Friday, May 30, 2014

UC Is Not Just A Community Of Students

see: Napolitano - big on 'the patch' (the patch mentioned earlier here--check out where the funding for it comes from and consider her previous job if you wanna figure out where it will most likely be used, tested out first. fascinating...): Napolitano highlights UCSF brain research

Six days after six UC Santa Barbara students were killed by a troubled 20-year-old man, UC President Janet Napolitano said the university will lead research to develop an implantable device that will retrain the brains of the mentally ill.

and on pointing out education of students on how to treat each other:
Napolitano said the mass killing not only raised the issue surrounding the adequacy of mental health treatment but reinforces the university system's resolve around "the best ways to drive home and educate students about how we treat each other.''

Not much talk about the rest of the UC community in her comments about 'how we treat each other'. It would not be difficult to understand a student response being: 'physician, heal thyself' etc..
Not much talk about the rest of the community- staff and faculty etc. (how it would affect them if they were the perpetrator or the victim in some awful circumstance)- in this effort either:
Bill that would change crime reporting on campus passes unanimously in state Assembly -Multiple red flags raised in that piece, are they creating something unwieldy?
Cal Pol Issues points out here: that the UC Regents already divested from gun manufacturers after Newtown tragedy. Thought the student newspapers would surely point that out... it relates to The Nation piece here.
a: C U Next Tuesday post here -raises important history at UCSB- h/t Remaking the University, which also has updated news links on the lower right hand column there.
Changing Universities with a new post: UCSB, Tragedy, and College Culture
- asking: when do you 'say what you need to say'?
Chuck Todd, msnbc political analyst said something to msnbc's Andrea Mitchell (in his coverage of the decades and decades of VA problems and now Shinseki resignation breaking news today) about how there's only a very, very small group of people who know how to break a bureaucracy and fix it in a rebuild.

(Don't know that Napolitano's history in DC or AZ points to her being one of that small group, or not.)

In the case of public higher ed as a bureaucracy that needs to be broken, rebuilt: Public higher ed is a bureaucracy that very complicatedly/problematically includes the '1% donor class' and the sometimes 'pol behind the scenes pseudo donor/ pay to play/patronage class'- so, it can't take just a small slice of people to come in and rebuild it and have it maintain its historically democratic nature, mission.

What to do?

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