Friday, February 27, 2015

A Different Kind of LLP

Daily Cal: UC maintains AA bond rating, reflecting stable financial outlook

The report highlighted potential plans to expand the UC Merced campus, which could affect the university’s credit profile. The goal of the expansion would be to increase enrollment of the UC system’s newest and smallest undergraduate campus from 6,000 to 10,000 students by 2020. The proposed plans have not yet been approved by the UC Board of Regents.


At: recent Sacto hearing - scroll toward middle of the home page to see video on a recent CA joint legislative audit that included discussion of non resident and CA resident enrollment at UC below - the topic/practice of CA residents being offered admission to UC Merced (instead of the applicant's other 'higher ranked UC campus preference') and the low rate of acceptance of those offers to UC Merced came up in hearings in Sacramento on UC admissions and budget. Keep that in mind as you read that excerpt above in that story from Daily Cal...

In Sacto there was good explanation given etc- it is a new campus, has to grow, amenities questions etc.
Asking too much of a new campus?
When the other campuses were starting out did they have the same pressures?
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Fox & Hounds gives a good synopsis of some parts of that Sacto hearing, here: Assembly Subcommittee Flunks UC Budget
including this hot button issue:
Most of the testimony from witnesses at the meeting, with the exception of the UC representative, contended UC is not spending its money wisely or transparently. Paul Golaszewski, principal fiscal and policy analyst at the Legislative Analyst’s Office, led off by taking issue with UC’s contention that its professors are underpaid.
“We looked at data on faculty recruitment and retention over a number of years and concluded that it appeared that at the salary levels and the compensation levels they were offering, they had a very low turnover rate for faculty, something like 2 percent a year,” Golaszewski said. “It appeared that they were still able to get the types of faculty that they needed.”
He told the committee that it’s hard to know exactly what UC professors are doing to earn their salaries.
“Faculty workload data is much more difficult to come by,” he said. “We do have data on the student-to-faculty ratio. But that’s not telling you how much faculty are teaching. The University doesn’t track that data, the federal government doesn’t track that data. So that’s an area you might want to drill down and get a better understanding moving on.”


- A question arises: How do: those UC "profit sharing" circles work if they "don't track that data"? (see the KCRA article at this link: here.)
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There is some drama for a UC Regent these days:

If board ‘disruptions’ continue, LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley says he may leave

“Unfortunately, disruptions at the governing board level have caused the college to lose focus and shift human resources to respond to the disruptive nature of the board’s functioning,” President Eloy Ortiz Oakley wrote to the Board of Trustees in a Feb. 17 memo obtained by the Press-Telegram. “The disruptions have led to several key executive team members, including myself, to consider other professional opportunities.”

and
The team said in its report that noncompliance issues related to morale, raised in previous reviews, were “found to be resolved,” but also recommended that the college address “communication problems and increase transparency and trust.”

The team said in its report that trust is “unacceptably low amongst nearly all campus groups” and the biggest issue impacting morale “was the state fiscal crisis resulting in faculty and staff cuts, program eliminations and furloughs.”

and
Oakley wrote that the work the college leadership and board has done over the past five years has placed LBCC as a state and national leader when it comes to policies that lawmakers are pushing in higher education. He added that his leadership and the work of the board is why Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him to UC Board of Regents, why LBCC was invited by the White House to present at two college opportunity summits, and why “President Obama also borrowed from the LBCC playbook by launching America’s College Promise in January.”


There seems to be some affinity b/ween the Pres and the Pres of the UC Regents on other topics, too...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

US Senate Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education -- Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities

Here is a link to the Report: US Senate Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education -- Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities (144 pages)
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see Inside Higher Ed: With Deregulatory Slant, A Higher Ed Act Push

But some Democrats as well as consumer and student groups have pushed back against the report, saying its recommendations would undermine key protections for students.
Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, said that colleges must be run effectively and efficiently but worried about removing important rules to hold institutions accountable.
“It would be a mistake to roll back important protections for faculty, students and families,” she said.
Murray singled out federal regulations in the Clery Act and Title IX that govern sexual assault on college campuses.
“We shouldn’t move in the wrong direction by unraveling these core protections that provide students with a safe learning environment,” she said.

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Baltimore Sun: Universities Press Congress for Fewer Rules
"We are alarmed … that the task force's report suggests that current federal regulations and policies governing the response of [universities] to crimes predominantly affecting women students are too burdensome or complex," the group wrote in a statement. "We cannot stress enough that now is not the time to lessen federal oversight designed to protect students from violence."
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Vanderbilt Chancellor Tangles With Sen. Elizabeth Warren During Higher Ed Cost Discussion

here is Vanderbilt's version
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VIDEO HERE: US Senate Full Committee Hearing - Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: A Report from the Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education

Chair Alexander starts off by talking about a 'Boston consulting firm' - is it that Cal Op Ex firm?

{C-SPAN, which usually has better video quality, states here: "This video was obtained from the Congressional Committee's website and may be encoded at a different quality than C‑SPAN uses for hearings covered with its own cameras. Also, the video might not start at the beginning of the hearing and much of the data normally added to C‑SPAN.org for committee hearings may not be available."}


The written report runs about 144 pages and the video hearing runs almost two hours.


A Lack Of Inclusion. "Oddly Dictatorial" or Gubernatorial or? Editing content of UC Regents Meeting Archive.

Daily Cal with coverage of: Anita Hill delivers the closing keynote address of the National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault and Violence in Wheeler Auditorium on Wednesday. Survivors of sexual harassment and assault placed colored sheets of paper with quotes on the steps outside and criticized the lack of inclusion at the conference.
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Another angle on how tuition policy is implemented/handled here:

UCSD The Tuition Game

Finally, it seems oddly dictatorial that Napolitano’s office can arbitrarily issue a stay of tuition increases after the regents voted to approve it. Although Napolitano herself did propose the tuition increase plan, it was required to go through a vote before it could become official. For her to be able to stop and start it at will brings a sense of uncertainty to all students, especially since a single person seems to be in charge of the price of their education.

The mishandling of the University of California’s finances ranges from irresponsible, like unjustified pay raises for chancellors, to borderline criminal, like the UC SHIP fiasco. Raising tuition by such an exorbitant amount is a burden on those who didn’t create the UC system’s financial troubles. A better, though unlikely, first step might be cutting down the six-figure salaries drawn from our tuition money.


-Is it "dictatorial" -or just old gubernatorial habit... in a state that already has an elected Gov?
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also see coverage accompanying audio clip here: this post "Listen to the Feb. 20, 2015 Meeting of the Regents' Committee on Investments"

"A demonstration occurred which was largely removed from the official recording."

Why did the UC Regents archive edit out the protest at the UC Regents Committee on Investments meeting? Usually, at UCSF where UC Regents full board meetings occur, that content leading up to clearing the meeting room is left in for context. Usually, UCSF also leaves in the statement UC Regents make prior to clearing the room -leaving open the question of whether or not that now standard UC Regent statement was read out to that UCLA room of attendees. There seems to be different rules at different campuses on editing UC Regents meeting archive ...btw this post "Listen to the Feb. 20, 2015 Meeting of the Regents' Committee on Investments" mentions former UC CFO Peter Taylor attended as a 'guest' -- and looks like he also is listed as a member of the UC Regents investment advisory group membership -unless that last name listed now stands for a different "Taylor" -- the agenda documents don't list full names of committee members and advisors... and he sits on one of the UC Foundation boards, too. The foundations are part of the reporting in the meeting etc.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“For (the campus) to act as a role model in this conference is insulting," - updated

see: Students Demonstrate In Opposition to UC Berkeley’s Handling of National Conference On Campus Sexual Violence
With the exception of the closing keynote address, the conference is not open to the media.

and also see:
San Jose Mercury News: UC Berkeley Sex Assault Conference Draws Student Protest


This week, as university and civic leaders convene at UC Berkeley for a national conference on campus sexual assault, they will encounter a presentation that was not vetted by the event organizers -- the victims' unflattering view of Berkeley's handling of sexual assault cases.

Students organizing a Wednesday evening protest -- which will feature unsupportive quotes that rape victims attribute to administrators and others after reporting their attacks -- say UC Berkeley should fix its own problems before presenting itself as a leader in the movement against campus rape.

One such quotation, allegedly made by an administrator: "How many times did you say no?"


It's funny how Sac Bee gives the event coverage-for the pols involved- but doesn't mention that media are not allowed to attend, cover content.
But there is also this in it:
the California Part-Time Faculty Association, representing about 40,000 community college instructors, will be at the Capitol for a protest and lobby day calling for improved working conditions, starting at 11 a.m. on the north steps.

Lecturers and graduate student instructors at University of California campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and San Diego are also holding rallies, teach-ins and marches throughout the day.


and 'about a third': A majority of voters said lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown should spend unexpected increases in state revenue on K-12 education. About a third picked higher education for more money, while less than a third chose transportation, health care and other programs.

Half of voters now think the state is moving in the right direction, while 41 percent say it’s on the wrong track.

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and, this Campus Leaders Address ‘Painful’ Budget Cuts, Other Changes At Staff Forum
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and this late breaking: UC Berkeley Built A Parking Garage Right Where Its Students Play Field Hockey
The field hockey players were told during the fall 2013 semester they would lose their field at the end of the season so the school could build a parking garage. UC Berkeley promised the players a new field, but didn't start construction on it until earlier this month. The university did build a replacement field in spring 2014, but it used the wrong kind of turf. The men's football and lacrosse teams can use that field, and indeed are doing so, but the women's field hockey team has to play on the turf of their rival, Stanford University -- an hour's drive away, on the other side of the Bay Area.

Athletes say the extra two hours of travel time per practice has cut into their sleep schedules and forced some of them to drop classes. Plus, the students say, it's degrading to have to play on their rival's home field.

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SF Chron has given some SFGate blog space to: Sex assault victims to protest Cal’s huge sex assault confab Wednesday

UC Berkeley invited 80 speakers to its two-day conference on campus sexual assault this week — including Anita Hill — yet found room for only one of the 31 Cal students who filed the federal complaints that brought national attention to the problem.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Of all the places Napolitano could have made her announcement, she chose to do so in a lecture at the University of Southern California — just 30 minutes from one of her UC campuses."

Daily Cal: UC Opted For Poor Context To Announce Tuition Hike Delay
Napolitano’s statement came across as a political move to appease Brown and appear as a calculated negotiator. And the university could not have chosen a worse context in which to make the announcement.

and
There was no press release, no university-wide email, no information packet. Unlike the fanfare of reports the university released after creating the tuition-increase plan, the determination to delay it was taciturn. That’s not to say the message didn’t get out, but that her decision to announce something so momentous for so many students in front of people who held no stake in the matter was a mistake. It came across as unforthcoming. It came across as out of touch.


(and then consider the staging of her Anita Hill talk at Berkeley set for tomorrow and it can feel like there's been some cynical, purely political, and calculated planning for the use- or lack of use- of UC campuses as mere venues, 'staging' of her talks, it's unfortunate.)
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(Kept thinking of then-VP Gore and that superfund cleanup policy while reading this...for some reason- would it need that kind of cleanup?) see: LA Times on UC Berkeley's Richmond Field Station and some hopes to make it an international partnership campus -or maybe wait out the opposition to having nat'l labs there

Dirks has pitched the idea to overseas universities during trips abroad, including recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His staff says that some announcements about partnerships are expected in the spring and that some programs could get underway in 2017; they declined to release specifics.

Previous plans for the site collapsed amid funding problems and concerns about pollution remaining from a long-departed blasting caps and explosives factory there.

Three years ago, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a federally funded and UC-administered energy center, proposed making the Richmond property its second campus. But federal funding dried up, and Dirks said he went "back to the drawing board" and switched to the Global Campus idea. UC regents last spring approved a long-range plan that can accommodate either.

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Remaking the University: The High Price of a Public Authority in Wisconsin
- like a port? not like a port?

update on archive of the UC Regents Committee on Investments February 20 meeting saga

You can now view 'saved for one year video' of the meeting at:

http://bcasts.oid.ucla.edu/bcmedia/static-content/ucregents/ucregents-20150220/Default.html
- the picture is shrunk and the slides look fuzzier as compared to the live stream- but there it is...

The section leading into the discussion on building the business case for a private management arrangement for UC investments mentioned earlier- see specifically at the 02:04:00 mark
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Also UCLA Faculty Blog on it.
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Also noticed in passing: area of concern on UC archiving, see 'approved actions' section of UC Regents: and click on the links there for the the UC Regents finance committee approved actions for March 2014 and May of 2014... it just brings up an error message on both:"File not found Sorry, the page you requested was not found. We have recently redesigned the Board of Regents website, so the file may have been moved. Please use navigation or search to find what you need."

Do the UC Regents minutes capture all that happened in the approved actions links including the General Counsel approved actions that happen during Finance Committee?

Also, in looking at the UCLA website listing UC Regents Committee on Investments -- it looks like the listed meetings have date stamps that are not consistent:
12/10/2014 listed at UCLA
-but

not consistent : with the UCOP UC Regents meetings archive links
December 1 December 1 > Agenda December 1 > Video

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There's this from Keep California's Promise: February 2015 Assembly Budget Committee Presentation on UC is Misleading

Monday, February 23, 2015

Doesn't it seem strange?

They still haven't cracked the code on providing student services parity? Even though Berkeley has historically had a good percentage each year of what used to be called 'non traditional' or 're-entry' or 'independent status' students: Campus Independent Students Discuss Financial Aid, Social Support At Town Hall Meeting
“Many independent students deal with significant bureaucratic blocks when seeking financial aid help,” Mullen said.

Mullen and Abril said that unlike some of their peers, independent students have unique challenges. Additionally, finding a financial aid counselor who knows how to understand the kinds of issues independent students are dealing with and how to resolve them is difficult, Abril said.

“What we are trying to do from the town halls is make students visible,” Mullen said.

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and also at Daily Cal: Unionized UC Berkeley Workers Rally Against New Pay Calculations

According to Jean Day, president of the local UPTE union chapter, under the new contract, union employees will be paid for eight fewer hours per year. Mason said this change, while small, was not agreed to by the unions, and Day said the unions consider this a “violation of past practice.”

Employees from the UC Student-Workers Union were not affected by the alleged reduction in paid hours. Day said UPTE is facing the same issues as the Teamsters Local 2010 members.

Adding to their grievances is the systemwide change from paper timesheets to a new system known as “CalTime,” which demonstrator Marchella Thomas said is not easy to use.


and includes:

Teamsters Local 2010 said in a press release that the goals of this rally were not only to educate the public on the employees’ grievances with the UC system but also to highlight the pay that UC employees receive. According to a recent Economic Policy Institute study cited in the press release, 80 percent of the union’s members are not paid enough to live in the cities in which their campuses reside.

Why should it be a surprise? Remember these articles:

SF Biz Jrnl: UC Berkeley Hasn't Quite Mastered Marriage of Time and Money

and this post on: University of California’s $220 Million Payroll Project Reboot

So, it is no surprise that this came up recently in this post:
There is no reliable method for delineating these expenditures on a systemwide basis, nor is there a suitable proxy to use to estimate them. Therefore, the University is unable to respond to this portion of the request.”
and
“the University’s accounting and information systems do not readily allow for the disaggregation of educational expenditures requested in the AB 94 language and funding is neither appropriated to the University of California by level of student nor by discipline, nor spent that way on the campuses. Faculty are paid to teach both undergraduate and graduate students as well as perform other functions related to the research and public service missions of the University and their salaries are not apportioned across these activities. Similarly, staff perform support functions affecting students of all levels and disciplines. These expenses are not categorized on the basis of what level of student may benefit or their field of study.”

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Could this next article also be about the continuing CA Leg. questions raised around UC's AB 94 Compliance?
Term of Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies Bob Jacobsen Extended

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There's: "Campus leaders featured at the roundtable, sponsored by the Berkeley Staff Assembly, are Cathy Koshland (vice chancellor, undergraduate education), John Wilton (vice chancellor, administration and finance) and Jeannine Raymond (assistant vice chancellor, human resources)." Vice Provost Andrew Szeri (strategic academic and facilities planning) will moderate. Staff have been invited to submit questions.

Strange- Why aren't staff moderating their own event? How does a staff group "sponsor" something they have no content control over?

Why aren't the Title IX and the Campus Climate administrators in any of it- "featured at the roundtable"? If 'Opinion: It's Time To Transform Our Campus Climate" work is so important... BTW- is the position in that piece that 'the climate' is just created solely by students?
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Why is it that the only event for this on campus is the very final closing event featuring Anita Hill talk at Wheeler (for this supposed "National Conference" on -they don't want to call it Title IX and Clery compliance and instead want to just call it- "Campus Sexual Assault & Violence" --with heavy spin to just focus it solely on students-on-students behavior and hold the event away from the majority of students... Is it all 'off-campus' because they don't want a large cross section of students and staff around?

If something is important you give space to it.
If something is truly important the administration gives On Campus space to it.
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and, if you are an institution that claims to be public and claims to desire public support - you commit to timely and complete archive of your public meetings... see Daily Bruin here

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Jagdeep, you'll really miss these students if you do that"

(Jagdeep is the new UC Chief Investments Officer- some brief background: the UC Committee on Investments meeting took place yesterday and was delayed, shut down for a time when student protests broke out after public comment, the room was cleared and about a half hour later they started the meeting again where the quote above was later uttered during proceedings) Anyway, that's what one of the members of the UC investments committee laughingly said yesterday as that committee discussed:

The CIO's active, current efforts building the business case for creation of a private management company for UC investments
-they also discussed the decreased transparency requirements that would go along with it- and some other comments of note from committee members in that meeting, too:
Texas,the only public that has a management company etc., ... How do we act like a private university...You'll do better as a private university

(There was a lot of this type of thing throughout the meeting: committee members talking over each other, cross talk; mini conversations among some committee members; other committee members who phoned-in their participation and they interjected repeatedly without being recognized by the chair first and so they cut in front of other committee members who were waiting to be recognized; a bad wide-angle camera shot that only showed half of the committee; and a loud music selection -one that might have been a 'turn off' to some- was blasted to the audience viewing by live stream; the UC logo medal, with the 'isn't it ironic' Fiat Lux inscription, thrown on the screen when the UC Regents asked for 'a clear the room, clear the room'- no explanation given to new viewers of the live stream who might not understand what was going on if they were just joining or were more familiar with UCSF approach to live stream of the full board UC Regents meetings in SF.)

Also many, many important graphs that will be very difficult to follow along with if you only listen to an audio clip of this meeting. There was a live stream of the meeting but there does not appear to be an archive of any of the video: see here.
It: appears the live stream video of UC Regents Committee of Investments was not archived.
Still, several other important sections to the meeting for msm, student papers etc. to also follow, cover - if they are indeed covering UC. Some will: try to help others catch up.

This is the way UC Regents allow their UC Regents Committee on Investments meetings to be run and archived.
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HuffPo with a good article on Harvard Divestment Activists Get Extra Alumni Support Ahead Of Court Hearing
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Trying to see if Daily Bruin has anything up on the UC Regents Investments meeting- UCLA was where the live stream originated from-- couldn't find anything, yet.
But at Daily Bruin there's:

Kunal Patel: Gov. Brown must consult advisory committee when appointing regents
When appointing members to the Board, Brown’s staff either calls them or sends members of the advisory committee an email or a letter announcing his appointments, said University of California Student Association President and advisory committee member Jefferson Kuoch-Seng in an email. This kind of one-way communication in the form of letters is nowhere near the definition of consultation.

And advisory committee members have noticed, said UC Faculty Association Vice President of External Affairs Joe Kiskis. Several members have been vocal and complained about Brown not following the law, Kiskis said.

But this is not a problem exclusive to Gov. Jerry Brown – this is a systemic problem in which there is very little judicial accountability for those in the upper echelons of public office.

In 2010, Gov. Schwarzenegger broke the same law by not consulting the advisory group when he appointed David Crane as a regent, Kiskis said.


Should note along with that piece above
That Crane currently serves as an advisor on UC Regents Committee on Investments mentioned above.

That UC Regents Blum and Pattiz were reappointed and confirmed in August 2014 -then did not vote with the Gov on UC Tuition hikes in Fall 2014
(one of these regents also talked up 'sue the State of CA over UC pension' in March 2012-listen to last ten minutes here- and then he was reappointed and reconfirmed by CA Gov and CA Senate Rules committee)

UC Regent Lozano was also reappointed and confirmed AND she was a no show at the UC Regents meeting when the tuition hike was discussed and voted on in Fall 2014 (UC Regent Lansing had to leave that meeting early but she left stating her position and stated the way she would vote on it and why- but it was crickets on the topic from Lozano), couldn't see or hear her at all on it- so there's that too...

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Daily Bruin also w/ this on that national headlines story:
UCLA Health Officials Hold Press Conference On Superbug Outbreak
and
FDA issues warning on medical scopes, possibly linked to superbug cases

and in non Daily Bruin coverage the UC President of the UC Regents did this as Governor- see Sac Bee: Jerry Brown names Napa doctor as new public health chief
If confirmed, Smith will take over a department that was sharply criticized last year by the California state auditor for failing to adequately oversee investigations of complaints related to long-term care in California. The auditor detailed problems up and down the state, where district offices were found to be inconsistent and haphazard in their handling of complaints, investigations and corrective action plans.


and, this at Oregon in headlines: Meningitis Bacteria To Blame For Oregon Student's Death.

Davis said the Lane County Public Health department is not offering meningococcemia vaccinations to the general public as risk of contracting the disease is "extremely low" for people not associated with the school.

Meningococcemia spreads through close personal contact or prolonged exposure, and outbreaks of the bacterial infection are relatively rare, he told Reuters.

But the close living quarters of university dormitories can create opportunities for the infection to spread, and several college campus outbreaks are typically reported every year.


and now this update Feb 23: UC-Davis Student Diagnosed With Meningitis-Related Infection
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'Fall by the wayside'
University Diaries pointed to this: The President On Schools Like South Carolina State University


btw Daily Bruin with: UCLA To Lead Black Studies Consortium Across UC


Remember Yudof launched this with HBCUs and UC

Friday, February 20, 2015

Today - UC Regents Committee On Investments Feb 20 meeting, UC Hastings building projects, more news UPDATED

see agenda, ways to view, listen to meeting and the background docs for discussion items: at this link.
Scheduled for TODAY February 20, 2015
1:30 pm Committee on Investments (open session - includes public comment session)
Agenda – Open Session

Public Comment Period

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 12,
September 17, and December 10, 2014

I-1 Discussion Update on Sustainable Investing

I-2 Discussion University of California Retirement Plan Investment

Performance Highlights and Portfolio Updates for Periods ending
December 31, 2014
continued…

I-3 Discussion General Endowment Plan Investment Performance Highlights
and Portfolio Updates for Periods ending December 31, 2014

I-4 Discussion Working Capital Investment Performance Highlights and
Portfolio Updates for Periods ending December 31, 2014


3:00 pm Committee on Investments (closed session)

Agenda – Closed Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 12 and
December 10, 2014

I-5(X) Discussion Update on the Office of the Chief Investment Officer Regarding
Organization and Personnel

Committee on Investments Membership: Regents De La Peña, Kieffer, Lozano, Makarechian,
Pattiz, Pérez, Saifuddin, Sherman (Vice Chair), Wachter (Chair), and Zettel; Ex officio members
Brown, Napolitano, and Varner; Advisory members Gorman, Hare, and Oved; Staff Advisors
Acker and Coyne

Investment Advisory Group Membership: Advisors Crane, Martin, Rogers, Samuels, and Taylor;
Consultants Klosterman and Lehmann
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UCI's New University Online - State Assembly Proposes Audit of UC Budget
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SF Biz Jrnl UC Hastings plans new housing, academic towers in Tenderloin
Gov. Jerry Brown reportedly supports the plan and his proposed state budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year includes $45 million carved out for revamps at UC Hastings, the Chronicle noted.
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more news UPDATED:
Brimstone and Trickle Down?, or (UC Regents) 'Shocked and Appalled' replaced by 'Shocked and Amused'?: See Changing Universities with its new look: Is UC Spin Spinning Out of Control? on the latest UCOP rebenching report and moves in Sacramento. It notes:

The first important claim is that they are unable to calculate the cost of educating professional school students: “The University is unable to break out expenditures for graduate professional programs as requested in AB 94...

and
First of all, AB 94 does not focus on how much money the UC is bringing in per student, but how much UC is spending per student. In fact, UC and the state Legislative Analyst keep on confusing the two issues. For example, in the LAO’s report for the budget hearing, they have a chart called “UC Education Expenditures Per Student,” but as I have told them on several occasions, this should be called revenue per student and not spending per student, since this is just a calculation of how much tuition, state funds, and UC general funds are brought in per student: it does not actually look at how much the UC is spending on each student, and that is why AB 94 was needed.


and it goes into much more detail.
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Press Democrat with this: Today’s students have reason to be encouraged by the efforts of President Barack Obama — in proposing free community college education — and Gov. Jerry Brown — in opposing efforts by UC Regents to move ahead with a 5 percent tuition increase. But these steps offer little hope to yesterday’s college students who are increasingly caught between paying for past educations while setting aside funds for a future — all while working jobs that often provide little for either.

These graduates and former students need jobs and help in the form of debt relief or, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently proposed,

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Slate: UCLA Warns of Patient Exposure to Potentially Fatal Superbug Bacteria Linked to Two Deaths
they point to LA Times in it Patient's family cites earlier case of superbug at UCLA, WaPo gets into the policy side and CNN coverage also for more info.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Who Blinked First?

see:
abc local/AP: Napolitano is postponing a proposed tuition increase as a good faith gesture
Speaking at the University of Southern California on Wednesday, Napolitano said she was also hopeful the university system will be able to forestall any tuition increase for the next academic year.

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UCOP Report released: Expenditures for Undergraduate and Graduate Instruction and Research Activities
and some comment, coverage here.
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The Hill with: Napolitano Pushes Changes In College Rating Plan
In a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Napolitano commented on the department’s draft framework for rating two-year and four-year institutions.

Instead of ranking schools numerically, the Education Department has proposed rating colleges and universities as one of three performing categories: high performing, low performing and those that fall in the middle, and grouping two-year and four-colleges separately.

But Napolitano said narrowing the rating system down to two groups might be too basic.

“Within four-year institutions alone, for example, the cost structures, student demographics, and assets/endowments of private institutions may allow for more robust financial aid programs than those possible for most public institutions, which maintain a mission of educating large numbers of students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” she wrote in the letter.

Instead, she recommended separately grouping and assessing public and private schools. She went on to question the department’s plan to use-short-term earnings of alumni as a metric for rating an institution’s labor market success.
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Napolitano at USC: Janet Napolitano urges ‘passionate conversation’ on higher education
In the 37th annual Pullias Lecture, the University of California president puts tuition in a wider context of the state system’s tradition of innovation

Napolitano established the context for her remarks by summarizing the messages of her two predecessors, David P. Gardner and Richard Atkinson. and the article goes into detail.
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and University of California, San Francisco Receives $100M Gift

Troubling Title IX Talk On Cal Athletics

Listen toward the very end of this Napolitano Yudof talk : Audio for the Napolitano-Yudof Talk available: at the 56:00 here

Moderator (who described himself as a GSPP Board Member a few times and this question framed around 'a friend of mine said' - they told him that): the problem at Berkeley is Title IX -and we had this discussion in the green room- his opinion was that Oregon they have far fewer sports that they have to fund and pay attention to and so they can concentrate on football. And so...

Napolitano: What? that doesn't make any sense.

Yudof: What?

Both N and Y: That makes no sense.


Shouldn't a GSPP Board member know that about Title IX?

Is it what rises to a GSPP Board of Directors caliber question? (Is there a caliber level for them?)

How is Title IX public policy discussed or not discussed at GSPP?

btw, on examples of unfortunate framing: who/what is Yudof referring to when he starts a ramble at the 1:01:00 mark (about UC Donors, strategic philanthropy) where he interjects this "some English professor who thinks he has a better idea about the American law on trusts and estates that has developed over the last 500 years"

Yudof also mentions his recent efforts on campus climate at UC Davis earlier in that discussion. So have a listen to the talk in full for more.
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Daily Cal: Women’s Field Hockey Team Protests Delay In Construction Of New Field

Lee and two of her teammates, Courtney Hendrickson and Monica Marrazzo, pursued an action against UC Berkeley under Title IX — the federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination in education — on the allegation that, according to Williams, the field hockey team is the only UC Berkeley team without an on-campus field.

At the demonstration Tuesday morning, members of the team held signs and chanted, “Where’s the field?” In addition to demonstrating against their lack of facilities, Lee said her team hoped to spark conversation about gender issues in general.

“I think the protests are really great,” Lee said. “They’re raising awareness, not just about our team or athletics, but about how gender bias is affecting our campus.”

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Wonder what Anita Hill would think of the Title IX framing coming from 'friends of' GSPP Board of Directors at high profile UC talks? As mentioned here in earlier posts, she's around UC campuses lately for various talks, book tour etc...

CA Assembly Budget Subcommittee On Education Finance: Overview of UC Expenditures

first KQED: Can UC Answer These 5 Big Questions About Its Spending?

and Daily Cal: California State Assembly reviews university expenditures at 1st budget hearing of year
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To remember how some UC Regents felt in the midst of Prop 30, AB 94, UC Pension UCRP contributions etc. negotiations- in depth: listen to March 2012 archive here at 'UCLA Faculty Blog- Listen To Remaining Audio Of Regent Meeting' or even just the last ten minutes... it went something like:

- 'we've got to be real about what goes on in Sacramento...we oughtta get tough around here...if there is a legal obligation then I say we should sue the State'
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From Wednesday February 18, 2015 Overview Of University Of California Expenditures Agenda

I. Opening Remarks
Assembly Member Kevin McCarty, Chair
Committee Members

II. UC Expenditure

Paul Golaszewski, Principal Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst's
Office

Nathan Brostrom, Executive Vice Chancellor-Chief Financial Officer, University of
California

Jillian Kissee, Budget Analyst, Department of Finance

III. Stakeholder Perspectives

Jefferson Kuoch-Seng, President, University of California Student Association

Charles Schwartz, Professor Emeritus, University of California Berkeley

Claudia Preparata, Research Director, American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees, Local 3299

IV. PUBLIC COMMENT

The meeting begins at the 5:50 mark and ends at the

Monday, February 16, 2015

Rollin' in the...

Prof. Reich in the PR for Blum Poverty Center donation on Central Valley poverty studies effort -- $250,000 from UCR campus also thrown in and $250,000 from UCOP thrown in for good measure.

Have a listen to audio archive clip: here of the March 2012 meeting for some of Blum's most noteworthy UC Regent meeting comments- particularly the last few minutes of that clip on the relationship of UC and CA, remember that?

Does any of that come up in the Committee of Two meetings?
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This post mentions Sacto folks don't like being kept out of that discussion, see this new post, it includes: Zero-based budgeting is a nice-sounding concept that came along in the 1960s. For most ongoing programs at the federal, state, or local levels, it really turned out to mean, well, zero. What it means in this context is that the legislature is frustrated because the university's tuition/funding plan is being negotiated by Brown and Napolitano because it has zero representation on the "Committee of Two."
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LA Times with a story on UCLA, Heirs Wrangle Over Fate of a Tranquil Japanese Garden - most importantly to do with how UC treats or might be allowed to treat agreements with donors -in this one-- a former UC Regent donor.
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Speaking of donors...according to the latest glossy update from the Cal Chancellor..."Thanks in large part to our generous alumni, fundraising in 2014 continued to be robust even after the close of the $3.13B “Campaign for Berkeley.” In fiscal year 2013-14, the fundraising total was $366M; and for the calendar year 2014 we raised $390M, an astonishing high number for a university without a medical school"
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The UC Strawberry "Soap Opera" covered by NPR :
The new boss is Steven Knapp, who spent 19 years teaching at Oregon State University, but most recently held the imposing title of global director for vegetable breeding technology at Monsanto, the giant biotech and seed company. In that position, Knapp managed more than 200 scientists in far corners of the world.
and
Knapp admits that this new strategy may eventually hurt the program's financial bottom line, which currently benefits from royalties that farmers pay for the right to grow the university's commercial varieties. But he says this may be an inevitable outcome. "The reality is, there's more competition," he says. "Will [the UC Davis program] remain the Juggernaut that it's been? The trends suggest probably not."

There's also this article "The Food Babe Enemy of Chemicals" at The Atlantic where UC is mentioned a few times:
Back in 2011, a public-health program at the University of California, Berkeley advised consumers about the cereal-bag chemical: "The nutritional benefits of, say, a whole­ grain cereal with the additives outweigh any risk. But because [BHT's] health effects are still unclear, limit how much you consume." Alas, the staid article did not lead to the removal of these chemicals from the food supply. That's where one needs a Food Babe.
and the strawberry genome, Monsanto come up again.

And, KQED also on similar UC research again
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LAT with: Should UC System's Out of State Students Pay Even More? - like $5000+, or more?-and note the infograph there- particularly U Mich and UVa, too.
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'DO UC AN OPPORTUNITY?'
: While Brown has been locked in a funding battle with the University of California, Senate Democrats are pushing a higher education spending plan this year that would give more money to UC to avoid a proposed tuition increase. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, will discuss the proposal, which would also pay California State University students to finish faster and expand enrollment in both systems,
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Times Herald UC System's Present, And How Past Affected It

Said Napolitano: The primary task of the UC system is remaining accessible and affordable to a vast, diverse student body and devoting adequate resources to flagship research centers.

Yudof's take on the same question: The primary job of higher education at California's 10-campus system is teaching students how to learn.


and
"We educated the Caucasian folks and now that the state has a substantial population of African Americans and Hispanics, we owe it to them even more, to provide the same avenue," he said. He said the gains from eliminating positive affirmative action weren't enough to offset the losses.

and
Napolitano said she was delighted Obama put higher education in the State of the Union address. But if his ideas to convert two-year community colleges to 4-year programs and make them tuition free are simply a way for government to avoid paying for higher education, she said, "Then I think we're fooling ourselves."

Napolitano and Yudof agreed that subsidizing student athletes with scholarships will continue. Yudof called the business of college athletics "an arms race," and


Yudof said stopping destructive language without stepping on First-Amendment rights is something the adult community -- not just students -- have failed to deal with

--more in that article.

Commonwealth Club now has the: Audio for the Napolitano-Yudof Talk available: here
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Jewish Journal Op Ed has a piece by a UCSB author, it includes: "Even so, upon analysis of the UC General Endowment Pool (GEP) the following holdings were discovered (the following is by no means an exhaustive list of investments involved" ...and gets into some detail.

On Presidents' Day : What Is The UC Standard -- these days?

As you read the items below consider the question: What does Goldman School Public Policy (GSPP at UCB) new faculty member UC Pres Napolitano think of the stance: "standard for a public servant"?:

First, SF Gate: Furor over $250-a-plate party honoring former CPUC head
'It’s shameful’
State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who has frequently criticized the utilities commission, said of the fundraiser, “It’s unbelievable and it’s shameful. It’s an embarrassment to the people of California, especially to the families of the eight people killed in San Bruno, which was due in part to his negligence.
“We talked to the Goldman School about this, and they said they talked about canceling this. But then they said they would just weather the storm,” Hill said. “What is the message they are trying to send here? Whatever it is, it’s the wrong one.”
Henry Brady, the school’s dean, said Wednesday that the school had never sought to cancel the event. Peevey has a long record of public service, and understandably drew attacks in the 12 years he served as commission president for his stances on controversial matters, Brady said.
“That’s the standard for a public servant these days,” Brady said. “We like to recognize public servants who have taken on tough issues.”

Then see--
UT San Diego explains the detail more, see: Flawed San Onofre Project Steamed On $680 Million Replacement Generators Were Not Subject To Formal Cost Study
excerpt:
His years of service were celebrated by industry insiders, political appointees and union leaders at a $250-a-plate gala in San Francisco on Thursday while protesters clamored outside the Julia Morgan Ballroom.

Peevey, Pickett Neighbors

It was a bombshell disclosure by any measure: the top utility regulator in California sketching out a multibillion-dollar deal with the senior Edison lawyer in secret at a luxury hotel in Warsaw, Poland.

Edison acknowledged the 30-minute meeting this past week, almost two years late and only after U-T San Diego reported that agents investigating corruption within the utilities commission had seized handwritten notes on Hotel Bristol stationery during a search of Peevey’s house.

The meeting is questionable because commissioners are supposed to avoid any discussion of business pending before the commission, leaving that for public forums. Their role is to consider issues based on the public record, and without bias.


There also was:
SF Chronicle: Protesters Try To Spoil Swanky Party For Ex-CPUC Head

Last month, state investigators searched the Los Angeles County home of Peevey and his wife, Democratic state Sen. Carol Liu, for evidence of improper ex parte communications, bribery and obstruction of justice.
and includes:
“These are all people who believe very strongly that he was one of California’s greatest leaders.”
Protesters argued that the A-list dinner, which former San Francisco Mayor and Chronicle columnist Willie Brown emceed, was meant to intimidate Peevey’s critics as well as law enforcement officers looking into alleged misdeeds.
“It is a show of establishment force to send the message out that if you take him down you’re going to have to deal with us,” said attorney Mike Aguirre, who is suing Peevey and the CPUC. “That is why we are here to send a message out to everybody involved in trying to bring justice to the situation."

SF Biz Jrnl: Look who showed up to the swank party for a California official under investigation

Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown emceed the event and the guest list reportedly included an A-list of political heavyweights. Sponsors of the dinner reportedly included Michael Picker, who was tapped to succeed Peevey as the agency's president. The list also includes former state treasurer Kathleen Brown, the sister of Gov. Jerry Brown; Dan Richard, chair of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board; and Kennedy, the one-time chief of staff for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to a story in the Sacramento Bee.


and, there's also: Senator Blasts UC Berkeley Over Mike Peevey Hobnobbing

LA Times: Amid Protest, A Call For A More Ethical Public Utilities Commission
Protesters said they were outraged by the testimonial dinner. "I am appalled that all these people who have financial interests in front of the PUC, the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board are here to celebrate someone who likely violated the law," former PUC Commissioner Loretta Lynch said. (It's a: different Loretta Lynch than the one you might immediately be thinking of, btw. Some Cal history: here.)

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Also UCLA Fac Blog had some posts on it:

Feeling No Pain at Berkeley

Gas Pains at Berkeley: Anyone Embarrassed?
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And, some video:
CBS Local: San Francisco Dinner Honoring Ex-CPUC Exec Accused Of Shady Dealings Met With Protests
“You’re really seeing a walk of shame on the part of people that have associated with a corrupt system orchestrated with a corrupt person,” said former San Diego City Manager Michael Aguirre, who gathered with the protesters.



Looks like Daily Cal doesn't have any coverage on the above as yet -but they do have this: Napolitano Talks University Climate Change Plan At Department of Energy Summit

Maybe they discuss it during the Pres of UC and the Pres of the UC Regents Committee of Two?

Or, maybe not...

There's a lot of ink on it. What to make of it?


Sunday, February 15, 2015

UC Regent Island on Student Athletes at UC - and those "soft bigotry of low expectations" flashbacks.

but should Student-Athlete be replaced by
athlete- student?
student-visitor?
student-auditor of classes?
student-dabbler?
'non diploma track student'?
-What to call it (this approach/goal)? and how to count it when deciding on capacity for students (as it impacts the students who are degree track) in class space, seats, resources?

see SF Chronicle: UC Regent’s Surprising Views Stir Debate On Athletes

“I think a college degree is very valuable. My point is that not everyone will get one,” Island said in a rare interview days after he caused a stir by noting at a meeting of UC’s governing board that “a college degree is not the goal of every athlete that comes to the university. They come for athletics.”


and, it includes

“This discussion is not about the value of athletics,” said Regent Bonnie Reese, skirting the subject of race. “It’s what minimum academic requirement we feel we owe those athletes.”


and

“We’re talking about black, male students,” Iwuoma said. “The larger question is why aren’t more black students getting into the university — and not through sports?”





How Much Is UCLA In It?

see:


LA Times earlier on it:
The government also pledged to develop an "exit strategy" for tenants that are leasing facilities for uses not directly related to veterans' care. Among those are UCLA's baseball stadium, the private Brentwood School's athletic complex, a hotel laundry and storage for an entertainment studio's sets.

Such "enhanced sharing" agreements helped prompt a 2011 lawsuit that accused the VA of misusing the campus by leasing out swaths of land while veterans slept in the streets.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

UPDATED: Joint Legislative Oversight Hearing on University of California: Transparency and Accountability

Daily Cal on State Committees Announce New Requests for UC Audit
California Assemblymember Mike Gipson requested a new audit of the University of California’s budget Wednesday, citing lingering issues from responses to the last audit four years ago.

The announcement comes after a joint oversight hearing between the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, chaired by Gipson, and the Assembly Higher Education Committee. The hearing was held Wednesday in response to critiques of policies created after a UC budget audit in 2011.

One such change was a “rebenching initiative” designed to reallocate state funds more equitably after the audit found a large discrepancy in per-student funding for campuses with larger percentages of ethnic minority students. For example, according to a press release, campuses with a higher-than-average-portion of Hispanic, black, Native American and other ethnic groups were receiving less funding — more than $30,000 less per student annually — than other campuses.

Concerns were raised at the hearing as to the rebenching initiative’s progress so far and current UC demographics.

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Update II - video archive posted below
Update I- This meeting has now ended. Will post the archive video below once it becomes available - along with news coverage links etc.
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earlier: Webcast Live view here at this link
here is the direct link to the webcast:
http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&event_id=1321

University Of California
Transparency and Accountability
Unequal Per-Student Funding and Nonresident Enrollment
Joint Oversight Hearing
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
State Capitol, Room 4202
9:30 a.m.

I Welcome and Opening Remarks

II. Overview of Traditional Budget Process and Campus Funding—2011 Audit Report
Findings and Recommendations: University of California, Although the University
Maintains Extensive Financial Records, It Should Provide Additional Information to
Improve Public Understanding of Its Operations
Elaine Howle, California State Auditor

III. Overview of the University’s Recent Budget Processes, Campus Funding, and
Nonresident Enrollment
Paul Golaszewski, Legislative Analyst Office

IV. Perspectives and Impacts of Unequal Per-Student Funding and Nonresident Enrollment
Jefferson Kuoch-Seng, President, UC Student Association
Bob Samuels, University Council—American Federation of Teachers

V. Response from University of California
Nathan Brostrom, UC Chief Financial Officer

VI. Public Comments

VII. Closing Comments
The meeting in full begins at the 16:00 mark here:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

a jolting reminder

see NBC Bay Area's: Unexpected Quake Risks in California Public Schools - includes archive video of UC Santa Cruz classroom experience during an earthquake that happened a few years ago- at the 2:28 mark here:


Regent M, chair of buildings and ground committee for UC Regents, mentioned the state of some UC buildings to the Governor at the Jan UC Regents meeting- his words to the effect of saying that the Gov., in his capacity at CA AG, likely would not have allowed UC Regents, in the capacity of their other non-UC Regent roles, to maintain buildings held by their own privately held businesses in the same manner that results in the current state of some UC buildings. And, during final open session to close out the UC Regents meeting, Regent M also made comments noting the Gov's abstention from a vote on a committee "GB" report. This was all mentioned in earlier posts on UC Regents Jan meeting.

UC Regents put UC funds toward new buildings repeatedly under the explanation that the 'donors make us do it' - and it often looks like existing UC buildings maintenance projects don't readily receive that same flow of funds because there's a belief 'the state should take care of them' etc.

For news flashbacks -
The California Watch Series on it- in depth

and, remember Daily Cal article: Brown line-item vetoes $50 million in UC funding Saturday

The $50 million in additional funds, aimed at deferred maintenance across the UC system, was supported by UC President Janet Napolitano, student groups such as the University of California Student Association and many university workers unions.

Still, Brown removed the funds, also removing another $50 million slated for the CSU system.

“We should not commit additional General Fund monies of this magnitude when we are facing unanticipated costs such as fighting the state’s extreme wildfires,” Brown said in his message to the California State Assembly.

Students went to Sacramento in August to lobby the legislature to pass the bill, formerly referred to as Senate Bill 872 and Assembly Bill 1476.

“Given the state’s improved financial outlook, we believe that AB 1476
...

and Daily Cal on it earlier here too
According to Denton, projects that focus on safety rather than new programs — such as the replacement of Tolman Hall — rarely receive donor help. State help for these building projects has also been lacking since the recession.

For these reasons, the campus often has to take on debt to make safety improvements to buildings — in this case, $75 million.

“We have done remarkable things with and without state money,” Denton said. “Even though things have slowed a little, they haven’t stopped, and I would say they will never stop.”


There also was: that $355 million that went toward seismic safety for UC system-wide covered here

- but who knows how that went? completion? or current status?


There's other history, too --on how UC and the state interact on such issues, like this:
UC Researchers Balk At LA Officials' Request For Seismic Safety Data

At Cal, the reminder that with new $$$$$ - there's 'global campuses' to be built.

Any of this coming up as topic of conversation for the Committee of Two?
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Sac Bee: Analyst Says Revenue Could Be Billions Higher Than Jerry Brown’s Plan


When you read that keep in mind the many more billions in the 'grammar school math'- once again that Stanford study: here at WSJ.
and
There's the Sacto position that 'UC didn't wanna be part of AB 94 98, UC wanted to be treated differently and so UC is treated differently' position that came up in ex officio UC regent comments at the last UC Regents meeting.

For the Committee of Two, too?
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Daily Cal USCA Passes No Confidence Resolution on Governor Brown

and other UCSA moves are getting spun, scrutinized -even by ...CNBC

Monday, February 9, 2015

in the great scheme of things...

Janet Napolitano and Mark Yudof talk covered by Daily Cal here
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but see this WSJ piece: it might be a Stanford study that decides 'it' - in the larger picture.
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It's becoming a worry that some critically important conversations on CA public higher education are being kept 'off line' --or, handled in what looks like 'Californians can hear it if they buy a ticket' manner.

The Commonwealth Club hosted this UC Travers Conference last year and after searching and searching it looks like the video archive and/or audio archive still have not been made available.

Recall: Several UC employees participated and spoke at that event as part of their job and it was an event held on a UC campus as a UC event.

In previous years, like this one there was quick availability of video and audio as part of the conference archive- continue to wonder why this 2014 meeting content is held back or buried, so difficult to locate, or what?

And this latest same sponsored Napolitano-Yudof talk (discussed above) looks like it also is not being made immediately available, yet, the decisions on CA public higher education are being made in 'real time'.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

“Is six years really acceptable for getting through community college? For finishing what used to be called a two-year degree?” Oakley said. “I can’t accept it and I hope you won’t either.”

a UC Regent shocks the crowd, see: President Eloy Ortiz Oakley delivers State of Long Beach City College address includes:

He proposed to change how LBCC measures its success, first by using completion rates on a four-year timeline, and then moving to a three-year completion rate.

Oakley said LBCC must look at the way classes are scheduled, eliminate barriers to registration and revamp advising for incoming students.

As Oakley spoke Friday, it was clear the college’s transformation over the last several years will continue into the next decade.

Friday, February 6, 2015

"But even with the hard work of this pair, it’s clear that the student regent position is just one vote on a board of 18 to 20, meaning that in issues like the tuition hike, the voice of students is often drowned out."

UCSD Guardian: Student Voice On Board of Regents Is Underrepresented
includes: "But with additional support for the student regent, and better organization for the UCSA, we could have a cohesive student body government that’s even stronger than it was this year."
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check it out Dirks' position on SCA 1 buried in the middle of his latest op ed: "It was to prevent the harmful meddling of politicians in the university’s life that led Daniel Coit Gilman, the gifted second president of the University of California, to advocate for autonomy from the state. Although he soon left to lead a private university instead, the political process he started played a strong role in the granting of constitutional autonomy to the university in 1879. The indisputable fact is that this autonomy has, in turn, been crucial for the development of the world’s greatest public system of higher education in the country. The states that provided similar levels of autonomy, including Michigan and Virginia, also spawned great public universities. Alas, now, more than a century later, we are faced once again with the threat of political interference in academic affairs of the kind that led to Gilman’s frustration in the form of SCA 1, a bill before the state Legislature that seeks to strip away the university’s constitutional autonomy. In my view, such a move would strike at the heart of the university’s reputation, excellence and ability to serve the public.

He closes by mentioning that he will be thinking of the Cal students as he travels...
He starts off talking about Governor Brown's otherworldly comments
- remember this earlier Daily Cal piece: Relationship of Dirks and Brown could define future of state’s public higher education
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Daily Cal mentions a Stanford link in: UC Berkeley sees spike in student requests for admissions files
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UCLA Fac Blog on Berkeley Pay Equity Study
includes:
You can find the original Berkeley report at http://vpf.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/Equity%20Study%20Report%20final%201-26-15%20--revised.pdf

The Inside Higher Ed article is at https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/02/06/berkeley-tries-track-and-address-salary-gaps-among-professors

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Reason Mag "Reverse Robin Hoods" centers on UC: "Of the 10,000 California state employees who earn more than Gov. Jerry Brown, more than 7,000 of them work in the University of California system."
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History of UC System Funding Important to Current Budgeting Process gets into Gardner years
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UCD The Aggie has this: UC Officials Weigh In On Effect of Obama's Free Community College Initiative - it includes several comments from Garamendi.
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SF Gate on Brown and S&P and budget- California Comeback Due To Less Spending

LA Times: Road to S&P settlement began with Jerry Brown chat, novel legal strategy

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Talk Today: Janet Napolitano and Mark Yudof

see : A Conversation on the Future of Higher Education: Thursday at Lafayette Library Featuring: Janet Napolitano, UC President, former Secretary of Homeland Security, former AZ governor AND Mark Yudof, UC President Emeritus.

Thursday, February 05, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Community Hall at The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation


Tickets: $25 non-member general admission. $15 member general admission. $40 non-member premium (first few rows). $30 member premium. $10 student. Visit www.commonwealthclub.org for tickets.
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Last week's Peter Schrag LAT article on UC was a reminder of Yudof years - b/c Schrag did a couple of articles on Yudof while in office-- including one that jumps out in memory where Yudof offered him some of his matzo ball soup at a lunch interview and it seemed like they had a rapport and capable of a candid exchange, so-- when Schrag wrote: "In fact, UC doesn't know exactly how it spends its money — and maybe it honestly can't know." etc.- that came across as written by someone deeply familiar with UC and with access to others who have even more knowledge on the subject.

So last week, after reading the Schrag article, in trying to look up the latest on Mark Yudof: this happy news in December 2014 popped up -it also sheds more light on his close family relations and their ties to higher education, pr and lobbying, etc.- -when others would refer to 'it' sometimes the details were murky but this article lays it out more clearly -for those still wondering.

..."a senior vice president in Washington for GMMB, a strategic communications and political media firm. She advocates for improved education on behalf of nonprofit organizations and other foundations. From 2002 to 2007, she worked in various capacities at the Education Department in Washington and was the press secretary there."

it includes this interesting bit on a Bruin:
..."a senior vice president of Strayer Education, a for-profit company in Herndon, Va., that runs Strayer University. He oversees the company’s external affairs and government relations. From 2001-5, he was general counsel of the Education Department. He graduated from Georgetown and received a law degree from U.C.L.A."
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Flashbacks on Lessons for UC Presidents- current and emeriti:

UC 101: Educating Our New President

and

UC 101: Educating Our New President Lesson #1 – The Primacy of Public Education

and

UC 101: Educating Our New President Lesson #2 – Executive Compensation at UC and the Misplaced Corporate Mentality

and

UC 101: Educating Our New President Lesson #3 – Bad Financial Bookkeeping

and

UC 101: Educating Our New President- Lesson #4 – Overgrown Administrative Bureaucracies

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Napolitano on "Marrying Up" for AB 94, more.

Add'l sections of note from January UC Regents meeting:
on the ongoing saga of
'They don't have the cost breakdown per type of student.'
That sounds so bad...
So pivot to -'Course we do have costs per type of student.
It's just complicated apples and oranges' response.

See Napolitano tried to address the AB 94 compliance questions student leaders raised at the UC Regents meeting here: at the 01:14:00 mark - she said (after the student commentary was made in response to the finance presentation) it is just a complicated effort to "marry up" items to comply with AB 94 -- but UC stakeholders, from multiple sides, have requested that marrying up of figures and terms since long before AB 94, FOR YEARS-- she did not address the UC reasons for the years long foot dragging on it.
Napolitano said there will be a full report to the CA leg on it in the next several weeks- does "several weeks" mean months?

That agenda item/section of the UC Regents meeting continues to come up in multiple news articles, op ed:

See Daily Cal where: UCOP tries to do a couple short paragraphs of damage control on the lack of UCOP 'marrying up' -in an op ed titled "UCSA Board Chair Misrepresented UC Fiscal Practices"

Also on the current UCSA - UCOP relations:
UCLA Faculty Association has audio of the UC Regents Jan 21 meeting now available
- and that post ends by noting the UCSA leadership address to UC Regents toward the end of the audio. The audio is a 'nice to have' in light of how UCOP fails to offer complete and permanent archive of UC Regents meetings- but the audio clip can't capture certain things that happened in the room at the time -see toward the very end, like the last 6 minutes of video of the UC Regents meeting: here, for instance:

There were some UC Regents who walked out of the room at the moment when UCSA began to speak etc.

None of the UC Regents or UCOP staff asked UCSA leadership about their understanding of UC fiscal practices at that time --when UCSA was presenting to them directly in front of the regents table.

None of the UC Regents asked UCSA about their vote of 'no confidence' in UC Regents and Napolitano- that vote passed by the UCSA earlier in the same month.

It is common for there to be silence from the UC Regents to UCSA presentations to them- no questions, no comments...
This time as the UC regent chair moved, as usual, to quickly adjourn right after the UCSA presentation-- there was a rushed regent question for UCSA - it came from Vice Chair Ruiz and it was only to ask about UCSA lobbying efforts for UC and if they could confirm -what was explicitly stated in their presentation- that their lobbying would indeed be separate from UC Regents and UCOP.
(It's a stark contrast with an earlier time when then-UC Regent Chair Lansing gave positive statements on aligning with UCSA on lobbying efforts for Prop 30 etc.- UCSA is systemwide-- i.e. large numbers)
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See other video of UC Regents meeting where Napolitano also said that UCOP has never had a Chief Operating Officer: at the 02:02:30 mark here- as justification for the critical importance of the new UCOP COO hire, -- but UCOP VP Brostrom was hired from UC Berkeley into UCOP with a "full-time role as UC’s executive vice president for business operations" and the duties sound strikingly familiar, similar - then and now... Does the alphabet soup change - COO and VP Bus Ops- really give any support to Napolitano's claim about some new critical importance or unaddressed sphere that is suddenly addressed with a COO title- other than it just being another high $$$$$ position?

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Also UC Regent Newsom said at the 03:22:23 mark: here that the UC Regents told the UCOP administrators that they - "at least six UC Regents" he said- wanted to participate in the policy review, drafting, planning of the UC athlete standards policy but he said that it was developed and advanced --Without Them. His comments raise some serious governance questions on how agenda items are handled regardless of what the specific UC Regent topic/agenda item might concern. In fact, similar comments have been heard in other UC regent committee meetings e.g. buildings and grounds...
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OK so, those were some notable sections still floating around to ponder.
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and if you missed it UC Curtailment (i.e Holiday Campus Closure) Compensation Practices Get Slammed - in this Daily Cal Op Ed

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"HBO History Makers Series with Janet Napolitano and Council on Foreign Relations"

17:30 mark she discusses her views on US congressional oversight

[Bracketing this off cuz we're off on an 'oversight' tangent for a moment--
Her push back comments sound strikingly similar to Regent M's push back comments on oversight of UC during the November UC Regents meeting, see here: 03:00:00 mark his comments about a "page 274" of a Compliance and Audit committee report and how Regent M would like the Governor to see the waste from duplicative or unnecessary, various 'fill-in-the-blank-agency-here' oversight etc. UC Regents did not display that page for the audience during the meeting though and it looks like it still is not listed as an available document in the agenda items,etc. You might recall Regent M also asked the student regent to raise the duplicative/waste point of view with the Gov in the next meeting and he also reiterated his same comments on the waste of time and effort in other sessions as well. During this same compliance and audit committee meeting the Vice Chair asked the UC chief compliance officer
1-to think of an important question the UC regents should be asking and
2- to then tell the UC Regents what that question is
3- and then answer it for them.
Also there were other regents during that same session who said they struggled to understand the concepts and terms in the report and were not quite certain how to approach the subject matter or question it or study it. So, you might want to watch that whole compliance and audit meeting in full in light of the comments on oversight being made by the UC Pres and Regent M. lately.
-- At that same UC Regent meeting there was a very, very good public comment section with multi-faceted student comments, those comments came from undergrad leadership, grad leadership and professional level -- they spoke in detail on their plight -see that at the 6:00 mark, too.]

Other highlights of Napolitano's CFR talk in video below:

24:15 mark she mentions Sony latest challenges and also brings up UC med

32:00 she comments on Snowden again

34:00 - 38:00 mark she discusses UC admissions and the high cost of outreach for diversity

52:40 she comments on UC, higher ed and nat'l sec. and greatest unmet needs of higher education
she mentions a 'broken down formula'

57:15 she gets that same ol' leadership philosophy question --and it's mostly 'I'll make mistakes; folks who work for me will make mistakes; have a sense of humor, dealing with natural disasters and student protestors'...and she once again references a practice of delegating authority away (juxtapose statements she makes at UC Regents where UCOP positions are "responsible for the entire enterprise" when justifying compensation actions- but then delegation to the campus level.)



(An interesting factoid--the presenter asking Napolitano the questions is married to David Boies (yep, of the 'Palm Beach- Gore' --and, yep again, that SCOTUS prop 8 issue recently) and she is listed as a "publisher of educational software" -among other roles: here.)