Tuesday, September 30, 2014

'reporting' and 'culture and governance'

Pols who sometimes hold ex offico status in higher ed want the 'students to report behavior, bystander interventions on other students'...see:
(btw if one remembers the Faludi, Hoff-Sommers, Paglia conference speaker panels from back in the day-- it seems you don't pronounce the G in Paglia- it has an h sound kinda like how J is pronounced in Spanish -so it's PAH-lia)


Title IX blog with more on that piece of leg

and “It’s On Us” Anti-Sex Assault Program Blames Bystanders"- post points out some things to consider.

In this next clip there is discussion of the existence of a workplace culture where employees didn't think they could report a problem up to their managers, supervisors-- a culture at a place that the now UC Pres ran during the 2011 problem they cover here:


Napolitano does not talk about 'reporting it'- whatever the 'it' might be- the closest she came to taking up the topic was a long while back on Meet The Press when she talked about how she viewed Snowden specifically. She has not made statements to the UC community about how she expects the UC admin to address faculty, staff or students who have to report various problems up the chain within UC. The questions on 'is it a safe space to tell?' remain- it's about 'the culture and governance' that spills over, permeates everything.

It would be good to see her write, speak on this in depth (like Yudof on the First Amendment) instead of these short l'il interviews where she is eager to talk about international issues while not touching on any of the controversies/issues of her old job during her tenure that still linger around. Wish she would just go 'all in' on talking solely about UC policy and ops and in depth - just have the PR folks issue a press release that she isn't running for CA Gov or Holder's position etc.- and keep the focus on UC issues.


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btw
Daily Cal Campus Adjunct Professor Jennifer Granholm Considered As Possible Attorney General

Seems she's been in the "senior research fellow at The UC Berkeley Energy and Climate" side of things...
and she was at Dow and then months later she left Dow, not sure where she's at on some things...

but folks are still wondering if Napolitano would take the job- and no one has asked her directly about it (abc local reporter only asked about the CA Gov -see above).

Napolitano On Her 'Frosh' Year , and Berkeley Faculty Association Events September 30 and October 1 reminder

Inside Higher Ed essay: My Freshman Year By Janet Napolitano

she starts off talking about the org. complexity (remember yet to be confirmed UC Regents were told by the CA Senate Rules Committee that 'UC is big, unwieldy' couldn't be used as excuses for persistent lack of policy on admissions and other problems)
--one of the comments at IHE "it is unparalleled self promotion" (the "is this just a springboard,holding place on the way to something more" concerns)
--maybe talk more about the 'big, unwieldy, behemoth'?
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see: The New Normal: What does it mean to work at UC today – a BFA sponsored event 9/30/14

and

The Operation of the Machine: UC Then and Now, A BFA Sponsored Event 10/1/14

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Teaching evaluations don't make the mark
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Boalt likely to raise tuition?
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a billionaire speaker at UCLA takes on a billionaire speaker at UC Berkeley and...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gov Signs CCC Bachelor Degrees Leg.

Sac Bee:
Jerry Brown Approves Community College Bachelor's Degrees

and:

“This is landmark legislation that is a game changer for California’s higher education system and our workforce preparedness,” state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, who authored the bill, said in a statement. “SB 850 boosts the focus of our community colleges on job training and increasing the accessibility and affordability of our state’s higher education system.”

Brown also vetoed Assembly Bill 46 from Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, which would have required California State University to share performance data from online courses with its faculty academic senates.

In a veto message, Brown called the bill unnecessary, and cited student privacy and cost issues.

“I am aware of the deep concerns that the sponsor of the bill has expressed regarding online courses,” Brown wrote. “These courses, however, could play an important role in helping to reduce the bottleneck that too often prevents students from graduating on time.”

“This is one of the reasons I believe that we should not unduly limit the introduction of online courses in the Cal State system.”

Brown has been a strong supporter of online education, including a 2013 experiment at San Jose State University that was cancelled after dismal early results, prompting Pan’s legislation.

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so, check out those leg. moves above and then read: Is College Still Worth It? Christopher Newfield on Aspiring Adults Adrift, Los Angeles Review of Books
excerpt:
And yet Academically Adrift did offer a choice between two stories. The visible media story was that colleges keep jacking up prices on a shoddy product. Students and faculty have agreed to ask almost nothing of each other while covering that up. To keep the money coming in, university management stresses student engagement rather than academic rigor. Therefore, what colleges need are tougher discipline, reduced subsidies, mandated focus on learning outcomes, and rigorous learning assessment, coming from managerial bodies not controlled by the faculty.

The book’s second story was the reverse. Colleges aren’t too far from business but too close. They have been making their students business-ready for years by bolting vocational majors to the liberal arts and sciences core. It turns out that these vocational majors offer limited learning, which are the main college source of post-1980s declines. The college crisis was not that college was offering bad academic subjects, but that college had added a lot of non-academic subjects in an effort to address workforce needs. Therefore, the best way to fix academia would be to let it be academic again, renewing its focus on the liberal arts and sciences. This would mean getting business out of the way.

It was of course “our failing colleges” that got the A-side listing. The B-side, “our failing pragmatism: how a market focus hurt college learning” — never got played.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

UC Berkeley Report On Academics and Athletics released

Daily Cal: Task Force on Academics and Athletics discusses report at press conference
includes:
“I think that there are a lot of us … who would be able to compete academically if it weren’t for the hours we put into athletics,” Singer said. “I think that athletes will always face (that stereotype), just because we are held to different academic standards than non-athletes in the admissions process.”

At the press conference, Conkey said integration will mean “providing spaces where athletes and non-athletes can interact,” such as including athletes in new student orientation for nonathletes and pairing student-athletes with nonstudent-athlete roommates in the residence halls.

The report cited unique challenges for African American student-athletes on campus. The recent UC-wide campus climate survey revealed that black students felt the most disrespected of any specific group. Because at least 25 percent of African American students on campus are student-athletes, the task force called for addressing this specific issue.


and
Document: Final Report and Recommendations from Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics & Athletics

and see SF Chron: Cal’s plan: Inch up standards for athlete admissions
“We were talking about a handful of students who most likely didn’t fail but just gave up,” said interim Athletic Director Michael Williams. “We as an institution had probably failed them in not providing the services that were necessary to make their experience at Cal, the meaningful, engaged experience it should be.”

and includes:
Faculty a bit dubious

But some faculty members were dubious that it could achieve that goal.

The proposed SAT cutoff scores are below average for all students who take the test, which is 496 for verbal and 514 for math, said Michael O’Hare, who teaches public management at the Goldman School of Public Policy and has read the task force report.

“If the SAT is any kind of measure of ability to do college work, I would not recommend an applicant with those scores go to Cal, which is a way-above-average student intellectual environment,” he said.

And if the applicant spends as much time on the field as is usually required for football and men’s basketball rather than studying, he said, “this just sounds like a recipe for heartbreak and frustration.”

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and a round up of other links -see here- includes
Task force issues report on academics and athletics (Cal Athletics press release)
Message from Chancellor Dirks (PDF)
Chair’s cover letter (PDF)
Task force letter from Mike Williams (PDF)
Final report (PDF)
Recommendations and timeline (PDF)
Athletic admissions policy — guiding principles (PDF)
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Some local coverage


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but Cal access to the video of the full press conference is not to be found here -or anywhere??

a play on The Paper Chase?

KCRA has an ongoing series on student college debt- can't find the content for the entire series easily/quickly in one spot- but in this video UC Davis and the cost of becoming a doctor is discussed - along with the accelerated three year program.

A Former UC Regent On FSM and Students, and more

see:
Berkeleyside Op-ed: UC profits from the fossil fuel industry
While they gave lip service to include students in an ongoing process by the Committee on Investments to consider divestment, they ignored the student Regent’s (Sadia Saifuddin) efforts to add specific language that would commit the Regents to including students in the process.

The Task Force over the summer was a frustrating process for Virginia Fernandez and Alden Phinney, the students who were appointed to it. Meetings were sometimes held without much advance notice and the third meeting was held without the students present.

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University of California Students Had Better Wise Up and Learn Their Constitutional Rights By Velma Montoya - it starts off on UCSB poster incident then goes into that June 2014 Mark Yudof retrospective views then offers some interesting suggestions for UC course offerings.
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Brown line-item vetoes $50 million in UC funding Saturday


and this on Brown veto that involves Affordable Care Act

and this too on unemployment

and Minding the Workplace on CA Leg the Gov and Pres of UC Regents signed off on
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William Deresiewicz and the Public University:

Each ruling class, it seems to me, is always in danger of devolving into a patronage system regardless of the nature of its original legitimation. The middle class Barbara Ehrenreich discussed in her 1989 classic Fear of Falling has been hollowed out but her analysis of a certain psychology applies to today’s elite. They do not want their children to have to experience a lower standard of living than they enjoy. The impulse to rationalize advantages and even game the system when people you care about are involved is irresistible for many. The fight against this—what Deresiewicz refers to as “self-overcoming”—is never-ending.

It’s not just parents with kids. I see it at the departmental level. People from relatively modest backgrounds who got into Stanford and Harvard and are now Professors of English or Cultural studies will push hard to hire friends or family. They not only don’t see a problem with this but they see themselves as doing something compassionate by championing the people they know over the people who are as yet words on a page. The ever-flawed striving for some modicum of objectivity—the holding at bay of connections and kinship—doesn’t come easily to any of us, no matter our personal trajectories. If we desire a fair society, though, we are doomed to repeatedly breaking up patronage systems—even patronage systems generated by meritocracies.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

UC and "major" solar, FSM, more

discussed here in this KPBS coverage University of California Signs Major Solar Deal
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SCPR 32 minute radio program on How the UC system will fight sexual misconduct

A bill from California Senator Barbara Boxer makes similar recommendations that would extend to all colleges and universities that receive any federal funding -- most campuses nationwide. "We call for establishing an independent, on-campus advocate to support survivors of sexual assault at every UC campus and frankly every campus in California, and the country," said Boxer.

Boxer honed in on what she describes as "an epidemic," highlighting the fact that "one in five women is assaulted in her lifetime, one in 20 men." She also expressed the need for better prevention and the end of the epidemic, but said that a campus advocate will fill a necessary role in the interim.

Senator Boxer also argued that there is no need to provide an advocate or counselor to the accused, saying, "This is for victims, I don't want to spend taxpayer money giving an advocate to someone who has assaulted someone." Boxer focused on wellness treatment, crisis counseling, and medical resources as part of what the campus advocate would provide for survivors.

But critics of the new recommendations argue that it is unfair not to offer the same education, counseling, or resources to the accused.


Sac Bee The Assembly Higher Education Committee reviews UC Berkeley’s efforts to prevent and respond to campus sexual assaults, 1:45 p.m. at UC Berkeley. and more info on that event here.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Each scientific field excursion needs an authority figure who has been clearly designated as someone whom women can tell." - more

NYT Op Ed: Science’s Sexual Assault Problem

It was no one’s job at my university to hear or care what had happened to me and I did not conceptualize it as a workplace issue, but rather as a personal one cloaked in fear, shame and silence.
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There is a fundamental and culturally learned power imbalance between men and women, and it follows us into the workplace. The violence born of this imbalance follows us also. We would like to believe that it stops short of following us into the laboratory and into the field — but it does not.


H/t Meranze daily links at Remaking the University
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and this Research Enterprise post: University of California proposes its own venture fund


comes up in comments at this Remaking post on UC Ventures

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Daily Caller has one angle on the Higher Education Act moves includes comments from Anne Neal, she has also made many policy comments on Title IX etc.

that article is about this Heritage Foundation forum:

Description: The average college student leaves school with more than $26,000 in debt, and total student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1 trillion. At the same time, too many students leave college without the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. And yet, despite the dire state of today’s higher education system, there is hope on the horizon: By favoring knowledge and skill acquisition over seat time, online options and competency-based learning are disrupting the traditional higher education market and perhaps have laid the foundation for a revitalization of American education. Despite the promise presented by these innovations, however, the antiquated higher education accreditation process remains a considerable obstacle to reform. Congress may also soon consider various proposals to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which governs all federal student loans and grants.
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These UC chats seem less than full community participation- but anyway, here:

Napolitano speaks with alumni about tuition, online education in webchat Thursday

UC Alumni Hangout with Napolitano can be viewed here

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Brown “facilitated cost-effectiveness and cost efficiencies in our undergraduate education,” said Aimée Dorr, University of California provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

US News and World Report: Online Options Expanding in Higher Education Landscape
Serving a statewide population, officials at the University of California noted that there were too many students – and too few seats – in its pre-major and general education requirement courses. To ensure more immediate access and, thus, timely graduation rates, UC designed the Innovative Learning Technology Initiative.

ILTI is an outgrowth of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal earmarking $10 million from UC’s fiscal year 2014 budget to the development of technology as a means of addressing growing university enrollment. UC established the Cross-Campus Enrollment system to enable students to take classes for credit across the nine undergraduate UC campuses.

Newsom comments on A3 Agenda Item, and that Thurs C2 item...

Ex Officio UC Regent Newsom's comments during discussion on that A3 item:
If I may- I respectfully think we've completely failed to address the student athletes as we should with our revenue sports. So, I take this issue very, very seriously and commend the chancellors for their sincerity in terms of their desire to be part of the reform and part of the solutions. I had the opportunity,just a few days ago, to spend time with Chancellor Dirks and I understand now much more intimately his commitment to this. So, I take no aspersions or take no purpose to castigate you, but I take some responsibility. I've been here three years and I've been part of the problem - and I think everybody up here on the dais has- this has happened on our watch. We've got to step up our game. And, it's interesting to me, um, that- I happen to think this is possibly a very good thing-- the potential down side is that this is just an opportunity to have much more autonomy for the further commercialization of these sports, larger TV contracts which will drive, I think, more stress between trying to find and integrate the academic balance and our athletic balance.That said, the goals you two stated in your letter are outstanding and the ones you just enunciated but it seems to me, or occurs to me, about half of them don't require this approval- we can move forward. We can't with stipends- but we certainly have the authority with scholarships --to extend four and five year scholarships. It is crystal clear in the NCAA's two existing by-laws we can move forward, we can do much more today to decrease the hours of voluntary practices we can do a lot of the things that were just advanced and enunciated. And, I guess my point... is the sense of urgency:
I have five task force reports since 1991 that I've read and then I've, honestly, this morning, saw another report representing the other five task force reports-- so that is the sixth. We know what to do, we just haven't been doing it- and the culture is the problem. There is sincerity of individuals but we haven't habitualized it, we haven't institutionalized it. If we believe in student athletes we should be doing scholarships now; we should be costing that now; we should be advancing that now-- not waiting around 'til January or February or March of next year. If we are committed to reducing the hours of voluntary practice. The amount of hours- 44 hours was the survey per week- 21,000 college students in 2007 were surveyed football players in Division I - and 44 hours was the avg they worked a week- though the law is clear that the rules say 20 hours. We can be doing more today we don't need to wait around. So, I feel a sense of urgency. I know the President, to her credit, I wish I was here this morning and I apologize, we're going to be putting together a work group to discuss some of the incentive compensation but we all know the incentives are overwhelmingly 10:1 toward athletic achievement and not academic achievement. But, we talk about academic excellence in all of our literature-- but we're not committed to that and we're not demonstrating that... So, as I've gotten more into this I get more animated about it, I get more intense about it. I think we're - we're culpable. And I'll tell ya if you care about African American graduation rates take a look at our graduation rates- they're comical for African Americans. We had four years where not one basketball player who was on a scholarship graduated. We had four out of seven 'four year rolling periods' at UC Berkeley where 30% of our African American athletes in football graduated, 30%. That's inexcusable. We saw the numbers 44%, 38% ... I know those are older numbers the Chancellor(Dirks) and I talked about that...
He inherited all of this
They're older numbers and we have seen some improvement... but we're not even close to where we've got to go and I think the stress is self evident-you have all this pressure to perform on the field.
Hell we've got to finance a half a billion dollar stadium--that means seat licenses, that means ticket sales, that means alumni jumping up and down and that means performance on the field.
Yet, at the same time you've gotta graduate your kids and potentially we're gonna have this new autonomous Big Five and I imagine a lot of these folks they're saying 'hey, hell this is an opportunity to get a bigger contract'-- that's why we went from Pac 10 to Pac 12-- to put even more pressure on us.
That's why we extended the season and we supported the extension of the season in support of the playoff rounds and that's not even governed by the NCAA and they don't care if they're having playoffs during finals that is not an interest of theirs, quite the contrary. So, we're sort of leaning into this and creating the problems but i think we all know this but we've gotta own this and we've got to do something about this and so I just hope and, I guess this is a very long winded way of saying this, but let's not wait around to advance the priniciples that you guys set forth; let's not wait around for the approval of the project to cost these provisions out which I think are essential; let's not wait around for another task force report to tell us what to do we already know what we need to do; and let's not wait around and let's start to change the culture and integrate athletics.
And let's be serious about the racial components of this which are subtext and profound and I think really, honestly... disgraceful. I don't want to belabor it. And, we'll talk in closed session about more solutions. Then we'll talk tomorrow I don't mean to forewarn but the idea of taking away our oversight in terms of contracts in the midst of this discussion is I think a bad policy and I'd love to have a public discussion about that tomorrow I look forward to that tomorrow morning. But I do sincerely acknowledge the work of the two Chancellors in this presentation they get it sincerely and now let's get it done.

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Then, the next morning at the UC Regents Thursday meeting Regent Lozano as chair of compensation committee tried to move item C2 which dealt with approval of delegation of authority and compensation for athletic directors and coaches etc. A "transferring authority" move that several regents communicated they had no interest in transferring. Some regents stated in their discussion that the reason for the agenda item was due to some regents feeling like they were "just rubber stamping after the fact" in instances like the UCLA $17 million dollar coaching contract example and the recent UC Berkeley basketball coach contract- a few instances where contracts were basically completed long before the regents would meet to vote on them at their bi-monthly meetings. Several regents opposed various parts of the language of this item and questioned why it was brought before the UC Regents when several issues directly related to it are in a state of policy flux --such as decisions still yet to be made by UC Regents who are concurrently doing other yet to be completed committee work on academic standards metrics that still need to be aligned with everything else... (There also is the need to align the Title IX campus assault Clery related task force work with this as well- not to mention responses to potential new state and fed requirements that might come down on UC on that over this next year - that other task force told the UC Regents they anticipated a July 2015 end date for their work-- but none of the UC Regents spoke about that other task force. Maybe that's a sign of how much weight they give it?)

These two sections- the NCAA Pac 12 presentation by Dirks and Block and then Thursday's Item C2 discussion and vote by compensation committee- are illustrative (is that the word?) of the UC Regent confusion about how they currently and historically interact with UC Regent created Task Force/Working Groups/'Tiger Teams'and their recommendations/findings/reports --and how the regents prioritize regent agenda items for their own meetings.

In fact, Lozano was asked by fellow regents if her committee was advancing an agenda item that was 'a solution in search of a problem'...

Another example of this occurred when, after the student regent made a motion to place students permanently on the fossil fuels divestment task force etc. Regent Zettel had to get clarification from General Counsel on the weight or lack of weight of Task Force recommendations and regents' option to make policy decisions or amendments during regent discussion. (Zettel is chair of compliance and audit committee.)

Do the UC Regents know what they are doing with the Task Force groups they are creating and empowering for so many critically important issues this year? Do the regent know how they may interact with them to form policy?

And what about OP? e.g. Why did Napolitano support Lozano's C2 and then support table of it a few seconds later?

There also is another aspect to look at in this (Napolitano raised it implicitly several times in her attempt to vouch/give reasoning for votes in favor on some items) --that involves how UCOP does or does not maintain high quality or well communicated oversight of campuses in any OP delegation of authority b/ween OP and campuses... how has that played out on policy implementation or cooperation in system wide projects/initiatives/rollouts historically, recently...ugh.

You can view the video of Newsom's comments at the Wed meeting--start here at the 02:33:00 mark

and there's an audio clip of that here, too

and you can view the Item C2 from Thursday's meeting at the 01:02:00 mark here - the discussion runs about 25 minutes on that item

but, once again, there seems to be some issues in creating a reliable permanent record archive for UC Regents meetings, see more on that here.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

UC Regents Meet Sept 18

view: agenda items and background docs and ways to view. listen to the meeting: here

Thursday, September 18

8:30 am Committee on Compensation (Regents only session)

8:40 am Committee of the Whole (open session - public comment session)

9:00 am Committee on Compensation (open session)

9:15 am Board (open session)

9:30 am Committee on Compensation (open session)

10:15 am Committee on Health Services (open session)

11:15 am Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)

11:30 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)

12:00 pm Committee on Governance (open session)

12:05 pm Board (open session)

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

UC Regents Call Out CA Senate and Governor--High or Low Lights From UC Regents Wed Session, briefly

So, at UC Regent Wed. morning session there was something called the 'UC Budget 2015-16 presentation' at the 02:50:00 mark and then that led into at the 02:59:00 mark a 'Facts and Myths about UC presentation' in the video here-- which maybe should have been called the Hometurf Rebuttal to the CA Senate Rules Committee and Governor,
(if you don't remember the CA Senate Rules Committee Confirmation Hearing for UC Regents: see this)

After the presentations (at Wed UC Regents morning meeting) -during Q and A- some of the regents (Blum, Gould, Pattiz mostly) said:

-"We have not got this Governor committed to Higher Education"

-(the CA Senate Rules Committee) were a "Hostile Group of State Senators"

-"There's Corruption in Sacramento" (related to lobbying, affecting UC funding decision by CA leg)

-"Our Governor doesn't want to hear about faculty salaries"

-after they said their comments some other regents noted that they wanted to second and third the sentiments. it should be noted that none of the pols who are ex officio were in attendance at the morning meeting. cuz when the pols who are ex officio do attend it's all "Oh Governor we're so glad you're here to give us this feedback" "we know your committed to xyz" "so grateful for your leadership on this"

-Lansing and Kieffer were not in attendance to moderate or maybe tone it down when they got rolling

- Blum also said he hated to name drop but Larry Summers said this to him and Bill Clinton said that to him about Berkeley and UC -- and he'll talk more with Nick about it over lunch-- and, anyway, he is willing to take on the Governor, his friend of forty years cuz he's 'sick of it' (...oh yeah, on like donkey kong...not).

-- the UC Regents also mixed in that they were getting the vapors because VP Patrick Lenz is leaving at the end of the year-Blum said something like 'we'll be in the wilderness without you'- Chair Varner cited Kenny Rogers (Fine Time To Leave Me) Lucille-- but it probably is more about 'know when to hold them, know when to fold them'.
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Daily Cal left out/avoided writing about the UC Regents comments listed above, see their coverage here: UC Regents address shortfall of state funding at board meeting Wednesday

and they mention: Governor signs legislation to increase Cal Grant awards
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The big takeaway from the Anti Campus Assault (or whatever name they've given to it this round) presentation was that Chancellor Dirks blocked registration for about 500 Cal students because they did not attend the mandatory training. Dirks mentioned it as an example of a need for persistent follow through (guess his staff didn't think he really meant mandatory when he said mandatory??)...at the 02:22:00 mark

Disturbing Impression I: The lead person on the task force is the UCOP compliance and audit officer for the entire UC system- and in the middle of the presentation she made some comments that she decided (in her mind?) that the student population is the most important population to tend to on this issue-- have no idea how she could think that a proper stance with her systemwide ucop job - but she framed her comments around being the mother of students and a woman. administrators should stop using the 'i have kids who are students so i care' line when the institution is being called out on a long term problem under their leadership. ugh, it was so stereotypical. worse yet, likely not terribly comforting for affected or concerned staff and faculty to hear. The position requires vigilance and policy protections and implementation for all parts of the UC -- in equal measure.

Disturbing Impression II at the 02:25:00 : The other thing that was disturbing in the presentation was that Regent Reiss tried to make statements around the idea that campuses and UCOP were in a policy battle on this like a state vs. fed fight (she must know that there is a fed and state battle on legislation moves on these issues, right?). She mentioned that the campus representatives are resistant to making (e.g. websites) information for victims more uniform so that it is easier for them to access-- the framing had a familiar ring to it like the resistance campuses have/had to UC Path... $220 million dollars ago (btw is UC Path a $220 million project or is it getting ready to be a $280 million project in Jan 2015? And does anybody really believe what they told Regent M in July- that going forward it will likely be just a $5 mil maintenance agreement to Oracle in future years?)

Disturbing Impression III --the discussion on how this interacts with admissions decisions, having people sign 'awareness and consent pledges' and throwing around 'zero tolerance' term was pretty flippantly done at various points.

Anyway, LAT covers it in more than a stream of consci...train of thought,live blogging, run-on sentence

LA Times: UC task force unveils guidelines on fighting campus sexual misconduct

and so does Daily Cal: UC Regents hear from task force on improving sexual assault policies

The positive side of this presentation-- boiled down to the students attempts to really tackle the problems from all sides.
The ex officio alumni regents asked really good questions and noted the taskforce work has a long way to go --that the entire culture and community need to be addressed.
Alumni regent Rodney Davis mentioned he wrote the task force about this NYT article: Harassment in Science, Replicated By Christie Aschwanden

Reflecting back, I’m struck by how ill equipped I was to deal with this kind of situation, especially at 19. My university undoubtedly had a harassment policy, but such resources were thousands of miles away. I was alone in a foreign country and had never received any training on my rights and resources in the field.

I’d forgotten about this experience from two decades ago until I read a report published July 16 in the journal PLOS One. Kathryn Clancy, an anthropologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and three colleagues used email and social media to invite scientists to fill out an online questionnaire about their experiences with harassment and assault at field sites; they received 666 responses, three quarters of them from women, from 32 disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, biology and geology.
Almost two-thirds of the respondents said they had been sexually harassed in the field. More than 20 percent reported being sexually assaulted. Students or postdoctoral scholars, and women were most likely to report being victimized by superiors. Very few respondents said their field site had a code of conduct or sexual harassment policy, and of the 78 who had dared to report incidents, fewer than 20 percent were satisfied with the outcome.


Anyway..recommend the NYT article to anyone hoping to cling to 'blame it on Athletics, Alcohol, Greek life as the convenient scapegoats' approach on this one.
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Also see Daily Cal on: Sexual assault survivors urge governor to sign affirmative consent bill at state capitol
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UC regents support renewable energy but not coal and oil divestment
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During public comment there were complaints from students who said the renewable energy/divest from fossil fuels taskforce was looking a sham, dismissive of student reps.

And some Title IX student task force members concerned about the anti campus assault task force work was becoming just a big PR stunt w/out proper funding and implementation discussions and agreements.

Also, during public comment there was a statement about the cutting of multiple sports programs at UC Davis and the speaker claimed that it was done by Chancellor Khatehi without community involvement- and questions were raised about whether or not it complied with campus policy.
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Didn't even get to the afternoon session of Wednesday's meeting but you can watch that section here. Compliance and audit, management corrective actions session. External audits, etc are also discussed.

And, at the 02:22:00 mark, Chancellor Block made a presentation on NCAA and Pac 12 changes and student athletics etc. Dirks also co-presents with Block on student athletes in high revenue sports, and educational mission. 'Non-cost neutral student athlete initiatives' and a Presidents letter discussed. at 02:33:30 mark Lt. Gov. Newsom showed up for this section of the meeting and had comment and questions on it. Newsom cites stats where UC grad rates for athletes have been "comical" - but his demeanor is serious- and then he says 'let's be serious about the racial components of this, too - which are subtext,profound,disgraceful'. His comments go on for several minutes and are detailed on hours of practice, scholarships, culture and habitual and institutional solutions, stadium financing, more.

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UC Regents this week...The video is here

The background docs posted here

same for the Sept 12th Committee Meeting on Investments and more on it here w/ audio clip
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Dazed and Confused
and Communication Breakdown

higher ed and velvet rope, nightclubs, dunce hats, the dreaded 'edifice complex'

and misdirected philanthropy arguments both ways- they all come up in this clip:

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Mostly surprised Tim Cook didn't talk to Charlie Rose: about these events in light of an Apple latest roll out-- Richard Quest on a Euro solution that exists already.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunny Day--everything's...

a-ok?
Some Implications of the UC Regents Proposed UC Ventures
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UCLA vs. Kaiser
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University of California Said to Plan PE Stak Sale -
The Regents of the University of California is looking to sell about $500 million in older private-equity fund stakes after valuations of the holdings jumped, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

UC Regents, which oversees the $91 billion pension and endowment funds of the University of California, hired Cogent Partners to manage the potential sale of venture capital and buyout fund stakes, said the people, who asked not be named because the information is private.

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UC money plan aids environment, but divestment uncertain
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Apple's Tim Cook talks solar and green campuses and higher ed here
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University Diaries on "the subtle and complex synergy" that keeps hitting headlines
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at UC Berkeley: Not On The Same Page about free speech
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Happening Now--UC Regents are back in sessions with Committee on Finance

UC Regents Meet Sept 17

view: agenda items, background docs and ways to view, listen here -all times are PST

Wednesday, September 17

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session)

9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)

10:45 am Committee on Finance (open session)

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Committee on Investments (open session)
concurrent with

1:00 pm Special Meeting: Committee on Investments (open session)
Item added to agenda
2:15 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (open session)

3:00 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)

3:30 pm Committee on Compensation (Regents only session)

4:00 pm Committee on Educational Policy (Regents only session)

4:15 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session)

4:45 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (Regents only session)

4:55 pm Board (Regents only session)

Times indicated and order of business subject to change
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Daily Cal Op Ed "No boundary between free speech, political advocacy"
In fact, these questions were fully settled. On Dec. 8, 1964, the Berkeley Academic Senate adopted a resolution stating that “the content of speech or advocacy shall not be restricted by the University.” This resolution was then reinforced by the regents’ resolution on Dec. 14, 1964, which stated, “Henceforth University regulations will not go beyond the purview of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”

In celebrating the half century that the campus has been “a symbol and embodiment” of the idea of free speech, you are proudly and properly acknowledging the outcome produced by the movement in the fall of 1964. But your statement seems to miss the central point.


and "Freedom and its limits"
Placing the present character of the public university in historical perspective are those 1960s alumni whom we are honoring, in this case, for contributions not to financial purposes but to UC Berkeley’s reputation for advancing political freedom and social justice. There is surely no better time and place than this fall at UC Berkeley for having a robust debate about freedom and its limits in today’s public university.

The Berkeley Faculty Association welcomes everyone to two events it has organized to provide perspective and facilitate debate: “The New Normal: What Does it Mean to Work at UC Today?” on Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. in 300 Wheeler and “The Operation of the Machine: UC Then and Now” on Oct. 1 at 1:30 pm in 315 Wheeler.

"After a state audit showed that some campuses were being hurt by this process, the UC decided to let the campuses keep their own tuition dollars, and state dollars were redistributed through a method called “rebenching” to help out the campuses that were historically underfunded. However, the statistics below will show that the problems have only gotten worse for the underfunded campuses."

that's from Changing Universities
The UC Campus Funding Imbalance to read the post...
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UCLA Faculty Association
UC Goings on This Week
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Remaking the University with their latest
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Votes Down the First Amendment (UPDATED)


and The Order of Civility

and The New Brutalism In Higher Education
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Daily Cal on State Investigations Findings on Custodian Death at International House

and Daily Cal on the J School at UC Berkeley and tuition moves:

Campus graduate school of journalism may raise costs by more than $10,000

Edward Wasserman, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, sent an email Friday to students, faculty, alumni and other affiliates of the school alerting them of a $10,250 proposed supplemental fee submitted to the UC Board of Regents, the governing body of the university.

The tuition increase, which would bring in more than $1 million annually, would come in the form of Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition, which, unlike basic tuition, would go directly to the school of journalism.

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“What redeems this is the prospect of making a successful career out of this,” Wasserman said. “We’re operating under the assumption that we will produce dazzlingly successful journalists.”
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Because the proposal had to be submitted to the regents in August, Wasserman wrote it without faculty approval with the intention of submitting faculty opinion later in the process.

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and the Daily Cal has an op ed from Peace and Conflict Studies folks, it reads in part:
What emerges from these documents is a story of duplicity and distortion: IAS administrators have manufactured a crisis for the PACS program, when in fact there was none prior. These documents reveal professional and ethical violations on the part of the IAS administration so great as to prompt a coalition of PACS students and alumni to create a white paper expose in response demanding justice, accountability and transparency. The white paper details the ways in which the IAS administration engaged in suspicious and questionable misconduct and failed to provide the basic resources needed for the PACS program to properly function.

The shameless lack of accountability and flagrant disregard that the university and IAS administrators have displayed toward the review is insulting. Equally disconcerting is the lack of transparency and amount of power wielded by the IAS leadership to simply disregard the recommendations of the review. This trend of ignoring the recommendations laid out bythe program review process has had severe implications for PACS students and the program at large.

We as students have suffered the consequences of negligent administrators for too long. Instead of improving PACS and providing it with the resources it so rightfully deserves, IAS administrators have systematically incapacitated the program and altered it almost beyond recognition.

The recent actions of the IAS administration have demonstrated a cavalier disregard for the PACS program and a failure to properly support this discipline that is so desperately needed in today’s world.

Now, we as the PACS community are making public the mistreatment, neglect and disrespect we have suffered as an academic program for far too long. After enduring the slashing of all of our resources, we as PACS students demand answers and accountability from the administration. Why have you repeatedly chosen to defund, ignore and neglect
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Predictable?

On the VC Fund

WSJ University of California Plans Venture-Capital Fund for Campus Startups
Investment Pool, at $250 Million, Would Be Among Biggest Targeted for Student, Faculty Research


they also have a video interview with Janet Napolitano on Tuition, Educational Policy
they describe it as "Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security Secretary and current president of the University of California, addresses why tuition has risen, future plans on costs, and her thoughts on President Obama’s educational policy."

-and talk about a way to have a predictable tuition model



and SF Biz Times on the VC fund again too
University of California launches $250 million venture fund
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remember UC Regents dreams of Jagdeep and always 17% -- met it this time:
University of California endowment chalks up 18.7% return

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KEYT with this:
Students File Federal Complaint Against University of California Santa Barbara
Allegations Of Hostile Environment

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The Hill: University of California decides against divesting from fossil fuels

Reuters on it too: University of California task force won't support divesting fossil-fuel holding
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Sac Bee with two stories on the Pres of the UC Regents
don't know if this group includes any UC folks:
A San Francisco appellate court has upheld a trial judge’s decision that Gov. Jerry Brown wrongly furloughed thousands of state-government scientists and engineers three years ago.


and on: his reversing 187 language

and: they talk about AB 1476

and CA higher ed comes up in this SF Gate article on Brown and Kashkari:
According to 2012 Census data, California's bottom 20 percent of households earn an average of a little more than $12,500 a year. The top 20 percent of households earn nearly 17 times more at an average of about $211,000 a year.

The top 5 percent of average households makes roughly $369,000 a year.



the mention of '50 institutions of higher learning' in...

in the video of: >this CNN Jake Tapper piece?- a must see, read- at least scroll to and read the parts where they say 'Big Ten', 'Big Ten', 'Big Ten'.
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Hardball:



'to me it's institutional politics'... 'the instinct is to protect the institution not the little guy, victim'- 'you know this goes on at universities i don't wanna name them cuz their gonna get mad at me again b/c i've mentioned them already, you know schools that protect'...
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University Diaries with a post on Delillo and The Names and University architecture move on capital projects- of course, lots of other posts there, too.