Saturday, December 24, 2016

Books, athletics, - administration quagmire and limited history

Read this first in full for the most complete info along with Dirks letter which they included:

"impact on our campus and its extended community," Dirks wrote in his letter.
The full letter is available here: PDF 

Several ideas came out of the meeting, including separating the California Memorial Stadium debt from Athletics, given the fact that the Haas School of Business now holds classes at the stadium, and is a tenant. Another suggestion was that Cal, like several other peer schools, grant tuition waivers, and take"...
Then see:

Two former Cal admin offer their own bits of history:
Former UC Berkeley athletic director says she was overruled on field hockey space decision

SJ Merc op Ed on UCSC:
Space for books at UCSC libraries?
"No chance was given to students or faculty to buy the books. Millions of dollars of public property was destroyed. A long-standing and painstakingly collected archive was removed to solve a temporary space problem.

The library “lost” the list of the books which it de-duplicated, so we don’t know which among them were rare or important. We are still waiting for the library staff to recover their list."

-- compare that with the field of dreams- libraries next to cornfields romanticism of University written about: here


Don't even need a new administration for this:

No regrets

Gone gone gone

Goin to CA

Or Christmasy
Mix of both

Friday, December 23, 2016

If you're a Bowie find your Bing, n sing

See how UC Berkeley comes up in:

That piece-
Gets covered like this:

- remember that Schwarzenegger/Reed article he did years ago, wonder what Lewis would write on: this latest?

Other articles:
Cal research collaborations moves in:

There is some sensitivity to the sudden widespread distaste
And, for a sense of the level of disgust, see, this, this, this

And then juxtapose this very incomplete response to what happened and how it happened, why:

So research can get the HRC treatment, too?
How is everyone so sure SV is across the board liberal Dem?

Who will checkout whether or not it is going well, these folks?

Bridging the town and gown divide

UCOP churns out their end of year list pieces:



Take a page from David?

Can it be?
Years from now
Perhaps we'll see

-That seems to be the theme.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Who Built That? Ed Presidents?

"Clinton spent much of his presidency extolling the values of higher education, insisting that the only way to get ahead in the Silicon Valley economy of the future was to “earn what you can learn.” To this way of thinking, poverty was not a function of structural imbalances in the economy that denied people a living wage, but the result of inadequate access to schooling. This ideology has been passed down through George W. Bush to Barack Obama.

“What I fundamentally believe — and what the president believes,” former Education Secretary Arne Duncan told The New York Times in 2012, “is that the only way to end poverty is through education.”

Education is great. It’s fun to learn about Plato and Chinua Achebe and Jane Austen and the Krebs cycle and lending at interest. It’s also fun to eat when you are old. And if tens of thousands of elderly Americans are living in poverty despite doing exactly what American presidents have told them to do for decades ― namely, getting an education ― then something is dreadfully wrong."


Contingent Faculty in the Age of Trump
"In talking to some of my conservative students, they told me that they feel like they are the real minorities on campus, and even though Trump won, they still think that they cannot express their true opinions. On the other side, some of my self-identified progressive student activists believe that political correctness makes it hard to have an open discussion: from their perspective, since anything can be perceived as a micro-aggression, people tend to silence themselves.

What I am describing is an educational environment where almost everyone is afraid to speak. The non-tenure-track faculty are fearful of losing their jobs, the conservative students see themselves as a censored minority, and the progressive students are afraid of being called out for their privilege or lack of political correctness. Making matters worse is that students are often socialized by their large lecture classes to simply remain passive and silent."

Also there:

Monday, December 19, 2016

And fill it up


Regional Electric Plan Could Undo California Climate Laws

-Involves UC Regents...
Applications to UC reports:

UC Riverside provost resigns amid leadership crisis


Denounces?  Like disavows??:
UC System Denounces Planned Davis Workers' Strike
A spokesman calls the labor action "premature and unlawful."

On the student regent etc position:

There will be four full 12 year UC Regents positions vacant very soon, two spots already vacant-
"We've got the scientists, we've got the universities, we have the national labs...and we will persevere."

- might be  a time to fill them with folks that can 'bind', or?

Beyonce election precursor?

Taylor Swift modeling for msm?

Fill it up

Friday, December 16, 2016

Fray, not fringe


"University Of California Administrative Workers To Strike In January"

Also this op ed:

"Here’s where the situation gets dicey.

The task force is charged with weighing “how the requirements of Title IX affect our choices about how to reshape the (intercollegiate athletic) program.” Should it recommend cutting women’s programs to reduce the above-mentioned budget deficit, the “proportionality requirements” of Title IX could dictate that cuts may also occur in men’s sports such as rugby, even though no cost savings would be derived from the cut."

- Why is Cal admin always setting IX up as the wedge


As follow up to topic in  immediate last post, see:

"Time For Democrats To Give The Professional Class The Heave-Ho"
"As many researchers and reporters concluded after election night was over, there were a goodly number of voters who went for Obama twice and switched to Trump. This fact really complicates matters for anyone who wants to write down Clinton’s loss as simple racism. I would posit that these voters in particular saw Obama as someone who would distribute political and economic power down to them ― happily voting for him twice. But when the time came to choose someone to continue this unfinished redistributive project, Clinton failed to distinguish herself as the likelier successor.
It’s very likely that many of these voters just couldn’t see themselves in the picture the Clinton campaign was painting, which relied heavily on the idea of barrier breaking and diversifying professional-sector boardrooms as a key way of ameliorating income inequality. At a critical moment, the Clinton team forgot that not everyone in America wants the lifestyle of a Facebook executive."
And also see:

"California: America’s egalitarian and inclusive refuge? Not so fast"

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bildung baby?

Not a U2 album , a question -after reading:
"Ever hear of Germany?
Instead of regurgitating meaningless economic platitudes, newscasters and pundits should confront some facts about Germany’s extensive manufacturing sector.
  • Fact #1: Germany uses the most advanced technologies in the world.
  • Fact #2: Manufacturing workers in Germany earn much more than their U.S. counterparts: (44.7% more in textiles, 44.6% more in chemicals, 34.2% more in machine tools, and 66.9% more in the automobiles industry.)
  • Fact #3: Manufacturing jobs make up 22% of the German workforce and account for 21% of the GDP. U.S. manufacturing jobs make up only 11% of our workforce and only 13% of our GDP.
  • Fact #4: The economic gods either speak German or the Germans are doing things differently from their U.S counterparts.
Rather than"... See full article .

As compared with the discussion here:
"The rise of the robots--these jobs that people in my region need are going to be innovated away,” said Granillo. “What are they going to do? It’s not about us. We’re the 'thinkocracy.' There are a whole bunch of Americans who are in for a world of hurt and they don’t even know it.”
Fellow panelist California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom agreed. “It’s the issue of automation, which I think is so foundational. Today, Uber is rolling out their first driverless cars and Amazon announced their first automated grocery store. Something big is happening to the plumbing of the world and we need to take it much more seriously than we are taking it.”
The second panel on state's workforce benefited from having leaders representing all three of California's higher education systems, plus the president of the California State Board of Education, Michael Kirst. The session focused on the challenge of producing one million more graduates with bachelor’s degrees and one million more middle-skilled credentials to fill the jobs needed in the emerging industries.
University of California President Janet Napolitano had some good news about how California’s higher educational system is built and how it can help contribute to the success of the challenge.
“One thing that California has that other states do not, are segments of higher education, organized to reduce redundancy and also organized so any high school student in California can have access to higher education," said Napolitano. "No other state has that. California needs to invest in that. We need to think about that as infrastructure. It’s infrastructure for workforce, for creativity.”
Loren Blanchard, executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for California State University system, added that many students coming out of CSUs have an advantage over other graduates because 61 percent of them do not pay tuition (they have scholarships and grants) and 50 percent graduate debt-free.
“When we talk about social mobility, that is the lynchpin,” said Blanchard. "They can move out of colleges and universities and into the workforce."
To achieve the One Million Worker Challenge, the Workforce Action Team created a 2017 plan, which includes:
1. Enabling Students to Define Their Future
The Summit will assist communities and regions to strengthen student-focused strategies and tools to help all students chart a path to employment, whether they are seeking certifications for skilled jobs or profession-oriented bachelor’s degrees.
2. Create a Coordinator System of Connecting Employers and Institutions
The Summit will work with institutions to develop new tools, technologies and practices that will allow employers to inform curriculum and programs to increase the value to students and develop a system of continuous improvement.
3. Accelerate Innovation, Adaption and Replication
California needs to encourage innovations that reduce time to completion and lead to meaningful employment.
4. Increase Return on Investment and Ensure Adequate and Reliable Funding for Priorities
To protect this year’s investments from budget cuts in the next recession, the Summit will strategy for long-term funding stability by leveraging existing funds, documenting value and results and committing to continuous improvement.
In the past year, the Workforce Action Team found success with a $200 million investment in the Strong Workforce Program, a career technical education funding and coordination initiative and extension of the Higher Education Innovation Award.
Now the team’s job will be to maintain that momentum in 2017 and making sure California's regions and employers are engaged with upgrading the state's workforce pipeline."

Also see Newsom and Napolitano comments on higher Ed here:

Other contrast-
Bildung hang ups and in relation to the above in depth  here:


UCSF Losing Some IT Staff to Outsourcing

Donald Trump made globalization and job loss a big theme of his successful presidential campaign. And right now, there’s an example of the kind of job loss he was talking about happening at UC San Francisco.

“It’s a silent destruction of really important innovation, high-wage, really the knowledge-based economy jobs that we’re supposed to be moving into,” Hira says.
He says what’s really scary is that we don’t know how many IT jobs America has lost. The government doesn’t keep track of it, he says. Hira has studied IT offshoring for over a decade, and he has been gathering numbers to try to get a picture of this job loss." See full article and this sound:

Flow like rivers from the sky...

Mass oyster die-off in S.F. Bay related to atmospheric rivers
"Rivers in the sky

Atmospheric rivers, or “rivers in the sky,” are technically long, narrow corridors of concentrated moisture that travel the lower atmosphere. They can transport in the air seven to 15 times as much water flow as the Mississippi River. In California, atmospheric rivers have been known to deliver up to half of the state’s annual precipitation in just 10 to 15 days. They have also been linked to all seven declared floods on California’s Russian River between 1996 and 2007.

While atmospheric rivers are expected to increase, their unpredictable nature makes it difficult for researchers to collect ecological data before and after such extreme events."
Rivers come up in:
Boxer slams water bill rider backed by Feinstein

Boxer, Feinstein in angry split over new California water-bill plan

What is the message from UC Regents?
Jerry Brown strikes defiant tone: ‘California will launch its own damn satellite’
Sacramento Bee - 8 hours ago


"Something that seemed a little paranoid to me before all of a sudden seems potentially realistic, or at least something you’d want to hedge against,” said Nick Santos, an environmental researcher at the University of California at Davis, who over the weekend began copying government climate data onto a nongovernment server, where it will remain available to the public. “Doing this can only be a good thing. Hopefully they leave everything in place. But if not, we’re planning for that.”
See also:
"In September, the UCLA Anderson Forecast released its third quarterly outlook of 2016. Relying on polling data at that time, the report assumed that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States.

But when Donald Trump was elected, the UCLA Anderson Forecast revised its prognostications for the national, state and local economies.

The national forecast

Writing on behalf of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, Senior Economist David Shulman makes the following policy assumptions, in what he labels a “first pass at Trumponomics.”

$300 billion per year in mostly higher-end personal tax cuts, effective in the third quarter.
$200 billion per year corporate tax cut, effective in the third quarter, with $50 billion of revenues associated with the repatriation of foreign earnings that quarter.
$20 billion per year infrastructure program, effective in the fourth quarter.
$20 billion more in defense spending in 2018.
$20 billion per year Medicaid/ACA cuts, effective in the fourth quarter.
Relaxed regulations of energy, environmental and financial policy.
Modest changes to immigration, except for a possible border wall or fence.
Modest changes to trade policy, yielding net reductions in food and aircraft exports starting in mid-2017.
Shulman writes that the net result of these policies would be “a massive fiscal stimulus on an economy at or very close to full employment.” He also notes that it is the direction that a host of liberal economists have been advocating for half a decade, although with a different mix of tax cuts and spending.

“Make no mistake, this is real or even reckless fiscal stimulus,” he writes. “The federal deficit will roughly double to over $1 trillion by 2018.”

Shulman goes on to write that in response to higher inflation and the exploding federal deficit, the long quiescent Fed will become more aggressive, raising the federal funds rate to over 2 percent by the end of 2017 and 3 percent by the end of 2018.

With $500 billion in tax cuts arriving in the third quarter of 2017, the forecast calls for GDP growth to accelerate from its recent 2 percent growth path to 3 percent for about four consecutive quarters and then slide back to 2 percent. Growth will be hampered by the difficulties of stimulating an economy operating at near full employment and the bite of higher interest rates. Employment will continue to grow on the order of 140,000 jobs per month in 2017 and 120,000 per month in 2018.

“To be sure, if the new administration follows through with its campaign rhetoric to engage in mass deportations, job growth and the economic activity associated with it would be far slower than what we forecast,” Shulman writes.

The details of the forecast fall into three categories: the good, the bad and the ugly. As for the “good,” Shulman writes that the economic growth envisioned will be powered by rising consumption along with equipment and defense spending. Real consumption spending is expected to increase 3 percent in 2017 and then 3.7 percent in 2018. After declining six years in a row, real defense spending is forecast to increase 0.8 percent in 2017 and 3.2 percent in 2018.

On the negative side, housing activity will be a casualty, as the"... - see full article
Flow like rivers through the sky J. Webb

Or go for the full HRC cake out in the rain...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

fit? gap? analysis?

CA Higher Ed leadership spoke at this event:
Included ' by invitation only 'sessions, so...
A flavor:

Janet Napolitano, University of California President
Timothy White, California State University Chancellor
Eloy Oakley-Ortiz, California Community Colleges Incoming Chancellor
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
Consider Cal Op Ex-Bain history when reading/
In light of this coverage :

as accompaniment then  read closely this next post:

Also don't miss:

"Hundreds vie for UC Davis top job The search advisory committee has reviewed approximately 525 candidates, some who applied for the job and some who were recommended or identified by the search committee, according to UC Davis."

Read more here:

Also Sac Bee on:

"Former UC Davis Chancellor Katehi no longer in running for feminist institute job"

Read more here:

"Chancellor for change: Examining the role of campus’s top leadership"

A few weeks back ICYMI:

The divide b/ween books and policy implementation- or just being able to field audience questions when you want to instruct- see the  Q and A section especially from this event at this book festival:

And since the resurgence of term 'backlash' and play off the word, don't miss: this talk there akso

See how it ends:

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cal bearish; bull-ish? student housing options; and a li'l pine nuts, more

See this VF article on grad student research: ..."and his girlfriend were staying up late to watch Star Trek reruns "
And ,
UC comes up in this article and in the comments:

Then read:

There’s an Antidote to America’s Long Economic Malaise: College Towns
Many places that bounced back from losing jobs to China are home to a major university..

UC Berkeley overcrowding: Students studying in San Francisco, living at Mills College


Homework, but no home: How Bay Area housing costs affect some UC Berkeley students

.."Coming from Sacramento, the cost of Berkeley is mind-blowing,” said Ty Perez, who found himself homeless after his apartment arrangement fell apart this fall. “As a transfer you have to compete with wealthier students who can afford more.”

With scholarship money already devoted to tuition and to rent that he could not get back, he’d run out of options.

He was sleeping on friends’ couches and floors until he made his way to a meeting of the Homeless Student Union, where Harvey was able to refer him to a local resident who had offered up a free room in her home.

“If I hadn’t gotten help, I would have had to drop out,” said Perez, who’d fallen behind in class work because he was so worried about housing.

He didn’t have to explain that to Harvey. As a teenager, she was homeless for several years after her mother lost her job and they were evicted. They stayed in shelters and lived in their car before Harvey moved into a classmate’s home her senior year of high school.

She lived on campus the first two years at UC Berkeley, but now, as a junior, works more than 20 hours a week to pay for expenses not covered by grants. Nine percent of students said in a campus survey that they worked 35 hours or more every week to help pay for school. Close to 60 percent said they were buying fewer books or getting them used or online.

Almost 20 percent of UC students systemwide reported sometimes going hungry, in a recent survey by the UC Global Food Initiative. A quarter said they had to choose between paying for food or housing and school expenses.

“When students come to Cal they expect they will be taken care of,” said Michelle Hong, program coordinator at UC Berkeley for CalFresh, a federally funded, state-maintained food subsidy program. “But what they get is a third of what they need.”

Those who run out of food can get emergency loans, donated dorm meal credits, or visit the student-run Food Pantry twice a month and take up to five items. Many look for free food events on campus and downtown.

Canedo, who is working with the Homeless Student Union to survey student needs, says he knows anecdotally that more students are struggling.

Part of the problem, Le Grande said, is that federal grants don’t take into account the high cost of living in cities like Berkeley. And the university – which admitted 750 more"...
NYT with:

From a Cal sociologist: "The Roots Of The Democratic Debacle
The defeat of Hillary Clinton was a consequence of a political crisis with roots extending back to 1964. The warning signs should have been obvious."

That term was jolting 'Dead week ' mixed with the  obits reminders.. and the other dreary news...

Remembering Cohen and if thoughts go to thinking of that loss

Try to find a way back
Might be difficult
Try to find a way back toward cheerful

Sound track of  nostalgia or    sort of festive ... w/ capital P in pine- a fellow Bear and Babs

To search for  :a laugh

During height of Election coverage, a cool design  emerged: Treasured cloud

Just try.

Friday, December 9, 2016

In a CA state of mind?

Last one to add in:
State court upholds UC tuition, aid for immigrants here illegally

"Citing a recent diagnosis of a serious health problem, former California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez said Saturday he is dropping out of the race to replace U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles).
"I've got to focus on my health right now," Pérez said in an interview. "But it was a very hard decision."
The 47-year-old Democrat declined to offer specifics about his condition, citing a desire to keep it private. But he said it was serious enough that it would keep him from waging a vigorous political campaign in 2017.
"The treatment is one that doesn’t lend itself to the intensity of a campaign that the community deserves," he said.
Pérez, who serves as a University of California regent, was the most high-profile politician who had entered the race. He was also the first to announcehis candidacy after Becerra was chosen by Gov. Jerry Brown on Dec. 1 to be California's next attorney general.
The timing of a special election to fill Becerra's seat remains unclear, though it would probably take place next spring. While several well-known Los Angeles Democrats have been eyeing the race, to this point the only other announced candidate is Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo Park).
Pérez said it was too soon for him to decide whether to endorse any other candidate in the race to replace Becerra.
"Right now, I want to take a couple of days off," he said. "I've got to get healthy.""

A few more items to add:

University of California gives CIO $841,000 bonus despite year of negative returns

The UC Regents posted their meeting schedule for 2017:

January 25-26 - UCSF Mission Bay
March 15-16 - UCSF Mission Bay
May 17-18 - UCSF Mission Bay
July 12-13 - UCSF Mission Bay
September 13-14 - UC San Diego
November 15-16 - UCSF Mission Bay

Gov on ethnic studies:
Newsweek on how:

PPIC new data:

Housing comes up as the driver, not so much tuition?:
NYT on:

Californians rate public colleges highly and back giving them more state dollars, survey shows
The way of the Tau:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The political mind...

CNN: Napolitano in DC talking to CNN about UC and DACA, more.

Or read the transcript : here

Sac Bee:

Former UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi in line to become feminist institute leader at UC Davis

Read more here:

Includes: "Members of the Feminist Research Institute board did not return emails or phone calls this week.

Some student activists who led protests against Katehi earlier this year objected to the appointment, in part because it would give her another leadership role.

“She is sort of marketing herself as the sort of woman that is there for other women,” said Elly Oltersdorf, 21. “There are some things she did for women in STEM and that’s important, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t culpable for her actions.”

And she writes this latest:

"Why I will join the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st, 2017"

includes her comments on how: "the politically corrupt mind speaks of one but not the other."



UC Davis drops big plan for Sacramento with Katehi’s departure


[I’ve] always wanted to write a memoir, and I found that being on sabbatical leave would be the best time to do it,” Katehi said. “After that, I will be teaching next year and it would be very hard to write and publish.”
Katehi believes that women often face higher scrutiny and are at times held to sexist standards.
“For the same mistake, women will be criticized more,” Katehi said. “A lot of times they are called unable to lead. And I thought it’s so important nowadays to talk about gender issues, and to talk about the glass ceiling.”
--And student concerns over her statements about donating scholarships that apparently still has not happened?:
“[I’m] disappointed to see Mrak Hall struggle with communicating the truth about what the chancellor had been doing on campus, whether the furniture or the donations she never donated that was supposed to go to scholarships,” Micek said. “The spokespeople of campus never communicated truthfully and it didn’t take long for the Sac Bee to point out the inconsistencies. Napolitano said ‘Linda misled me’ — she didn’t know about the Internet scrubbing contracts.”
Anthony Estrada, a third-year majoring in managerial economics, feels unsure if Katehi should be allowed to return as a professor at UC Davis.
“From the internet scrubbing, nepotism, conflict of interest, I wonder if she should be on paid leave and still allowed to come back on as a professor next year,” Estrada said. “But I don’t know if a man would have been punished less, or more.”
Helen Bansen, a recent UC Davis graduate who was involved in the Fire Katehi movement, is disappointed that Katehi will be returning to campus.
“I’m frustrated that Katehi is still on campus and allowed to stay in Davis, and that essentially she was given the choice to resign rather than being removed,” Bansen said. “I feel like the things she did and the role she continues to play in a number of companies don’t have the students’ best interest at heart. I’m hoping [there] will be a resurgence of the Fire Katehi movement because she is still given a huge amount of leeway that other people would not have been given.”

Sheryl Sandberg Doesn’t Think Fake News On Facebook Influenced The Election
But a recent survey found that made-up news stories fooled Americans 75 percent of the time


Feelin' it?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Deserving of a better 'present' day

More colleges open food pantries to fight hunger on America's campuses

CRISPR patent hearing produces no clear winner, only 'soft signals'

They were among a select group of mathematicians and scientists honored at a glittering Silicon Valley gala

American teens' math scores fall on an international test

Keepin’ It Real with President Napolitano: The State of the State’s University

"Well, I think times change and the reality is, the state puts in fewer dollars. The reality is that costs do go up. And we have an obligation to be as efficient with our dollars as we can be. But it costs money to offer a world-class education at a research university. Our number-one cost is our personnel, and that’s one of the reasons we are a major world-class university.
But what I think also has changed is that as tuition has gone up, so has financial aid. So as I mentioned, 57 percent of in-state residents pay no tuition or fees, and they’re from families who make less than $80,000 a year. If you make up to $150,000, you get generous aid and you get the Middle Class Scholarship Fund kicking in. So, overall, 75 percent of our California residents will get financial aid. It may not be Bernie Sanders’s view of utopia, but it’s still the best deal going in higher ed."
... Napolitano talks about Title IX too but does not discuss the recent sexual harassment allegations involving UC Regent.
"I think Governor Brown and I have reached a common understanding of a framework. It’s one we reached in 2014 and includes funding that goes through the end of his term. So we did reach an agreement. I’ll just leave it there."

Then see:
“We are not going backwards. We are going forwards,” said Sanders, who lost a hotly contested race for the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton and has since come out swinging
Senator Bernie Sanders' full speech at Zellerbach Hall


Charles Reed, who led CSU as chancellor for 14 years, dies at 75

For those much too young:

Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of loss.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

When is Cal leadership going to explain why, how those decisions were made?
"$7 million, 2 Title IX investigations and a damaged women’s field hockey program
Includes these sections:

Mogulof said the decision was led by the vice chancellors for administration and finance, and real estate, posts at the time held by John Wilton and Bob Lalanne, respectively. Both have since left."

Senior administrators did not appear to be aware of why field hockey was moved from Maxwell. When asked why Maxwell became a football practice field in a 2015 interview with the Daily Cal’s Senior Editorial Board, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said, “I honestly don’t know.” Mogulof said during the interview that the move was “mysterious.”

"After interviews with administrators, coaches and players, The Daily Californian has found the following:
Men’s rugby was given priority access to a field that had been used for both football and rugby in exchange for money for women’s lacrosse and gymnastics. This led to a game of musical chairs with UC Berkeley’s athletic fields, in which field hockey’s field was turned into a football practice field without a plan to replace it.
Athletics administrators failed to inform campus leadership of the reason for field hockey’s relocation.
Cal Athletics failed to complete the terms of a settlement agreement with members of the field hockey team, leaving the campus open to litigation.
The campus spent at least $7.2 million to relocate the field hockey team and to pre-empt additional litigation; Cal Athletics faces a $22 million deficit in 2016.
A formerly strong field hockey program was significantly damaged by construction delays and broken promises by campus administration."

Then also, See Reuters with more on :

"Among the schools that participated: Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Two companies Benson and Gessner have represented – New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc and Dipont Education Management Group – offer services to students that go far beyond meet-and-greets with admissions officers.

Eight former and current New Oriental employees and 17 former Dipont employees told Reuters the firms have engaged in college application fraud, including writing application essays and teacher recommendations, and falsifying high school transcripts."

Friday, December 2, 2016

Higher Ed Has To 'Own It', too

Whatever side and however things turn out Higher Ed and Higher Ed interests played a role in tilting scales...
Now they want to hold conferences to do the assessments
Do folks believe  they are the unbiased third party that can do it ?
The content of their events are unavailable for public viewing unless you watch certain outlets who may have covered it- this is how universities are funneling knowledge?...
Corp media ownership of supposedly scholarly exercise
 "the school calls “the first draft of history.”

Only audio clip with unidentified speakers who worked on or covered campaigns included?!
Just sound clouds
 (the uninspiring is in their 'get inspired' section, ha)

Click on the links below to listen to audio from each session:
Opening Roundtable Session
Panel Discussion: The Media and Election 2016
Democratic Primaries and Convention
Republican Primaries and Convention
Interview with David Fahrenthold
Interview with Nate Silver

Roundtable Discussion: The General Election

Also there was all the purging and shuffling of media figures from certain 24 hour cable news just prior to launch of Election coverage last year that has to get a thorough analysis still

Discussion of this but not in context also of all  other paid pundits ...
But anyway here are some links to those events... Huff Po links - it was interesting timing that Arianna gave up ownership just as general election went full throttle:

Then there was this other exchange at another Higher Ed venue:

Covered by the Daily Mail with video of the key highlighted  exchange that was  missing in other news coverage where they just described it or only gave  limited  excerpt:

Maybe CA Higher Ed can hold events that can tell fuller, accurate, more complete first draft history?


Includes CA Higher Ed experts comments on:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The battles they pick?

Compare and contrast how quickly UC can move on a policy position on a subject other than Title IX:
No months or years of waiting for task force reports or evidence based research etc? 'This committee has to meet, that campus will do this , this campus will do that'..

Just a clear quick policy position by comparison...
"On the immigration front, it's University of California vs. Trump"
Los Angeles Times -

"UC won't assist federal agents in immigration actions against students"
Los Angeles Times - 16 hours ago


So remember that discussion for how UC might or might not be able to remove a board member, that discussion at the UC Regents Meeting? And remember the audio comments  in that clip  of audio the Daily Bruin posted? the "120 and 20lbs of" etc,Remember that?

Then the section where Daily Cal also wrote how Regents talked about this at the Nov meeting:

"the UC Board of Regents meeting earlier this month, the body unanimously approved a new policy requiring that board members comply with regents sexual harassment policy and ethical standards in private life. As a result, regents are also required to take an online sexual harassment prevention course upon appointment and biannually afterward.
Pattiz, a member of the governance and compensation committee that first heard the policy proposal, has said he has already begun the mandated course.
“There is no excuse for any such comments or making anyone feel uncomfortable,” Pattiz told the Los Angeles Times after the first recording was aired. “If I did that, I sincerely apologize, and it will be a valuable learning experience.”
A UC spokesperson was unavailable for comment.
Most regents are appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate. Pattiz is currently serving a 12-year term on the board that expires in 2026.
The board can remove members from leadership positions or ask them to resign, but the standard for removal would generally require criminal proceedings launched by the state attorney general."
And then  now there is:

Includes this tweet:

"Former speaker of the California state Assembly John A. Pérez jumps into race for Becerra's seat "

- that's UC Regent Perez but it does not get into what it means for fellow UC Regent Newsom 's race for Gov.

 For more on that subject:
See Sac Bee

Jerry Brown jolts California politics with Becerra choice
"Within an hour of Brown’s announcement, former Assembly Speaker John Pérez, who had hinted earlier in the week he might run for Democratic national chairman, declared his candidacy for Becerra’s congressional seat, apparently hoping to clear the field."
And the Pres of UC Regents is focused on climate i1:

Read more here:

UC plugs a story about their concern efforts on student hunger

They seem to want brownie points for noticing student hunger after years of students reporting it as their experiences.

but they are mum on that report about UC staff Hunger

And there's

Yep remember the audio 'the 120 lbs, and 20 lbs' comments  in that clip  of audio the Daily Bruin posted?

Petitioning UC Board of Regents
Tell Regent Pattiz To Resign From The UC Board of Regents

Start at about the 4:00 time mark til about the 9:00 mark below:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What took 'em so long?

"In a separate suit today, the Regents of the University of California made similar fraud claims against AIG.
“Plaintiffs suffered tens of billions of dollars in losses, at least, based on false and materially misleading statements that AIG, certain of its executives, directors, underwriters and outside auditor made,” according to the complaint.
The funds accused the company, Sullivan and others of violating Illinois and federal securities laws, committing common law fraud and being unjustly enriched. They asked for unspecified money damages.

Regents’ Suit

The Regents complaint, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges the company hid its exposure to subprime mortgages from 2006 to 2008, inflating the price of its stock and causing the university system to take losses when its AIG shares fell."
Op Ed at Daily Bruin:
"His failure to exude professionalism demonstrates an incapacity to filter and refine his own thoughts and actions. And as with any highly visible and influential position, basic prudence is a baseline requirement – especially in a position like UC regent, where decisions affecting thousands of students need to be pored over and carefully considered. Pattiz’ inability to perform even this essential agency shows that he is most certainly unfit to be a figure of authority – let alone a regent.

If Pattiz has any self respect left, he needs to resign from his post as regent and let the board appoint a more capable member. If he chooses to steadfastly maintain his position, he will only serve as a counterproductive force on the board, going directly against the public service principles the regents strive for. And this is especially egregious, considering the board has made fighting sexual harassment and assault a priority for students and employees. As the Bruin has said before, enacting Title IX reforms while keeping someone so pugnacious on the board compromises the regents’ credibility as an agent of legitimate change in this regard.

[Editorial: UC administrator’s actions do not reflect their own Title IX policies]

Certainly, it’s no secret that the regents are immune to many of the rules they impose on students and employees, and given that the California state legislature has to get involved in order to remove Pattiz, it is quite difficult for the other regents to strip him of his position. The new sexual harassment rules for the regents offer some hope, but they are disproportionate to the discrediting things Pattiz has said and done.

Pattiz has damaged his professional record beyond repair, and resigning remains the only step forward for him. Of course, we can all naively believe that the Pattiz from the tapes – which were recorded in May – is different from the Pattiz who makes administrative decisions, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Pattiz has revealed his true colors, and they most certainly don’t shine blue and gold."

A UC Regent As Lead of DNC?

Also see:

UC Pres Napolitano writes: