Friday, October 30, 2015

Dirks On Alternative Funding For Higher Ed, more...A Global Degree From A Global U. In Every Global Pot?

Dirks abroad :

Nicholas Dirks: public universities need not choose between access and excellence

I believe we can avoid this existential choice. Instead it is vital for us to develop new funding mechanisms that will entail [our creating] innovative partnerships between public universities and the private sector,” he said.


“What truly and consistently distinguishes the great publics from the great privates has to do with the make-up of the student body and more specifically the commitment and ability of public universities to provide an excellent education to the broadest possible [section] of the public.”

on that  see both this:

University of California Admissions Policies Are Working...for Some

and this:

University of Texas at Austin

University of Washington

University of Michigan

University of California at Los Angeles

University of California at Berkeley

Indiana University system

Ohio State University

Texas A&M University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Minnesota system

- but also compare with privates listed there...


And on we go with more from Dirks in a column at Daily Cal

Our student-athletes can excel on two fronts Chancellor's Corner

When Academic Progress Rate figures — NCAA measures that track student-athletes’ progress toward graduation — are released in the spring, we anticipate that our football and basketball teams, which in 2013 were the subject of scrutiny over poor grades and low graduation rates, will notch their best scores in six years. Our football team’s new recruits are already surpassing intentionally strict academic admissions requirements put in place last year by our Academic Senate. This past year, the collective GPA of our men’s basketball team showed the greatest improvement among all Cal sports teams. And it is gratifying to see that today, we have more football players returning to campus to finish their degrees (often after several years in the NFL) than we’ve had in the last decade.

The VC for Admin (formerly of World Bank) comes up with another name for BNP Paribas?

First see the process for how they did or didn't loop in students at Daily Cal:
Bank of the West named exclusive banking provider for UC Berkeley in long-term contract


The PR here:

And here:

Bank of the West Named Official Bank of the University of California ...

Forbes with more: here



On K- 12

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Five Seconds Of Non-Instruction Summer?, Tuition Hikes? , and maybe other new trends


Three-year degree pathways to combat looming tuition increase

The vice provost of undergraduate education formalized three-year plans for about 30 majors in an attempt to prompt students to graduate early, following a push from Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce the cost of higher education for University of California students.

Vice Provost Patricia Turner is working with Gov. Brown to create three-year schedules for the 15 most popular majors at UCLA, including chemical engineering, psychobiology and history, among others, by June 2017. Last spring, Turner began to compile a list of about 30 accelerated programs.

The May deal between Gov. Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano mandated the creation of three-year academic tracks for the 15 most popular majors at each UC campus in exchange for keeping UC resident tuition rates stable for the next two years.


Turner said she and other members of her office are working to create more three-year plans for different majors throughout campus departments.


Major changes, including higher tuition, may be on the way for Cal State system

includes more success fees to students, change in state laws on investments, and year round instruction calendar possibilities

Other proposals could be controversial, such as allowing individual campuses to set out-of-state tuition, which could open a "Pandora's box" of eventually allowing them to set different tuition for California residents, said Hans Johnson, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

The suggestion that Cal State needs a new financial model raises questions about the relevance of the state's much-vaunted Master Plan for Higher Education, created in 1960 as a blueprint for tuition-free access for Californians to every major segment of higher education, Johnson said.

also see Daily Cal on it:

UC On Yellin at the Sept Investments Comm. Meeting

Since it's a hot topic today...

Starts at the 20:00 mark  

and then someone who claimed to be her former boss chimes in to characterize her and her moves etc. at the 25:00 mark in the AUDIO CLIP here

- part of the characterization includes Cal...


Bernanke on her toward the end of his interview with Charlie Rose

And there are his comments on Lehman, for those who want a flashback:

Open access research, open source voting - and 'creating' more difficult than ...

Groundbreaking University of California policy extends free access to all scholarly articles written by UC employees


Humanities What's The Big Idea

Humanities and liberal arts semantics and 'positioning' games?

Politico CA Playbook includes a bunch of UC Regents associations...

Gets into open source voting, the (lucrative?) pharma clinical trials industry in CA,  and

see if you can catch all the UC connections,  relationship chart links in it


The Oakland mayor (a new one, not the UC alum one who endured being called Quanland) comes up in it, and occasionally in some stories on UC -- but what is being done on  higher ed (not just higher ed UCOP headquarters networking..but the places with actual instruction, classes going on) in Oakland?
e.g. Mills, see:

...State of UCB and Mills relationship these days?
the Guv's view on climate change and UC highlights destruction accomplishments:

and then see UC view on the Gov and the Bay Bridge
 highlights how creation accomplishments are harder to fulfill:
Remaking the Bridge,’ 25 years and $6.5 billion...

Replacing the eastern span of the Bay Bridge — a vital link between the East Bay and San Francisco — was originally projected to cost $250 million. By the time the span was completed, the project came in at $6.5 billion.

Monday, October 26, 2015

UCSF Announcing A Strategy-- In Advance of the UC Regents November Meeting To 'Develop A Strategy'...

First, recall the many, many questions UC Regents had on that July UC Regents commissioned RAND Report on UC Health System, see:


De LA PENA comments at the 2:26:00 mark

Listen to the Regents Morning Meeting of Sept. 16, 2015

"A session of the Committees on Governance and UC Health discussed the proposal – from past Regents meetings – for more autonomy and delegation of authority for the various campus health enterprises. Several regents expressed concerns about such delegation, particularly grants of authority to non-regents. It appears that this issue is headed for some decision at the November meetings."

So, today's UCOP Press release
Includes in part:
UCSF Health System to expand care throughout Bay Area and beyond
Several independent, separately managed institutions are important partners with UCSF Health, including San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Medical Center, as well as the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. Over time, UCSF Health may broaden to include these or other clinical entities.

In the coming year, UCSF will continue the growth and development of UCSF Health through further partnerships and affiliations throughout the Bay Area, creating the foundation for an accountable care network poised to begin enrolling patients in 2017.

UC Health, the University of California’s five academic medical centers, is moving toward this health car model as well, according to Jack Stobo, M.D., vice president of UC Health at the UC Office of the President.
And the claims of:

The formation of UCSF Health is the result of an extensive two-year strategic planning process led by a 22-member steering committee. More than 400 faculty and staff participated in four work groups, two leadership planning sessions and more than 80 internal and external interviews.

This add'l piece out today:

Gov. Jerry Brown joined local leaders Monday to break ground for an outpatient center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

The six-story, 89,000-square-foot building will be the first step in a 10-year expansion to rebuild and upgrade the health center to meet state seismic standards.

"This is the confluence of so many different minds, investment streams, imaginations; that's what it takes," Brown said.

-Does that comment from the Pres. Of the UC Regents include discussion and votes at UC Regents meetings  before launch of new UC initiatives, structuring, strategies?
a piece on Campus Equity

Inequality for All in America’s Higher Education System
By Jim Miller with Ian Duckles
During the question and answer session following his presentation, a well-heeled older gentleman prefaced his question about why the “lower 50 percent” don’t just vote out the bad policies with, “this audience, we’re all the top 10%,” which drew a few laughs from people, many of whom were likely debt-ridden students, teaching assistants, campus workers, and lecturers whose income doesn’t come close to landing them in that realm. That there may have been a ragtag group of professors and students from lowly City College in attendance was not even in the speaker’s imagination.

I couldn’t help but think how UCSD is a perfect microcosm of the macroeconomic inequality that Piketty was talking about and that the class-blind commenter was a perfect manifestation of the very elite ideology that serves to enforce our deep level of inequality. But of course, it’s not just at UCSD where this is an issue but across the entire landscape of American higher education, where what used to be one of the most solid middle-class professions in the country is in the process of being hollowed out, bit by bit.

In addition, the overreliance on adjuncts actually weakens academic freedom for all faculty as a largely contingent labor force dependent on their next class to pay the rent is less likely to do anything to rock the boat, no less take a principled stand on a controversial pedagogical, political, or administrative issue. While those outside the world of education have frequently maligned “academic freedom,” a democratic society loses this space of free discourse not dependent on coercive economic forces or popular opinion at its peril.

So, I have painted a fairly dire picture here, but what can we do? In addition to raising awareness about these issues, we are also engaged in a lobbying campaign to encourage the Governor and the legislature to earmark more money for adjunct issues.

this AP coverage on that pseudo UC Regent meeting proceedings today
Will it be archived as part of the UC Regents meetings archive?

"In all but the most extreme circumstances, they're going to find that the First Amendment is an obstacle that they cannot surmount and shouldn't," he said.
So, the above is a reminder of the second half of this post from July:
"What I mean is that we can't have academic freedom without organizational democracy. "

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Are You Ready For, Um....

well... football. See UCOP's

The diagnosis that rocked football

Sony Trailer:


UC Signs Japan Stewardship Code

Bachher said the University of California believes the Japan Stewardship Code, which has a total of nearly 200 signatories, will lead to better shareholder returns over the long run by promoting better financial stewardship, corporate governance, and investment and dialogue. UC decided to sign the code following a visit to Japan by top investment professionals from its Office of the Chief Investment Officer.

“We feel confident that the Japan Stewardship Code will lead to long-term sustainable corporate growth,” said Scott Chan, who heads UC’s public equities team and led the delegation to Japan. “Our support for the code sends a message to Japanese corporations and investment managers about the importance we place on constructive engagement.”
More new global, global, global initiatives at Cal...


The aftermath op eds begin, continue:

Mercury News Editorial: Sexual Harassment Scandal at UC Berkeley Shows A Broken System

The "preponderance of evidence" is that this system protects faculty members and tells victims to just shut up. UC system leaders should be ashamed of themselves, even if the Geoff Marcys on their staffs are not.

Oakland Tribune at CoCo Times has another version:

If you missed it there was:
UC’s failure on sexual harassment

And earlier this section of note:

Astronomer resigns from UC Berkeley amid sex harassment scandal

The news of Marcy’s resignation did not calm all critics.

“It’s almost even worse,” said Michael O’Hare, a professor at the campus’ Goldman School of Public Policy, who pointed out that Marcy’s behavior with students had been going on at least since 2001 and was widely known. “People talked about it at astronomy meetings. A colleague, dean or department chair should have said (to Marcy) 10 years ago, ‘Look, this has to stop, or next time I’ll take you off teaching for a year and you’ll have to explain why.’

It is not a perk of this job to paw your students,” O’Hare said. If someone had intervened early on, “he wouldn’t have had to resign.”

Friday, October 23, 2015

Can Faculty Governance Save The Day? Did it ever?

(The $10 million dollar UCLA whistleblower case ,among others, comes up in this 2015 Spring talk at UC Davis):

“Keeping Track of One’s Moral Compass Despite Pressures to Lose It: How a Public University Can Maintain Its Integrity”
Dr. Haavi Morreim, Professor of Human Values and Ethics, University of Tennessee

Alt. links for it and background docs:

Folks pointing to:
What Is the Future for Public Universities Like the University of Kansas?

UD on it in  -this way:
"Whormitory Days"

Kansas University chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, chief academic officer at Chapel Hill during years of the now-notorious Nyang’oro scandal, worries in particular about the future of public universities in America.

As well she should, given the way she did absolutely nothing throughout her UNC tenure about immense academic fraud at that school… But she takes no responsibility for all of that; she’s worried that public universities are going to die because of declining state support.


on BriWi -- in the way his peers can't or won't

-is it enough just to change the channel when he jumps on?)


From almost a year ago, but it gets into Salaita, UCLA Head, and UK cases


"What was faculty governance? How can it be rebuilt?" with Prof. Christopher Newfield from UTFA on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Napolitano talks about plan to expand enrollment for UC

LA Times:
UC plans to expand enrollment of California undergrads next year


On the Side of the Powerful: The Impact Agenda and Sociology in Public

statement of the UNC Faculty Assembly on the UNC President Search Process

____ UCLA must address violence against women in light of student’s death

And: this also in the headlines right next to the above

This next should seem 'doable'...right?
University of California psychological counseling centers served 33,164 patients in the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Of those patients, 6,228 were at UCLA.
About 5 percent of all UC students were seen for either crisis, urgent or triage same-day appointments between July 1, 2014 and Feb. 28, 2015.
In 2014, 23 percent more students used UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services than in the year before.
It would cost the UC $17,441,474 annually to support the University’s needed number of mental health professionals, almost a million dollars over the counseling centers’ revenue.
Twenty-five percent of students who use psychological counseling centers across the UC are already prescribed psychotropic methods at the time of their access.
Compiled by Catherine Liberty Feliciano, Bruin senior staff.

In UC admissions , it becomes complicated...

The term 'Asian' may be overly broad but California is stuck with it

And grants from DC:

O' the vanities...

Opposition to Secret Presidential Searches Spreads
In 2015-16 the California State University (CSU) system will undertake searches for new presidents at the San Jose, Sonoma State, Channel Islands and Chico campuses. Academic Senates on all four campuses have passed resolutions calling for open searches. In what one colleague called a “groundswell,” a total of twenty-one [out of 23] CSU campus academic senates have passed, are considering or are beginning the process of considering, similar statements.

CSU policy used to mandate campus visits by finalists in presidential searches. However, in 2011...

Cal State Fullerton professor dumps boss's textbook, faces discipline

and at Cal, well follow the links in this piece and decipher for yourself:


Governor Jerry Brown signs bill to help homeless college students in California

Because of the autonomy of the UC Regents, the University of California cannot be forced to support homeless students,” Alavi said. “I hope not only that the UC [system] chooses to do so regardless of whether or not it’s a mandate, but I also hope that this starts a larger conversation about why the UC Regents, who are not elected or held accountable to students, are exempt from having to implement legislation that aims to support students.”


Brown’s veto of SB 42 stalls state’s progress

There is a talk today on hospitals and higher ed:

“Universities, Hospitals and the Social Mission

Julie A Freischlag Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of UC Davis School of Medicine
Glenn Richard Olds, Founding Dean of UC Riverside School of Medicine and President of St. George’s University
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Lecture: 3 to 4:30 p.m., 

Check out the Vanity Fair piece referenced in link below

Note in the VF article how Bay Area press are dissed and how campus press is viewed as less courageous than the Crimson

Also note
- how the 'assistant' to the two faculty members is viewed as the easy solution go- between in the matter when things get ugly --what a job...

-how the piece describes the individual contributors non community of GSB at Stanford

The piece does not mention Hennessey directly -what is he leaving as legacy there?

Partly it’s because the G.S.B. is an astonishingly atomized, antisocial place, more a loose confederation of independent contractors than a community. As long as he or she funds their projects and leaves them alone, the dean is quite immaterial to them.

Partly it’s because the students, their futures guaranteed simply by having gotten into the place, aren’t engaged enough even to gossip. Their seeming insouciance may account for the intermittent scandals, such as the Stanford business student charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony drunk driving after crashing into a taxi and killing a passenger not long ago, or regular weekend bacchanals in Las Vegas. Partly it’s the press: there’s not much left of it in the Bay Area, and The Stanford Daily has proved supine: “Not quite the [Harvard] Crimson, which would have printed this story gleefully years ago,” a former business-school student, one of the few to learn about and follow the Phills case, complained on her blog. Partly it’s the reluctance to challenge conventional wisdom: since everyone connected to so hot a place looks good, no one wants to take it down. And partly it’s fear. Everyone wants to work at Stanford, or to keep working there, or to send a child there, or to find a job in a place run by its ubiquitous alums, ...

Out at SF State, too

Sunday, October 18, 2015

An Op Ex Workin'Smarter Review and more

Here at L A Times:
Is UC spending too little on teaching, too much on administration?

According to the subcommittee report, the president's office cut its staff from 1,900 in October 2007 to 1,684 in October 2014. But the number of employees in the two highest-paid groups there grew by about 27%, from 573 to 725, during that time. The office budget in 2014 rose to $625 million, up from $587 million three years earlier.

Along with many other nuggets like it...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

'Talk about this', 'Don't Talk About That'

In it, in-depth

The Anti-Free-Speech Movement at UCLA

Also at The Atlantic they take up U. Wisconsin, more in:

The Allure of the Out-of-State Student

And ends with a pretty damning conclusion on the state of the public mission.

Some are displeased about the CA Gov. veto on ethnic studies related leg.:


On the Napolitano piece on scientists joining public square etc...

leads to this comment there:

So you want the scientists who are already working 80 hours a week to keep up with research to take some their copious free time and make cartoons for the general public to understand? And do this for free, too. 
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a great asset as a public educator, but he's not an active research scientist either. He has not been lead author on a papter since 1993 and his most recent contribution to any research paper was 2008. You can do one or the other, but not both.

- feeling like btdt? it's the Kristoff article convo all over again


Is there the sense that the chancellor is an absentee chancellor and the sentiment might extend to UC Prez?

“Chancellor Dirks can go missing for a day, a week, a year and this university will still function,” said Libertad Ayala, lead organizer of AFSCME Local 3299, in her speech. “Any of us go missing and this university doesn’t function.”

some good news, see:

USAC, GSA support proposal for UC Regents student adviser positionposition

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Marcy Resigning

One more update:
Daily Cal:

Astro Undergraduate Statement

"we as students do not feel supported or protected by the current administration"

Marcy is leaving behind a storied career and public persona, not to mention nearly $900,000 in federal grants, $100 million in a private research effort to find “civilizations beyond Earth,” and two graduate students.

- hope those students are getting support in this...

More update:

UC Berkeley's statement on pending resignation of astronomer Geoff Marcy

Here is the statement released Wednesday afternoon from Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele:

This morning Professor Geoff Marcy resigned from the Berkeley faculty. We believe this outcome is entirely appropriate and have immediately accepted his resignation.

UC Berkeley's reaction to the finding that Professor Geoff Marcy violated the University's sexual harassment policies has been the subject of understandable criticism and anger.

Before describing the disciplinary options that were available to us, we want to state unequivocally that Professor Marcy's conduct, as determined by the investigation, was contemptible and inexcusable. We also want to express our sympathy to the women who were victimized, and we deeply regret the pain they have suffered.

It is important to understand that as Berkeley's leadership considered disciplinary options, we did not have the authority, as per University of California policy, to unilaterally impose any disciplinary sanctions, including termination. Discipline of a faculty member is a lengthy and uncertain process. It would include a full hearing where the standards of evidence that would be used are higher than those that are applied by the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) in the course of its investigations. The process would also be subject to a three-year statute of limitations.

Our objective was to protect our students by immediately preventing any re-occurrence of the behavior described in the investigative report. We thus chose to establish, in writing, a strict set of behavioral standards that went beyond what is specifically proscribed by the University's rules and regulations. In addition, the agreement authorized the administration to by-pass the lengthy, uncertain disciplinary process by stripping the professor of a faculty member's usual due process rights.

We recognize and share the frustration that many have expressed, and we are committed to work with the Office of the President and the Academic Senate to reform the University's disciplinary processes, criteria and standards so that in the future we have different and better options for discipline of faculty.

We also want our campus community to know that we fully support new efforts now underway in a number of departments and colleges to address cultural issues and standards related to sexual harassment. We must do everything in our power to create the conditions necessary for quick and confidential reporting of suspected violations of our rules and standards of conduct.


In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the university defended its decision not to fire Marcy, citing University of California policy.
“UC Berkeley’s reaction to the finding that Professor Geoff Marcy violated the University’s sexual harassment policies has been the subject of understandable criticism and anger,” Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele, said in the statement.
“We want to state unequivocally that Professor Marcy’s conduct, as determined by the investigation, was contemptible and inexcusable.”
Marcy has also resigned as principal investigator of the $100 million Breakthrough Listen project,
Daily Cal:
Campus astronomer Geoffrey Marcy to resign amid sexual harassment allegations


How Astronomers Sought to Intervene With Geoff Marcy — and What’s at Stake for Women in the Field
But when she met Mr. Marcy in his office one day 11 years ago, she says, he gave her a mixed message. While he said the young female students had misinterpreted his behavior, which he said he did not intend as sexual, he also said he would take the complaints to heart.

"He said he was going to change," recalls Ms. Murray-Clay. "He said this was not going to happen again."

And then, she says, it did. Over and over again.

Ms. Murray-Clay went back to talk to Mr. Marcy several times about his behavior before she left Berkeley, in 2008, she says, and so did other students. She also complained to the astronomy-department chairman, in 2005, and to Berkeley’s Title IX office, in 2006. But, she says, nothing happened.

Berkeley would not respond to questions on the issue, beyond its public statements

And also earlier- CHE:

-it has come down to UC announcements via screenshot?

And this keeps rolling out:

"deprive professionals from using their better judgment in discipline" -and a new one at UCD...

California Governor Vetoes Bill Calling For Minimum Punishments In College Sexual Assault Cases The law would have been the first of its kind in the country.

And his: quote used in the title can be found :here

BTW for those keen on that leg:

Sac Bee with the override option not used:

Now, see San Diego Reader with this latest on UC Davis:

... Late last month, Judge Timothy Fall blasted the university for failing to hold any hearings on the matter.

"Due process has completely been obliterated by the university’s failure to get this case adjudicated. Complete failure to do it,” said Judge Fall. “...[I]f anyone has failed the alleged victim in this case [it] is the University."

According to the transcript obtained by the Reader, Fall took issue with university administrators ordering him to move out of the City of Davis.

BuzzFeed follow-up:
Berkeley Astronomers Call For Professor To Leave In Wake Of Sexual Harassment Investigation
Astronomy professors issued a statement late on Monday calling for Geoff Marcy to leave the Berkeley faculty in the wake of sexual harassment allegations revealed by BuzzFeed News. Berkeley postdocs and graduate students issued similar statements


UC Berkeley astronomy professors call for famous colleague to leave faculty after violating sexual harassment policy

..."UC Berkeley sent Business Insider the following statement Tuesday":

The university has imposed real consequences on Professor Geoff Marcy by establishing a zero tolerance policy regarding future behavior and by stripping him of the procedural protections that all other faculty members enjoy before he can be subject to discipline up to and including termination.

Under existing university policy, the campus administration does not have unilateral authority to impose discipline on members of the faculty. Sanctions can be imposed only after a lengthy process, including a hearing before a faculty committee, in which outcomes are uncertain.

The university concluded that establishing clear behavioral standards governing his interactions with students inside and outside the classroom, and requiring him to waive his procedural rights in the event he violates the agreement, was the most certain and effective option for preventing any inappropriate future conduct.

The UC system has, for some time, been evaluating and revising its procedures for addressing sexual harassment, and we are committed to working with the appropriate university officials to evaluate improvements to the faculty disciplinary process as it relates to sexual harassment.


Berkeley Astronomers Call for Professor’s Departure After Harassment Allegations

Grad students ______


Post Docs


Charges of Harassment by Famous Astronomer Prompt Soul-Searching About Sexism in the Sciences

Adding fuel to the fire was an email to the department by its interim chair, Gibor Basri, which stated that the furor has been “hardest for Geoff.”

The faculty letter, which includes Mr. Basri’s name among its signatures, addresses this directly, saying, “We regret the harm caused by our faculty, and reject any suggestion that our sympathies should be with the perpetrators of sexual harassment.”

full text

We, the undersigned UC Berkeley Astronomy faculty, write to make clear that sexual harassment has no place in our Department, and that we fully support the survivors of harassment. We regret the harm caused by our faculty, and reject any suggestion that our sympathies should be with the perpetrators of sexual harassment. We are committed to developing and maintaining a supportive, open climate in which all members of the Department can thrive, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or religious faith. This goal has been compromised by policies that led to a lack of communication in UC Berkeley's handling of Geoff Marcy's sexual harassment case. We urge the UC Berkeley administration to re-evaluate its response to Marcy, who has been found in violation of UC sexual harassment policy. We believe that Geoff Marcy cannot perform the functions of a faculty member.

This is the system in which we operate': Melbourne University astronomer Katie Mack speaks out against sexual harasser Geoff Marcy

But in response to the investigation's findings - and Berkeley's apparent lack of disciplinary action - many members of the field seem to be taking a very different stance.
On Tuesday, Dr Mack posted a message to Twitter suggesting that $US100 million ($136 million) that Berkeley will receive over 10 years to search for extraterrestrial life is one reason why the university hasn't dismissed Professor Marcy.

*bold emphasis added
More coverage
And more here:

Napolitano w/ a press release that reads like that N. Kristo..oh never mind. And then she brings up NDT in it- of all people,of all subjects- in this moment

But, Anita Hill's former counsel, and current UCB GSPP faculty member does not mention any thoughts she has on content in links above re: UCB
CCC Head Brice Retiring next April:


also see what comes with leadership that greases the skids in the name of 'economic hubs'..:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Governor Brown Asks UC to Be Transparent With Low Income Workers


Gov. Brown vetoes bill on paying contracted, UC-hired workers equally

In the letter vetoing the bill, Brown said he thinks the University has already started to move in the direction of improving wage and contracting practices, citing its plan to increase minimum wage for employees and contract workers to $15 an hour by 2017.

In the letter, however, Brown urged the University to provide a transparent accounting of its contracts to show how interests of low-income workers are protected.


LAT: How the UC system is making patents pay off
PR on Napolitano in AAAS

Since when?  People Magazine has begun covering higher ed Title IX Clery concerns? Is it b/c it involves football (at UCLA)?
Chronicle Higher Ed:
California Court Says College Students Cannot Expect Protection From Classroom Crimes

Saturday, October 10, 2015

"Women in our field" , "my women colleagues" apology

The Old Gray Lady coverage : includes 'the wife' comments on "hysterical public opinion"
There's also:

The Alleged Perversion of Geoff Marcy and Sexual Harassment.

He went well below the equator and reached for the Tropic of Capricorn directly. That is sexual assault, not sexual harassment.

And includes:

"He pioneered the “wobble method” where the wobbling of a "

... they don't fall down?
A UCB Prof. Post includes:

What Geoffrey Marcy did was abominable; What Berkeley didn’t do was worse - at:

I’m sure male faculty all imagine themselves as the debonair professor who poor female students can’t help having the hots for. But it’s bullshit. The case we have to worry about is exactly the opposite – the one we know happens all the time – where “Randy Risktaker” has the hots for “Suzie Scholar” and uses his position of power over her to impose himself on her.

[And can we talk about names here for a second? Randy Risktaker and Suzie Scholar seem straight out of porn. Is that really the message we want to be sending here? Don’t you think the Geoffrey Marcys of the world read that and go — ooh, I AM a Randy Risktaker…]


First, they want to remind us that students CAN harass professors, creating a bizarre false equivalence and ignoring the obvious difference in position and power. Second, and far more importantly, they don’t say what they should say which is HEY DR. RISKTAKER, KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS AND GO BACK TO TEACHING.

Instead they all but give him permission to pursue the relationship, and give him a step-by-step guide of how to do it: call the sexual harassment officer to discuss the matter (right, like anyone’s going to do that) and then tell her you can no longer be her dissertation advisor anymore because you’d rather sleep with her than advise her academically. I’m sure Geoff Marcy Randy Risktaker is grateful for the guidance.

This isn’t education. This is repulsive.

That's but a few of the posts to add as coverage now begininng... 'WTF UC Parent Reactions Phase' likely to follow...and UC Berkeley Research- the UC brand, the branding that matters so much to some- inextricably linked to it all.


Original Post

Famous Berkeley Astronomer Violated Sexual Harassment Policies Over Many Years A university investigation into astronomer ...


"The Berkeley Astronomy faculty were unaware of the conclusions of the report because their former and current chair declined to inform them.

Vice Provost of the Faculty, Janet Broughton wrote:"  ...-just read the whole thing there...

Marcy's web page links to on:
Under the topic of:
"(Anxiety and Depression at UC Berkeley) and Posts about mental challenges."

Eminent Scientists are not Special Snowflakes 

More like that in:

An open letter written to Geoff Marcy and UC Berkeley’s administration, in absolute disgust. 

The Atlantic:
The Consequences of Sexual Harassment in Astronomy A six-month investigation found a decade of sexual harassment complaints against famous astronomer Geoff Marcy to be credible


Berkeley astronomer found guilty of sexual harassment

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Astronomy Community Mounts Stronger Response In Sexual Harassment Case Than UC Berkeley
You might think a university would recognize itself as something like a community, and that it would prioritize protecting vulnerable individuals within the community (like students) from harm. Maybe a university’s institutional policies are even intended to protect students, but in their operation they seem not to work that way. In this case, a professor found to have violated a university policy is essentially told not to do it again — because if he does, maybe the university will suspend or fire him.

This doesn’t seem to do a lot to protect current and future students from the same kind of harm from the same professor.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Will Kim K. Foray Into UCLA Fray? - Kanye themed event at UCLA Sparks Protests

See LA Times again on UCLA: Kanye West-themed frat party at UCLA sparks protests, claims of racism


NBC Bay Area on  'model minority monolith myths' in admissions decisions:

California Governor Vetoes Bill Aimed at Addressing Disparities in AAPI Communities

Also other story below btw :

Brown vetoes bill to aid Corinthian students


See this UCOP press release here:

UC Regents working group invites public input on principles against intolerance

Office of the President
Friday, October 9, 2015

A University of California Board of Regents working group will hold a forum on Oct. 26 to hear public input on its consideration of principles against intolerance.

The public forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one-hour break at noon, at the Grand Horizon Room, Covel Commons, on the UCLA campus.

Those interested in requesting time to speak should contact the Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents by Oct. 21 via email at or by phone, (510) 987-9220. Please provide full name, any group or other affiliation, and a contact phone number or email address.  The working group will hear from as many speakers as possible. Comments may be submitted in writing the day of the forum or can be emailed to at any time.

For full details about forum procedures, view

The working group was appointed by ....

Does It Even Matter If The Gov. Signs Leg. On UC?

First, this:

 LATimes: Public colleges not liable for violence on campus, appeals court rules

- on events that transpired at UCLA
No new CPEC?

Gov. Brown vetoes agency to oversee higher education: http://www.dailycal. /2015/10/08/governor-brown-vetoes-agency-oversee-higher-education/

Read the excerpt..

UC students, administrators come to preliminary agreement on tuition hike policy

Specifically, AB 970 — termed the “Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act” — called for a strict definition of “consultations” as meetings between university governing bodies and students in which the universities provide clear justifications for potential tuition hikes, and instructed universities to consult with students before such hikes are proposed.

“The process of increasing tuition and fees wasn’t democratic,” said Kevin Sabo, president of the UC Student Association.

Despite being passed and signed by Brown, the bill never took effect in the UC system, according to Sabo, who added that because the university is constitutionally autonomous, the bill would only become effective were it enacted by the UC regents.


Women faculty face bias at UCLA business school, study says

The share of women professors at Anderson has increased in recent years, from 16% in 2009 to what will be 23% later this school year with the arrival of a new hire, according to statistics provided by the school. Only 13% of the full professors are women, up from just 2% six years ago.

A survey by the Financial Times showed that many elite business schools have similar shares of women on faculty. It showed that Harvard has 25% and Columbia 17%, for example. But it also showed that UC Irvine and UC San Diego’s schools both have more than 40%.

He signed that bill related to a recent high profile Cal alum who was terminally ill mentioned earlier, and he signed the equal pay leg.-- but, even when the Gov. Signs off... UC constitutional tests abound?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

In her capacity as UC Prez.?


and ...."Janet Napolitano have joined the Cuba Consortium, a group led by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.) that works with companies looking to do business in Cuba as the island nation normalizes its relationship with the United States, Powermoves has learned exclusively.

Snowe and Napolitano are joined by former Johnson & Johnson Chairman William Weldon on the group’s advisory board. The consortium, launched in July, does not formally lobby but consults businesses interested in Cuba.

that's an interesting group given the ties--

J&J given...those recent Brill articles


Snowe and that online higher ed connection


Daschle and his work after the Senate...


How Did The Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich?

Picking "Global' Over 'Home Truths'?

Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks explains appeal of global campus


Sciences Po UCB Dual Degree


THE World Academic Summit 2016 to take place at Berkeley

Hhhmmmm, THE recently ranked UC....


UCR Highlander News Op Ed on Campus Climate Issues At UC Systemwide

It is, yet what about the one to four women who have been sexually victimized on their university campuses? What about the African-American student’s unequal experience at UC Berkeley, which even Chancellor Nicholas Dirks commented that they “feel the least respected of any group” according to a campus survey due to occurrences like being “excluded from study groups, ignored during class discussions, verbally harassed at parties and social events…” What about the Asian-Americans and Mexican-Americans at UCLA who were blatantly targeted by a flyer filled to the brim with racist and sexist slurs, which was sent directly to the campus’ Asian-American Studies Center. On UC campuses, more instances of intolerance based on religion, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, sexuality and other characteristics can be named.

AlterNet with this post:

"Why Are Dianne Feinstein and Janet Napolitano Backing ...Going to extremes to stifle a growing movement."

claims..."that campuses had been “poisoned” by the infiltration of “foreign students who come from countries and cultures"....

“These are not your ordinary student groups like College Republicans or Young Democrats,”...“These are students who come with a serious agenda, who have ties ...

This press release on a new collaboration:

then see environ & energy pub. article:
more highschool students in higher ed?
Bill lets more high school students take college classes

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 UC

Fox News: Critics blast $20M Cal-Berkeley fund for race-based scholarships, hiring

With comment from former UC Regent Connerly:

Prop 209's effect on universities has long been viewed as impacting admissions policies. While private scholarships can legally use race as a consideration, Cal-Berkeley's involvement in creating and administering the endowment could be viewed as violating the law's intent, according to Connerly.

“I intend to ask the Pacific Legal Foundation to take a look and if there’s any wrongdoing found, we will sue,” he said. “If we allow them to disregard the law, then they will try to do more and more.”

Gail Heriot, University of San Diego law professor and expert on Prop 209, told The College Fix the scheme does appear to violate the law.

“If the initiative is as described in the university’s announcement, it is a straightforward violation of Proposition 209,” Heriot said.

--so, need a minute to remember those O'Rourke articles in RS ...and, decades later--that Title IX  Clery related 'Jackie' article also in RS.

and, see The Supreme Court Is Back At Work, And Things Look Pretty Ugly Already

Affirmative action, public unions and legislative representation are all on the chopping block in the next nine months.

But it won't be long until things start to heat up with cases that examine the future of affirmative action at public universities, the livelihood of public-sector unions, and whether the Constitution grants representation to everyone or just to registered voters in state legislative districts.

So far, legal observers and commentators agree those disputes -- Fisher v. University of Texas, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and Evenwel v. Abbott -- are the big constitutional cases the Supreme Court will be hearing and deciding in the next nine months. For someone like The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin, this means "the coming liberal disaster."

--btw, Toobin's wife heard an earful recently at that hearing -- mentioned in an earlier post here is the direct link with video


And then there's this:

University of California still deciding who it will serve -- an op-ed from an author who recently wrote multiple op-ed on the recent free speech/academic freedom /campus climate agenda item at UC Regents meetings...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Secretaries And Guvs

Arne,  (Arnold), Janet,  and Jerry
-and even 'Mitt'ens comes up, too in
Why Arne Duncan Mattered In CA
the relationship history at LA Times :

Also, this other piece there:

And, Unlike his predecessors, Arne Duncan tackled more higher ed issues

in press release:
Napolitano statement on Arne Duncan stepping down as U.S. Secretary of Education

and in this old post


UC regents, Aon Hewitt reach settlement in years-long dispute

and UCLA Fac Blog on the Japanese Garden, UC Donors rights, and the 'UC Regents Were Duplicitous statements...

and speaking of pr statements see:

that Gov. trip with a former uc regent comes up Sac Bee

PS if you don't get how Duncan could have been picked for a Romney admin as mentioned in the LAT piece above, you should watch Napolitano comments at Haas on Boston and CA --DC tends to just see them as econ hubs to help grease skids  :See her talk at this link

But it is also why accountability and transparency probs in higher ed have hit crisis over and over. To a point where : now it is looking like the two party system has lost power to control it

Thursday, October 1, 2015

UC's Fair Wage Work Plan roll out

UCOP press release:
UC launches first phase of new $15 an hour minimum wage policy

Offiice of the President
Thursday, October 1, 2015
The University of California’s new minimum wage policy takes effect today (Oct. 1) with thousands of direct and contract employees slated to receive the first of three years of raises that will increase their earnings to at least $15 an hour by 2017.

Under UC’s Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan, all employees hired to work 20 hours or more a week will be paid an hourly wage of at least $13 starting Oct. 1. That minimum will rise to $14 an hour on Oct. 1, 2016, and to $15 on Oct. 1, 2017.

Effective today, all new and renewing contracts with the university will require that workers be paid at least the UC minimum wage.

UC is the first public university in the country to voluntarily set a $15 minimum wage. The new rate will be higher than California’s minimum wage, which currently is $9 an hour and set to increase to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016.

UC President Janet Napolitano announced the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan in July to support employees and their families, and to ensure that workers being paid through a UC contract are likewise fairly compensated.

“Supporting the employees — and their families — who help make UC a leading institution is an important part of our values as a public university,” she said.

The new minimum wage is being implemented over three years to give campuses time to plan and budget for the cost increase. The bulk of the cost will be funded by non-core funds, such as sales from self-supporting programs like bookstores and food services. These are separate from tuition and fees, state resources and other funds that support UC’s core instructional programs.

As part of the new policy, UC will enhance its oversight of contractors and subcontractors for wages and working conditions. This includes a telephone hotline and online reporting system, both already in place, that contract workers can use to report complaints and issues directly to the Office of the President.

It also will include annual and interim audits of contractors to ensure they pay employees at least UC’s minimum wage, and enhanced oversight to make sure they comply with all local, state and federal laws as well as UC policies. Annual audits will be funded by the contractors, and implemented as new contracts are established and existing ones are renewed.

Sac Bee Op-ed

on low wage uc workers from ASUC senator
and prop 30 extension(?) comes up in PPIC sunny days poll results coverage