Sunday, June 7, 2015

"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...

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