Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's All Greek 2

Changing Universities asks- and here's excerpt of some of the questions raised::

Questions about the UC Budget Deal
The recent state budget agreement has brought up many important issues for the UC system. Here are some of my top questions:

1) What is the current status of the deal made between President Napolitano and Governor Brown? ... Is the deal with the governor like the deal the governor thought he had last year with UC, which prevented any tuition increases for four years?

2) What happened to UCOP’s claim that it needed to raise tuition 5% over the next five years in order to maintain excellence? ... Was the earlier claim only a bargaining ploy, or does the UC really need more money than it is getting?

3) What is the status of all of the non-monetary issues (online ed, time to degree, three-year degrees, transfer rates) contained in the Brown and Napolitano agreement? First of all, aren’t these areas the domain of the faculty senate?

4) What exactly did the UC get in terms of enrollment funding? The state says they can get an additional $25 million if they promise to do many different things, including adding 5,000 additional students from California, but how did the legislature come up with the figure of $5,000 per additional student? Is this the result of UC’s continued refusal to come up with a fact-based analysis of how much it costs to educate each additional undergraduate student?

5) What happened to all of the legislation about sharing non-resident tuition among the campuses?

6) Did Napolitano really get anything by taking on the governor in such an aggressive fashion? Yes, she may have commandeered more funding for the pension, but at what price? ... Also, what does it say about an institution when it leaders says don’t worry about the changes because they only affect future workers?
New on UCTV: Robert Reich and Joseph Stiglitz on income inequality and what to do about it

more Stiglitz on it:
Europe's Attack on Greek Democracy

Will a Grexit Be the Lehman-Like Trigger of the Next Global Financial Crisis?

Monday, June 29, 2015

UC Berkeley Gets More Title IX Fireworks, and so does UC in various ways...UPDATED

This last update -looks like CSU systemwide comes into the mix- haven't heard Chancellor White address it though - see #111 in this detailed list: here

more info if you don't recall that news from a week or so ago:

LA CBS Local Grad Students File Lawsuit Over Alleged Sexual Harassment By UCLA Professor

Daily Bruin coverage here: Lawsuit Alleges UC Regents Indifference Towards Title IX Violations


LA Times: UCLA Graduate Students' Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Harassment

The suit, which names the regents of the University of California as defendant, alleges that UCLA also ignored several other complaints and reports of alleged sexual harassment


now, there's this from UCR

UCR Student Accused Of Secretly Recording Female Students In Dorm Shower

California student accused of filming female students in shower
CBS News‎

More Update

NBC Bay Area with their coverage: Three Sue UC Regents Over Sex Assault Reporting

KGO ABC Local with their coverage: here

Yahoo News: University of California sued over sex assault claims

LA Times: UC Berkeley sued for allegedly failing to properly respond to sexual assault complaints

you can read the detail also here:

CoCo Times: Former UC Berkeley students outline claims in Title IX sexual assault lawsuit

The university, in a statement Monday, said:

"The California State Auditor conducted a thorough review of UC Berkeley's handling of sexual assault and harassment cases in 2013-14. The auditor's report, which included a review of confidential case records, found that case outcomes were reasonable and that sanctions were appropriate given the severity of the incidents.

Daily Cal: Sexual assault survivors file lawsuit against UC regents, UC Berkeley


UPDATE I Buzzfeed and SF Gate provide more details on the three latest cases
Buzzfeed: Three Students Sue UC Berkeley For Mishandling Sexual Assaults
After two years of criticism surrounding its policies, the historically progressive school is being taken to civil court by students who say they won’t wait for a federal government investigation to force change.

SFGate: 3 women sue UC Berkeley, alleging sex assault complaints ignored

CBS Local: 3 Women File Lawsuit Against UC Regents Claiming Berkeley ...
Original Post

CoCo Times: Former UC Berkeley students announce Title IX sexual assault lawsuit
Attorneys for three former UC Berkeley students will announce Monday that they have filed a lawsuit against the University of California Board of Regents, claiming their clients were sexually assaulted and that the university did not do enough to protect them.

The Title IX sexual assault lawsuit will be announced at an 11 a.m. news conference in Emeryville,

IHE : Diversity and the Ivory Ceiling

While many associate professors experience frustration at midcareer, these experiences vary for faculty of differing races and ethnicities. Diversity is a key issue in higher education and many efforts focus on recruiting faculty of color. Fewer initiatives consider how to ensure that diverse faculty members thrive and are retained, although retention and promotion is clearly another piece of the puzzle.

SCOTUS Take Up Higher Ed Admissions, Affirmative Action again see IHE article here

and there's this post also:
Supreme Court on Admissions
DailyCal: UC Student Association discusses creation of student adviser position, prioritization of mental health
The proposal stops short of adding an additional student regent to the Board of Regents, which would require collaboration with state legislators to create language for a constitutional amendment. If the amendment did get to a ballot, money would have to be raised in a multimillion-dollar campaign to get it passed by California voters, Oved said.

also this other article there:
UC Office of the President announces measures for LGBT inclusion
- includes discussion of access to gender neutral bathrooms etc.

HuffPo pol analyst on
Why Jerry Brown Prevailed So Quickly in the California Budget Tussle by Wm Bradley

UCR Today: Undergraduate Discovers New Firefly Species

Friday, June 26, 2015

Higher Ed Trickery - Moves 'Cement In' The Cynicism

Sac Bee
State, UC disappoint with budget tricks

Budget hijinks have real consequences for California kids

Illusory $25 million means 5,000 fewer go to UC

UC raises eyebrows with $250,000 hire, just as Brown signs budget

UC President Janet Napolitano talks with Gov. Jerry Brown at a Board of Regents meeting. Budget hijinks by both UC and lawmakers have tarnished an otherwise laudable budget deal.

At Remaking the University:

This note makes a few comments on the final UC budget for 2015-2016 and then focuses on points related to the UC Pension Plan (UCRP).
By Joe Kiskis (UC Davis)


Sacramento Bee
Budget deal brings major changes to University of California pension system

She also expects that future governors will continue depositing state funds into UC’s retirement system. “That’s not part of the deal, but there’s a precedent that’s being set now,” she said.

Palmer, however, characterized the payment as a “commitment of limited scope,” a difference that could set the stage for future budget battles

- bold emphasis added

Other angles on the troubling questions covered here: Would you like PEPRA with that?

This ongoing deep dive reporting from HuffPo on: Education Department Vastly Undercounted Troops Overcharged By Student Loan Giant, New Data Show

The Justice Department data on the number of service members overcharged on Education Department-owned loans, previously unreported and provided to HuffPost, underscore a deep divide between the Education Department and Justice Department over how to ...

- Bold emphasis added. Consider it in relation to other issues though - possible implications for e.g. Title IX coordination b/ween those two on accuracy, on reporting #'s, procedures and instruction, transparency, other concerns?
In prime time there was:NBC News video: "Crisis On Campus" Dateline story

College Is Wildly Exploitative: Why Aren't Students Raising Hell?
Why aren't American students out on the streets?
By David Masciotra / AlterNet
Four hundred faculty members at New York University, one of the nation’s most expensive schools, recently released a report on how their own place of employment, legally a nonprofit institution, has become a predatory business, hardly any different in ethical practice or economic procedure than a sleazy storefront payday loan operator. Its title succinctly summarizes the new intellectual discipline deans and regents have learned to master: "The Art of The Gouge."

The reports sectioned into three parts:




a week for the history books

applesauce, fortune cookies...
Amazing Grace

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Is UC into "Techquity"?

see: States, cities call for expanding H-1B visa program for skilled foreign labor
in The Providence Journal

"The cap on these visas is always insufficient, and the shortage of workers often stymies productivity at our high-tech companies," Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California wrote in a 2013 letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Brown urged Feinstein to support an expansion of H-1B visas while also calling for more education funding to help with "filling our work force needs domestically."

MSNBC Growing Hope campaign visited Oakland (home to UCOP and a stones throw from UCB campus) and the new Mayor who talked about "techquity" and the fact that 40% of children in Oakland don't have access to computers, highspeed internet connections etc.


LA Daily News: Nearly 14% of LAUSD students in special education programs

There was:
California Governors Tend To Win State Budget Fights

more kettlebell, more kettlebell --at UCLA?!

didya catch:
CBS 60 Minutes on Using Polio To Kill Cancer -- at Duke

recall: this 2012 Sac Bee on UCD Med handling of neurosurgeons 'is scathing'
-they're sayin' Diddy got into it with a UCLA football coach?! Sean 'Diddy' Combs ...and
a kettlebell??!
Walken...SNL - cowbell, get it? (here's video if you don't

on that same UCLA football subject see: - UCLA Fac blog- "And if the research finds injuries?"
Dozens of UCLA student-athletes will participate in research by UCLA scientists that is expected to deliver new clues about the biological and genetic risk factors for sports-related concussions.

let the rain
wash away
all the pain of

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"There's a huge power play in the hierarchy in graduate school programs between professors and students, and we're hoping by putting this into the open there will be more equity in how females in academia are treated," she said.

update, here is more coverage:

LA CBS Local Grad Students File Lawsuit Over Alleged Sexual Harassment By UCLA Professor

Daily Bruin coverage here: Lawsuit Alleges UC Regents Indifference Towards Title IX Violations


Original post below:

LA Times: UCLA Graduate Students' Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Harassment

The suit, which names the regents of the University of California as defendant, alleges that UCLA also ignored several other complaints and reports of alleged sexual harassment

Interrupted Life Milestones - Appalling Losses

Breaking news: Flanagan: Families being assisted after ‘appalling tragedy’
Six Irish dead as balcony collapses during student party in Berkeley, California

More : Seven others injured, two critically, after 4th floor balcony collapses during student party

Check Daily Cal with more coverage and future updates for more

Does UC take proactive steps on such issues? Use its leverage to protect against such outcomes?

LA Times with: From Wisconsin to California, the decline of public higher ed continues

Scott Walker's Wisconsin isn't the only state where public universities are under attack
Budget cuts, political animosity--no wonder state universities are hurting

CNBC is running a weeklong series and they've also compiled their coverage on the topic here
"Looking for the next crisis? Try student debt

The high economic and social costs of student loan debt"


Since UC Berkeley is chasing $$$$$...as in

Solly Fulp will lead new program to bring revenue to UC Berkeley

and moves on becoming an outside of CA state control 'Global University Conglomerate of Multi- National Corporations' or somethin'??...

What is the outlook on how AIIB and Higher Ed might interact?

Guardian: US anger at Britain joining Chinese-led investment bank AIIB

and there's
Why the US shouldn't worry about the AIIB - CNBC.com

but how might higher ed tie-in, if at all?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dirks said this offered an opportunity for Berkeley to internationalise beyond the state’s control. “Many of the things that people howl about in [California state capital] Sacramento are based upon misinformation and short-term political interest,” he said. “So, inasmuch as we have been effectively privatised by the state of California, this is an opportunity to develop a space in which we will develop different financial models and create a different set of global relationships that the state of California really would not, under any circumstances, be well equipped to manage or to sponsor. He added: “Now that the state is unwilling to support higher education, particularly high-level elite status higher education, we really do need different financial models.”


Times Higher Ed - a UK publication - has this article:
"Berkeley Thinks Global – But Stays Local"

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks explains the university’s branch campus strategy

Includes this: “A lot of people want to come: increasingly they want to come not just because they like the weather or because they like the city, but because they want to have some access both to the start-up culture and potentially to the capital that has also migrated there,” Professor Dirks said.


The chancellor characterised rows over executive pay, academic workload and graduation rates as “astonishing” compared with his previous experience at Columbia University, a private institution.


Dirks said this offered an opportunity for Berkeley to internationalise

beyond the state’s control.

They subtitled a section of the article as: "California Screaming"

Friday, June 12, 2015

Trying to Channel 'Kinder, Gentler'-- i.e "Shut Up" and "We don't need to listen to this crap" pivots... Microaggressions Training from UCOP to UC Faculty, to everywhere; and Mansplaining and Higher Ed Exploitation Trends

so there's :
University of California -- Janet Napolitano Trains Faculty on Microaggressions at National Review Online and their take on it is being echoed in other similar venues...

(The "We don't need to listen to this crap" expressed by the UC Pres at the May UC Regents meeting now turns to)

The UCOP handouts referenced in that article are:

“Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages they Send”

“Tool for Identifying Implicit Bias: Awareness of Common Shortcuts”


Elizabeth Warren Tells Us That She 'Can't Even' With Jamie Dimon's Mansplaining

and includes her comments on: "The only way we're gonna have a higher ed system that works is if we have a lot more accountability in it. And that means accountability for the colleges and it means more accountability for the Department of Education." -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren


The President of the UC Regents and Gov. changes from saying 'shut up' on it-- to talking about 'Spaceship Earth' re: developing elegant use of water approach.

The Cal Alumni magazine highlights DeSal...
Sea Quencher: Can the Pacific Ocean Cure Drought If the California climate forecast calls for drought and rising seas, shouldn’t we be figuring out how we can economically drink the Pacific Ocean? The latest on desalination from one of the University of California’s top water wizards:

Students' FERPA vs Students' HIPAA Rights While In Higher Ed

Huffington Post:

Education Department 'Concerned' About Loophole In Federal Privacy Law For Students

They don't discuss how it might or might not extend to University or College employees, staff, faculty etc who also use the same on-campus health centers via employee assistance programs etc.

An 'educational interest' - how much does that design 'grease the skids' for other 'institutional interests' besides health of a patient or safety?

It isn't looking like just an oops 'loophole'.

Two articles from earlier in the year -once again- for more background, in depth coverage:

see: Congresswoman 'Troubled' By Privacy Loophole On Student Health Records Confronts Education Department

and for a subject matter expert opinion on it - here: is the Chronicle of Higher Education article "Raped on Campus? Don’t Trust Your College to Do the Right Thing"
By Katie Rose Guest Pryal a columnist for The Chronicle’s Vitae, is a former professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who specializes in higher education, mental health, and social-justice issues.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Reich: Public Higher Education Should Be Free

yes, it continues to go viral, now see:

an article from Capitol and Main at HuffPo on it here

Robert Reich Sounds Off On How America Has Failed Its Students

"What we need to do is move toward a system of free public higher education."

A postscript -- Reich's rate of pay, and quality of his instruction were directly brought up in an interview with Napolitano- link to available here- she simply said words to the effect that she did not know how much he was compensated," The interviewer (Krasny) stepped up for Reich and said that he was an engaged professor etc.
- it stood out as a strange section of that interview, both Napolitano and Reich are faculty at GSPP...

"Instead, the joint budget committee agreed to increase funding for CSU by $70 million above Brown’s budget and give $25 million more than he wanted to the University of California, so long as UC promises to enroll 5,000 more California students and cap enrollment of out-of-state students over the next two years."

Senate Assembly Reach Deal But Show Down with Governor Looms

The joint budget committee rejected a plan pushed by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, to eliminate a scholarship program for middle-class students and direct the savings to CSU.

Instead, the joint budget committee agreed to increase funding for CSU by $70 million above Brown’s budget and give $25 million more than he wanted to the University of California, so long as UC promises to enroll 5,000 more California students and cap enrollment of out-of-state students over the next two years.

And the middle-class scholarship program that de Leon sought to phase out will expand under the terms of the deal, cutting tuition by 20 percent for UC and CSU students who qualify based on their income and assets.

A spokesman for de Leon declined to comment on the agreement.

DailyCal also on it: Legislature nears finished budget with possible $25 million in extra UC funding

Sac Bee also on it


LAT: California is flush with cash. So why the warnings to prepare for recession?
"Is the state prepared for a medium recession?" said Jerry Nickelsburg, a UCLA economist. "State government is not."

You might remember from the Ivory Tower Documentary...
Jamshed Bharucha Resigning As President Of Cooper Union

The president of The Cooper Union college announced his resignation on Wednesday amid infighting and a probe by the state attorney general into the management of its finances.

Jamshed Bharucha said he will leave at the end of June after four years as president of the Manhattan college and will serve as a visiting scholar at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Not Just One Group

University Diaries highlighted this as a blog title:
“90 percent of Chinese applicants [to American universities] submit fake recommendations, 70 percent have other people write their essays, 50 percent have forged high school transcripts, and 10 percent list academic awards and other achievements they did not receive.”

It was framed as an American Universities Addiction in The Atlantic at the end of May
A new report estimates that 8,000 students from China were expelled in the 2013-14 school year. That’s bad news for U.S. schools.

- Those figures were pretty shocking to read- but 'in proportion - as compared to' and other questions remain.
This from UCLA Fac Blog:
Legislators & Governor: Before you get too upset about international students at UC...

Back in Jan 2012 pointed to: Lure of Chinese Tuition Pushes Out Asian-Americans - Bloomberg from 2012:

"Kwanhyun Park, the 18-year-old son of Korean immigrants, spent four years at Beverly Hills High School earning the straight As and high test scores he thought would get him into the University of California, San Diego. They weren’t enough.
The sought-after school, half a mile from the Pacific Ocean, admitted 1,460 fewer California residents this year to accept higher-paying students from out-of-state, many from China."

This year's 'College Campaign' reports:

April 2015 | "The State of Higher Education in California: Latino Report"

May 2015 | "The State of Higher Education in California: Black Report"

Note: they have a yet-to-be released report on the next group which they list as: "Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders"
One of the few refreshing things these days:

Changing Universities: Free Public Higher Ed Goes Viral

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

UC Wants $100 Million More From CA - and that Higher Ed TX Hold 'Em move

UC aims to increase enrollment of California residents
Daily Bruin

UC budget proposal asks for an additional $100 million from the state legislature over the next four years to enroll an additional 6,830 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students across the system

Forbes: University President Pay Continues To Rise Rapidly
Public university leaders' pay soars as inflation rate slips
San Francisco Chronicle

Huff Po: 68 Public College Presidents Made More Than President Obama In 2014

it could also be called the 'UnDrake' move:
Fenves salary negotiations send a political, personal message amid competitive market
UT The Daily Texan


The CA JLAC Audit of Non Resident UC enrollment was approved in March and held back-in deference to the Committee of Two- still has yet to commence in July with the findings several more months away ...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Puttin' the 'UC' and 'Richmond' in the Global...campus

Daily Cal Richmond Rally and March Demands Community Benefits Agreement From UC's Berkeley Global Campus


a Chancellor Dirks position paper or response or white paper, or...see: Open letter to Richmond: Dirks’ update on Global Campus

New Re-Hash, again

Daily Cal: Napolitano Appoints Committee To Find Candidates For Berkeley Lab Director

The selection process will be entirely confidential, with only the name of the officially selected director released to the public, according to former UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau, also a member of the search committee. He said in an email that although the search process has not yet begun, he expects there to be a large pool of outstanding candidates for the position.

Birgeneau will also chair a screening task force, which will be responsible for the initial screening of applicants and nominees and for presenting the search committee with a list of candidates.

His recent work on:

The Lincoln Project held its first regional forum in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 26, 2014. Fourteen members of the Lincoln Project advisory group were joined by a panel that included Teresa Sullivan, President, University of Virginia; Michael Rao, President, Virginia Commonwealth University; Timothy Sands, President, Virginia Tech; Carol Folt, Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Peter Blake, Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; Gerald Baliles, Director, The White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, and former Governor of Virginia; and Ray Scheppach, Miller Center Senior Fellow for Economic Policy and Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Virginia. Additional meetings are being planned in Austin, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; New York, New York; Seattle, Washington; and Tucson, Arizona.

Follow-up regional meetings will focus on building consensus around recommended initiatives and policies.

there's an AAAS PDF on "Public Research Universities - Why They Matter"
-- posted in April 2015

The text runs about 10 pages, it reads as overview. The last four pages are just end notes and long lists of people attached to the project.

Their first regional meeting occurred in ...Oct 2014!
(If you view the photo from the meeting in the middle of the web page- it looks like a country club type meeting -not the most inclusive imaging or branding of who is literally 'around the table' to go w/ it, if you get the drift...)
The project was announced a long while back Jan 2013 official start date (shortly after when Birgeneau resigned and long before the search for Dirks completed- so a real looonnng while back) and all they've got in April 2015 is ten pages of re-hash and some round tables scheduled?!

Recall Roving UC President Emeritus Yudof on the student athlete grad rates - his comments around 'don't blame the UC President blame the UC chancellor at that campus' comment

51:20 timestamp here

--that seemed a direct statement about Birgeneau's legacy on that issue-- (Birgeneau's Director of Athletics got knocked pretty hard for the grad rates and stadium financing issues etc at the time- what about the Chancellor level? It seems fair for Yudof to raise it.)

Recall the ongoing saga resulting from the Vice Chancellor for Research - the list of characters surrounding it is stacked with Birgeneau era appointees
appointed during the Birgeneau years: Graham Fleming, a Professor of Chemistry, served as Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Berkeley from April 2009 to April 2015.
-- Interesting that he is still listed there in the role- though the resignation was to take effect by end of last April, right?

UC Berkeley's Chief of Research Exits As Sex Charges Fly (2015)

UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor For Research Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegations Arise

Cal Administrator Repeatedly Hiked Pay for Employee during Sexual Relationship

Vice Chancellor Who Announced Resignation Thursday Denies Allegations of Sexual Harassment

It has balkanized - all over the place:

Dirks highlighted the VCR work as 'fundraiser' when he commented on the resignation in a letter that was not released to the public but mentioned in: coverage

For a bit more history on the saga see from 2012:

Administrator Allegedly Helped Sexual Partner Get Raises


The lofty title of Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley historically not normally mentally paired up immediately with the title of 'fundraiser' first and foremost-- Most long time observers associated it w/ a level of clout, even greater than titles like 'Chancellor' or even 'UC President', historically venerated, held by esteemed cerebral types, and held in high regard-- sadly, the above ongoing news stories are coming at a great cost to many UC legacies...

Also... Recall the Title IX history also occurring during Birgeneau's term as UC Berkeley Chancellor --UC Berkeley falling under Title IX review/watch etc. by DOE during that term

So, with all the above, why does UCOP now have him heading up the LBNL Director screening taskforce?

Is the LLC (partner in The Labs) making those calls?

Other interests at work?

Can it ever be something Birgeneau speaks to - to give his perspective as it all still unwinds?

Can new appointments/recruitments at UC or The Labs ever be something conducted as fresh and new?

"The University of California is one such institution. It is our state’s third largest employer, with more than 200,000 “direct” employees. It also “indirectly” employs thousands of other workers"

on UC being third largest employer and setting a standard
Address Poverty By Raising Standards for UC Contractors
in a CA State Sen. Lara op ed at Sacramento Bee includes this:

The University of California is one such institution. It is our state’s third largest employer, with more than 200,000 “direct” employees. It also “indirectly” employs thousands of other workers through a growing army of private contractors: firms whose employees work at the same UC facilities and do the same jobs that career UC workers do. In fact, many even report to the same UC supervisors – performing tough, physical jobs like custodial services, food services, building maintenance and groundskeeping.

Here’s the problem: These workers are paid by outside firms, not UC. And because of that, they are paid as much as 53 percent less as career workers doing the same jobs, with few benefits, if any.

Ironically, these facts are consistent with past research from UC Berkeley
Leg. in CA moves - some bill advancing see list here

-SB574 by Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, to require the University of California to release performance information on two of its largest venture capital investments, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.

— SB15 by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, to increase college scholarship awards and encourage undergraduate degree completion in four years in the CSU system.

-AB967 and 968 by Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Carpinteria, requiring a minimum two-year suspension for college students punished for sexual assault and for their transcripts to reflect those punishments.


Time Magazine
on a New Frontier in Higher Ed --mentioning some of the CA legislation referenced above, includes this:

“I’m not OK with there being no accountability for rape in this society,” Williams said. ” I would like to address it society-wide, but on campuses, we have a tool that could work better. My hope is that survivors and the people who are charged with their safety will avail themselves of those dismissal procedures. For most victims its their only chance at justice.”

Opponents of the bill see risk in imposing mandatory minimum punishments, especially by disciplinary bodies that do not operate like the criminal justice system. “Those committing sexual assault within our college campuses should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by our judicial system, not at a campus disciplinary proceeding,” said Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, one of the four lawmakers who voted against the bill. “College administrators should not be conducting criminal trials for serious crimes and our state legislature should not mandate punishments at these quasi- judicial hearings.”

A spokesperson for the University of California said it doesn’t have a formal position on the legislation.


CSU and international travel...
CSU Chiefs Log Travel Time To Raise Money - Monterey Herald
includes this list:
-Michael J. Ortiz, then-President of Cal Poly Pomona, took his wife, Betty, on a May 2014 trip to Italy, which cost $7,132.34.

Esther Chou Tanaka, interim director of public affairs, said the trip, which was paid out of foundation funds, was both a “cultural learning experience” and a “stewardship” jaunt that included major donors.

The tour was led by an emeritus professor who also is a wine expert, Tanaka said.
-Tomas D. Morales, president of Cal State San Bernardino, in June 2014 travelled to Vietnam and Japan to “meet with foreign dignitaries from partnering universities” during an $11,000 trip.
-President Paul Zingg of Chico State University spent nearly $3,500 on a May 2014 trip to “the home of golf,” saying on travel forms the purpose was “vacation and cultivation of university friends, visiting and interviewing colleagues for a new book project.”
-Alexander Gonzalez, retiring president of Sacramento State, requested $10,779.23 in reimbursements for a November 2013 trip to China.

The trip was paid out of funds from Sacramento State’s auxiliary University Enterprises, Inc.

“The purpose of the trip to Hong Kong was to attend the funeral of a prominent Sacramento State graduate and donor, whose family had requested that the president speak at her funeral and serve as a pallbearer,” said Vince Salas, vice president for advancement, in an email. “The donor was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2007 and had been one of Sacramento State’s most loyal supporters and served for many years as our key contact in China.”

see the full article -it includes comments on
-fundraiser as the most important criteria for higher ed top brass
-and on finite and infinite dollars for higher ed
-also some faculty comment on their relationship (or lack of) to it

Some other stuff floating around ...

Some at Fossil Free UC noting(?): the $89 Million (?!) in Sacto lobbying referenced: here

and some UC ties (?) with the 'Make It Fair CA' on Prop 13: moves detailed here

UCLA Fac Blog- The Pension Initiative: Is the Money in Hand?

one of the key figures in those moves also comes up in: this latest closing chapter w/ the Pres of the UC Regents/ Gov.

Civility and Civility Codes in Higher Education

... important but very subtle and tricky issues. On the one hand, I think it is incumbent upon all of us in academe to do our best not to be jerks through the kind of gratuitous incivility that helps to stereotype academicians as entitled, socially challenged brats. On the other hand, our dialogue does not have to be devoid of human emotion and passion. Honest disagreements sometimes go through stages of incivility — harsh, even angry words exchanged — on the path toward healthier engagement.

and this other interesting read:
Disgruntled, Tenured, and Silent in The Academic Workplace

All too often, however, certain tenured faculty remain silent. They may deeply object to what is transpiring around them, out of principle and/or self-interest. They also may enjoy additional institutional privileges, sometimes by dint of accomplishments, other times because of connections, and on occasion due to demographic status. If they would only speak up, they could make a difference.

But rather than jeopardize their privileges, they have nothing to say.

There's 'a kind of hush' - it sounds like Carpenters music...

Friday, June 5, 2015

UC and that Middle Class Scholarship - talk of major changes

and other potential changes for UC's financial aid for non CA residents, see: Assets of middle-class scholarship recipients draw scrutiny
Long Beach Press Telegram with an AP article

The competing proposals will have to be worked out by a budget committee comprised of representatives from both houses. The committee also is debating the Senate's desire to offer financial incentives to low-income Cal State students who are on track to graduate in four years and is taking a critical look at the University of California's practice of awarding in-house financial aid to students from outside California.

UC President Janet Napolitano, who has agreed to freeze in-state tuition rates for two more years as part of a budget compromise with the governor, said in an interview she was willing to review the system's financial aid policy for non-residents.

If the middle-class scholarship for Californians is eliminated or overhauled, she said she hopes some of the savings will go toward enrollment growth at the nine UC undergraduate campuses.

"We all understand and appreciate the squeeze the middle class is in," Napolitano said. "However, after the first year of the scholarship ... obviously it was going in places it wasn't originally intended."

The scholarship program was approved two years ago as part of a budget compromise between Brown and Democratic lawmakers to benefit Cal State and University of California students with family incomes up to $150,000. At least 85,475 students, or 21 percent of applicants, have been awarded amounts averaging $584 for a CSU student and $1,206 for those attending UC.

But the April analysis by the California Student Aid Commission revealed that a number of families had incomes exceeding $150,000 a year. It said 278 had assets worth more than $2 million — even though the value of a homeowner's primary residence was not factored into the calculations.

The vast majority of scholarship recipients did not report having significant family resources beyond earnings, and 59 percent had household incomes below $100,000,

Still, the number with assets that could be deemed considerable even in pricey California has raised questions about whether the money could be better spent elsewhere.

(The Napolitano interview they reference is the KQED interview also available/listed in the previous post.)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Napolitano Comments On Her First Year As UC Pres., more

and so it begins
UC President Janet Napolitano Reflects on Achievements, Budget ...
interviewed by : KQED

[an update ps reflection on this- Krasny asked Napolitano about the 'crap' comment she made -- Napolitano characterized that protest as getting way out of hand because the students were undressing. Those who watched or read about the events could see the students were not disrobing down to nothing- they were taking 'the shirts off their backs' - one of the organizers of that protest used those exact words -'the shirts off our backs' -in televised interviews the day it happened. The SF Chronicle went back to the 1950's and used the term "brassieres" - as in the students stripped down to their brassieres --in their coverage...
Might there be a generation gap challenge in quality, complete higher ed coverage?

Original post continues here:
compare and contrast with: Brewer adjusting to post-gubernatorial life

(It isn't like Harvard's recent $400 million but) UCSF nabs $50 million anonymous gift for new Mission Bay health center
The gift includes a parcel of land on Third Street and funds to construct the new 140,000-square-foot center and a parking facility for it.

The center, scheduled to open in the spring of 2019, will also include a Child, Teen and Family Center, a "convening space" so UCSF can host national and international conferences on related topics, and a new home for the biomedical university's Department of Psychiatry, which includes 190 full-time faculty and other researchers and staffers.
- and UCSF work on a new General Hospital

at Daily Cal there's : Labor contract extended 5 months as negotiations begin between lecturer union, UC
Listen to the Regents' Committee on Investments: May 27, 2015 -with analysis

Council of UC Faculty Association Statement on UC Budget Deal

this at
Sac Bee Opinion: Why We Fund Public Colleges
How can we do right by the job training juggernaut that is the Cal State system? What will it take to un-stop the community college bottlenecks that thwart so many students? Who are lawmakers really punishing when they keep UC in-state enrollment de- ...