Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Is UC Pres job just a 'rubber chicken circuit' gig?

see Beverly Hills Patch: University of California President Janet Napolitano will be part of a panel examining "The Future of Higher Education," along with Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun and George Washington University President Steven Knapp.

Napolitano will also be part of a panel on "Leaders on Leadership," a discussion on long-term thinking in industry, markets, government, education and life.

yep, Leaders who Lead Leadership --at a Milken Institute/Conference. (UPDATE: yes, noticed that Napolitano is on a panel with that guy who ticked off the newly engaged (congrats!) George Clooney- resulting in a sad tequila fallout.)
In this headline the alphabet soup does NOT refer to Napolitano's old job, see: Are we there yet? Oh, say can UC? Probably not, if you go to DHS
This information started to trickle in anecdotally from friends with kids applying to college. I heard about a couple of DHS boys who had 4.5 GPAs, varsity sports, high test scores, etc., not being admitted to UCLA. Not even being wait-listed.

Well, I didn’t really know these boys, so I rationalized that maybe each had something horrible in his file. Maybe a murder, or a few stints in rehab … anything to keep from believing the competition had gotten this out of hand.

As the spring progressed, I heard more and more about stellar Blue Devil students not being accepted to their top UCs; specifically UCLA, Berkeley and UC San Diego.

When talking to a friend whose daughter had everything going for her yet was still refused admission to those top three choices, it became downright depressing. That a kid works so hard doing everything right, being a perfect student and showing such readiness for the rigorous academic environment of top California schools … well, I’m disgusted on her behalf.

I wish I had the guts to tell my kids to not even apply to schools adopting this new admission game plan, withholding the application fee that is fueling the frenzy. “Look at us,” UCLA must be thinking, “we got more than 100,000 people to apply and pay $70 for us to say you’re not what we’re looking for because you’re from California and your school was too challenging.”

(FYI- Also see the correction on the admissions figures- but her sentiments seem to remain unchanged. Most importantly it details out how UC admissions practices might be moving high school parents and students to do things maybe UC does not want them to do.)
Seem to recall Napolitano mention (in some interview?) a planned summer trip to Mexico - not sure if that means she is joining the Governor on this trade trip to Mexico in July ...will post confirmation if it pops up. There was this related event she participated in last month at UCD.
on that topic:
CA Shrugging off Toyota?

but UC Davis digs Honda on a Smart Home project


CA supporting private space exploration while at the same time this is happening?
Vice Presidents, Lab Directors - more and more titles- anyway, here's info on the appointment of a VP for the Labs more here and at Daily Cal and Daily Bruin includes the compensation detail.
Check out what happened in Iowa: The governor also required his administration and the regents to post future settlements in easily recognizable locations on their websites. A spokeswoman for the Board of Regents hasn't responded to inquiries on how universities plan to do so.

Napolitano on Master Plan, NCAA, Tuition and other things

LAT: Janet Napolitano, UC's flak catcher, on admissions policy, tuition hikes and more

it includes:

Question But shouldn't California students have first shot at the campus they want? You can't be arguing that a UC Merced degree means as much out in the world as a Berkeley degree?

I would differ with that. It depends on where in the world you are and what field you're in. In most states each [UC campus] would be the flagship university.
Question What drives tuition hikes? Labor costs? More people wanting college educations?

The faculty and a large part of the staff got no raises for a period of years, and when they did, it was 1% or 2%. The labor market for a university is different from the labor market for a Circle K. We're the No. 1 public research university in the world. To retain that excellence, you have to have the faculty, the scholars, the researchers, the facilities, the laboratories to support them.
At the university, there's a sense of forward motion and mission. Instead of waking up every day and wondering a) about the safety of the country and b) what's the next congressional oversight committee that wants to meddle in my business at the Department of Homeland Security, now I wake up thinking, what are we doing to forward the education and research mission of this university?
I'm not a chancellor; I do all these other things to empower and support them. In this day and age, somebody who could come in with a skill-set like I have is almost better positioned to do this job — not the chancellor job but this job.
What about the movement to unionize student athletes?
Some NCAA rules look kind of nutty, so I do think it's time for the NCAA to look at itself, but I think a union's not the way to go.

read the full interview here.

and SF Chronicle has an op ed, excerpt here:
The University of California is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, and administrators have been scrambling to find ways to pay it back. As state funding decreased over the years, we saw a requisite rise in out-of-state admissions. According to a recent report released by the California Budget Project, public higher education is still 25 percent underfunded compared with levels experienced before 2008. Campus administrators asked the governor for a 10 percent funding increase so that they can begin to close the budget gap, but they have only received about 5 percent. Subsequently, the UC regents recently signaled for yet another tuition increase despite promises made under Proposition 30.

As a transfer student studying at UC Berkeley, I greatly appreciate the diversity and differing perspectives out-of-state and international students bring to our campus community. Without a healthy number of out-of-state students, our university system would not be the institution it is today. Like any in-state student, out-of-state students should have the opportunity to study here. However, out-of-state students should never be given priority because they pay $26,000 a year more in fees than their in-state counterparts.

The children whose parents live in California, pay taxes in California and vote on education-related initiatives must get priority. The state of California cannot turn its back on the people who politically participate and pay into the education system by allowing out-of-state students to move to the head of the line. This is not fair, it is not right, and it certainly should not be considered by lawmakers and university administrators as a viable way to fund our colleges.

But we cannot simply throw more money at the problem, either. The solution must be more strategic and address rising costs at our public universities.

read it in full here
Napolitano felt fine to accept awards in Pennsylvania earlier this month-(and Napolitano wrote a piece on women and men and leadership that was carried by a Pennsylvania paper not California)
- but she wonders why do they need to study CA higher ed master plan?:
University of California President Janet Napolitano says she hasn’t read the report and questions why another state is studying California. But she says her organization, the California State system and the community college system are already working to improve.

“We know that we can do more to make sure that higher education, as envisioned in the Master Plan, is strengthened and available in California and that it is essential for California to thrive,” she says.

see: California University Leaders Dismiss Report that University System Failing (note: there is audio to play within the story as well)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

UCLA Turns Down Donald Sterling Money- "The University of California, Los Angeles says it's turning down $3 million pledged by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and will return the $425,000 installment he's already made."

see: University of California, Los Angeles rejects $3 million pledged by Donald Sterling

UCLA Newsroom: UCLA Rejects Donald Sterling Gift -and they make a point to mention that those ads of his donation to UCLA were placed by Mr. Sterling not the university.

But did UCLA even consider the previous housing and other major issues, long history prior to originally accepting the gift - or did UCLA just follow the NBA lead in the aftermath?

President of the UC Regents Governor Jerry Brown on Sterling

California Governor Jerry Brown says the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments are “unthinkable.” He said that given America’s history, reaction to prejudice “has to be strong.”

By issuing a lifetime ban on Sterling, he said, the NBA Commissioner had taken “strong action.”

in an interview with CNN.

more on the UCLA turn down of Sterling here:
LA Times it takes up the gold plaque-ing: "The university also denied Sterling's previous boasts that his donation and pledge were supposed to lead UCLA to name a lab after him and his wife." and "Before its cancellation, the Sterling gift in March to a UCLA professor’s study of kidney proteins had raised difficulties because of an advertisement that Sterling had taken out in the Los Angeles Times about it. The ad said UCLA planned on naming a kidney lab after Sterling and his wife and that a “gold-colored plaque” honoring them would be placed in the lobby of a campus building."

USA Today

Daily Bruin

CBS Local
also see today's Daily Cal news on White House On Title IX - its report here along with other details.
more folks w/ reports on the Master Plan - but not much on suggestions for a new model

Napolitano Calls Out UCSF 'Loose Talk'

see: UCSF Secession From University of California System Just 'Loose Talk,' Napolitano says

The autonomy coming from the separation, Desmond-Hellmann argued at the time, would have meant that the sole graduate-level-only campus in the 10-campus UC system would no longer subsidize UC undergrad programs. It also would have translated into UCSF having more control over the money it generates from its medical center and other operations.
A University of California spokeswoman did not return email Monday asking about the status of Desmond-Hellmann's proposal, but the plan appears to have died a quiet bureaucratic death.

one 'most influential woman' contradicts another 'most influential woman' -- and the system is just left wondering where things stand...
City Watch LA has a piece written by a candidate for CA Treasurer:
Omitted from the sample was the University of California system, which alone is reported to have lost
tens of millions of dollars on interest-rate swaps. According to an article in the Orange County Register on February 24, 2014, the swaps now cost the university system an estimated $6 million a year. University accountants estimate that the 10-campus system will lose as much as $136 million over the next 34 years if it remains locked into the deals, losses that would be reduced only if interest rates started to rise. According to the article:

Already officials have been forced to unwind a contract at UC Davis, requiring the university to pay $9 million in termination fees and other costs to several banks. That sum would have covered the tuition and fees of 682 undergraduates for a year.

The university is facing the losses at a time when it is under tremendous financial stress. Administrators have tripled the cost of tuition and fees in the past 10 years, but still can’t cover escalating expenses. Class sizes have increased. Families have been angered by the rising price of attending the university, which has left students in deeper debt.
a Sac Bee piece on:graduation rates, achievement gaps

Monday, April 28, 2014

Napolitano told the Senate committee that federal budget sequestration and stalled appropriations bills "have forced promising science to be delayed or abandoned."

see: San Francisco Business Times University of California's Napolitano to Senate: More cash means more innovation
"To compete successfully in an increasingly innovative world economy, the U.S. will have to choose to lead in key technology sectors, and to do a better job of training an American workforce that will tackle the technical challenges ahead of us and be capable of operating in a more technology-driven workplace. This will require an increased federal commitment to investment in research and innovation."
-and- Here is the full text of her statement.
Daily Cal has this piece on patents today
Another Op Ed on UC Admissions -- this one in Daily Breeze- it reads like this: Whose University of California will it be?

..."fair for many of those rejected despite meeting all qualifications to wonder just whose UC this great public university will eventually become.

Will it continue to be the fundamental goal and reward for the state’s high schoolers, motivating them to achieve and attempt ever more difficult academic challenges? Or will it become another playground for wealthy out-of-state and foreign students who can afford the almost $23,000 extra per year in tuition paid by non-California residents?

So far, that extra money — the difference between $13,200 in-state tuition this year and $36,078 for all others — has proved no hindrance to foreigners in particular. One reason: Governments of China and some Arab countries pay all tuition and expenses for many of their citizens who study at American universities.

Altogether, 13 percent of all UC undergraduates next fall will be from out of state, split just about evenly between foreign students and those from the other 49 states. That’s up from 12 percent this year and just 5 percent as recently as 2010.

There is no doubt a connection between that fast-growing out-of-state student-body element"...
- you can read the rest of that here.
Aren't California resident applicants to UC also sometimes those w/ international backgrounds, recent legal immigrants etc.? And isn't it also about 'out of state' admission to UC? What are the numbers state by state on UC admissions?

and see: comments section here where some are calling for a divorce b/ween UC and CA in the comments here - but: What if...well, what if say, there is a pre-nup, and in the pre-nup all the inherited wealth UC enjoys/enjoyed - that is inherited wealth CA received prior to the marriage and it is protected by the prenup -and the UC constitutional autonomy is also part of the CA inheritance, too. So "Divorced-UC' would become University of Blank and would be the one to pack bags, move out- not vice versa? CA would hold onto the buildings, land etc.. CA could do some CA legislative house keeping, bring in a 2.0 U of CA crew. The newly single now "Divorced-U /University of Blank" could call itself the 'University of We Don't Care Where The Money Comes From' - or "University of International Students Suit My Pedagogy" - or "University of Public (sometimes Federal) Research Tied To Private Industry Profits" - or "University of Global Whatever That Sometimes Enrolls Californians"- then when folks fill out the applications they know the mission statement immediately.

Whatever it is, whatever it calls itself--it still doesn't know what it is, what it is supposed to be, or how it is supposed to operate...
but- no worries- that isn't stopping the panel talks:
17th Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in Higher Education
May 1, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm Garden Room, Clark Kerr Campus UC Berkeley

Panelists from UC Berkeley include:
John Wilton, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Catherine Koshland, Vice Provost, Professor
Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, Professor, Travers Dept. of Political Science
Christopher Edley, Professor, School of Law
Jesse Rothstein, Associate Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy
Heinrich Mintrop, Associate Professor, School of Education

Other Distinguished Panelists:
Mohammad Qayoumi, President, San Jose State University
Pamela Brown, Vice President for Institutional Research and Academic Planning, UCOP
Nancy Shulock, Professor and Exec. Director of Institute for Higher Ed. Research & Policy, CSU-Sacramento
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Wisconsin
Hans Johnson, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
and $20,000 to the UC Regents too - in addition to the $3 mil to UCLA earlier this month. And, MotherJones and others posting all the UCLA and Donald Sterling ads, too- complete with "the UCLA is also planning on naming a research lab in their honor" stuff.
Online backlash-- is over? Chicago Tribune piece:
Online programs navigate learning curves
As universities exploit e-learning's benefits, they're discovering ways to maintain academic standards
California Gov. Jerry Brown, at a January meeting of the University of California Board of Regents, said he wanted the university to try online education for the masses that could leave out the human element altogether — "a pure online course that, once it's in the can, it's almost perpetual motion." According to online educators consulted, such an approach would generate a backlash. UC President Janet Napolitano responded accordingly.

In a public appearance, she called online courses "a tool for the toolbox," a reference to an inevitable change in which online education will become part and parcel of higher education, and will involve faculty. She added that online learning is not "a silver bullet, the way it was originally portrayed to be. It's a lot harder than it looks."

Backlash, judging by increased enrollment and participation by Ivy League royalty, is over.

Read the detail in full at the Daily Bruin- a student op ed asking about 'it', too- UCLA relations with POM Wonderful, donors overstep bounds: To begin with, state disclosure forms show that between 2010 and 2013, Feinberg was on the Resnicks’ payroll as a consultant, earning upwards of $100,000 from the power couple in 2011.

During this time, companies owned by the Resnicks bankrolled research at UCLA on the health benefits of pomegranate juice, including studies coauthored by Harley Liker, a doctor who had served as the Resnicks’ personal physician and medical director of POM Wonderful.

In turn, the Resnicks used studies at UCLA and elsewhere to tout in advertisements that..

it does not mention the Kern Reservoir aspect though.
While at the Daily Bruin also read about their sit down interview with Napolitano

Napolitano said she would still work not to increase tuition even if the state doesn’t grant the extra $120.9 million the UC is asking for. In Brown’s proposed budget released in January, he only gave a 5 percent or $142 million increase to the UC, less than what the UC Board of Regents requested.

and she talks about the murky campus climate results and there's this correction:
Correction: Napolitano said she believes Gov. Brown will be careful in allocating state funds this year because he wants to avoid ending his term with a deficit.

Is UCLA Returning the Donald Sterling Donation? and other things...

So, is UCLA standing by the press releases involving The Donald Sterling Charitable Foundation and UCLA?
see here and here

Was it a worst kept secret? Some: are looking more closely at it. Update: There is a 10am PST press conference for the LA Chapter: they make these latest developments clear - UCLA might want to borrow a page from... at the very least--if UCLA is keeping the award money they should explain why.
At UCSB -and other places nationally- there is this "Resolution to Mandate Warnings for Triggering Content in Academic Settings" being discussed here in AP.

It just begs for someone to come in and start rating syllabi like movies, right? Or, is this a request for course outlines, etc. in places where they don't offer them at the beginning of term? Is that a good thing? And, for those suffering from med conditions who are triggered -- is it a disability rights issue?
Calbuzz at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley seminar: “California’s Top Two Primary – Will It Make a Difference?” After listening to their presentations, Calbuzz proposed a conclusion with which the chrome-dome panel pretty much agreed: That if the top-two system has had any measurable effect (and we can’t be sure because of the competing variables), it’s been to move the elected Democrats to the right without moving the elected Republicans to the left.

Which is exactly what the economic elites who backed the system want – to moderate the Democratic left.

The biggest effect thus far, according to Tulchin, is that in making election strategies vastly more complicated and customized, the top-two system as been “good for the business of political consultants and pollsters.”

All the recent previous posts of the growth in certain UC non faculty and non tenure track positions... now this PR release on where the money goes: too.
At UC-- yes, some important things need more than a UC PR response.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rainy Day Meets Oil Tax Initiative - For Billions?

is this the 'big plan' for if/when the Prop 30 cushion is gone...
see: California oil tax survives first Senate committee vote

Committee member Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) said the education panel, with its narrow purpose, had to approve SB 1017: “There can be no question that higher education needs additional funding,” Block said.
The measure was backed in testimony by dozens of students from systems that would benefit: University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges. Money would also go to the State Department of Parks and Recreation and the California Health and Human Services Agency.
The measure was opposed by the Western States Petroleum Assn. and some local elected officials, including from Kern County, a major oil-producing area.
and Daily Cal covered it too

You can watch the CA Senate Ed committee meeting video here at the 16:30 mark. Billions in revenue discussed

and then see Sac Bee from late March:

Brown appeared resistant to a gas tax proposed last month by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, in what Steinberg called a more stable alternative to gas price increases likely to result from a requirement that oil companies buy carbon credits for fuel they sell starting next year.

Brown told reporters he has not seen the proposal, which many environmentalists oppose. However, Brown said, "I don't think there are going to be any new taxes this year."

Napolitano did some central valley visits earlier in the month on the drought and potential ways UC can help.
no more food insecurity for NCAA sponsored students while they are on campus
and there's this here in case you missed it:
You will see that in October 2013 there were more SMG/MSP in system (9859.05 FTE) than there were in say 2008 (8230.18) whereas there are less full-time faculty (8673.45 FTE) than there were in 2008 (8799.47 FTE). In fact I think that October 2011 was the first time that they listed there being more FTE in the SMG/MSP group than in the full-time faculty group. In addition there has been a shift towards a greater use of lecturers again in FTE 1887.28 to 2049.21. And FTE doesn't really get at the question of full-time vs. part-time which is so important with lecturers. There are also the "other faculty" category which while i suspect you are right is mostly about the medical centers is not entirely about the medical centers.

I also think that we need to differentiate between different types of administrative things that faculty are doing and different types of staff cuts. My sense is that it is mostly departmental or other front line staff that has taken the biggest hits. But again the point in my piece was that we need to have a lot more transparency about these issues so that we can have a serious discussion of the best way to organize the university.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Janet Napolitano On SCOTUS Affirmative Action Decision and Diversity Problems at UC Graduate Schools

in the Washington Post: Janet Napolitano: How to diversify a campus, in spite of the Supreme Court by Janet Napolitano
Despite our best efforts, the University of California still struggles to build an undergraduate student body that fully reflects the diversity of the state. Across the university, the percentages of African Americans and Native Americans enrolled in 2012 remained lower than the corresponding percentages in 1995. The percentage of Latino students has increased but not enough to keep pace with the explosive growth of Latino high school graduates.

The problem is most severe in our graduate schools, which educate the professionals who will serve California’s increasingly diverse population in the decades to come. At times, the entering classes at some of our medical schools have not had a single African American student, despite significant outreach efforts. The proportion of underrepresented minorities in the university’s business schools is less than half the national average for comparable institutions.

Black, African American students from UCLA Law School were also interviewed this morning by WaPo's Jonathan Capehart. They discussed their classroom experiences of being "invisible", "hypervisible", "tokenized", and retaliated against for discussing it- it 'went from hostile to very hostile'. Will post the video here in this post -once it becomes available.

‘Hyper-visible, but also invisible’
Gerloni Cotton and Asia A. Womack from the Black Law Students Association at UCLA talk about their experiences as students of color on UCLA’s campus. The MHP panel talks about the importance of having a diverse student body.-

Remaking the University has this new post: Is This What President Napolitano Meant By Teaching For California?
ol' stuff, but - well, dreams should not become traps, yokes:Dream...girls...
'you said I've got to prove: I am just as good, I am even better than... that's what you said, that's what you said'
yep, this version too

UCOP: 'It’s not as if those numbers represent a success story'

WaPo:“It’s not as if those numbers represent a success story,” Nina Robinson, associate president and chief policy adviser for the UC system, said Wednesday. see: UC’s experience with an affirmative action ban
Affirmative Action Push Driving Divide Between California’s Democrats
what kind of teachers? adjunct, tenure track, what disciplines? UC Riverside Chancellor plans to hire 300 teachers
Alameda Sun Editorial: Out-of-State Students Called ‘Big Boost’

As environmentalists like to say, “Every cloud has a sulfur lining,” but even as a Pollyannaish Panglossian it is difficult to cipher any good news in the article. How are out-of-staters who bump California students out of UC seats, perceived as good news? Good news for the people of Arkansas, Utah or Nevada maybe, but Californians? Gov. Jerry Brown recently boasted that his budget included $6.8 billion for higher education in California; that’s the amount that the State of California a.k.a. tax payers contributed directly to the UC system so that California children could attend the University of California; graduate and buoy the California economy.

Strange that we should feel warm and fuzzy knowing that this year’s freshman class will be comprised of 25,745 nonresident students, an increase of 3,000 over last year. That’s progress? And this is an accomplishment we as Californians should be celebrating?

LA Times: Transfers show community colleges' rising reputation
Institutions in California are part of a national trend to recruit community college students, mostly from minority and low-income backgrounds, to improve campus diversity.

UC President Janet Napolitano and other higher education leaders have recently committed to improving the flow of community college students to four-year institutions and UC is seeking to expand outreach in community colleges that send few of their underrepresented students to UC Berkeley, UCLA and other selective campuses.
Bloomberg: Public Funding for Higher Ed Inches Up at Last. Don't Expect Cheaper Tuition
Bloomberg also has:
"education acts as a filter rather than an investment.": Why Education Spending Doesn't Lead to Economic Growth
Piketty at Cal- Reich and Lakoff join on comments here in this Daily Cal piece - on higher ed effects, there's:
UC Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff commented that Piketty’s findings have important implications for higher education. Though formal higher education is often thought of as a gateway to potential success, elite universities tend to be more available to people of wealth, promulgating a cycle of inherited wealth.

“The danger in cutting resources from public universities is that it makes them more inaccessible,” Lakoff said.

Friday, April 25, 2014

more scrutiny results from UCLA $10 mil whistleblower settlement story

see LAT: More scrutiny for UCLA's School of Medicine

"The study found that 41 board members at large drug companies held leadership posts at academic medical centers. Their average compensation for serving as a company director was $312,564."
"These leaders are wearing two very important hats at the same time," said Gellad, the study's co-author. "There are a lot of benefits from academic medical centers having interactions with industry, but we can't ignore the risks."

The article references this recent piece in JAMA.

There is also this detailed Journal Sentinel article:
Medical School Leaders Cash In On Drug Company Boards

Consultants, Higher Ed and Title IX

check out the latest thing with Title IX

“Everyone in our inner circle of national student activists knows not to trust them or waste your time working with them because they’re just going to run you in circles anyway,” said Sofie Karasek, lead complainant in the federal complaints against the University of California at Berkeley. A UC Berkeley spokesperson confirmed that the school hired Smith and Gomez last fall to review and strengthen campus policies, but Karasek says she has no idea what they’re up to and that they’ve never tried to get in touch, a sentiment echoed by complainants across the country.

and other nightmares
and chilling effects:
State Lawmakers Use Budget Cuts To Make Colleges Do What They Want
John Curtis, of the American Association of University Professors, pointed out that while the threatened budget cuts often don’t materialize, even the promise of a cut can be intimidating.

“It creates a chilling environment to the idea of academic freedom to think that any time a faculty member is putting a course together that their reading materials might be scrutinized by legislators,” Curtis said.

L'il, Ol'...California?!

the President of the UC Regents Governor Brown on income inequality in California:
...the debate over rich versus poor has sparked protests by groups in the Bay Area over the sharp rise in high-tech salaries and housing prices — most visibly, the angry crowds that have followed commuter buses chartered by Google and other tech companies for their employees.

Do the protesters have a point?

“They have a point,” Brown said. “The return on assets is better than the return on labor, and people’s ability to make salaries.”
But Brown argues the forces at play are, in most ways, out of the control of either him or other state elected officials.

“To try to close the gap, which is a global phenomenon, based on technology, return on assets, on global flows of capital, one little state can’t do that,” he said.
more in the Capital Notes interview.
LA Times: Californians Rank 23rd In College Degrees
also see:
UC Nurses Dealing With Very Difficult Situations - btw, is there income inequality at the med centers?
Slate asks: Are Gender Neutral Restrooms a Right?
-they've posted the IHE article. The lactation stations don't grab the headline.
UCR does a marathon divestment vote again
Another Berkeley-Columbia swap, the interim Boalt Dean headed east...

and seems Dirks' ol' crew did not crack the Title IX, Clery code, either
the UCB redwood trees in the way of that 'Jacobs' building have been cut down - it would be helpful to have a photojournalist do the before and after and not just images of the mock up plans...
UCSF's Dr. Eric Goosby in this history.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

More on the $10,000,000.00 UCLA Whistleblower Settlement

Chad Terhune, the LA Times reporter who covered the latest whistleblower settlement at UCLA is joined by Charles Ornstein in this KCRW interview (you may remember Ornstein from his coverage of the celebrity patients at UCLA and privacy issues cases- LAT also covered that, too). They also talk about the upcoming implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, comments Terhune received from the UCLA chief med compliance officer on the Pedowitz allegations, and they mention other related pending cases, there is also a compare and contrast- in particular b/ween UCLA and UCSF policies at the med centers (to digress a bit--it sounds somewhat reminiscent of the "Los Angelism" comments made related to student athlete grad rates and a UCB CSHE report -tinges of it):

yes, it says something on the screen below about undocumented policy but: you 1-have to press the play button and then 2- scroll to that UCLA med whistleblower settlement 11:00 mark section of the program:

and a Patch piece includes an additional facet to the story:
Pedowitz additionally claimed he was wrongfully demoted and that another UCLA physician defamed him by distributing to the faculty what Pedowitz said was false information concerning his previous employment at the University of South Florida. He said he would not have agreed to step down from his chairmanship as part of the 2010 settlement had he known at the time that the memo was being circulated.

"The regents concealed the (memo) from me," Pedowitz stated in a sworn declaration. "I was not aware of its existence until June 27, 2011, when I was shocked to find it in response to my public records request."

Pedowitz maintained that "nearly every accusation" in the memo was false, including allegations that he tried to fire another doctor while at the University of South Florida, that he screamed and yelled at secretaries in the Department of Neurosurgery and that he threatened a resident physician with probation.

Pedowitz continued to work at UCLA after stepping down from his chairmanship, but maintained that the retaliation against him did not let up.

“Frankly, the faculty, who may be dragged kicking and screaming. Well, so what? Too bad. If there’s a great professor at Berkeley, and he or she can beam his course all over the state to students statewide, and that course is suited for online, we’ve got to do it.”

that's Kashkari via Daily Cal - he is polling at like 2% right now, so... - others are also running but they aren't talking about education
related to the Kashkari story:
there's also: Public Policy Institute of California Finds Common Core, New Funding Formula Get High Marks

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Education
part of why figuring out the Corp Dem DINO thing is important: Jerry Brown has Republicans who support him

the Governor and President of the UC Regents has made an appointment : someone to head the FPPC - a body that does have some oversight authority over UC and other AP coverage here
the Food Pantry Movement at campuses continues on
some appointed to AAAS but isn't that the place w/ 'the head person and the missing PhD degree' episode in its recent history?? and....
there is more on the CA Senate ethics training day and the events that prompted it have other interesting developments, too. Former SF Mayor Brown (other half of the Bay Bridge namesake, ugh) even reduced it down to its barest elements here with a Let's Everybody Calm Down

TARP flashbacks too

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"While the UC system may claim it encourages its employees to report improper activity and promises to protect employees that come forward, that's not what actually happens. "Instead the UC tries to cover up the wrongdoing by protecting the wrongdoers and retaliating against the whistleblowers," said Quigley."

more on the Pedowitz UCLA case from his side here. Other links in the earlier post, too.
and- They've Had It! Maybe.

UNC Whistleblower plans to resign
Ding- ding- ding-: finally some of them get it?-- that it is about the investigations history, too:
Bipartisan Senate Group Demands More Transparency In College Sexual Assault Investigations

Finally, the senators recommended better disclosure of ongoing federal investigations into colleges for alleged mishandling of sexual violence on campus, as well as the creation of an online, searchable database of complaints, compliance reviews and investigations. Such a database does not currently exist, and in its absence, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) compiled a list of recent Title IX and Clery Act investigations by the Education Department in January. The department also does not actively announce ongoing investigations under Title IX, the gender equity statute, and does not disclose when it launches investigations under the Clery Act, the campus crime law.

Gillibrand sent the letter along with Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

On student athlete unions: whose poll? and what does it matter? shouldn't those at practice and on the field decide whether they need it or not?

$10 Million inconvenience?! - "the ex-head of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department, who says the medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care. " receives $10 mil settlement.

Is it an inconvenience- or is it that they just don't want the information to come out?
see LA Times on this- UC OKs Paying Surgeon $10 Million In Whistleblower-Retaliation Case

In 2012, the surgeon sued UCLA, the UC regents, fellow surgeons and senior university officials, alleging they failed to act on his complaints about widespread conflicts of interest and later retaliated against him for speaking up.
UCLA denied Pedowitz's allegations, and officials said they found no wrongdoing by faculty and no evidence that patient care was jeopardized. But the UC system paid him anyway, saying it wanted to avoid the "substantial expense and inconvenience" of further litigation.

As department chairman, Pedowitz testified, he became concerned about colleagues who had financial ties to medical-device makers or other companies that could unduly influence their care of patients or taint important medical research.
He also alleged that UCLA looked the other way because the university stood to benefit financially from the success of medical products or drugs developed by its doctors.

"These are serious issues that patients should be worried about," Pedowitz said in an interview. "These problems exist in the broader medical system and they are not restricted to UCLA."

Mark Quigley, an attorney representing Pedowitz, said the case could have been avoided if the UC system enforced the policies it already has in place.
"What good are all the policies if they protect the wrongdoers and fail to protect the actual whistleblower?" Quigley said. "The university wanted to cover it all up."

Daily Bruin coverage on it here

Chron Higher Ed coverage here

and AP coverage here

and Patch coverage here

University Diaries on some of the other items earlier
Geffen quote in this be 'optimistic' campaign -more on it here- his current? CEO is awaiting confirmation as a UC Regent still

ps would they all self describe as optimists? would their employees, co-workers call them that? optimisitic vs pragmatic - or something else?

Paying for Bloat (or an education)?

see Academe Blog:

In this past week’s issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, there is a very revealing graph representing the changes in employment in colleges and universities from 1976 to 2011. The graph is based on an analysis of IPEDs data by AAUP’s John Curtis.

Full-Time Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

1976 – 353,681

2011 – 436,293

Increase – 23%

Graduate Student Employees

1976 – 160.086

2011 – 358,743

Increase – 123%

Full-Time Executives

1976 – 97,003

2011 – 233,368

Increase 141%

Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty

1976 – 80,883

2011 – 290,238

Increase – 259%

Part-Time Faculty

1976 – 199,139

2011 – 768,071

Increase – 286%

Full-Time Non-Faculty Professional Staff

1976 – 150,319

2011 – 704,505

Increase – 369%

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Whack A Mole as policy implementation of Title IX, today's SCOTUS decision on AA, more

IHE for these two stories: first, at CA colleges Failure to Enforce Title IX?
A complaint filed last week with the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that more than 120 California institutions are failing to provide sufficient athletic opportunities for women – and that the government office in charge of enforcing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 isn’t doing anything about it.

and having to go from OCR to DOJ and:
But the DOJ complaint points to a larger problem with OCR than just its handling of mass complaints, said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation. She compared OCR’s procedures to those of the agencies that regulate occupational health and environmental protection.
"If you see dumping going on, you shouldn’t need to be the one who gets sick in order to be able to get the EPA to respond, right?” she said. “You’re making mass complaints impossible…. You’re asking an 18- to 22-year-old to be responsible for suing their school to bring about Title IX compliance. When you think about achieving the true promise of Title IX, which is real gender equity that everybody can see and appreciate, their current strategy is ineffective.”

(and where are the Clery folks on figuring out the numbers related to sports and the numbers related to other cases? how does this trip up- or not trip up- the Clery numbers?)
and then-- lots of background and materials here on today's SCOTUS decision: Affirmative Action Ban Upheld
and reflecting on 'just because you can, does it mean you should?' this Earth Day- UCSC and UCB researchers on revive, restore, de-extincting:

Mixed Up Energy - on Earth Day, Earth Week

Chancellor Dirks hosts clean-energy talks with DOE, industry
--and there's this Earth Week activity
round up on BP and Russia Sanctions and here
and BP head says Russian business unaffected by sanctions
last week- Keystone delayed again - (when was it ever confirmed - it has never been confirmed that the oil will be used in USA?) - it would only bring enough jobs to staff a large mall?
and, what's T.Boone up to?

wild history- eugenics and trees?: John Campbell Merriam and Madison Grant - -- all you Gatsby aficionados Author F. Scott Fitzgerald featured a reference to Grant in The Great Gatsby. Tom Buchanan, the husband of Daisy Buchanan, the novel's principal female character, was reading a book called The Rise of the Colored Empires by "this man Goddard"

Guess? that's why the Olmsteds are frequently more prominently featured...

Napolitano: "Men have no monopoly on leadership skills"

in it - here- she writes about that not so well received (by many women-- and men) 'don't call girls bossy campaign' (something that could easily be handled by simply saying 'it is probably not a great way to raise a child- boy or girl- by attaching a negative connotation to future professional roles-- particularly if you want your child to one day be ---a boss'. When Sandberg was asked about the campaign and questioned about whether or not there were other issues to dive more deeply into -- she said it was a Girl Scouts campaign that she was asked to participate in- blame it on the GS. For Napolitano's participation in it- there's this: the Girl Scouts initiative is backed by one of Napolitano's old colleagues It is an initiative that is understandable for the Girl Scouts organization- within their sphere of influence-- but Sandberg and Napolitano should be tackling such issues in a different, deeper way - facing the issues as big as FB billions and the power attached to something like a DHS, right?)
btw Napolitano could do some UC stuff like talk about UCSB and Deltopia since she came to UC claiming such topics are in her wheelhouse, expertise- but-- crickets...maybe b/c she wants to avoid certain campus issues by claiming all that campus tough stuff is delegated to the Chancellors-- but to do so might make it apparent that the UC President position does not really run the UC system- and that might come as a shock to folks.
UC alumni write letters to the LA Times claiming UC has turned its back on Californians applying for admissions
San Diego Free Press on recent items the Graduate Student Union feel they have won in negotiations with UC
Wanna Be CA Governor- Kashkari takes on Education in CA-Neel Kashkari proposes major education overhaul
The GOP candidate for governor would throw out much of the education code, send funds directly to schools rather than to districts and let most public schools run like charters.

California is spending more than half of its $98-billion general fund budget this year on K-12 and higher education. After years of cutbacks, Brown proposes more funding for both in his spending blueprint for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
But the state's students rank among the bottom in reading and math of the 50 states, and the higher education system is so overburdened that many students cannot get into some required courses, delaying their graduation and increasing their student loan debt.
Kashkari would deal with the latter by linking a portion of state funding to campus performance, measured by such markers as graduation and course completion rates.
He would also require the University of California and California State University systems to place 20% of their courses online within four years, though he offers no details about how he would force them to do so. The governor and Legislature have limited control over the public universities, particularly the UC system.

Piketty (and Saez) everywhere and:
Krugman: Why We’re in a New Gilded Age and more here.

some go the route of a Krugman hypocrisy vein

Reich: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

Monday, April 21, 2014

Report: State Higher Education Finance for Fiscal Year 2013

see: the 76 page report here and more info available here.

Inside Higher Ed piece: Nationally, spending per full-time-equivalent student is $6,105, still below the $7,924 mark in 2008. All told, state and local governments spent $81.6 billion on higher education in the last budget year, which ran from July 2012 to the end of June 2013 in most states.
But the increases in some states seem likely to continue, which means the “slow climb up is now beginning,” said SHEEO President George Pernsteiner.

h/t Remaking the University

Admissions Disparities At UC- Intentionally Increased?

see: Changing Universities- The UC Admissions Bait and Switch
What the UC is doing is admitting students from California, but not offering them places at the campuses of their choice. Simply put, students are applying to Berkeley and UCLA, but they are being admitted to Merced and Riverside.
Although the UC system is supposed to be correcting the historic inequality between the campuses, it is clear that this is not happening. Meanwhile, the UC knows that many students who do not get their top choice and are offered admissions at Merced or Riverside will decide to go elsewhere. Furthermore, the ability of UCLA and Berkeley to be more selective helps to raise their school rankings, which then perpetuates the disparities, since students do not want to go to a lower ranked school.

also- is the same/similar thing happening in public higher ed hiring? can you find similarities? see: Minding the Workplace- Myths and Realities About Working In The Non Profit Sector

Sunday, April 20, 2014

"UC Berkeley's response to campus sexual assault is the subject of a federal investigation, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education confirmed Friday."

Oakland Tribune: UC Berkeley Sexual Assault Policies Draw U.S. Agency Probe

UC Berkeley's response to campus sexual assault is the subject of a federal investigation, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education confirmed Friday.

The probe began weeks after dozens of Berkeley students and alumni filed a complaint with the federal Office for Civil Rights, alleging the school mishandled campus disciplinary cases involving sexual violence.

Six of the women involved spoke publicly in February about the attacks on them and their dealings with the campus disciplinary system, which many students turn to for justice in addition to -- or instead of -- the police.

They said they were kept in the dark about the disciplinary proceedings and that the campus failed to adequately punish the accused.

Associated Press: Feds probe how UC Berkeley handles sexual assaults

update: Daily Cal now has coverage and points to the most that might happen: If investigators from the Office for Civil Rights determine that UC Berkeley is not in compliance with Title IX, they can issue a resolution agreement asking the campus to voluntarily take actions to be in compliance.

wow-- that sounds -- so weak...
Also seems More Folks Do Not Believe The UC Berkeley 2010-2012 Numbers
see at the 3:37 mark here in the piece:

For every 100 students admitted from out of state, UC gets $2.2 million in additional revenue, said John Wilton, Cal's vice chancellor for administration and finance. That's more than $120 million at Berkeley alone, he said.

SF Chronicle: UC gets big boost in admitting more out-of-state students

one of the comments includes: " you're paying higher taxes (Prop 30) for "education" so that more non-California residents can attend UC's elite institutions."

this on UCSD admissions

LA Times with: In-state UC applicants make slight gains, but slip at UCLA, Berkeley

Do they have 'the' answers?

--some of them?:

For the launch of "Berkeley Talks," the new speaker series by Cal Performances and UC Berkeley, Chancellor Nick Dirks will gather with four of UC Berkeley's Nobel Laureates to moderate an enlightening dialogue on the role of science in modern society and how this esteemed panel would apply scientific methods to approach the complex global issues we are dealing with today.

Randy W. Schekman, professor of molecular and cell biology, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his role in revealing the machinery that regulates the transport and secretion of proteins in our cells.
Saul Perlmutter, professor of physics and a faculty senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), led one of two teams that simultaneously discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe and was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
George Smoot, professor of physics and an astrophysicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), led a team that obtained the first images of the infant universe — findings that confirmed the predictions of the Big Bang theory — and was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Daniel L. McFadden, professor of economics, was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics for his development of statistical methods relating to the economic theory of “discrete choice,” tools that have been used to determine how people and organizations make choices from a distinct set of alternatives.

Smoot at one point mentions-- The Easter Bunny-- and at 1:14:46 says "we think we know how things started"
He also adds in a vignette about his being questioned about his travel and research...

Higher education, politics, research funding, support for new young investigators, diversity, undergrads, women in STEM are all in the discussion repeatedly.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"pay the kids who actually generate the revenue"


Pick your $5 mil marketing campaign for CA public higher ed

already mentioned the $5 mil marketing hopes for a AA degree Transfer program

here's more on the effort:

Some regions need a better educated workforce to reduce high poverty rates. But their low-income residents aren’t demanding college classes, said Robert Shireman, executive director of California Completes. Many impoverished potential students who could benefit the most from a community college don’t even know a college might offer training that would help them start a career or get a better job, he said.

-that sounds like an outreach effort that might be more about vocational training at the CCCs rather than the transfer AA program with a four year degree goal.
Anyway, see:
Press Enterprise: Inland Area Needs Most New College Seats, Report Says

keep in mind that the $5 mil is half the number the Governor offered up to system-wide online initiatives for UC, CSU bandied about a year ago...
What is a Deltopia? -Is it part of the campaign to have Gov. Brown move to the Delta?
A music festival? a stroll? A- a- what? And how does it involve UCSB students?

Anyway, some kind of crazy s--- went down and here is the new second part of Remaking the University's attempt to find out what really happened...there, at that thing, whatever it is- just remember as you read, IV = unincorporated town of Isla Vista - not a reference to the Higher Ed Act of 1965.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Freshman Admissions - New Data

see: here is the administration's overview for UC Berkeley
here are the links to the tables/data for UC systemwide from UCOP.
Update, so here's how the coverage is shaping:

AP carried by CBS local More Latino Than White Students Admitted To University Of California Schools also carried by SF Chron

SacBee: UC Berkeley acceptance rate plunges amid new admission process

San Jose Mercury UC admits record number of students for fall 2014

LA Times California students feel UC admission squeeze

Daily Cal UC Berkeley admission falls 9 percent from last year under new enrollment model

Daily Bruin Enrollment cap, more UCLA applicants lead to fewer admissions
see: Who Is Responsible For The University?

A Public Health School At UC Davis?

A new leader at UC Davis in this piece: UC Davis Public Health School Back On Front Burner

Katehi is on board.
“Population health — with a global perspective — is increasingly critical in today’s world,” Katehi said. “It is very early in the process, and we are still consulting stakeholders and exploring options, but this is exactly the kind of innovative, collaborative initiative UC Davis is well positioned to lead.”
“We all hoped the new leader would embrace a structure that really encompasses the life sciences — ag, vet med and biological sciences — and embraces them all,” said Dr. Fred Meyers, vice dean of the medical school. The concept is “to really have an impact at home in California and internationally.”
The initiative is going to take money. But the state budget is in better shape now coffers are more padded than they were the last time the concept was floated, supporters note.

and: on CCC and CSU this Oakland Tribune editiorial might be pointing to what's in the seat cushions -- but the question is: if they get $5 mil -- should it go to marketing?

That is why CSU and the community college systems have asked Gov. Jerry Brown for $5 million to launch an aggressive marketing campaign to highlight the transfer degree.

That decision should take the governor about 30 seconds to make. In California that is budget dust; more money than that can be found in the seat cushions of certain capital watering holes frequented by legislators and lobbyists.

back to public health-- Hank Plante on printing new legends instead of old facts-- he joins Andrew Sullivan in an important conversation. Many in SF didn't make it through the 80's and 90's in order to say it- so those who can say it now should get some lotsa space.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Napolitano Chat with Staff video, and A Closer Look At What Happened At 'Deltopia'

Napolitano talks about budget, pay, job titles, the UC mission, CA Higher Ed trends, succession planning, career development -- and expanding online instruction at the 20:00 mark, see:
also see: Deltopia In Review Part I from Remaking the University

make it rain...

see: PECASE and others make their case for more public research funding:

Dr. Katherine Rauen, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, Davis, said that individuals struggling to obtain funding at her institution were leaving for the private sector.
The dollars and stability there have always been more alluring, but the trend has become more pronounced, she said. And for a nation eager to shuttle as much brain power as possible into medical research, this trend is alarming.

"We want them to stay in academic medicine," said Rauen. "We want them to stay in clinical, translational research to provide the best practices for patients in the future."
Pols trying to catch up on decades and decades of Title IX oversight neglect
Jerry Brown pushes his plan for state reserve fund
Governor declares a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue in a major test of the state's new political dynamic.

Udacity Phasing out certificates of free courseware completion

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If Boalt Can Go Online...

then why not the real potential to reduce down to two years?

and there are other criticisms of that piece linked here -it includes:
The first person Chemerinsky hired onto the UC-Irvine faculty when he got this self-abnegating enterprise rolling five years ago [Erwin Chemirinsky, notes Campos, is dean of a brand new law school that, "in a hyper-saturated legal employment market," [charges] $47,300 in resident and $53,900 in non-resident annual tuition.] was his wife. In 2012 this dynamic academic duo pulled down a combined salary of $597,000 from the University of California’s perpetually cash-strapped system.

--really? was it like that? the very first hire he made? really? or was it part of his hiring package?
also- does he get some of the heat because he once had a client named Valerie Plame? political persuasions at the root?

[recall there was talk at a UC Regents meeting where UCI Law students' numbers for passing the CA bar were higher than any other UC law-- a couple years ago. Guess there is more to that story, here: "Umm, UC Irvine, we need to talk. The school went from a pass rate of 90.2 percent in 2012 — second place for the entire state — to a 77.5 percent pass rate. Maybe this is the difference between people who got to go to law school for free and people who got half scholarships. Better shape up, Class of 2014."]

Boalt is not UCI - in terms of years of existence etc. but if Boalt can offer online...
-or is that online move part of this:
Chemerinsky: "This crisis mentality is not only unfounded, but is also creating pressure for reforms that would make legal education worse, not better."
UC Hastings visits UC Riverside on civil rights and this is the write up -- it includes reference to a skewed supply in higher ed.
Are coaches automatically also educators? Does the position come w/ an academic title? Or, is Dirks referring to basketball education? Dirks: “Identifying the right head coach for our men’s basketball team was a high priority for us, and warranted a significant investment of time and effort,” stated Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. “Together with Athletic Director, Sandy Barbour, we spoke with a large number of highly qualified candidates and carefully evaluated their personal and professional attributes. I am confident that in Cuonzo Martin we have found an exceptional coach and educator, with a proven ability to support the athletic and academic success of his student athletes. I know that he will be a great fit for our program and our campus.”
A Modest Proposal For CA State Political Reform
if UC Berkeley heard it was 'operationally excellent' - would they bring this to University Health Services at Tang? - mixing lucrative higher ed with this other hot frontiers...research programs, top notch tier 1 research universities...

but then consider the denial of services for proposed improvements on Title IX matters...not so operationally excellent??
While at UD..also see this on GSK- and this on beauty cream - might make you howl.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Corporate Dems with UC Ties -- btw, 'Corp' Dem is more accurate term than 'Mod' Dem

the term moderate Dem definition is squishy - it could break down, slice and dice many different ways on the issues, policy - but "Corporate Dem" is pretty clearly based around certain specific $$$$$ forces at work - this piece includes references to many familiar UC donors, hangers: Capital and Main In Plain Sight: The Rise of Corporate Democrats In California -but, the rich also tend to discreetly give to both sides to 'hedge their bets'.
HuffPo on: The U.S. Department of Education is forecast to generate $127 billion in profit over the next decade from lending to college students and their families, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Changing Universities points out more events in DC and: "failure to understand the true cost of attending college is also shaping several recent proposals to make community college free to students in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Oregon. All of these states are only discussing making tuition free, but most lower- and lower-middle-income students already have their tuition covered by state and federal grants. This means that only upper-income students will receive the new break, and these tuition-free programs may end up cutting additional funding to the non-wealthy students who need aid to pay for the non-tuition aspects of the total cost of attendance. Once again, a progressive sounding policy turns out to be welfare for the wealthy as the non-wealthy continue to get stuck with the bill."
Highlander Editorial Board on affirmative action: Affirmative action not needed to improve UC’s diversity

Speaker Perez on it earlier,he remains as speaker until May 12 (he is having a time of it running for controller- - could the corporate dem thing be gumming things up??):

Daily Cal on discussing undergrad advising problems with Provost Steele:
Steele admitted that advising is a problem now, but he seemed to underestimate the urgency of the issue.
He talked a lot about peer advising, which is a helpful tool for students. It is only a partial fix to what comes down to a lack of resources, however. Campus administrators need to recognize the importance of proper advising to students’ academic success and the undergraduate experience.
Is UC delaying?: We’ve reached out to the university many times to resolve these issues and are prepared to make our case before a neutral arbitrator if necessary. Unfortunately, the university has delayed coming to an agreement and cancelled several meetings at the last minute. The delays must end.
There's a value to Litmus tests sometimes. Real debates. Questioning candidates issue by issue.
Blood Moon did not disappoint, more to come.

Speaker Perez Moves To Bring Back California Postsecondary Education Commission

Lawmakers Seek To Restore University Watchdog and Database
A move is afoot in the Capitol to bring back a higher education watchdog and restore a data trove of 1.7 billion records on public colleges and universities that were placed in limbo by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Outgoing Assembly Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles, wants to restore the functions of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. His bill, AB 1348, would create a new independent entity with a new name and a redesigned governing board.

Brown eliminated the commission in 2011 to save $2 million.

“Not funding CPEC didn’t save the government that much money in the scheme of things,” said David McCuan, a political science professor at Sonoma State University.

But, McCuan added, Brown’s unexpected action did “push the issue forward about what should we do with higher education in California.”

Pérez’s bill would set up an office called the California Higher Education Authority, or CHEA, which would perform largely the same functions as CPEC.

But there is a major difference: His bill would cut the 16-member board that governed CPEC to 13 members, eliminating a representative of each of the public institutions of higher education. Instead, the CHEA board would be composed of nine members of the general public appointed by the governor and Legislature to staggered six-year terms, and four student representatives who would serve for a year.

Removing higher education from the governing board stems from suggestions by the lawmakers’ analyst that the CPEC was ineffective in riding herd on higher education because the very institutions it was watching wielded undue influence on its board.

and Union Complains About UC Tactics,
Sac Biz Journal: Union complains about UC tactics
Napolitano On Drought.
SCPR: Napolitano adds to the drought vocabulary - they also have further links on the following:
New UC president Janet Napolitano (who's apparently known for some other position she's had in the past) took an aerial tour of areas hit hard by the sereation. This is ahead of a sustainability plan due out this spring that will involve all 10 campuses:
It was Napolitano's first visit to the 330-acre center -- one of nine UC agriculture research hubs that dot California -- where she took a tour of the canola, walnut and blueberry crops planted there. Her visit comes as California faces a third year of drought and one of the driest years on record. Napolitano said the UC system will do its part to help farmers find relief. For example, she said, UC Merced could soon play a more prominent role in agricultural research. (Fresno Bee)
But agricultural research itself is taking a hit.
Many growers in California will receive no surface water allocation this year because of the drought. Neither will the University of California’s Westside Research and Extension Center (WSREC) near Five Points, which gets its surface water from Westlands Water District. (Western Farm Press)

Monday, April 14, 2014

almost Easter roundup

Daily Bruin: UC Reassesses Investment Decisions For Retirement Plans
The investments currently at the front of many UC officials’ minds are with Russian state oil company Gazprom and bonds bought from both Ukrainian and Russian governments.

Worth about $7 million, the Gazprom holdings are small fraction of the UCRP’s multibillion-dollar total.

Russian and Ukrainian bonds together are worth about $71 million, and represent a large share of the foreign bonds held by UCRP.

Given the current political crisis in the region, the UC is reviewing the holdings, Klein said.

Some global investors have speculated that the current crisis in Ukraine could provoke a partial default on the part of the Ukrainian government, which would damage any holder’s financial standing – including the UC.

Highlander Opinion piece Profits Over People: UC’s Allegiance To Profit Margins
points out:
Bachher’s salary is to be funded entirely from non-state sources, and the funding comes mainly from investment returns, not tuition or tax revenues. Though the salary of the CIO does not come from any public funding, this salary is substantially higher than several UC campus chancellors, and even exceeds the salary of UC President Janet Napolitano whose base salary is $570,000. Bachher even receives a $9,000 car allowance and a $153,000 relocation stipend.
UCLA students bring Title IX concerns to White House
UC To Open Admissions Application in August - The University of California will open its 2015-2016 admission application in August instead of October to give students more time to complete their application.
This reads like 'we're global- but we want more state funding' and 'spend some to make some' justification for luxury travel. Heard it already.
Long wondered about how many former foster children attend UC?? and what services they receive??- this UCM Prodigy article touches on it. Hope it succeeds and expands.
UCSD is doing something great, smart: Alumni Will Receive Free Career Guidance
Through its partnership with Alumni and Community Engagement, the Career Services Center is now able to offer UCSD alumni free lifetime access to a variety of resources including job postings, recruitment workshops and additional online tools.
UCSF Synapse with this article on folks who provide services for most of the UC Regents meetings- so this might be somethin' of interest systemwide.

Does it really need a $5 Million Dollar Marketing Campaign?

CSU Associate Degree For Transfer program- in this Sac Bee article

With a focus on transferring, many students also never completed an associate degree at the community college level, leaving them with nothing to show for their work if they didn’t finish their bachelor’s – a real concern at CSU, where the graduation rate for transfers is 71.6 percent.

While some faculty initially resisted the idea of legislating degrees, the two systems have since come together to establish 1,147 degree pathways from community colleges to CSU campuses, with another 540 in the pipeline.

The pathways are based on model curricula for what are so far the 25 most popular majors among transfers,

To make that vision a reality, the systems have jointly asked Gov. Jerry Brown for $5 million this year to launch a more aggressive marketing campaign for the transfer degree, aimed not just at community college campuses but also at high school students weighing their options.

UC does not participate in the program - but couldn't the five million go toward efforts to improve on the 71.6% rate directly?

Former Almost UC Regent...on Gov. Brown

David Crane has some thoughts on Governor and President of the UC Regents Jerry Brown and his truth about the state of CA in his Bloomberg View : How Jerry Brown Hoodwinks Reporters
Similarly, Brown is using cash-based budgeting to underreport the cost of an employee benefit -- retiree health care -- by $3 billion. The governor could have chosen to report the expense at its full size, but to do that under cash-based budgeting, he would have had to actually contribute $3 billion in cash to a retiree health-care trust fund.

That’s exactly what governors are supposed to do. Retiree health-care expenses, like pensions, are supposed to be pre-funded in order to protect future generations from having to pick up an earlier generation’s costs. But Brown chose not to do so, making his budget look rosier than it is. This shortchanges future generations, which will have less money for their own services because they will have to pay off the skipped costs.

also there's Reason Mag.: The Next Time Anybody Insists California Has Recovered, Read This

Crane said there are 'no Lincolns in Sacramento' at a UC Regents meeting a few years ago- remembered that many times since he said it - most recently during the whole 'Leland Yee, Shrimp Boy breaking news' a few weeks ago- then, each time, also remember Crane was appointed to his UC work by folks in Sacramento... He still serves as an adviser to UC Regents on the investments committee - and who knows if he still attends their swanky UC Regent meeting dinners?
UCLA 'travel scandal' petition goin' round on this:
To:UC Regents
UC office of the President, UC President
UC Board of Regents and UC President,
I demand that the Deans and Chancellor of UCLA be held accountable for the recent travel expense scandal. I want action to be taken to show that the University puts students and faculty first. The type of spending listed by the Center for Investigative Reporting is highly unethical and especially in times of financial strain.

I demand that those responsible reimburse the University out of their own pockets and be terminated.
[Your name]
The Aggie article includes some good detail: UAW Workers strike hits UC campuses
Teaching Assistants, Other Student Workers Join Workers Across State In April 3 Strike

Higher Ed in Retrograde- IHE
If one is retired from UC - why does this come up involving UC?

oh-nos! Using newly minted UCB EVC and Provost Steele's image to try to make the case for increasing their pay again (kinda like inserting the image of the Duggard hero thing, or not/different?): UC Administrator Salaries Lag Behind Competition
and there's this, too: