Amended Steinberg Is Still Privatization
UC accepts fewer Californians, more students from out-of-state
Remember the U Mich meeting in LA that Berdahl and Birgeneau participated in-- U Mich wanted to drum up its So Cal donors-- well, it paid off...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Adjunct Profs and SEIU -and a mixed up round up...

Adjunct Profs and SEIU organizing in this post (toward middle)

Changing Universities on the Truth about Higher Ed --in CA a CSU President's (equiv. to a UC Chancellor) recent controversial comments raising questions about instruction at CSU and getting backlash.

The CA Community Colleges-- in L.A. the 'reorg', 'rebalance' admin games go on...

From Boalt: on Fracking in CA

Sometimes wonder about 'Birgeneau and BP at Cal' and how that whole thing went down...what will be the real legacy there?

as you read this SF Chron piece on 'a lib quandry' -consider Birgeneau,BP at Cal, Steyer, Keystone, Farallon Capital, Higher Ed -quite a mix up?- can anyone keep track?

Dirks and Brown are already talking about their next version of Prop 30?! So it is understandable that: the oil tax etc. is getting talked up.

some politico links thrown in too

Reclaim UC has this latest campus effort on BP at Cal and more.

BP keeps being advertised at Cal's "news"center page-- it is the same 'green' (get it?) picture and caption/headline every single day on the right sidebar- why give permanent content on a main page for it? -something that no other academic department on campus gets to have as free advertisement.

in the pop culture--
Darryl Hannah on Keystone and this exchange she had...Greedy Lying Bastards :

(an interesting transcript posted here, scroll toward end)
It won't be Abel Maldonado? (recall Maldonado lost to Lois Capps, UCOP's Nathan Brostrom's mom in law from his first marriage.)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

View Little Hoover Commission Feb 26th Meeting on Digital Learning

described as: "Little Hoover Commission turned the spotlight on digital learning at this hearing, exploring whether new online education formats can help contain college costs while giving California students more access to high-demand classes. Meeting in Long Beach, California at LBCC on Feb 26th, the Commission heard from some of the leading experts and entrepreneurs in online education."

You can watch the video here:

Friday, April 5, 2013

UC Academic Senate Chair and Vice Chair Op Ed On "Interference With Faculty"

Bob Powell is the chairman of the University of California Academic Senate and a professor of chemical engineering and materials science and food science and technology at UC-Davis. Bill Jacob is vice chairman of the Academic Senate and a professor of mathematics at UC-Santa Barbara. They wrote this for San Jose Mercury News:
The future of the University of California: Interference with faculty will diminish one of the nation's top research universities

but is this true? "UC is often viewed strictly through the prism of undergraduate instruction, absent the research mission, with tenured faculty cast only as "teachers," whose work counts only when it takes place in a classroom."

and what do they specifically mean by "unfettered"?

UCSF Blames Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare For Layoffs

"The medical center says the staff reductions are being made to prepare for costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, the sweeping health care reform signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010." SF Examiner

KTVU coverage includes video and mentions interviews on potential impact on patient care.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Retiring from life as a ...martini?

Breslauer, Berkeley's provost retiring: “In this job,” Breslauer says, “you can’t afford to be shaken very often. You have to be stirred, because otherwise you don’t care. But you have to retain a steady hand.”

one in, one out-- and confusion

UCLA Fac Blog on updates on old cases thrown out and new cases thrown in:
the Lofchie case thrown out-- update from the Daily Bruin

and the UCLA Hotel Conference Center Saga-- new developments

Daily Cal on complicated policy.

POTUS' SF Visit, Farallon Capital and Higher Ed, energy and Wall St.

all meet up in: the founder of Farallon Capital, "The firm’s institutional investors are primarily college endowments and foundations."

Here is: coverage of the POTUS visit to SF -- it also mentions Steyer's potential run for CA Gov... which could make him an ex officio UC regent and appointer of future UC Regents...

(for more check out the financial dossier analysis in that Spot.us piece available if you scroll further down - or check out the individual tabs above for UC Regents...some of them have business dealings etc. with Farallon Capital...)

Does Farallon Capital interact with UC Foundations?
would this mean that the UC affiliated nat'l labs would be downsized too?:
Energy IG Pushes to Consolidate Nuclear Labs, Again
remember at last month's UC Regents meeting (during a presentation and panel that included Price Waterhouse Coopers) when UCOP's Peter Taylor mentioned his conversation with: this person about muni bonds regs, changes to those regs? mentioned a while back...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A 'Give Away', A 'Regulatory Capture' ... A 'Taking' ?

Meister Op Ed on SB 520: "SB520 would establish for the first time anywhere a system of legislatively-mandated transfer credits between a public higher education system and the for-profit sector of education providers. This hasty and ill-conceived bill is a legislative giveaway to a growing private industry with no commensurate public benefit or regulation."

Folks are calling it lots of different things different moves in the playbook. (why not specifically call it 'a taking' came to mind-- and then did the google on takings, regulatory capture and interesting reads cropped up...)
The UC Faculty petition is still active and available here.
“Reuters has tried to frame this case as one about the public’s right to know,” Klein said. “It is not. To safeguard the public’s right to know, we have the California Public Records Act, which UC fully supports.” -- do they...in practice?
see: UC Regents appeal ruling mandating disclosure of investment information here is background that the Daily Cal alludes to...
the immediate last post mentioned HIV testing fees for UC students- those relying on that service might also want to closely read the details in this story on data mngmnt out of UC Berkeley.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

At the University of California Santa Cruz, where tuition runs to nearly $35,000 for non-residents, students every year pay more than 30 additional fees — including a small charge for what's billed as "free" HIV testing.

A trend/refrain of 'UC Students imposing fees on current, future UC students' keeps coming up -- yet, the "UC Alumni Regents" never speak about it at UC Regent meetings...

One of the most disturbing things about the last UC Regents meeting (a couple weeks ago) was the complete silence of the "Alumni UC Regents", who hold ex officio status. They are appointed and sit at the Regents table during UC Regent meetings. The Alumni UC Regents did not address the Kashimiri fee, or the casual naming of a fee to be paid by current students after specific UC alumni-- and whether or not that was proper to do when the UC Regents held discussion on the issue. Do the UC Alumni Regents have anything to say about the framing of fees as current students imposing fees on future students? Or, are they just seat warmers for UC Regent meetings?

Are these really 'administration imposed' or 'student imposed' fees?

Here is something that is not exactly the "Kashmiri fee" or "Luquetta fee" but something that maybe should be reviewed by current students, parents, admin- it is where the discussion of the "free" HIV testing fee and other fees are discussed-in a Pro Publica Article titled:
Course Load: The Growing Burden of College Fees

it also includes a section on CSU:
Within the 23-campus California State University system, six schools have adopted some form of what's called a "student success fee" since the beginning of 2011. The annual fees, which different campuses have been using to cover a broad array of things from technology to mentoring programs to athletics, range from as little as $162 to as much as $430 a year depending on the school.

At UC-- did students vote to charge themselves these fees? Have the fees been reviewed to check if students might be double billing themselves (is HIV testing offered for "free" by the county or ??..) --or, did previous students vote to charge future students these fees? there is this exchange to note from the comments section:

Daniel Press

March 29, 4:57 p.m.

Ms. Wang, I would think that, if you are opening your article discussing student fees at UC Santa Cruz, you might look into what those fees consisted of, how they got onto student bills in the first place and how much they amount to. As with some of your other examples, you might even have considered speaking with and quoting someone at UC Santa Cruz.

Had you done so, you might have learned that students voted for many of these fees. You might have learned that our students voted to charge themselves extra fees so that our libraries could stay open longer, a charge that will disappear now that the state budget has stabilized somewhat. You might have learned that students voted for a fee dedicated to reducing the campus’s carbon footprint. In effect, our students have used these fees to demonstrate leadership on issues they care very much about. (You would also have learned that a third of the fees amount to less than $10 per year per student).

As a faculty member at UC Santa Cruz and the father of a college student, I know as well as anyone how expensive college has become. But this kind of reporting merely skims the surface and omits too much context to be of much use.

Daniel Press, Professor of Environmental Studies and Executive Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, UC Santa Cruz

Marian Wang

March 29, 5:16 p.m.

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your comment. I did in fact contact someone at Santa Cruz and get information on the fees, and you are absolutely correct to note that sometimes students self-impose fees.

This story doesn’t fail to make this point, though it may not be as high in the story as you would like. If readers are interested, here are more details on the fees that UC SC have imposed over the years—many were first enacted decades ago: http://studentservices.ucsc.edu/business/student-fees/fee-descriptions.html


Daniel Press

March 29, 7:51 p.m.

Thanks for providing that link, Marian!



New University just now recapped the March UC Regents meeting

and speaking of New University in CA: there is this
UCSF and layoffs after whistleblower report...
Sea Lions keeping a beat at UCSC.
"staring off into space thinking"