Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tuition Moves and Resident and Non Resident Enrollment Moves in Public Higher Ed

Washington Post
Nation’s prominent public universities are shifting to out-of-state students

..."2004, 94 percent of UCLA’s freshmen were Californians. Ten years later, the share was 73 percent. The number of Californians entering as freshmen at Westwood remained relatively stable — averaging about 4,100 from 2008 to 2014 — but the number of non­residents surged after the economic recession in 2007 to 2009.

There was an out-of-state spike at Berkeley, too, creating political problems. Three of every 10 freshmen at the California

Flagship in 2014 came from out of state, up from 1 in 10 a decade earlier. "


Students criticize Cal State tuition increase proposal
An automatic tuition increase is far from a done deal and a hike for the next fiscal year is unlikely. Governor Jerry Brown is requiring Cal State keep tuition flat in order to receive a proposed $148 million funding increase next fiscal year.


"Want to graduate in 4 years? Go to a private school
Jerry Brown wants more public college graduates faster, but how?"


This next story, a long read with links to multiple items, covers multiple state systems:
"The high cost of higher education — and steep surge in Illinois from pension costs"

"No student should have to borrow to pay tuition at a public college or university,” Hillary Clinton said at an event there in the fall.

But while the presidential candidates debate major new investments in public higher education, states will spend 2016 pursuing a more modest agenda. States only have limited funds to work with, even as many lawmakers say they want college to be more affordable and states aim to increase the share of residents who hold a postsecondary degree or certificate.

“The pressure on higher ed budgets is going to continue. So the question is, how do states navigate that?” said Andrew Kelly, director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a right-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C.

Rather than blockbuster new investments, expect 2016 to bring tuition freezes, tweaks to scholarship programs, and policies that push institutions to do more with existing funding. Even ambitious-sounding changes, such as eliminating tuition for community college students, likely will be target...


AEI’s Kelly said he worries that upping state spending just shifts the cost of college from families to the government, without forcing institutions to become more efficient.

Tuition freezes, after all, don’t hold tuition down over the long term. They only tend to last for a year or two, and they don’t address the forces that push up the cost of running a university — from inflation to administration costs to labor costs to students’ demand for expensive amenities.

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office argued against a tuition freeze that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown proposed in his 2013-14 budget by explaining that extended tuition freezes at the state’s colleges and universities have been followed by periods of steep tuition increases.

“The proposal also would have the limited near-term effect of reducing the incentive students and their families have to hold higher education institutions accountable for keeping costs low and maintaining quality,” the report said. (The University of California and California State University systems froze tuition in 2013-14, but in 2014 UC announced a plan to raise tuition).

To hold down costs and further their workforce goals, a growing number of states are changing the way they distribute higher education funding....


Invest in California's future, reinvest in higher education

If you're stuck with underperforming ,then -this  KQED article covers K-12 and teacher salaries and pensions, and prop 30 extension moves and more:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Do Napolitano, Certain Regents, Senior UCOP Staff Want An Open Dialogue, Exchange with UC Chancellors To Occur During UC Regents Meetings?

Do UC Chancellors want to offer comments on agenda items in open session? Do they prefer to offer comments offline, or in closed session instead? If so, what does that say about the culture and governance?
Important questions raised circuitously  during UC Regents Meeting, please see the comments section to this post for more:

Listen to the Regents meeting of of Jan. 21, 2016
On this section

 "Questions were raised about why UC campus chancellors were not routinely in attendance at Regents meetings. (Chancellors tend to show up when they want something approved by the Regents – typically a building – for their campuses.)"
A clarification and more offered in the comments section there:

The Regents were complaining that the chancellors could not speak without being called upon ,and so when presentations are made on issues *about things happening on campuses especially* the chancellors cannot just enter into the discussion -they have to be called on by Regents in order to speak. Lansing and Blum asked Gould to take this issue up in the Governance committee and Gould said he definitely would have the committee begin work on the issue.
It may be true that attendance of chancellors at UC Regents meetings also needs to be looked at but that was not the issue the UC Regents were trying to raise during that section of the meeting.
In fact Lansing made comments about how Chancellors used to have a seat at the table-literally- now they are placed in a row on a right flank and left flank but not at the table with Regents. And that is true. They used to be seated at the table but on the far left and far right of the section where "presenters to the Regents" sit.

Certain Regents tend to mumble or use fragments so it can make their point of view sometimes unclear.

It was an important issue to raise.
It would have been very helpful to have chancellors respond on the admissions and diversity comments Regent Reiss made etc, and nursing programs and tuition issue during this particular meeting-- rather than to just hear OP staff respond.

Yes, It was an important moment in the UC Regents Meeting and want to highlight it here as well.
(Some typos in the original comment corrected here in this post.)

Classes Cut?


There is this comment to that DailyCal op-ed on Cal CSS:
"This financial fiasco is causing L & S to cut classes across the campus as well...

"Dean Cascardi's review or self-assessment can be found here:

The financial challenges we face have identifiable causes. Most prominent among these are staff salary and benefits increases and the cost of Campus Shared Services, which has proved more expensive and less efficient in comparison to our pre-existing support structures. (A note regarding CSS fees: a structure that uses volume of financial transactions as a proxy for administrative complexity is one..."

Is it true classes cut? Regent Pattiz raised the issue of "course offerings attraction of product" during the last UC Regents Meeting in regard to why some students after receiving acceptance letters decide not to attend.


He was in leadership during creation and rollout of CSS and Op Ex, is that why it is a "private ceremony"? Or is it always like that?


and there's
Peter Taylor, 56, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees. Taylor has been president at the Educational Credit Management Corporation Foundation since 2014. He was served as chief financial officer at the University of California, Office of the President from 2009 to 2014 and was managing director of municipal finance at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers from 1993 to 2009. Taylor was finance director for the California Democratic Party from 1991 to 1992 and a regulatory and government affairs manager at General Telephone and Electronics Corporation, California from 1988 to 1991. He was executive director at the Coro Foundation, Southern California from 1987 to 1988 and served as legislative staff in the Office of California State Assembly Majority Leader Mike Roos from 1981 to 1987. Taylor is a member of the Edison International Board of Directors, J. Paul Getty Trust Board of Trustees and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Trustees. He was chair of the James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012 and of the University of California, Los Angeles African American Admissions Task Force from 2006 to 2008. Taylor earned a Master of Arts degree in public policy analysis from Claremont Graduate University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Taylor is a Democrat.

And at CSU:

 "Taylor was Chief Financial Officer of the University of California system after spending most of his career in investment banking, as a Managing Director in municipal finance for Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital."

Did the CA Senate Rules committee ask him what happened with UC PATH if /when confirming him?

In LA Times this week:

"Looking at those numbers in the governor’s budget report, you want to say, ‘Ouch, they are painful numbers to see,’ ” trustee Peter Taylor said."

UC PATH project costs numbers: well UC Regents don't want to show 'em or talk about 'em...but Taylor had a 6% contingency on it that Regent M asked him  about (at a UC Regents meeting) and then the project went on for years only to find...

Some at Cal don' t forget Wilton hit that five year mark as well, another comment there at that OpEd also:
"Hail to Chancellor Dirks and his moving tribute last week to CFO John Wilton upon retirement from UC after five grueling years – just enough service to earn a full pension courtesy Californian tax payers! Praise to CFO John Wilton for exiting just as layoffs come online so as to return to the nest at Farallon Capital! Bow down to the genius of Shared Services so that we may have a bigger target by which to boot you out the door!"


Maybe Brown will make Wilton a trustee too?! or?
There's two UC Regents slots opening up this March...

It might be good to have separation b/ween UC and CSU and CCC, a strong three segments
like strong two party system in politics but...
Rather than staff and faculty at UC becoming leadership at CSU as a custom, repeated practice.

Another LAT story on CSU:

"Several trustees said Tuesday that they agreed that Cal State can no longer rely on state funds and that tuition hikes must be part of the discussion — but not before considering all other options and making a strong case to students."


and remember OpEx CSS was sold by some UC faculty too:

"Operational Excellence Program Faculty Head"
Their branding, but missing the question marks:
"What We Do

Academic Program Reviews
Interdisciplinary Initiatives
Global Programs
Facilities Planning
Strategic Planning"

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On That Fired UC Riverside Professor, some details emerge

An update also at Academeblog: "We, the faculty of the English Department at the University of California, Riverside would like to respond to Dr. Latham’s public statement. We wish to go on record in support of the decision of the University of California Board of Regents, which Dr. Latham references in emails to us. We stand with our graduate students, and those who came forward, filed complaints and supported each other through this difficult process. We are committed to moving forward with our students, and to working together to repair any and all harm done to our community and to our campus."

See, for one side of it :
"On January 20, the University of California Board of Regents took the incredibly rare step of dismissing a tenured professor for cause, a sanction that has occurred only a handful of times in the University’s history. Rob Latham, Professor of English at UC Riverside, was dismissed, over the recommendation of the UCR Faculty Senate, after a disciplinary process that appears to have been significantly flawed. I will be following this case more closely in future, especially considering the issues it raises of disrespect for the institution of tenure and the principle of shared governance, but for the present Dr. Latham has permitted me to publish his statement delivered to the UC Regents at their recent meeting in San Francisco."
Address to UC Regents by Professor Rob Latham, see link above.
The statement above also provides some sordid detail of other UC cases.
In a previous post here - noted that the UC Regents were not unanimous in their vote.

no news account of the termination of a UCR professor raised in the Wed. agenda so no detail on that, but it was not a unanimous decision:

Legislation proposed to deal with UC Non-Resident Enrollment Escalation
"Bill would cap out-of-state enrollment at University of California"

 "UC lecturer contract negotiations need immediate attention"


Pearson's market problems
"California Gov. Jerry Brown stressed education funding and a return to local control in his State of the State address recently. “I am proud of how California has led the country in the way it is returning control to local school districts,” he said. ...
"And Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander received an A from the NEA for 2015, after receiving a C on the last two scorecards. "


The State Worker: Union, Jerry Brown stuck on pay vs. benefits


the Gov on extending prop 30

Cookies and cream , media frivolities and
"There’s an inertia there that is inconsistent with moving out of the gravity sink of indifference that we currently find ourselves in,”

Read more here:

Campus Shared Services Layoffs, more

On the Layoffs at Campus Shared Services
Campus community should rally behind laid off staff
"One of the primary reasons is that decision makers at the university — and across the U.S. economy — are in the process of deskilling and dividing their own most valuable asset, core staff, through cost-saving technologies and techniques of dubious benefit to end users. While in the private sector the benefits of this kind of cost-cutting are shared openly and directly by highly paid managers and shareholders, in the public sector the relationship is more subtle but essentially the same; the benefits of “streamlining,” “efficiencies” and the like ultimately accrue to the very same tier of upper-level managers, who are rewarded for perceived cost-savings at the expense of quality of service."


Tele-BEARS revamp doesn’t drop biggest problems
CAMPUS ISSUES: Lack of adequate funding for students ensures continuity of students' struggle to register for their desired classes despite Tele-BEARS revamp.

..."currently, phase appointments are determined by a student’s total number of units, including those garnered from AP and IB tests. First-year students can potentially enter UC Berkeley with enough units to register for classes at the same time as many sophomores, which only makes sense if they plan to graduate early — a path that few followMany high schools in California and around the country do not even offer AP classes. Through no fault of their own, students from these schools may enter UC Berkeley at a disadvantage and must fight harder and be more flexible in order to graduate on time.
Correcting this inequality in registration is the obvious next step in creating a less stressful enrollment process. In October, officials at UCLA announced the elimination of AP and IB test-based enrollment advantages, and the UC Berkeley administration should follow suit to level the playing field."
On an unheard narrative.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hardly? Not strictly Stanford? And 'a bottomless pit'?

You might recall: that Vanity Fair article on possible nepotism, alleged sexual harassment etc involving Stanford  faculty,

now HuffPo includes cases from other segments of the community there.
"Stanford Has A Trust Problem When It Comes To Sexual Assault
Activists and student government leaders say the school is putting its public image above fixing the problem."

..."Aside from problems with how Stanford handles reports of sexual violence among students, legal battles have accused the university of inappropriately responding to sexual harassment among staff at the university."...


"Separately, a lawsuit by former professor Jim Phills against the university and the dean of Stanford's business school, Garth Saloner, claims Saloner slept with Phillis' estranged wife and then conspired with her to force him out of his job. Stanford and Saloner have denied the charges, but business school employees have claimed over the course of the litigation that Saloner's leadership is marked by "personal agendas, favoritism, and fear," and led to many women resigning from senior staff positions."

Alleged  donors interactions, behavior toward university staff raised in one major case in that HuffPo story and some of the donor names that come up in it  also happen to be sometimes donors to UC, first see:

"Sexual harassment claim: Stanford ignored Tad Taube's 'lewd' behavior, Hoover fellow alleges"

There's more background at:
Save Koret details there.
Former UC President Atkinson even comes up in it here:


"An open letter was sent to the Koret Foundation board on Oct. 17 from representatives of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, the Jewish Labor Committee and other agencies.

At issue was a statement by official Koret Foundation spokesman Nathan Ballard, who told media earlier this month that “Susan was a housekeeper to Joe Koret and his first wife, Stephanie, and was only married to him for a brief period.”

Susan Koret is an immigrant from Korea "...


An archive at SF Gate
Almost attended UCLA , instead Stanford -and:

Taube avoids donating to what he calls "bottomless pit" causes - poverty, hunger, disease - because "no matter how much money you put in, it's hard to measure the impact."
"Contrary to what some people may think about him having a particular point of view, Taube listens and is open to others," said friend and private equity investor Warren Hellman, who enlisted Taube's help recently to relocate the Judah L. Magnes Museum's 10,000 Jewish artifacts to the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.
"He is very catholic in his giving. ... Our family tries to emulate his diversity," Hellman said. "Taube's philanthropy is an impressive mix of local, national and international."

As a PS:
Hellman's daughter was Marcy's Dean:

she is listed in some of the PRA correspondence here

Her ex husband's Ex Associate who (when Dynes became Ex-UC Pres)


Birgeneau's Associate and headed UC Berkeley Title IX and Whistle blowers programs departed Cal with this quote on the four hour (imo 'mostly watching grass grow') documentary 'At Berkeley':

"That was a very interesting experience for everyone who participated in it. And yes, certainly, that would be an accurate depiction. Wiseman said, “The camera loves you. You’re just so authentic. You’re just you.” And that’s really me. I’m authentic. I speak truth. I’m just like, “Come on, folks, we’ve got to do this. This is real. Let’s understand what’s the elephant in the room — it’s here, and we’ve got to talk about it, and we’ve got to deal with it.”

That quote was made as another documentary, which featured Title IX and Clery related events at multiple UC campuses esp. UC Berkeley, called 'The Hunting Ground' premiered nationally and internationally:

(btw just to come full circle: when Dynes resigned he also at that same time married his other ex Associate from UCSD. Happy endings.)

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Pompous and the Circumstances, it was a bit rich

 Thurs UC Regents Meeting,
it was public comment, which seemed to illustrate that there could certainly be more of a political costs fallout for Napolitano than for Brown on the pension at the Committee of Two deal, Fossil Fuel divestment and student adviser pilot also commented on.

UC Med staff gave some very harrowing accounts of what cuts and a bad Pension can do to operations of all kinds...

Then they moved on with a CERN and UC Presentation (brought to viewers by Regent Blum in Island's Ed Committee B/c Blum and Yudof traveled together on a trip around it  and wanted the topic raised during a UC Regents open session time slot, so...-fan of the subject matter but did it need to be scheduled like this?),

Then the student adviser pilot vote was passed after some UC Regents who've been on UC  project management and policy management holidays gave their concerned remarks about the gravity of the position and..., then they rubberstamped committee votes approving compensation mostly for athletics coaches,A (new head at LBNL BTW) ,  and now Alivisatos becomes Berkeley's VC-Research

no news account of the termination of a UCR professor raised in the Wed. agenda so no detail on that, but it was not a unanimous decision:

January 20, 2016
[Recommendation to be available for release pursuant to instructions from the Office of the 
General Counsel.]
Board vote: Regents Davis, De La Peña, Elliott, Gorman, Gould, Lozano, Napolitano, Ortiz 
Oakley, Oved, Reiss, Ruiz, Sherman, Wachter, and Zettel voting “aye,” Regents Island, Kieffer, 
Lansing, Pattiz, and Pérez voting “no.”

and then they said goodbye to Regent Ruiz with lots of words and said goodbye to Regent Atkins (who was in Sacto for State of State w/ Gov.) with a sentence, they said bye to Regent Wachter on Wed.

Here is the direct link to Thurs UC Regents Meeting:

CA public higher ed funding comes up in:

“He’s convinced us that in a lower-return environment the fees are more important,” Daniel Hare, a faculty representative on the investment committee overseeing the University of California endowment, said in an interview. “Many of the things he’s done were things that were hoped for when he was hired.”

"While the leak was first discovered in late October, it took Brown two full months to declare a state of emergency. This, after UC Davis scientist Stephen Conley in early November determined that 100,000 pounds of methane was leaking per hour at the site, or 1,200 tons per day. Of course, this inaction is par for the course for Brown, who has long ignored the perils of oil and gas production in the state, especially when it comes to fracking. In the short term, scientists estimate "...

UC students were raising this issue alot,too at UC Regents
Memo to Brown: Affordable housing is a life and death matter

And there's this poll on Californians priorities compared with Gov. Pres of UC Regents Brown's, at SJ Merc.:
And here is:
Governor Brown 2016 State of the State Address


Yep, a music school

Thursday, January 21, 2016

UC Regents Just Don't Want To Say What UC PATH Costs Anymore? and UC Regents need some policy framework...for everything it seems

Follow the time marks listed below while viewing  this video  of  Jan 20th  UC Regents meeting open sessions at this link:

Chair Lozano comments on this being last UC Regents meeting for Ruiz, Wachter
(Who will Jerry Brown appoint to replace them?)
 48:00 minute mark UCPres. Napolitano announces housing initiative
"14000 beds" see DailyCal

53:30 possible Cuba partnersips w/UC
possible entrepreneur partnerships w/ UC
56:00 comments on new IX policy, procedures

58:00 Faculty Rep Hare mentions staff strained, resources strained gives detailed examples, they mirror some of the student public comments

other moments of interest
Regent Reiss mentions a visit she made  along with Island, Elliott, Perez to UC Berkeley and that they were told a Black male student who was covered in the national news as being 'accepted to all the ivy leagues' but was rejected, denied admission to Cal-she raised the story as possible indication that something in the process of review of applications at UC  is not working. and she discussed the use of add'l recommend. letters and holistic review
and she also states that UC was never given a definition of what students 'in the top 10% ' means

01:56:00 Regent Ruiz makes comments about how over past decade CA govt has projected a downturn in enrollment and budgeted for fewer students and it needs to be acknowledged that the CA Leg has been wrong on those downturn in enrollment projections.

02:02:00 Regent Keiffer comments that regents maybe ducking questions around viability of masterplan , 12% acceptance terms in plan , policy change demands funding change
Provost Dorr replies to that  that it is well understood that the increase in students at a different funding level is a one time deal.

02:10:50 Regent Pattiz inquires of UCOP staff about what work they are doing to find out why those who receive acceptance letters opt to instead attend another institution. Pattiz believes UC is not doing enough to find out the real reason, Pattiz believes it has to do with "course work offerings- attraction of product"

02:15:00 alumni regent Davis comments that his sense is that UC can't articulate a UC rationale  policy on resident and non resident enrollment Davis also suggests increasing acceptance of CA transfer students would ensure more CA  residents into UC.

02:22:00 F1 Governors CA budget with slides presentation

(Looks like the original sponsor of Campus Shared Services at UC Berkeley presents)

02:54:00 8%

tuition hike on nursing PDST  benignly referred to as supplemental tuition increase becomes a discussion about the history and trends  for such  increases on graduate and prof degrees and how it is different from undergrad .
UCOP staff state "putting nursing programs on more solid ground but Deans have been reluctant to do it" as reasoning given

Regents Davis, Reiss, Zettel, De la Pena all push back on it, all say that the presentation for the action not clear, does not give them clear reasoning to do this action.
De la Pena raises a question on Nurse practicioners subsidizing some nursing training, need to know what that implies programatically.
Chair Lozano says an offline broader discussion needs to happen.
 Then Napolitano says she can see policy context problems in the way it was presented and larger PDST framework needed.
They decided to table the vote on the increase until March meeting.

Another policy review OP and Regents might want to do is a review of how this agenda item was brought -as an action item to increase the tuition- rather than as a discussion item first , does anyone review the drafts of the UC Regents meeting agenda items
 before they fly in and sit at the table at mission bay?!

 03:18:00 something called a UC PATH Update happens

(Looks like the original sponsor of Campus Shared Services at UC Berkeley presents)

They Just Don't Want To Say What It Costs Anymore?

And then Janet Napolitano and Gavin Newsom make some peculiar comments and, well, its recommended viewing and listening at 03:30:00 thru to 03:33:00

And then UCOP talks about Fiat Lux Ins. Program
(Looks like the original campus sponsor of UC Berkeley Campus Shared Services presents)
Then, at 03:48:00
For the financially strapped UC students, lecturers, faculty,staff etc. a must see in  the last ten minutes of the video and listen closely to the UC Regents reaction to the UCSA pres presentation to them of student hardships, how they receive the info, their own articulation on how they have received such information in the past as opposed to how they receive it now is perhaps instructive.
listen til 04:01:31end
Other thoughts, its strange the UCOP CIO, the other one,, doesn't talk about UC PATH Project updates at UC Regents meetings but did talk about:

"The Many Faces of Shared Services at the University of California"

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Is this something you trust UC to handle?

See new sexual harassment,assault policy UC just announced:

That is really what it comes down to, given all the latest UC management f---ups going on right now.
Just want to add in here that the above has a Dec 18 date

And noted here earlier the Marcy CPRA doc dump happened almost at the same time

In case you missed it:

What is going on with the IX February deadline taskforce part?  Does that just become another policy PDF to be circulated, or more discussion on that part at the March UC Regents Meeting?
Also, for a look at policy is handled b/ween UCOP and individual campuses, usually UCOP says they've delegated away duties to the individual campuses, but then sometimes... for the flip flop- look no further than the bookstores merchandise licensing story at UCSB and covered at UCLA..

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Conceding alot of ground

"Top scientist to rebuild UCSD Alzheimer's program"
a recruitment package that includes $10 million to set up his laboratory and support his research program. His annual salary is $390,000.

Aisen said he left largely because UC San Diego didn’t provide enough financial support and staffing, a claim the university denies. 

...costing UC San Diego as much as $93.5 million. The raid represents one of the largest financial setbacks in UC San Diego history.
Brenner has been vocal about the conflict.
He has characterized USC leaders as academic carpetbaggers


Brenner also has acknowledged that the university failed to regularly review the Alzheimer’s project and that the program was allowed to become isolated from campus life.
And he said UC San Diego long ago failed to create a succession plan for the program
said the USC Alzheimer’s institute operates out of a “garage.” 

a comment to this Remaking the University post:
UCRP is now funded at about 84%, and could be increased through some internal borrowing. The problem is that is we go over 90%, the state has even less reason to contribute. Also, the DCP option was pushed by the medical centers, and it looks good to the bond rating agencies because it is pay as you go and not a long term funding obligation. Research shows that when plans switch from DBP to DCP, it ends up costing more and delivering reduced retirements. The task force simply failed to look at relevant research, and they caved to the administration.

Update: One more thing,
In reading that report, you have to go to page 67 to see who was part of the "taskforce"
-once again it is a taskforce with some gaping holes on the list, perhaps overrepresentation of "certain parts" of UC:

UCNet list a small group here

Cal doesn't mention who represented UC Berkeley here

UCSC hasn't included who from UCSC was on the taskforce:  here


And how does all this compare to what folks get if they work at The Labs?

UCLA is touting a webinar on it

"Faculty and staff are invited to provide feedback during two webinars hosted by UCOP Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Rachael Nava, who chaired the task force that developed the recommendations:
  • Webinar #1: Monday, Feb. 1, 2:30­–4 p.m.
  • Webinar #2: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1–2:30 p.m.
To join each webinar:"

Committee Membership and Support Teams

Members of Retirement Options Task Force

Rachael Nava, Chair of the Task Force, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating

Officer, University of California

Deidre Acker, Systemwide UC Staff Advisor and Ombudsperson, UC Merced

Maria Anguiano, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget, UC Riverside

Greta Carl-Halle, Business Officer, UC Santa Barbara

James Chalfant, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis

Michael Fehr, UC Labor Coalition Representative (University Professional and

Technical Employees) and UCLA Computer Resource Specialist

Dan Hare, Professor of Entomology, UC Riverside; incoming Chair of the UC

Academic Senate

David Lawlor, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, UC Davis

Lori Lubin, Professor of Physics, UC Davis

David Marshall, Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara

David Odato, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer, UC San

Francisco Medical Center

Pierre Ouillet, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, UC San Diego

Shane White, Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry

The Task Force was supported by Office of the President personnel, led by the Task Force

Chair - Rachael Nava, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Project co-

Directors were Dwaine Duckett, Vice President of Human Resources,

and Gary Schlimgen,

Executive Director of Retirement Programs & Services. Robert Judd of the UCOP Program

Management Office supported project management. Payroll / UCPath implementation 

led by Peggy Arrivas, Associate Vice President, Systemwide Controller, and her teams. Staff 

of UCOP Retirement Programs & Services, the Office of General Counsel, as well as the Segal 

and Mercer consulting groups provided technical assistance. Paul Schwartz, Director of 

Internal Communications, leads the communications efforts. The consultant responsible 

for drafting the Task Force report also participated on this team.
UC regents to vote on addition of student adviser to board, supplemental tuition increases

and, on Amazon at Cal:

WaPo, now owned by Amazon's  Bezos has this from UCB law school professor John Yoo, is upending the role of the presidency

That piece  is highlighted by, too:

Few Community College Students Make It To A Four-Year University

Monday, January 18, 2016

At Cal, Two Very Important Posts and Feedback On Them

This one was categorized as an " other subjects"  by The Berkeley Blog - but it is really about capital projects management, planning, community input, business processes, and much more:

Cal Athletics: Playing without a playbook


And Here:
This was categorized as an "energy and environment" post, but it is so much more as well...  it was posted Nov 10, 2015  but comments rolled in through December, please see

The errors of Campus Shared Services: we’re not making widgets

Employees that remain within units are burdened with additional work either to interface with CSS or simply to do the work because that is more expeditious than dealing with CSS. Faculty are also doing some of the work once performed by departmental staff.   Staff members now report to those outside of the units for which the work is done, so oversight is disconnected from the end user. Even with severe funding problems, some schools and colleges have reverted to hiring additional staff either to deal with CSS, or because CSS is not responsive to their needs.

Most importantly read comments there from various staff, with their perspectives/experiences re: working in Campus Shared Services-CSS- environment.

UC Pension, benefits; online instruction; and the 'in name only' factor, concerns in each piece

Questions  Can the UC Regents who were in office during the pension holiday be recalled, removed now due to something like incompetence etc if they still currently sit on the UC Regents board? And, what does the pension funding problem remaining unresolved do to the UC system in terms of creating more disparities  at each individual  UC campus,  future ability to recruit new faculty to UC? And does UC constitutional autonomy play a valid part in the reasoning  for why UC receives a different funding on pension than  CSU ?
Pensions, Politics, and the Failures of Leadership
Napolitano's pension agreement with Governor Brown issued its report on Friday.  To no one's surprise, the Task Force indicated that the task was impossible; given the limits the Task Force faced most faculty and many staff (especially in the health sciences) hired from July 1, 2016 will face dramatically reduced retirement benefits compared to current employees.  This situation results from two interrelated factors: the actual budget deal that President Napolitano accepted and the desire on the part of Vice-President Brostrom that there be savings produced by the new 2016 tier.  In exchange for a relatively small (about 5% of UCRP's unfunded liability) short-term State contribution to UCRP, UCOP has agreed to reduce the compensation for generations of employees to come.

Then see this Associated Press article in:
Retirement liabilities remain despite state budget surplus
But even as the governor and lawmakers debate how to spend a budget surplus, there's a looming financial hurdle: Unfunded pension and health care liabilities of $220 billion for future retirees who work for the state and the University of California system.

And, up pops an adviser to UC Regents (and almost appointed but not confirmed UC Regent) in it:

"They're very big, bigger than ever, and the cost is very high," said David Crane, a Stanford public policy professor who was an adviser to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Read more here:

What's the rush on Option B?:
The Default Pension Option is Not in Our Stars But in the Plan

Napolitano and Brown have served on WGU board and other ties to consider in this IHE article:

"The Faculty Role Online, Scrutinized
The Education Department's inspector general is auditing Western Governors U over the faculty role in its competency-based programs. The high-stakes audit is relevant to other colleges and forms of online learning."

The logjam eased last summer, when a group representing the seven regional accreditors and the department both issued letters that attempted to clarify the rules on competency-based education. The letters described requirements for the faculty role.

This take on a current ex officio UC Regent:
"Gavin Newsom not your father's Democrat"
"as a completely new kind of Democrat; for lack of a better term, call him a “Silicon Valley Democrat.”

"It’s entirely possible that Newsom will shed his reputation as a lefty and run for governor "

and includes this bit:

In June 2014, he criticized University of California President Janet Napolitano for warning university employees that they would not be reimbursed for using “sharing economy” services like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb for official travel. In a letter to the former secretary of Homeland Security, Newsom said, “A university that is focused on the future and committed to fostering new technologies should not work against innovators and entrepreneurs.”


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his last speech- At Berkeley

2002 coverage of the Nestor gift

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Maybe some infographs? or?

As an example like the one down toward the bottom of this page on the side,BUT SPECIFIC TO UC..
who are they? demographics?, avg hours? where do they come from?
it would be helpful to know...
Lecturers’ union circulates petition to bargain for fair contract from UC
Daniel J. B. Mitchell, a professor emeritus in the Anderson School of Management and former director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, said both sides are required by law to bargain in good faith over wages, hours and conditions, including benefits.


Petition to Napolitano: Deliver a Fair Contract Now

Submitted by bquirk on January 9, 2016 - 12:26pm
Lecturers Teaching with No Contract
After 12 months of negotiations, the UC still hasn't put in writing serious proposals on salary or responded to our proposal that everyone should have retirement benefits. UC's core teaching faculty are now working without a contract. We call on you to bring UC's team back to the table with serious proposals for a fair contract.

• Stabilize appointments of the most precarious lecturers.

• Increase access to retirement benefits for part-time lecturers.

• Lecturers deserve a fair salary increase that reflects their essential contribution to UC's educational mission.
The petition is here:

Other  info here:

Workforce Census: Summary

Workforce census data as of 10/31/2014.

Job Type Headcount
Regular Faculty 1,540
Faculty Emeriti 918
Other Faculty 1,231
Other Academic 3,561
Grad Student Titles 4,589
Staff 8,959
Student Titles 6,031
Affiliates Non-Employees 4,262
Workforce Total Headcount 31,091
(includes paid and unpaid employees and affiliates/non-employees)
For notes and additional information, visit our Workforce Census page.


Davos has folks thinking about:

Friday, January 15, 2016

UC Enrollment of Californians Dropped Last Year - again

See Sac Bee:
1317 or 1600?
"Resident enrollment dropped at University of California last year

About 1,600 fewer California students enrolled at UC last fall than in 2014

UC says drop caused by misalignment between budget negotiations and admissions cycle

University will increase California enrollment this fall to stay on track with growth goals"

Also note:

UC declined to provide a breakdown by campus.


UC Davis reported that it enrolled 417 fewer resident freshmen and 294 fewer resident transfers last semester as compared with fall 2014, a decline of 9.5 percent. The number of new out-of-state and international students grew by 460, up 40 percent.

If they are going to provide that detail on UCD ( with the unpleasant Katehi-Illinois-Admissions -Flashbacks that it no doubt causes) , then why not just put out all the campus numbers?

It looks even worse to not report on the non resident admissions numbers in a campus breakdown report...
when one notes how the campuses and UCOP provided multiple reports, tables, charts,graphs on 2016 applications received, something they do each year quite easily:

The stark comparison  just serves to highlight UC lack of transparency.

It seems UC did not take those Sacto exchanges last year  too much to heart.

Some proposed new legislation on it mentioned in the Sac Bee article.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Blue U, The Gold U; The Silvery E1 and the Golden E2

See on E1 and E2:

Top Trends for 2016 Higher Ed: Earth Two Edition

As an update to: this 2011 Cambridge talk
On Blue U And Gold U -w/  some slides to go along:


Education could be a big election issue — so who’s getting the most money from higher ed?


"The Planet of Slums" referenced : here along with this:
"Throughout its history, science fiction has refused to separate the utopian and dystopian power of technology, or to separate technology from the social and cultural world which doesn't simply spoil it but also gives it life."

Not really a Belatedly on it, but just speechless about it -and Alan (Gruber, Snape, Colonel Brandon, more) Rickman, so, just, "always" and : this

IX Policy -built to be perpetually rocky by design?

Does it just remain policy flip flops-  a chameleon- like tool of DINO and RINO in the individualized political favors emporium in Corporate D and Corporate R administrations?

Check it out:

"Hillary Clinton Promises To Tackle Campus Sexual Assault If Elected"

"Specific details on how Clinton's plan would be implemented were sparse. "


this headline doesn't seem to understand Sanders:
"Bernie Sanders Comments On Campus Rape, And Totally Drops The Ball"
"Bernie Sanders Doesn't Understand Campus Sexual Assault"


Check out some of the policy shift history:

"After 43 years of Title IX, women find their voice"

"Multiple court cases strengthened Title IX in dealing with these issues, though the road has been rocky. The Supreme Court in the 1980s decimated Title IX and similar laws. Years of lobbying by activists for women, racial minorities and people with disabilities got Congress to pass the Civil Rights Restoration Act and to override President Ronald Reagan’s veto in 1988.


Usually, though, schools avoided students’ complaints by delaying until they graduated or left. Then came the Internet."

Much more, See:

It seems there is a hope that once the Obama administration is out and any new Admin comes in somehow  IX will fade, change, or morph, or somethin'...

If you read the comments section attached to this, posted here:
"Guidance or Rule Making?
The U.S. Department of Education's guidance on how colleges handle cases of sexual violence and harassment improperly created sweeping regulatory changes, Republican senators say."

"U.S. Senator: Education Dept. overstepped authority on sexual assault complaints"

Then see:

More at UCLA:

Some DC press acknowledgment of how extensive:

Good detail on The First Time Ever-ness of this CalTech case:

- the 'first time ever handling it this way' does not come across as a good sign of what went before, institutional history ...

"This Professor Fell In Love With His Grad Student — Then Fired Her For It."


"Another Department of Ed official admits its ‘guidance’ on Title IX isn’t legally binding"

See also:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Swensen model, Ranadive model, and the UC Regents, patents and tuition

BTW, update: Wilton leaving Cal in Feb.:

"Bitter fight over CRISPR patent heats up
Unusual battle among academic institutions holds key to gene-editing tool’s future use."
“This is an absolutely humungous biotech patent dispute,” says legal scholar Jacob Sherkow of New York Law School. “We’re all waiting with bated breath.”

"Cost Share Shift
A new report from the Delta Cost Project reveals how much more heavily institutions rely on tuition dollars since the recession."


"U. California’s Chair on How to Hire a Great CIO
Paul Wachter—portfolio adviser to Arnold Schwarzenegger and LeBron James—reflects on his transformative tenure at UC’s $100 billion fund."
"We want the fund and its staff to be competitive venture capitalists—that’s why the organization’s ownership is independent. Personally, I’m hoping it will grow a lot bigger than our approved $250 million anchor investment, and all along I have been pushing to make that initial allocation a meaningful number. My vision is a long-term project that will be truly valuable to the UC’s professors, students, institutional reputation, and investment office."
"Wachter: Well, if you listen to the public comments, some people are obsessed with that. I do think that comparing ourselves to public and private institutions of size is important. But I don’t obsess on it; I obsess on our absolute performance. I know David Swensen is a genius and a master and a teacher to us all—and that’s all good. But we are huge, even compared to those guys. We’re bigger than Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania put together if you look at all our investable assets."

Sunday, January 10, 2016

UC Regents scheduled to meet January 20-21

Click on the links below to view the agenda for each committee:
January 20

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

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2015
E1 Action Establishment of a School of Music, Los Angeles Campus
E2 Discussion Fall 2016 Undergraduate Applications

10:15 a

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 19, 2015 and 
the Minutes of the Joint Meeting of the Committees on Finance 
and Long Range Planning of November 19, 2015
F1 Discussion Update on the Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2016-17
F2 Action Approval of Proposed 2016-17 Professional Degree Supplemental
Tuition for Six Programs
F3 Discussion UCPath Project Update
F4 Discussion Update on the University of California’s Captive Insurance 
Company – Fiat Lux

11:45 am
Click on the links below to view the agenda for each committee:
12:45 pmCommittee on Compensation (closed session)
Multiple compensation items, see link above for detail.

1:15 pm
Committee on Compensation (Regents only session) (pdf)

C6(XX)3 Discussion Appointment of and Compensation Using Non-State Funds for
Laboratory Director, Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory

1:30 pm
Committee on Governance (Regents only session) (pdf)
G1(XX) Action Appointment of Members to the Committee on Health Services
G2(XX) Action Reappointment of Member to the Investment Advisory Group

1:45 pmCommittee on Finance (Regents only session) (pdf)
Several pages, see link above for full info

2:30 pmCommittee on Oversight of the DOE Laboratories (Regents only session) 
O1(XX) Discussion Briefing on the Department of Energy Fiscal Year 2015 Performance
Ratings of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory
(LANL), and Future of the LANL Contract

3:00 pm
Board (Regents only session) (pdf) 

FXX Report: Action Committee on Finance
B1(XX) Action Dismissal of a Faculty Member, Riverside Campus

Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Personnel Matters

Thursday, January 21
8:30 am
8:50 am 
Committee on Educational Policy (open session) (pdf)
E3 Discussion European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and
University of California Collaboration

9:30 am 
Committee on Governance (open session) (pdf)
Minutes of theApproval of the Minutes of the Action Meeting of September 17, 2015 and
the joint Meeting with the Committee on Health Services of
November 19, 2015
G3 Action Proposal to Establish a Student Advisor Position to the Board of
G4 Action Dates for Regents Meetings in 2017

9:45 am 
Committee on Grounds and Buildings (open session) (pdf)
2 Discussion Discussion of Mission Bay Neurosciences Research Building (Block
23A), San Francisco Campus

3 Action Approval of the Budget for Capital Improvements and the
Capital Improvement Program, and Approval of External and
Standby Financing, 2016-25 Statewide Energy Partnership Program

GB3 Discussion Annual Report on Sustainable Practices 2015

10:30 am 
Committee on Compensation (open session) (pdf) 

C2 Action Approval of Contract Compensation Using Non-State Funds for
Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics,
Los Angeles Campus as Discussed in Closed Session

C3 Action Approval of Contract Compensation Using Non-State Funds for
Head Baseball Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics,
Berkeley Campus as Discussed in Closed Session

C42 Action Approval of Appointment of and Compensation Using Non-State
Funds for Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and System Chief
Executive Officer, UCI Health, Irvine Campus as Discussed in
Closed Session

C52 Action Approval of Appointment of and Compensation Using Non-State
Funds for Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health System,
San Diego Campus as Discussed in Closed Session

C63 Action Approval of Appointment of and Compensation Using Non-State
Funds for Laboratory Director, Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory as Discussed in Regents Only Session

10:45 am 
Board (open session) (pdf)

Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of November 2-3, November 19, and the Meeting of
the Committee of the Whole of November 19, 2015
Report of the President
Resolutions in Appreciation
Reports of Committees:
C Report: Action Committee on Compensation
E Report: Action Committee on Educational Policy
F Report: Action Committee on Finance
G Report: Action Committee on Governance
GB Report: Action Committee on Grounds and Buildings
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim and Concurrence Actions
Report of Communications Received
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings