Sunday, April 26, 2015

"A spokesperson for the University of California state system declined to comment on how top administrators have met to craft and implement a coordinated policy change among the University of California schools."

USA Today: For California Universities, Sexual Assault Investigations Spur Policy Changes
"A spokesperson for the University of California state system declined to comment on how top administrators have met to craft and implement a coordinated policy change among the University of California schools."
The resources implemented by UC-Berkeley, Warner says, are still problematic for survivors.

Note 1) the USA Today piece mentions a 'no comment' from UC spox about UC policy coordination and 2) the USA Today piece also includes numbers on UC Berkeley expulsions etc. --those numbers that other news outlets earlier stated they had difficulty getting hold of, see this section:

Although 59 students have been convicted of sexual assault at UC-Berkeley between 2008 and 2014, only three have been expelled in that time. One student has been expelled in the last six years.

Of those found guilty of assault between 2008 and 2014, about 68% received a “disciplinary probation” or “warning.”

The June audit concludes that the less-severe ramifications—what it refers to as “educational and remedial sanctions” and includes counseling and writing a “reflective paper”—were neither “inappropriate” nor “unreasonable.

And, here is -at least- some detail on that 'What Drug Was It?!' question raised by that earlier coverage on Tang Health Center at UC Berkeley see: Contra Costa Times full story on it: here

..."started having sexual contact with patients in 2005 because medication he was taking, Mirapex, for restless leg syndrome caused him poor impulse control and hyper sexuality. The side effects are well known now, but weren't went it was first prescribed"...

and, includes:

The L.A. man's mother fled the courtroom in hysterics Friday, upset...

[btw, Unfortunate use of word "hysterics"see this link section:
"The term has a controversial history as it was formerly regarded as a disease specific to women."]


The latest on that story involving that 'L.A. man' victim as they refer to him -well, can't find anything on it in the L.A. Times yet.

Also, recall in earlier press they mentioned- several times- that he was also a former intern/staffer for US Rep. Karen Bass- yep: "a former intern for Los Angeles-area Congresswoman and former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass"
,- but can't find any follow up on her reaction to the latest update to it. But: there was: this statement from her early on.

No update from HuffPo of their: original coverage on it first: here then :here. Would they now cover it under their 'Breaking the Silence', 'Black Voices' and/or 'College' or 'Politics' section, or??

Don't see any updates on the latest on it at any USC press outlets either- (USC is where 'the LA Man' was pursuing a masters after graduating from UC Berkeley) ...
but USC did initially cover it: here

Not much msm or higher ed coverage of the pharma aspect, its implications for such cases going forward etc.

No msm or higher ed coverage on whether or not new CA Leg is in the works that would now address it. (Anything (?) akin to AB-969 Community college districts: removal, suspension, or expulsion. Williams Assembly - Higher Education -that would apply to what happened at UC?)

No msm or higher ed coverage of the medical records handling, privacy, students rights in counseling services aspects raised by it. For example, read the above links detail on it and then read the very important Chron Higher Ed post listed: here.

Can't find that content- yet.

...Is it all rigged against the student as 'patient' and against the student as 'student'? How would parents and/or applicants know how to track all of this during the equally complicated admissions process to determine where is best to attend at the outset? Daunting.)

And 'SF Bay' also covered more detail in their story on it, where they also describe it here as:

" engaging in sex with four students who were his patients."
Much, much more MSM 'ink' was dedicated to this week's Cal football recruiter etc. story, though.
and, again, some UCB faculty are still puzzling over 'it' in a different way: here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Is that their version of 'elite' -and will it be a lemming parade to follow...or, is it a good idea?

Recall: this section of fyi this earlier post: here
In it, a link to:
The Economist: The Log-On Degree- College in America is ruinously expensive. Some digital cures are emerging includes:
That touches on another idea that could change the way other courses are taught, paid for and accredited: the SPOC (Small Private Online Course).

The present design of colleges he sighs, resembles “a 19th-century factory that builds everything on site”. In the next few years, Mr Ferreira says, at least one of America’s large elite institutions will break ranks and accept credits from the best online courses as part of a mainstream degree. At that point, he reckons, “the rest will quickly follow.”


Now, see IHE
Arizona State University, in partnership with edX, this fall will begin to offer credit-bearing massive open online courses at a fraction of the cost of either in-person or traditional online education.
ASU’s faculty members will create about a dozen general-education MOOCs, the first of which -- an introductory astronomy course -- will launch this August. Anyone can register for and take the MOOCs for free, but those who pay a $45 fee to verify their identity can at the end of each course decide if they want to pay the university a separate, larger fee to earn academic credit for their work.


Salas' Student Fairness Act Advances

Benioff as Cal commencement speaker--It could be a good thing...his moves on philanthropy, equal pay, the Indiana thing make him interesting to watch, listen to etc.
Or not-
maybe he would have been more appropriate for UCSF rather than Cal, cuz maybe UCSF benefits far more from his donations etc., dunno.

HuffPo: Students At UC Berkeley Take A Big Step Toward Improving Mental Health On Campus

IHE: Berkeley study finds high levels of depression among graduate students

Daily Cal post -- Chancellor Dirks is citing For Whom The Bell Tolls in his address to students...

This part of the meeting focused on CSU matters:
Assembly Budgetsubcommittee #2 on Education Finance (Apr 22, 2015 02h 03m)
(They still have not posted video of the other part (#1) referenced in immediate last post with content on UC)

also in that prior post mentioned UC and energy at CA leg hearing - see:"
(btw there was this on UC and energy:
at the 01:08:00 mark)"
- now, take a look at:

Large portion of UC Berkeley loses power midday Friday

UC Berkeley: Power restored after widespread outage Friday

Robert Reich taught his class outside Wheeler Hall while the power was out

'We'll keep that light on for you', or not...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Some More CA Higher Ed Leg. Moves - April Edition, and a bit more.

Daily Cal: State Assembly Subcommittee Holds Hearing On UC Enrollment Issues
includes comments from some new UCOP leadership and then: UC Berkeley doctoral student Charlie Eaton, who spoke at the hearing, encouraged the university to restore in-state enrollment rates, which he said is unlikely to happen unless the university is “required to do so by the state budget.”

He also said the university is “constantly under pressure to compete with wealthy private institutions like Stanford.” According to Eaton, Stanford University froze undergraduate enrollment at about 1,700 students, the majority of which are out-of-state, while also doubling non-hospital spending per student.

“While Stanford is among the most extreme cases, exponential growth in endowment financed spending at the wealthiest institutions has unleashed unprecedented levels of spending to lure top faculty and students away from institutions like UC,” Eaton said during the hearing.

Restoring the university’s in-state admission rates, Eaton said, could “further strengthen public support for providing new, dedicated revenue for building on UC’s greatness.”

Will post video of that assembly budget subcommittee meeting if/when it becomes available :here.

(btw there was this on UC and energy:
at the 01:08:00 mark)

Ok, so the: CA Assembly held their Higher Ed Committee Meeting and some various highlights including:
57:OO mark specifically on UC and admissions

The Master Plan 'not really codified into law' discussion at the 01:05:00

Requirements on admissions to CA residents tied to funding or else it is empty leg.

Also Assemblymember Williams presentation of AB 967.

This is: the agenda link.

AB-509 California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009: exemptions.
Perea Assembly - Higher Education

AB-626 Community colleges: employees.
Low Assembly - Higher Education

AB-752 Private postsecondary education: California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.
Salas Assembly - Higher Education

AB-770 Community colleges: basic skills innovation program.
Irwin Assembly - Higher Education

AB-798 College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015.
Bonilla Assembly - Higher Education

AB-801 Postsecondary education: Success for Homeless Youth in Higher Education Act. Bloom Assembly - Higher Education

AB-819 Public postsecondary education: alumni associations.
Irwin Assembly - Higher Education

AB-967 Postsecondary education: sexual assault cases. Williams
Assembly - Higher Education

AB-969 Community college districts: removal, suspension, or expulsion.
Williams Assembly - Higher Education

AB-986 Community Colleges: Compton Community College District: report.
Gipson Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1000 California State University: student success fees.
Weber Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1010 Community colleges: part-time, temporary employees.
Medina Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1145 Pupils: Early Commitment to College program.
Medina Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1212 Postsecondary education: Student Freedom of Association Act.
Grove Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1228 Public postsecondary education: campus housing: priority for homeless youth. Gipson Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1307 Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act.
McCarty Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1317 Public postsecondary education: executive officer compensation.
Salas Assembly - Higher Education

AB-1349 Public postsecondary education: California First Act.
Weber Assembly - Higher Education

Also, this link to a separate seventeen minute video excerpt of this meeting that focuses on homeless students at UC and CSU and CCCs; and also AB 626 on full and part time faculty and student:faculty ratios (unfortunately it cuts off in the middle of testimony from a part time lecturer), see:


And, there's this other CA Senate Ed Committee Meeting from April 22:

Senate Education Committee April 22


Governor Brown and Milken- in a very odd Forbes way...

Do it for the...faculty?

First, note this line: “We are asking for additional funding so we can continue to increase our enrollment, so we can recruit and retain top faculty.” : here at Fresno Bee.
Then see: U. California Loses Hedge Fund Chief, Looks to Recruit
With a transformation of the $90 billion fund's team nearly complete, a remaining senior role has opened up.
The University of California’s (UC) longtime head of hedge funds Lynda Choi has submitted her resignation, CIO has learned.

Choi’s departure—scheduled for July 1—will end her decade-long leadership of the now-$6 billion portfolio, putting the managing director role up for grabs.

She is to leave behind a legacy of strong performance and an investment office that has almost wholly transformed over the past year.

Also this in it:

Generous pay packets (Bachher joined for a target $1.23 million), vast capital, institutional support, and sovereign fund-style vision have attracted senior staffers from Norges Bank Investment Management, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Bachher’s old stomping ground: the Alberta Investment Management Corporation.
Changing Universities: Does Instructional Quality Matter to the UC?
includes: The people representing the university at the table argue that lecturers should have no expectation of having a career until they pass their sixth-year review, and so it is not necessary to review their teaching and service before they come up for a continuing appointment. Since most lecturers never make it to their sixth year, this means that the university does not think it is important to judge the quality of instruction for the majority of lecturers.

Daily Cal: Campus students, faculty fight to reverse tenure decision for environmental science professor
“Carolyn is like a case study of the problems with tenure for women and people of color, and what happens when they embody both,” said Chryl Corbin, another one of Finney’s doctoral students.
Former assistant professor Kim TallBear left UC Berkeley because she felt that her “credibility and approach was second-guessed constantly” as a feminist scholar in ESPM. TallBear said she was privy to conversations in the department during which faculty members openly discussed Finney’s role as a public intellectual, as opposed to a traditional academic, and how that would negatively affect her career.


Daily Cal: Campus faculty urge review of investigations into allegations faced by former vice chancellor - not just any ol' run of the mill VC - i.e. Vice Chancellor for Research

Daily Bruin: Students at UCSA Conference call for more funding, transparency

US Senate Democrats Introduce Resolution Calling For Debt-Free Public College
The Senate resolution was introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), while Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) introduced the House version.

The lawmakers support plans to increase financial aid, help states lower tuition and make it possible for students to earn degrees in less time.

In a statement, they noted that the cost of college has increased by 300 percent over the last 30 years and that when students graduate with debt, it has negative effects on the economy.

“When students graduate with loads of debt, the ripple effects are endless; they're less likely to start a business, to buy a house, and to realize their full potential," Schumer said. "When it comes to making college affordable, I'm hopeful that debt-free college is the next big idea."

National Journal with this:
Ms. Napolitano, who is now head of the nation's largest public research university system, will discuss the new initiatives within California's public universities to provide additional financial aid to immigrants, as well as why she supports President Obama's executive action on immigration. Following her keynote remarks, she will sit down for a one-on-one interview...

Davis Enterprise:
on UCD's School of Public Health or School of Population and Global Health debate:
“Unless you don’t do something different than they do, it’s hard to justify the cost of starting up a new one,” Kizer said.

Other questions about how the school would be accredited as a brand-new type of institution are being considered.

“We’d be writing the book on how it works at a School of Population and Global Health,” he said.

Next up for the proposed school? Support personnel have been added and subcommittees are being planned, along with an inventory of existing programs, centers and departments that are related to the new school being conducted. Also, proposals are underway for the regents and UCD’s Academic Senate.

Kizer said with a smile, “The people most interested in this are also very busy.”

Some UCD town gown coverage, this from Sac Bee: The two faces of UC Davis’ annual Picnic Day

Monday, April 20, 2015

"Similarly, UC Berkeley provided data to The Huffington Post last year, but declined to separate how many students were expelled versus suspended. Initially, the flagship campus cited federal privacy law but later admitted it was just declining to share the information."

-- and so then what happened? Did HuffPo/others continue to request? or? See: Huffington Post: on the above quote and some CA state legislative moves here.
then see...
Daily Cal with another 'and so then what happened' update here, that includes:
Beles described instances of Kevess’ conduct as mutual, albeit unethical. According to Infante, though, the charges encompassed allegations that patients did not know what was happening when Kevess initiated sexual contact.

“He was a man of discipline, a man of commitment,” Beles said at the hearing of Kevess’ medical career. “He takes all of that and he crashes that and now he loses that.”

The mother and sister of one of the patients traveled from Los Angeles to attend the hearing after being invited by the court. The judge did not allow them to speak, however, because the patient had died and his case was subsequently dropped from the charges.

The deceased patient graduated from the campus in 2010 and was allegedly sexually abused while being treated by Kevess. In 2012, his parents filed a suit against Kevess, claiming that the doctor’s actions had caused their son to commit suicide. The suit was later dismissed.

Transparency and Time - Waiting Games... and A Primogeniture System In Both Private and Public Higher Ed?

First, there's More Subsidies For State Run Universities - OC Register
on SB 15
UT San Diego Fog Still Hangs Over University of California Finances

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that UC appears unable to readily provide accurate information on what funds are being used to pay some of the system’s highest-salaried workers. “I think we should demand, ‘Who is making what salaries, and what component of that is private and what part is coming from state money?’” said Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-San Rafael.

LA Times: UCLA Female Faculty Faced 'Demeaning' Mistreatment, Probe Finds

Hiatt said he has made some changes in the department of neurology in response to the complaints. Without saying that anyone had been directly disciplined, he noted that the department of neurology has a new interim chair, professor Marie-Francoise Chesselet, and that another professor has been appointed as a monitor for issues of gender and equity. He said he is committed to a fair and "welcoming" school workplace.

The former neurology chairman, John Mazziotta, was promoted in March to vice chancellor of UCLA’s health sciences and dean of the medical school. Hiatt’s letter did not mention him and did not say what role Mazziotta may have had in previous handling of the women’s complaints.


Daily Beast: Ivy League Stiffs Its Female Profs
A new database of faculty salaries from “The Chronicle of Higher Education” exposes the American academy at a crisis point—both in labor practices and gender inequality. Why women are taking the fall.
...Not only does the data reveal a substantial gender pay gap at both private and public schools, it also shows that male-dominated college faculties disproportionately rely on the labor of women in instructor and lecturer positions.

and then this linkage:
Women may keep our colleges running but the American university is still an old boys’ club.

At Twitter, for example, women make up only 21 percent of leadership roles overall. Facebook fares slightly better with women in 23 percent of senior-level positions. The tech sector has long been pilloried for these figures—even prompting Intel to pledge $300 million earlier this year to address the lack of diversity in the industry—but college faculties are managing little better and receiving much less tongue-lashing.
see: the full article there.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The 'UC Suppressing Accountability Report' ?

What to call it? See:
San Jose Mercury News: UC Delays Release Of Admissions Data Amid Budget Negotiations

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León -- who is still waiting for data he requested weeks ago on how many UC applicants were placed on wait lists -- says the university is "using the hopes of wait-listed students as a bargaining chip in funding negotiations."

--The Committee of Two talks caused delay on the JLAC approved audits of UC--and now is it the cause of the delay on release of this admissions data? Or, is it just a UC delay?

New America Media has another 'UC President interview', see: Napolitano to Gov. Brown -- ‘What Went Down Must Come Up’

"What’s your long-term goal in this battle over state funding?

What we want to do is reengage the state of California in its public universities and its public higher education mission."
Washington Post: California and N.Y. Are Thinking Big On Higher Education. Will The Feds?
includes coverage of CSU system and CCCs.
This excerpt:
Note, to repeat, that real per-student state appropriations are down about 25 percent from 25 years ago. Note that a doubling of net tuition has not brought total resources back to their 2001 peak. Recall that this is the period in which US degree attainment fell to 16th place in OECD rankings. Note that rising college enrollments has now reversed.

In other words, per-student public funding has been cut. Tuition and student debt have boomed concurrently. So Prof. Campos winds up back where we all started, with per-student appropriations that are less that what they were seven years ago or 25 years ago, and with educational problems that follow from the reality of this long-term austerity on the public side of the university system.

2. Expanding Admin

So why did Prof. Campos deny per-student austerity, which is real, to focus on aggregates that stopped rising very quickly about twenty-five years ago?

My theory is that he has been driven half-mad, like many of us, by the refusal of senior academic managers to put their own choices into the picture, and say yes we too have increased costs with our decisions. Prof. Campos seems to have been willing to reinforce damaging stereotypes of overfed public colleges in his obsession with rejecting the causal claim that public cuts (and only public cuts) produce tuition hikes. His last line in the Times reads: "What cannot be defended . . . is the claim that tuition has risen because public funding for higher education has been cut" (emphasis added). In other words, he's saying, universities have hiked tuition also because of other cost increases, many chosen by the universities themselves. And on this point, he is absolutely right.
- much more to it, so see: Remaking the University for the entire post there.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"could have been used for other purposes...could have done tons of stuff"

In UC’s case, the system president’s office loaned the Online Instruction Pilot Project the $7 million startup cost, with the loan expected to be repaid by 2019. Two years later, the university swallowed the loss, and repaid the loan from money from its budget that could have been used for other purposes.

With that money, “you could have done tons of stuff,” says Diane Harley, director of the Higher Education in the Digital Age program at UC-Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education and chair of the Academic Senate committee that had oversight of the pilot project. “With all the budget cuts at the university, [it could have] provided graduate school support or given it to individual campuses to bolster their student learning centers.”

in this article by US News and World Report: End of California's Digital Campus Is a Blow for MOOCs
Once-celebrated online courses haven't lived up to the hype.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy 'Equal Pay Day' - UC Style...

[The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Equal Pay Day involves thousands of local advocates in programs and activities focused on eradicating wage discrimination against women and people of color. It's about equal pay for equal work, equity etc.---Not about everyone being paid the same amount regardless the job description.]
This Daily Cal piece: UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor For Research Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegations Arise

The Chronicle reported that the UC Office of the President investigated the allegations and found evidence that Fleming’s behavior may have been inappropriate. In a letter to the chancellor, Fleming criticized the investigation, according to the Chronicle. A public relations consultant working with his lawyer also told the Chronicle that Fleming denies the allegations.

and also touches on the past in this:
Leite was fired in 2012 for allegedly violating the university’s sexual harassment policies when she increased the salary of an employee with whom she was having a sexual relationship. Before being fired, Leite was notified by Fleming that she would be demoted and have her pay docked from $188,531 to $175,000.

SF Chronicle gets into it here: UC Berkeley's Chief of Research Exits As Sex Charges Fly

Leite, now 50, worked under Fleming until her firing in 2012. Among her allegations:

•In 2009, while on a university business trip, Fleming rubbed Leite’s feet while they were lying on a hotel room bed fully clothed and put his arm around her.

•Fleming touched her breasts during a gathering with colleagues in 2009 at the Cal Faculty Club and said he wanted to “molest” her.

•He kissed the back of her neck in 2011 and sent “affectionate and familiar e-mails” to her over an extended period.

In January, Fleming sent Chancellor Dirks a letter acknowledging that he had “used poor judgment” with Leite on several occasions and that he “sincerely” regretted the actions, “as well as the embarrassment those actions may cause the university.”

“However, I strongly deny that any of my actions toward Ms. Leite were unwelcome or otherwise constitute sex harassment,” Fleming wrote.

Fleming’s exit is the latest chapter in a drama that began in 2011 when Leite’s relationship with purchasing manager Jonathan Caniezo, who is 17 years her junior, was detailed in a whistle-blower letter to her university bosses. While the two were together, Caniezo’s annual pay grew from $57,864 in 2008 to $120,000.
-- Must read section in the last three paragraphs there for more twists in the story.

Local press CBS coverage:
UC Berkeley Research Administrator Accused Of Wanting To ‘Molest’ Assistant Resigns Amid Sexual Assault Investigation

The UC Regents received a pretty basic and generic presentation on undergraduate education at the last UC Regents meeting in March. It was presented by the Chancellor of UC Berkeley, he closed by stating his belief in the importance of UC Constitutional autonomy in CA as protecting the research arm of UC especially. Some of the Regents, like Keiffer, said they next would like presentations on the important research side of the university next -they specifically said they wanted a presentation on "research". (Doubt very much they want to get into how research and Title IX and pay equity intersect sometimes in higher ed and at UC...)
Remember the UC profit sharing circles (for some) were mentioned in this news piece on UC Davis - wonder-- is data on those circles included in how it is all compared, quantified in these efforts listed: here and: here?

Anyone remember the UC Regents compensation tiger team blah blah blah some years back?

Also, there's Modest Gains in Faculty Pay- Inside Higher Education

Monday, April 13, 2015

UC Rising Tuition - Whose Fault? The 'CAism' or the 'UCism' or?

SF Chron: State Lawmakers Take Aim At UC Brass’ Lofty Salaries

The measure, AB837, and the other bills get at the heart of the irritation that students, lawmakers from both parties and Brown feel toward UC. Their complaint: The university keeps increasing compensation for its highest-paid employees while demanding that students pay more tuition and that the state contribute more toward its bottom line.
“As a Legislature, we have a right to ask where we should appropriate people’s dollars, because student tuition is skyrocketing,” said the author of AB837, Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina (Los Angeles County).

Daily Cal on it earlier: State Assembly Committee Passes Bill That Would Cap UC Salaries

Someone at... PPIC ... wrote this op ed at SF Chron: Locking students out of California colleges a losing strategy
Then, see CNBC:
"Tuition Is Rising But It's Not The University's Fault: Napolitano"
- It's all the state's fault?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The 'Los Angelism' or the 'Berkeleyism', or?

Remember some earlier problems were blamed on the 'Los Angelism'-- is this next, to borrow a football metaphor, 'a reverse pattern'?

Now a recent UCB mess comes to another UC campus, see

LA Times: Ex-PUC chief Michael Peevey's talks with UCLA are investigated

UT San Diego: Utilities Scandal Now Touches UCLA

Daily Bruin: Investigators Looking Into Talks Between UCLA, Former CPUC President

SF Chron on Feds Ask UCLA Administrator About Talks With Ex-Regulator In SF Chronicle

Daily Cal notes (Peevey's wife) State Senator Carol Liu one of three who voted in favor of this:

A state Senate bill that would direct funding toward the UC and CSU systems, and potentially halt the 5 percent tuition hike, was unanimously approved by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. SB 15 — introduced by senators Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, Marty Block, D-San Diego, and Carol Liu,
And there's also this on proposed legislation on lowering tuition for residents and increasing it for non residents in this: Senate Committee Approves Bill to Lower Tuition For California Residents Possibly Increase Fees for Nonresidents
CounterPunch with this in depth post on "Who Will Benefit From University Of California’s New “Global Campus?" at UC Berkeley

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sacto Hearings On CA Higher Ed April 2015

SJ Merc:CA Senate Plan To Eliminate UC Tuition Hike Passes Committee
The measure's biggest hurdle may be the opposition of Assembly Democrats to how it's financed.

To help pay for the $342 million plan, the Senate has proposed abolishing the Middle Class Scholarship Program, which the Legislature approved in 2013 to help middle-income students hit hard by steep tuition increases during the Great Recession.

De Leon has said the program should be scrapped in favor of "graduation incentive grants" because it isn't working as designed.

Earlier this year, the California Student Aid Commission reported to the Legislature that nearly one in 10 students who received Middle Class Scholarship grants had assets in excess of $250,000 -- and more than 1,000 students had more than $1 million in the bank. That's because students who apply for aid must meet an income test, but not an asset test.

"The commission suggests that the Legislature may wish to reconsider this feature of the program," Hal Geiogue, the commission's chairman, wrote in a letter to de Leon last month.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, has said she's open to tweaking the program but will not support a bill that eliminates it.

CA Senate Ed Committee Includes:
SB-15 Postsecondary education: financial aid: Graduation Incentive Grant program. Block
SB-705 Charter school facilities: preliminary proposal: public hearing. Hill
SB-425 Career technical education. Hernandez
SB-791 Student financial aid: Golden State Scholarshare Trust Act. Hertzberg
SB-429 Instructional programs: Title IX instructional videos. Jackson
SB-618 Educational apprenticeships: grant program. Pavley Senate - Education
SB-645 After school programs: grant amounts. Hancock
SB-334 Pupil nutrition: drinking water. Leyva
SB-750 English language education: English learners: State Seal of Biliteracy. Mendoza
SB-618 Educational apprenticeships: grant program. Pavley
SB-705 Charter school facilities: preliminary proposal: public hearing. Hill
SB-750 English language education: English learners: State Seal of Biliteracy. Mendoza
SB-791 Student financial aid: Golden State Scholarshare Trust Act. Hertzberg
SB-373 California Community Colleges: full-time faculty percentage. Pan

AB-38 California State University: Legislative Analyst’s Office: initial analysis to assess need for new campus. Eggman

AB-176 Data collection. Bonta
AB-206 Student financial aid: California DREAM Work-Study Program. Mark Stone
AB-288 Public schools: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships. Holden
AB-393 Veteran Resource Centers Grant Program. Roger Hernández Assembly - Higher Education
AB-404 Community colleges: accreditation. Chiu
AB-421 Community colleges: veterans counselor. Calderon
AB-458 Postsecondary education: instructional strategies. O'Donnell
AB-542 Community colleges: early and middle college high schools. Wilk
AB-636 Postsecondary education: student safety. Medina
AB-653 Postsecondary education: intersegmental coordination in governance. Levine
AB-716 California State University: special sessions. Low
AB-721 Student financial aid: private student loans. Medina
AB-767 Community colleges: emergency preparedness standards. Santiago
AB-831 Student financial aid: Cal Grant Program. Bonilla
AB-837 University of California: employee salaries and other information. Roger Hernández
AB-889 Concurrent enrollment in secondary school and community college. Chang
AB-913 Student safety. Santiago
AB-968 Postsecondary education: transcripts. Williams
SeeDaily Cal: State Senate Sexual Assault Counselor Bill Postponed Indefinitely

A California State Senate bill, which would change the definition of a sexual assault counselor in the state and affect the UC system’s sexual assault counseling procedures, was postponed indefinitely Tuesday.

SB 668 was introduced by state Senator Connie Leyva, D-Chino, in February. The bill proposes amendments to make the definition of a sexual assault counselor essentially “a person who is employed by … a rape crisis center,” thereby disallowing California universities to employ their own confidential advocates.

There’s a failing here though I think and the failing I think is in the process... Um, anybody, Bueller?

If you read the LA Times piece earlier: Efforts To Expand California University Systems Are Growing - you might also want to view or listen to: this section of the UC Regents March meeting to follow how UC Regents deal with building and expansion, how they want to try and do it this time and, most importantly, the process for how they discuss it at their meetings...

It was a section of the meeting that received l'il coverage in any real detail…
Here’s some of the discussion outline markers, you can watch it, listen and decide for yourself: the same link is repeatedly available on all the time marks below for convenience - with other background links interspersed as well.

At 02:17:00 time mark: in video here The Governor in his opening comments mentioned the state buildings sales under Schwarzenegger that Gov. Brown later backed out of- he raises it as a cautionary tale for UC– here’s an SFGate article on how that ended-- if you don’t recall. As a side note recall that: Regent Makarechian, chair of UC buildings and grounds committee, was one of the potential buyers of some of the state buildings and so likely was part of that settlement the Governor brought up at UC Regents etc. More on that aspect if you click Regent M's tab at the top of the page.)

At 02:19:40 the UCM Chancellor said something about being willing to talk in closed session in details about the massive build-out project of UCM.

Later in the discussion Regent Makarechian begins to discuss risk mitigation and developers - and, like the Governor, he raises a cautionary tale-- the current concerns over UC PATH as another example to keep in mind as they move through this UCM building agenda item...

(and we note here that Regent Makarechian was the only UC Regent we can recall who raised real questions about the contingency plans Peter Taylor mentioned for UC PATH during UC Regents meetings- he questioned the 6% contingency on $ budgeting for cost overruns, later he raised questions about vendor arrangements, relationships etc. Zettel also raised some other peripheral questions and concerns on it as well during her committee meetings.)

Then around 02:26:00 Regent M says he is very, very surprised to see the UCM agenda item was moved out of his Building and Grounds committee and over to Finance committee w/out advance notice to him as a chair. He then goes on to talk about his worries that the wrong kind of deal could potentially result in a development nightmare where closing up/turning out the lights on students at that campus might occur in a worst case scenario years down the road, he also wanted to remind all in the room of the difficulty in using the 'tuition as a recovery' solution if the project fails, or goes over budget etc.

State appropriation questions also raised…

At 02:28:00 Regent Makarechian says again he is very, very surprised by the moving of the agenda item. In response to a staff comment about .10 basis points flex rate on some financing for the project he also mentions example of .10 basis points on something like, say, maybe like an example of $1 Billion dollars toward development funding for the project - he highlights that it is a lot of money… he also mentions the fiduciary responsibilities of the UC Regents.

At 02:32:00 UCGC talks again about the process as he understands it for how UC Regents and/or staff assigns agenda items to UC Regents committees for UC Regents meetings.

At 02:45:00 Regent Perez discusses and questions the moving of the agenda item from one committee to a new one
At 02:51:00 Regent Perez questions UC General Counsel (UCGC) on the moving of this particular agenda item from Buildings and Grounds committee to Finance committee and

At 02:52:20 The UCGC says he was asked about placement of the item in either Finance committee or Buildings and Grounds.

and then Perez says to UCGC he 'appreciates the telepathy by which this process was conveyed prior to this moment'.
Some moments later Keiffer asks Perez if he is comfortable that he got his questions answered- Perez says words to the effect that no he is not comfortable but that he received the answer that was given.

The UCM Chancellor also some moments later says that the UCGC ”rules” on when UC Regents go into closed session or move agenda items.
UCGC corrects that particular UCM Chancellor statement. UCM Chancellor apologizes for being inartful.
(the real concern here for us in this post is not about the UCM growth merits or demerits/ pros or cons in this-- but concern over the way UC Regents discuss, deliberate on an item like this, handle committee moves and agenda items.)

Regent Zettel at the 03:01:50 raises (the not often talked about by UC Regents) issue of staff morale negatively affected by staff being placed in locations away from students.

Then UC Regents Sherman and Island comment on the UCM project…

Then Regent Pattiz at the 03:13:00 says
There’s a failing here though I think and the failing I think is on the process. Um, you can’t walk in here and make a presentation as good as the presentation you made and then leave it open to something that just doesn’t pass the smell test: which is two days ago this was in Hadi’s committee and today it is in somebody else’s committee and there doesn’t seem to be any logical explanation to why that happened and so I would like to know why that happened? Anybody, Bueller?

UCM chancellor says she got a memo that recommended it go into Finance committee then she says she instructed her staff that she would like to have it communicated on her behalf that she would like to have it presented it to a joint committee of Finance and Buildings and Grounds.

Pattiz begins to say Yeah but, you know, come on- this is an item that has lived in one committee, there is a committee chairman who has got some issues with it, I believe it should go back to the committee that has been looking at it, and then when it passes through grounds and buildings and it becomes an issue that is appropriately in finance that’s where it should go- but right now - now there is this great big mystery

03:14:20 Keiffer interrupts Pattiz questions with
Let’s accept that Norm. Let’s accept that Regent Pattiz. Let’s accept that as the reality we’re gonna be -this is going to be either a joint committee or it is going to go to buildings and grounds and I think we’ve hit that one hard and I don’t think it was intentional but I don’t know --I wasn’t there I am filling in as chair for the committee but I think that let’s deal with that one as we go forward and …

To which Pattiz says to Keiffer
Whoa whoa whoa I appreciate your interrupting my questions but I DO think it would be helpful to know how this happened. I mean two days ago a committee chair thought it was under the purview of his committee and today it is not under the purview of his committee. Is it too much to ask what happened?

Keiffer then says Anne do you have anything additional to add?

Then the UC Secretary to UC Regents says
Well, I know we noticed it at least twelve days ago in finance and I believe there were earlier emails about it. It was not changed two days ago.

The General Counsel to the UC Regents says
I’m a little concerned that there’s the impression that something nefarious went on … and then he says he can't remember who it was who asked him for legal advice on the agenda items and their placement in the UC Regents committees.

Then Regent Gould closes out this section.

Just some sorta 'end chapter notes' on this:
– Regent Ruiz, who has always been openly vocal about UCM, gifts he made to UCM were recently mentioned at UC Regents meeting, and he frequently mentions he has local ties to the region when the subject comes up. He was notably absent for this March UC Regents meeting when this agenda item came up - and this Finance committee meeting would normally be chaired by him. Regent Keiffer, as vice chair of the finance committee served as chair for the committee in Ruiz's absence.

-We did not see the UC Regents webpage with meeting items listed/posted for the UC Regents March meeting until Sunday March 8th– and the question still remains: should UC Regents get notification that agenda items have been moved from one committee to another committee via the UC Regents website posting a few days before their own meeting?)

- At the last UC regents meetings in Jan and late 2014 there also were questions about 'Roberts Rules', and Brown Act etc. raised in the midst of meetings - and, at some points, a striking difference of opinion b/ween how some ex officio and other UC Regents understand Roberts rules and how another section of some Regents and UCOP personnel interpret Roberts rules differently.

- There also have been complaints about the moving of agenda items out of one committee and into another committee without advance notice. (other e.g. Regent Makarechian and Regent De La Pena complained when it occurred within their committees they chair over a major UCSD Jacobs med center building project recently.)

That section of the UC Regents March Meeting was an important one to view, observe on UC Regents processes.

Also, one can read short synopsis of each section of that March UC Regents meetings courtesy of UCLA Fac Blog and listen to audio clips of the UC Regents March meeting, see:

Listen to the Regents: March 17, 2015

Listen to the Regents morning session of March 18 UC Regents Meeting

Listen to the March 18, 2015 afternoon session of UC Regents Meeting

Listen to the Regents Meeting of March 19, 2015

and there's UCI's : March UC Regents Meeting Recap at New University Online

Pattiz called some of it a big mystery...

btw (Other mysteries include the "Life Safety Fee" nomenclature at UCB?)

Yep - The UC Regents have governance issues – besides committee assignments… but they only met on committee assignments at: April 3rd Special Meeting: Committee on Governance (Regents only session)

Then take a look at how the UC Regents - in this case the UC 'student regents' governance comes up here, Daily Bruin:
UC Denies Violating State Transparency Law With Tuition Hike Proposal

However, the UC said the regents and UC President Janet Napolitano had discussed the possibility of a tuition hike publicly with students multiple times before the November vote.

“President Napolitano has personally consulted with students many times,” said UC spokeswoman Shelly Meron in an email statement. “The tuition issue was discussed in each of these conversations.”

Meron said she could not provide specific information about when students were consulted or how much information they were provided regarding the tuition hike proposal.

But leaders of the UC Student Association said they were not aware of any tuition hike proposal before the University’s announcement.

At the organization’s October Board of Directors meeting, a representative from the UC Office of the President provided little to no information about a possible tuition hike proposal, said Kevin Sabo, chair of the UCSA Board of Directors.

“(The regents) had been talking about this (among themselves) but they didn’t want to tell us at all,” said Undergraduate Students Association Council External Vice President Conrad Contreras.

Sabo said Napolitano never met with the UCSA Board of Directors until the evening before the November Board of Regents meeting.

“The fact that they sprung this out of nowhere is the problem,” Sabo said. “No one can believe them because they are leaving us in the dark. That is a huge agitator of students.”

Student Regent-Designate Avi Oved said he thinks the University was not openly communicative.

“I think students want to be involved in the conversation, but I don’t think that opportunity is being afforded to them,” Oved said. “People asked if the UC was transparent when rolling the proposal out. No, it wasn’t.”

Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin said that even as a voting member of the board’s Committee on Long Range Planning, she was not consulted or included in the drafting of the proposal.

Daily Cal on it too: A report released last week by the Legislative Analyst’s Office found the university did not comply with certain provisions of state law related to the consultation of students prior to implementing a recent fee increase.

*bold emphasis added here.

UCSA with Sign the Petition – Call for a Public Forum with Brown and Napolitano!

Then see Daily Bruin: Students Meet with Napolitano to Discuss UC Transparency
No students from the UC Student Association, the UC-wide student government body, attended the meeting. Conrad Contreras, USAC external vice president, claimed UCSA students were not invited to the meeting, although UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said they were. UCSA frequently circulates petitions and holds protests against University decisions.

“I’m not shaming anyone, but I’m challenging the approach the way the UC is navigating around the UCSA to get to students,” Contreras said during the USAC meeting Tuesday.

Baral said that as a representative, this was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. He added he was pushing Napolitano to make the University more transparent to students

Daily Cal with
Public Employment Relations Board Considers Charge Filed By UC Student-Workers Union

For Barrett, the case brings to light broader issues of the role of self-supporting programs within the UC system. There are more than 50 self-supporting programs in the UC system, which generate more than $100 million in fee revenue annually.

Barrett cited the alleged denial of her fee remission as evidence that the programs potentially detract from the university’s public mission.

“The bigger issue is that the university is a public university — it has public obligations,” Barrett said.

The union’s current contract, which began last June, specifies that academic student employees who are enrolled in self-supporting programs and meet certain criteria are eligible to receive a partial fee remission, “equivalent in dollar amount to what an eligible (academic student employee) enrolled in a UC state-supported program would receive for tuition and student services fee.”

And,San Jose Mercury with:
University of California Physicians To Strike April 9
The strike by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists is one of five planned at University of California campuses in Northern California. Physicians at five Southern California campuses will begin their strike Saturday.

Also, Daily Bruin with other faculty concerns on their health care benefits: Petition Protests Potential Changes To UC Employee Health Care Plan

Daily Cal: Campus Internal Consolidation To Increase Efficiency, Future Student Housing Options

The plan aims to transition functions related to custodial, facility maintenance and design services from within RSSP to the real estate division. Additionally, the realignment positions the campus to better prepare for future partnerships with private third-party entities should the school pursue expanding university housing

Also: ASUC Senate committee passes bill aiming to create Real Estate Student Board

The office, headed by Vice Chancellor for Real Estate Robert Lalanne, has in recent months revealed plans to replace Ramona’s Cafe in Wurster Hall with a Vietnamese restaurant, create multiple new residence spaces for students with private partners and assist in the construction of the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay.

Some of these projects have drawn the ire of campus student groups.

Christine Shaff, director of communications for the campus real estate division, said in an email that the office was surprised at the level of interest the student body has in real estate. She added that the office welcomes the creation of the board and hopes it would increase the level of transparency in proceedings.

Shaff, however, did note the office’s concerns about the board’s ability to relay information about its discussions to the rest of the campus.

Additionally, the meeting saw a contentious discussion about the potential effect of an upcoming bill that would change the way funds are allocated by the ASUC to Greek organizations on campus, making it a first-come, first-served process.

abc local on: Almost 8,000 Grad Students Affected In UC Riverside Data Breach
HuffPo 106 Colleges Are Under Federal Investigation For Sexual Assault Cases
includes this latest on new UC campuses added to it last month:
The latest investigations started in March: Cases were opened at the University of California's Davis and Santa Cruz campuses;

but, read this other post on remaking the US professoriate here: look closely also at important comments there include:
"There can be no question at this point that tenured faculty shat the bed, during the years in which we had more power to head off deprofessionalization."

--an important linkage wanna point out here: the deprofessionalization includes all kinds of gender equity issues in it and other equity issues that come up routinely in various pieces...

So, then read through this post to: in light of all the above- this here: Surely, there is enough legal talent within the UC faculty to enable to the Academic Senate to play an active role in ensuring that a workable set of procedures is implemented.

...heavy sigh.

Changing Universities: The University for No One
on that Kevin Carey 'The End of College' book.

Also check out: this video clip for how the msm discusses it and puts it out to viewers in this interview with Carey.

In LA Review of Books see: Review of Michael Crow's new book: What Is New About the New American University?

The unexcellence -IHE on : American higher education is significantly damaging its top universities through continuous budget cuts by state governments. One might call this an American “unExcellence initiative” as the world’s leading higher education systematically damages its top research universities. Current developments are bad enough in a national context, but in a globalized world, policies in one country will inevitably have implications elsewhere. Thus, American disinvestment, coming at the same time as significant investment elsewhere, will magnify the decline of a great higher education system.
Condolences to Governor and President of the UC Regents'- his sister passed away just before his birthday this week - the newspapers wrote in depths of a strong and lifelong commitment she had to public education in SF,
First Amendment Coalition with: Campus free expression takes hit in Supreme Court decision
UCR Highlander: UC president sticks with tuition hike, threatens to release Kraken

UCSB Bottom Line op ed: "Napolitano—“This Crap” Pays Your $570,000 Base Salary"

UCSC's Blumenthal wrote up something for the SF Chron op ed section about how public ed can be tranformative

How do they know it is "productive"?:
see Fox and Hounds: A healthy sign that the governor may be tuning into the realities of funding public higher education is his participation in a “Committee of 2”,
along with UC President Janet Napolitano, to review the nuts and bolts of UC and come up with a meeting of the minds on key issues.

No crisis in higher ed?...