Friday, May 29, 2015

Already... Yet... Ever... - Can It Be Called A Success?

Much of UC and CA is still undecided etc. it seems -but see this from
Herald Sun: UNC Presidential Panel Concurs On Consultant includes this view on UC:
A public university system should be looking to “figure out how it joins in that kind success,” he said, adding that in California’s Bay Area, Stanford University has created an economy around itself while the University of California’s Berkeley campus still frets about its share of state subsidies.

Aside from the Duke hires, Isaacson’s highest-profile recruitment effort was the one that resulted in former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano becoming president of the University of California system.

Isaacson said the first job in a search process is figuring out what the system needs from a new chief executive. And in California, while many people in the UC system wanted an academic, “that’s not really what the task was.”

Rather, it was “how does one establish a new compact” between the system, “the citizens of California and their elected representatives,” he said.

That “was going to be hard political labor, with people who were not necessarily going to be kindly about it,” Isaacson said. “We were looking for someone who had the size, dimension and quality not to be frightened [by that]. That’s how we got to Janet.”

Napolitano quickly established her credibility with the state’s leaders.

“I don’t think Jerry Brown [California’s governor] thinks very many people in the world are his peeps,” but he sees Napolitano as someone he can work with, Isaacson said.
check out the full article for more.
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yes, it was still true this morning
see: Still Nothing and lots of folks would like the archive of it

the UC Regents and UCOP still have not provided the archive of this weeks UC Regents investments meeting- as also noted here earlier, but check back and see the video link now posted:
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/past-meetings/index.html
- (perhaps students could have put it on youtube or something by now and would not have forced viewers to install a bunch of crap in order to view it though??)

Others who were paying close attention to the live feed are covering it, see CIO:
Strategy Overhaul for UC Regents Fund
After a year in the role, CIO Jagdeep Bachher’s new approach is taking shape.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"One of their goals is to prevent these students from getting jobs."

see this breaking KGO ABC Local story: "Website Targeting Politically Active College Students Infringes On Free Speech"
includes:

Among those targeted is the current UC student regent Sadia Saifuddin. The website has a complete profile on her, including what they call infamous quotes.
and
A Cal spokesperson said UC Berkeley has no connection with the website and was not even aware of its existence until ABC7 News called the school. Some people started hearing about it just a few days ago.



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A sad, huge mess at the end of the year. At the end of last week's UC Regents meeting some of the UC Regents thanked Saifuddin for her service on issues like campus safety, ending hunger on campus, etc. That was followed by a great moment where she and the incoming student regent Oved both laughed with each other (because she was overwhelmed by the kind words of UC Regent Reiss and others and she teared up and looked over to him) and it looked like they (Saifuddin and Oved) were bantering and something made them both laugh. It is in stark contrast to what is described in the news story above.

Regent Blum made public comments directed to her about her appointment and his feeling about her appointment during open session when she first became a regent - he welcomed her while expressing his concerns etc. - but it looked like Blum was not present for the May UC Regents meeting to make parting comments to her at the end of her term. In previous meetings it appeared they (Blum and Saifuddin) enjoyed a collegial and good exchange. Perhaps he is still working on the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal efforts and couldn't be in town.

Napolitano has previously made some comments about her concerns around the issues touched upon in the news report.

Former UC President Mark Yudof said (at an event- click this link- where he was interviewed along with Napolitano- both of their specific, relevant comments come after the 45:00 mark) that he stepped in on some similar recent issues at UC Davis and other UC campuses as a sort of 'roving UC pres' - Wonder if he will step into this? Or, maybe this requires more direct handling by Napolitano?


This issue - campus climate issues- etc. is also likely to be slated (based on what was alluded to in comments and coverage during May meeting) as a UC Regents agenda item in July along with other key, critically important topics like finalizing tuition/may revise positions ; campus safety planning, and getting into detail on some other controversial major UC projects (UC PATH?)- but have to wait for the UC Regents to formally post their agenda items for that meeting in mid summer.

UC Regents Committee on Investments May Meeting -- and other approaches...

more disruptive and technical problems the UC Regents give to the public, see this from UC Regents:

A meeting of The Regents Committee on Investments and its Investment Advisory Group is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2015, by teleconference as follows. Please note that all times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.

Live Video streaming of the open session of the meeting will be available:

Please note that Google Chrome has done an update that no longer supports Silverlight, which is our streaming protocol. We have been implementing new streaming protocols but they will not be ready for the upcoming meeting. To watch the live stream of this meeting, please use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox for PC and Safari or Mozilla Firefox for Mac. Unfortunately, Google Chrome is not an option.

Web : http://stream.oid.ucla.edu/UCregents/smoothstreamingplayer.html

iOS/Mobile: http://stream.oid.ucla.edu/ucregents/ios.htm


UC Regents also hasn't posted it yet as an available archive either: here

Daily Bruin: UC Board of Regents committee reviews investment performance

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CalBears with: Latest Academic Progress Reports Results Show Continued Improvement

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Contra Costa Times: Albany Protesters Disrupt UC Regents Meeting

and then,
This Letter to Mercury News includes:
Ironically, the lie that UC is refusing to negotiate a community benefits agreement is being perpetrated by groups that actually have representatives on the working group! Somehow, they have convinced student activists in Berkeley to interrupt meetings and stage protests, all to ask for something that is already being done.

This does not reflect well on the protesters, who have obviously not done their homework. Nor does it reflect well on the groups sponsoring these protests and writing opinion pieces,

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Along with UCD: Stanford researchers receive grant for study of K12 online learning - See more at:
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CalBuzz: Santa Barbara Spill: Case Study of Post-MSM News

btw--LA Times Acquires San Diego Union Tribune, Lays Off 1/3 Of Staff
UT San Diego had some original reporting (like the Peevey CPUC and UC ongoing saga) that other 'major outlets' didn't cover first...

Cal Buzz brought up the SB Independent,so here: is the SB Independent in March with another aspect/update on Isla Vista aftermath- how will UC, UC Regents figure in?


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Again with the clothes and female pols only... Politico covers what WSJ already covered?!- they bring up Napolitano in it,
previously there: was a similar WSJ piece on the $900 jackets starting price - now Politico on it - and also previously noted at the bottom of this post: here Will they talk male pol's suits and prices similarly next?-- Or, is that treatment just for John Edwards $400 haircuts - and 'chicks'?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

'Dueling', 'Divided'

SJ Mercury California budget: Democrats release dueling spending plans


Senate Democrats want to increase funding for CSU by $163.5 million to help more students graduate on time, but doing so would require eliminating a scholarship program for middle-class students that Assembly Democrats are seeking to expand. UC would get a funding bump of $35 million under the Assembly Democrats' plan.


and also on it

LAT: Brown, Democratic lawmakers divided on budget estimates

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in Daily Cal: UC Union Representatives Call on UC President, Regents to Ensure Private UC Contract Workers are Compensated Comparably To University Employees Doing The Same Work

"The per-student argument makes mathematical sense... And yet... using this metric as the gold standard seems to miss something important about the function of the student at the public university today."

see reclaim UC: The Political Economy of Enrollment

Now, the UC administration claims that the cost of instruction is greater than in-state tuition. But these claims are at best debatable and at worst simply not credible, because as Chris Newfield and Bob Samuels have shown they include research and other non-educational expenses in order to inflate the alleged instructional cost. (It's gotten to the point that, as Samuels observes, the administration literally claims it costs $342,500 to educate one medical student for one year.) According to Newfield, a more reasonable estimate of the cost of instruction for undergraduates would be somewhere between 40-80 percent of the administration’s figures. Even using the higher rate, then, the administration still generates a net profit for every extra student they bring in.

Per-student funding can be a useful metric for clarifying certain trends, but it’s equally important to understand the things it makes invisible. University administrators make decisions about enrollment not out of some abstract interest in the “public good” but rather out of a very concrete interest in the bottom line. Enrollment should not be treated as a given but as a variable that may shift as executives and financial officers seek to optimize revenue flows. In this context, using per-student funding may obscure the function of the student today while deflecting antagonism toward the state.

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Higher education: Should college be free for all?
by Carol Christ, director, Center for Studies in Higher Education

it includes many interesting rebuttal comments, including:
Carol: You know better then to offer these distorted and simplistic answers.

The present tuition charges for UC undergraduates amounts to much more than the actual per-student cost for UC to provide undergraduate education.

There is a distorted accounting habit that charges all of professors’ academic year salary and benefits as an “Expenditure for Instruction,” when we know that the primary incentive for UC professors is to produce research. One may argue about the division between “public” and “private” benefit of an undergraduate education; but there is no doubt that the research mission of UC (and other national research universities) is a public benefit.

Pushing that hidden cost of research onto the tuition bills of undergraduate students and their families is a dishonest practice that must be corrected if our great universities want to continue to have public support.

Charles Schwartz

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studying clouds in 3D



Those moments of public comment at last week's UC Regents' meeting...more.

Over the weekend LA Times covered:
Candlelight vigil, memorial walk to mark anniversary of Isla Vista shootings

Veronika Weiss is in the photo accompanying that story- her dad's efforts covered: here and in his comments about UC in this next story by

Thousand Oaks Acorn: “They literally have money that is going to companies that make weapons and ammunition,” Weiss said. “We feel that they can find a way, with all their financial clout, to require that the funds they invest in are free from weapons industry businesses.”


He also spoke, directly to the UC Regents in public comment last week - you can watch at at the 00:41:40 time stamp at : this link.
My name is Bob Wiess. A year ago Saturday my daughter was walking from her dorm room to her sorority house and she was with two of her friends and all three of them were shot. Two of them were killed. My daughter was shot from her side- it traveled first through her left lung, then her heart, then her other lung. If this body is invested in the gun industry that means you're in the gun business and if you're in the gun business then I'm in the gun business - and I don't want to be in the gun business. I don't know how any of you can sleep at night with all the students who have been killed and be in the gun business. Thank you.


The secretary to the regents called the next speaker after him. The next group was called to speak on the topic of food security. The person who followed Mr. Weiss let it be known that she is a UCSB student and was a student there last year- and she seemed to choke back tears and, with great difficulty, went on to make her public comment on her scheduled topic -the impact of last year's tragedy also evident.

More coverage here at Daily Nexus: Final Regents Meeting Addresses Tuition Hikes, Divestment, Food Security

If you continue watching that same morning public comment section...there's also:

at the 00:13:40 mark
A new UC alumnus who told the UC Regents:

UC Grad students face myriad academic and student roles and there are particular and distinct experiences when reporting sexual violence.

These barriers include lack of information surrounding student or professional roles, responsibilities, or rights; fear of retaliation for reporting a faculty member or research advisor; and lack of consistent information and messaging in our professional capacity.
Some grad students are protected by collective bargaining and labor agreements -while simultaneously covered by student anti-discrimination policies such as Title IX --and the distinctions can be confusing.
As well, ten percent of graduate students are parents and there are unique barriers to seeking support.
My colleagues and I recommend that each grad student attend three mandatory small group sessions of evidence based practice training. These trainings should include, but not be limited to: graduate student rights; resources and options; reporting obligations; clear and readily available whistleblower and anti-retaliation policies; considerations of power dynamics; coercion and fears related to adviser-advisee relations; clear information regarding graduate student survivors reasonable accommodations when sexually assaulted or harassed by research advisers, undergraduate, or other professional or affiliate colleagues; rights, resources, and options for graduate student parents and their families.

That student was then followed by another new UC alum's public comment to the UC Regents - the recent grad gave her personal account as an undergraduate- at the 15:09 mark:
She is an alum of UCSD and also attended UCLA. She detailed her undergraduate experience where she alleges she was sexually harassed by a graduate student instructor and she also discusses how the faculty role and issues around diversity played negatively into that situation...

Later, during the UC Regents afternoon session the UCSA leadership referenced the above public comments in their scheduled presentation to the UC Regents and delved more in to detail on current problems they see system-wide and the system-wide training they would like to see implemented across UC- and the significant additional work that still has yet to be done - it leads off at the beginning of the video: here.

And Daily Cal gets into the training details in this op ed:

University Must Implement Anti Sexual Assault Training


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-The links in this next section raises for the Cal-centric the question of.. 'What part of Columbia admin leadership is now at Cal?- do they share the views and approach of some Columbia admin. leadership detailed in the links below'?

Title IX post titled: "It's safer to be quiet": Cultures of retaliation~Cultures of sexual violence


There is an extensive back story to Sulkowicz's experience which is marked by administrative ineptitude that has never been explained or accounted for. Columbia should be apologizing to Sulkowicz but instead the university president refused to shake her hand* at last Tuesday's Senior Day ceremonies


(Is the Cal leadership that just arrived from Columbia like that too? Or different?)

in that post they also link to points made in : this anonymous piece from Jezebel


and it also points to this experience at Stanford University:
"My only chance to protect myself was to participate in the same Title IX process that had made me a target in the first place.
I knew that any decision I made would affect not just me, but the culture surrounding reporting on campus. I am a victim of harassment and retaliation, and this experience has been among the hardest I have ever had to deal with. I cannot imagine what it must be like for victims of violence and assault. Given the retaliation I faced for merely being thought to have reported harassment, I don’t know if I could face actually reporting a case of assault. And I am not willing to become a cautionary tale, an example of the reasons why people shouldn’t report."
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Salon had this from a UCSB former student, teacher : “We fostered something chaotic and irresponsible”: Elliot Rodger, Isla Vista & the echoes of a tragedy- One year ago tomorrow, a young man opened fire in southern California. In the time since, has anything changed?
by Ellen O'Connell, includes:

But what has changed on the ground? Isla Vista, an unincorporated community, doesn’t belong to either the city or the university, and therefore can’t be governed or regulated by either. Kum-Kum Bhavnani, chair of UCSB’s Academic Senate, said the university’s efforts to protect its students is mainly up to its good will. “UC Santa Barbara has for many years voluntarily contributed significant resources (several million dollars annually) to the County for safety efforts in Isla Vista, and contributed additional resources to add more lights, sidewalks and recently a fence along the bluff. The safety of our students is our highest priority, including in Isla Vista, where the university’s influence is limited.”


Limited?

A biz article claims 'UCSB alone can’t fix Isla Vista safety woes', includes:
What has not yet happened at Isla Vista is a comprehensive agreement – by Santa Barbara County, UCSB, the City of Goleta and other stakeholders – on a more robust governance system for Isla Vista. The state has a role here, too, as Isla Vista remains the largest population center in California without local government oversight.
A panel put together by UCSB’s governing board of trustees made important recommendations last fall about the need for better governance at Isla Vista. Perhaps now that Isla Vista again is in the headlines, Santa Barbara County, the state Legislature and others will take a closer look.

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Surreal, this other story from MSNBC and HuffPo
-that story also has an awful UC connection.

Then, further in that topic thread, there's OC Register: had a letter on the tragedy and 'Brady': here--
also served as a reminder of Sarah Brady, and all of her work, she passed away earlier this year.


SF Chronicle: On another father of Santa Barbara shooting victim who also wants reforms

and with more on that same Dad of a UC Student, there's
NBC San Diego: Isla Vista Victim's Dad Devotes Life to Curbing Gun Violence


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Sometimes turn to
Berkeley, 1968 - that 'jumps out' every time
- it starts off:
"Human reason is beautiful"
it includes that line though:
"Giving us the estate of the world to manage"

...
The SB oil 'spill'


There's the history of Santa Barbara 1969

and Yahoo- present day- on SB: Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California


Columbia and SB come up : here at HuffPo too- it starts off:
"Cleaning up the oil spilling into the ocean by Santa Barbara will cost much more than preventing the leak would have cost. But of course, preventing the leak would require more"...


and today Cal Buzz: is covering The Hunting Ground- which could be a good sign because politics is all over the issue- in myriad ways...Hopefully coverage of 'the politics of Title IX implementation over the past forty years' (what got us to today's circumstances) gets more coverage.
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A memorial paddle out scheduled...


A Month of Remembrance Events

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That earlier piece mentioned at the top includes:Sometimes they feel her energy. A cousin who was close to Veronika said she was searching for her phone when a track on a U2 album released for free to iPhone users last summer started to play on its own, Weiss said. The song mentions Santa Barbara, grief and Zuma Beach, where Veronika’s ashes were spread.


The full title includes CA:
“(California) There Is No End to Love”

Monday, May 25, 2015

"UC's law schools are exempt from fee increases being imposed on other professional graduate school programs"

just this update:
Also, want to add on to this earlier: "UC's law schools are exempt from fee increases being imposed on other professional graduate school programs"

just to recall
last week there were two UC items 6600 and 6440 that came up at the Joint Leg Budget Review in Sacto
$1 million to UC Hastings under 6600

and
6440 on UC grad prof schools


when they discussed those items - anyway, CA Sen Block
and other state senators got into an exchange about law school trends and esp. discussion of how 'law school grads seek to chase the higher earning positions so they don't go into public service' vs 'yes they do go into public service' was debated back and forth
(Nielsen, Monning and others also made comments around the topic).
if that video of that hearing chaired by Leno becomes available will post it here as a further update, background.

Anyway, that exchange may also play into the origins of the law school exemption from fee increases decisions. There's some speculation of special treatment from the governor, see: The guv's warm spot for lawyers. So just adding in that tidbit as an fyi.
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original post:

See LA Times: UC Law Students Celebrate Exemption From Supplemental Fee Increases


Were they (Co2, OP) worried about maybe more students making (remember this SF Chron article on): Kashmiri moves?

Other articles also touch on other areas of uncertainty etc.:
LA Times: Tax proposals by unions, activists may loosen Brown's grip on budget


UCLA Faculty Association with: a post on some money headed to UC via cap and trade-- that may or may not be a sure thing

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Free College?
With student debt topping $1 trillion, a renewed call for radical change – maybe even free public university tuition.

Panel:
Bob Samuels, President of University Council-AFT, which represents librarians of the University of California. He is the author of the blog Changing Universities and of the book New Media, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory after Postmodernism.

Tamara Draut, Vice President, Policy and Research at Demos, a left-leaning public policy organization. She is the author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead. (@tamaradraut)

Sandy Baum, Professor of Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University. She is also Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and has co-written the College Board’s annual publications Trends in Student Aid and Trends in College Pricing since 2002.

Another college academic year down, another huge whack of college debt for young Americans. $1.2 trillion in college debt now in this country. Absolutely massive. The only kind of consumer debt not headed downward since the recession. In fact, student loans are up 84 percent. Critics says it’s a yoke on the necks of a whole generation and more. Now there’s a call – and legislation on the table – to make public higher education, college tuition, free. Not cheaper, but free. Like Germany and Finland and more. Would that be wise? Crazy? Up next, On Point: College for free.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

UPDATED: Are 'They' Meeting Friday, too?

They leave it: a mystery for those weren't there today to watch the end or didn't watch the live stream...
- cuz you CAN'T : SEE how they adjourned today's afternoon session to discern if they will or will not be meeting tomorrow
UPDATE- On Friday they decided to post the archive of the Thursday afternoon session, you can view it at this link:
http://lecture.ucsf.edu/ets/Play/28892955471d49819d24d3bc0ab7380b1d?catalog=333992fe-1405-4d6b-ae39-512a30188f34

a few more links...

Mercury News editorial: UC needs to fund benefits or end them

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and Sac Bee editorial:Brown, Napolitano get A-plus for compromise on UC tuition

In return, the UC will have to do some pension reform, which they’ve tried before, wanly. Compared to new state workers, university executives retire in Fat City. Brown and his finance director, Michael Cohen, were adamant that there will be no wiggle room this time, not even for top hiring prospects. So this aspect of UC’s culture will have to change.
Brown was strategic, looking to the state’s cap-and-trade gusher for help with some campus maintenance projects.


and

Educating Californians is the school’s core mission, and in-state enrollment must increase.


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UCSF has new alumni regent designate


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Daily Cal: UC regents approve increases in undergrad nonresident tuition, endorse funding agreement

The regent vote effectively removes Napolitano’s authority to raise resident tuition over the next two years and limits her authority to raise tuition by, at most, the rate of inflation for the following three years, amending the tuition authorization passed by the board in November.

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SF Gate: UC regents give thumbs-up to tuition trade-off

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Daily Bruin: UC Regents endorse state budget plan keeping in-state tuition flat

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LA Times gets into the 'not so sunny': UC regents endorse Brown's funding plan, but look to lawmakers for more
- some of the UC Regents acknowledged the 'gaping hole'
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Daily Democrat includes:
Hans Johnson, a higher education expert at the Public Policy Institute of California, called the deal “certainly a lot better for the university than what had been originally proposed by the governor,” but providing for more in-state enrollment is crucial.

Except for during these last few years of recession and budget cuts, “in general the practice was to tie funding increases to some kind of enrolment expectations,” he said — yet this deal doesn’t create more slots for qualified in-state high-school graduates.

“We’re losing tens of thousands of students who are eligible each year for UC or CSU,” Johnson said. “I think that’s a big issue.”

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UC admission logjam concerns Board of Regents

The only regent who initially said he might vote against the deal was former Assembly Speaker John Perez. He said letting Napolitano automatically increase tuition by the rate of inflation in future years would "abdicate some of our responsibilities" both to her and to the Legislature.

But Napolitano said the board still will vote on any future tuition increases. She and Perez huddled for a side conversation, ending with mutual nods and Napolitano's collegial pat on Perez's back. Perez then proclaimed the deal "pretty damned good" compared to the five-year series of increases he had opposed late last year, and he said he would vote for it with the understanding that the board can revisit it if the Legislature makes changes.


Is there some pension precedent UC hopes can be set?

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nbc local,AP: UC Board of Regents OK's 8 Percent Fall Tuition Hikes for Non-Residents

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SF Chron:Governor to business leaders: Downturn could be looming

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Daily Cal with:
Although both the UC Student Association and Student Regent-Designate Avi Oved said the agreement was a win, the UCSA said the agreement should be made to benefit all students, and Oved said students had not been a big part of the conversation.

“I think that there needs to be a better sense of what engagement and consultation looks like, because students and administration are speaking different languages,” Oved said.


Daily Bruin has: Arthur Wang: ‘Bloody Thursday’ defines lack of dialogue between UC, students

Students have long felt rather powerless and like they lack a say in the policies and goals of the UC. That is because the UC continues to suffer from a lack of dialogue between officials and student voices. The student regent position on the UC Board of Regents is one of the only substantial avenues that students have to influence UC policy within the institution itself – and there is only one voting student regent at a time, who only has one year of voting power. The student representative’s powers must be expanded or multiplied if students want a University that most faithfully serves student needs.


"the same promptness and vigor as they do other forms" - by that standard... it could be a long wait

WBUR- UC's Napolitano Speaks Out On High Cost Of Public Ed, Anti-Semitism On Campus


The issue of whether the University of California should adopt the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism will be voted on by the Board of Regents in July.

“I have my own personal view, and my personal view is that we should” adopt the State Department’s definition, Napolitano said.

In a letter sent Monday to Napolitano and the UC regents, 57 rabbis wrote that campus leaders should “be trained in using the State Department definition to identify anti-Semitic behavior and to address it with the same promptness and vigor as they do other forms of racial, ethnic and gender bigotry and discrimination.”


Salon: Is being a critic of Israeli state policies the same as being an anti ...


SF Chronicle decided to cover the UC student regents like this:
The animosity also made its way to regents meetings in recent years, when anti-Israel activist Sadia Saifuddin and pro-Israel activist Avi Oved were selected as student regents.
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Daily Cal: Legislative Analyst’s Office raises concerns about higher education plan of Brown, Napolitano


and this on Student Health Plans with particular emphasis on how it affects Grad Students w/ families etc.:

SHIP terminates dependent coverage, sparks contention among students



Rapid Responses from CA Leg leadership on UC CSU funding in the May Revise at Sac Bee

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You can watch this week's UC Regents meeting live or archived at this link (and background docs, agenda items links in previous recent posts):

http://lecture.ucsf.edu/ETS/Catalog/Full/333992fe14054d6bae39512a30188f3421####

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 20-22 Regents Meeting at UCSF Misssion Bay

Brown Lauds California Community Colleges - attends their Board of Gov meeting


Adding on to the list of CA Community Colleges to offer Bachelors degrees
Solano and Santa Monica. and a third(?)unnamed/TBD?

Times Herald: School officials recently learned that the application process was reopened with anywhere from 1 to 3 slots reopened for applications.


and Daily Republic on Solano Beats Out 13 Colleges To Earn 4 Year Degree Slot


and UCLA Fac Blog also notes Santa Monica College added to that list too, here.

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HuffPo with more on the Title IX includes these important sections:
When the government doesn't name colleges and universities solely under investigation for sexual harassment cases, these schools are able to essentially hide the scrutiny from the public. Virtually no college has come forward to state that they are under these Title IX reviews, absent probing by reporters, and even then they sometimes avoid the issue.

and

Colleges are obligated to address both sexual assault and harassment under Title IX, and experts say the behaviors are inextricably linked.


and

in: this other article the variation in the literature leads to a lack of hard numbers?

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Remaking the University has several new links up including this tweet from Prof.Krapp

on other important areas Higher Ed never figured out how to manage.

and other new Meranze links include NYT on Ivory Tower Pay

--so: check 'em out here

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LA Times: Cal State trustees are scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday.
The governor's recent revision of the proposed 2015-16 budget called for about $158 million in new funding for Cal State, nearly $60 million less than the university had requested to expand enrollment—by about 12,000 students—hire new faculty and support programs to boost graduation rates.

and
“The CSU is the underfunded, underappreciated Cinderella of our state higher education system,” state Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) said in response to Brown's budget revision. “Gov. Brown bemoans CSU’s self-report that only about 19% of its incoming freshmen graduate in four years. He is rightfully concerned about time to graduation. But he fails to provide funding needed to correct the problem.”



also LA Times: in CA $1.1 Billion$ - still available?

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May 21-22 Regents Meeting - UCSF Mission Bay you can view agenda items and listen live to it or watch video or, later, archive via this link -all times are PST.

Wednesday, May 20
3:00 pm Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session - includes public comment session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

GB1 Action Amendment of the Budget and Approval of External
Financing, Clinical Sciences Building Seismic Retrofit and
Renovation Project, San Francisco Campus

GB2 Action Amendment of the Budget and Scope, Approval of External
Financing, and Approval of Design Following Action
Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act,
Berkeley Way West Project (Tolman Hall Seismic
Replacement), Berkeley Campus



Thursday, May 21

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session)
Public Comment Period
(20 minutes)
Remarks of the Chairman of the Board
Remarks of the President of the University
Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate


9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18-19, 2015

E1 Discussion Institutionalizing Food Security Efforts Across the University of
California

9:50 am Committee on Long Range Planning (open session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

L1 Discussion Promoting Transparency – Introduction to the University of California
Information Center

10:05 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 19, 2015

O1 Discussion Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories

O2 Discussion Engineering Institute: A Sustained Collaboration for Research
and Education Excellence, San Diego Campus

10:30 am Committee on Finance (open session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

F6(XX) Action LaRosa v. Regents – Proposed Settlement – Medical Malpractice –
San Diego

F7(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates

1. ANDREWS, et al. v. LAWRENCE LIVERMORE
NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC –Mediation Held –
Employment – Office of the President

2. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO v.
REGENTS, et al. – Judgment for Respondents Appealed –
Action to Compel Payment of Municipal Parking Taxes –
San Francisco

3. DE VRIES v. REGENTS – Demurrer Sustained –
Taxpayer Injunction to Enjoin Nonresident Tuition
Exemption and Financial Aid for Undocumented
Immigrants – Systemwide

4. JOSEPH v. REGENTS – Ruling on Motion Regarding
Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act Application –
Negligence, Wrongful Death – San Francisco Medical
Center

5. LOS ANGELES TIMES COMMUNICATIONS LLC, et
al. v. REGENTS – Petitioner’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees
Granted in Part – Public Records Act – Davis

6. MALDONADO v. REGENTS – Demurrer Overruled –
Confidentiality of Medical Information Act – San
Francisco Medical Center

7. MAU v. RADY’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, et al. –
Mediation Held – Medical Malpractice – San Diego
Medical Center

8. PIERCE v. REGENTS – Judgment for Regents Appealed –
Breach of Contract and Violation of Proposition 209 – Los
Angeles

9. REGENTS v. FACTORY MUTUAL INSURANCE
COMPANY – Trial Date Set – Breach of Contract – San
Francisco

10. REGENTS v. LAKE – Upcoming Trial – Dispute over
Rate of County Reimbursement of Regents for Indigent and
Incarcerated Medical Care – Davis

11. REQUA, et al. v. REGENTS – Bifurcated Trial
Scheduled – Breach of Implied Contract for Retiree Health
Benefits – Office of the President

12. General Counsel’s Update on Pending or Threatened
Litigation

F8(XX) Information Settlements and Separation Agreements under Delegated Authority
Reported from February 2, 2015 to April 6, 2015

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Joint Meeting: Committees on Compensation and Health Services (open session)

J1 Discussion Innovation in Organization and Leadership Structure, Design
and Implementation, San Francisco Campus

2:15 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

E2(XX) Action Appointment Regents’ Professor, School of Law, Los Angeles
Campus


3:05 pm Committee on Educational Policy (Regents only session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

E2(XX) Action Appointment Regents’ Professor, School of Law, Los Angeles
Campus


3:10 pm Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (Regents only session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 21, 2015

O3(XX) Action Approval of Emeritus Status as Director, Los Alamos National
Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3:15 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

F6(XX) Action LaRosa v. Regents – Proposed Settlement – Medical Malpractice –
San Diego

F7(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates

1. ANDREWS, et al. v. LAWRENCE LIVERMORE
NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC –Mediation Held –
Employment – Office of the President

2. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO v.
REGENTS, et al. – Judgment for Respondents Appealed –
Action to Compel Payment of Municipal Parking Taxes –
San Francisco

3. DE VRIES v. REGENTS – Demurrer Sustained –
Taxpayer Injunction to Enjoin Nonresident Tuition
Exemption and Financial Aid for Undocumented
Immigrants – Systemwide

4. JOSEPH v. REGENTS – Ruling on Motion Regarding
Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act Application –
Negligence, Wrongful Death – San Francisco Medical
Center

5. LOS ANGELES TIMES COMMUNICATIONS LLC, et
al. v. REGENTS – Petitioner’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees
Granted in Part – Public Records Act – Davis

6. MALDONADO v. REGENTS – Demurrer Overruled –
Confidentiality of Medical Information Act – San
Francisco Medical Center

7. MAU v. RADY’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, et al. –
Mediation Held – Medical Malpractice – San Diego
Medical Center

8. PIERCE v. REGENTS – Judgment for Regents Appealed –
Breach of Contract and Violation of Proposition 209 – Los
Angeles

9. REGENTS v. FACTORY MUTUAL INSURANCE
COMPANY – Trial Date Set – Breach of Contract – San
Francisco

10. REGENTS v. LAKE – Upcoming Trial – Dispute over
Rate of County Reimbursement of Regents for Indigent and
Incarcerated Medical Care – Davis

11. REQUA, et al. v. REGENTS – Bifurcated Trial
Scheduled – Breach of Implied Contract for Retiree Health
Benefits – Office of the President

12. General Counsel’s Update on Pending or Threatened
Litigation

F8(XX) Information Settlements and Separation Agreements under Delegated Authority
Reported from February 2, 2015 to April 6, 2015

3:45 pm Board (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015
Reports of Committees:
EXX Report: Action Committee on Educational Policy
FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance
OXX Report: Action Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim Actions
Personnel Matters

4:00 pm Committee on Compensation (open session - includes public comment session)

Agenda – Open Session

Public Comment Period

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 22, 2015

C2 Action Approval of Establishment of the New Senior Management Group
Position of Executive Vice President – Physician Services and
Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, UCSF Health, and the Market
Reference Zone for the Position; Appointment of and
Compensation for Executive Vice President – Physician Services
and Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, UCSF Health,
San Francisco Campus as Discussed in Closed Session

4:40 pm Board (open session)

Agenda – Open Session
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 19 and the Meetings of the Committee of the
Whole of March 17, 18, and 19, 2015
Report of the President
Resolutions in Appreciation
Reports of Committees:
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
G Report: Action Committee on Governance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings


Friday, May 22

8:30 am Continuation of any sessions or items that are not completed on May 21, only if needed.


Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Sunday, May 17, 2015

UC Regents Committee on Investments will meet May 27th, also Committee to Select Student Regent, more items

UC Regents Investments Committee will meet on May 27th in open session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting February 20, 2015
I-1 Discussion Update on Investment Performance for Periods Ending March 31,
2015
I-2 Action Total Return Investment Pool Asset Allocation and Investment
Policy Review and Recommendations


UC Regents Investments Committee will meet on May 27th in closed session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of February 20, 2015
I-6(X) Discussion UC Ventures Business Plan
I-7(X) Discussion Update on the Office of the Chief Investment Officer Regarding
Organization and Personnel

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The UC Regents will also meet on May 27 as a
Special Committee on the Selection of a Student Regent

There's a special section Daily Cal: Representative Or Trustee?
The complex history of the UC Student Regent

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Budget Deal
Changing Universities post includes:
On the bad side, the deal was negotiated by two leaders without any real effort at shared governance. In fact, the university will still have to negotiate with unions and faculty over pension reform measures. Like the fast-tracking of free trade agreements, this method of negotiation values secrecy over democracy. As is often the case in the UC system, consultation occurs after a decision has been made, and this represents a fake form of democracy and shared governance.

The most threatening aspect of the plan is that it requires a new pension tier, but the details of the plan are not spelled out. A big concern is the talk of a defined contribution plan, which we have told the university is not only bad for the employees but also bad for the entire shared defined benefit plan. History shows that once you allow employees to opt into a reduced benefit, the main benefit plan becomes destabilized.

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California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, co-author of Designing the New American University
Description: America’s universities are in crisis. Over the past quarter century, states have divested from public higher education, and America’s top colleges have become increasingly expensive and exclusive. A bachelor’s degree is no longer the great driver of social mobility it once was, and faculty and student bodies alike have been unable to catch up with our country’s growing diversity. American universities are still among the world’s best, but new technology and ambitious emerging nations are as much a threat to our educational institutions as they are to our economic institutions. Can our universities be transformed to meet these many different challenges? What would a 21st-century American university look like? California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, co-author of Designing the New American University, visit Zócalo to discuss what’s wrong with higher education in this country–and what might fix it.

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UT San Diego on UCSD Global health efforts reviews

and on UCSD wanting to brand 'global' on international relations

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LA Times: UC system, K-12 among biggest winners in Brown's new budget proposal
“This is spectacularly good news and a huge opportunity for schools,” said David N. Plank, executive director of the Policy Analysis for California Education, a research partnership of Stanford University, UC Davis and USC. “We're finally coming to an end of a cycle where we're restoring what was cut in 2007. This is a moment where districts can launch in new directions.”

Sac Bee:
Millenials Feelng Left Out of Economic Recovery

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Daily Nexus at UCSB with details on EVPSA Office Congregates in Support of ‘We’re fUCked’

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some UC student groups have also taken this up:

Federal Court Rejects Title IX's Application to Transgender Restroom Case

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Chancellor Yang, UCSB Meet Demands of Sexual Assault Survivors After 13-Hour Sit-In
includes many important sections but this jumps out:
Additionally, at the time the assault occurred, sexual assault was classified as harassment under Title IX, making it unclear what sanctions are appropriate.

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A view expressed that: UCSD Breaking Its Own Harassment Policies

Then read:
UCSD Professor Clears Up Art Class Requirements Says Students Given Options For Final Exams

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Also, a UCSD (?) festival seems to get out of hand at certain points, maybe

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Then see the above conflated?, connected?, wrapped up? : here


Lots of topics floating around on this 'UC Regents meeting' week.







Friday, May 15, 2015

Dividing UC? Is it turning out "tactically naive" -- babybellish?

Remaking The University has analysis on The May Budget Revision: UC Budget Goes From Bad To Worse

includes:
There are various ways to describe the problem: it is a $1.5 billion structural deficit (2011 values) or it is the $1 billion in cuts since 2008 that CFO Brostrom uses in public statements. A third way is even more ominous: the last Independent Audit Report of UC's finances had UC losing $5.7 billion on operations in FY2013 and $4.5 billion in FY2014 (page 10). These losses were partially offset by non operating gains (investment returns is the largest piece). Even so, the shortfall was $1.0 billion in 2014.

The Governor has again offered UC the same state increase and no more. He has added a compact-like agreement to do this for four years in a row. At the appearance of a new headwind he can abandon this commitment as Gov. Schwarzenegger abandoned his, but more to the point is that this is a minimal increase that would likely have emerged from the normal budgeting process. UC has agreed to freeze tuition for another 2 years, so that increment is lost. In 2017-18, UC can request a tuition increase, but one to be tied to an inflation rate that is likely to remain well under the 5 percent UC proposed.

In other words, UCOP has agreed to several more years of austerity and shortfalls. This will keep the deficit in place and, as far as I can tell, sustain annual operating losses.

Students will be happy they will not be paying more. They will not be happy that they will still be getting less.

....
and:
So what is the real purpose here? Perhaps the purpose is to convert UC's pension into a 403(b) over time, and that UCOP wants this as well. I don't know this, but I can't explain why UCOP would take this deal when the pension is actually on the mend.

I can see why the state would do it. It gets a chunk of UC operating expenses off its budget. State politicians can also divide up the UC employee body.

...
and:
One good feature of UC having lost two of its national laboratories to a private limited-liability corporation during the Bush years was that the federal government reimburses UC for pension costs at Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories. It may be time for a similar spin-off of the medical centers.

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The UC Regents: have just Revised Their Agenda for next week's UC Regents meeting-- note their agenda sets aside time for meeting on Friday if needed, is that 'for show' or will they likely use it?
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SF Gate: UC President, Governor Agree To Freeze Tuition For 2 Years
includes:

Napolitano is expected to ask the regents next week to authorize her to raise the supplemental fee paid by out-of-state students by up to 8 percent.

Easing 3-year graduations
Under the deal, UC would make it easier for students to graduate in three years by expanding the number of entry-level classes given online, adding academic advisers, and combing through all the requirements for each major to see what can be eliminated.
“We’d still maintain quality, and it doesn’t mean everyone would graduate in three years,” Klein said. “But UCLA has already been reviewing course requirements and asking, ‘Do we need all of them?’”


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NYT, this headline: In California Budget Plan, Brown Wins Deal on Tuition Freeze for In-State Students
The deal caps tuition for California residents over the next two years, while out-of-state tuition could increase by as much as 8 percent in each of the next two years and 5 percent in the third year.

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San Jose Mercury News includes this important note:
Funds for Cal Grants and middle-class scholarships would decrease.

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see: UCSA Responds to Governor Brown's May Revision State Budget includes:
“Today’s announcement contains promising news for California UC undergraduates,” said UCSA President Jefferson Kuoch-Seng. “However, students will continue our direct advocacy in Sacramento and build broad support across California within and beyond our campuses. We expect that tuition will continue to be volatile with varying policies for different students, and future increases tied to inflation when this freeze expires. We call on the University to commit to inclusion of students in the consultative process as outlined in AB 970. We also ask that the Legislature look for a predictable, long-term funding solution for higher education that will directly benefit all UC students.”

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UCLA Faculty Blog: More Thoughts On The Pension Deal: Looks Like We Are Paying A Price For A Non-Academic UC Prez --and other new posts there with more analysis

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Reclaim UC with: Ambiguous News from Sacramento:

But to return to the out-of-state tuition hike: the state's effort to divide the student body (in terms of their immediate political interests) between those from California and those from other states or from abroad seems to be working. While the out-of-state tuition hike is not nearly as high as what was being discussed last December (an up to 8% annual increase rather than 17%), the multi-thousand dollar hike is not insignificant in terms of out-of-state students' debt levels, nor is it politically insignificant. Those who rule the state seem to be on the verge of breaking what had been an established across the board tuition freeze: they are thus rolling back some of the student movement gains of 2012. ...


and

Not only does the out-of-state hike extract more money from certain students and thus divide the immediate interests of the student body, it also exacerbates inequalities between UC campuses, with those (like UCB and UCLA) with relatively whiter and wealthier student bodies receiving a disproportionate funding increase, while those (like UCR, UCM, and UCSC) with higher percentages of working class / students of color receiving relatively little increase following the hike, since they have significantly lower rates of out-of-state students.

also see: the accompanying info-graphs, charts here

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Venture County Star: Brown Proposes $5.5 Billion Boost To Schools, But Battle Looms Over Human Services Funding

Providing a $38 million increase to California State University, bringing the total increase in state support to CSU next year to $158 million. The proposal breaks with past practice of treating UC and CSU equally, because UC would receive $96 million in new money to address its pension liabilities.


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Has the Committee of Two divided up UC? Was their exercise a 'sorting' that sets student tiers against each other; and results in employee tiered experiences that will increase stratification and retention issues ,turnover, more expensive poaching games; does it deepen the divide b/ween UC medical against UC campuses; and also sets UC apart from other higher ed segments (CSU) by taking more (one time pension) funding; and highlight again UC as apart from other Californians -by taking funds that could go to human services funding?

Of course, remember this from SF Chronicle when Newsom warned it was "tactically naive" for UC to embark on the approach...


More specifically at SF Chronicle: Brown “has every point of leverage. To do this in such an overt way was, I thought, disrespectful to the governor. But also tactically naive.”

-Seems things need to play out a bit more to see.

Remember the Gov. at a recent UC Regents meeting- with regard to Prop 98 $$$$$ -how UC could have been in on that funding, a piece of it-- 'but UC wanted to be treated differently and so UC is treated differently'





Thursday, May 14, 2015

2 For 2- or 'split down the middle' - "The plan faces some likely changes as it goes through the state Legislature over coming weeks."

see LA Times:
No UC tuition hikes for Californians as Brown offers more funds
Under the agreement outlined Thursday, UC officials said the system will receive 4% increases in state funding in each of the next four years, for a cumulative total of $507 million. Plus, in the sweetener that sealed the deal, UC is expected to receive a total of $436 million over three years from the state’s rainy day surplus to help pay its pension obligations; in exchange, UC will work on further changes in its retirement plans that likely will put a cap on or reduce some potential benefits for new hires.


AP coverage via KCRA gives a helpful breakdown on it toward the end of their article on it: here


Sac Bee w/ more on the fireworks yesterday - California Legislators Blast UC Over Financial Aid For Out of State Students

UC...still under the magnifying glass - still no consensus and still consternation, disgust, concern over the approach, also see:

Can Two People Hold California’s Higher Education Hostage? Why the State’s Universities and Colleges Desperately Need a New Master Plan

by Daniel J.B. Mitchell

You can also read it at UCLA Faculty Blog
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Governor Brown talks

--'the gap'...stratification and class structure throughout and

--the coming recession in the future sometime, rainy day, and he mentions UC repeatedly in the first few minutes

--he mentions UC and reducing UC costs at the 00:04:00

--and, importantly, at the 00:09:00 he talks about UC and Prop 2 and ** also mentions that three UC depts have agreed to follow a professor back east's model on the cost of courses at UC and an agreement to use it at UC to analyze course offerings**

--00:12:30 mark UC funding compared with K-12 funding and other programs -- Prop 2 also comes up again

--00:22:10 Gov says on UC --they are going to put a cap on the defined benefits for new hires and then he mentions from things like candy bars to tuition- prices will go up

he ends his comments at the 00:30:30 mark and staff then step up to field questions

here:
http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=2871


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Templating and Outlining...and some items 'cast in another light'

see: "Attorney General Kamala Harris and University of California president Janet Napolitano released a template outlining cooperation between campuses and law enforcement agencies mandated under a state law passed last year."
California tells colleges to quickly respond to sex assaults

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Sac Bee on a new round of disagreement: University of California has increased nonresident enrollment since recession to raise new revenue

UC spent $32 million on financial aid for out-of-state students last year

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty: ‘It makes no sense’

EARLIER wrote: This is happening right now: LIVE on Cal Channel --will post the archive when it is available
UPDATE- Here Is The Archive

Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2 on Education Finance
they are in discussion on UC Personnel and Admin Costs also Pension Costs and Admissions Decisions
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Remaking the University suggests "This piece was written for a daily newspaper. There would be a much better public discussion, or what we used to call in the fifth grade "a fair fight," if it and similar piece would actually appear in one of them." regarding this post: "Restoring The Promise Of Higher Education: A Problem CA Can Solve Now" By Stanton A. Glantz, Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Now, take a look at: this article in LA Times and reader comments on Garner there --It would be good to see a piece written by the same author (Glantz) in response to those issues raised -- hear how research did or did not contribute to creating a scenario such as Garner case mentioned in reader comments there in LA Times
-his take on it- it (standing up for or clarify or adjusting a position on the research when it hits the policy implementation stages) is also part of the battle in funding esp public higher ed, research universities etc.
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OC Register and other places posted this op ed:
That said, we found Ms. Napolitano’s online plea rather off-putting. We understand that she believes the UC system underfunded, despite its current $2.9 billion allocation from the state and the additional $119.5 million proposed by Gov. Brown.

We also do not begrudge her seeking additional monies from Sacramento “to make up for the nearly $1 billion in cuts” the UC system suffered during the Great Recession.

Our issue with the UC president’s plaintive plea for a 7.5 percent increase in the system’s state funding is that it was accompanied by an implied threat – that, if Gov. Brown and the Legislature acceded to Ms. Napolitano’s funding request, it would “prevent the necessity of a tuition increase.”

But, if Sacramento doesn’t pony up, UC parents and students can look forward to a tuition hike for the 2015-16 school year. And there also would be thousands fewer undergraduate admissions, Ms. Napolitano makes all but clear.

Most California voters look askance upon the UC president’s stance, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

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check out the -could it be??- anti 'Berkeley research' UC moves??!
Emails Show UCLA CPUC Deal Making from UT San Diego:


On Oct. 2, UCLA professor Stephanie Pincetl asked Peevey to amend terms of the proposed San Onofre settlement to make sure greenhouse gas grants would be invested within the service territories of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, co-owners of the failed plant. That would exclude another likely grant recipient, UC Berkeley.

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Napolitano was in DC earlier in the week on:

Societal cost of obesity could exceed $1.1 trillion, new Brookings research finds


and Napolitano via UC Davis at Brookings
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Letter of Solidarity with Highway Six Hand Delivered to UC President Janet Napolitano
by via UCSC Student Organizations

The UC President was handed the letter by a UCSC student who interns in Congressman Sam Farr’s office. Napolitano was visiting the Congressman to discuss the UC Food Initiative but was approached in the lobby by the student intern. She promised to read the letter and thanked the student for taking the time to highlight the issue.

Congressman Sam Farr was also not aware of the extent to which UCSC’s Student Judicial Services has worked to repress student activism and he requested a copy of the letter in order to follow up with President Napolitano about her views on the issue.

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another take on 'CRISPR/CAS Faces Bio Ethics Spotlight', 'From Obscure to the Center of Attention', 'A Pioneer Who Helped Simplify Genome Editing'
see:Prospect Of DNA-Edited Designer Babies Has UC Scientists Rethinking Their Own Discovery


Daily Cal now has a post up on the earlier news covered over the weekend on patent issues with MIT -

Monday, May 11, 2015

UPDATE! UC Regents Agenda Items and background docs For May 20-21 Meeting

agenda items, background docs, scheduling info should begin to be posted here: for the May 20-21 Regents Meeting - UCSF Mission Bay you can view agenda items and listen live to it or watch video archive via this link -all times are Pacific.

The UC Regents policy is to make the agenda available ten days before scheduled meetings
but the agenda is still not posted and the meeting occurs NINE days from today.

Do they have to follow Brown Act or something? Or does UC autonomy kick in on this?

Is it Bagley Keene?
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----UPDATE---
Today, at late afternoon COB the UC Regents posted the agenda and background docs see: this link to view the pdf background docs that accompany each committee etc.

Wednesday, May 20
3:00 pm Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session - includes public comment session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

GB1 Action Amendment of the Budget and Approval of External
Financing, Clinical Sciences Building Seismic Retrofit and
Renovation Project, San Francisco Campus

GB2 Action Amendment of the Budget and Scope, Approval of External
Financing, and Approval of Design Following Action
Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act,
Berkeley Way West Project (Tolman Hall Seismic
Replacement), Berkeley Campus



Thursday, May 21

8:30 am Committee of the Whole (open session - includes public comment session)
Public Comment Period
(20 minutes)
Remarks of the Chairman of the Board
Remarks of the President of the University
Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate


9:30 am Committee on Educational Policy (open session)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18-19, 2015

E1 Discussion Institutionalizing Food Security Efforts Across the University of
California

9:50 am Committee on Long Range Planning (open session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

L1 Discussion Promoting Transparency – Introduction to the University of California
Information Center

10:05 am Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (open session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 19, 2015

O1 Discussion Update on the Department of Energy Laboratories

O2 Discussion Engineering Institute: A Sustained Collaboration for Research
and Education Excellence, San Diego Campus

10:30 am Committee on Finance (open session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only2
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

F6(XX) Action LaRosa v. Regents – Proposed Settlement – Medical Malpractice –
San Diego

F7(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates

1. ANDREWS, et al. v. LAWRENCE LIVERMORE
NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC –Mediation Held –
Employment – Office of the President

2. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO v.
REGENTS, et al. – Judgment for Respondents Appealed –
Action to Compel Payment of Municipal Parking Taxes –
San Francisco

3. DE VRIES v. REGENTS – Demurrer Sustained –
Taxpayer Injunction to Enjoin Nonresident Tuition
Exemption and Financial Aid for Undocumented
Immigrants – Systemwide

4. JOSEPH v. REGENTS – Ruling on Motion Regarding
Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act Application –
Negligence, Wrongful Death – San Francisco Medical
Center

5. LOS ANGELES TIMES COMMUNICATIONS LLC, et
al. v. REGENTS – Petitioner’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees
Granted in Part – Public Records Act – Davis

6. MALDONADO v. REGENTS – Demurrer Overruled –
Confidentiality of Medical Information Act – San
Francisco Medical Center

7. MAU v. RADY’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, et al. –
Mediation Held – Medical Malpractice – San Diego
Medical Center

8. PIERCE v. REGENTS – Judgment for Regents Appealed –
Breach of Contract and Violation of Proposition 209 – Los
Angeles

9. REGENTS v. FACTORY MUTUAL INSURANCE
COMPANY – Trial Date Set – Breach of Contract – San
Francisco

10. REGENTS v. LAKE – Upcoming Trial – Dispute over
Rate of County Reimbursement of Regents for Indigent and
Incarcerated Medical Care – Davis

11. REQUA, et al. v. REGENTS – Bifurcated Trial
Scheduled – Breach of Implied Contract for Retiree Health
Benefits – Office of the President

12. General Counsel’s Update on Pending or Threatened
Litigation

F8(XX) Information Settlements and Separation Agreements under Delegated Authority
Reported from February 2, 2015 to April 6, 2015

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Joint Meeting: Committees on Compensation and Health Services (open session)

J1 Discussion Innovation in Organization and Leadership Structure, Design
and Implementation, San Francisco Campus

2:15 pm Committee on Compensation (closed session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

E2(XX) Action Appointment Regents’ Professor, School of Law, Los Angeles
Campus


3:05 pm Committee on Educational Policy (Regents only session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

E2(XX) Action Appointment Regents’ Professor, School of Law, Los Angeles
Campus


3:10 pm Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (Regents only session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 21, 2015

O3(XX) Action Approval of Emeritus Status as Director, Los Alamos National
Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3:15 pm Committee on Finance (Regents only session)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015

F6(XX) Action LaRosa v. Regents – Proposed Settlement – Medical Malpractice –
San Diego

F7(XX) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates

1. ANDREWS, et al. v. LAWRENCE LIVERMORE
NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC –Mediation Held –
Employment – Office of the President

2. CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO v.
REGENTS, et al. – Judgment for Respondents Appealed –
Action to Compel Payment of Municipal Parking Taxes –
San Francisco

3. DE VRIES v. REGENTS – Demurrer Sustained –
Taxpayer Injunction to Enjoin Nonresident Tuition
Exemption and Financial Aid for Undocumented
Immigrants – Systemwide

4. JOSEPH v. REGENTS – Ruling on Motion Regarding
Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act Application –
Negligence, Wrongful Death – San Francisco Medical
Center

5. LOS ANGELES TIMES COMMUNICATIONS LLC, et
al. v. REGENTS – Petitioner’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees
Granted in Part – Public Records Act – Davis

6. MALDONADO v. REGENTS – Demurrer Overruled –
Confidentiality of Medical Information Act – San
Francisco Medical Center

7. MAU v. RADY’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, et al. –
Mediation Held – Medical Malpractice – San Diego
Medical Center

8. PIERCE v. REGENTS – Judgment for Regents Appealed –
Breach of Contract and Violation of Proposition 209 – Los
Angeles

9. REGENTS v. FACTORY MUTUAL INSURANCE
COMPANY – Trial Date Set – Breach of Contract – San
Francisco

10. REGENTS v. LAKE – Upcoming Trial – Dispute over
Rate of County Reimbursement of Regents for Indigent and
Incarcerated Medical Care – Davis

11. REQUA, et al. v. REGENTS – Bifurcated Trial
Scheduled – Breach of Implied Contract for Retiree Health
Benefits – Office of the President

12. General Counsel’s Update on Pending or Threatened
Litigation

F8(XX) Information Settlements and Separation Agreements under Delegated Authority
Reported from February 2, 2015 to April 6, 2015

3:45 pm Board (Regents only session)
Agenda – Closed Session – Regents Only
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 18, 2015
Reports of Committees:
EXX Report: Action Committee on Educational Policy
FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance
OXX Report: Action Committee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim Actions
Personnel Matters

4:00 pm Committee on Compensation (open session - includes public comment session)

Agenda – Open Session

Public Comment Period

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 22, 2015

C2 Action Approval of Establishment of the New Senior Management Group
Position of Executive Vice President – Physician Services and
Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, UCSF Health, and the Market
Reference Zone for the Position; Appointment of and
Compensation for Executive Vice President – Physician Services
and Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, UCSF Health,
San Francisco Campus as Discussed in Closed Session

4:40 pm Board (open session)

Agenda – Open Session
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 19 and the Meetings of the Committee of the
Whole of March 17, 18, and 19, 2015
Report of the President
Resolutions in Appreciation
Reports of Committees:
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
G Report: Action Committee on Governance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings


Friday, May 22

8:30 am Continuation of any sessions or items that are not completed on May 21, only if needed.


Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"Shut Up" and "We Don't Need To Listen To This Crap" - Mother's Day Edition

What would moms everywhere say to that kind of talk? ha,ha.

A very long alternative to a card and flowers:

San Jose Mercury: UC and MIT Battle Over Patent Gene Editing Tool

KQED on other aspects of it last year:
Janet Napolitano Hopes UC Can Cash In on Companies, Not Just Research
Jennifer Doudna is Haurwitz’s old professor and current business partner. “I was just a curious scientist investigating what I thought could be an interesting pathway in bacteria,” Doudna says. Her lab has been studying RNA for more than 20 years. She says people would have thought her crazy if she set out with the goal of creating Caribou’s technology. “Initially,” she says, “I wasn’t thinking of applications at all.”

Doudna says this is how America has made big science breakthroughs for decades — not by chasing products but by curious investigation. And for decades, schools like UC Berkeley have made money through patents on the intellectual property or IP. (Well, more precisely since 1980. That is when the government passed the Bayh-Dole Act, which lets universities keep profits from patents developed through governmental funding.) Now, however, the University of California hopes to make money in a new way—from the success of the companies themselves.

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The UC Regents state: "Ten days before each scheduled meeting, the Notice of Meeting (agendas) will be available on this website." -There is a meeting starting on May 20th - but no agenda items have been posted yet. In March Regent M said - with regard to the building and grounds committee items- that he did not receive word on some agenda items being moved out of his committee and into finance committee-- and the General Counsel to the UC Regents and the Secretary to the UC Regents were asked about it -the questions still linger over what happened with the notice and timing.
Likely, the UC Regents will post the agenda items tomorrow/Monday - but they should explain what: "Ten days before each scheduled meeting" really means.
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Daily Cal: Berkeley Forum Panel on Public Higher Education Shut Down Amid Protest

The crowd was quelled briefly after organizers announced they would reformat the question-and-answer period to accommodate all audience members instead of just the handful who had been preselected to direct questions to the speakers. But shouting and chanting from the crowd resumed after Dirks and Steele declined to comment on certain questions, and the event was shut down.


(bold emphasis added)
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Univision: see link for video here Estudiantes indocumentados enfrentan a Janet Napolitano


Daily Bruin: Napolitano’s Track Record Upsets Undocumented Students At UC Summit
When Napolitano entered the room to give her speech for the opening session of the summit, one student from each campus stood up and talked about a grievance they had regarding Napolitano. Some students talked about deportations of undocumented individuals that happened during Napolitano’s tenure as secretary of the DHS and others talked about the struggles that undocumented students face today.

After students stood up and talked about their concerns, they began leaving as part of a coordinated effort. By the end of the walkout, the room was nearly empty, said Francisco López-Flores, a fourth-year Chicana/o studies student who attended the summit.

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(It was earlier mentioned by Daily Cal like this
"UC to host 1st summit for undocumented students in higher education" - but can't find where Daily Cal has anything up yet on what actually happened at the event)

Daily Cal with New Faculty Association Aims to Make UC Berkeley Representative of CA includes:
The faculty association is researching the scope of Chicano-Latino visibility on campus, such as what fields of research lack adequate representation and how staff members are positioned on campus, in order to make informed recommendations to the administration on how to improve diversity at both the faculty and student level.

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San Jose Mercury News: Undocumented Students Disrupt Janet Napolitano's Speech At UC Summit

"We are not here to simply fill your seats for your political gain," said one.

"We demand that you listen to us," said another.

"You cannot make decisions ... about our lives without knowing our personal struggles," said a third.


and

Their mistrust level remained high because many key student and faculty leaders on these issues weren't invited to the conference at all, some of the students complained.

"It was very exclusive: The nomination process was not open to every (undocumented) student," said Ciclady Rodriguez, 21, a UC Berkeley media studies major


And--Is money tight throughout UC?

But money is tight throughout UC, as Napolitano and the Board of Regents threaten to raise tuition by 5 percent in each of the next five years unless Brown and the Legislature give the system more in next year's state budget.

"The way you build bridges is you keep at it," she said. "You've got to start somewhere."


(bold emphasis added)

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"Like a bridge over" to...UCLA Fac Blog:
Bridging the UC Budget Gap
The interesting thing up to this point is that although the bridge is a state project, Gov. Brown has shown little interest in the evident mismanagement by the state - his state - of the reconstruction. And, up to this point, the public hasn't held him responsible (certainly not when he was up for re-election). But in large part, the public was so relieved to be freed from years of state budget crises - for which Brown got credit - that his popularity overwhelmed other bad news.

Now, however, Brown has problems. There is no immediate budget crisis. But the drought has - or will soon - inflict costs and pain on millions of Californians. And you can be sure local water agencies, wanting to deflect public anger, will point to the state to take the blame.

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Santa Cruz Sentinel has a detailed UCSC Update, Follow Up on Aftermath of Protest Against Tuition Hikes there
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recall this:

Daily Bruin Op Ed in late April had this: Students Need A Voice In Commencement Speaker Decisions
Student government officials are much more in touch with the student body than administrators are. Giving them a greater say in picking the commencement speaker would ensure a more inclusive, diverse roster of speakers that truly reflects the desires of the student body and the values of the university.
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There was also this very interesting section on SCOTUS Justice Blackmun and an interesting First Amendment story involving a UC Davis commencement speech in 'Vanderhoef’s Book Is A Must-Read'
In Vanderhoef’s telling, “Just 12 days before the ceremony, Blackmun informed the law school that he would not come if the campus permitted television reporters to cover his speech. He would only agree to have TV reporters in the audience if their stations agreed to broadcast his remarks in their entirety.”
Blackmun, despite his long service on the Supreme Court, apparently had never run across the First Amendment.
Adds Vanderhoef, “As a public university, we could not agree to Blackmun’s demands.”


( then first-term Gov. Brown stepped in to deliver the commencement when Blackmun was scratched...and here is a wiki bio on Justice Blackmun if needed)


--Also at Davis Enterprise Vanderhoef’s Memoir Embraces UCD’s Heart

....


and there is this other section:

“The ‘whereas’ clauses, condemning my settlement of a potential discrimination lawsuit threatened by a departing vice chancellor, accused me of unethical behavior that had caused irreparable damage to the image of UC Davis. ‘Condemn.’ ‘No confidence.’ The words took my breath away.”
Adds Vanderhoef, “The next six weeks were interminably agonizing as I awaited the posting of ‘pro’ and ‘con’ statements, a Senate town hall meeting, the mailing and return of the ballots, the vote tally and, finally, the announced outcome.”

...

SF Gate recollection: UC Davis Cuts Deal To Avoid Bias Suit Ex-Vice Chancellor Gets $205,000 Job -- Regents Didn't Know (2005)


Also, another part of : Vanderhoef’s Memoir Embraces UCD’s Heart
to note:
“This lively and highly readable book is a distinctly different kind of memoir,” said Patricia Pelfrey, a UC historian who wrote a book about UC President Richard Atkinson.

- Look at a CSHE library list here - e.g of history from UC historians offered in a specific way?

Could that kind of interplay also be part of the 'problem' in efforts trying to now make CSHE seem some sort of impartial body that UCOP(?) can use (for lobbying?) -
see: As Kerr’s Promise Dwindles, Higher-Ed Center Dreams Big

“People are just interested in higher education,” she adds. “It’s our industry. Everybody’s got, if not a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, or a grandchild — I mean, everybody feels it in their pocketbook, and with their family. So it’s one of these issues that people have a kind of everyday interest in.”

That said, she wouldn’t object if those in policymaking positions began to view the center as more of an intellectual resource, as was the case in the heyday of Clark Kerr and the Master Plan.

“The center used to have a very strong connection to the Office of the President, and used to do research that people wanted done,” says Christ. “It would be great if it started to play that role again.”


-Recall in the past, CSHE and/or its research hardly noticed by many on campus but when it was -- well, it sometimes looked like an arm of the UC PR factory. e.g.-- a UC related scandal, or series of UC related scandals would hit headlines and then, very conveniently, a CSHE white paper is generated on the topic (to explain the scandal away as an anomaly, misunderstanding,?) etc. That's been an impression formed over years of the modus operandi at work there at times.
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There also was this development - the: recently announced retirement of a UCB 'Associate Chancellor' that makes no mention of the name of a certain former UC President with a key historical role and occurs with curious timing-- that news came at the end of UC Berkeley's Campus Sexual Assault Awareness Month - UC Berkeley is still under Fed Title IX investigation and/or possibly 'compliance review' etc. -- the final reports, findings yet to come...sometime in the future.

Again an SF Gate recollection: UC Pres. Dynes Appears To Have Violated University Policy By Quietly Granting M.R.C. Greenwood A $125,000 Cash Payment (2005)
- just one of many stories that came up during that UC Presidency.

[Modern Luxury's "San Francisco Magazine" had an in-depth piece titled "The Scandal, The Scapegoat, and The Suicide"
http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/news-and-features/reporters-notebook

That issue does not appear in their archive library. You might ask why? The article ended with (from senior higher ed admin and faculty from outside CA with contacts at UC) a telling quote about UC- something like : 'That system doesn't know how to treat women'-- just something that keeps coming to mind during this period where so many headlines and concerns about access and equality - lack of access and equality at UC - keep cropping up.

'It' has a history..

Also, there was an hour long interview with a UCD whistleblower -audio clip made available: here- that told a very detailed account of UC Davis admin moves, workplace culture - give it a listen and compare it with the Vanderhoef memoir for a fuller picture of the goings-on there during roughly the same period...
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see
In US --HuffPo with this: on tuition and student loans
also there:
Inside The World Bank's Broken Promise To Protect The Poor

-- Read it w/in the context of knowing some of their former leadership now running Cal-- quite a trip...If UC senior admins are replacing or claiming new powers in 'UC shared governance'...
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Some panelists at this week's UCLA faculty talk --audio available : here --discussed the shared governance model, and their own frustrations in interacting with UC administration -some repeatedly said key, multiple, UCOP leadership positions filled by those who lack higher education training, background. Those sentiments raised over and over at multiple UC events by multiple speakers.

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Remaking The University on UK elections and Higher Ed: The University After Conservative Victory

"People hate how politicians (don't) talk to them--the familiar slogans but more importantly the generic impersonality."


Comparisons, considerations...

Who is the 'austerity lite' candidate in the US?

Is Bernie Sanders' path similar to say a-- Mhairi Black's?

How does it compare to what happened w/ this week's elections results in Alberta, Canada? (a topic not far removed from UC-- UCOP has a Chief Financial Investments ('CIO') Officer with Alberta ties)

Does it tell us what can happen in 2016?
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Remember Napolitano touted to Ron Brownstein (at National Journal symposium, interview) that she would be holding that first ever 'Undocumented Students Summit'-posted the video of that: here- Brownstein also brought up to her that both he and Napolitano are Wash. DC "refugees" finding themselves in CA- she also mentioned to him that when she was AZ Gov. she "lusted" after UC. (Napolitano in the society column again at another posh dinner for good cause event in SF- where SF doesn't look like SF anymore note the lack of diversity in the gallery: here.) In that discussion with Brownstein- Nat'l Jrnl there were many quotes to note on many topics --including her comments about ASU's Crow 'pushing the envelope' -she describes him as a friend, she also wrote a review of his book on higher ed, and then around that same time a biz journal had an article on how she supposedly threw him out of her office when she was AZ Gov "tossed Crow from her ninth floor office"- pointed to all of it in earlier posts.

A refugee?? Should she have started her own version of some sort of Chertoff Group or Panetta Institute instead? Or, what?

A Governor does not return to live in the state where they served as Governor (For instance, imagine something like Ridge not returning to Pennsylvania after his DC stint.. Kind of unimaginable?) -does that fact build up some of the mistrust some folks feel?

The 'trust factor' or 'connection factor' is coming up time and time again.

A few days ago Brownstein also wrote: Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Need Americans to Trust Her
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Commencement speeches and protests of them - is it going to be that season again?

- Along with a continuing dearth of UC leadership on how to model, arrange events that feel inclusive to participants?...

(And, a-loss-for-words-sad-set-of UCSB-IV 'anniversaries'/commemorations/memorials coming up-- that no one wants to talk about - a heartbreak to recall, particularly on this holiday weekend- and, yet it is important to remember them, the loss. How best to do that?)
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The student leadership is still trying to reach out:
UC Is On The Brink Of Disaster For Students
Sacramento Bee- with an op ed from the incoming Student Regent, includes this:
As the incoming student regent of the university system, I am obligated to speak the truth, no matter how ugly. The Board of Regents struggles
Those “remedial measures” – such as reducing time to degree to three years and increasing online courses – are reckless, with long-term consequences that have not been properly assessed. They will lower the quality of a UC education and run contrary to the spirit and mission of this world-class research university. It is time for Brown to demonstrate to students – his constituents – that he stands with us.

This university is not a factory or a corporation. It is first and foremost an institution of higher learning.

and
When speaking truth to power, I cannot neglect my fellow regents. They wield tremendous political power. I call upon them to put personal politics aside and act befitting their position. We need them to lead.

Excellent education, groundbreaking research and overall affordability are being placed at risk for political gain, campaign contributions and favorable polling numbers. I cannot in good conscience sit idly by while our university starves. My student peers are being forced to bear the brunt of financial pressure that the state can lift from their shoulders.

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The Pols UC Leadership Setting The Tone:

"We don't have to listen to this crap"...


Jerry Brown to water tunnels critics: 'Shut up'


The Committee of Two don't have children- non PC to point it out to be sure- but does it 'play-in to' the 'trust' stuff, too?

Higher ed lingering in loco parentis-- ish , authoritar---, patriar---- approaches...

On Mother's Day - Schmaltzy? Patronizing?
Higher Ed students aren't children.
Still a sort of universal message --Great Lyrics and Sound:
Children Will Listen


A commercialized holiday from inception - but take your moments when you get them.