Sunday, March 13, 2016

UC Chancellors Destroying The Arguments For UC Funding From Sacramento?! And, -inconsistent statements from some desperate UC Davis administrators

See:

There will likely be more of this sentiment - and real concerns expressed asking 'Is this the way they (Dirks, Steele) learned to deal with such issues at Columbia? (They both came to Berkeley from Columbia)...'

Editorial: Cal Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has lost credibility
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Meanwhile, only after Choudhry stepped down Thursday did Dirks and Steele suggest they erred. But even that fell short.

They acknowledged "that the initial decision not to remove the dean from his position is the subject of legitimate criticism." What bureaucratic gibberish. The decision wasn't just the subject of legitimate criticism, it was wrong. Until Dirks and Steele can admit that, their credibility is shot.

They added, "We must move in the direction of stronger sanctions, and in doing this we want and need the broad input of the campus community." Move in the direction of? They should already be there. Need broad campus community input? After the outrage about past sexual abuses on campus, they still needed more input before doing the right thing? Really? This is the leadership at what is supposed to be a pre-eminent public university?

If Dirks and Steele can't do better, they should step down, too.

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If you need a reminder,or are coming to it late:

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UC Davis Students Stage Sit-In Demanding Chancellor Resign

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/03/11/uc-davis-students-stage-sit-in-demanding-chancellor-resign/


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Sunday Commentary: Students Should Use This Moment to Press the System for Reform 

http://www.davisvanguard.org/2016/03/sunday-commentary-students-should-use-this-moment-to-press-the-system-for-reform/

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Now this next bit of news coverage from Davis Enterprise- apparently Katehi was meeting with these same UC Davis administrators at an undisclosed location at the same time these comments were sent out to the public-
It is odd that they think they are in a position to assure anyone of anything...

And, also want to first note here that the beliefs, positions they claim in their statement (below) are inconsistent with and in direct opposition to much of what has been discussed as best practices, ethics etc at various Peppa Provost Talks on Higher Ed, talks sponsored at UC Davis see:

http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/ucd/student-protesters-demand-katehis-resignation-sleep-over-in-mrak-hall/

...."late on Friday, the following statement was released by Katehi’s spokeswoman Dana Topousis, signed by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter, five other vice chancellors and 10 deans.

“As vice chancellors and deans, we work with Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi on a daily basis. Some of us have done so for five years or longer,” the statement read. “We stand with her and support her as the uniquely visionary and caring leader she is.
“With her recent resignation from the board of DeVry, we believe she has taken full responsibility for accepting service on the board. But it is wrong to imagine that any university leader invests time in an outside entity without seeing how it can help her be a better leader of her home institution, primarily for the students who study there.

“Meanwhile, her service on the John Wiley & Sons board complied with university policy. Chancellor Katehi accepted the Wiley appointment to help improve the quality of its educational materials and to make those materials more accessible and affordable for students. She recognized an opportunity to learn about the world of academic and textbook publishing because of the costs textbooks represent for both our students and higher education institutions themselves.

“As those who work with her closely, we can assure you that Chancellor Katehi cares deeply about and works tirelessly — every day, around the clock — for the betterment of UC Davis. She has been an incredibly successful fundraiser, launched innovative new initiatives, and, during challenging budget times, kept UC Davis among the top ranks of public research universities worldwide,” the statement continued.

In the countless meetings she attends with leaders in every sector — education, business and government — she enhances the educational and intellectual development of UC Davis for its faculty and students, keeping us on the cutting edge of higher education.
“On a daily basis we watch Chancellor Katehi put the mission of UC Davis and the education of students first and foremost. We stand by her and look forward to having her leadership for many years to come.”

To most readers that statement will just read like they are trying to protect their own Katehi sponsored feathered VC nests..


And a reader's comments there notes:

"With her recent resignation from the board of DeVry, we believe she has taken full responsibility for accepting service on the board. But it is wrong to imagine that any university leader invests time in an outside entity without seeing how it can help her be a better leader of her home institution, primarily for the students who study there."

How would joining the DeVry board, a school that is under investigation for shady practices, help make Katehi a better leader of UCD?

"“She recognized an opportunity to learn about the world of academic and textbook publishing because of the costs textbooks represent for both our students and higher education institutions themselves."

Did the cost of John Wiley & Sons textbooks decrease for UCD students while Katehi has been on its board? Yet Katehi benefitted monetarily from being on John Wiley & Sons board, to the tune of over $400,000.


"“As those who work with her closely, we can assure you that Chancellor Katehi cares deeply about and works tirelessly — every day, around the clock — for the betterment of UC Davis."

If Katehi is spending time on the boards of DeVry, John Wiley & Sons, and a Saudi university KAU, how is that for the betterment of UCD? It is time taken away from furthering the interests of UCD and the UC system.

"During a meeting last week with The Sacramento Bee, Napolitano reportedly said, “There’s an advantage to having leadership of a university involved in boards of different types. It’s a way of expanding outreach. It’s a way of expanding your contacts. It’s a way of expanding our knowledge of what’s going on.”"

So now being on outside boards does not have to benefit UC or UCD in particular, it is a networking opportunity? A few days ago the reasoning from Katehi was that being on outside boards was to increase diversity on boards. Neither of these disingenous justifications hold water. The reasons for Katehi's huge missteps keeps evolving, when it is clear to everyone none of these appointments to boards furthered the interests of UCD/UC system as required by UC's own policies.

At a time when the state legislature is scrutinizing every penny spent by the UC and CA State Univ, with an eye to carefully looking at the very high administrative salaries being given out in both university systems, you would think UCD Chancellor Katehi and UC President Napolitano would not be so tone deaf to the the state legislature/governor. How can Napolitano, with any degree of credibility, keep insisting UC doesn't have enough funding, as the UCD Chancellor at a salary of over $400,000 has so much time on her hands she can manage to be on all sorts of boards, even of other universities, that do not benefit UCD? This is precisely how the UC system gets a reputation for squandering taxpayer money, and Katehi's actions have given the legislature the exact ammunition needed to justify reducing funding to the UC system."



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Why didn't Napolitano set some rules on this there when she was Governor, or did Napolitano's role sitting on the board of WGU when she was Gov preclude her from doing so?:
University of Arizona's Hart unbowed by criticism over DeVry position
Some key excerpt:
“work toward assuring that higher education is available to a segment of Americans who will never be able to attend universities like the University of Arizona.”

" virtually unheard of for the sitting president of a flagship public university to do so.

“A university president serving on another university’s board is highly irregular,” Fritschler said.

“Would the president of General Motors serve on the board of Ford or Toyota?”"

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