Friday, November 1, 2013

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.

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