Friday, April 29, 2016

Some of the Narratives Around the UC Investigation of Katehi ,etc...

Is it just 'a stumble'?

"UC Davis chancellor's troubles raise a question: How could such a brilliant woman stumble so badly?"

"Asked if she remained pro-Katehi, Bisson said she would withhold judgment until the investigation was completed.

"I'm pro-facts. I'm pro-transparency," she said. "Then we go forward""


"Letter details reasons for UC Davis Chancellor’s placement on administrative leave"

"Documents suggest contradiction of former UC Davis Chancellor’s claims"

This headline technically a bit premature

"She's gone: UC-Davis chancellor Katehi, under investigation, removed from position"


This is a strange piece on the faculty,
- few Academic titles in use and lots of Ms. , Mr.
--And a reference to a vote of confidence that seems to not quite hold up upon closer look:

"In Fight Over UC-Davis Chancellor’s Future, Where Does the Faculty Stand?"

"Even when campus outrage was rampant after the pepper-spray incident, the Academic Senate rejected a no-confidence resolution in 2012, with 69 percent of faculty members voting against it."

--But if we remember that vote - and it's difficult cuz that Boston Herald story reference in this other archive post is now 'unavailable' - but it seems only 37% of all Faculty voted and so it was 69% of the 37% of UC Davis Faculty who bothered to vote --and those sorts of paltry voting numbers among Academic Senate members might be the norm, so confidence or no confidence votes have to be looked at in that context.

It seems like lots of folks want the process to play out with findings..perhaps like the Kroll and Renoso reports.

You also have to consider,compare and contrast the handling of such cases among students, staff, faculty populations when you read this next sentence in reference to prior Faculty cases and how they have commonly been resolved, see this link:

"The charges are 1) nepotism violations related to campus employment of close relatives, 2) greater involvement in the Internet clean-up than had been represented, and 3) a whistleblower complaint involving misdirection of student fees. (Exactly what #3 entails is not clear.)

The charges are contained in a letter from Napolitano to Katehi:

This is the kind of matter that usually gets resolved with money changing hands:*"

(Bold added for Emphasis)

Is that how historically the majority of these cases have been handled, and is that common knowledge among Faculty? Common knowledge in community?

Because there are multiple news stories where the sanctions are quite different, resolved differently for staff and students and the 'non Academic titled', 'not-academia Senate member'ed...


After 36-Day Student Occupation, University of California at Davis Chancellor Is Put on Leave
transcript available.
This week, University of California President Janet Napolitano placed the chancellor of University of California, Davis, Linda Katehi, on investigatory administrative leave, pending an investigation into a number of infractions, including her decision to spend at least $175,000 to try to scrub the internet of criticism following the 2011 pepper-spraying of student protesters by campus police. The school made national headlines after the video showing police spraying seated students directly in the face at close range went viral. Earlier this spring, students at the University of California, Davis, occupied the office of Chancellor Katehi and staged a 36-day sit-in calling for her resignation, to protest her handling of student protests and allegations of conflicts of interest. Democracy Now! recently spoke with Parisa Esfahani and Kyla Burke, two of the students who took part in the sit-in.
Or listen
"In a statement released earlier today, student protesters said, quote, "The collective efforts of UC Davis students, faculty, staff, and community members are responsible for yielding this result. It is crucial to note that it was not Janet Napolitano, or University of California Office of the President, who led us to this moment of justice, but our uncollapsing spirit and belief in political protest," they said. The letter goes on to say, quote, "Katehi is but a cog in the UC machine. We are aiming to scrap the prototype and create a new system that both works for and is run by students, faculty, workers, and the community at large. Until system-wide change takes place, our demonstrations will continue," they wrote."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Cloud of Controversy" Over the May UC Regents Meeting in Sacramento?!

See: KCRA has this Records shed light on Katehi Investigation There are allegations that Chancellor Linda Katehi's family benefitted from her position. KCRA 3 Investigates has been digging even deeper into the allegations. - it gives the dollar figures on the salary increases etc.


Also this other story:


Sac Bee with Gavin Newsom says ‘it’s time’ for UC Davis Chancellor Katehi to quit

Lieutenant governor, a member of the UC Board of Regents, calls for Katehi to resign

Says series of scandals overshadows her good work as chancellor

Says UC governing board will discuss Katehi at next meeting

"Newsom said the Board of Regents would have a closed-session personnel discussion about Katehi at their next meeting in May.

“I don’t think I’m the only one of the regents that feels this way,” he said."

Read more here:

CA Legislators reference 'a cloud of controversy" in their official letter here:
Bipartisan group of 5 legislators officially ask UC Regents & UC President Nopalitano to dismiss Chancellor Katehi!

" see tis new story- and the perception that she violated the trust of UC President Janet Napolitano.

"The president was concerned about apparent misstatements that the chancellor made publicly and to her personally," UC spokesperson Dianne Klein said."

Katehi's 'apparent misstatements' led to UC action"

...Sunshine is the best disinfectant," Stenhouse added. "It always is in these types of situations. So it's time for UC to take a step back, a humble look in the mirror and say, ‘This is what our policy is. We are going to hold every employee to this standard.’"?

As for Katehi's ultimate fate, Klein said, "If there is the perception that trust has been broken, that's a problem. And so, I believe the president feels this merits review."


And Sac Bee also now has:

Katehi sought meeting with firm hired by UC Davis to eradicate pepper spray posts

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi asked to meet with online reputation firm in 2013

Katehi last week downplayed her involvement with online cleanup effort

Katehi was suspended Wednesday, partly for ‘misstatements’ about her involvement with such firms

Read more here:

I’m trying to keep a lid on the DeVry issue,” Sandra Fried, a UC legislative affairs director, wrote in an email to UC Davis officials on Feb. 24.

“I think the issue really is DeVry rather than the income. DeVry is considered a very bad actor in the private postsecondary world (which is saying a lot).”"

"“I don’t need to see a listening report to know this is a s---storm…,” Katehi spokesman Gary Delsohn wrote in an email reply."

Disturbing-this section:
"kept tabs on McCarty.

“Though he is politically influential, he has a relatively small following on Twitter, and his posts on the Chancellor receive low engagement, with the exception of his press release on legislative hearings, which earned 22 retweets and 8 favorites,” the company reported."

-- and the section detailing PR advice on handling protests...when Katehi's said that was determined by UC policy, not PR.

Other nuggets:

"The firm also reported to UC Davis that a Fox 40 reporter “reached out to a student on"...

"“We are just as good if not better than Berkeley and it’s time for the university to say that,” one unnamed official told"...

And much, much more in that in depth article.



And there is

Key players in the investigation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi

SF Chron OpEd

UC Davis doesn’t need an ethically challenged campus leader

Remember these UC Regents meetings are coming up:
May 2 - Committee on Investments
May 11-12 - Sacramento



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Katehi placed on investigatory administrative leave

Union Calls For Investigation Of Other UC Administrators For Conflicts

"In a statement, union leaders say Katehi isn’t the only UC administratorengaging in activities that could be conflicts of interest. They are referring to the chancellor sitting on two boards — both related to higher education.

The statement says the growing scandal involving Katehi calls for a “top to bottom, system-wide review of potential conflicts involving other university executives”."

Morning links on it,

More coverage:

Sac Bee has the letter from Napolitano to Katehi posted at this link as PDF:

Wed evening breaking news:

Sac Bee Wed night posts this story :UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi placed on investigatory administrative leave

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi was placed on investigatory administrative leave Wednesday night due to information that “raises serious questions about whether Chancellor Katehi may have violated several University of California policies.”

Read more here:


UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi Placed On Investigative Leave


UC Davis chancellor placed on leave as officials launch probe into alleged misconduct

"But Napolitano's letter to Katehi outlined several new issues. She said Katehi's daughter-in-law, who directly reports to one of the chancellor's staff, had received promotions and salary increases over a 2½-year period that increased her pay by over $50,000 and resulted in several title changes. During that same period, Napolitano said, Katehi put forward a pay increase of over 20% and a title change for the daughter-in-law’s supervisor."

"Napolitano also said the academic program in which Katehi's son held a paid research position was moved into the same department in which her daughter-in-law is employed.

"It does not appear that appropriate steps were taken to address, document or obtain approval for the fact that your son now reported to your daughter-in-law, who, in turn, was supervised by one of your direct reports," Napolitano wrote."


Sac Bee Op Ed on this latest news:

"The allegations are stunning: nepotism, self-dealing and dishonesty. And yet UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi defied even the president of the University of California, rather than gracefully leave."

Read more here:


UC Davis Chancellor Placed On 'Investigatory Administrative Leave'

"Information has recently come to light that raises serious questions about whether Chancellor Katehi may have violated several University of California policies, including questions about the campus' employment and compensation of some of the chancellor's immediate family members, the veracity of the chancellor's accounts of her involvement in contracts related to managing both the campus' and her personal reputation on social media, and the potential improper use of student fees."

The statement calls the questions "serious and troubling."

Napolitano will appoint an independent investigator, with the expectation that the person will complete a report by the beginning of the fall semester.

UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexter will fill the chancellor role on an acting basis."

UC President places UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi on investigative administrative leave

"Following the news of Katehi’s leave, UC Student Association President Kevin Sabo released a statement criticizing Katehi for her behavior while chancellor at UC Davis, in addition to commending Napolitano for her decision.

“We represent 240,000 students who expect a pattern of principled leadership,” Sabo said. “But Katehi proved to be just the opposite through her actions during the pepper spraying incident in 2011, her efforts to cover it up, and her history of moonlighting in industries directly opposed to the mission of public education. The UC must do better by its students. Katehi collected a $425K salary while students on her campus skipped meals, lived in their cars, and sat on the floor in their classrooms. The UC has plenty of challenges – nefarious Chancellors should not be one of them. We applaud President Napolitano’s decisive action and commend her for standing with students.”"


UC Davis chancellor placed on leave over 'missteps'


Update here includes Napolitano's statement:

Statement from the University of California Office of the President:

“Information has recently come to light that raises serious questions about whether Chancellor Katehi may have violated several University of California policies, including questions about the campus’s employment and compensation of some of the chancellor’s immediate family members, the veracity of the chancellor’s accounts of her involvement in contracts related to managing both the campus’s and her personal reputation on social media, and the potential improper use of student fees.

“The serious and troubling nature of these questions, as well as the initial evidence, requires a rigorous and transparent investigation. As such, President Napolitano will appoint an independent, outside investigator to conduct the investigation and submit a report, before the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

“The president, with the support of the leadership of the Board of Regents, has determined it is in the best interest of UC Davis that Chancellor Katehi be placed on investigatory administrative leave from her position as chancellor pending the outcome of this investigation.

“Pursuant to an existing delegation of authority, UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexter will fill the chancellor role on an acting basis.”

“I am deeply disappointed to take this action,” Napolitano said. “But Davis is a strong campus, nationally and internationally renowned in many academic disciplines. I’m confident of the campus’s continued ability to thrive and serve California students and the Davis community.”

The Bee has a timeline:

Katehi’s UC Davis timeline: Pepper spray, corporate paydays – also growth, academic respect



Strange Updates: Not the hallmark of UCD Leadership...

Update IV Katehi's is now placed on investigatory leave, Napolitano announced on Wed night, see new post for more links

Update III

The piece in The Atlantic down toward the end of this post alludes to a brewing secret crisis, now Sac Bee has an editorial on records being withheld from the public, see:

Katehi, UC should produce records, end the intrigue

After vow of transparency, UC Davis chancellor cancels appearances and goes radio silent

Amid delays in handing over emails and records, rumors that Napolitano has asked for her resignation

If records contradict her story, Katehi should begin a smooth transition for sake of university

Read more here:

BTW CHE seems to be forming the habit of keeping comments closed on Negative UC stories when they are forced to report them. Also it appears CHE can't distinguish between Academic Senate Chair of the Davis Division and Academic Senate Chair of UC Systemwide-- one of these things is not like the other, exactly.
Embattled UC-Davis Chancellor’s Future in Question After Recent Controversies

Update II
UCOP has not denied that there is a presidential request for her resignation and it seems Katehi's is trying to build a line with some Senate members... To battle OP? This is turning into a hot mess for all of them. See:


Now Incommunicado -more Katehi drama
KCRA Fate of UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi is unclear
Is UC Davis chancellor’s future in doubt?

Katehi has been heavily using a line about her bio - born poor, woman in engineering - in her latest PR campaign on her image (see previous videos of her talks with newspaper editorial boards etc.)
Does it really help her or UCD to align with all of the subjects in the compensation scandals of the 2000's? Briefly and incompletely mentioned in this:

UC Davis Letter to UC President Napolitano: Curb Gender Bias by Publishing Policies

-Where was that same Academic Senate leadership when the details of the UC Davis Amy Block Joy whistleblower, and retaliation case and other cases connected to it were coming out and multiple Title IX and other equity issues were raised and never addressed in it? There were even books written about the various scandalous scenarios for those who have difficulty keeping up with the detail.

- Why didn't they also reference some of the other compensation scandals involving UCD in those same years?

-Also it should be remembered that Katehi is not the sole current female chancellor in the UC system (and yes there is a case for fighting for more female chancellors at UC now) but remember also, perhaps a painful comparison, there is a current (UCM's Chancellor Leland) who has managed difficult circumstances on campus,etc. without the serious lapses in judgment headlines, so isn't that an example of what should be sought, replicated? - rather than a Chancellor who seems, since her arrival, a constant drain of time, resources to repair various relations, image, etc - with time and effort on that even spent by senior level officials at UCOP?
Sac Bee:
"Chancellor Linda Katehi scrapped an interview planned for Wednesday and has canceled a public forum on campus

UC President Janet Napolitano’s spokeswoman says Katehi is still chancellor, but won’t answer whether she has been asked to quit

Students plan another demonstration against Katehi on campus Wednesday"

Read more here:

And, Davis Enterprise: Rumors Swirl Katehi's Is Being Told To Resign


There's this,, includes this strange section:

"Though she has declined comment throughout the string of recent scandals facing her, Katehi plans to speak directly to students Wednesday with 'Katehi's Closet.'

Through what's being billed as an interactive display and discussion, the chancellor is promising to air her 'dirty laundry' in front of students and make them privy to see the 'skeletons' in her closet."

The UC Davis student newspaper has this as its headline:

The Aggie: "UC Davis representatives unsure on status, whereabouts of Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi"

“A report has reached us that President Napolitano has requested the resignation of UCD Chancellor Katehi,” wrote UC Davis professors Margaret Ferguson and David Simpson in the letter to Wolk. “We urge you to do everything in your power to stop it and to set [it to go to] a system-wide review.”

In light of that...
This other story begs the question:
Does the Bee 'get it' that the political favors are already in play? Or, does the Bee 'get it' that everyone else already 'gets it'?
They write:
"But the constitution made the UC politically independent precisely to shield the public university from such wheeling and dealing. The regents’ terms are, by design, longer than those of the governors who appoint them so that politicians can’t manipulate things like admissions and hiring and academic freedom."

Read more here:

- so could we get an Editorial Board Op Ed on that SCA 1 Leg based in ...reality?

Then there is this passage in today's The Atlantic:
She didn’t use her existing communications staff for whatever it is that the consultants do because “no one on UC Davis’ communications staff has crisis-management experience.” Though the students have now left her office area, “the firm is still in the university’s employment working on another crisis that the chancellor said she could not reveal.” Nothing about these statements is reassuring!""

"But I’m confident that both sides really do feel “unsafe” and “bullied,” whatever those words have come to mean in their campus subculture. To me, that underscores why subjective feelings about such things just can’t determine winners and losers in campus politics.

Now that the Davis occupation is over—as Katehi confers with her crisis communication consultants as they work on their secret project—anti-Katehi activists are plotting their next steps. I hope the offending activists will reconsider their ugly, prejudicial treatment of black and brown people who are allied with the embattled chancellor, and refocus on the fact that a powerful substantive case for Katehi’s ouster can be made without any need to be personally hostile, snide, or sanctimonious to any classmates, professors, UC Davis staff, or even Katehi herself."

(bold emphasis added)

If Katehi cares about UC Davis she should take a step to get UC Davis relief from this never ending set of negative headlines attached to her - but it seems sadly evident that that can only be achieved by...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New Interim EVCP at Cal Announced, Steele Speaks

Announced here

Carol Christ named interim executive vice chancellor and provost


Steele makes some comments in that Guardian article mentioned in the previous post:

"In a lengthy phone interview on Monday, a week after his resignation made national headlines, Steele said he felt he could no longer stand by his punishment decision and the university’s treatment of Sorrell.

“I would not defend those sanctions. At the time, we thought they were adequate. They were carefully done,” he said. “We did a great deal of work coming up with that. I’m not confident that they really rendered justice or a sense of fairness … I do have regrets about the impact on her.”

Steele admitted that Sorrell was initially forced to use sick days – a decision that he said was made months before he learned about the case.

“I want to convey a great deal of sympathy to Ms Sorrell about this. I think we could’ve done a much better job,” Steele said.

He argued, however, that the 10% pay cut sanction was not motivated by concerns about Choudhry’s reputation and refuted that he implied that to Sorrell in their meeting. “In no way was I trying to protect his career over the safety of Ms Sorrell.”

Steele further claimed that he did not resign because of the harassment controversy – he cited his wife’s health in his official statement – though he admitted that the scandals had been a challenge for the administration.

He was also adamant about rejecting another charge that plagued his office in the final month before his resignation. In March, it was revealed that Steele had received a nomination to the Berkeley law faculty from Choudhry at the same time that the sexual harassment investigation was under way – a conflict of interest that Winer, Sorrell’s attorney, described as the worst he has ever observed in his career.

“These were genuinely independent processes that had nothing to do with each other,” Steele said.""

UCSD Alzheimers Grant Case update-"whittle away" the regents' claims

UC-USC Alzheimer's Grant Spat Narrowed

"He agreed with the regents' claim that the individuals breached their duty of loyalty to their employer, citing a recent ruling by the chief judge of the Southern District of California which finds that employees owe a duty of loyalty under state law.
And since the regents successfully stated a claim for breach of loyalty, their claim against USC for aiding and abetting the breach of loyalty claims also holds up, Benitez wrote.
UC San Diego's claim its contracts with study sponsors were intentionally disrupted by the school's former employees when they worked with Aisen to "engineer" the movement of the Alzheimer's program away from UC San Diego to USC stands up for now as well, Benitez found.
Since the defendants knew of the contracts with the study sponsors and the financial gains UC San Diego stood to gain through future economic benefits, the regents' conversion assertion also holds up, the judge found."

There is more today on UC Berkeley and Berkeley Law Boalt Choudhry, Sorrell matters
"I was expendable': how UC Berkeley failed a woman being sexually harassed
Tyann Sorrell details to the Guardian how the school denies basic protections to victims and forces them to pursue litigation if they want a safe workplace"

"Although Steele, the resigned provost, declared last month that he had granted Sorrell paid administrative leave – which is substantially different than requiring her to use her limited sick days – emails Sorrell shared reveal that she had to fight to get paid leave approved. Even after officials decided to retroactively approve paid leave weeks after the investigation began, Showalter required that Sorrell continue sending medical records and further suggested she could eventually lose her paid leave, the emails show.

“Because the investigation and related findings have not yet been completed ... your paid administrative leave is currently provisional pending the outcome of the investigation,” Showalter wrote in a 7 May email. “Depending on the outcome of the investigation it may result in a change of your pay status.”

The implication to Sorrell was clear: if the university ruled in Choudhry’s favor, she could be on the hook for the time she had taken off – during which she was doing extensive therapy as she was trying to work through the mental health effects of the harassment and the university’s response."

"Former UC Berkeley Law School Dean Accuses University of Violating His Rights"


Monday, April 25, 2016

Choudhry's grievance: “(Napolitano has) flagrantly and repeatedly breached the most basic rights to due process held by every Senate Faculty member at the University of California.”

See: Former dean of Berkeley Law files grievance with campus Privilege and Tenure Committee

This earlier piece from someone at Stanford:
Double Jeopardy at the University of California

LA Times:
Former Berkeley law school dean blasts new sexual misconduct review against him

"UC officials referred requests for comment to Berkeley.
Dan Mogulof, a Berkeley spokesman, said the university’s policy allowed administrators and faculty to take separate disciplinary actions against those who violate its code of conduct.

“There is no ‘duplicative process,’” Mogulof said in a statement. “The administration’s steps have complied with university policy and reflect the seriousness of the conduct described in the investigative report issued by the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination.”"

Editorial: UC must hold faculty accused of sexual assault as culpable as students

See this Week of Action series:
"As the current series of scandals at UC Berkeley and across the UC has made evident, the university’s response to campus sexual harassment and assault has been woefully inadequate and represents a larger systemic problem in academia. From April 26th to April 28th the postdoc union will be hosting a series of events at the Berkeley campus to address UC’s failure to protect survivors and provide a safe environment for students and employees.

Know Your Rights Teach-Ins – April 26th and 27th
We are hosting four Know Your Rights teach-ins by legal experts (Equal Rights Advocates lawyers, and lawyers who are currently working on sexual harassment cases) for students, postdocs, staff and faculty to provide information and resources about sexual harassment – what your rights are under the law, what you need to know about the UC policy, and how you can be an advocate and support others."

See the list of events here:

Friday, April 22, 2016

Napolitano Comments On New UC Berkeley Case, more

New coverage includes: UC asks law firm to investigate student’s sexual assault report

"The University of California said Friday it has asked a San Francisco law firm to investigate allegations at UC Berkeley from a student"...

"UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said UC expects to hire the Hirschfeld Kraemer law firm “to determine if " ...

Also see from Vegas:

Costly attorney retained to review chancellor's handling of report

Consultant clears higher ed chancellor of mishandling critical report

And as a compare and contrast University Of New Mexico Often Mishandled Sexual Violence Cases, DOJ Finds
A federal investigation finds incompetence dealing with sexual assault and harassment in multiple departments at the public university.§ion=us_college&utm_hp_ref=college
- BTW Janet Napolitano 's dad was a founding Dean of their Med school.


UC Berkeley: Expert questions if athletics department is doing enough to combat sexual harassment and assault problems

Then as a compare and contrast (also Janet Napolitano's dad was a founding Dean of their Med school) story on: University Of New Mexico Often Mishandled Sexual Violence Cases, DOJ Finds A federal investigation finds incompetence dealing with sexual assault and harassment in multiple departments at the public university.

And, ABC News on it

Community criticizes op-ed from interim lead on campus sexual misconduct response

Op-ed: Mutual respect must inform any solution

Committee chaired by Hesse must redress systemic failure

Hesse’s op-ed unfairly reinforces stigmas against people with disabilities

Campus response to sexual harassment has been flagrantly inadequate, often destructive

Administration must look to survivors, those who study systemic oppression for guidance

Carla Hesse unfit to head sexual harassment committee

Administrators shouldn’t prioritize prestige over students rights

University uses overly broad definitions of ‘hostile environment’

Call for ‘mutual respect’ should manifest in community engagement

Campus continues to prioritize funding over community safety

Close reading of Hesse op-ed introduces slew of questions


UC Berkeley School of Public Health considers eliminating medical school program

UCSD fundraising flailing detailed in:
UC San Diego fundraising chief resigns

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Updated - "Dirks acknowledged that any changes to Berkeley's academic programs would probably save only a few million dollars. But he said the main reason to redesign them would be to settle on an academic vision in line with new budget realities."

See:As UC Berkeley tries to close its deficit, administrators feel the ire of traditional faculty allie

State Assembly committee passes bill aimed at limiting UC nonresident enrollment

A couple more items:

CHE with their headline/Katehi spin "UC-Davis Chancellor Says She’s Not Going Anywhere"
More of the *I manage a $4 billion dollar University city mixed with I can't manage everything* excuses, and *it was my fault, no it was other people at fault* flip flopping...

Prop 30 forever?:
In a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, a solid majority -- 62 percent -- of likely voters supported extending for 12 years Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 income tax increase on individuals earning over $250,000 to pay for education and health care. An initiative being circulated by teachers unions and health care organizations would put that proposal before voters in November."


Napolitano Won’t Restrict Heated Political Rhetoric On UC Campuses

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Katehi Fatigue Sets In, more

Sentiment seems..Tired of her, she makes UC Davis coverage dreary, less cheerful.. Folks just seem to be tired of all her baggage from each year of her at UCD. Her excuses of misrepresentations by one group, then another. Her complaints of ridiculous statements by PR firms she hired, in statements they made to her as she hired them.. etc.

"Republican joins seven legislators calling for Katehi’s resignation"


Katehi apologizes, vows to be more transparent

"In a written statement issued Tuesday, Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, called for Katehi to “reflect on whether she is able to restore confidence
UC Davis is a tremendous asset to our region and state,” Dodd wrote, “providing world-class research and educational opportunities.

“Like so many, I am troubled by these recent controversies and frustrated that they’ve taken focus away from the university’s mission and its many accomplishments. We have seen inadequate judgment and flawed policies that need to be addressed by the UC system.

“The chancellor needs to reflect on whether she is able to restore the confidence and focus needed to credibly lead the university into the future. The chancellor has issued a statement pledging to take steps toward that end,” Dodd continued.

“President Napolitano, the UC Board of Regents and the campus community need to evaluate whether those steps prove adequate and effective.”"


Rumors of nepotistic hiring, preferential treatment refuted


Commentary: Is UC Davis Really Getting Its Money’s Worth on Communications?
includes an important section that starts off:
"UC Davis claims, “The external vendors referenced in The Sacramento Bee article on April 14 were brought in primarily to improve our capacity and expertise in digital communications. We recognize that it is not even possible to remove content from the Internet, and that was not our intention.”

The problem is that doesn’t fit the facts.

The Bee released some of those documents showing that, in January 2013, UC Davis signed a contract with Nevins & Associates for six months that paid $15,000 a month.

One document reads, “Nevins & Associates is prepared to create and execute an online branding campaign designed to clean up the negative attention the University of California, Davis, and Chancellor Katehi have received related to the events that transpired in November 2011.”

Among other things"...

UC Davis' pepper-spray PR appears to backfire badly


UC Davis chancellor should resign over botched web scrub


Thumbs down: UC Davis’ attempted whitewash
UC Davis needs a Common Sense Person
No forums scheduled yet, but:
UC Davis chancellor to answer questions in public forums


Analysis: Could Davis Also Get “Eaten” by UC Davis?

"The result, as we have been exploring, is pressure on the city for growth to provide rental housing, with students pack into to formerly single-family homes, often in large numbers – creating noise and nuisance issues, while displacing young families.

On Monday, a piece in Next City brilliantly captured a similar problem in San Marcos, Texas, home of the rapidly growing Texas State University. The article entitled, “The College That Ate a City,” captures a phenomenon that is very similar to the one we face, and yet very different. “Fast-growing San Marcos, Texas, faces an ever-expanding anchor institution and a student-focused real estate industry that’s pricing families out of housing.”


Christopher Newfield: How Private-Sector Models Damage Public Universities, and How they Can Recover

Some opening comments include discussion of shared governance at UC Davis in it.

Or you can see another version of it with a very good Q&A session: here

On UCSD a curious set of events:

UCSD was in as much of a hurry to get rid of Steve Gamer as it had been to hire him

But last month, UCSD was suddenly in as much of a hurry to get rid of Gamer as it had been to hire him. “This urgent request is in response to a need to execute the agreement in exchange for Mr. Gamer’s resignation effective March 1, 2016,” says a March 24 report to the regents from UC president Janet Napolitano. “The President of the University requests approval of a $135,072 separation payment ($177,031 severance minus $41,959 relocation repayment) in connection with the separation agreement. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, the payment would be made within 30 days of his resignation date of March 1, 2016.” The document goes on to reveal that “due to family obligations Mr. Gamer never relocated from Los Angeles to San Diego.” But he still accepted a $85,938 relocation allowance “to help cover the additional living expenses associated with having an apartment near the campus.” The report provides few details regarding Gamer’s abrupt departure, saying only, “the San Diego campus is in the final stages of planning the campus’ first major fundraising campaign in nearly ten years. Because of a change in strategy for the campaign, it is now agreed that it is in everyone’s interest that Mr. Gamer resign from his position.” It adds that “the campus placed Mr. Gamer on paid leave beginning January 13, 2016.” And Gamer didn’t leave without an additional cost, in the form of a $135,072 severance payment. “A separation payment is being requested due to Mr. Gamer’s 13-year tenure at University of California during which time he made numerous contributions at UCLA and UC San Diego,” says the document. “The Office of the General Counsel has been consulted on this action and concurs.”"

--What Happened?

Daily Cal told us
"the administrative proposals will be headed by"

And now,

Campus community expresses concern about new enrollment process

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

" jarring statistic about what happens to complaints made against faculty across the statewide system: Only one in four cases was formally investigated between 2012 and 2015, and only one-third of those were substantiated."

See: "UC Sex Harassment: Few Faculty Complaints Lead to Investigations"
"It's upsetting -- I can only imagine the people who were involved in those cases that ended up nowhere."

"The report was unclear about what happened to the 76 percent of the complaints that were not investigated, such as whether they were dismissed as "unsubstantiated" or resolved without a full investigation.

Still, critics say, the fraction of cases formally investigated throughout the UC system spoke volumes about the secrecy of UC's investigation and discipline of faculty and how too often professors are given a pass from serious punishment.

"Personally, I'm not shocked by how few cases they actually investigated -- given that UC has proven time and again that it cares more about its faculty members' careers and its public image than survivors' and potential survivors' safety and well-being," Cory Hernandez, a member of UC Berkeley's Graduate Assembly who coordinates policy on sexual violence and harassment, said in an email."

"The record-keeping on such matters is so erratic that even the joint committee itself -- commissioned by Napolitano and led by a senior vice president and the head of the Academic Senate -- reported having trouble gathering the information.

In fact, the committee received data for only eight of UC's 10 campuses; asked which ones didn't report, Academic Senate Chairman Dan Hare declined to say. He also would not comment on the 1-in-4 statistic, saying the committee only requested the data to learn how many cases should have been sent to the academic administration to launch a separate disciplinary process, the second step in cases involving faculty accused of harassment.""


-- BTW...that 'senior vice president' also happens to be OP and the UC Regents Chief Compliance and Audit Officer (remember Regent M asked for clear delineation on the reporting line in an open session of the UC Regents compliance and audit committee meeting last year) -- the position is not just another exec OP VP, yet the numbers etc on these cases are not available, at fingertips to the Chief Compliance and Audit of UC Systemwide??! So, one has to wonder what is really going on here?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Learning Summits, Online Instruction, K12ish

So there's,

"Learning Summit 2016

Berkeley chancellor, Stanford president kick off online-learning summit

familiar CA faces, UC vendor etc pop up in: Is a California online school network cashing in on failure?
In the tweet feed here:

On Vergara:"In a win for unions, appeals court reverses ruling that threw out teacher tenure in California"

NC Supreme Court Upholds Teacher Tenure

Latest Update On UC and USC $100 Million Grant on Alzheimer's Research Battle


UC Dodges Dismissal Bid in $100M Grant Spat
- claims that a former Alzheimer's researcher with the University of California conspired with USC to steal a $100 million research grant and other UC employees.

"one might find an anthology though between a faculty research director and a corporate officer."
- but not a state agency?
If it is not a state agency then why does FPPC have some oversight of it? Etc.

Napolitano reconvenes IX panel, and Some UC Regents Committee Meetings Today

Napolitano tells UC panel on sex harassment to try again

UC president calls for stronger steps in faculty sexual harassment cases

Daily Cal UC President Janet Napolitano announces changes to university sex misconduct handling

You can view:
UC president's letter is available: here

Joint Committee's April 4 report is available here

Via UC Net


See SJ Merc :UC sex harassment: Napolitano reconvenes panel, says more reforms needed

"Given the seriousness of these cases and the shortcomings that have been identified with existing processes and policies, however, this work is crucial," she wrote."


"The secretive nature of the process has been a common cause for concern. Indeed, even the joint committee had trouble gathering information about cases involving faculty on its campuses, saying it was only able to gather "partial information" from eight of the 10 campuses.

"Academic Personnel offices have not historically been expected to maintain central records of disciplinary and corrective actions, which are protected by State law and other University policy governing the right to privacy and confidentiality; thus, the Joint Committee was not able to obtain information regarding the details of cases or precise data in response to the Joint Committee's inquiry," they wrote in the report.

The committee learned of 141 sexual misconduct allegations made against faculty at eight campuses between 2012 and 2015; of those, just 34 were investigated by Title IX offices and 11 were substantiated. The other 107 were either unsubstantiated or resolved in an early resolution process without a formal investigation.""


CS Monitor on it

UC Regents Governance And Heath Devices are meeting TODAY

Saturday, April 16, 2016

UCSA Calls For Katehi To Resign, Firing - No Picnic - Rebuff, Rebuff, Rebuff

See Sac Bee:
"UC student association calls for Katehi’s resignation or firing

Katehi rebuffs calls for resignation, says university will respond to Bee reports Monday

University of California Student Association represents 240,000 students statewide

Student group calls out pattern of ‘blatant disregard of her responsibility as a UC leader’

The University of California Student Association is calling for the resignation or firing of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, joining with seven legislators and student protesters who say Katehi must go.

The association, which represents 240,000 students in UC schools statewide, cited revelations Wednesday in The Sacramento Bee that UC Davis spent at least $175,000 trying to scrub the Internet of negative references related to the November 2011 pepper spraying of students by campus police."

Read more here:


UC Davis Chancellor Katehi rebuffs question about calls she resign

"UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi rebuffed a question Saturday at the campus' annual Picnic Day about student calls that she step down. In response to a question about The Sacramento Bee's report that UC Davis spent at least $175,000 trying to scrub the Internet of negative references related to the November 2011 pepper spraying of students by campus police, Katehi said the university will respond further to The Bee's report on Monday, but gave no details. "There is going to be a response to The Bee because The Bee has ... (inaudible) misrepresented the facts. There is going to be a response on Monday," Katehi said."

Read more here:


Friday, April 15, 2016

Claude Steele Steps Down. "Strategic" ... Euphemism for "Breaking UC"

UPDATE, some coverage,
But first this story in light of Cal's under rep min. EVCP stepping down (while other members of Dirks cabinet responsible for the bad communication during Op Ex, etc and now equally responsible for all the latest messy headlines seem to stay hidden in the Cal Hall and U Hall, and etc woodwork): Audio with Janet Napolitano on "Black Parents Say ‘Make UC an Option’ for African Americans" in:

"Michael Burawoy, co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Assn., said Steele's resignation would not resolve outstanding campus problems, such as inadequate sanctions in sexual misconduct cases and a budget crisis fueled in part by “administrative bloat.”"


SF Gate: UC Berkeley provost resigns amid criticism, citing wife’s health

Original post:
Breaking News:Claude Steele steps down as campus executive vice chancellor and provost

"In many ways Steele has brought unique perspectives from his previous experience at private institution,” said ASUC president-elect William Morrow. “But at times, the former provost’s decisions seemed to be at odds with the character of Berkeley’s public tradition.”

Morrow believes that Steele’s legacy will be the Office of Strategic Initiatives, a department designed to investigate techniques for restructuring in order to address the campus’ deficit.

“How Claude Steele approach financial restructuring has often times been much more numbers oriented,” Morrow said. “Faculty members have not felt as included in these conversations, as well as students.”"

Nicholas Dirks sent this message to the UC Berkeley community today:

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that I write to inform you that my friend and long-time colleague, Claude Steele, has decided to step down from his administrative position as UC Berkeley’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Claude’s many contributions will have a lasting impact on our university, including:

Launching a budget reform and simplification effort to base planning and decision-making on more clearly understood and predictable metrics.
Managing the university’s effort to assess and verify its financial deficit as well as develop short and long term strategies for sustaining its excellence in the face of financial challenges. I am confident that the university is now on a path to financial strength in the years ahead.
Designing a new, more centrally managed fund-raising organization with the aim of achieving a closer relationship between the donor and alumni communities and the needs of the university.
Improving the campus climate through the African American Initiative and the diversification of campus leaderships from the athletic department to deanships.
We will, very shortly, have an announcement about who will fill the EVCP role on an interim basis, including assuming responsibilities for leading the strategic initiatives process, and I greatly appreciate Claude’s readiness to assist with the transition. In the meantime, he has asked me to share with you the following message:

Two years ago, I joined UC Berkeley — an institution I have long admired — with excitement about its twin missions of excellence and access. It has been a privilege to devote my time and energy to growing and supporting the university, and in particular to building a more inclusive community. For academic freedom to be meaningful in the experience of our students, staff and faculty, our university has to be a place where everyone has a sense of belonging and of being valued.

For all the reasons that the chancellor just mentioned, I have been fortunate to be part of important developments here, and indeed there are so many more things I would like to be part of in the university’s near- and long-term.

Alas, my wife’s ongoing health challenges remain quite significant, and this is simply not a time in our lives where I can afford to further sacrifice our time together. The choice has thus become clear: I can no longer offer UC Berkeley the time and level of commitment it needs from its EVCP, while at the same time being a part of my family in the way I want to be.

While I am sad to leave the central administration and my beloved colleagues there, my consolation is that I won’t be far away. I am excited to return to my professional life as a psychologist and writer, and will join UC Berkeley’s Department of Psychology next year, a place and group of friends and colleagues that I have known and admired for many years. I am also excited about the opportunity to play a role at the School of Education.

I want to thank my colleagues in the central administration mightily for the support they have given me and my family, and for their continued dedication and hard work for the university and the UC system. UC Berkeley is a special place — I am proud of my work as provost, and look forward to continuing to be part of the Berkeley family.

I know you will all join me in wishing Dorothy Steele, Claude’s wife, a rapid return to good health. She is and will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

We will have an opportunity to say more about Claude’s many contributions to the university during his time as EVCP in due course; for now we thank him profoundly for his service, and wish him the very best as he returns to his professional life as a psychologist and writer, and becomes a valued full time member of our faculty. I also want to thank the Cal community for their remarkable resilience during this time of transition. I look forward to continued partnership and collaboration as we go forward with our work to secure Berkeley’s excellence and access for years to come.


Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks

That news broke amidst putting these links below up:

The University of Public Relations

"It would be great to know how much the UC spends each year on public relations, but of course, we can’t figure this out since we do not know how much anything costs."

Stop Pushing the Crisis Around: Setting Goals at UC Berkeley and UCSB

"There may be opportunities (consistent with Academic Senate policies and contractual obligations governing workload) to organize instruction in alternative formats, including the further integration of on-line components. In select cases, when appropriate and within policy, student peer review and the judicious use of some advanced undergraduate instructors might supplement instruction by faculty and graduate student instructors."

From the student perspective, if going to UCSB grading will mean your paper is reviewed by the student sitting next to you, you might as well start UCSB Co-Op College in Isla Vista and get your student-graded higher learning for free."

Or, take up what UCB Chancellor Dirks endorses..

Some reading for Cal Day weekend: Amid Mounting Complaints UC Berkeley Vows To Fix Campus Sexual Harassment

Napolitano comes up in an HBO re-creation of Hill - Thomas matter from the 90's, What value does that historic episode have for today?

Katehi's Negative Press Is UC System Negative Press

See The Atlantic

How UC Davis Tried to Scrub Its Abuse of Students From the Web
The university spent at least $175,000 dollars to remove "references to the pepper spray incident in search results on Google for the university and the Chancellor."

"More state legislators are now calling on her to resign. And I hope the Sacramento Bee is looking into whether the office of Janet Napolitano, the head of the UC System, knew about this expenditure, or has ever paid for Google-scrubbing in other matters.

Stay tuned."

And more and more outlets revisiting it, here are just a few more::

With some Faculty comment:
"...Julia Simon, a UCD French professor who is active in the Academic Senate and chaired the senate committee that investigated the pepper-spray incident, said “a lot of resources and energy were going to controlling the message.”

Later, as a member of an ad hoc administrative oversight committee “specifically tasked with making sure the recommendations (from the earlier committee) were followed,” Simon said, the committee had “a lot of discussions around strategic communications,” the office formerly known as the UC Davis News Service.

“I distinctly remember a meeting where I said ‘strategic communication is an oxymoron,’ ” Simon told The Enterprise on Thursday. “Ever since the pepper-spray (incident), there has been a tremendous investment in the reputation” of the university.

When Katehi became chancellor in 2009, the university’s budget for strategic communications was $2.93 million, per year; in 2015 it had soared to $5.47 million."


Then there's BBC

"The campaign was also designed to eliminate negative search results about Ms Katehi.
Documents suggested this could be achieved with a "flood of content with positive sentiment and off-topic subject matter","

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"We’re Writing About It So They Fail."


"UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet

UC Davis sought to eliminate negative search results for school and chancellor

Strategic communications budget soared during Katehi’s tenure

Students occupying area outside Katehi’s office call for her resignation"

Read more here:








Wednesday, April 13, 2016

De Leon, Napolitano Discussion on Higher Ed video from April 12th


"Higher education enhances Californians’ lives and contributes to the state’s economic growth. But population and education trends suggest that California is facing a large shortfall of college graduates. Addressing this short­fall will require strong gains for groups that have been historically under­represented in higher education. Substantial improvement in educational outcomes will create a more productive economy, higher incomes and tax revenues, and less pressure on the social safety net. This briefing kit highlights the most pressing issues in seven key areas."
California’s higher education system
Addressing California’s skills gap
Expanding college access
Improving college completion
Increasing equity and diversity
Investing in public higher education
Making college affordable