Sunday, May 14, 2017

Some UC Regent Belligerence, and ''Why not those UCOP answers earlier??' and 'How much'' all over the place...

Is this the tone for the UC Regents meeting this week?
"It’s total nonsense,” Regent Richard Blum, a major financial contributor to UC, said of the Board of Regents-ordered audit. “But if I were still (the board’s) chairman, I might feel the need to do it as well.”

Blum said there was nothing improper about keeping millions in reserves and that a portion of the money was mandated to be doled out over time.

As for the state investigation’s finding that Napolitano’s staff reviewed UC campuses’ responses to the auditor’s surveys before they were sent to Sacramento, Blum says he buys Napolitano’s argument that the campuses asked for the help....

“I’m not easily snowed over, and in my opinion Janet Napolitano is an excellent UC president and I support her,” Blum said.

Blum is hardly alone on the board in his view of Napolitano. Even Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who sits on the board and who criticized Napolitano for holding back the money while raising tuition, said, “I continue to believe in her ability and capacity to turn it around.”

Not that Blum exactly embraces Newsom as an ally. In fact, he said the lieutenant governor’s criticism of Napolitano’s money handling was “chicken s—.”

“And you can print that.”"
SF Chronicle now has some UCOP comments, explanation they are floating in advance of this week's meeting, one wonders why they did not give such answers earlier -in the report they(budget and operations directors VP etc.) are asked about the same things but the answers were...

See now:

"Emails obtained by The Chronicle show that auditors had to repeatedly ask Napolitano’s office to show what the reserves were going to be used for.

“This is a very complex budget,” Nava said Friday. “Some of these things are difficult to explain — not because we don’t know what’s going on, but because of the complexity.”"
"Uncommitted funds ($38 million). This money represents savings from unfilled vacancies in the president’s office, interest income from the university’s endowment, and annual fees from campuses that finance most of the budget for the president’s office, according to Nava, Goode and Thera Kalmijn, executive director of operations at the president’s office.

Howle said that $32 million of the unspent $175 million came from the fees paid by campuses, and she recommended that this money go back to them.

Discretionary commitments ($54 million). These are projects Napolitano specializes in, her staff said. She has set aside funds for practical purposes, like broken heating systems in UC buildings ($2.5 million); improving cybersecurity ($7.2 million); and fixing the homes of campus chancellors ($250,000).


But she has also started large projects — “multiyear commitments” — of a kind her predecessor, Mark Yudof, never did, said Napolitano’s spokeswoman, Dianne Klein. Napolitano became president in July 2013."
"budget for the Global Food Initiative shows that Napolitano started it in 2014. But the budget hasn’t been updated since December and shows no expenditures from the $3.3 million touted by her office last summer in a news release.

It does show, however, that past expenditures ranged from $606,000 on food research; about $430,000 on food projects for kindergartners through 12th-graders, and nearly $1 million on communication about food, obesity and agriculture.

Napolitano’s staff will present a new budget for her office to the regents on Thursday for their approval.

Unlike in past years, Nava said, “there will be a very detailed, lengthy budget presentation.”"
-But the Regents said they didn't want "granular", details right?, And they also want the meetings to end earliest possible cuz they have to get back to wherever, whatever...

Then there is at LA Times:

"$350 hotel nights, limo rides in Europe: UC audit finds more questionable travel expenses"

This at Daily Cal:

Includes:" external vice president of Berkeley College Republicans, critiqued Napolitano, saying in an email that it would be “immoral” for Napolitano to continue as UC President. Tahmas also alleged in an email that Napolitano “lavishly” spent California tax dollars that could have been reinvested into the UC system.

The board of Cal Berkeley Democrats also supports Janet Napolitano’s resignation, according to Cal Berkeley Democrats President Caiden Nason.

“We’re happy that an elected official said it,” Nason said. “The UCOP has put profit over students … Janet Napolitano has time and time again shown she is more concerned with other aspects of the UC, not the students.”

UC Student Association President Ralph Washington Jr. said that he’s not surprised that members of the assembly no longer have confidence in Napolitano.

Washington added that when one is critical of leadership, one should also be critical of the institution as well.

“The students have been making the case for a long time that the stakes are different between students and those who are making the decisions,” Washington said. “When the costs become too high, students are the ones who cannot eat and have nowhere to sleep. The decisions need to be based on an understanding of students.”


Also see:
"Therefore the campus, according to Hermalin, has to “match the competition or … be within striking distance of it.”

He also cited Bay Area’s higher cost of living as another factor behind higher salaries.

“Average professor salary at the University of Michigan is 93% of Berkeley’s, but Ann Arbor is a 51% cheaper place to live than Berkeley,” Hermalin said in an email. “If Berkeley matched Michigan on a cost-of-living basis, the $162,846 average salary at U of M would need to be $329,553 at Berkeley.”

Campus spokesperson Michael Dirda said UC Berkeley professors are “accomplished” but its place on the list reflects a combination of factors including campus prestige, quality and geographical location.

In response to a question about high professor salaries in light of the current campus budget deficit, Hermalin said all costs have to be considered."

"Hermalin added that maintaining UC Berkeley’s excellence is a priority, a goal achievable by remaining competitive in the job market, which makes professor salaries one of many priorities. Dirda said equal consideration is also given to student welfare and campus safety.

The Daily Californian created a database of professor pay-checkers in 2016 that shows the variation in inter-departmental salaries for the 2015 year. For example, average professor salary was $326,230 for the economics department, $202,711 for the electrical engineering department and $163,035 for the English department. The database also highlighted salary variations between professors within these departments.

Hermalin said salaries vary because different academic fields have different markets. Differences are also based on past work, research load and seniority, with longer serving professors getting paid more than those with lesser service, according to Dirda."


In Sacramento, Napolitano cited the spending justification : press releases, hundred+ press releases out of OP ..

Dirk's and Christ decide to announce this on graduation day, slipped in:

Just left with the question:
-How Much?


And is UCOP changing content on their site in advance of this week's meeting, or??

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