Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What took 'em so long?


"In a separate suit today, the Regents of the University of California made similar fraud claims against AIG.
“Plaintiffs suffered tens of billions of dollars in losses, at least, based on false and materially misleading statements that AIG, certain of its executives, directors, underwriters and outside auditor made,” according to the complaint.
...
The funds accused the company, Sullivan and others of violating Illinois and federal securities laws, committing common law fraud and being unjustly enriched. They asked for unspecified money damages.
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Regents’ Suit

The Regents complaint, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges the company hid its exposure to subprime mortgages from 2006 to 2008, inflating the price of its stock and causing the university system to take losses when its AIG shares fell."
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Op Ed at Daily Bruin:
http://dailybruin.com/2016/11/30/opinion-editors-uc-regent-norman-pattiz-needs-to-resign-from-position/
Includes:
"His failure to exude professionalism demonstrates an incapacity to filter and refine his own thoughts and actions. And as with any highly visible and influential position, basic prudence is a baseline requirement – especially in a position like UC regent, where decisions affecting thousands of students need to be pored over and carefully considered. Pattiz’ inability to perform even this essential agency shows that he is most certainly unfit to be a figure of authority – let alone a regent.

If Pattiz has any self respect left, he needs to resign from his post as regent and let the board appoint a more capable member. If he chooses to steadfastly maintain his position, he will only serve as a counterproductive force on the board, going directly against the public service principles the regents strive for. And this is especially egregious, considering the board has made fighting sexual harassment and assault a priority for students and employees. As the Bruin has said before, enacting Title IX reforms while keeping someone so pugnacious on the board compromises the regents’ credibility as an agent of legitimate change in this regard.

[Editorial: UC administrator’s actions do not reflect their own Title IX policies]

Certainly, it’s no secret that the regents are immune to many of the rules they impose on students and employees, and given that the California state legislature has to get involved in order to remove Pattiz, it is quite difficult for the other regents to strip him of his position. The new sexual harassment rules for the regents offer some hope, but they are disproportionate to the discrediting things Pattiz has said and done.

Pattiz has damaged his professional record beyond repair, and resigning remains the only step forward for him. Of course, we can all naively believe that the Pattiz from the tapes – which were recorded in May – is different from the Pattiz who makes administrative decisions, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Pattiz has revealed his true colors, and they most certainly don’t shine blue and gold."

A UC Regent As Lead of DNC?

See:

http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/california-playbook/2016/11/john-perez-mulls-dnc-bid-coupal-very-nervous-pelosi-faces-leadership-vote-217623
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Also see:

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/29/search-begins-for-permanent-lead-on-uc-berkeley-sexual-misconduct-cases/

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/29/latinao-faculty-association-asks-administration-support-undocumented-student-program/


UC Pres Napolitano writes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/opinion/the-truth-about-young-immigrants-and-daca.html?_r=0

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"According to the Associated Press, more than 50 state schools have slashed out-of-state tuition by at least 10 percent in recent years without cutting costs for in-state residents. “If we’re to maintain our enrollment, we’re going to need to be recruiting people from other states,” ...

See:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/29/university-of-maine-woos-californians-with-in-state-tuition-offer/
Includes:
“they could go to UC Berkeley — or they could possibly consider the University of Maine.”
...
“It’s a different kind of lifestyle. Orono is not San Francisco by any stretch of the imagination.”

December UC Regents Meetings, more

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/
On Thursday, December 1, 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
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Health med committee on Deck 5:

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/dec5.html

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Update on that UCSD IX case:
http://title-ix.blogspot.com/2016/11/ucsd-successfully-appeals-student.html

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And, at the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.:

https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/2016/11/journalists-thomas-peele-caroline-titus-named-2016-fac-award-winners/
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And still no comment from UCOP or UC Regents on the latest round of * not just * sex related offensive comments from UC Regent Pattiz...

Monday, November 28, 2016

"if I did that" - Part II

AP and CBS local in LA now have coverage:
Report: UC Regent’s Lewd Comments Again Captured In Leaked Audio

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/11/28/report-uc-regents-lewd-comments-again-captured-in-leaked-audio/

The audio clip is at Daily Bruin, but the last sentence of their article is the 'must read' quote:

http://dailybruin.com/2016/11/27/uc-regent-norman-pattiz-allegedly-makes-vulgar-comments-in-audio-clip/
It would be helpful to have transcript to go with clip for those who might have difficulty playing it.

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/27/leaked-audio-reveals-additional-lewd-comments-uc-regent-norman-pattiz/
- there apparently is a petition somewhere that has been mentioned in prior coverage asking Pattiz to resign...

Also at Daily Bruin there's:

http://dailybruin.com/2016/11/27/ucla-faculty-apprehensive-about-proposed-changes-to-conduct-policy/

Friday, November 25, 2016

Grasping complexities


Dem Lead Pelosi wrote to Napolitano on UCSF in recent days as well:
http://www.computerworld.com/article/3144449/it-outsourcing/pelosi-says-uc-it-workers-are-in-untenable-position.html

You can read the letter here:
http://www.cwa-union.org/sites/default/files/napolitano_ucsf_h1b_11.10.16.pdf


And more coverage here

http://www.cwa-union.org/news/tech-workers-challenge-uc-offshoring-scheme-regents-meeting

A round robin of some other UC student newspapers over the break:

http://www.highlandernews.org/26366/uc-student-protesters-shut-second-day-uc-regents-meeting/

http://www.newuniversity.org/2016/11/news/students-protest-potential-tuition-hikes-at-uc-regents-meeting/

http://dailynexus.com/2016-11-21/ucsb-students-stage-walkout-against-rising-tuition-for-2017/

http://ucsdguardian.org/2016/11/21/students-could-face-tuition-hike-next-academic-year/

This op Ed in OC Reg from an asst prof at Chapman, it seems UC And CSU are much on his mind:

California regents, trustees and elected officials M.I.A. in university housing controversy

This latest post from Remaking the University:

As Trump Privatizes Education, Dumping Identity Studies is the Worst Possible Advice
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2016/11/as-trump-privatizes-education-dumping.html

-But would Reich still frame himself as a Clintonite even after Bernie?

-Brings up Guinier too ( but does not link in Nannygate, Hill Thomas hearing,  Bork, North hearings all that from back in the day).. long good read.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

More "elections matter, elections have consequences" results

Some links:
Still Time For An Election Audit
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/18/election-audit-paper-machines-column/93803752/

UC Berkeley statistician Philip Stark is calling for an audit to double-check that hackers did not manipulate the results.

http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/11/22/election-hacking-audit/

And this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jill-stein-election-recount_us_5835e45be4b09b6055fffc64
..."Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is pushing for vote recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, three traditionally Democratic states where Donald Trump did much better than expected on Nov. 8.
Trump pulled off historic upsets that night in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Michigan has yet to be called, but he is projected to win there as well.
Stein’s press director made the announcement in a Facebook livestream on Wednesday afternoon. Her campaign is now accepting donations for the effort and calling on supporters to provide $2 million by Friday afternoon. Its statement references “compelling evidence of voting anomalies” and “significant discrepancies in vote totals” in the three states.
The news comes days ahead of the states’ deadlines to file recount requests. Wisconsin’s deadline is Friday; Pennsylvania’s is Monday and Michigan’s is Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Stein’s call follows a Tuesday night report in New York magazine saying a group of election lawyers and computer scientists have contacted Hillary Clinton’s team to advocate for a recount of the votes in those states.
J. Alex Halderman, a University of Michigan professor in that group, explained his reasoning in a Wednesday post on Medium:"...

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And there's:
http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2016/11/18/building-a-western-union/

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There seems to be some gap in the messaging coming outta UC on this headline topic:

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/11/not-everyone-answered-call.html

http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/11/23/chancellors-message-support-for-undocumented-students/

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/23/university-officials-undocumented-students-studying-abroad-should-return-home/

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There is a nominee for Education Secretary:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-picks-billionaire-betsy-devos-school-voucher-advocate-as-education-secretary/2016/11/23/c3d66b94-af96-11e6-840f-e3ebab6bcdd3_story.html
..."Many Republicans on Capitol Hill are hoping that DeVos will shrink the Education Department’s role in public schools and leave more decisions to states and districts.
“Betsy DeVos is an excellent choice,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, adding that he expects DeVos to stop the Obama administration’s effort to turn the federal government into a “national school board.” Alexander led a recent bipartisan effort to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, which shifted power to the states."...
..."Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the education committee, said she plans to scrutinize DeVos’s record and ask her about her qualifications, priorities and plans. Murray also said she would press DeVos to explain — given Trump’s statements about immigrants, women, Muslims and other groups — how she “will ensure the safety and respect of all students, of all backgrounds, all across this country.”...
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And see:
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/307395-trump-offers-betsy-devos-job-of-education-secretary-report

..."
Teachers unions were quick to blast her selection.
Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers said with the nomination of DeVos, Trump “makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America.”
Betsy Devos, a billionaire GOP donor, once served as head of the Michigan Republican Party."
..."The choice, though, drew some criticism from education conservatives.
“President-elect Trump rightly slammed Governor Jeb Bush for his support of Common Core on the campaign trail,” said Frank Cannon, president of American Principles Project, which opposes Common Core, according to The Post.
“Betsy DeVos would be a very Jeb-like pick.”"

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And on UCD status of world global food initiatives-a new article here:

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/11/derailed.html

You might recall a 2015 talk with Napolitano who gave keynote, Katehi with intro remarks in DC  in 2015-on World Food, Global Food Obesity etc at Brookings, full talk agenda and transcript available  here:

https://www.brookings.edu/events/an-in-depth-look-at-the-lifetime-economic-costs-of-obesity/

Monday, November 21, 2016

Drain the Swamp, Cal Style?

 Daily Cal, see:
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/21/administrative-exodus/
"ADMINISTRATIVE EXODUS
Over half of the chancellor’s cabinet has announced their resignations since April 2015
By Adam Iscoe | Staff
When the new chancellor calls their first cabinet next semester, there may be a few empty chairs at the table.
The leadership team that governs the world’s top public university could look radically different as early as next spring. In the coming months, UC Berkeley must select a new chancellor who will fill a slate of vacant positions and replace interim posts at the highest levels of campus administration.
Over half of the chancellor’s cabinet have announced their resignations in the past 19 months, including all but one of the campus’s vice chancellors and vice provosts, casting doubt on UC Berkeley’s reputation and ability to govern itself effectively.
The departure of 12 cabinet-level officials — the highest-ranking administrators at UC Berkeley — in such a short time frame is unusual, several campus administrators noted.
Several key administrative positions are being held in the interim or are currently vacant, while other ther administrators, including Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Harry Le Grande, have only a few months left on campus.
“Clearly the first task of the next chancellor will be to build as quickly as possible an executive management team that is competent and inspires the confidence of the community,” said Associate Chancellor Nils Gilman, who stressed that any new chancellor will need to fill four of the top cabinet-level positions in 2017.

Interactive graphic: Walk through the changes in the chancellor’s cabinet.
Some of those vacant positions’ responsibilities are held by Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy, who also announced his resignation to the chancellor earlier this year, according to an email received by The Daily Californian. Biddy’s resignation has yet to be announced to the campus at large.
While some senior administrators — such as Le Grande, who is retiring after 35 years on campus — said they are departing for personal reasons, others have resigned or announced they intend to resign amid controversy or scandal.
Dirks, former vice chancellor for administration and finance John Wilton, and a former vice provost Andrew Szeri, who led the campus’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, all announced their resignations this year amid concerns over their handling of the campus’s $150 million annual structural deficit, announced earlier this year.
Although Claude Steele, former executive vice chancellor and provost, cited his wife’s health problems as a major factor for his departure in April, his announcement arrived amid widespread condemnation of his handling of a slew of sexual misconduct cases. In the past 19 months, campus investigations have been publicized against former UC Berkeley School of Law dean Sujit Choudhry, former vice chancellor for research Graham Fleming and prize-winning former astronomy professor Geoffrey Marcy, among other campus employees.
“We’re all waiting to see what happens when the dust settles. Are we going to be happier? No one knows.”
Administrators stress that the unusually high turnover "...

--Multiple campus resignations mentioned in the article that were not previously announced. (BTW mentioned in previous years an exodus as a result of Op Ex - to refer to mid level and lower mid level operations harmed by bad initiatives, the article above refers to an exodus of the senior management group which -as a good or bad thing- is ..?
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You also will not find a copy of a purported letter IHE mentions here:
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/11/21/call-due-process-accused-berkeley-professor
Includes:

"group of University of California, Berkeley, current and former students is asking administrators, including Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, and members of the Academic Senate’s Committee on Privilege and Tenure to “withhold judgment” regarding a professor accused of sexual harassment. Some members of the group are now faculty members elsewhere, and their request comes after an on-campus protest by graduate students who criticized the campus's response to the allegations against Nezar AlSayyad, who teaches architecture, planning and urban design. A five-month investigation by Berkeley found that he spent months becoming close to, or "grooming," a graduate student before placing his hand on her upper thigh and proposing that they travel together to Las Vegas. The disciplinary process is ongoing, but some students said they wish they’d known earlier the results of the investigation and, in some cases, the nature of the allegations. AlSayyad denies wrongdoing. The case against him was first made public by the San Francisco Chronicle.
A university spokesperson confirmed that the new letter sent to administrators includes 23 names and nine unnamed signers. But all signatories wish to remain anonymous to the broader public due to what they described as “potential risks of retaliation from activists.” Describing themselves as those who have worked or studied closely with AlSayyad, they wrote that “we have never experienced any forms of harassment or inappropriate actions in our interactions with him throughout the years. On the contrary, he as always been a genuine mentor who cares deeply for his students’ well-being, has supported their careers and encouraged them to become professionals that interact with colleagues in a mutually respectful way.” They questioned circulating accounts of AlSayyad’s behavior towards students and colleagues, for example, saying that meeting with them outside of campus or socially is not unusual in the collaborative studio culture of design."

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And some people will not find food this season:
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/20/uc-workers-protest-food-insecurity-big-game/

Friday, November 18, 2016

More coverage of this week's UC Regents meeting

UC Regent’s Offensive Comments Lead To New Harassment Policy

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/11/17/uc-regents-offensive-comments-lead-to-new-harassment-policy/
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UC students disrupt regents' meeting with protests against possible tuition hike

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-ln-uc-regents-tuition-20161117-story.html
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UC tuition increase? Not after this year’s damning audit
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/sd-uc-tuition-hike-no-way-20161117-story.html
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UCD presents its housing plans to UC regents

http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/ucd/ucd-presents-its-housing-plans-to-uc-regents/

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UC Students Protest at Regents Meeting Over Proposed Tuition Hikes
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/11/17/uc-students-protest-at-regents-meeting-over-proposed-tuition-hikes/
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http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-student-protest-over-tuition-disrupts-regents-10621786.php
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http://dailybruin.com/2016/11/17/uc-regents-revise-punishment-against-sexual-and-ethical-misconduct/
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http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/17/students-protest-anticipated-tuition-hikes-2nd-day-uc-regents-meeting/


http://www.10news.com/news/ucsd-workers-strike-for-higher-wages

http://dailybruin.com/2016/11/16/skilled-trade-workers-strike-over-ucla-wage-negotiations/

http://fox5sandiego.com/2016/11/17/ucsd-skilled-trade-workers-strike-for-higher-wages/

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-ucla-strike-20161116-story.html

Compare that with a $350,000- 400,000+ salary and no classes to teach, again:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ex-UC-dean-accused-of-harassment-drops-suit-10621624.php







Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Deep Dive - on Cal, more.

UC Berkeley Leadership Roundtable a talk for staff
https://youtu.be/e2ZfYifgL6Q


gets into
cost avoidance rather than cost savings moves

40:00 can't measure OpEx savings til this year and report on it next year

new employees not staying as long, institutional knowledge issues

Campus climate survey discussed, morale

58:00 revenue opportunity on the academic side

66:00 budget and deficit

70:00 question answered a bit more in depth on potential layoffs
budget targets for Cal are being set externally by UCOP
UC PATH may have effect on CSS future layoffs

Discussion of real estate and potential projects
Ends with discussion of mood on campus and nationally


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And this companion article to the talk above:
"Fixing a hole: pain, progress as Berkeley seeks to repair its budget"
http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/11/16/budget-qa-carol-christ/
includes:
"Berkeley News: As of six months ago, the campus faced a 2016-17 budget deficit of $150 million. Can you give us a quick snapshot of where we are now?

Carol Christ: We’re very much on course to meet our target for June of 2017 of a deficit of $110 million. Just to clarify, the deficit would have grown to $170 million had we done nothing. Through a combination of budget cuts and postponement of capital expenses we have reached $110 million. We’re very confident about that number.

So we’ve actually trimmed $60 million from this year’s budget? Where did those savings come from?

Roughly half, $23 million was through a set of across-the-board measures — a 2 percent cut to the non-contract-and-grants salary budgets of all units on campus, plus instruction that all units on campus have to cover the merit increases for their own staff and the increases in benefits costs for their staff. Another $9 million in cuts was directed at specific units, including Intercollegiate Athletics. And then there was about $30 million in deferred capital expenses.

All of which is encouraging, but still leaves a $110 million deficit. What now?

The second [fiscal] year will be much more challenging. Our goal is to cut an additional $54 million. We’re in the very active process of planning for revenue generation as a way of meeting at least half of that target. I’m working closely with the Council of Deans and the Academic Senate. We’ve already identified the areas of revenue generation.

Before we look ahead, what’s your assessment — from the unique perspective of a Berkeley provost who led a private college for 11 years, and is now back in the provost’s office — of how our budget got out of balance? Is it fair to blame state disinvestment in higher education?
There are things that have created our budget situation that have been done to us by the state, if you will. But all the UC campuses are subject to those same decisions and forces. I’ve been much more focused on the things we’ve done to ourselves.

Such as?

One is the increase in debt service. That’s in part because of our capital deficit. I think if the campus could roll back history and do it again we perhaps wouldn’t have gotten ourselves so deeply into capital debt.

Campus Shared Services was much more expensive than was anticipated. I think in retrospect it was probably a mistake to have jumped all in at the deep end of the pool. Implementation could have been more gradual, and perhaps more successful as a consequence. We’re trying to move to a more regional model, rather like the Engineering Research Services Organization, ERSO.

Shared Services grew out of Operational Excellence, which was framed as a way to address earlier budget challenges by boosting administrative efficiency. Centralizing services was seen as a way to reduce staffing levels.

Staffing levels dropped way down in 2008, 2009. Then they went back up, but I think they went back up beyond what the budget could really support. We increased about 500 positions in the last four years. I believe we’ve dropped about 200 positions already.

Was that growth due to problems with Shared Services, and continued demands by faculty for local, specialized staff support?

It’s importantly related to Shared Services, but there are other areas of the campus that have grown, too. And so we’re looking very carefully at staffing levels. We have strict hiring controls in place now that set a high bar for hiring. All positions on the academic side have to be approved by me, and the other vice chancellors do the sign-offs for positions in other areas. That’s been successful in reducing staffing levels.

Would staffing reductions be achieved through attrition? What about layoffs?

Attrition and retirement, yes, and very careful thinking about rehiring. Layoffs are always occurring on campus in the sense that positions are lost as units determine how to reorganize work differently. But in terms of across-the-board layoffs across campus, no. We’re not even thinking about a layoff strategy.
revenue-generating opportunities do you see for the campus?

We’ve identified six: enrollment increases, self-supporting degree programs, monetization of real estate, increase in contract and grant activity, entrepreneurial activity — patent income, agreements with business and industry — and focusing our philanthropy in ways that would support the core.

Increasing enrollment? How does that help the budget?

Colleges and universities are fundamentally in the business of enrolling students for tuition dollars. And so you can’t have a revenue plan without thinking about enrollment strategy and tuition. The tuition that we charge for our full-time students is not in our control, obviously. That’s in the control of the regents. But to a certain extent, we have various enrollment levers that we can use.

The demand is there, certainly.

The state of California is No. 50 in the relationship of the places in four-year colleges and universities, public or private, to the size of the population. So we have a real shortage. The population of the state is projected to continue to grow. And we already have our public institutions bursting at the seams. So I believe that enrollment capacity is going to be a huge issue for the state of California. And it’s appropriate for Berkeley to figure out what we can do to help with this problem.

So we’re talking about in-state  students?

Yes, of course. There would be state funding that would accompany these California residents. I think you would want to keep the proportion of out-of-state students we have if we grew in enrollment. But yes, of course we want to better serve the people of California by creating more places at Berkeley.

But doesn’t that mean more staff, faculty, infrastructure and so forth?

Absolutely. But it also means revenue’s coming in. A task force I’m co-chairing with [Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education] Cathy Koshland is addressing exactly this issue. What would it cost? What is our fiscal capacity? How much could we grow, just given our current capacity, what would we need to build, how would we grow the faculty — all of those are critical questions. But it seems to me rather than just getting an enrollment target from the Office of the President, we should ourselves take the initiative in thinking through the question, What plan would be best for Berkeley?

You referred to our growing debt service, but also to monetizing real estate. How would we do that?

We own a fair amount of property, and that property should be working for us, I think. We also have a real housing shortage for virtually every population of the campus — for graduate students, for postdocs, for faculty. I’m currently chairing a task force that is developing a long-term housing development plan for the campus.

Explain how building more housing benefits the campus financially.

There are two ways. One is that we are really dependent on public-private partnerships to develop student housing, because we don’t have any debt capacity of our own anymore, and that can often provide an income stream to the campus. And also there are sometimes commercial elements to these projects, like in the Berkeley Way building.

You also mentioned focusing our philanthropy in ways that support the core.

It’s what the privates do all the time.

Why don’t we?

First of all, Berkeley is relatively new to organized philanthropy on a campuswide scale. We did our first-ever comprehensive campaign for the campus in the late 1980s. It’s not that there wasn’t philanthropy before then. You have these great donors — Phoebe Hearst, Jane Sather — but in terms of the kind of organized philanthropy that private colleges and universities have been doing for hundreds of years, the campus is relatively new to that. And because the campus has been, until recently, very generously funded by the state, philanthropy was typically for buildings or “nice extras,” rather than for the core.

Now that the state is no longer generously funding us, we have to raise money in the ways that privates have raised it for decades upon decades — to fund faculty positions, to fund undergraduate financial aid, to really fund the core.

These are vital, obviously, but not terribly glamorous. Will donors go along?

I think people are going to understand. It takes a reorientation, but this is not some miraculous new invention. This is how most colleges and universities raise money that are not publicly funded.

It’s not mowing the lawns and fixing the roofs. It’s, “Wouldn’t you like to contribute a position to the School of Journalism?” Or, “Wouldn’t you like to support a deserving student in the Department of Rhetoric?”

You’ve said you’re more concerned with Berkeley’s capital needs than with its operating budget.

I sure am. First of all, there hasn’t been a general bond issue for higher education since 2006. And our capital budget has always been, importantly, funded by bond issues. This is particularly critical for the Berkeley campus. We’re an old campus. We’re a seismically challenged campus — we’re right on the Hayward fault. And we have many historic buildings, which we have to seismically reinforce and renovate. So that means we have a capital burden that’s really quite different from the other campuses.

In addition, deferred maintenance has been deferred and deferred and deferred. There is not an adequate budget for deferred maintenance. And the ultimate bill for not fixing the leaky roofs and not repairing things as they become broken is growing and growing. So I think this is a huge challenge.

Overall, then, how do you view the state of Berkeley’s budget?

We’re in the middle of what I think is a very challenging transition from a generously state-funded financial model that depended on multiple revenue streams with very distinct purposes. There wasn’t a lot of discretion demanded of the campus in terms of reapplication of these revenue streams — in fact, with a lot of them it wasn’t even allowed. And now we have to think about our finances in a much more holistic and integrated way, and encourage people who are financial managers — deans, vice chancellors, directors of units — to understand their revenue base as a whole, to seek to diversify revenue streams, all within the context of our public mission.

We will be a pioneer in doing this. But it doesn’t mean that the transition isn’t painful. I think in the near term, things are going to be hard, as we meet these budget-reduction targets. But in the long term I’m very optimistic about our ability to do this, and our ability to be even stronger at the end of this."

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Then watch UC Regents Cap and Finance
Potential changes discussed on UC retirees group benefits and current employees health benefits discussed in one lengthy section of it:
https://youtu.be/Lic56-OSMPQ


New approved state audits of UC PATH and OP specifically came up in compliance and audit meeting , some Regents said they wanted some advance notice from staff, particularly did not want to find out about any neg results at the same time everyone else does, discussion about whether or not they can find out well in advance or five days before report is made public etc - they were upset press knew before or at same time they found out about recent results of audit on UC admissions etc- they don't want it to happen again this time around if possible, that came up in this vid:
https://youtu.be/BoJJIfiyso0

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Oh and this latest twist:

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/17/sujit-choudhry-drops-racial-discrimination-lawsuit-university/

“The notion that tuition increases hurt low-income students is absolutely false,” said CFO Nathan Brostrom.

Students protesting possible tuition hike briefly shut down UC regents meeting

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-ln-uc-regents-tuition-protest-20161117-story.html

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UC students protest tuition hikes, demand rollback
http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/17/uc-students-protest-tuition-hikes-demand-rollback/
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UCSF workers claim discrimination in IT outsourcing
http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/16/ucsf-employees-charge-discrimination-in-face-of-layoffs/

And,

http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/11/16/66188/university-of-california-workers-strike-for-higher/
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Berkeley grad students demand change in this practice.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/17/berkeley-grad-students-say-they-should-have-been-told-their-professor-was-being
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Also on this:
http://dailynexus.com/2016-11-17/students-demand-uc-oil-divestment/
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http://www.sfexaminer.com/newsom-urges-uc-csu-campuses-affirm-sanctuary-city-status/
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http://fox40.com/2016/11/16/sac-state-students-say-no-to-higher-tuition/

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As students protest, Cal State trustees seek more state funding to avoid tuition increase

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-cal-state-trustees-tuition-20161115-story.html

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http://dailybruin.com/2016/11/17/uc-regents-recap-nov-16/
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You can watch archive of this week's UC Regents Meeting here:
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/nov2016/nov2016.html

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Also see:
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2016/11/after-election.html

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Trump, Brown -On UC IT

Trump's comments from campaign come up in this vid :



See full story here:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3142127/it-industry/laid-off-it-workers-fight-university-of-california-outsourcing.html
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There is also:

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/ucsf-governor-brown-announce-new-precision-medicine-projects
 But no comment from Brown on the story above...

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UC regents’ meeting to focus on federal funding for higher education


Laying groundwork for tuition increases:

UC Regents November 16-17


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

Live video streaming of the open sessions is available while the meeting is in session
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/nov16.html
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9:00 am

Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)
Location: Robertson Auditorium

The Regents of the University of California
ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.1
Location: Fisher Banquet Room West
UCSF–Mission Bay Community Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting September 14, 2016

A1 Discussion Continuation of Discussion on Demographic Trends in California and
Implications for Enrollment and Diversity

A2 Discussion Improving College Readiness in the California Public School System
System

Committee membership: Regents Brody, De La Peña, Island (Chair), Lansing, Newsom,
Ortiz Oakley (Vice Chair), Pattiz, Pérez, Ramirez, Reiss, and
Rendon; Ex officio members Brown, Lozano, Napolitano, and
Torlakson; Advisory members Chalfant, Mancia, and Monge;
Chancellors Block, Dirks, and Wilcox; Staff Advisor Valdry

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

The Regents of the University of California
NATIONAL LABORATORIES SUBCOMMITTEE
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: Upon adjournment of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee1
Location: Fisher Banquet Room West
UCSF–Mission Bay Community Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting September 14, 2016

N1 Discussion National Laboratories Update and Presentation on the State of Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory

Committee Membership: Regents De La Peña (Vice Chair), Napolitano, Pattiz (Chair), and
Schroeder; Ex officio member Island; Advisory Members Chalfant
and Mancia; Chancellors Khosla and Yang

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

The Regents of the University of California
FINANCE AND CAPITAL STRATEGIES COMMITTEE
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.1
Location: Robertson Auditorium
UCSF–Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 14, 2016

F1 Discussion Update on Student Housing and Plans for the Continued
Development of the West Village Neighborhood, Davis Campus

F2 Discussion Update on Student Housing and Plans for Middle Earth
Expansion and East Campus Student Apartments Phase 4,
Irvine Campus

F3 Discussion Preliminary Discussion of the 2017-18 Budget

F4 Action Approval of Three-Year Financial Sustainability Plan

F5 Action University of California Financial Reports, 2016

F6 Action Amendment of Regents Policy 5305, University of California
Mortgage Origination Program, and Regents Policy 5306,

University of California Supplemental Home Loan Program
…continued
FINANCE AND CAPITAL STRATEGIES -2- November 16, 2016

F7 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuations for the University Of California
Retirement Plan and Its Segments and for the 1991 University of
California-Public Employees’ Retirement System Voluntary Early
Retirement Incentive Program

F8 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuation of the University Of California
Retiree Health Benefit Program

F9 Action Consent Agenda

A. University of California Debt Policy

B. Approval of the University of California 2017-18 Budget
for State Capital Improvements

C. Approval of the Non-State Budget, External Financing, and
Standby Financing, Interdisciplinary Sciences Building,
Irvine Campus

D. Approval of the Non-State Budget, Center for the Health
Sciences – Neuropsychiatric Institute Seismic Correction,
Los Angeles Campus

E. Approval of the Non-State Budget and Approval of
External Financing, Franz Hall Tower Seismic Renovation,
Los Angeles Campus

F. Approval of Budget and External Financing, Nuevo
West Graduate Student Housing, San Diego Campus

G. Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, North Torrey
Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, San Diego
Campus



Committee membership: Regents Blum, Elliott, Gould, Kieffer, Makarechian (Chair),
Schroeder, Sherman, Varner (Vice Chair), and Zettel; Ex officio
members Brown, Lozano, and Napolitano; Advisory members
Lemus and White; Chancellors Blumenthal and Hawgood; Staff
Advisor Richmond
1 All times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.

FINANCE AND CAPITAL STRATEGIES COMMITTEE
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: Upon adjournment of the open session meeting1
Location: Robertson Auditorium
UCSF–Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Closed Session

F10(X) Action Amendment of Authorization of Ground Lease Terms for
Development of the Center for Novel Therapeutics, San Diego
Campus

F11(X) Action Authorization to Fund Improvements to and Approval of
Purchase and External Financing of a Medical Office Property in
Santa Monica, Los Angeles Campus

F12(X) Action Authority to Enter into a Ground Lease and Lease Disposition and
Development Agreement following Action Pursuant to the
California Environmental Quality Act for Construction of a
Research Building at the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center,
San Francisco Campus

Committee membership: Regents Blum, Elliott, Gould, Kieffer, Makarechian (Chair),
Schroeder, Sherman, Varner (Vice Chair), and Zettel; Ex officio
members Brown, Lozano, and Napolitano; Advisory members
Lemus and White; Chancellors Blumenthal and Hawgood
1 All times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.


The Regents of the University of California
COMPLIANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m.1
Location: Robertson Auditorium
UCSF–Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 14, 2016

C1 Discussion Annual Report on Internal Audit Activities 2015-16

C2 Discussion Annual Report of External Auditors for the Year Ended June 30,
2016

C3 Discussion Update on Travel Abroad Security and Response Program

Committee membership: Regents Brody (Vice Chair), De La Peña, Elliott, Makarechian,
Newsom, Pérez, Sherman, Varner, and Zettel (Chair); Ex officio
members Brown and Lozano; Advisory members Chalfant and
Monge; Chancellor Gillman; Staff Advisor Valdry

The Regents of the University of California
COMPLIANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: Upon adjournment of the open session meeting1
Location: Robertson Auditorium
UCSF–Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Closed Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 14, 2016

C4(X) Discussion Update on State Audits of the University
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

C5(X) Discussion Compliance and Audit Personnel Matters
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

C6(X) Discussion Annual Consultation with Regents’ Auditors Concerning
Performance of University Personnel
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]
…continued
COMPLIANCE AND AUDIT -2- November 16, 2016

C7(X) Action Recommended Settlements for Board Action
1. Regents v. Flad & Associates, et al. – Proposed
Settlement – Design and Construction Defects Claims –
San Francisco
2. Villa v. Regents – Proposed Settlement – Medical
Malpractice – Los Angeles
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
C8(X) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates
1. CHOUDHRY v. REGENTS – Complaint Served –
Preliminary Injunction/Race/National Origin
Discrimination – Berkeley
2. CLASS ACTION CLAIMS – Pre-Litigation – Consumer
Privacy Statute – Los Angeles
3. DE VRIES v. REGENTS – Oral Argument on Appeal –
Taxpayer Injunction to Enjoin Nonresident Tuition
Exemption and Financial Aid for Undocumented
Immigrants – Systemwide
4. DOE v. REGENTS – Motion to Lift Stay Denied and Oral
Argument on Appeal – Student Sexual Misconduct – San
Diego
5. DOE v. REGENTS – Motion for Reconsideration
Pending – Student Sexual Misconduct – Santa Barbara
6. FEDERATED UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICERS’
ASSOCIATION, et al. v. REGENTS, et al. – Case
Dismissed – Claim by Police Officers of Illegal Recording
Devices – Irvine
7. HORNE v. REGENTS – Defense Jury Verdict – Medical
Malpractice – San Francisco Medical Center
8. IHLY v. REGENTS – Court of Appeal Decision – Medical
Malpractice – Los Angeles Medical Center
9. THE KOALA v. KHOSLA, et al. – Motion to Dismiss
Granted with Leave to Amend – First Amendment – San
Diego
10. MEDIVATION v. REGENTS – Appellate Decision –
Intellectual Property – Los Angeles
11. MISSION BAY ALLIANCE v. HAWGOOD – Settlement
Conference and Demurrer Hearing Held – Taxpayer
Petition for Writ of Mandate Challenging Memorandum of
Understanding – San Francisco

Committee membership: Regents Brody (Vice Chair), De La Peña, Elliott, Makarechian,
Newsom, Pérez, Sherman, Varner, and Zettel (Chair); Ex officio
members Brown and Lozano; Advisory members Chalfant and
Monge; Chancellor Gillman

The Regents of the University of California
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m.1
Location: Fisher Banquet Room West
UCSF–Mission Bay Community Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting September 14, 2016

P1 Discussion Annual Report on University Private Support 2015-16

P2 Discussion Overview of University of California Privately Funded Scholarships and
Fellowships

P3 Discussion Review of Federal and State Election Results Including State Ballot
Initiatives

P4 Discussion Upcoming State Legislative Session

P5 Discussion Federal Election Impact on Higher Education Policy and Higher
Education Act Reauthorization

Committee Membership: Regents Gould, Island, Kieffer (Chair), Lansing (Vice Chair), Ortiz
Oakley, Pattiz, Ramirez, Reiss, Rendon, and Schroeder; Ex officio
members Brown, Lozano, and Napolitano; Advisory members
Lemus, Mancia, and White; Chancellor Leland and Interim
` Chancellor Hexter; Staff Advisor Richmond

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

The Regents of the University of California
GOVERNANCE AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: 3:30 p.m.1
Location: Robertson Auditorium
UCSF–Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 14, 2016

G1(X) Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters
Closed Session Statute Citation: Collective bargaining matters
[Government Code §3596(d)]

G2(X) Discussion Incentive Compensation Using Non-State Funds for Fiscal Year
2015-16 for Chief Investment Officer and
Vice President – Investments and
Associate Chief Investment Officer, Office of the President
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

G3(X) Discussion Appointment of and Compensation for Interim
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance and Audit Officer,
Office of the President

Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]
Committee membership: Regents Blum, Elliott, Gould (Vice Chair), Lansing, Ortiz Oakley,
Pattiz, Pérez, Reiss (Chair), Schroeder, and Varner; Ex officio
members Brown, Lozano, and Napolitano
1 All times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.

The Regents of the University of California
GOVERNANCE AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: Upon adjournment of the closed session meeting1
Location: Robertson Auditorium
UCSF–Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 14, 2016
G1 Action Amendment of the Annual Incentive Plan for Participants in the
Office of the Chief Investment Officer, Office of the President

G2 Action Approval of Incentive Compensation Using Non-State Funds for
Fiscal Year 2015-16 for Chief Investment Officer and Vice
President – Investments and Associate Chief Investment Officer,
Office of the President as Discussed in Closed Session

G3 Action Approval of Incentive Compensation for Interim Senior Vice
President and Chief Compliance and Audit Officer,

Office of the President as Discussed in Closed Session

G4 Action Dates of Regents Meetings for 2018

G5 Action Amendment of Regents Policy 1100: Statement of Expectations of
the Members of the Board of Regents and Regents Policy 1101:
Policy on Board Education and Assessment

Committee membership: Regents Blum, Elliott, Gould (Vice Chair), Lansing, Ortiz Oakley,
Pattiz, Pérez, Reiss (Chair), Schroeder, and Varner; Ex officio
members Brown, Lozano, and Napolitano
1 All times indicated and the order of business are approximate and subject to change.

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Date: November 17, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m.1
Location: Robertson Auditorium
UCSF–Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 15, 2016
Approval of Recommendations from Committees:
Compliance and Audit Committee
Recommended Settlements for Board Action
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Amendment of Authorization of Ground Lease Terms for Development of the Center for
Novel Therapeutics, San Diego Campus
Authorization to Fund Improvements to and Approval of Purchase and External
Financing of a Medical Office Property in Santa Monica, Los Angeles Campus
Authority to Enter into a Ground Lease and Lease Disposition and Development
Agreement following Action Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act for
Construction of a Research Building at the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco Campus
Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]
…continued

9:00 am
Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)
Location: Robertson Auditorium

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

“Women’s civil rights are not appearing to be upheld at the university.”



There are some people in Hagberg Fisher’s department, she said, who are not happy she came forward. She said fewer complaints are vocalized as a result of a “put your head down and do your work” culture in academia.


“I don’t think that’s an acceptable environment for women,” Hagberg Fisher said. “Women’s civil rights are not appearing to be upheld at the university.”


http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/14/investigation-finds-campus-professor-violated-sex-misconduct-policies/


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http://abc7news.com/sports/exclusive-woman-accusing-uc-berkeley-professor-of-harassment-speaks-out/1608421/
Also other coverage:
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/11/15/uc-berkeley-students-furious-over-new-sexual-harassment-case/

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/UC-Berkeley-Professor-Accused-of-Sexual-Harassment-401381635.html

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/11/15/berkeley-finds-professor-guilty-harassment



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A strange read:
University of Maryland's Title IX Fee
http://title-ix.blogspot.com/2016/11/university-of-marylands-title-ix-fee.html

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ASUCD Senate calls for more transparency in chancellor search


HTTPS://theaggie.org/2016/11/15/asucd-senate-calls-for-more-transparency-in-chancellor-search/


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Tuition expected to rise at UC, CSU next year


http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Tuition-expected-to-rise-at-UC-CSU-next-year-10616826.php

The Other Things That Are Happening While UC Regents Meet



UC Berkeley students demand professor’s suspension
Includes:
The next day, 74 students and three alumni from City and Regional Planning sent a petition to campus Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, the Academic Senate’s tenure committee, and other campus leaders demanding that they consider the most severe punishment available, tenure revocation. They also demanded that the campus leaders apologize to any victims and do a better job protecting students...Those who signed the petition are refusing to attend AlSayyad’s classes and are asking for another way to finish the semester’s work. They are planning protests Tuesday and Thursday outside Wurster Hall."

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-students-demand-professor-s-10614425.php

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" a union representing nearly 600 skilled-trades workers at UCLA have voted to strike this month, but university officials say no service disruptions are anticipated.  
Officials with Teamsters Local 2010, which represents electricians, plumbers, carpenters, service engineers, elevator mechanics and others at UCLA and UC San Diego, are advising the public to avoid the Westwood campus on Nov. 16 and reschedule nonessential medical appointments that day.
About 200 skilled-trades workers at UC San Diego plan to strike the next day."
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/higher-ed/la-me-ln-ucla-strike-20161104-story.html
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PRESS CONFERENCE:" A number of University of California San Francisco tech workers filed age, national origin, sex, and race discrimination complaints with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing today, based on layoffs and allege illegal outsourcing of UC jobs impacting about 80 workers who have begun training their foreign replacements.

This layoff is of major national significance which has already received the attention of the media and Congress. A rally to protest the layoff and outsourcing will be held at Mariposa Park in San Francisco at noon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

The DFEH discrimination complaints are the first legal action taken by any of the UCSF employees.

Our clients will be present at the press conference on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. held at" , see the press release details here:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/university-of-california-employees-allege-illegal-outsourcing-of-jobs-to-india-forced-to-train-their-replacements-300362585.html

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The UC Regents will be meeting while the above takes place:

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/14/uc-regents-vote-financial-sustainability-plan-discuss-potential-tuition-increases/

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/11/14/cal-state-uc-considering-tuition-hikes-for-2017-18-academic-year/

And their governance committee will have an agenda item on the creation of policy on UC Regents and sex harrassment, etc-in response to that Pattiz matter  -believe that item is G5(?)

And there is this new post:

http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2016/11/higher-ed-policy-after-election.html

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tuition and Sex

UC and Cal State to consider the first tuition hikes in six years

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-ln-uc-csu-tuition-hikes-20161108-story.html

"The proposed hikes, which could amount annually to $270 per student for Cal State and $280 for UC, would be covered by financial aid for most students, officials say."
...

"UC officials have told campus chancellors to assume a 2.5% tuition increase, about $280, in their budget planning for next year. Tuition for out-of-state students could rise by 5%.

The Board of Regents will discuss next year’s budget this week but is not expected to vote on any tuition hike.

UC President Janet Napolitano has said she does not plan to make a public recommendation on tuition until January. But she told UC student leaders at a meeting last month that a modest increase would be needed to make up for insufficient state support, according to Michael Skiles, graduate chairman of the UC Council of Presidents, who attended."
...

"Nathan Brostrom, UC chief financial officer, said in an interview that any tuition hike would be covered by financial aid for three-fourths of UC's 252,000 students. And despite the past hikes, tuition at UC and Cal State remains lower than at comparable public universities around the country, according to state Department of Finance data.

But such assurances have not headed off a backlash.

Shocked and angry about news of a possible hike, Cal State students are rallying their classmates to protest at the board of trustees meeting in Long Beach on Tuesday. They also are reaching out to faculty groups, alumni associations and the business community to push for more state funding. Many worry that ending the tuition freeze would make annual increases the new normal.

David Lopez, president of the California State Student Assn. and a second-year graduate student at Cal State East Bay, said students are saddled with many more costs than tuition. Students in high-rent cities are particularly burdened. He said his housing rose by about $1,000 this year.

As an undergraduate, Lopez worked 40 hours a week to make ends meet.

“It's not just tuition that we're paying for…. There's a housing fee, there's a gym fee, and there's just so many other fees that just keep adding up," he said. "When you put everything together, it's a lot of money."
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New at UC Berkeley a IX case where questions around 'grooming' and what looks like other patterns emerges:

Investigation: UC Berkeley professor sexually harassed student

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-professor-sexually-harassed-student-10610716.php

"The conduct “can be seen as an attempt to ‘groom’ (the student) for the possibility of becoming a romantic or sexual partner,” wrote lawyer Eve Fichtner, an independent investigator hired by the university."
...


Also,

"AlSayyad already was married. He’d recently separated from Nadia Anis, who had been a student when he was a teaching assistant at Cairo University."
...

"Jean-Pierre Protzen, a former chairman of the architecture department, said colleagues told him about the student’s complaint at the time. They decided: “We should really tell him to stop.”..

...
"He and his second wife, Ananya Roy, had separated that summer, court records show. They married in 1997, when she was a doctoral student in UC Berkeley’s department of City and Regional Planning."


And then this section:

"Adams said she helped her research assistant file a written complaint with the architecture department. The UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, where Hagberg Fisher filed her complaint, would not exist for another 18 years."

And,

"Adams subsequently lost her bid for tenure and said she believes that speaking up was the reason. She said Fichtner, the investigator on Hagberg Fisher’s case, contacted her this spring and expressed interest in looking into that possibility."
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The Daily Mail has picked it up:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3932756/Internationally-renowned-Middle-Eastern-scholar-UC-Berkeley-accused-sexually-assaulting-student.html
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And, Tyann Sorrell returns to campus, alleges retaliation by administrators
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/11/tyann-sorrell-returns-campus-alleges-retaliation-administrators/
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By Failing to Hold Their Own Accountable, UC Regents Set Poor Standard on Sexual Crimes
The comments made by UC Regent Norman J. Pattiz – and the passive apology offered last week – should be neither condoned nor neglected by the Board. In order to set a standard for addressing sexual harassment and assault, students need administrators who follow the policies they implement.

http://ucsdguardian.org/2016/11/13/by-failing-to-hold-their-own-accountable-uc-regents-set-poor-standard-on-sexual-crimes/

Includes:
"These unspoken policies and mishandlings created by UC officials are unacceptable. UC officials are allowing a man who has a proven track record of harassing women to make vital and important decisions regarding our education. The UC system cannot continue to allow its affiliates to act in this manner. If the UC Office of the President looks to take a firm stance against sexual harassment and assault, then it must be tough on those exploiting their positions of power in their own office. By staying silent, UC officials are encouraging victims of sexual harassment and assault to stay silent as well. The UC system needs to be a voice for what is right for the sake of its students, faculty and staff."

If you need a reminder of details see prior and:

https://thebottomline.as.ucsb.edu/2016/11/uc-regent-caught-on-tape-making-sexually-inappropriate-remarks

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Ponder this during Super Duper Moon...

At the end of September- as the Natl politics/Election was center stage -this bit of news broke:

This statement is the response from Geoff Marcy's attorney.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/30/us/statement-response-astronomy-sexual-harassment-marcy/

In response to this content (CNN points to link in rebuttal where they say 'Read Sara Ganim's report on harassment in the field of astronomy here'

 which results in  an error message:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/23/us/astronomy-sexual-harassment/index.html)

But found it here:

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/09/30/female-scientists-sexual-harassment-ganim-pkg-lead.cnn/video/playlists/top-news-videos/



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Walls or Bridges

One more to throw in- former Boalt Dean Edley making predictions about what Trump will do:

"We should expect abdication of almost all federal compliance activity that would constrain state discretion,” said Christopher Edley Jr., president of the Opportunity Institute in Berkeley, who was on the working policy group advising Hillary Clinton on education during the campaign."

https://edsource.org/2016/in-short-term-at-least-trump-presidency-unlikely-to-disrupt-california-education/572468



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Campus Sexual Assault in a Trump Era
President-elect Trump has offered few details on how his administration might deal with campus sexual assault, but his surrogates and other Republicans say they would scale back enforcement of Title IX.
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/10/trump-and-gop-likely-try-scale-back-title-ix-enforcement-sexual-assault


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Back at her fav outlet:
http://newamericamedia.org/2016/11/qa-uc-president-on-election-results-enrollment-and-future-funding.php

Q  and A: UC President On Election Results, Enrollment and Future Funding

Briefly, do you foresee any impact on the University from the election?

The first impact is just a lot of consternation about what does this mean for students and for the university. We put out a statement – myself and the chancellors – saying our values include diversity and inclusion and tolerance. And nothing about this election changes that for the university community.

What will UC campuses do to support students who may feel targeted?

I’m going to meet with undocumented student groups in the near future. I am sure there is anxiety among students generally, but particular anxiety [among undocumented students] because we don’t know what executive orders Trump intends to repeal. Does that include DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] as well as DAPA [Deferred Action for Parents of Americans]? What does it mean for families of our immigrant students? So we will just have to work together and work our way through this.

What can we expect in terms of changes to financial aid under a Trump administration?

Trump said very little about higher education during the course of the campaign. So I don’t know anything specifically. I don’t even know who he will put in as secretary of education. One issue before Congress that was gaining traction was to have Pell Grants available during the summer, as well as during the fall and spring. Whether he will approve that or not, I don’t know. But it would be really helpful for lower-income students.

Do you think the campaign reflected a lack of public confidence in higher learning institutions?

I do, but not in institutions of higher learning per se, but in all institutions and anything that reeks of elitism. And we’re not elite. We have a very diverse student body. We are perceived as elite because under California’s Master Plan [for higher education], we only take from the top 12.5 percent of high school graduates. That’s the way we were designed. But because we don’t admit every student, we do get perceived as elite. And this was very much an anti-elitism election, so it makes it all the more important to emphasize what a social engine we are, not an elitism engine.

This is Opportunity Month at the UC. What is the actual opportunity?

The opportunity is to apply to the University of California. Yeah! Applications for freshman are due November 30. So we’re really making a push out there. I went to Deer Valley High School in Antioch a couple of weeks ago. We had 2,200 kids there and talked to them about UC, and that it is accessible and affordable. Really, if you’re in the top 12.5 percent of your class you can’t afford not to go to the University of California. It’s the best deal going in higher education.

What is the good news from this year’s enrollment data?

I think the good news is that we did it, that we challenged ourselves to add 5,000 students, which is not an easy challenge. A lot of work has to go into that. But we did it and I think we actually exceeded it by a bit. We’re welcoming the most diverse class in UC history, and that is even though the restrictions of Prop. 209 [California’s ban on race based admissions] remain in effect.

How well is the UC doing in terms of economic diversity?

Extraordinarily well. We have a higher percentage of Pell Grant students (those are students that come from families who make less than $50,000 a year) than the top 64 research universities in the country. We have among the highest first generation college students. When we look at other public research universities, we beat them all.

What’s the biggest challenge looking to 2017?

We continue to be challenged by finances. You can’t cut your way to excellence, particularly when you are increasing enrollment. We need to have the faculty, the housing, the dining and the student services that go into a UC education. So squaring that circle between increasing enrollment and offering the same quality of education that we have in the past is my biggest challenge.

Getting back to the election, what can or should the UC do to help bridge the divide in our nation?

I do think this election revealed terrific rifts in our collective democracy. We have to figure that out. And to the extent there can be some really good thinking about how to do that at the University of California, we want to be part of the solution.

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This in depth article:
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article113810948.html



And,

Gov. Jerry Brown warns Trump that California won't back down on climate change



UC Regent Newsom: " If Trump wins, it’s the last vestige of the past. The last gasp of the past.” "

How is it a last gasp if there are multiple SCOTUS slots to fill in next four years?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/10/the-average-age-of-the-supreme-court-is-close-to-a-record-high/


See: But Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is running for governor, tried to put a positive spin on the night at a rally:

“Be proud of this place you call home. It’s a magical place. A state we love to say of dreamers, doers, of entrepreneurs, of innovators, that has long prided itself and tonight we reinforce that of being on the leading and cutting edge. If Trump wins, it’s the last vestige of the past. The last gasp of the past.”


-Is it possible that Cal's Granholm as surrogate for HRC was badly received in Michigan and UC pres Napolitano's visit to AZ may have had a counter effect?If so, What does that mean?
Already noted that HRC did not visit Wisconsin after the primary to secure more votes for the general..

Now see:
http://www.calbuzz.com/2016/11/how-donald-trump-pulled-off-the-unimaginable/

"If I Did That"

The apology from Pattiz was "if I did that" but LAT has:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-uc-regents-sexual-harassment-20161109-story.html


"Pattiz apologized to McDonald and others offended by his conduct. He told The Times he had learned that remarks he intended as jokes were offensive to others and said he would not repeat such behavior.

But Monica Lozano, chairwoman of the Board of Regents, recommended that UC policies be revised to hold regents accountable for such actions. Her proposal will be voted on next week at the regents’ meeting in San Francisco.

“A regent’s actions, even in his or her private capacity, may be considered a failure to fulfill a regent’s duties as a member of the board and may be a basis for sanction where such actions are inconsistent with the University’s policy” on ethical conduct and sexual harassment, the proposal says.

Lozano also is recommending that all regents be required to take UC’s sexual harassment prevention training program upon appointment to the board and every other year after that.

Lozano declined to comment. She told the UCLA Daily Bruin that she condemned Pattiz’s actions and took the allegations of sexual harassment “very seriously.”

Pattiz was unavailable for comment. He is chairman of the Courtside Entertainment Group, which produces podcasts and radio shows, and has served as a regent since 2001.

Lozano’s proposal says that regents are closely identified with UC, even in their private capacities, and could harm the university if they violate its ethical standards and sexual harassment policies"

Reminder:
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/nov16.html


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Prop 55 passes:
http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2016/11/prop-55-california-voters-extend-highest-income-tax-brackets-fund-education-healthcare/

http://elections.kqed.org/article/election-analysis/11166784/california-remains-blue-but-a-little-purple-creeps-in
The lack of turnout for Clinton in California was part of a national trend.
“I don’t know how we’re going to explain that,” Salon’s Joan Walsh said on KQED Forum this morning.
And,

http://www.calbuzz.com/2016/11/why-trump-will-never-be-president-of-california/

UCOP and Chancellors sent out:


https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/university-california-statement-election




And talk about how funding for public higher Ed could take major hit here:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/11/recalculating-at-oakland.html


Sac Bee picks it up like this:
UC president moves quickly to reassure undocumented students after Trump’s election
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article113780763.html



When
He thought HRC would win:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-election-day-2016-gov-jerry-brown-says-the-nation-can-t-1478631376-htmlstory.html