Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day, Election Time - so, some (not Sofia) Vergara moves...

so ...NYT California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers

The case was brought by an organization of students, Students Matter, backed by a Silicon Valley technology millionaire, David Welch. A lawyer for the organization, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., criticized Mr. Brown’s decision to appeal.

“The State of California should be supporting and protecting students not defending these harmful and irrational laws,” Mr. Boutrous said Saturday. “Judge Treu got it exactly right, and this appeal is destined for failure.”

Teacher unions here had denounced the decision, saying teachers were being scapegoated for the failures of educational institutions. But the ruling was strongly welcomed by the federal education secretary, Arne Duncan, and California Republicans — including Neel Kashkari, who is challenging Mr. Brown this fall.

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At the Governor's Desk Lawmakers approve $100 million boost for UC, CSU

LA Times Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-Sacramento), a primary proponent of the new funding, said she'd work to overcome Brown's objections.

“I’ll do whatever lobbying I have to do to get it done," she said.

what does that mean?
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What were they thinking?! Or, worse yet- it wasn't even funny.

Friday, August 29, 2014

As Napolitano correctly noted, the private sector has pretty much outsourced basic research, which can be time consuming, expensive and unprofitable, to public universities. Yet taxpayer support for public universities has fallen dramatically over the past 20 years.

another bad forum pick?:
SF Gate on Napolitano's supposedly clever message on research, innovation (at another Nor Cal private tech speech -like the one HRC attended to make long overdue comment on ...Ferguson. Paid Remarks?)
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Daily Cal Senator urges Napolitano to require sexual assault survivor advocates on campuses
Boxer encouraged the UC system to voluntarily implement these recommendations prior to congressional approval because students may need the advocacy outlined in the bill now that colleges are back in session.
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Remaking the University - What's Wrong with College? Plenty. What's Wrong with Journalism About College? Everything.
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on free lancing see Changing Universities - The Freedom to Starve: The New Job Economy
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It seems more likely it would result -not in a survey- but maybe in an app like w/ Suri asking a question of affirmation and then 'for yes click, for no click' -- but there are other fed pieces of leg likely to result in survey work.

and
Don't remember it that way...
It appeared at the time that the D.A. hoped to get some leverage in another case against a UCLA professor that stemmed from a lab fire. That didn't happen.


-did it really appear that way? To who? Based on what?
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Minding the Workplace - Boomers and workplace bullying: Cause or cure?

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A "slap in the face" to UC Berkeley staff?: Tang Center ends participation with UC staff health insurance plan
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..."But it is slightly heartbreaking to think that anything can be dismissed sonically and put to the sword by the confines of digitalized, computerized sound reproduction. It’s hell.”
and
There are so many Americas, and I didn’t really know which America I was in.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Gov. Jerry Brown and State Sen. Darrell Steinberg, the Senate's president, this year included a $50 million fund for “innovation” in the state's budget. The legislation created an award program that seeks to fund ideas...

... that bubble up from California's public universities and community colleges."

see IHE: Less Prescriptive in California

Applications are due in January. State officials said each award will be at least $2.5 million, meaning there may be up to 20 grants made.

--remember Dean Florez of 20mm (and that conference at UCLA)? Kind of stopped hearing about that: after this broke, anyway

he's gonna help pick the winners:

That means trying promising ideas from beyond California, said Dean Florez, a former state senator and majority leader who was named to the committee this week.
“It’s an opportunity for the systems to look outside their borders,” he said.
Florez said he is interested in applications that feature remedial math reforms, more online access or competency-based education.

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UPDATE additional article - there's: LA Times today with this from the President of the UC Regents -a roast jokey aimed at a former ex officio UC Regent “Your way of keeping everybody in the dark was a real winner. If they had known everything they were doing, they couldn’t accomplish half of what we accomplished,’’ Brown said with a dry grin. “I say that—if the press is listening—with some degree of irony. No, we’re for transparency, for the record. We love the FPPC [Fair Political Practices Commission] — all the good things.’’
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Remaking the University with a post on UC Care and concerns over next year's plans (that will be offered in November open enrollment this year, and a compilation of posts on the saga

and another on Salaita and University of Illinois

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Napolitano made direct investment possible by removing the 1989 set of industry-academia guidelines. The rescission has roiled faculty — not only because of the change but also because of the abrupt way she did it."

See KQED Janet Napolitano Hopes UC Can Cash In on Companies, Not Just Research


Clare says the changes are not trivial. He is concerned they will divert resources from basic research — the kind that eventually leads to really big breakthroughs. “I am really worried at a fundamental level that the office of the president is spelling research: T-E-C-H T-R-A-N-S-F-E-R.” Tech transfer — that is, innovations that can be sold to corporations. “We are supposed to be the producers of knowledge,” Clare says, “much more than the producers of widgets.”

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Robert Clare is a physics professor at Cal and chair of the University Committee on Research Policy in the Academic Senate. It’s the representative body where faculty can weigh in on issues like this. He says there was no indication of these sweeping changes and that the official statement made it sound completely benign. “They said that these are just some technical and trivial changes,” he says, “and it is not even going to be brought up to the Senate.” That was in October, after Napolitano had been president for two weeks. She declined to comment for this story.


yesterday noted the no comment on the AZ story Center for Investigative Reporting and Pro Publica broke on Napolitano etc. and others notice the no comment approach, too
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OC Reg.:
Competing interests await UCI's top dog
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multiple pieces of legislation on CIS and A-G requirements

California Shores Up Support for Computer Science Education
Computer science legislation is headed to the governor's desk as California educators call for an increased focus on computing.


this issue came up several times also at the UC regents CA Senate Rules committee meeting last week.

“One of the things that works in the regents’ favor is that people don’t understand the finer details about how the government and the UC is run,”

Daily Cal: Confirmation of 4 UC regents Meets Frustration from Students, Faculty

One of the main concerns students and faculty voiced about the confirmation of the nominees was Brown’s failure to consult a 12-member advisory committee in the selection of the regents, which is stipulated in article nine of the state constitution.

“Recent practice has been for governors to ignore that provision and publicly announce their nominations simultaneously with sending a letter of announcement to the advisory committee,” said Joe Kiskis, vice president of external relations of the Council of UC Faculty Associations, at a senate-committee hearing last Wednesday. “The public announcement significantly preceded the letter.”

Following the regents’ confirmation, the University of California Student Association is now considering requesting the formal opinion of the state’s attorney general on the constitutionality of Brown’s actions. The organization also aims to put together a regent-reform package to put on the next ballot.

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UC Davis Center for Regional Change and UCSD - and solar power, too -come up in:

Gov. Jerry Brown, Mexico's president talk trade in L.A.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

well, yes, Yudof didn't come with this

...and after the search to find his replacement the hope that someone with political savvy, stamina (Yudof said someone in their 50s might do for the schedule) and experience as head of a $50+ billion govt budget--all would be good for leading UC toward better managed good times-- that still may or may not come to fruition, who knows. Right now, for some reason there are some important but 'non-UC-centric' Napolitano news pieces popping up from her old jobs.
Mentioned some of the others earlier, and now see this latest from
Center For Investigative Reporting: Data breach mystery leads from Arizona counterterrorism site to China

Napolitano, who went on to serve as President Barack Obama’s secretary of homeland security, did not reply to multiple interview requests. - but she is mentioned throughout the piece, including when they close by mentioning her new position at UC.

September marks her one year anniversary as UC Pres.

And here she is from April with Bloomberg - video She speaks with Stephanie Ruhle at the Milken Institute 2014 Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." Trish Regan also speaks.

Napolitano and Ferguson, and a round up of other news

Nap moves in her old job and Ferguson come up in this Alex Wagner clip:

and
Napolitano also comes up in this back and forth on immigration moves during her old job as well
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HRC hasn't made any general or specific statement about Ferguson -not even just 'our thoughts are with that community', just nada, why? - Nap hasn't said anything either on Ferguson- silence on important issues seems to be contagious right now among pols:

Fox and Hounds on status of Vergara Appeal

To an astounding degree, prominent California Democrats have so far avoided substantive comment on Judge Rolf Treu’s landmark — but tentative – June 10 ruling in Los Angeles Superior Court that teacher tenure laws are so harmful to minority students in poor neighborhoods that it “shocks the conscience.”
A spokesman for Attorney General Kamala Harris told me repeatedly that the AG’s office wasn’t deciding on whether to appeal. He said Harris would do what her clients wanted. Gov. Jerry Brown and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are named plaintiffs in the case, and if either or both want to appeal, I was told, Harris would then appeal.

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You might recall Napolitano said in multiple previous interviews that she confers with CA AG Harris about Title IX moves etc. though...
HuffPo
CA Affirmative Consent Legislation Gets A Nod From UCOP
and also see there
Americans Want Federal Government More Involved In Campus Sexual Assault Investigations- Poll
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Remaking the University: The Latest On The Salaita Case at University of Illinois is now updated with more important new developments in the comments section
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remember the UC letterhead practice that came up in this UCB story

it is raised once again here in the Fox News story:
where they write: Some of the letters were written on UCSB letterhead, presumably on university equipment and university time. ”

-is this an ongoing issue unaddressed, a policy that needs to be clarified etc.?
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reclaim UC - The Invention of the "Outside Agitator" in Three Graphs
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see: The Peppa at UC Davis has another round of important updates on
the CA Supreme Court weigh in on some aftermath of the UC Davis pepper spray
Bee wins legal battle for names of UC Davis officers in pepper spray incident

LA Times Court allows release of officers' names in UC Davis pepper-spray case

and
UCLA Faculty Blog with more on Napolitano on higher ed in Wash Monthly - and their latest ranking thing

also more: on O'Bannon case
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Daily Cal UC Berkeley researchers study connections between violence, protests

Sperling--University of Phoenix and a masters in history from Cal
He received his bachelor’s degree from Reed College and went on to earn his doctorate in 18th-century English mercantile history from UC Berkeley in 1955.

and guess some didn't get the message that the admin has a low tolerance for this sort of stuff now- town/gown folks have 'had it'...
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yep they used this kind of headline while the Title IX is hot: 'Getting-By Girls' Straddle Gap Between Academic Winners and Losers
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Haas Pavilion to Get $10 Million in Enhancements

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Berkeley gave a shake alert

and UC Davis Med helped out too.

Monday, August 25, 2014

“Student aid won’t be around in 10 years if we don’t do something to distinguish the good guys from bad guys,”

... said King Alexander, president of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

"Louisiana State University President King Alexander said he has worked closely with the Education Department in the past, helping to craft a college scorecard that is a precursor to the ratings plan."


see Businessweek article: Obama College Ratings Drive Wedge as State Schools Show Support

Janet Napolitano, who stepped down as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security last year to become president of the University of California system, voiced skepticism in a January letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

“One must question the costs associated with devising yet another ratings system,” given the amount of information already available, she said in the letter.


(wonder what she thinks of UC Path project costs...)


You might remember Alexander from a couple years ago at the Cal Travers conference presentation: here.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

"The NCAA has got to wake up," Newsom says. "They're under assault for good reason -- because they haven't done their jobs. It's the NCAA that needs to truly look in the mirror and take some responsibility."

more on Lt Gov Newsom's interest in aggressive benchmarks for UC and CSU
see Bloomberg: Why Don't Colleges Care About Athletes' Grades?


"Baseball is the reason I got into college -- I'm not naïve about it," he says. "I love sports. I was a beneficiary of that, quite directly. It plays an incredibly valuable role in society and on these campuses."

The NCAA's assertion that "education is a vital part of the college athletics experience" may sound true in theory, but rings hollow in practice given athlete dropout rates, lower grading standards and easy -- or even fake -- "jock classes." Many who disparage the idea of athlete compensation (including the NCAA) proclaim that these "students" should take their scholarship as pay and like it, but the fact is the value of the education they're supposedly receiving keeps diminishing by the semester.


but- see: at the CA Senate Rules Committee Meeting in Sacto Regent Blum and Regent Lozano both mentioned a need to provide tutoring and counseling and support to all UC students not just athletes- in order to improve minority student grad rates in response to CA State Senators questions on it -

Blum said UC provides excellent services to athletes in support of their grad rates but that needs to be broadened out to all the student body--seems a bit of a disconnect among the regents...

or, maybe it is like what another UC regent sometimes says on the admissions topic at the UC Regents meeting: "we can't be all things to all people"

$450 Million and $10,560

$450 million was the figure cited repeatedly (at the CA Senate Rules Committee hearing to approve UC Regents appointees which you can watch here) on the funds UC adds to its coffers for admitting international and out of state applicants. State Senators (like Steinberg) mentioned that UC recruiters made over 20 trips to China and one trip a UC recruiter made to New Delhi to try to recruit specific international students. Steinberg said he didn't have a problem with it so long as similar efforts were made to recruit Californians. Other CA state senators also asked if there were similar efforts to recruit Californians (dollar figures on UC travel expenditures for this were not included in the discussion) Regent Blum responded he wasn't sure those trips were solely for recruiting international students...

For more on UC admissions decisions see:

AP HuffPo University Of California Continues Bringing In Higher Paying, Out-Of-State Residents


KPBS 28% Of UC San Diego Freshmen From Outside State

LA Times A record number of out-of-state students brings windfall for UC system


Sac Bee University of California steps up out-of-state recruiting


CBS Local on the stepped up recruiting

Fresno Bee: The state Senate overwhelmingly reconfirmed four members of the University of California Board of Regents Friday, but not before raising concerns over the university’s increasing enrollment of out-of-state and international students.

see:
UC Regents Reconfirmed Over Criticisms Of Out of State Recruiting
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$10,560 is the price tag for degree -cited by community college leadership on their potential new BA degree programs The Governor and leg have been in support of putting more resources toward solutions through the CCCs.

"We’re not going to see bachelor's programs in English, math, history, sociology, chemistry and all of those fields that are traditional liberal arts fields," said Constance Carroll, Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, and a member of the California Community College Baccalaureate Degree Study Group. "What we will see are baccalaureate programs in workforce fields where there is high demand."

At the CA Senate Rules Committee hearing -which you can watch here-- they approved UC Regents appointees. First though, several state senators had questions and criticisms of decision on UC curriculum and A-G course approval decisions, much more-- and one state senator asked for their verbal commitment that, as UC Regents, they would advance more online instruction as a highest priority and they responded by making that commitment to the committee... - they also asked each uc regent to highlight one key issue they would work on as individual regents

Pattiz said he would work on bringing the national labs tech know how to campuses for solutions. (that actually could be a good thing to start discussing at UC Regents meetings during the labs committee he chairs --rather than having 'let's feel good about the Labs research' presentation/learning session. if UC Regents want to learn about telescopes and research projects etc. they should have that kind of presentation at another time. It would be great to gear that time toward the relationship b/ween the labs and the campuses system-wide discussion.)

Sherman (who almost never talks at UC Regents meetings) said he would work on trying to make the system act more like one entity in procurement, policies etc. (guess that was an easy reach for him given the UC Path and Working Smarter presentations he just heard in July at the UC Regents meeting.)

Lozano said diversity issues.

Blum said he would work with his poverty center satellites to communicate on UC- it was vague.

Discussion of problems with how UC groups Asian Pacific Islanders (API) in admissions data/decisions also came up in the CA Senate rules meeting which you can watch here - there is the belief that many CA residents who identify as API are being denied admission to UC because of the way they are grouped by UC in admissions data - it came up toward the end and in public comment.

Will add in other 'notes -not quotes -scribbles' from the confirmation of UC Regents appointees in Sacto meeting- later- but, once again you can watch it here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Again... UC Regents Retreads. and other things

UPDATED:
Notes-not-quotes-scribbles-from CA Senate Rules Committee on UC Regent Appointees Confirmation

Ca State Senator Holly Mitchell started off by noting some figures indicating the UC Regents are a body lacking in diversity in age, income, class, gender, etc. She had tables and figures to cite. (She mentioned that there aren’t any serving UC Regents from even the 30’s years of age group or 40’s years of age group, much less in their 20’s- other than the one student regent and designate – she also highlighted voting rights and lack of voting rights for those at the UC Regents table) - Later she also mentioned that the Governor currently has three additional UC Regents vacancies to fill and if he is reelected he will have six to fill in his next term.

Interestingly, she also said UCR admissions of Black students could be used as a model for the rest of UC – (but that comment shows a lack of a fuller understanding of how UC admissions work-- and maybe the CA Senate and assembly higher ed committees should work with the rules committee in advance to discuss such questions.)

State Senator Knight asks about UC Riverside medical school and Blum mentions Di Fi and that he toured it w/ her and that it could be a major job creator for that region but more state funds need to be secured for its growth.

Knight then mentions CIS courses as important

Steinberg also mentions CIS courses as important in A-G – he says only a handful of them as compared to thousands of other non CIS, tech courses approved for A-G. 12,000 CTE courses but only 42 CIS courses.

Academic rigor questioned.

State Sen. Fuller asks that the UC Regents commit to expanding online instruction and they agree it is high priority and agree on expanding.
Fuller also mentions that UC timing and PR need to be looked at and worked on - that was odd.

“Emphasis and focus of UC is out of whack”

“Culture and governance of UC” raised again

Blum says first twelve years as a regent he learned that academia is a different culture

UC Regent Sherman responds to question on length of UC Regent terms-- that he might be in support of shortening the second term of UC Regents who are reappointed

There is some acknowledgment that two twelve year terms back to back might be problematic or seen as undemocratic etc.

There were some key comments from Steinberg
He tells UC Regents that “getting sued not the worst thing if you are standing on priniciples” regarding making bold moves on diversity and admission decision and how the CA Legislature had to do similar in K-12 costs legislation last year (they routed more funding for schools with certain types of students based on a policy decision they made- he is telling UC to perhaps do something similar.)

He said that the UC Regents maybe need to “take a look at your culture and governance”

He tells them that the CA Leg can’t accept UC is “big, bulky, behemoth” as an excuse for UC not resolving the problems created for them by 209 and other key issues. UC should develop work arounds, policy changes when faced with such issues.

Funny? moment- He encourages Regent Pattiz to elaborate on his thoughts about Governor Brown attending UC Regent meetings – Pattiz doesn’t , Lozano steps in…

Steinberg attempted at times to serve as a support for UC Regents at other times he raised questions about UC power, governance and structure and mused about whether it was necessary to have the UC President make a presentation or engage in a hearing with the Senate Rules committee on these issues.

Steinberg asks if there is anyone insisting on “organizing these issues and agendizing them for the UC Regents”

Steinberg at another point in discussion says UC is not reflective of the state

UC Regent Blum mentions that former UCSF Chancellor Sue Hellman and former UC Irvine Chancellor Drake left for more money at Gates Foundation and Ohio State. He says state needs to give more money to UC in order to pay more money in salaries. He says that every month UC Berkeley is dealing with the potential loss of faculty who receive more lucrative offers. Then he throws in UCR's White while acknowledging that he is now heading up CSU.

Blum said UC Regents do not directly control UC admissions. Pattiz also tried to answer, Lozano jumped in to say UC Regents only see the admissions data once a year.

Lozano says UC policy hasn’t ever been set on admission targets/ranges/quotas/caps – that that is something they are now going to take up.

Pattiz mentions that some of this can put pressures on flagships and raises excitement that possibly show true value or what folks are willing to pay for UC education.

State Senator Lara made comments toward the close of the meeting he said that “we have failed on all three: Access, Affordability, and Quality” regarding UC.

Lara says he believes UC attorneys have a pattern of conservatively interpreting 209 for UC Regents policy decisions.

Lara says lack of diversity of transfer students data also a bad indicator.

Lara says a case of 70% rejection rate of Black African Americans on some campuses disturbing.

Lara mentions use of term Hispanic historically problematic for certain groups (ironic given Lozano uses that term professionally) -and the lumping into one group of API as disturbing in that same vein.

Student groups mention their “out of touch, out of reach”campaign

Steinberg says that students in public comment are an example of the “young against the establishment and sometimes the establishment is wrong”

CA state senator Mitchell says UC’s product is its students

During Public Comment there were several speakers in opposition to the appointees – many of the speakers were representatives of the student body and faculty.

The faculty association representative starts off and makes public comment and notes a lack of a letter from the Governor regarding shared governance notification requirements.

There were no - ZERO -speakers in support of the appointments.

One UCSA representative noted that there is only one student regent to represent all UC students.

There were repeated references to short notice of this CA Senate Rules Committee meeting and vote provided to the UC and CA community.


Hopefully something in the above peaks your interest to watch the meeting for yourself and come to your own conclusions - you can view the video below.
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Original Post below

Daily Cal: State Senate committee greenlights new UC Board of Regents appointees for Senate approval
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Changing Universities "Educating for Workplace Democracy"
While half of the UC employees are unionized, the administration is not, and many workers fail to exercise the rights and privileges they already have. Recent decisions about a new payroll system and online education appear to come out of nowhere because most employees do not exercise their right to have their voices heard. In order to counter this lack of workplace democracy

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When is Cal going to catch on to the the fact that undergrads aren't solely made up of 18 - 22 yr olds? They've had high number of non traditional students for years and years but it is a constant surprise to them...where they repeatedly can't seem to provide comprehensive services geared to that group.
see:
"a single mom in her 40s when, as a Berkeley undergrad, she founded the Bear Pantry to help non-traditional students like herself stretch their food dollars. She heads up the pantry, now, as a campus staffer"
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As UC Regents they have been at the UC Regent helm for some of the worst years of UC administration and some of them directly blamed state politicians for UC failures on critical issues-- over and over... Now, how are they suddenly going to miraculously usher in the never to be seen great years of UC administrative efficiency?? By their continued presence and leadership? In Sacto, they talk about their prior twelve years of service as UC Regents - they talk about it very differently from how they talk about it at the UC Regent meetings. Watch for yourself- You can watch here at this link - it begins at the 01:09:10 mark

or, click play below:



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They tried, see:

Dear Senate Pro Tem Steinberg,

The Council of UC Faculty Associations requests that the Rules Committee reject the slate of four nominees proposed by the Governor to serve as Regents of the University of California.

You will recall that the Council of UC Faculty Association has previously communicated to your office our concern about the failure of Governors to respect the Constitution of the State of California in the process of nominating individuals to serve as Regents of the University of California. Unfortunately the process by which the Governor selected the current four nominees is no improvement on the flawed approach that has been followed by recent Governors.

Based on the information available to us, we have concluded that the present list of proposed nominees was publicly announced by the Governor prior to notification, much less consultation, with the advisory committee specified in Article 9 Sec. 9e of the Constitution. We have attempted to uncover evidence of subsequent consultation with the advisory committee but have been unable to do so. Any notification of the Governor's already publicly announced proposed nominees sent to the advisory committee does not constitute consultation.

The purpose of the advisory committee is to further the goal stated in Article 9 Sec 9d that the Regents shall be "broadly reflective of the economic, cultural, and social diversity of the State, including ethnic minorities and women." We are particularly concerned that the majority of the Regents and of this slate of proposed Regents are overly representative of an economic, cultural, and social elite. If the University of California, as a public institution, administered by the Regents as a public trust, is to further the aspirations of outstanding students from all populations in our state, then the Regents should, indeed, be more representative than they currently are of all Californians.

We conclude that it is the duty of the legislative branch in general and the Senate Rules Committee in particular to insist that the Governor respect the Constitution in its specifications of both process and goal.

We request that the Rules committee do so by rejecting this slate of proposed nominees.

Sincerely,
Joe Kiskis
Vice President for External Relations, Council of UC Faculty Associations and
Professor of Physics Emeritus, UC Davis

cc: Senator Jean Fuller (Vice Chair)
Senator Holly Mitchell
Senator Steve Knight
Senator Ricardo Lara

in the politics section--round up mix

it's in the politics section: HuffPo has assembled important higher ed charts on 'student distress'
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UC Berkeley students turn to community in struggle to feed families and themselves
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Fox and Hounds: Higher Education Funding is Unfinished Business for State Legislature

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KQED - California Public Schools Usher In Funding and Curriculum Changes
In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, UC Berkeley mathematics Professor Marina Ratner criticized Common Core for complicating basic principles. Ratner also argued that the standard Common Core curriculum does not even exceed California’s old standards.

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Mercury News Op Ed on CA Title IX Legislation

Friday, August 15, 2014

Napolitano..."while she hasn’t yet taken a position on the legislation, she supports its goals. “We’re still going through it,” she said in an interview last week."

see IHE: Some Colleges Embrace Tepidly Federal Scrutiny On Campus Sexual Assaults

Napolitano has backed separate legislation by Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, that would require colleges to provide an independent advocate to help victims of sexual assault get the resources they need and help them through any campus proceedings.
“I support the principles of the McCaskill bill, but we are not waiting for federal legislation."
She said that it’s especially important to bolster relationships between campuses and local law enforcement agencies.
"That's one of the areas that have somehow slipped through the cracks in the national debate," she said. "A rape is a rape and universities and colleges are not in the best position to prosecute crimes, so you need to have a way for the campus to have a connection with local district attorneys."
Without taking a stance on the legislation, Napolitano did allude to some concerns that have been expressed from the American Council on Education.
“It’s very difficult for a piece of legislation to appreciate all the differences between institutions of higher education -- big and small, rich and poor, residential, nonresidential,” she said adding that the “lengthy and laborious” rule making process further compounds that problem.
For instance, climate surveys, Napolitano said, are “something that deserves further discussion,” noting that such a tool has both possibilities and also limitations. “That’s the kind of thing where a cookie-cutter approach is not always the best way to look forward.”
Napolitano said that federal policy makers should focus on using their “convening authority” to facilitate the exchange of ideas on how best to combat sexual assault.
“One thing that Washington can do is to support and convene a national exchange of best practices,” she said. “There are evidence-based strategies in this area. They can support research into this area. That’s important. They can provide resources. Those are things that are well within the purview of the federal government.”

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Hopefully Dirks does not bring this Columbia approach to Cal:

Columbia University Shuts Out Student Activists In Creation Of New Sexual Assault Policy

Newsom On UC, CSU Athletic Directors and Grad Rates

USA Today: California lieutenant governor wants ADs' jobs tied to academics

In the letter to Napolitano, he noted that the Cal football team's past two NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures were 48 and 44 (out of a possible 100). "This is simply unacceptable and contrary to the founding principles of this university," Newsom wrote.


see: his letter to UC Pres Napolitano here and his letter to CSU also available: in the article.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More 'Reboot' and 'Restart' UC Systemwide Projects Talk

remember the $200 million dollar UC Path reboot - now asking for $60 million more-(at July UC Regent meeting Napolitano saying it is a reboot and doable-- and Makarechian asking questions and making comments about Oracle and scope creep and cost creep)- which makes it closer to $300 million - which is way over the 6% contingency of cost overruns from the original ($150? million) plan...

well, the UC online is getting the same treatment, see IHE: 'It Takes Time'

Napolitano’s remarks contrasted with the rhetoric of Governor Jerry Brown, who has aggressively pushed online education in California. Yet Brown, too, is partly responsible for the changing priorities at UC.
In his budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, Brown proposed a $20 million earmark for UC and the California State University to invest in online education. Although Brown later vetoed that requirement, the two systems went in separate directions. Cal State decided it would replace its online arm with a shared services model, while UC pledged to spend the funding as originally intended, breathing fresh life into its online education initiative.
While some faculty members described the moment as a “restart,” Shelly Meron, a spokeswoman for the university, said the system’s approach has evolved, but not shifted.


and then followed by some flowery blame it on the undergrads statement...

and it starts of with wanting more money :

The University of California System, after five years and millions of dollars spent, is asking for more time and money to get its systemwide online education initiative off the ground.


sigh.
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btw: the Governor Opposes $9 Billion School Bond Plan

UC Davis Keyzer Whistleblower Case Decision

see: Davis Vanguard - "Jury Awards Janet Keyzer $730,000 From UC Davis In Whistleblower Retaliation Case"

Finally, the jury ruled that the conduct of the Regents was a substantial factor in causing harm to Ms. Keyzer.
It was September, 2009, when the Vanguard first published the account of Janet Keyzer. The Vanguard ran a follow up story this February when Judge Rudolph Loncke denied a motion in Sacramento Superior Court for summary judgment that would allow the case to go to trial in February – however, the trial was further delayed with a 1600-document dump of late discovery and when the Regents made attorney Mary Alice-Coleman a witness, forcing her to bring on Lawrance Bohm to try the case.
Ms. Keyzer’s disclosures in mid-2007 shut down the $5.5 million pain management study, a project in collaboration with UC San Francisco.
After the project was shut down, Ms. Keyzer was forced to file an internal grievance when she was denied placement in otherwise open and available positions. In response to her grievance, Ms. Keyzer was offered a short-term, non-nursing “contract” job which was terminable at will. She was then repeatedly told that she could not have a “career” appointment because it was contrary to policy, but to “trust” that the University would honor her career rights.
Fearing that she was being retaliated against, Ms. Keyzer hired attorney Mary-Alice Coleman, and was informed that she would be required to release all claims against the university to accept the contract position.
Ms. Keyzer indicated that the “contract” appointment failed to adequately satisfy numerous rights and benefits that were covered by her former “career” appointment, such as requiring good cause prior to termination, pension contributions, reduced tuition, and preferential rehire rights in the event of layoff.
Moreover, Ms. Keyzer specifically requested that actions be taken to address the ostracism and prospective retaliation she feared at UC Davis, as well as discipline be taken against the academic and administrative wrongdoers responsible for the non-compliance.

lots of in depth coverage in the piece read it in full here

There is also a 30+ minute video on the UC Whistleblower's Nightmare here

Monday, August 11, 2014

Common Core and Napolitano and CA, more

see:
Op Ed Daily Pilot "Apodaca: Common Core facing stronger pushback"

Then in 2008, a task force led by Janet Napolitano — the former Arizona governor and Homeland Security secretary who is now president of the University of California — and made up of governors, educators and business leaders, created a report that became the basis for Common Core.
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Buchanan Urges Brown to Pass School Bond Bill
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Op Ed in Santa Barbara IndependentFunding Our Future- Employers Rely on a Well-Educated Workforce

Sunday, August 10, 2014

ideas -- revisited

From Aspen Ideas Festival (already blogged on the Faust- Summers section and the Dirks- Humanities section) now some additional sessions of note. First this round table:
Moral and Civic Education - The Role of the University
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Are some moral and political questions so contested that they are out of bounds on college campuses? Can ethics be taught to college-age students? If so, how — especially in a pluralist American Culture teeming with disagreement about values? This session will examine these issues with the help of film excerpts from Michael Sandel's Harvard "Justice" course, in which students debate hard moral and political questions. Includes Anthony W. Marx and moderator Dennis J. Hutchinson.

Speakers:
Richard Brodhead, Michael J. Sandel
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The title "Is College For Everyone" comes up pretty regularly in other forums, so:
Is College For Everyone - audio clip runs about an hour

moderator and participants:

Andrea Mitchell Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

Eduardo J. Padron President of Miami Dade College

Jamie P. Merisotis President and CEO of Lumina Foundation

transcript: here
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Part of the basis of UC's new Global Food Initiative :
Edible Education

Public school is our last truly democratic institution. Every child goes to school, and it's the best way to reach and impact our nation's children. Alice Waters, acclaimed restaurateur and social activist, believes that public schools should be the vehicle for "Edible Education" - a curriculum to teach children the connections between our everyday choices about food, our health and the health of our communities, and our planet.

Speakers:
Alice Waters
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For some reason, Nicholas Dirks shows up very little in the video clips that remain available for his humanities panel from the Aspen Ideas festival mentioned above.
But found this on the same topic, in depth on the topic for 2.5 hours:

At the beginning 03:00 mark Robert V. Bullough, from BYU,
And at 58:00 mark Christopher Newfield, from UC Santa Barbara. BYU Humanities Center Symposium.
Both professors elaborate on the importance of the Humanities and Higher education.
Q and A section is at the 02:01:00 mark

"Higher Education and the Neoliberal Threat: Fast Time, Place and Identity" &
"What are the Humanites For?" - "Innovation and the Humanities in the 21st Century University"

all under the title of the talk: Innovation and the Future of Humanities

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bruin Wins In Oakland

UPDATE- also see: NCAA In Turmoil at Remaking the University
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Original post
see: Federal Judge Rules Against NCAA In Antitrust Case Over Use Of Athletes' Likenesses


but important to keep in mind the earlier stuff on NCAA this week, remember:
NCAA Votes To Give Greater Autonomy To Five Major Conferences

If this legislation passes through the next 60 days without 75 universities voicing opposition, the five conferences will be able to move forward with long-held plans to enact measures such as increasing medical coverage for student-athletes, guaranteeing scholarships for four years, adopting different recruiting rules and loosening restrictions regarding contact between players and agents.

Though schools other than those within the “Power Five” can choose to embrace any new measures that are proposed, they may not necessarily be able to afford them. This is one of the primary concerns expressed about this new found autonomy, with some arguing that the competitive imbalance will only increase. Many universities in the larger conferences benefit from sizable television contracts, providing them with the means of sanctioning these kinds of reforms.

“It’s going to be great for those five conferences, and that’s about it,” said Gerald Gurney, president of the Drake Group, an NCAA watchdog, to the Associated Press. “I don’t think it’s going to be a good step for nonrevenue sports or for Title IX. We are going to get into a new phase of competition, and there will be no holds barred.”

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Is UC's UC Path roll out like the eastern span of the Bay Bridge or the bullet train, or?
Jerry Brown Passes Buck On Troubled New Bay Bridge

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update on a previous post now: Coltrane at University of Oregon

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Coltrane

Friday, August 8, 2014

Models for UC's "guidebook for spinning out innovation and direct investment"?

Cleveland Clinic as an example for UC Start Up Investing? see SF Biz Jrnl: 2 places where University of California may find its startup investing mojo

and is Napolitano trying to bring her U Va alma mater model to UC?
see this section in it:
The 18-member UC Innovation Council assembled by UC President Janet Napolitano includes a number of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Playing a key role in uncovering other institutions' strategies likely will be Mark Crowell, the recently retired executive director of U.Va. Innovation, a 2-1/2-year-old University of Virginia program that links university innovators and potential partners.
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and on the President of the UC Regents
NBC Bay Area: Wall Street Likes Gov. Brown's Policies?
The most significant cause of income inequality, according to this document, is an education gap. Those with a college education, the authors find, are more prepared to take advantage of a high-tech, global economy, while those without one are watching lower-skill jobs evaporate before their eyes.
To Gov. Brown’s credit, he has made access to quality education a priority for California’s neediest students.
But is this Wall Street report a ringing endorsement of his platform?
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Unequal access to education at the heart of it

'New found autonomy', Free, equal access - or not

POGO:
Los Alamos Firing Demonstrates Exactly What’s Wrong with Scientific Integrity at the Department of Energy- includes a section on "A chilling environment for DOE employees to publish"
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Daily Cal with: Department of Energy to launch free database of federally funded research
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and:
NCAA Votes To Give Greater Autonomy To Five Major Conferences

If this legislation passes through the next 60 days without 75 universities voicing opposition, the five conferences will be able to move forward with long-held plans to enact measures such as increasing medical coverage for student-athletes, guaranteeing scholarships for four years, adopting different recruiting rules and loosening restrictions regarding contact between players and agents.

Though schools other than those within the “Power Five” can choose to embrace any new measures that are proposed, they may not necessarily be able to afford them. This is one of the primary concerns expressed about this new found autonomy, with some arguing that the competitive imbalance will only increase. Many universities in the larger conferences benefit from sizable television contracts, providing them with the means of sanctioning these kinds of reforms.

“It’s going to be great for those five conferences, and that’s about it,” said Gerald Gurney, president of the Drake Group, an NCAA watchdog, to the Associated Press. “I don’t think it’s going to be a good step for nonrevenue sports or for Title IX. We are going to get into a new phase of competition, and there will be no holds barred.”

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First Amendment Coalition- Civil rights commissioner makes strange argument for curtailing free speech for college students
includes: "caused a stir when he justified restrictions on First Amendment rights for students on the state of their brain development."

Thursday, August 7, 2014

On a new, different, more informed ranking system for higher education, and more updates and round up

Changing Universities: A Democracy Index for Higher Education on the creation of a new, different, more informed ranking system for higher education.
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UC Berkeley and UNC have had some similar intiatives they've tried to roll out over the last decade and shared in-common consultant advice, so it sometimes is interesting to see what's up on UNC things, here's a sampling:

University Diaries: updates the UNC - Willingham latest events here

and Daily Tar Heel also offers this on it:
Whistleblower Lawsuit Might Move To Federal Court

Experts say the move could mean the University will see a much quicker end to a lawsuit that has painted the nation's oldest public University as a place that retaliates against its employees for sticking up for academic propriety.

“There could be some strategy behind this move, given the sympathy, or lack thereof, that judges in the Eastern district may have towards these claims,” said Christopher Griffin, an assistant law professor at the College of William and Mary who studies employment discrimination law.

“In these sorts of instances over the last five to ten years, many federal district judges have granted summary judgments to the defendants, meaning the case does not go to trial.”


and while there also see:

"Freeze and Cap" Approved By BOG Committee -on the amount of tuition that can be used for need based aid
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and another interesting read:
Minding the Workplace - Federal workers: If you blow the whistle, will you get new “office space”?

Fourth President In Five Years?

Earlier, he did his undergrad at UC Davis
Later became an administrator at UC Irvine
He succeeded (former Cal Chancellor) Berdahl as President at U. of Oregon
Two quick years later: University Of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson Suddenly Resigns

and a local paper with:
University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson resigns

Gottfredson was hired by that state board after it ousted his predecessor, Richard Lariviere, who was wildly popular with many UO supporters.

A new board, handpicked by UO supporters in conjunction with the governor's office to run the UO, got the power to hire and fire the university's president on July 1. Five weeks later, it announced Gottfredson's departure.

His leaving was characterized as a resignation but has telltale signs of a forced departure: Gottfredson does not have a new job lined up, it was announced the day before it takes effect, and he cites spending more time with family as a key motive.

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it also includes a sidebar with "His description of his chief responsibility at OU president: Raising money"
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and then:

Lillis, in a prepared statement, lauded Gottfredson for his many accomplishments at UO, including seeing the university through a fraught NCAA investigation into its football recruiting practices that ended with relatively low-level penalties for the university instead of a dreaded bowl ban.

When Gottfredson arrived in August 2012, Lillis said, the "challenges before him and the university were no small feat. But he successfully concluded the NCAA issue, worked and repaired relationships with the other university presidents, governor and state Legislature to establish a new system of higher education governance for Oregon... and negotiated a fair labor contract with the faculty union."

Gottfredson was in many ways a polar opposite of Lariviere. Soft-spoken, mild-mannered and slow to call attention to himself, Gottfredson did not charm the faculty or leading alums the way his predecessor did. He calmed more drama than he created.

He became enmeshed with the controversy in the men's basketball program in his final months in office.

and read the rest there...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

UCSF expert on med questions related to UC Berkeley training, Agu, Sickle Cell, heart, etc.

included in this KTVU coverage:

more on the story from KTVU here and Daily Cal has updated their coverage on it here.

Title IX Flurry and Feedback

Center for Public Integrity:
Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus
Bills are latest in series of initiatives following landmark Center series



RAINN: Eight Senators Announce Bipartisan Campus Accountability

Op Ed at Marketwatch Bill to address fake campus-rape epidemic goes too far

The FIRE Statement on Campus Accountability and Safety Act

Glamour Magazine Bipartisan Senators and Sexual-Assault Survivors Announce the Campus Accountability and Safety Act

AAJ Senators present new campus sexual assault legislation
Campus Safety and Accountability Act calls for uniform approach to sexual assault and new standards for training staff


see 7/30/14 The Campus Accountability & Safety Act - Full Press Conference:




Let your voice be heard. Fiat Lux.

Leg. to save the day?

Pleasanton Weekly: Bipartisan coalition supports school facilities bond on November ballot

AB 2235 authorizes a $9 billion general obligation bond that, if approved by voters, will provide $6 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of K-12 schools and $3 billion for higher education facilities.
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they're writing on the MOOCs and innovation again...

Merced Sun Star Online education push continues at CSUs

Administrators and state officials, however, say innovation in online education remains a priority for the country’s largest university system.

“Udacity was an experiment in a longer and much broader initiative of the CSU engaging in online materials for our students,” said Gerard Hanley, assistant vice chancellor for academic technology services.

What innovation will look like, who will control it and how much it will alter online teaching (which has been a part of CSU offerings for 20 years) remain open questions.

Assembly Bill 46, authored by Richard Pan D-Sacramento, seeks to ensure that the answers to those questions are shaped in part by data about student achievement in online courses.

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Daily Cal Congress passes bill to improve access to education for veterans

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, of which UC Berkeley is a member, sent a letter to some members of Congress in June citing concerns that offering in-state tuition for veterans and their families would add financial strain to public universities. It also stated that individual states should be autonomous in their ability to determine in-state residency status.

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Daily Cal: Proposed bill may extend debt forgiveness program to adjunct faculty

While the bill would provide some relief to adjunct faculty reliant on teaching for their entire income, Allan Marks, a lecturer at the Haas School of Business and a partner at Milbank, an international law firm, said the provision would be irrelevant to him, as he has another job.

“There’s no reason to extend ‘public service’ loan relief to adjunct faculty (like me) who teach only part time while being gainfully employed in the private sector,” he said in an email.


Monday, August 4, 2014

'Gut and Amend' For UC, CSU Tactic?

see this SLO Tribune piece on comments from Speaker and Ex Officio UC Regent Atkins: California Universities Could Get $100 Million Boost

Atkins touched on the common “gut-and-amend” practice of inserting new language in existing bills late in the legislative session, circumventing some stages of the committee process. She pointed to ensuring more higher education funding as a worthy use of the tactic.

“I will be trying to make that pledge and promise to UC and CSU real by presenting legislation, or there will be legislation presented,” Atkins said. “Given that the general fund revenues are higher than anticipated, we should be able to do that.”

Officials from the Department of Finance or the office of Gov. Jerry Brown were not immediately available for comment.

Presser: Campus Accountability and Safety Act

listen to audio here, it is missing the first introductory comments but it runs about 26 minutes and includes comments from multiple US Senators (Sen. Marco Rubio also makes a statement in Spanish at the 11:30 mark, and he is followed by two survivor statements- UC Berkeley actions are mentioned at the 14:50 mark):
and HuffPo: Senate Unveils Bill To Crack Down On Colleges Botching Sexual Assault Cases

'Recess' Roundup

Not just an August Recess For Sacto?:
"California’s Legislature returns to Sacramento as the week begins for its final month in session. And there are plenty of important, or just politically fascinating, debates to watch before lawmakers head home at the end of August for the last time in 2014."

See KQED Blog : Seven Sacramento Debates in August You Won’t Want to Miss
includes legislation related to
'The Impact of Isla Vista Tragedy'
and
UC and K-12 leg. moves covered in it.
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Some UC Ex Officio Regents election 'races' updates:

Oakland Tribune editorial: Give Gavin Newsom another term as ...


See this WaPo article - left wondering is the CA Gov race just stunts and cake walk?
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SJ Merc - Berkeley: Nader talk supports post office activists

Nader talked about the giant real estate firm CBRE and its contract with the Postal Service "to sell off postal properties all over the country without competitive bidding."

He also noted the role of Richard Blum, CBRE chair and spouse of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, claiming, "He can actually deliver some of these (properties) to his business associates -- talk about conflict of interest.

"And he has now amended the contract so he can do his own appraisal. You appraise the property so that you can sell this for less than market value. And then he sells it to his buddies."

Nader pointed out that the Postal Service inspector general issued a "withering" report condemning the practice of the same entity doing both appraisals and sales.


Daily Cal avoided covering the UC Regent link in their article on it here: Ralph Nader visits Berkeley, urges support of historic post office

recall Eastbay Express ran a story on it last year

btw - It did not look like the UC Regents Blum and Pattiz attended the open sessions of the UC Regents meetings in July. Have they been confirmed yet by CA Senate for their new UC Regent appointments?
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There's this on Linked Learning in CA regarding CCCs etc.

Friday, August 1, 2014

round up. or, a certain alignment of interests? maybe or maybe not.

Brown, Mexican officials sign pacts on higher education, energy
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UC Merced Connect: Partnership with Yosemite highlighted during Napolitano visit
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McRaven not alone moving into university leadership from outside academia includes:
Napolitano, for instance, has brought a level of visibility to the University of California that faculty and other leaders there say has already been beneficial, said Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

-and, in other comments there, interesting how some of the (anti or pro?) Title IX transparency folks also make positive comments in these other stories about pols, bureaucrats, etc. taking on high profile higher ed leadership positions
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Bill Would Require Disclosure Of More College Rape Investigations
"The Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has a longstanding policy of not publicly disclosing the names of schools it is reviewing under the Clery Act," Nolt wrote in an email. "If a school publicly announces it first, FSA will confirm."

Under the HALT Act, the Education Department would get upward of $5 million in additional funding for investigations, as well as a task force to increase coordination among the agencies within the department handling these cases.

Like the other bills introduced Wednesday, the HALT Act raises the possibility of fining colleges that violate Title IX. But Speier and Meehan's legislation does not stipulate how much a school could be fined. By contrast, one of the other bills introduced Wednesday stipulates that schools would be fined up to 1 percent of an institution's operating budget per Title IX violation.

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Took note of this story a while back on a CNN regular contributor as a new executive dean (it was posted on tv as he was interviewed on global issues etc.) and then remembered this series and now its latest:
University of Phoenix barred from enrolling veterans in 7 programs


-wonder if he will talk about it (when CNN airs that Ivory Tower documentary in Fall) would be interesting to hear his thoughts on it.

remember the infographic comparison with UC funding here.