Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Peking Lame Duck Arrangements at Cal, the negative impact of the UCB and UCD Chancellor separations felt systemwide at UC

Roasted for an academic year while a new costly time consuming and disparate search takes place:
"Berkeley is designing exchange programs for public health scholars with Peking University, following the signing of memorandums of understanding between the two institutions."

http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/10/03/berkeley-forging-partnerships-in-public-health-clean-energy-with-peking-university/

- is it appropriate for  Dirks to be engaged in this, or should he just try to fix what he can of the current admin mess on his way out, or??


Daily Cal now has this coverage on it:
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/04/campus-establishes-exchange-programs-peking-university-free-university-berlin/

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See

Faculty Principles for Senior Management Hires:


http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2016/10/faculty-principles-for-senior.html

"Are senior administrators now less likely to involve faculty in major management decision than before?  The Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) is worried enough to have written "A Statement of Principles for Choosing New University of California Chancellors." The statement emerged from agreement among Faculty Association representatives from every campus.

CUCFA calls on officials to hire only those candidates who "support the value of public education." Everyone says they support this value, so CUCFA says what its members believe its components to be. First comes the recognition that "efforts at privatization have failed to sustain the University's central mission of education, research, and service for the people of California."  The statement spells out the elements of post-privatization: focusing on core mission rather than capital projects, serving more resident students rather than more high-tuition students from out-of-state, dialing back administrative growth while capping management salaries, "opening the budget to meaningful faculty review and input," and increasing contact with the surrounding society.

CUCFA's definition of "public" reflects national and international trends that have been slower to develop in California than elsewhere.  One is deprivatization. I first heard this term used to describe current changes in Poland's university system, but deprivatization is implicit in the Free College movement launched in U.S. politics by Bernie Sanders. The premise is that people can analyze the effects of privatization, and, if found negative, can lower tuition rather than raise it, raise public funding rather than lower it, reduce student debt rather than increase it, and expand research cost coverage rather than shrink it. Where there's a will there's a way, and the way here is particularly obvious.

 A second trend is postmanagerialism--or so I'll call it here. Large private and public organizations now operate under "...


See the full article here:


And the CUCFA statement here:

A Statement of Principles for Choosing New University of California Chancellors

A University of California Chancellor must be committed both to broad access to university education and to scholarly excellence, and have a proven record of support for the value of public education. A Chancellor must recognize that, despite increases in fundraising for specific projects, efforts at privatization have failed to sustain the University’s central mission of education, research, and service for the people of California. In addition to providing intellectual vision and integrity, the Chancellor should demonstrate accountability to the principles and the public mission of the university.
To be forthright and transparent in dealings with the UC community and the public, the Chancellor must show by example the values held by the UC system:
•    By focusing on education, research, and public service, not on peripheral capital projects not directly related to the university’s primary teaching and research missions that saddle the university with high levels of debt.
•    By respecting shared governance between administration and faculty as vital to insulating academic freedom from external political and financial influence.
•    By limiting the number of out-of-state undergraduate students to maximize opportunity for Californians.
•    By reducing the number of senior managers; senior management has grown by a factor of three or four over the last 20 years while the number of faculty has remained stagnant and the number of students increased by 60%.
•    By making the administrative leadership transparent and by opening the budget to meaningful faculty review and input.
•    By implementing a cap on the salary of the Chancellor and other senior administrators, limited to a given multiplier of the lowest paid workers on campus on the grounds that a corporate salary leads to corporate attitudes, whereas a more modest salary corresponds to public service and respects the financial needs of students, faculty, and the institution.
•    By pledging not to accept any paid external board service or paid consulting with for-profit entities.
•    By developing new community outreach programs, involving the teaching and research role of campus faculty and students and, more generally, elevating the contributions of UC to the people of California.
Accordingly, the process of choosing the Chancellor should be open to the university community:
•    The short list of candidates selected by the search committee and forwarded to the President should be publicly discussed. The candidates should be invited to campus for public presentations and comments from the university community should be debated by the search committee.
•    The President and Regents should make their decision after consultation with the Academic Senate to ensure a candidate the whole campus supports.
Council of University of California Faculty Associations (September 29, 2016)info@cucfa.org



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Gov. Brown approves $22 million to fund entrepreneurship at UCs


http://dailybruin.com/2016/10/03/gov-brown-approves-22-million-to-fund-entrepreneurship-at-ucs/

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See New York Times  : O’Bannon Ruling Stands, but N.C.A.A.’s Status Quo May Yet Collapse


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/sports/ncaa-obannon-case-ruling-supreme-court.html?_r=0

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