Monday, February 16, 2015

Rollin' in the...

Prof. Reich in the PR for Blum Poverty Center donation on Central Valley poverty studies effort -- $250,000 from UCR campus also thrown in and $250,000 from UCOP thrown in for good measure.

Have a listen to audio archive clip: here of the March 2012 meeting for some of Blum's most noteworthy UC Regent meeting comments- particularly the last few minutes of that clip on the relationship of UC and CA, remember that?

Does any of that come up in the Committee of Two meetings?
This post mentions Sacto folks don't like being kept out of that discussion, see this new post, it includes: Zero-based budgeting is a nice-sounding concept that came along in the 1960s. For most ongoing programs at the federal, state, or local levels, it really turned out to mean, well, zero. What it means in this context is that the legislature is frustrated because the university's tuition/funding plan is being negotiated by Brown and Napolitano because it has zero representation on the "Committee of Two."
LA Times with a story on UCLA, Heirs Wrangle Over Fate of a Tranquil Japanese Garden - most importantly to do with how UC treats or might be allowed to treat agreements with donors -in this one-- a former UC Regent donor.
Speaking of donors...according to the latest glossy update from the Cal Chancellor..."Thanks in large part to our generous alumni, fundraising in 2014 continued to be robust even after the close of the $3.13B “Campaign for Berkeley.” In fiscal year 2013-14, the fundraising total was $366M; and for the calendar year 2014 we raised $390M, an astonishing high number for a university without a medical school"
The UC Strawberry "Soap Opera" covered by NPR :
The new boss is Steven Knapp, who spent 19 years teaching at Oregon State University, but most recently held the imposing title of global director for vegetable breeding technology at Monsanto, the giant biotech and seed company. In that position, Knapp managed more than 200 scientists in far corners of the world.
Knapp admits that this new strategy may eventually hurt the program's financial bottom line, which currently benefits from royalties that farmers pay for the right to grow the university's commercial varieties. But he says this may be an inevitable outcome. "The reality is, there's more competition," he says. "Will [the UC Davis program] remain the Juggernaut that it's been? The trends suggest probably not."

There's also this article "The Food Babe Enemy of Chemicals" at The Atlantic where UC is mentioned a few times:
Back in 2011, a public-health program at the University of California, Berkeley advised consumers about the cereal-bag chemical: "The nutritional benefits of, say, a whole­ grain cereal with the additives outweigh any risk. But because [BHT's] health effects are still unclear, limit how much you consume." Alas, the staid article did not lead to the removal of these chemicals from the food supply. That's where one needs a Food Babe.
and the strawberry genome, Monsanto come up again.

And, KQED also on similar UC research again
LAT with: Should UC System's Out of State Students Pay Even More? - like $5000+, or more?-and note the infograph there- particularly U Mich and UVa, too.

: While Brown has been locked in a funding battle with the University of California, Senate Democrats are pushing a higher education spending plan this year that would give more money to UC to avoid a proposed tuition increase. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, will discuss the proposal, which would also pay California State University students to finish faster and expand enrollment in both systems,
Times Herald UC System's Present, And How Past Affected It

Said Napolitano: The primary task of the UC system is remaining accessible and affordable to a vast, diverse student body and devoting adequate resources to flagship research centers.

Yudof's take on the same question: The primary job of higher education at California's 10-campus system is teaching students how to learn.

"We educated the Caucasian folks and now that the state has a substantial population of African Americans and Hispanics, we owe it to them even more, to provide the same avenue," he said. He said the gains from eliminating positive affirmative action weren't enough to offset the losses.

Napolitano said she was delighted Obama put higher education in the State of the Union address. But if his ideas to convert two-year community colleges to 4-year programs and make them tuition free are simply a way for government to avoid paying for higher education, she said, "Then I think we're fooling ourselves."

Napolitano and Yudof agreed that subsidizing student athletes with scholarships will continue. Yudof called the business of college athletics "an arms race," and

Yudof said stopping destructive language without stepping on First-Amendment rights is something the adult community -- not just students -- have failed to deal with

--more in that article.

Commonwealth Club now has the: Audio for the Napolitano-Yudof Talk available: here
Jewish Journal Op Ed has a piece by a UCSB author, it includes: "Even so, upon analysis of the UC General Endowment Pool (GEP) the following holdings were discovered (the following is by no means an exhaustive list of investments involved" ...and gets into some detail.

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