Monday, October 31, 2016

Wisely, Well

The committee will ultimately present UC President Janet Napolitano with a shortlist of candidates. Napolitano is expected to provide a final recommendation to the Board of Regents ahead of their Spring 2017 meeting.
“While we can have great trust in the integrity of the search committee, we don’t have any way of assessing whether she has chosen well,” said co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association Celeste Langan at the meeting.
Faculty and staff members can submit input on potential candidates to the committee until a new chancellor is appointed, according to LozanoThe committee will hold listening sessions for undergraduate and graduate students Nov. 2.
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/30/faculty-staff-voice-expectations-next-chancellor-listening-sessions/


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http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/azdc/2016/10/30/janet-napolitano-rips-fbi-directors-handling-clinton-email-probe-james-comey/93020576/

And,

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/former-governor-janet-napolitano-to-campaign-for-hillary-clinton-in-arizona-sunday

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http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/videos/2016-10-20/defending-donald-trump-s-economic-growth-plan



And,


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http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/10/20/rigging-the-election-rhetoric-vs-reality/

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http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/why-clinton-win-might-not-help-average-americans

http://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-trump-leads-race-bottom-513106


Choose wisely , that grail scene...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Party On, rainbows and sunshine...


UC President Napolitano interviewed-UC not mentioned directly...
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There is also this article:

http://www.mediaite.com/online/president-obama-better-hope-wikileaks-changes-s

"Unsurprisingly, Obama’s White House looked nearly identical to the list Froman sent Podesta: Eric Holder, Robert Gates, Arne Duncan, Kathleen Sebelius, Timothy Geithner, Larry Summers, and Janet Napolitano were some of the names Froman suggested who joined the Obama administration.

Yup, as the majority of Americans got caught up in the rainbows and sunshine Obama was drawing—including yours truly—business as usual reigned supreme behind closed doors."

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Also there is this update to earlier headline this week:
"UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks praised the steps the Greek organizations were taking to improve student safety, saying last week that he has “great respect for this bold and important step undertaken by our fraternities and sororities.”"

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-Greek-parties-back-on-with-new-rules-10415761.php

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And, Sac Bee:


"Giving cash to Clinton’s campaign? Good chance you work for University of California"

http://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article110338867.html
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Choose wisely...
Rainbows and sunshine, all in one

College Board's Two Annual Reports On Tuition Hikes and Financial Aid Trends Nationally

Trends in College Pricing- Two Reports here:

https://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing

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Some of the coverage:
Politico:
http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-education/2016/10/tuition-bills-up-but-borrowing-down-217059

Student Loan Debt Hits Another Record High
http://time.com/money/4543839/college-costs-record-2016/

Time Mag.:
http://time.com/money/4534379/student-loan-debt-record/

Wall Street Journal:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/college-tuition-rises-2-4-at-public-schools-college-board-says-1477507775


WaPo: College costs rising faster than financial aid, report says
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/26/college-costs-rising-faster-than-financial-aid-report-says/


And SAT scores take dip:
http://time.com/money/4508286/average-sat-scores-class-2016/

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At UC Does It Just Mean Tuition  Fee Hikes  In Perpetuity?

See:
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/20/state-lawmakers-discuss-future-higher-education-campus-forum-tuesday/

"According to Christ, the unpredictable nature of tuition increases not only tends to make university budgeting more difficult but also burdens students and their families. She asked the lawmakers about the plausibility of developing a “predictable formula” for tuition increases in order for everyone to be prepared in advance.
“I would think that would be perfectly reasonable,”  Liu, the District 25 senator, said at the forum. “In fact, we did carry a piece of legislation when I was in the lower house, (but) actually the UCs opposed it. They didn’t want anything that was gradual, predictable or affordable. They wanted do it on their own.”
Christ also said at the forum that a pressing concern in the California higher education system was the intense enrollment burden, especially at CSUs and the UCs.
“I think we need more campuses,” Hancock, the District 9 senator, said at the meeting.“Since (the passage of the 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education) our population has doubled … and our number of UCs have stayed pretty much the same.”
...

"When asked of the efforts made by the campus in tackling changes to tuition fees and access for financial aid for out-of-state students, Christ said the UC campuses have sought to balance their budget by increasing their admission of international and out-of-state students, who tend not to get as much financial aid, in order to make tuition affordable for California residents.

“I do believe we should be raising money for financial aid for international and out-of-state students” Christ said."
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UC Regents Investments meeting Oct 26

Video Archive posted here:
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/oct2016/oct26.html



http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/oct%2026.html

1:00 PM

Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee on
Investments of September 9, 2016

I-1 Action Amendment of Regents Policy 6101: Investment Policy Statement for
University of California Retirement Plan; Regents Policy 6102:
Investment Policy Statement for General Endowment Pool; and
Regents Policy 6109: Short Term Investment Pool Investment
Guidelines

I-2 Discussion Update on Investment Products

Investments Subcommittee Membership: Regents Elliott, Gould (Vice Chair), Kieffer, Sherman
(Chair), and Zettel; Ex officio member Makarechian; Faculty Representative White; Advisory
member Lemus; Chancellor Block
Investment Advisory Group Membership: Advisors Crane, Rogers, and Samuels; Consultants

2:00PM

Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee on
Investments of September 9, 2016

I-3(X) Discussion Overview of Investment Transactions Related to the General
Endowment Pool
Closed Session Statute Citation: Purchase or sale of investments [Education Code
§92032(b)(4)]

I-4(X) Discussion Update on the Office of the Chief Investment Officer Regarding
Organization and Personnel

Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]
Investments Subcommittee Membership: Regents Elliott, Gould (Vice Chair), Kieffer, Sherman
(Chair), and Zettel; Ex officio member Makarechian; Faculty Representative White
Investment Advisory Group Membership: Advisors Crane, Rogers, and Samuels; Consultants

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cal "trustees, donors,Deans" group and that statement from a former VC...


A 'trustees,donors, and Deans'  group get to know but--Everyone else is supposed to be left in the dark?
"statement — sent to campus trustees, donors and deans, and obtained by The Daily Californian —"

See Daily Cal
Campus leadership prompted vice chancellor Bob Lalanne’s resignation

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/24/campus-leadership-prompted-vice-chancellor-bob-lalannes-resignation/

"Lalanne, who spent more than 25 years as a Bay Area real estate developer, said in the 2013 announcement of his appointment that he planned to donate his salary back to the campus.

The position, now eliminated, will have its portfolio managed by multiple administrators, according to a memo from Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy.

Biddy, who currently manages the portfolio of the vacant vice chancellorship for administration and finance, will oversee some of the staff who reported to Lalanne. The Environmental Health and Safety Office will report to the vice chancellor for research, while the Office of Emergency Management will be removed from the Environmental Health and Safety portfolio and report to UCPD Chief Margo Bennett.

Lalanne is the ninth high-level administrator to resign — or announce the intent to resign or retire — in the past year. The list includes Dirks, former provost and executive vice chancellor Claude Steele and former vice chancellor for administration and finance John Wilton. Previously unreported, former associate vice chancellor for communications and public affairs Claire Holmes left the school in September.

The administrative tumult was cited by Lalanne as one of the contributing causes of his resignation.

“In recent months, the leadership transitions and uncertainties on campus have created a difficult environment to continue achieving outcomes,” Lalanne’s statement said.

While some positions have been permanently filled, others have had only interim appointments or had their portfolio taken on by other administrators. Because Dirks will let his successor appoint a new executive vice chancellor and provost, UC Berkeley will experience complete turnover in its two highest positions when Dirks leaves office."
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Is anyone updating org charts or providing the full list of senior admin exits or does it all stay murky til Dirks is out??

Monday, October 24, 2016

Throwin' 'n a kickin'?


New book and interview on: The Branding of the American Mind-Jacob Rooksby

https://youtu.be/GiWiDMVqlkQ
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Then,
POGO
http://www.pogo.org/blog/2016/10/CRS-taxpayer-funded-research-available-to-public.html

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Lessig's reaction to a UCLA alum diss...

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/10/larry-lessig-has-a-very-good-attitude.html

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"It will break a lot of china to back out now when we had so many opportunities to do it in the past ..."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/20/abedin-implicated-clinton-in-foundation-trade-off-with-morocco-amid-12-million-commitment.html


"Here’s our best re-creation of how the Hillary-throwing-stuff trope emerged"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2015/04/09/that-hillary-clinton-threw-a-lampbookbible-story-has-been-circulating-for-ages/

And some folks forget the provenance of that term, the unchecked msm spin these days seems to 'misremember'.... It has to be one or the other, right?

"Wright, who monitored each piece of gossip – and frequently bullied Bill's “exes” – coined the crude phrase “bimbo eruptions.” The term mocked the accusers and the reporters who believed them."

Or,


"The term bimbo eruption was coined by the political director of the Bush campaign, Mary Matalin. Surprisingly, while they attacked each other's candidate, Carville and Matalin had been dating semisecretly during the ..."

"The futurism, the political coalition of the multiethnic cosmopolitans, the social justice of the private centrally planned corporation—it worked. Clinton’s “Third Way” went global, as political leaders abroad copied the Clinton model of success. A West Wing generation learned only Watergate Baby politics, never realizing an earlier progressive economic tradition had even existed. Despite this prosperity, in 2000, the American people didn’t reward"...

See this on the '70s ,CA folks , and higher Ed roles recurring-- - weaves together, so helpful:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/how-democrats-killed-their-populist-soul/504710/

"In 1982, journalist Randall Rothenberg noted the emergence of this new statist viewpoint of economic power within the Democratic Party with an Esquire cover story, “The Neoliberal Club.” In that article, which later became a book, Rothenberg profiled up-and-coming Thurow disciples like Gary Hart, Bill Bradley, Bill Clinton, Bruce Babbitt, Richard Gephardt, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, Paul Tsongas, and Tim Wirth, as well as thinkers like Robert Reich and writers like Michael Kinsley. These were all essentially representatives of the Watergate Baby generation. It was a prescient article: Most Democratic presidential candidates for the next 25 years came from this pool of leaders. Not all Watergate Babies became neoliberals, of course. There were populists of the generation, like Waxman and Miller, but they operated in an intellectual environment where the libertarian and statist thinkers who rejected Brandeis shaped the political economy.'



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Also-
There is a fresh batch of:

Michael Meranze's Latest Links, here

Almost 40% Are UC Alumni... predominantly women, minorities

Of those who responded...

Seven in 10 UC workers struggle with food insecurity
http://documents.latimes.com/UC-workers-food-insecurity/

And see

https://academeblog.org/2016/10/17/uc-workers-struggle-to-eat-harvard-food-workers-remain-on-strike/

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Design of The Wreck -Prelude to "The Great Mistake- How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them"

"Noir Prequel" lecture and Q and A (at UT Austin in Spring 2016): to that new book on what went wrong with Higher Ed and how to possibly fix it -detailed in 400+ pages and 33 graphs


Design Lecture Series: Christopher Newfield from Faculty Innovation Center on Vimeo.
The Book:
The Great Mistake

How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them
By

Christopher Newfield

https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/great-mistake
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THE still churning or wringing content from that Cal event last month, this post today:

Berkeley chancellor still optimistic for increased state funding

Nicholas Dirks predicts politicians will rescue public institutions once they are convinced cost-cutting has reached its limit

Remember:
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/private-universities-should-double-low-income-students


This tired Coleman piece has been making the rounds for what feels like much too long

Gets some reaction retweet though:
This UC Fac tweet:
AAU's Mary Sue Coleman in the @washingtonpost "essential public good suffering unprecedented erosion of support" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/07/after-years-of-neglect-public-higher-education-is-at-a-tipping-point/

Followed by this tweet:
Timely warning of public funding cuts to higher Ed-for 1995. Colemans uMich invented privatized public that taught states cuts ok. Repent!
...

Mostly though just leads to thinking about: this




This is why?

Panhellenic Council, Inter-Fraternity Council suspend future social events

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/18/panhellenic-council-inter-fraternity-council-suspend-future-game-day-parties/

And,

From Berkeleyside: it seems this is why

UC Regent Kieffer: " I'm not surprised to see these kinds of things sort of planted, if you will, to affect the collective bargaining process"

That quote from Kieffer in
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/19/us/california-today-u-c-workers-wages-hunger.html

NYT has the full report here:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/10/18/us/document-hunger-university-of-california.html

Other coverage:
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Many-UC-Workers-Struggle-to-Pay-for-Food-Study-Says-397381441.html

Daily Bruin has it:
http://dailybruin.com/2016/10/18/study-shows-about-70-percent-of-uc-employees-lack-food-security/

And Daily Cal:
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/18/study-shows-many-uc-workers-struggle-food-insecurity/

(Also the LA Times coverage link available in prior post)


Initial impressions: Kieffer 's comment is disappointing because he asked ,in his capacity then as committee chair of compensation (from the UC Regents table at a July UC Regent meeting in a prior year) that the press take care in how they write about senior management group salary increases when the regents approve them, in those comments from him he specifically directed his comments on a first name basis to a former Higher Ed reporter at the LAT , and there is this history, but now when lower level staff are providing info about their experiences working at UC - that is brushed off considered a 'plant' tactic...

UCOP spokespeople tend to make around $125,000- $300,000 so their responses to this report  could come off somewhat self -serving and hypocritical, their fridges probably look quite different from lower level working class UC  staff- even different from  their local 'colleagues' who are lower mid level staff at UCOP.

Kieffer 's comments also are of concern because he is on the committee to recruit the next UC Davis Chancellor  and they  have close affiliates in nutrition, hunger,agriculture, global food programs, yet this is the response from a UC Regent on the topic as it relates to UC employees...Some of those UC nutrition  programs have been troubled in the past (certain high profile Whistleblower cases) and met with resistance - so, when done well, need the frequent  championing of informed UC leaders to be successful, -this Regent response to data on this topic  is not a small concern.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Napolitano on Bullying at UC Workplace

Highlighted by UC Davis

No Bullying: Napolitano Issues Guidance

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/no-bullying-napolitano-issues-guidance/

If there were any doubt where the University of California stood on how employees should treat one another in the workplace, this language from the Office of the President makes it crystal-clear: “The university does not tolerate abusive conduct or bullying.”

In a letter accompanying “Guidance from the President Regarding Staff Abusive Conduct and Bullying,” President Janet Napolitano wrote: “All UC community members are expected to behave in ways that support the UC Principles of Community and Regents Policy 1111 (Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct), which state that UC is committed to treating each member of the university community with dignity and respect.”

Napolitano prefaced her letter by stating that she considers UC to be a leader for its treatment of employees and for cultivating a positive working environment. But, she added, “I recognize the unfortunate reality that bullying and other abusive behaviors occur in every workplace.”

Finding ways to improve the working climate for staff has been a consistent theme, she said, in her regular meetings and interactions with staff and Staff Assembly leaders from around the system, and with staff advisors to the regents. In response, Napolitano formed a work group — comprising staff, human resources officers and administrators — to assist her in developing the presidential guidance that is now in place.

UC Davis Human Resources has posted the document in a couple of places:

Davis campus Workplace Violence Information and Resources — “Presidential Guidance on Abusive Conduct and Bullying” (PDF) is listed under “Additional Resources.”
UC Davis Health System Workplace Violence and Hate Incidents — “Presidential Guidance on Abusive Conduct and Bullying” (PDF) is listed under “Quick Links.”
Napolitano wrote: “UC has a number of current policies that could be used to address bullying, but there is some confusion among employees about what bullying is and how to address it. Consistent with the recommendations (of the working group), I would like to start by moving us towards a systemwide definition of bullying and abusive conduct.”

That definition comes from state legislation, Assembly Bill 2053, signed into law in 2014. It defines abusive conduct as “conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer’s legitimate business interests.”

AB 2053 further states: “Abusive conduct may include repeated infliction of verbal abuse, such as the use of derogatory remarks, insults and epithets; verbal or physical conduct that a reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating or humiliating; or the gratuitous sabotage or undermining of a person’s work performance. A single act shall not constitute abusive conduct, unless especially severe and egregious.”

The presidential guidance gives examples of abusive conduct, and notes that there is a difference between bullying and appropriate supervision, with examples.

“Differences of opinion, interpersonal conflicts and occasional problems in working relations are an inevitable part of working life and do not necessarily constitute workplace bullying. Moreover, this guidance is not intended to interfere with employees’ right to engage in protected, concerted activity under the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA).”

Napolitano directed all campuses to give clear guidance about best practices with regard to bullying prevention, the identification of abusive conduct in the workplace and the resources available to staff when such incidents arise. See box.

In addition, UC Davis has a new staff development course, “Is It Bullying? Awareness and Strategies.” It covers policies and resources related to bullying and other forms of abrasive behavior, and teaches skills for responding to abrasive behaviors in the workplace.

Class participants also have the opportunity to examine their own behaviors (self-reflection) that impact interaction with colleagues and workplace climate, and explore strategies for empowering themselves and others in cultivating inclusive work environments.

The course schedule for this academic year has not been finalized. Look here for updated information when available for “Is It Bullying? Awareness and Strategies.”

October 18 UC Regents Health (Med Hospitals) Committee Meeting

Video archive here:
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/oct2016/oct18.html

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http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/


Regents of the University of California
HEALTH SERVICES COMMITTEE
Date: October 18, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m.1
Location: Plaza Room, De Neve Plaza, Los Angeles Campus
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period2 (20 minutes)

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of August 11, 2016

H1 Discussion Remarks of the Executive Vice President – UC Health:
UC Health Strategy and Budget Update

H2 Action Approval of Appointment of and Compensation Using Non-
State Funds for Senior Vice President – Children’s Services and
President of Benioff Children’s Hospital, UCSF Health System,
San Francisco Campus as Discussed in Closed Session
...continued

HEALTH SERVICES -2- October 18, 2016

H3 Action Approval of Incentive Compensation Using Health System
Operating Revenues for Fiscal Year 2015-16 for Executive Vice
President – UC Health, Office of the President as Discussed in
Closed Session


H4 Discussion Status of the Student Health and Counseling Centers and UC
Student Health Insurance Plan


Committee membership: Regents Blum, Lansing (Chair), Makarechian, Reiss, and Sherman
(Vice Chair); Ex officio members Brown, Lozano, and Napolitano;
Executive Vice President Stobo, Chancellors Hawgood and
Khosla; Advisory members Dimsdale, Hernández, Lipstein,
Ramsey, and Smith
1 All times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.
2 This session is for the purpose of receiving public comment on University-related matters.



 Regents of the University of California
HEALTH SERVICES COMMITTEE
Date: October 18, 2016
Time: 12:30 p.m.1
Location: Plaza Room, De Neve Plaza, Los Angeles Campus
Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of August 11, 2016

H1(X) Discussion Legal, Regulatory, and Strategic Considerations for Affiliations to
Enhance the UC Health Clinical Delivery System
Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]

H2(X) Discussion Appointment of and Compensation Using Non-State Funds for
Senior Vice President – Children’s Services and President of
Benioff Children’s Hospital, UCSF Health System,
San Francisco Campus

Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

H3(X) Discussion Incentive Compensation Using Health System Operating Revenues
for Fiscal Year 2015-16 for Executive Vice President – UC Health,
Office of the President
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]


Committee membership: Regents Blum, Lansing (Chair), Makarechian, Reiss, and Sherman
(Vice Chair); Ex officio members Brown, Lozano, and Napolitano;
Executive Vice President Stobo, Chancellors Hawgood and
Khosla; Advisory members Dimsdale, Hernández, Lipstein,
Ramsey, and Smith

 1 All times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change

Monday, October 17, 2016

Make of it what you will...

UC Berkeley personal trainer in ‘Kafkaesque’ tangle

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/UC-Berkeley-chancellor-s-personal-trainer-in-9974855.php

"The saga of the UC Berkeley personal trainer who was put on paid administrative leave over questions about his relationship with Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and his wife gets stranger by the day.

Devin Wicks was the subject of a whistle-blower tip that he was giving free training sessions to Dirks and had accompanied the chancellor’s wife, Janaki Bakhle, who is an associate professor in history, on an alumni association-sponsored trip to India — all on the campus’ dime.

Thanks to Wicks, Dirks had also received an annual membership at the campus’ Recreational Sports Facility valued at $420.

Now, after six months of investigations, Wicks’ former boss at the Recreational Sports Facility has filed his own whistle-blower complaint with the university and UC President Janet Napolitano’s office — accusing them of wasting money by hanging Wicks out to dry for so long.

“He has no idea if and when the investigation will ever be over,” said Wicks’ former boss, Michael Weinberger, who retired as head of the Recreational Sports Facility in February.

Weinberger tells us that he was the one — and not Wicks — who authorized the chancellor’s free membership as a way to encourage Dirks to pay more attention to the school’s recreational needs.

According to his whistle-blower complaint, if there’s been any improper spending, it’s the more than $53,000 in salary and benefits that has been wasted these past six months keeping Wicks on the payroll but not allowing him to work.

Weinberger said Wicks was going through a “Kafkaesque experience.” UC officials have ordered him not to speak to anyone at the university or to reporters, but he’s been given no updates on the status of the case or been charged with any wrongdoing, Weinberger said.

“Also, it should be noted that while this investigation has dragged on, the chancellor was never put out on administrative leave,” Weinberger said.

On Friday, Dianne Klein, spokeswoman for Napolitano, said that “the investigation isn’t finalized, but we anticipate that it will be soon.” Beyond that, she said, she couldn’t comment.

The embattled Dirks recently announced he will step down at the end of the school year. In an earlier interview with us, he described Wicks as one of his and his wife’s “dearest friends” and said there was nothing improper about their relationship. He also said he had begun paying for his training sessions with Wicks after questions were raised about the perk.

As for Wicks, he isn’t commenting."
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University of California continues to cull active managers as performance suffers

http://www.pionline.com/article/20161017/PRINT/161019893/university-of-california-continues-to-cull-active-managers-as-performance-suffers


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Many UC workers struggle to feed themselves and their families, study shows

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-uc-worker-hunger-20161016-snap-story.html

"Seven in 10 University of California workers in clerical, administrative and support services struggle to put adequate food on the table, according to a new Occidental College study.

The study, released Monday, found that 45% of 2,890 employees surveyed throughout the 10-campus UC system went hungry at times. An additional 25% had to reduce the quality of their diet.

The problems persisted even though most of those surveyed were full-time employees with college degrees and average earnings of $22 an hour.

Peter Dreier, an Occidental professor of politics who conducted the study with two colleagues and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 2010, said the results were startling."

...

"The study by Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policy Institute also found:

-- About 9 in 10 single-parent households reported food insecurity.

-- Food insecurity rates were higher among women (71.3%) than men (65.8%).

-- About 8 of 10 African Americans and Latinos, and 6 of 10 whites and Asians struggled with food insecurity.

-- Nearly 70% had difficulty concentrating on work at times because of hunger.

-- About 80% had to choose between buying food and paying rent or utilities."

Direct link to the report:

http://documents.latimes.com/UC-workers-food-insecurity/

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UCSD Guardian piece has this on UC Regents and UCOP approaches to problems

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Check out many links to important, compelling other/non UC stories on Higher Ed at this now Buzzfeed reporter's Twitter handle

Also stuff like this and this out today



University Diaries had a post on Harvard  returns recently, tried to find it, but first this came up with other interesting stuff

Then there it was- this post: "With losses like these, they should hire Donald Trump to do their books."A situation where [Harvard’s] in-house investment managers are getting paid 50 times more than university professors, while delivering lackluster returns, is “politically not feasible,”


Sunday, October 16, 2016

UC Regent "Blum on adventure and philanthropy", and other things

Richard Blum on adventure and philanthropy
Richard Blum, author of "An Accident of Geography," discusses how his adventures around the world led him into a life of philanthropy. Duration: 6:00
And softball on Blum Centers at UC



--He talks about Title IX related issues- but does not connect it directly to Title IX at UC- and talks about  his work in Nepal, he also discusses CGI Clinton Foundation..

This is also in the news at the same time:
Email About Qatari Offer Shows Thorny Ethical Issues Clinton Foundation Faced - The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/us/politics/wikileaks-bill-clinton-foundation.html?_r=0

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Should this be "comforting"?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/polls-good-news-hillary-clinton_us_580392d6e4b0162c043c83ca?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003

How to get to this expert assertion?:

https://www.forewordreviews.com/foresights/posts/author-says-the-great-mistake-was-running-universities-like-businesses/

"The fix is already starting. Bernie Sanders got free college on the Hillary Clinton agenda. Her version is inadequate, but her administration will serve as a staging ground for a renaissance of ideas about increasing learning nationwide, improving research funding, and getting price-gouging intermediaries out of education."

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There is UC in:

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/10/03/the-evolution-of-californias-college-promise-as-told-through-4-students/


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'Debased' 'displaced', 'goofed'', 'punk-ed' in the headlines word salad...
Along with the vid clip above-  for balance- consider:

http://www.mediaite.com/online/so-nbc-who-rewarded-serial-fabulist-brian-williams-wants-to-fire-billy-bush/


http://people.com/tv/arnold-schwarzenegger-goes-full-terminator-for-new-celebrity-apprentice/

Few more on NBC talent: . "We believe that this is coming so close before the election, something that discourages good, hard-working, decent people from running for office."

Some of the UC Regents have been appointed by...


It was a strange time, remember? How did it all turn out?

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/howard-stern-americas-got-talent-video-goodbye-1201595606/


Melissa Harris-Perry: MSNBC ‘Truly Did Not Care About Me’


Billy Bush to Donate $10 Million to Women's Charities
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-m-soliday/billy-bush-to-donate-10-m_b_12508684.html



At NBCU, Billy Bush Is Out, But Corporate Espionage Seems In | Variety
Analysis: Release of the 'Access Hollywood' Trump outtakes seems like a material breach of corporate standards, so why hasn't NBCU addressed the matter?
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/nbcuniversal-donald-trump-billy-bush-access-hollywood-tv-news-1201890316/

Then,
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/10/business/media/how-nbc-finished-second-on-the-trump-video-story.html

Kickoffs, town halls...

UC Merced Kicks Off Historic $1.3 Billion Expansion
http://www.ucmerced.edu/news/2016/uc-merced-kicks-historic-13-billion-expansion

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Merced, the least renowned of UC's campuses, is attracting more students and rising in the rankings

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-ln-uc-merced-expand-20161014-snap-story.html
Includes:
"Katelyn Fitzgerald, UC Merced student body president, said those needs included housing, food security and mental health resources. She also said that she and other students felt their voices had not been adequately included in the planning process.

“There’s a huge disconnect” between students and administrators, Fitzgerald said. “Why isn’t the university focusing on these issues before we grow more?”

UC Merced spokesman James Leonard said the university was proud of the resources and support devoted to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and planned to increase that aid as the campus grows.

Several students said the new facilities would add more luster to a campus they had grown to love, despite initial misgivings among some.

Jalen Siler, a senior from Compton, said he cried when his father told him he would not take out loans to send him to his dream school, Syracuse University, when UC Merced was offering a free ride. But Siler said he found that the small campus offered a rich array of leadership opportunities. There, he could be a judge in student conduct cases, a fraternity leader. The new buildings, he said, will be another selling point when he pitches the campus to his friends back home, as he now does.

Jessica Rivas, a senior from North Hollywood, mistakenly thought that UC Merced was in Santa Cruz; after arriving on campus in “the middle of nowhere,” she was determined to transfer as soon as she could. But she quickly changed her mind after joining a student leadership program Merced runs"...

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UCD town halls offer insights on hopes for new chancellor


http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/ucd/ucd-town-halls-offer-insights-on-hopes-for-new-chancellor/

Includes:

"The search advisory committee will have its work cut out for it in trying to weigh the variety of issues — sometimes in direct opposition to each other — that the campus community hopes will be considered.

In an interesting juxtaposition, one town hall attendee addressed the committee, saying “The medical campus doesn’t feel like it has a chancellor” and that “the world is broader than Davis.”

The very next commenter, who said he lived in Davis, differed. “UC Davis used to have a super-positive partnership (with Davis). We have a unique relationship with the town; let’s keep it good.”

In this same vein, another staff town hall attendee said that “There’s been an inability at the leadership level to build community … When building a community is absent in a leader, divisiveness often follows.”

For the town hall designated for the Academic Senate constituency about 30 people attended,"

Saturday, October 15, 2016

UC Berkeley in Admissions Consultants Questions...more

(and also recall  several UC Regents maintain ties to USC  roles)
From Reuters "Getting In
How a Chinese company bought access to admissions officers at top U.S. colleges

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/college-charity/

Includes:

“As I write, images of your recent meeting in Beijing with Dipont leaders and selected school officials are circulating throughout China,” Hammond wrote. The company, he alleged, “is one of the primary architects of the system of fraud and misinformation that pervades the application process to U.S. institutions.”

The USC center said it has been looking into Hammond’s claims about Dipont but defended the company as a “reliable and valuable partner.”

$4,500 “HONORARIUM”

Dipont’s eight-day admissions workshops take place each July in Shanghai. Hundreds of Chinese students pay the company so they can hear U.S. admissions officers discuss what schools seek in applications, learn to write an effective personal essay and possibly land an interview. Dipont touts the access to the big-name participating colleges in its marketing material.

In the past three summers, the American admissions officers were given a choice of perks: either business-class airfare, or economy-class travel plus a cash “honorarium.” The past two summers, payments were $4,500 per attendee. Last year, the admissions officers were paid in cash, usually in $100 bills.

Dipont consultant Robert Clagett, a former dean of admissions at Middlebury College, has been recruiting American admissions officers for the summer programs since 2014. He said that about a quarter to a third of them took the economy flight plus cash honorarium and the rest accepted business-class airfare. He declined to provide a breakdown by school.

Six colleges – Carleton College, Hamilton College, Lafayette College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tulane University and the University of Vermont – confirmed that admissions officers have accepted honoraria for attending the Dipont workshops.

Admissions officers from Vanderbilt University, Wellesley College, Pomona College and Colgate University confirmed accepting plane tickets for attending the Dipont workshops.

So did officials from the University of Virginia, Indiana University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Also among the attendees in recent years, according to Clagett, were admissions officers from Claremont McKenna College; Colorado College; Davidson College; Syracuse University; Texas Christian University; and Wesleyan University. Those schools either declined to comment or didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Altbach, who heads the Boston College higher-education research center, said the officers acted improperly by accepting cash or expense reimbursement from a company seeking to place clients in elite colleges. The arrangement is all the more troubling because of the widespread application fraud in China, he said.

“I think getting in bed with the company is problematic no matter how they're being paid,” whether in cash or travel expenses, “because this company is basically a recruitment agency on steroids,” Altbach said. Dipont denies that it acts as an agent."

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"Campus Disabled Students’ Program has been noncompliant with state regulations for years"
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/13/campus-disabled-students-program-noncompliant-state-regulations-years/

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See:

"went on to brag about having wiped out tenure for University of Wisconsin professors"....

And then,


"The most generous conceivable explanation is that the anger stems from a sense of abandonment and betrayal by the political class. "

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Forms of Marginalization



"Outsourced IT workers ask Feinstein for help, get form letter in return"

Senator responds to University of California IT employees whose jobs are going to India

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3130262/it-careers/outsourced-it-workers-ask-feinstein-for-help-get-form-letter-in-return.html


Includes:

"Feinstein also has another close connection to UCSF. Her husband, Richard Blum, is on the Board of Regents overseeing the University of California"...
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Reminder:
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetin


October 18 - UC Regents Health Services Committe


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Is this a better approach now?
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/10/13/californias-online-education-initiative-connects-community-college-classes-across

"California community colleges unveil online program that allows students to take courses across multiple campuses, a project that replaced a failed attempt to tap for-profit online course providers to meet student demand."


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Does UC Berkeley have surgeons but no med school?- is it that joint UCB-UCSF type thing?


See

http://dailybruin.com/2016/10/12/student-regent-speaks-of-her-experience-as-part-of-national-coming-out-week/

"For example, UC Berkeley is the only UC school to have surgeons who work with transgender patients, Bhattar said"

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It's Like That?

UC’s extraordinary legal battle with ex-Berkeley law school dean

http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/UC-s-extraordinary-legal-battle-with-9965206.php

Includes:
"Choudhry returned to campus this semester but was given no classes to teach. He is seeking an injunction to stop the Senate’s disciplinary proceedings, and unspecified monetary damages. He argues that the university is singling him out for a second round of discipline because of his “race, color and national origin.” Choudhry, 46, is a Canadian citizen of Indian descent.

The suit claims he is being treated more harshly than two other UC Berkeley employees who also were embroiled in sexual harassment scandals last year: Graham Fleming, a former vice chancellor who remains a tenured chemistry professor, and Geoffrey Marcy, an internationally known astronomy professor who quit under pressure last October. Both are white.

Some legal experts say Choudhry may well have a case.

“It smacks of double jeopardy,” said Bill Gould, a former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board who taught labor law for 42 years at Stanford University until 2014. He now chairs the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board.'

"
Gould pointed to the case of Ray Rice, an NFL running back who faced domestic violence charges in 2014 for knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator — an incident captured on video. The NFL punished Rice with a two-game suspension. When a second video surfaced revealing more details of the attack, the NFL made the suspension indefinite.

Rice, like Choudhry, argued that a second punishment for the same offense was illegal. In November 2014, arbitrator Barbara Jones, a former federal judge, agreed with Rice and overturned the second suspension. Public criticism poured in — not of Jones, but of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for not punishing Rice more severely in the first place.

Choudhry’s argument that he is being punished twice “may well be the strong part of his case,” Gould said.

In court papers filed Thursday, UC lawyers say the second punishment is allowed because university policies “expressly allow disciplinary proceedings (against faculty) even after administrative actions have been taken” against the faculty member as a dean.

Even if Choudhry wins, his victory could prove hollow, said Stanford law Professor Deborah Rhode, who called the former dean’s effort “career suicidal.”

“What is he thinking?” she asked. “Already his conduct is going to make him a pariah in many law school contexts — and this just"...



And:

“Just the allegation that here’s two other guys who are white and didn’t get the same penalty — you’re going to have to have more than that,” said Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor who helped revise her university’s policy on sexual assault and is leading an effort to recall the judge who handed a relatively light sentence to ex-student Brock Turner after he sexually assaulted an unconscious woman.

Besides, she said, “Mr. Marcy did lose tenure” because he quit under pressure."


And,

"Since resigning, Fleming “has not faced any further discipline or a second, duplicative investigation,” Choudhry’s suit says.

Legal experts say that is only partly true. After Fleming stepped down, Dirks gave him a new executive job with UC Berkeley’s planned Global Campus in Richmond at his vice chancellor’s rate of pay. Nearly a year later, in the same March 11 letter in which she laid out Choudhry’s new punishment, Napolitano ordered Fleming removed from that job.

Fleming returned to the chemistry department and, like Choudhry, has been given no classes.

UC’s court papers say that Choudhry “utterly disregards the harm he inflicted” on his former assistant Sorrell, so the court should not halt disciplinary proceedings against him.

“Preventing UC from disciplining Choudhry would potentially expose students, faculty and staff to a harassing and hostile environment,” the university says.

The next court hearing is set for Nov. 3."

- note here that Fleming has UK ties and also was awarded recently a UK  Faraday and that was publicized by UC Berkeley media PR folks on the Cal website on multiple pages at UC...

http://chemistry.berkeley.edu/news/fleming-wins-rsc-faraday-prize

Seem to recall...
The UCSD Chancellor is of Indian descent

The chief investment officer at UCOP is Canadian and Indian, Dynes and Birgeneau and Atkinson are Canadians.... JenniferGranholm's Canadian origins  -and now there is Canadian Studies and BP at Cal , so

Is that Gould any relation to a UC Regent? by the same surname?

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And in
This post http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/10/coming-towards-us.html

here's:
The article below refers to a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which covers the private sector (including private universities). UC is not covered by the NLRB but instead is covered by the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). PERB is not obligated to follow what the NLRB does but the state statute that covers UC has similar language to the statute enforced by the NLRB. So PERB might take a similar view.

Free to tweet: Northwestern's restrictions on football players ruled unlawful

Lester Munson, Legal Analyst, Oct 10, 2016, ESPN
Source: http://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/17765516/nlrb-rules-northwestern-restrictions-unlawful

Also here's: http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/10/monitoring-faculty_11.html

With a Link to

administration’s use of Academic Analytics, said the union’s co-chair, Deborah B. Gould, an associate professor of sociology. Ms. Gould said she and other faculty have seen numerous instances of the company’s database failing to include their papers, awards, and other elements it counts. But a more fundamental objection, she said, is the company’s premise of being able to truly judge a faculty member’s long-term value by making year-by-year tallies of academic output. A researcher might have thin levels of output while working for years on a project that fundamentally changes his or her field, she said. That’s the kind of thing that should be judged by fellow faculty, Ms. Gould said. "It seems strange to me to turn to a data-gathering corporation that actually isn’t thinking about the kind of nonlinear, erratic temporalities of intellectual labor," she said. "We are able to evaluate ourselves on that front, really." ...

Source: http://www.chronicle.com/article/As-Concerns-Grow-About-Using/238034

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Speaking of UCOP and investments...

Private Equity Chief at University of California Fund Departs

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-10/private-equity-chief-at-university-of-california-fund-departs
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Some maybe good news on the post doc front:

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/11/postdoctoral-researchers-union-reaches-tentative-contract-agreement-uc/

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A survey results report on UC Emeriti Faculty available here

http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/10/11/emeriti-survey-2012-15/

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Likely discussed during  UC Regents Health committee, there is:


http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-campuses-partner-24-million-imaging-science-center

Friday, October 7, 2016

A frustration with undemocratic processes...

See:

Open letter to the UC Berkeley Chancellor Search Committee

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/10/05/open-letter-uc-berkeley-chancellor-search-committee/

We, the undersigned student leaders, urge that the Chancellor Search Committee move forward with increased student input and transparency. The undersigned student leaders hold that transparency is inextricably tied with principles of shared governance. A transparent process is defined by the dissemination and open flow of information between each partner in the shared governance model. Further, a good, trusting collaboration with students, particularly in affairs that apply to their interests, is also critical to a transparent process and one that abides by this understanding of shared governance. The search process for the next UC Berkeley chancellor has therefore fallen short of the principles of transparency, open information and shared governance that the search had ought to abide by consistently and dutifully. As such, we ask that the UC Office of the President take the following in consideration as the search moves forward.
To understand the importance of transparent engagement with students in this search process for the chancellor, it is critical to contextualize the search in historical background considering the current UC Regents Policy regarding the search process is dated to a previous time in California history. In the past, the state of California invested a far greater amount of funds than it does today, while in turn, students have had to shoulder an ever-growing proportion of the financial burden for the university through their tuition. According to the 2015-16 UC Budget for Current Operations, as of 2014-15, state general funds support 40 percent of UC core general funds, while tuition and fees support 44 percent. Given this, the clear reality is that students have become the largest financial stakeholder in the university.
The considerable financial stake students are responsible for ought to be reflected in the composition of this search process. According to the Regents Policy 7102: Policy on Appointment of Chancellors, only one graduate and one undergraduate student are invited to participate in the search. While adding additional students to the search committee may require a Constitutional Amendment to the Regents Policy, which may not be feasible in time for this search, it is imperative that the UC Office of the President consider other ways to gather student input that reflects this need for students to have an adequate say, given their investment in the future of this institution.
Beyond the lack of students included in the search committee, there are still larger systemic problems with how the search has thus far conducted engagement with students, which has failed to be open and transparent. An example of this lack of transparency is the Campus Day event scheduled for the search committee this week. Campus Day is a day in which the search committee is scheduled to meet with relevant constituent groups, including students. However, the only information made public in relation to Campus Day is that it will take place Oct. 6 and is a closed session. No public information, however, was released to indicate this event would feature a 20-student panel. No public information was released to explain how those 20 students were selected. No public information was released to reveal that these 20 students would be provided only 45 minutes to speak to the needs of 36,000 students. Even further, the limited public information that was released was so exclusively promoted and so widely obscured that the only conclusion one can reach with good conscience is that critical information has not thus far flowed openly or freely between concerned parties.
At this time, the student body would like to offer suggestions moving forward regarding the search process. The UCOP and the UC Berkeley Chancellor Search Committee ought to have been proactive in the acquisition of student input. The responsibility should have not been that of the ASUC president to be the sole architect of proactive student engagement. Possible options for gathering more holistic student input moving forward could include:
First, that the search committee actively follow the recommendations put forth in the ASUC chancellor survey and during the student forum Oct. 4 when making decisions on “behalf of student interests.”
Second, the chancellor search advisory committee should visit a meeting of the ASUC and the Graduate Assembly for 30 minute listening sessions in order to hear the priorities and concerns of the student body through the democratically elected representatives of the student body.
Third, the search committee should work to ensure there is a longer, larger-scale public event in the coming months for listening to student feedback that will better encourage student opinion rather than just the 20-member student panel for the Campus Day visit for only 45 minutes. Specifically, offering listening sessions with certain underrepresented community groups in a community-based setting could help educate the search committee on community-specific issues. One such example would be if the members of the search committee were to attend the scheduled Latinx Listening Session on Oct. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the ASUC Senate Chambers (on the fifth floor of Eshleman Hall).
Fourth, it is highly encouraged that the search committee invite Student Regent-Designate, Paul Monge (a current UC Berkeley student), to sit in on meetings of the search as a nonvoting member, as he can provide valuable input into discussion as both a student and a participant in regents meetings.
Fifth, the search committee ought to ensure there are tangible recruitment efforts to guarantee leaders in academia and UC administration from traditionally underrepresented community groups and from backgrounds in student affairs feel welcome and encouraged to apply for the chancellor position.
And sixth, the search committee ought to offer transparent reports on the individual finalists being considered for the position. While we recognize that there is a need to respect the privacy of individual applicants (especially those who are currently in other jobs), we feel there are ways to anonymously share the broad plans and platforms of applicants in a way that could solicit general student feedback on these conceptual ideas.
In closing, the lack of transparency thus far in the search process for the next chancellor is in great need of a new arrangement more aligned with transparency, open information and shared governance. It is in the hopes of the students that such requests are reflected upon with the utmost diligence and respect. The aforementioned suggestions reflect the principles of which the students of this university abide by, and as both financial stakeholders and partners in shared governance, students deserve to have their interests meaningfully considered.
Anthony Carrasco is an ASUC senator, Will Morrow is the president of the ASUC and Paul Monge is the UC student regent-designate


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http://www.davisvanguard.org/2016/10/graduate-students-want-halt-chancellor-hire/

"Press release from the UC Davis Graduate Student Association stating, “Last night the UC Davis Graduate Student Association (graduate student government) adopted a resolution calling for a halt in the designation of the next chancellor of UC Davis until a more transparent and democratic process for selection and appointment has been established.”"

Resolution Calling for a Halt in the Designation of the Next Chancellor of UC Davis until a more Transparent and Democratic Process for Selection and Appointment has been Established

Sponsor: Emily Breuninger, Sociology

WHEREAS, on April 27, 2016, UC President Janet Napolitano placed former UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi on paid administrative leave for a period of 90 days, following months of student and community protest, faculty dissent, and calls for resignation among state lawmakers. During this 90 day period, independent investigator Melinda Haag was hired by the University of California at the rate of $595 an hour to investigate allegations against former UC chancellor Linda Katehi concerning nepotism, dishonesty surrounding social media contracts, and the
misuse of student fees;

WHEREAS, on August 9, 2016 former UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi resigned from her position just moments prior to the release of a report issued by independent investigator Melinda Haag, confirming that, as chancellor, Katehi minimized her knowledge of and involvement with certain social media-oriented contracts, failed to report and receive proper authorization for seventeen of her twenty two outside board positions, and violated university policies regarding the reimbursement of travel funds;

WHEREAS, in line with UC Regents Policy 7102: Policy on the Appointment of Chancellors, an advisory search committee was appointed and announced on September 13, 2016, comprised of 17 members: President of the University, Chairman of the UC Board of Regents, 5 UC Regents selected by the Chairman of the Board, 5 faculty members selected by the UC President, one undergraduate student selected by the Associated Students, University of California, Davis (ASUCD), one graduate student selected by the UC Davis Graduate Student Association, one alumnirepresentative selected by the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, one foundation representative selected by the UC President, and one staff employee representative selected by the UC Davis Staff Assembly. The purpose of this committee is to advise UC President Janet Napolitano in her selection and recommendation of a candidate to the UC Regents, who hold the ultimate decision-making power in appointing the next chancellor of UC Davis;

WHEREAS, the advisory committee comprised of representatives from a variety of campus groups will assist with the recruitment and review of candidates, only UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Regents hold the power to select and appoint the next chancellor of UC Davis. If the advisory committee or any other member of the campus community disagrees with this decision, there is no timely or practical mode of recourse to prevent such appointment;

WHEREAS, the asymmetrical balance of power inherent to the selection and appointment of chancellors under Regents Policy 7102 is further exacerbated by the composition of the advisory committee itself, with UC President Janet Napolitano and the UC Regents holding seven (or 41%) of the seventeen seats on the committee. The overrepresentation of top UC officials on the advisory search committee ensures that the interests of those holding the most power in the UC system are prioritized throughout the selection process;

WHEREAS, graduate and undergraduate students comprise over half of the UC Davis campus community, there are only two seats for student representation on the advisory committee. These two student representatives, who were selected by ASUCD and UC Davis GSA leadership rather than the wider student population, are expected to speak to and represent the diverse concerns of over 35,000 UC Davis students;

WHEREAS, of the five faculty members who serve on the advisory search committee, only three are currently employed at UC Davis: Diana Farmer, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, Rachael Goodhue, professor and chair of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Ari Kelman professor of History. UC Davis faculty have previously expressed concern over a lack of shared governance between UC Davis faculty and UC Office of the President in the handling of matters surrounding former UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi. The undemocratic selection of faculty representation on the advisory committee by UC President Janet Napolitano serves as a further example of managerial overreach and the obstruction of shared governance by UC Office of the President;

WHEREAS, the singular faculty representative from the social sciences and humanities serving on the advisory search committee, Professor of History Ari Kelman, has been absent from UC Davis over the past two years due to taking a faculty position at another university. Faculty in the sciences and humanities were deeply divided in their support for former UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi prior to her placement on paid leave, with those calling for her resignation overwhelmingly concentrated in the social sciences and humanities. Given that Professor Ari Kelman has only just returned to UC Davis in the Fall of 2016, he is less acquainted with the events of the past two years than professors who have been actively engaged with the campus community throughout the Katehi saga;

WHEREAS, of the seventeen members of the advisory committee, only eight are actual members of the UC Davis community. In this way, the majority of those serving on the advisory search committee lack the lived experience necessary to be intimately acquainted with the unique needs and concerns of the UC Davis campus community;

WHEREAS, the meetings of the advisory search committee are closed and confidential and, according to Regents Policy 7102, the advisory search committee “will solicit the opinions of other interested groups in whatever manner it considers appropriate,” there is a lack of transparency regarding to the processes through which the advisory search committee selects and reviews candidates. The lack of transparency inherent to the selection and appointment of new chancellors under Regents Policy 7102 is particularly harmful at UC Davis given the high levels of frustration and mistrust in UC administrators currently pervading the campus community;

WHEREAS, at the first meeting of the advisory search committee held on September, 27, 2016 at UC Davis “various campus constituency groups” were invited to speak.6 There is no publicly available information regarding which campus groups were invited and the process through which they were selected. Despite the fact that first meeting of the advisory search committee focused on student issues, the Academic Student Workers Union, UAW 2865, which represents over 16,000 graduate and undergraduate student workers across the UC, was neither notified of nor invited to the meeting. The failure to identify which campus groups are considered to be stakeholders in the selection of the next chancellor of UC Davis and intentional denial of access to important representative groups such as UAW 2865 adds another layer of murkiness to the entire selection process and obstructs democratic representation and participation;

WHEREAS, the University of California has hired private firm Isaacson, Miller to aid in the search for the next chancellor of UC Davis, despite the fact that Regents Policy 7102 neither requires nor mentions the hiring of a private firm. Former UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi’s involvement with private corporate entities such as John Wiley & Sons and DeVry University sparked a national conversation surrounding conflicts of interest in public higher education and the contradictory goals of public universities and private corporations. In the wake of this scandal, UC leadership has chosen to ignore concerns surrounding corporate alliances and unnecessarily involve a private firm in the selection and appointment of the next chancellor of UC Davis. The services of Isaacson, Miller are also extremely expensive. For example, the University of North Carolina paid Isaacson, Miller over $150,000 in the search for a university president. In light of the UC’s budgetary crisis, the expenditure of public funds on private entities raises serious concerns regarding leadership’s ability to make sound judgments in the running of a public university;

WHEREAS, under the current timeline, UC President Janet Napolitano expects to make a recommendation of candidates to the UC Regents by January 2017. This three month timeline to recruit, review, and recommend candidates for the position of UC Davis chancellor is extremely truncated compared to the length of searches for high level university leadership at comparable institutions. For example, the current search for a chancellor at Dartmouth College is expected to take six to seven months. Furthermore, the 2012 search for an executive vice president and provost at Penn State University took seven months, and the 2014 search for a president at New York University took eight months. The short timeframe attached to the UC Davis chancellor search not only lends itself to hasty decision-making among members of the advisory search committee as well as the UC Regents, it also serves to limit the amount of opportunities for participation available to the wider UC Davis community.

WHEREAS, Regents Policy 7102 has not historically resulted in the appointment of strong and ethical campus leadership. Former UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi and UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks, both of whom were selected and appointed under Regents Policy 7102, have recently resigned from their positions following high profile scandals. The tenure of former UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi was ridden with ethical violations including the 2011 pepper spray incident, the unauthorized acceptance of multiple paid board memberships, the use of paid consultants to boost her image, and accusations of nepotism. UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks, on the other hand, has faced public outcry over his mishandling of high profile cases of faculty sexual harassment, the expenditure of nearly $700,000 on a high security fence for the chancellor’s residence, and the misuse of public funds on university travel expenses;

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the UC Davis Graduate Student Association condemns the current process for selecting and appointing chancellors under UC Regents Policy 7102 as lacking in transparency and democratic engagement;

THEREFORE LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED, that the UC Davis Graduate Student Association demands a pause in the process of selecting a chancellor for UC Davis until a transparent and democratic process for selection and appointment is adopted and established at the institutional level for all UC campuses.

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"Why won't UC health centers provide birth control without a prescription?"

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-weber-chabot-lively-uc-pharmacist-protocol-20161006-snap-story.html
On Aug. 6, 2013, just weeks after Janet Napolitano was named the first woman president of the University of California, the institution offered its complete support for a bill, SB 493, known as the “pharmacist protocol.” After unanimous legislative approval, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law, which permits pharmacists to furnish self-administered hormonal contraceptives (birth control) to women without a prescription from a physician. The law also outlines training standards to make implementation as practicable as possible.

Under the pharmacist protocol, women seeking birth control are no longer required to endure yearly pelvic exams or the wait times associated with them—which aligns with the medical consensus advising against annual exams for healthy women. It marks a turning point in feminist history, removing paternalistic barriers to women’s agency over their bodies.

Yet nearly three years after President Napolitano’s office supported the passage of the pharmacist protocol, no UC school has implemented it on campus or even made a sincere attempt to do so. Physician visits, and in many cases yearly pelvic exams, are still required, despite the well-known facts that unintended pregnancies are highest among college-age students 18 to 24 years old, and that half of all California pregnancies are unintended.

As women students at UC Irvine School of Law who pay for the UC system’s health plan and believe in public education, we are compelled to speak up. We were hesitant to comment publicly, especially in light of the offensive commentary and death threats aimed at Sandra Fluke for her advocacy regarding birth control at Georgetown University. But timely access to birth control is of paramount importance to women who may need it to prevent pregnancy, plan their menstruation, and control other important medical issues, such as endometriosis and primary ovarian insufficiency.

This is not our first attempt to engage with UC administrators about the pharmacist protocol. In May, we met on numerous occasions with the UC Irvine Student Health Center’s Clinical Staff Committee and the director of UC Health. The committee assured us they would implement the protocol in the Student Health Center by August.

Despite these assurances, and after months of advocacy, which included our Birth Control Access Petition signed by hundreds of students and alumni, the Irvine Student Health Center only removed the pelvic exam requirement for obtaining birth control refills. Women are still forced to schedule and wait—sometimes months—for an initial visit.  

This is a serious problem. Even the Irvine Student Health Center’s administrative director has acknowledged that women’s access to timely consultations and prescriptions has been hampered by primary care appointments. The UC system has a constitutional duty to provide services to students equally, yet its choice not to adopt the protocol in its health centers disparately affects women.

Why have UC Health administrators refused to implement the protocol that President Napolitano’s office supported? They claim that the protocol will burden students with long pharmacy wait times, but they have not produced evidence to support this assertion. Besides, under the current system women students are burdened with long wait times for primary care appointments.

UC Health administrators also claim that the protocol will diminish women’s privacy at the pharmacy window, but privacy concerns for birth control are no different than any other medication, according to HIPAA’s Privacy Rule.

Finally, again without evidence, they claim that the protocol will require hiring more pharmacists. The UC system has had more than three years to set aside funding for the protocol—years in which there has been plenty of funding for unnecessary pelvic exams.

The pharmacist protocol is the only option that doesn’t require women to jump through hoops to get to the pharmacy window. Incidentally, the UC system’s failure to put this law into practice across its student health centers hurts low-income, rural, and first- generation women students. These students rely on the convenience and low cost of student health insurance plans. In order to take advantage of the pharmacist protocol, they bear the burden of finding transportation to participating pharmacies off-campus and paying higher prices. UC advocated on behalf of these students before the pharmacist protocol became law, but has now forgotten them.

The UC system’s commitment to equality should not end in the admissions office. The University of California—and President Napolitano—must do better for women students. Women deserve equal access to reproductive health services, and the pharmacist protocol provides that.

Olivia Weber, Ali Chabot, and Laura Lively are third-year law students at UC Irvine School of Law.

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UC Berkeley law students hold ‘Black Out’ demo on campus

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2016/10/06/uc-berkeley-law-students-hold-black-out-demo-on-campus/

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http://hechingerreport.org/university-bureaucracies-grew-15-percent-recession-even-budgets-cut-tuition-increased/



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