Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lt Gov. Newsom's Higher Ed Report, more

you can read it here (32pages-pdf): Boosting California's PostSecondary Education Performance
and Press release-"Today, in collaboration with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) released Boosting California's Postsecondary Education Performance at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. The report examines the state of California's higher education framework and provides recommendations for improvement."

Former Mich Gov Jennifer Granholm's class also had ideas to offer Newsom.
UCSB student who attended meeting with new UC Pres wrote this: The Napolitano Problem: Why Resignation is the Only Solution
and: "The staff don't know if they can trust the faculty, the faculty don't know if they trust the administration.”

more Accenture, Bain, Madden etc. spaghetti/wall experiments aftermath- by way of UNC, now at U Mich... Op Ex for everyone.

Monday, November 25, 2013

“We haven’t systematically and comprehensively reviewed faculty allocations, departments or fields in many years,” Deakin said. “It’s high time for faculty to exert some leadership in this area.”

see: UC Berkeley Academic Senate discusses optimizing faculty size

Panayiotis Papadopoulos, vice chair of the Academic Senate and a professor of mechanical engineering, presented data at the meeting showing a downward trend in the number of faculty since 2009 and an increase in the number of students by about 10 percent since 2004. According to Papadopoulos, there are more than 36,000 registered students on campus this semester, which he said was the largest number in the history of the campus.
“One can only succeed in finding ways to move forward if one understands first of all that the faculty are at the core of the university and secondly that academic planning is a function that, if it is not shared, will fail,” Dirks said.

yep, President Obama interrupted by former ASUC senator at immigration speech in San Francisco
Santa Barbara Independent UC President Janet Napolitano Visits UCSB
Announces Health Insurance Agreement Between UC and Sansum Clinic

Lichtenstein also reasoned Napolitano’s former high-profile position at the Department of Homeland Security and tough stance on immigration will ultimately benefit the entire university system. “[Napolitano’s] aware of the burden she carries coming to California,” Lichtenstein said. “Therefore this is the time to make a lot of demands on her.”

Sunday, November 24, 2013

"At Berkeley, officials are still in the midst of changes and don’t forecast savings until the beginning of the 2016 budget year. By 2020, the university is looking to save nearly $14 million a year,"

could have also titled the post--"I Don't See You. Seen and unseen, 'apart'heid..."

There are several things to note in this Remaking the University post:
Surprising Office Politics At UCSF Mission Bay
-- but, only gonna comment on a couple of them here now:

First, to just point out:
"In sum, a brand new office building is planned for years and receives final regental approval, only to be overwhelming opposed by the affected faculty. Why did this happen?"

--and highlight the fact that the UC Regents meetings happen at UCSF Mission Bay. I watch the buildings and grounds and compliance and audit 'first day sessions' of UC Regents meetings pretty routinely. They begin midday, so, not very well attended. Until the latest UC Regents meeting- where Napolitano came up--that section never really had extensive or engaged public comment. Likely, med personnel don't have free time to go to a UC Regents meeting to comment, but they could have sent a colleague to speak on their behalf-- unless, of course, the employees felt too intimidated- but that would sound too much like the accounts reported during November 20.

It is ironic...the other campuses resent UCSF Mission Bay constantly being used as the UC Regents meeting event space, yet, the UCSF Mission Bay folks don't go before the UC Regents on this critically important office space issue to have their voices heard.
What's going on? Regent M should want to find out, right?
Second the Remaking post on office space directly reminds me of something else I wanted to mention: the UC Regents agenda items on compliance and audit that happened at this month's UC Regents meeting and wanna relate it to an item IHE had on shared services (h/t Meranze pointed to the IHE article in his daily links section also at Remaking the University).

"At Berkeley, officials are still in the midst of changes and don’t forecast savings until the beginning of the 2016 budget year. By 2020, the university is looking to save nearly $14 million a year, according to Andrew Szeri, the dean of Berkeley’s graduate division, who relayed his comments through a spokeswoman in an email."

see: Shared Services Backlash IHE

this section- re U Mich: wrote a Nov. 1 letter to senior administrators protesting an “air of secrecy” around the effort and raising concerns that longtime staffers, particularly lower-income women, would be hurt by the changes, either because of layoffs or pay cuts...In response, senior Michigan officials wrote a Nov. 14 letter acknowledging they were “not sensitive or consultative enough in the planning and communication of this initiative.”

Ok, so there's that sitting out there, and--

At the UC Regents meeting this month - the first day (closed and open agenda items here) included the compliance and audit portion, where UCOP officials briefly mentioned that shared services were now creating the need to re-review and create new controls, processes- business flow apparently not thought through in advance of the move to shared services
...that means new business analysis to replace the already expensive op ex business analysis, that, in turn, means money, more money, space changes (away from open plan?) perhaps, and "issues" until the fix is in place.

Also during that portion of the meeting.. the current staff advisor to the regents asked a question on the 30% rise in whistleblower program numbers cited in a recent UCOP report and received a rather bizarre UCOP response. It was a verbal answer devoid of CA leg history on UC whistleblower policy, no mention of the recent union moves to use the program in their advocacy efforts and how that might also impact on the numbers etc. Instead, a discussion of the UC whistleblower program as though it is akin to a tip line, or a complaint or suggestion box. You can see that happens here at the 1:46:30

Repeat warning letters to Irvine, San Diego, Los Angeles etc. mentioned also in that section of the meeting.

If you go to the section on public comment (Ground/Buildings and Compliance/Audit share the same public comment section) -no talk about office space at UCSF Mission Bay.
Still bugged by Napolitano's statement that she hasn't seen the viral 5 minute video put together by underrepresented Black Bruins -UC students at UCLA
Not great for the new UC President to message-- I don't see you.

Governor Brown recently raked in several million dollars from movie industry folks in Los Angeles, don't know if Regent Lansing attended.
and, there's:
Reflecting a UC-wide trend, UC Berkeley students are also paying 17 percent more in dorm and dining hall fees. And that's after inflation.UC Berkeley estimates that other student expenses have increased far faster than inflation as well.
So with more hidden fees than your checking account, UC Berkeley estimates that it will
cost $133,280 for an undergraduate student to earn a degree in four years.
At UC Berkeley, the campus reported that it met just 79.4 percent of new students' official financial need in 2012-13. That's down from 94 percent in 2001-02. UC-wide data shows that after dipping to $16,798 in 2006-07, the inflation-adjusted average debt of UC's student borrowers upon graduating has increased to $19,751.

-EastCoast might think that's a great number -but there are other California costs happening concurrently and after grad those costs increase, so...
There is that Sebastian Thrun re-do MOOC talk on his Fast Company interview. (Thrun happens to live in this same community where these things are happening, he has some 'skin in the game' so to speak- but the area is gated in multiple ways-mentally,physically,- so, maybe he 'does not see them', either. But, one of them involves Napolitano's alma mater,so...) I do think eventually he is going to pivot and give an interview venting his frustrations with the current higher education framework... it would not be fun to be cast forever as treating poor students at San Jose State the way this guy treated Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon.

Silicon Valley does not have complete, easy answers for hard Higher Ed/World challenges... leaned in feminism, (office) space planning, instruction, curriculum dev.
'I didn't see it'- but... it will be seen:

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Napolitano To UCSB and "Black Bruins" At UCLA

escorted by some from UCOP on her visit to UCSB (including Brostrom, who -strangely- attended this event for students but did not attend the recent UCSB townhall on the UCSB benefits packages debacle handled by his group etc.)

here is photo gallery: Closed meeting between UC president Janet Napolitano and UCSB’s student leaders

Protesters Express Outrage Over Napolitano’s Exclusive Meeting with UCSB ‘Student Leaders’
from KQED- (why hasn't she watched the short video yet?) UCLA Video Decries Tiny Number of Black Male Students; Napolitano Responds

full "interview" here - imo it was not a hard hitter, more PR friendly than investigative:

Student Initiated Petition "Petitioning UCLA GE Diversity Requirement UCLA has less than 50 Black males in the entire freshmen class. This needs to change. Petition by Sy Stokes" available here

Napolitano is not directly addressing the number of qualified Black AFRAM applicants and the status of admission or denial. She keeps making the same canned comments about current high school students taking proper courses and the $80,000 blue and gold plan etc. She needs to address directly what was in the applicant pool and what the results were. Who received acceptance letters and who didn't? Who returned letters of intent, arrived on campus and who didn't, and why?

Also, why are we seeing the same trend among faculty hires? Is that also a solely "preparation" and "financial" issue? When does she see these as race-based and when doesn't she see it as race-based?

(you can also watch the full intro to their piece and how they frame UC current challenges here.)

Friday, November 22, 2013

UC Pres.- On Diversity, Academics and the Undocumented at U.C.

First, see an op ed:
Viewpoints: Napolitano needs to make equal access a priority at UC schools

And, then:
Q&A: Napolitano On Diversity, Academics and the Undocumented at U.C. includes diversity of faculty, value of humanities, universities and the public intellectual, public service, public mission (gravelly voice, she needs water and lozenge.)

Janet Napolitano from New America Media on Vimeo.

Today--somewhere in b/ween this and this and this
...and Marilyn and John Jr (thought of him when the fly-over didn't happen today)- it's mixed.

Gov. on Rainy Day Valley

see: Jerry Brown says lawmakers should save budget surplus for rainy day

“The question is, ‘When do we get the next valley?’” he said. “And the only way to avoid that is to put it in a rainy day fund, to say no when necessary, along with saying yes when that’s appropriate.”

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office projected Wednesday that the state will enjoy a $5.6 billion surplus by June 2015, with annual surpluses reaching $8.3 billion by the 2016-17 budget year. The office urged lawmakers to hold much of any excess in reserve, warning that even a moderate economic downturn could knock the state back into deficit.
“We have deferred maintenance on our roads, that is serious, we have unfunded and growing liabilities in our pension and retiree health – state, university and local level,” Brown said. “That’s real.”

also real: Part of CA Is Sinking, another kind of rainy day valley--near his speed rail project. He will address it in a few weeks.
LA Times UCSB meningitis issues, yikes
The disease causes high fever, severe headaches, rash and increased sensitivity to light, according to health officials.
To avoid getting the illness, health officials advise such precautions as washing hands frequently, not sharing utensils or water bottles, staying home when sick, keeping away from others who are ill, and covering one's mouth when sneezing and coughing.
Smokers are at increased risk of meningococcal infection, officials said.

not linked to Princeton...

Time Mag -"Campus Contagion"

(p.s. thinkin' 'bout those UCSB benefits and UC Care again...)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Battle of the Papers on Cal Athletics Grad Rates

your gonna have to look at all of it and use your BS detector:
The UC Berkeley PR folks put this out:
Sharp improvement in Cal Bears’ graduation rates, NCAA reports

In it, this quote: “We saw a lot of incorrect information being spread around about how they’re admitted, their experience while here and their outcomes. We wanted to provide correct information in the hope that the campus conversation would turn in more productive and useful directions.”

They are scrambling to create an administration friendly task force comprised of -- who knows...

The former World Bank guy, John Wilton, vice chancellor for administration appointed by Birgeneau has written a new paper on this topic

Apparently with a 'sensitivity' to the latest developments...Bob Jacobsen, executive associate dean in the College of Letters and Science and the campus’s faculty athletic representative and Richard A. Rhodes, an associate dean who heads the Academic Senate's committee on admissions, also have a new paper: “Student-Athlete Academic Performance at Berkeley: A Look at the Facts”

From a staff "principal architect" this: the Academic Improvement Plan

So, the above look like they are the new gadgets and gizmos the PR folks are putting out in response to this recent SF Chronicle news story: Cal's shockingly low athletic admission standards

based on this Center for Studies of Higher Education -CSHE- (a center at UC Berkeley comprised of retired high level admins, emeriti faculty,etc and a handful of researchers) report by John Cummins and Kirsten Hextrum go to http://cshe.berkeley.edu/publications/publications.php?id=449

(former Chancellor) Birgeneau also is part of CSHE and so maybe he will put a paper out there, too or, maybe address it in his Lincoln project work, or...

More detail on the CSHE paper and the companion campus talk in this blog post from San Jose Mercury News outlet: Cal athletics: Blown budgets, abysmal grad rates, the stadium financing mess and Sandy Barbour’s future

and the SF Chronicle also had this follow up on the report: Cal Admits To Serious Student-Athlete Flaws

and for some additional history see this previous post: If It Has Been Going On For Ten Years...is it just about the coach or coaching staff?
somebody is going to have to offer a free of BS timeline that includes the specific years, the grad rates, the personnel present during those years in order to figure out what is really goin' on -- doing a battle of the papers and drafting new design plans does not seem to be a believable fix.
imo: still (can't help it) love football, h8 concussions, h8 athlete exploitation, h8 student exploitation. also non athlete students need to be treated fairly, and UC prospective student applicants also need to be treated fairly in that process. read the above reports, coverage- decide for yourself.

"The buck stops"... nowhere it seems.
UCLA football had a sweet proposal
and, students fight back against Keystone XL systemwide

"Cal has hired six full-time employees to beef up his staff, which provides tutoring and advice to student athletes."

some UC Berkeley faculty and staff were sent to a newspaper to do damage control on facts. (facts that led to their program getting six new full time employees- that happening with your program?):
Cal Admits To Serious Student-Athlete Flaws

But UC Berkeley officials questioned the correlation between low admission standards and poor graduation rates. They said athletes admitted to Cal under lowered admissions standards still have the opportunity to succeed, but some student athletes get caught up in situations that prevent them from doing so.

"It's something in the culture," said Richard Rhodes, an associate dean who heads the Academic Senate's committee on admissions. "The coaches tend to be afraid of certain courses. So, students delay in taking them."

As a result, some student athletes at Cal avoid courses deemed difficult to pass by their coaches. And some of those courses are required to graduate. Rhodes identified classes in "Quantitative Reasoning" and "Reading and Composition" as two such courses.

The issues among student athletes at Cal vary wildly by sport. While revenue-generating sports such as men's basketball and football have suffered dramatic reductions in graduation rates, other sports, such as women's lacrosse and crew, often boast near-perfect rates.

To address academic issues encountered by student athletes, Cal has beefed up its Athletic Study Center, headed by Director Derek Van Rheenen.

Van Rheenen said Cal has hired six full-time employees to beef up his staff, which provides tutoring and advice to student athletes. The department has had some recent success offering core courses over the summer months, when student athletes may have less hectic schedules.

Wild: E-mails reveal safety concerns before Cal power outage & explosion
and video background
Guess they are trying to figure out how to talk about it- trying to understand the 'townhall' process etc. at UCLA:
Students defend professor after sit-in over racial climate
SF Chron Coverage of Day Long Strike
Changing Universities: Protesting, Dissent, and Unionization
and Daily Cal has posted more coverage of the Day Long Strike here
pix and this

Bears do love the rain-- scent of pine trees, eucalyptus.
UCSB and UCSC and lot of UCSD and more UCSD and the LA Times coverage

you can check out a lot of it - and detail on intimidation from admin- right now by checking out this twitter handle and scrolling. and more UCB

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

UC Day Long Strike Coverage- Nov 20

Reuters: University of California hospital workers launch daylong strike

ABC Local

Limited Order Bars Only About 50 Workers from UC One-Day Strike Today

Daily Bruin Coverage

Daily Cal Coverage

Daily Nexus

UC Irvine New University coverage

UCD Medical Center workers join systemwide one-day strike

Napolitano Visits UCSF. Berkeley soon?

her visit to UCSF covered by the PR folks there.

Synapse only puts up new content on Thursdays - so check for their coverage later.

if she is keeping to her schedule to visit all campuses by the end of this month - then Berkeley has to happen fairly soon.

that 'decline of the humanities' thing again...

Decline in the Humanities in Higher Education

Host: Michael Krasny
Debra Satz, professor of philosophy at Stanford University and senior associate dean for the humanities and arts

Richard Brodhead, president, Duke University; co-chair of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Scott Saul, director of undergraduate studies in the English Department at UC Berkeley
...grain of salt- but also wonderin' -what are we in for?- Senator McCain on Napolitano: "I have been frustrated by your predecessor’s obdurate refusal to provide important, relevant information. With that in mind, I am requesting prior to the vote on your nomination to lead DHS, this question: if confirmed, would you agree to provide me with the information I requested then-Secretary Napolitano in the attached letter?"
what comes to mind while reading this?:
Calbuzz Big Ag’s Secretive $50-Million Obamacare Contract

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CA Speaker Perez to UC Provost: "I am actually offended by the notion that mine is an external concern...

"... The Governor, the Lt. Governor, the Superintendent and I are all regents as well. So, we wear multiple hats and not one at the exclusion of the other. And, if you actually look at the questions that I was raising- they were questions based on what is in the interest of the UC on the one hand, and, then secondarily, what the internal and external budget considerations are -but they were predicated on the notion of the interests of the UC and particularly our ability to compete for the best PhD candidates possible, one -- and to be as competitive and have the greatest ability to use the resources of the grants, two. So, I want to be very clear that this is not an internal or an external conversation."

background-see: at the 1:53:40 mark (toggle to it) in this video from the morning session of the UC Regents meeting on Nov 13 during the educational policy committee portion--(just before the above quote happens) Speaker Perez asks the UC Provost a lengthy, multifaceted set of questions regarding considerations/questions he will likely get from his colleagues in Sacto when they focus on requests for increased funding from Leg to UC.

Provost response could be perceived -initially-as a slight,dismissive, expressing a disregard for the U of California aspect

also, "for those of us who don't have to worry about the state"--...ugh.

like some sort of incidental provenance

...she then apologizes, tries to take a different tone.

The Faculty Rep also follows up while throwing in numbers on current state support for UC.
On :other things that happened at the UC Regents Nov 14th meeting and on Limiting Hospital Strike Participation Tomorrow

on Title IX - it is UCLA along with UCB - the LA Times calls it "regular" review but it is labeled a leg high priority audit. more info here on the upcoming April 2014 report.

this is also in the works: UCLA and UCSF Med Staffing and Finances audit with a report Jan 2014

"Before Napolitano comes to the Legislature for more money, she needs to find serious cost savings at each of the campuses, starting with reducing unsustainably high salaries for administrators and rich pensions that taxpayers cannot afford."

Sac Bee Editorial: University of California’s unfunded pension liability is a hard reality sandwich
some of it goes like this (p.s. Napolitano made a statement at the Regents meeting. she walked around to the speakers table, facing the regents. Usually the UC Pres just makes the opening comments from the chair among the regents. Also, Sac Bee seems to be monitoring her word count b/c they reference it here and they also referenced her word count on her Commonwealth speech- maybe highlighting wordiness and lack of content on the tough issues, or...):
In her prepared 2,500-word statement to the regents, the former Arizona governor and homeland security secretary used nine words to say how at least part of the additional money she is seeking would be spent: The university needs “additional funding for UC’s retirement plan and enrollment growth,” her statement to the regents says.

The money would not pay for smaller class sizes, or even higher faculty salaries, but rather escalating pension costs. Alas, the need for “additional funding for UC’s retirement plan” is a reality sandwich.

For 19 years ending in 2010, regents required no contribution into the UC pension fund, evidently believing pension fund investments would continue to increase in value in perpetuity. Now, the university must pay $1.2 billion a year toward pension costs to deal with its pension liability.

Students, their parents and taxpayers should not be expected to pay for UC’s mistake. Employees, especially ones whose salaries are at the upper levels, need to pay a greater share of their retirement.

Good government pensions were justifiable when government salaries lagged behind what people in private enterprise earned. But golden pension benefits are hardly reasonable now that University of California administrators’ salaries regularly exceed $200,000 a year.

The Bee’s editorial board endorsed Brown’s Proposition 30 to raise taxes by $6 billion a year in part so that the state could continue to invest in public education, which is fundamental to California’s future. However, the voters did not approve the tax hike so that people paid rich salaries can retire with fat pensions.

"The problems we face in 2013 are the same ones we faced in 2011. So, I don’t want Occupy Cal to be a fairy tale that ends with the inauguration of Chancellor Dirks."

see: Occupying for a better Berkeley campus


Monday, November 18, 2013

CA Governor on CA Leg and UC: "we pushed the legislature to get this we had to use our muscle to get this done"

and On His "Jesuitical Harshness"

on a $100 million savings for UC- the Governor said
"it is hard to express these things clearly but what we are seeing here is a couple of things
1- the university tried to do this and the legislature would not go along and they would not go along b/c there is a powerful force that was trying to use this to pressure the university in their discussions which are sometimes called negotiations and i just want you to know because sometimes you think my Jesuitical harshness is not nice but i just want you to know we pushed the legislature to get you this and we had to use our muscle to get that done even though I like to deliver these hard truths you have an ally, a skilled ally, in the trenches in Sacramento so there was some arm wrestling here and we got it"

see the video at the 2:00:43 mark

this highlights the difference sometimes between CA and UC interests. what negotiations of the CA Leg was he referring to? tried to find news account but hard to find detail.
at the 1:25:45 mark When Regent Lansing mentions that she sees it as unfair how UC is 'not treated equally' compared to the community colleges and CSU systems- does she also acknowledge at the same time that UC has greater autonomy than those other systems as well? Is UC willing to give up some autonomy in exchange for being treated similar to CCC and CSU on pension contributions?
Cal Pol Issues has the audio and coverage of "UC Regents and UCOP Discuss Retiree Health including savings from moving out-of-state retirees to exchanges and potential to apply same approach to in-state retirees."
other stuff--Reed has a response piece to a post mentioned earlier- at CalBuzz

sounds familiar?

Make of it- what you will:

UCR Faculty Association Letter To Colleagues On UC CARE and Riverside (Hint: It Is A Lot Like Santa Barbara)
and others are trying to compile in order to find out what is going wrong...some are trying to reach deals in the midst: New Nurse Contract Said to Avert Participation in Nov. 20 Strike

Peter Taylor talked at the UC Regents meeting about the feedback he has received from UC employees on some of the above, he also talked about the difficulties he and his staff have had in putting together these arrangements, you can see his full presentation on multiple items begin at the mark 1:53:30 in this video link, where he says some are on the receiving end of some angry, profane, and even vulgar feedback --also mark 2:17:33 for comments on benefits feedback received
and 'hiring practices and age of employees' at the 2:16:02...Duckett at the 2:23:00-- out of state retirees benefits discussed too --also see 2:31:45 comments that this is the way they are gonna continue to go

the Governor calls it heartburn, different paradigms

The: 'Scurrilous' --all over again? The transparency issues all over again too?

2011 all over again?
"The outgoing Vice Chancellor sanctioned violence against students and professors in 2011 in an attempt to discourage the establishment of Occupy Cal; he appears to be filling a similar role today in sowing confusion and fear amongst faculty and graduate student employees who are considering engaging in or supporting Wednesday’s historic strike. This attempt to thwart what could be one of the largest strikes in UC history thus constitutes one of Breslauer’s last acts as Vice Chancellor. But where is our new Chancellor Nicholas Dirks in all of this?"

Is Nov 20th gonna be 'System-wide Pissed Off At UC Management' day?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

UC Pres asks: "Do you think there's an adequate connection between basic research and applied research that's marketable? And how do you build that understanding from where you sit?"

Napolitano: One way to think about it is, when you think about California, it's that whole notion of the "California Dream" — that in this state, uniquely, you can make of yourself whatever you wish to. And Silicon Valley is really the California Dream on steroids. So you think, "Well, what can fuel that?" The University of California was probably one of the, if not the best investment, California's founders made. To be able to have a system 10 campuses wide, five health science centers, three of the National Laboratories, to have a system like that as the backbone for this state, and for this area's creativity, innovation, competitiveness, is so very, very key. So what I think we do is we really keep pushing and bringing to life that whole theory of the California Dream.
Napolitano: I've just completed my first full month on the job, so I'm still learning and listening. But I've spent time on six of our campuses, and will be at all ten by the end of November. Met with administrators, faculty, staff, students, graduate students, post-doc students. So right out of the gate, it's — we're a public research university. That's a somewhat different role than a public university. We need to support that research function. And that is fueled by not just your undergraduates, but your graduates and your post-docs; and with the downturn in California's economy, the withdrawal of state budget resources, the cuts in federal funding, that's an area where I thought we could put a little extra seed money this year, right now, out of some funds I've identified. So putting more money there. And putting more money in to make sure that the so-called "dreamers" on our campuses have access to the resources they need, in part because they don't qualify for federal resources. Until Congress passes immigration reform, or passes a statutory dream act, they're really caught in the system. So really seeding that, and communicating that our university's doors are open to all who qualify academically. I also know that we're not doing a good enough job explaining how wide open our university's doors are. When I explain that families making under $80,000 a year pay no tuition at the University of California, I usually get some gasps of surprise; and, sadly enough, I get those gasps in low-income schools where you would think people would know that. As the president, I want to make sure those doors stay open but that people know how open they truly are.

Anne Gust Brown: It sure is, yes!

Marshman: Do you have thoughts on the UC system and its challenges?

Brown: I haven't thought as much about the UC system as some other areas that I've had to be involved with. But I would say it's a very daunting challenge that Janet faces, and not just about how accessible the university is, but I think the whole idea of what is a university now, and what does it mean. We talk so much now about how we're trying to prepare students to go into the work force, which, of course, is very important. But I don't know if we're talking a lot about how we prepare students to be citizens. When you look at the dysfunction in Washington, and across the nation; and when I think of some of our big problems that we face as a county, when we think of the Wall Street fiasco that we just went through, I don't think it was [because] people didn't know enough math. I think they knew too much math. I think they didn't know enough values. How do we instill back into our citizens real core values, and how do you focus on that, especially when the pressure is so much about how are they going to be prepared to get a job, which, of course, we want everyone to be prepared to do. But I think it is so much broader. I would encourage you to think a lot about that. How are we coming together as a country with common values and purpose?

Marshman: Let me ask everyone here, do you have any advice for the new president? I'm sure she's not getting enough of it. What do you think she should be doing? Here's your shot!
and, there is also this:

Napolitano: I'll go for a story, and that is when I first decided to run for office as attorney general, I had announced my campaign manager, and the next thing, a reporter calls and says, "Janet, that was a great announcement. I have a question. Janet, do you intend to run as a woman?" (loud laughter.)

"Women in Leadership: Gaining STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)," moderated by Barbara Marshman, editor of the editorial pages of the San Jose Mercury News and San Mateo County Times. Participants were:

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California; Anne Gust Brown, First Lady of California and former executive at The Gap; Shellye Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream; Donna Dubinsky, board chair and CEO of Grok, Inc.; Julia Hu, founder and CEO of Lark.

More here: This is a lightly edited transcript of the conversation.

Napolitano also gets an open latter from faculty at UCSB

as far as Gust Brown (wife of the President of the UC Regents, he appoints Regents etc.): pointed earlier to this article on 'first lady'
and,yet, w/in the transcript there is:
Marshman: Anne, did you have thoughts on the leap? I mean you took it under unusual circumstances, from helping to run The Gap to —

Brown:To marrying Jerry Brown.

Marshman: To marrying Jerry Brown.

-does that help?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"the term “Los Angelism” as a euphemism for the influence of major college football, which, his research suggests, began at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus and spread to the older, more academically-inclined Berkeley branch."

on that recent: SF Chron story about Cal admissions and athletics... Cal's Shockingly Low Athletic Admissions Standards it ends on this note: If the paper is ignored, say the authors, Cal might as well admit that "the reality of big-time sports of football and men's basketball (is) primarily a business enterprise."

but, there's more- so, looking around, here is: the full CSHE report it is based on

SJ Merc blog covers the talk that accompanied the paper: Cal athletics: “Los Angelism Spreading North” and the future of intercollegiate athletics on campus

The 90-minute discussion was informed, wide-ranging and provocative, but it didn’t scratch the surface of the discourse required of the university’s athletic, academic and administrative branches.

Cummins uses the term “Los Angelism” as a euphemism for the influence of major college football, which, his research suggests, began at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus and spread to the older, more academically-inclined Berkeley branch.

After years of studying Cal’s athletic history, he believes, “There’s never been an effort made to clearly define the role and purpose of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports.”

Here are the recommendations from Cummins and Hextrum. I don’t expect everyone to agree; in fact, most might disagree. But the discussion is essential.
read the article for the outline/list of the recommendations.
and Cal Pol Issues at UCLA Fac Blog brings up the 'grand capital projects at UC' game .

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Napolitano On Brown's Comments and On Wanting to be UC Pres not..that other job

see video :

here is the direct link to the story w/ partial transcript and add'l background..
- in the live broadcast of this news story it included comments from Gov. Brown made just outside of the UC Regents meeting today but for some reason they have removed that section.
and more coverage of the UC Regents meeting here

Gov Brown's wake up call to UC

also, important to note that Speaker Perez was not present at today's meeting -- where many things were said about the CA legislature.
He had an interesting exchange with the Provost at the 2:00:00 mark here at the Wed. meeting regarding doctoral support etc during the education policy committee section

True Stories of UC Blue and Gold Recipients, Governor Brown's Remarks on UC Tuition

so to highlight other issues from today: look at the video from today's UC Regents meeting

at the 26:00 mark begins public comment from students who are recipients of the Blue and Gold program (a program touted as a fix for struggling students)- this section is important because it is capturing what is happening with undergrads (coverage yesterday of doctoral issues and the grad students and their union efforts)

at the 57:00 mark (after a lengthy in depth presentation on UC tuition) are the Governor's 'get real UC' remarks on tuition increases, he also mentions that unfortunately students are the default financiers of higher ed (he has said this quote before) and he throws in words to the effect of 'you can never make AFSCME happy no matter what you do'- which makes some regents howl with laughter - his comments are extensive and Napolitano responds to them.

Remaking the University: The Old State Funding Model Is Dead: What Will Replace It?

in case you aren't catching on... a critically important discussion today.

Napolitano Feels Misunderstood

No one at UCOP or on the Regents seems to understand that they have now made the UC Regents meetings a magnet for broader non UC-centric issues to take center stage...
how could they have NOT anticipated this? protest also now coming from potential applicants/HS students, those affected by other non UC policies etc. She is going to do outreach over time to try to ameliorate, huge task.
see Sac Bee coverage VIDEO: Janet Napolitano says student protesters have the wrong impression

lots of coverage of tuition yesterday and in early editions this morning- but the Governor and Regents had a not so rosy discussion of UC tuition during this morning's UC Regents meeting...
anyway, til those stories post- here's more:
SF Chron coverage of tuition

KTVU coverage w/video and their story on int'l students and trends


UCB Faculty petition re: Grad Student support

UC Regents Meeting November 14

happens today and can be viewed or listened to here along with agenda items etc.
Thursday, November 14

8:30 am Committee of the Whole - Public Comment (open session) (pdf)
8:50 am Committee on Finance (open session) (pdf)
11:30 am Committee on Compensation (open session) (pdf)
11:45am Board (open session) (pdf)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Purging of UC Regents Meeting Video Archives?

Looks like UC Regents want the public's support.
not necessarily public engagement with UC issues...
see the policy: Video files for past open session meetings are available for one year after the dates of the meetings.

If you look at the upper left hand section here: the video archive of UC Regents meetings will begin to be purged starting in January 2014- two months from now.
So, if you want to look at the January 2013 meeting on video after January 2014, well tough----

If you watch the UC Regents meeting and you observe several folks at desktops and laptops in the corner-and w/ cameras by the public comment microphone- those folks are putting in the labor to bring the video to you- that costs money-recharge$, labor$, equipment$. All of the funds that go to produce the video archive will go down the drain along with the purged video. Or, maybe it will go off into some private inaccessible library somewhere??

Does that look like waste to you?

At least Mark Yudof and Regent Lansing have- as their legacy: that they brought the video coverage and 1 year archive. Kind of trying to look like Minnesota and Texas, higher ed systems that archive their video permanently. Policies that develop over years and years are archived for years and years - makes some sense right?

Is this purge action the legacy Napolitano and Varner and Ruiz want to leave behind? The legacy that, under their watch (as Pres., Chair, and Vice Chair) UC Regents video archive of their meetings began to be purged.

Video is important, it has a value over just audio only. (SCOTUS debates this in a different way and there are other considerations in that forum as opposed to a public meeting)

btw, the 12:00 mark and the 3:37 mark are important sections of today's meeting it includes public comment at the 12:00 and at the 3:37 the UCSA student leader presentation- he talks about divestment from fossil fuels and re: UAW and AFSCME he asks UC Regents to bargain in good faith etc.-- Napolitano 3:42 and Speaker Perez 3:42:50 respond to his comments on the unions and current negotiations. Perez raises some 'important steps Napolitano has taken to end undue strife' in the negotiations-- during public comment several employees at med centers described intimidation tactics they endured - not sure if these are related. Interesting sections.

Anyway, if you value being able to see UC Regents meeting w/out having to attend in person - you might want to let the UC Regents know that this matters to you and you want the archive preserved and publicly available at the UC Regents website permanently -and maybe even youtube it while they are at it.
Cal Pol Issues at UCLA Fac Blog frequently archives the audio portion of meetings. Just like they did today. Time consuming, redundant, duplication of effort etc.
coverage of UC Regents meetings this week:

Reuters UPDATE 1-Tuition freeze proposed for University of California undergrads

Bloomberg on the same

CBS Local Janet Napolitano Addresses UC Regents In San Francisco For 1st Time

NBC Bay Area Students Protest Janet Napolitano at UC Regents Meeting

SF Examiner coverage too

KPCC Coverage

Daily Cal on yesterday's meeting and today's meeting

Gov. Brown's top political strategist

WaPo on his approval ratings etc
climate change came up in the committee on labs and UCSA discussion w/ UC Regents today, and:
a letter he got from scientists on fracking and then consider this latest happening.

UC Regents Meeting November 13

Gov. Brown, Lt Gov Newsom, Assembly Speaker Perez are attending today's meeting. Very good exchange on Provost and Fac Rep slides in their presentation on Doctoral study tuition, support. (Provost went from saying $2 million to $30 million quote on how to fix the problem- make tuition competitive with other AAU- that did not look so good to jump around on a number like that...) Governor and UCSF Chancellor had an exchange on whether or not UC is shooting for comparisons as ten Harvards and Perez has an exchange with Provost on internal and external interests framing, Fac Rep raises the current level of state funding of UC- very important exchange that UC really needs to have...
what is an honest, accurate realistic way to compare w/ other AAU? Pols have to be able to be included in that discussion if a leg fix is sought.
really must see this section of video when it is archived.
One of the Chancellors said professional students don't mind borrowing more to fund their education b/c they know they will make it back quickly.
Student Regent pushed back on that.
Blum recommends fundraising
Katehi asks for multiple options given to campus to resolve this.
Remaking the University has a post on the material related to this presentation- with a focus on how the humanities students are hit esp hard.

on the second Ed Policy agenda item on private donor funding-- Lt Gov Newsom asks to know where student support, financial aid is covered in the record $1.64 private donor numbers UC reached this year. Murky stuff. UCOP Dooley (who used two Chancellors w/ med centers-Katehi and Desmond Helman- in his presentation) says he will get back to Lt Gov on those numbers because for some reason they are not in the report. Dooley says he is happy to discuss it offline w/ Newsom. Lt Gov asks again "are we prioritizing student support?" Lansing tries to answer with answers and comments we've heard for years, she says the UC Regents have not figured out how to make student funding as attractive as funding for buildings and naming bldgs after donors, the UC Regents can't crack that for some reason. Newsom asks again for a report that details on donor funding that answers "what percent goes to faculty?' "what percent goes to brick and mortar?" "what percent goes to funding students?"

Regent Pattiz is now doing the presentation on the labs. He raises important immediate leadership transitions,succession planning the UC Regents need to address and contingency plans on any future govt shut down and recovery from previous govt shut downs and how it affects research and getting the best to work at the labs. His voice is urgent- he is trying to find any takers on UC Regents who will chair this committee in the near future, he also is talking about advocating for UC position in this role. Have to imagine Gov Brown is thinking about the UC Regent vacancies as this presentation goes on, and that Napolitano is still wearing her old hat from her previous job as she listens. What's gonna happen? Who knows...

there is only one more section of "open" meeting today: 3:00 pm Committee on Investments (open session, followed by closed) (pdf)
happening today and can be viewed or listened to here along with agenda items etc.

Wednesday, November 13

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)
9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session) (pdf)
10:30 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session) (pdf)
10:50 am Committee on Compensation (closed session) (pdf)
11:30 am Committee on Health Services (Regents only session (pdf)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session) (pdf)
2:30 pm Board (Regents only session) (pdf)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

At UC: Record Private Donor Numbers, Programs Hit Chopping Block...potentially

UC record high in private donations-$1.6 Billion-The growing importance of donors in the 10-campus university system is reflected in the number of endowed chairs, or professorships: 81 in 1980, compared to 1,700 today. SJ merc
Twilight of the UC Humanities?
All in all, the Network, which includes UCHRI and the Consortium (the UC Humanities Centers and Institutes spanning the 10 campuses) received $11 million in total funding for this five year period. The Gardner Initiative was, in effect, “replaced” by the Network. And it is noteworthy that the Consortium and the Network are mysterious entities: there is a web “portal” that alleges their activities, but little real sense of collaboration.

2014 marks the expiration of the funds that have sustained the Centers and the Consortium. In addition, the President’s Faculty Fellowships and graduate student fellowships will also be suspended for 2014-2015. The recipients were named a “Society of Fellows,” but as far as I know, other Societies (at Cornell or Princeton) do not struggle for funding from year to year.

some of the leadership of Take Back UC are raising tweeted questions for some:
@marymad @cnewf Check it out. @AFSCME & @uaw2865 appointed pension raider Cannella as @TakeBackUC co-chair. His pension bill: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sca_13_bill_20120111_amended_sen_v98.html

could be 'situational' - on all sides
Lawrence Lessig did Cal

UC Regents Meeting Nov 12

UC Regent Grounds and Buildings and Compliance and Audit committee members getting an earful during public comment period from Oakland High, Oakland Tech (which Napolitano visited a week ago, her dad graduated Castlemont btw) and other public highschool students, protestors. Several UC students and alumni are saying the decision to pick Napolitano was a bad decision- they are repeatedly referencing the UC wording of the job description/ ideal attributes of UC president candidates.

Looks like the Lt Governor Gavin Newsom is attending the meeting today.
UC Pres Napolitano is also attending the meeting. (Out of her seat during public comment)

Maliq Nixon's parents and his Uncle are talking about mental health services at UC Berkeley and Tang Center. They give important details and recommendations. They also say his death did not have to happen.

A UC Employee also talking about being retaliated against during public comment.

These last three speakers are African American/Black males and - given the recent headlines on various items (Dr. Christian Head, UCLA admissions rate/Black Bruins)- listening to them address the UC Regents makes it more emotionally charged- painful, poignant.

2:40pm PST crowd breaks out at end of public comment w/ 'hey hey ho ho Napolitano has got to go'
feed cut, they will likely clear the room and resume the meeting.
2:43 Meeting back in session, you can hear the protestors chant in the hallway as they exit.
happens today and can be viewed or listened to here along with agenda items etc.

Tuesday, November 12

1:30 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (Regents only session) (pdf)
1:45 pm Committee of the Whole (public comment) (pdf)
2:05 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (open session) (pdf)
3:00 pm Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session) (pdf)

Monday, November 11, 2013

UCLA Chancellor Block: "We are beginning to see China advertising,"..."We are hearing stories from investigators over there bragging about the facilities they are building."

..poaching that leads to 'brain drain'?

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the estimated hit to his university's research funding is $50 million -- the majority brought about by uncertainty or cuts in multi-year grants. UCLA is a massive institution, with a research budget of more than $900 million. But $50 million still counts. Block said he's worried about the possibility of brain drain. The fleeing of top researchers and the exodus of students isn't happening yet. But the rumblings are noticeable.

We are beginning to see China advertising," Block said. "We are hearing stories from investigators over there bragging about the facilities they are building."

Now, with congressional budget negotiators meeting to discuss how to fund the government and how to relieve the pain of sequestration, Block and others figure they have another chance to make their case before the cuts grow more severe. Many universities have no more emergency funds or administrative flexibility to help make up for the sequester cuts.

"The buffer is much thinner," said Block. "So if faculty members lose their grants, if grants don't get re-funded because of sequestration, there is a limited amount we can do to keep labs running. So if you ask what is the long-term effect? .... Literally labs close and people end up on the street. That's the danger."

HuffPo UCLA Chancellor On Sequestration Science Cuts: 'People Will End Up On The Street'

Block does not give a comment on this: To Be a Black Man at UCLA a new piece at Inside Higher Ed

but he is concerned about a 'student exodus' of some sort. Consistent?
Don't a bunch of members of UC "finance leadership" have old ties to these folks?

Can't Blame It All On 209

Remaking the University--A review of the UC Regents Agenda This Week
by Joe Kiskis, Department of Physics, UC Davis
Changing Universities: A Message for the Regents and President Napolitano -the message covers some major present issues to tackle.
The UCLA lack of diversity in admissions story getting coverage in a very big way. More than just Regent Island complaining about this never ending problem at the UC Regents meeting year after year. Seems the problem might be that some UC's continue to just blame 209 rather than to blame themselves for not using holistic admissions decisions practices in order to mitigate. Some UCs do it and some UCs don't. -i.e. they do what they want to do w/ admissions.

Another important aspect to the video is that it mentions some important UCLA entertainment and travel numbers that came out of this Center for Investigative Reporting piece.
- Lookin' So Foul, can't blame that on 209.
Cal Buzz--Op Ed: Reed’s Anti-Pension Drive Enrages Labor

take a look at Cal Pol Issues Coverage of how UC is in on this too.
Remember (Tabitha- former MTV news/v-jay- Soren's hubby) the money ball guy who had to go to Reed in San Jose to find out about Vallejo while living in Berkeley?- the piece he wrote on CA in VF?... and now CalBuzz has Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi coverage...
it all comes back around to


Sunday, November 10, 2013

CSHE on grad student union report, other items

see Daily Cal: Student workers union report claims quality of UC education in decline

Richard Walker, a board member of the Berkeley Faculty Association, and Anne MacLachlan, a researcher at the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, agreed that these tough choices have negative effects on undergraduates.

“The less money there is around, the more we are all scrambling,” Walker said. “All the squeezing means faculty scrambling more, graduate students scrambling more — and the undergraduates are often forgotten.”

Although MacLachlan agreed that strong graduate programs directly benefit undergraduates, she was critical of the report’s weak methodology.

“It is not a report but a collection of viewpoints on real problems based on anecdotes and generalities,” MacLachlan said. “It is such a shame, because I would bet that most UC employees in any category agree that graduate student support should be much better and also agree that real problems are raised in this document.”

UC officials said they have not yet reviewed the report and could not comment on its details.



see: TA Union Pushes for Lower TA-to-Student Ratio includes SF Chron coverage and Read the full report, "Towards Mediocrity: Administrative Mismanagement and the Decline of UC Education," .
- and student orgs are still raising concerns about the lack of transparency in the UC President selection process.
earlier UCSD Guardian: UC President Janet Napolitano Makes First UCSD Visit

earlier at Riverside- Fontana Herald News: UC President Napolitano visits UC Riverside campus and is criticized by protesters

is Napolitano going to say to UC Regents that the (upstaging?) attendance of the Dirks Inauguration was her Berkeley visit? Or, is she going to do the visit during break...? strange.
on Veteran's Day -thinking about the inaugural address Dirks made and trying to remember if there were any passages about his plans for non traditional, reentry students. He kept referring to the students as 'the youth'- but what about vets and others attending Cal? Also, why was the staff ombuds/HR picked to speak on behalf of staff at the Dirks inauguration- couldn't they get a regular staff person/group to speak/represent?
other things brewing in advance of the UC Regents meeting:

Nov 20 some UC workers strike

or listen to the UC Regents committee on investments meeting that happened last week
Goldilocks and the future of Liberal Arts

Thursday, November 7, 2013

23% Poverty Rate In CA, Flip Sides for Gov. Brown, and Why Isn't Napolitano Visiting UC Berkeley With The Same Speed

as her visits to the other campuses? She even visited up on 'The Hill' quietly, but couldn't make it to Sather Gate, Hearst Mining Circle, NorthSide or...???!!! Why can't the Nap visit Cal before the inauguration? by avoiding the visit-- this was obviously gonna happen: An activist group will express opposition to UC President Janet Napolitano by protesting during her first public visit to the UC Berkeley campus since she took office.
UCSB gets a visit from UCOP senior leadership regarding their medical benefits issues.
A disturbing read: Ultimately, Wolf said, the judge found that Lumbreras and Lopez loved each other.

“Inherent in (the judge’s) finding was that there was not domestic violence,” Wolf said. “This case is not about unattended abuse. It’s about a tragic fatal car accident, and that’s all it’s about.”

Read: Berkeleyside original coverage to understand it all better.

in the words of the great Tina Turner: What's Love Got To Do w/ It?
Interesting!: A coalition of elected officials, students, UC workers and community members and organizations on Wednesday announced a new campaign dedicated to reforming the UC at a press conference in Sacramento.

more info on that effort here

KFBK: Prop 30 One Year Later: "Take Back UC"

Governor Brown's recent moves at the CSU Trustees meeting recently.
President of the UC Regents Ex Officio UC Regent Governor Brown on 'the flip side', how he sees income inequality in California: at Sac Bee and at NPR's All Things Considered- A Great Power Has To Find Some Unity, he brings up "a house divided cannot stand"

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

CA State Budget Moves On Higher Ed, and other things

so @cnewf has this:
on Higher Ed and Latinos:
"Latino are 38% of #CA pop, w/ #collegecompletion rate of ⅓ state ave, 68% in #CCCs. Time for a massive #CCC refunding" see the infographic
after several other tweets-- later on a separate note also this:
"cited for campaign violations, Dean Florez is founder of 20 Million Minds and major #MOOC lobbyist"
Former State Senate Leader Fined For Misusing Campaign Funds

the 20 mm website is down right now for some reason...-but his bio is also available here.

(And this story is the unfortunate backdrop: California State Senator Ron Calderon Should Resign by Dean Preston...and yes, this is part of the backdrop as well.)

Of course, contrary to some reader comments left at those news items, it isn't about Florez and Calderon being Latino - it has to do w/ what is going on in Sacto with special interests, agendas. Unfortunately, many more local news bureaus based in Sacramento have closed in recent months so Californians will be even more in the dark. Is that by design?

btw, Cal is launching this program: Univision News partners with UC Berkeley to reach young Latinos - Will they have a Sacramento bureau?

Cal Pol Issues has multiple posts on higher ed funding in CA and state budget:
The Leg Analyst Summarizes the Higher Ed Budget and
Opening Bid on the Budget

CA D's and R's are going to have to rethink/remake - their approach to jaded/cynical voters- that includes jaded/cynical Latino voters who don't like the pol nonsense either. Californians are also going to have to start saying what they really expect from the pols and from Higher Ed.

Public invited to weigh in on Obama's college-rating proposal
The aim is to help students choose schools that offer the best value for the money. Session at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Wednesday will be the only one in California.
- guess no one really cares what N. Cal thinks unless it is in Silicon Valley.

on other higher ed news more can be found here and here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Big Probs- but it all comes down to LUX and LZ

let's start with something fun
a mix of Black Country, Black Hills- Dark Matter - happy sigh:
Compared to LUX’s third of a ton of liquid xenon, the LUX-ZEPLIN, or LZ, experiment would have a 7-ton liquid xenon target inside the same 72,000-gallon tank of pure water used by LUX. Case Western Reserve University physicist Tom Shutt, the spokesman for LZ and a previous co-spokesperson for LUX, said one goal of LUX was to figure out how to build an even larger detector. “LZ will be a thousand times more sensitive than the LUX detector,” Shutt says. “It will just begin to see an irreducible background of neutrinos that may ultimately set the limit to our ability to measure dark matter." read the rest of the article here
there's UC Union Authorizes A Possible Strike At Campuses, Hospitals
On The Nap
remember that old NYT Yudof interview?...
now, the Napolitano Commonwealth speech letdown...
at least she didn't say she felt like she was the manager of a cemetery.
at least she didn't say 'throw in Air Force One and the White House'
or have photo shoots with her rolling up her work shirt sleeves etc.

She did a talk recently with Mrs. Jerry Brown
Her first open exchange/with the press/community talk happens at Silicon Valley rather than at UC...

She has initiated a system-wide task force on discrimination and hostile environment at UC.

There's an old Scandal Scapegoat Suicide story in San Francisco Magazine circa around 2006 that ended with the line from a non UC academic: "She recently got a call from a headhunter representing one of the UC campuses for a job she declined to pursue. Are you kidding me? she asks. Until that system learns civil behavior, I wouldn't recommend any woman go to UC."- The probs have remained unaddressed for a long time, Nap. might want to try to read that one if she can get it from their archives- can't find an active link for it online anymore...

One also might want to remember that the Christian Head story was reported to the highest levels in 2006 and only in recent months has it come to some conclusion and serious review. (remember a certain former water rights attorney who bragged about the enjoyment of 'waiting out' the opponent?- think he also runs alumni relations (did the fiat flush) too. connections on UC common modus operandi? )

(The head of UCLA Black Alumni Assoc, sort of mentioned resistance here and) you might want to think about that time line: 2006-2013. How much resistance does Chancellor Block, or any Chancellor, have to contend with to clean up the joint? Are we pretending that UC Chancellors and UC Presidents are in charge?

Even Napolitano's position at UC itself is the result of the UC leadership willingness to accept a well known female pol over a well known female academic titled (and Mrs. Jerry Brown- well, some might hold the view that that, in itself, sends another familiar/tired/harmful message on how women attain power and influence, too.) And, among the all boyz club we end up with Mark Yudof is an 'outsider'(b/c of Texas and Minnesota). Atkinson, Dynes and Birgeneau aren't considered 'outsiders' though -- who writes these rules, and where are they written?

Who is believable on the 'leaned in', 'in the arena' - and who isn't?
Nap's name unfortunately was mentioned in the LAX tragedy last week- hopefully this does not affect the nature of UC Regent open meeting processes for the UC community. Is the UC Regents meeting going to be like the way it was when she walked into the regents meeting the last time? It looked awful- it was a sad message as a community.
UC Berkeley report raises alarm about falling wages, outsourcing at U.S. airports
Dirks maybe should say something about Cal Athletics or it can come back later to remind him like this: "Her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, spent freely — the Bears didn’t start relying on millions in direct campus support when Barbour took over. And the administration (i.e., former chancellor Robert Birgeneau) allowed it to happen."
" The immensely flawed stadium financing model is not her responsibility — that falls on the shoulders of former VC Nathan Brostrom and Birgeneau.

But Barbour is largely responsible for the athletic department’s stunningly inaccurate description of the premium seats sales."

While we are at it - take a look at the ten chancellors of Cal
and it would be fun trivia, but- in light of all the big issues not being discussed in public comment by Dirks- it reads, right now, like a ridiculous detail?: "Chancellor Dirks will be robed in the traditional U.S. doctoral gown, featuring velvet facing, velvet bars on the sleeves and a hood arranged on his upper back. The color of the hood’s lining represents the institution that conferred the degree, while the color of its velvet trim represents the person’s field of study.

The maroon lining of Dirks’ hood represents the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. in history, represented by white trim, in 1981. During the ceremony of investiture, Dirks will be presented with the UC Berkeley chancellor’s robe, featuring three royal-blue velvet stripes on the sleeves."
Fiat Led... Ramble On

Friday, November 1, 2013

UC Regents Nov 12- 14 Agenda Items

some UC Regents agenda items docs posted early: view them at this link.
Add'l docs will be added in likely early next week and they may continue adding and revising up to the date of the meetings. and the big ideas are somewhere in it (i.e. "Napolitano said that in two weeks, she would bring “big ideas” to the UC regents for their consideration."

For now, it includes:
November 12-14, 2013

Tuesday, November 12

1:30 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (Regents only session) (pdf)
1:45 pm Committee of the Whole (public comment) (pdf)
2:05 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (open session) (pdf)
3:00 pm Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session) (pdf)

Wednesday, November 13

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)
9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session) (pdf)
10:30 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session) (pdf)
10:50 am Committee on Compensation (closed session) (pdf)
11:30 am Committee on Health Services (Regents only session (pdf)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session) (pdf)
2:30 pm Board (Regents only session) (pdf)

Thursday, November 14

8:30 am Committee of the Whole - Public Comment (open session) (pdf)
8:50 am Committee on Finance (open session) (pdf)
11:30 am Committee on Compensation (open session) (pdf)
11:45am Board (open session) (pdf)

Napolitano's Speech On UC, Admin Addresses Grad Rates for Athletics

the text can be read at Daily Cal: Full text of Janet Napolitano’s first major speech as UC president and UCOP released it along with more about the $15 million in her proposals.

The Sac Bee did not like the approach- see their op ed.
But in her first major speech, delivered on Wednesday to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, she sounded like she was trying to inoculate herself against protests of her tenure at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, rather than offer a principled, thoughtful vision of the future of the University of California.
This was a missed opportunity.

In the first part of the speech, she staked her out role as a high-level bureaucrat. She explained that she has run “large, complex institutions” and is spending her time learning the UC budget, “the most direct road map to what truly matters to an organization,” and launching an “efficiency review” of the 1,500-person Office of the President. She is visiting the 10 campuses. This is necessary work for a newcomer to academia and to California, but it is hardly inspiring.

The LA Times: Klein insisted that Napolitano, who was Arizona governor before joining the Obama Cabinet, was not taking these steps because of the recent protests but that she came to UC with a priority to help those students.

Cal Pol Issues with more on it here and here
On the Nap
Yes, it was a pol and beltway circuit move to do the Commonwealth Club first. She should have made her first extensive comments at the UC Regents meeting. Sac Bee op-ed nailed it on all points.
in her speech she mentions Sears- she is not talking about the dept store, she is talking about an old landmark SF restaurant (yes, kind of a tourist trap)- oh the lingonberry...
next speech she might throw in a joe's special, ramos fizz.
another final thought on it: kinda winced when she mentioned the mapping of the brain- brought to mind the current NSA stories of high competence overreach compared to the healthcare website glitches- not a good thing to be reminded of on 'the administration'.
they kind of paired together like healthcare and education are paired together in this HuffPo College post.
- btw, Coursera and US State Dept launch going global this week.
Sandy Barbour Letter on Graduation Rates:
By now, you have most likely seen or heard about our Graduation Success Rate (GSR) numbers published by the NCAA last week.
Specifically, our football team had a GSR of 44 percent and our men’s basketball team was at 38 percent.
It is important to understand that the recent GSR figures do not suggest that our student-athletes are failing in their classwork; rather they are often choosing to pursue other interests, such as a professional athletic career, before meeting their academic requirements to graduate. All of us understand the value of a Berkeley degree, and it is up to us to establish the expectation and the culture that encourages our student-athletes to graduate.

The latest GSR data is based on freshmen who entered school between 2003-06. Given this lag in reporting, we were able to identify factors contributing to the decline in academic performance well before the data was released. As a result, it was two years ago that we began a concerted effort to address the issue through a number of measures designed to...

and then
read the links in this old post for more.
really want it reduced down to this? or, is it expanded?:
Colloquium: Music, emotion and sentimentality
Friday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. | Elkus Room, 125 Morrison Morrison Hall
Martin Stokes- The connection between emotion and music has become a hot topic in recent years. Music’s capacity to move us emotionally is intensely bound up with its capacity to move us politically and ethically. Ethnomusicologist and professor at King's Collge, Martin Stokes, will compare global musics of popular emotional dissent. What kind of work does ‘love’ do, in these contexts? What claims to justice does it embody? The "problem of sentimentalism," he suggests, is not simply the local struggle over good and bad taste. It concerns how we think about popular culture in relation to the major social transformations of the modern age.