Sunday, March 15, 2015

Out of Touch, Forgetful - or Forgettable, and Shut Out and Hungry

Maybe She Wanted To Head USC -or mixed it up with her alma mater SCU- and just got confused? see:
San Jose Merc with a good overview of issues in advance of this week's UC Regents meeting-See: UC Tuition Debate Threatens Its Independence - it includes:

Napolitano declined to be interviewed for this article, but some observers doubt UC's politically astute president has been surprised by the fierce blowback to her tuition strategy. As budget negotiations go on, she will continue to argue UC needs to be made whole from the debilitating cuts of the Great Recession, predicts Bill Tierney, co-director of the University of Southern California's Pullias Center for Higher Education.

"She's a politician at heart, and I think she is going to use all there is at her disposal to try to make that case," Tierney said. "Personally, I'm not sure I would have chosen raising tuition as the starting point for the conversation, but she's gotten our attention."

If the flurry of bills and proposals on UC spending is any sign, that attention could erode UC's relative autonomy.

One example: The committee combing through UC's finances has zeroed in on its pension costs as an area ripe for trimming, noting that the salary limit for calculating UC employee pensions -- $265,000 -- is more than twice that of other state employees.

Panel members also say faculty should teach more -- which could reduce their time for research -

Also recall:Tierney was one of her hosts for her USC Pullias lecture where she made an announcement that UC students found to be 'out of touch' : see in Daily Cal...

It was out of touch-- or, maybe she is a pol after a different target audience, constituency...
Jerry Brown On Memory, Data and Why It’s Okay To Forget

Brown, touched on everything from Hillary Clinton to climate change to immigration, the University of California system and whether one could learn Greek tragedies just as well in a digital setting as in a traditional classroom setting.

and the Gridiron Dinner

Brown said his father, Pat Brown, had spoken at a Gridiron dinner when he was governor of California.
“He spoke at the Gridiron in 1959, but I was in the seminary, so I don’t know what he said,” Brown said.

--in it Governor Brown laments email and digital trails yet at the same time there's reference to his talking up digital settings over traditional classroom settings... and he talks about the benefits of forgetting, being able to forget...

---Can't find any sections where WaPo covers what he had to say specifically about UC...
Does this position have anything to do with higher ed athletics? (The Governor had strong views on UC athletes and grad rates recently) see Sac Bee: Jerry Brown appoints brother-in-law to state athletic commission and LA Times on it here
OC Reg. Op Ed A Disconnect In The UC System by Tom Lackey who represents Assembly District 36

There is no debate the UC system has endured huge cuts and needs further funding increases to stay affordable. But it has also resisted good-faith efforts to fundamentally reform its operations to ensure undergraduate degrees remain financially viable for middle-class families. It has even refused to provide transparent data to the Legislature on the costs of providing undergraduate degrees. Actions like these make it very difficult for advocates – like me – in the state Legislature to make a strong case to the governor for higher university funding.

Part of the problem is the unelected UC Board of Regents is accountable to no one because they wield tremendous power guaranteed by the state constitution. Unfortunately, this has led UC leaders to be more interested in representing the needs of the academic elite than its undergraduate students. This was evident even before state budget cuts forced fee costs to soar.

Take UC Irvine, for example. Located in an extremely expensive real estate market, UC Irvine officials undertook a large expansion of on-campus housing about 10 years ago. However, instead of increasing affordable housing, they built high-end apartments that will cost most student residents $10,000 or more for their one year lease – nearly equaling tuition costs. Baffling decisions like this do not show an administration trying to make the cost of attendance more affordable. Instead it shows a primary concern for image and status.

You might recall a recent Sacto hearing where a UCOP official took a jab at the CA State Senate members who were raising concerns over low admission, acceptance rates of Black African Americans to UCLA law school-- a UCOP rep wanted it to be known that that tale circulating widely around the state capitol was wrong-- UCOP wanted it known that it was not just 1 student admitted but something like 15. Some in the CA Senate then retorted back that 15 was also too low a number as representing/in proportion to the demographics of CA population. (You can see this kind of stuff go down in the embedded video of some key Sacramento meetings listed below and in prior posts etc.) So, it is against that backdrop that this next on the effects of 209 comes up again:

ABC Local- KGO UC Berkeley Struggles With Black Student Admissions - includes article

Blacks represent only 3 percent of undergraduate students at UC Berkeley.

Odd Coverage here-- the start up of many of the student pantries predates Napolitano's arrival to UC so--how do we end up with this coverage? - Would it be more accurate to say that she is giving increased support to existing student initiated programs?

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