Friday, January 29, 2016

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"

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