Friday, May 30, 2014

Napolitano with more on UCSB, IV Tragedy; and Google, Mexico, Too. Other Late Friday news...

see : Napolitano: UC-Mexico Initiative Will Make California Stronger
What was your initial reaction to the shooting in Santa Barbara?

I was just horrified. In fact I had literally just gotten back from Mexico City, and like most people I was looking forward to a nice, calm three-day weekend. But then you have to go into, ‘What do we need to do?’ We need to make sure the campus has an emergency operation center up and running. The [UCSB] chancellor was in Boston visiting his grandchildren [so] we needed to get him back to the campus; working with the sheriff’s office to get the identities of the victims so that we could then reach out to the families; making sure those who are in the hospital are getting good care. All those things have to happen simultaneously.

At the same time, [we were] thinking about support services the campus might want to offer students, staff and faculty in terms of counseling. A couple of our campuses were already done with school, so they were able to make resources available immediately. The [UCSB] campus decided it wanted to have a memorial. They did that on Tuesday, and cancelled class. It was a remarkable event – 20,000 young people crammed into a football stadium totally silent. It was just very powerful.

What will you carry from this experience?

Sadly, what I carry is that I’ve been to too many of these, and through too many of these. As the governor, as the Homeland Security secretary … these mass casualty events, I’ve just seen and been through many by this point in my career. And in a sad way, that was very helpful because many at the campus had never been through anything like this.

What steps can or should the university take to deter similar incidents in the future?

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this broke late today:
UC Berkeley Administrator Accused Of Stealing $90,000 From School, Had Previous Embezzling Conviction - the comments there- the part about HR not so Operationally Excellent practices...disturbing to read.

Time Magazine is also covering it- more detailed.

SJ Merc .

SF Chronicle -with a comment about a hole in UC practices - but that excuse has already been used before...perplexing.

At UC --how are they making a distinction between...

Title IX dollars that go out to deter campus sexual assault, etc. and funds that go out for support of athletes?
Is that a non issue? Is all compliance staff funding thrown into the same pot of money to draw from, or not? - see this University Diaries to see why the question came to mind
also there:
CSU seems to be having issues with Campus Success Fees and athletics...

UC Is Not Just A Community Of Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to do?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

UC Davis Third Campus Discussed By Chancellor, and Higher Ed in the Lt. Gov Race

see Modesto Bee: UC Davis chief outlines vision for ‘third campus’ in Sacramento area with focus on food, nutrition

“It’s a big vision,” Katehi said. “It’s going to materialize in phases.”

She said the University of California, Davis, will spend the next year trying to bring more clarity to the proposal, including the issue of funding.

“How much is it going to cost us, and who’s going to fund it?” she asked in an interview with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, where she made her first extensive public comments about the project since news about the World Food Center surfaced earlier this month.


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KCRA: Newsom heavily favored in lieutenant governor race
Democratic incumbent facing four Republicans


California's lieutenant governor sits on the Board of Regents for the University of California and the Board of Trustees for the California State University system, comprised of 23 campuses.

And when it comes to education, students in both systems have been hit hard by tuition hikes.

They've also found it tough in many cases to get the classes they need to graduate on time.

Newsom said he wants to see more opportunities for students to go online for their education.

"We've been very pointed in moving in that direction, and working with Gov. Brown on the same and advancing some pilot projects," he said.

His priorities include "respecting faculty, respecting tradition, respecting the need for more education funding, which we've been advocating for."

But Nehring thinks California's colleges and universities need a different focus.

"We need to have an emphasis on vocational training so that people who are going to go into a trade have the ability to do that."

Fennell said that higher education must be adaptive to market forces.

"It needs to be geared a lot more towards what the work force wants," he said. "I think a lot of what we're seeing is a lot of students right now who are learning things that are outdated. So I think one of the things I would do is shine a light on the curriculum and make sure we're doing what fits the workforce."

Yang said his plan for education includes reducing costs.

"One of the things to do is to reduce some unnecessary positions, such as the provost for diversity and what have you," Yang said. "I don't think it actually adds to the educational quality of those schools."

Yang added he wants to engage students.

"They are adults. They are 18 years and older (we need) to engage them in the maintenance of their campuses. By doing that they will have a sense of ownership, and that way, we can reduce the costs to all students," Yang said.

Loved

at UCSD:

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at UC Berkeley
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at UCSC at the 1:25 mark here
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at UC Irvine
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at UCLA
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at UCD, videos and remembrance posted here.
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at UCR here
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-some are planning theirs next week.Will post that coverage here in this post as available.

Is Academia Going To Model 'It'?

the 'better angels behavior'- what is the environment day to day?

Minding the Workplace: AAUP spotlights bullying in academe

it links to a piece from AAUP- that has this:

Imagine the following scenarios:

A unit director submits work to a vice president who makes comments that discredit or devalue the work of the director. The vice president criticizes the director, shows a lack of patience, and fails to demonstrate, in a sensitive, professional manner, how to proceed.

A committee is asked to review the state of departmental assessment, but the department chair declines to share significant information with the committee and comes to a committee meeting where he denigrates a member for lack of knowledge.

A faculty member is given an unreasonable teaching schedule. He is e-mailed his teaching schedule with a note emphasizing that the schedule is not open to discussion.

The registrar asks the associate registrar not only to compile student registration figures for each academic department but also to write the enrollment management section of the accreditation report. If the assignment is not completed by next week, the associate registrar is told, he will suffer disciplinary action.

The director of grants carefully monitors the professional schedule of the coordinator of grants, imposing restrictive work rules.

A faculty member in the professorial ranks makes cruel, insulting comments in public about an untenured faculty member’s psychological problems.

In the performance review of a faculty member who is up for promotion, the department chair undermines the faculty member’s professional standing, does not identify reasonable means of improvement, and ignores the faculty member’s contributions to the department.

A faculty member believes that she is a target of bias or discrimination in the department. She feels that her professional status is threatened through isolation and obstruction.

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when it shows up as retaliation?:
UNC Challenged on Continued Retaliation Against Whistleblower - GAP details it out.

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and:

They Protested Against Napolitano At UC in DC, too?!

yep see UCSD Guardian: UC Washington Center Students Stage Protest Against President Napolitano

students claimed that since becoming president of the UC system, Napolitano has failed to both meet and initiate dialogue with students.

Protesters demanded that all future UC presidents be elected by both students and faculty. Additionally, they stipulated the individual must have an extensive and positive background in education, goals towards completely eliminating debt through full subsidization,, and roots and experience with communities in California and support for programs that serve underrepresented communities.

The demands also included restructuring of the process by which the UC system makes its decisions.

and

Their primary means of spreading word about this movement, which demands a more transparent administration and less privatization of the public UC system, has been through the Facebook event and Twitter trend, #doUCaccountability.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Reminder: candlelight vigil for 8 p.m. Wednesday on Memorial Glade- UCSB Candlelight Vigil at UC Berkeley

details here: UCSB Candlelight Vigil at UC Berkeley

Dirks message on it.

Maya's message on it:
The Detached,
Phenomenal Woman,
When I Think Of Death,
When Great Trees Fall,
More
Rest In Peace
And Still I Rise

Did he just need a patch?

ya know, 'he who is not to be named' - did he just need a patch?

Remember? ...'oh, get the cup if you can but --People change in the maze'.

Ever thus.

Now they'll get patched?
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Is it all that simple?- speaking of simple: UC Simplifies Retiree Health Benefits Rules
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UC alumni should be part of: this list-- but some of the alumni leadership are hand picked by administration so...
and there's
The UnSlut project outta UCSB was on CNN today and posted there.
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Everything that falls under 'needs fixing' is: gonna require multi-pronged solutions and a bunch of nontraditional alliances.

Otherwise, it's gonna be lots of patches (like pacemakers) for brains.

'Bring Back California Postsecondary Education Commission, or something like it but better'

Another op ed request for a new CPEC, or better. Did it really have 'oversight' powers? Or, was it more like a library?
see:
Close to Home: Who's guarding the higher education house?

Since soon after the creation of the California Master Plan for Higher Education in 1960, we did have such an agency, known most recently as the California Postsecondary Education Commission. However, with the 2011 budget, Gov. Jerry Brown defunded CPEC, saving $2 million. Ironically, this was a good decision — and not because of the paltry sum involved. Over the past couple of decades, this commission had become ineffective largely, most observers believe, because the three public higher education systems wielded excessive influence within it.

However, eliminating an ineffective agency does not eliminate the need for an effective one.

CSU Student Success Fees, CCC four year degree proposal latest...

see: Capitol Alert: 'Student success fees' part of California budget debate

Directly challenging Gov. Jerry Brown's budget priorities, Senate and Assembly committees last week proposed spending another $95 million to $100 million for California State University next year.

CSU has been asking for the additional funding boost since January, when Brown suggested an increase of $125 million, or 5 percent, for the system in 2014-15.

But the Legislature's propsoed added funding would come with a condition -- a moratorium on the controversial "student success fees" that have spurred protests at campuses across the state in the past few months.

"We don't want to saddle our CSU students with further debt," said Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education. "We wanted to send a strong signal to our state and our students that the Legislature is making public higher education among our top priorities."

The fees, which vary by location but usually run several hundred dollars per semester, have been implemented at 11 of the 23 CSU campuses in recent years to generate revenue for initiatives that improve student success and completion rates. This includes hiring new faculty, adding more course sections and buying new technology.

and

If Brown rejected the Legislature's proposed funding increase, Muratsuchi said they could still pursue a moratorium on student success fees through legislation.

CSU was not available for comment.

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and Daily Bruin with a story on a bill to fast track four year degrees at the CCCs

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Napolitano has attended multiple meetings with the leadership of all three segments (UC, CSU,CCC) over the past few months- what are her thoughts on the above?

Interdisciplinary based, Discipline based - more

White Snake or ...LZ?
to 'lite'-en things up ...

CHE: Why the Disciplines Still Matter

Teaching is also surprisingly interdisciplinary. In a series of surveys dating to the 1990s and conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, roughly 40 percent of faculty members report having offered an interdisciplinary course within the previous two years. Counts of course offerings reveal the substantial fraction of courses that are cross-listed between fields. And the basic premise of American undergraduate education is generalist in orientation: Liberal-arts students in the United States continue their general education before adopting a professional or academic specialty longer than do students in many other countries.

and then:

...While discipline-based scholars cooperate in many contexts, including universitywide committees, they also compete with colleagues in other fields for faculty positions, lab space, research grants, and intellectual authority.
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UC Berkeley loses a center to that farm: Campus’s War Crimes Studies Center moves to Stanford

“David had difficulty getting support, and he’s getting more support from Stanford. How can you blame him (for moving)?” Bajcsy said.

Cohen had hoped to sustain a center on campus in order to continue working with UC Berkeley students.

“Over the years, working with undergrads through URAP has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my 35 years at Berkeley,” Cohen said.

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Blues...

"Trustees and regents are appointed by the governor and, usually, rubber-stamped in Senate confirmation hearings. Nominees are usually campaign donors – a pay-to-play scenario. This should stop."

written by a former CA pol: Gloria Romero: University executive pay requires scrutiny


California can benefit from a refocus on executive compensation practices, given these findings. Trustees and regents are appointed by the governor and, usually, rubber-stamped in Senate confirmation hearings. Nominees are usually campaign donors – a pay-to-play scenario. This should stop.
Boards often defend generous compensation practices by arguing “fair market value.” That’s bunk. This isn’t a public jobs program; if they think they’re worth it, let them enter the private sector. Already, the new heads of both the UC and CSU systems have acknowledged the need to re-examine these policies, but far more needs to be done.

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a student op ed on: The Silent Infiltration of Privatization

As a high school student, it is my dream to attend UC Berkeley because it delivers world-class higher education for the price of a public school and shapes future activists. Recent attempts to change Berkeley, however, are undermining Berkeley’s reputation as a progressive place.

Journalism Questions Arise Covering UCSB, IV Tragedy

Decided to hold off on linking to this post on a DN vs BL view - until after the 'day of mourning and reflection'...so, now here 'tis for your consideration...

see: Tale of Two Papers: Mass Murder and Student Media a comparison of the Daily Nexus and Bottom Line with some UCSB history on them.

and for a another perspective -there is this post here at HuffPo, it includes"

"Immediately, I wondered what I was supposed to do with these photos, and I asked the editorial staff of The Bottom Line, UCSB's weekly student-run newspaper, for their input. It was decided that the photos had no journalistic merit and that their publication would be disrespectful to the family and friends of the victims.

However, this decision put me in strange position: I was both one of the few witnesses to the crime scene and a photojournalist. It left me confused and conflicted, and I could not help but wonder whether publishing photos of a tragedy is ever justifiable."

More UC Divestment Talk

There is this in The Nation:

How UC–Santa Barbara Can Turn Grief Into Action: Divest From Gun Manufacturers
'Our communities are bearing the brunt of gun violence while corporate executives reap the financial rewards.'

and UCLA Fac Blog (in a post on lack of access to audio archive of UC Regents meeting) also points again to comments the former UCOP CFO Peter Taylor made about divestment from tobacco, fossil fuels, etc.

More on IV, UCSB Tragedy Coverage

You can watch archive of the UCSB memorial service here, hit the toggle button at the far left side of the green bar. - It is missing the first fifteen minutes where clergy, Chancellor Yang, UC Pres Napolitano, UC Regent Chair Varner spoke - but it captures the last 48 minutes Chris Michaels Martinez's Dad, music, Chair Academic Senate, Director for Fraternities and Sororities at UCSB, music and then additional clergy close out the program.
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The SJ Merc has this story with expanded coverage of today's memorial and sidebars of stories on the individual victims, injured, aftermath. It also includes:

Lawmakers reacted to the shooting by announcing plans Tuesday for a bill
created by Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley; Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara; state Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara
and the story also details out other upcoming proposed legislation in response from the Senate Pres Pro Tem .

Monday, May 26, 2014

Remembering David, George, James

see: here in videos and more at ABC7 KGO -


it includes comment from many who grew up with them.


and


(additional video here)

and the injured:
Family Hopes to Have Danville Student Injured in Santa Barbara Rampage Home Soon




sending out best wishes for speedy recovery.
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one more thing: "He was the first person I met at freshman orientation."

Brave-- on a whole other level.

Reflecting on that 'War on Women' phrase on Memorial Day in light of UCSB Tragedy

--that 'war on women' where many innocent men have been harmed by it also-- still trying to put thoughts together about it... For now, there's:

see: Remaking the University has a post on the Isla Vista tragedy along with selected, categorized links on coverage.

Also: at Daily Mail a link to that 141 page manifesto thing and now talk thrown in of an early Asperger's diagnosis detailed here, and also this there. And, other theories related to gender identity etc. out there, too.

(Rodgers was not a UCSB student- some outlets still referring to him incorrectly as a UCSB student.)

There also is a planned march today in Isla Vista and other remembrance ceremonies listed here. and here.

Surreal, a multi-layered shock. It is going to take time. The hardest thing is to give healing: time.
A cliché - and true.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

"These students are among the best in the country and the loss of life is palpable," University of California system president Janet Napolitano told CNN.

Update AP HuffPo have posted a brief bio on all six of the victims here.

Daily Nexus confirms that the men in the apartment were all UCSB students as well, here:
"Santa Barbara City College student Elliot Rodger stabbed to death C. H., George Chen and Weihan Wang, all UCSB students from California, before he began his shooting spree across Isla Vista."

-- They were from the Fremont, San Jose area.
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Original Post
many videos on many aspects here at CNN,

an interview conducted by Sara Sidner (former KTVU anchor and now CNN's usually international correspondent) with a student who was first on the scene is what stays in mind-- pictures of the candlelight vigil there, too.
Remembering the victims...

Trying to find a piece about all the victims ONLY - w/out photos of Rodgers- to link to here, but can't find one... the Daily Mail had some wonderful candid photos of them, but they also include photos of Rodgers.

Try Daily Nexus or later try Bottom Line for more coverage.

(Another thing that is difficult is: picking the labels for the posts on this coverage, holding off.)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Napolitano Comments On UCSB, IV Tragedy -and Also Protested As Commencement Speaker

Napolitano: Rampage very tough to predict, prevent

University of California President Janet Napolitano says a mass shooting in the community around UC Santa Barbara is "almost the kind of event that's impossible to prevent and impossible to predict."
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Napolitano issued a statement saying she's "shocked and deeply saddened" by the shooting and sending thoughts and prayers "to the victims of this tragedy, their families and the entire Santa Barbara community."

She says she's working with UCSB to help students and families.

Her full statement is available here via UCOP.
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On the events in IV - many point to lots of similarities: UD pointed out some earlier, and at Remaking's twitterfeed pointing out this- "so the second #IslaVista mass murderer is also the son of a Hollywood director? #ElliotRodger #DavidAttias". Other similarities also include: the video in advance like what happened at UCB Haas a few years back, and the Aurora multiple similarities. Don't find any intrigue or comfort in similarities - but hope for community solutions.
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also on UC Pres...Napolitano gave the commencement at Laney College, part of the Peralta system, campus situated in a very high immigrant population - it was protested in advance of the event and during: Laney College Students Protest Commencement Speaker UC President Janet Napolitano
and
SF Chron Laney College students heckle UC president's address
"He said Napolitano was invited to speak by the president of the college"

a suggestion...presidents etc. of colleges should work with the graduating class to pick a commencement speaker.
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Awful headlines this weekend, could we just go back to dealing with privatization of public higher ed, admin failure trends etc.?
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Remember Memorial Day. Peace.

UCSB, IV on Memorial Day Weekend

Awful morning headlines--will put a round up of the coverage here below updated w/ new links as available.

LAT 7 dead in drive-by shootings near UC Santa Barbara Isla Vista shootings


AP UC Santa Barbara Drive-By Shooting Leaves Several Dead


Newsweek- Reuters

College student Brad Martin told a University of California at Santa Barbara student newspaper that his girlfriend was "absolutely hysterical" after being approached by the gunman with a weapon she initially was not sure was real.

"She said the next second he raised it up to her face ... and she turned around and started running. That's when she heard 'bang, bang, bang' right behind her as she was running," Martin told the Daily Nexus.


USA Today coverage

In the YouTube video, titled “Elliot Rodger’s retribution,” a young man sitting behind the wheel of a car with tinted windows parked in front of palm trees, talks of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires,” and blames women for throwing themselves at “obnoxious brutes” but rejecting him, “the supreme gentlemen.”

Rodger is a Santa Barbara City College Student and Isla Vista resident, according to Facebook page and a web diary titled “Elliot Rodger’s Official Blog.”

Most of the Facebook posts from the past year on a page bearing his name show photos of the same young man in the video, including a photo of him behind the wheel of a late-model black BMW coupe, and a few sunsets. Many of the blog posts carry a similar theme of loneliness and unrequited desire as the video.


HuffPo has the 6+ min disturbing video here


ABC Local on it

KEYT local- video coverage

Daily Nexus on it

University Diaries on it - with a reference to the potential movie producer/director angle, too.

Awful. Thoughts are w/ the UCSB folks and all those affected by last night - a night when many were just trying to enjoy the beautiful weather, area and long Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Dirks with a Title IX update- "on my administration’s comprehensive efforts to meet head-on the challenges presented by issues related to sexual assault, harassment and discrimination on this campus."

you can: read it here

"At the same time that the regular faculty has been shrinking, the number of administrators has been growing. During the period when OSU hired forty-five permanent faculty members, it hired 670 new administrators. A similar pattern is found throughout American universities."

UCI's Drake is gonna have a time there:

What Makes Ohio State the Most Unequal Public University in America?

Why is this happening? “The motor force behind these trends is the hiring of ‘professional administrators’ whose primary commitment is to their own careers and advancement,” says William R. Schonfeld, former dean of social sciences and emeritus professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine (where I teach history). “They take jobs as stepping stones to other positions higher on the ladder.”

“To protect themselves,” Schonfeld says, “they grow the bureaucracy. They are committed to goals which can be relatively quickly achieved—more funds raised this year from the immediate business community, as compared to building a strong foundation for long-term giving by alumni; new schools and academic units, as compared to the tedious and slow process of building true distinction.”

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they also have this on Jerry Brown and CA higher ed: As GOP stalwarts like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie whined about revenue shortfalls, Brown announced plans to increase spending on higher education by almost 10 percent and on K–12 education by 4.3 percent.
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and this on CCSF
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Ohio

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Student Regent Designate Announced and UCR comes up in the investments committee in harsh way

see Daily Cal: Student regent from UCLA nominated for 2015-16

Hope that... the new student regent and the new student regent designate get to work on this issue of expanding the student regent positions primarily -- and that they are not pigeon holed into only discussing other stuff, cuz to get this done would be great- see Daily Bruin:

Instead of having just one student regent and one student regent-designate on the current 26-member regents board, Oved said he wants to establish one undergraduate and one graduate student regent position, each with its own accompanying regent-designate position. If Oved’s proposal comes to fruition, there would be a total of four UC students on a 28-member regents board.

Oved said having more than two students on a board that speaks for about 240,000 students has been a proposal for years, with past student regents and members of the UC Student Association voicing support for it.

In addition to talking to past student regents about his proposal, he said he has heard support for it from current regents too, including UC President Janet Napolitano, regents Bonnie Reiss and Sherry Lansing and former UC President Mark Yudof.

“Hopefully this will tackle the issue of apathy on campuses,” Oved said. “Hopefully that in itself would push students to question what the Board of Regents does and how they govern the UC and see the value of having more student representation on the board.”

Oved said he would work to get the constitutional amendment necessary to amend the regents board’s composition on the 2016 state ballot.


- or, wild idea, maybe the Governor could work out a deal w/ 'em to give his three still vacant UC Regents seats to the above - with an MOU that says those regent seats are for one year only and only for students.
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Also hope to link to coverage of today's UC investments committee meeting soon...
- what was said about the person handling UCR investments there was...well, it sounded a bit unprofessional on the part of a couple of committee members- see that section begin at about the 01:25:00. (Really don't think some in that group 'gets it' on what they look like they are doin'- to an outside more diverse audience. Also, the curiosity still remains for why the other UCOP based female CIO just up and left suddenly last July- and it also rekindles other old history in some minds- so not great to talk about rare female campus CIO in this manner...)

-What was discussed about the UC foundations, donors- and the push back they might give on certain issues - was interesting.

-It also was an opportunity to hear Wachter and Sherman finally interacting on UC Regent biz..
You can watch archive video of it here just toggle to the 15:00 mark to see it, it runs to about the 01:40:00 mark. Regent M, Keiffer, also at that meeting along with Bob Samuels of Changing Universities,and staff advisor Barton, and the alumni UC Regent Feingold-- and others who had tent cards that were not visible to the camera or easily identifiable.

attachments for the agenda items can also be found in the links here.

Cal's University Medalist and a Remaking Post

see:
Rebecca Peters’ IQ score measured so low in fourth grade that her school did not deem her to be college material. Her parents didn’t buy it, and neither did she. The abc local also covered it here: The parents of UC Berkeley's top student were once told that their daughter would never learn to read at the college level..

Then see When Public Universities Make Supposedly Dumb People Smart

There are class differences b/ween the examples in each but also some common denominators.


and Congrats!

Napolitano's Letter Appears To Call On Obama Administration To Drop Its Gainful Employment Proposal- does it?

Arne vs Janet Part II? see:
Inside Higher Ed: Napolitano's Perplexing Letter

Officials at the UC system on Wednesday said that Napolitano’s letter was not, in fact, suggesting that the administration form an interagency working group instead of pursing its gainful employment rules.
Rather, she is calling for such a working group in addition to the administration’s regulatory efforts on for-profit colleges, according to Gary Falle, associate vice president for federal relations.
“It’s not an either-or" proposition, he said. “We are fighting for and will continue to fight for the strongest gainful employment rule, and our comments on the proposed rule will show that next week.”
“This whole interagency group was for the administration to take immediate executive action right now,” he added.
The University of California had a representative on the negotiated rule making committee that met last fall to draft the new gainful employment rule.


Did she reach a compact with Blum at a UC Regents dinner? Remember this old story on the $53 mil?


The state aspect to what gets looked at and what doesn't get looked at, remember the California Watch series here?

and, the scorecards and all that

it would be good if the UCOP communication/letter was clearer on this...
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This letter is clear to her, see:
UC Faculty Call on UC Administration To Negotiate in Good Faith with Student-Worker TA Union
Dear President Napolitano,

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UC Regents investments committee meets today- info here

1:30 pm Committee on Investments (open session - includes public comment session)
2:30 pm Committee on Investments (closed session)

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California : A Tale of Two States

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Napolitano's Mexico Visit This Week

More at Fox News Latino: Napolitano said she wants to increase exchanges between University of California campuses and Mexican universities at all levels, from undergraduates to faculty and researchers. Of 233,000 students in the UC system, only about 40 study in Mexico each year, while about 1,900 Mexicans were at UC schools last year.

and this from AP:
Kerry will announce the new exchange goals to launch a bilateral forum for higher education, innovation and research. President Barack Obama's new higher education exchange initiative aims to have 100,000 U.S. students studying in Latin America and 100,000 from the region in the U.S. by 2020. A similar program in Mexico, "Proyecta," has the goal of sending 100,000 Mexican students a year to the U.S. by 2018. Little more than 14,000 Mexicans study there today.
Mexico was once the top location for U.S. students studying in Latin America, with so many economic and familial ties between the two neighbors. But the numbers dropped with the spike in drug violence, especially during the stepped-up attacks on cartels by the administration of President Felipe Calderon, who left office in 2012. He served at the same time Napolitano was in charge of homeland security for the United States, which openly supported Calderon's strategy.
"Once (the exchanges) are delayed or stopped, institutions set up affiliations and programs elsewhere, having longer term consequences for the numbers," said Shannon O'Neill, senior fellow at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. "So even if violence wanes, it can be hard for the numbers to rebound."


and at Wash Examiner
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original post:
with Secretary of State Kerry also there...

see: SF Biz Jrnl UC President Napolitano Goes to Mexico to Strengthen Research Ties

The University of California is signing a deal with the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology that covers research and training of graduate students, post-doctoral students and faculty. Napolitano hopes to set up a program for exchanges between UC campuses and Mexican universities and research centers.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is also in Mexico at the same event to kick of the Bilateral Forum for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.


and

Times Union: Napolitano: Focus on Border Backup, Not More Walls

she seems to float between the old job and the current job

Napolitano said in an interview with The Associated Press that U.S. money would be better spent on easing border-crossing bottlenecks that affect trade rather than on adding more barriers and agents.

"When you go to some of our ports and see the backup — it's gotten better but it's not good enough. And it's not keeping pace with the amount of commerce that's growing between our countries," she said, emphasizing that she is expressing a personal opinion now that she has left government.



and

But she said the Obama administration and the University of California system have done a lot to expand opportunities for students in the U.S. without proper documents, allowing some 700,000 so far nationwide to stay in the country under a deferred status.

"I don't know any other country in the world that's done that for students, and in California we've done even more," she said. "Those students also qualify for in-state tuition even though they're technically undocumented, and I'm supporting a bill now that would create a state loan bank for those students because they can't get federal student loans."

That guy from Cal

the: one with all those interesting posts here

he is one of the main commentators here throughout this Frontline piece.

also see this on a Cyberphysical Democracy -- consider it for tracking UC big ticket item potential admin bloat projects. A one stop spot where multiple projects can be listed with drill down (on cost, number of personnel on the project, etc.) available

"I want every chancellor, on every campus -- I want to see their action plan," Reiss said in an interview Wednesday. Reiss also said student activists, many of them sexual assault victims, will have "a direct line to us."

how will it work? what does it mean?
See SJ Merc UC regents to form group to monitor rape prevention, response


Badalich and other advocates -- many of whom have spent months or longer calling for better treatment of victims and more forceful action against perpetrators -- welcomed the news of the regents' involvement, saying they hoped it would make their campuses safer.

As long as the extra scrutiny comes with additional expertise and resources to help the campuses improve their educational campaigns and responses to victims, it will be helpful, Badalich said. If it's just more criticism, she argued, little will change.

Many perpetrators are repeat offenders, said UC Berkeley activist Aryle Butler. That's why she says campuses also need to appropriately punish offenders and to publicize those penalties, which she doesn't feel UC's updated sexual harassment policies do clearly enough.

"One of the things all survivors want is for there not to be more survivors," Butler said. "What I want to see is an unequivocal response from the regents: 'We will not tolerate this. This is what will happen to you if you do this.'"

Hearing the Cal student's story as she waited to receive her award was devastating, said Badalich, herself a victim.

"But that's not uncommon," she added. "Her story, my story, many other survivors' stories are not unique. There are hundreds of other men and women behind her who haven't spoken up."

'More than 3,700 students — 23 percent of those who applied — have been offered admission to UC Berkeley’s 2014-15 transfer student class,'

more info on them here.

and LAT breaks down like this for transfer students.

UCOP data tables and analyses and detail on Transfer Action Team in the right hand side bar here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This belongs to California, too?

it crops up anew every few years:


And the question arises on others.

Or, we can continue on w/the commencement address topic, or not.

There's the creepy hologram possibility of- everything. Including: instruction (first in the list for other uses: education).

In the end-- the RP contribution is all original voice and can't be borrowed...

The solo catalog, and this:


and,again, the solo catalog.

It's About 'What Happens After'

THE Crisis in Higher Ed- true because it uncovers the true character of an administration:



and CNN also covers it here

There are several contenders for 'THE Crisis' -- but this is one of them.

UC Regents Compliance and Audit Committee Last Week

yes, it's highly detailed- but important stuff happens there, for instance:

Discussion of a campus (unnamed, don't know which one) that did not conduct biennial physical inventory

Regent Zettel points out one section of that campus alone has a unit with $48 million of equipment that was not inventoried according to the biennial schedule- Zettel mentions management corrections needed.

The UC controller said:
-blame it on transition in personnel
-short staffing
-no overlap in staff

There also was discussion of a lack of sub awards reporting for some research funding discovered by PWC- but they only briefly mention it- and did not list out detailed excuses for the 'why it happened'.

A couple other small items on financial aid covered in it, too.

Remember: Years ago, UC campuses hired consultants and admin to downsize via Op Ex and other similar titles at other campuses. They said that doing that work would allow for the admin to accurately pick where to cut staff, who to make into 'individual contributors', who to tap for supervisors, managers, greater efficency would be achieved. Yet, we are hearing again and again that the short staffing is causing problems for tasks that are well known, regularly scheduled at campuses...

You can see the short 'open section' of the compliance and audit meeting at the 01:13:45

(btw It looks like Lt Gov attended this section of the meeting along with part of the buildings and grounds committee that follows the compliance meeting.- So, he was there. Who knows if he talked with other regents behind the scenes about that U Penn, Callen reports on the Master Plan...)
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Related to the above-- a section of a recent Remaking the University post:

As we are reminded here, despite all of the rhetoric about the "cost disease" associated with teaching, universities and colleges have been engaged in for decades in shifting their hiring from full-time tenure track faculty to part-time and full-time non-tenure track faculty. Just as striking is the documentation of the extraordinary growth of what the AAUP calles "full-time nonfaculty professional." The AAUP indicates a category "that includes buyers and purchasing agents; human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, management analysts; loan counselors; lawyers; and other nonacademic workers." Perhaps even more telling (given that it is not clear how many of these positions are filled by IT or student support personnel) is that according to at least one leading survey of administrative positions, since the late 1970s the number of administrative job titles has grown by 139% and the percentage of academic dean titles has dropped from 38 to 21%. (8)

To be sure, these categories are imprecise. But that is part of the problem. Despite the heroic efforts of Charlie Schwartz, we simply don't know the actual number of people in particular jobs on the different campuses, how many of them work directly in instructional or research support capacities, how many are front-line student services etc. And the reason we don't know that is because UC's personnel systems are not set up to make that clear.


the reference to Schwartz relates to this attempt to bring it up to President Napolitano here... (and, also remember that Napolitano has said repeatedly that she has delegated the power away to each of the Chancellors with regard to what happens at the campuses)

The faculty are unaware of the UCB SISC (staff infrastructure steering committee in the early days) initiative that had system-wide implications?, UCB career compass? Similar projects at the other campuses under different names. You can find them easy enough. No one brought it up in the comments?

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?

Admin bloat is difficult to get the numbers on - by design?
Big money goes out for these projects, bonuses are paid, people claim the completion of these projects as accomplishments while climbing the admin bloat salary ladder...but the projects-- upon completion-- don't work or fall seriously behind?

Newfield says in another post that he hears staff who talk about a state constituency that is wary, leery, resistant to full funding for public higher ed...

Perhaps if the staff who (in public comment at the UC Regents meeting last week) mentioned the job descriptions not matching job titles, lack of logs for equipment maintenance; (the death of a custodian on a lift at I house- he was cleaning the place for a posh alumni event btw); or, the staff who mention that there have been thousands of OSHA complaints system-wide since 2010; perhaps if the staff who are talking about that could be in the same room (sitting down in attendance not servicing talks, seminars) with staff who attend these talks and complain about a lack of state funding - maybe then UC would get more coherent on an approach to the state about how to fund UC and what to fund at UC. The UC community might then look less --- fill in the blank.

Seems like 'the Faculty' need to have a tool to track high priced admin projects and find out when, why,if they are or are not working properly while they launch. Some faculty for these initiatives are part of the 'stakeholder' or 'steering committee' meetings- but the information is not flowing or being picked up by the rest of the faculty (likely b/c the faculty are busy with their research). The money for those projects could go to instruction- so it is not outside their interest and certainly not outside their ken.

If there were an interactive tool that the faculty could 'drop into' to find out about major $ initiatives (the progress, completion, status, number of personnel working on it) when they have a free moment - that might be a very worthwhile thing and might improve a trust level b/ween admin and... everyone else.

But maybe the majority of faculty don't have power to do anything about it anyway.
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PS There was a noticeable lack of diversity (in experience, job titles, etc.) in the participants at this Napolitano staff chat event- it is a shame. Perhaps more than 'a chat' is necessary.

Disrupt, Don't Disrupt

remember Nancy Pelosi told Cal Grads:
“You here at Berkeley are already disruptors in many ways,” she said. “Being called a disruptor, in my view, is a very high compliment.”


Then see this CHE piece: A Bid to ‘Control a Contagion’ of Commencement Protests

Bowen volunteers to fill in for Birgeneau at Haverford-- he volunteers with the idea in mind to tell off Haverford? He called his host a contagion?
Bowen includes:
"People should of course protest, and it is essential if they have that right," Mr. Bowen added. "But protest in civil and nondisruptive ways."

"if they have that right"...hhhmmmm.
Eventually Bowen gets 'it' about Birgeneau:
He wishes the speakers whose invitations become controversial would sit down with the protesters and talk about their concerns. Mr. Birgeneau, Mr. Bowen said, should never have stayed home.

-and ding, ding, ding- that behavior is precisely why things went bad for him at Cal in the last several years of his term as Chancellor (having to chase billions in donations also might change people, too.)

Many still talking about Haverford - and the students who protested Birgeneau- once again, imo - it looks like a win for Haverford.
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A win for Cal, too-at Cal the message was:
“Our founders were successful disruptors of the then-status quo,” the California Democrat said. “Being called a disruptor, in my view, is a very high compliment.”

“Our Founders created a democracy, a government of the many, not a government of the money,” Pelosi said. “So let’s be disruptors.”


Read it in full at RollCall

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also see, specifically on the Haverford speech scenario:
First, the would-be commencement speakers were not being censored; they were being protested.
Second, Bowen and other critics have railed against students for being unwilling to listen to different worldviews. This is a misreading.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Update on SB 1017, more

see:
Santa Rosa Democrat-Noreen Evans' oil extraction bill coming up dry
“It ain’t over yet,” said Harrison “Jack” Tibbetts, a Montgomery High School graduate and senior at UC Berkeley who is leading a statewide coalition pushing for the tax.

Tibbetts on Monday was lining up supporters of SB 1017 to call the offices of Sen. Kevin de León, chairman of the appropriations committee, to urge the Los Angeles Democrat to move the bill out of the suspense file and put it to a vote on the Senate floor.

Still, Tibbetts conceded having doubts about the bill’s ultimate fate should it make it out of committee given that senate Democrats lost their two-thirds majority as a result of recent scandals involving two senators, who are on paid leave. The bill requires a two-thirds majority for passage.

Proponents of an oil tax say the battle is likely headed to the ballot box.

Tom Steyer, a billionaire former hedge fund investor turned environmentalist and political activist, earlier this month released results of a poll he commissioned showing that 81 percent of Californians support such a tax.

“If he does decide to run with it, you’ll find me hitting the pavement at Old Courthouse Square (in Santa Rosa) collecting signatures,” Tibbetts said.

Evans testified Monday during the committee hearing that the state is “at the point where we are no longer educating an entire generation of Californians.”

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The Gov spoke at last Thursday's UC Regents meeting about his lack of enthusiasm(?) for SB 1017 with the UCSA rep- then he moved to the possibility of targeted disinvestment/divestment- and now this today at UC Davis: a demonstration calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to end hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, before Brown's appearance before the University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics conference

LA Times covered it

and Sac Bee
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mini update on the above see this post on former CFO Taylor and his recent comments on divestment-- pls also note that it looks like Taylor still serves as an advisor on the UC Regent Investments Committee which is scheduled to meet on May 22.
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and Calbuzz describes the bonkers.

UC Student Workers Union-UAW Local 2865- To Strike Over Unfair Labor Practices

see: this post for more info.
it starts off:
Dear friends,

In response to an escalating pattern of illegal threats and intimidation against our members across the state, our union, UAW Local 2865, has voted to call for a statewide strike. After several weeks of deep consideration, the four day Joint Council Vote just concluded with a clear decision to call a strike beginning on June 7th, the first day of finals week on quarter campuses, and if necessary continuing until the end of Spring employment appointments. If the strike continues to the end of spring quarter appointments, it means that management will inherit the ultimate responsibility of resolving outstanding grades across the entire university system.


you can read the full post here.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Intrigued By A Break Up-- the theme goes on...

see: Remaking the University Arguing for University Upgrades In These Suffocating Political Times

and
..."the way to reach politicians is through the voting behavior of college parents and sympathizers, and the angry social movements of students. This means tuition protests of course, and the protests in the fall of 2009 and of 2011 played a major role in the multi-year tuition freeze we still have in California. It also means long-term and sustained assaults by the entire younger generation, in college or excluded from it, on politicians who vote repeatedly for public cuts that force tuition hikes. It's only through consistent political punishment of privatizers, Democrats and Republicans alike, that the culture of educational defunding will be changed.

This means that the core audience for both critique and rebuilding is the university community--staff as much as senior managers, students as much as faculty, tenured scientists as much as non-tenure-track writing instructors. We have not been talking enough within and to the whole community."


and

My colleague from Economics cheerfully described the university system as a "cartel," and traced tuition increases not only to funding cuts but to a cartel's power to charge high prices through restraint of trade. His solution was to break up the UC system, convert all state funding to a voucher system, and allow individual campuses to compete in their areas of strength.

...
My economist colleague's counterargument was equally straightforward: there are so many poor people in California and other states, and it's not fair to ask them to subsidize students who will go on to earn a college wage premium--and make enough to pay back loans.


There's much more to it, read the full post: here.

A Commencement Address Is NOT A 'Genuine Discussion'

HuffPo: Haverford Commencement Speaker Lambasts Students Over Protest


University Diaries has thoughts on it, too.

Nancy Pelosi- didn't act like a hothouse flower, didn't wilt, she gave her speech- told Cal grads to disrupt against climate change, Citizens United etc.

In the end -imo, it looks like a win for Haverford.

“Diversity’s Promise for Excellence in a Pluralistic Society: The Public University and the Common Good” - talk at UC Davis

Speaker: Daryl Smith, Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita of Education and Psychology at the Claremont Graduate University.

Panelists:

Kevin Johnson, Dean of UC Davis School of Law, Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest law & Chicana/o Studies;

Maureen Stanton, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis.

(This topic includes discussing the faculty recruitment and evaluations processes.
Also pay attention to the audience, who attends, participates, how/why. Important undergrad question about the faculty comes up in the Q & A as well. Undergraduate student also mentions that other students groups would like to know that the subject matter of this talk is even being addressed- but how can students let other students know about these events/talks in advance? This talk and panel discussion centers around the faculty experience at UC and implications for instruction, student learning - very important.)

from May 7, 2014,

more background materials for this talk here at this link

Public University and the Social Good “The Humanities and the Common Good” UCD talk and panel

UCD-The Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good
“The Humanities and the Common Good”

Speaker: David Marshall, Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC Santa Barbara, and William Ladusaw, Dean of Humanities and Professor of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz.

Panelists:
Margaret Ferguson, President Modern Language Association Distinguished Professor of English at UC Davis

Christopher Reynolds, President of the American Musicological Society and Professor of Music at UC Davis

Ralph J. Hexter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Classics & Comparative Literature at UC Davis.

From April 4, 2014.

more background materials can be found here

talk at UCD: “The Constitutional Dimensions of Academic Freedom”

Speaker: Robert Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale University (UCD lists him as Dean of Harvard Law in error- he received his PhD from Harvard.)

from March 14, 2014, Lecture and Panel

Panelists:
Henry Reichman, Professor Emeritus of History, CSU East Bay, First Vice President of the AAUP, and Chair of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure;

Roberta Rehm, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at UC San Francisco; and

Ralph J. Hexter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of UC Davis.

more background materials available for this talk here

UCD talk on “Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California”

(Based on the forthcoming book of the same title from Stanford University Press.)

Presenters/chapter authors:
Steven Casper, Henry E. Riggs Professor of Management, Keck Graduate Institute;

Christophe Lécuyer, Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie;

Cyrus Mody, Associate Professor of History, Rice University;

Daniel Sumner, Frank H. Buck, Junior Professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis;

Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of the Extension, UC San Diego.

Introducers/book editors:

Martin Kenney, Professor of Human and Community Development, UC Davis, and Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy;

David C. Mowery, William A. & Betty H. Hasler Professor of New Enterprise Development at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

Discussants:

Sean Randolph, President of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute;

David Hodges, Daniel M. Tellep Distinguished Professor of Engineering Emeritus, UC Berkeley;

Mario Biagioli, Distinguished Professor of Law and Science & Technology Studies, UC Davis;

William Lacy, Vice Provost of University Outreach and International Programs and Professor of Human Ecology, UC Davis;

Andrew Hargadon, Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis.

From April 22, 2014

more background materials for this talk available at this link

Friday, May 16, 2014

Revised Revise? And, That Dirks talk at the Commonwealth

see: Legislative analyst's budget outlook brighter than Brown's projections


and more on the UC Regents fossil fuel divestment talk there too
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Compacts replacing the Master Plan? and other thoughts:

post regents' meeting mini round up

Pew's Stateline Students Paying Bigger Share of Public College Costs
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If you're wondering what that letter to Birgeneau looked like? - it seems to be posted here. It does not read like a 'list of demands' - they just 'urge' him- but apparently it made him flip.

There's this NYT thing: In Season of Protest, Haverford Speaker Is Latest to Bow Out " a growing list of schools to lose commencement speakers to protests from the left," - why frame it like that?

Other posts out there with titles like 'Commencement Bigots' etc. -making no distinction b/ween speakers being paid for their commencement speeches (Rice) and those not being paid; or explain how the schools pick speakers...
Maybe the higher ed graduation speakers circuit should just- END- as a tradition...
Maybe replace it by asking each member of the graduating class to post online their favorite speech that most embodies what they aspire to become etc.

Speakers sometimes use the commencement addresses they deliver as a notch on their CV belt or to vouch for them in some professional way afterward. Looks like more and more members of the higher ed community don't want to buy into that or serve as the admiring, fawning audience for that anymore without closer scrutiny... so maybe just... chuck it?!

The Fire has a post on it, but even the list of notable 'disinvites' there doesn't quite make clear which speakers are paid, not paid, those that are merely controversial, separating out those special cases that are mired in unresolved current 'issues' that directly impact higher ed environment.
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Berkeley makes amends with military- reaches out to vets
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The Pres of the UC Regents in a SF Chron post that includes "Dao Guv... Sh!t Happens" Jerry Brown on Bay Bridge: Don’t worry, be happy
The 2.2 mile span was completed years late and $5 billion over budget, and it needed a retrofit before it was open to the public. If the state can’t get a bridge right, why should Californians trust Sacramento with a 350-mile $68 billion High Speed Rail project?

and
Count me as faint of heart. It would be easier to trust Sacramento if I saw concerted effort to find out what went wrong. As I reported here, Sen. DeSaulnier asked whistle-blowing engineer Doug Coe if anyone from the governor’s office or someone higher than a project manager ever sought him out to find out what happened. Coe replied, “Nobody’s ever come to ask, and I find that fascinating.”


-- also see SF Chron w/this to understand the latest on the Bay Bridge

UC Berkeley tried to look at the problems, too.
and more here.
and Is it a crazy train?
and He talks the cakewalk gov election with the Sac Bee, too.
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At the UC Regents meeting UCSA Rep told/joked with the Gov that he forgot UC funding in the May revise at the 01:28:00 here --and UCLA Fac Blog also noticed that, too.
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Wonder if UCB BP will make a guest appearance in this HBO thing tonight? Can they explain it?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Delicate or Blurred Lines?

SF Business Times Napolitano To Regents: Research Doesn't Hurt Teaching
Isn't it the academic side that is supposed to say it?

There were moments in the UC Regents meeting where Napolitano's level of power, influence and workload became part of the topic up for discussion:

Regent Reiss claimed the UC Regents and Chancellors need to help empower Napolitano in order to make necessary changes regarding Title IX during yesterday's meeting which you can view here 01:54:00 mark

VP Stobo talked with Governor Brown about his level of power and Napolitano's level of power to enact change on how the UC Medical Centers and UCOP grow, provide benefits, take on more with less -- and they gave their thoughts about Napolitano's workload in the mix during today's meeting which you can view here- the Q and A from his presentation begins at the 00:41:00 - Stobo also has other important comments about UC SHIP and CSU and CCC- and he responds the the Faculty Rep Jacobs at one point on benefits- lots to cover in this 40 minute long section Daily Cal on that section of the meeting here.
“I’m convinced that we need to move from a volume-based to a value-based model in which we’re not the sum of five individual medical campuses but we act as an integrated health system,” Stobo said.

Gov. Jerry Brown said he viewed these cost strategies “with trepidation” and pointed to the need for a central administrator, other than UC President Janet Napolitano, to issue directives down the chain and oversee the systemwide process of cutting expenses.

“If you’ve got a massive structure like right now, everybody needs to talk to everybody else,” Pattiz said. “The buck’s got to stop at somebody, and there has to be a driving force to make that happen.”


(Don't recall Yudof's workload, power being discussed in this manner- except for when he, himself downplayed his abilities to influence system-wide change.)

and the DC coverage from Wed education committee meeting- on transfer students.


In the finance committee section of today's meeting the Governor asked VP Brostrom for something less than 100 pages he could read that would explain what UCOP is and what UCOP does... he also asked that the UC Chancellors contact him directly to discuss what the faculty commonly call "the benchmarking"- how funding for each campus is sliced and diced and allocated by UCOP, the UCSF secession talk was brought up in this section again - but not as 'secession' directly- as 'complaints UCSF had' about it.

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?

Brostrom's and Taylor's (former CFO) divisions are now combined at UCOP for the interim while Brostrom figures out how to reorganize their units once again... The finance committee can be viewed here beginning at the 01:45:20 mark here

They also discuss the education abroad program, and new UCOP hiring of consultants policy in that session.
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The afternoon session from yesterday's UC Regents meeting can be viewed here but you have to toggle-hunt for them- it include snippets from the Compliance and Audit committee 01:13:00 mark and at the 01:44:00 mark Buildings and Grounds discusses UCB Richmond Bay, UCSC projects, more.
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Google Glass handed out to medical students at UC Irvine- The California school thinks the device will help students with anatomy, clinical skills, and hospital rotation
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45 years later, Angela Davis still an activist
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The interaction between the Governor and the UCSA rep on fossil fuels started out with the Gov acting like he wanted to school the UCSA rep about how fossil fuels aren't going anywhere- then Pattiz and Napolitano jumped into the issue. They ended with agreeing on a good likelihood of some targeted divestment, you can view it here at the 01:29:20 mark (The Governor brings up the billions of miles traveled by Californians- 332.2 billion miles mostly on fossil fuels so why not a moratorium on driving, he asks. Anyway, just brought to mind the number of cigarettes/smoking on UC campuses policies as a compare and contrast to what he said. Also the ease of the compact at Chez Panisse Napolitano achieved- Pattiz did not point out a perceived 'worthless gesture' of those efforts,yet he wants to tell the UCSA rep that they are goin' about things the wrong way.)
Then the Governor went on CNN with Wolf and talked about the wildfires in SoCal and climate change.
and there's also this there:

"A large sector of the West Antarctic ice sheet has gone into irreversible retreat," according to Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at the University of California, Irvine, who led one of the teams. "It has passed the point of no return." His team measured shrinkages of 10 to 35 kilometers in several retreating glaciers since the early 1990s. Those glaciers are also thinning.
Warming air is intensifying the winds that sweep round the Antarctic, but it's not warming air that is melting the glaciers there. Those winds are drawing warm waters to the surface. The warm waters are eroding the ice.
Causes? Seems to be mainly the warming caused by the greenhouse effects of increasing carbon dioxide from burning gas, oil, and coal. But the ozone hole, also human-caused but having nothing to do with greenhouse gases or fossil fuels, might also be intensifying the winds.
So far, sea level rise worldwide has been caused mainly by the heat-caused expansion of seawater, much more than melting ice. But melting land ice will have a big effect on sea level rise.
Ian Joughin, leader of the other research team, said that nothing can stop the collapse of the ice sheet, adding, "There's no stabilization mechanism."
But, again, it will be slow. Centuries. John H. Mercer of the Ohio State University was first to predict this way back in 1978. He died without seeing the Antarctic glaciers break up. And so will we all.
So, back to bed. People 200 years from now? Not our problemo.
The only wrinkle in that thought is that centuries ago, about 225 years ago to be more precise, some people wrote a Constitution and Bill of Rights that affect our lives every day and that we refer to daily to guide us legally and morally. Those people could have said, "Screw it, let's make money." I think about my debt to them for wanting to be better than that. I often wish we wanted to be as good.

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More- see: Pension Dropped from Demand of UC Fossil Fuel Divestment Proponents

and also on the UC Regents meetings, there's this, too.

UC Regents Meet Sacto May 15

view: agenda items and ways to view listen here

Thursday, May 15

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - public comment session)
8:50 am Committee on Health Services (open session)
9:45 am Committee on Finance (open session)
11:15 am Board (open session)
Times indicated and order of business subject to change

They will also be meeting on filling the student regent position today, too.
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Later this month May 22 the Committee On Investments will meet - check back here for update materials on that meeting.
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some coverage:

LAT: UC seeks to increase transfer students from community colleges

Daily Nexus Regents Meet on Student and Financial Issues

Higher education: Brown's budget proposal calls for funding increase, tuition freeze


Daily Cal: Protesters to rally outside UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday

also at Daily Cal
NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate score increases for Cal football, decreases for men’s basketball

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Other Reads

if you are bored by UC Regent meetings, there's:

Profiling The Flagship University Model: An Exploratory Proposal for Changing the Paradigm From Ranking to Relevancy by John Aubrey Douglass and a blog post here on it too
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Some at CSU discussing the higher ed workplace--since UC employees are part of a higher ed pseudo state employee pool they might want to also take note:

Chico State and the rest of the California State Universities struggle with institutional bullying, causing health issues and fear among employees.
By Yessenia Funes, The Orion, Chico State (CA) University, April 24, 2014
A Chico State employee spends nights awake in bed.
The next day at work, the employee is welcomed by threats from a supervisor and singled out — micromanaged and stripped of the ability to make work-related decisions. Disturbing comments are made behind closed doors. Performance evaluations are held when no one else is in the office.
“I’m actually ill from all this. I can’t sleep at night. I cry as soon as I leave work. I’m paranoid that my supervisor will come into my office and fire me,” wrote the employee in a set of anonymous comments
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No Break in Fight to Save S.F.’s City College

Sen. Mark Leno’s SB 965, which would provide an emergency cash infusion to help offset lost revenues (that next year alone are projected at $23-26 million) related to falling enrollment.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s Fair Accreditation for California Community Colleges Act (AB 1942) would address alleged ACCJC abuses by empowering community college districts to go outside ACCJC to choose an accrediting agency from other regional agencies across the country that are recognized by the federal Department of Education. The legislation would also require an accreditor to make decisions at public hearings and forbid them from shredding documents for 10 years.

In the wake of a legal and political backlash that also has included an audit by the legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee and an official censure last year from the U.S. Department of Education, the ACCJC’s head has remained remarkably unbowed.