Saturday, December 27, 2014

How They Saw It - '2014: Year In Review' Compilation

Daily Cal version here

and Remaking the University with Trends We Can Work With: Higher Ed In 2015 -which is a mix of looking at 2014 and looking ahead

(will add others in here if the student newspapers have them.)

You can do your own review of the UC year via the UC student newspapers (although they tend toward coverage on semester and quarter campus time)

UC Davis The Aggie:

UC Irvine:

UC Merced Prodigy:

UCLA Daily Bruin:

UC Riverside Highlander:

UC Santa Barbara Daily Nexus:

UCSC City On A Hill Press:

UC San Diego The Guardian:

UCSF Synapse:

(fyi UCSD Guardian is having issues right now -error message : "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later." so check back)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Tragically Sad-- Talking Points Mix of the Understandably Awkward

It took a while for news groups to confirm it involved a UC student- CBS Local 2nd Death At UC Berkeley Brings Added Concern About Drinking On College Campuses - very sad news.

LA Times UC's enrollment guarantee gives students an education to fall back on

Because many students prefer private schools or California State University campuses over an unsolicited invitation from UC Merced, the guarantee of admission to UC for the highest-performing seniors has little meaning, said William G. Tierney, co-director of USC's Pullias Center for Higher Education. While "a great talking point," it is not valued by many families and does not help ease enrollment pressures facing public higher education, he said.

Supporters, however, note that the guarantee reflects an implicit promise in the state's 1960 Higher Education Master Plan to provide a spot somewhere in the system for the top 12.5% of California high school graduates. They say the referrals are more important than ever since admission now is so selective at the more highly ranked UC campuses such as Berkeley and UCLA, and it can be futile to rely on their waiting lists.

New York Times:
Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Takes Second Chance to Shape Court includes: Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, called Ms. Kruger “a very unconventional choice — she’s never practiced in California. She’s a Washington lawyer. So why didn’t he pick someone from California?”

...A less 'awkward', tangled topic than the one he opined on earlier this month keep in mind these are thoughts from a UC Irvine Dean on a UCB Prof - both members of UC systemwide academic senate
(that now includes a newly minted UCB prof of public policy who runs UCOP and who used to work at...oh, and check out her position on it in this New Yorker piece, it does get complicated...)

see The Nation:
Prosecute John Yoo, Says Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

There's also this 'I don't wanna know' stance covered in a Salon piece- "I don't care what we did" -from a Cal alum.
It might be more understandable and less awkward if it came from someone who never served in that administration- but it did.
and there's OC Register on Paying for UC Pension Miscues

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"What the Humanities Are For--And Why We Should Stop Defending Them", more

YIR -At Cornell.
Description: How can the humanities fields enhance their roles in academia and society? Christopher Newfield, author of Unmaking the Public University, argues that "defending the humanities" binds these fields to the post-war university's declining economic mission. After tracing this decline in part to the theory of "disruptive innovation," he suggests that the humanities already offer important alternative practices of innovation, including their radically non-managerial forms of qualitative interpretation. Professor Newfield encourages humanities practitioners to be more assertive in shaping the post-capitalist societies now in the works.:

and here is the link for the introduction by Tim Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities; Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Cornell University, and more background on the talk etc.
In today's notable links there's UC Care covered in this: Statement of California: UC System Seeks Golden Touch by Introducing PPO

You can also find more on various experiences with UC Care here at Remaking the University.
and Daily Cal goes for it: History of UC Tuition Since 1868

Monday, December 22, 2014

"Competitive Advantage: Stratification, privatization, and vocationalization of higher education"

YIR- see: Competitive Advantage: Stratification, privatization, and vocationalization of higher education
Sheila Slaughter, professor of higher education at the University of Georgia, delivers the 31st Annual Howard R. Bowen Lecture for Claremont Graduate University's School of Educational Studies.
Neo-liberalism and fiscal constraints are increasing the competition for prestige and funding within higher education. The intense focus on STEM and professional fields is creating disparities between these fields and the liberal arts. With these issues in mind, Slaughter discusses the complex processes influencing higher education and examines organizational and social countertrends contesting these changes.

Her talk begins at the 14:25 mark

Here is the link

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"The Hair Ball That Is Berkeley"

Cal as described in talk now available in full (initially only short 1-2 minute video clips were provided when they took place in March of this year)

John Wilton (he mentions "Clay" and "hair ball" at around the 6:00 mark) | Speaking at Globalization of Higher Education Conference

and Dr. Clayton Christensen, "professor at Harvard Business School, addresses the Future of State Universities in Dallas, Texas. The conference was presented by Academic Partnerships and chaired by former governors Jeb Bush (Florida) and Jim Hunt (North Carolina)."

- Kicking off Year In Review (YIR)
Since Jeb Bush makes introductory remarks for the talks above-- note HRC also spoke at the event:

That Other Half

State Senator Block of San Diego wrote in UT San DiegoTuition tussle: Higher costs hurt diversity discusses his SB 15 legislation.

The best thing to be said about the University of California’s recent proposal to hike tuition by a cumulative 28 percent over five years is that it kicked-started a conversation about funding for higher education. If that was the aim of the UC regents and UC President Janet Napolitano, then they performed a service.

But California leaders are united in their fierce opposition to the proposed UC tuition hikes. Between 2004 and 2013, tuition more than doubled at both UC and California State University campuses because students were used as an ATM to fill budget cuts during the economic downturn. Now it’s time for our state universities to find efficiencies, and for the state to provide greater support to ensure more access and greater affordability to California’s students.

Higher tuition costs will push a diploma out of reach for many and limit economic and ethnic diversity. Students who can borrow enough to meet the increased fees will graduate with debt that will take years to repay, postponing buying a house, starting a business, or contributing to the economy in other ways.

The above article also offers 'For the views of the chair of the UC Academic Senate, please go here.' but that isn't exactly a specific rebuttal to Block, other proposed leg, or recent developments. It sounds familiar - the 'UC as orchard speech' from the senate chair's comments at the open of the UC Regents Nov. meeting- so, if you missed that there it is again, including this:

Tuition rates also have grown over the years to make up for a portion of the lost funding, but so, too, has financial aid to offset those increases. Half of UC students pay no tuition at all thanks to the university’s strong financial aid program, and nearly half leave UC without any student debt.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Napolitano: "I think for a long time now we’ve been hiding behind reputation as opposed to what really matters, which is public support."

Gov. Jerry Brown will be announcing a draft budget for 2015 in January. What are you hoping to see?

The governor and I have spoken at length since the Regents’ meeting and the discussions have been not only about money, but really the value of the university and what goes into an education at the university. I think there is a bigger picture here…. What is the priority in California for public higher education?

-she comments on on SCA 1 proposed legislation regarding changes to UC constitutional autonomy
-and she describes the tuition hikes that were voted on and now are policy-- as "contingency"
-and she discusses concerns about changes to the middle class plan for students and more
here at New America Media:
Napolitano: What is the Priority for Public Higher Education in CA?

A New York Times poll found that more Americans feel the American dream is unattainable. Do you see a connection to what is happening in higher education?

The economic recovery has not been experienced equally. Too many people feel stuck. They’re not moving up, and they don’t see their kids moving up. And that’s the American dream.

I think in California we have a separate dream: The California dream. We have the opportunity to be different than the rest of the nation. And I think we pivot that difference off the fact that we have these great universities, and great state schools and great community colleges. But they can’t be great in name only. It takes substance under that. I think for a long time now we’ve been hiding behind reputation as opposed to what really matters, which is public support.

Sac Bee Jerry Brown’s budget: Five things to watch

3. Brown v. Napolitano, Round 2

University of California President Janet Napolitano and the University of California’s governing board voted last month to raise tuition if Brown and lawmakers don't give the university system more money.

The threat was a budget play, and Brown’s response is expected to come in his spending plan.

In previous budget documents, Brown conditioned modest annual funding increases for the UC on the system holding tuition flat. Through the two sides never made a formal pact preventing a tuition increase, Brown officials have accused the UC of breaking a deal.

Brown could offer the UC more money, or threaten to reduce funding if the UC raises tuition. Or he could hold fast to his original plan for a modest funding increase, hoping the UC blinks.

An update on SB 850 includes hopes of making the Master Plan relevant again

also at Sac Bee in Dan Walters column: Community colleges’ good move

One of those occasions was last August, when both legislative houses, without a single dissenting vote, passed Senate Bill 850, which – on a limited, pilot basis – grants some community college districts the authority to offer four-year bachelor’s degree programs.

His fellow legislators heeded Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, who argued that with demand for college-educated workers and applications for slots in the state’s universities outstripping supply, and with university costs soaring, it makes no sense to artificially restrict classes at low-cost community colleges.


Allowing community colleges to offer baccalaureate programs could respond to both problems, even if it breaches the pedagogic demarcation lines of the state’s half-century-old Master Plan for Higher Education.

But that means the plan is out of sync with 21st-century reality and needs a top-to-bottom overhaul. Former Gov. Pat Brown played a leading role in writing the plan, and his son, Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed SB 850, should take the lead in making it relevant again.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What's It Really About?

SF Chron Top Democrats Plan Divest In Coal To Stop Global Warming
From the roster of notables who showed up Monday, it was clear that Steyer’s clout in California is undiminished. Besides de León, those in attendance included Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, University of California President Janet Napolitano, and Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board.

Fighting Darth Vaders
For his part, the 57-year-old Steyer depicted environmentalists as the good guys in a “Star Wars”-like battle for the planet’s health — with oil companies cast as a collection of Darth Vaders who are fully capable of raising gas prices “in order to punish us.”
“I like to think about it as 'Star Wars’ redux,” Steyer said of the climate change battle. “We’ve had this fight before. We will win it again. The Jedi will always return.”

UCLA Fac Blog also notes it as a possible indication of more...

At Cal-- It happens in September - public informed in December?!
And it gets so confusing--who is the client?
Still wondering, as each new dribble comes out on it, did UC students get thrown under the bus for it?:
Regents of the University of California to Pay 500k to Resolve Allegations of False Statements in Obtaining Grant Funding
The Regents of the University of California agreed to pay the United States $499,700 to resolve civil allegations under the False Claims Act that the University of California at Davis submitted false and misleading statements in connection with obtaining grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Dec. 11.

"U.C. Davis has also agreed to take steps to prevent these events from reoccurring by supplementing its current research training program for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctorate students with an hour-long module covering time and effort reporting, reasonableness of costs and other aspects of federal grants for a three-year period beginning in January."

- but the students (grad, post doc, visiting etc.) aren't the ones who sign off on UC grant submissions, right?
Is it meant to stay confusing?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

UPDATED - speedy completion, high speed rail - higher ed, more

CORRECTED link, see: Dean Florez writing this in 'The Governor vs The Board' piece: Rather, this is a question about whether California systems will allow other outside provider's courses to count for credit as well. The cost and quality question center's on whether students should be able to prove their mettle by earning certificates of credit from places like Western Governor's University or other online college competency programs and whether California colleges are willing to recognize and reward a student's more affordable choice.

What the UC regents, legislators and governor should do in this situation is begin the process of explicitly and clearly defining all pathways for free and low-cost transfer options into the UC system, giving students a better way to manage the overall cost of a degree.

Also recall from News Brief - 7/11/05 Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano Joined the Board of Western Governors University - current list of trustees for them here-and President of the UC Regents Gov Brown listed in the 'member states'.
and Wilk on the high speed rail and higher ed : This measure would also require the net proceeds of other bonds later issued and sold under the high-speed rail portion of the bond act to be made available to fund construction of school facilities for K-12 and higher education.

The Atlantic begins coverage on it: CA High Speed Rail - It's Happening

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Student Regent Interview, Commission on the Future, and an awards show outta UCOP

LA Times Interview with the Student Regent - touches on commencement speakers policy and picks (like Bill Maher); tuition and Prop 30; the UC Regents experience; food insecurity experienced by students; her relationship with the Student Regent Designate

on the topic of food insecurity for students: there were some UCOP awards recently handed out - is this a sign of a disconnect between regents, OP and students?
or are these research awards handed out responsive to the needs described in the interview above?
The three year BA talk again -now includes mention of the Commission on the Future dithering.. see LA Times: Professor Floats Idea of Three Year Degree

That's the proposal floated by Johns Hopkins University professor Paul Weinstein in the latest edition of the Progressive Policy Institute. In his paper, Weinstein found that a four-year degree at a public school costs, on average, $35,572 in 2013. A three-year degree at a similar institution would cost $26,679 — a 25% savings.
Gov. Jerry Brown supports the idea of offering more three-year track degrees, and a University of California special panel — the Commission on the Future — suggested that fast-track degrees were worth exploring in 2010, but the UC system has never tried to implement or experiment with a three-year model.

"Colleges and universities are a little like the healthcare industry," Weinstein said. "They're not very transparent and tend to be risk averse. Changing them isn't going to be a grassroots movement among the universities; it's going to take a visionary to implement it from the top down."

btw that ol' Commission on the Future has morphed again and is now called the Committee on Future Planning or some such- still all headed up by Regent Gould.
Skelton on Gov. Brown's Inaugural, State speech:
At that time, presumably, we'll hear Brown's response to University of California President Janet Napolitano and the UC regents who are threatening to substantially raise student tuition again unless the governor and Legislature cough up more state money.
Using music to better understand the human brain, led by Scott Makeig, UC San Diego ($300,000). The UC Music Experience Research Community Initiative brings together UC experts on music listening, performance, neuroscience, brain imaging and data science to understand the transformative potential of music for health and cognition.

along with: $9.7 million more handed out by UCOP...

UC Regents Committee On Investments Meets Today

agenda and ways to view or listen to the afternoon meeting available: at this link

Monday, December 8, 2014

That "$1 Billion in miscellaneous" comes up in the discussion

in this discussion at KPCC SCPR Autonomous no more: Proposed bill would take decision-making control away from University of California system - the audio clip there runs 16 min 22 seconds.

Sen. Ricardo Lara, Democratic California State Senator from Bell Gardens (L.A. County),

Sen. Anthony Cannella, Republican California State Senator from Ceres (Stanislaus County), and UC Davis alumnus

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, superintendent president of Long Beach Community College District and member of the UC Board of Regents
and here: is the proposed legislation: Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 1 or SCA 1 - it looks like it is also co-authored by CA Sen. Anderson (San Diego?)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Count, Look, Get In Line

see HuffPo: Jerry Brown Gets the Final Count and Looks Ahead

In the meantime, his skirmish with the University of California, which wants not just more state money but a tuition hike, continues. The legislature is responding on Brown's side, with the Assembly speaker introducing legislation which would require zero-based budgeting at UC. That should give some bureaucrats a bit of pause.

University of California President Janet Napolitano -- the ex-Arizona governor and US homeland security secretary -- wants to raise tuition despite getting more money from Brown's big Prop 30 victory in 2012. Brown's against that, but the UC Board of Regents -- reliably captured by the bureaucratic status quo as it has been since I first dealt with it decades ago over South Africa divestment -- voted 14 to 7 against Brown. Despite Brown spending more time with the board than any other governor.

Some UC folks like to claim that excellence -- the university, with Brown and my alma mater Berkeley leading the way, is arguably the world's leading public university. But excellence does not always equate to spending. And spending often equates to excess. Consider that the growth in spending on UC faculty and regular staff has kept pace with enrollment grown in recent decades, while the growth in spending on management and senior professionals has skyrocketed.

see LAT Many Want More Money, UC Should Get In Line

A lot of people mistakenly thought Brown's Proposition 30 tax increase would pump substantially more money into education. That wasn't the purpose. The purpose was to spare K-12 schools and community colleges from $5.4 billion in additional cuts, and the universities from an extra $500-million hit.

"This Requires A Review of Governance Processes Between the UC, CSU, and Community Colleges Systems"

from this (again PPIC-ish) white paper -see the governance section: Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s recently released report, “Reforming California Public Higher Education for the 21st Century,”

It includes: Institutional resistance to change is likely. The future of public higher education will no longer be set in faculty committees, as important as those may be to academic excellence, but by what is fast becoming an education marketplace.

Mentioned in this Sac Bee Op Ed: Planning For Mastery Again In California Higher Ed

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Are Some of the UC Regents In This Other Battle with Sacto?

So remember:
ol' Bay Citizen with detail on multiple UC Regents in: State Poised To Sell Trophy Buildings To Unidentified Investors
and also see here:Bad Deal for State Involves a UC Regent and this post with other coverage on it around that same time.

Well, a few days ago- this new development- see in Sac Bee:
Building-Sale Lawsuit Against Jerry Brown Administration Starts This Week

Are some UC Regents in this other battle with the Governor and President of the UC Regents as they frame (the tuition hikes, UC buildings and maintenance responsibilities of Sacto or? UC, and Prop 30 promises and issues) from 'UC Regents' side at the regents table?

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Napolitano agreed that graduate education needs some reform, saying that it’s “not good” when it takes nine years to get a humanities Ph.D."

see IHE: U California President Calls for Greater Efforts Defending Graduate Education

During a lengthy discussion period, John Stevenson, dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said he “couldn’t agree more” that both data and anecdotes supported the case for graduate education. But he said he wondered if such utilitarian arguments were “strangling” or too narrowly defining the “rest of the battle” – that is, framing graduate education as a public good.
Napolitano didn’t answer the question directly, but said the U.S. needs well-educated citizens to “thrive,” and reiterated that the country would “not be innovating” without higher education.

and there's also this:
Mary Ellen Lane, an associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Worcester, said that with all the public scrutiny of graduate education, it was hard to have honest conversations about reform, without risking losing further funding.
“When you have these conversations too loudly, the Tea Party wins,” she said.

and Science Now with The Higher Education of Janet Napolitano (includes a good Q and A section)
and further review of her talks in DC like: Her first stop was the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools, where her message of activism clashed with the association’s traditional low profile on the federal scene. Only a half-dozen of the 600 deans and other university officials in attendance raised their hands when Napolitano asked how many planned to find time during the meeting to meet with congressional leaders and agency officials. “I was shocked,” she told ScienceInsider after her speech. “That’s what I mean by the echo chamber,” she added, noting that talking to like-minded colleagues isn’t going to move the needle.

and she says:
I think that from the mid-19th century to post–World War II, there was an unwritten compact in higher education that the federal government would provide the land and fund the research and that the states would build the buildings and pay for the academic experience for the students. And then if there were any activities left over, the student would pay. But that compact no longer exists. The disinvestment by the state of California in higher ed is striking.

The University of California is a big, deep, resilient place. But we must get additional funding to maintain our excellence and serve our residents, because we want to increase our enrollment by 5000 or more. But as far as specific programs to supplant the decline in state support, I’m not sure that this Congress is ready for it.

Visalia Times Delta gets into detail on highschools, transfers and UC -includes comments from HS counselors and charts/numbers on admissions for the region.

AP again on UC Autonomy leg

and an SF Chron opinion column --UC’s new motto: Take the money and run

Freshman Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, shrewdly sees an opening. Shortly after being sworn into office Monday, the Sacramento Bee reported, she introduced a bill to freeze tuition at UC and CSU while the Proposition 30 temporary tax hikes remain in effect.

That leaves Brown to play the role of adult in the room by steering the Legislature toward the light or using his line-item veto to send the message that when a California governor makes promises to the voters, he keeps them.

“I think (Brown) has the moral high ground,” former Gov. Gray Davis told me. “The promise of Prop. 30 was, 'If taxes are raised, tuition will not be.’” Davis doesn’t like to watch the system treat “students as ATM machines and constantly extracting more money.” While some Sacto insiders think Napolitano has the edge in this fight, Davis noted, “I never think it’s a good idea to bet against Jerry Brown.”

and more.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Birgeneau on Parenting and Tuition Hikes : “We need a return to an ethos where parents say, ‘This is my responsibility,’” he said. And other stuff.

yep, let's start off w/ that quote in Sac Bee: Former Berkeley Chancellor Says Tuition Increase Helps Low Income Students
On cementing in the CA class stratification - see Reclaim UC piece:

On the Democrats' Education Plan, Part 2: Resegregation with many helpful charts, infographs
the AP headline--Lawmakers Want To Ask Voters To Strip UC Autonomy,
Lawmakers want to ask voters to strip University of California autonomy

another less extreme headline and perhaps closer to the goals of the actual legislation: Lawmakers Propose Constitutional Amendment To Strip UC Of Some Autonomy

and SF Chron: UC’s rising tuition sparks bill to end college system’s autonomy

Proposals to wrest all or partial control of UC from the regents “seem to come up any time state legislators seem to think the regents are making poor decisions,” Gilly said. “It’s just the way the wind is blowing, and that’s not the way to run the university. ... The regents are the appropriate body to be making independent decisions, free of political whims.”

The regents have resisted efforts to examine their operations more closely even when required to by law. A 2013 law, for example, gave UC more than a year to tell the public how much it spends to educate undergraduates versus graduates, how much it spends on research, and how much money from each funding source goes to each area. UC currently lumps those expenditures together in an “average cost of instruction.”

In a recent story, The Chronicle revealed that UC has let deadlines come and go, with vague promises of complying at a future date.

and Daily Cal with their coverage on it

and their piece on *another newly created* UCOP position: UC’s 1st special adviser on innovation, entrepreneurship assumes position

and this op ed there "Looking into the UC tuition hike":
Recently in The Daily Californian, former UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau argued that tuition should increase to help low-income students. He worried “frozen tuition means ever-increasing debt for low-income students.”

It’s an interesting contrast — what’s very bad for most students is supposedly good for the lowest-income students. Was it planned that way? We are waiting for Birgeneau to rally the poorest students and occupy some buildings to demand the “unfreezing” of tuition.

Not to be outdone, Associate Chancellor Nils Gilman has echoed the argument about low-income students needing a tuition increase and added another: Rumors of high administration costs and excess executive compensation are untrue “myths."

and also includes this:

"Lumina is well represented by the university, because Yudof has been a compensated Lumina board member for many years. That would appear to be a conflict of interest, at least during the years when he was UC president and initiating dramatic tuition increases."
Sac Bee Editorial Board on California finally getting that conversation:
For instance: Should the state ante up like Napolitano says, and raise support for higher education? What fat can be cut from that UC budget? How about the Cal States? Would a modest financial bump help more of those students finish in four years instead of six or seven?

Or – this just in – should we strip UC of its constitutional autonomy altogether and let state legislators manage it?

Regardless of the answers, the mere asking of these questions is worth applauding. For decades, California has been disinvesting in its renowned public university system, a troubling shift that has called into question the state’s commitment to social mobility.

The 10 UC and 23 California State University campuses, together with California’s community colleges, form one of the world’s great academic and economic engines. Over the years, however, they have become ever less accessible and affordable to students.

More than half of all Cal State students attend part time now, largely because they work two and three jobs to afford the classes; at UC, tuition has tripled during the last 20 years.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"The constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would give the Legislature power to adopt new laws that would set its oversight powers. For instance, lawmakers could give the Legislature the power to veto tuition increases and executive pay raises approved by the Board of Regents."

LA Times: Sen. Lara proposes giving lawmakers some control of UC system

“It behooves us, and ultimately the voters, to revisit the concentrated power and autonomy of the UC Board of Regents which appears to be out of touch with average working-class families,” Lara said in a statement. “At a time when access, affordability and diversity are in question, we should allow the public to have a direct say in how its public university system operates.”

The Legislature would have to muster a two-thirds vote to put the constitutional amendment before voters. The proposed amendment says, in part, “The University of California is hereby continued in existence in the state government, and is subject to legislative control as may be provided by statute.”

The ballot measure also says the Board of Regents would continue to govern the system, but “subjected only to that legislative control as may be necessary to ensure the security of its funds and compliance with the terms of the endowments of the university.”

The constitutional amendment also says UC shall focus its recruitment efforts on California residents.

“To ensure that the University of California is a University for California, I am introducing legislation to keep our state’s world-renowned institution of higher education accountable to California taxpayers,” Lara said.

UT San Diego Legislators ready to pay UC its ransom
After University of California regents voted to boost tuition by as much as 5 percent a year unless they receive more state funding, a few observers described the plan as political “blackmail.” Yet California’s legislative leaders this week expressed their willingness to pay the ransom.

They didn’t even ask for much in return for the extra cash — prompting a favorable response from the architect of the “pay up or else” strategy. University of California President Janet Napolitano called the Senate’s proposal “a promising first step.”

Specifically, Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled SB 15, which would provide $150 million to University of California and California State University in the first year of the plan.

It’s questionable whether this plan will fix that capacity problem. By keeping prices low and offering additional student aid, the Senate proposal could provide even more demand for classes in an already overloaded system. The plan repeals the planned 11-percent cut to Cal Grants and funds 7,500 new grants for older, “nontraditional” students.

The measure would divert funds from the Middle Class Scholarship program (thus imposing higher costs on students who don’t qualify for low-income grants) and would hike tuition by 17 percent for out-of-state students. The bill’s backers say these students would not be harmed because of
SJ Mercury News UC Fee Hike Pushes Legislative Action for Cash Infusion
But for a university system used to a great deal of autonomy, this is not money without strings. State lawmakers have specified where much of it would flow -- and not to UC's pension fund, a major source of its financial strain.

And Atkins this week proposed public hearings to scrutinize UC's budget, line by line, to make sure the university's spending matches its public mission.

When UC says it needs money so badly that it must raise student tuition, Atkins said, the state has to ask, "Have you really prioritized (the budget) in the way we think it should be prioritized?"

Does tuition have to go up? - who is spurring needed debate?

The University of California’s finances and management are about to get the intense dissection they’ve long deserved, prompted by a power play by UC President Janet Napolitano.

Since state revenue sharply dropped a half-dozen years ago, we’ve seen near-annual fights over whether UC should hike tuition. But when Jerry Brown returned as governor in 2011, he brought a new perspective, asking pointed questions about whether UC had truly tried to reduce nonessential spending.

Enter Napolitano. The former Arizona governor and homeland security czar took over as UC president in September 2013. In recent months, she’s made it plain she will be far less deferential than her predecessors. Napolitano persuaded UC regents to tentatively commit to five years of 5 percent annual tuition increases that would cumulatively total 28 percent. Presently, UC students pay about $12,000 a year, not including room, board, instructional materials and other mandatory costs.

But Napolitano made two rookie mistakes. She refused to comply with a 2013 state law that requires UC to offer far more detailed explanations of how it uses its various sources of funding — giving credence to Brown’s doubt about whether the UC system had even tried to find efficiencies. And the UC president appeared to belittle the idea that higher student fees would be onerous for middle-class families, noting that tuition was free for students whose families made less than $80,000.

Pension U - The Real Reason Behind a proposed tuition hike at the University of California

Berkeley Isn't Berkeley

see EastBay Express: Cal Refuses to Pay Berkeley Minimum Wage
The city's largest employer — UC Berkeley — says it's exempt from abiding by the new minimum wage of $10 an hour in Berkeley.

But while the UC system has so far refused to abide by local wage laws, in recent years, the UC Board of Regents has repeatedly approved large pay hikes for the system's top administrators.

and UC employees are kind of 1/3 of CA State employees - and kinda not...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

'And, in this corner'

It might help to pull this out of the Year in Review bin early-Senate Rules Committee with UC Regents confirmation meeting -this highly informative talk on UC major issues from August - public comment also informative--this section of the meeting runs one hour:

Monday, December 1, 2014

'No Confidence In UC Regents, Napolitano' - UC Student Movement Gaining Steam

see Daily Cal:
3 UC Student Governments Consider Bills Expressing No Confidence In Regents, Napolitano

Student government officials from UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Riverside are working to pass bills expressing no confidence in UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Board of Regents after the board’s approval of a controversial tuition increase policy.

The bill was written collaboratively by student government representatives from each of the three campuses, namely the external vice presidents and Kevin Sabo, a UC Berkeley student who currently serves as board chair for the UC Student Association.

The bill demands the regents repeal the tuition policy and calls for the creation of a committee composed of students, faculty, staff, alumni and administration to conduct an investigation of the UC budget.

The bill also raises concerns about the fact that Napolitano announced the plan to student leaders two weeks before formally presenting the plan to the regents. A 2012 assembly bill requires the university to inform the UC Student Association at least 40 days before mandatory fee increases are introduced, though the bill was not formally adopted by the regents.

Although responses to the regents’ actions were originally discussed by the UC Student Association in an effort to establish student leadership for concerned students, Sabo said grassroots movements have begun on many campuses.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UC Pension and Tuition - and more on Knowing IX...

SF Business Times UC president walks tightrope between pension costs and tuition hike - includes UC Pension info graphic
Napolitano and her team are correct in saying that a 5 percent tuition hike for each of the next five years — assuming no increase in state funding that would lower that increase — will put the 10-campus system on solid financial footing. California Gov. Jerry Brown is right to say the UC system needs to be smarter in its spending. UC students and their families are right to complain about tuition that, if all stands as voted last week by UC regents, will have increased 135 percent from fall 2007 to $15,564 in fall 2019.
What's being overlooked, though, are some of the reasons we got here in the first place: The cost of UC pensions and the historic inability of California politicians and UC leaders to make tough decisions.

Remaking the University: The Impact of Tuition Hikes On Undergraduate Debt
- gets real on UC tuition as a lived experience by students and their parents.
WBUR Here and Now Interview with Napolitano - interview highlights and article here: "On why tuition needs to increase,On what the UC system has done, On the issue of campus sexual assault"The UC Student Regent comments on tuition and admin bloat also covered in it. Napolitano and UCOP continue to lean heavily on that PPIC report.
- and she comments on her alma mater UVA and that RollingStone article.

(Is PPIC the equivalent of the disbanded-unfunded-state agency-non partisan CPEC, or not? Who fact checks or confirms the analysis, data from their reports? The LAO?)
On that UVA coverage- noted this here at HuffPo:
Later, however, as the meeting neared its third hour, board member Edward D. Miller interrupted to note the Visitors were laughing too much for a session dedicated to such a serious issue. Miller commented through a conference call, as he was not able to be there in person. His comment was quietly applauded by public audience members.

After the laughter died down, the board voted to pass Dragas' resolution to commit to a zero tolerance policy on sexual assault, though university administrators have gone on record opposing zero tolerance approaches to student misconduct.

"Part of the reason we got here is because we swept things under the rug," Dragas said at the end of the meeting, insisting the culture of UVA was to contain secrets. She called on the university to commit to a "transparent, accountable process" as they move forward.

The board livestreamed the meeting online but did not allow for public comment or questions from the press.

The President of the UC Regents Gov Brown in coverage on CA pensions here and here
Happy, Peaceful, Exciting, Bountiful Holidays- For All.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Who heads the "CA Center Right"?

and how does it interact with UC? Those kinds of questions raised in the subtext in many op eds- who is controlling the center right in CA and where do they fall in line on the latest battle?:
Christian Science Monitor: In California, it's Jerry Brown vs. Janet Napolitano over UC tuition hike (+video)

“California has had on-time budgets lately, but Brown is smart enough not to believe the fiscal happy talk by his reelection campaign,” Professor Pitney says. “He favors austerity because he knows that future budgets will be tighter. Winter is coming.”

Some education insiders question whether this isn’t the time for UC to do more than it has already done in cutting costs to a level that the state and students can afford.

Herhold: Napolitano emerged victorious over Brown in UC tuition fight
Editorial: UC has tin ear on tuition hike
Is it really a 'center right Blue' spectrum, though?

That List of 12...

Is UC on it?
Rollingstone: A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

The University of Virginia is one of the 86 schools now under federal investigation, but it has more reason to worry than most of its peers. Because, unlike most schools under scrutiny, where complaints are at issue, UVA is one of only 12 schools under a sweeping investigation known as "compliance review": a proactive probe launched by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights itself, triggered by concerns about deep-rooted issues. "They are targeted efforts to go after very serious concerns," says Office of Civil Rights assistant secretary Catherine Lhamon. "We don't open compliance reviews unless we have something that we think merits it."

(University Diaries has more coverage on that particular story :here)
There's this earlier HuffPo article that gives some data from May 2014 on the 12 subset:
Education Department Clarifies Title IX 'Compliance Reviews Are Not Random'

Seven of those facing such reviews either were previously known or identified themselves in statements on Thursday. They include: Dartmouth College, Emory University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Oklahoma State University. OCR has not identified the other two.

Indiana University-Bloomington also identified itself on Thursday as among the nine, but suggested in a statement that "individual institutions have been chosen randomly based on size, geographic location, type of campus community (commuter vs. residential) and other factors."

Education Department spokeswoman Dorie Nolt explained that no institution was chosen at random.

"Compliance reviews are not random audits of schools -- they are selected based on various sources of information, including statistical data, news reports and information from parents, advocacy groups and community organizations," Nolt said. "Compliance reviews are initiated in order to remedy possible violations of students' rights."

So, there is one list of what seems an ever-growing number -85-that is close to reaching 100 nationwide, and UC was one of the first on that list.
But, there also is another List of Twelve that is also going through "compliance review".
So, is UC one of the institutions unnamed in this other List of 12, or not?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Those Cal Grants Numbers, Future Costs and more

Contra Costa Times: University of California: The hidden cost of tuition hikes
By 2013, the state spent about $773 million on Cal Grants for UC students alone -- up from $339 million in 2008, according to preliminary figures posted on the university's website. Although the governor has yet to propose Cal Grant amounts for next year's budget, UC assumes the grants will continue to keep pace with tuition, said a spokeswoman, Dianne Klein. Earlier this month, UC financial aid director Chris Carter said the same thing in a letter to students.

"I write to reassure you that if tuition does increase, financial aid resources are expected to increase, too," he said.

Left in the lurch are the other Californians attending UC: those who pay some or all of their tuition, in addition to the substantial costs of room, board and books -- which drives the total cost well higher than $30,000 a year.

Many of them are middle-class. "Those are the folks -- middle class and up -- that have to figure out, 'How do I do this?'" said Dean Florez, a former state senator and CEO of the 20 Million Minds Foundation.

US News and World Report: University of California Tuition Hike Shows Why Freezes Don't Work

SF Chron Editorial How to avoid stalemate on UC tuition: But the families and taxpayers who are footing the bill deserve to know that UC has made a good-faith effort to produce the reforms that Brown has demanded. Napolitano has not done that.

Our concern is that egos might get in the way and a stalemate would result. The worst possible outcome would be that Brown and legislators withdraw the planned state funding increases and the regents hold firm to the 5 percent annual tuition increase.

Press Democrat: Massive UC Fee Hike Unjustifiable

Cal Alumni Magazine: To the Trenches Over Tuition Hikes: Battle Over UC Funding Now Shifts to Sacramento
SCPR and KPCC: UC Board of Regents approves tuition hike
runs about 25 minutes
Ana Tintocalis, education reporter for KQED’s The Calfornia Report, she is at the UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco

Nathan Brostrom, Chief Financial Officer for the University of California system, co-proposed the tuition hike plan with UC President Janet Napolitano

Sadia Saifuddin, Student Regent for the University of California system

KCRW UC Committee Moves Forward with Tuition Hike
runs about 24 minutes
Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, @NanetteAsimov
Nathan Brostrom, University of California
H.D. Palmer, California State Department of Finance, @HDatFinance
Caitlin Quinn, UC Berkeley, @thecaitlinquinn
weekend coverage included CNN Newsroom went to Wheeler and described it as 'a sleepover' with video of people asleep in sleeping bags--it was used as a segueway into their finance correspondent talking about students working admin and gardening jobs to fund their higher ed at a place called Blackburn -- but there is some more content on Wheeler Commons movement here at CNN and here at SF Weekly and here at NBC Los Angeles and NBC Bay Area and a round up of coverage on it here at WN and here in this fuller CNN piece
Counterpunch with much detail from UCSC and: Since the 90s top administrative strata has grown 251%, adding a new billion in costs, but between the financial crisis and Occupy alone (2008 -2011), the number of individuals receiving more than $200,000 in base pay grew by 44 percent. According to UAW local 2865 analysis, while top earners are only 2.6 percent of the total UC workforce, they now account for 13.8 percent of 10+ billion in payroll payments. Alas, there is no fear of self-satire in the UC, where centers for the study of economics are now named for a Regent billionaire—with Mr. DiFi’s eponymous Richard C. Blum Center open at Berkeley. When the center needed building, Blum’s own DRS construction firm won the “contract” for the job.
SCPR with UC Student Plan Walkout Monday Over Tuition Increases

LA Times After UC regents OK tuition plan, eyes turn to Gov. Jerry Brown, state funding

Former SF Mayor and CA Speaker Willie Brown offers his take on the battle that's getting all that national news coverage, he says- Jerry Brown’s UC tuition Battle May Boomerang

and there is another view on it here in LA Times
blast from the past-- MSNBC Chris Matthews: had his ol' friend - the former UC Regent Gerald Parsky on Hardball to talk about ...'How Hollywood Covers Pols, DC'-- and on Ferguson, and immigration -- sigh, beltway media.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Higher Ed Games and Options Terrain

WSJ gets deep into the pol history and numbers- Playing Chicken With Tax Dollars and Tuition in California
It’s Jerry Brown versus Janet Napolitano in a Democratic war over the state’s surplus and spending priorities.

Between 2008 and 2011, state general-fund spending on UCs dropped by about $900 million. During that period, the regents ratcheted up in-state tuition by more than 70%, to $12,192 a year, from $7,126. But note that revenues from tuition and fees have increased to $3 billion from $1.7 billion, so the increase more than offset state budget cuts. And now general funding for the universities is merely $300 million below its 2007 peak.

According to university budget documents, the UCs’ spending from “core funds”—principally, tuition and state funding—has increased by about $1.7 billion since 2009. Yet the regents claim that more money is needed to fund “high-priority investments”—namely, employee pay and benefits.

Desert Sun: UC Tuition Hikes Still Optional Janet Napolitano Says
...the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security told The Desert Sun she hopes increased state funding will negate any need for tuition hikes.


Napolitano also weighed in on President Barack Obama's executive action Thursday protecting five million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

"When I was homeland security secretary, we developed deferred action for DREAM students, and we have a couple thousand of those at the University (of California) right now. It's been great for them, and I think what (Obama) announced last night builds on the same theory of executive action," she said. "I think the president was very clear that in the end the solution here has to be with the Congress."


UC Expands Legal Services For Immigrant Students

UC President Janet Napolitano announced Friday that the university has established an Undocumented Student Legal Services Center to provide legal advice on immigration at the system's campuses without law schools.
The targeted campuses are located in Merced, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Santa Cruz and Riverside.

WaPo wonk blog: The University of California just jacked up its tuition. Why your state could be next.

There's a game of chicken going on between public universities and states across the country over how to fund schools—and students and parents are losing.
...University of California students are looking to Sacramento, where the legislature will start negotiating the school budget in January. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gave students a glimmer of hope Thursday when he predicted the state would try to boost funding to avoid a tuition increase in the fall.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It must be 'Documentaries Night'...

CNN aired Ivory Tower tonight (it was released earlier in theaters first) and there is a large section devoted to the Cooper Union 65 day occupation -and they cover some of the behind the scenes, background -- it is supposed to re-air again back to back but the POTUS address set the scheduled time back a bit.
Then @cnewf tweeted about the public comment at today's UC Regents meeting and noted the staff who made comments about the Stars program
tweet: represented #UC employees are not eligible for incentive awards thanks to a "dictate from #UCOP"? staff now saying this at #UCRegents

tweet: excellent start to #UCRegents open comment from staff concretizing "crushing workload" and cuts->demotivation, ongoing crisis

Just want to add on to that: the Wiseman documentary At Berkeley footage captured that specific issue -- there is a section where the Birgeneau cabinet which included faculty and VCs etc. met and during that meeting the then-now former-VC of what is called Information Services & Tech spoke about what sounded like a campus pattern of "nepotism" (that was the word used in the film) associated with an incentive program that gave out $$ called the Spot(?) or Star(?) program (Some staff warned about this when those programs were launched btw) and then it led into major subtext conversation/disagreements among cabinet members about approaches to performance management in a university setting. When the documentary released and even came to campus for special viewing no one from UC admin talked afterward in press interviews about how the administration worked on that problem- whether or not it was ever fixed, or if the nepotism was addressed. The admin associated with the film's shooting and PR spent time talked instead about the on campus 'opening night festivities' they attended. Now, today, staff as a last resort must go to the UC Regents meetings to communicate that the problem still exists- and not just on the Cal campus- according to their public comments. Guess some folks who were fond of the buzz of the Wiseman documentary weren't paying full attention to the content and UCOP wasn't seeing it as a flag for system-wide? It was remarkable they let the broadstroke nepotism discussion at the cabinet meeting just go unaddressed with just the hope of an Op Ex fix that might resolve it- but apparently didn't- b/c it is being talked about now as a regent level problem today.

You can read those tweets mentioned above and others from the meeting and a new post here: Remaking the University Wild Day at the UC Regents: The Stakes of the Tuition Wars

Now as Wheeler developments are being covered and the UCSC Occupation of Humanities 2 is now happening too, apparently

and even more photos and video from Huffington Post here "UC-Berkeley Students Protest Tuition Hike With Building Takeover (PHOTOS/VIDEO)"

a reminder of The Taking of Wheeler Hall mini-doc from a few years back-- and then realized- on the date stamp as the video ended- that it's another 'anniversary' marker, too.
There's some other posts out today:

Changing Universities- UCOP’s Failed Funding Model

if you can't stomach lookin' at 'em or just want to give your eyes a rest- there's an alternative UCLA Faculty Association- Listen to the Regents Meeting of Nov. 18, 2014
Keep it mellow-- so, Carpenter's Its Yesterday Once More ha
but- really- it's more like maybe some LZ Kashmir (and: not Kashmiri type fees)

UC Regents Meet Nov 20

view: agenda items and ways to view listen here

Thursday, November 20

8:30 am Committee on Finance (Regents only session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

F7(XX) Action Authorization for Lease Approval, Third-Party Liability, and
External Financing for Biomethane Supply Program

F8(XX) Discussion Legal Update Regarding Seismic Issues

F9(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates
1. BROOME, et al. v. REGENTS – Request for Certification
of Class and Action to Compel Payment of Supplemental
Retirement Benefits Under Program for Senior Managers –
Breach of Contract, Promissory and Equitable Estoppel,
and Breach of Fiduciary Duty – Office of the President
Discussions Pending – Contract Dispute Concerning
Whether UC Hospitals and Medical Groups Are Within or
Outside PPO Network Under the Affordable Care Act – All
Medical Centers

9:00 am Committee on Health Services (Regents only session)

Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 20, 2014

H1(XX) Action Proposed Affiliation by UCSF Health, San Francisco Campus

H2(XX) Action Acquisition of a Regional Imaging Company by UC San Diego
Health System, San Diego Campus

H3(XX) Action Expansion of Existing Joint Venture to Include Liver Transplant
Services, UC San Diego Health System, San Diego Campus

9:50 am Board (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014
Reports of Committees:

FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance

HXX Report: Action Committee on Health Services

Officers’ and President’s Reports:

Report of Interim Actions

Personnel Matters

10:00 am Committee of the Whole (includes public comment - open session)
Public Comment Period2
(20 minutes)

10:20 am Committee on Health Services (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18, 2014

H4 Discussion Update on UC Health’s Preparedness for Ebola

10:45 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18, 2014
O1 Discussion Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories and Presentation on
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Science and Technology
on a Mission

11:15 am Committee on Compensation (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 18, 2014

C2 Action Approval of Term Appointment of and Compensation for
Associate Vice President – Chief Procurement Officer, UC Health,
Office of the President as Discussed in Closed Session

C3 Action Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Advisor to the President for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, and the Market Reference Zone for the Position;
Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Advisor to the
President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
Office of the President

11:20 am Board (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18 and the Meetings of the Committee of
the Whole of September 17 and 18, 2014
Report of the President
Resolutions in Appreciation
Reports of Committees:
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
E Report: Action Committee on Educational Policy
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
L Report: Action Committee on Long Range Planning
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"The state is an inherently unreliable partner in higher education," UC President Janet Napolitano said ...

SF Business Times: UC regents committee approves plan to hike tuition over next 5 years
LA Times Op Ed UC leaders tone-deaf in their reliance on tuition hikes by John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) speaker emeritus of the California Assembly and a newly appointed member of the UC Board of Regents. Nathan Fletcher is a former assemblyman and a professor of practice in political science at UC San Diego.
Matier and Ross - "Jerry Brown Takes On Janet Napolitano over UC Tuition Hikes"
Sac Bee Sac Bee on the brinksmanship and how the Gov hates to lose
UCR Highlander editorial on the gamesmanship-Janet Napolitano's proving ground

There's SF Gate w/ this late breaking on UC Irvine (it was likely part of the finance/legal committee agenda for UC Regents today : UC Cops Say Bosses Eavesdropped On Them In Bathrooms
ok, back to the tuition protest coverage of the meeting:

Wall Street Journal: University of California System Committee Backs Tuition Increase

KTVU coverage pictures and video

Huffington Post: Student Protestors Try To Block University Of California Regents From Tuition Vote

University of California Is Set to Raise Tuition by Richard Perez Pena

SF Gate Chron UC Moves Closer To Tuition Hike Amid Student Protests

Contra Costa Times coverage in photos, video and story

CBS Local San Francisco

Sacramento CBS Local

abc 30 Fresno with a story

ABC7 KABC video and story coverage

Sac Bee UC Regents Move Tuition Increase Plan Forward

Reuters coverage

NBC Southern California Students Protesters Try to Block University of California Tuition Hike Vote

NBC Bay Area Video includes comments from student leaders and Prof. Stanton Glantz:

And, Glantz also has a piece at Alternet: Esteemed UC Researcher to Regents: Please Do Not Raise Tuition 25% By 2020 As the UC Regents make their final decision, Stanton Glantz says hikes could easily be avoided.

UT San Diego UC tuition hike tentatively approved

LA Times University of California poised to hike tuition as regents, Gov. Brown battle

Reclaim UC with their video montage coverage

Thomas D. Elias column: UC system fudges its mission of serving California's brightest high school grads

Time Magazine: What California’s College Tuition Hike Says About the Future of Higher Education- When does a public university system become one in name only? That’s the question facing California as officials in charge of the state’s prestigious, but financially-struggling university system clash over how to keep it afloat.

Time and CNN---">see: When Big Data Meets Education- Higher Ed Moves Online

In everyone's interests to help J & J figure it out?:

There was a moment in today's UC Regents meeting where Napolitano (in addressing Gov. Brown's proposal for a special committee) brought up Arizona State University and her thoughts about having a productive conversation with Gov. Brown about ASU and online-- wonder where she was going?

You can watch video of UC Regents meeting from yesterday and today at this link:

and more background info here

UC Regents Meet Nov 19

view: agenda items and ways to view listen here

Wednesday, November 19

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session)

9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

E1 Discussion 2013-14 Annual Report on University Private Support

E2 Action Amendment of Regents Policy 3202: Administration of Financial
Aid Funds

10:15 am Committee on Long Range Planning (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 16, 2014
L1 Discussion Progress Report on Working Smarter: Systemwide Administrative
Efficiencies at the University of California

L2 Discussion Update on Long Range Financial Plan

L3 Action Approval of Long-Term Stability Plan for Tuition and
Financial Aid

L4 Action Approval of Long-Term Plan for Professional Degree
Supplemental Tuition and of Proposed 2015-16 Professional
Degree Supplemental Tuition for Nine Specific Programs

L5 Action Approval of the Three-Year Financial Sustainability Plan

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Committee on Finance (open session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

F1 Action Approval of University of California 2015-16 Budget for Current

F2 Action University of California Financial Reports, 2014

F3 Discussion Chief Financial Officer Division Campus Benchmarking Report

F4 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuations for the University of California
Retirement Plan and Its Segments and for the 1991 University of
California-Public Employees’ Retirement System Voluntary Early
Retirement Incentive Program

F5 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuation of the University of California Retiree
Health Benefit Program

F6 Action Grant of Third-Party Indemnity to Obtain California Coastal
Commission Permit for Shellmaker Island Boathouse Concrete
Deck Repair Project, Irvine Campus

3:45 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)

Agenda – Closed Session2

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

C1(X) Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters

C2(X) Discussion Term Appointment of and Compensation for
Associate Vice President – Chief Procurement Officer, UC Health,
Office of the President

C3(X) Discussion Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Advisor to the President for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, and the Market Reference Zone for the Position;
Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Advisor to the
President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
Office of the President

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The JLAC Process in Sacto Comes Up At UC Regents Meeting - and a flashback

another flashback: UC Davis Students Protest Proposed Tuition Hike On Anniversary of Pepper Spraying

and another flashback- cuz Birgeneau has this Daily Cal Op Ed out too: "Who pays more? Who pays less?"- the gist goes something like --on behalf of low wage minority staff and low wage minority students he thinks UC Regents should vote for the tuition hikes-his op ed also comes just in time for the --the Anniversary of the...'crunchy' that preceded the peppa:

and there's a recent peppa series talk also:
“STEM, Immigration, and Controversy: Does the U.S. Have Enough STEM Workers?”
Michael S. Teitelbaum, Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

From Thursday, October 9, 2014, Lecture

Original Post (before the other flashbacks)
Dropped into a portion of livefeed of the UC Regent meeting earlier... one particular section sounded initially 'unseemly' when some regents (while also mentioning the likelihood that the governor would raise UC efficiency questions tomorrow) encouraged the student regents to complain about what sounded like Sacramento's CA Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved state audits of UC-- that happened today during the UC audit and compliance committee meeting. (They, at another point, also mentioned some concerns about UC travel and entertainment as a subject- and how things like that can cause high value PR problems in another section of the discussion.)They cited an example where only $2500 was found to be a problem but it cost countless UC hours etc to work on the issue - and they felt it was a non issue, unnecessary- but have to go back and listen to that entire committee meeting and try to figure out which one they were talking about to get a full context. Maybe there is a constructive criticism point to be made about the JLAC process, or not.

The way it sounded- as the UC Regents bantered, winked about it- just, well it was a reminder of a UC Regent discussion where then-UC Student Regent Stein,during UC Regents meeting March 2013, made comments about feeling it was "unseemly" for UC to impose what was called "the Kashmiri Fee" as a specific line item on tuition . To extend that point out--if UC operations are opaque, need to be looked at, tended to-- why blame the folks who note it or ask for clarification,fixes? And, why attach such issues to (a line in) tuition (statements) but not have e.g. a line item on tuition statements for "the UCOP approved 20 year pension contribution holiday" as that impacts tuition rates etc.?

You can watch the archived video from today's UC Regent's meeting for yourself here:
(the section on Compliance and Audit noted above comes up at around the 02:50:00 mark)

From today's headlines...
Here's Yahoo Headline on UC tactic: University of California wants tuition hike or $100 million funding increase

and Reuters with the same story but decided to leave the dollar figure out of the headline here: : University of California wants tuition hike or more funding

CBS Local SacramentoUC Davis Students Protest Planned UC Tuition Hike

and San Diego 6 UCSD students also protest tuition hike
and at UT San Diego and at KPBS and at 10News

UCLA, UCI Students Protest Proposed Tuition Hikes

and Reason Magazine with this: At UC-Davis, Students Can't Register Until They Concede It's Wrong to Say 'I'd Hit That'

Guess that is a campus response to that JLAC approved audit of UC that found a few Clery Act type of concerns earlier this year...
-- and the business reasons behind it.

UC Regents Meet November 18 afternoon

see: agenda and info on how to view or listen to the meeting here at this link- remember Pacific Standard Time.

Tuesday, November 18

1:30 pm Committee of the Whole (public comment)

1:50 pm Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)

GB1 Discussion Financing Model Update – Simpson Center for Student-Athlete
High Performance and the Renovated California Memorial
Stadium, Berkeley Campus

GB2 Action Acceptance of the 2014-24 Capital Financial Plan

GB3 Discussion Status of the Pilot Phase of the Delegated Process for Capital
Improvement Projects

GB4 Action Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Graduate and
Professional Student Housing – East Campus, San Diego

GB5 Action Approval of the Budget and Approval of External Financing,
Outpatient Pavilion, San Diego Campus

GB6 Action Certification of Environmental Impact Report, Amendment of
Regents’ Action – Designation of Open Space Reserve,
Alteration of Campus Boundaries, Commitment of Houses to
Residential Use, Authorization to Negotiate Sale of Properties
and Commitment to Transportation Studies, San Francisco
Campus – as Modified, and Approval of the UCSF 2014 Long
Range Development Plan, San Francisco Campus

GB7 Action Acceptance of the Physical Design Framework, UC Irvine
Medical Center, Irvine Campus

3:30 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (open session)
A1 Discussion Annual Report on Internal Audit Activities 2013-14
A2 Discussion Annual Report on Ethics and Compliance Activities 2013-14
A3 Discussion Annual Report of External Auditors for the Year Ended June 30,

4:30 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (Regents only session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 12, 2013
A4(XX) Discussion Compliance and Audit Personnel Matters
A5(XX) Discussion Annual Consultation with Regents’ Auditors Concerning
Performance of University Personnel
SF Chronicle has some reporters and columnists fielding your questions on the question: Is Higher UC Tuition Justified? Today at 12pm PST
Daily Cal Regents State Clash on Long Term UC Financial Plan
Sac Bee: UC Students’ Future Is At Stake In Tuition Vote by Jefferson Kuoch-Seng, a student at UC Merced, is president of the University of California Student Association, which represents more than 240,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students on 11 campuses.
This week also see:
UCLA Fac Blog,
Changing Universities,
Remaking the University,
Reclaim UC
for their periodic coverage of the UC Regents meeting and background on UC Regents, UCOP/OP etc.

And also check out the student newspapers for their coverage of this week's UC Regents meeting and more:

Berkeley's Daily Cal:
UC Davis The Aggie:
UC Irvine: New University
UC Merced Prodigy:
UCLA Daily Bruin:
UC Riverside: Highlander
UC Santa Barbara Daily Nexus:
UCSC City On A Hill Press:
UC San Diego The Guardian:
UCSF Synapse
If you have the time... view the video: available here of the UC Regents CA Senate Rules confirmation meeting that took place over the summer - as a refresher on the issues at hand, to flesh out who is able to communicate that 'Public Higher Ed Vision thing' as in 'differing visions of what higher education should be' etc.

Has anyone really offered a true public higher ed vision to Californians?