Saturday, December 27, 2014

How They Saw It - '2014: Year In Review' Compilation

Daily Cal version here

and Remaking the University with Trends We Can Work With: Higher Ed In 2015 -which is a mix of looking at 2014 and looking ahead

(will add others in here if the student newspapers have them.)

You can do your own review of the UC year via the UC student newspapers (although they tend toward coverage on semester and quarter campus time)

UC Davis The Aggie:

UC Irvine:

UC Merced Prodigy:

UCLA Daily Bruin:

UC Riverside Highlander:

UC Santa Barbara Daily Nexus:

UCSC City On A Hill Press:

UC San Diego The Guardian:

UCSF Synapse:

(fyi UCSD Guardian is having issues right now -error message : "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later." so check back)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Tragically Sad-- Talking Points Mix of the Understandably Awkward

It took a while for news groups to confirm it involved a UC student- CBS Local 2nd Death At UC Berkeley Brings Added Concern About Drinking On College Campuses - very sad news.

LA Times UC's enrollment guarantee gives students an education to fall back on

Because many students prefer private schools or California State University campuses over an unsolicited invitation from UC Merced, the guarantee of admission to UC for the highest-performing seniors has little meaning, said William G. Tierney, co-director of USC's Pullias Center for Higher Education. While "a great talking point," it is not valued by many families and does not help ease enrollment pressures facing public higher education, he said.

Supporters, however, note that the guarantee reflects an implicit promise in the state's 1960 Higher Education Master Plan to provide a spot somewhere in the system for the top 12.5% of California high school graduates. They say the referrals are more important than ever since admission now is so selective at the more highly ranked UC campuses such as Berkeley and UCLA, and it can be futile to rely on their waiting lists.

New York Times:
Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Takes Second Chance to Shape Court includes: Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, called Ms. Kruger “a very unconventional choice — she’s never practiced in California. She’s a Washington lawyer. So why didn’t he pick someone from California?”

...A less 'awkward', tangled topic than the one he opined on earlier this month keep in mind these are thoughts from a UC Irvine Dean on a UCB Prof - both members of UC systemwide academic senate
(that now includes a newly minted UCB prof of public policy who runs UCOP and who used to work at...oh, and check out her position on it in this New Yorker piece, it does get complicated...)

see The Nation:
Prosecute John Yoo, Says Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

There's also this 'I don't wanna know' stance covered in a Salon piece- "I don't care what we did" -from a Cal alum.
It might be more understandable and less awkward if it came from someone who never served in that administration- but it did.
and there's OC Register on Paying for UC Pension Miscues

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"What the Humanities Are For--And Why We Should Stop Defending Them", more

YIR -At Cornell.
Description: How can the humanities fields enhance their roles in academia and society? Christopher Newfield, author of Unmaking the Public University, argues that "defending the humanities" binds these fields to the post-war university's declining economic mission. After tracing this decline in part to the theory of "disruptive innovation," he suggests that the humanities already offer important alternative practices of innovation, including their radically non-managerial forms of qualitative interpretation. Professor Newfield encourages humanities practitioners to be more assertive in shaping the post-capitalist societies now in the works.:

and here is the link for the introduction by Tim Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities; Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Cornell University, and more background on the talk etc.
In today's notable links there's UC Care covered in this: Statement of California: UC System Seeks Golden Touch by Introducing PPO

You can also find more on various experiences with UC Care here at Remaking the University.
and Daily Cal goes for it: History of UC Tuition Since 1868

Monday, December 22, 2014

"Competitive Advantage: Stratification, privatization, and vocationalization of higher education"

YIR- see: Competitive Advantage: Stratification, privatization, and vocationalization of higher education
Sheila Slaughter, professor of higher education at the University of Georgia, delivers the 31st Annual Howard R. Bowen Lecture for Claremont Graduate University's School of Educational Studies.
Neo-liberalism and fiscal constraints are increasing the competition for prestige and funding within higher education. The intense focus on STEM and professional fields is creating disparities between these fields and the liberal arts. With these issues in mind, Slaughter discusses the complex processes influencing higher education and examines organizational and social countertrends contesting these changes.

Her talk begins at the 14:25 mark

Here is the link

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"The Hair Ball That Is Berkeley"

Cal as described in talk now available in full (initially only short 1-2 minute video clips were provided when they took place in March of this year)

John Wilton (he mentions "Clay" and "hair ball" at around the 6:00 mark) | Speaking at Globalization of Higher Education Conference

and Dr. Clayton Christensen, "professor at Harvard Business School, addresses the Future of State Universities in Dallas, Texas. The conference was presented by Academic Partnerships and chaired by former governors Jeb Bush (Florida) and Jim Hunt (North Carolina)."

- Kicking off Year In Review (YIR)
Since Jeb Bush makes introductory remarks for the talks above-- note HRC also spoke at the event:

That Other Half

State Senator Block of San Diego wrote in UT San DiegoTuition tussle: Higher costs hurt diversity discusses his SB 15 legislation.

The best thing to be said about the University of California’s recent proposal to hike tuition by a cumulative 28 percent over five years is that it kicked-started a conversation about funding for higher education. If that was the aim of the UC regents and UC President Janet Napolitano, then they performed a service.

But California leaders are united in their fierce opposition to the proposed UC tuition hikes. Between 2004 and 2013, tuition more than doubled at both UC and California State University campuses because students were used as an ATM to fill budget cuts during the economic downturn. Now it’s time for our state universities to find efficiencies, and for the state to provide greater support to ensure more access and greater affordability to California’s students.

Higher tuition costs will push a diploma out of reach for many and limit economic and ethnic diversity. Students who can borrow enough to meet the increased fees will graduate with debt that will take years to repay, postponing buying a house, starting a business, or contributing to the economy in other ways.

The above article also offers 'For the views of the chair of the UC Academic Senate, please go here.' but that isn't exactly a specific rebuttal to Block, other proposed leg, or recent developments. It sounds familiar - the 'UC as orchard speech' from the senate chair's comments at the open of the UC Regents Nov. meeting- so, if you missed that there it is again, including this:

Tuition rates also have grown over the years to make up for a portion of the lost funding, but so, too, has financial aid to offset those increases. Half of UC students pay no tuition at all thanks to the university’s strong financial aid program, and nearly half leave UC without any student debt.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Napolitano: "I think for a long time now we’ve been hiding behind reputation as opposed to what really matters, which is public support."

Gov. Jerry Brown will be announcing a draft budget for 2015 in January. What are you hoping to see?

The governor and I have spoken at length since the Regents’ meeting and the discussions have been not only about money, but really the value of the university and what goes into an education at the university. I think there is a bigger picture here…. What is the priority in California for public higher education?

-she comments on on SCA 1 proposed legislation regarding changes to UC constitutional autonomy
-and she describes the tuition hikes that were voted on and now are policy-- as "contingency"
-and she discusses concerns about changes to the middle class plan for students and more
here at New America Media:
Napolitano: What is the Priority for Public Higher Education in CA?

A New York Times poll found that more Americans feel the American dream is unattainable. Do you see a connection to what is happening in higher education?

The economic recovery has not been experienced equally. Too many people feel stuck. They’re not moving up, and they don’t see their kids moving up. And that’s the American dream.

I think in California we have a separate dream: The California dream. We have the opportunity to be different than the rest of the nation. And I think we pivot that difference off the fact that we have these great universities, and great state schools and great community colleges. But they can’t be great in name only. It takes substance under that. I think for a long time now we’ve been hiding behind reputation as opposed to what really matters, which is public support.

Sac Bee Jerry Brown’s budget: Five things to watch

3. Brown v. Napolitano, Round 2

University of California President Janet Napolitano and the University of California’s governing board voted last month to raise tuition if Brown and lawmakers don't give the university system more money.

The threat was a budget play, and Brown’s response is expected to come in his spending plan.

In previous budget documents, Brown conditioned modest annual funding increases for the UC on the system holding tuition flat. Through the two sides never made a formal pact preventing a tuition increase, Brown officials have accused the UC of breaking a deal.

Brown could offer the UC more money, or threaten to reduce funding if the UC raises tuition. Or he could hold fast to his original plan for a modest funding increase, hoping the UC blinks.

An update on SB 850 includes hopes of making the Master Plan relevant again

also at Sac Bee in Dan Walters column: Community colleges’ good move

One of those occasions was last August, when both legislative houses, without a single dissenting vote, passed Senate Bill 850, which – on a limited, pilot basis – grants some community college districts the authority to offer four-year bachelor’s degree programs.

His fellow legislators heeded Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, who argued that with demand for college-educated workers and applications for slots in the state’s universities outstripping supply, and with university costs soaring, it makes no sense to artificially restrict classes at low-cost community colleges.


Allowing community colleges to offer baccalaureate programs could respond to both problems, even if it breaches the pedagogic demarcation lines of the state’s half-century-old Master Plan for Higher Education.

But that means the plan is out of sync with 21st-century reality and needs a top-to-bottom overhaul. Former Gov. Pat Brown played a leading role in writing the plan, and his son, Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed SB 850, should take the lead in making it relevant again.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What's It Really About?

SF Chron Top Democrats Plan Divest In Coal To Stop Global Warming
From the roster of notables who showed up Monday, it was clear that Steyer’s clout in California is undiminished. Besides de León, those in attendance included Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, University of California President Janet Napolitano, and Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board.

Fighting Darth Vaders
For his part, the 57-year-old Steyer depicted environmentalists as the good guys in a “Star Wars”-like battle for the planet’s health — with oil companies cast as a collection of Darth Vaders who are fully capable of raising gas prices “in order to punish us.”
“I like to think about it as 'Star Wars’ redux,” Steyer said of the climate change battle. “We’ve had this fight before. We will win it again. The Jedi will always return.”

UCLA Fac Blog also notes it as a possible indication of more...

At Cal-- It happens in September - public informed in December?!
And it gets so confusing--who is the client?
Still wondering, as each new dribble comes out on it, did UC students get thrown under the bus for it?:
Regents of the University of California to Pay 500k to Resolve Allegations of False Statements in Obtaining Grant Funding
The Regents of the University of California agreed to pay the United States $499,700 to resolve civil allegations under the False Claims Act that the University of California at Davis submitted false and misleading statements in connection with obtaining grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Dec. 11.

"U.C. Davis has also agreed to take steps to prevent these events from reoccurring by supplementing its current research training program for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctorate students with an hour-long module covering time and effort reporting, reasonableness of costs and other aspects of federal grants for a three-year period beginning in January."

- but the students (grad, post doc, visiting etc.) aren't the ones who sign off on UC grant submissions, right?
Is it meant to stay confusing?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

UPDATED - speedy completion, high speed rail - higher ed, more

CORRECTED link, see: Dean Florez writing this in 'The Governor vs The Board' piece: Rather, this is a question about whether California systems will allow other outside provider's courses to count for credit as well. The cost and quality question center's on whether students should be able to prove their mettle by earning certificates of credit from places like Western Governor's University or other online college competency programs and whether California colleges are willing to recognize and reward a student's more affordable choice.

What the UC regents, legislators and governor should do in this situation is begin the process of explicitly and clearly defining all pathways for free and low-cost transfer options into the UC system, giving students a better way to manage the overall cost of a degree.

Also recall from News Brief - 7/11/05 Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano Joined the Board of Western Governors University - current list of trustees for them here-and President of the UC Regents Gov Brown listed in the 'member states'.
and Wilk on the high speed rail and higher ed : This measure would also require the net proceeds of other bonds later issued and sold under the high-speed rail portion of the bond act to be made available to fund construction of school facilities for K-12 and higher education.

The Atlantic begins coverage on it: CA High Speed Rail - It's Happening

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Student Regent Interview, Commission on the Future, and an awards show outta UCOP

LA Times Interview with the Student Regent - touches on commencement speakers policy and picks (like Bill Maher); tuition and Prop 30; the UC Regents experience; food insecurity experienced by students; her relationship with the Student Regent Designate

on the topic of food insecurity for students: there were some UCOP awards recently handed out - is this a sign of a disconnect between regents, OP and students?
or are these research awards handed out responsive to the needs described in the interview above?
The three year BA talk again -now includes mention of the Commission on the Future dithering.. see LA Times: Professor Floats Idea of Three Year Degree

That's the proposal floated by Johns Hopkins University professor Paul Weinstein in the latest edition of the Progressive Policy Institute. In his paper, Weinstein found that a four-year degree at a public school costs, on average, $35,572 in 2013. A three-year degree at a similar institution would cost $26,679 — a 25% savings.
Gov. Jerry Brown supports the idea of offering more three-year track degrees, and a University of California special panel — the Commission on the Future — suggested that fast-track degrees were worth exploring in 2010, but the UC system has never tried to implement or experiment with a three-year model.

"Colleges and universities are a little like the healthcare industry," Weinstein said. "They're not very transparent and tend to be risk averse. Changing them isn't going to be a grassroots movement among the universities; it's going to take a visionary to implement it from the top down."

btw that ol' Commission on the Future has morphed again and is now called the Committee on Future Planning or some such- still all headed up by Regent Gould.
Skelton on Gov. Brown's Inaugural, State speech:
At that time, presumably, we'll hear Brown's response to University of California President Janet Napolitano and the UC regents who are threatening to substantially raise student tuition again unless the governor and Legislature cough up more state money.
Using music to better understand the human brain, led by Scott Makeig, UC San Diego ($300,000). The UC Music Experience Research Community Initiative brings together UC experts on music listening, performance, neuroscience, brain imaging and data science to understand the transformative potential of music for health and cognition.

along with: $9.7 million more handed out by UCOP...

UC Regents Committee On Investments Meets Today

agenda and ways to view or listen to the afternoon meeting available: at this link

Monday, December 8, 2014

That "$1 Billion in miscellaneous" comes up in the discussion

in this discussion at KPCC SCPR Autonomous no more: Proposed bill would take decision-making control away from University of California system - the audio clip there runs 16 min 22 seconds.

Sen. Ricardo Lara, Democratic California State Senator from Bell Gardens (L.A. County),

Sen. Anthony Cannella, Republican California State Senator from Ceres (Stanislaus County), and UC Davis alumnus

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, superintendent president of Long Beach Community College District and member of the UC Board of Regents
and here: is the proposed legislation: Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 1 or SCA 1 - it looks like it is also co-authored by CA Sen. Anderson (San Diego?)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Count, Look, Get In Line

see HuffPo: Jerry Brown Gets the Final Count and Looks Ahead

In the meantime, his skirmish with the University of California, which wants not just more state money but a tuition hike, continues. The legislature is responding on Brown's side, with the Assembly speaker introducing legislation which would require zero-based budgeting at UC. That should give some bureaucrats a bit of pause.

University of California President Janet Napolitano -- the ex-Arizona governor and US homeland security secretary -- wants to raise tuition despite getting more money from Brown's big Prop 30 victory in 2012. Brown's against that, but the UC Board of Regents -- reliably captured by the bureaucratic status quo as it has been since I first dealt with it decades ago over South Africa divestment -- voted 14 to 7 against Brown. Despite Brown spending more time with the board than any other governor.

Some UC folks like to claim that excellence -- the university, with Brown and my alma mater Berkeley leading the way, is arguably the world's leading public university. But excellence does not always equate to spending. And spending often equates to excess. Consider that the growth in spending on UC faculty and regular staff has kept pace with enrollment grown in recent decades, while the growth in spending on management and senior professionals has skyrocketed.

see LAT Many Want More Money, UC Should Get In Line

A lot of people mistakenly thought Brown's Proposition 30 tax increase would pump substantially more money into education. That wasn't the purpose. The purpose was to spare K-12 schools and community colleges from $5.4 billion in additional cuts, and the universities from an extra $500-million hit.

"This Requires A Review of Governance Processes Between the UC, CSU, and Community Colleges Systems"

from this (again PPIC-ish) white paper -see the governance section: Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s recently released report, “Reforming California Public Higher Education for the 21st Century,”

It includes: Institutional resistance to change is likely. The future of public higher education will no longer be set in faculty committees, as important as those may be to academic excellence, but by what is fast becoming an education marketplace.

Mentioned in this Sac Bee Op Ed: Planning For Mastery Again In California Higher Ed

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Are Some of the UC Regents In This Other Battle with Sacto?

So remember:
ol' Bay Citizen with detail on multiple UC Regents in: State Poised To Sell Trophy Buildings To Unidentified Investors
and also see here:Bad Deal for State Involves a UC Regent and this post with other coverage on it around that same time.

Well, a few days ago- this new development- see in Sac Bee:
Building-Sale Lawsuit Against Jerry Brown Administration Starts This Week

Are some UC Regents in this other battle with the Governor and President of the UC Regents as they frame (the tuition hikes, UC buildings and maintenance responsibilities of Sacto or? UC, and Prop 30 promises and issues) from 'UC Regents' side at the regents table?

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Napolitano agreed that graduate education needs some reform, saying that it’s “not good” when it takes nine years to get a humanities Ph.D."

see IHE: U California President Calls for Greater Efforts Defending Graduate Education

During a lengthy discussion period, John Stevenson, dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said he “couldn’t agree more” that both data and anecdotes supported the case for graduate education. But he said he wondered if such utilitarian arguments were “strangling” or too narrowly defining the “rest of the battle” – that is, framing graduate education as a public good.
Napolitano didn’t answer the question directly, but said the U.S. needs well-educated citizens to “thrive,” and reiterated that the country would “not be innovating” without higher education.

and there's also this:
Mary Ellen Lane, an associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Worcester, said that with all the public scrutiny of graduate education, it was hard to have honest conversations about reform, without risking losing further funding.
“When you have these conversations too loudly, the Tea Party wins,” she said.

and Science Now with The Higher Education of Janet Napolitano (includes a good Q and A section)
and further review of her talks in DC like: Her first stop was the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools, where her message of activism clashed with the association’s traditional low profile on the federal scene. Only a half-dozen of the 600 deans and other university officials in attendance raised their hands when Napolitano asked how many planned to find time during the meeting to meet with congressional leaders and agency officials. “I was shocked,” she told ScienceInsider after her speech. “That’s what I mean by the echo chamber,” she added, noting that talking to like-minded colleagues isn’t going to move the needle.

and she says:
I think that from the mid-19th century to post–World War II, there was an unwritten compact in higher education that the federal government would provide the land and fund the research and that the states would build the buildings and pay for the academic experience for the students. And then if there were any activities left over, the student would pay. But that compact no longer exists. The disinvestment by the state of California in higher ed is striking.

The University of California is a big, deep, resilient place. But we must get additional funding to maintain our excellence and serve our residents, because we want to increase our enrollment by 5000 or more. But as far as specific programs to supplant the decline in state support, I’m not sure that this Congress is ready for it.

Visalia Times Delta gets into detail on highschools, transfers and UC -includes comments from HS counselors and charts/numbers on admissions for the region.

AP again on UC Autonomy leg

and an SF Chron opinion column --UC’s new motto: Take the money and run

Freshman Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, shrewdly sees an opening. Shortly after being sworn into office Monday, the Sacramento Bee reported, she introduced a bill to freeze tuition at UC and CSU while the Proposition 30 temporary tax hikes remain in effect.

That leaves Brown to play the role of adult in the room by steering the Legislature toward the light or using his line-item veto to send the message that when a California governor makes promises to the voters, he keeps them.

“I think (Brown) has the moral high ground,” former Gov. Gray Davis told me. “The promise of Prop. 30 was, 'If taxes are raised, tuition will not be.’” Davis doesn’t like to watch the system treat “students as ATM machines and constantly extracting more money.” While some Sacto insiders think Napolitano has the edge in this fight, Davis noted, “I never think it’s a good idea to bet against Jerry Brown.”

and more.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Birgeneau on Parenting and Tuition Hikes : “We need a return to an ethos where parents say, ‘This is my responsibility,’” he said. And other stuff.

yep, let's start off w/ that quote in Sac Bee: Former Berkeley Chancellor Says Tuition Increase Helps Low Income Students
On cementing in the CA class stratification - see Reclaim UC piece:

On the Democrats' Education Plan, Part 2: Resegregation with many helpful charts, infographs
the AP headline--Lawmakers Want To Ask Voters To Strip UC Autonomy,
Lawmakers want to ask voters to strip University of California autonomy

another less extreme headline and perhaps closer to the goals of the actual legislation: Lawmakers Propose Constitutional Amendment To Strip UC Of Some Autonomy

and SF Chron: UC’s rising tuition sparks bill to end college system’s autonomy

Proposals to wrest all or partial control of UC from the regents “seem to come up any time state legislators seem to think the regents are making poor decisions,” Gilly said. “It’s just the way the wind is blowing, and that’s not the way to run the university. ... The regents are the appropriate body to be making independent decisions, free of political whims.”

The regents have resisted efforts to examine their operations more closely even when required to by law. A 2013 law, for example, gave UC more than a year to tell the public how much it spends to educate undergraduates versus graduates, how much it spends on research, and how much money from each funding source goes to each area. UC currently lumps those expenditures together in an “average cost of instruction.”

In a recent story, The Chronicle revealed that UC has let deadlines come and go, with vague promises of complying at a future date.

and Daily Cal with their coverage on it

and their piece on *another newly created* UCOP position: UC’s 1st special adviser on innovation, entrepreneurship assumes position

and this op ed there "Looking into the UC tuition hike":
Recently in The Daily Californian, former UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau argued that tuition should increase to help low-income students. He worried “frozen tuition means ever-increasing debt for low-income students.”

It’s an interesting contrast — what’s very bad for most students is supposedly good for the lowest-income students. Was it planned that way? We are waiting for Birgeneau to rally the poorest students and occupy some buildings to demand the “unfreezing” of tuition.

Not to be outdone, Associate Chancellor Nils Gilman has echoed the argument about low-income students needing a tuition increase and added another: Rumors of high administration costs and excess executive compensation are untrue “myths."

and also includes this:

"Lumina is well represented by the university, because Yudof has been a compensated Lumina board member for many years. That would appear to be a conflict of interest, at least during the years when he was UC president and initiating dramatic tuition increases."
Sac Bee Editorial Board on California finally getting that conversation:
For instance: Should the state ante up like Napolitano says, and raise support for higher education? What fat can be cut from that UC budget? How about the Cal States? Would a modest financial bump help more of those students finish in four years instead of six or seven?

Or – this just in – should we strip UC of its constitutional autonomy altogether and let state legislators manage it?

Regardless of the answers, the mere asking of these questions is worth applauding. For decades, California has been disinvesting in its renowned public university system, a troubling shift that has called into question the state’s commitment to social mobility.

The 10 UC and 23 California State University campuses, together with California’s community colleges, form one of the world’s great academic and economic engines. Over the years, however, they have become ever less accessible and affordable to students.

More than half of all Cal State students attend part time now, largely because they work two and three jobs to afford the classes; at UC, tuition has tripled during the last 20 years.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"The constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would give the Legislature power to adopt new laws that would set its oversight powers. For instance, lawmakers could give the Legislature the power to veto tuition increases and executive pay raises approved by the Board of Regents."

LA Times: Sen. Lara proposes giving lawmakers some control of UC system

“It behooves us, and ultimately the voters, to revisit the concentrated power and autonomy of the UC Board of Regents which appears to be out of touch with average working-class families,” Lara said in a statement. “At a time when access, affordability and diversity are in question, we should allow the public to have a direct say in how its public university system operates.”

The Legislature would have to muster a two-thirds vote to put the constitutional amendment before voters. The proposed amendment says, in part, “The University of California is hereby continued in existence in the state government, and is subject to legislative control as may be provided by statute.”

The ballot measure also says the Board of Regents would continue to govern the system, but “subjected only to that legislative control as may be necessary to ensure the security of its funds and compliance with the terms of the endowments of the university.”

The constitutional amendment also says UC shall focus its recruitment efforts on California residents.

“To ensure that the University of California is a University for California, I am introducing legislation to keep our state’s world-renowned institution of higher education accountable to California taxpayers,” Lara said.

UT San Diego Legislators ready to pay UC its ransom
After University of California regents voted to boost tuition by as much as 5 percent a year unless they receive more state funding, a few observers described the plan as political “blackmail.” Yet California’s legislative leaders this week expressed their willingness to pay the ransom.

They didn’t even ask for much in return for the extra cash — prompting a favorable response from the architect of the “pay up or else” strategy. University of California President Janet Napolitano called the Senate’s proposal “a promising first step.”

Specifically, Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled SB 15, which would provide $150 million to University of California and California State University in the first year of the plan.

It’s questionable whether this plan will fix that capacity problem. By keeping prices low and offering additional student aid, the Senate proposal could provide even more demand for classes in an already overloaded system. The plan repeals the planned 11-percent cut to Cal Grants and funds 7,500 new grants for older, “nontraditional” students.

The measure would divert funds from the Middle Class Scholarship program (thus imposing higher costs on students who don’t qualify for low-income grants) and would hike tuition by 17 percent for out-of-state students. The bill’s backers say these students would not be harmed because of
SJ Mercury News UC Fee Hike Pushes Legislative Action for Cash Infusion
But for a university system used to a great deal of autonomy, this is not money without strings. State lawmakers have specified where much of it would flow -- and not to UC's pension fund, a major source of its financial strain.

And Atkins this week proposed public hearings to scrutinize UC's budget, line by line, to make sure the university's spending matches its public mission.

When UC says it needs money so badly that it must raise student tuition, Atkins said, the state has to ask, "Have you really prioritized (the budget) in the way we think it should be prioritized?"

Does tuition have to go up? - who is spurring needed debate?

The University of California’s finances and management are about to get the intense dissection they’ve long deserved, prompted by a power play by UC President Janet Napolitano.

Since state revenue sharply dropped a half-dozen years ago, we’ve seen near-annual fights over whether UC should hike tuition. But when Jerry Brown returned as governor in 2011, he brought a new perspective, asking pointed questions about whether UC had truly tried to reduce nonessential spending.

Enter Napolitano. The former Arizona governor and homeland security czar took over as UC president in September 2013. In recent months, she’s made it plain she will be far less deferential than her predecessors. Napolitano persuaded UC regents to tentatively commit to five years of 5 percent annual tuition increases that would cumulatively total 28 percent. Presently, UC students pay about $12,000 a year, not including room, board, instructional materials and other mandatory costs.

But Napolitano made two rookie mistakes. She refused to comply with a 2013 state law that requires UC to offer far more detailed explanations of how it uses its various sources of funding — giving credence to Brown’s doubt about whether the UC system had even tried to find efficiencies. And the UC president appeared to belittle the idea that higher student fees would be onerous for middle-class families, noting that tuition was free for students whose families made less than $80,000.

Pension U - The Real Reason Behind a proposed tuition hike at the University of California

Berkeley Isn't Berkeley

see EastBay Express: Cal Refuses to Pay Berkeley Minimum Wage
The city's largest employer — UC Berkeley — says it's exempt from abiding by the new minimum wage of $10 an hour in Berkeley.

But while the UC system has so far refused to abide by local wage laws, in recent years, the UC Board of Regents has repeatedly approved large pay hikes for the system's top administrators.

and UC employees are kind of 1/3 of CA State employees - and kinda not...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

'And, in this corner'

It might help to pull this out of the Year in Review bin early-Senate Rules Committee with UC Regents confirmation meeting -this highly informative talk on UC major issues from August - public comment also informative--this section of the meeting runs one hour:

Monday, December 1, 2014

'No Confidence In UC Regents, Napolitano' - UC Student Movement Gaining Steam

see Daily Cal:
3 UC Student Governments Consider Bills Expressing No Confidence In Regents, Napolitano

Student government officials from UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Riverside are working to pass bills expressing no confidence in UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Board of Regents after the board’s approval of a controversial tuition increase policy.

The bill was written collaboratively by student government representatives from each of the three campuses, namely the external vice presidents and Kevin Sabo, a UC Berkeley student who currently serves as board chair for the UC Student Association.

The bill demands the regents repeal the tuition policy and calls for the creation of a committee composed of students, faculty, staff, alumni and administration to conduct an investigation of the UC budget.

The bill also raises concerns about the fact that Napolitano announced the plan to student leaders two weeks before formally presenting the plan to the regents. A 2012 assembly bill requires the university to inform the UC Student Association at least 40 days before mandatory fee increases are introduced, though the bill was not formally adopted by the regents.

Although responses to the regents’ actions were originally discussed by the UC Student Association in an effort to establish student leadership for concerned students, Sabo said grassroots movements have begun on many campuses.