Thursday, January 29, 2015

Where Were They?

First, where was UCOP? as in:UCOP Misses Chance To Discuss Future of Higher Ed Funding

KALC: What Will It Take To Make UC's Budget More Transparent?

Also this op ed:UCSA Demands Greater Fiscal Transparency of UC Regents
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Daily Cal: Campus study finds that women, ethnic minority faculty members earn slightly lower average salaries

the PR piece: Campus poised to act on salary gaps for women, minority faculty

and, where's the adjunct, lecturers, instructors experiences in any of it?

Daily Bruin's much talked about submission: UC Should Develop Budget Without Utilizing Tuition Hikes includes this:
Inside the classroom, faculty devote less time to scheduled teaching than in the past. According to national data from UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute in 2014, 45 percent of faculty devoted nine or more hours a week – approximately a quarter of their time – to scheduled teaching. That is down from 56.5 percent in 2001 and 63.4 percent in 1991. 7.2 percent of faculty report having no scheduled teaching. On a national level, is it fair to ask students to pay more when faculty teach less?


See referenced: Undergraduate Teaching Faculty - The 2013-2014 HERI Faculty Survey
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The $250,000 new PR hire at UC Davis came up in the KALC talk listed above, and the Daily Bruin piece, also listed above, mentions the UC capital projects spending and spending...

Sacramento Business Journal with: UC Davis Begins Early Discussions On Creating Urban Center Campus
Includes an Alice in Wonderland section:
The university is working on multiple efforts which may or may not be the third campus. The university is working to establish a World Food Center and the UC Davis Mars Innovation Institute on Food and Health. Those could be part of the Campus for the 21st Century, but they should not be confused with it, Currall said. The scope and details of the Campus for the 21st Century are now just starting to be discussed.

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More staff hired to help Jagdeep and dreams of endless 17%

Scott Chan, chief investment officer at the $7.7 billion Sacramento County (Calif.) Employees' Retirement System, has been named senior managing director of public equities in the University of California's investment office.

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Santa Cruz Sentinel: mentions the UC's deferred maintenance and asks who referees the committee of two

Fresno Bee with Poll: High approval for Gov. Jerry Brown, support for budget

and, see San Diego Reader with "Bill and Hillary's California Peacock -Ex-Obama aide and friend of Bill gets $280,000 University of California spot"

At its meeting in San Francisco last week, the university's board of regents signed off on creating the new position of senior vice president of government relations and gave the job to Nelson Peacock, an aide to Napolitano when she ran the Department of Homeland Security under Democratic president Barack Obama. and more detail.
also
UCSD and UCOP potential ties to HRC campaign efforts in the future covered there.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Another Napolitano interview, Anita Hill at UC, autonomy coverage, more

Last week there also was this:

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Should also note here that Anita Hill is listed as a speaker for that Title IX conference at Berkeley next month (It is the conference that was announced shortly after UC Berkeley was listed as one of the first university systems under review for Title IX compliance. Several UC senior admin have conveniently booked themselves as topic expert speakers for the event... -to try to garner some street cred for how they 'handle things'?)

And Napolitano's former client will be at a book event at UCSC around then, too.
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KQED offers a view: As Brown and Napolitano Meet - A Look Back At UC's Historic Autonomy

but that piece does not take up how UC constitutional autonomy comes up in myriad other ways, as in: this story or this story.
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Is the Committee of Two just 'tussle theater' for creating more online at UC?
Sac Bee: Gov. Brown aims for reform of colleges: Dan Walters and then check out this other Sac Bee article again
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Tech Ed, four year degrees come up in this Sac Bee piece on Reich to CA Senate Dems on Income Inequality and Education

Monday, January 26, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

UC's Closed Domestic Doors, Safe International Harbor Approach?

IHE: The New Normal at Berkeley-California Governor Jerry Brown this week said the state’s flagship -- the University of California at Berkeley -- has closed its doors to “normal” people.
“More families wrongly are trying to get their students into the University of California, thinking it’s better,” Fajnor said.
Unlike Douglass, Fajnor doesn’t think adding more special admits will get more so-called “normal” people into Berkeley.
“When Berkeley can figure out how to graduate an athlete they should be allowed to expand their special admit pool – or maybe even win a football game,” he said.
Caitlin Quinn, a Berkeley political science major who is also a vice president for the Associated Students of the University of California, said that as Berkeley grows more competitive, students don’t blame each other.
“The university tries to pit us against each other from admissions to introductory weeder classes to research opportunities – more funding from the state would mean more spots for everyone, more housing, more research, more great professors,” she wrote in an email.
Students learn from one other, Quinn said, so if the so-called normal students end up getting frozen out, it's a detriment to the students and the university. The state and the system share responsibility, she said.


Toward the end Regent M' comments come up in the coverage but IHE leaves out the part about the 2 billion and the building safety that he also mentioned...
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and
IHE: UC Berkeley Proposes Global Educational Hub In Its Own Backyard

Who runs the "safe harbor" and for what? Is it CA or Fed. U, or? Lots of questions on the set up.

Taj and Ritz

Daily Cal : The High Flying Job of Fundraising for UC Berkeley

There's several sections to note but

for some reason this was what stuck out most:

On a Sunday night in June, Biddy went to dinner in San Francisco with Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele and Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance John Wilton. -and the reimbursements

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"it is a parodox you might chew on"

there's
NBC Bay Area AP coverage University of California Regents Shelve Policy That Would Tie Coaches' Bonuses to Students' Grades


Sac Bee Divided UC Regents Table Coach Bonus Policy

LA Times on it: UC regents delay move to link coaches' bonuses to athletes' grades


SF Chronicle takes on the 'blame it on Berkeley' aspect:

But some regents said they were largely persuaded by the arguments of Dan Guerrero, athletic director for UCLA, who said there were at least half a dozen unintended consequences to raising the bar. In addition to contract changes and steering students toward easier majors, Guerrero said coaches would feel pressure to keep students on their teams rather than lose a point for letting them go. They might also feel pressure to recruit students who are better scholars than athletes, he said.

'Campuses got the message'

He also said the policy was intended to address a big problem on just one campus, but that all campuses have gotten the message that academics matters for top athletes.

The policy was written in response to a devastating national report on intercollegiate athletics in 2013 in which UC Berkeley’s football and men’s basketball teams posted the worst graduation rates of all 72 schools with top-tier intercollegiate athletics teams.

“The shot over the bow has been heard,” Guerrero said. “We will hold our coaches accountable.”

But Newsom wasn’t buying it. He said it was “comical” that contracts provide up to $270,000 in athletic bonuses while the new policy would offer a $10,000 bonus for achieving certain academic thresholds.

“That’s holding your folks accountable?” he asked Guerrero. “I’m not trying to be argumentative, but Jesus.”


maybe a UCLA response to the Los Angelism earlier...
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KGO abclocal:



WaPo blog on reminders of what's gone down so far: California governor, university president butt heads over tuition hike

AP SJ Merc on that, too

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Really, the afternoon session gave a good 'fly on the (UCOP? or a neutral space?) wall' preview of the Committee of Two - so watch it and note:

50:00 mark
- Lozano helpfully mentions some of the key concerns the CA Senate Rules Committee raised to Blum, Lozano and Pattiz in August when they went through a non rubber stamp confirmation hearing (here's: more on that).

55:55 mark - Perez comments on the retelling, 'Lost in Translation' terminology provided by UCOP presentation

gets into the Blame Game on 20 yr pension holiday

Gould Responds to that

Perez discusses CA parents sticker shock on UC tuition.

Atkins on the real dilemma around communication, formulas, terms

Reiss wished Torlakson was present at the meeting b/c K-12 outreach on UC needs to be discussed more

Gov. Brown on Prop 98 and how UC had a chance to be part of that but UC decided it did not want to be. 'UC wanted to be treated differently and so UC is treated differently.'

at the 02:10:00 mark Regent M discusses the net worth dropping $2 Billion each year problem, and the UC Bldg safety issues- he opines on what he thinks the Gov. might have done as AG and there's metaphors and, in the end, 'something has to give'...

There also was a section where Regent Pattiz describes a dire state of the state and Governor Brown responds indirectly (to that comment and other similar comments) that the state is getting better in large part due to his conservative/ stingy/miserly approach so-- "it is a parodox you might chew on"

and much, much more - so watch those sections.
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Also, there was -in the morning section of first day - Regent Keiffer's E-4 looking into curriculum project...

UC Regents Meeting January 22

January 21-22 Regents Meeting - UCSF Mission Bay according to their calendar online. Info on how to view or listen to the meeting live is available at this link.

Or, just click on the session links here.


Thursday, January 22

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

8:50 am Committee on Finance (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2014

F52 Action Amendment to the Allocation of Los Alamos National Security,
LLC and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Fee Income
to be Expended in Fiscal Year 2014-15

F6 Discussion Update on the Proposed Governor’s Budget for 2015-16

9:45 am Committee on Health Services (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20, 2014

H1 Discussion Update on Student Behavioral Health

H2 Discussion Update on Ebola-Related Activities

10:15 am Committee on Compensation (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of November 20, 2014

C2 Action Approval of Appointment of and Compensation for
Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer,
Office of the President as Discussed in Regents Only Session

C3 Action Approval of Establishment of the New Senior Management Group
Position of Senior Vice President – Government Relations
and the Market Reference Zone for the Position and
Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Vice President –
Government Relations, Office of the President as Discussed in
Regents Only Session

C4 Action Approval of Establishment of the New Senior Management Group
Position of Senior Vice President – Public Affairs and the Market
Reference Zone for the Position and Appointment of and
Compensation for Senior Vice President – Public Affairs,
Office of the President as Discussed in Regents Only Session

C5 Action Approval of a Fiscal Year 2014-15 Merit Increase for
Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as
Discussed in Regents Only Session

11:00 am Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 18, 2014

GB1 Discussion Annual Report on Sustainable Practices 2014

GB2
2 Action Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, North Addition Office
Building, UC Davis Health System, Sacramento, Davis Campus
GB33 Discussion Amendment of Policy on Approval of Design, Long Range
Development Plans, and the Administration of the California
Environmental Quality Act and Authorization of the President of
the University to Implement the Pilot Phase of the Delegated
Process for Capital Improvement Projects

11:45 am Committee on Governance (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18, 2014

G2 Action Amendment of Standing Order 100.4 – Duties of the President of
the University

12:00 pm Board (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20 and the Meetings of the Committee of
the Whole of November 18, 19, and 20, 2014
Report of the President
Reports of Committees:
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
E Report: Action Committee on Educational Policy
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
G Report: Action Committee on Governance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
L Report: Action Committee on Long Range Planning
O Report: Action Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Reality and UC, or False Predicates

UC Regent Perez raised a motion/ proposed an agenda item to rescind the tuition hike vote from November UC Regents meeting due to what he called a "false predicate" presented to the UC Regents at the time of that vote - that occurred shortly after the Faculty Rep (made a statement/sort of presentation based on subject matter she said Vice Chair Ruiz wanted her to talk about -is that what Fac Rep statements are for?) and just before the education committee began. Would point you to the 'archive' of today's sessions (that lasts one year) from today's meeting but UC Regents have not made it available: here yet -only future meeting listed.
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SF Gate: Newsom Calls For Tougher Academic Expectations of UC's Athletes
it includes:
Pérez said he was troubled by the low standard, which is also used by the University of Maryland, and said the regents should figure out a better one.
“I lean in that direction myself,” said Regent Bonnie Reiss. “Even if we’re only the second university in the country to do this, why wouldn’t we want to make the UC academic bar higher?”
Not all the regents agreed.
“This affects an infinitesimally small number of students,” said Norman Pattiz. “Look at the opportunity certain students are being given that would not be available to them. ... This is almost semiprofessional (ball). We need to give our people the flexibility to play in this game effectively.”
Regent Eddie Island said that if the standard were raised, black and Latino students could be among those most often denied a chance to play.
“Let’s not destroy this opportunity for thousands of young people,” he said. Athletics is “no less (important) than a course in biology. Or a course in mathematics.”
'Ticket into society’

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(btw hear Regent Pattiz was on a recent episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - giving someone named 'Brandy' career advice, etc.
Seems so, see:
Since my divorce, I've come to realize that nothing is forever, and it's always good to have a skill and/or trade should I need to work until the day I die. With my expensive children, I just may need to do so. So I'm very thankful to my agent Alec who talked me into trying this and to Norm Pattiz for the opportunity.

They just referred to him as 'Norm' on the show. He chairs the committee on the national labs.)
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And there's : this on Steele getting acquainted w/ Cal
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Daily Cal on Committee of Two Urgent Student Input Needed In Budget Planning Process

Fox and Hounds on Committee of Two

-compare, contrast
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and on CCC and four year degree no offerings in the SF Bay Area?- is it a tell on the value of the degrees after completion or just a shut out?
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Dirks is in Davos again - not at the UC Regents meeting this week. Possible perception -the one that goes- 'With or without the CA pols, but definitely with Wall St in Switzerland annually' perception...



Regents Meeting-January 21 - UCSF Mission Bay

January 21-22 Regents Meeting - UCSF Mission Bay according to their calendar online. Info on how to view or listen to the meeting live is available following links here.

Or, just click on the session links here.

Wednesday, January 21

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

9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2014
E1 Discussion University of California Educator Preparation Programs

E2 Discussion President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual
Violence and Sexual Assault, Phase II

E3 Discussion Report of the Working Group on Coaches/Athletic Directors
Compensation and Student-Athlete Academic Performance

E4 Discussion Status of Forthcoming Presentations on Undergraduate Education,
Curriculum, and the Meaning of the Degree

E5 Discussion Update on Proposed Federal College Rating System

11:30 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20, 2014

O1 Discussion Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories

O2 Action Resolutions to Exclude Access to Federal Classified Information

11:45 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (Regents only session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 18, 2012

O3(XX) Discussion Briefing on the Department of Energy (DOE) Fiscal Year 2014
Performance Rating of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New
Mexico Environmental Department Fine Assessed Against the DOE
and Los Alamos National Security, LLC

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Committee on Long Range Planning (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2014

L1 Discussion Status Report on Recommendations of the UC Commission on the
Future

L2 Action Establishment of the Select Advisory Committee on the Cost
Structure of the University

L32 Discussion Review of Debt Strategy Task Force

2:30 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2014

C1(X) Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters

2:45 pm Committee on Compensation (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 17 and 18,
2014

C2(XX) Discussion Appointment of and Compensation for
Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer,
Office of the President

C3(XX) Discussion Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Vice President – Government Relations,
and the Market Reference Zone for the Position and
Appointment of and Compensation for
Senior Vice President – Government Relations,
Office of the President

C4(XX) Discussion Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Vice President – Public Affairs, and the Market Reference
Zone for the Position and Appointment of and Compensation for
Senior Vice President – Public Affairs, Office of the President

C5(XX) Discussion Approval of a Fiscal Year 2014-15 Merit Increase for
Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


3:30 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20, 2014

F1(XX) Discussion Annual Report of Settlements of Claims and Litigation and
Separation Agreements over $50,000, Fiscal Year 2014

F2(XX) Action Tutor Saliba Perini v. Regents – Authorization to Settle
Construction Dispute – UCLA Santa Monica

F3(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates
1. ARMSTRONG v. REGENTS – Verdict in Favor of the
Regents – Medical Malpractice – San Francisco
2. CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION v.
REGENTS, et al. – Settlement Pending – Breach of
Contract – Davis
3. CLIFFORD v. REGENTS, et al. – Plaintiff’s Petition for
Rehearing Denied – Title IX, Equal Protection, Due
Process and State Law Claims Related to Fraternity
Hazing – Davis

4:20 pm Committee on Governance (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 16, 2014

G1(XX) Action Appointment of Regents to Standing Committees

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

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20, 2014

Reports of Committees:

FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Personnel Matters

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

But It's Oscars Season...pre regents meeting round up

Fox and Hounds a column there...:The University of California vs. Hollywood “Gov Brown and the legislature had more than $300 million a year in additional money in a tax break for Hollywood that its own legislative analyst said won’t work. And yet the governor wants to give the University of California – which has a well demonstrated and powerful effect on the economy of our state – only a third as much money, and he is making it conditional on getting his way in the budget fight.”

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SF Gate A Step In Reforming UC, and, Maybe All College Sports

The shamefully low graduation rates for used-and-abused college athletes are getting an overdue answer from the University of California, one of the most culpable institutions. Under a plan up for approval, a coach’s salary will hinge on players hitting higher academic marks, not just games in the win column.

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POGO: Nuclear Lab Whistleblower Case Moves Forward

Dr. James Doyle worked at the Los Alamos lab, one of the laboratories in the Department of Energy nuclear complex, for 17 years. Prior to submitting his article for publication, he had it reviewed by a classification analyst at the lab, met with the director of the security office to address any concerns, and made it clear in the article that he was providing his own opinion as an individual and not as an Energy Department employee.

But just two days after the article was published...

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Daily Bruin: UC Doctors To Hold One Day Strike Over Alleged Unfair Labor Practices
Doctors in student health centers across the University of California will hold a one-day strike on Jan. 27 over what they call unfair labor practices, claiming the University has not negotiated in good faith with the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, which represents them.

“(An unfair labor practice) strike is the only way to compel (the) UC to follow the laws that govern bargaining,” said Stuart A. Bussey, president of the union, in a press release.

The University has negotiated with the union for nearly a year. The doctors, who organized the union in 2013, are negotiating for their first labor contract.

Monday, January 19, 2015

'Exploited By Your Service Ethic' - Reflecting on it this MLK Day of Service

see:

“The Emergence of the ‘Precariat’: What Does The Loss of Stable, Well-Compensated Employment Mean for Education?” from January 14, 2015
The emergence of the global knowledge economy has revolutionized the nature of work in America – for the worse. Unionized, well-paying private sector jobs that were once a ladder to the middle class have been decimated. Poorly compensated, insecure and precarious employment has grown dramatically. As a consequence, economic inequality has mushroomed. Perhaps nothing captures this transformation better than academia, where tenure-track positions have declined as the numbers of poorly paid, insecure adjuncts have swelled. What is the reality of life in the ‘precariat?’ What has the growth of the ‘precariat’ meant for the American economy? For the quality of American higher education? What are the prospects for union organizing among the ‘precariat?’

PANELISTS
Introduction



Barbara Ehrenreich, co-editor, Economic Hardship Reporting Project
Watch her presentation



Rosemary Feal, Executive Director, Modern Language Association


specifically on the student experience of paying for education see this presentation:
Andrew Ross, Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis; Director, American Studies (interim),
New York University
Watch his presentation



Jennie Shanker, Adjunct Professor, Temple University; member, Temple adjunct organizing committee

"The two are also expected to get to the bottom of the individual costs of graduate, undergraduate and research — an analysis already required under a 2013 state law that UC officials have said was too difficult to provide."

that's in this SF Chron - SF Gate: Brown, Napolitano Form Unusual Committee To Study UC Finances

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LA Times Opinion piece gets to it, too: The Tangle Behind The UC Funding Spat by Peter Schrag

Beyond the details of the Brown and Napolitano spat, there's a tangle of tougher — and — more fundamental issues. For a couple of decades a retired UC Berkeley physics professor named Charles Schwartz has been generating numbers from UC's own data to show that in fact undergraduate tuition — now roughly $12,000 a year, and slated to exceed $15,500 within four years if the regents' tuition increases stay in place — pays for nearly twice the actual cost of undergraduate instruction. The rest, Schwartz says, subsidizes graduate education and research.

Brostrom says Schwartz's analysis is wrong, but it raised enough questions that in 2013 the Legislature enacted AB 94 requiring the university to, among other things, generate periodic reports and more precise accounting on how it actually spends its money.
When the first deadline came last fall, the university, pleading for more time to generate better numbers, provided no more than a place holder with no real data. UC's information systems, Brostrom said, are “very complicated.” Still, in an interview with me he promised a new report within a couple of weeks.

In fact, UC doesn't know exactly how it spends its money — and maybe it honestly can't know.

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ABC News with AP piece: Governor, UC president to study university finances together
They settled on informal committee structure "that will facilitate a robust exchange of ideas between the two of them, informed by reports and testimony from external and internal experts and stakeholders, including UC faculty and students," Montiel said.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Napolitano Talk at U. Mich.- Ford, and UCSB gets grant for IV

UPDATE: The archive of the talk is available here at this link - scroll toward bottom of page. Her talk ran slightly over an hour.

Update II:here is an article from Mich. Daily with some coverage of the talk

note her version of senior admin hiring approach: She noted that universities can reduce costs internally and discussed UC’s Working Smarter initiative that aimed to reduce costs within universities.

“We have identified $660 million in costs,” Napolitano said. “We didn’t replace certain people who were in management or administration when they retired. So we actually have fewer senior managers now than we did in 2007, 2008. And we really worked to bring down administrative overhead on students, so all those things go together.”


- and could she have been referring to Brewer when she talked about how new people can come along into pol positions and undo progress predecessors made?- that part comes toward the end of her talk.
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Original post
There's Napolitano talk Public Service and Politics streaming now live - apparently they say they are also accepting questions via twitter

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UCSB Getting Federal Grant For Mental Health Services - $570,000


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Outreach or Campaigning?

Maybe both... and/or.
In a Univision article, interview
Includes multiple video clips of their interview with her on UC and on immigration, along with a companion piece that includes UCLA students.
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and interviewed also in Popular Mechanics
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So much interesting ed. news outta AZ including this HuffPo on ethnic studies piece

Also mentioned here in this post: and on Saturday, at the end of a six hour meeting with a sustained focus on academic freedom, the Association's officers asked for input from the floor about how to respond to Arizona State University's recent raising of teaching loads for its non-tenure track (NTT) writing instructors by 25 percent (to 5-5), with no increase in pay. An ASU dean was in the audience to explain the administration's rationale, which was that all university faculty have a notional five-course load per term, and the tenure track faculty who teach two courses per term are getting three courses of credit for research and service. All the admin was doing, he said, was regularizing a lot of NTT instructors while rationalizing their workloads.

- But she didn't return there after DC. Does she ever get back to visit, or...?

Monday, January 12, 2015

UCSA Votes 'No Confidence' In UC Regents, Napolitano

UCSA is systemwide, see Daily Cal: UC Student Association passes vote of no confidence in UC Regents and UC President Janet Napolitano

The decision echoed similar votes from five UC campus student governments following the UC Regents’ approval of the tuition plan, which allows fees to increase by 5 percent per year for the next 5 years, assuming the state increases funding to the university by 4 percent annually.

According to UC Student Association board chair Kevin Sabo, the purpose of the “no confidence” vote passed by UCSA was to send a clear message to the university that students will not “tolerate being relegated to the role of political pawn” and expects the university to be a transparent about its spending.


and

“We’re trying to navigate the balance of not playing into Jerry Brown’s politics or Janet Napolitano’s politics, because they’ve both screwed us over,” said Caitlin Quinn, ASUC External Affairs Vice President, regarding UCSA’s budget proposal. “We don’t want to be besties with either of them.”


Could It Be True?

First- IHE: The Higher Ed Austerity Deal Is Falling Apart By Christopher Newfield discusses austerity dems, austerity admins and undergrad student organizing and the need for faculty and families to take advantage of the current climate on UC tuition. Gets into real state of things re: UC pension and UC Path, too.
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and, information about this month's UC Regents Meeting is now available here: at UC Regents site- background docs may or may not be there in the links and changes can occur up to the day of the meeting - "All times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change".

Wednesday, January 21

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

9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2014
E1 Discussion University of California Educator Preparation Programs

E2 Discussion President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual
Violence and Sexual Assault, Phase II

E3 Discussion Report of the Working Group on Coaches/Athletic Directors
Compensation and Student-Athlete Academic Performance

E4 Discussion Status of Forthcoming Presentations on Undergraduate Education,
Curriculum, and the Meaning of the Degree

E5 Discussion Update on Proposed Federal College Rating System

11:30 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20, 2014

O1 Discussion Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories

O2 Action Resolutions to Exclude Access to Federal Classified Information

11:45 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (Regents only session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 18, 2012

O3(XX) Discussion Briefing on the Department of Energy (DOE) Fiscal Year 2014
Performance Rating of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New
Mexico Environmental Department Fine Assessed Against the DOE
and Los Alamos National Security, LLC

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Committee on Long Range Planning (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2014

L1 Discussion Status Report on Recommendations of the UC Commission on the
Future

L2 Action Establishment of the Select Advisory Committee on the Cost
Structure of the University

L32 Discussion Review of Debt Strategy Task Force

2:30 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2014

C1(X) Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters

2:45 pm Committee on Compensation (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 17 and 18,
2014

C2(XX) Discussion Appointment of and Compensation for
Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer,
Office of the President

C3(XX) Discussion Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Vice President – Government Relations,
and the Market Reference Zone for the Position and
Appointment of and Compensation for
Senior Vice President – Government Relations,
Office of the President

C4(XX) Discussion Establishment of the New Senior Management Group Position of
Senior Vice President – Public Affairs, and the Market Reference
Zone for the Position and Appointment of and Compensation for
Senior Vice President – Public Affairs, Office of the President

C5(XX) Discussion Approval of a Fiscal Year 2014-15 Merit Increase for
Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


3:30 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20, 2014

F1(XX) Discussion Annual Report of Settlements of Claims and Litigation and
Separation Agreements over $50,000, Fiscal Year 2014

F2(XX) Action Tutor Saliba Perini v. Regents – Authorization to Settle
Construction Dispute – UCLA Santa Monica

F3(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates
1. ARMSTRONG v. REGENTS – Verdict in Favor of the
Regents – Medical Malpractice – San Francisco
2. CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION v.
REGENTS, et al. – Settlement Pending – Breach of
Contract – Davis
3. CLIFFORD v. REGENTS, et al. – Plaintiff’s Petition for
Rehearing Denied – Title IX, Equal Protection, Due
Process and State Law Claims Related to Fraternity
Hazing – Davis

4:20 pm Committee on Governance (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 16, 2014

G1(XX) Action Appointment of Regents to Standing Committees

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

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20, 2014

Reports of Committees:

FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Personnel Matters

Thursday, January 22

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

8:50 am Committee on Finance (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2014

F52 Action Amendment to the Allocation of Los Alamos National Security,
LLC and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Fee Income
to be Expended in Fiscal Year 2014-15

F6 Discussion Update on the Proposed Governor’s Budget for 2015-16

9:45 am Committee on Health Services (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20, 2014

H1 Discussion Update on Student Behavioral Health

H2 Discussion Update on Ebola-Related Activities

10:15 am Committee on Compensation (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of November 20, 2014

C2 Action Approval of Appointment of and Compensation for
Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer,
Office of the President as Discussed in Regents Only Session

C3 Action Approval of Establishment of the New Senior Management Group
Position of Senior Vice President – Government Relations
and the Market Reference Zone for the Position and
Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Vice President –
Government Relations, Office of the President as Discussed in
Regents Only Session

C4 Action Approval of Establishment of the New Senior Management Group
Position of Senior Vice President – Public Affairs and the Market
Reference Zone for the Position and Appointment of and
Compensation for Senior Vice President – Public Affairs,
Office of the President as Discussed in Regents Only Session

C5 Action Approval of a Fiscal Year 2014-15 Merit Increase for
Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as
Discussed in Regents Only Session

11:00 am Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 18, 2014

GB1 Discussion Annual Report on Sustainable Practices 2014

GB2
2 Action Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, North Addition Office
Building, UC Davis Health System, Sacramento, Davis Campus
GB33 Discussion Amendment of Policy on Approval of Design, Long Range
Development Plans, and the Administration of the California
Environmental Quality Act and Authorization of the President of
the University to Implement the Pilot Phase of the Delegated
Process for Capital Improvement Projects

11:45 am Committee on Governance (open session)
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18, 2014

G2 Action Amendment of Standing Order 100.4 – Duties of the President of
the University


12:00 pm Board (open session)
Agenda – Open Session
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 20 and the Meetings of the Committee of
the Whole of November 18, 19, and 20, 2014
Report of the President
Reports of Committees:
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
E Report: Action Committee on Educational Policy
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
G Report: Action Committee on Governance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
L Report: Action Committee on Long Range Planning
O Report: Action Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Collaboration or Confrontation, Candidacy - and Sugar, Sugar

apparently struck by an alliteration jag lately...

so SF Gate has Ron Conway Donates $40 million to UCSF


(and, if you didn't catch it-- the UCSF connections in this: Propelling Games and Technology Forward By Giving Back)
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It's well known that lots of UC campuses studying sugar in different ways- for instance, most recently: this- famous folks at UCSF working on other stuff, too.
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Then, note the Mars bars tie in below, interesting. UC Davis looking at sugar differently, maybe?

see informative piece in: Sac Bee Opinion: Katehi has new vision for UCD

“By the end of May or June, we could have a vision for the location (of the World Center) and a business plan that details how we are going to finance it.”

Katehi said one site could work well if it made financial sense. “Of all the locations, the one in the railyards (in Sacramento) has the best attributes,” she said.
Katehi isn’t talking about moving pieces of the current campus in Davis to Sacramento. This would be a whole new campus with dorms in an urban setting.


and
This has been a somewhat nebulous concept up until this point, but very soon it won’t be. Already, Mars – the candy-making giant – has committed $40 million to fund innovation that could lead to new, locally generated discoveries in sustainable food, agriculture and health.

Already, the U.S. Department of Agriculture chose UC Davis to be the American headquarters for a research center on food safety with China.

Very soon, the city of Sacramento expects a local owner – developer Larry Kelley – to finally close escrow on the downtown railyard. Kelley says he wants the site to be a hub of jobs and investment.

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Katehi also developed an idea of remaking the faculty at UCD through an initiative to hire 650 new professors in the next five to seven years.

Before she is done, Katehi could make UCD far more diverse and open than it is now. “We want to get away from the notion of a community of scholars,” she said. “That implies that everything is known. We want to be a community of learners.” Katehi said.


That pesky peppa history (many know wasn't just about peppa but admin moves) comes up, of course.
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UC Pres. on that East Coast talk circuit again, that suggestion that she is on a list of contenders for POTUS 2016 candidacy included in the write up: "On Wednesday, U-M Ford School of Public Policy will present a talk ("Public Service and Politics") by University of California president Janet Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona who was Obama's 1st Secretary of Homeland Security. She is also widely regarded as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. The talk is webstreamed live at http://fordschool.umich.edu/events/2015/power-public. Wednesday 
4-5:30 p.m." EST.

(UC Regent Reiss gave her thoughts on the viability of Gov. Brown's potential candidacy for POTUS 2016 at the Nov. UC Regents meeting in her comments during education committee proceedings.)
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in Reason Mag: Brown's Legacy Depends On Focus He Doesn't Have Yet
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KQED: The Shrewd Politics of Jerry Brown’s New State Budget - on "his often proclaimed love for the principle of subsidiarity"

and
The governor may also have to win over his traditional friends in public employee unions when it comes to a proposal to asking workers to split the cost of putting money aside for their health care coverage during retirement — a major long-term liability. But his budget also proposes $560 million in salary and benefits increases for state workers, a sign that there’s a deal to be made if union leaders will take it.

much more in that article, it ends:

The larger question is how other players in the annual budget process will see those inconsistencies, and whether they create room for collaboration rather than confrontation.

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And, that Boxer US Senate seat opening up - could mean some serious Ex Officio UC Regents pol moves; and (non ex officio) UC Regents political donations moves going forward. Could it impact UC Regents business, agendas?

Calbuzz Why the Governor Should Run for Boxer’s Seat
-it was tapped down in the comments there

but then raised anew now by the former 'Da Mayor'


Bloomberg gets seismic about it- see: video- Newsom talks UC at several points and where another Brown even gives the Rs a pep talk on the future CA US Senate race. Willie Brown comments on Kamala Harris candidacy. Others say Gov. Brown might be Mayor of Oakland again?! Wild, interesting stuff. John Heilemann and Griffin Hammond gets a read on which California Democrats are ready for the political major leagues.

Matier and Ross earlier: But at a Democratic Party fundraiser in San Francisco on Thursday night, co-hosted by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris, Burton told the crowd, "When we meet here four years from tonight, we could be looking at one California governor and one U.S. senator."
the Dem list of potential candidates goes on to include
... "and University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former Arizona governor and homeland security chief."
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“It’s just the way the wind is blowing, and that’s not the way to run the university. ... The regents are the appropriate body to be making independent decisions, free of political whims.”
- have to... laugh?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Collision Course Cuts Committee - Composed of Two?

and hopes again for a May Revise revise
LAT: UC and Cal State hope for more funding than Brown offers

Brown did not offer to give UC the extra $100 million that Napolitano said was needed to prevent the tuition increase. Instead, he included his original offering of $120 million, and even that amount would be yanked if student fees increase. Much maneuvering is ahead over the next few months, starting with the UC regents meeting later this month, at which Brown is expected to propose a panel to examine UC’s spending.

and on CSU:
The governor’s plan does include a new and separate one-time allocation of $25 million for critical Cal State deferred maintenance and repairs, which officials estimate would take $1.8 billion to fully resolve. But the budget proposal, they said, would leave the Cal State system short of funds to fully address students' success and completion programs as well as technology upgrades across the 23-campus system.

Cal State officials signaled their intent to press the governor and the Legislature for more resources. However, unlike UC, Cal State has no current plans to hike tuition. If no more money is forthcoming, “we will make do,” said Cal State spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp.


NYT on the Precariously Balanced
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'Panel', 'task force', 'advisory' - it is also being discussed as a cuts committee of two - by some news outlets:

- the reporter ended evening delivery of the story above by saying words to the effect of/what sounded like : the advisory committee on cuts is really just composed of two -Gov Brown and UC Pres Napolitano - but those comments aren't included in the afternoon embeddable broadcast video above or in the accompanying article- it was an observation that was a 'take note' though in the evening live broadcast. Is it really going to end up that way?

SF Business Times: Proposed State Budget Keeps Gov. Brown, UC's Napolitano On Collision Course

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SF Gate: Jerry Brown’s budget battle starts with $120 million threat to UC

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Remaking The University - Governor Brown Picks Up the Gauntlet

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Changing Universities - The UC-AFT Plan for Enhancing Affordability, Access, and Quality at the University of California

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SJ Merc California higher ed funding: Brown holds firm on UC tuition freeze
:
"Gov. Brown's budget proposal for community colleges is the best our system has seen in years," Chancellor Brice W. Harris said in a statement.

But if the budget proposal is reason for community colleges to celebrate, it's a dilemma for UC.

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DC bold moves on community colleges -- now?

There's also
Mother Teresa, capitalism and Jerry Brown’s approach to poverty in California
and - they get his first comments on headlines that have been in repeat mode for months

and Reclaim UC with content related to those last two Sac Bee articles: Securitization, risk management, and the new university

Friday, January 9, 2015

Reminder: UC Regents Agenda Items For Jan 21-22 Meeting

Update: in recent weeks the January meeting dates have changed from Jan 20-21 to Jan 21-22. Not sure if those dates will remain unchanged-- but those are the dates they are listing now. Sometimes they keep a 2.5 day meeting schedule and sometimes strictly only two days of meeting.

agenda items, etc and scheduling of UC Regents Agenda Items and background docs For Jan 20-21 Meeting should be posted here but are subject to change up to the actual meeting.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Shakedown, Throwdown

less 'ok corral' terms --replaced by others

See The Riggs Report- Brown's UC Throwdown
It's a fascinating confrontation taking shape between Governor Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona. And what's at stake in this pending showdown is what some believe is a shakedown involving University of California students, their families, and the tuition they are required to pay.

Napolitano is playing budget hardball with Brown, who, with his recent landslide reelection and strong polling numbers, is enjoying a role as the dominant player in Capitol politics.

Napolitano is testing that, having engineered a vote by the Board of Regents in November to hike tuition by up to 5 percent a year over the next five years.

Over that time span, tuition could climb by more than $3,000 a year. But that tuition hike could disappear, UC leaders say, if the governor and Legislature agree to substantially increase the system's funding.

and
Initially I thought Brown might seek some middle ground, but the sense I get now is that he's prepared to engage in a good old-fashioned brawl, using his budget powers to leverage the University.

I expect he'll propose a modest increase in UC funding, nowhere close to the amount being sought, when he releases his spending blueprint. And he'll repeat his demands for the University to streamline operations and adopt cost-cutting measures.

If the University moves ahead with the tuition hike, the governor's ultimate weapon would be to cut UC's budget by an amount that corresponds to the dollars raised. In the end, this dispute will have to be brokered by the Legislature.

President Napolitano is facing a host of critical questions from lawmakers, not just the governor, about the 5 percent tuition hike.

What will the final deal look like? Once all the dust has settled, UC will have to...

- see the article for more.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Higher Ed Coffee Klatch, Receptions in Sacto - and more

“I think the president realizes that it’s going to take a concerted effort – that it’s going to be a back and forth between the governor, the Legislature and her,” said Medina, who leads the Assembly Higher Education Committee. “I think she realizes the important role the Legislature plays.”

The University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges later hosted an evening reception for lawmakers and others at the Citizen Hotel.


Sac Bee covering it including- CSU's Tim White having coffee with Speaker Atkins...
- here


and also on that: Is CSU Skirting the Issue?

Daily Bruin: New appointee to UC Board of Regents raises concerns

Monday, January 5, 2015

"I will not make the students of California the default financiers of our colleges and universities."

that line again --and see Remaking the University: The Governor's Inaugural Address: More Tired Higher Ed Cliches
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In the Gov's speech he talked also about pensions and public employees
and, as it happens, there's this in the National Review: UC's Pension Fiasco
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CA Pols reactions to the speech at Sac Bee includes references to CA Higher Ed
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Cal Channel (funded by cable companies, like C SPAN is) currently is devoting much of their home page content right now to UC (looks like its been like that since Nov and thru the leg break) including: "Jerry Brown Takes On Janet Napolitano" - and it points to this Matier and Ross article
Cal Channel also is listing UC Regents Nov meeting webcast (but it is just a link - looks like they will not be archiving on demand video of UC Regents meetings beyond what UC does, which is just for a year) and they also point to an article from LA Times on UC tuition hikes "Op Ed : UC Tuition Hike Earns a Failing Grade"...So, lots of UC issues there in their content.

The Governor's speech in full there, too:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

UC Ventures not a model? And Adjuncts in CA Moves.

see Nat Law Review:
UC Ventures: How One Very Large Public University System is Setting an Example. Or is it?
... As systems consider investment scenarios such as UC Ventures, additional risks emerge, including whether a university system can both support its mission of furthering its research efforts and still maintain a sound investment strategy.
and
It then might suggest that if these endowments have embraced these investment strategies, they could somehow find a way to support their research enterprise by directing investments into a vehicle like a venture fund. The UC System may very well be successful at this, but it may not serve as a good example for others. It has a critical mass of research funding and startup activity, as well as a very dense and accessible stable of entrepreneurs, industry contacts, private venture funds, angels, and incubator models to work with. Before university systems consider to what extent they might direct investments into such areas, they should think carefully to what extent its commitments can be supported by such infrastructure.
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also LAT: CA and unionizing adjunct faculty

Dirks: "With or Without The Politicians". And 'drawn in' by the UC Regents?

that's in the holiday message- that section begins at the 3:30 mark :

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and LA Times: Potential Hurdles Loom for Gov. Jerry Brown's Fourth-Term Goals


The University of California regents drew Brown into a firefight over higher education funding when they voted recently to increase tuition.
and
"I've learned that second terms can surprise," Brown told reporters last month. After being sworn in Monday, he will address a joint session of the Legislature.

The unexpected surfaced soon after the election. The UC regents announced a plan to raise tuition up to 28% over the next five years. Preventing the increase, which they say is needed to cover retirement benefits, hire new instructors and expand enrollment, would cost $100 million in the next state budget.

The outcry from students could increase pressure on Brown to boost funding more than he planned. He has said he doesn't want tuition to go up, and he notes that he gave the UC $142 million more in the current budget year than in the last.

"He's looking at a potentially disruptive issue," said Barbara O'Connor, professor emeritus of political communication at Cal State Sacramento, "because students are irate, and he's concerned about legacy items like a strong education system."

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Foreshadowing, The Must See, Some Don't Wanna See

KQED : Viewer’s Guide to California Politics in 2015 -includes a few paragraphs on UC and the J vs J

But the former Arizona governor and U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary is likely to find a pretty strong adversary in Brown — if, of course, it gets that far.
(And there are a number of people seeking to privately turn down the heat on this fight.)

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Former unconfirmed-almost-kinda UC Regent David Crane foreshadows? Remember according to UC Regents minutes and agendas he is still listed as an advisor on the UC Regents investments committee- he writes in this SF Chron op ed: Four Shadows Fall Across California State Budget -and mentions CA universities.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Breaking: New UC Regent Appointed --and Frugal Rock

the New Year is rollin'

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.


Gareth Elliott, 44, of West Sacramento, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Elliott has served as legislative affairs secretary in the Office of the Governor since 2011. He was policy director in the Office of California State Senator Alex Padilla from 2008 to 2011 and policy director and deputy chief of staff in the Office of California State Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2004 to 2008. Elliott was a legislative aide and then legislative director in the Office of California State Senator Don Perata from 1996 to 2004. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Elliott is a Democrat.

it would be good to keep in mind two Sac Bee articles: Padilla has long to-do list as California's election boss


Jerry Brown taps staff member to sit on UC governing board


also the opinion in this post: Now that we're done decking the halls, we're apparently into stacking the deck

Will update here with more links to coverage on this appointment as available.

The final vacant tab above now updated and filled...
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Keep California's Promise on Governor Brown's decisions - Who Is More Frugal?


yeah, frugal rock is a riff off that kids show...

The Tea Leaves Games, The Already Baked, And All Those 'If -Then' Promises...

see SCPR article: Higher UC tuition or more state funding — where would state funds go?
-- also the 3:50 minute audio clip "UC tuition increases: Where would the money go?"


It includes a good overview and analysis and this main perception highlighted again- (is it a winning approach?):

Napolitano’s request comes with an "or else." If the state doesn’t pony up the extra funds, she plans to carry out tuition increases of up to 5 percent in each of three years.

The funds already divided up, would it really work out that way?:

If President Napolitano carries out the tuition increases, UCLA officials said their campus would get about $38 million in additional funding next year.

and

UC campus officials are preparing two scenarios. Under one plan, they would receive the already proposed $119 million from the state and at least $97.7 million from next year’s student tuition increase.

Under the second plan, if tuition hikes do not materialize, the university will receive only $119 million from the state. For UCLA alone, Olsen said it amounts to about $16 million next year. That scenario, the university contends, would mean fewer seats for in-state students, fewer dollars for financial aid, delays in graduation, and a negative impact on the quality of education.


Will all faculty/campuses see improvement, relief?:
“With this plan we can invest in faculty," Napolitano said.


Once again, want to highlight-- the audio clip lists out all of the wonderful things resulting from a tuition hike or state help - but will it work out that way?
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In many articles the predictions show up as just a list of important future topics, not real prognosticating.

Sacramento Report: Predictions for a New Year
Tension over UC tuition: In a typical year, a fight over new spending would be the biggest budget battle, but 2015 is not shaping up to be a typical year. That’s because UC President Janet Napolitano has threatened to raise tuition if the system doesn’t get more money. This will be the budget battle du jour. The governor opposes the tuition hike — but like we said, he also wants to hold the line on new spending. Meanwhile, in the Legislature, the reaction as has been all over the place. As the Sacramento Bee recently noted, “the UC’s proposed tuition hike has been met with a range of responses, from proposals for increased funding to a constitutional amendment that would strip the university of the autonomy it has had for more than a century

More already baked?:
Sac Bee California colleges poised to perform well on federal ratings system
Leaders at some of UC’s nine campuses, particularly those that usually score lower on traditional rankings like the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list, see it as an opportunity to make more of a name for their schools.

“In the abstract, I’m not necessarily enthusiastic about ratings systems. But that ship has sailed,” UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said. “So if we’re going to do it, let’s at least think about the future, not the past.”

Ranking formulas usually value things like endowment, reputation and selectivity that benefit elite private schools and promote exclusion, Wilcox said, but emphasizing affordability and access on the federal scorecard could change the conversation about what universities should aspire to.

“These are things that, to me, if we’re going to make comparisons, are the right things to make comparisons about,” he said.

In a mock-up of the ratings by Time magazine earlier this year, UC Riverside scored as the best value college in America, while the San Diego, Irvine and Davis campuses all finished in the top six. (California State University, Long Beach, was tenth.)

Wilcox said there’s an internal validation to performing well, but it’s also an opportunity to attract new talent and more grant money, as well as to show the state and the Legislature “yet again, what a prize these institutions really are.”

Even UC President Janet Napolitano, who told The Washington Post last December that she was “deeply skeptical” of the ratings, has mostly come around on the proposal, according to spokesman Steve Montiel, though using salaries after graduation as a metric remains an area of concern.

-- Of course it is "a concern"...yet, they use that statistic on alumni outpacing the wages of their entire family members w/in five years of graduating etc. hhhmmmm...
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Times Herald Several CA Education Related Bills To Take Effect This Year includes:
Three new laws concern community colleges, including AB 1942, sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers, which requires the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to report to the Legislature every two years about policy changes that would affect the accreditation process and accreditation status of a college. Spokesman Fred Glass said the bill was prompted by the group’s efforts to save City College of San Francisco, where many union members work.

Glass alleged that the accrediting agency committed “unlawful and unfair acts” and said the college deserves to have its accreditation “rerun, and this time in a lawful and fair way.”


and UCLA Fac Blog with the 'for he can't help himself' award - again

Thursday, January 1, 2015

"Given To Understand"... "Radically Broken"

What are the attributes, symptoms of "radically broken"?
Does "radically broken" mean a system comprised of multiple campuses being on "hairball" status? (Hairball phrase was a strange term for that UCB VC to highlight -and "radically broken" not any better -exercises in creating new 'spectrum of brokenness' terms. 'Given to understand' sounds like a desire to keep some distance from UC in practice.)

Sac Bee: Janet Napolitano Pushes UC To Front Line of California Budget Battle
- the piece includes three Youtube clips on her thoughts about
1-student tuition protests and
2- CA Leg. moves to change UC constitutional autonomy and
3- on her relationship with Gov. Brown.

She says she is "given to understand" that legislative attempts to change UC autonomy occur as reaction to UC tuition hikes -but is that an accurate CA Leg. history or pairing of events that she has been "given"?



(The LA Times 'UC as gem, jewel' talk in this op ed --with timing that seems to fall in line with the Sac Bee piece above...oh yeah, and those Californians to watch in 2015 coverage has spillover to education segments (K-12, CCC, CSU and UC) - and there's the FPPC and UC angle to consider in it, too.

On the CA 'legacy building' and 'dodging' there's this on K-12: "If schools are failing students, as Judge Hernandez declared after extensive testimony, how can the state, in good conscience, remain aloof?
Was the LCFF just a trick by state politicians to escape such responsibility?

-and then it ends with a pivot to the Governor's time as a seminarian- and that same vein shows up in this piece from the LA Times. A hint of a possible disconnect between the values of that earlier life vs. the political moves in the present day-- reads like a recurring theme of a daunting task to make both aspects consistent as legacy work- how to build upon 'the legacy of the father and The Father', so to speak - it continues on into this new term as governor.)

Directly On UC again-- the vague references to State Sen. Cannella's concerns about the UC $1 Billion miscellaneous expenses continue to come up.

Now see: "Anyone responsible? Anyone accountable?"

That post points to:
UC Boots Deadlines To Disclose Spending

Missing its own deadlines, the University of California is now more than two months behind in disclosing to the state Legislature and the Department of Finance details of its expenses.

The 10-campus university system first failed to meet an Oct. 1 deadline. It then submitted a seven-page preliminary account on Oct. 31 while requesting an additional six weeks to complete a final report. Those six weeks expired on Dec. 11.

The intent of the law was to give the public greater knowledge about how the universities spend money.

Finance Department spokesman H.D. Palmer said the Brown administration “hopes and expects” to receive the report this week. The Department of Finance (DoF) writes the administration’s budget proposals.


Recall those questions were raised long before the Oct. 2014 deadline

- like back in 2011- long before that particular request.
UC has had more than months to work on it.

Did they get the numbers on Dec 11th, or not?

-Sounds "broken". Add a 'you pick' adjective in front of it if you need to.

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In other headlines, there's:

University of California System Boosts Surplus Thanks To Higher Volume, Rates
The University of California medical centers, which include the state's five public teaching hospitals, more than doubled their combined operating surplus on higher patient volume and payment rates in their fiscal 2014, according to their latest financial report.


Happy New Year...