Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

State Audit Report on UCOP: "The University of California Office of the President: Report 2016-130—It Failed to Disclose Tens of Millions in Surplus Funds, and Its Budget Practices Are Misleading"

See: full report


Fact sheet:

Survey responses


"Specific concerns we discuss in the audit report include the following:
• The Office of the President has accumulated more than $175 million in undisclosed restricted and discretionary reserves;
as of fiscal year 2015–16, it had $83 million in its restricted reserve and $92 million in its discretionary reserve.
• More than one-third of its discretionary reserve, or $32 million, came from unspent funds from the campus assessment—
an annual charge that the Office of the President levies on campuses to fund the majority of its discretionary operations.
• In certain years, the Office of the President requested and received approval from the Board of Regents (regents) to
increase the campus assessment even though it had not spent all of the funds it received from campuses in prior years.
• The Office of the President did not disclose the reserves it had accumulated, nor did it inform the regents of the annual
undisclosed budget that it created to spend some of those funds. The undisclosed budget ranged from $77 million to
$114 million during the four years we reviewed.
• The Office of the President was unable to provide a complete listing of the systemwide initiatives, their costs, or an
assessment of their continued benefit to the university.
• While it appears that the Office of the President’s administrative spending increased by 28 percent, or $80 million,
from fiscal years 2012–13 through 2015–16, the Office of the President continues to lack consistent definitions of and
methods for tracking the university’s administrative expenses.
We found it particularly troublesome that the Office of the President intentionally interfered in our efforts to assess
the types and quality of services it provides to campuses. Correspondence between the Office of the President and the
campuses shows that the Office of the President inappropriately reviewed campuses’ survey responses, which resulted
in campuses making changes to those responses prior to submitting them to us—campus statements that were critical
of the Office of the President had been removed or substantially revised, and negative ratings had been changed to be
more positive.
Taken as a whole, these problems indicate that significant change is necessary to strengthen the public’s trust in the University
of California. To achieve this change, we believe the Legislature should increase its oversight of the Office of the President."

Here is some coverage:
LATimes with
"University of California administration is paying excessive salaries and mishandling funds, state audit says"

Don't miss
San Jose Mercury:


Auditor rips UC for keeping millions in secret fund


"UC kept secret $175 million reserve as it raised tuition, state audit finds

Read more here:


Associated Press has this:

USA Today with:
And US News:

CHE, of course, with: Janet Napolitano Disputes Finding That Her Office Held $175 Million in Undisclosed Funds

And UCOP, which it seems can't confirnm its own headcount has this: -- is that more a matter of the upcoming June report of the audit of UCPATH?

Some UC Regents want to readdress the tuition hike vote they made in light of this new info in the audit, :

UC Office of the President Pays Excessive Salaries, Mishandles Funds: State Audit


There is also one on Cal State system:
California State University:
Report 2016-122—Stronger Oversight Is Needed for Hiring and Compensating Management Personnel and for Monitoring Campus Budgets

And, on some recent UCOP hiring, there's:
"UC Appointment of Title IX Coordinator Won’t Address Campus-Level Issues.."

Monday, April 24, 2017

Coulter, BCR make their move, presser, more

Updates and some op ed:

"Ann Coulter is exploiting UC Berkeley, safety be damned"

And more:

Ann Coulter, Berkeley College Republicans File Lawsuit Against UC Berkeley
The suit claims Berkeley “restrict[ed] and stifle[d] the speech of conservative students whose voices fall beyond the campus political orthodoxy.”


1pm press conference too...


No Peace out? What about the word geopolitics? 'Global' overused has lost its allure...

Napolitano discusses "the UC system’s ongoing efforts to mitigate sexual misconduct by faculty, the possibility of an enrollment cap for out-of-state students and the newly-hired Chancellor of UC Berkeley, her recent trip to Mexico to promote academic partnerships."

Checking in with University of California President Janet Napolitano
"University of California President Janet Napolitano joins us this hour to discuss the UC system’s ongoing efforts to mitigate sexual misconduct by faculty, the possibility of an enrollment cap for out-of-state students and the newly-hired Chancellor of UC Berkeley. We’ll also talk to Napolitano about her recent trip to Mexico to promote academic partnerships."
It runs about 52 miñutes

She also answers questions on DACA, Dreamers
UCSF outsourcing, off shoring of IT
National issues
UC housing

- her answers are not followed up on , some have described it as "softball"interview. Would have to agree,several of the questions needed follow up.
The interviewer asks about/mentioned her health a few times. She says she is doing well.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Way They Talk About It...

Where 'an elite university' = UC Berkeley, see: An elite university is offering a fast-track program for tech leaders that's more competitive than Stanford

"Grimes worried that business and engineering students would come to resent MET students, because they receive special treatment. An analogy provided by a colleague calmed those fears.

"It's like the Navy Seals. They're going through a workload that nobody else is enduring," Grimes says. "Even though not every midshipman is doing the same thing, they respect the ones standing out in the cold water longer, up before the sun rises, to do extra reps.""

"The Haas School and the College of Engineering raised more than $10 million in endowments for the new program."...

"Marjorie DeGraca, executive director of MET, says she saw a large number of engineers walk through her door during her time as the assistant dean of admissions at the Haas School.

"They're coming back because their career has been stopped or because they're not able to make that transition into more of a business function, because they've been labeled in a certain way," DeGraca says."...

"Panel endorses bill aimed at reducing number of college students in remedial classes"

"Why Some Cities and States Are Footing the Bill for Community College"
Americans are often expected to have some level of higher education before they enter the workforce. These political leaders are asking: Shouldn’t government help them along?


"At some colleges that recruit veterans and their GI Bill money, none graduate"
Federal figures show the success rate for veterans at some schools is infinitesimal

In Focus, focus, focus

CNN Money has a whole bunch of recent stories on higher education and students plights:

What Betsy DeVos wants to do to your student loans


Bipartisan bill could help you pay off your student loans


Clamp down on visas for doctors could hurt these parts of the U.S.

What you need to know about New York's tuition-free scholarship

New York offers free college tuition. So do these countries

More proof that college is key to the American Dream

Friday, April 21, 2017

Goose, gander, and geezers grab snowflake theory...

In San Gabriel Valley Tribune see this letter to the editor:
"Harassment at the UCs

I read with interest, dismay and angst the article about the sexual harassment cases at UC campuses (April 2). I was taken back to my own experience of sexual harassment over 30 years ago at UCLA as a young faculty member. At that time, I was exposed on many occasions to inappropriate touching by a senior faculty member. It was a repeated humiliating violation, and I did my best to push the man off me, but he persisted. He was a consultant on a research project that I was involved in and it was not possible at the time to remove him.

I reported the situation to another member of the department whose desk was in the next room. He told me that"...
However, I discovered over the years in sharing my trauma with other women at UCLA, they too had experienced sexual harassment by faculty members or staff. The most recent shared experience was with a young woman just a few months ago. She was sexually harassed by another staffer.

She shared that one of the most troubling aspects of this situation was the rebuke of her colleagues after she filed the complaint. Furthermore, she indicated that she would not be returning to UCLA given the additional trauma of being ostracized for her reporting. I asked what happened"...
Read the full thing here:

Then there's:
"Berkeley Is Being Tested on 2 Fronts: Free Speech and Safety"

"Conservative group threatens UC Berkeley over Ann Coulter appearance"
Los Angeles Times

Lawyer to UC Berkeley: Let Ann Coulter speak next week — or else

--If campus is forced to put in place more restrictive policies in response- one could see other UC student and staff orgs making similar moves in turn e.g. like claiming this latest episode by one group caused the other groups to lose long standing enjoyment of the campus in existing policies etc- and it could go on and on - goose gander...

How does a student group decide the date by fiat without prior approval from campus?? ,is that what really happened in this instance?

See UCB admin email includes:
"For that reason, when we learned through the newspapers "
See in full the admin email here:

And horning in on Coulter's moment?:


See: "How Berkeley has become the far left and far right’s battleground"


The TV pundits didn't offer much illumination in coverage by and large: when they discussed Berkeley on one show some journalists reached for snowflake theory to explain it all , the host sounded like he thinks if he books the person as a regular guest than University is obligated to facilitate as well apparently- will post the vid or transcript of that section if they put that segment up, but as of yet nada...Just tweets on that segment:
"That's why we come here, to see radical ideas exposed to us ... that's why we come to college." @HardballChris on free speech #berkeley"

"#Berkeley is the home of the protest." @carlsonmargaret #Hardball

This makes the university look out of touch." @HardballChris on #Berkeley cancelling @AnnCoulter #Hardball"

In another segment, importantly, UCLA's Promise Institute efforts come up in reference to a new Christian Bale movie:

BTW will add in here--How late night hosts will frame themselves historically for booking O'Reilly over the many years will also be interesting to media watch, experts say...


A sorta update from AP at LA Times on the Cal speaking engagement saga

"to cut UC employees paychecks", more

Cute -that in the title for this editorial on UC PATH:
Then there's:

Wasn't there a better way to handle it from the beginning?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

'The Determining Factor'- "in the existence of serial sexual harassment isn’t necessarily a tolerant employer — even though Fox News was headed by an accused harasser, Roger Ailes — but power exercised without restraint or oversight. That can happen even in an institution that defines itself as a progressive, inclusive workplace, such as Berkeley."

In the same spirit as that WaPo Op Ed by Hill pointed to earlier, see:

The Bill O'Reilly case shows how much Fox News and UC Berkeley have (horrors!) in common

Yes there is a latest round of a high profile talker at Berkeley cancellation, non cancellation 'news clippings' to pull from but that likely only makes some speaking gig agents, PR folks better off.

Instead, let's consider this post by someone the new incoming UC Berkeley Chancellor (C. Christ) who called his idea on college funding "dangerous" and the Dean of UC Berkeley School of Education called him an idealist (she added in she is something of an idealist too)
And GSPP 's Henry Brady also called him an idealist as well in: this talk q and a session

--- when a member of the audience asked them if they realized the term idealist sounds dismissive they said something like oh-nos we didn't mean it like that...

Everyone wants to claim that they alone hold the realistic, pragmatist line/ground...

So, anyway here is his - the 'Dangerous, Idealist's- latest post:


--That post hopes for folks who can make good straight forward arguments in support of the university to regular Joes and Jills- thru the msm etc, to everyday non higher education affiliated - but those folk seem in very short supply.
Or, we add in here,are dismissed as idealistic and/or dangerous-- get it?!

Reminded once again , pointed to it as an item here earlier of how poorly Regent Blum (at the March UC Regents meeting in congrats to her new role as UCB Chancellor) he described C. Christ's connection to CEU - in a way that could be a turn off to many because of the source of CEU funding as he inarticulately explained it ..

Blum then went on to say UC Berkeley is a very unhappy place, that people don't know how to get along there ...(He always frames these comments he makes around Cal based on his experience of going to that campus regularly for his Blum center related visits...)



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Victory laps?

Healthcare vs Higher Ed


In a bid to ease student debt, California considers a role in helping refinance private loans


Victim of sexual misconduct by UC Berkeley law school dean criticizes campus settlement
UC agreed to provide him up to $10,000 for travel each school year and $97,210 in research funds."


"It’s privilege helping privilege,” she said in an interview. “For all of the work done around this issue and all of the pleas for change, it’s an insult to people who have suffered through [sexual harassment].”

Choudhry’s attorney, Steven Herman, said he was “a bit perplexed” by Sorrell’s reaction because her attorney was provided with a copy of the settlement weeks ago and raised no objection.

But Sharon Vinick, whose law firm represents Sorrell, said her client had “no control” over the settlement terms. Sorrell said she was moved to speak out in part because Choudhry’s attorneys “touted around that he got light-handed treatment” after the settlement was disclosed Friday."

"another UC Berkeley case, an online advocacy group fighting sexual misconduct announced last week that it had gathered nearly 2,000 signatures on a petition urging university officials to fire John R. Searle, a professor emeritus who is being sued by a former researcher on charges of sexually harassing her. The petition by Care2 also demands that Berkeley remove Searle’s name from a campus center."

This 1.7 million update:

And then see:
"The outcome resembles a pattern of tenured professors facing minimal punishment for misconduct while university staff found to have violated harassment policies are often fired. "


"The decision to allow Choudhry to remain a faculty member was an “insult to the professors who are in good standing”, ...


Monday, April 17, 2017

$504 million and four years behind schedule -that's UC PATH

See: on (P)ayroll (A)cademic personnel, (T)imekeeping, (H)uman Resources system
"Cost triples, delays mount for UC computer system upgrade"


UC Path is part of the subject matter of a state audit with findings expected in June
2016-125 - University of California—Contracted Employees and Contracting Practices
Est. Release Date: June 2017

And then there is this still to come:

2016-130 - University of California Office of the President—Administrative Expenditures
Est. Release Date: April 2017

-- another state audit of UCOP due out later this month

Oh and interestingly there was a whistleblower complaint lodged against : them (around almost exactly the same time the Dirk's and Cal athletics WB cases were launched last summer)

Now it seems the Lil Hoover is being tasked to look into it

But guess who sits on that board --some commission members with familial and biz connections to UC regents, OP or careers attached to UC --is it more attempt to control oversight or findings?

Hhhhmmmmm not great if bipartisan bodies can start to look to some like fox- henhouse arrangements ...

(Just remember those were the same folks talking with senior OP staff about herding cats and cat food bowls in relation to efforts at behavior mod of UC faculty on their ACAD Senate and Associations positions re: online instruction -that was just a few years ago...)

Could it affect numbers for OP and UCM, too?

Guess potentially,maybe, - they say they are still looking in to it...
First see how UCLA apparently has some oversight/ works numbers for UCM and OP,in addition to their own, here

It's the same part of campus now dealing with

Daily Bruin on it

NY Times on it

Friday, April 14, 2017

Choudhry, Sorrell, UC Regents


Harassment accuser condemns UC Berkeley deal

And Chron Higher Ed finished it out like this:
"In a statement Friday, Ms. Sorrell commended the university for reviewing its polices on harassment. "

"But the following day, the AP reported, Ms. Sorrell said that the deal, by preserving Mr. Choudhry’s tenure until his resignation takes effect, “insults all who suffer harassment at the hands of those with power and privilege.”"


"Choudhry agreed to pay a total of $50,000 to Sorrell’s attorneys, a contribution that his lawyer William Taylor called “relatively minimal.” Choudhry is also required to pay $50,000 to a charity or charities of Sorrell’s choice.

The settlement requires that the UC regents terminate the disciplinary process and withdraw all pending charges against Choudhry. Choudhry will also have to withdraw his complaint against the campus that alleges racial discrimination.

“Neither the REGENTS nor its officers (may state that) … CHOUDHRY acted with sexual intent or committed sexual assault … (or that) CHOUDHRY posed or poses a risk to faculty, students, or staff,” the settlement states.

Sorrell filed a lawsuit against Choudhry and the UC regents March 8, alleging that Choudhry sexually harassed her and the regents failed to take reasonable steps to prevent harassment and retaliation.

According to Leslie Levy, Sorrell’s attorney, all of the organizations Choudhry will be required to donate to are either nonprofits that work with survivors of harassment or sexual assault or work on policy issues surrounding sexual violence.

The settlement ensures that Choudhry will voluntarily resign May 31, 2018 and will remain a tenured member of the faculty of UC Berkeley Law School in good standing until that time.

Choudhry will continue to perform his current administrative duties until the end of the 2016-17 school year and then will be away on unpaid sabbatical for the 2017-18 school year.

“All things considered it was a settlement that was very much in his interest in getting the whole thing behind him,” Taylor said.

Rosa Kwak, a member of the ASUC commission on sexual violence, said she supports Sorrell’s decision to settle the case and have closure. She added, however that she is disappointed that the university will not confirm the allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I think (the settlement) sort of perpetuates this toxic cycle on campus … where perpetrators, especially faculty and staff, are not held accountable to their actions.” Kwak said. “This case is very invalidating to survivors.”

In July 2015, Choudhry was found to have violated university sexual misconduct policy in a Title IX investigation conducted by the campus’s Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination.

Choudhry was placed on an indefinite leave of absence from his position as dean of the UC Berkeley Law School in March 2016 after Sorrell filed her lawsuit against him and the UC regents. He resigned from the position in March 2016 but remains on campus as a tenured professor who performs administrative duties."...

And SF Chronicle has:

"Terms of additional settlements between Sorrell and the university, and between Choudhry and the university, were not released.

In a statement released Friday, Sorrell said the $50,000 payment to charity represented a “significant financial contribution to a number of organizations of my choice that deal with the serious issues of sexual harassment and abuse.”

Sorrell’s attorney, Leslie Levy, said the terms of the settlement represented a “minor slap on the wrist” for Choudhry and that her client is “continuing to heal and struggle.” She said her client was not permitted to comment further under the terms of the agreement.

The agreement was signed March 31 but announced late Friday before the holiday weekend. University officials and Choudhry did not return calls seeking comment, and Levy said the timing of the announcement was “intended to minimize student and staff reaction” to the news of the settlement."
"Former UC provost Claude Steele, who participated in the case, said he was “glad to see this case resolved (and) hope all parties have a sense of justice about it and can find some peace.”

“I believe this case (has) deepened the university’s resolve and led to changes that should reduce the incidence of sexual harassment,” Steele said. “It has been a painful period, and we have further to go.”"

Mercury news has:
They also point out:" settlement between the school, former dean Sujit Choudhry and the assistant Tyann Sorrell was signed March 31, but not announced until late Friday before the holiday weekend and school officials said they would not answer further questions"

Remember back in November this happened:

An attempt to have it 'dealt with' before going forward? with:
Search committee for new Berkeley Law dean narrows in on 3 candidates

The three candidates are Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law; Laura Gómez, interim dean of the UCLA College’s Division of Social Sciences; and Kimberly Yuracko, a professor of law at Northwestern University."

-Chemerinsky seems the known quantity/most promising/likely Cal fit...Just as an off hand ..


If you want to see how it went with Choudhry:

And NYU with this:

In the beginning...


PS Biden focuses on how it shows up for students but doesn't talk so much about how it shows up for higher education research university staff (who also are the same people who help to facilitate things like his UC collab cancer moonshot)..
Long-standing practices of both/all political parties w/ higher education on this subject, they, for decades since passage of IX, try to narrow the topic etc. So it seems.

Thus the state of things..

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"legislators say UC is ignoring its own 2010 report by the University of California Commission on the Future which recommended that nonresident enrollment never exceed 10 percent. "

UC says now 20%, no you better make it 25%, --and the other side says 10%
So 15% as the compromise in May, or...?

See this article:
UC: Locals vs. the out-of-staters

"legislators asked UC last year to address the problem and are irritated that the university is proposing a 20 percent cap on nonresidents at most campuses, which is higher than the current system-wide percentage – 16.5 percent of UC’s 210,170 undergraduates.

UC’s proposal places an even higher nonresident cap on the most popular campuses, keeping it at existing levels – 24.4 percent at UC Berkeley, 22.9 percent at UC San Diego and 22.8 percent at UCLA. A decade ago, nonresident enrollment in the UC system was 5 percent.

“We strongly oppose the nonresident enrollment limit under discussion,” McCarty wrote in a letter co-signed by 15 other legislators last month. “We believe the proposal does not go far enough in restoring the University of California to its commitment to California taxpayers and students.”"

Choice and Student Debt
Most students pay more for college than an affordability benchmark recommends, according to a new report, and some of the overspending is by choice

NY beats CA to it:


Average cost of attending a UC campus rose about 4% last year, regents told


Relying on Women, Not Rewarding Them
New study suggests female professors outperform men in terms of service -- to their possible professional detriment.

And then,
Compensation survey from AAUP says faculty salaries are up slightly year over year, but institutional budgets continue to be balanced “on the backs” of adjuncts and out-of-state students.

Unpleasant Comparisons with salary for Chancellors and presidents and administration...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Over the past few years, universities have been called out for keeping high-profile professors who are top grant-getters even after they have been identified as serial harassers. Ongoing victimization all too easily becomes viewed as acceptable when establishments fail to intervene."

UC Berkeley is the go to reference for it here in this WaPo op ed piece

That points to this on Cal

Accusations Continue To Fly, more

The Aggie
"Katehi believes that the investigation last year and the allegations presented against her were not represented well by the statements made by the UCOP, having sent out several tweets against the article by the Davis Enterprise. One tweet read: “I have been working in Higher Ed in the US for 38 years. This is the first time I have experienced this treatment.”

Katehi feels that the UCOP was trying to place the blame on her for the expensive investigation.

“The only thing a President has to do is to ask the Chancellor to leave the position,” Katehi said. “That happens all the time and there are many respectful ways to allow the Chancellor to step down from the position.”

Katehi maintains that she and her family were threatened and that she was asked to leave her position without any proof that she violated the trust of the university or the law.

“I was asked to leave the university and I am a distinguished faculty member. I have tenure,” Katehi said. “There is a process the UC Senate takes if tenure is to be removed for a faculty member.”

Katehi believes the whole development of the investigation could have been avoided if the UC president had asked her to step down from chancellor by justifying the accusations instead of threatening her and her family.

“There was no need for an investigation,” Katehi said. “The only thing that the president should have done was tell me for all the reasons she wanted me to step down from my position. But this is not what happened. What happened was that I was threatened that I and my family will be investigated unless I would leave the university, not just the chancellor position. […] I am a member of the National Academy of Engineering and am one of the most cited engineering women in the U.S. and around the world. I would not leave the university overnight as a thief without knowing why I’m leaving the university.”

Katehi believes that the funds might have been better used to support universities and the students, and hopes that UC Davis can focus on improving education and research, increasing the number of scholarships provided and improving the quality of teaching and facilities. Katehi plans to return to UC Davis in the fall as an electrical engineering professor and researcher."

-- yet still no statement from her on the status of her pledged scholarship donation to UC Davis students...What happened to it?

Meanwhile, at UC Berkeley no one seems to care that UC sat on the Dirk's investigation findings for several months as he continues in his role as $500,000+ per year Chancellor

"the investigation was completed in September"

In late March: "heavily redacted report released Friday"

- no one bats an eye...Biz as usual.


UC doesn't really seem to like CPRA compliance in their Title IX or whistleblower cases...but this is some good news on a sad story - and a good time to remember them

Friday, April 7, 2017

“I am concerned with the need to raise awareness among the faculty about gender-related issues in general within our community, and with the need to develop some concrete department level practices to prevent and/or respond to specific experiences like mine in the future,”

"Searles girls" and:
UC Berkeley Was Warned About Its Star Professor Years Before Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show that multiple students complained to the University of California, Berkeley, about professor John R. Searle — years before he was accused of sexually harassing a former student and employee in a March 2017 lawsuit.

Attitudes, Persuasion and that 'Body Politic' for Higher Ed

UC president walks downtown Merced, future site of administrative center

"Janet Napolitano toured the construction site for the $45 million Downtown Center, which is expected to be the workspace for some 370 employees when it opens early next year."

She also visited a highschool:
"Call this the ultimate University of California college recruitment event with “Jedi”-like advice.

"Your focus determines your reality,” UC President Janet Napolitano told students on Thursday."

And in Modesto Bee:
“A college education is a launching pad to the rest of your life. It’s a place to learn, to grow, to meet new people, learn about new ideas and viewpoints. It will help prepare you to take your place in the world,” Napolitano told the teens Thursday"...

At Sac Bee: UC initiative with Mexico shows advantages of cooperation over confrontation
By Janet Napolitano
"I’ve just returned from three days of talks in Mexico City with leaders in the Mexican government, in public and private education, in energy, and the business sector. At each stop and in every conversation, uncertainty about the Trump administration underpinned the tone.
The current and likely future relationship between the U.S. and Mexican governments – and by extension, the American and Mexican people – is complicado, the Mexicans often told me. Not that complicated was anything new. But that assessment was usually followed by alarming, or nonsensical, or much worse.

That’s just one reason why it’s more important than ever for institutions such as universities to step in to help – with research-backed facts, perspective and common sense – instead of Americans and Mexicans walling off each other.

I started the University of California’s Mexico initiative three years ago to strengthen UC research and collaboration with Mexico’s institutions of higher education, scholars and researchers, government officials and the private sector. The plan was to advance solutions to critical issues affecting life on both sides of the border.

The initiative is now showing results, and these successes have come at a propitious time. Among the outcomes announced during this trip were a $10 million grant from Mexico’s Energy Ministry for energy efficiency projects with UC researchers, gains in combating diabetes on both sides of the border, and new student internships. A reception at UC’s Casa de California brought together more than 200 UC alumni living in Mexico who were eager to support the UC-Mexico partnership.

But we can do more. Knowledge and ideas transcend lines in the sand or marks on a land surveyor’s map, and applying this common-sense adage to help solve mutual challenges in public health, energy and the environment, to name but a few, is part of what UC does.

This makes sense, not only to what Mexico calls its “nation building,” but to furthering and strengthening California-Mexico ties. Mexico has been California’s number one trading partner since 1999 and it remains the largest market for exports of California-made goods. Helping Mexico to become more developed, prosperous and secure helps California, and our nation, too.

When I was Department of Homeland Security secretary, I and others worked closely with Mexican counterparts who shared vital intelligence about binational threats such as drug cartels, human trafficking and terrorism. Let’s hope this cooperation continues, for the good of us all.

In my former role as governor of Arizona, I saw clearly the advantages of cooperation over confrontation with our southern neighbors. Today the former governor of the Mexican state of Sonora and I remain close friends.

We had dinner together last week and the talk around the table was the likelihood that recent anti-Mexico rhetoric and actions could not only spark a trade war, but also catapult a far left, anti-American politician into the Mexican presidency. With each government fueled more by nationalistic slogans than pragmatic respect and cooperation, we’ll all pay too high a price.

On this recent trip to Mexico, I gave talks at the Foreign Relations Ministry, the Energy Ministry, the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and the Mexican equivalent of our Council on Foreign Relations. Without exception, the Mexicans met me and others from UC with a sense of gratitude and relief. The fact that we had even made the trip gave them hope.

Mexico must remain our trusted partner and friend. Californians, especially, have families, a cultural heritage and interests in common with Mexico. We must be pragmatists, not antagonists.

The University of California will continue building bridges, not walls, with our neighbor to the south, fostering collaboration and respect."

Janet Napolitano is president of the University of California. She can be contacted at

Next item:

One might recall at the March UC Regents Meeting UC Regent Blum's comments about 'Carol Christ, George Soros and Central European University'
'as a point of interest Carol and I both serve on board of CEU a university which is basically fully funded by George Soros' to paraphrase him...( if you missed those comments- see at time mark 23:00 here
-wondered at the time If that was the best way for regent Blum to position a new UC Berkeley Chancellor for success...)

See now Christ co-authors this op ed on that very same topic- at WaPo:

Curious how does it place her position w/ some sphere of influence in DC?


It appears, following a national trend, that some UC faculty have decided to seek public office:

In the sciences:

And in law:


One also remembers the position of the UC ACAD rep designate at the March UC Regents meeting
To paraphrase 'i was a non resident int'l student accepted to UC and for that matter every faculty member in my acad Dept who now teaches at UC also was accepted as an int'l non resident student to UC- every one of us'

And wondered if that was a good positioning for political persuasion - you can find the exact statement:

See at time mark 1:54:00 here

His comments- of which both faculty reps seemed quite proud - sounded to be in disconnect to the interests concerns voiced by many CA residents, should those comments be reassuring to them? And some still recall this history on that school in recent years and so...


Finally there is that Cal higher education conference happening now that includes some UC speakers/ panelists from a very particular vein of UC 'leadership' today--
As they offer their own political slant on higher education funding...
Also remember the exchange between Khosla and Ortiz-Oakley during the March UC Regents meeting, about non resident tuition and that $500 million ask to CA -see at time mark 1:27:00


BTW there is an April 13 UC Regents meeting- health affairs , which always has repercussions for UC Systemwide, so:

Health Services Committee (open session - includes public comment session)
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period2 (20 minutes)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 3, 2017
H1 Discussion Remarks of the Executive Vice President – UC Health
H2 Discussion Update on the Affordable Care Act

2:15 pm Health Services Committee (closed session)

Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of March 3, 2017
H6(X) Discussion Real Estate Terms Related to Child, Teen and Family Center and
Department of Psychiatry Building, San Francisco Campus
Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]
H7(X) Discussion UC Health – Regulatory Litigation and Enforcement; Emerging
Risks and Opportunities

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"At the current rate of gender pay gap, we are looking at 2059 until white women are paid equally to men and even longer for women of color. "

How does it show up at UC?:
" new Center for Gender Equity and Leadership at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Gap Inc. has had the opportunity to work with Kellie over the years and I’ve personally had the chance to experience her progressive and provocative thinking on corporate sustainability and issues impacting women in the workplace."

..." Equal Pay Day, which will be held this year on April 4. Unlike some fixed holidays, the date is adjusted annually to symbolize how far into the new year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Although not a major improvement, this year’s date moved up from April 12 in 2016 to represent the narrowing of the gender pay gap by approximately one cent, from 21 cents to 20 cents. In other words, the average woman still earns only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Equality, including gender equality, is critical for companies and employees to thrive. I sat down with Kellie to talk about the latest in the important area of gender equality research. "...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Academic Tenure or Public vs Private Reasons?...Katehi- raising more new questions

Is it more about academic tenure processes that are wasteful, or public vs private processes, or particularly peculiar CA?

See this new coverage of UC Davis and UCOP and questions raised :

Spending $1 Million to Get Rid of a Single Bureaucrat
In California, state officials are giving due diligence a bad name.

"As a general matter, it’s hard to fault thoroughness, but can it possibly be rational to review 67,000 documents, interview 55 individuals, and spend nearly $1 million in public money to get rid of a chancellor whose failures were manifestly clear? Wouldn’t it be better to have a bureaucracy where employees earning $400,000 or so per year could just be fired at will, or after a short review, or with the right to one brief appeal? Why should Californians permit a system where the class of public employees enjoys job protections and due process against termination so extravagant that private employees can scarcely imagine them?"

Sunday Commentary: The Absurdity of the Katehi Investigation

" As Ms. Katehi pointed out in her stream of Tweets last week, “I was asked to resign from the University w/o any proof of wrongdoing*.” UC probably figured they were going to have to do this investigation one way or the other – either up front or through a litigation process, and they probably did the math and figured this would be cheaper."

*Bold emphasis added here.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

UC Sees Drop in international applicants, UC Regents meet April 3, more.

UC sees 1st drop in international applicants in more than decade
"last time undergraduates from around the world shied away from UC, the United States had just led a multinational invasion of Iraq in 2003. The war coincided with a plunge in international interest in UC campuses and other American universities in 2004 and 2005 that even post-9/11 security crackdowns had failed to achieve.

Now the phenomenon appears to be back — not only at UC, but at campuses across the country, according to a new national survey of 261 colleges and universities by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Nearly 40 percent of those schools reported a drop in international applications of at least 2 percent, with the greatest decrease from countries in the Middle East.
"The perception is that this administration wants to keep these students out,” said Melanie Gottlieb, the association’s deputy director. Admissions officers reported that would-be applicants expressed concerns about “negative rhetoric around the Muslim faith, and immigration changes — even before the (aborted) travel ban” from Muslim-majority countries, Gottlieb said.

Asked to respond, a representative from the U.S. Department of Education said only, “We can’t speculate.”

"Trump budget cuts could hit research universities hard, Moody’s warns"

A bit more on:

Notice of Meeting: Compliance and Audit Committee, April 3, 2017

Agenda – Closed Session

C1(X) Discussion State Audit of University of California Office of the President –
Administrative Expenditures