Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Burning Platform and a Drought

Bloomberg on the President of the UC Regents/Gov Brown: California Economy Could Cost Jerry Brown Re-Election by "(Lanhee Chen is a Bloomberg View columnist and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He was the policy director of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.)"

In December, my colleagues and I at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, together with the polling firm YouGov, conducted the second in a series of public opinion polls to measure how Californians feel about the condition of their state, its economy and the priorities its policy makers should be addressing. The first such poll was taken in September 2013.

Overall, Californians don’t think things are better in the state today than they were a year ago. In fact, almost 40 percent of respondents indicated that things have actually become worse in California over the last year, with an additional 29 percent concluding that things are about the same. Half of those polled disagreed with Governor Brown’s claim that California is a model of good governance for other states to follow.

This pessimism is linked, unsurprisingly, to Californians’ feelings about...

Cal's VC Admin Wilton and others around him are fond of using the term 'burning platform' in their presentations - it comes up in this
Financial Transformation of UC presentation from June 2013 as well- it popped as a playlist item during the Dirks Q and A (and so pointing to it now in case you missed it).

First video,
includes 0:00 Welcome: Cathy Lloyd
8:00 Financial Transformation in a Higher Education Context: Erin Gore and Laurent Heller
23:33 CalPlanning Project, Approach, and Structure: Cathy Lloyd
51:51 Position Management: Cathy Lloyd

Second video includes
Approach to Financial Management Transformation: Laurent Heller and Jon Bain-Chekal
32:08 Critical Enterprise Infrastructure Project: Kirk Tans and Maya Woodson-Turman
1:01:56 Accounting and the TempBudg Transformation: Laurent Heller

Third video
0:00 Introductions: Cathy Lloyd
2:00 Business Process and Application Demo: Eileen Foster and Andy Zirman
1:08:05 Where is UC Berkeley going from here?: Jon Bain-Chekal and Laurent Heller
1:16:26 Conclusions: Erin S. Gore

-it gets detailed and each one runs over an hour, jus' so you know. it is important to look at, archive b/c many folks presenting or working in the background also were part of other roll outs over the past 15 years -where the campus community was told that fixes, budgets, planning tools were already created (and at a cost of a ton of money) - and now we hear Gore say that Chancellor Birgeneau thinks it would 'be lovely' to have a UC Berkeley budget. It is important to track these initiatives and rollouts- to hold people leading them to account, to observe whether the deliverables were actually achieved, so archive for that reason.

If you want to see when Wilton used that term -- see this earlier post. Not the greatest term to use given BP at Berkeley hot button.

Mega Drought? “It’s really serious,” Brown said. “In many ways it’s a mega-drought; it’s been going on for a number of years.”

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gov. Brown and Higher Ed Budget, and Some CA Leg Proposed Fixes In Advance of State Auditor April Report on Title IX

update: LA Times Gov. Jerry Brown to propose billions in new spending

The governor will propose $1 billion more for higher education, in part to stave off the kind of tuition increases forced on students during the financial crisis. Brown will also continue prodding the University of California and California State University systems to improve graduation rates by dangling the possibility of $50 million in additional funding.

SF Chron: Dems like Jerry Brown's budget but want to spend more
There's an additional $10 billion in new spending for K-12 schools, and $2.9 billion each for California State University and University of California systems, representing 6.3 percent and 5 percent increases to keep their tuitions from increasing.

Daily Cal: Brown’s preliminary state budget out of tune with UC requests
Brown reiterated that UC, CSU and community colleges must reduce their own costs, recommending online technology and flexible curriculums as pathways to these reduced costs.

“We have to find ways of reducing the cost structure,” Brown said at the conference. “It used to be four years and free; now it’s six years and expensive.”

Patrick Lenz, the UC system’s vice president of budget and capital resources, said in a press release that the university “appreciates” the additional $142.2 million in state funding, which is in line with the governor’s funding plan that began last year.

the: full UCOP response here
Remaking the University with new post on Gov. Brown as the Iron Lady:
Actually, we do need to build upon existing infrastructure to provide educational services. The state hasn't been doing this properly, and to imply that stable funding inherently corrupts is straight-up Thatcherite right-wing ideology for which there has never been decent evidence.

Why is the Brown administration using far-right arguments to justify a failure to meet the real higher educational needs of the state? Is UCOP actually contesting this? Could somebody up there find out? The current path, and its incoherent justifications, leads onto very bleak terrain.

you can watch the Gov press conference live or archived here
just want to also point directly to this article Breslauer: UC Berkeley's Adaptation to the Crisis of Public Higher Education mentioned: here
UCLA Fac Blog on Gov budget leaks and other items
the CA State Auditor is looking into some of the issues raised in the stories below and that report will be released in April, in advance of that there's this stuff out there:

Newsweek: New California Bill Would Change Rules for Reporting Rapes on College Campuses

Daily Cal coverage

a piece in SJ Merc and more here

Daily Bruin coverage

ThinkProgress coverage

Campus Safety Magazine
now they are hitting the country club circuit - and the PR ties are prominently showing

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Democratic Deficit" at Berkeley and in UK Higher Ed

"What is privatization? Or Is Berkeley Still A Public University?"

...Yet even academic units are now actively encouraged to embrace what Breslauer describes as ‘unit level entrepreneurialism’ to generate ‘new revenue streams’ through commercial use of their assets (namely space, academic programs and online technologies). (3) It makes a difference where the money comes from when academics are encouraged to think about revenue generation and campus spaces are commercialized.

And with privatization as diversification comes not just new sources of money but the consolidation of a corporate view of the university. It is not just the ‘restructuring’ of Bain’s Operation Excellence, or the centralization and removal of staff to remote sites through Shared Services, but the creep of corporate language (of service providers, end-users, markets, unit level entrepreneurialism and customers) that leave many faculty and staff feeling alienated and mystified by who creates the conditions of work.

The mystery is that Breslauer is rightly scathing about state disinvestment in public higher education and acknowledges the corporate creep on campus but he then minimizes the damage they cause (or the need for reversing them) by suggesting that the high tuition/high aid model has made Berkeley a better public university after all.

and also see:

more here

round up again

Yellen confirmed
UD on a UCLA alum and Yale Prof (an update of this story.)
upcoming (Polar Vortex?) MLA related events etc. covered in various tweets: here
and this event at Cal: Social Science Authors Seek Better Social Science Research Transparency

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Napolitano - Last Month, Posted Today

stuff she said last month, posted now by SJ Merc, see: Napolitano: UC Chief Eyes Tuition, Sports, Transfer Students

I can appreciate what the governor was saying. I used to be a governor. And what happens at budget time is everybody comes in like this (hands outstretched) with, "I need, I need, I need." You have to make really tough choices. ... I want to make sure that he is confident that what we ask for will be put to good use, will be well-spent, and that it's an investment for the long-term.

"we ought to do our best to get stability between ourselves and our represented employees."


Q: You've been back to Washington. What points are you trying to press with people there in terms of higher education policy or funding?

A: My initial visit was more of an introductory visit in my new role to say, "This is how I'm looking at things. What are you seeing?" I was asked what I thought about the proposed presidential rating system of colleges and universities, and I expressed some skepticism as to whether that would really accomplish what I think they're seeking to accomplish, so I think we've opened up that dialogue a little bit.

Q: Did you expect you would have protesters at your public appearances?

A: I heard that it would happen. Nobody knew what the topic would be, per se, but that there would be protesters, that it's part of the culture of the place. So I guess I'm getting used to it.

(That seems an attempt to diminish the issues being protested. It's 'part of the culture'...)

Q: You were saying last month that this was a point of inflection for higher education. What exactly did you mean by that?

A: I think it's time to reinvigorate the partnership between the state and higher ed and the federal government and higher ed. ... My predecessor had to make some really tough calls because the amount of aid was cut so substantially. But now it's leveled off. We have a certain stability in our budget, and we need to be thinking about "What should we be doing to ensure the University of California meets its mission over the next decades?"

Napolitano on Snowden, the Olympics, her old job. And UC?

updated: read nbc news coverage of their interview with her here and you can watch the Meet the Press episode with her 'exclusive interview' here later (after domestic broadcasts complete).

"partially to represent the University of California..." - and, she talks about the arc of history and how she evolved on same sex marriage, something she opposed as AZ Gov (a Charlie Crist move or different?). On Hillary Clinton, some brief positive comment on her potential candidacy.

CNN coverage on it here.

UCLA Fac Blog has the audio for her interview here and a link to a related Politico story.
Haven't enjoyed the sunday morning shows like in the old days (Russert, etc.)
and can't get excited about the panelists like those on this morning's MTP
Long ago began to check out: this coverage- for a laugh,, for acknowledgment of 'outside the beltway' folks/sensibilities, and for incisiveness...
A few weeks back, this sentence: "(Maybe that's why there's no "Meet The Press" today? Their brains got hurted?)"
-a giggle. Now, don't have that either- sad to see it go as a featured HuffPo column.

Apparently, others feel similarly.
This: "WME’s Ari Emanuel has been making a serious pitch for his clients,"... "co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” to take over, several sources said." - oh, geeeez (whaddabout Rachel, Ezra?).
and this: "Meanwhile, NBC’s Washington bureau is cutting staff."
(cutting the folks who actually cover DC or just the ones who are part of the cocktail party circuit crowd?)
Part of the problem.

but, update, there is: this at HuffPo
and, Calbuzz w/ this piece: Remembering Susan Rasky.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Napolitano on everything but UC?

her role as potential protestor at the Olympics? , now she is on MTP about Snowden and unsure what other topics they will get into w/ her.

Is she going to continue answering questions about her past admin work at that other job? Or, is she taking on UC issues fully? If it is UC-- that is a "24/7 job" according to Yudof... sometimes he said he was driven to distraction on certain issues.

Working the DC beltway or Sacto? Both?

The 'driven to distraction' on any given topic can sideline important UCOP work. There are still several prior issues to cover from her past job if she is going to continue that beltway role - if the interview questions start 'going there' it could re-prioritize many UC issues to the middle or bottom of the pile of discussion items she has to respond to...

Story on her comments about Snowden in the MTP interview to air tomorrow- will post that link here when available.
Government Accountability Project (GAP) has a different take on some of the above, here.
Schools, the 'prop 30 glow', and Gov. Brown discussed here, it includes: ""And so, when things are rolling, the governor takes a disproportionate credit for what's happened. And when things are foundering, the governor gets disproportionate blame. He deserves neither the credit nor the blame," Gerston said.

The governor's rosy rhetoric about the state's ascendency also might be out of step with the experience of many Californians. A survey by the Public Policy Institute of California released in December found that two-thirds of Californians believe the state remains in a recession and is divided between the haves and have-nots."

Thursday, January 2, 2014

more to ponder

in this coverage:
San Francisco gay rights activist and blogger Michael Petrelis, who has reported on the protests leading up to the Sochi Olympics for months, says that the pressure will now be on Boitano and King — as well as other gay athletes, and UC President Janet Napolitano, leading the delegation — to make the Sochi games more than just an Olympics public relations event.

“What will the gay athletes do to protest Putin’s anti-gay propaganda laws?,” he asks. “Will they meet with LGBT Russians when they are there?”

SF Chron blog: White House picks LGBT icons to open Sochi Olympics — pressure on Russian gay civil rights?
no smoke - a UC policy?