Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UC Pension and Tuition - and more on Knowing IX...

see:
SF Business Times UC president walks tightrope between pension costs and tuition hike - includes UC Pension info graphic
Napolitano and her team are correct in saying that a 5 percent tuition hike for each of the next five years — assuming no increase in state funding that would lower that increase — will put the 10-campus system on solid financial footing. California Gov. Jerry Brown is right to say the UC system needs to be smarter in its spending. UC students and their families are right to complain about tuition that, if all stands as voted last week by UC regents, will have increased 135 percent from fall 2007 to $15,564 in fall 2019.
What's being overlooked, though, are some of the reasons we got here in the first place: The cost of UC pensions and the historic inability of California politicians and UC leaders to make tough decisions.

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Remaking the University: The Impact of Tuition Hikes On Undergraduate Debt
- gets real on UC tuition as a lived experience by students and their parents.
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WBUR Here and Now Interview with Napolitano - interview highlights and article here: "On why tuition needs to increase,On what the UC system has done, On the issue of campus sexual assault"The UC Student Regent comments on tuition and admin bloat also covered in it. Napolitano and UCOP continue to lean heavily on that PPIC report.
- and she comments on her alma mater UVA and that RollingStone article.


(Is PPIC the equivalent of the disbanded-unfunded-state agency-non partisan CPEC, or not? Who fact checks or confirms the analysis, data from their reports? The LAO?)
...
On that UVA coverage- noted this here at HuffPo:
Later, however, as the meeting neared its third hour, board member Edward D. Miller interrupted to note the Visitors were laughing too much for a session dedicated to such a serious issue. Miller commented through a conference call, as he was not able to be there in person. His comment was quietly applauded by public audience members.

After the laughter died down, the board voted to pass Dragas' resolution to commit to a zero tolerance policy on sexual assault, though university administrators have gone on record opposing zero tolerance approaches to student misconduct.

"Part of the reason we got here is because we swept things under the rug," Dragas said at the end of the meeting, insisting the culture of UVA was to contain secrets. She called on the university to commit to a "transparent, accountable process" as they move forward.

The board livestreamed the meeting online but did not allow for public comment or questions from the press.

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The President of the UC Regents Gov Brown in coverage on CA pensions here and here
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Happy, Peaceful, Exciting, Bountiful Holidays- For All.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Who heads the "CA Center Right"?

and how does it interact with UC? Those kinds of questions raised in the subtext in many op eds- who is controlling the center right in CA and where do they fall in line on the latest battle?:
Christian Science Monitor: In California, it's Jerry Brown vs. Janet Napolitano over UC tuition hike (+video)

“California has had on-time budgets lately, but Brown is smart enough not to believe the fiscal happy talk by his reelection campaign,” Professor Pitney says. “He favors austerity because he knows that future budgets will be tighter. Winter is coming.”

Some education insiders question whether this isn’t the time for UC to do more than it has already done in cutting costs to a level that the state and students can afford.

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Herhold: Napolitano emerged victorious over Brown in UC tuition fight
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and:
Editorial: UC has tin ear on tuition hike
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Is it really a 'center right Blue' spectrum, though?

That List of 12...

Is UC on it?
Read:
Rollingstone: A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

The University of Virginia is one of the 86 schools now under federal investigation, but it has more reason to worry than most of its peers. Because, unlike most schools under scrutiny, where complaints are at issue, UVA is one of only 12 schools under a sweeping investigation known as "compliance review": a proactive probe launched by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights itself, triggered by concerns about deep-rooted issues. "They are targeted efforts to go after very serious concerns," says Office of Civil Rights assistant secretary Catherine Lhamon. "We don't open compliance reviews unless we have something that we think merits it."

(University Diaries has more coverage on that particular story :here)
There's this earlier HuffPo article that gives some data from May 2014 on the 12 subset:
Education Department Clarifies Title IX 'Compliance Reviews Are Not Random'

Seven of those facing such reviews either were previously known or identified themselves in statements on Thursday. They include: Dartmouth College, Emory University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Oklahoma State University. OCR has not identified the other two.

Indiana University-Bloomington also identified itself on Thursday as among the nine, but suggested in a statement that "individual institutions have been chosen randomly based on size, geographic location, type of campus community (commuter vs. residential) and other factors."

Education Department spokeswoman Dorie Nolt explained that no institution was chosen at random.

"Compliance reviews are not random audits of schools -- they are selected based on various sources of information, including statistical data, news reports and information from parents, advocacy groups and community organizations," Nolt said. "Compliance reviews are initiated in order to remedy possible violations of students' rights."


So, there is one list of what seems an ever-growing number -85-that is close to reaching 100 nationwide, and UC was one of the first on that list.
But, there also is another List of Twelve that is also going through "compliance review".
So, is UC one of the institutions unnamed in this other List of 12, or not?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Those Cal Grants Numbers, Future Costs and more

Contra Costa Times: University of California: The hidden cost of tuition hikes
By 2013, the state spent about $773 million on Cal Grants for UC students alone -- up from $339 million in 2008, according to preliminary figures posted on the university's website. Although the governor has yet to propose Cal Grant amounts for next year's budget, UC assumes the grants will continue to keep pace with tuition, said a spokeswoman, Dianne Klein. Earlier this month, UC financial aid director Chris Carter said the same thing in a letter to students.

"I write to reassure you that if tuition does increase, financial aid resources are expected to increase, too," he said.

Left in the lurch are the other Californians attending UC: those who pay some or all of their tuition, in addition to the substantial costs of room, board and books -- which drives the total cost well higher than $30,000 a year.

Many of them are middle-class. "Those are the folks -- middle class and up -- that have to figure out, 'How do I do this?'" said Dean Florez, a former state senator and CEO of the 20 Million Minds Foundation.

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US News and World Report: University of California Tuition Hike Shows Why Freezes Don't Work

SF Chron Editorial How to avoid stalemate on UC tuition: But the families and taxpayers who are footing the bill deserve to know that UC has made a good-faith effort to produce the reforms that Brown has demanded. Napolitano has not done that.

Our concern is that egos might get in the way and a stalemate would result. The worst possible outcome would be that Brown and legislators withdraw the planned state funding increases and the regents hold firm to the 5 percent annual tuition increase.


Press Democrat: Massive UC Fee Hike Unjustifiable

Cal Alumni Magazine: To the Trenches Over Tuition Hikes: Battle Over UC Funding Now Shifts to Sacramento
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listen:
SCPR and KPCC: UC Board of Regents approves tuition hike
runs about 25 minutes
Guests:
Ana Tintocalis, education reporter for KQED’s The Calfornia Report, she is at the UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco

Nathan Brostrom, Chief Financial Officer for the University of California system, co-proposed the tuition hike plan with UC President Janet Napolitano

Sadia Saifuddin, Student Regent for the University of California system

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KCRW UC Committee Moves Forward with Tuition Hike
runs about 24 minutes
Guests:
Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, @NanetteAsimov
Nathan Brostrom, University of California
H.D. Palmer, California State Department of Finance, @HDatFinance
Caitlin Quinn, UC Berkeley, @thecaitlinquinn
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weekend coverage included CNN Newsroom went to Wheeler and described it as 'a sleepover' with video of people asleep in sleeping bags--it was used as a segueway into their finance correspondent talking about students working admin and gardening jobs to fund their higher ed at a place called Blackburn -- but there is some more content on Wheeler Commons movement here at CNN and here at SF Weekly and here at NBC Los Angeles and NBC Bay Area and a round up of coverage on it here at WN and here in this fuller CNN piece
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Counterpunch with much detail from UCSC and: Since the 90s top administrative strata has grown 251%, adding a new billion in costs, but between the financial crisis and Occupy alone (2008 -2011), the number of individuals receiving more than $200,000 in base pay grew by 44 percent. According to UAW local 2865 analysis, while top earners are only 2.6 percent of the total UC workforce, they now account for 13.8 percent of 10+ billion in payroll payments. Alas, there is no fear of self-satire in the UC, where centers for the study of economics are now named for a Regent billionaire—with Mr. DiFi’s eponymous Richard C. Blum Center open at Berkeley. When the center needed building, Blum’s own DRS construction firm won the “contract” for the job.
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and
SCPR with UC Student Plan Walkout Monday Over Tuition Increases

LA Times After UC regents OK tuition plan, eyes turn to Gov. Jerry Brown, state funding

Former SF Mayor and CA Speaker Willie Brown offers his take on the battle that's getting all that national news coverage, he says- Jerry Brown’s UC tuition Battle May Boomerang

and there is another view on it here in LA Times
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blast from the past-- MSNBC Chris Matthews: had his ol' friend - the former UC Regent Gerald Parsky on Hardball to talk about ...'How Hollywood Covers Pols, DC'-- and on Ferguson, and immigration -- sigh, beltway media.
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there's:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Higher Ed Games and Options Terrain

WSJ gets deep into the pol history and numbers- Playing Chicken With Tax Dollars and Tuition in California
It’s Jerry Brown versus Janet Napolitano in a Democratic war over the state’s surplus and spending priorities.

Between 2008 and 2011, state general-fund spending on UCs dropped by about $900 million. During that period, the regents ratcheted up in-state tuition by more than 70%, to $12,192 a year, from $7,126. But note that revenues from tuition and fees have increased to $3 billion from $1.7 billion, so the increase more than offset state budget cuts. And now general funding for the universities is merely $300 million below its 2007 peak.

According to university budget documents, the UCs’ spending from “core funds”—principally, tuition and state funding—has increased by about $1.7 billion since 2009. Yet the regents claim that more money is needed to fund “high-priority investments”—namely, employee pay and benefits.

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Desert Sun: UC Tuition Hikes Still Optional Janet Napolitano Says
...the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security told The Desert Sun she hopes increased state funding will negate any need for tuition hikes.

and

Napolitano also weighed in on President Barack Obama's executive action Thursday protecting five million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

"When I was homeland security secretary, we developed deferred action for DREAM students, and we have a couple thousand of those at the University (of California) right now. It's been great for them, and I think what (Obama) announced last night builds on the same theory of executive action," she said. "I think the president was very clear that in the end the solution here has to be with the Congress."


and

UC Expands Legal Services For Immigrant Students

UC President Janet Napolitano announced Friday that the university has established an Undocumented Student Legal Services Center to provide legal advice on immigration at the system's campuses without law schools.
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The targeted campuses are located in Merced, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Santa Cruz and Riverside.

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WaPo wonk blog: The University of California just jacked up its tuition. Why your state could be next.

There's a game of chicken going on between public universities and states across the country over how to fund schools—and students and parents are losing.
...University of California students are looking to Sacramento, where the legislature will start negotiating the school budget in January. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gave students a glimmer of hope Thursday when he predicted the state would try to boost funding to avoid a tuition increase in the fall.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It must be 'Documentaries Night'...

CNN aired Ivory Tower tonight (it was released earlier in theaters first) and there is a large section devoted to the Cooper Union 65 day occupation -and they cover some of the behind the scenes, background -- it is supposed to re-air again back to back but the POTUS address set the scheduled time back a bit.
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Then @cnewf tweeted about the public comment at today's UC Regents meeting and noted the staff who made comments about the Stars program
tweet: represented #UC employees are not eligible for incentive awards thanks to a "dictate from #UCOP"? staff now saying this at #UCRegents

tweet: excellent start to #UCRegents open comment from staff concretizing "crushing workload" and cuts->demotivation, ongoing crisis


Just want to add on to that: the Wiseman documentary At Berkeley footage captured that specific issue -- there is a section where the Birgeneau cabinet which included faculty and VCs etc. met and during that meeting the then-now former-VC of what is called Information Services & Tech spoke about what sounded like a campus pattern of "nepotism" (that was the word used in the film) associated with an incentive program that gave out $$ called the Spot(?) or Star(?) program (Some staff warned about this when those programs were launched btw) and then it led into major subtext conversation/disagreements among cabinet members about approaches to performance management in a university setting. When the documentary released and even came to campus for special viewing no one from UC admin talked afterward in press interviews about how the administration worked on that problem- whether or not it was ever fixed, or if the nepotism was addressed. The admin associated with the film's shooting and PR spent time talked instead about the on campus 'opening night festivities' they attended. Now, today, staff as a last resort must go to the UC Regents meetings to communicate that the problem still exists- and not just on the Cal campus- according to their public comments. Guess some folks who were fond of the buzz of the Wiseman documentary weren't paying full attention to the content and UCOP wasn't seeing it as a flag for system-wide? It was remarkable they let the broadstroke nepotism discussion at the cabinet meeting just go unaddressed with just the hope of an Op Ex fix that might resolve it- but apparently didn't- b/c it is being talked about now as a regent level problem today.

You can read those tweets mentioned above and others from the meeting and a new post here: Remaking the University Wild Day at the UC Regents: The Stakes of the Tuition Wars

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Now as Wheeler developments are being covered and the UCSC Occupation of Humanities 2 is now happening too, apparently

and even more photos and video from Huffington Post here "UC-Berkeley Students Protest Tuition Hike With Building Takeover (PHOTOS/VIDEO)"

a reminder of The Taking of Wheeler Hall mini-doc from a few years back-- and then realized- on the date stamp as the video ended- that it's another 'anniversary' marker, too.
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There's some other posts out today:

Changing Universities- UCOP’s Failed Funding Model


if you can't stomach lookin' at 'em or just want to give your eyes a rest- there's an alternative UCLA Faculty Association- Listen to the Regents Meeting of Nov. 18, 2014
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Keep it mellow-- so, Carpenter's Its Yesterday Once More ha
but- really- it's more like maybe some LZ Kashmir (and: not Kashmiri type fees)
waddaweek!
Peace.

UC Regents Meet Nov 20

view: agenda items and ways to view listen here

Thursday, November 20

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

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

F7(XX) Action Authorization for Lease Approval, Third-Party Liability, and
External Financing for Biomethane Supply Program

F8(XX) Discussion Legal Update Regarding Seismic Issues

F9(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates
1. BROOME, et al. v. REGENTS – Request for Certification
of Class and Action to Compel Payment of Supplemental
Retirement Benefits Under Program for Senior Managers –
Breach of Contract, Promissory and Equitable Estoppel,
and Breach of Fiduciary Duty – Office of the President
2. CALIFORNIA PHYSICIANS’ SERVICE, INC. dba BLUE
SHIELD OF CALIFORNIA v. REGENTS – Settlement
Discussions Pending – Contract Dispute Concerning
Whether UC Hospitals and Medical Groups Are Within or
Outside PPO Network Under the Affordable Care Act – All
Medical Centers

9:00 am Committee on Health Services (Regents only session)

Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 20, 2014

H1(XX) Action Proposed Affiliation by UCSF Health, San Francisco Campus

H2(XX) Action Acquisition of a Regional Imaging Company by UC San Diego
Health System, San Diego Campus

H3(XX) Action Expansion of Existing Joint Venture to Include Liver Transplant
Services, UC San Diego Health System, San Diego Campus

9:50 am Board (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014
Reports of Committees:

FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance

HXX Report: Action Committee on Health Services

Officers’ and President’s Reports:

Report of Interim Actions

Personnel Matters

10:00 am Committee of the Whole (includes public comment - open session)
Public Comment Period2
(20 minutes)

10:20 am Committee on Health Services (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18, 2014

H4 Discussion Update on UC Health’s Preparedness for Ebola

10:45 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18, 2014
O1 Discussion Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories and Presentation on
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Science and Technology
on a Mission

11:15 am Committee on Compensation (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 18, 2014

C2 Action Approval of Term Appointment of and Compensation for
Associate Vice President – Chief Procurement Officer, UC Health,
Office of the President as Discussed in Closed Session

C3 Action Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Advisor to the President for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, and the Market Reference Zone for the Position;
Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Advisor to the
President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
Office of the President

11:20 am Board (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18 and the Meetings of the Committee of
the Whole of September 17 and 18, 2014
Report of the President
Resolutions in Appreciation
Reports of Committees:
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
E Report: Action Committee on Educational Policy
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
L Report: Action Committee on Long Range Planning
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"The state is an inherently unreliable partner in higher education," UC President Janet Napolitano said ...

SF Business Times: UC regents committee approves plan to hike tuition over next 5 years
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LA Times Op Ed UC leaders tone-deaf in their reliance on tuition hikes by John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) speaker emeritus of the California Assembly and a newly appointed member of the UC Board of Regents. Nathan Fletcher is a former assemblyman and a professor of practice in political science at UC San Diego.
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Matier and Ross - "Jerry Brown Takes On Janet Napolitano over UC Tuition Hikes"
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Sac Bee Sac Bee on the brinksmanship and how the Gov hates to lose
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UCR Highlander editorial on the gamesmanship-Janet Napolitano's proving ground

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There's SF Gate w/ this late breaking on UC Irvine (it was likely part of the finance/legal committee agenda for UC Regents today : UC Cops Say Bosses Eavesdropped On Them In Bathrooms
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ok, back to the tuition protest coverage of the meeting:

Wall Street Journal: University of California System Committee Backs Tuition Increase

KTVU coverage pictures and video

Huffington Post: Student Protestors Try To Block University Of California Regents From Tuition Vote

University of California Is Set to Raise Tuition by Richard Perez Pena

SF Gate Chron UC Moves Closer To Tuition Hike Amid Student Protests


Contra Costa Times coverage in photos, video and story

CBS Local San Francisco

Sacramento CBS Local

abc 30 Fresno with a story

ABC7 KABC video and story coverage

Sac Bee UC Regents Move Tuition Increase Plan Forward

Reuters coverage

NBC Southern California Students Protesters Try to Block University of California Tuition Hike Vote

NBC Bay Area Video includes comments from student leaders and Prof. Stanton Glantz:


And, Glantz also has a piece at Alternet: Esteemed UC Researcher to Regents: Please Do Not Raise Tuition 25% By 2020 As the UC Regents make their final decision, Stanton Glantz says hikes could easily be avoided.

UT San Diego UC tuition hike tentatively approved

LA Times University of California poised to hike tuition as regents, Gov. Brown battle


Reclaim UC with their video montage coverage

Thomas D. Elias column: UC system fudges its mission of serving California's brightest high school grads

Time Magazine: What California’s College Tuition Hike Says About the Future of Higher Education- When does a public university system become one in name only? That’s the question facing California as officials in charge of the state’s prestigious, but financially-struggling university system clash over how to keep it afloat.



Time and CNN---">see: When Big Data Meets Education- Higher Ed Moves Online


In everyone's interests to help J & J figure it out?:


There was a moment in today's UC Regents meeting where Napolitano (in addressing Gov. Brown's proposal for a special committee) brought up Arizona State University and her thoughts about having a productive conversation with Gov. Brown about ASU and online-- wonder where she was going?

You can watch video of UC Regents meeting from yesterday and today at this link:
http://lecture.ucsf.edu/ETS/Catalog/Full/333992fe14054d6bae39512a30188f3421####

and more background info here

UC Regents Meet Nov 19

view: agenda items and ways to view listen here

Wednesday, November 19

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

9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

E1 Discussion 2013-14 Annual Report on University Private Support

E2 Action Amendment of Regents Policy 3202: Administration of Financial
Aid Funds

10:15 am Committee on Long Range Planning (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 16, 2014
L1 Discussion Progress Report on Working Smarter: Systemwide Administrative
Efficiencies at the University of California

L2 Discussion Update on Long Range Financial Plan

L3 Action Approval of Long-Term Stability Plan for Tuition and
Financial Aid

L4 Action Approval of Long-Term Plan for Professional Degree
Supplemental Tuition and of Proposed 2015-16 Professional
Degree Supplemental Tuition for Nine Specific Programs

L5 Action Approval of the Three-Year Financial Sustainability Plan

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Committee on Finance (open session)


Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

F1 Action Approval of University of California 2015-16 Budget for Current
Operations

F2 Action University of California Financial Reports, 2014

F3 Discussion Chief Financial Officer Division Campus Benchmarking Report

F4 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuations for the University of California
Retirement Plan and Its Segments and for the 1991 University of
California-Public Employees’ Retirement System Voluntary Early
Retirement Incentive Program

F5 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuation of the University of California Retiree
Health Benefit Program

F6 Action Grant of Third-Party Indemnity to Obtain California Coastal
Commission Permit for Shellmaker Island Boathouse Concrete
Deck Repair Project, Irvine Campus

3:45 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)

Agenda – Closed Session2

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

C1(X) Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters

C2(X) Discussion Term Appointment of and Compensation for
Associate Vice President – Chief Procurement Officer, UC Health,
Office of the President

C3(X) Discussion Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Advisor to the President for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, and the Market Reference Zone for the Position;
Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Advisor to the
President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
Office of the President

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The JLAC Process in Sacto Comes Up At UC Regents Meeting - and a flashback

another flashback: UC Davis Students Protest Proposed Tuition Hike On Anniversary of Pepper Spraying

and another flashback- cuz Birgeneau has this Daily Cal Op Ed out too: "Who pays more? Who pays less?"- the gist goes something like --on behalf of low wage minority staff and low wage minority students he thinks UC Regents should vote for the tuition hikes-his op ed also comes just in time for the --the Anniversary of the...'crunchy' that preceded the peppa:


and there's a recent peppa series talk also:
“STEM, Immigration, and Controversy: Does the U.S. Have Enough STEM Workers?”
Michael S. Teitelbaum, Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

From Thursday, October 9, 2014, Lecture


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Original Post (before the other flashbacks)
Dropped into a portion of livefeed of the UC Regent meeting earlier... one particular section sounded initially 'unseemly' when some regents (while also mentioning the likelihood that the governor would raise UC efficiency questions tomorrow) encouraged the student regents to complain about what sounded like Sacramento's CA Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved state audits of UC-- that happened today during the UC audit and compliance committee meeting. (They, at another point, also mentioned some concerns about UC travel and entertainment as a subject- and how things like that can cause high value PR problems in another section of the discussion.)They cited an example where only $2500 was found to be a problem but it cost countless UC hours etc to work on the issue - and they felt it was a non issue, unnecessary- but have to go back and listen to that entire committee meeting and try to figure out which one they were talking about to get a full context. Maybe there is a constructive criticism point to be made about the JLAC process, or not.

The way it sounded- as the UC Regents bantered, winked about it- just, well it was a reminder of a UC Regent discussion where then-UC Student Regent Stein,during UC Regents meeting March 2013, made comments about feeling it was "unseemly" for UC to impose what was called "the Kashmiri Fee" as a specific line item on tuition . To extend that point out--if UC operations are opaque, need to be looked at, tended to-- why blame the folks who note it or ask for clarification,fixes? And, why attach such issues to (a line in) tuition (statements) but not have e.g. a line item on tuition statements for "the UCOP approved 20 year pension contribution holiday" as that impacts tuition rates etc.?

You can watch the archived video from today's UC Regent's meeting for yourself here:
http://lecture.ucsf.edu/ets/Play/6fa64606eb434f0496d8e2d9ca3c36801d?catalog=333992fe-1405-4d6b-ae39-512a30188f34
(the section on Compliance and Audit noted above comes up at around the 02:50:00 mark)

From today's headlines...
Here's Yahoo Headline on UC tactic: University of California wants tuition hike or $100 million funding increase


and Reuters with the same story but decided to leave the dollar figure out of the headline here: : University of California wants tuition hike or more funding

CBS Local SacramentoUC Davis Students Protest Planned UC Tuition Hike

and San Diego 6 UCSD students also protest tuition hike
and at UT San Diego and at KPBS and at 10News

UCLA, UCI Students Protest Proposed Tuition Hikes

and Reason Magazine with this: At UC-Davis, Students Can't Register Until They Concede It's Wrong to Say 'I'd Hit That'

Guess that is a campus response to that JLAC approved audit of UC that found a few Clery Act type of concerns earlier this year...
-- and the business reasons behind it.

UC Regents Meet November 18 afternoon

see: agenda and info on how to view or listen to the meeting here at this link- remember Pacific Standard Time.

Tuesday, November 18

1:30 pm Committee of the Whole (public comment)

1:50 pm Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)

GB1 Discussion Financing Model Update – Simpson Center for Student-Athlete
High Performance and the Renovated California Memorial
Stadium, Berkeley Campus

GB2 Action Acceptance of the 2014-24 Capital Financial Plan

GB3 Discussion Status of the Pilot Phase of the Delegated Process for Capital
Improvement Projects

GB4 Action Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Graduate and
Professional Student Housing – East Campus, San Diego
Campus

GB5 Action Approval of the Budget and Approval of External Financing,
Outpatient Pavilion, San Diego Campus

GB6 Action Certification of Environmental Impact Report, Amendment of
Regents’ Action – Designation of Open Space Reserve,
Alteration of Campus Boundaries, Commitment of Houses to
Residential Use, Authorization to Negotiate Sale of Properties
and Commitment to Transportation Studies, San Francisco
Campus – as Modified, and Approval of the UCSF 2014 Long
Range Development Plan, San Francisco Campus

GB7 Action Acceptance of the Physical Design Framework, UC Irvine
Medical Center, Irvine Campus

3:30 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (open session)
A1 Discussion Annual Report on Internal Audit Activities 2013-14
A2 Discussion Annual Report on Ethics and Compliance Activities 2013-14
A3 Discussion Annual Report of External Auditors for the Year Ended June 30,
2014

4:30 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (Regents only session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 12, 2013
A4(XX) Discussion Compliance and Audit Personnel Matters
A5(XX) Discussion Annual Consultation with Regents’ Auditors Concerning
Performance of University Personnel
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SF Chronicle has some reporters and columnists fielding your questions on the question: Is Higher UC Tuition Justified? Today at 12pm PST
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Daily Cal Regents State Clash on Long Term UC Financial Plan
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Sac Bee: UC Students’ Future Is At Stake In Tuition Vote by Jefferson Kuoch-Seng, a student at UC Merced, is president of the University of California Student Association, which represents more than 240,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students on 11 campuses.
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This week also see:
UCLA Fac Blog,
Changing Universities,
Remaking the University,
Reclaim UC
for their periodic coverage of the UC Regents meeting and background on UC Regents, UCOP/OP etc.

And also check out the student newspapers for their coverage of this week's UC Regents meeting and more:

Berkeley's Daily Cal: http://www.dailycal.org/
UC Davis The Aggie: http://www.theaggie.org/
UC Irvine: New University
UC Merced Prodigy: http://theprodigy.ucmerced.edu/
UCLA Daily Bruin: http://www.dailybruin.com/index.php/
UC Riverside: Highlander
UC Santa Barbara Daily Nexus: http://www.dailynexus.com/
UCSC City On A Hill Press: http://www.cityonahillpress.com/
UC San Diego The Guardian: http://www.ucsdguardian.org/
UCSF Synapse http://synapse.ucsf.edu/home-page
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If you have the time... view the video: available here of the UC Regents CA Senate Rules confirmation meeting that took place over the summer - as a refresher on the issues at hand, to flesh out who is able to communicate that 'Public Higher Ed Vision thing' as in 'differing visions of what higher education should be' etc.

Has anyone really offered a true public higher ed vision to Californians?



Monday, November 17, 2014

Updated- Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez and Long Beach City College superintendent-president Eloy Ortiz Oakley appointed to the University of California Board of Regents

coverage:
San Jose Mercury UC Regents: Brown appoints an ex-Assembly leader and a community college president to board
Perez and Oakley are expected to cast votes at the meeting.


LA Times coverage on the two appointments

and Reuters coverage

Press Telegram on Oakley

and Daily Cal coverage
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Appointees have been sitting at the table etc. for UC Regents meetings prior to being confirmed by the CA Senate. So, they might be at the table for this week's meeting, who knows?

Here's how the Governor's press release reads- and keep in mind he still has one more UC Regent slot to fill:

11-17-2014

SACRAMENTO - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointments of Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez and Long Beach City College superintendent-president Eloy Ortiz Oakley to the University of California Board of Regents.

"John and Eloy bring a wealth of experience and an extraordinary capacity to dig into the complexities of our great university system," said Governor Brown. "Their work has demonstrated a deep commitment to the students of California."

John A. Pérez, 45, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Pérez has served as a member of the California State Assembly since 2008 and was elected Speaker in 2010, marking the first time in American history an openly gay man was ever elected to serve in that position. As Speaker, Pérez's collaborative efforts with the Governor and his colleagues helped eliminate the structural deficit, balance California's revenues and expenditures and produce a strong but modest multi-billion dollar reserve. Pérez has been a longtime advocate for affordable higher education and authored the Middle Class Scholarship Act, signed in 2013, to significantly reduce student fees for middle class students at the University of California and California State University whose families earn too much to qualify for significant financial aid but not enough to afford college without significant student loan debt. Pérez is a member of the Democratic National Committee and served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Pérez was a member of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles and the California League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors and was elected by his fellow Speakers from across the country to serve as president of the National Speakers Conference. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Pérez is a Democrat.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, 49, of Long Beach, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Oakley has been the superintendent and president of Long Beach City College since 2007, where he was executive vice president of administrative services from 2004 to 2006 and was vice president of administrative services from 2002 to 2004. He was vice president of college services at Oxnard College from 2001 to 2002 and an assistant vice president at Keenan and Associates from 1999 to 2001. Oakley was a program coordinator and adjunct instructor at Golden West College from 1994 to 1999 and was a manager of risk services at Coast Community College District from 1993 to 1999. He is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Council of La Raza. Oakley is a board member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the American Association of Community Colleges and the St. Mary's Medical Center. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Irvine. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Oakley is a Democrat.
END

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There is also this bio on him:

"Eloy Ortiz Oakley is a true community college success story. After graduating from high school and four years in the U.S. Army, the Southern California native found focus at a community college. President Oakley went on to receive his B.A. in Environmental Analysis and Design and his MBA in Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine after transferring from Golden West College.

Before joining LBCC in 2002, he was the Vice President of College Services at Oxnard College, Assistant Vice President, Property & Casualty Division of Keenan & Associates, and the Manager of Risk Services at Coast Community College District. He was appointed Superintendent-President of the Long Beach Community College District after four years as LBCC’s Assistant Superintendent/Executive Vice President of Administrative Services, in which he undertook supervision of the Measure E Bond construction project on both campuses.

A doctoral candidate at Walden University, President Oakley and wife Bernadette are the proud parents of one Long Beach City College graduate and three future Vikings."

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LA Times Op Ed: A Battle for UC's Soul

and UC Tuition Hike Earns A Failing Grade


Sac Bee: Rising retirement costs help drive UC plan to raise tuition


and LB Press Telegram tells it the way many Californians seem to feel it- in this Op Ed- it includes:
Of course, a lot of revenue numbers are down from what they were seven years ago, before the start of the Great Recession — including the income of most of the parents who would like to send their children to UCs.

At Great Length- here we go...

Prof Rei Terada has a post: at Reclaim UC with some thoughts on the tuition increases


including a reminder of this section from a Remaking the University (Prof Meranze) post:

It is important to recognize the assumption that state increases will continue: although most of the discussion and argument has been about the 5% figure UCOP's proposal actually leaves open the possibility of up to a 9% tuition increase if the Governor follows through on his insistence that he will only allow General Fund increases if tuition remains frozen.
I am not sure if UCOP simply fumbled the roll-out (so that now the university will look even worse if it tries to increase tuition by more than 5%) or if it was trying to pin down the state. But whatever the explanation, the possibility of further overburdening students is real.
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See UCSD Guardian Guest Commentary: Funding the UC
Financial aid officers and the UC Office of the President continue to reassure students that receive financial aid that they will not be impacted.

How can they say that?
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KCRA with comment from the Governor and UCD student comments on how tuition hikes would impact them:
"I'm not going to discuss university matters on a Sunday," Brown told KCRA 3 before heading into services. "There will be plenty of time and I'll be available to talk at great length."
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reminder Monday 9am KQED Forum talk UC Tuition Hike Proposal Upsets Students, Pits UC President Against Governor -listen:
Host: Michael Krasny
Guests:
Ana Tintocalis, education reporter for KQED News
H.D. Palmer, deputy director of external affairs for the California Department of Finance
Kevin Sabo, board chair of the University of California Student Association
Steve Montiel, media contact for the UC Regents and the UC President's Office


What do they discuss? They discuss:

- the way Prop 30 funds were allocated, planning for life after Prop 30 etc. and how student leaders are excluded from that conversation

-the $7 Billion pension retirement issue and the twenty year holiday that caused it

-UC Ventures raised repeatedly, Montiel keeps on alluding to possibility/likelihood that UC can make money from UC Ventures, startup funding, patents etc. Montiel mentions that UC Ventures is run out of the Chief Investments Office as a selling point.

-some callers and guests raise the issue of Napolitano possibly disappointing a lot of UC stakeholders and community b/c she is not using her political clout, savvy in the best ways: like tacking Prop 13, etc. and getting more money directed toward stable predictable funding Sacramento directs to UC, instead of hitting up the students and creating a beef with the Gov in the process.

-a perception- from Sacramento and at campuses- that Napolitano has not consulted with elected UC student leadership regarding tuition and discussion of how that might be against some UC and leg rules. Hangouts and discussions with students on Title IX, immigration cited but no direct conversation with student leaders on tuition hikes moves discussed.

-Justification for high salaries for Senior Management admin

- and lots more in their discussion.

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and KPFA UpFront program has an interview with Prof Chris Newfield at the 34:00 mark here on tuition hikes and then it moves into a discussion on fossil fuels divestment movement at UC.
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Also Prof. Schwartz research came up in that SF Chronicle piece over the weekend titled variously (depending on the format you read it in) as: 'UC Fails To Reveal Spending Details - data under new law sought in Tuition Debate', 'UC Resists Detailing How It Spends Public Money' and 'UC resists law requiring disclosure of expenditures'

The Schwartz paper -in full- can be found here: Who Pays The Hidden Costs Of University Research?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"The president of the University of California says nobody within the UC administration can remember any "deal" with Gov. Jerry Brown not to raise tuition for the next two years. "I wasn't here then, so I asked," said UC chief Janet Napolitano. "Nobody can find it, the regents who were here at the time can't find it.

OP=What deal,Gov.? (Another reason why UC Regent video and audio archive should be available permanently rather than e.g. UC regents meeting video purged from their web archive after one year.)







NBC Los Angeles has more video clips of the interview and background here


(btw it wasn't just about "the Chancellors' raises" in July. Maybe it wasn't an outrage created over e.g. UCSB's Chancellor finally getting some pay equity. Maybe the outrage came from the other raises found in that list that came from the UC Regents meeting documents- did they consider that aspect?)
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Likely you've seen the UC PR "UC is accountable to the people of California for how well it performs" stamped on various UC web pages etc.

but -- now, OP asking 'What numbers?'
see Daily Journal points to Associated Press article: Report: University of California hasn't complied with spending disclosure law

and the Contra Costa times has it too

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on its website Saturday (http://bit.ly/1wGq2pk ) that UC had more than a year to report how much it spends to educate undergraduates versus graduates, on research, and how much money from each funding source goes to each area.

The disclosure was due by Oct. 1, but as the deadline approached UC requested a month's extension. On Oct. 31, UC President Janet Napolitano submitted a 7-page preliminary report and promised a final report in six weeks.


Is their 'sick the students on Sacramento not OP or UC' tactic going to work?
cuz there are students in this next piece who are asking UC to answer some important questions first.

SF Chron UC resists law requiring disclosure of expenditures

The University of California has so far failed to comply with a new state law pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown requiring it to disclose, for the first time, key details about how it spends its money — information state officials want especially now that UC is asking the regents to approve five years of tuition increases.

Brown pushed for the law after expressing frustration with UC for giving fat raises to executives, and after urging a moratorium on tuition increases in exchange for more state funding.

The law, AB94, requires UC to tell the public how much it spends to educate undergraduates versus graduates, how much it spends on research, and how much money from each funding source goes to each area. State officials say they want the data to understand how much tuition UC should charge, and what the size of enrollment should be, and for basic transparency to the public.

UC currently lumps those expenditures together in an “average cost of instruction,”

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And when a rumor circulated a few years ago that UC was using student fees as collateral on the sale of construction bonds, there was no way to verify UC’s promise that that was not the case.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

...said Newsom, who made plain he would vote against Napolitano’s proposed tuition increase. Brown “has every point of leverage. To do this in such an overt way was, I thought, disrespectful to the governor. But also tactically naive.”

that's in this op ed at SF Chron: UC head Janet Napolitano’s bold challenge to Gov. Jerry Brown By John Diaz

“Nobody wants a showdown,” she said. “We’re not meeting with six guns outside the Long Branch Saloon or something. This is a serious issue for California.”

Her denial notwithstanding, this is a showdown, and the paces begin this week when the UC regents take up her proposal.

“It’s bold and aggressive, and perhaps with Janet doing it with eyes wide open,” said Newsom, who with Brown serves on the UC and CSU boards. He noted that the CSU trustees just finished putting together two budgets: One with the agreed-upon tuition freeze, the other for a scenario in which legislators chose to exceed the planned 4 percent increase.

“There’s no gun to their head, in contrast with UC,” said Newsom, who made plain he would vote against Napolitano’s proposed tuition increase. Brown “has every point of leverage. To do this in such an overt way was, I thought, disrespectful to the governor. But also tactically naive.”


and

Over the years, I’ve asked a question of numerous leaders of higher education, and never received a satisfactory explanation: Why do college costs so consistently outpace inflation? Napolitano’s response was no more convincing than the others: In effect, it’s a personnel-intensive sector, and the competition is heavy for the best and brightest.

and then also note the closing comments from Newsom on 'structural reform of classroom delivery'
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Lompoc Record: Faceoff In Higher Education
The governor apparently sees the UC’s tuition-increase proposal as a form of institutional piling on. We see it as a form of blackmail employed by UC officials, with students as unwilling pawns.
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(subscription required) U-T San Diego: Same old UC plan: spend and hike tuition
Lt. Gov. Newsom slams university for its pay-boosting priorities

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there's this upcoming event on Monday with KQED UC Tuition Hike Proposal Upsets Students, Pits UC President Against Governor (will post the archive here once available)

Friday, November 14, 2014

"If you want to be a private doctor, be a private doctor," White said. "But you're a faculty member. You're a teacher. You're a professor -- and it's for the good of the university that you don't retain your profits."

see: this KCRA story on UC Regents in a battle with a UC Davis world renowned veterinarian -- video and transcript available there, too.


"University wide, it would affect everybody in California," said Parker White, the attorney for the Board of Regents. “Because you got somebody who's not playing by the rules.”

The rules he’s referring to are listed in contracts signed by faculty members like Snyder, who signed a contract saying he could work outside the school -- he just wasn’t allowed to keep any money, except for royalties or prizes, according to the lawsuit.

All other money is supposed to go into a profit-sharing plan.

"What happens in this plan is the doc, the faculty member, any outside income that they make, they put it into this plan, which is something Dr. Snyder's never done," White said.


also note there this section:

"As an employer, UC Davis or any employer should manage their people," Bowman said. "They should know what they're doing (and) where they're at -- so for them to claim that he wasn't spending time there or he wasn't, you know, doing his job, I mean, that's employee discipline, perhaps. But then to say, you know, 'You owe us money because we're not managing you,' it's a tough argument."


UCOP Buying Mega Office Space, and more on tuition hike proposal coverage

SF Biz Times: University of California to pull off largest office deal in Oakland

The UC system's primary motivation for buying is for investment purposes, not just to occupy it, the source said. UC's investment office has staked 7.7 percent of its endowment on real estate, or about a half-billion dollars.


and

The decision to sell by Ellis Partners, which declined to comment, comes as a surprise considering the firm bought it just last year.


Is Ellis Partners connected to CB Ellis as in-- Regent Blum?

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LA Times: Senate leader offers alternative to UC tuition hike proposal

De León called for the change in a letter and phone call Thursday to UC President Janet Napolitano, asking her to consider following public universities in other states such as Virginia, where out-of-state tuition is 17% more than what California charges, or about $4,000 more a year.

"California's university system is one of the premier higher education systems in the world, and we should require that non-resident students pay a premium to attend it," De León wrote to Napolitano. "The revenue generated from these fees can be used to increase affordability and access for more Californians."

and
Napolitano has already proposed a plan that could raise total tuition for out-of-staters to $36,828 next year and $44,766 by 2019-20.

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SF Chron: UC should scale back tuition increase plan
includes: (Napolitano)She came with one startling statistic that underscored UC’s role as a dispensary of opportunity: Its lowest-income students routinely exceed the combined income of all their other family members within five years of graduation.

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OC Reg on Success Fees Likely To Stay At CSUs

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CNN's Ivory Tower Documentary premieres November 20th

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Brown and UC officials "have a fundamentally different vision of what the university should be."

that's in LA Times referencing Daily Cal earlier piece: As UC Regents Debate Tuition Hike Brown May Hold Sway


it is also important to note in the above piece that UC has now pivoted to differentiating itself from the other two segments unlike its PR approach last year:
UC leaders note that the research institution is unlike California's two other public higher education systems — Cal State and community colleges.

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This other interesting piece today raises-- Is it a 'CA state-wide and UC system-wide' or 'campus and local' questions... see: Davis Vanguard on shared services agreement at UCD
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updated more new links:

Remaking the University Hiking to Nowhere-UCOP Doubles Down On Losing Strategy
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Success Fees rollback at CSU? - note what sounds like the faculty so long as everybody is getting a raise off it -we're cool stance

that same stance echoed in this LA Times piece:UC goes on offensive to sell tuition increase as opposition builds


-but is that stance a good one, will it go to raises or elsewhere?? note how unions successful negotiations of new contracts are brought up/tied in a different way w/in that piece, too.

and more on the interest in rolling back success fees here in this LA Times Op Ed
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Time: Why College Costs Keep Eating Up More Of Your Paycheck

A recovery in state budgets has put tuition inflation on pause in many states, she says. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that tuition hyperinflation won’t return. “We will again at some point experience tighter state budgets,” Baum warns.

In fact, in an ominous sign, some college leaders are already pushing for tuition hikes in 2015. Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, last week requested permission to raise tuition by 5% a year for the next five years.

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The latest on the new staff in the new UCOP CIO group

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"four tragic UC decisions that have shaped the current funding situation: the twenty-year pension contribution holiday, the secret redistributing of state funds and tuition, the 32% tuition increase in 2009-10, and the false accounting of the cost of educating undergrad students. Many people blame the UC Regents for these problems, but my experience is that the regents usually rubber-stamp what UCOP puts in front of them."

Changing Universities: The Problems with UC’s New Tuition Plan

In all of these cases, UCOP has dug a hole that will be hard to get out of. These faulty accounting moves have also increased the distrust that many lawmakers have towards the management of the UC system. Moreover, the failure to have transparent budgets means that the regents are making their decisions on false and misleading information; in turn, many faculty representatives recycle UCOP budgets myths, and the end result is that no one knows the truth about how money circulates within the system.

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on UC's Casa De California turmoil and public records requests
- see in this story Such a lovely place (such potential for waste)
Plenty of room for accountability at UC's Mexico Casa de California
By Matt Potter.
The university answered a California Public Records Act for the material on October 7 by saying, "the estimated date of production is eight weeks." Obtained through another source, the audit portrays an operation out of control, located far from proper oversight by university officials...

"We reviewed [office of the university president's] financial records and discussed Casa de California’s outstanding debt and fund balances with Capital Asset Accounting and noted Casa de California’s current outstanding debt was $3.9 million. Of this amount, $2.3 million has been funded and $1.6 million has not been funded… "Currently there is no plan in place to address Casa de California’s future funding needs."

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there is also this post: The State Funding Sleight-Of-Hand: Some Thoughts on UC's Proposed Tuition Hike
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Press Democrat op ed: describes the UC strategy, and compares the CA political clout of the CA Gov and the former AZ Gov, here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Excellent Mess

Op Ex and Shared Services years and years goin' on that initiative, yet:
Campus Shared Services gets new leader, aims to tackle criticism

In a campus memo Tuesday, administrative officials acknowledged CSS’s communication and training shortcomings. Yet, the OEPO is still on track to meet its annual $75 million savings goal, and campus officials are optimistic the initiative can improve efficiency.

“(The memo) … suggests that the problems are smaller than I really think they are,” said Academic Senate Chair Panos Papadopoulos, who conducted a recent survey of faculty opinions of CSS that garnered “overwhelmingly negative” responses. “We all want to save money on administration costs. But the current state of affairs is flat-out unacceptable.”

Faculty raised concerns that the ongoing staff realignment could reduce funding for research and displace vitally needed staff, according to Rosen. These fears have been exacerbated by a perceived lack of communication on the part of CSS, she said.

“If (OEPO) want to have faculty participate in more positive, collaborative ways with them, they’ll have to be more transparent about what (the) actual problems are,” said Rosen.

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Remember in 2013 that piece on The Power of 10? How UCSB is being Screwed or the SB Independent piece on
UC Doesn't Care


well, here it is again in 2014 for 2015, and maybe on and on...

UC HealthCare: What's Coming in 2015 "What's coming are price hikes--big ones in UC Care."
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and, Daily Cal : Tuition plan comes in wake of history of state disinvestment

Since Gov. Peter Wilson, four compacts have been made with the university, each a four-year agreement, including the most recent by Brown. Only Wilson’s, from 1995 to 1999, was carried all the way through, with the compacts of Gov. Gray Davis and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ending after two years because of budget crises, according to Lenz.

With each compact have come more expectations for university improvement, Lenz said, from increasing enrollment to improving time-to-degree. But in the last two decades, the university has seen a dramatic decline in state funding, with current funding $460 million below what it was eight years ago, despite enrollment growth.

This leads to increasing state expectations for university improvement — but actual funding doesn’t really increase and can even decrease, Lenz said.

“Clearly, this has kind of been a battle with the Department of Finance and with the governor’s assumptions,” Lenz said.


(ps seem to recall Lenz announced at Sept UC Regents meeting that he is leaving the UC in December)
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5% for 5 years
then does it become
10% for 10 years
where does it stop or does it just grow higher

There's an UCSA petition and differing views - see Daily Nexus.

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no one really talking about that $220 Million boondoggle(sp?) as context, red flag in all of this...

UC Big On Hedge - Not on Calpers Approach

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Bloomberg: "The UC records don’t show the specific hedge funds in which the university has holdings, nor do they show the cost of administering the program. Klein said that information wasn’t available." The investments -- $52 billion from the university retirement plan, $15 billion from a retirement savings plan and smaller amounts from endowments, short-term and total investment pools -- are overseen by Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher, who reports to President Janet Napolitano and the university regents.
see Bloomberg: University of California Defies Calpers on Hedge Funds

(and btw, in the piece, a question arises for regular UC biz readers-- why is a UCOP 'public records coordinator' answering questions or making statements on UC investments?)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tuition Hike Timeline Discussion Between UC Regents, UC Pres Occurred Solely -- Via Reporters?

see the detail in comments here at News10: Newsom Responds To Proposed UC Tuition Rate Hike (even includes former UC Regent Ward Connerly saying this is 'a mess, a mess') anyway, sections to note in the piece esp.:

Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who sit on the UC Regents Board, said they were not consulted about the proposed tuition hike and didn't know it was coming.

and

Newsom said the timing of the tuition hike proposal was strategic: the announcement was made two days after the midterm election.

"The governor didn't have a lot of opportunity to dialog with the President of the UC system even as a member of the Board of Regents. I found out about this from another reporter who had a press embargo," Newsom said. "I hope they'll reconsider this and justify a different approach than the traditional approach of stacking more debt on our students and families."

And-- see this post noting: The notion that Proposition 30 really helped higher education is not true,” Brostrom said... [Note: Go back to past Regents meeting to hear the Regents falling over themselves to thank Gov. Brown for Prop 30]

"News Deserts" and J Schools

come up: in this Bill Moyers piece highlighting UCB journalism, too.

Friday, November 7, 2014

UC Regents Meeting November 18,19, 20 - Agenda Items, Schedule, Background Doc

view the background documents here in full/as available: at this link.


Tuesday, November 18

1:30 pm Committee of the Whole (public comment)

1:50 pm Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)

GB1 Discussion Financing Model Update – Simpson Center for Student-Athlete
High Performance and the Renovated California Memorial
Stadium, Berkeley Campus

GB2 Action Acceptance of the 2014-24 Capital Financial Plan

GB3 Discussion Status of the Pilot Phase of the Delegated Process for Capital
Improvement Projects

GB4 Action Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Graduate and
Professional Student Housing – East Campus, San Diego
Campus

GB5 Action Approval of the Budget and Approval of External Financing,
Outpatient Pavilion, San Diego Campus

GB6 Action Certification of Environmental Impact Report, Amendment of
Regents’ Action – Designation of Open Space Reserve,
Alteration of Campus Boundaries, Commitment of Houses to
Residential Use, Authorization to Negotiate Sale of Properties
and Commitment to Transportation Studies, San Francisco
Campus – as Modified, and Approval of the UCSF 2014 Long
Range Development Plan, San Francisco Campus

GB7 Action Acceptance of the Physical Design Framework, UC Irvine
Medical Center, Irvine Campus

3:30 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (open session)
A1 Discussion Annual Report on Internal Audit Activities 2013-14
A2 Discussion Annual Report on Ethics and Compliance Activities 2013-14
A3 Discussion Annual Report of External Auditors for the Year Ended June 30,
2014

4:30 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (Regents only session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 12, 2013
A4(XX) Discussion Compliance and Audit Personnel Matters
A5(XX) Discussion Annual Consultation with Regents’ Auditors Concerning
Performance of University Personnel

Wednesday, November 19

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

9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

E1 Discussion 2013-14 Annual Report on University Private Support

E2 Action Amendment of Regents Policy 3202: Administration of Financial
Aid Funds

10:15 am Committee on Long Range Planning (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 16, 2014
L1 Discussion Progress Report on Working Smarter: Systemwide Administrative
Efficiencies at the University of California

L2 Discussion Update on Long Range Financial Plan

L3 Action Approval of Long-Term Stability Plan for Tuition and
Financial Aid

L4 Action Approval of Long-Term Plan for Professional Degree
Supplemental Tuition and of Proposed 2015-16 Professional
Degree Supplemental Tuition for Nine Specific Programs

L5 Action Approval of the Three-Year Financial Sustainability Plan

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Committee on Finance (open session)


Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

F1 Action Approval of University of California 2015-16 Budget for Current
Operations

F2 Action University of California Financial Reports, 2014

F3 Discussion Chief Financial Officer Division Campus Benchmarking Report

F4 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuations for the University of California
Retirement Plan and Its Segments and for the 1991 University of
California-Public Employees’ Retirement System Voluntary Early
Retirement Incentive Program

F5 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuation of the University of California Retiree
Health Benefit Program

F6 Action Grant of Third-Party Indemnity to Obtain California Coastal
Commission Permit for Shellmaker Island Boathouse Concrete
Deck Repair Project, Irvine Campus

3:45 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)

Agenda – Closed Session2

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

C1(X) Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters

C2(X) Discussion Term Appointment of and Compensation for
Associate Vice President – Chief Procurement Officer, UC Health,
Office of the President

C3(X) Discussion Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Advisor to the President for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, and the Market Reference Zone for the Position;
Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Advisor to the
President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
Office of the President

Thursday, November 20

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

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014

F7(XX) Action Authorization for Lease Approval, Third-Party Liability, and
External Financing for Biomethane Supply Program

F8(XX) Discussion Legal Update Regarding Seismic Issues

F9(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates
1. BROOME, et al. v. REGENTS – Request for Certification
of Class and Action to Compel Payment of Supplemental
Retirement Benefits Under Program for Senior Managers –
Breach of Contract, Promissory and Equitable Estoppel,
and Breach of Fiduciary Duty – Office of the President
2. CALIFORNIA PHYSICIANS’ SERVICE, INC. dba BLUE
SHIELD OF CALIFORNIA v. REGENTS – Settlement
Discussions Pending – Contract Dispute Concerning
Whether UC Hospitals and Medical Groups Are Within or
Outside PPO Network Under the Affordable Care Act – All
Medical Centers

9:00 am Committee on Health Services (Regents only session)

Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 20, 2014

H1(XX) Action Proposed Affiliation by UCSF Health, San Francisco Campus

H2(XX) Action Acquisition of a Regional Imaging Company by UC San Diego
Health System, San Diego Campus

H3(XX) Action Expansion of Existing Joint Venture to Include Liver Transplant
Services, UC San Diego Health System, San Diego Campus

9:50 am Board (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2014
Reports of Committees:

FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance

HXX Report: Action Committee on Health Services

Officers’ and President’s Reports:

Report of Interim Actions

Personnel Matters

10:00 am Committee of the Whole (includes public comment - open session)
Public Comment Period2
(20 minutes)

10:20 am Committee on Health Services (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18, 2014

H4 Discussion Update on UC Health’s Preparedness for Ebola

10:45 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18, 2014
O1 Discussion Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories and Presentation on
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Science and Technology
on a Mission

11:15 am Committee on Compensation (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 18, 2014

C2 Action Approval of Term Appointment of and Compensation for
Associate Vice President – Chief Procurement Officer, UC Health,
Office of the President as Discussed in Closed Session

C3 Action Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Advisor to the President for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, and the Market Reference Zone for the Position;
Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Advisor to the
President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
Office of the President

11:20 am Board (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18 and the Meetings of the Committee of
the Whole of September 17 and 18, 2014
Report of the President
Resolutions in Appreciation
Reports of Committees:
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
E Report: Action Committee on Educational Policy
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
L Report: Action Committee on Long Range Planning
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Thursday, November 6, 2014

5% Tuition Hike at UC?, UC and Podunk U. -- The Power of an OP VP?

Napolitano and Varner: It is important to note that even with a 5% increase, UC tuition is currently thousands of dollars lower than comparable public universities across the nation and is roughly 1/3 of the cost of private universities such as Stanford and Harvard.
As the state economic picture improves, we are hopeful that the state will raise its investment in UC. If this occurs, it may allow us to adjust tuition by a smaller amount or allow it to remain flat over the course of the five-year period.


see: the roundup on tuition hike talk at UCLA Fac Blog

and HuffPo AP offer it as 'consideration'

Tuition at the University of California's 10 campuses would increase by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years under a plan UC President Janet Napolitano is expected to present to the system's governing board Thursday.

The proposal follows three years in which tuition rates have remained frozen. It would increase the average annual cost of a UC education for California residents pursuing undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in academic as opposed to professional disciplines from $12,192 to up to $12,804 next fall and $15,564 in fall 2019, according to a copy of the plan provided in advance to The Associated Press.

Napolitano said the five-year framework fulfills a goal she set when she assumed the president's office last year of making "modest" tuition hikes a predictable part of the university's budget so families and campuses can know what to expect and plan accordingly.


apparently UCOP gave early access to AP on upcoming UC Regent agenda item not yet posted for the public here.

Now that we are in post election time -- will the President of the UC Regents/Gov. begin attending UC Regents meetings again?

see NBC LA:He is talking about his legacy, the next four years, his bootstraps ancestry, and a seat vacancy in a few years -- and interest in INSTRUCTION.



also Calbuzz Election Post-Mortem: We’ve Seen This Movie Before

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Visalia Times - Delta Student debt-relief bill all promise, no delivery

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Updated New multiple post election and higher ed links at Remaking the University see right hand column
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this stuck out in this SJ Merc piece:
Why UC changed its mind about funding Lick Observatory

Insiders credit several factors with UC's decision to continue support. One is the arrival of respected UC Santa Barbara physicist Michael Witherell as the provost's special assistant for UC astronomy. Another is the departure of Steven Beckwith, the former UC vice president of research and graduate studies, who favored space-based instruments over ground-based telescopes, such as those at Lick.

And, also see this in Cal alumni pub: on a Starry, Starry Fight
“Lick is a sacrificial lamb,” Filippenko told us at the time. “$1.5 million is not a lot to pay for all (Lick does), and is a drop in the bucket of UC’s $23 billion annual operating budget. Just about every ‘Podunk U’ has at least one relatively small telescope for student use, training and research.

“Is the great UC really going to stoop lower than Podunk U?”

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

More Election Day Talk, A Win, and That G2 Spot

Election Day 2014 post at Remaking the University
and Changing Universities does a post on it, too.

No one talking about the revamp on the Higher Ed Act on deck this coming year for US Sen etc. MSM did a l'il soft reference to potential impact on SCOTUS a few weeks back but - MSM mostly focused on how (pro-con) it helps HRC in 2016, why frame it that way?
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Daily Cal: The UC Office of the President revoked stipulations that withdrew all public funding to Lick Observatory by 2018 — reestablishing UC support for the university-owned observatory located on Mount Hamilton.
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A cloud or not a cloud? UCLA astronomers believe that they have solved the riddle of the object widely known as G2

While there...aahhhh, the rankings games cited: In all, seven University of California campuses were included in the rankings: UC Berkeley (No. 3), UC San Diego (No. 18), UC San Francisco (No. 22), UC Santa Barbara (No. 28), UC Davis (No. 37), UC Santa Cruz (No. 63) and UC Irvine (No. 66).

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Many still want to give energy to the Maher commencement speech and FSM linking... - can't help themselves but to talk about... Berkeley.
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Speaking of -in case you didn't see it earlier- this section in the middle of this post: Are the campuses tied closely to the fate of the system? We couldn't address this question in a short talk, and took a quick look at Berkeley. The flagships have better resources than the younger campuses, but even Berkeley has been struggling. It fell into deficit in FY 2013.

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See New curriculum at UCSB written about like this in PR blurb: on student and corporate customer funnels