Friday, September 30, 2016

Free Speech Incubators, Confused Cal Chancellor Speech, Cal Athletics Funding, more

One more item:Disability program’s closure troubles UC Berkeley students


Janet Napolitano writes this:
"Not necessarily. “The times,” to quote Bob Dylan, “are a-changin’.” And so are our students — not to mention the challenges many have overcome just to gain admittance to a university. The University of California is the largest and best public research university in the country. In the 1960s, when the Free Speech Movement began, our student body was 55 percent male and overwhelmingly white. Today, 53 percent of UC students are women, 42 percent are the first in their families to attend college, and nearly 40 percent of this year’s entering class identified themselves as either black, Latino/Latina, or a member of another historically underrepresented ethnic or racial group. Moreover, sexual identity was hardly on the radar in the 1960s. Today, students self-identify in myriad ways.

Students, therefore, come from a much broader range of backgrounds, and they often benefit from gathering with others of similar backgrounds to share experiences and support one another. At UC we have many different types of student centers and student activities; some of our newest are for undocumented students. You can call these “safe spaces,” but I call them a good idea.

The more difficult issues arise when students seek to shout down speakers or attempt to prevent them from appearing at all. If one believes in the value of free speech and its place in the modern university, these types of actions are antithetical. I personally disagree with many of the sentiments expressed in the public spaces on our campuses. But the way to deal with extreme, unfounded speech is not with less speech — it is with more speech, informed by facts and persuasive argument. Educating students from an informed “more speech” approach as opposed to silencing an objectionable speaker should be one of academia’s key roles. After all, these students will graduate into a country where objectionable speech is the current coin of the realm.

This does not mean that all speech is permissible. That which is designed to personally intimidate or harass falls outside First Amendment protections, as outlined by the Supreme Court."

-She gets into faculty enforcement of professional standards and the humanities...coddling and trigger warnings also come up...

See SJ Merc with in depth article on:

Cal athletics’ $20 million question: Will sports need to be axed?

"Although the books for the 2016 fiscal year have not been audited, the Bears are projecting a single-year loss of $21.76 million, according to documents obtained by this newspaper.

That’s approximately 15 percent of the universitywide budget deficit of $150 million.
And the projections for 2017 are nearly as dire for the Bears: An $18.8 million deficit."

And 'interims all over the place' comes up ..


-Dirks had a confused FSM message last year, now he has a confused message on Clinton college plans

He tried to clarify to Daily Cal:

And now, his comments being received by various groups and interpreted as:

"Forbes, George Leef also asserts what Dirks observed: that Hillary Clinton can’t “fix” college with more federal interference and control. Leef notes that Clinton’s objective of launching more low-income students into college contains “two mistaken beliefs”: “that"...and mention of scholarship approaches and UNCF..

And gets into Chelsea Clintons assertions about her mother's plans on Higher Ed

And that article included video clips of Clinton's election opposition comments on higher Ed in this speech


Davis Enterprise with an update on Chancellor search:

Online surveys seem to be a tactic:

Online input sought
* UC Davis is gathering information via a survey, “What do you want to see in our new chancellor?” The site,, is collecting responses of 1,000 characters or less by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
* Executive search committee Isaacson, Miller is accepting chancellor nominations at

At Berkeley with students as well:

... that student voice will come from the priorities and concerns that students indicate in the survey and forum. By presenting survey data to the search committee, Morrow intends to represent students’ viewpoints in a way that “can’t be dismissed” as his own personal opinion, he said.
The initial round of survey data will be presented at the first committee meeting Oct. 6. The survey will remain open and continue to be presented at meetings throughout the selection process, Morrow said, ending in March with the committee’s planned final recommendation.

But what is done with the data afterwards?

" a THE article alleged Dirks said he does not think Clinton’s college plan is “going to happen” and that it might “control” parts of public research universities. In fact, Dirks said he did not say the proposition would affect academic independence, in an interview with The Daily Californian."

See: "Dirks supports Clinton’s debt-free college plan despite its financial challenges"

- Dirks starts off the week hosting that conference with THE, then says THE coverage  of their own event isn't accurate?!
 Why didn't  Cal , a public university, insist on and provide accessible  video coverage of this campus event?- so folks could hear it with their own ears?

That kind of communication gets this faculty reception:

"Berkeley head @nickdirks working to insure faculty won't support free college, rather than making it work w states"

Thursday, September 29, 2016

More at Berkeley, and systemwide news

See The Guardian: A University of California, Berkeley professor who is the subject of three sexual harassment complaints has filed lawsuits against the women he is accused of victimizing, an unusual step that the students say will not deter them from speaking out.

Daily Cal w/ details docs with their article on it:

SF Chron:

UC Berkeley assistant professor claims harassment


It reads:
"University of California and UnitedHealth Group to Collaborate, Work Strategically to Improve Health Care
Organizations to jointly leverage their distinctive resources and unique capabilities to advance health outcomes and patient care
Early initiatives to include new OptumLabs data-driven research and discovery center, a focus on stimulating health care innovation at Silicon Valley companies, and training the next generation of data scientists
Organizations to develop new ACO and clinically integrated care networks to improve care for patients and plan sponsors"



"Under the 10-year partnership unveiled Thursday, UnitedHealth Group Inc. and the UC system will form an accountable care organization that will be offered to large, self-funded employers statewide. In accountable care organizations, or ACOs, physicians, hospitals and an insurer work together to coordinate care, control spending and share savings."


But there's no comment on:
"At UC Irvine Health, a spokesperson said the center is “definitely facing some of the same financial pressures as UCSF,” but added that he was “not aware of plans to outsource IT staff” (though he had “not received confirmation one way or the other yet”).
A spokesperson for UCLA Health declined to comment, while UC Davis Health did not respond to a request for comment."


Beginning with three pilot projects in Pasadena, San Francisco and Merced,

Outliers- It happens like this all the time,

That UC Berkeley THE Higher Ed conference brings up:
"Teaching students facts 'no longer critical' in internet age
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman tells THE summit that universities should focus on teaching undergraduates how to discern truth

Talking in conversation with Nicholas Dirks, Berkeley's chancellor, Mr Hoffman said that graduates of the past would have had to rely heavily on information that they learned at university.

"That doesn't matter as much anymore; what really matters is the ability to find it quickly on your mobile phone," he said. "Being able to resolve truth is what matters much more than 'oh I know I've read that book, I can't get to it right now'.

"That's still useful but it's no longer critical."

Mr Hoffman said that universities' other key role was to place students within networks that would allow them to develop skills and access opportunities over the course of their lives.

The "old industrial model" of learning skills at university and using them for the rest of your career was radically outdated, he argued.

“Classic pieces of advice like ‘what colour is your parachute’, ‘study your passions’, that is radically insufficient now,” Mr Hoffman said. “Now it’s where are you connecting into networks, are those networks the kinds of things that you will find rewarding, that will lead you on a career trajectory.”

During the discussion, Mr Hoffman outlined his hope that LinkedIn would be able to analyse the career and life outcomes of graduates with particular educational backgrounds, to help prospective students understand which learning path was best for them.

But this approach was criticised by Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, who said such a “predictive environment” might fail to identify and support the “outliers” who would have the ideas which were capable of fundamentally changing society."


Seem to recall a reference to R. Hoffman and the practice of reading books etc in

this discussion on 'growing anti-intellectualusm', (highlighted in a tweet at Remaking the U blog) a panelist in that discussion said somethin' about how Hoffman is known for a quote that goes something like 'we wanna make it so you never have to be alone, lonely anymore' then the panelists riff on that awhile and then mention Zuckerberg FB as well, see at the 32:50 time mark of the audio clip for that particular section of a talk described like this:
"America's Growing Anti-Intellectualism
authors and professors say there is a growing anti-intellectualism and dumbing down of America, and it's on full display in younger generations who refuse to read actual books and whose media diet consists of digital "crap" from their social media feeds.

- Funny, there's that 'just published' UC research on that subject in Nature:

Making the round


And then this pops up (in the twitter feed here as well)

"Music Confounds the Machines" by T Bone Burnett
"Art is not a market to be conquered or to bow before.

Art is a holy pursuit.

Beneath the subatomic particle level, there are fibers that vibrate at different intensities. Different frequencies. Like violin strings. The physicists say that the particles we are able to see are the notes of the strings vibrating beneath them. If string theory is correct, then music is not only the way our brains work, as the neuroscientists have shown, but also, it is what we are made of, what everything is made of. These are the stakes musicians are playing for.

I want to recommend a book to you — The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul.

John Wilkinson, the translator, in his 1964 introduction, describes the book this way — “The Technological Society is a description of the way in which an autonomous technology is in the process of taking over the traditional values of every society without exception, subverting and surpassing those values to produce at last a monolithic world culture in which all technological difference and variety is mere appearance.” This is the core of the dead serious challenge we face.
The first nuclear weapon was detonated on the morning of July 16, 1945, at 5:29 and 45 seconds.

At that moment, technocrats took control of our culture.

Trinity was the code name of that explosion. It was an unholy trinity.

Technology does only one thing- it tends toward efficiency. It has no aesthetics. It has no ethics. It’s code is binary.

But everything interesting in life- everything that makes life worth living- happens between the binary. Mercy is not binary. Love is not binary. Music and art are not binary. You and I are not binary."

-Read the full thing..

Then see Daily Cal on quite a life:


A reminder that recently

-Dirks tweeted this:"The need to teach both music theory and string theory is a necessity for the U.S. economy" and points to this article

But at Cal it's been feelin' somethin' like

a hollow crown...scandal of near $150 million budget deficit ruins...


The President of the UC Regents signed it - he did not veto it- there is UC Constitutional autonomy so, not following it so dunno it's impact on UC?? Not much coverage to explain it...happened around the same time those DeCal class cancellation and reinstated stories were rolling out..

Also not much coverage on Napolitano was honored in NY recently

'Not a political statement', to extend one's self to a feeling of compassion:
"I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated.”

He's worked with T Bone...

And if you feel that you...
And your will is...
Just believe
And you will find...

In the light.

Fiat Lux or maybe sometimes it is meant to be a question
-Fiat Lux?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today, HRC on Higher Ed: "I don't know how we got to where we are"...

(At the 26:00 mark in this speech event) Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke at a campaign rally at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.On college affordability, options see video of full event remarks:
And then she says 'but we are gonna fix it'-- don't you have to understand why and how first?

She took in a lot of speech $ from higher ed, - shouldn't she already know how the Higher Ed gambit runs, the pitfalls?

And unfortunately remember this post:

Which points to:

"Hillary Blasts For-Profit Colleges, but Bill Took Millions From One"

Also to consider:

As it is winding down--will it' still continue  in public or private higher ed?

Could UC efforts become some spinoff of CGI /foundation?

Bill Clinton said the foundation would no longer hold annual meetings of its international aid program, the Clinton Global Initiative, and it would spin off its foreign-based programs to other charities.

“We're going to transition all of these responsibilities that would require foreign or corporate donations, which I won't accept, and I won't raise money for the foundation if she wins. And I'm happy to do the transition as quickly as we can. We've already found partners who want to take over some of this stuff,” Bill Clinton said Wednesday.


CGI and WJCF do good, but things can get complicated and even more complicated where public and private higher ed also become involved, right? Global Foundation and global initiative behaviors at state public schools...

Bill Clinton on CGI legacy: 'You have to keep this alive'

Read more:

Or view his remarks here

(Or this coverage:



From a 2014 event where HRC spoke on higher education, from the archive:

Reich: "We are leading the world right now in inequality, in terms of advanced economies, and we are leading the world right now in terms of inequality of access to higher education."

His keynote, See: Public higher education ‘dying in the US’, warns Robert Reich
Former secretary of labor tells THE summit that growing inequality in admissions is ‘national tragedy in the making’

"Professor Reich, chancellor’s professor of public policy at Berkeley and secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, said that state funding for public higher education had decreased by 18 per cent since 2008.

While 70 per cent of US students are still educated in public universities, these institutions now face significant financial challenges, with Berkeley being no exception.

“Public higher education is dying in the US,” Professor Reich said. “If we stay on the path we are now on, there will be very little difference between public institutions and private institutions in terms of their funding, or their cost structures, or their tuition [fees].”

Professor Reich said that tuition fees at public universities had increased by 33 per cent since 2008. The result was, he said, that students from poor and lower-middle-class families could “no longer afford public higher education”.

“Higher education is becoming less affordable to many in the bottom 60 per cent just at a time when higher education is more necessary than ever before to succeed in the modern economy and just as inequality is widening more than it has ever widened in the US since the 1880s and 1890s,” he said. “Those three things together spell out, it seems to me, a national tragedy in the making.”

Professor Reich said that the problem was exacerbated by the fact that private higher education institutions were “not doing the job they ought to do” to respond to widening inequality. He said that tuition fees at these universities were increasing faster than inflation partly as a result of competition to attract the best academics and to build student facilities that made campuses “look like and function like country clubs”.

He highlighted that federal tax breaks for philanthropic donations meant that the indirect public subsidy for Princeton University now stood at $26,000 (£19,972) per student, compared to the direct subsidy of about $7,000 per student at Berkeley; despite the fact that Berkeley had more students whose background meant that they were eligible for federal subsidy than the entire Ivy League put together."

UC on:

Students and UC leaders urge Congress to restore year-round Pell Grants

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Dirks tells THE summit that free tuition would enable government to 'control' public research universities "

See UC Berkeley on the way out Chancellor prognosticated on HRC's Higher Ed plans:

“I would love to see the Clinton administration come and make college free for students coming from families earning less than $125,000. But I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Professor Dirks said.
He said this was because “if such a thing came to be there would be a real concerted effort to control parts of some of the great research institutions that are public in ways that might compromise their capacity to compete at the highest level”.
Speaking to THE after the session he said a federal programme to support students in paying fees "is possible" but it would be a "complicated political process" given that state governments are in charge of universities. 
He added that it is "inevitable" that state or federal governments would "worry about the cost" of increasing resources for low-income students, which might result in them "controlling" funds for research or faculty. 
During the panel discussion, Professor Dirks added that the amount the US spends on prisons is disproportionate compared to the amount it spends on universities and public institutions must acknowledge that funding will be “increasingly differentiated” and “ad-hoc”.


But Professor Dirks said that although the US can learn from Germany and China, as higher education becomes less selective, “public support goes down too”.

Monday, September 26, 2016

UCSD effects on UCSF?, UC Regents Conflict of commitment policy changes, more.

Update: A $50 million contract in the University of California system opens the door for campuses to move IT services overseas. Will others follow in UCSF’s footsteps and cut jobs?

, “Candidly, I am not aware of any major university in the country which has successfully implemented such a substantive IT outsourcing initiative” as the one at UCSF.


"The layoffs affect UCSF’s IT office broadly, covering staff members responsible for application support and development, email and phone systems, and data center and network center operations and more, according to an email from university CIO Joseph R. Bengfort. Excluding contract and vacant positions, 49 career employees will lose their jobs.
In interviews with Inside Higher Ed, staff members said they are coping with the decision with a combination of frustration and resignation. Some said they are searching for IT jobs at other campuses in the system. Others said they are considering leaving the industry altogether. They asked that their names not be published as they still have five months of employment left."

New article on:
"University of California’s ties with HCL are complicated
UC San Diego says its chancellor, who is on the board of directors of an HCL unit, was not involved in UC San Francisco’s vendor negotiations"


"But this contract may have implications for the San Diego campus.

The University of California's San Diego and San Francisco campuses are separate in the sense that they have their own chief executives and IT leadership. But the IT services contract with HCL negotiated by UCSF can be used at any of the 10 campuses in the 190,000-employee University of California system, said UCSF CIO Joe Bengfort, in a recent interview.

The affected IT employees in San Francisco, who have spoken to Computerworld on the condition of anonymity, believe that the shifting of their jobs to India may be the start of a system-wide effort to move these public, partially taxpayer-supported jobs, overseas. They have reason to believe this is true.

The HCL contract was discussed in August by the university's system-wide Architecture Committee, according to notes from the meeting. Attending were representatives of nearly 20 UC institutions, including from the university's San Diego campus.

The "HCL agreement is UC-wide," according to the committee's meeting notes, which also report: "Other CIOs looking at UCSF experience before other folks dip in. Wait for a year before jumping in with HCL."

Another link that the UC San Diego campus has with the San Francisco campus is the expanded use of the Supercomputer Center as a back-up facility for data.

Membership on a corporate board among top University of California officials is common, and it has posed issues for the university. It recently revised its conflict-of-interest rules, changing them in a way that gives the university broader latitude in determining the definition of a conflict"...

Includes background links on the issues and a UPTE petition:
And: events at UCLA around it


The Enterprise asked a selection of campus and community thought leaders about what they hope to see in the university’s next chief administrator:

-in depth comments in that article from a broad cross section.


Berkeley students are wondering why the Cal student regent designate was left out of the Committee UC Regents formed :

At the meeting External Affairs Vice President André Luu submitted another bill in support of the inclusion of an additional student representative on the advisory committee to the UC President that will engage in future searches for the new chancellor. Presently, the committeehas two student members — ASUC President Will Morrow and Graduate Assembly President Iman Sylvain.
“The purpose of the bill is to increase pressure on the UC Board of Regents so they include this additional student, either a student regent or student regent designate, on the decision making process,” Luu said.
If the bill passes through committee meetings Monday, the senate will vote on it at their Sept. 

---Some of the current UC Regents picked for that committee include Regents who dropped out of Cal, and reappointed Regents who  picked the very same chancellors that now UC has to pay for a search to replace after very serious problems  etc.


At Davis there are questions about why some UC Regents with significant Southern CA interests are on the Committee for a Davis Chancellor search:
"There is decent UC Davis representation on the committee from several faculty members, the president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education and several others known to wear “Go Ags” buttons.
But, predictably, there are also a number of folks not related to our beloved campus, including Regents Bonnie Reiss, George Kieffer, Charlene Zettel, Anthony Rendon and Harvey Brody.
A quick poll of 1,113 people stopped randomly on the main Quad at UCD revealed not a one who had heard of any of the regents in question. Not that fame is a criterion for service."


Reminder:September 27 - Special Meeting (closed session)

September 23, 2016
Because the membership of the Committee to Advise the President on the Selection of a Chancellor
of the Davis campus includes five members of the Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs
Committee and Public Engagement and Development Committee, there exists the potential for
having present a quorum of a Regents’ Committee when the advisory committee meets.
Although no business of the committees will be considered by the advisory committee, this notice
of meeting is served in order to comply fully with pertinent open meeting laws.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, there will be a Closed Session, Special Joint Meeting of the
Academic and Student Affairs Committee and Public Engagement and Development Committee
concurrent with the Committee to Advise the President on the Selection of a Chancellor of the
Davis campus. The purpose of the meeting is to consider matters related to the appointment and
employment of a new Chancellor [Personnel matters, Education Code section 92032(b)(7)].
The meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. in the Pavilion on the Davis campus and adjourn at
approximately 4:30 p.m.
Anne L. Shaw
(Advisory Committee members: Regents Brody, Kieffer, Reiss, Rendon, and Zettel; ex officio

Friday, September 23, 2016

Napolitano comments on Choudhry, Fin Aid-- and UC on ....


"UC Berkeley’s boilerplate response to public records requests states that the requestor can expect to hear something back in eight weeks. That’s more than double the amount of time a government can take under unusual circumstances to issue a determination.
This is ridiculous to the point that the university might as well be exempt from the law. The staff of UC President Janet Napolitano is just as bad. I’ve had a request pending there since Oct. 28. For the record that’s 333 days from the day I am writing this."

UC President Napolitano Welcomes Changes to Federal Financial Aid


Over 37 percent of newly admitted UC freshman in 2016 were from low-income families, according to UC admissions data, while just under 43 percent were first-generation college students.

Napolitano highlighted the fact that 55 percent of UC students pay no tuition or fees, and that over half graduate debt free. “We have very robust financial aid,” she said, adding that 2016 marked the “sixth straight year with no tuition increase. Our intent is to keep tuition as low as possible and financial aid as high as possible.”

Average tuition at a UC runs between $12,000 and $13,000 per year.

Most diverse freshman class ever

Napolitano called this year’s incoming cohort “the most diverse ever.” She said the UC would be taking in a record number of community college transfer students – nearly 17,000 – crediting the new Transfer Pathways programs, which streamlined the transfer process for community college students.

Enrollment among Latinos, meanwhile, jumped 28 percent, while for African Americans it rose 32 percent from 2015. UCLA saw the highest number of African Americans admitted, at 6.9 percent of all incoming freshman and transfer students.

The rise in African-American enrollment, Napolitano noted, represents “the largest increase since the [1996] passage of Prop. 209,” which banned race-based admissions in all California colleges and universities.

African Americans are currently 4 percent of the 250,000-strong UC student body. Still, across the UC system their numbers are far below that for Asians (35 percent), whites (24 percent), and Latinos (22 percent).

Napolitano acknowledged the discrepancy, saying, “We have more work to do.”

Part of that work involves an ongoing initiative Napolitano launched in 2014 called Achieve UC, an “umbrella campaign” of various outreach programs, including those targeting primarily low-income high schools across the state with the message that UC’s are attainable.

But Napolitano also stressed that families have an important role to play, saying they need to begin to build expectations “as early as middle school” for their kids around higher education, and to “create an environment that says your education is our top priority.”

Not enough funds from the state

Napolitano added that the university also had taken in over 5,000 in-state students this year, “above what we originally intended.” The figure is part of a three-year plan worked out last year in partnership with Sacramento to enroll a total of 10,000 in-state students. Napolitano said the UC would enroll 2500 next year, and another 2500 in 2018.

The university has been criticized in recent months for not doing enough to enroll in-state students.

The additional students do mean some “stresses and strains” on available resources, Napolitano admitted. “But we’re getting it done.”

Part of those stresses includes a mounting debt that has doubled since the 2008 recession. UC Regents expressed concern over the school’s finances at a recent meeting, arguing that without additional resources maintaining educational quality would be a challenge.

Napolitano noted Wednesday that despite additional dollars in this year’s state budget for specific initiatives – including investments in innovation and entrepreneurship programs – California’s “contribution to higher education is still much lower than it was prior to the recession.”

New America Media and the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) have partnered to promote information on diversity in enrollment for California's ethnic communities"...

Napolitano comments on Choudhry:

"UC President Janet Napolitano Responds to Racial Discrimination Lawsuit by Former Law School Dean Sujit Choudhry"

"University of California president Janet Napolitano responded Sept. 21 to a lawsuit filed against her by Sujit Choudhry, former dean of UC Berkeley’s Law School, who claimed she had racially discriminated against him when she ordered a second investigation into sexual harassment allegations by his executive assistant.

During a press briefing at her office regarding new financial aid and admissions policies, Napolitano told India-West: “Without getting into the details of pending litigation, I will say that we intend to dispute that allegation vigorously.”

The UC president also stated that diversification of campus faculty was one of her primary concerns.

Choudhry, the first Indian American to head up UC Berkeley’s law school – known as Boalt Hall – filed a lawsuit Sept. 15 against Napolitano and UC Regents, alleging that racial discrimination was the motivation behind a second investigation into sexual harassment claims against him."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

UC's Non-Resident Revenue and Disparities

Covered in this post:
UC Increases California Enrollments but Inequities Continue

Includes some interesting points, excerpts:

"UCOP has said that they wanted a more even distribution, but we still have three campuses with over 25% (Irvine, UCLA, Berkeley) and four campuses under 16.2% (Riverside, UCSC, UCSB, Merced). These statistics are important because the tuition for non-resident students is $26,682 more than resident students. So if Berkeley has 1,603 non-resident students, and Riverside has 213, Berkeley brings in $37 million more than Riverside. Since according to UCOP, the main reason for bringing in high-paying non-resident students is that they subsidize the resident students, it is still hard to see how this is working when campuses do not share extra revenue amongst themselves. In other words, Berkeley does not transfer any of its $42 million in additional revenue from non-resident tuition to the other campuses.


So if the average student stays four years and the enrollment trends stay the same, Berkeley’s extra funding over Riverside becomes $148 million a year.


only 4.8% of transfer students to Santa Cruz pay non-resident tuition, but 23.8% of the UC San Diego students pay the additional $26,682


And, one more time if you missed it, there is this new post at Remaking the University

A Global Crisis of Faculty Faith? Two Berkeley Examples
"I've always believed that university professors are willing and able to govern academics, but now I am not so sure. I am worried about growing fatalism among even tenured faculty activists. I'm concerned about the tacit belief that unstoppable historical forces have already destroyed the universities they want to keep. From this standpoint, local resistance can work but remaking is futile, though remaking is the premise of shared governance and of academic freedom.

My summer travels took me to London, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Liverpool, Bonn, Cambridge, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Crewe, York, and Valencia, mostly for lectures and discussions with faculty members about the state of universities in their country. I was struck by the contrast between the great intelligence and professional commitments of the professors on the one hand, and their lack of hope for universities on the other. Several of the visits revolved around higher education conferences, where I heard brilliant analyses of the nuts and bolts of national education initiatives that lacked a standpoint for faculty intervention.

Everyone was ..."

(It starts off a li'l Seven of Nine, Locutus-ish)

A few other items:

University of California Selects Anthem Blue Cross to Administer PPO Plans for Faculty, Staff and Retirees


This read as well,
On for profits and beltway moves:

The Trouble with Triples...and Quads

"Thanks to more conversions this fall, triple rooms now account for 73% of all student housing."



Daily Cal on Berkeley Chancellor search committee

And on the Davis Chancellor search committee


Also several UC Regents attended this in SF, here is Berkeley and UCSF coverage:

Is it just more SF and UC Med marginalization of the physical UC Berkeley campus interests?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Curiouser and curiouser

An update, as if there is a question:

World University Rankings

10.UC Berkeley
41.UC San Diego
48.UC Santa Barbara
51.UC Davis
98.UC Irvine
146.UC Santa Cruz
165.UC Riverside

Original post:

So that THE conference on higher education takes place the 26-28th of this month at UC Berkeley

More info here

Now, there is this article on CA master plan here :

Master Plan 2.0: still hope for the California dream

Via fiscal reform, income-linked loans and four-year places, a famed higher education system can be saved, says Simon Marginson

That goes along with a free 200+ page book here:

Rolls out just in advance of the conference:

Why leave out the administration, senior management?

That question on this effort-See:

"The Daily Californian processed the last decade of payroll information for UC Berkeley faculty, creating the most complete, searchable database of professor and lecturer pay by campus department.

We're also releasing the data as part of an open-source effort to make faculty compensation information accessible to the public.

Browse the database, read context about departmental disparities or find out more about the data."


A Global Crisis of Faculty Faith? Two Berkeley Examples

And includes important UC Berkeley academic Senate statement in the comments there

 And a link to:


And on Katehi, Davis still digesting that content in the Napolitano letter:

A Little More Talk, lot less action...

"He pointed to the “robust freedom” that all enjoy at American universities in the “expression of ideas, whether in private or public speech, or in the context of educational or research activities.” Hexter also made a point to laud academic freedom.

Maybe because of his background as a classics professor, Hexter looked back quite a ways to illustrate how modern universities became spaces for open teaching and discussion. Taking the long view, Hexter explained how debate in medieval Europe institutions “subject to the authority of the Catholic Church” was limited by certain boundaries.

As he moved forward in time, Hexter connected to the modern university, praising early scholars for developing “rules of engagement that made dialogue more manageable” and that are still used today.

He encouraged those in attendance to “remember that most people sincerely believe in the ideas they argue and see themselves on the side of the right and the good” noting, “It’s worth learning exactly why they believe what they believe, whether or not we ultimately end up agreeing or disagreeing with them.”

Keynote speaker Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who received both her undergraduate and law degrees from UCD, picked up this theme.

As an attorney, then judge and now chief justice of the California Supreme Court, Cantil-Sakauye said she “chose a career in conflict,” even though when she arrived at UCD, she said, she often just stared at her shoes.

“When I left (UCD), I could look people in the eye,” Cantil-Sakauye said, grateful for the experiences she had here."


"theme is being used as a yearlong initiative to foster skills development and facilitated discussions at workshops and forums on campus. On Tuesday afternoon, two events led by Carolyn Penny, a mediator with 30 years of experience, took place at the new International Center. Future events sponsored by the Office of Campus Dialogue and Deliberation can be found at"

--Perhaps a morphing of the peppa talks?


There's also

"U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris on Tuesday said students from families earning less than $140,000 a year should be able to attend community colleges and public universities for free.

The free-tuition proposal highlighted the higher education platform Harris announced during a roundtable discussion with students at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Tuesday.

“We have got to create a college system and a community college system that is affordable to the average student,” said Harris, California’s attorney general.

Harris touted other college-affordability proposals she supports, including one to increase the amount of Pell grants available and another that would allow students to refinance student debt at lower interest rates. Her rival in the Senate race, Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez, supports those two measures as well.

Harris also called for the continued crackdown on “predatory” for-profit colleges, and to allow immigrants who entered the country illegally to be eligible for federal grants and in-state tuition rates.

During the meeting, Harris did not provide details about how the federal government would fund the free-tuition program.

"It’s not about cost; it’s about investment. It’s about investing in our young people,” Harris said Tuesday.

According to the Harris campaign, the money to pay for the free-tuition program could be raised by closing tax loopholes used by corporations, ending subsidies to oil companies and reducing the nation’s production of nuclear weapons."


Also Sac Bee on the same topic:

"Her plan calls for prohibiting for-profit colleges from purchasing accreditation. Harris would push for a federal Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights, including loan counseling for students before they take on debt, and banning unfair student contracts. Harris also wants to open eligibility to tens of thousands of unauthorized high school graduates for tuition and federal financial aid like Pell Grants and low-interest loans.

In June, Sanchez issued her five-point higher education plan that includes lowering community college fees to $5 per unit from $46 and offering 4-year degree programs on the campuses, as well as year-round Pell Grants. Sanchez wants to expand college access to members of the armed services and create opportunities for refinancing debt that mirror home and car loan refinancing."

Read more here:


Talk of debate at UCLA that never happened or might happen?:

Some at UCLA were led to believe high hopes it would happen:

More coverage of it here:

"U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez wants to have four debates — seeking to double the two proposed by her rival in the November election, Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.

The two campaigns traded barbs in early August after the Harris campaign announced she would participate in two forums,including one in Sacramento that Sanchez later rejected. At the time, Sanchez political consultant Bill Carrick criticized the Harris campaign in early August for “arrogantly announcing” her terms.

The Democratic congresswoman from Orange, the underdog in the race, demanded more in her counterproposal. She also made clear she was declining to participate in the Sacramento debate. Carrick said one of the Senate primary debates was held in Stockton, the same media market as Sacramento.

Here are the debates Sanchez is proposing:

Oct. 5, sponsored by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles, KABC TV in Los Angeles and ABC affiliate stations in the state.

Oct. 14, sponsored by UCLA and NBC affiliate stations.

A debate sponsored by KCBS/KCAL TV in Los Angeles and CBS affiliate stations in the state. The date has yet to be determined.

Nov. 3, sponsored by KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and public radio stations in California.

Harris had agreed to the Oct. 5 debate and one on Sept. 20 in Sacramento, with her political consultant Sean Clegg saying her campaign evaluated approximately 10 invitations and accepted two with high quality sponsors and access to large audiences. They wanted one debate to be in Northern California and one in Southern California."

Sanchez was in Palo Alto on Title IX rights a few weeks ago

Harris wrote an MOU with Napolitano on it last year

UCSF covered that MOU : here, too


A flip on an Elvis song lyric

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"Last week, after officially adding postdocs from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to the "...

An update:
To their credit, from the outset of bargaining, UC administrators expressed a shared commitment to giving postdocs a rapid, fair and just process for sexual harassment and discrimination claims. I’m proud to report we have signed off on a set of important and transformative changes.
With this new agreement, there will be significantly fewer obstacles to achieving justice and preserving the careers of survivors. These improvements include strict time limits for UC investigators to deliver an initial assessment and a comprehensive report. In the past, postdocs who courageously came forward saw their cases languish for months without resolution, which further eroded trust in the complaint process. Swift resolutions are especially important for postdocs, as our temporary positions last five or six years at most.
When postdocs report a claim, the new contract will ensure their research and career progress are not derailed, as was often the case previously. This takes into account the extremely vulnerable situation of postdocs – especially when reporting cases of faculty misconduct – and guarantees they will be able to continue research in a harassment- and discrimination-free environment.
Other changes include expanding the definition of protected classes to include gender identity and expression and a strong statement that all forms of retaliation are prohibited. We also agreed to jointly develop training for postdocs on identifying and reporting harassment and discrimination that reflects our uniquely vulnerable position within the research structure of the university.
A key point is that these reforms – a sea change in protections for postdocs from sexual harassment – came through collective bargaining. There is no question that working together to reach agreement on this issue of mutual interest and importance led to a decisively more effective and well thought out policy."

Postdoctoral Union Continues Contract Bargaining with UC


The union representing over 6,000 University of California postdoctoral researchers, United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 5810, voted earlier this month to authorize its bargaining team to strike “if circumstances justify.” Last week, after officially adding postdocs from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to the union, the bargaining team spent three days in Oakland with UC management and reached a series of tentative agreements leading up to the expiration of their contract on Sep. 30.

UAW Local 5810, which bargains with UC on behalf of its unionized postdocs, including more than 350 at UC Irvine, claims that UC has been unresponsive in the union’s requests for information and delayed the bargaining process for more than two months. In addition, the union complains that UC sent representatives to the table without the authority to bargain, and refused to honor previously-made agreements regarding the process for bargaining over postdocs’ health benefits.

On Sep. 1, in response to these complaints, UAW Local 5810 announced that an enthusiastic internal vote of 96.6 percent had authorized their bargaining team to strike if their grievances continue. Of the 3,590 union members who cast a ballot, 3,468 voted to authorize the strike.

According to UAW Local 5810 president Anke Schennink, the union is still attempting to negotiate a contract with UC before their current contract ends.

“This wave of postdoc participation — a majority of all postdocs — sends a message that postdocs are paying attention to what happens at the bargaining table,” said Schennink. “Postdoc work is incredibly valuable to UC and society more broadly. We encourage UC to bargain in good faith and work with the union to reach a mutually satisfactory contract by the time the current agreement expires.”

Proposed changes to the current contract include raising postdocs’ starting salary from $47,500 to $51,000 plus an annual cost of living adjustment, and granting postdocs a $600 per month child care subsidy plus 8 weeks of paid parental leave, as they currently receive no family-based subsidy or leave.


UAW Local 5810 will bargain on Sept. 21 and 22 in Oakland, and Sept. 23 at their union office in Berkeley. The union and UC are scheduled to bargain for eight more days before their current contract expires.

A committee here, a committee there - everywhere a committee- mitty

After scandal, campus officials hope to assuage concerns with sex misconduct arbitration

...These sanctions) were decided effectively in secret,” said Berkeley Faculty Association co-chair Michael Burawoy, who has advocated for greater transparency of and faculty involvement in the disciplinary process for the faculty.
While faculty members note that some level of privacy is both legally guaranteed and logistically important in the disciplinary process, numerous faculty members have argued that the current policy lacks meaningful faculty input and transparency.
Campus officials hope to address these concerns by announcing a new committee, which they said will review cases of sexual assault and sexual harassment and advise the chancellor on the administration’s proposed sanctions for cases involving campus faculty members and staff who are not members of UC Berkeley’s senior leadership....

Several faculty members expressed concerns about how money is being allocated to various departments and about the lack of funding for academics in proportion to athletics.
In response to complaints about high spending by the Intercollegiate Athletics, Dirks announced the commission of a new task force, co-chaired by Powell, to assess the athletic department’s financial situation and make recommendations by January 2017.
Professor of public policy Michael O’Hare questioned the honesty of the IA, saying that, according to his calculations, its deficit should be about $30 million rather than the $20 million it claimed. Rosemarie Rae, the campus’s chief financial officer, acknowledged that the $20 million did not factor in annual maintenance costs.
“It’s been an abstract promise that things will be better with athletics,” O’Hare said. “I reserve judgment. I’ve been disappointed on that score, on the idea that athletics is going to be held to reasonably responsible financial management.”
Bob Jacobsen, dean of undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, commended the thoroughness of Christ’s presentation but noted that the forum highlighted the need for faculty members and administration to “engage in more depth.”
Dirks said the senate would need more time to address the questions raised.
“Was this adequate enough? No,” Dirks said. “What we need is a town hall meeting now...
According to UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof, the Academic Senate requested resubmission of the original syllabus, the revised syllabus and an assessment of the course by Huhndorf for its review and approval. At their meeting Monday, chair of the Academic Senate Robert Powell stated that the divisional council had met on the issue that afternoon.

“The divisional council is deeply concerned about the suspension of the DeCal class and the lack of shared governance and the lack of consultation and aggregation of student governance,” Powell said during the meeting. “A more detailed statement will be forthcoming.”

As of press time, Powell could not be contacted and no such statement had been released.


The track record has not been great, but the same ol' same ol' gets rolled out again:

Advisory committee named for UC Berkeley chancellor search
University of California Office of the PresidentMonday, September 19, 2016

University of California President Janet Napolitano today (Sept. 19) announced the university faculty, staff, students, alumni and foundation representatives who will serve on the advisory committee to help in the international search for a new chancellor to lead UC Berkeley. Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano also appointed five regents as members.

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks plans to remain in the post until a permanent chancellor is appointed.

The members of the search advisory committee for the UC Berkeley chancellor include:
UC President Janet Napolitano

UC Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano

UC Regents Richard C. Blum, Russell Gould, Sherry L. Lansing, John A. Pérez, Cynthia So Schroeder

Jim Chalfant, chair of the systemwide Academic Senate

Tsu-Jae King Liu, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and vice provost for Academic and Space Planning

Barbara Spackman, professor of Italian and comparative literature and department chair of Italian Studies

Robert Tijan, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology and former president of Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Alan Terricciano, acting dean of the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts, professor of dance, former chair of the Department of Music and former chair of the Department of Dance

William Morrow, undergraduate student and president of Associated Students of the University of California

Iman Sylvain, graduate student, external affairs vice president of the Graduate Assembly and university affairs chair of the UC Student Association

Jason Morimoto, alumnus and president of the Cal Alumni Association

Kathleen Valerio, training coordinator at UC Berkeley and Governing Council member of the Berkeley Staff Assembly

Richard L. Greene, chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation, chair of the Berkeley Foundation Special Gift Audit Committee and director of the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning

The committee's first meeting will be held October 6, when members and invited guests will gather in a closed session. The forum will include remarks by President Napolitano, followed by separate sessions with various campus constituency groups. The president and committee members will also participate in a luncheon with alumni, donors and community leaders.

The advisory committee will be involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The committee's work will be scheduled so that candidates can be presented to President Napolitano for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the Board of Regents, tentatively by spring of 2017.

In addition to presentations by those constituency representatives who will meet with the committee, public comments are encouraged throughout the search process. Comments may be submitted via email

The executive recruitment firm Isaacson, Miller will assist in the search.

• More information about the search:

• Regents' policy on the appointment of chancellors:

• More news and information about the University of

Oh yeah
On online instruction, see:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mistakes or no mistakes; suspend, reinstate; akin to, not akin to-next rounds, while...

Daily  Cal used the word mistakenly "UC Berkeley suspends mistakenly approved Palestine DeCal amid outcry"

Now, Hesse writes this letter:

Understandably being received as:
"No Mistakes Were Made: Dean Carla Hesse's letter explaining her rescinding of her suspension of the student-run.."

And recall in Academeblog: included:


There also could be concerns over Title IX spillover effects or red flags about leadership understanding process, mistakes, effective admin communication on processes etc.

Those concerns came up: here in this op ed - may have seemed overly harsh at the time, or...

"The new version now goes to the Academic Senate’s course committee for consideration"

 "covertly" tried to stop the course. Administrators said the reason for pulling the plug was procedural — that proper approval had not been obtained.

Then campus officials reversed gears Monday, reinstating the course after students, faculty, free-speech advocates and Palestinian rights groups issued letters and circulated petitions denouncing the suspension as a violation of academic freedom."
"Student...demanded an apology from administrators Monday."

Includes: “I did not request or require any revisions of the content of the course,” Ms. Hesse wrote. “It is the responsibility of the Dean to insure that our academic programs are consistent with University and campus policies and practices.”
The course’s syllabus has been revised and submitted to the Academic Senate for review and approval, said Dan Mogulof, a university spokesman.
BTW, isn't it Professor (Hesse)- rather than Ms. Hesse? Chron higher Ed pays attention to academic titles, no?


Other item, this  below did not get near the same level of coverage- but important:


"The other meeting going on at the same time was the Finance and Capital Strategies Committee. There was a lot of discussion of debt policy including pension debt. During the discussion, there was reference to a 70% rule which apparently is embedded somewhere in Regental policy and which says that if the pension plan becomes less than 70% funded, other UC borrowing should halt. This is a bit odd on its face. Would all capital projects that need to borrow come to a screeching halt? There may be a perverse bright side to this rule since it gives the Regents an incentive not to let funding decline below 70%. Maybe the Senate should agitate for an 80% rule. 90%? :)

More seriously, David Crane - who was a kind of queen for a day on the Regents (he was appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger but not confirmed so he dropped off) - is back, this time as an outside adviser to the Committee. He is pushing - and apparently got one Regent to go along - for using something like a 4% discount rate to evaluate plan liabilities. There is much to be said for using a realistic forecast to estimate the plan's projection of its long-term earnings. (UC's chief investment officer thinks a realistic rate is a 6-ish per annum number rather than the official 7.25%.) Using a much lower discount rate would significantly raise the measured unfunded liability. (We italicize "measured" because the actual rate of funding is what it is and can't be known for sure since it is inherently a forecast.) More on this at:

An alternative link is:

Let's just say that if the Crane view gets traction at the Regents, there will be problems"

--simply want to not here as fyi that Crane has been in that adviser role to UC Regents since he dropped off unconfirmed a few years ago