Monday, June 30, 2014

CA Joint Leg. Oversight Hearing on Sexual Assault on College Campuses

In depth discussion of the audit review that included UCLA and UC Berkeley on Title IX compliance- interestingly UCLA did not have a panelist participate.

Today AM Alert: Campus sexual assault in spotlight at hearing
noted in Sac Bee earlier.
Also see latest CA Senate leg on CA higher education here

Video from today's meeting:

First Panel
Caitlin Quinn, ASUC external affairs vice president (note her comments on a VC interaction at the 13:00)
Taylor Herren, Chico State student body president

Second Panel
California State Auditor Elaine Howle (she gives a comprehensive overview at the 42:00 mark)
Keasara Williams, Equal Rights Advocates Staff Attorney

Third Panel
David Lane, UCOP Deputy Chief Compliance Officer he begins at the 1:15:00
Linda Williams, UC Berkeley Associate Chancellor
Dawn Theodora, CSU general counsel
and others from University of the Pacific and Butte College.



FERPA as an excuse for why students don't receive communication, notification from adminstration and Donahoe Higher Ed Act and UC's position on it also come up in the panel Q & A as well.

Daily Cal now has coverage of this hearing - and now Dirks/California Hall wants to hold a national conference at UC Berkeley on it. Is that the gesture that is most needed right now? Is a 'national conference' an attempt at self-aggrandizing for UC admin- or helpful?

UCLA MBA Converted to Private Status? What Does Self Supporting Really Mean? Tuition Increases Coming?

and a round up.
First see Inside Higher Ed: Public to Private MBA at UCLA

Other departments at UCLA are watching to see if the model proves to be a better one and could soon follow, said the head of the university’s Academic Senate, Janice Reiff.
“Self-supporting programs are something a lot of different departments are looking at because of a variety of different reasons,” she said.


and

Internal reviewers continued to express concern, however, particularly about the prices Anderson School officials plan to charge students in the future.
The deal signed last week by Anderson School Dean Judy Olian pledged, “The full-time M.B.A. program will continue to ensure that financial aid is offered at levels at least commensurate with current levels, and with levels at other UC fulltime State-supported M.B.A. programs.”
A tuition increase may already be in the cards.


and UCLA Fac Blog's Cal Policy Issues in the piece here, too:
Internally, faculty – if only a minority – continue to have doubts, said Daniel J.B. Mitchell, a professor emeritus from the Anderson School.
He said they worry the business plan won’t work, even if it does bring in more money and more student fees. “It’s not pure gravy because if you’re charging students a lot more, they tend to expect a lot more in terms of services,” Mitchell said.


--also keep in mind Anderson also has had a shocking number of other headlines this year related to the status of women, travel and entertainment reimbursement questions, and campus climate issues...is the move to privatize going to allow the school to avoid dealing with those issues?
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UC President Janet Napolitano And Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols To Speak At July 1st State Board Meeting Focusing on Cap-and-Trade Program


The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will hear about a new University of California initiative concerning food, and focus on the state’s Cap-and-Trade Program and other environmental market opportunities for farmers and ranchers at its meeting on Tuesday, July 1st in Sacramento. This meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.

UC President Janet Napolitano will provide an overview of a new initiative in collaboration with the university's 10 campuses, three national laboratories, and UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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the spin UC has created on peer to peer may have long term effects of making UC look out of touch? see: The Economist

and how it might affect 'UC Alumni relations ' covered here -and UC alumni branding- since everyone is supposed to be so concerned with branding, too.
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did Granholm and Napolitano come to UC to springboard off of it into CA Gov etc?- a bunch of articles/posts with that spin cropping up... - SF Chron's post is a friendlier version of the stuff out there.

MLive on the Granholm stuff too
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on being Gov (and President of the UC Regents)...
Sac Bee: Scientists sue Jerry Brown over travel and meal money


and Jerry Brown's near-miss at BIO
But Brown's BIO trip came up short — about 200 yards short, in fact. That's roughly the distance between the big hall, where Brown led a cheer for California ahead of a speech by Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the California pavilion on the BIO exhibit floor, which Brown never reached. It was the difference between a general speech to hundreds of people (one person told me later that Brown could have been singing the praises of shoemakers as much as biotechs) and actually meeting the leaders of some of California's biotech companies.

if he does not need all that election money he has for his Gov campaign- since he has a comfortable lead- where will it go?
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and there's this out there: The Privatization of Public Education? California Teachers Take Another Hit from Politicians
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UC Merced buying land -- potential office space for staff.

But, what about...?

University Diaries updates her post here: An Addendum to UD’s Post About Hillary Clinton and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

UD also points to a Politico piece in it - and it is a good read...

but also see: Why I Left 60 Minutes piece there too-- the writer of that piece ends with:

Meanwhile, I now teach journalism at the American University School of Communication in Washington, and I am the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, the largest university-based, nonprofit newsroom in the United States.


Note on that last page of that piece: his need to create a center -a space separate from the msm and separate from higher ed. His solution to make 'work-- work' seems to only include higher ed as an add-on...

Are universities the sanctuary from corruption? Are they the places where true journalism can occur? What about 'higher ed journalism'? Stories on higher ed?
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BTW --why is everyone talking about HRC and hubby-- and not including Bill's speech in Abu Dhabi which is (yes, pointing to it once again) the very thing that started off this segment from Chris Hayes' investigative report?

If the money goes to CGI does that make it better, okay?

There's an update to that story, too, here: Labor Conditions at N.Y.U.’s Abu Dhabi Campus to Be Investigated by U.S. Firm (NYT 6/26/14) -H/t Remaking the University links list

Now UCLA Fac Blog is on to the HRC thing too- see: Some universities apparently can drive a harder bargain than UCLA
- true, UNLV drove a better bargain...
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Of course, it isn't just HRC and Bill -- e.g. everyone's talkin' 'bout soccer - but including this part.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

July UC Regent Meeting Fireworks- already starting?

unfortunately, seems so- see:
Daily Cal broke this news yesterday: UCSA calls emergency meeting over concerns about student-regent designate Avi Oved
If the UCSA Board of Directors — which is comprised of members of each campuses student government — finds there is substantial concerns, the UCSA Board may recommend the UC Board of Regents delay the nomination until a full investigation can be conducted, according to Sabo.

Each year, the UCSA Board of Directors, along with two other committees, selects a student to serve as the student regent. In May, the UCSA Board of Directors met potential candidates and sent forward three recommendations to the UC Board of Regents, who ultimately chose Oved, according to Sabo. The Board of Regents is expected to confirm Oved at its July meeting.


and this today see: Regents' Conflict Avoidance Strategies May (Soon) Come to an End
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The UC Regents meet July 16-17, 2014.

DC on student loan reforms this month...

see video on:
Student Loan Debt- Education officials testified on the effects on the economy of high student loan interest rates and debt. The hearing followed Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) introduction of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates offered to new borrowers. One of the witnesses, a Washington, D.C., public school teacher, detailed his experiences getting loans for graduate school and the repayment period and options after graduation.

Witnesses testified on student loan debt and its effects on borrowers, career choice, and the economy. Brittany Jones talked about her struggles with student loan debt impeded her desire to become a teacher. Senators Ayotte, Kaine, and King all asked questions on the reasons for the cost of higher education. Senator King suggested another hearing with institution leaders to explain to the committee why tuition cost so much. POTUS on it too here and Ed Secretary on it here and this link to; Washington Journal Student Loan Reform Natalia Abrams talked by video from Studio City, California, about student loan reform and the work of her organization, StudentDebtCrisis.org.  Topics included the current debt situation, the reasons debt was rising, and her own experiences with student loans. She reacted to a video clip of President Obama’s speaking about his executive order of June 9, 2014, that would reduce student loan payments. Topics included how the plan would work and who would pay for it. She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications, including telephone lines divided between students and parents. More content available here.

Title IX - the DC Latest Hearings

(yeah, happy dance: C Span updated its functionality on its video clips!)
"School administrators, Department of Education officials, and victims testified on the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The hearing focused on ways that federal laws,‎ including Title IX and the Clery Act, sought to hold schools accountable and help keep students safe."

US Senator Tom Harkin led this - and he mentions his shock to find out recently that US military academies do not fall under Clery or Title IX - that happens a couple of times during it. Also, this meeting included a panelist who presented an LGBT perspective on Title IX.

___ US Sen. McCaskill led this discussion also: ____ Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) held the third of a series of roundtable discussions on combating rape and sexual assaults on colleges… ___ Sexual assault victims, campus safety and sexual assault experts, and sexual assault advocacy organization leaders were part of the first of several roundtable discussions on combating rape and sexual assaults on college campuses. The event, set up by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), also focused on the Clery Act and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. Among the issues discussed were whether or not to mandate reporting by campus personnel and the types of fines placed on colleges associated with Clery Act compliance. ____ Did you miss that George Will interview? ___ Or link to: Book Discussion on The Price of Silence- William Cohan talked about his book, The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities, in which he recounts the 2006 Duke University lacrosse case. In his book, Mr. Cohan, an alumnus of the university, reports on several aspects

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pow and Wow?

Sac Bee on another audit report that came out this week on the CCCs: Audit Slams Community College Accreditation Process
includes this:
The accrediting commission wrote a scathing response to the audit, calling it "factually inaccurate" and "incomplete."

"ACCJC recognizes that the Auditor and her assigned team members do not have the expertise to conduct an audit of the type that was undertaken in this instance," the commission wrote in a letter included with the report. "Audit standards require auditors to have independence and technical competence."

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Also Sac Bee has: California School Bond Measure Advances
"Obviously it's not going to be put on the ballot without a dollar amount," Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, the author of AB 2235, told the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday. "Ultimately, just like with all bonds, we're going to have to have that big pow-wow where everyone comes to an agreement."

Voters have approved about $35 billion in school-construction and modernization bonds since 1998, most recently in 2006, when voters passed $10.4 billion in Proposition 1D. But the pot of construction money set aside for K-12 schools was tapped out about two years ago, and higher education has been without new construction money for even longer.

The State Allocation Board, which oversees the state's school construction and modernization programs, estimated earlier this year that California needs as much as $12 billion in additional school-building money and almost $5 billion in modernization money.

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Some UC students also had add'l audit feedback to Daily Cal on the UC audit report this week: “I am happy that the audit did happen, and it sheds some light on what happens on campus,” Stenson said. “But it almost feels like someone from the university co-wrote the audit.”

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NBC Bay Area on: Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Streamline Teacher Firings

Again, UCLA on 'it'. Transitioning admin, other things.

Former UCLA Employee Files Racial and Age Discrimination Lawsuit - you can read the ugly details there.
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see this - not-so-great-title in Forbes: Veterans Need To Take Ownership Over Their Health Care - with a disclaimer re: UC Regents at the bottom of it.
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UC considering ban on Uber, Lyft, Airbnb
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Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour transitioning to new role at Cal a 1pm presser on it...

..."the ban on such investments, which was put in place in 1989 out of concern for potential conflicts of interest among UC affiliates and the university itself, was deemed to be unnecessary."

see Daily Cal: UC Now Able To Invest In Homegrown Technology

To advise the UC system on projects worth investing in, Napolitano also announced the formation of an innovation council, composed of venture capitalists, investment and technology experts, and business leaders. The selection process for council members is currently underway, and the first meeting is slated to be held in August, according to Converse.

earlier: Napolitano briefly and vaguely mentioned it in her interview with KQED here

SV Biz Jrnl on it: University of California Reverses Policy On Startup Investing To Commercialize Academic Research

Still, it's not hard to see why the budget-strained UC system is looking to get into the high-margins world of technology investing. Private universities, most notably Silicon Valley's own Stanford University, have actively encouraged entrepreneurial students and faculty to bolster both their branding and bottom lines.
“These measures are key to supporting and expanding the entrepreneurial culture on our campuses, and enhancing the innovation ecosystem at the University of California,” Napolitano said in a statement. “The technology and companies incubated at UC have a direct and critical impact on the state’s economic growth, and our continued support is integral to our university’s public mission.”
The new pilot program will allow startups to offer UC campuses equity in their young companies in exchange for the use of university resources, as opposed to the current system where startups must pay a fee.
"Accepting equity helps the startups by avoiding draining them of cash and also allows the university to participate in financial returns," the statement notes.

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at 'Berkeley Law'-- there's this latest: John Yoo and 4 others named endowed law faculty chairs

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dirks Interview w/ THE While On Summer Travel with a VC...

listen here: Dirks to THE on UC Berkeley and UCSB - from June 13
-on Gov . Jerry Brown and his tuition rate forty years ago
-on 'gentleman's agreements with Stanford' on raising billions
- on seeing the major recent protests (OccupyCal etc.) as (merely?) a response to the major tuition hikes at the time
-on Columbia again
more
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He also believes the CA State Auditor report found:

"I also am encouraged by the reviewers' positive conclusion on two key areas: the manner in which the UC Berkeley campus resolves complaints of sexual harassment or sexual violence, and the manner in which we sanction those found culpable. These areas have been the subject of extensive debate and discussion, and criticism by some students. I hope the report's findings will allow all of us who are concerned about and involved in these issues to proceed with reforms based on the facts presented by this objective and independent review."

Is that how you read it?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Maybe Diane Can Do It?

(since Diane Sawyer Leaving 'World News,' Replaced By David Muir)

see: Barbara Walters Is Already Returning To 'The View'


Then read WaPo: on the requests from the victims families to pls have their losses considered in the coverage.

Hope they get the answers they need.
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H/t: Remaking the University Meranze links (for the WaPo link above)

and: there is also this important IHE piece on privacy and online instruction research in the mix there, too.

“We wanted to send a message to the UC and employers that online is as good or even better than on campus.”

see: UC Berkeley offers new online data science master’s degree


The School of Information is partnered with 2U, an educational technology company which provides the platform for the course.

and
The inaugural class ranges in age from 24 to 52, with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6, according to the online program’s website. The course is made up of about 100 students, 78 percent of whom are male.

The prerequisites for admission are demanding, requiring students to have a strong background in scientific fields, according to School of Information professor Steven Weber, who is currently teaching the new online course.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

what's goin' on?... roundup

see Davis Vanguard article:
UC Davis Moves Further On With Third Campus, Will World Food Center Follow?

Last month it leaked out that plans were in place to potentially put the World Food Center at the railyards in Sacramento.
The university backed away from that report, however, and a source told the Vanguard in May that there were no firm plans about the placement of the potentially $1 billion center and that faculty are balking at the notion of relocating to Sacramento.
The chancellor sent out a release which formally announced plans to create an advisory group of deans, faculty, staff and students to help UC Davis explore the academic program for a possible new campus in Sacramento.
According to the release, Chancellor Katehi first mentioned the idea of a third campus in her annual State of the Campus presentation to the Academic Senate in February. At that time, she said the campus would emphasize UC Davis’ commitment to education, research, clinical and policy aspirations with a focus on food, health and the environment.

and much more detail on the latest in that piece.

-as you read it, remember that Napolitano compact with chancellors...
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Changing Universities: Five Years after the Financial Meltdown: The State of the US Economy and College Grads
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using the middle class scholarship plan to drum up votes? see
UCLA Faculty Association : (Some) Financial Aid Coming to UC Students
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Remaking the University- Christensen's Disruptive Innovation after the Lepore Critique

CA Audit Report Findings On UC Berkeley and UCLA on Title IX, the handling of sexual harassment and sexual violence incidents, more.

update:
HuffPo: California Auditor Finds Fault With Public Universities' Handling Of Sexual Assault

The Guardian California universities should do more to prevent sexual assault, audit says
An audit of five state universities was ordered after 32 female students filed a complaint alleging schools were mishandling cases

Associated Press Auditor: Campus' sexual assault efforts inadequate

Time Mag article on it : Report: California Colleges Must Do More to Combat Sexual Violence-A report from a state auditor says some California colleges aren't complying with the law

Sac Bee Auditor: Sexual violence training lacking at California universities

Daily Cal on the 'must do more': UC Berkeley and other campuses “must do more” to better respond to sexual assault, state auditor says
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original post
see: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence:
Report 2013-124—California Universities Must Better Protect Students by Doing More to Prevent, Respond to, and Resolve Incidents

Full Report HERE

the brief summary is available here

it includes:

"Our audit of the handling of sexual harassment and sexual violence incidents at four California universities highlighted the following:

The universities do not ensure that all faculty and staff are sufficiently trained on responding to and reporting these incidents to appropriate officials.

Certain university employees who are likely to be the first point of contact are not sufficiently trained on responding to and reporting these incidents.

The universities must do more to properly educate students on sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Provide education to incoming students near the time they arrive on campus.

Provide all continuing students periodic refresher training at least annually.

Review and modify educational programs to comply with changes in laws and guidance.

The universities did not always comply with requirements in state law for distribution of relevant policies.

Thirty-five percent of the students who participated in a survey we conducted stated that they had experienced such incidents by another member of the campus community.

Twenty-two percent of the students who participated in our survey were not aware of resources available on campus should they or someone they know experience such incidents.

The universities need to better inform students who file a complaint of the status of the investigation and notify them of the eventual outcome."

and

"UC's Office of the President indicates that it will be working with all of the UC campuses to review and respond to the recommendations. UC Berkeley indicates that it agrees with the importance of certain areas discussed in the report and states that review, evaluation, and response to the specific recommendations in the report will be coordinated at the UC systemwide level. UCLA states that it understands the importance of appropriate communication and training and will seriously consider our recommendations as it reevaluates and updates its materials and procedures. We look forward to hearing more about the specific actions that the Office of the President, UC Berkeley, and UCLA plan to take to address our recommendations in their 60-day status reports."
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UC's initial response from
Dirks on page 101 (3 page response)
Block on page 105 (1 page response)
Napolitano page 97 (interesting/telling...the UCOP folks she decided to cc in her letter)

- they complain of a potential lack of flexibility in the CA auditor's recommendations
- and they also don't want to concede that the Donahoe Higher Education Act applies to the University of California (in the same way as other colleges and universities in CA in certain instances. Donahoe Act is the same as the Master Plan.)
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and the State Auditor responds to them on page 107

Saturday, June 21, 2014

early sunday round up

See:
HuffPo: UCLA Professor Ordered To Perform Community Service In Fatal Lab Fire

and
Settlement Announced in Patrick Harran Criminal Case

Sangji’s family isn’t happy with the settlement. “Our family has been devastated by the loss of a daughter and a sister,” they said in a statement.“We are extremely disappointed that the Los Angeles District Attorney chose to settle this case rather than pursue a trial and seek justice for Sheri. … We do not understand how this man is allowed to continue running a laboratory, and supervising students and researchers.”


KTLA: UCLA Professor Agrees to Settlement With Prosecutors After Explosion That Killed Researcher


She was accepted and on her way to attend Berkeley Law/ Boalt after her summer job at UCLA. Two full scholarships have now been set up at Boalt in her name-- as part of the UC Regents agreement for their part, see DC archive: Criminal case settled with UC regents over UCLA lab fire

Daily Bruin with more background in this archive story:
Reed said there is no evidence to support the district attorney’s assertion that the university and Harran intentionally violated rules, knowing that something harmful could happen.

“The D.A. cannot win,” Reed said.

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Remember Napolitano on Title IX a couple weeks ago in that Krasny KQED interview - late May 2014? audio here at the 14:00 mark:
to paraphrase her interest in: 'Making sure that local police depts are trained to receive complaints and that local attorneys/DAs are trained and prepared to prosecute such cases' -listen to that section and see how it sounds...

(Isn't that for Kamala to do, speak to? It feels like two Govs, two AGs in CA at times in Napolitano interviews...Shouldn't there be some appearance of separation b/ween CA and UC interests?- in order for the larger CA community to believe there is objective CA oversight of UC?

Napolitano is now an advocate for UC - not in the other roles she has previously held and also UC Pres., so....
Is it appropriate to make it seem like the interests are paired?)
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The CA State Auditor Higher Ed Report on UCB and UCLA scheduled to come out next Tuesday - they posted "2013-124 - Postsecondary Higher Education—Sexual Harassment Est. Release Date: June 24, 2014

UCOP tries to go defensive early, but they're already too late no matter what the latest report might say:

LAT: UC creates task force to oversee efforts to prevent sexual assault


SF Chron: Napolitano creates panel to deal with campus sexual violence


CBS Local : UC President Napolitano To Form Campus-Wide Sexual Violence Prevention Taskforce

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There is this Title IX blog post that talks about update to Clery Act Expansion-explanation and points to this IHE piece: Changes to Campus Safety Rules
and there is this CHE story on Colleges Face New Requirements - they all highlight that the public comment feedback session remains open to all through late July.
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Remember UCLA returned the Sterling Research donation and admonished the PR ads they said he placed and- they esp. wanted everyone to know- that UCLA didn't place? Could there be a conflict of interest issue raised in this latest: cuz,- now they call him incompetent, too?! - and more harsh words ensue - see UCLA Fac Blog with it.

and there's also an important blog title there on the Title IX facet no one wants to address.
but: is that blog post title based around a term as it relates to just the APM or something larger than the Academic Personnel Manual (APM)? ...
-and therein lies a major part of the prob with how to address this issue.
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ooyyyy...
University Diaries post "Why do people hate professors?"
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A&E network did a one hour special on IV, UCSB tragedy- it did not delve into new info and- at times felt gratuitous(?) - but UCLA psych faculty were interviewed about Rodger, and some at UCSB were interviewed as well to give their victim accounts. Decision to watch -subjective- but it's out there.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Not a bubble?

in CHE: The Miseducation of America
The movie 'Ivory Tower' and the rhetoric of crisis and collapse

Still, for all its admirable instincts, Ivory Tower ends up reproducing some of the errors, and more importantly, many of the limitations of the higher-education debate. We can start with student debt, as everybody does. The movie hits the usual points. It reminds us that the total of outstanding student loans exceeds $1-trillion, tells us that the average debt is $25,000 at graduation, and touches on the story of a young person who has borrowed an enormous sum ($140,000) and faces a daunting labor market while living on food stamps. But it also makes the usual omissions. It doesn’t tell us that the rise in aggregate debt is mainly the result, not of individuals borrowing more for college, but of more individuals going. From 2000 to 2012, per-student borrowing increased by about 30 percent—deplorable, but not catastrophic. It doesn’t tell us that "average debt" refers to all borrowers, not all students. Forty-three percent of those who graduate from public universities, which accounts for about 70 percent of the college population, don’t take out any loans at all (a figure that changed very little over those 12 years). In 2012, average debt per graduate was a little over $14,000. (The numbers are somewhat worse at private institutions: about $30,000 per borrower and $20,000 per graduate.) As for those who owe $100,000 or more, they represent a tiny minority of students, on the order of 2 percent. Meanwhile, 43 percent of borrowers (and therefore more than 65 percent of students) owe $10,000 or less.

This is not to say that student debt is not a big, serious, and growing problem, or that tuitions are not far too high. Behind that trillion dollars in student debt lies another, no doubt even larger number: the sum that families are paying (and in some cases, borrowing) so their kids don’t have to take out quite so many loans. Behind the figures on average debt at graduation is an even more distressing story: debt at, let us call it, nongraduation, the moment when so many young people decide to give up on college altogether (only 56 percent of students at public universities graduate within six years)—undoubtedly, in many cases, because they don’t want to take on more debt. Then there are the many students who are deterred by costs from starting college at all.


Lots to think about in that piece...and maybe, for some, at this event tonight?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 18 round up

see:
Free Higher Ed in the News: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
on The Redeeming America’s Promise plan -and on Starbucks and ASU, too.
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and
The University as a Warehouse for Rich People, and the University as a Warehouse for Poor People.
Fancy schmancy schools don’t take in enough Pell Grant people and risk becoming gilded ghettos. Why should the American taxpayer subsidize that? Trailer park techs take in little besides poor people, many of whom never graduate. -on the Education Trust report, a link to that report included in that post or here: Bottom Line Quality Standards for Colleges.
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Daily Cal on CA Budget and UC
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Dirks wants in on the Ivory Tower discussion

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

President of the UC Regents and the CA 'Horse Trading' Budget Deal

President of the UC Regents and the CA 'Horse Trading' Budget Deal
The governor still has a couple weeks to sign the budget deal--
But First an LA Times story on Silicon Valley that is... more interesting:

The Gov.'jocular'? about: "a federal report that one of Apple's three Irish subsidiaries, with no employees, reported $30 billion in income but paid no taxes in any country over a five-year period. The report also notes Ireland's statutory tax rate is 12%, but Apple has a negotiated rate of less than 2% a year with Ireland." see LA Times: Jerry Brown weighs in on Apple taxes, gets ire of the Irish

For real???!!! read the article in full here.
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Bump at pump in January to help speed bullet train project

in it there's: "The best guess at this point is that it is not going to go up much over 12 cents a gallon - but it definitely won't go down," said Severin Borenstein of the University of California Energy Institute.
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Press Telegram: CSU sees budget boost, may get more funds for innovation, deferred maintenance
Under a compromise between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers, the University of California and California State University systems will receive an additional $50 million each, in the upcoming state budget, if property taxes come in higher than projections.
Lawmakers are expected to vote on the state spending plan, for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts July 1, Sunday.
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This lengthy piece in HuffPo also gets into details on how this is wake up call for CA Teachers

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Matier with more on a bump at the pump at SF Chron

and his piece for the CBS local for more detail the video below includes several comments from State Sen. Steinberg on it and it closes talking about the trade offs with education funding:


Monday, June 16, 2014

Starbucks and ASU. An Elevator Pitch for something maybe called Unizin?

this is all over today's news- is this package the 'way of the future': Starbucks, ASU Team Up For Employee Education Program

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Why Unizin is a Threat to edX

Suppose somebody came to you and said, “For the same cost of an edX membership, I can get you a vastly more mature platform for MOOCs, which also happens to be the sexy new LMS that your faculty are bugging you to let them use for their more traditional courses, and a coalition that can build a brand to rival edX while still being run by your peers and not some icky VCs. I also can offer you a much grander vision of bigger benefits, but even if you don’t believe that vision will come to pass, you can think of getting the chance to be in on the ground floor as a free bonus.”
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What to make of it all?

More links on other related items at Remaking the University

Viewpoint on UC "Tenure system creates dichotomy between professors and mere lecturers"

see Tenure System Creates Dichotomy Between Professors and Mere Lecturers
it starts off like this:
UC Berkeley, along with many other universities and community colleges, operates on a two-tiered faculty system. Tenured and tenure-track faculty have regular positions with benefits and protections for academic freedom. They are mostly white men. All other faculty, who constitute more than half of the teaching positions, operate without job security and benefits — and tend to be women. One has only to look at the hiring notices for academic positions at UC Berkeley to see that they are almost exclusively hiring lecturers, who are temporary teachers with no benefits and single-term appointments. The university does this to get professors on the cheap, in the same way big corporations avoid providing professional pay and benefits to their workers.
read it in full here
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Night or Day, Hailstorm or Sunshine, Dread or Hope--take your pick on how you see it, CA's new budget: California Lawmakers Approve $156 Billion Budget
includes:
A plan to gradually fill the $74 billion funding gap in California’s teacher retirement plan, known as CalSTRS. The state, school districts, and teachers will all increase the amount of money they pay into the pension plan, though districts will do so at a more gradual rate than Brown initially proposed last month. The new formula will generate an additional $276 million for teacher retirement funds this year. That annual total will increase each year, topping $1.4 billion next year and eventually growing to more than $5 billion in 2020.

They also have on K-12 side:
Teacher Tenure Laws in State Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

Nostalgia and Springfield

NBC News Is College Worth It? New Documentary Weighs Costs of Higher Ed, includes:

“Ivory Tower” discusses lots of solutions, but the underlying message is that the government needs to invest more money in public education like it did with the Higher Education Act of 1965. Is this still possible? In the film, California governor Jerry Brown seemed to think it was a lost cause, which is why he pursued MOOCs as public policy.

Student activists have a real voice and they’re trying to directly reach politicians. In the film, you see students marching on the state house in Sacramento, California. You see students marching at the headquarters of Sallie Mae. There are groups like Higher Ed, Not Debt that are active on social media and are gaining a large following. And I think they hope to push this issue beyond the campus walls and to state and federal government.

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Brown and former UC Regent William Roth covered in depth in Roth's obituary here at the NYT: William M. Roth, Shipping Heir Who Became Lifelong Public Servant, Dies at 97

In a long lifetime of public service, he served as a regent of the University of California for 16 years; sparred with the state’s governor, Ronald Reagan; briefly ran for governor himself;
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Mr. Roth remained active as a regent of the University of California. He spoke in support of students demonstrating for “free speech” and against the Vietnam War. Edwin W. Pauley, an outspoken conservative regent, denounced Mr. Roth as “ultra-liberal.”

Mr. Roth stayed on after Reagan became governor in 1967 and appointed conservative regents, who dismissed Clark Kerr, the university’s president, whom Mr. Roth had supported. Mr. Roth opposed Reagan’s education ideas as “high simplicity” and in 1974, as Reagan was preparing to leave office, Mr. Roth deliberately showed up late so he would not have to vote on a resolution praising the governor.

In his own race for governor, in 1974, Mr. Roth placed fourth in a crowded Democratic primary with 10 percent of the vote. The winner, Jerry Brown, served as governor until 1983 and was again elected to the post in 2010.

In San Francisco, where he lived for many years, Mr. Roth led planning and education advocacy groups and was so generous to philanthropic causes that Herb Caen, the Chronicle columnist, called him “saintly.”

Herb Caen ...
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LAT Obama's address at UC Irvine sparks memories of another time

As he listens to President Obama speak to the 2014 UC Irvine graduating class during a commencement celebration today at Angel Stadium, James McGaugh said he’ll be reflecting on an academic rite of passage held 50 years ago in “similarly engaging times.”

McGaugh, 82, a professor of neurobiology at UC Irvine, was among those who turned out to watch President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicate the campus on June 20, 1964 in a ceremony attended by about 12,000 people in a makeshift stadium surrounded by undeveloped hills.

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Other outlets remembered MLK and Springfield exactly fifty years ago, see The Atlantic article here

You can listen to the full commencement speech or read it here.



Sunday, June 15, 2014

CCSF update, Tenure in CA

see:
Huge CCSF win: College won't close, deadline extension expected
College won't close under panel's proposed new rules
In a stunning turnabout, City College of San Francisco will not be forced to close and is expected to retain accreditation under new rules proposed Wednesday by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

and

S F Chron CCSF sanctions stand, but new review urged, panel says
The commission that has tried to revoke accreditation from City College of San Francisco said Friday that an appeals panel has upheld its decisions to sanction the school in 2012 and 2013, but has also sent the case back to the commission for reconsideration based on the work the college has done since then to comply with standards.
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Tenure in CA covered by Changing Universities

and here at NBC Bay Area's Class Action

Napolitano on IV aftermath, fixes- and on Title IX, Tuition, Admissions

from May 29th if you missed it--
In the discussion:

-her moves on behalf of UC on Title IX at the 15:00 mark

-course delivery reducing costs- ie "online" -at the 21:30 mark

-entrepreneurial UC taking equity from UC research and 'a document' she says she recently signed eliminating 'that barrier' at the 22:20 mark

-at the 24:25 mark a question about 'professors emeriti receiving 100% of their annual salary in retirement' question asked, and there is a not so clear response to it

-- she also talks about the 'low to zero' numbers on applications and admissions to UC medical schools for certain minority groups

--and she gives her account of her speech at Laney College (in the comments there some who attended don't recount it the same way) and Krasny mentions that apparently there was a potential protest against her speaking at Hastings- something briefly mentioned - (can't find any news coverage of that at Hastings during that week, but there was a ton of other UC news going on at that time...)

You can listen to the KQED interview with Krasny in full by pressing play button below- or, here at this link- it runs 28 minutes:

”If things continue the way they are right now, mathematically speaking it’ll take over 100 years to make the kind of progress the school would like to make,” -- and “I’ve had enough,”.... “I don’t need this.”

UCLA's Anderson School Has a Major Woman Problem
also touches on admissions
In Bloomberg Businessweek’s experience, faculty members aren’t the only women who aren’t being taken seriously. On a visit to Anderson last month, we asked Dylan Stafford, assistant dean of the Fully Employed MBA Programs, what types of students his program takes risks on by admitting them. “Women,” he replied. “Their quant skills aren’t good, and the applicant pool is lower.” (Quant, or quantitative analysis, is part of the GMAT.).

Anderson’s Olian paints a different picture.

follow up on the $10 mil WB...

UCLA $ 10 million dollar whistleblower fallout - a letter to the Governor and AG includes asking them
"to determine
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(1) If the taxpayers were bilked because UC hospitals lost funding that was destined to them, but instead payouts from medical companies was diverted to doctors personal accounts;
(2) Whether it is appropriate for a public institution to ever take private funds and conduct research based upon financial gain, or if the practice should be prohibited;
(3) When patients should be told that a doctor or the hospital receives funding from a device or drug manufacturer; and
(4) Whether oversight of UC financial relationships with drug and medical device manufacturers should be taken out of the hands of hospital administrators and given to an independent monitor with no financial interest."

and
“California’s public university hospitals are allowed to set their own conflict of interest policies. For instance, UCSF, which has the strongest transparency requirements in the UC system, prohibits faculty members conducting research on behalf of a company from having a personal financial relationship with that company. Other institutions within the UC system, including UCLA, have policies that are far less protective. Shouldn’t all public university hospitals have the same protections against conflicts of interest? The findings of your investigation can help determine this.”

you can read the full letter here.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ivory Tower Documentary Buzz , HBCUs series, more

and in theaters now ...Ivory Tower - Andrew Rossi's sobering film zeroes in on multiple causes of drastically rising college tuition.
"the documentary usefully opens up a discussion that must be joined by citizens in and outside of academia. More festival showings and pre-broadcast theatrical exposure lie ahead."

Info, the trailer and where to view it and requests for a showing info here at the documentary's site - Along with a Petition to Congress posted there..
The description of it:
'an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.'
Hollywood Reporter Review from Jan Sundance film festival.

and this Variety piece on it in March



June 13
Los Angeles, CA
Landmark Theatres

New York City, NY
Angelika Film Center
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June 16
Sacramento, CA
Crest Theater (One night only)
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June 20
Cambridge, MA
Kendall Square Cinema

Washington, DC
Landmark E Street Cinema

San Francisco, CA
Landmark Theatres: Embarcadero Center Cinema

Berkeley, CA
Landmark Theatres: Shattuck Cinemas
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June 27
St. Louis, MO
LLandmark Theatres: Tivoli Theatre

Chicago, IL
Landmark Theatres: Century Centre Cinema

Dallas, TX
Landmark Theatres: The Magnolia

Denver, CO
Landmark Theatres: Mayan Theatre

Atlanta, GA
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Seattle, WA
Landmark Seven Gables

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July 4
Phoenix, AZ
Harkins Theatres Camelview 5

Minneapolis, MN
Landmark Edina 4 Theatre

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The documentary above includes coverage of an HBCU-- Spelman. Much of the press on what is happening with higher ed centers around the fact that high numbers of minority students are caught up in the online- but coverage frequently fails to talk about what is happening with HBCUs. Craig Melvin of MSNBC has been taking a closer look at HBCUs in a series of pieces here - (recall also Yudof and UCB worked on developing some collaborations with HBCUs):



and



and



and, he also did a piece on campus safety rankings here
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Lots of excitement on POTUS at UC Irvine commencement next Saturday-- he will be issuing an executive order on Monday, see: Obama To Issue Executive Action Easing Student Loan Debt Pressures

Faced with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives that makes legislation out of reach for most of his policy proposals, Obama has turned to issuing executive orders to accomplish his agenda.

Senate Democrats have proposed legislation that would allow millions of Americans to refinance both federal and private undergraduate student loans at lower interest rates.

The bill is unlikely to overcome the opposition of Republicans, who say the measure would come at too high a cost for the government.

More broadly, the administration is looking for ways to stimulate faster economic growth without relying on legislation.

Emblematic UC: "“The university wants to build big telescopes but doesn’t have any clue about how to invest in the infrastructure that would make them a success.”

is it favoritism of certain research/ers over others?, or, just the lack of funding?
NYT : A Star-Gazing Palace’s Hazy Future

In February, nine members of the California congressional delegation wrote to the university’s president, the former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, urging her to reconsider. A Save Lick Observatory campaign, led by Dr. Filippenko, is trying to raise money and plead the observatory’s case.

In response, Ms. Napolitano wrote that the university did not plan to close Lick “at this time.” A new budget adopted this spring included money for a part-time “development officer” on the Santa Cruz campus to raise outside money for the observatory. But it is not clear what will happen if not enough is raised.

“We sit across the table from these people and don’t get an answer,” Dr. Faber said.

In some ways, Lick’s situation is emblematic of research institutions’ struggle to balance
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Continue reading here
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KESQ: UC Irvine Law gains accreditation
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The early chapters of what reads like a never-ending-NCAA-churn happening close to Cal, UCOP.
CBS Sports details it out - Ed O'Bannon vs. NCAA: A cheat sheet for college sports on trial
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UCLA Faculty Blog with more on Olian's realization that the numbers on gender equity haven't looked so good for a loooooonnnngggggg while. She's discovered it's deeply personal...ugh.
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Remaking the University latest links posted on the right hand column here-- includes this piece
and
University Diaries covers it further- as only she can

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Minding the Workplace on The Duh
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Pres of the UC Regents raking it in - but where will it go?
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all of it - so very... 'emblematic'

Thursday, June 5, 2014

“The Public University and the Social Good: UC Davis Student Views” Presentations and Panel

Description:
Davis Honors Challenge (DHC) students Andrea Jao, Jack Killion, Michael Rogers, Susan Rowe, Megan Sabbah, and Jack Taylor will discuss UC Davis student views on “the public university and the social good,” gleaned from an online survey, a focus group, and one-on-one interviews conducted spring quarter.

Panelists Adela de la Torre, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies, and Director of the Center for Transnational Health, UC Davis;

Ann Huff Stevens, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, and Director of the Center for Poverty Research, UC Davis, will join the DHC teams after their presentation to discuss the implications of their findings and respond to audience questions.

The student presenters will be introduced by their DHC professor, Dr. Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Director of the Space Engineering Research and Graduate Program (SpaceED), UC Davis.

From Monday, June 2, 2014, Presentation and Panel

Should they be asking?

Cal finds little company in push to cut subsidies
The University of California-Berkeley's dramatic, sustained decrease in its subsidization of its athletics program during a recent three-year period may well be replicable by other NCAA Division I schools.

But none has done it.

According to Cal athletics director Sandy Barbour and the campus' vice chancellor for administration and finance, John Wilton, none has even asked Cal officials how they did it.

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University Diaries on a UC Berkeley alum and former UCSF admin who is now heading up Fresno State...
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Los Angeles Times UC, teaching assistants agree on contract; strike during exams averted

Giroux on Disimagination Zones, more



civic literacy the high-point of the intellectual
critical review of 'the liberal center'
displaced outrage
debating societies
much more.

'Humanities In The Post Capitalist University' Talk at UWM

Prof. Newfield at Univ Wisconsin it begins at the 3:00 mark:


'you're the guy who says we are destroying our public university systems'--
'i am now the guy who says we have succeeded'

--and on Jerry Brown's California

--and on Dirks and 'higher ed funding policies are IMF's structural adjustment applied to the US' own population'

Talk on 'Turning Around Higher Education'

Radio Interview at BYU (yes, as in 'intelligence is the glory of God') -on the teaching mission, extramural research funding, blogging, human development --and interviewer questions around Toni Morrison in the place of Shakespeare and creation of another far left elite group, or not, 'the jargon'- or somethin' like that, here is the description provided:
Christopher Newfield, professor at University of California at Santa Barbara and pioneer in the field of critical university studies joins Thinking Aloud as part of the BYU Humanities Center Annual Symposium to discuss his research into higher education and the ways we can improve its efficacy and reach.


"Turning Around Higher Education"
Originally Aired: April 10, 2014

How They Talked About It - a sample of higher ed talks

that Beverly Hills event that UCLA talks about sometimes...
- "The Future of Higher Education in America at the Milken Institute"


Described as:
Speakers:

William Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Author, "Is College Worth It?"

Steven Knapp, President, The George Washington University

Daphne Koller, Co-Founder, Coursera Inc.

Patricia McWade, Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University

Anthony Miller, Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Department of Education
Moderator:

John Nelson, Managing Director, Public Finance Group, Moody's Investors Service
Student debt surpassed the $1 trillion mark in 2012 and now is the second-largest category of household debt behind mortgages. Default rates exceed those of credit cards, and college tuition and fees have been rising even faster than health care costs. At the same time, employers are seeing a mismatch between their needs and the qualifications of those in the labor pool. This incongruity threatens to derail productivity and economic growth, raising serious questions about national competitiveness. Given this backdrop, how can the American higher education model fulfill the learning, affordability and job-preparation needs of students? What role can colleges and universities, online technology and government play in setting higher education on the best possible course?

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'Davos 2014 - Higher Education - Investment or Waste?'
(Dirks was there- but not on this panel)


Described as
Open Forum: Higher Education - Investment or Waste?
Benjamin Franklin once said, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Yet today, the US has a trillion dollar student loan bubble and the graduate unemployment rate has reached 14%. With over 285,000 university graduates working at minimum wage in the US, many students are faced with buyer's remorse. Is it time to reconsider whether a college degree is worth the investment?

- What is the impact of Massive Open Online Courses on traditional higher education?
- Will Generation Y youth be better or worse off than their parents? What are the implications?

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris; World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member; Global Agenda Council on Water Security

Daphne Koller, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Coursera, USA; Technology Pioneer; Global Agenda Council on the Future of Universities

Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour, INSEAD, France; Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadershi

Sean C. Rush, President and Chief Executive Officer, JA Worldwide, USA; Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment

Zach Sims, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Codecademy, USA; Technology Pioneer

Moderated by
David Callaway, Editor-in-Chief, USA Today, USA
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Dartmouth's series: "Leading Voices in Higher Education" here:

Described as:
Jeff Selingo, editor at large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, explores the college of the future -- how families will pay, what campuses will look like, and how students will learn and prove their value in the job market. February 19, 2013, Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College
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Flashback 2010 - 'Aspen Institute What is the Purpose of Higher Education in the 21st Century?'
Claude Steele was on the panel with Eduardo Padron, Kim Bottomly,Sidney Harmon, Elliot Gerson

Flashback 2005 - Giroux On The Corporatization Of American Education

see:

“It shows just how little survivors factor into colleges' calculus at all,” she said. “Nowhere in the entire presentation are victims' needs considered, let alone mentioned.” Bolger added that the presentation's “sole focus on mitigating ‘reputational harm’ and ‘public relations risks’ ” shows that “it couldn't be clearer where schools' real commitments lie: in reducing the risk of harm to the university, not to their students.”

see IHE: The Presentation Withheld From a Senator
In requesting the presentation earlier this month, McCaskill said she was “extremely troubled” by the webinar and said it may have had a chilling effect on whether and how colleges respond to the survey.
Sarah Feldman, a McCaskill spokeswoman, suggested on Tuesday that the presentation validated some of those concerns.
"Based on the message ACE is conveying in this presentation -- that participating in a confidential survey, meant to learn how schools handle sexual assault on campus, would somehow be exposing institutions to the 'wild west' of politics -- it's not surprising that some schools felt they were being warned against cooperating,” she said. “We'd certainly hope moving forward that ACE will be more willing to work productively with us and its member institutions to help combat sexual assault on our college campuses.”
Dana Bolger, co-founder of the advocacy group Know Your IX that been pushing the federal government to hold colleges more accountable for sexual assaults on their campuses, said the ACE presentation was “upsetting.”
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SF Chron: Accreditation panel tells Pelosi deadline for CCSF is firm
Speier took it further and called for the U.S. Department of Education to shut down the commission. "They're a rogue operation," Speier told The Chronicle. "They have dug in their heels like some totalitarian regime. I think the time has come for the secretary of education to dismantle them."
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SF Chron on Newsom: The low point was probably when he marched into Brown's office (and this is so Newsom) with an idea for "an executive order to create an interagency council on the homeless." Newsom thought it would be perfect; he could muck around in policy, stay out of Brown's way and still keep a strong public profile.

Just pipe down
The response? Why don't you just pipe down and focus on California universities and the Land Use Commission like the lieutenant governor is supposed to?

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Why did 287,000-plus Californians vote for Leland Yee?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Napolitano On LGBT at UC, TA Strike Update, and State of the Public University..

Remaking the University: Towards A New Community of Scholars on "the serious probability that the public university as we know it is dead"
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UC TAs Settle Contract, Call Off Strike?! But: their site's home page does not list this latest development.

on FB it includes:
The bargaining team has reached a settlement with management. Some key achievements:
1. A 17% pay increase over 4 years
2. Professional opportunities for undocumented graduate students
3. Graduate students will now have a voice in setting class sizes.
4. Increased maternity/paternity leave (6 weeks)
5. Increased childcare subsidy ($900/quarter until the child is 12)
6. Gender-neutral bathrooms & lactation stations (upon request)
7. Increased personal leave time
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UC President Napolitano to create LGBT advisory group

The task force made these other recommendations:

Allowing voluntary collection of data on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for students, faculty and staff.

Adjusting student record systems to enable students to self-identify with a preferred name.
Developing and implementing a systemwide gender-inclusive restroom policy.

Convening a subcommittee on bisexual community issues.

Establishing an LGBT resource center at UC Merced and having each campus dedicate funding for an LGBT cultural competency specialist who provides awareness training to students, faculty and staff.

Having each campus dedicate funding and infrastructure to support hiring a full-time counselor to provide psychological, education and prevention services to LGBT students.

Enhancing academic initiatives on gender and sexuality.

Implementing a tax equalization program for employees in domestic partnerships who receive health benefits through UC’s health and wellness plans.


and Advocate includes this:
The implementation of these suggestions could result in radically inclusive changes. The UC system has 10 campuses across the state, with a combined student body of more than 230,000, including a vibrant LGBT community.

The goal of these changes is to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT students, faculty, and staff of the entire University of California school system, according to Tuesday's announcement. That announcement did not include a specific timeline to implement the changes, but rather noted that Napolitano "will review the recommendations and respond at a future date."


That "for whatever reason" bothers me. For whatever reason whitewashes Birgeneau's role in the violent suppression of student speech. "For whatever reason" ignores that students spoke up against honoring Birgeneau for fear that doing so would itself stifle free expression. "For whatever reaso" claims that context isn't important. I disagree. Context is everything. So, out of frustration with that "for whatever reason," I would like to provide some.

see The Nation piece on Birgeneau and the Commencement Speech that wasn't:

Since When Does Free Speech Require Students to Stay Quiet?

"To say, ‘We urge you to do x, y and z' is not to make a demand. It's to ask forcefully that you do something," she told me later. "I am still frustrated by people's determination to misread that letter."


While sentiment on the letter was split, speakers—almost without exception—either came down against Birgeneau's invitation or took no position on it. Honorary degree committee member Sarah Willie-LeBreton remarked near the end of the forum on the obvious lack of consensus around Birgeneau's acceptability to the community, expressing a desire to "re-evaluate" his invitation. Weiss himself later wrote that he had acquired "a respect and empathy for a number of perspectives that I had not fully appreciated beforehand," and that the forum was for him "an illuminating and valuable conversation"—though one that "regrettably did not include Dr. Birgeneau."

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Cal still suffering a loss comes up:
We all continue to carry psychic, and in some cases physical, scars from November 9, 2011."
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In Bowen's telling, Birgeneau has more right to be angry with a letter than students do with violence.

Perhaps I should have expected as much from Bowen—who, at the very least, had the excuse of ignorance. He had not been privy to the countless conversations held at Haverford over the past few weeks, and could not fully appreciate the complexity of how the issue played out on campus. So I was doubly saddened when President Weiss took to the pages of the Inquirer two days later not to defend his students against the often erroneous and offensive narratives that had taken hold in the wake of Bowen's speech but to reinforce them.

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But Weiss's editorial is most remarkable for what it leaves out. It makes no mention of the fact that student concerns about Robert Birgeneau were entirely based on Birgeneau's complicity in the violent suppression of free speech at his own university—nor, of course, does it bother to point out that Birgeneau characterizes words as violent but shrugs his shoulders at the very real violence committed against his own students and faculty. It leaves out this crucial bit of context in favor of bland platitudes and for whatever reasons.

But for whatever reason is false. Free speech does not suffer when someone walks away from receiving an honor he was not entitled to in the first place. Free speech suffers when those who speak up are shamed for doing so—or, for that matter, beaten.
read it in full here
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and Cal in this:
At the University of California, Berkeley, for instance, current complainants have worked with alumnae who were part of a Title IX filing against the school in 1979. That filing included allegations of sexual discrimination and harassment by professors. At the time, UC-Berkeley officials had dismissed complaints that a student was given low marks because she refused to have sex with a professor.

Monday, June 2, 2014

UC Student Newspapers Reportage and Funding, more

The Daily Cal has an op ed on The Bottom Line and Daily Nexus coverage of the UCSB Isla Vista tragedy:
Failure to report: UCSB

Is the real issue the source of and amount of funding for the student newspapers?
Is the reportage affected by the funding?
Is the lack of reporting affecting the funding?

Prior post with some background.

(This can't just be about the poorer campus= the poorer student newspaper can it? Remember The Aggie troubles throughout the year, yet UCD is planning a third campus build, has billion+ donor campaigns etc.)

Could this also be about the absence of Journalism Schools on UC campuses? UC Davis and UCSB both do NOT have graduate level J- Schools.
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UCLA Fac Blog: on some #YesAllWomen concerns over behavior at UCLA's B- School
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UC and Transfers in The Atlantic:
But other measures were more troubling. The analysis found that one-fourth of all community-college transfers into the UC system came from just seven campuses, with Santa Monica College leading the list (with 783 transfers). Half of the transfers came from just 19 of the state's 112 community colleges—many of them located in affluent areas like Cupertino, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, and San Diego.
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Remaking the University: UCSB Students Confront the Isla Vista Murders