Wednesday, January 30, 2013

'What Are They All Managing?!'- Part II or III or IV or...

depending on how you keep count-- but, definitely metastasizing:

UC’s Management Continues its Super-Sized Growth
University Probe
by Charles Schwartz, UC Berkeley

also, recall this graph posted at UCLA Fac Blog

Tales from N. Cal Community Colleges

can be read in this piece:

CCSF Would Still Help Students If Closed

If City College of San Francisco has to shut down next fall, its leaders would help students transfer to other colleges, store their transcripts in a safe place, and grant name-brand degrees and certificates to students who have completed 75 percent of their program.

That's according to a draft version of the "closure report" that City College is required to prepare in case it loses accreditation in June.

and

The East Bay's Peralta College District - with Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Merritt College and Laney College - is "on warning" from the accrediting commission. And at the two-college San Jose/Evergreen District, one college is on warning, while the other is on probation.

Being "on warning" or on probation are just short of City College's dire "show cause" status, in which it must prove it should retain accreditation.


"If we have students, particularly of UC and in UC programs, who can't get the medical care they need and deserve, then shame on us," he said.

See: Obamacare Loophole Threatens UC Students

"It's a front-burner issue," said Peter Taylor, UC's chief financial officer, who became aware of the problem last summer."We're not making a profit on (student health care) - but I can't afford to lose money, either."

Meanwhile, UC and other universities, including Harvard, have asked federal health officials to add self-funded student health plans to the new law, in which case UC would be required to lift the caps, said Grace Crickette, UC's chief risk officer. Asked why, Crickette said it was to benefit students, who might otherwise suffer tax penalties.

"We don't know if we'll get in," she said. "We might be rejected."


More on this: at UCLA Fac Blog
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Do you believe -with all the UC government relations and legislative analysts UC hires to protect UC interests at the state and fed level- that UC did not know about this long ago?
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On what Governor Brown (at UC Regents meeting) called the "amenities race":
What Ails American Higher Education?

Many Students Opt For Colleges That Spend More On Non Academic Functions, Study Finds

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

“The language we use when talking about the university must be honest and clear,” he said in a recent interview. “Words like ‘quality’ have no apparent meaning that is obvious. These are internally defined to meet institutional needs rather than societal objectives.”

a legacy covered by the NYT:
In California, Son Gets Chance to Restore Luster to a Legacy

His plea that faculty members, particularly at the University of California, teach more undergraduate classes has been met with resistance, with one trustee fretting that doing so would “turn this place into a junior college in about 15 years.” Faculty members say that requiring more teaching would take away from crucial research areas, which will bring in roughly $5 billion this year.

“You can talk abstractly about faculty teaching more, but that begs the question of what you give up by requiring them to teach more,” said Daniel Dooley, the senior vice president for external relations for the University of California. Mr. Dooley, who worked in Mr. Brown’s first administration in the 1970s, has had several conversations with the governor about the state colleges.

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“The old days of the social compact with the state is gone,” Mr. Douglass said. “It seems clear that it will not come back.”

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There is also the Republican legacy of his unpaid (but most) senior staffer to consider as well- a flashback from the WaPo--"I do want to vote for him in the primary in California." -- it might be good to find out what she thinks of public higher ed in CA... "Anne Gust Brown, 52, of Oakland, has been appointed Special Counsel in the Office of the Governor. This position does not require Senate confirmation and Gust Brown will serve with no compensation. Gust Brown is a Democrat."

Everybody's a Dem these days-- but what does that mean?

and where does the UC Faculty $5 Billion in research this year number come from? is there a breakdown?

The Chancellor In Waiting and other things...

The 'Chancellor in Waiting' is how they referred to him at the UC Regents meeting-- he's got something to say:
Dirks responds to Columbia faculty criticism

On Jan. 22, The Daily Californian published a letter from some of my Columbia colleagues that contains serious misrepresentations of what I actually said during the course of an introductory online video interview (still available through the UC Berkeley NewsCenter) that was released after my selection as UC Berkeley’s next chancellor.

At issue is a difficult period on the Columbia campus eight years ago when we became aware of allegations from some Columbia students that certain faculty members had created a hostile classroom climate. The letter provides ample testimony to the enduring contention around this period in Columbia’s past.

Let me be clear: I am deeply committed to the principle of academic freedom for faculty, which entails the full freedom of expression both inside the classroom and outside.

At the same time, I hold to the principle that faculty have a fundamental obligation to promote an atmosphere of mutual tolerance, respect and civility for students, especially in the classroom and in their role as student mentors.

In my interview, I made clear that I had been (as I still am) deeply concerned about ensuring a campus climate that fosters open dialogue and free exchange, especially around issues with strong emotional resonance for students, and I make no apology for taking the concerns of all students seriously, then and now.

In my interview I spoke about the myriad of controversies that had swirled around the Columbia campus during the years from 2003-2005 and how there had been accusations, allegations, mistrust and suspicion on the part of some students around questions having primarily to do with instruction in Middle East studies. When a group of students made specific allegations, I established a committee made up of distinguished faculty and advised by an eminent First Amendment lawyer to investigate the charges.

When the committee completed its deliberations and found no evidence of anti-Semitism in the classroom, we released its report as a public document to ensure transparency and accountability. Disregarding my own words, my colleagues claim that in the interview I described an “anti-Semitic” climate at Columbia and somehow connected that to the “nature of instruction” in Middle East studies.

But as the transcript of the interview makes clear, I was referring to students’ perceptions and feelings, not my own. In the interview, I called attention to the report I commissioned and whose findings and recommendations I accepted back in 2005, precisely because I endorsed it, and held it as an example of my commitment to the values of academic freedom, faculty governance and the responsibility of the university to ensure a classroom experience predicated on tolerance and respect.

As I move from Columbia to Berkeley, I am well aware that I come to an institution renowned for its public engagement and spirited embrace of freedom of speech and debate, and that controversy, political and otherwise, will be the daily diet of my new role.

I want to assure the Berkeley community that I will bring with me the same values that have been vital to my academic leadership at Columbia: commitments to academic freedom; to transparency, engagement and dialogue and to the importance of civility and respect, especially when disagreements are deep and passionate.

— Nicholas Dirks,
UC Berkeley Chancellor-designate
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UC Davis coverage in certain outlets as an example of some of the issues described above.
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Changing Universities on
A University without Faculty: The Demise of the University of Phoenix and the Rise of the MOOCs
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Might have to do a DeLillo MOOC if it's a go, or...
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Wish this didn't feel like a sad joke.
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It was good to hear from Dirks. PS You might also want to take a look at the comment thread at the original post in the Columbia Spectator Letter to the editor

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Elections mean something

or they don't...

WaPo on Jerry Brown education policy

Here is what Jerry Brown ran for Governor on:

-The introduction of online learning and the use of new technologies explored to the fullest.

-Focus on Community Colleges.

-Overhaul of the state testing programs by focusing on career readiness and providing results to parents and educators in a timely fashion.

-Extra funding for English language learners and low income families.

-A more balanced and creative school curriculum.

and here is: an eight page Jerry Brown for Governor campaign pdf for more detail.
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This is what CA Speaker John Perez said previously:


also see UCLA Faculty blog for:
the endless construction with funky numbers and 'campus visits'

UC Student Medical Insurance Limits

and on the student voice and online

and for more on Speaker Perez and Governor Brown

Friday, January 25, 2013

If Dick Blum, the big macher UC regent who pushed Yudof's appointment through the board, did know and didn't tell Yudof, he has a lot to apologize for."

Peter Schrag on Yudof at the SacBee

When Yudof was hired, Blum, who'd been dealing with the administrative mess as chairman of the board, sounded like the relieved father in an Italian opera who'd just married off his ugly daughter.

The administrative swamp has been drained. But Yudof has never escaped the effects of the fiscal mess – including a cut of some $900 million in state funding since he came. And they don't erect monuments to people who just preserve the status quo.

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All told, the UC is in far better shape now than when he came. But it's unlikely that it can ever again exercise the kind of influence, both in this country and abroad, that it did in its glory days under Clark Kerr in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Yudof had been thinking about retirement well before he made his announcement last week. But it's hard to imagine that Gov. Jerry Brown's muscle flexing at recent meetings of the regents – even his pointed reminder that he is the legally designated board president – did anything to encourage Yudof to stay.

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All told, the UC is in far better shape now than when he came. But it's unlikely that it can ever again exercise the kind of influence, both in this country and abroad, that it did in its glory days under Clark Kerr in the 1950s and 1960s.

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But no president can accept a major de-emphasis of research, which would immediately diminish UC's status. For any UC president today, the future can't look as bright as the past.


read the full viewpoint.
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and, Remaking The University on Privatization Hits the Wall


'No Jerk Policy' ??- Update on Birgeneau, Berdahl closed door meeting with U. Michigan Regents

From The Michigan Daily: (U Mich) Regents gain insight in California (meeting with Birgeneau, Berdahl, Stanford's Hennessy, and Google)

While the specific topics discussed were not made public, Birgeneau said his time with the regents and executive officers covered topics such as prospects for public universities across the country, budget challenges, streamlining administration costs, competition for the best faculty and financial aid for undergraduates.

Birgeneau said Berkeley has worked to combine its purchasing with the University of California, San Francisco in order to save money on large orders, among other administrative cost changes. Overall, Birgeneau said a “pessimistic” estimate was savings of $70 million per year as a result cost-savings programs.

The issue of declining federal support for research funding was also a primary focus of conversation. Birgeneau added that he was “optimistic” about the future of research funding in light of President Barack Obama’s inaugural address. Private partnerships with industry and foundations could also provide a new source of revenue, albeit one much smaller than the support that the federal government gives for basic research.

“Federal money is important, but we get a lot of money from different foundations,” Birgeneau said. “I would say we are trying to diversify our research base in the same way we diversify everything else.

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Birgeneau said Berkeley’s main priority with MOOCs centered on providing “technology-assisted education” to its on-campus population as well as some offerings for the general public.

“We’re doing this to improve education, not to make money,” Birgeneau said.

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Birgeneau, who is set to step down in the middle of 2013, said the charge of a public university president is to assemble a competent leadership team, have solidified personal values, withstand “buffeting” from state politics and media and fundraise effectively.

“I’m a strong believer in the ‘no-jerk’ policy,” Birgeneau said.

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Gotta ask- does he mean jerk as in using batons on your own students, faculty, staff? Or, jerk as in talking about the DREAM act as part of the attack on Gabrielle Giffords? Does he mean jerk as in talking about Hancock and Skinner as in they 'only know how to do damage'-those kind of statements? Or, is that considered non jerk behavior? Does he consider his BFF Dynes a jerk or not a jerk? Did U Mich ask that as follow up?
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Birgeneau also spoke to the regents about programs that California sponsors to defray costs of attendance for lower- and middle-income students. California currently pays the entire tuition cost for a student whose family makes a combined income of less than $80,000 per year and qualifies for financial aid.

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Dirks is formally called Chancellor Designate, or something like it, but at the UC Regents meeting he was referred to as "Chancellor-in-waiting"...

Follow Up on the UC Davis Chem Researcher Story

can be found at the Davis Vanguard- they have many behind the scenes details.

and San Francisco Chronicle also has additional information.

related: Doubts Arise About UC Investment In Gun Manufacturer

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gov. Brown State of The State

You can watch the State of the State: here on video on demand at the California Channel

mentions University of California
he received an almost unanimous standing ovation when he said no to tuition increases and no to making students the financiers of higher ed
live blogging archive available here

think Yudof was in the audience as well.

analysis here

will post the video with the UC section highlighted once it is archived.

here is the text of his speech
He says on Higher Ed:
"With respect to higher education, cost pressures are relentless and many students cannot get the classes they need. A half million fewer students this year enrolled in the community colleges than in 2008. Graduation in four years is the exception and transition from one segment to the other is difficult. The University of California, the Cal State system and the community colleges are all working on this. The key here is thoughtful change, working with the faculty and the college presidents. But tuition increases are not the answer. I will not let the students become the default financiers of our colleges and universities."

once again: the text of his full State of the State speech can be read in full here.
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Inside Higher Ed on the broadband insanity in America

btw, where would the MOOCs be without broadband? and what about those who don't have access to broadband, what about their access to a MOOCs future? (or any other online?)

and Bob Samuels has a piece there as well.

CSU follow up, 'n maybe not Newt...

see:
CSU meeting: Concerns voiced over Gov. Brown's proposed budget includes interview w/ Gov in video.

Daily Nexus "Brown Begins Push for Efficient UC Spending As Regents Navigate Through Financial Turmoil"

Forbes has a CA Repub leader on Brown-- maybe not Newt, afterall

Belatedly, Birgeneau on Yudof

Tim White looks thrilled in his new post, see pix #1

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

UC Online, MOOCs and different takes on 'the leadership'

there is this from Daily Cal: Financial Uncertainty Clouds Future of UC Online Education
While online education at the university has not lived up to financial expectations, its success as a teaching model has seen increased efficiency and a higher quality of instruction, both of which lead to indirect financial gains, according to Fox.

“The number of students who have failed and had to retake courses has dropped dramatically,” Fox said. “They graduate faster. They get into the workforce faster. Every part of (the online) equation points to cheaper, just not in the microscopic sense.”

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Public Us and MOOCs at Inside Higher Ed

The educational idea is that this offering will encourage more students to start degree programs. The financial idea is that the tuition revenue gained by participating institutions when students move from the MOOC to the rest of the program (which will continue to charge tuition) will offset the additional costs of offering the first course free.

Among the first universities planning to make the debut course in their online programs a MOOC are Arizona State, Cleveland State, Florida International, Lamar and Utah State Universities and the Universities of Arkansas, Cincinnati, Texas at Arlington and West Florida.
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One concern of many colleges and universities has been about what to do when their own students ask for credit for MOOCs that they took from other institutions. The issue is likely to grow because it is so common -- in an era when students transfer or stop in and out of various colleges -- for students to receive credit for work done elsewhere. But MOOCs were created as non-credit courses.
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Changing Universities- "The Udacity of Hope- Leadership in the Age of Austerity"
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UT system on Mark Yudof resigning as UC president

UC System spokeswoman Brooke Converse said Yudof was offered a dual appointment as both the president of the UC System and a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law.
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Yudof’s resignation came with what he calls “a spate of taxing health issues” and a need to “make a change in my professional lifestyle.” Converse said that it is “possible he has other reasons” but she said she could not speak for him personally.
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Randa Safady, vice chancellor for external relations at the UT System, said despite Yudof’s challenges, he leaves a lasting legacy.

“While there were periods of tumultuous activity during his leadership [at UC], I think the history books will refer to Mark Yudof as one of the greatest academic leaders of all time, both in California and in Texas,” Safady said in an email.

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Jerry Brown Reigns In Political Arena -- Carla Marinucci mentions his similarity to Newt Gingrich...

and folks at UC Berkeley on the Governor: "It's been a long time since any governor has been riding this high," said Ethan Rarick, director of UC Berkeley's Matsui Center at the Institute of Governmental Studies. "I'd say that Jerry Brown 2.0 has disproved skeptics every step of the way. If the economy goes south, they'll come back. But for now, it's hard to see how you could've done better than he's done."


CA Community College, CSU, Higher Ed Reforms and Jerry Brown

Editorial: Gov. Jerry Brown's Smart College Reforms
"Since budget problems began with the recession five years ago, there are about 500,000 fewer community college students than before. Fortunately, the passage of Brown's Proposition 30 means about $200 million annually in additional funding for the two-year system. But there are still 2.4 million people enrolled at 112 campuses -- the biggest system of higher education in the world. And it is still hard to get the right courses at the right time in order to move on."

It focuses on the CA community colleges. So does this Carla Rivera LA Times piece.

And, the Governor attends CSU trustees meeting this week. here is more on CSU issues.

WSJ is finding the exchange b/ween the Gov. and UC regents interesting, too.
"Of course, the universities by design operate independently from the state and regents don't have to do what the governor asks. Then again, they probably can't afford not to."
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UCSB's The Bottom Line channels a little bit of Arnold in their headline: UC President Mark Yudof Will Terminate Tenure This August, UCSB Student Leaders Weigh In
(btw, that former "President of the Regents"- his latest movie bombed but he still loves Maria... And, a Newsom, the one married to an ex officio UC Regent, is up for an Oscar. so, the Oscar-loving Chair of the UC Regents and UC Regent friends of Arnie and Maria are either thrilled with all of this or...)
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on UCR see:
Governor and UC Regents Clash Over Budget

UC Riverside Medical mentioned at the 8:15 here...

wonder if (former UCR Chancellor) now CSU Chancellor White will bring any of it up with the Gov at this week's CSU meeting?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's Complicated

Daily Cal has a take on the Yudof legacy
in part: Given the obstacles he faced, Yudof — who will step down in August — managed the university well, though he left much to be desired. While critics decry the near doubling of tuition since he became president, it is unfair to evaluate him simply based on that standard, as factors such as depleting state funds are out of his control.

That being said, due to rising tuition, many qualified students can no longer afford to attend a UC campus. For those who can, the burden has become much heavier than it was when Yudof took over. And campuses’ shift toward admitting more out-of-state students threatens the university’s obligation to serve California residents. Though these are difficult areas for Yudof to impact, his position at the helm of the university means he must be held accountable for its actions.

Now, Yudof leaves the university at its most optimistic moment in recent years. Voters approved Proposition 30, saving the UC and CSU systems from severe funding cuts, and the state appears to finally be able to reinvest in higher education, albeit at less-than-perfect levels. For Yudof, a shift in the state’s dismal behavior signifies that the turbulent period that defined his presidency may be over. It also presents an opportunity for a new leader to reverse some of the damage that has been done over the last four years.

they also have a more thorough review of the Governor's moves on the budget as it relates to UC
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here's another flashback/mashup:
Statement from UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl on the appointment of UC San Diego Chancellor Robert C. Dynes as the 18th president of the University of California system
from 11 June 2003
"This is a great appointment. Bob Dynes really understands the University of California. I've worked with him, I know him well, and I respect him enormously. I think the most important factor, for all of the UC campuses, is that Bob Dynes is a person absolutely committed to maintaining excellence at the University of California.

"He has been a chancellor within the system who knows and respects the importance of allowing campuses a high degree of autonomy. He is a distinguished scientist who commands respect of everyone who knows him. He is well known in Washington, D.C. and is very familiar with the work of the national laboratories, which is crucial for the next president.

"I couldn't be happier at this appointment."

- Robert M. Berdahl
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and this previous UC press release

Dynes was selected from a national pool of more than 300 candidates. The recommendation was made by a Regental selection committee that was assisted by advisory committees of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

"Bob Dynes is an outstanding individual who will provide superb leadership to maintain the quality and accessibility of the University of California," said John J. Moores, chairman of the Board of Regents. "He brings the perfect mix of skills and experiences to tackle this demanding job. I appreciate the input of all who participated in the selection process, and I am particularly grateful to the faculty for the important role they played in our deliberations."

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from UCSD Guardian
""I view my role as informing and educating the governor and the state legislature,"" Dynes said. ""The lows are difficult times, which are going on now.""

However, having experienced multiple economic cycles throughout his life, Dynes remains optimistic about the future.

""You come out stronger at the other end of a budget crisis and well prepared too,"" Dynes said. ""We will go through the pain, but we will come out stronger at the end.""

According to UC Office of the President spokesperson Michael Reese, there are other issues in addition to dealing with the budget that the UCOP plan on addressing in the coming years with Dynes as president.

""The three biggest issues will be dealing with the ongoing state budget crises, meeting the challenges of rapid enrollment growth at a time of diminishing state resources and maintaining the quality of UC's teaching and research missions,"" Reese said
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Dynes will succeed Richard C. Atkinson, who is also a former UCSD chancellor, after his service of eight years in office.
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and this happened in the Fall with another UCSD Richard-this time Atkinson- and from Calgary, not Ontario-in case you missed it:
From his years at the National Science Foundation to his leadership at the University of California, Richard has redefined the relationship between academia and industry, reshaped the field of university administration and helped revolutionize scholarly disciplines ranging from experimental psychology to applied mathematics,” said President Yudof upon bestowing the medal on Aug. 27. “He successfully realized this university’s three-part mission of high-quality academics, full-throated access and unprecedented public service to its greatest extent. San Diego, California and the United States have all been the better for it.”

Atkinson established the Presidential Medal in 1997 as a way to recognize extraordinary contributions to the University of California or the community of learning. The medal is the highest honor UC’s president can bestow.

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and now Yudof heads to Cal where the student newspaper writes how complicated legacy is given how the budget and legislative relationships are b/ween UC and the state- and how that put a spin of unexpected for Yudof- cuz, no one could have seen it coming, least of all an expert in higher ed...

and the Daily Cal also has this: UC Funding Fight Continues
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are the times different? or, is it same as it ever was?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Steinberg on Yudof

Steinberg Statement on Yudof

Statement on Announcement of Mark Yudof’s Retirement as UC President
January 18, 2013

(Sacramento) – Senate president pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg has issued the following statement on the announcement that Mark Yudof is retiring from his position as President of the 10 campus University of California system this August:

“I’m especially appreciative of President Yudof’s leadership of the University California, bridging the gap between secondary schools, higher education and the working world by fostering stronger ties between classroom and careers. We worked closely together in developing the groundbreaking University of California Curriculum Integration Institute, helping teachers to design coursework that blends academic rigor with career technical education. I also appreciated his support to change the high school Academic Performance Index, as he recognizes that measuring school success and properly preparing students for college and careers must go beyond standardized bubble tests.

“The UC system has just received a record number of freshman applications, not only from California high school seniors but from around the country and the world. The proof is in the numbers; the University of California remains a preeminent institution of higher education that’s renowned worldwide, despite several years of challenging financial waters navigated by UC with President Yudof at the helm.

“I extend my gratitude to Mark for his dedicated service, and look forward to working closely with him in the next several months as the University of California makes the transition to new leadership.”

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Important

want to highlight this new post and ask you to closely read the links in it:

Thoughts and Deeds of Mark G. Yudof: A Resignation Reader from Remaking the University
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Stuck in a state of disbelief at the June 30, 2009 section...
background:
16.9 Communications.

Communications for presentation to the Board or a Committee thereof shall be in writing and shall be presented by the Secretary and Chief of Staff at the next regular meeting following their receipt by the Secretary and Chief of Staff, provided that communications from the Academic Senate or members of the faculty or student body or employees of the University shall be presented only through the President of the University. This Bylaw does not apply to communications presented by members of the University of California Student Association Board of Directors or by members of the Academic Council of the Academic Senate pursuant to Bylaw 16.10.

Antiquated old model needs replacing, immediately. Bad for California. Something about that old notion of each individual American having the right to petition their government and that other governing boards should aspire to the same model... but maybe too much POTUS inauguration coverage on MLK day.

Flashback: Mark Yudof

take a look at two key interviews during his term

this one from the LA Times with Pat Morrison

and *MOST IMPORTANTLY*

one from San Francisco Magazine written by Peter Schrag
see this section:
"When I asked Yudof whether he would have taken the job had he known then what he knows now about California’s fiscal mess, his first answer was “no answer.” Then he phoned the next day to say he’d thought about the question overnight. He’d had a call from an administrator friend at Notre Dame that morning, he said, who’d told him that “the nation needs you to succeed.” It sounded vaguely apocryphal, even self-serving. But it resonated with a man who had made up his mind, as he neared his 65th birthday, to assume a larger mission. In this recession, UC is hardly the only college or university system in the nation suffering severe budget cuts. In Florida, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, classes and sometimes whole programs have been suspended and students pushed out for lack of adequate state funding. “People are watching,” Yudof told me, “because we are the best.” Yet at that moment, as he began his second year in the job, it seemed clear that despite his determination, political smarts, and tough skin, he was still feeling his way."

there are two terms being floated around, just some impressions:

1- Micromanaging- as in the Governor is micromanaging UC-
opinion: This does not seem like the right approach to counter the Governor's actions. If education is widely considered as a national security issue at the federal level, what is it at the state level? A Governor of a state is not micromanaging when he is taking on access, and the online push is about access, or being framed as about access.

2- Innovation- a term being thrown around injected into everything - sometimes so messily-- talking about different things sometimes--important to properly frame it, and early on...

Today, MLK National Day of Service. Here is more info on the National Day of Service.

(since this is a Mark Yudof flashback there is also this...lol)




Sunday, January 20, 2013

giving him "pretty good marks for stability, not very high marks for innovative leadership."

(should mention that quote in the title came from Callan, who also said he did not have a plan for higher ed either) and
Sherry Lansing, chairwoman of the regents, said she and others had beseeched Yudof not to leave, but, given his health issues, he felt that "at some point you have to put quality of life first." She said the regents and Brown wanted Yudof to stay and work for years more on such issues as the announced expansion of online courses and expanding aid to middle-income families.
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The regents will form a national search committee to find a replacement for Yudof. If a suitable candidate is not hired by summer, Lansing said she would ask Yudof to stay until one is found.
from the LA Times

all of this coverage on it - some of these stories just sound the same - but the above detail is new.

Went to look up detail on UCD Academic Freedom Case

and found: a whole other kind of drama goin' on at Davis re a serious update on: the chem fire that happened the other day in the on campus apartments!

see; this post for the Academic Freedom case at UCD -scroll down to end of page for the latest update.

at last week's UC Regents meeting Governor Jerry Brown mentioned academic freedom as "that place where angels fear to tread" --but if you are going to deal with the business of universities-- don't you have to tread there?

and also into the management of universities?

what about ‏@mark_yudof 's

"At #UCRegents re: #UCOnline: “This is no time to be timid.” http://on.fb.me/13DY0zo #moocs #highered "

"No time to be timid"...

More On Jerry Brown and Higher Ed

From U-T San Diego: Governor's Budget Seeks Cost-Cutting In Higher Education

“Most of the things that are on the budget that I’ve seen are ... constructive but modest initiatives,” said Patrick Callan, president of the nonprofit Higher Education Policy Institute in San Jose. “I think the state has much bigger issues in higher education than that budget would suggest, and the kinds of initiative he is bringing to other areas — big systemic reforms — are missing here.”

Callen and others view the state’s approach to higher-education funding as shortsighted, although they acknowledge not having immediate recommendations on what a broad revamp of public colleges in the state should involve.

“My reaction was, here we go again. This is what happens after a recession because legislators and the governor are getting so much push-back about tuition from the public,” said Joni Finney, director of the Institute for Research in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. “It is politically a popular thing to do, but it is not a long-term plan.”

and Sac Bee:
Jerry Brown Carries The Day On Online Classes At UC, CSU

"This was a very productive meeting," Brown said after talking with regents Wednesday. "And I think what was most impressive is how enthusiastic the regents are. They all want to jump in."

George Kieffer, a regent and Los Angeles lawyer, said of any perceived conflict between Brown and regents, "I don't see it. I see we're on the right direction now and pushing this."

The positive reaction Brown received may have to do with the preliminary nature of the proposals regents are considering. Christopher Edley, the dean of UC Berkeley's law school and a central figure in UC's existing efforts online, suggested UC may not be prepared to fully embrace Brown's vision.

"I'm not sure, governor, that UC – that the University of California system of governance – is up to the challenge of leading on this issue," Edley said. "Every day we see a couple of news accounts of other institutions that are being bolder and more innovative."

--At last weeks UC Regents meeting Edley mentioned his taking heat for the online initiative several times- but it was not the online initiative that garnered so much heat for him. It was the 'si se puede' slide at the end of his powerpoint presentation when he was rolling the initiative out that was offensive to some and also his participation in the Gilded 36 issue that he never ever wants to talk about with reporters or anyone.

--Wish Edley would talk directly about the conversation the UC Regents had on the lack of diversity and the online move- but from a different direction. Watching the UC Regents meeting last week where diversity or lack of diversity of faculty was raised first in the agenda order (and some blamed the lack of diversity on the deans etc.)-- the UC Regents then said 'oh it is great to talk about diversity first-- now let's talk about online because it is soo related'-- but what they failed to acknowledge, and what Edley does not talk about, is that the UC has failed/refuse to move on diversity for DECADES (see Regent Island's comments, see Regent Ruiz's comments, see Regent Lozano's comments, see Regent Stein's comments on this)...so how is a UC system with a long history of resistance to diversity going to approach online differently from the 'for-profit-exploiting-minorities-population-model', they don't say?

They took up these issues last Wednesday...

Once again, you can watch the UC Regents meeting on demand video here. and the TV Guide/agenda items are here.

also this from SJ Merc and Reason has take on Jerry Brown.

Big Ticket Items

the Moody's and The MOOCs (or something like 'em) again from Inside Higher Ed

The Delta Cost Project and an Atlantic article h/t UD and IHE on it also here is a direct link to the report and here is a link to their home page for many other recent reports.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Nummedal and Rockman in no way represent the typical academic marriage. They met at the University of California, Davis, where they both received their doctoral degrees,

interesting:
"Nummedal and Rockman in no way represent the typical academic marriage. They met at the University of California, Davis, where they both received their doctoral degrees, but Nummedal was first hired at Brown, and first received tenure; after quite a bit of uncertainty involving cross-country moves and international appointments, Rockman secured a place at Brown. Sharing appointments in the same department has made gender inequities a frequent subject, no matter how subtle. Rockman is rarely addressed by his first name, yet Nummedal is with frequency. In addition, Nummedel's office is on the ground floor, where she is often mistaken for the department secretary."
From:
The Atlantic- Being Married Helps Professors Get Ahead But Only If They're Male

and there is this related study out of Cal...

Friday, January 18, 2013

UC President Mark Yudof To Step Down

V: some are interpreting the "returning to teaching law at UC Berkeley" to mean that Yudof taught at UC Berkeley prior to becoming UC President-- don't think that he ever taught at UC Berkeley as regular faculty in his career prior to his becoming UC President- but maybe- think they are just trying to say that he is returning to teaching and that now he will do that at UC Berkeley- like Dynes with his lab at Cal, etc. ...
IV: In SJ Merc News Gov Brown "Brown also released a brief statement about the news. "Mark Yudof has a deep understanding of the university and he effectively dealt with some difficult problems. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him." and there is this from SF Chron -UC Regents Respond To Governor-it also can read as sort of hostile to practicing Christians-so, that caveat- but informative on Prop 30 and UC.

III: San Francisco Chronicle On Yudof Resigning
in reading all of the mentions of stepping down for health reasons--reminded of the Cal city planning student at last Thursday's UC Regents meeting who said in public comment that his SHIP student health insurance program was so inadequate that his last chemo session was interrupted by billing...and he faced an ongoing battle over insurance when he was fighting for his life.
and, Daily Cal on what they call the "mixed legacy"

Update II: check out a series of stories at LA Times first, On Yudof Quitting and An Op-Ed Called UC's Reputation During and After Mark Yudof, which should be a book, not an op ed.
and, Likely Tuition Hike for Grad Students

Update: Policy On Appointment Of A New UC President
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Daily Cal has the detail here.

this is not a hoax -he says he is coming to Cal to hang around Boalt...

Here goes his full statement from UCOP

abc coverage same as Huff Po coverage namely AP

Mercury News coverage

KQED coverage

Sac Bee covering it

Had a sense that something was up when the facebook and the twitter frequency went down next to nil in July 2012-his illness and family illness etc.- and then Regent Schilling's comments about leadership in her goodbye talk on Thursday where she also directed some heat at the Governor over his comments on compensation were a tell that something was up. Or, maybe all wrong on this and he didn't tell anyone 'til today-- but doubt it.

How do they conduct a satisfactory search for the next UC President?

It is kind of strange he sends out the "This Is No Time To Be Timid" statement and then immediately follows it with the "I Am Resigning" message...

he does not directly mention the alumni in his statement

ah, the PR.
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Mostly just thinking of the woman in public comment on Wednesday or Thursday at UC Regents meeting who said something like 'Mark Yudof works here for five to seven years and gets a $300,000 + a year pension and I work here for 30 years and will be lucky to get close to $2000 a month in retirement'. I don't think she cares if he steps down or not - I think she just wants the place to be run fairly. And, it isn't.

"By managing $2.5 billion of the state’s debt, the UC could save $80 million since the University has a better credit rating than the state, officials said."

Daily Bruin: UC Regents discuss University future with state leaders at board meeting

and this opinion piece there: California governor’s budget offers only short-term solution for UCs- Dumping more money into system is a short-term solution for cultural shortcomings, state’s unreliability as partner for UCs
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Daily Cal UC Regents voice concern over budget demands
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Daily Nexus: UC Board of Regents Debate Financial Strengths, Weaknesses Encompassing Online Education

Regents Kick Off Meeting With Debates on Health Care, Audits, Eco-Friendly Buildings

UC System To Reconsider Viability of Online Classes
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The Aggie: they are trying again (but why on a Friday?) UC Student Regent, Regent-designate to visit campus Friday
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The Synapse UC Students Announce Plans for Future Advocacy while Taking Issue with the Lack of UC Diversity
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and SF Chron: Online Courses Seen As Inevitable "Brown said the argument for online education can be summed up by the fact that while UC says it needs 12 percent more funding, he can only offer 5 percent.

"Let's get real," said Brown, a regent himself. "There's a brute reality out there. There's not a luxury of sitting in the present trajectory unless you want to pay ever-increasing tuition."

As if listening to the discussion from afar, Moody's Investors Service warned Wednesday that "most universities will have to lower their cost structures to achieve long-term financial sustainability."
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"figures from UCOP may not be identical to those provided by UC Berkeley, due to differences in when the data were collected, among other factors."
Why the discrepancy, shouldn't they explain it fully? If they are going to use these numbers to try to advance the online push-- they should break these numbers down: how many met the qualifications, what states or countries applied, etc. etc.

More than 67,000 apply for freshman admission at Cal

(but, here goes 2011 final data just to see how the numbers break)

Campus by Campus "report" from UCOP

take a look at this story from NYT blog just to see how confusing the numbers get


Thursday, January 17, 2013

On Gov. Brown: Nothing engaged him more in our talk than breaking the cycle of higher costs and rising tuition in the state’s public colleges and universities. The model for higher education is “totally broken,” he said.

"Nothing engaged him more in our talk than breaking the cycle of higher costs and rising tuition in the state’s public colleges and universities. The model for higher education is “totally broken,” he said. “It requires unending, escalating borrowing from the students. So I’m going to engage the faculty and administrators on examining other ways of having a great university without making the students the default financiers.” In his latest budget proposal, Brown gave public colleges and universities less funding than they requested, and he demanded that they freeze tuition increases, improve graduation rates, and expand online instruction."
From Ron Brownstein in National Journal: Iconoclastic Jerry Brown Goes Back to Square One--The California governor is once again preaching an “era of limits” to an ascendant Democratic Party.

Ohio Gov Kasich and Texas Gov Join In On Brown Enthusiasm For Udacity

and, yes, National Journal also has this on a former Lab Director: The Education of Steven Chu Nobel Physicist Was Brought In To Transform Energy Economy But Faced Political Battles



CA Gov and CA Speaker Tell UC

see: Brown, Perez Tell UC Leaders To Stop Complaining

From Oz--California Dreaming A MOOC Inspired Recovery

UCOPspeak on Online and UC

Daily Cal Legislative Analyst’s office skeptical of Brown’s plans for higher education and their scant coverage of UC Regents and On Line

UC has WorkPlace Environment Problems

other stuff out there:
UC Irvine Prof to be charged with new arson count

UC Davis researcher injured in explosion at apartment-- chem in the on campus apartments??
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it is so strange to read about the delays in UC admin project UC Path and HR move to the cloud --and then read this sort of story: UC Berkeley-Led Team Awarded $27.5M for New TerraSwarm Research Center

Initial Response From Some UC Faculty To UC Regents Meeting

first, this: KQED Forum Host: Michael Krasny
Guests: Jonathan Stein, University of California student regent
Michael Meranze, professor of history at UCLA and co-editor of the education blog Remaking the University, with UCSB professor Christopher Newfield
Mo Qayoumi, president of San Jose State University
Sebastian Thrun, Google VP and fellow, part-time research professor at Stanford University and founder of Udacity, a company focused on bringing university-level education to the public (you can view comments and background to this Forum discussion here at this PBS site, or just click play below to listen-- you might have to click pause on video of L'il Hoover commission video on previous post so that the audio does not overlap.)



And,
Changing Universities UC Regents Meeting Report-Rewriting History and Forgetting The Faculty

Remaking the University - Whose Online? What Online?

UCLA Faculty Blog - CA Pol Issues is back

You can watch today's session of UC Regents Meeting On Demand here as a direct link.
You can watch earlier sessions of this week's UC Regents meeting On Demand here.
You can find the agenda items for the UC Regents here.

Also,
LA Times editorial Micromanaging the UCs
Gov. Brown wants major changes at the UC and Cal State University systems. Some of his ideas are good, but many could change the very nature of those institutions.

Important PS You should go to the PBS site and read the comments that accompany The Forum conversation, it includes exchanges like:

Sebastian Thrun •

Udacity provides a lot of assistance to professors in creating online classes. We have a staff of about 20 instructional designers and educational specialist who assist instructors. The online medium is really different from the in-class medium. Too many online courses are composed of recorded lectures. If we unleash the full potential of online, we have environments like Carnegie Mellon's OLI which provides students with personalized learning paths. Check out our Physics 101 course to get a taste of this (and yes, this is work in progress).

Kevin Heller Sebastian Thrun •


Sebastian Thrun: I love the idea of Udacity providing assistance to help a professor get their course online and take advantage of all the technological resources that are available, but how can this be done for $150/student? Capped at 100 students, that's $15,000/class. So the professor, TAs, and Udacity staff can make a profit even at this low cost? I would love to see numbers on that!

Christopher Newfield Sebastian Thrun •

Prof. Thrun, if you use OLI or other blended systems with personalized feedback and faculty contact you won't save higher ed money. If you save them money, you will downgrade quality. You've made huge promises, and your promises have convinced senior leadership in higher ed and state government that they don't need to reverse catastrophic cuts that have for example eliminated seminars and replaced them with the large lectures none of us want. I think you now have a responsibility to produce real data about costs and educational results that show how you for the first time in history have overcome the "cost disease" problem of all services (education, health) that require personal attention. (Health care is a great example of how quality-through-technology has NOT lowered costs -- we spend 2x of any other country for mediocre results). We have been unable to find any concrete data to back up your claims.
I am enrolled in your Udacity stats class and can confirm that you are yourself an excellent instructor

and Michael Meranze has some post Forum on Online interview analysis

UC Regents Thurs Meeting Begins 8:30am PST

Find the agenda and details on how to connect here

the UC Regents started their meeting an hour late this morning- apparently jus' cuz...

Governor Brown and Lt Gov Newsom are present for the meeting today

Importantly, Speaker Perez is at the meeting today and is making critically important comments at length-- Governor Brown is now speaking at length after Perez.

UC frequently likes to run around to think tanks and other places and tout how UC loans the State of California money-- but UC does not talk about their 20 year holiday on their retirement management and other issues that Perez and Brown are now reminding them of in detail and at length.

if you are a Californian who cares about California you should watch this meeting at some point soon.

also, if you are a UCSF patient or a student who needs your SHIP account you might want to listen to the disturbing/shocking/very sad public comments that were made at the beginning of today's UC Regents meeting.

Chair Lansing, the Gov and others have finally realized they need to thank the unions for their support for Prop 30 today... way late - just like the start of the UC Regents meeting today.

Now Blum comes across as bein' rude to Gov-- callin' him "Jerry", tellin' him "I hope you're listening" to me and Blum completely avoiding his role in hiring Dynes and the compensation scandals of that time and continuing... Blum wants to cut staff at UCOP and at campuses more and thinks the world of Taylor, Brostrom, Lentz (noticed Blum was getting cranky when Yudof walked past him and he had Yudof bend down and talked his ear off for several minutes - so you could see this coming.) And, a US Senator should not be thrilled with having their spouse talk about them the way Blum is injecting her into the conversation this morning.

Yudof is drinking a load of soft drinks this morning...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Making Water Flow Uphill...

Remember when UCOP's Dooley talked to the L'il Hoover Commission about incentives for faculty who produce for online? Remember, making water flow uphill with money and moving cat food bowls? Please see this video to understand:
Get Adobe Flash player -- well: "Yudof said that within two months he will announce an incentive program for UC professors to develop online courses, focusing on introductory or other high-enrollment courses that can be difficult to get into. He said the UC will establish a system to let students on one campus take online courses at another campus for credit, envisioning a day when 10 percent to 15 percent of all undergraduate courses are taken online." Student Regent Stein raised concerns that the student voice was not being heard on this topic (and many have noted that even at the 20 Million Minds conference they only gave students 15 minutes in an all day conference program)- Lansing and Yudof jumped all over his comments, Yudof even said that there are some canards etc., and they said no students would ever be forced to take online - but this push seems to have some real pushing going on, so maybe Stein's concerns are very legitimate. Regent Blum made a point of highlighting Prof. Robert Reich's and Prof. Ananya Roy's courses taught at his 'poverty center' at Cal are in the online push...and then he handed off to Edley in a big way. and, University of California officials to push ahead with online education also includes video of Gov Brown at UC press conference today (the picture is rotated, but when you click play it is standard format.) btw, some L'il Hoover members don't even know what dual enrollment means but we digress- also see this old post for more. Re: the first video clip at the top of this post: for full detail it is located at this link at the 57:30 mark- if you want to watch the full thing.

"Brown: Online Courses Could Reduce Higher Ed Costs"--PBS Headline Continues the Confusion

"San Jose State University is launching a partnership with a Silicon Valley startup to create a lower-cost option for students needing course credits.

Under the pilot program, each three-unit course will be offered online for $150 -- significantly less than the university's regular tuition. Governor Jerry Brown approached the startup, called Udacity, to help find solutions for the state's overcrowded and under-funded university system.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Brown said if successful, the partnership could help more students graduate on time and help reduce the overall cost of higher education.

Host Stephanie Martin talks with computer science professor Armando Fox, academic director of UC Berkeley's Online Education Program."

Listen to the five minute interview here. For some reason, Fox speaks about how CA Community College faculty feel about it...
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PBS also covers Jerry Brown on California Budget in an in depth interview, including a transcript and further background.

and thanks to SF Chron Higher Ed reporter Nanette Asimov Jerry Brown talks about gun violence in Oakland and the leadership.

Coverage of Jan 15-17 UC Regents Meeting

will post coverage of specific items here and update it. so far, see:
UCSB's Bottom Line Faculty Diversity Serious Point of Contention During UC Regents

UCB's Daily Cal Regents discuss systemwide auditing, shared IT governance

San Jose Mercury News Online education is in UC's future, but how it'll look is anyone's guess

and the Associated Press says "University of California wants more classes online"
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Morning session of today's UC Regents meeting can be viewed on demand here. The UC Regents are at lunch right now (they began lunch late at around 1pm PST) but coverage will resume at around 2pm PST -you can watch it live and view agenda or other sessions here. Update they came back from lunch and opened session for about 8 minutes then they moved into closed session - they will reopen later today for buildings and grounds (don't know when that will begin) and then adjourn and meet again tomorrow morning. You can now view the UC Regents meetings on Jan 16th on demand at this linkwatch the committee on The Labs (for the first 8 minutes)-- there is a section of dead air/closed session that you have to scroll through and then you hit the Buildings and Grounds portion at the 1:36 mark- Regent M also asks really good questions on utilities as well. Here is another related story, that for some reason goes back to 2004 as a benchmark for a big savings story- it seems like the timing of it is a response to Brown's call for efficiencies. Regent M is still concerned about the bidding process for UCLA building at the 1:56 mark, he keeps raising it at various UC Regents meetings but UCLA does not come to him with new better numbers. They say they understand Regent M's directive but they address it in a kind of murky way. Schilling announces she will not be at the March Regents meeting and Regent M thanks her for her efforts. They put off the sustainability item til a future meeting.

If you are wondering who the two UC Regents are who are

being referred to here: "Despite three vacancies on the Regents, and two more spots set to open up in March, the governor has yet to name anyone to the board since returning to the governor’s office in 2011.
It is Lozano and Schilling -their terms expire as UC Regents in March 2013.

from LA Times Jerry Brown takes a new tack with UC Regents

Regent Pattiz says that the LLC board (for The Labs) needs a regent to sit on that and do that work, which kind of raises the regent count question, you can see his comment at the 6:00 mark here.

UC Regents Meeting Today at 8:30am PST - Here is agenda, info

Find the agenda and details on how to connect here

Is "Fundraising" A Good Reason To Deny Citizens An Open Meeting?

Would that 'fly' in California with UC Regents? Answer: NO!
U. Michigan Regents might want to also study CA meeting laws while they are out here meeting with Birgeneau and Berdahl and Stanford and Google...

See: Regents Fly To California For Meetings
There are also comments from UC PR and Senior Administration in the piece, and this:
Russell, the Google researcher, is a leader in Google’s MOOC programs who will meet with the regents later this week. He said MOOCs are still very much in a start-up phase, which is currently characterized by extensive experimentation with different methods and revenue models.

“I’m going to recommend places like Michigan do an investment in (MOOCs) and sort of see where it takes them — kind of like an internal start-up — as a way of exploring what’s possible and then being able to move rapidly when they decide that they do or do not want to go farther with it,” Russell said.

At previous board meetings, some of the members have questioned whether or not MOOCs can yield financial benefit for the University. In September, Martha Pollack, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs, gave a presentation to the regents about the University’s role in Coursera and eventual avenues for monetization by charging for continuing education and professional courses.

“Historically, once upon a time, universities were threatened by the introduction of low-cost printed books,” Russell said. “They survived that. That seems inconceivable now. When we look back at this time 20 years from now, universities, I predict, will still be around and we’ll have the same sort of ‘you’re kidding’ response. ‘How could they think this could destroy the university?’"

Russell added that MOOCs have the potential to create a competitive market for teaching in which each institution can market its most prominent programs. The result, he said, would be a general rise in teaching standards.

“The question is, ‘How much brand loyalty do you have to an institution that is doing a poor job?’” he said. “I think quality will be the great leveling effect.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

"I've got a whole book showing how the university is spending money it doesn't have to," Brown has said, referring to "certain kinds of research, sports, gardeners, a lot of things."

Governor, can we see the book?
Gray Davis and Ward Connerly comment
Robert Powell and Bob Samuels, too. In the LA Times:
Gov. Jerry Brown challenges UC, Cal State to make big changes
Brown wants more teaching, less research and more online courses to save money. He is hoping to enforce his will with the state's purse strings.

Oakland's Children's Hospital and UCSF

are an agenda item for tomorrow's UC Regents meeting.
UC Regents expected to consider UCSF-Children's Hospital Oakland affiliation on Wednesday- From SF Business Times:
"Children's Oakland needs capital, and lots of it, for a proposed seismic upgrade, expansion and modernization of its aging campus. It's unclear that UCSF or the University of California have a lot of capital to spare. Perhaps the Regents will make things a bit more clear on Wednesday."

and their letter of intent coverage from late November.

recall UC and the Las Vegas Cancer Clinic and MLK Hospital and UC stories to compare.

Another Miracle...

Compliance and Audit UC Regent meeting has been Archived and is available for viewing at this link -- So, that means you can watch it at your convenience. A Miracle.
It runs about 1 hr 53 minutes.

Highlights (just a brief, brief skim)

there were only two public comments
the first concerned SHIP (student healthcare) accounts and its compliance or non compliance with Obamacare Affordable Healthcare Act and how that might seriously impact chronic ill students. (Later, Regent Ruiz tried to ask this question to UCOP staff to get an answer but they deferred on answering until the SHIP people can come to a meeting and present to the regents.)

the second comment came from a student from UC Merced who wanted to encourage and thank on sustainability/green efforts in building construction and maintenance at UC

Taylor Presents on RFP for outside firms to do external audits for UC- it is being developed and interviews will occur in Spring with a hire to conduct the 2013-14 audit. Taylor invites Regents to participate along in this effort to the extent that procurement and CA laws allow. Regents say they want to be involved in the recruitment as much as possible --not just introduced to the final candidates or some newly hired firm.

Also, firms will be allowed to give RFP that are both comprehensive and targeted. In other words, if a firm wants to offer RFP for one component of audit they will be allowed to do so, if they want to address everything that will be allowed as well. This will help inform UCOP of what the industry can offer, what's out there as possibility for compare and contrast purposes.

Vacca Presents --Audit Language System (ALS) and IDEA are compared and contrasted. Surprisingly, they say UCB and UCLA use IDEA b/c it is more 'user friendly' but less comprehensive-- UCOP's audit and advisory says ALS is more comprehensive. The flagship (UCB) and the largest campus (UCLA) use the less comprehensive package b/c it is more user friendly, easier. Wwhhaa?!

UC Davis offers some examples from their campus.

Brostrom presents --UC Path is running behind schedule will not be ready by July as planned and it has used up 6% of contingency funds (which are 10% of the overall). It had a planned cost of $175 million and Brostrom refused to give a ballpark or ETA on when it will be ready- it just will not be ready by July as planned is all he will say. He also says it turns out it was more complicated than previously thought. He says they are 'moving at warp speed' and faster than other firms -- as though he is not telling the Regents that it is running way late
(this calls to mind the delay at UCB that was discovered during curtailment-- how do you discover a delay during the end of December curtailment when the due date is in January? just weeks away?!) - it sounds like...anyway...

Regent De La Pena asks what the Regents can do to help them meet their UC Path deadline more closely but Brostrom just kind of puts him off.

Regent M is not thrilled with delay.

Taylor- who is co sponsor along with Brostrom of UC Path project- says he wants UC Path as soon as possible b/c the current system is continually breaking down to the point that he is dealing with emergencies on a regular basis (some of the emergencies were pretty ridiculous, it was helpful to hear him say this- messed up withholdings, having to develop a plan to possibly sit at a stand and hand out paper cut checks during one pay period etc. ).

Brostrom and Ernst's replacement gave presentation IT and systemwide IT. There was much to be gleaned about the "the culture" - resistance to change that UCOP feels it encounters.

Regent M asks about the shared services move to UC Riverside and what will happen with the 'old staff'- the staff that will no longer do the work that is moving to UC Riverside. Brostrom says that it will be cost savings for the campus and other efficiencies but does not talk about the "people" aspect directly.

Regent Ruiz says he thinks he and the Compensation Committee he chairs may be obsolete. He says this b/c the new HR systems and recruiting are handled by others or have become more sophisticated. This was not reassuring and it also looked bad for the UCOP staff to try and assuage his fears on this matter.

It is 5pm and the UCOP staff start acting like they are going to turn into pumpkins so things stop being presented in an extensive manner it becomes more of a rush.

Discussion of Mandated Reporting re preventing child abuse on campus-locating programs on campus that require oversight on this matter - and still figuring out who is a mandated reporter etc. is going on... Regent Feingold makes an excellent point to get some critical things on paper. UC Whistle blower policy and protocols comes up as a part of this and also General Counsel mentions that the reporting has to be made to appropriate authorities. This is all in light of Penn State.

Zettel asks on behalf of Lozano about the status of international audit efforts.

You should watch it for yourself.
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PS you may recall this concern posted at UCLA Fac Blog, well, there is this update -- this is the same vendor that UC has chosen for UCPath.








UC Regents Meeting In Progress Today at 3pm PST

Find the agenda and details on how to connect here

"In three years, we will enroll 100,000 degree-seeking students in Open SUNY, making us the largest public online provider of education in the nation."

from USA Today: State University of New York pushing online classes
"SUNY already is among the largest university systems in the country though the California State University and University of California systems combined serve more students. It also is the second largest community college system, eclipsed only by the California Community College System.

SUNY anticipates tripling the number of degree-seeking students in online education programs in three years. The number of students enrolled now is hard to pin down, Zimpher said, but the university system's data professionals are working on an estimate.

For the first time, students will be able to complete a SUNY bachelor's degree online.

"No institution in America — not even the for-profits — will be able to match the number of offerings and the quality of instruction," Zimpher said."

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and what is USC telling us about CA right now?: University Of Southern California Going On Lock Down At Night Due To Shootings
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Changing Universities on Public Comment Planned For This Week's UC Regents Meeting

Is A 'One Stop Shop' Coming To You?- Hope it works...

Daily Cal: Campus Opens ‘One-Stop Shop’ For Student Services
"the business center has cost $1 million to implement and is expected to provide the campus $208,000 in annual savings ."
Take a look at the project summary here.

Udacity, Gov. Brown and Cal State System

go in big, see NYT California To Give Web Courses A Big Trial:
"Dr. Thrun said that the new approach being pursued by Udacity came in response to a phone call from Mr. Brown. “For me this started cold turkey with a call from the California governor who said, ‘Hey Sebastian, we have a crisis in the state.’ ”
and
“My personal opinion is that it’s not by accident that this is being announced at a time when most faculty are not on campus, but I have no evidence for that,” said Preston Rudy, a sociology professor at San Jose State who serves as vice president of the chapter. “I don’t know enough about Udacity to take any position, but over all, I know the university is concerned about who will teach courses if they go online, who has control, and whether they will be university employees.”

The Udacity deal could blunt some faculty opposition, because the effort will continue to involve professors — but it will also use online course assistants, or “mentors,” hired and trained by Udacity."


just a hunch this might be a topic floating around the UC Regents meeting this week.
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And, Remaking The University has a new look and this new post: "Addressing the Austerity Lock-in at Public Universities"

Monday, January 14, 2013

Oh he would love this! UC Regents Meeting will include live video broadcast !!

just see it for yourself:

Meetings of The Regents of the University of California and its committees are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 15-17, 2013, at the Community Center, UCSF Mission Bay as follows. Please note that all times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.

Live audio Internet broadcasts of the open sessions are available during the open session meetings at this link: http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

A live video broadcast of the open sessions are available through this link: http://lecture.ucsf.edu/ETS/Catalog/Full/333992fe14054d6bae39512a30188f3421
The Microsoft Silverlight plugin is required on desktop computers. Mediasite presentations can also be viewed on Apple, Android and Blackberry mobile devices (iPhones and iPod Touch devices require the free Mediasite app).

It is a friggin' miracle...no rabbit ears etc.

California Policy Issues would likely be thrilled - as we are. Don't know if the video will be archived though. Now, can we just get a regular online archive going of all UC Regent open session meetings? Is it too much to ask?
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At Cal - Flu Shots - February is peak for California.

Jan 10th UC Regents Meeting

occurred. The committee on compensation met regarding UC Riverside Chancellor compensation etc.- here is a description of what happened in closed session -- this item looks like it was posted online after the meeting, didn't notice it before and it is listed out of chronological order.

Once again here is a link to the agenda items for the UC Regents meeting for Jan 15-17. (just click on the underlined link for the date of the meeting to view items)

An Academic Freedom at UC Follow Up

more on previous post, found this: UC Panel Concludes No Retaliation Against Professor

'The review team found that the email was actually sent on Sept. 30, whereas the opinion piece was published in print and online on Oct. 1." -a question- It was published on that date, but when was the material provided to the paper?
and,
“Wilkes called the report “superficial” and some of the information, “totally fabricated.” Although there were three people on the panel, he only met with two of them.

"The provost's independent review committee found Dr. Wilkes' allegations that his academic freedom was violated to be groundless, and thus rejected the key findings of the Academic Senate's Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility," Levine said. "Moreover, nobody has ever asserted that my Oct. 19, 2010 letter to Dr. Wilkes was inaccurate in any respect, and I respectfully disagree that the letter was inappropriate."

“I’m extremely disappointed by the report,” Wilkes said. “And I’m concerned it doesn't really bode well for academic freedom.”

Gregory Pasternack, a hydrology professor who chairs the committee on academic freedom, also blasted the review.

"The faculty saw through thin excuses, while this review merely parrots and accepts them with no scrutiny or common sense,” he said.
and,
Calling academic freedom “of paramount importance to the vitality of our academic community,” Hexter pledged in a news release that he and Chancellor Linda Katehi will continue to work collaboratively with the Academic Senate to affirm “the right of all faculty to publish scholarly articles and professional expert commentaries on controversial topics.”
...
“No university communication should convey even the appearance of impropriety with regard to academic freedom,” Hexter said.
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As a first step, Hexter said he and the chancellor will host a campus wide discussion of academic freedom.

here is the UC Davis press release mentioned above:
Chancellor, Provost Reiterate Commitment To Academic Freedom
"While the independent review team found that the majority of allegations could not be sustained, it characterized an Oct. 19, 2010, letter from a health system attorney to Wilkes as inappropriate."


it includes what they call "The Review Teams Findings of Fact"

and here is: the original SF Chronicle piece that is at the heart of it.

Jerry, It's personal

Ya know
the prostate cancer... -- well, check out what's up with that and retaliation at UC Davis
-that link requires a subscription- so, here is some background.
He seems like he is your cup of tea, too.
And, Oakland, your hometown (the current AG Kamala Harris was born and raised in Oakland, the current Treasurer was born in Oakland, and UCOP is located in Oakland), it is about to call in the national guard?! Does anybody in state government even want to talk about it?...! (Tammerlin is the daughter of William)

Governor, do you have any thoughts on any of this? or- as the msm is playin it- are the MOOCs foremost on your mind?
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This time it is The Aggie-- reminding you the UC Regents meeting starts tomorrow.
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Sending our best to California Policy Issues getting back in the saddle again, soon.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

"Simply"

But apparently,for the 20mm folks, not so simple to post the archive of the live 20mm stream... - it is still not up for viewing. (but they have posted loads of pictures of people sitting at prestigious UCLA tables during the conference, which, of course,-- is most important.)

There is also this:

"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2012 CONTACT: Mayra Lombera 20 Million Minds Foundation 626-396-7071
20 Million Minds President Dean Florez Responds to Governor Brown's Push for Online Innovations in Higher Education

Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, President and CEO of the 20 Million Minds Foundation,applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s allocation of dedicated higher education funding for online course and ed-tech program development in his proposed California State Budget released this morning."The Governor is simply recognizing a simple fact. The Internet has transformed retail, advertising, journalism,music, movies and communication markets. Like these industries, much of higher education is built upon content and communication. Prices have plummeted in other industries, yet costs for higher education continue to rise dramatically.""The opportunity to expand access into our higher education systems by using new enhanced online tools blended with our most effective faculty will not only cut costs, but give our students tools they are already using" stated Florez, “Governor Brown understands this implicitly and he is pushing our antiquated systems of higher education to simply acknowledge the economics of the internet.""The Governor is simply saying that by applying the simple economic principles of the internet, California colleges could leverage the quality of the best professors to teach many more students. The Governor has already called for institutional “disruption” asking higher education leaders to seek innovative ways to reduce costs by taking into account “the harsh reality of the marketplace and technologies.” Today, he put his money where his mouth is with a $10 million dollar investment in online education so we can provide sophisticated massive online platforms that are currently distributing educational content to anyone who wants to learn."Working closely with Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg last year, 20 Million Minds was a key supporter of the senator’s groundbreaking open education resources (OER) legislation. SB 1052 and SB 1053, which Brown signed into law in 2012, place California in a position to lead the nation in the creation and implementation of innovative strategies for incorporating technology into higher education curriculum, while reducing the cost-burden to students and keeping abreast of advancements in today’s global economy.Continuing to shape the discussion in 2013, 20 Million Minds sponsored the Rebooting California Higher Education symposium earlier this week, bringing together an impressive array of state, ed-tech, faculty, and administrative leadership from across the nation. Participants examined and debated the dire need to integrate technologically advanced programs such as online courses and OER in the interest of providing accessible, quality, low-cost education at a time when courses are severely impacted and students are unable to get in to the classes they need to attain the necessary degrees to join the workforce.“Governor Brown’s push to advance high-tech solutions to the crisis facing California’s higher education system is exemplary,” further emphasized Florez.
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P.S. take a look at the right hand column mid page here at HuffPo "No One Wants To Take An Online Course From The University Of California"-- it links to this story. The caption and photo in the college section is not so great PR for UC. whoa- HuffPo just changed the headline to "Guv: Silicon Valley Leaving University In The Dust"...