Friday, January 2, 2015

The Tea Leaves Games, The Already Baked, And All Those 'If -Then' Promises...

see SCPR article: Higher UC tuition or more state funding — where would state funds go?
-- also the 3:50 minute audio clip "UC tuition increases: Where would the money go?"

It includes a good overview and analysis and this main perception highlighted again- (is it a winning approach?):

Napolitano’s request comes with an "or else." If the state doesn’t pony up the extra funds, she plans to carry out tuition increases of up to 5 percent in each of three years.

The funds already divided up, would it really work out that way?:

If President Napolitano carries out the tuition increases, UCLA officials said their campus would get about $38 million in additional funding next year.


UC campus officials are preparing two scenarios. Under one plan, they would receive the already proposed $119 million from the state and at least $97.7 million from next year’s student tuition increase.

Under the second plan, if tuition hikes do not materialize, the university will receive only $119 million from the state. For UCLA alone, Olsen said it amounts to about $16 million next year. That scenario, the university contends, would mean fewer seats for in-state students, fewer dollars for financial aid, delays in graduation, and a negative impact on the quality of education.

Will all faculty/campuses see improvement, relief?:
“With this plan we can invest in faculty," Napolitano said.

Once again, want to highlight-- the audio clip lists out all of the wonderful things resulting from a tuition hike or state help - but will it work out that way?
In many articles the predictions show up as just a list of important future topics, not real prognosticating.

Sacramento Report: Predictions for a New Year
Tension over UC tuition: In a typical year, a fight over new spending would be the biggest budget battle, but 2015 is not shaping up to be a typical year. That’s because UC President Janet Napolitano has threatened to raise tuition if the system doesn’t get more money. This will be the budget battle du jour. The governor opposes the tuition hike — but like we said, he also wants to hold the line on new spending. Meanwhile, in the Legislature, the reaction as has been all over the place. As the Sacramento Bee recently noted, “the UC’s proposed tuition hike has been met with a range of responses, from proposals for increased funding to a constitutional amendment that would strip the university of the autonomy it has had for more than a century

More already baked?:
Sac Bee California colleges poised to perform well on federal ratings system
Leaders at some of UC’s nine campuses, particularly those that usually score lower on traditional rankings like the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list, see it as an opportunity to make more of a name for their schools.

“In the abstract, I’m not necessarily enthusiastic about ratings systems. But that ship has sailed,” UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said. “So if we’re going to do it, let’s at least think about the future, not the past.”

Ranking formulas usually value things like endowment, reputation and selectivity that benefit elite private schools and promote exclusion, Wilcox said, but emphasizing affordability and access on the federal scorecard could change the conversation about what universities should aspire to.

“These are things that, to me, if we’re going to make comparisons, are the right things to make comparisons about,” he said.

In a mock-up of the ratings by Time magazine earlier this year, UC Riverside scored as the best value college in America, while the San Diego, Irvine and Davis campuses all finished in the top six. (California State University, Long Beach, was tenth.)

Wilcox said there’s an internal validation to performing well, but it’s also an opportunity to attract new talent and more grant money, as well as to show the state and the Legislature “yet again, what a prize these institutions really are.”

Even UC President Janet Napolitano, who told The Washington Post last December that she was “deeply skeptical” of the ratings, has mostly come around on the proposal, according to spokesman Steve Montiel, though using salaries after graduation as a metric remains an area of concern.

-- Of course it is "a concern"...yet, they use that statistic on alumni outpacing the wages of their entire family members w/in five years of graduating etc. hhhmmmm...

Times Herald Several CA Education Related Bills To Take Effect This Year includes:
Three new laws concern community colleges, including AB 1942, sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers, which requires the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to report to the Legislature every two years about policy changes that would affect the accreditation process and accreditation status of a college. Spokesman Fred Glass said the bill was prompted by the group’s efforts to save City College of San Francisco, where many union members work.

Glass alleged that the accrediting agency committed “unlawful and unfair acts” and said the college deserves to have its accreditation “rerun, and this time in a lawful and fair way.”

and UCLA Fac Blog with the 'for he can't help himself' award - again

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