Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"I just think it's an odd thing for universities to be in the position of arguing for less transparency,"

Colleges Don't Like The Idea Of More Sexual Assault Laws

the quote for the post comes from this piece:
Colleges Push Back On Surveys That Could Shed New Light On Sexual Assault


Title IX blog has a post on it, too

UPDATE: and this:some CA Dems try to play catch up on addressing the issue- it includes reference to a letter from Napolitano on behalf of UC

LA Times also on it: Federal bills would crack down on college sexual assault

and: here is a link to Napolitano's letter to Boxer
and on another topic - Hoops...
a couple months ago a Bruin wrote about Millions ($180 million) in renovations on UCLA hoops

By all account UCLA's renovation of Pauley Pavilion under Dan Guerrero was a complete clusteryouknowwhat. Guerrero and his cronies justified spending somewhere around $140 million to put up glass around a stale-looking multi-purpose gym with terrible sightlines.

But Guerrero isn't done. Today his keystone cops Morgan Center out a press release looking for more money - as in $40 million to build a private practice court

Yesterday, Millions of gallons of water drenched UCLA hoops and much more

How's it gonna turn out? Will those private practice courts now come with the repairs? Who knows...

Monday, July 28, 2014

"UC doesn’t yet have an investment fund or a formal system for identifying and directly investing in those companies, " - Venture Capitalists Will Help UC Decide

see SF Biz Jrnl article: Big-Name VCs, Others Tagged To Weigh Changes To UC Investment Policy
the article includes:

Here’s a list of the UC Innovation Council’s members:

James Brailean, CEO and president, NextWave Mobile Products;

Donald Beall, chairman emeritus/retired chairman, Rockwell, and partner, Dartbrook Partners LLC;

Brook Byers, senior partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers;

Fred Cohen, partner and managing director, TPG Biotech;

Mark Crowell, executive director (retired), University of Virginia Innovation;

Jerry Fiddler, founder, Wind River Systems;

Rodney Glover, partner (retired), Wiley Rein LLP;

Josh Green, general partner/chairman, Mohr Davidow Ventures;

Bruce Hallett, managing director, Miramar Ventures;

Leslie Hickle, vice president, business development, BioAtla;

Hadi Makarchian, chairman, Makar Properties, and chairman, Banning Lewis Ranch Management Co., and regent, University of California;

Alan Mendelson, partner, Latham & Watkins LLP;

Tony Oliveira, senior advisor, AGR Partners, and managing partner, Oliveira Farming;

Nancy Olson, managing partner (retired), Fog City Fund;

Kish Rajan, director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development;

Eduardo Rallo, managing partner, Pacific Community Management;

Ann Marie Sastry, president and CEO, Sakti3;

Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures & Healthymagination.

Vergara, Title IX and other things

come up in this Politico daily overview of ed policy news: Ed tech struts its stuff — Coleman talks Common Core — Advocates for transgender students seek guidance from feds — Tenure lawsuit drops today in New York

Friday, July 25, 2014

update on UCSB poster incident, more

Fox News: California professor pleads no contest to assault on pro-life students
where they include this:
UCSB spokesman George Foulsham said the university does not discuss personal matters.

"Professor Miller-Young is not currently teaching any courses and is not scheduled to teach any courses during the fall quarter," Foulsham wrote in a statement to on Friday.

Did they mean to use 'personal' -- or 'personnel'?
Governor Brown Announces Appointments to the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments to the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. The 2014-15 state budget includes $50 million to recognize campuses that change existing policies, practices or systems to achieve the following state priorities:

Significantly increase the number of bachelor's degrees awarded;
Allow students to complete bachelor's degrees within four years after beginning higher education; and
Ease transfer through the state's education system by better recognizing learning that occurs across the state's education segments and elsewhere.

-he appointed Regent Lozano to it.
UCLA Faculty Blog "A different unkindest cut: Which Way LA? on the Master Plan and Budget Cuts at UC"
it highlights this:
The University of California Acts Like a Private School
and also see HuffPo: University Of California Complains Of Funding Shortfall, Then Gives Execs Pay Raises
UC and "Finally, a story about underage drinking with a happy ending"
Adrian Lopez, UC Davis’ director of state government relations, told me the new law applies only to public schools that have accredited enology and brewing programs, that a student has to be at least 18 and part of the major, that the alchohol must be in possession of an instructor who is of age, and, tragically (my word, not his), the student may not swallow.

“They can swirl it in their mouth to taste the defects, or how the fermentation process is going,” he said.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Restructuring CIO Office At OP and Restructuring Dirks Cabinet at UCB

see: Deputy CIO to Depart, Recruiting Begins at UC Regents
Four months into new CIO Jagdeep Bachher’s tenure, longtime deputy CIO Mel Stanton has set a retirement date.

Following Stanton’s departure at the end of this month, new CIO Jagdeep Bachher will reorganize the investment office to create chief and deputy operating officer positions.

Recruiting has already begun for a host of senior positions to manage the university system’s endowment ($8 billion), defined benefit assets ($50 billion), defined contribution plan ($15 billion), liquidity pool ($9 billion), and other assets.

UC is seeking applicants for a chief of staff to manage and implement Bachher’s initiatives, serve as a senior consultant to him, and oversee the investment office’s administration.

The role of real assets investment officer has also been posted on UC’s employment website.

Telling UCOP staff UC Path "has been put into effect" at UCR... see: UC President Napolitano holds town hall meeting with UC Office of the President staff
Daily Nexus coverage of the UC Regents meeting
Daily Cal: UC Berkeley creates position of vice chancellor for undergraduate education
- he picked Koshland to fill it, and:

Taking over some of Koshland’s former responsibilities is former dean of the graduate division Andrew Szeri, whose new position is vice provost of strategic academic and facilities planning. Szeri will be responsible for reviewing academic programs and strategic planning, among other duties, according to campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof.

The administrative changes are aligned with the campus’s Undergraduate Education Initiative, intended to focus on the undergraduate experience, and date back to before July. Bob Jacobsen, who was appointed in May as interim dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Letters and Science, took on a different role than his predecessor, who held the title of dean of the undergraduate division in L&S. His duties will include focusing more on the undergraduate education in L&S, according to Jacobsen.

“What I wanted to do was get my own group and cabinet up and running,” Dirks said about the changes.

-- you might recall Szeri from Op Ex...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


LA Times: "The governor is planning to attend a series of meetings with Mexican government officials during his trip, including signing agreements involving climate change and higher education."

Fresno Bee: UC Merced provost, engineering professor named to new climate council- UC Merced Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Tom Peterson and founding faculty member professor Roger Bales have been named members of UC President Janet Napolitano’s new Global Climate Leadership Council.
Imperial Valley News: Global food safety agreement signed by China and UC Davis

The memorandum of agreement, which will extend over the next five years, calls for the center’s two lead universities to form a joint research team and research platform, carry out collaborative research projects and cooperate on other food safety-related projects. UC Davis’ World Food Center will identify a director to coordinate the research program. The Chinese partners will provide substantial funding for the new center, with details to be announced this fall.

“This is clear evidence that the entire UC system is fully committed to be front and center on the critical issues of food security, sustainability and health,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. She recently launched the UC Global Food Initiative as a systemwide collaboration to put the world on a path to feed itself nutritiously and sustainably.

Science and politics: Hello, Governor
When California's governor enlisted the aid of two palaeoecologists, their careers took an unusual turn.

“You can have all the consensus statements in the world, but what makes them effective is when somebody in a policy-making position actually uses them,” he says.
UC enrolling more new students from other states and nations

and this also,
Percentage of out-of-state UC students to rise again
The Gov's former GF had a birthday last week, so here she is singing:

More UC Path Flashbacks, more

Still puzzling over (see: this and: this if you haven't yet):'the campuses didn't know'? , 'it wasn't communicated fully' explanations.

At CSU they have: this archive of the program for a July 2013 Shared Services UC sponsored Statewide Conference at UC Irvine
including "UCPath Center - Implementation Phase: Updates from the “Trailblazers”

- so, how could it be a surprise to the campuses?

Did events like that occur without outreach to campuses on the project?

Is this about campuses' obstructionist behavior, or what?
Here is a quick list of some of the communications on UC Path at the campuses
UCLA Communications on it in May 2012

UC Merced on it

UCR on it

UCSB on it

UC Berkeley on it

UCSD on it

UC Davis on it

it was linked up to Working Smarter groups, too and they sent this to all campuses.

The campus links above have docs that seem to go back to the early discussions on it.

The press were told but hardly covered it and Chancellor White made comments to the press as well when it was announced.

Even looks like University of Texas was able to keep up with its roll-out as well.

In 'notes, not quotes & scribbles' on UC Regents meetings' UC Path came up:

-in Jan 2013 the regents mentioned UC Path concerns over delays - but no formal action item, presentation/report/update

-in March 2013 UC Regents discussed UC Path concerns again - but no formal action item, presentation/report/update
and mentioned in May 2014 but none of the regents probed

The UC Path expenses have completely fallen from the radar-- Brostrom mentioned in passing in finance committee last week that UC Path is now scheduled to roll out in January 2015- it was originally scheduled to roll out in July 2013. Costs? Delay costs? No one asked. Not on the radar....

Peter Taylor and Regent Zettel already attended the launch and open house for UC Path at UCR - they did photo ops on it- but it will not launch until Jan 2015?

more May 2014
UC Path

Brostrom also mentioned that UC Path will not launch until Jan 2015-it was supposed to launch July 2013- there was a 6% contingency for cost overrun on the project... Regent Zettel did photo op in front of a building with employees for UC Path launch... but it hasn't launched yet?

in April 2013 there was this:
(that UCOP's Peter Taylor told UC Regents meeting he is fine with being behind schedule- and, of course, if he is okay with it coming in late and maybe over budget-well, that's all that matters right? (Update: here is the video of Taylor on UC Path at UC Regents meeting here "as long as it is done right"...) and here is discussion of it from Jan WSJ on the latest:

University of California Selects Infor Enwisen HR Service Delivery to Support UCPath Center Project

and in March 2014 still wondering what's up:
LAT: UC financial chief leaving to head up educational foundation

(did he ever make that UC PATH presentation -on how its goin'- to the UC Regents? in closed session?)

wished for Taylor to talk about UC Path in his exit interview w/ the Daily Bruin, too.
In today's articles there's this at CHE Dirks on "What Ivory Tower Gets Wrong" -Is his view that admin bloat is merely a result of more regulation?
One way to put it: dark matter growing under Berkeley Lab management - LZ...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UC Accountability Annual Report 2014 Released

can be: viewed here
Daily Cal with highlights includes:
The report revealed that students at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara had the highest satisfaction with their overall academic experience in 2012. Students at UC San Diego and UC Irvine are the least satisfied, according to a systemwide survey.


The number of international students has increased substantially in recent years, part of the university’s strategy to make up for decreased state funding. At UC Berkeley, international students comprised about 6 percent of the student population in 2009. The proportion increased to about 11 percent in 2012 and more than 16 percent in 2013. The fraction of out-of-state students also increased in this period.

UC Berkeley students also had the lowest average student loan debt of all the 2011-12 UC graduates, at $18,377, although the systemwide average of $20,205 was still lower compared to the national average of $25,704 at public four-year universities. The percentage of students who are graduating with debt, however, has steadily increased over the past five years.
and UCLA Fac Blog highlights faculty hiring trends here

That Lincoln Project Thing Birgeneau Is Working On...

what's up with that?
When do they publish their report etc.
It was a three year project, right? It launched in Jan 2013 so...

Anyway, Birgeneau's co-project chair on it --also comes up in this blog post by University Diaries
Course clustering, yes. Rich Rodriguez, yes. Pretend independent studies, yes.
-it includes a new U Mich revelation(s) - UPDATE: here is more background from Detroit Free Press and then this latest development over open records and their regents that happened just last week

(Kay Bailey Hutchison and Bill Powers on that project, too. Wonder if the latest UT events will be covered in it? see: "Cigarroa relents Powers to keep job until 2015")
Remaking the University- What Can We Do Now That Adjunct Sections are Written Into Universities’ Fiscal Survival Strategy?
UCLA Faculty Association post - Going into reverse - on CSU backing off online

Monday, July 21, 2014

royalties and merits -or new communities of ... everything

see: Salon: “All of my colleagues — composers and arrangers — are seeing huge cuts in their earnings,” says Paul Chihara, a veteran composer who until recently headed UCLA’s film-music program. “In effect, we’re not getting royalties. It’s almost amusing some of the royalty checks I get.”
and Daily Cal w/ several:
In Search of Greener Fields: Budget Cuts To Campus Grounds Operation Prompt Understaffing

-a glade should be a glade
and this op ed seems to be more about the kind sentiment of 'pay the folks who directly interact with us more' instead of a more comprehensive piece that directly reviews the numbers and the trends in admin compensation or admin bloat in certain areas.
and on hiring to cover/wish/excuse away the title ix scandals:
woe unto the person who takes this on for : "The position pays between $52,500 and $80,300" - it reads like 'no power and all the heartburn/ache'

“There is a huge burnout risk for advocates, and if the advocate is unavailable for any reason, a backup advocate needs to be in place,”
is this going to be seen as reverse (daresay that term anti-Am...) discrimination?:
UC Officials Reviewing Policy Preventing Discrimination Against Researchers

Update I: One more thing to note about the UC Regents UC Path presentation -- the brief mention by the project managers of the uphill effort to hire many subject matter experts in the UC Riverside vicinity- which they described as a challenge- just want to point out here that that issue was raised upon the announcement of the location UCR --but they are just now bringing it to UC Regents attention at their meeting.

Update II: another post on UC Path here: University of California’s $220 million payroll project reboot

the hints of power plays in that UC Path Presentation...
The "boutique transactions" mentioned at UC Regents' UC Path presentation -the 'stuff' UC Path wants to rein in...maybe boring, but maybe - in it - some of the reasons many in the acad lost, relinquished, dealt away, gave away their powers? did the individual deals w/ the deans create boutique transactions ----and buy faculty silence, apathy on other fronts?

UC Path - where P= Payroll, A= Academic Personnel, T= Timekeeping, H= Human Resources

could there be a good reason why Berkeley doesn't launch until 2017 on UC Path?

if there was silence -- what was the price of it?

it was hinted at - but was there campus obfuscation, resistance to UC Path project implementation? Did certain campuses (or parts of campuses) tell UCOP to sit and spin on UC Path while $100+ mil went out in stipends, overtime, bonuses under the banner of UC Path work?

what was with that 'the campuses said there was never agreement first for the campuses to sign off on' excuse?

remember a wish for a community of scholars to help get out of the mire? - (having to think about this stuff must be a research buzzkill for many faculty - where they would rather think about their research not higher education admin.)

- looks like that community is going to include all sorts.
UCSB has a role/cameo in Underwater Dreams
more here and here

Speedy Health

an additional section of the UC Regents meeting included on UC Med, benefits at the 01:25:00 mark and on the recent audit of the student health centers
there's also : Faster Doctors post here on recent CA legislation on shortening the time to med degree.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

fuller picture -comp round up

Daily Cal: UC Regents Approve Pay Increase For University Executives

Sac Bee had this on it: Top UC Coaches Earn Twice As Much Money As Top UC Brain Surgeons

Also the UC meeting docs posted on it: here starting at the bottom of page 1 compensation committee actions
And here's: the list of links to approved actions from the July 2014 UC Regents meeting

View: video of the UC Regents Compensation Committee Chair Keiffer and how he characterized the compensation actions at the 01:14:00 mark here
Goes something like this:
I want to cover some important facts about the senior management group salary adjustments. These are the direct reports to the president and equivalents. They have not had an increase for a number of years, in fact its seven years that there has been a system-wide salary increase for these folks and during the same seven year period wages in the marketplace grew on an average of 18.7%. We saw our chancellor pay drop to the bottom third relative to our competitor institutions in the Association of American Universities over this time so it is high time that we made some minimal effort in this area. My own view is that this is certainly not enough but it is an appropriate adjustment under the circumstances. The recommendations here are consistent with the 3% program rolled out for non represented staff and amount to an expenditure slightly under $312,000 for the total of 21 individuals on the list.

Then, after Keiffer comments, Regent Reiss discusses current circumstances where, due to recent hirings, there now exists serious pay inequities that higher seniority chancellors are experiencing and she makes a veiled mention of something Napolitano is working on to fix that issue.

They then vote to approve the 21 compensation increases.

UC Regents then voted approval to pay the Agriculture and Natural Resources new VP $297,052, base plus extras.

and to pay the UC Regent Secretary $250,000 annual base salary, plus extras.

--Several of the 21 employees have not been at UCOP for even close to seven years yet. Many of them are new or relatively recent hires after 2007.
If you go to Sac Bee you can also look at bar graph chart format to see if Regent Keiffer's comments capture things fully...(Note the green bar in the Sac Bee charts for bonuses, stipends, etc.
Also, new hires first year compensation might list higher than base pay due to moving allowances, other incentives in hiring packages etc.)

Nicholas Dirks he started in mid summer last June, remember, so his pay in 2013 listed as $248,000.

and comp committee sheet lists $486,800 base annual salary, which becomes $501,404 with the 3% merit increase.
Linda Katehi

and comp committee sheet lists for 2013: $400,000 + 3.00% = $412,000
UC Pay Global lists:
2012 DAVIS KATEHI-TSEREGOU , LINDA CHANCELLOR $399,999.96 $0.00 $8,916.00 $408,915.96
2011 DAVIS KATEHI-TSEREGOU , LINDA CHANCELLOR $399,999.96 $0.00 $8,916.00 $408,915.96
2010 DAVIS KATEHI-TSEREGOU , LINDA CHANCELLOR$399,999.96 $0.00 $-17,750.64 $382,249.32
2009 DAVIS KATEHI-TSEREGOU , LINDA CHANCELLOR 150,793.32 $0.00 $89,734.90 $240,528.22
Ann Madden Rice Chief Executive Officer -UCD Medical Center
$800,000 + 3.00% = $824,000
Sac Bee lists
2007 - $632,000
2008 - $666,000
2009 - $584,000
2010 - $888,000
2011 - $798,000
2012 - $1,300,000
2013 - $968,000

new appointment:Gillman, Howard Interim Chancellor UC Irvine
$356,380 + 3.00% =$367,071

Belmont*, Terry Chief Executive Officer Medical Center UC Irvine
$690,000 + 3.00% = $710,700
Sac Bee lists
2009- $537,000
2010- $744,000
2011- $775,000
2012- $791,000
2013- $822,000

Block, Gene Chancellor
Chancellor UCLA
$416,000 + 3.00% = $428,480
Sac Bee lists
2007 - $208,000
2008 - $425,000
2009 - $416,000
2010 - $416,000
2011 - $425,000
2012 - $425,000
2013 - $425,000

Feinberg*, David
Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences/CEO Hospital System
$900,012 + 3.00% = $927,009
Sac Bee lists:
2007 - $460,000
2008 - $577,000
2009 - $740,000
2010 - $988,000
2011 - $1,390,000
2012 - $1,420,000
2013 - $1,350,000

Leland, Dorothy
Chancellor UC Merced
$310,000 + 3.00% = $319,300
Sac Bee lists:
2011 - $179,000
2012 - $338,000
2013 - $338,000


Brostrom, Nathan
Interim Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Business Operations
$400,000 + 3.00% = $412,000
2010 - $344,000
2011 - $375,000
2012 - $375,000
2013 - $375,000


Dooley, Daniel M. UCOP Senior Vice President - External Relations
$370,000 + 3.00% = $381,100

Sac Bee lists:
2013 - $379,000

the other UC pay global lists this:
2012 UCOP DOOLEY , DANIEL SVP DESIGNATE $370,000.08 $0.00 $8,916.00 $378,916.08
2011 UCOP DOOLEY , DANIEL V. PRES-AGRI AND NAT RES. $231,250.13 $0.00 $5,572.50 $236,822.63
2011 DANR DOOLEY , DANIEL V. PRES-AGRI AND NAT RES. $138,750.12 $0.00 $3,343.50 $142,093.62
2010 DANR DOOLEY , DANIEL V. PRES-AGRI AND NAT RES. $370,000.32 $0.00 $-15,750.56 $354,249.76
2009 UCOP DOOLEY , DANIEL V. PRES-AGRI AND NAT RES. $357,500.28 $0.00 $6,395.61 $363,895.89
2008 UCOP DOOLEY , DANIEL V. PRES-AGRI AND NAT RES. $320,000.16 $0.00 $23,786.28 $343,786.44

Dorr, Aimee Provost and Executive Vice President - UCOP Academic Affairs
$350,000 + 3.00% = $360,500

Sac Bee lists
2012 - $177,000
2013 - $350,000


Robinson Charles F.
UCOP General Counsel and Vice President - Legal Affairs
$416,000 + 3.00% = $428,480

Sac Bee lists
2007 - $413,000
2008 - $425,000
2009 - $416,000
2010 - $416,000
2011 - $425,000
2012 - $425,000
2013 - $425,000

Stobo* John
UCOP Senior Vice President -Health Sciences and Services
$580,000 + 3.00% = $597,400

Sac Bee lists:
2008 - $152,000
2009 - $706,000
2010 - $757,000
2011 - $719,000
2012 - $719,000
2013 - $705,000
Vacca, Sheryl
UCOP Senior Vice President -Chief Compliance and Audit Officer
$405,000 + 3.00% = $417,150

Sac Bee lists:
2007 - $93,700
2008 - $428,000
2009 - $405,000
2010 - $405,000
2011 - $414,000
2012 - $414,000
2013 - $414,000

Wilcox, Kim
Chancellor UC Riverside
$354,000 + 3.00% = $364,620

he is new so Sac Bee lists:
2013: $104,000

Yang, Henry
Chancellor UCSB
$315,000 + 3.00% = $324,450

Sac Bee lists:
2007 - $324,000
2008 - $324,000
2009 - $315,000
2010 - $315,000
2011 - $324,000
2012 - $324,000
2013 - $324,000
Blumenthal, George
Chancellor UCSC
$310,000 + 3.00% = $319,300
Sac Bee lists:
2007 - $282,000
2008 - $319,000
2009 - $310,000
2010 - $310,000
2011 - $318,000
2012 - $319,000
2013 - $319,000

Khosla, Pradeep
Chancellor UCSD
$411,084 + 3.00% = $423,417

Sac Bee lists:
2012 - $201,000
2013 - $446,000

Viviano*, Paul
UCSD Associate Vice Chancellor -Health Systems/Chief Executive Officer
$720,000 + 3.00% = $741,600

Sac Bee lists:
2012 - $431,000
2013 - $831,000

Hawgood, Sam
new UCSF Chancellor
$463,500 + 3.00% = $477,405

Sac Bee lists:
2007 - $419,000
2008 - $537,000
2009 - $573,000
2010 - $618,000
2011 - $645,000
2012 - $645,000
2013 - $651,000

and: LA Times:
Under the regents' new arrangement for Hawgood, $500,000 of his base salary will come from state funds and $250,000 from a newly endowed faculty chair to be financed by donations to the campus foundation.

Laret*, Mark
UCSF Chief Executive Officer, Medical Center
$935,000 + 3.00% = $963,050

Sac Bee lists:
2007 - $593,000
2008 - $703,000
2009 - $740,000
2010 - $876,000
2011 - $1,170,000
2012 - $1,380,000
2013 - $1,450,000
Also see: LA Times: Regents Name New UC San Francisco Leader, Approve Chancellor Pay Raises -includes: On top of that, chancellors receive housing or housing allowances. Medical center leaders are eligible for bonuses based on financial performance and health statistics at hospitals.

UC system President Janet Napolitano described the raises as "minimal" and fair, given the long stretch of frozen salaries and the higher compensation that she said other top-ranked research universities offer.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who is a regent, did not attend Thursday's meeting. In the past he has criticized pay raises for UC and Cal State executives. His office said the governor was not available to comment about the regents' action.

--The Lt. Governor Newsom and Assembly Speaker Atkins also are ex officio UC regents and it did not appear, via video vantage point, that they attended the open sessions of the UC Regents meeting or the compensation committee meetings.
CA Ed Sec Torlakson did attend the compensation portion of the meeting on Thursday- where he briefly made comments solely regarding Title IX.
Toward the closing of the UC Regents meeting on Thursday- see 02:25:00- UC Regent Chair Varner made several comments about a WSJ article he and his wife recently read and noted that UC Pres Napolitano was in it- and that it featured many beltway and biz 'very prominent ladies of the United States- ladies who wear a certain kind of jacket' - he was referring to: this WSJ article which describes the $900+ jackets in full detail there.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Black Swan, False Dawn--or Jagdeep and 17%?

the 'false dawn' term was used by Yellen on non UC biz around the same time (and that term captures really well the apprehensions across the board and showing up at UC Regents discussions) -- so decided to throw it in for the rhyme...

the Black Swan term and Jadeep (the new CI(nvestment)O) and 17% (dreams of that level of ROI) came up in the discussion of UC pension at the end of UC Regents wednesday morning meeting

the video for the Wed morning UC Regents meeting is available here:

here are some key markers to toggle to:
00:59:10 Napolitano comments,opening speech
--Faculty Rep Jacobs follows. It was his last meeting and he gave a speech on what he views as critical issues and how he thinks they should be addressed.

01:40:00 the Committee on the Future now mashed up into the Committee on Long Range Planning headed up by Regent Gould-- he highlighted this meeting is the first time in 1+ years

The presentation covered many major UC initiatives that will have long lasting impact and costs- it is a good primer on UC admin, ops and biz --if you are not sure what these things are and how they affect other student applications and acceptance, funding for classes, programs etc.

01:53:19 Working Smarter Initiative

01:55:10 UC Care

01:58:10 Fiat Lux Risk and Insurance Co.

02:00:30 Non Resident Student Enrollment numbers and projections are discussed at length in Q & A

02:07:00 UC Retirement and lack of 'contribution from state' policies as compared to CSU (but CSU does not have the same constitutional autonomy that UC enjoys, so...)

02:12:00 UC staffing levels discussed, questions around reductions of core funds, faculty reductions, core fund spending for educational mission.

02:14:00 Faculty Rep Jacobs- says the 'Governor is prone to think this is good news' and that UCOP has to explain to him that it is not good news and why.

02:16:50 Faculty Rep Jacobs -Working Smarter in many ways just reducing increase in expenses and that is not the same thing as increasing revenue.

02:40:00 P200 Strategic Sourcing Initiative - fixing 'sub optimal procurement practices' (again)

02:57:00 Begins the section on the UC Path presentation
(the only other presentation to regents on UC Path occurred in January 2012- but the budget for it is in the hundreds of millions)

03:25:30 ends the formal presentation on UC Path
discussion of possibility of offsetting costs for UC Path by cutting staff #s at campuses comes up in that section too,

also see: Remaking the University on UC Path: The sadder example of ongoing debt is the request for "external financing for the UCPath project." UC Path was UCOP's flagship solution to UC inefficiencies that were allegedly wasting taxpayers' money--in other words, new enterprise software for the systemwide consolidation of payroll and human resources functions. This is boring, important back office stuff, hardly good material for a political campaign to show the state "UC means business," but that's what it became. Rather than funding each campus's decades-old effort to upgrade its systems on its own, UCOP sought centralization, which predictably introduced new levels of cost, complexity, and inefficiency, since centralization is often not actually efficient.

I had heard nothing good about UC Path from people trying to implement it on campuses, and have tried to ignore it, but this week it has resurfaced as a problem at the Regental level. The project timeline has grown from 48 to 72 months, and its costs are said to be $220 million (it had spent $131 million by May 2014) . Worse, the repayment schedule has mushroomed from seven to twenty years. Annual payments are to be something like $25 million. Campuses are to be taxed to pay for 2015-era systems until 2035, which is like taking out a twenty year mortgage to pay for your refrigerator, except that your fridge will be working better in 2035 than next year's PeopleSoft product. Since the concurrent budget document notes efficiency savings of $30 million per year, UCOP may be spending $220 million to save a net $5 million per year over a couple of decades--and going into debt to do it. In the end, an efficiency measure has turned into a literal liability.

Want to point out here also -the first disturbing point in that UC Path presentation was the very murky way they described the software vendor as being the original project management?!- another disturbing point in the UC Path project presentation occurred when the heads of the project (they continually reminded everyone -they inherited the project) said the problem with the project were because "initially the project was approached as a software implementation project rather than fundamentally as a business transformation project"-- to hear that explanation while remembering how the 'project sponsors' former CFO Peter Taylor and VP Brostrom described the project from the beginning and their goals with it- e.g. how Taylor had monthly concerns about generating accurate payroll etc.- how could anyone on the project think that it would be just a software implementation (even non-experts know that software implementations are never just software implementations). Vice Chair Ruiz wanted to get into the reasons during the Q and A but...

The end of the UC Path discussion leads into pension discussion where concerns musings about Black swan events are assuaged, interjected... and Jadeep and 17% come up - Regent M wants caution (also see 02:37:00) and a full overview by CIO Jadeep before major moves on STIP --and Regent Wachter commented on wishing for almost-regent-now-advisor Crane as they discussed it...

Remaking the University takes this up too: Then there's the pension. UC employee contributions have now risen to 8 percent of salary, and UC's employer share is going to 14 percent of payroll. UC asked for the state to fund just next year's new increment on the employer contribution to the pension. This would be $64 million to cover the increase from 12 percent to 14 percent in 2014-15. The state rejected even this fractional contribution.

The state's point may be that the pension is UC's problem because the UC Regents created it, with their two-decade pension "holiday" in which neither employer nor employee made contributions. But it's not like the state wants to force accountability by naming names and cleaning house: Gov. Brown recently reappointed several long-term regents who among other things were directly involved in this ongoing lack of basic fiduciary responsibility. I assume that the pension liability helps Sacramento keep the financial dunce cap on UC's head, forcing humility in its budget demands.

A major result of the university's political weakness and the resulting austerity is more institutional borrowing. A normal sign of an improving economy is that institutions start paying down the debt they accumulated to get through a downturn. That isn't happening here. UC needs to borrow to make its contribution to fully funding the UC Retirement Program (UCRP) by 2042. It has been borrowing from its Short Term Interest Pool (STIP) for several years, and now wants to borrow another $700 million next year to make all of last year's (2013-14) planned payment. Without getting into the weeds of this issue, I'd summarize UCOP as saying it still can't afford to return the pension, by 2042, to 95 percent of the level at which all liabilities are covered, without continuing to borrow. (Two weeds: UCOP is saying it can't afford "modified ARC" for that year on its own; and although the document claims faculty Senate endorsement, this plan appears to be less than the Senate's call for 100 percent liability coverage by 2042). The pension is set to be significantly underfunded for most of the next thirty years. It will be a permanent political target and a burden UCOP will set against operating funds, with the likelihood of future liabilities incurred to pay down the pension liability.

The video for the afternoon section of the UC Regents Wednesday meeting here

01:14:00 Compliance and Audit committee
They highlighted that due to budget constraints they mostly do controls work over advisory services

01:27:29 the Education Policy Committee met on the sole topic of Title IX Task Force overview
student survivors participated
some title ix coordinators etc
they highlighted they want budget approvals
listed off calendar activities
Also discussion of UC advocacy in Sacramento came up at various points and Chair Varner said that the regents have decided they will now only support a biennial (every other year) effort rather than annual. Student govt officials said they wanted it to remain annual.
and some of the audio - if you only want to listen and not see the sometimes blurry slides (someone doing the video for UC needs to focus better on the slides) you can listen here. and for the afternoon section audio you can listen here.

and meeting video for the second day Thursday of UC Regents meeting can be viewed here

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Several members of the UC Board of Regents were supposed to discuss the matter today during an audit and compliance committee meeting in San Francisco, but after questions Tuesday from Inside Higher Ed, Streitz said the issue had been mistakenly put on the regents’ agenda and was going to be pulled."

see: UC Weighs Bias Against Non-U.S. Researchers - lots of background materials there- but w/ a somewhat incomplete explanation of the relationship of the labs to UC.

btw It seems not an accident that UC Regent agenda items appear than disappear. That 'mistakenly' excuse sounds lame. Why not discuss it?
Also see the concerns of UCB students on UC SHIP here: Students grapple with the 2014 SHIP waiver due Tuesday

University health services for students came up in public comment at yesterday morning's UC Regents meeting when a speaker claimed to be former UCB legal staff and began making some concerning comments about HIPPA and FERPA policy and his concerns regarding handling of student records- go to the archive video here at the mark 00:41:10 his comments were cut off but what he did manage to say was concerning. The student clinics also came up today in a presentation by VP Stobo and by Regent De La Pena.
You can watch video archive of today's UC Regents meeting here - toggle to the 00:37:45 mark

and video archive of yesterday's meeting can be found here

UC Regents Meeting July 17

view: agenda items and ways to view listen here
they are supposed to begin promptly at 8:20am PST, we'll see.
and there's:
LA Times includes details on UC buildings maintenance outlook: Less money for state-funded maintenance after property taxes lag
Changing Universities Employment for College Grads after the Recovery

Remaking the University Why are Faculty Complicit in Creating a Disposable Workforce?

Minding the Workplace “Reinventing” higher education: The troubling standard-brand approach

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UC Regents Meet July 16

view: agenda items and ways to view listen here

not a great day to claim tech difficulties - but they did live streaming...

The Morning Session and Afternoon Session Video Archive of today's meeting is now available here

Napolitano, in her opening remarks in the morning session, made brief reference to a new program where $50 million in new endowed chairs (like the Hewlett chairs at UCB?) would be created system-wide and some of the funding would go toward grad funding and faculty salaries in later stages of funding. See more on it at Daily Cal here

Later in the morning session they discussed UC PATH and - well, the claim that the project was not rolled out properly... and that maybe it is the fault of the campuses, maybe it is the fault of the UCOP or maybe it is the fault of UCOP from 10 years ago, maybe it is the fault of a badly designed and rolled out project- oh no wait- maybe ...anyway, Regent M asks some good questions about it. They should just call it
'UC PATH Hot Mess' --how much $$$$ has gone out already? They didn't want to get into that too much and instead mostly geared discussion toward future funding for it in the hundreds of millions of $$.

They get into STIP and TRIP too in the morning session.

The afternoon section video you have to toggle to the 01:14:00 to see the Compliance and Audit meeting

and then toggle to the 01:27:29 for the start of the Education Policy Committee meeting which rushed through a not terribly informative list of various activities. - but there were some good panelists toward the end and some good questions from an alumni regent and again Regent M and Regent Lozano made some very good points about needing the discussions and presentations to be more substantive, less about aactivities calendar lists and more about minding the gaps, identifying the gaps and why they keep happening - it needed to be said because the task force looks like it is flailing to find its direction.

It was rushed and rattled off presentation and thrown into a less well attended section of the UC Regents meeting which as not a great way to handle this hot potato agenda item.
abc local covers here: UC Board of Regents Discuss Sexual Assault On College Campuses

In both the morning and afternoon sections..state politics and UC comes up quite a bit- the Sacto slam all over the place in the comments by UC panelists persisted during each presentation.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

UC Regents Respond to UCSA, more

see:UC Regents plan to confirm pro-Israel UCLA student -Regents say Oved did not violate election code

There is a copy of the UC Regents letter to the UCSA toward the bottom of that story. UC Regents cite the Daily Bruin and Daily Cal articles on the reasoning.
an award UC San Diego Awards Emeriti Professorship to Veteran Scripps Climate Researcher
The award is named for Edward A. Dickson, who was a Regent of the University of California (UC) for 43 years, from 1913 to 1956, the year he died. This is the longest tenure of any regent in the history of UC. In 1955, Dickson presented the university with an endowment to support and maintain special annual professorships to be awarded to retired UC faculty members. Now each UC campus chooses one emeritus professor each year as a Dickson Emeriti Professor and makes an award of $10,000 to her or him.

--but 43 years?!
Here's info again -on next week's UC Regents meeting --including links to background materials that are added up to the start of the UC Regents meeting.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

UCLA Whistleblower Testifies To Congress

see: Dr. Head's testimony HERE in this video from c-span. His comments begin at the 25:00 mark. Importantly: there is a section of the video toward the very end at the 02:29:00 mark where Rep. Jolly asks specifically about UCLA and the UCLA-VA connections and about that UCLA -VA "party".

also see this article from POGO: VA Whistleblowers Recount Retaliation for Voicing Concerns A similarly disheartening tale of whistleblower retaliation came from Dr. Christian Head, M.D., who works at the Greater Los Angeles VA. After testifying about co-workers falsifying time sheets, he says he was publicly ridiculed by his peers and labeled “a rat,” lost two weeks’ pay, and was transferred within the system. The VA Inspector General found that... -read the full article there. You might also: remember his name from these events at UCLA. Washington Post details it out more here: VA employees testify about retaliation against whistleblowers Among the other witnesses at the hearing was Christian Head, a physician and quality-assurance official for the VA’s Los Angeles health system, who said one of his bosses used an embarrassing slideshow presentation to punish him for aiding an investigation of her alleged time-card abuses. He said the supervisor is still serving in the same capacity for the VA, even though an inspector general recommended that she be removed. Head held up a copy of one slide that his supervisor showed at the event. It contained a picture of him on his phone, and it said: “If all else fails, he reports you to the inspector general at the VA.” “In front of 300 individuals, I was labeled a rat,” the physician said. “I was labeled the person who ratted out this person.” Head said another slide was “so heinous that I can’t even show or discuss it today.” According to a lawsuit published by a local ABC affiliate, the image showed Head’s face superimposed on a... - just read the details there. __ Some background on how UCLA and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare system interact here -and for more examples of it see examples here and here and here and here.

UCSF Chancellor Pick Announced, Wilton Slams 'Ivory Tower' Documentary, more

SF Business Times: University of California Picks UCSF Chancellor

AVC Wilton on Ivory Tower documentary Viewpoints: Slamming college costs is easy, but it’s unfair

includes: It is simply not feasible to achieve financial equilibrium by acting on the cost side alone – not without a massive decline in quality and student services. This doesn’t mean building “climbing walls” as the film suggests, but investing in basic student needs – career advice, course selection, mental and physical health. We are adapting, but there’s a limit on our capacity when an estimated 70 percent of our revenue opportunities are constrained by decision-makers who aren’t directly associated with Berkeley.

Affordable, high-quality public higher education affects everyone. It creates businesses and jobs, and strengthens our workforce. It’s our nation’s most successful engine of social mobility – more important than ever in today’s environment of increasing income disparities. The UC system is a tremendous accomplishment that other states and countries envy and try to emulate. We are in this together, and time is not on our side. We should all take up this cause now, before it is too late.

and a further update on a then UCSD student-now UCSD alum's harrowing experience detailed at HuffPo.

College Athletes and Academics, and some Title IX Questions

you can watch it here via C-Span: College Athletes and Academics
video description:NCAA President Mark Emmert, two former college football players, and author and historian Taylor Branch testified on college athletes and academics. The hearing was held in response to criticisms that some college athletes were not getting an education that would lead to a career outside of professional sports, and that college athletic departments were unfairly exploiting athletes.

Senator McCaskill has said that she will ask Emmert about some Title IX and NCAA issues: National Survey Finds Many Colleges Still Failing Investigating Sexual Assault and, University Diaries offers an alternative video description of the above: here. Emmert bio here- reading his time at LSU...

Monday, July 7, 2014

UCSD and UC Highlighted In Federal Funding Comparison with University of Phoenix

video description:
The post-World War II GI Bill helped veterans live the American Dream. But a new GI Bill designed to help those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is coming under fire.

The Center for Investigative Reporting found more than $600 million dollars in GI bill money had gone to hundreds of for-profit schools in California with low graduation rates and high rates of student loan default.

see esp. at the 3:33 mark here on UC

also see the accompanying story here: GI Bill funds flow to for-profit colleges that fail state aid standards - it includes an important infographic/chart on UC.

Aim to limit... and that term 'allegiance'

Investors' paths diverge on fossil fuels
Public funds choose engagement, while some endowments divest

One major university that in the next few months could make a divestment decision regarding its $7.8 billion endowment is the University of California system, Oakland.

Board of Regents Chairman Bruce Varner in May announced a task force would be formed to study the issue. Mr. Varner said task force members would meet with the university's new chief investment officer, Jagdeep Singh Bachher, and the university's investment committee.

“We'll have some definitive recommendations or comebacks for our meeting in September,” Mr. Varner said in an audio tape of the meeting on the university website.

Daily Cal: UC Aims To Limit $10 Billion Unfunded Pension Liability
In a statement released Tuesday, Nathan Brostrom, the university’s executive vice president for business operations, detailed the university’s attempts to fund the pension system. This currently includes the increase in employee and university pension contributions and borrowing from internal and external sources. The university’s pension plan, which has about $50 billion in assets, currently has a $10 billion unfunded liability.

The statement was published in response to a recently issued special comment from Moody’s Investors Service, a credit rating agency, detailing the growing pension burden of public universities in the United States. Moody’s downgraded the university’s credit rating in March by one level to Aa2, the third-highest possible credit rating.

“The downgrade is reflective of Moody’s negative outlook for universities across the country,” said UC spokesperson Brooke Converse in an email. “For UC, it is a slight downgrade that reflects the challenging fiscal environment of the past five or six years.”

Daily Cal OpEd: Oved Should Still Be Confirmed
Despite the controversy surrounding the appointment of student regent-designate nominee Avi Oved, we believe that the UC Board of Regents should still confirm him in July. But the occasion of his confirmation has shed a light on the failings of the UC student government elections process.

The Daily Californian published some information linking Oved’s campaign to funding from Adam Milstein, co-founder of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, in return for ensuring that “UCLA would maintain its allegiance to Israel and the Jewish community.” In response, the University of California Student Association Board of Directors held an emergency meeting about Oved to determine whether this funding and connection indicated any kind of conflict of interest for Oved if he were to take office. Both Oved and Milstein have denied any wrongdoing and asserted their belief that this attention has been brought to Oved’s appointment specifically because of his ties to the Jewish community and his support of the Israeli state. His request for our retraction of the published email from himself to Adam Milstein were summarily denied.

-Was the email they received given to them by one of the recipients?
Students and free speech rights nationwide topic here
UC employees and an oath of allegiance -it, in fact has a history at CSU and statewide too
more: here.

Are UC Regents asked to make an oath like this before they become UC Regents? Don't think so.

'UC sovereignty' and questions around allegiance came up in a big way for UC recently in this story, recall:
Controversial Legal Defense Expected for UCI Ex-Professor

and,Immigrants take an oath and use the allegiance term when they gain citizenship, too.

Many have been saying for long time: the student regents positions should be expanded by an additional two slots. Prior news coverage claimed Oved said he wanted to work on that as a major goal- and that he had support for that from several UC Regents already-- so that would really help-- in many ways. A representation of undergraduate, graduate, professional students and also a mix of genders would then be on the UC Regent board representing students. (As Title IX issues are discussed going forward in this year especially, one of the other possible issues might be a perceived male-female labeling/spin of UC student regents and that marginalization would be a disservice to the two student regents as well- having more students regents would be a help.)

And yeah, campaign finance reform on student regent positions--and all around, a good thing.
Big issues to tackle for: the upcoming UC Regents meeting.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

UC Berkeley Alumnus Of The Year 2014-- Asked To Resign UT Position

see Dallas News: UT President Bill Powers told to resign or be fired, sources say

and WFAA earlier: Sources: UT President Bill Powers told to resign

University of Texas president named UC Berkeley Alumnus of the Year
and remember that item from the immediate last post? here it is again: University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall Jr. Becomes a Lightning Rod Texas Lawmakers Move to Impeach Board Member Over Push for Documents

pols and higher ed mini roundup

WaPo: Hillary Clinton says her college speaking fees went to the Clinton Foundation
..."So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,”

-cuz higher ed can afford that?

and IHE continues the "$200,000 is believed to be standard"

(for those just coming to this as a new item - HRC received $300,000 for a speech at UCLA, and Bill Clinton received $250,000 for another separate speech at UCLA. There's also the Bill Clinton talk at NYU-Abu Dhabi campus and the possible foundations donations swapping in that and-- 'saving lives'-'taking lives' regarding perilous construction and workers calculus/justifications to consider, too -see: video at this link to understand better. Did he do that speech while she was Sec of State? Dunno, he made the speech May 2014, she resigned in 2013.)
this is an interesting story on public records requests, regents and impeachment, and higher ed in an often touted 'one party run state' like CA: University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall Jr. Becomes a Lightning Rod
Texas Lawmakers Move to Impeach Board Member Over Push for Documents

Napolitano on her old job, still- via Bloomberg: Top officials from both parties say this crazy quilt arrangement not only is a wasted opportunity for constructive criticism and direction but is also counterproductive, draining time and energy.

"I testified some fifty-five times," recalls Janet Napolitano,

Saturday, July 5, 2014

UC Regents Agenda For July 16-17 Meeting

is looking like this:

Wednesday, July 16

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session)
Public Comment Period (20 minutes)
Remarks of the Chairman of the Board
Remarks of the President of the University
Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate
Annual Report of Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA)

9:30 am Board (open session)
S Report: Action Special Committee on Selection of a Student Regent
Note they have only allotted 10 minutes for this item.

9:40 am Committee on Long Range Planning (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 18, 2013
L1 Discussion Update on Long-Term Financial Planning
L22 Discussion P200 Strategic Plan Review
L32 Discussion UC Path Project Update

10:30 am Committee on Finance (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 15, 2014
F1 Action Authorization for External Financing for UCPath Project
F2 Action Authorization to Fund University of California Retirement Plan
Modified Annual Required Contribution with Contribution from Short Term Investment Pool
F3 Discussion Update on the University’s 2014-15 Budget

11:30 am Committee on Compensation (closed session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 14, 2014
C1(X) Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters

11:50 am Committee on Compensation (Regents only session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of March 20, 2014
C2(XX) Discussion Salary Adjustments for Senior Management Group Members
C3(XX) Discussion Extension of the Term Appointment of and Compensation for
Vice President – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Office of the President
C4(XX) Discussion Appointment of and Compensation for
Secretary and Chief of Staff to The Regents

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Committee on Governance (Regents only session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 20, 2014
G1(XX) Consent/ Action
Appointment of Regents-Designate and Faculty Representatives as
Advisory Members to Standing Committees for 2014-15

1:20 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 14, 2014

F4(XX) Action Approval of Ground Lease Terms for Development of the
Center for Novel Therapeutics, San Diego Campus

F5(XX) Action Approval of Ground Lease and Leaseback Business Terms,
Property in San Francisco, San Francisco Campus

F6(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates

REGENTS – Plaintiff’s Opening Appellate Brief Filed –
Taxpayer Injunction Challenging Transport and Display of
Pregnant Sows at State Fair – Davis
Second Circuit Affirms Judgment in Regents’ Favor –
Copyright Infringement – Systemwide
3. BARRAZA v. REGENTS – Upcoming Trial – Personal
Injury – San Diego

2:00 pm Board (Regents only session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 14, 2014

Reports of Committees:
FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance

Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report on Interim and Concurrence Actions
Personnel Matters

2:15 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 14, 2014

A1 Action Approval of Internal Audit Plan 2014-15

A2 Action Approval of Ethics and Compliance Program Plan for 2014-15

A3 Discussion Export Control Program and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Activities Report

2:45 pm Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 14, 2014

GB1 Action/
Approval of New and Updated Sewer System Management

GB2 Action Approval of Preliminary Plans and Working Drawings Budget,
Approval of Project Scope and Approval of Design Following
Action Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act,
Clinical Sciences Building Seismic Retrofit and Renovation
Project, San Francisco Campus

GB3 Action Amendment of the Budget and Scope and Approval of Design
Following Action Pursuant to California Environmental Quality
Act, San Joaquin Apartments, Santa Barbara Campus

Action Amendment of the Budget and Scope, Jacobs Medical Center,
San Diego Campus

Thursday, July 17

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - public comment session)
Public Comment Period (20 minutes)

8:50 am Committee on Compensation (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of March 20, 2014

C2 Action Approval of Salary Adjustments for Senior Management Group
Members as Discussed in Regents Only Session

C3 Action Approval of Extension of the Term Appointment of and
Compensation for Vice President – Agriculture and Natural
Resources, Office of the President as Discussed in Regents Only

C4 Action Approval of Appointment of and Compensation for
Secretary and Chief of Staff to The Regents as Discussed in
Regents Only Session

9:15 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 14, 2014

E1 Discussion Update on the Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual
Violence and Sexual Assault

10:15 am Committee on Health Services (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 15, 2014
H1 Discussion UC Health Update

10:45 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 14, 2014
O1 Discussion Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories and Presentation on
ATHENA Project
O2 Action Resolutions to Exclude Access to Federal Classified Information

11:15 am Committee on Governance (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 23, 2014
G2 Action/Consent Amendment of the Schedule of Reports to The Regents

11:30 am Board (open session)
Roll Call

Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 15 and the Meetings of the Committee of the
Whole of May 14 and 15, 2014

Report of the President


Reports of Committees:
A Report: Action Committee on Compliance and Audit
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
G Report: Action Committee on Governance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
I Report: Action Committee on Investments
O Report: Action Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories

Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Source: UC Regents
Note background materials are added sometimes as links from the links here.

also updated tab above for new Regents Saifuddin and Sherman can't find a source that Sherman was confirmed by CA Senate - but the UC Regents website lists him as though he is, so including that info now. Also Blum, Lozano and Pattiz appear on the UC Regents site as though their second 12 year appointment has been approved and confirmed by CA Senate as well - but can't find any confirming news coverage of that development- but guess they are confirmed UC regents now... (??)

New alumni regents and designates and new staff advisor and designate also updated on the UC Regents site.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Food Fight at UC, and The 4th, more

see NPR: Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

They are remarkably successful at it. Most of the strawberries that we eat trace their ancestry to breeding plots at UC Davis. And because strawberries are a phenomenally valuable crop, these varieties earned the University of California $50 million in royalties from 2004 to 2013. This placed strawberries among the the UC system's top money-earning inventions. That revenue far exceeded the cost ($16 million over those years) of running the strawberry breeding program.

Roughly a third of those royalty payments, $18 million, went directly to the co-inventors of those varieties, the breeders Douglas Shaw and Kirk Larson. Shaw and Larson, in turn, shared some of that money with their co-workers.

Until recent years, no public plant breeder could have imagined earning such sums of money, and it's still mind-boggling for many.

Yet in an e-mail to NPR, Shaw sounded disgusted that he wasn't earning even more. "The University has done a poor job of commercialization and has not collected fair value for its product," he wrote.

Those UC Regent meeting issues still cropping up

Daily Cal: UCSA committee votes to request delay of student regent-designate nominee confirmation

Daily Cal: Funds to UCLA student political party came from outside sources, leaked emails show

Daily Nexus: UCSA To Ask UC Regents to Postpone Student Regent-Designate

UCLA Fac Blog Still More About Regents Being In a Pickle Due to "Balancing" Strategy

on UC compensation annual report referenced in previous post -there is now more roundup on it here
and for 'The 4th' this exchange:

DANIELLE ALLEN: At this point, it’s sort of burned into my heart, I think.

But you have got to make that whole circuit from individual rights to what we do collectively, and that period after pursuit of happiness breaks up the arc of the argument.

JEFFREY BROWN: And so, if it’s a comma, it means that the original idea was to carry through.

DANIELLE ALLEN: That’s right. Absolutely.

And all the manuscripts punctuate with semicolons after each of those clauses, so that it’s clear that it goes all the way through to the end. And that’s also true of the manuscript that was written out by Charles Thomson, secretary for Congress, in the official minute book of Congress, the corrected record, it’s called.

JEFFREY BROWN: To the extent this is an argument for the power of words and the power of understanding of language, you have done this from, as I said, ancient Athens to the study — you come to it from the study of classics, right?

DANIELLE ALLEN: That’s right. That’s right.

JEFFREY BROWN: Philosophy, history.


in full here: Happy 4th!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2013 UC Compensation Data Annual Report

see SJ Mercury: UC Employee Pay Detailed In 2013 Update

They point to: the UCOP database here

Sac Bee has updated their database as well: here.

Dirks: "You know, the tradition at Columbia is that you read Aristotle and then you go to Goldman Sachs," he said. "And the dream at Berkeley is to do social work and then go work for Google or Facebook." --and: Only 60 English Majors at Stanford?

The Atlantic: UC Berkeley's Chancellor on the Career Paths of Elite Collegians

"You know, the tradition at Columbia is that you read Aristotle and then you go to Goldman Sachs," he said. "And the dream at Berkeley is to do social work and then go work for Google or Facebook."


He also noted the decline in English majors at his rival institution:

At Berkeley we often compare ourselves, or at least we look across the bay, at Stanford... and it turns out that this year, there are only 60 English majors at Stanford.

the panel he was on description: There has been a lively debate about the purposes of a higher education and the degree to which it is about acquiring skills for employment, versus meeting personal and societal objectives for fulfillment and civic participation. This panel will explore the issue from the point of view of whether and how the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum contribute to both goals, and how well today's institutions of higher learning are prepared to fulfill the humanities' promise.

Christina Paxson
Nicholas Dirks
David Brooks
Carol Quillen

and here's brief video clips-


they did not post the full talk - but if they do -- will add it below.

Duncan on Higher Ed- he talks about CA Higher Ed and CA teachers (esp. at the 43:00 mark) too.

then see Changing Universities on the presentation here- which adds in the Larry Summers, Lepore-Christensen elements in this post: Arne Duncan, Larry Summers, and the Higher Education Myth

that '60 English majors at Stanford' factoid was a surprise to some...
btw US Senator Harkin mentions his shock to find out recently that US military academies do not fall under Clery or Title IX - it comes up repeatedly in the Title IX video - it's the video at the top of this post available here.
PS and this kind of quiet update: Whistle-blower in University of North Carolina paper class case files lawsuit

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Napolitano with ECS in DC about UC, and rollout of 'Global Food Initiative', more.

Napolitano attended and spoke at the Education Commission of the States Conference. Her panel described as: "Education Policy
State legislators and education leaders talked about the future of education. Brian Busteed gave opening remarks on the state of education. Speakers in the discussion afterward included former Homeland Security Secretary and University of California system president Janet Napolitano and officials from other universities, The panelists focused on the issues facing higher education and how to fix them."

Napolitano starts at the 39:43 mark in this video here

She shares the panel with
Jim Geringer, Western Governors University Co Founder and Former Governor of Wyoming.
William Kirwan, Chancellor University System of Maryland

Geringer makes lots of predictions about online instruction and higher ed.
Napolitano talks about the fact that she served on Western Governors board when she was AG in AZ and then she talks about how some pols made serious mistakes in not soliticing faculty views regarding online instruction and she makes remarks about ownership of curriculum at public universities.
The 'Global Food Initiative' roll out covered by
the PR at UC Berkeley

and at UCOP
for more detail.

and an UPDATE- this story highlights some of the implications of UC research on food and then policy and privatization- see Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

To be absolutely precise, the battle is about strawberry breeding at the University of California, Davis. This is more important than it might sound. More than half of all strawberries in the supermarket trace their ancestry to breeding plots at UC Davis.

The strawberry breeders at UC Davis, who've led that program for decades, are leaving the university to carry on their work at a new private company.

The California Strawberry Commission, which represents farmers, is now suing the university, accusing it of betraying a public trust. The commission wants assurances that UC Davis will keep this public breeding program alive, and not hand it over "to private financial interests."

The UC Davis program actually operates a lot like a private company, patenting new varieties and collecting millions of dollars in royalties from strawberry growers. (I'll have more about that in a later post.)

On the other hand, says Sjulin, private companies often don't provide their varieties to everyone. UC Davis does. Any strawberry grower can buy them and grow them. "There are still a lot of growers in California who really depend on that University of California program continuing as is, and anything that would disrupt that is cause for great concern, as you can imagine," he says.

As the current strawberry breeders at UC Davis prepare to leave, some fear that this program will falter, interrupting the supply of new varieties to strawberry growers.

Cornell and FB and IRB this The Atlantic article.

According to a Cornell University press statement on Monday, the experiment was conducted before an IRB was consulted. Cornell professor Jeffrey Hancock—an author of the study—began working on the results after Facebook had conducted the experiment. Hancock only had access to results, says the release, so “Cornell University’s Institutional Review Board concluded that he was not directly engaged in human research and that no review by the Cornell Human Research Protection Program was required.”

In other words, the experiment had already been run, so its human subjects were beyond protecting. Assuming the researchers did not see users’ confidential data, the results of the experiment could be examined without further endangering any subjects.

Both Cornell and Facebook have been reluctant to provide details about the process beyond their respective prepared statments. One of the study's authors told The Atlantic on Monday that he’s been advised by the university not to speak to reporters.