Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In it 'n of it

Huff Po on followup to the Rollingstone debacle regarding higher ed ongoing debacles:

but then ponder this in another article there


" Only sexual assault, abuse and battery -- and not other illegal behaviors --

would require students to notify"

US Senate happenings on it:
'Dept of Ed Shredded for Overreach...' watch the video segment on it here:

and also see at:

then, the detail in this news at UCLA involving students:


You can watch September UC Regents meetings, prceedings here:

btw there was a september 25 meeting on a recruitment,see:



Pell Grad Rates Revealed?:



here is a direct link to that petition to Dirks:


and here is the link on that need for culture change at Harvard:

so much coverage of that pill price increase story earlier

more in depth : those Steven Brill stories rolling out on J&J...

he talks about it here:

and the content is here:

wonder what UC RWJ Scholars think of it

Monday, September 28, 2015

Caveats roundup...

UC Must Follow Department of Labor Rule for Post Doc Staff


Chicano Latino Alumni Association Releases Petition to Highlight Underrepresentation in Campus Leadership


Nicholas Dirks Discusses College Rankings, Black Lives Matter, Title IX, more...


and here

Reclaiming the master plan for higher ed in CA

CA  Democrats Starve Public Education


The Atlantic on Model Minorities and Admissions, College Rankings, here:
The Model Minority at Top Universities
Caveats to This Year's College Rankings

The Greatest Threat To Campus Is Coming From DiFi and Her Military Contractor Husband by Glenn Greenwald

And Remaking the University

Napolitano quoted in...Harvard report calls for more investment in education, infrastructure ...

'Culture Change Needed at Harvard' also at Boston  Globe

See VIDEO on
Napoliano interviewed by pol pr  at She Shares event:


Monday, September 14, 2015

Online or Offline?

Cal Channel on online instruction:
UC Speaker Series: Online Learning in Higher Education with Cameron Sublett

Sublett is a doctoral candidate in Education Policy, Leadership and Research Methods in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on education policies surrounding student transitions from high school to community college to career. At UCSB Cameron conducts research for the California Dropout Research Project (CDRP) and serves as a Graduate Student Researcher on an NSFfunded study of applied STEM coursetaking in high school. Cameron is also an instructional faculty member at Santa Barbara City College where he is the course director for Argumentation and Debate

Daily Cal- this new venture with Haas: Haas School of Business, Saudi businessman launch free online education program

IHE: Looming Battle Over Perkins Loans


Final days for Perkins? - POLITICO
Obama administration unveils shifts in FAFSA | InsideHigherEd


Also Daily Cal: UC launches website for student-veteran services

Will Napolitano be in the audience for:
Jeh Johnson at UC Berkeley to give talk

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mass Appeal?

so to speak, 'something for everyone' links below:

UC appeals sexual misconduct decision
The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Sometimes there’s no hearings, sometimes there’s a hearing,” he said about how schools now operate. “I don’t think any college, and certainly not the University of California based on judge Pressman’s ruling, has gotten it right yet,” he said….

Pres of the UC Regents in...
Jerry Brown's suicide dilemma - POLITICO

coverage mentions: UC alum “Brittany Maynard, who had a fatal brain tumor. Maynard moved to Oregon to use that state’s law, ending her own life in November with medication prescribed by a doctor.

Jerry Brown, 'Are you Catholic?' | The Sacramento Bee

Has he signed that: equal pay bill yet btw? see SJ Merc.:
also note this section there:
The bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would let female employees challenge pay discrimination based on the wages that the company pays to other employees at different locations. They could also base challenges on wages the company pays to other employees who do substantially similar work.

and then compare it w/ this coverage on temp workers at UC at HuffPo :

While the number of people directly affected by the proposed law is small compared to those covered by recent minimum wage hikes in such large cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco, the symbolic value is significant. Will Brown side with UC and its president, Janet Napolitano, in opposing the bill, or will he align himself with those who believe that California’s preeminent public university must be held to a higher standard on one of the defining issues of our time?


UC claims it does not even know how many contractors it has across the state, let alone how many subcontracted workers these companies employ.


Dianne Klein, a spokesperson for the UC system, claims that most contract workers are short-term, and says it’s “untrue that contract workers have the same career trajectory as full-time employees.” When asked to define what UC considers short term, she replied: “the specifications of a contract.”

it is also covered in depth at;
A Fight Over Economic Inequality Is Brewing At The University Of California
UC is coming under fire for its use of thousands of low-paid contract workers.
Jerry Brown’s University of California Perma-Temp Problem
Capital & Main By Danny Feingold

Mother Jones:
The University of California Just Sold Off $200 Million in Fossil Fuel Investments
But it's still a small fraction of the university's overall investments in dirty energy.

University of California May Codify Right to Not Be Offended
Reason (blog)

more on that same topic: at Washington Post

and also at WaPo this:
UC-Riverside vs. US News: A university leader scoffs at the rankings

Do Businesspeople Make Good University Presidents?
The New Yorker

Napolitano shaped by firsts as female leader on national stage
KCRA Sacramento

UC Regents Investments Committee once again having issues with posting the meeting proceedings video and audio etc. - when does it get called a Sunshine matter? see UCLA Fac Blog with the detail: here "The Regents Draw a Blank"

and, finally:
A “member of the UC Investment Advisory Group for the last several years”, writes about it in:
Changing Universities
The Global Finance University: The Future of the End?
In perhaps one of the most surprising conversations I have ever heard at a UC investment meeting, Regent Makarechian started to drill the CIO about the relation between investing and human rights. I believe the regent even asked if we are investing in companies with good labor conditions. It was clear that the group was pretty uncomfortable with the discussion, but I see this moment as an opportunity.

Clearly, individual nations cannot deal with global climate change, tax evasion, international labor standards, migration, or terrorism on their own. Moreover, our democratic institutions are being transcended by multinational corporations, global elites, undemocratic central banks, and the World Trade Organization. Is it possible that our only hope is a shareholders revolution where huge pension and sovereign wealth funds transform amoral capitalism into socially responsible investing?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

rainbow roundup in advance of next week's UC Regents meeting

IHE: Faculty Posts for Nonacademic Presidents

Harreld, whose selection was opposed by faculty leaders and many other academics, said he would not seek the position as tenured professor that the Iowa Board of Regents offered as a possibility.

In December, the president of the University of California system, Janet Napolitano, was appointed a tenured faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy -- a job for which she will not be paid while serving as president. Prior to taking her current position, Napolitano served as U.S. secretary of homeland security and governor of Arizona. The university took care in announcing the tenured appointment that it had gone through a faculty review. The university also noted Napolitano's work on education issues while she was governor and homeland security secretary.
But such appointments can annoy faculty members.

SCOTUSblog Symposium: Fisher II – Could a surprise be in store?
The blog is delighted to host an online symposium on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the challenge to the university’s use of affirmative action in its undergraduate admissions process. Lyle Denniston discussed the issues in the case and the Court’s decision to grant review a second time in an earlier post for

Then WaPo here:
Is a Supreme Court surprise coming on affirmative action in college ...

Daily Cal with:
Campus announces initiative to improve campus climate for black students

“The eventual hope is that the state will be properly represented in a broader sense,” Basri said. “This is a public university that should be serving all the people of the state.”

The Latest On 2011 Occupy Cal Aftermath: here at DailyCal, too

Why UC regents' next meeting is likely to upset some Jewish groups
Los Angeles Times‎
a Daily Cal Op Ed Hypocrisy of UC Berkeley liberalism is unacceptable

Apparently, free thought and academic curiosity were off limits from the get-go. “I don’t want people who are going to disagree with me all semester,” the professor declared in no uncertain terms.

Lessons that stand test of time
-from Sacramento Bee (blog)
What would you tell a student to explore, knowing what you know now? What in your education has withstood the test of time?

Brown said he still remembers the parting words of the great critic Mark Schorer, more than a half-century after the governor studied Yeats, Joyce, T.S. Eliot and “some of the darker aspects of modernity” in Schorer’s literature course at UC Berkeley.
“This class ends on a downbeat,” the professor told the group, taking a long drag from a cigarette and slowly exhaling. “But that’s just the way it is.”


UCSD Neurosurgeon Accused of Using Marijuana on Job | NBC 7 San Diego

the Pres of the UC Regents--Gov. Jerry Brown brokering late deal on medical marijuana ...


Always on my mind

Friday, September 4, 2015

UC Regents Sept 9th and 15-17 Meetings, agenda items etc. UPDATED

should be posted for listed September 9th and 15th-17th Regents Meeting - UCSF Mission Bay you can view agenda items, background docs and listen live to it or watch video archive via this link -all times are PST.

Listed: here as September 9, 2015 Committee on Investments
BUT: listed: here as September 16th in the documents with location as Irvine campus

-see: UCLA Faculty Blog for some coverage on that UC Regents Committee meeting: here

and there's Bloomberg on UC Endowment Returns 7.2% in 2015 : and "Total assets for the Regents, which also includes pension and total-return funds, was at $98.2 billion as of June 30."

Tuesday, September 15

3:00 pm Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session - includes public comment session)

Public Comment Period
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 21, 2015

GB 1 Action Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Precision Cancer Medicine
Building at Mission Bay, San Francisco Campus

GB 2 Action Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Mission Bay East Campus
Phase 1 (Block 33) Building, San Francisco Campus

GB 3 Discussion
Overview of Capital Strategy, Riverside Campus

GB 4 Action
Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Multidisciplinary Research
Building 1, Riverside Campus

GB5 Action
Approval of the Budget and Approval of External Financing, North
Addition Office Building, UC Davis Health System, Sacramento,
Davis Campus

GB6 Action
Approval of Design Following Action Pursuant to California
Environmental Quality Act, Graduate and Professional Student
Housing East Campus, San Diego Campus

GB7 Discussion
Report on Implementation of the 2005
-2020 Long Range Development Plan, Santa Cruz Campus

Wednesday, September 16

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session)

Public Comment Period

(20 minutes)
Remarks of the Chairman of the Board
Remarks of the President of the University
Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate

9:30 am Joint Meeting: Committees on Grounds and Buildings and Finance (open session)

Open Session Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 21, 2015
J1 Discussion Update on the 2020 Project, Merced Campus

10:30 am Joint Meeting: Committees on Governance and Health Services (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee on Health
Services of July 22, 2015

J2 Discussion UC Health Governance: Discussion of Proposed Amendments of
Bylaw 12.7
: Committee On Health Services and Standing Order
100.4: Duties of the President of the University
and Proposed New Regents Policy: Committee on Health Service

11:30 am Committee on Investments (open session)
Agenda Open Session
1 Discussion Update on Fiscal Year 2014-15 Investment Highlights

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 23
, 2015
O1 Discussion
Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories
and Presentation on the State of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

O2 Action
Approval of a Substantive Modification to the Los Alamos National
Security, LLC Operating Agreement and a Performance Guarantee to
Enable the Transition of Certain Legacy Environmental Work at Los
Alamos National Laboratory from the Current Prime Contract to a New
Prime Contract with the Department of Energy

1:45 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of
July 22, 2015

C1(X)Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters

2:00 pm Committee on Compensation (Regents only session)
Agenda –Closed Session–Regents Only

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 22, 2015

C2 Discussion
Incentive Compensation Using Non-State Funds for Fiscal Year
2014-15 for Associate Chief Investment Officer, Office of
the President

C3 Discussion
Incentive Compensation Using Non
State Funds for Fiscal Year 2014-15 Former Associate Chief Investment
Officer, Office of the President

Discussion Incentive Compensation Using Non
-State Funds for Fiscal Year
2014-15 for Chief Investment Officer and Vice President
–Investments, Office of the President

Discussion -Incentive Compensation Using Non-State Funds for Fiscal Year
2014-15 Executive Vice President –UC Health, Office of the President

2:45 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session)
Agenda -Closed Session –Regents Only
Action Approval the Minutes of the Meeting of July 22, 2015

Approval of Purchase of Property in Santa Clara and External
Financing for the Purchase, Santa Cruz Campus

Action Approval to Purchase Land in San Francisco, External
Financing for the Purchase, and Delegation of Authority to
Enter into and Externally Finance Purchase
Related Obligations, San Francisco Campus
F3 Action
Recommendations for Board Action

Department of Industrial Relations, Public Works Case
No. 2010-0242.Parkv. Regents
, et al.

Proposed Settlement
–Medical MalpracticeIrvine Rogin v. Regents
, et al.

Proposed Settlement –Medical
Malpractice –Irvine

Siegel v. The Regents
–Proposed Settlement
–Personal Injury
–San Francisco

Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates

–Complaint Filed
of Medical Information Act
–UCLA Medical Center

2.ANDREWS, et al. v.
–Tentative Settlement
Reached –Employment
–Office of the President

Judgment for University Affirmed
Injunction Challenging Transport and Display of
Pregnant Sows at State Fair

4.BROOME, et al. v. REGENTS
–Case Management Update
–Breach of Contract, Promissory and Equitable
Estoppel, and Breach of Fiduciary Duty
–Office of the President

–Federal Case Dismissed
–Santa Barbara

–Lawsuit Filed
–Personal Injury
–Santa Barbara

–Lawsuit Filed
–Personal Injury
–Santa Barbara

–Writ Granted
–Student Discipline
–San Diego

–Trial Update
–Disposition of Frozen
–San Francisco

– Potential University Amicus Brief before the U.S. Supreme Court
–Affirmative Action
–Office of the President

11. JACOBS, et a
et al.
–Notice of Hearing Date
–Petition for Writ of
Mandate and for Declaratory Relief

–Complaint Filed
–Sexual Harassment

–Summary Judgment
Denied, Trial to Be Held
–Confidentiality of Medical
Information Act
–UCLA Medical Center

– Alternative Writ Issued
– Confidentiality of Medical Information Act
– San Francisco Medical Center

15.REGENTS v. AISEN, et al.
–Preliminary Injunction
–Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Interference with
–San Diego

–Trial Commenced
–Professional Negligence and Breach of Contract
–Office of
the President

– Trial
Indigent Medical Care
Medical Center

REQUA, et al. v. REGENTS

Bifurcated Trial
Breach of Implied Contract for Retiree Health

Office of the President

–Case Dismissed
–Public Records Act
–Los Angeles

WHITE, et al. v. REGENTS, et al.

Plaintiffs’ Petition for
Rehearing Denied

Claims Related to Transfer of Remains
to Native American Tribe

San Diego


Anti-SLAPP Motion Granted
–Slander of Title and Defamation
–San Francisco

General Counsel’s Update on Pending or Threatened

Settlements and Separation Agreements under Delegated Authority
Reported from June 8, 2015
to August 3, 2015

3:30 pm Committee on Compliance and Audit (Regents only session)
Agenda –Closed Session –Regents Only

Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March
17, 2015

Compliance and Audit Personnel Matters

Pending Litigation

Cyber Security Update

4:30 pm Board (Regents only session)
Agenda –Closed Session–Regents Only

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of
July 22, 2015

Reports of Committees:

FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance Officers’ and President’s

Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions

Personnel Matters

Thursday, September 17

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session)

8:50 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 23, 2015

E1 Action Appointment of Norman Abrams and Edward A. Landry as
Members, Board of Trustees, Jules Stein Institute, Los Angeles

E2 Action Endorsement of Centennial Campaign, Los Angeles Campus

E3 Discussion Update on Task Force
on Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault

E4 Discussion Regents of the University
of California’s Statement of Principles
Against Intolerance

10:00 am Committee on Finance (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of
July 22, 2015

F6 Discussion
Preliminary Discussion of the 2016-17 Budget

Amendment of Regents Policy 5601: Policy on University of
California Retirement Plan Funding

Action University of California Retirement Plan
–Experience Study:
Proposal to Adopt Changes in Actuarial Assumptions

Action University of
California Retirement Plan

Proposal to Modify the Employer Contribution Rate for the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory Segment

Authority to Indemnify the State of California, Department of
Transportation for Encroachment Permit Related to Research
Conducted Near the Caldecott Tunnel, Davis Campus

10:30 am Committee on Compensation (open session)
Agenda –Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of
July 23, 2015

Action Approval of
Incentive Compensation Using Non
-State Funds for
Fiscal Year 2014-15 for Associate Chief Investment Officer
, Office of the President
as Discussed in Regents
Only Session

Approval of Incentive Compensation Using Non
-State Funds for
Fiscal Year 2014-15 for Former Associate Chief Investment
Officer, Office
of the President
as Discussed in
Regents Only Session

Approval of Incentive
Compensation Using Non
-State Funds for
Fiscal Year 2014-15 for Chief Investment Officer
and Vice President –Investments,
Office of the President
as Discussed in
Regents Only Session

Approval of
Incentive Compensation Using Non
-State Funds for Fiscal Year 2014-15 for Executive Vice President
–UC Health, Office of the President as Discussed in Regents Only Session

11:15 am Committee on Governance (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of
the Meeting of July 23, 2015
G1 Action
Dates of Regents Meetings for 2017

11:30 am Board (open session)
Agenda –Open Session
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the
Meeting of July 23and the Meetings
of the Committee of the
Whole of July 21, 22, and 23, 2015
Report of the President
Reports of Committees:

C Report:Action Committee on Compensation

E Report: Action Committee on
Educational Policy

F Report: Action Committee on Finance

G Report: Action Committee on Governance

GB Report: Action
Committee on Grounds and Buildings

O Report: Action
Committee on
Oversight of the DOE Laboratories

Officers’ and President’s Reports:

Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions

Report of Communications Received

Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Higher Ed Myths and Switcheroos at UC- and everywhere else

First see on SAT scores and more:
Myths about College Degrees and the Job Economy Changing Universities

SAT Scores Slip Slightly; More Students Take Test
New York Times


State partners with UC to fight back against cyberattacks
Daily Californian-

that's an optimistic headline, but more like:
“The university is currently reviewing its role as outlined in Brown’s order and is considering candidates to represent the university at the integration center”

Daily Cal with
Planned fence around chancellor’s residence moved closer to property

Title IX Blog with coverage of:
"Professor's Title IX Claim Against Northwestern Dismissed"
In it :
First, the court determined that Ludlow was actually challenging an adverse employment action, and, as such, his Title IX claim was preempted by Title VII, the federal employment discrimination statute. The issue of Title VII preemption is not handled consistently by the courts, but there is precedent in the Seventh Circuit -- binding on the federal courts in Illinois -- that withholds Title IX remedies in cases where employees allege sex discrimination by their employer, reasoning that Congress intended the mechanisms of Title VII enforcement (which include first seeking relief from the EEOC) to apply instead.

-- Is that a Title IX 'bait' and then with a Title VII 'switch'?
Latest on Cooper Union latest developments links: at
also there a link to:
• "Protesters Call NYU “Cutting Edge Of Everything That’s Wrong” In Higher Ed(Buzzfeed 9/1/15)"


State Senate panel approves three for UC regents board
Los Angeles Times

The Senate Rules Committee voted 4 to 0 for the appointments of former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez; Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who is superintendent and president of Long Beach City College; and Gareth Elliott, Gov. Jerry Brown’s former legislative affairs secretary who is now working as a lobbyist. They were nominated by the governor.

Video for it begins at the 46:00 mark for this direct link: http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=3184

- or see below:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

There's a fix for that, right?

Daily Cal: Sam Davis, campus professor emeritus of architecture, appointed as retirement liasion

Through his new position, Davis will provide “assistance in negotiating pre- and post-retirement arrangements” for faculty, according to an email sent to campus administrators Aug. 17.

Additionally, he will assist with negotiating the campus Pathway to Retirement option, an agreement that allows retirees access to certain provisions after retirement, which could include the use of campus offices and research space.

abc local UC Berkeley student diagnosed with measles

UC as part of the problematic state agency group-- and/also/or as part of the solution(?) in:

NBC Bay Area Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Creates Online Security Center to Prevent Cyber Attacks

Sacto Biz Jrnl Governor signs order to strengthen cyber security

LA Daily News UCLA Health notifying 1,242 patients about stolen laptop containing personal health info

DC still don’t know what happened with the other one mentioned: in this story


WaPo stirrings on the next Sept UC Regents meeting potential agenda item: Volokh on: The University of California, ‘microaggressions,’ and supposedly anti-Semitic criticism of Israel


Ms.: Nation's "Strongest Equal Pay Law" Set to Pass in California
There is a national law that protects women from pay discrimination the 1963 Equal Pay Act but according to Jackson, the Fair Pay Act would go much further. The California bill not only protects women from retaliation, but it also allows employees to challenge pay disparities between workers doing the same job at different branches of the same company (for example, two grocery store clerks working for the same parent company at different locations) and those doing comparable work. In addition, the bill requires employers to prove that pay disparities are based on qualifications and not on gender.

Said Jackson, "It is time that we fix the wage gap that women face at work and lead the nation in showing how it can be done."

more on it here, SB Independent:
Jackson’s Bill To Close the Wage Gap Women Face at Work Heads to the Governor

No, :Didn’t forget

It can feel sometimes like this vid., though

The summer started w/ : it
coulddha been ‘Rainbow Connection’ rather than 'Rainbow’

If you can, you should: catch September still…