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. "

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