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'.
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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.
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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."
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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??):

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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.
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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.
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There's a value to Litmus tests sometimes. Real debates. Questioning candidates issue by issue.
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Blood Moon did not disappoint, more to come.

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