Monday, December 30, 2013

Napolitano denounces boycott


Daily Bruin: Napolitano denounces boycott moves
some surprises--Daily Cal has their top 25 posts list
and, this kinda captures it all, right?: Cal grad Jerry Brown headed to Rose Bowl to root for Stanford

favorite 2013 post

since the 'last year in review item' posted already, let's call this the fav:
When Tenure Track Faculty Take On The Problem of Adjunctification
--it was a post that started some momentum on the subject- but then all of the oxygen went out of the room and on to coverage of the announcement of Napolitano as UC pres. a few short weeks later.

"I protect your job security, you vote for me. I give your girlfriend these adjunct sections, you feel indebted to me. Hiring on the tenure track has its opportunities for patronage, of course, but there are more steps, more bureaucracy, more people involved at every stage. As a result, the kind of direct-unmediated power of boss-employee is diffused in a way that it isn’t with off-track hiring."

for both the comments and the post itself- it was a good read. raised suggestions, questions that need to be part of remaking, reclaiming, reforming.


resolutions...maybe follow your instincts, gut
or, in the words of Ashley Judd: "what's your pig?" (see video here at C Span at the 50:00 mark)
The final 2013 year in review item, it was a good talk. Difficult, awkward, uncomfortable, funny and --very good, worthwhile, important.

Public Health Advocate and Golden Globe Nominee Ashley Judd spoke on women's reproductive health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Description: School of Public Health and Health Services Dean Dr. Lynn Goldman made introductory remarks and moderated a question and answer session.

It took place when Judd was rumored to be considering a run for the Senate in Kentucky, taking on the Republican Senate Minority Leader - and the content of the talk didn't receive that same level of coverage. Want to highlight it once more b/c there are alot of resources thrown in to the mix... a good exchange with students and discussion in the Q and A includes challenges faced by college and university women and men re: Title IX related matters, global health, careers in healthcare and non profit and volunteer opportunities.
and, at UC - in 2013 the above looked like this testimony from UC students toward the end of a JLAC meeting in Sacramento:

and this follow up from Daily Cal: Students, state scrutinize UC Berkeley’s sexual assault policies- UC Berkeley has altered policies prior to release of results in April

pointing out there is a long way to go...
as part of the last 'year in review item' post also see: an earlier post "the pretense of these star chambers" for more experiences, views.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

more on- 'as an academic, and as a...'

Since Lessig's lecture pointed out as a 'year in review' item earlier, seems appropriate to mention- another important marker in the year: the content linked to in this earlier post -as another 'year in review' item.
academic roles-- NYT covers some of it in a different way, other patterns.
Dirks says 'no, simply no' on this other current issue regarding a call for a boycott...
noted this part of a comment located in the comments section
On the contrary, the current government is possessed of all the zeal
of Thatcher's inaugural neoliberal moment, but they want something else as
well, something distinctively British - a return to the clearly marked class
system that prevailed before the neoliberal turn, when everyone knew their
place, ‘standards’ were kept up, foreigners were kept at a distance, etc. Tory
educational policy, at both secondary and tertiary levels, only makes sense as
a deliberate effort at re-stabilizing inequality at a moment when the system is
under great threat from its own contradictions and widespread perceptions of
delegitimization after 2008. this important post - the piece itself gives a road map to understanding what is happening 'across the pond' and 'at home': Christopher Newfield on The Great University Gamble : Money, Markets, and the Future of Higher Education - The Counterreformation in Higher Education

could the London real estate bubble burst potentialities mentioned in this panel discussion:

also be a run up of the 're-stabilizing inequality' game?

and, of course, this: Immigration fears spark political firestorm in UK
Remaking the University pointed out:
KCRW: Are the Humanities in crisis?
Anthony Carnevale: Georgetown University
Heidi Tworek: Harvard University
Lee Siegel: writer and author
Gary Gutting: University of Notre Dame
(btw, would it go over more easy on some folks if the term were "income disparity" rather than "income inequality"?)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gov. Brown and Standardized Testing, more

pointed to earlier coverage from the Guardian, now WaPo picks up more: The test question that’s haunted Gov. Jerry Brown for 50 years
California Gov. Jerry Brown has been out front for some time as a strong critic of the standardized-testing obsession that has come to dominate the school reform movement. He has even refused to give in to threats by Education Secretary Arne Duncan to withhold some federal Title 1 funds — intended to help poor children receive an education — if Brown went ahead with plans to suspend most of the state’s standardized-testing program in 2014.
Using such data, Brown said, “misses the point — that learning is very individual, very personal.”

Why are reporters currently giving huge numbers/odds on a land slide for Gov. Brown's victory? and floating the idea of Anne Gust Brown as mayor of Oakland? see the predictions section in this panel discussion- it includes a Cal grad's optimistic Bears prediction- starts at the 17:30 mark:

Friday, December 27, 2013

"Not as an academic, as a citizen"... and "both sides get blocked"

(FYI There are important updates on this week's moves regarding accreditation for CCSF, see: KTVU, abclocal, and SF Chron.)
Wanted to give this its own space/post as a year in review item:
At Berkeley Law: Professor Lawrence Lessig on "The Corrupting Influence of Money on Politics."

The Thomas M. Jorde Symposium is an annual event co-sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The symposium addresses issues of constitutional law, representative democracy, and governance. On January 29, 2013, Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig presented a lecture at Berkeley Law on "The Corrupting Influence of Money on Politics."

Lessig is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a Harvard Law professor. Lessig previously taught at the University of Chicago and Stanford Law Schools, where he founded Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. He is known for his academic work on law and technology, especially copyright law in the digital age. He has currently focused his scholarship on the question of "institutional corruption," as an influence on the economy and the public trust.
(the freeze frame has a pic of Souter - but it is a Lessig lecture)
Description: Powerpoint slides and audio for the 2013 Thomas M. Jorde Symposium

How the problem is about more than just money is speech and corporations are people. And, he mentions several groups - examples of exopolitics: in 1998
tea party patriots in 2009
occupy in 2011
SOPA related activists in 2012

He throws many other groups into the mix too
Multiple links to organizations - some links listed here for your convenience:!/
grassroots democracy act
center for deliberative democracy
california forward

the Ackerman book Voting with Dollars
and Republic, Lost Lessig's book

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Online Instruction and Cutting Middle Managers, and It is a UC labor story, too

see the Christmas Day news links:
SJ Merc: UC experiments with online classes across campuses

LA Times: UC forging ahead with cross-system online courses
UC program will let students take Web classes not offered at their home campus or already filled up in the traditional format.

WSJ Colleges Trim Staffing Bloat
Amid Tuition Backlash and Cuts in State Subsidies, Schools Target Efficiencies

The University of California, Berkeley, cut $70 million since 2011 by centralizing purchasing and laying off a layer of middle managers, among other things.
At the schools where new efficiencies are being touted, costs have shot up over that same time frame. In inflation-adjusted dollars back-office expenses between 2001 to 2011, as measured by the combined categories of academic and institutional support as reported to the Department of Education, increased 68% at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; 91% at the University of Texas at Austin; 59% at the University of California Berkeley; and 99% at the University of Kansas.
At Berkeley, 125 middle managers—many of whom were supervising just one or two employees—were laid off and new purchasing systems are making it easier to track how the school's money is spent. John Wilton, vice chancellor for Administration and Finance at Berkeley, which educated 36,000 students, said public universities can't simply complain about the cuts by legislatures and go on with business as usual. "You have a burning platform," he said. "If you just stand on it, you're going to burn to death."

Speaking of At Berkeley --in case you missed it- see: At Some Other Berkeley

The crisis at the California universities, therefore, has been as much a crisis of administrative priorities as it has been a crisis of the state budget. And by repressing student and worker protests on the campuses, which were arguably the most effective form of pressure on legislators, administrators actually made it less likely that higher levels of funding would be forthcoming from the state.
Privatization dispossesses students of a social good, our universities, created by and for the public at the same time that university workers are dispossessed of their livelihoods and pensions.

In 2009, a year before Wiseman’s film was shot, students at the University of California, the California State University and the Community College systems faced unprecedented tuition hikes, and workers faced unprecedented attacks on their livelihoods, due to cuts in state funding and administrative refusal to reorganize budgets in order to maintain equity.
In response, students across the state from California’s three-tier public university system, the largest public higher education system in the country, engaged in a series of walk-outs, demonstrations, and building occupations, while unionized campus workers engaged in industrial actions.
and much more in the piece.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Blind Trust?

UC and the California Public Records Act:

University of California Need Not Disclose Venture Returns: Court
includes this:
"Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, a nonprofit group, said the ruling created a loophole for groups wishing to avoid public disclosure requirements. Such groups could simply make an arrangement to not take physical possession of pertinent information, he said, leading to manipulation of public records law.

Scheer's group sued the California Public Employees' Retirement System over fee disclosure in 2004. Calpers eventually agreed to disclose the fees."

DailyCal: UC not required to disclose venture capital information, court rules

“They wanted to reach through the university for their own commercial interests,” said UC spokesperson Dianne Klein. “Reuters couldn’t get the information from the (venture capital firms), so they came to us under the CPRA.”
Following the ruling, the two firms ceased providing the university with fund-specific information and stopped inviting the regents to invest in new funds for several years.

“(Venture capital firms) basically shut us out,” Klein said. “But after intensive negotiations with these two companies, they told us that we could invest in them on the condition that they would not give us these proprietary and confidential documents.”

Since the 2003 ruling, the university no longer possesses fund-specific information. Klein said the regents continue to receive aggregate information on a regular basis to understand how the university’s investments are faring.

Bloomberg coverage here and more views on it here.

Bay Citizen flashback : In Investment Votes, UC Skirts Own Review Policy

President of UC Regents on Screwed Up Things and Yeasty CA

(Brown has sometimes referred to himself as president of the UC Regents at recent meetings) see LA Times article:
Gov. Jerry Brown opposes government-imposed standards for schools- In an on-stage interview, the California governor says some educational experiences can't be captured in standardized testing.

Gov. Jerry Brown blasted the notion of government-imposed standards for public schools, saying he opposed efforts from Washington and Sacramento to dictate education policy.
Using "data on a national or state level I think misses the point — that learning is very individual, very personal," Brown said during an on-stage interview Monday with the Atlantic magazine's James Bennet at the Computer History Museum. "It comes back to the teacher and the principal. The leader of the school is by far the most important factor."
When asked if he supported national education standards, Brown said, "No. That's just a form of national control."
Speaking to a half-empty auditorium of about 150 technology business leaders, Brown reprised a story he tells frequently about an exam he had in high school when a teacher asked students to write their impressions of a green leaf.
"Still, as I walk by trees, I keep saying, 'How's my impression coming? Can I feel anything? Am I dead inside?' So, this was a very powerful question that has haunted me for 50 years."
The point, Brown said, is that "you can't put that on a standardized test. There are important educational encounters that can't be captured by tests."

You can watch the 30 minute interview w/ Brown and Bennett here.

and in
The Guardian: Jerry Brown, version 2.0: 'California's the healthiest it's been in a decade'-Once known for his ambition and environmentalism, the governor has stabilised California's economy and embraced pragmatism
An environmentalist who favours fracking, a fiscal hawk who champions mega-infrastructure projects, a once would-be priest who dated a rock star, he is hard to categorise. But for his political savvy and ability to get stuff done he is widely seen as a wily operator. Vice-president Joe Biden has called him “the smartest guy in American politics”.
Alan Auerbach, a professor of economics and law at Berkeley, said the state’s economy has improved largely thanks to external reasons, beyond California's – or Brown's – control. And while the governor has a sense of history, and absorbed lessons from the dotcom boom and bust, grave problems still riddle the economy and budget, said Auerbach: “California is not in great shape.”

“That said, he's been quite responsible,” Auerbach said. “Even with the budget situation looking better, he did what he could to temper the enthusiasm for spending increases from the legislature.”
“We don't get steady as you go,” he said. “We get lurching forward with sudden reverses. That's just the way the capitalist economy goes. And no one has ever figured out a way to flatten out the business cycle. Relative to that we have to be very careful. In California the money piles up, as it did under Gray Davis and Schwarzenegger, and then it disappears because the market changes and the revenue declines.”
Brown hopes to burnish his reputation by building a bullet train and major new water pipelines – hugely ambitious, troubled projects – but his greatest legacy may turn out to be his support for fracking California’s Monterey Shale, which is said to contain 15bn barrels of oil recoverable through hydraulic fracturing.

and some are trying to float a presidential run in 2016 and: what that might look like here.
also this sentiment, trend.
Hank Plant wrote about it recently:
How Tech Elitists Are Pushing Out SF Middle Class

more here from the CBS local
Keep California's Promise has this: How much will it cost us to restore public higher education in 2013-14 "Read “Financial Options for Restoring Quality and Access to Public Higher Education in California: 2013-14” ... or download a PDF of it. If you’re really a policy wonk, download the spreadsheets behind this report."

Sunday, December 15, 2013

At UC: "UC is the original corporate university and it has never worked this way. The entire sector has become quite a bit more corporate over the past thirty years, and this has increasingly marginalized the Academic Senate."

Remaking the University Union Logic of the Insurance Changes- The Case of Retiree Healthcare

The word discrimination keeps coming up in comments at various posts when people talk about out of state retirees and UCSB...

Earlier noted another important part of that exchange at the UC Regents meeting- it included a section where Regent M and Duckett and Brostrom discussed the age of employees and recruitment (in this earlier post) specifically this section:
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

please toggle the button to the 2:15:45 mark and listen to the exchange b/ween Duckett and Regent M. It will be illuminating - on how the UC Regents approach these issues - and help to understand the Remaking post a bit more.
"If The University Were A Business, It Would Likely Be The Largest Corporation In California"-Regents Minutes (2010) -that line always highlighted here for a reason

"California Constitution Article 9 Education

SEC. 9. (a) The University of California shall constitute a public
trust, to be administered by the existing corporation known as "The
Regents of the University of California," with full powers of
organization and government, subject only to such legislative control
as may be necessary to insure the security of its funds and
compliance with the terms of the endowments of the university and
such competitive bidding procedures as may be made applicable to the
university by statute for the letting of construction contracts,
sales of real property, and purchasing of materials, goods, and
services. Said corporation shall be in form a board..."

and, so...

Duncan Donuts.. or bucket lists

or somethin'
see WaPo: Duncan defends Obama’s college rating plan; Napolitano had voiced skepticism about idea

Duncan: “Does anyone think we should continue to invest $150 billion a year with no sense of outcomes? Does anyone think parents and young people have enough information today to make really thoughtful, informed choices, or that the system is as easy to navigate as it should be?”
later in the article
Duncan, asked about her remarks, said: “I think Janet’s super-smart. I have tremendous respect for her. . . . I’ll be out in California at some point. Look forward hopefully to spending some time and picking her brain on this.”
Asked whether the plan would assign a “composite” rating for a given school, Duncan said he could see pros and cons to having a composite score or to having “three or four or five buckets” for analytical purposes, with different scores for each.
Dirks said no simply no on the college rating plan
Napolitano was skeptical of it and she wants more state $ for UC
(Birgeneau was of the opinion that UC is (becoming) a fed. univ.)

so, what is it?

donut holes in higher ed - (like healthcare?)
or bucket lists?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

CSU's "White went further, calling a recent San Jose State experiment with the online startup Udacity -- in which fewer than half of the students passed online courses -- a failure." and Napolitano on funding.

CCC, CSU, UC Heads Speak at American Association of State Colleges and Universities conference on government relations in SF-their comments included:
UC- Napolitano: "I think it is a losing strategy just to go say, 'We need more money,'" she said. "Everybody needs more money. Everybody was cut. There are competing needs all over the place."

(Cal Pol Issues says its wait and see)

CSU - Tim White: White went further, calling a recent San Jose State experiment with the online startup Udacity -- in which fewer than half of the students passed online courses -- a failure.

"For those who say, 'Well, Tim, you'll save a lot of money if ... you do more things online,' that's not correct," he said.

SJ Merc Higher education: UC President Janet Napolitano meets CSU, community college counterparts for the first time

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Round Up Mix and Dirks' Holiday Greetings

on UC Davis there's Davis Vanguard "Why Is The University's Business Not About Public Safety" -on what the university is or is not in the business of. What does a city give away or gain when they give some municipal services, powers over to UC? Take a look at this earlier story on Berkeley for some relevant examples.
POGO on a cost jump in new construction at LANL
Outrageous cost overruns at the Department of Energy: a new nuclear facility was supposed to cost $600 million, but now, estimates predict it will total $19 BILLION.
Yet, the project carries on as planned.

Lake County News detailed story on this: The University of California Regents are denying allegations that the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center failed to take precautions against a deadly bacteria and that a Lake County child died of legionnaire's disease as a result.
Whistleblower in UNC Athletics Scandal Speaks To Committee.
Will it: result in this for all instruction?
more here:

NYT Joe Nocera on The Berkeley Model

In the forthcoming issue of the Carnegie Reporter, my friend Nicholas Lemann has a wonderful essay about the dual — and in some ways, conflicting — roles of the American university. One role is mass higher education, which is “mainly concerned with teaching.” The other role is high-end research, in which tenured faculty “pursue knowledge and understanding without the constraints of immediate practical applicability,” as Lemann puts it. “At Berkeley” has plenty of scenes of both — but never stops to contemplate whether this is still the best way to run a public university.
a WaPo op ed on the belief that income inequality doesn't produce much draw - drops reference to Emmanuel Saez- remember this from him in The Atlantic?:
“The rich seem to be on the road to recovery,” says Emmanuel Saez, an economist at Berkeley, while those in the middle, especially those who’ve lost their jobs, “might be permanently hit.” Coming out of the deep recession of the early 1980s, Saez notes, “you saw an increase in inequality … as the rich bounced back, and unionized labor never again found jobs that paid as well as the ones they’d had. And now I fear we’re going to see the same phenomenon, but more dramatic.” Middle-paying jobs in the U.S., in which some workers have been overpaid relative to the cost of labor overseas or technological substitution, “are being wiped out. And what will be left is a hard and a pure market,” with the many paid less than before, and the few paid even better—a plutonomy strengthened in the crucible of the post-crash years.

back to that WaPo Op Ed - it includes this:
"Obama acknowledged that his crusade against inequality must account for the fact that Americans “admire folks who start new businesses, create jobs and invent the products that enrich our lives. And we expect them to be rewarded handsomely for it.” This is less true in Europe.

Europeans consider health insurance and income support obvious roles for government, whereas the U.S. welfare state emphasizes “earned” benefits, such as Social Security and Medicare in retirement, health insurance linked to a job, or aid to veterans."

...yeah, right-- look how talking about income inequality and market obsession etc. worked out in the US for this guy.
earlier this week; National Day of Action at British Univs - the gender apartheid (other links in earlier post) and privatization protests reach critical mass?
Dirks: Make Rhetoric Match Performance- A Commitment and a Responsibility

in his comments Dirks mentions Mandela's comments on the importance of education
Mandela also said: “Sport has the power to change the world,” Mandela once said. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”

Lots of things light people up- education, the arts, sports. (POTUS recently noted with rising income inequality - the power of education is hampered.)
Mandela quotes also highlight reasons why it is good to question the arrangements for funding, support of college sports.
and Dirks gets this unsolicited advice in turn- OMG.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Byrne On UC Regent Blum and USPS

in this HuffPo Article: Dianne Feinstein's Husband Tied To Questionable Dealings With U.S. Postal Service, Book Says
it starts off:
Feinstein's husband, Richard C. Blum, is chairman of C.B. Richard Ellis, or CBRE, the real estate firm hired in 2011 to serve as the exclusive agent to the Postal Service, selling facilities from post offices to plots of land worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Blum's investment firm, Blum Capital Partners, is the real estate company's fifth-largest institutional shareholder, according to

more background:
Byrne also wrote this series a couple years ago on the UC Regents:
Investor’s Club: How the UC Regents Spin Public Funds into Private Profit. Also see the Blum tab on the home page for other articles, background.

EastBay Express has Byrnes first chapter of his new book here. and you can buy the full e-book here.

also view his tab at the top of the home page here for more.
while there HuffPo also has:
Education Department Finds Numerous Problems At Sallie Mae, Levies No Fines
CA Assembly indicates they are trying to find add'l funding for UC
“With the budget process officially beginning next month, we believe it is helpful to the people of California to show some of the key priorities that will be shaping the discussion,” Perez said in a statement.

Nobel laureate Schekman boycotts top-tier science journals

"Princeton has had eight cases since March in a relatively small student body of about 6,000. UCSB had four cases in less than a month in a student body of nearly 22,000. The Princeton cases continued even after summer break, when transmission should have been halted. In addition, Princeton was willing to foot the bill for the vaccine and the school had a process for delivering the doses in place because officials offer a flu shot clinic every year."

Update Dec 13th-- from CNN UCSB students may get access to vaccine given to Princeton students
in light of UC Care etc. goings on... reading that last bit about Princeton being willing to foot the bill was a bit unnerving.

NBC News: Worried UCSB parents demand equal access to Princeton's meningitis vaccine

and UC and Novartis comes up in it-- The bacteria behind the outbreaks at the two schools are both B strains, but with different genetic fingerprints. There’s no doubt that the vaccine, Bexsero, made by Novartis, will protect against them both, Clark said."
Yes, that gender apartheid thing at British Universities is a real thing - not a joke. (Can you imagine-- HRH Wills watching Kate walk down the catwalk at a Univ. fashion show charity event - that might never have happened?!)
KTVU news: on a proposal for Lower Sproul to be named 'Mandela Plaza' or Mandela Mezzanine? It would be fitting.
The idea of naming something in that area after Mandela has been around for a long while.
some more remembrances here - Eshleman is in the same vacinity.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

UC - Como Una Telenovela Otra Vez?

Inside Higher Ed is covering the GSEIS issues at UCLA

and, UCLA just recently put out the call for a new VC for equity and inclusion

the UC Campus Climate surveys around all the UC campuses embargoed until- well, who knows when they will see the light of day...- guess they wanna have all their new VCs of equity and inclusion, along w/ their new staff, hired before the release of the climate surveys.

recent headlines outta UCLA -- remind me of U Conn. Prof. Gaye Tuchnman WannaB U presentation from this event at the 54:00 mark. (from 2010-pre prop 30 vote-- when folks weren't in sleep mode or believing that a CA prop was gonna fix everything, change narratives nationwide-- good to remember that time.) More if you fast forward to the 5:00 mark here background info here
University Diaries: Motto, Postmodern American University: SI NIHIL IBI
Remaking:ObamaCare and UC Care

there is also this ol' story to consider in the mix- a chronology of other recent stand offs. payback, the next installment of the ongoing soap opera?


UC officials told the Los Angeles Times that their offer at UCLA “is incredibly fair,” without providing any details. Blue Shield and UCLA had earlier standoffs in 2006 and 2008, but this one could be more significant, due to the tougher economic times, the looming pressures imposed by national health reform, and the fact that Blue Shield’s own profits are now capped, giving it a stronger than ever incentive to hold the line on escalating health care costs.
Will Blue Shield’s public outing work? Will UC fight back? Stay tuned. This soap opera is just beginning -- at least in its public phase.

that 'higher ed as a global commodity, knowledge economy thing'

discussed here -another 'year in review' item- it also mentions chasing nobels:

more on that catch-22 here:
Public universities could spawn more Nobelists by Randy Schekman

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Napolitano, "On Steroids", and her LA Times Interview

Janet Napolitano's first few speeches (at the UC Regents meeting and at the Commonwealth Club) included an expression she repeated multiple times (including in various tv interviews) about 'the American Dream' and how California/UC is the American Dream on steroids. True - some of the things that built UC to what it is presently are, well... like steroids.
Does she want to keep using that imagery?

Here is her interview w/ the LA Times by Larry Gordon:

Napolitano: U.S. doesn't thrive if UC doesn't thrive

it includes this:
You've allocated $5 million to help students who don't have legal immigration status. Some protesters still say they have an image of you as anti-immigrant because of your Homeland Security work. How do you respond?
I would say we are here to educate people, be they documented or undocumented. This state has a clear public policy in that regard.... I would say [their view of my] record isn't complete and is misleading by omission. There has been virtually no one who has worked harder on overall immigration reform over the past 10, 15 years than I have. And it is hard work, vote by vote.
What has surprised you the most about UC?
I really want us to have good relations with labor.... We have had too many people who have spent too much time looking at each other across [negotiating] tables instead of working together toward goals that benefit everybody…. I was surprised at how long-standing some of this has been.

-could she be referencing some of the 'steroid' stuff in that last bit?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

UCSF Mission Bay, and a flashback

UCSF Mission Bay
every time
all the time
except May

the UC Regents meeting calendar posted for 2014.

Are UC Regents still planning to begin purging their video archive in a couple weeks?
now NYU Prof. Pedro Noguera, CA Assemblymember Nancy Skinner interviewed in the present day about it...
and Daniel Ellsberg, Angela Davis, Willie Brown and many Cal alumni make appearances in this piece:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Arne meet Janet, Janet meet Arne- Duncan and Napolitano drama?

Did they ever talk at cabinet meetings about this kinda stuff? WaPo: Napolitano, University of California president, ‘deeply skeptical’ of Obama college rating plan
she also talks about the sequester and research, and her transition:

Earlier (immediate last) post noted Napolitano and Birgeneau see the 'no tuition hikes' policy differently too. Birgeneau thinks it is bad and hurts students.

Holding Off On Callin' It Propoganda, Revisionist, Myopic etc.

until after viewing it and deciding...

but a lot of the moves around it are walking, quacking, waddling, reading like it- this is the lengthy Cal PR folks piece:
Finally, campus gets to see what Wiseman saw ‘At Berkeley’

Birgeneau seems deeply invested in the documentary- doin' his junket thang again for it, there's:

Frederick Wiseman, award-winning documentary filmmaker; "At Berkeley" is his 38th documentary focusing on an institution
Robert Birgeneau, former chancellor and current professor of physics at UC Berkeley
more info here

UC Administration's right to cut scenes?! (one instance particularly involves Birgeneau's comments made about a politician in Sacramento) Birgeneau "we didn't have to exercise that very often"...

what is often? what is very often?

Birgeneau mentions his kids going to elite schools and wishing he could have chosen UC as a Californian. What stopped him? out of state tuition was reasonable even then- why does he say this?

Birgeneau mentions his great relationship with Loni Hancock too- but not this.

Birgeneau also explains why he thinks Napolitano's position of no tuition hikes is a bad thing - he details out why at around the 20:00 mark. He talks about Memorial Stadium and its funding at the 35:00. He talks about graduation rates of UC athletes at the 45:00 mark

Birgeneau claims shock that he is being asked about these things- he says these things are getting further and further away from the film. He says this when he is responding to questions about staff layoffs and Operational Excellence at the 46:00- he says they hired them (the staff) all back later.

(Wiseman's approach throughout the interview -- not pretentious enough to answer the questions about higher ed etc. but now I'll try and answer it...over and over...ugh. His responses in this interview sounds like he didn't 'know his subject'...)

at Roger Ebert Reviews site there's this

SF Chronicle


Hollywood Reporter

Inside Higher Ed

New York Times

LA Times review

Indiewire review

The New Yorker

Slant Magazine

and this reads more as an alum with a serious case of romanticized homesick-ness for the place... understandable, it happens- but 'those who were there' might see it differently- and, so 'those who were there' need to do more of this:

Frederick Wiseman’s “At Berkeley,” or, Seeing Like an Administration

Javier Panzar at Daily Cal

“At Berkeley” is in limited theatrical release and will be broadcast on PBS in January. -- waitin' 'til Jan. 13th -not payin' cash-money for it.
maybe after viewing it the word that will come to mind might be just- 'naive'.
maybe just remember jason isaacs' character, order of the phoenix -at the ministry, surrounded by phrophecy- what he says to harry before bellatrix and sirius take the scene. (ha)
Cal Millenials are doing some My Generation pieces.

-recalling F. Scott Fitzgerald's version.

Report on State of Higher Ed In CA - Black Students Lagging In Admissions to UC

Reuters: Black students lagging in admissions to University of California
see; the report The State of Higher Education In California here also add'l info here
Madiba - July 1990 "the people of the Bay Area have given me and my delegation the strength and hope to continue the struggle-- you must remember that you are our brothers and sisters...we love you all"

Daily Cal w/ more

University of California President Janet Napolitano today issued the following statement upon learning of the death of Nelson Mandela in South Africa:

"He was the ultimate teacher. He not only changed the world — he taught us how to live together. All of us were his students."

in light of this and this.
until the day that...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fiat Flush--It isn't just about design

more about a feeling of disgust that
1- this marketing group for the new UCOP logo vanity project was hired with several six figure salaries at a time when UCOP was telling the state that the UC "crown jewel" was being harmed by a dire financial situation.
2-Californians were being told that cuts were not just trimming the fat but cutting into muscle/sinew/bone- that was how the faculty and leadership at some campuses described their situation.
3- Yudof said the seed corn, oh the seed corn...remember?
For those who don't remember and those in Minnesota who did not know--that was the pre prop 30 state of things for the UC campuses when UCOP decided to hire a marketing team for the new UCOP Fiat Flush logo and launch.
They chose to do that rather than address this system-wide problem regarding UC letterhead through new training, better monitoring, policy- more here.
The problem with the EXISTING letterhead/logo/the seal comes up over and over in news stories over the years. The Fiat Flush new logo does not solve that problem.
A decision that continues to makes one wonder about UCOP priorities.
An additional reason why the new logo is viewed by some as--obscene, vulgar. (Yes, others just simply don't like the design.)
At a time when some faculty, grad students, post docs were hard pressed to find funds, time to attend conferences -the Fiat Flush designers attended a conference in Minneapolis to present on their new logo-- meals, hotel, registration fees, airfare, the time they took to write their 1600 word spin etc.- all paid for by UC, no doubt. A campus-UCOP disconnect strikes again.
See SF Weekly article:
During the October AIGA gathering in Minneapolis, two of the logo's designers headlined a presentation titled "The UC Logo Controversy: How 54,000 People, the Mainstream Press and Virtually Every Designer Got it Wrong." (Incidentally, a concurrent discussion in a different room was called "A Parallel Universe of Unconventional Thinking").
"It exudes optimism and breathes vitality and purpose into the visually beleaguered university system" ... "One of the best briefs that we saw in the competition" ... "Game changer. Moved the needle. Inspirational. A smart and progressive identity program that got lost in media hysteria based on misinformation and false narrative."

They say Napolitano is looking now for areas to cut extras at UCOP...

Visually beleagured.
Prof. Reich Inequality For All talk at Commonwealth Club is posted here, listen via iTunes-- 'where's it all going?'- it runs 1 hour 8 minutes
he talks about women in labor stats, gridlock in DC, corporations are people and money is speech. The porous divide between the middle class and the poor.
Where he sees the tipping point- are we approaching it? His thoughts about Hillary Rodham (his memories of her before she became a Clinton) and his friend US Senator Elizabeth Warren. The pros and cons of estab. a strong third party. Occupy, Tea Party - populist anti estab. party - the transpartisan potential of moving into creation of a new party discussed. He also talks about Bill O'Reilly and a challenge to debate.Something for everyone in the 30+ minute talk and 30 minute Q and A.

How its played...

Memorial Stadium naming rights on the fieldNYT BlogHobbits Come to Cal’s Football Field
It is a first of a kind deal for the university, and possibly the first time a gaming company has put its name on a college field.
Several docs in from Sacto on UC in this piece : African American caucus calls for investigation of UC and CSU treatment of underrepresented students
Did his work at UC influence this?:Bill Bratton picked by NYC progressive mayor - recall Bratton handled some of the UCD pepper aftermath, the report etc.

He is replacing Kelly, who had an experience on a Higher Ed Campus recently

that brings to mind POTUS saying about the recent SF hecklers "they can stay" at the event after this interuption
which Daily Cal Ed Board says former SF Mayor and Speaker Willie Brown apologized for...and a Cal alum still had more to say on the matter.
--a very different result that occurred a few years ago

compare and contrast, compare and contrast-

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fossil Free UC Gets A Boost

update: what is the value of a fire side chat?
see East Bay Express:UC Berkeley Energy and Climate Scientist Backs Students' Call for University to Divest from Fossil Fuel Corporations

"UC Berkeley and most institutions are financially invested in destroying our future," wrote Kammen in the Tuesday, December 3 issue of the Daily Californian. "As a faculty member who understands deeply the challenge climate change poses and the urgency with which action must be taken, I call on my fellow faculty to stand with the students of Fossil Free Cal and Fossil Free UC in calling on Chancellor Dirks, President Napolitano and the president of the Berkeley Foundation to be on the right side of history by moving our endowments away from fossil fuels and reinvesting in a sustainable future."

btw-how's that search for a UCOP Chief Investments person going?
Priceless -Inside Higher Ed has this in the comments - "Why can't our administrators ruin the American education system without high priced help? Maybe they could receive assistance from state government at lower fees?" update on U Mich Shared Services - their version of op ex

Reich talks more about it

he talks w/ Chris Hayes about the drones for groceries, books, everything
- the future or publicity stunt, or...
what will it do to 'community'?
that should have been a question in the 60 minutes piece, right?

facial recognition customer service more here

Tablets on Restaurant Tables Mean You’ll Never Have to Interact With Another Human Again
Riech's Inequality talk at the Commonwealth last week sold out - but audio available hopefully eventually here, so check back. His movie comes out on DVD in January (think the Wiseman doc comes out on DVD in Jan, too)
didn't see much on AIDS and UC events this week in honor of AIDS awareness. there is this outfit outta UCOP and this at UCSF. They must have done something(?) but-- no coverage?

meningitis at UC(SB) is (still) getting coverage though.

Monday, December 2, 2013

year in review begins early

-like, now...see:
from 2 April 2013
took place at Univ. Florida -they encouraged undergrads to also attend, a center director explains why in the intro.
Lecture begins at the 13:30 mark and runs about 30 minutes.

Humanizing Conversations: Lecture
VIDEO: Privileging Science over Humanities:
How Privatization and Vocational Training in Higher Education Reinforce Social Stratification
Sheila Slaughter (University of Georgia)
In her public lecture, Professor Sheila Slaughter will discuss the rising emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and professional fields, and the many disparities this has created between these disciplines and the humanities in research universities. Among the disparities that will be discussed are: salaries, research funding, infrastructure, investment, course loads, and student numbers. In raising these issues, Professor Slaughter will speak to the ensuing deprofessionalization of the humanities. She will conclude by addressing how these trends may be changed.

(She also talks about the governing actions of trustees. Also, interesting section on trustees at privates compared to public research foundation board members; trustee positions at privates as a largest predictor of grants and contracts discussed in the middle of the talk, too.)

stuck with, no ringing endorsements

Javier Panzar's piece in Daily Cal on the Wiseman's "At Berkeley"
When the documentary premieres on campus this week, it will face its harshest audience: the students, staff and faculty of the university. Many, I imagine, will be stunned by what the film leaves out. There are few moments of student life. No look at the co-ops, the residence halls, meetings of the Berkeley College Republicans or the Black Student Union.

The most we get is a series of cursory scenes of a football game and a recruiting event for the Greek system. Both are shot from afar without words.

This is by design.
Unlike his other films, which were named after the type of institution they depict, Wiseman added “at” to the title to convey that the documentary shows what he saw while at UC Berkeley.

“I didn’t want to, in any way, suggest that I got it all,” he said. “You never get it all — I didn’t want to even give a hint of a suggestion that the film was comprehensive.”

Wiseman is fair to the experience he had. But it is too bad that his experience followed the administration’s narrative at the expense of other stories.

Students, protesters settle into Napolitano presidency
Tan said the latter helped alleviate some of his concerns about her presidency, although he sees potential hitches in how the money will be distributed. Tan also said he was bothered by Napolitano’s failure to make an official visit to UC Berkeley since she took office Sept. 30.

“She’s postponed our campus visit twice already,” Tan said. “It doesn’t provide much faith for students who are already weary about her appointment and her position as UC president.”
Napolitano has stated she won’t respond to “rhetoric” from groups seeking her removal.

“At this point, it’s unrealistic to expect anyone else in the position,” Garcia said. “Whether or not she’s qualified … she is the UC president now.”
Still, UC Berkeley professor emeritus of education W. Norton Grubb said he has never seen a new president attract so much attention since he first arrived on campus as a researcher in 1973.

“It’s fruitless to protest her becoming president,” he said. “She’s not going to leave, the regents aren’t going to change their mind. The most productive thing students can do is formulate a set of policies to help immigrant (students) out.”

Changing Universities: The Higher Ed STEM Myth -- never got the hype over Blink and don't get the hype on his new stuff either but the corp media cover him and the stuff he writes in the land of the 1%...

they also were thrilled to cover getting groceries and books courtesy of drones- that story there, too.

Meet the Press (yes, lots of issues w/ who MTP has on as experts etc.)had at the 3:37 mark here: a reference to a report about ACA and how that ties in to narratives about how government can't do things right. The report has sections in it that says they are taking the private industry approach as though that is the superior approach...

public tier 1 research universities are in the mix of this battle of narratives about whether or not government can do things 'right'

- it might be good to pay attention.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

“class-based affirmative action”, and UC and Building

The UC Berkeley Memorial stadium (built and rebuilt on top of a major active fault line)-- has generated this Sac Bee op ed - it includes this:
Comprehensive review emerged after the passage in 1996 of Proposition 209, which banned race preferences in public education, employment and contracting. It was to be one way of fostering “diversity” in UC enrollment. Some regarded it suspiciously as a way to get around Proposition 209. In any case, its passage never really ended the bitter divisions about affirmative action associated with it.

In a widely circulated five-page paper defending Berkeley’s intercollegiate athletics program, Vice Chancellor John Wilton uses the word “diversity” seven times. Berkeley now practices “class-based affirmative action” a former member of a Berkeley faculty admissions committee told me. And some UC people make no secret of the fact that one reason they value “revenue sports” athletes – black football and basketball players – is that they raise the racial diversity numbers.

The dismally low graduation rates seem to be confined to men’s sports. Some 80 percent of women athletes graduate within six years, compared to 92 percent for all women. For males the comparable figures are 55 percent and 88 percent.

NYT The Troubles of Building Where Faults Collide

“We are concerned about the list being utilized in a way that causes unfair alarm and affects property values in a way that might not be justified,” said Jack P. Moehle, a professor of engineering at the university. “We don’t want to cause public alarm.”
Thomas H. Heaton, the director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, noted the long history of owners vigorously resisting any attempt by the city to force them to retrofit their buildings.

“Unfortunately there is almost no one representing the building occupants,” he said.