Sunday, February 28, 2016

U. In the Disparities, signs of the future marginalizations?

Echoing some of this: Remaking the University post 

SF Chron with UC Berkeley comparisons with Stanford
The University Divide in the Region Grows

"Both UC Berkeley and Stanford are ultra-selective powerhouses, churning out graduates, fresh ideas and social revolutions. Think of Silicon Valley and the Free Speech Movement, for starters.

But the institutions are moving in opposite directions when it comes to all-important finances that spell the future. Berkeley is constrained by sinking state support and a skeptical Gov. Jerry Brown, a Cal grad himself who has pounded on the entire University of California system for leaner operations and more online classes.

That’s put Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks in a defensive crouch. Years of deficits can’t be papered over, he’s saying in a dismal admission that his school has heavily overspent in the past three years.

He’s bringing up layoffs, cuts to sports programs and an open-ended examination of the school’s direction. "

The news coverage seems to go back and forth on what is on the table for consideration/cuts : sports, Dept's etc....
Above- Why did they pick a Silicon valley- FSM comparison?

SJ Merc had this a while back, for more detail 

UC Berkeley in the red: Chancellor announces upcoming cuts, changes

"Despite recent increases in state funding, the cost of annual health and pension benefits -- which more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2014-15, soaring by $200 million -- contributed to the university's 6 percent budget deficit, according to the campus. Other factors pushing the budget into the red included costs of construction, maintenance and seismic safety: After 2006, when the state stopped issuing bonds for capital projects, the burden shifted to the aging, earthquake-prone campus. Also, since individual UC campuses don't set tuition, and -- as the result of political pressure -- the rate across the system has remained flat since 2011."
There was this piece geared to college bound HS  about UC policy:

The UC Regents plan to enroll 10,000 more students over the next three years, and while I jump at the opportunity of having more people join the UC family, it is something that must be taken extremely seriously. If the policy requires more student employees to become mandated reporters but they cannot keep up with their current demand, what will be the future of 10,000 new UC systems, who come to our campuses expecting the world-class education their parents pinched their pockets for?
The policy is a great way for the universities to wipe their hands clean of any liabilities, but at the same time, it greatly endangers the students that it claims to serve. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Trump-ing $10 billion and Dirks on $150 million...

At a certain point folks wanna know the basis for those numbers .

But Berkeley, well , see this post from UCLA Fac Blog :

Saying Nothing at Berkeley

There was an interview on the Marketplace radio program with Chancellor Dirks of Berkeley about the sources of his "structural deficit." He managed to say virtually nothing about it other than he wouldn't cut the anthropology department to deal with it.

Why does Berkeley have a structural deficit but the other campuses don't? (Not asked.) What is he going to do about deficits in athletics? (Vague answer about marketing deals to be announced soon.).

Also there's Remaking the U.
The New Normal Isn't Normal, It Erodes Democracy on SF State, Stanford and UC Berkeley funding, more.
"Campus Shared Services has failed completely. Its annual savings are now expected to be zero--actually negative, since the campus has lost millions on this program so far.  Even if everything had gone according to plan, OE is a classic example of a "nickel solution"-- $75 million a year is 3.33% of the campus's $2.25 billion annual budget, and this benefit would never have fixed larger budgetary problems. "

Over the last decade there have been a number of costly ventures – from the renovation of the stadium to the Lower Sproul Plaza development; from Operation Excellence and Campus Shared Services to the experiment in On-Line Education; from the Energy Biosciences Institute to CITRIS. Each project is rolled out with great fanfare as a lucrative investment to be recovered sometime in the future, whereas each one has proven to be a financial albatross. There seems to be systemic pattern of fiscal irrationality. But from where does it come? 
If I may answer my own question - a major part of the responsibility lies with the administration itself. The university appears to have been hijacked by what we might call spiralists – those who advance their careers by spiraling from one organization to the next. They stay for a few years, advancing their portfolio with a signature project that then launches them into a higher orbit and plunges the university into a downward spiral of accumulating debt. The latest case in point is the outgoing VC for Finance and Administration, John Wilton, who arrived five years ago to replace another spiralist, Nathan Brostrom. Like Brostrom, Wilton is now moving on, leaving behind a train wreck. 
Will Wilton’s replacement be yet another spiralist from the financial world?  Why don’t we replace him with one of our own great economists? If we are a recruiting ground for the chair of the Federal Reserve Board and for the Director of the National Economic Council, why not for the VC for Finance and Administration?  
I’ve really only got one question: is the administration prepared to acknowledge its own contribution to our annual deficit and, if so, what does it propose to do about it?

See Daily Cal:
Campus considers dissolving the College of Chemistry to cut costs

And there's this other reassuring story,at DailyCal for UC Systemwide folk who might recall also  that UC PATH processes will flow through UC Berkeley B/c they said UCB was the most advanced Campus to do that , at least that's what they said at the Jan. UC Regents Meeting....


At the recent US Prez  R. debate folks wondered about the $10 billion  net worth, and savings from cutting waste, etc It isn't so different at UC...

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Updates on IX in DC, Vergara in CA, UC Labs Retiree Benefits, and study abroad and DC programs

See Politico for their multiple helpful links in their post :

"Republican lawmakers are using the occasion of John B. King Jr.'s nomination for secretary of education to revisit the controversy over the Department of Education's stepped-up enforcement on campus sexual assault. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) broached the subject in the House hearing yesterday (and swiftly posted the video to her Twitter). Insiders say it's likely to surface again today on the Senate side, probably with HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) taking the lead. Alexander has a close relationship with higher-ed lobbyists and is a former university president himself. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) also recently sent the department a letter about its guidance on how universities should handle investigations. (Lankford sits on the Homeland Security Committee with Misouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has floated legislation on the issue.)
Behind the scenes, the American Council on Education and the (Koch-backed) Foundation for Individual Rights in Education have lobbied long and hard against perceived overreach by the DOE, but they say there was no specific push behind the latest rumblings. Terry Hartle, a lobbyist for ACE, said he spoke with Lankford's office months ago and hasn't spoken with Foxx or Alexander. Hartle said the organization wants clarity because schools have gotten mixed messages on whether the DOE Office of Civil Rights' guidelines are legally binding or not.
In response to Lankford's exchange with Assistant Secretary Catherine Lhamon, student activists including Know Your IX and groups from Columbia, NYU, Harvard, Yale, Pace, Brown and Northwestern weighed in with a letter to Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) supporting the DOE's actions and questioning why critics are singling out the department among all the agencies that issue guidelines."

Some new news on a timeline for this year's long imbroglio, June:

"Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees hoping to be restored to University of California health care programs.

The retirees have not been eligible for UC group health care plans since 2008, when the University no longer had sole responsibility for managing the Laboratory.

In their lawsuit, the retirees have argued that prior to that time, they made career choices based on University promises that amounted to an implied if not an explicit contract for continued health care after retirement."

is this for real? Claims about UC study abroad in :

This other program highlighted this week but UC P.R.

this update on Vergara, involving teacher tenure k-12:

Brown clouds, cook stoves, more

The High Cost of Higher Education


Eminent climate change scientist courts religionResearcher Veerabhadran Ramanathan attempts to galvanize global action on climate change

. Later in his career, he advised Gov. Jerry Brown, federal officials and the United Nations on global warming.
“Ram has an incredible ability to explain very complicated scientific topics in very simple terms,” Brown told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
“If you cut (short-lived climate pollutants) globally just using technology already available in California, we can bring down the warming by 50 percent,” he said.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

UC Regents Investments committee and Compliance and audit committee meetings Feb 26th

See :

Date: February 26, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m.1
Location: Magnolia Room, De Neve Plaza, Los Angeles Campus
8448 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles
3750 University Avenue, Suite 610, Riverside
501 S. Alta Avenue, Dinuba
2 EEG Boulevard, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Agenda – Closed Session2
Roll Call

Reading of Notice and Statement of Service Thereof

A1(X) Discussion of Potential Litigation: Contract for professional Services

February 26, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m.1
Location: Plaza Room, De Neve Plaza, Los Angeles Campus
1111 Broadway, 21st Floor, Oakland
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period2
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 9, 2015
and September 16, 2015

I-1 Discussion Student Engagement in Investments

I-2 Discussion Update on Investment Performance for Periods
Ending December 31, 2015

I-3 Action Amendment of Investment Policy Statement for University of
California General Endowment Pool

I-4 Action Amendment of Investment Policy Statement for University of
California Retirement Plan

Agenda – Closed Session2
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 9, 2015

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

Bill Gates makes a very strong case for the Humanities, Liberal Arts

In NYT  there's


 UC Irvine has this Feb 26 Future of Higher Ed symposium:


Gates discusses UC research like CRISPR genome editing in relation to infectious diseases, altering mosquitoes etc

He also discusses future trends
The changes in workforce demands in the next 5-20 years

The trajectory for AI, artificial intelligence, over the next 40-100 years

He also discusses the privatization of big research projects
The state of private research vs state of public research
And, yes, he starts off with climate change

And the need for ethics and governance and power structure assessments to take place, critical thinking, history, legislative work on all of  the above -  needed now and well into the future.

Keep in mind his associations with UC and
Throughout the talk - keep the general idea of the relationship of avg citizens and their relationship to the public research university in mind:

The one hour talk is available here
At Hulu

Or via

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Napolitano on 'Apple exemption', UCD questions, more

See BBC:Janet Napolitano: 'No Apple exemption' on privacy video

Will post that full interview once it is up.

This other set of stories on UCD:
Yudof said a few times in interviews etc that he visited UC Davis on these types of issues in recent years as 'roving emeritus UC Prez', so the demands for lights, transit services etc seem like items that should have been alerted to and even  implemented long ago- a lot of money has been spent there on consultants, their Op Ex initiatives, senior admin recruiting, global campus, so--, see in:
Abc 10 local They include more emergency call boxes across campus, improved campus lighting after dark, and more nighttime transportation options for students.

UC Irvine New U paper now has: UC Data Monitoring System Sparks Privacy Debate

Like Ligon and the other professors at Berkeley, Kay agrees that the UCOP should have informed and worked with faculty in addressing cybersecurity on UC campuses. Kay understands that the UCOP had to act quickly after the cyber attack last summer, but he believes that there should have been more effective communication.
“There may have been explanations for the lapses — an emergency situation, the threat of lawsuits, new people in management positions who weren’t really familiar with what shared governance means — but they were lapses and the communications need to be much better in the future,” he said.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Public Higher Ed Loyal Opposition?


Changing Universities

who wrote this book:,4810.aspx

More on that here

Now has this post up :

Did 638 People Stop Sanders? The Incredible Stupidity of the Media, the Voters, and the System

-Seems caucuses generate, every four years, more press and comments on Americans disturbed by caucuses, super delegates, yet...


Sanders doesn't want to throw the kitchen sink?, Does holding back serve HRC? Does it help get her prepped for the general election? If she's the one...
They'll do more of that ten hour thing from a few months ago and
A hint of the retrospective we will no doubt be treated to....

From Bloomberg archive:

Blood Sport: The President and His Adversaries delves not only into Whitewater but also into the other alleged scandals that have dogged the President and the First Lady. There's the 1993 suicide of White House deputy counsel Vince W. Foster Jr., Hillary's lucrative commodity trades, the collapse of Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, the firing of the White House travel office staff, Bill's alleged sexual dalliances as governor, and the Clinton staff's behind-the-scenes attempts at damage control.
In an evenhanded investigation, Stewart confirms many of the suspicions I brought back from Arkansas: Despite all the embarrassing revelations investigators found as they picked through the Clintons' financial past, this is one detective story still looking for a smoking gun. Stewart finds no proof of the key charges: that funds were diverted to the Clintons or to the Whitewater land venture from Madison Guaranty, the failed S&L that McDougal controlled. Nor does the author find evidence that Clinton did McDougal political favors for covering the then-governor's Whitewater debts, or that Clinton tried to discourage state regulators from seizing Madison. Stewart also dismisses as "preposterous" claims that Foster was murdered.
Even so, Stewart reveals embarrassing new details about the Clintons' role. For instance, ...

BTW, Didn't Donald say he talked to M. Bloomberg recently? Is that his candidate save for a few adjustments, modifications? Is that why certain pol shows are giving a pass or winks, nods, smiles on the tough questions akin to kid gloves treatment? Or, nawhh? Will more Indies throw their hats into the ring?
Instead of SC...HRC came to CA for cash, no 'urban adventures' nor trips to CA higher ed, just a fly in and fly out for Silicone Valley private $$$$$...

From CNN there is this:
- this transcript leaves out the suggestion that Jones made that Sanders should strategically use Harry Belafonte the same way HRC uses Morgan Freeman, but see other important comments here:
VAN JONES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well, a couple things. He's got - has three opportunities here. Otherwise, it's going to be - go get - it's going to go down in history as like a major act of malpractice with regard to the black vote. You can't be a Democrat that can't compete for the black vote.

First of all he's got to stop giving that same canned speech. Everybody's heard it. African-Americans consume more news than any other ethnic group. They've heard it. He should be down there telling civil rights war stories. He's got incredible civil rights war stories that would captivate an audience. He can't just keep giving that same speech.

The other thing is that he has kind of given Hillary Clinton a pass on the ways that she has separated herself from the president. Hillary Clinton is not with the president on trade. She is opposing his TPP. The president's for it. She's against the president on foreign policy. She wants a Syria fly over zone. The president does not. She's against the president on health care. Hillary Clinton wants to get rid of the Cadillac tax. The president wants to keep it. He has given her a complete pass on all of that, which makes no sense.

And then the third this is, that he has not defined his relationship with the president. It would be very easy for him to say Hillary Clinton loves the president, she wants to defend his gains. I love the president, I want to extend his gains. Because he - but he never has aggressively defined his relationship. He's now had that relationship defined. You give the same speech everybody's heard. You give the - your opponent a pass on the Obama issue. And you let yourself be defined on Obama. You are not going to get black votes.


And this --another shared discomfort :


--trying to evoke the memories and use the family members of these young people in their campaign.


Do you think it's too crass?


It makes me uncomfortable. But I do have to say that Hillary Clinton understands fundamentally that her candidacy is in the hands of...

There's this tweeted question
:A 40% cut to SFSU is batshit crazy. Who is running SF State?

That would be: this person,

but current CSU Chancellor is former UCR Tim White, is he the one who can explain this?

But ,while we're at it, if memory serves correctly at all during the current influx of major news, maybe in some forthcoming post or book, cnewf explains why in: Unmaking the U. -he focuses on the Clinton nomination of Guinier but not Bork and Nannygate...current events conjuring up those items...

UC Irvine return,, UCSB and IV issues, UCSC and a downhill battle...

IHE: UC Irvine moves to reject gifts for endowed chairs from group that has strong opinions -- too strong -- about the study of Hinduism and a desire to influence who would be hired.
UCSB and IV:Isla Vista ‘Student Ghetto’
Battling the Effects of Time, Poor Design, and Limited Funding

UCSC and a bikeway story: Dangerous Condition of Public Property – Trail Immunity

Friday, February 19, 2016

Clintonistas Gilded 36 - a Rival to the Bushesque 74, or no?

Their reach extends into Higher Ed., US presidential elections...

First, Does this story remind you of the UC Gilded 36 news stories on UC compensation, benefits from a few years ago? It even includes another role for Yudof...

Here's a flashback if you need it

Now see WaPo:
"New nonprofit aims to push for social mobility, educational equity"

" Two well-known Democrats have joined forces to create the Opportunity Institute, a nonprofit organization pushing for social mobility and equity in education.

Many of the group’s policy goals align with Hillary Clinton’s campaign platform — unsurprising, given that O’Leary is a key Clinton adviser. But Edley said that the organization was not set up to be allied with Clinton or her presidential bid. “What you’re seeing is the accident of the relationships that Ann O’Leary and I have,” Edley said. “It’s not political strategy.”"
"Board members include Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton, and former New Mexico governor and congressman Bill Richardson, who served as Clinton’s secretary of energy. Also on the board is billionaire hedge fund manager and climate change activist Thomas Steyer, and Nadine Burke Harris, a doctor whose work has helped establish the long-term health risks of childhood stress and trauma.

The organization expects to spend $9 million this fiscal year and receives funding from foundations and labor unions, Edley said."

comment there includes common sentiment:
"Money is being spent on cushy jobs for a lot of bureaucrats to advocate policies we already know are needed. How about just spending the money on actually implementing these policies instead of providing cushy high-powered jobs for people to advocate them. The research has been in since the 1970's."

Also see, for more in the same flavor:
Who's Really Behind Campbell Brown's Sneaky Education Outfit?
The former CNN anchor says her nonprofit seeks to protect kids from predators in the classroom. Its real agenda may be union-busting.

"candidates for president—Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and Chris Christie—sat on a stage in a Londonderry, New Hampshire, high school to talk K–12 education policy with former CNN anchor-turned-“education activist” Campbell Brown. The New Hampshire Education Summit, sponsored by the school choice advocacy organization the American Federation for Children and hosted by Brown’s glossy new school-reform website, the Seventy Four"...

BTW Bill Clinton and Co. Will be at UC Berkeley in April...
Maybe the program will include other Clintonites like
Denise Rich, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, even Lanny Davis...who knows?

Maybe they'll even talk about Title IX and hedge funds... Or human rights...

These UC Berkeley economists etc. - can't find they pen anything on the economic evidence of UC Berkeley's latest claims of financial crisis -but they are willing to write about:
"Sanders' Economic Plan Torn Apart By Former Clinton, Obama Economists"

They say a new analysis of the plan makes “claims that cannot be supported by the economic evidence."

Can't find any comments or analysis from Edley, Reich, Romer, D' Andrea Tyson, Yudof etc on UC Berkeley's current financial crisis claims - the $150 Million Dollar Deficit That Can't Possibly Be Handled By The $3.13 BBBiliion Dollars Received by Donors in Fundraising Campaign-resulting in Layoffs etc. --

Piketty on Sanders

Can't find anything (from Piketty or) Saez on the UC Berkeley $150 million deficit either.

Is it wrong headed to expect that all econ profs should write something about the economics of their own home campuses?
Looks like a former Granholm staffer is now Cal's admin and finance public relations staff etc.?
with this, a story on latest moves of Op Ex Campus Shared Services initiatives leadership:

Did Granholm bring her staff with her to Cal?
Can't find anything about Jennifer Granholm comments on Flint Water Crisis, but do frequently see her talk as HRC surrogate... Maybe she will write on it at some point.

She did a show for Al Gore's Current TV...

HRC is running on the Obama record in the exact opposite manner of how Gore ran (Didn't) on the Wm. J. Clinton record, man that is a sad sad reminder of why, and what followed as a result...

UCSB Staff Assembly Exec Letter Supports Senate Concerns About New Pension Tier

But the staff are not listened to... Their decades long and perennial requests for better training of UC supervisors, managers; better tailored more efficient benefits ; fee, tuition waivers for their dependents to attend UC, etc are heard each year by each new UC Prez and nothing results from it:: see their hangout with Napolitano from April 2014-Benefits and UCRP come up in it repeatedly -
at least that exchange was far better than the not archived live streamed staff BS talk with Szeri, Raymond, Koshland in 2015...oye.

BTW, the profit sharing and patents relationships , offsets (if any) are never explained in relation to UCRP , yet one continually hears UC leadership state they have a compelling case to make on details to Sacto and CA to encourage, support a reasoning for increased state funding of UCRP...

If staff leadership are eagerly writing support letters for UC Academic Senate shouldn't the UC Academic Senate also provide staff with details on those profit sharing, patent relationship forms of compensation for faculty as a matter of fairness?

If pol operatives wanna play with Ed policy for personal aggrandizement: it just results in this for a generation or two or three or...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wasteful, expensive, non-transparent, invasive UC bytes at the evidence based C.Y.A apples, again. Harvesting questionable lessons from a crop of management failures...

So to speak

First, there's UCSF to Incorporate Lessons Learned From Mission Hall to Future Buildings

At a town hall meeting on Feb. 5, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein, MD, apologized to the faculty and staff who have experienced “pain and suffering” with their move to Mission Hall.

“Our intentions have always been to try to do the very best to support the efforts of our remarkable faculty, staff, students and trainees,” Lowenstein said. “There’s been much controversy about the planning process and the decisions that have been made, but at this point we need to harvest the lessons from these experiences"...

--They posted that on Feb. 12th and want comments, suggestions back by Feb. 19th- is it just for some 'research vanity project' at this point?

Sounds just like the negative Op Ex , shared services Cal feedback...and the warnings that were voiced early on prior to the costs, expenses of launch of the projects, initiatives...
They also serve as reminder of the Title IX UC failures and evidenced based research excuses that never result in improvements.
UCSF had warnings early on that it might not be the approach to take, and that fixing the fix could prove far more expensive..
Remember this

Also see this new post on UC systemwide and a potential new UC motto to replace Fiat Lux: "Where I Implant UC, There Shall Inequality Be"

Daily Nexus Op Ed "Living Wages Left Out of Library Renovations"
In 2014 the library employed 82 library assistants who made, on average, $34,596.63. To put that in perspective, the median family income for Santa Barbara is $75,400. The EPI study calculated that you need $59,268 to meet your basic needs, and none of the library assistants received that kind of salary. Worse yet, 61 of these staff members meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of low income"

"Obviously, this discrepancy in pay has a deleterious effect on the staff. Despite the fact that I have earned two master’s degrees from UCSB and that I am expected to resolve complex, research-related queries, during the first three years I worked in the library I was forced to rely on my retired mother for help each month with groceries. As I near 40 years old, it is deeply humiliating to be unable to support myself on the wages I earn.
I am humiliated to be in such a penurious state, but I am grateful that I have the family support structure to help me stay afloat. The stories I hear from my fellow co-workers who are in situations much worse than mine are humbling. One woman has her ex-husband and her grown children helping her meet her rent each month. Another colleague is in a situation like mine, receiving help from her retired parents, but had the added horror of needing to go on disability due to surgery. And of course there is the army of UCSB employees who live nowhere near Santa Barbara and commute more than an hour each way in order to make ends meet on their salary.

These stories are legion amongst the library staff at UCSB, but they don’t describe what we do every day in service"...

"The University of California is the third largest employer in the state and the largest in Santa Barbara. With the recent increases in funding from state coffers and the resources to undertake major building projects like the Library Addition and Renovation, UCSB should be a force for economic growth, not a catalyst for the continuing evaporation of the middle class."

UCSB Alumnus Elected UC Regent
Fran Mancia’s term will begin July 1, 2016
- See more at:

"Mancia is a vice president of government relations in a Sacramento advocacy firm that specializes in representing government agencies, including cities, counties and special districts."
--Do they ever appoint UC alumni who are regular non Sacto mix nor big donor affiliated folks? Seems the answer to that is always 'no'...

On this San Diego Union Tribune article where the 'transparency' flows only in one advantageous direction: "CPUC boss pushed transparency for UCLA center"
"proposed energy data hub at UCLA was envisioned as a cutting edge effort to gather utility usage data — down to the"....

Gifts from UCOP doled out and covered as 'political capital' like this, rather than as UC funding itself:
"This effort recently got a big boost from a Research Catalyst Award of just over $1 million from UC President Janet Napolitano"

UC Berkeley lookin like some planned, strategic May Revise scripting...remember $3+ billion raised by Cal -just that one campus alone-announced last year, their yet to be built Global satellite campus in Richmond plans, expenses still steam ahead--- so how big a financial crisis can it really be?
Can Berkeley stay Berkeley?
They also do an advert there for 'World Academic Summit 2016 to take place at University of California, Berkeley'

And why does a CSU response include 'welcome to our world' -- didn't CSU folks see the OpEx shared services etc going on at Cal, UCD etc. for years?

Notice of Meeting: Committee on Investments, February 26, 2016
Date: February 26, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaza Room, De Neve Plaza, Los Angeles Campus
1111 Broadway, 21st Floor, Oakland
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 9, 2015
and September 16, 2015
I-1 Discussion Student Engagement in Investments
I-2 Discussion Update on Investment Performance for Periods Ending
December 31, 2015
I-3 Action Amendment of Investment Policy Statement for University of
California General Endowment Pool
I-4 Action Amendment of Investment Policy Statement for UC

And in closed session;

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 9, 2015
I-5(X) Discussion Update on Office of the Chief Investment Officer Regarding
Organization and Personnel

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Tuition Hikes at UC, CSU - Automatic Mechanism for the People

Sac Bee detailed article on :
California public universities consider tuition hikes you can count on
"The University of California and California State University are now looking beyond the end of their budget deal with Gov. Jerry Brown, which will hold costs flat through next summer. UC has tentatively proposed at least two years of increases beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, and CSU launched a discussion about the future of its financial stability last week at a meeting of its governing board."


LAT now w/more on Friedrich's
'How Scalia's death may save teachers unions -- for now'
feature string arrangements by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones...Yep, REM

Clouds all the time...

V Day - 'Can this UC Berkeley (Chancellors) and Californians Marriage Be Saved?'

<3? See on the Birgeneau and Dirks legacy decisions at Cal: 'UC Berkeley’s tuition break is nearly erased'
"Californians seeking professional degrees have for years enjoyed big tuition discounts to attend the public law and business schools at UC Berkeley. But that benefit is nearly gone, because the university has raised prices for state residents at a rate faster than for students from out of state, a Chronicle analysis has found."

In the spirit of old columns like this or this etc.

Other marriage troubles:
There is the sense that UC faculty are out of touch, that by their own admission they don't want to engage, do the committee work, fill leadership positions internally etc.
See this comment in full

"In my department we cannot convince anyone to be chair anymore. Lots of challenging and difficult problems that require considerable sacrifice and expertise, but the perception is, it is smarter to seek outside offers and/or retire and leave the hard internal problems to somebody else." Here:

- So where will broad support come from for such faculty (above the 117k mentioned) pay? See , in the other comments here in this new post:

And UCLA Fac Blog has this
"It is likely that the UC prez and probably the governor did not understand the mechanics of the "cap" they proposed to be imposed on the pension for new hires. A cap sounds like a simple lid that only has an impact when the pension formula produces a number that exceeds the cap. In fact, the specific cap mechanism they proposed is far more complicated and degrades the pensions of many who would not exceed the cap. (If you think they DID understand the cap, you are left with the implication that they didn't care about the consequences. Take your choice.)"

"The governor considers himself the adult in the room, fixing UC in spite of itself. The UC prez went along with the governor on some political calculation. Somebody needs to stop the pension train if she won't do it."

---In light of the Crane appointment-then non confirmation, which several Regents lamented in open session -then his placement as ongoing adviser to the UC Regents -and the fact that senior UCOP Staff were also part of Committee of Two meetings-- how is it possible to think the Committee of Two or the UC Regents aren't aware, on board w/ the details? If the faculty are fully engaged in these events, paying attention etc., they likely are aware of this prior history , prior comments, so why the surprise, confusion? If a current Pension perks protected and disconnected faculty is just an indicator of new hires perks protected future disconnectedness makes it more difficult to make the case to fight for above $117k en masse protectons, unless ...
On other fronts,
It is easy to see the fairness in DB for those making under six figures.
It is difficult to see fairness in five year vesting for senior managers making high six figures, particularly if the length of their time at UC is almost exactly five years, it would be good to see that changed somehow.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Fisher, Unions, - SCOTUS after Scalia.

SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein breaks down how Justice Scalia's death will impact the outstanding cases in the Supreme Court.


Conversely, the Court was likely to limit affirmative action in public higher education in the Fisher case. But because only three of the liberal Justices are participating (Justice Kagan is recused), conservatives would retain a narrow majority.

On appointing or not appointing his successor/replacement in 2016-hypothetical- What if we have a Bush v. Palm Beach situation or Bush v. Gore scenario at the end of this year with an eight member 4-4 SCOTUS left to decide it?

What if, another hypothetical, midyear one or two of the Supremes also decide to retire effective immediately--still no executive appointments, confirmations this year, just cuzzz?

"Napolitano’s office is refusing to disclose the price of those controversial Internet snooping scanners installed recently at the 10 UC campuses — or reveal whether the taxpayer-financed security system went through competitive bidding."



"It looks as though the cost, just for the hardware installed on the Berkeley campus, is in the ballpark of $4 million to $6 million,” said Ethan Ligon, an associate professor of agriculture and resource economics and one of six members of a joint faculty-administration committee on information technology.“Add numbers like that up over all 10 campuses and medical centers,” and you’ve got one pricey security system, Ligon said.UC spokesman Steve Montiel insists there are no plans to read anyone’s e-mails, and that the entire process of planning and installing the new security system was discussed in open meetings with faculty participation.However, when we asked for the cost of the system and whether there had been an open bidding process for what looks like a multimillion-dollar operation, Montiel responded in an e-mail: “Our cyber security efforts after the attack at UCLA Health were conducted at the direction of legal counsel in anticipation of lawsuits.“We wound up with 17 lawsuits altogether,” Montiel said. “Because of the litigation and legal issues, we are unfortunately limited in what we can share broadly at this point.”Ligon’s take: “Not only faculty, but also administration here at Berkeley are being kept completely in the dark on this and other issues.”He and other Berkeley faculty members on the technology committee have asked Napolitano’s office to remove the devices — and if that doesn’t happen, for no communications to be monitored without a subpoena.“On the basis of the meetings we’ve had,” Ligon said, UC “seems unwilling to give on any of these points.”"

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Yes, sports teams might be cut- no, sports teams will not be cut, and more.

First see again:

UPDATE: No teams will be cut.

Dirks: "We're not looking at cutting teams." Optimistic about new sources of revenue offsetting deficit
Now see: Cal Considers ...


UC Senate Rejection of Tier 3 Pension

Retirement plan impacts entire community




A Regents Fine Under Title IX? 

Those January UC Regents meeting 'peculiar comments' mentioned here earlier...

Here is a transcription of some comments on UC PATH heard at the January 2016 UC Regents meeting at around the 03:26:00 mark here:

UC Pres. Napolitano
 When I joined the University of California UC PATH was already sort of underway. It had been going on with some bumps in the road on its journey. My previous experience when you try to unite massive data systems like this -its a lot more difficult then you would think. There's a lot of moving pieces. University payroll systems are not typical payroll systems- there's types of pay, people partially paid on grants, partially on salary, you have got any kind of possible scenario you might conceive of. I think bringing the project in house and assembling  the team you assembled I appreciate the comment about staff who have worked hard to get this thing on its way, we see where we  are going. I think the state of California tried to do something like this once; the FBI tried it and didn't succeed, the Pentagon tried;
I, everyone tries to do something like this... I'm confident not only are we going to succeed but then we will sell to other places the way to do it and make some of the money back , but lastly I just want to say this will not only be better for our employees because the pay stub is easier to understand has information on it, but will give us some management  tools  system wide that will  enable us to hold administrative costs down, so thanks to  all. We know we have a ways  to go. UCLA  is our largest campus now we're gonna add a medical center and everything else but 70 percent of the foundational work is done and done successfully.

(Bold emphasis added - on a section where in her comment there remain questions about whether or not the terms with the vendor allows for it. Also, is she implying UC would charge govt for help from UC? Wouldn't the vendor beat UC to the punch on that?)
Then Ex officio UC regent Lt. Gov. Newsom
 As the president was saying this is by no means unique to our system and in many respects not unique to private sector either. Large scale IT projects with legacy systems attached are notoriously not only difficult but also almost so usuriously expensive as it relates to contractual obligations in California.We've  wasted literally, and wasted is not a word I use lightly, literally $1 + billion dollars we have wasted -gone -dust -evaporated- it doesn't exist any longer of taxpayers money on failed large-scale IT projects including that $371 million dollar payroll system upgrade of which we're now in litigation with the state. So, this is difficult regardless of the governance structure but I just want to compliment  your sincere  commitment to this effort and to your follow through and we will continue to track it because we need to -this is an area that doesn't get the attention that it sometimes needs ...but job well done. I beat you up at the last meeting that's why I say Nathan made sure I compliment you at this meeting.

On this next piece...
Is he windng down his presidency by 'being tacit' all over the place?
Will he become an academic again? Does he go to Higher Ed for the next chapter?
In that same speech he used the line many former presidents utter: his next role 'will be the country's most important role- that of private citizen',-- but what exactly does that role mean for regular constituents in the present day? His ambassador to Japan wrote about it early on...

He pivots instead to discussion of innovation...
Protecting U.S. Innovation ....
Our new national action plan includes $3 billion to kick-start an overhaul of federal computer systems.

The reader comments on it there include history of rollout of ACA, etc.

More today from IHE on UC :

All very complicated stuff, but UC is coming up in it regularly, so fwiw the above as an FYI...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Berkeley faces a $150-million deficit current fiscal year, representing 6 percent of its operating budget. “Every aspect of Berkeley’s operations and organizational structure will be under consideration,” Mr. Dirks wrote in his message. Among the changes he spelled out:

Looks like it is shaping up to be new rounds of Op Ex battles, Layoffs and bumping rights to add staff drama?,  but
commitment already that no sports teams will be cut:

some more new coverage:


As you read the stories below keep this 2014 Berkeley PR in mind
UC Berkeley raises $3.13 billion from more than 281000 donors

And Remaking the University with: The UC Berkeley community received this email this morning.
'Under consideration'
for cuts, that is:




Is Oski now a dungeness crab?

Some questions floating around:
Is it true that a senior Admin position at Cal, leadership member in $$$$$, pursued a first BA during Op Ex ? If true, that would have been an extremely inconvenient, impossibly overly busy time to pursue both efforts, and what does that say about all the staff who were denied promotion or raises over the years w/ reasoning because they did not have a BA BS or masters etc? Yet a, leadership position could be filled by someone w/out a BA nor BS a key Cal $$$$$mngmnt position?

And other leadership at Cal claimed they were creating budget forecasting fixes, they held events, tried to claim creating new research lit on it, yet some of them left at their five year vesting employment date stamp? Did they just roll through Cal to get a retirement benefits ticket stamped with no real tangible, implementable budget forecasting, planning fixes left behind?

All the ' full Ginsberg' headlines above indicate a PR blitz plan, was part of the plan to have Wilton's resignation effective before the news items above rolled out?
There are also Title IX considerations ...
Several Cal athletics might get cuts, remember the baseball diamond where Wilton staged his...?  well, ya know...

For systemwide folks, you might want to revisit a UC Regents Meeting presentation Wilton gave them a while back where he displayed a capital projects forecasting tool. If it works how could surprises only  crop up in budget analysis during Committee of Two? If such a tool worked and financial analysis by folks at Cal  did not occur just last year but has been ongoing, -then how could the problems detailed in the stories above occur in an 'operationally excellent' environment?
And also keep in mind some key current UCOP ops and budget leadership came from Cal...

And under the reasoning that things run smoothly at Cal , some UCOP leadership has decided to have key UC PATH systemwide trans. Process/ functions flow through UCB, so...

Monday, February 8, 2016

UCOP can't provide timely video, audio archive of UC public meetings-- but, in addition to the book reviews there's video and audio available when UC prez interviews people from Stanford and USC, ...

First this reminder:
"We'd like to take the opportunity to remind those in charge of things that there are now wonderful recording technologies available so that meetings can be preserved!

For example, the UCLA Academic Senate held a meeting on the proposed Tier 3 pension the other day at an hour when classes were in session and many could not attend. Although yours truly suggested the meeting be recorded, apparently that didn't happen.

There were also two webinars set up by UCOP to discuss the Tier 3 pension. One has already occurred. The other will take place soon. The first was not recorded and made available. Will the second be?

Finally, yours truly noted that there was an off-cycle meeting of the Regents' health committee on Feb. 3. Apparently, it was live streamed. But although the Regents say they "archive" their meetings for one year, yours truly couldn't find a link to this one. (He has written to request the link.)

So - dear powers-that-be - please take advantage of technology, particularly for those of us who work during the day."

So then, these recordings of meetings roll out (in addition to Napolitano 's  book reviews at WaPo and NYT):

And this: "UC President Janet Napolitano Interviews Charlotte Jacobs, M.D."

Some Op Ed at Daily Cal:

"A web of cyber controversy: UC monitoring of campus network traffic ...

Shameful secrecy surrounding online monitoring at UC Berkeley and other campuses shows university officials' disdain for transparency"


"UC Student Association board talks drafting open letter concerning ..."

 Among the voiced concerns are the task force’s lack of communication, inadequate membership and insufficient resources,

Friday, February 5, 2016

UC Berkeley in the Election Primaries...more.

See Bezos' Washington Post:

"Sanders is relying on the research of University of California at Berkeley professor Emmanuel Saez, who had once concluded that the top 1 percent accumulated 91 percent of all income gains from 2009-12. But then when the numbers were updated in June, for the period ending in 2014, the new calculations showed that the top 1 percent captured 58 percent of total real income growth. “The recovery from the Great Recession now looks less lopsided than in previous years,” Saez said.

Moreover, there are limitations in Saez’s data,"..
(The newspapers are part of the Election too:

Las Vegas Review-Journal Endorses Marco Rubio (BUT NOT BECAUSE OF SHELDON ADELSON))

Sometimes there is UC Berkeley research : on that area, too
BTW, decisions have already been made about the UC Regents March meeting, see this link to Daily Bruin:
"She said the Board of Regents will adopt a statement of principles against intolerance in its March meeting"
This next is deja vu for some, on a  Clinton event at Cal:

Union Calls on Bill Clinton to Cancel Speech at UC Berkeley
Union says Berkeley exploiting contract workers (Updated) 

"A labor union is calling on Bill and Chelsea Clinton to cancel their appearance at an upcoming conference at the University of California Berkeley unless the school takes measures to improve its treatment of contract workers."

"The Clinton Global Initiative University, a project of CGI aimed at college students, is scheduled to hold its ninth annual meeting at Berkeley on April 1. Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are slated to host the event."
A flashback via SF Bay Guardian:

How the UC regents avoided a PR mess with Bill Clinton

“We would prefer to not have to do this kind of stuff,” Thrush told the Guardian. “But unfortunately, in the world that Dick Blum operates in, we can’t get his attention unless we do stuff like this. As he works hard on poverty issues and gives money and time to poverty issues, he also makes decisions at UC that further the poverty problem of our lowest-paid workers. We want to keep reminding him that it’s not OK to do that.”

Yep, just another reminder


And one more update, a funnel cake that's baked:

UC funnels $1.32 million in seed funding to create Blum Center coalition , happening as campus Layoffs of Staff occur

"Union members submit petition, stage protest over layoffs in Campus Shared Services"

Union calls for speaker’s boycott, urging improved treatment of subcontracted workers

many subcontracted workers seek direct employment at UC Berkeley for jobs in which they would do virtually the same work they perform as subcontracted workers. Their requests are often denied.
One of the campus’s contracting companies, Performance First Building Services, is currentlyunder investigation by U.S. Department of Labor for allegedly underpaying its workers and withholding overtime pay.___
Good luck finding the "in California" part...

"UC’s Blum Federation to tackle global poverty"

Higher Education Act Overhaul a Long Shot for This Election Year

Thursday, February 4, 2016

UC Academic Senate: "To acknowledge that the manner in which UC officials responded to the UCLA attack and the degree to which these actions were kept secret constituted a serious failure of shared governance."

Sac Bee's 'pro UCOP  couples therapy talk' headline for this editorial:
"Bring understanding, not blame, to UC cybersecurity" includes:
At UC Berkeley, where suspicion of authority is hardwired into the faculty culture, a dozen or so tenured members went public last week with concerns that Napolitano had opened the door to gratuitous snooping. That’s highly unlikely, but to the extent that attorney-client privilege will permit a conversation, bringing more wise minds to this thorny issue can only be to the common good.


there's a new post on the pension:
--on the UC pension issue and recall the committee of two negotiations on it raise many shared governance questions


And this  other latest development posted there also raises shared governance questions
 around how UC academic Senate communicates with its members, b/c many members seem to repeatedly be taking the stance that they are continually surprised by what has been done in their name, by their leadership...:
"The UC Academic Senate Committee on Academic Computing and Communications has issued a statement we've posted here.  Although the object to the end-run around shared governance in the name of urgent security matters, they give a pass to the surveillance itself--see the final 2 bullet points in particular."

 UC Academic Senate Statement on UCOP Cyber Surveillance 3 Feb 2016 on Scribd. Check it out:
this part jumped out too:
UC Academic Senate: "To acknowledge that the manner in which UC officials responded to the UCLA attack and the degree to which these actions were kept secret constituted a serious failure of shared governance.


"apprpriate consultation protocols to be applied going forward"
But it is done.
All these after the fact statements on shared governance are comical, perhaps tragic comedy, but is now a joke.
UC Academic Senate Statement on UCOP Cyber Surveillance 3 Feb 2016 on Scribd. Check it out: