Thursday, January 26, 2017

UC Bloat's version of transparency and governance...


Cal football aide under fire since player death is let go
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Cal-coach-who-devised-drill-that-led-to-10881350.php
Includes:
"But rather than terminate Harrington’s contract, the school extended it. He continued to coach until Sonny Dykes — the head coach who recruited Harrington — was fired this month. All other assistants were also let go.

Cal will continue to pay Harrington through June 30, the end of his contract, although his salary of $12,500 per month would be reduced by however much a new job were to pay.

The multimillion-dollar settlement and uproar from faculty came after The Chronicle reported that attorneys for UC admitted liability and negligence in Agu’s death.

The admission by the school capped months of confidential depositions, obtained by The Chronicle, during which former Cal football players disputed the narrative that university officials told the public and the media about the events surrounding Agu’s death."
And,
"Chancellor Nicholas Dirks in July ordered a new review of the strength and conditioning program after The Chronicle reported on the possible conflicts of interest and methodology in the first one.

The new probe will continue despite Dykes and his staff leaving, said Dan Mogulof, a spokesman for the campus.

Harrington has been replaced by Torre Becton, who previously coached at USC and Washington.
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Editorial: UC must outline specific guidelines for Title IX coordinator
http://dailybruin.com/2017/01/22/editorial-uc-must-outline-specific-guidelines-for-title-ix-coordinator/
Includes:
On one hand, Napolitano claimed in a statement that Salvaty would help to more consistently enforce newly drafted Title IX policies across the various campuses. Yet, on the other hand, the UC claims there is no inconsistency across respective campuses’ Title IX offices. These mixed messages show not only a lack of coherence in the UC’s reasoning behind the new position, but also a lack of direction in what it hopes to achieve.

Even looking past the matter of uniformity, it’s clear the UC doesn’t even know what effect the Title IX coordinator will have on its campuses. Napolitano referenced the new policies regarding sexual violence and harassment as the reason for the new position, and a university spokesperson added Salvaty would help the UC to assess and strengthen its Title IX policies. But without a set of guidelines for what exactly strengthening policies would entail, it’s unclear what tangible effect Salvaty will have on students and faculty besides being a glorified policy analyst.

Thus, it is imperative the UC comes up with clear-cut parameters for the Title IX coordinator position. Without outlining explicit objectives for the position, it is difficult to see the benefits it could bring.

Sexual discrimination and harassment are certainly important issues on UC campuses, and it’s good that the administration is looking to address the issue proactively. But without actually figuring out which problems a systemwide office should – or even can – fix, it runs the risk of becoming administrative bloat. And to the chagrin of the UC, that’s just another example of splurging student fees."

Also there, this on IX:
https://dailybruin.com/2017/01/25/the-quad-the-ins-and-outs-of-title-ix-procedures/
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Then see The Bee:
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article128771749.html
..."thousands of pages of documents UC has yet to produce in response to Public Records Act requests from The Bee dating back to May 5 that were filed as the scandal involving Katehi and UC Davis was unfolding.

Katehi, who faced criticism and student protests over her acceptance of lucrative corporate board seats, extensive travel and public relations efforts to improve her image, was suspended in April and resigned under fire in August as the UC probe of her actions was made public.

The Bee filed 27 public record requests during the uproar involving Katehi, which began with The Bee’s revelation that she had accepted a seat on the board of DeVry Education Group while it was under investigation by the federal government for allegedly misleading students.

UC Davis and UC officials eventually released a number of records in response. Those included contracts that revealed Katehi and UC Davis hired companies to scrub the internet of negative postings about the chancellor and the school following the November 2011 pepper-spraying by police of students at a campus protest.

However, numerous records still have not been produced, including"...


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Why Regent Pattiz needs to resign from the UC Board of Regents
https://www.highlandernews.org/27266/27266/
Includes:
"Yet, this January, Pattiz will resume his seat at the bi-monthly board meeting, making promises to advocate for students on a spectrum of issues including impending tuition increases, diversity and campus climate and — ironically — sexual violence prevention.

I’m not an educational policy expert by any means, but I can tell you this: You wouldn’t need to spend thousands and thousands on press and public relations to cover up controversies if you eliminated the roots by which these controversies contentedly grow. Keeping Pattiz on the board further affirms the widely felt sentiment by students, staff and faculty that the board is neither representative nor aware of their interests.

Prospective students should not d see controversy after controversy when they Google the University of California. Professors are working too hard to provide quality instruction for their work to be de-legitimized by bureaucrats who don’t know how to act justly. Staff members are working themselves to death to provide the best support services for their students, only to see headlines questioning the impact of their efforts. Student activists are often sleep-deprived, full-time students working several jobs and paving the way for a better university only to have their parents question at the dinner table why their regent was sexually harassing their employees.

It does not matter if Pattiz was acting in his official role as a regent or not. When someone accepts the prestigious role of a governor-appointed regent, "...
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UC Regent committee approves Anderson School of Management expansion
https://dailybruin.com/2017/01/25/uc-regent-committee-approves-anderson-school-of-management-expansion/

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"Where the rich go to college in California
See which universities have the highest percentage of students from 1-percent families"
http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Where-the-rich-go-to-college-in-California-10884100.php#photo-12252694
Part of coverage of another new report on CA higher ed

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