Thursday, December 31, 2015

A NYE Count

DailyCal year end retrospective follows the academic calendar year mostly:


 UCOP PR - does it count?:

Here are some others:

Commentary: Pushing UCD To Do Its Fair Share Is Not Anti-Student
At the end of the day, the best option from a planning and land use perspective is to put student housing on campus where students can bike and walk to class. The city of Davis does not appear to have the capacity to solve the student housing crisis without considerable buy-in from the university.

And yet, for reasons I do not fully understand, UC Davis is not willing to fully embrace this issue. If they do not house the students – where do they expect students to live?

This other piece there cropped up, seems to point to numbers that are ,well, if you used those numbers on IX or Clery they would get some srutiny, are the numbers believeable on WB?
See: "Does UC Davis’ Whistleblower System Work?"
"States’ Pension Woes Split Democrats and Union Allies"
Left-leaning politicians are increasingly supporting more aggressive revamps of retirement benefits despite opposition from labor officials


"What Is the Future of Higher Education?"
Experts in the field offer their reasons for optimism and pessimism going forward.

This op ed on some recent CA Leg moves, includes suggestions...

Unfortunately, in the current climate, more practical campus-based solutions than unenforceable “yes” policies are unlikely to be considered by most higher education institutions, alumni, or state legislatures, when these might actually deal with the problem. ....This is certainly a less costly service than adding 50 new Title IX coordinators on each campus as Harvard did.


 brown -NYT decided to cover... the ranch:


Ha, an NYE funny: former UC pres / self described "roving"emeritus 
Yudof called it :  a long time ago,  "I'm the manager of a"...

 Remember?  NYT:
"Being president of the University of California is like being manager of"...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Another "15 higher ed headliner...

in '15 there was the Salaita $ result, but a short shrift, too

First, on Salaita:

"Salaita, University reach settlement"

(Btw,  for variety, One of his more recent tweets now includes comment on "stupid" reactions to recent Peyton Manning coverage.)


Sadly: At UCLA there's: this perhaps sterling case of maybe or maybe not...dementia again, or call it something else. It will come up again for UC Regents in 2016, no doubt.

Also,  a post on the latest involving The Peevey Matter and UC...
"The Peevey Scandal is About to Have Another Season"

Detailed coverage at LAT:

Now to the short shrifted ...
The topic Salaita was going to teach on rec'd short shrift in the coverage and aftermath coverage on his employment.
See-and note here in this c-span video at about the 59:00 mark how complex the discussion on that topic can get (serves also as e.g. of how another major '15 topic microaggression, triggers, or communication breakdown can play out, occur- but in this they achieved some civility, resolution at the end.)

The UC Regents : continue to deal with issues related to the topic

and this year  UC : received some funding on it:

UCOP tries out policy fixes on it

And Sacto sometimes tries leg fix wording like: "This measure would urge the Regents of the University of California "


some bacground on the speaker in that cspan video,:

He has been called “one of America’s Living Spiritual Teachers” and one of the few authors who can respectfully bridge the gap between Native and non-Native cultures.
He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated summa cum laude in 1968 with a degree in American Studies. He attended graduate school at Stanford University from 1969-1970 and later Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with a Ph.D. with distinction in religion and art in 1980.

That bio includes:

"time driving a cab in Minneapolis in the late 80s."


Brought to mind this other well circulated '15   UC Pres piece in WaPo:

Higher education isn’t in crisis

"We need to end conversations about colleges that linger too long on costs, computer learning, Cassandra-like predictions and canards such as PhD baristas."


Is it a microaggression?

In memoriam on Mary Gordon  :

Janet Napolitano, the former Secretary of Homeland Security, and now the President of the University of California, was one of Gordon's earliest students. "There weren't many women professors at Santa Clara in those days, and she served as an important role model for me," Napolitano said in a statement. "She challenged me to do my best work and to approach the study of history with analytic rigor and an appreciation of divergent points of view. I carry those values with me to this day."


the UC "crap" thing, and the Committee of Two governance moves on UC, and more on UC
come up throughout  Sac Bee's review of CA politics in 2015, here:

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

IX at the end of 2015...'Poses larger higher ed questions'...updated

Need to add some additional important items, update on original post below.
Apparently a major UC public records request dump happened on the Marcy issue etc. ( the docs conveniently managed to be released late Dec. as finals and 'curtailment', break were winding campus life down)
So, here ya go if you're still in that 'what happened with that whole Marcy UC Berkeley thing' mode:

Buzzfeed did a piece in late November that adds important detail: "Here’s How Geoff Marcy’s Sexual Harassment Went On For Decades
Colleagues looking the other way, dysfunctional sexual harassment policies, and a “culture of quiet” in science enabled Geoff Marcy’s harassment to go on for so long."
Including this as well:
“I know female postdocs were refusing to apply to faculty positions at Berkeley because of this perceived reputation,” Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s astronomy department, told BuzzFeed News. “When a situation like that persists there is other damage that happens to the department that is very real. If this persists, it suppresses diversity on many levels.” Marcy’s fame was also responsible for his swift downfall, Loeb noted.
When change did eventually come, it did not come from the top. 

This is an important post for detail, and a bit of a trip to read:
"Geoff Marcy, and the 21st Century Social Media Lynch Mob."

Within that piece links to

Marcy has apparently posted a pdf with the cpra docs --not sure if this is the full package UC provided or not, but it is quite a read if you want to see how this plays out...


University releases sex harassment report on astronomer Geoff Marcy

The details of UC Berkeley’s inquiry into Marcy’s conduct does not reflect well on the institution, with the process stretching for more than 4 years and Marcy given only weak sanctions after repeated promises to reform. 


SJ Mercury with this news coverage on it:

But years earlier, the professor expressed similar surprise that his interactions with undergraduate and graduate students -- which he described as an outpouring of empathy and concern for their private lives and struggles -- would have been unwelcomed.

"Geoff was extremely grateful that I brought this up," former astronomy department chairwoman Imke de Pater wrote in a brief report to the campus administration about their conversation in June 2011. "Indeed, he had no sexual intentions whatsoever, but he does see that


Contra Costa Times editorial: UC must fix its handling of sex harassment cases
This month, facing Public Records Act requests from this newspaper and other media, the university released the report and other documents. They show that officials received complaints in 2011, 2013 and April 2014, but the victims were unwilling to come forward. Finally, starting in July 2014, four victims and witnesses provided accounts.

One described "the pressure I felt not to be rude to a very senior person, and not to lose, through an awkward interaction, the academically supportive relations I had achieved with him."

Oakland Tribune on it


also, the SJ Merc has their slightly different version of op ed on it, too

If recall is correct...SJ Merc, Trib, and CoCo Times all have same publisher- their op eds are slightly different.
SF Chron is maybe on covering this?!
Daily Cal nada,. For now anyway..
It has been mentioned in various news clips that the UC Regents will take up Title IX efforts as  an item at their January meeting. There also is a February deadline on new reqs for the task force review and reporting as well.

And so w/ that preface...

Some privatized IX to start off with...

Lingering over this aspect from the big story UCB - Marcy resignation coverage ...
"How to End Sexual Harassment in Astronomy" included:
The case against Geoff Marcy must be a wake-up call to reform our field
At my institution, Yale University, faculty and students receive semiannual reports of complaints and outcomes, stripped of names and identifiable features but indicating the positions of the complainants and respondents. This goes a long way toward informing the broader community about standards and consequences.

--Ruminating b/c recall this other NYT article in '14 that starts off describing the apparent behind the scenes handling that went on for years :
"Handling of Sex Harassment Case Poses Larger Questions At Yale"

A sexual harassment case has been unfolding without public notice for nearly five years within the Yale School of Medicine has roiled the institution.

Then there was:

And for more:

The med task force work, conclusions seems to be...privatized? Does it connect up with their astronomy efforts mentioned in the link at the top?
OK so that was Yale...

In mid December several IX articles popped up

Esp. Focused on Harvard and The Hunting Ground movie.

See in full this well detailed article by a Harvard law prof:

"Shutting Down Conversations About Rape at Harvard Law"

Also see:

And there's WaPo:

religious colleges have sought exemptions in recent years from federal prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, saying the waivers are needed to protect school policies consistent with their faith, according to a new report.

On (in this instance, HRC is not that HRC):

HRC, which supports civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, said its report shows a pattern of “hidden discrimination” against LGBT students in housing, admissions and other aspects of campus life.

The findings are based on correspondence between colleges and the Department of Education obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

“There is an alarming and growing trend of schools quietly...

On the athletics aspects this, too:
"Former coaches, athletes file Title IX complaint against UMD"


Now, compare and contrast the above coverage with:

 Washington Monthly:
"What went wrong with Title IX"

Daily Beast
"Victims And Microaggressions: Why 2015 Was The Year Students Lost Their Minds"

includes sub categories like:

Affirmative Consent and Due Process: The New Wave of Sexual Assault Reform

The Race to Rename: Furor Over Mascots, Monuments, and Buildings

Safe Space and Microaggressions: The Language of Student Outrage

--also note the picture they chose to accompany the story...


and this was also circulated in the Washington Times
" Ending Title IX Tyranny"

Daily Caller:
"College Administrator Thinks Title IX Supersedes Constitution"

"Activists Might Be Gearing Up to Sic the Title IX Inquisition on The Hunting Ground’s Critics"

Now, to get back to reflection on UC and IX...let's start w/ ... ESPN

The Marcy case at Cal included: this, an important post from a former grad student, he started off his post by mentioning Marcy in relation to an ESPN' 30 for 30 episode,

At that time thought it funny the inspiration led him there--was expecting instead mention of ESPNw Nine for IX series...

So, here we go:
Via PBS NewsHour
Published on Jul 2, 2013 The espnW series, "Nine for IX," marks the latest anniversary of Title IX and its legacy in education and sports. It features nine films directed by women that focus on the stories of more well-known women -- Venus Williams, basketball coach Pat Summitt, Mia Hamm and the 1999 U.S. women's World Cup team -- as well as those who are less known to the public such as the late record-setting deep sea diver Audrey Mestre. 

As Wimbledon began its second week, Gwen Ifill sat down with "Venus Vs." director Ava DuVernay and sportswriter Christine Brennan, who appears in "Let Them Wear Towels," to discuss the new films, the broader aim of the series and the continuing impact of Title IX.

Also on YouTube


If you're 'covering it' don't miss:

Let Them Wear Towels:

Also a must see

a curious
piece: on very talented figure skater Katarina Witt focused on  the topic of socialism and pro sports rather than
a USA based discussion of the Two Carmens, odd esp. b/c the American Carmen was the story most relevant to Title IX policy...,

 See the other US based Carmen, not covered by ESPNw for IX, but covered: here instead. She was also a Californian when she completed higher ed.


Then in reference to how girls, women view themselves, there's:

this from a UCB the 2:17 mark here in this youtube video : benefit of being a girl today is Title IX. You can be an athlete, you can get a scholarship.
so i want to be a great race car driver as a girl and my role model is Danica Patrick who poses nude for Playboy or the Williams sisters or Maria Sharapova who dress on center court like fashion models and design their own dresses. It's not enough to be a great athlete you've got to look a certain way doing it. So, in some ways our wide diverse culture is a source of strength but in a lot of ways our culture has gotten co-opted into a pretty particular way a girl has got to look...


Will close w/ this:
SI got  it right awarding Serena, ,

and Serena got it right directing her own cover shoot and more
-and now Player of The Year

And, Venus did a great service in her pioneering lead in that Nine for IX docu series

Monday, December 28, 2015

"I didn't know where else to turn..."- One of the top ten...

...Research related stories of the year

UCB AND UCLA show up in:
"The Case of the Amazing Gay-Marriage Data: How a Graduate Student Reluctantly Uncovered a Huge Scientific Fraud" :

As someone in your early career stage, you don’t want to do this,” he told Broockman. “You don’t want to go public with this. Even if you have uncontroversial proof, you still shouldn’t do it. Because there’s just not much reward to someone doing this.”


"I didn't know where else to turn..."

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Does it fall under poli-sci, psych, biz, or??

Cal pointed to this study as a news highlight recently:
"Virtue, Vice, and the U.S. Senate"

 earlier in the year, also:

"Study Delivers Bleak Verdict On Validity of Psychological Experiment Results"

Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results
Of 100 studies published in top-ranking journals in 2008, 75% of social psychology experiments and half of cognitive studies failed the replication test

And, another article

"The Misuse of Research To Support Deregulation and Privatization of Teacher Education"

And, there was:

California Jolt: State Upends How It Funds and Runs Education
While many state funding formulas use a weighted approach to try to account for the higher costs of educating different groups of students, California is taking an extra step. In a profound turnaround, and in keeping with Governor Jerry Brown's principle of "subsidiarity," decision-making responsibility for how to spend the money has been handed to local school districts.

This flips the norm established more than 35 years ago with Proposition 13, the landmark property tax limit, when the state became the school funding distributor as well as decider, largely dictating how locals could use the dollars. Over time, highly regulated "categorical" or specific-purpose programs proliferated.

Friday, December 25, 2015

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars... (the day before 1968's) Christmas

"In tough times, colleges turn to unconventional leaders"

(by a former SJ Merc higher ed reporter now at Hechinger...)

Financial pressures, growing public scrutiny and other problems are prompting colleges and universities to turn to new types of leaders who didn’t rise up the ranks as academics, as was the longstanding tradition. Instead, they’ve turned to politicians, lawyers, civil servants and even military officers.

Some of these unconventional presidents, in turn, are bringing with the...

Also see links in it to:

"Aging faculty who won’t leave thwart universities’ attempts to cut costs
But some older faculty say they offer institutional experience and research savvy"

"Think university administrators’ salaries are high? Critics say their benefits are lavish
Scandal in one state focuses attention on club memberships, free cars, housing allowances"

"Once invisible, college boards of trustees are suddenly in the spotlight
Some critics say boards don’t do enough; others that they meddle too much"

"Colleges take cues from private business to improve their customer service"

Press enterprise with:
"UCR hopes to benefit from energy coalition"


Bardeen doesn’t expect the process to add much to the cost of producing solar panels. He’s working with an organic material for the infrared process that can be applied as a coating to a solar panel. An actual commercial application, he said, is about five years away.

That thing is tetrahydrofuran, or THF, a compound that has been found to efficiently break down a plant’s structure. The plants Wyman is using are poplar trees, switch grass, corn silk and wood waste. The resulting material has high amounts of fermentable sugars, used in the process of producing ethanol.

Wyman also is using a fermenting organism that, while known about for 20 years, has only begun to be utilized within the past two. It cuts fermentation time from a week or more down to one to two days.
The result, he said, is the ability to produce a gallon of ethanol for about 10 cents, far less than the current price of about $1.

Meranze's links at Remaking the U. include:

 "At UC Irvine, Questions About Professorships Funded by a Foundation that Seeks to Change Scholarly Study of Hinduism"
See IHE:

and on 'the pols and higher ed funding policy battle in the election race' etc. --there is a fact check on HRC, Sanders and higher ed funding: that brings up one view on capital projects at Universities...

AP FACT CHECK: Glossed-over realities in Democratic debate
SANDERS: "The cost of college education is escalating a lot faster than the cost of inflation. There are a lot of factors involved in that. And that is that we have some colleges and universities that are spending a huge amount of money on fancy dormitories and on giant football stadiums."

CLINTON: "States have been disinvesting in higher education ... So states over a period of decades have put their money elsewhere; into prisons, into highways, into things other than higher education."

THE FACTS: Clinton comes closest to diagnosing the problem accurately. College expenses are unsustainably high, but luxurious dorms aren't the big driver that Sanders portrays. Public universities are charging more because they receive less in state government support.

Demos, a left-leaning think tank, said in a May study that the decline in state funding accounted for 79 percent of tuition hikes between 2001 and 2011. Just 6 percent was due to construction costs.

Sanders would make up that lost government money by providing free tuition, paid for with a tax on financial transactions. Clinton would offer federal dollars to encourage states to do more and keep students from having to borrow. It's unclear how either plan would control colleges' costs, though.


and an editorial round up here includes education policies:

"Best and worst education news of 2015 — a teacher’s list"


"Big ideas in health and science for 2016"
From UC San Francisco


Skelton at LAT on the Pres. Of the UC Regents:
There's plenty at home for Brown's to-do list

Another big 2015 story:

The innovations of the LUX experiment form the foundation for the LZ experiment, which is planned to achieve over 100 times the sensitivity of LUX,” said LZ spokesperson Harry Nelson of UC Santa Barbara. “The LZ experiment is so sensitive that it should begin to detect a type of neutrino originating in the sun that even Ray Davis’ Nobel Prize winning experiment at the Homestake mine was unable to detect.”


he was there, sorta

somewhere in this: pointed to a  quote from Red Cloud recently.

While we're at it, can Oort cloud be plural?

Musically today:

"The day before Christmas '68"


Formulaic? -dubbed over the non-formulaic:

Light of Christmas Day


Made of the Sun

Shine a different way

There's some Sunny came home to it

Fiat Lux

Thursday, December 24, 2015

"It’s expected that UC professors will be a resource, and that the team that Vivek puts together will look to the faculty to leverage the knowledge and expertise that’s there."

Good detail in this article:
"Here’s Why the University of California Is Getting Into the Venture Capital Business"

on UC licensing and OTL moves, patents, comparisons w/ Mission Bay Capital and Start X and
SkyDeck and AMPLab come up, see also:

Steve Montiel, a spokesperson for the UC, says the new fund will operate as a talent draw that can incorporate university resources into its investment strategy, and that it will it lean on faculty to do so as the fund grows over time.

“If people knew there was a fund investing in UC research, it’d help the UC attract the best talent in entrepreneurship,” Montiel said. “It’s expected that UC professors will be a resource, and that the team that Vivek puts together will look to the faculty to leverage the knowledge and expertise that’s there. It’s still early, there will be more details as the team and infrastructure are built.”

and the article includes: Ranadive is now recruiting for a CFO on it...

"The Humanities as Service Departments: Facing the Budget Logic "
includes examples drawing from:
the closure of the Department of Philosophy at Middlesex University in London in 2010


classic program closure was the 2010 decision of the administration at the State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, to “suspend all new admissions” to French, Italian, Russian, classics, and theater, leaving Spanish as the university’s sole language major.

Note a different  approach:

 Since I began to study university budgets through an academic senate position fifteen years ago, cross-disciplinary inequalities have worsened, but I have in general not found faculty members to be much more interested in addressing them than are academic managers. Thus I’m going to be a bit less polite about competing faculty disciplinary interests than I have been in the past.

and includes an important conclusion:

Key elements such as a review committee elected by faculty members and that committee’s “access to detailed program, department, and administration-unit budgets” (12) will never be put into practice without case-by-case effort, which requires a broad faculty conviction that governance rights should be shared. I don’t believe this conviction exists in this country.

and in the context of the whole paper, see:

 If administrations allocate resources...faculty members must contest current perceptions of returns in the technosciences. This contesting will be harder and more conflictual than asking to maintain modest humanities base budgets, but I’m afraid the time has come to do it.


Tenure-track faculty members have generally consented to the adjuncting of most instruction. Perhaps as humanities tenured faculty members become de facto service teachers, we will draw the line.


"Year in review: Breakthrough gene editor sparks ethics debate"

"Science magazine names CRISPR 'Breakthrough of the Year'"

"Diving Into The Ethics Of The Technology Behind Designer Babies
Scientists weigh in on new advancements in manipulating human genes."


What Child Is This?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

They're sayin' 'UCLA stonewalling' on CPRA? An 'Energetic' Festivus

 series of articles:

"UCLA stonewalls on connection to PUC scandals"

"UCLA records have not been forthcoming"
According to previously released emails, Pincetl and former commission President Michael Peevey discussed the grant as early as December 2013 and by spring of 2014 she put together a six-page proposal for the money.

The money was not announced publicly until September 2014, ...

UCLA Fac Blog pointed earlier to that , along w/ some commentary:

And here is : SF Chronicle on it earlier this year when it broke

Much more background at SD Trib 

They put: a lot of add'l resources on the sidebar of their articles: there

Meanwhile, there is this other series of articles covering: this ongoing event rolling out at the same time.


USC shows up in some of the coverage, but UC noticeably absent? It is difficult to find any UC research commenting on it:

Air tests will need to be performed to confirm that there are indeed toxins in the air, but residents told CBS L.A. the video likely proves their claims. Still, a University of Southern California professor of Hydrocarbons said the video could also show a mixture of several elements or fog, the report added.

Buzzfeed (brings up the President of the UC Regents in): "Tons Of Methane Are Spewing Out Of California, And There's A ..."


Some 50 tons of the gas are being released each hour, the California Air Resources Board estimates. That's one-fourth of all methane gas released in the state of California, the report added.

"The video looks like something out of a science fiction horror movie," 


But as Dekel and others argue, the Porter Ranch leak hasn't caused an international media sensation, yet, because there's no lava or giant waves, but mainly colorless gas that's upended thousands of lives.

Time: "The Worst Gas Leak in California's History Isn't Close to Being ..."

The only UC research that pops up on the subject is this :

-But it can't be used to fly over and measure in this event?

Anyway, back to that SD Trib series, if you need more of that coverage, see:

Another article from earlier this month includes many UC relations (a former chair of the UC Regents, a UCLA Prof also mentioned at the top, and a UCI Prof also comments below)
On "Top-tier water users "
Only one other top residential customer listed in the 2013 report responded to a request for comment. The customer, Gerald Parsky, a financier who once served as an assistant treasury secretary in the administration of Gerald Ford, used about 7.8 million gallons.


“We as a society feel that people ought to have affordable water to drink to cook and clean,” said Stephanie Pincetl, director and professor-in-residence at UCLA’s center for sustainable Communities. “As we find more expensive water, what happens is that it becomes less affordable to those who have less income. If you conserve you have more water available for everyone.”

Drought-shaming is one way for the general public to punish water hogs, but it’s unlikely to accomplish anything beyond catharsis, said David Feldman, professor and chair of planning, policy and design at the University of California, Irvine, school of social ecology. It can even backfire, causing shamed customers to dig in their heels, or even use more water.

BTW there was also,

"UCLA's Energy Atlas offers rare look at usage, efficiency in buildings"

“I think it cracks open a new window into really seeing how energy is used in a much more sophisticated way,” says Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at UCLA who heads the Energy Atlas project.

"Force Yourself"

That was ... Barbara Walters: Do you believe in the Force? 
Harrison Ford: "... The Force is within you, force yourself" -- TV interview, 1997.

Did HF / Han Solo 'get it'?
Did JJ Abrams' The Force Awakens?
See: George Lucas on  Joseph Campbell, more: in this interview w/ Bill Moyers

And, his take on the latest sequel

There's also,

UC Irvine professor explains the science of 'Star Wars'


UC San Diego neuroscience graduate student explains how you can use The Force"

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Are they linked?

In this year's higher ed articles retro pile, from IHE:

Higher Education: A Hotbed of Corruption?
From July 26, 2015


"Here's The Devastating Way Our College System Fails Poor Kids
Colleges spend the least on students who need the most help."

“Today in many ways the system is exacerbating inequality,” said Suzanne Mettler, a professor at Cornell University and author of Degrees of Inequality: Why Opportunity Has Diminished in U.S. Higher Education. “It’s creating something of a caste system that for too many people takes them from wherever they were on the socioeconomic spectrum and leaves them even more unequal.”

Monday, December 21, 2015

The 2015 UC underreported story of the year?

How much has UC PATH cost UC so far?

"UC payroll problem shortchanged thousands of workers"

“Unfortunately, each of our unions is all-too-familiar with the University’s ability to understate the scope and severity of a problem for which they are responsible, and its heavy reliance on delay,” the letter stated.

they don't mention those developments in the pages: here

Friday, December 18, 2015

That includes UC, too?


"Black Students Are Being Shut Out Of Top Public Colleges
And the Supreme Court could soon make it even worse."

The nation’s flagship public universities — large, taxpayer-funded institutions whose declared mission is to educate residents of their states — enroll far smaller proportions of black students than other colleges, and the number appears to be declining, according to federal records and college enrollment data analyzed by The Hechinger Report and The Huffington Post.


"Is college worth it? Goldman Sachs says maybe not

Researchers: 'The average return on going to college is falling'"


The ‘Sobering’ News About America’s Rising Graduation Rates

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tentative IX, and more than IX

coverage now available:

Daily Nexus gives detail on claims about botched offering of student services across the board on counseling, advising on impact on financial aid and housing, and alleged lack of streamline reporting w/in administration to inform campus Title IX office

See: Former UCSB Student Files Title IX Lawsuit Against UC Regents

KEYT:  UCSB Sexual Assault Victim Files Title IX Civil Lawsuit Against UC Regents

-- includes video from press conference

Former UCSB Student Files Title IX Civil Lawsuit Against UC Regents


A short article in
KGO Radio : UCSB Accused of Mishandling Sexual Assault Case


There is supposed to be a press conference today according to and about this:

This other one popped up, and details multiple other admin issues in it, not just IX:

Neushul , former head coach of UCSB's women's water polo team, has filed suit alleging Title IX discrimination and retaliation by the UC in her demotion.

"Former UCSB Coach Alleges Discrimination, Retaliation
Cathy Neushul Claims UC Demoted Her After Funding Complaints"

detailed in the SB Independent:

UC Research - whose story to tell? An Effort On Faculty Retention?

this below may not jibe well with the earlier op ed about poor UC And Sacto  forced budget wizardry, Californians might think something doesn't add up:

UC’s venture fund is a calculated risk

New venture fund led by Vivek Ranadive will focus on UC inventions

Opting against an in-house venture capital play was smart and limits risk

UC’s $250 million stake is small fraction of its $100 billion under management

Though $250 million sounds like a lot of money, it’s a fraction of the $100 billion or so the UC holds in its pension fund, endowment and other assets; from Bachher’s perspective, the startup gamble is little more than a tidbit of portfolio diversification.

--Importantly, it also includes a section where it states this is a move for the effort on certain type of faculty retention.


There's also this from Forbes

does this quote include higher ed

Every business ends up looking like a basketball team,” Ranadivé told Forbes in an interview on Tuesday night. “All inventory is ultimately perishable, whether it’s basketball tickets or airline tickets or a taxi ride. How do you engage people, and how do you convert customers into fans?”

Another aspect to his franchise b ball "soap opera":

First see:
ESPN’s ‘Down in the Valley’ shows how community saved Sacramento Kings
This seemed fitting. It’s not his story.

and then
that down in the valley espn documentary opening is delayed and includes a CA political twist

Apart from that there's
On K-12

from Cal Channel this on
Assembly Informational Hearing on Teacher Evaluation, Probationary Period, Reduction in Force, the full thing runs about two hours

sac bee highlighted: one portion of it related to Vergara:

It seems, at Cal...

Every other person is an 'associate', 'interim', 'assistant' or 'fill-in the blank' mini VC, to the point that the title has no meaning anymore...

It even looks like Dirks (pictured here with the umbrella maybe b/c 'it's raining mini VC' ) doesn't even list an org chart for them anymore

No quick list to just count off how many of them there are floating around campus doing whatever??


Who is the new VC in this below?
cuz it now sounds like there are two for the same fundraising position?

"Campus Appoints Vice Chancellor for University Development and Alumni Relations"

She will replace Scott Biddy, who previously served as vice chancellor of University Relations for eight years. In October, Biddy was appointed as campus vice chancellor — a position that had been left vacant for the past several years.

In October appointed VC of what ? Which VC position was left vacant for years?

And there is mention of that DC story from January added in, to add to the ???

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

UC Ventures Haute-Line Bling-type reincarnation?


UC Investments will anchor fund led by Vivek Ranadivé to invest in UC innovation

 Bachher focused on backing a fund created by a stellar entrepreneur with objectives and goals similar to what originally was called “UC Ventures.”


"Silicon Valley Icon, NBA Team Owner to Lead UC Venture Fund
Vivek Ranadivé—founder of $4.3 billion TIBCO Software—will juggle Sacramento Kings ownership duties with heading the University of California’s new innovation fund."

Drake on him in:,-NBA-Team-Owner-to-Lead-UC-Venture-Fund/

-but would SNL think he can dance?

more on that here

This assessment:

SI's Chris Mannix talks about how a soap opera isn't as good as the predictably dysfunctional Kings and says it all begins in the owners box with Vivek Ranadive who is one of the worst owners in the league.


And there's this on UW, where Cal and UCSD pop up in:
Pushing forward in the field of big data, the UW was recently selected by the National Science Foundation, along with the University of California, San Diego, and the University of California, Berkeley, to co-lead one of four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs in the U.S. to catalyze collaborations that drive innovative application of data science.

UC and Dark Ages? on CS and math reqs and online learning...


"University of California pressured to count computer science toward high school math requirement"

Like many others, Hardy believes UC's stance is holding back California schools. "I feel like we're in the Dark Ages," she said.
And there's:

"Online learning, from biochemistry to Basque"

Students now have another way to enroll in high-demand gateway courses that, on some campuses, fill up so quickly that it can create bottlenecks to student progress. Students also have an option for taking courses that are not offered on their campus.


She plans to teach it online from now on because it has been such a successful model.  “I really enjoy doing (in-person) lectures, and the feeling of being able to see students’ reaction. I kind of miss that,” she said.

“But my students are getting much more out of the course now. This positions of them to be not just consumers of knowledge, but the makers and doers of creating it. The material engages them at a very deep level.”

See this post, includes:
The larger story for Western universities is that massified higher learning has reached the end of the line. Standardised skills have been commodified and their earning power is weaker than ever. Our societies need creative capabilities from graduates on a mass scale. It’s hard to see how else the rising generation will address unprecedented problems in every domain, social and cultural as much as technological. We need graduates who can think independently, identify new problems, create customised research methods, interpret mixtures of data from different disciplines, identify a spectrum of solutions, and cope continuously with research failure, ambiguous information, and tacit knowledge. Creative graduates, in short, need individualised learning. And yet the UK government appears to be enforcing standardisation and pushing resources towards for-profit providers who can earn good returns only by limiting learning.
The Green Paper, in proposing outdated metrics, is a step backwards for student learning. Better learning requires investment, not assessment, but that seems to be the one thing not on offer.


As related 'year end retrospective'... this talk from 2014 -but made widely available in mid 2015- takes up education at various points in discussion

'Technologists have solved, hacked, fixed education' stance comes up in it
'Tech can't do everything' stance also comes up iin:

CHM Revolutionaries: The New Digital Age- Authors Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen

moderated by S. Sandberg

Update - Tentative IX - in two out of three at Cal

Also this new one this week , with a press conference on it on Thursday aswell:

"Former UCSB student to file federal suit against UC Regents over handling of sexual assault report"

Original post:

See the UC Regents moves and detail:

An update on Karasek vs UC Regents, here:


University of California Regents moved to dismiss claims filed by three students who alleged that UC Berkeley's delayed and insufficient response to their reports of sexual assault violated Title IX.  The court denied the motion with respect to one student's claims, allowing her case to proceed to the next stage of litigation. The motion was granted with respect to the other two students, but they were granted permission to amend their complaints to attempt to overcome the insufficient pleading that lead to the dismissal.

A UCLA contribution to mismatch?

See this at HuffPo:

Plenty has been said already about Scalia's wildly inflammatory remarks. But he does point to a brief the court received -- possibly this one from UCLA Law Professor Richard Sander-- that propounds a so-called "mismatch" theory of higher education: the debunked notion that minorities who enter high-performing schools under programs like the Top Ten Percent plan fail miserably later on and have to drop out.



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mix of things

See Salon with much more detail on:

One of these contractors, Performance First, is under federal investigation by the Department of Labor for alleged rights violations. In a report by the Los Angeles Times, subcontracted UC Berkeley workers said that, during sports events, they sometimes work 80- or 90-hour weeks and are denied overtime pay.

A custodian who was employed by Performance First told the LA Times she worked 16-hour days, seven days a week to prepare for and clean up after UC Berkeley’s Golden Bears football games. She said she never received more than $10 an hour, in contravention of California’s labor laws.

The Department of Labor is still looking into the workers’ allegations.


UCOP hands out $ 5 million in grants

60 Minutes  with this piece on higher ed :

and more  on it here:

Pres. Of UC:

Napolitano: on MTP Daily - not about UC

but does she agree with the Pres. of the U C Regents on AZ?

Arizona, Nevada Governors Slam Jerry Brown's Comments On  ...

Arnold seems to agree with him on a few things:

Schwarzenegger hearts Jerry Brown: ‘Like one mind in two bodies” (Video)

Guv w/: " I’ve always liked that song.”

Sunday, December 6, 2015

New Digs? And various views on transparency, research, conflicts of interest questions, more.

some views out there: on transparency, research, conflicts of interest


UC has big chance to invest in clean energy and transparency
It is a public university. Its partners in this coalition are the world’s wealthiest men — men who don’t have much practice in the fine art of justifying their actions to the public.


UC's risky gambit on green energy

Mr. Poliakoff added, “When you introduce even the most wholesome agenda, you compromise the pursuit of truth.” Instead, the truth comes about – on climate change or anything else – “by the unpressured, unbiased production of science. One has to ask: Why is UC contributing $1 billion from the institution to do the research the faculty is doing? What does it gain?”

Alas, we should not be surprised at such a development. Ms. Napolitano is not a scholar, but a lifelong politician. The former Arizona governor especially was controversial when she 


California Gov. Jerry Brown is “playing president” at the UN climate change conference in Paris, according to veteran political prognosticator Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia.


Governor Jerry Brown insists that his request for the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to ascertain whether his 2,700-acre ranch lay atop an oil pool was motivated by a desire to obtain information about his ranch that he could store in a “glass case.”


Jerry Brown interview: climate change, fracking, Diablo Canyon, offshore wind, oil on his family ranch

Brown: "That data was coerced from my forebears. They had to file it with DOGGR. Then there are bureaucrats who say, 'that's not your information. We hold it. You can't have it.' Public records belong to the people of California, and public officials are people. And that material, it's like a library. That's there for the benefit of future generations. It ought to be looked at, it ought to be used. What I asked for, anybody else can ask for and will get. And contrary to what has been written, the same exact information is available. It is not a secret to be held in the hands of same employee or bureaucrat. It is there to be used, to be seen."

Was he planning on new digs?  ...

The President of the U C Regents will have them when he returns to CA from Paris... new old digs or old new digs - at the mansion:

Moving Day: Crews Preparing To Gov. Jerry Brown's Return To A ...

Saturday, December 5, 2015

professionalization of ...just what exactly?

ya know, the talk from UCOP about all the ways they are creating 'professional standards' for campuses to address Title IX...

or the way the campuses talk about how they are prepping students for their 'professional' lives

Also note in the account below: when complaints are made about quality of instruction -- that is met with deflecting tactic, as apologies for 'triggering' ...

Daily Cal Weekender:

Sexual assault miseducation: The daunting path to changing campus culture

"You all know that girl,” ...“You know, the one that’s too drunk and has puke in her hair?”
The University of California is currently working on improving preventative education across the system. Sheryl Vacca, the University of California Office of the President’s chief compliance and audit officer, announced in September 


The framework will be adopted this January, while implementation and delivery will be left to individual campuses.

A note here: (BTW the UC Regents posted their 2016 meeting dates/schedule
,it lists the Wed - Thurs but not a Thurs.- Fri pattern , they recently stated they were going to adopt a Thurs -Fri schedule, does this signal a change from that plan, or are they going to be revising the calendar as each meeting date approaches?)
Dirks with: Campus staff professionals deserve infinite gratitude

IHE with this piece:

"On Student Academic Freedom"

But what, concretely, does student academic freedom entail? May students, like faculty, claim some version of academic freedom beyond their own legal rights under the First Amendment? And, if so, what kind of academic freedom is most appropriate for students?
The question was addressed nearly 50 years ago in the wake of the civil rights movement in the South, the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley and burgeoning student movement against the Vietnam War. The AAUP and several other associations drafted the 1967 Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students. The proclaimed aim of that Joint Statement -- a kind of Magna Carta for student rights -- was “to enumerate the essential provisions for student freedom to learn.”
It's worth looking back at that seminal document in light of contemporary concerns.


Indeed, as I’ve written elsewhere, the issue at Yale, Missouri and other institutions is largely not one of free expression but of communication, environment and values. Shapiro puts it well: “At a time of unprecedented economic inequality, students of color, immigrants and students from low-income backgrounds -- at rich, elite universities and state schools alike -- are painfully aware that the experiences they bring to campus are ill appreciated by many classmates, teachers and administrators, who come overwhelmingly from a culture of middle-class safety nets and an economy that rewards those who already have. That’s the issue.” 

by Henry Reichman is first vice president of the American Association of University Professors and chair of the association’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.


other interesting reads

on Title IX blog w/ a piece on IX Exemptions and LGBTQ rights 

"If you work in higher education, beware the C word"

The latest and anything written by:

Friday, December 4, 2015

An 'outliers, unease' economy, or not?

Compare, contrast:

"UCLA Anderson Forecast: Job growth, wage increases to push real GDP growth past 3% for first time since '05"

LA Times On a recent PPIC poll

"Analysis The undertow in a new California poll: economic and political unease"

In some ways, the 61% approval rating for Obama and the 51% approval rating for Gov. Jerry Brown feel something like outliers, given the negative or, at best, discouraged view from many Californians.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Twenty percent of U.S. college presidents in 2012 came from fields outside academia."

The Atlantic:

Why Are College Presidents Going Corporate?

On the academic website “HASTAC,” Cathy Davidson, a professor at CUNY Graduate Center, wrote in a blog post that she didn’t think that Harreld was qualified to run a college campus in part due to his lack of academic experience. She then questioned the trend of applying the business model to higher education. What place is there for collegiate traditions of discourse and shared governance in a profit-minded university? What happens to non-profitable areas of a school—the hospital, students services, sports—if colleges are treated like a business? She argues that this shift could even open up moral and legal questions over universities’ nonprofit tax status.

How the University of California is Playing a Unique Role in Global Race Against Warming

Cal Students Stage Sit-In to Show Solidarity with Subcontracted Workers

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

'All things to all people' - a posture or possibility?

Some UC Regents frequently use the phrase 'we can't be all things to all people'...
W/ that
See Daily Dem:

State’s public university system called too small

California’s Higher-Education Crisis
Scores of highly qualified students are failing to secure spots at the Golden State’s public universities.


The Atlantic:

And it’s not just the UC schools. Even some of the California State University campuses—which draw from the top third of the state’s high-school graduates—have been rejecting qualified applicants. In fact, roughly one in four of the system’s 23 campuses now has admissions standards that are higher than the baseline CSU eligibility requirements, a phenomenon known as impaction. 


University of California pushes back deadline for transfer applications
UC Office of the President
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Out of State, Out of Mind

Educating more California students is always a worthwhile goal, but it should not come at the expense of other deserving students. “The best public school in the world” is an oft-heralded title of UC Berkeley — but many students are not included in this conception of public. When state-by-state education is so variable in quality, students should not be faulted for the subpar higher education systems of their homes. The University of California, in being among the top public higher education systems, has an obligation to help neighbors within and outside of its borders.

CA comes up over and over

California isn't a country, so why are so many in the state

“We can’t go it alone,” he said. “California as the exception has to become California as the norm.”