Thursday, June 29, 2017

Same Ol' New

See Remaking the University:
"Despite all of the talk over the last few years of the growing state support for the system, in reality the state has not been providing adequate funding for the increased student populations and the University has not been directing adequate funding towards faculty and front-line staff to meet the enrollment growth. I think that all of us are aware of growing class sizes, increased demands on staff, inadequate housing for students etc. This budget will make things worse.

I'll discuss internal governance issues in my next post. But for now I think that it is clear that this particular budget is a step backward in maintaining UC quality. It is a dramatic display of the increasingly broken relationship between UCOP, the Regents, and the State"...

Daily Bruin has it like this:
"Gov. Jerry Brown signs state budget that increases funds for UC"


UC Implements New Sexual Misconduct Response Procedures

“Combined with our ongoing prevention strategies, these clearly-defined frameworks strengthen our procedures for handling sexual misconduct cases and furthering a culture of safety and respect at the University,” UC president Janet Napolitano said in a statement.

Among the new procedures will be the completion of investigations within 60 business days and decisions on discipline within 40 days after that. After an investigation, complainants and respondents will have an opportunity to communicate with the decision-maker about their desired outcome.

For staff members, any discipline proposed by the supervisor of the accused will be reviewed and approved by the chancellor or a chancellor designee. For faculty, a peer review committee on each campus will advise the chancellor or chancellor designee on an appropriate resolution, including discipline.

The new frameworks will also provide clear roles and responsibilities for Title IX offices and other offices involved in the adjudication and discipline of the cases."



LPC: Owl Rock forms loan fund with University of California Regents

"An Owl Rock spokesperson declined to comment. A spokesperson for Regents did not return a telephone call or e-mails seeking comment."


Democrats block Republican legislator's proposal for forensic audit of UCOP ...

Start at the 2:35:00 time mark here:


New Models for Community Colleges

"New College in California
“Part of this is the governor’s desire to reach more students in California through a technology platform,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California Community College system. “The 114 campuses are designed in a traditional manner, so we’re reaching a traditional population that is students coming out of high schools.”
But a new online-only college could reach students those traditional brick-and-mortar campuses are currently missing -- adults who are unemployed or underemployed, he said.
“We’ve really spent some time looking at the demographics of returning veterans, displaced workers and working adults with some college and no credential to see if this gives us an opportunity to reach that demographic, which at this point we don’t serve well,” Oakley said.
The state’s two-year system already has the Online Education Initiative, which debuted last year. The OEI is a collaborative program that allows students to register and participate in online courses across multiple degrees. The initiative provides online counseling and allows students to find and take online courses that may be overbooked on their home campus.
There’s also the California Virtual Campus. That website, which works alongside OEI, to help students find transferable courses to California State University campuses. The system particularly makes it easier for students pursuing an associate degree for transfer.
Under an online-only college, neither the virtual campus nor OEI would go away.
“We don’t want to cannibalize the system, and we wouldn't want to create a college to take enrollment from other colleges,” Oakley said. “Any solution would have to complement what we do, and it has to have an opportunity to share revenue with the colleges and really enhance their ability to serve students.”
The idea would be to leverage the content and capabilities of the virtual college and OEI, as well as look into the state’s Open Education Resource initiative, which uses free materials and textbooks for students, as part of the online college solution.
The governor has given the chancellor’s office until November to submit a proposal that would include a number of options for how the online college would be formed and how much it would cost. From there the governor will decide which option the state will invest its money into.
Oakley said the system is looking at Arizona State University, Rio Salado College and even other online universities that have recruited potential community college students away from the California public system.
“We’re pushed and threatened by other online colleges throughout the country,” he said, adding that the proposal would seek not only to recapture the enrollments the system is losing but to go after new students.
In Northern California, particularly the northern inland Shasta County region, about a third of adults have some college and no degree. But there are also significant equity gaps with the tribal population in that area, said Julie Ajinkya, vice president for applied research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy. That's why institutions should be mindful of the types of strategies and interventions they use to target the particular barriers rural populations face beyond access, she said.
"It's important to keep in mind that some of these solutions don't work for everyone when we look at certain opportunities for disconnected populations like those in rural areas," Ajinkya said, referring to online or distance learning solutions. "We want to make sure they're underscored by quality assessments to make sure these are programs that connect these students to high-quality learning outcomes that connect to high-quality job opportunities.""


California increases statewide free tuition programs for community colleges ...

This piece by long time UC staff - Op Ed:
"UC San Diego is failing in equity and diversity"

Things Cal-ish include the term "layoffs" in the subheading:

More here:

Other stuff:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Health and Finance UC Regents committees meet

And some of the newly appointed UC Regents sat in or were already assigned to committees- the finance committee highlighted once again that UCOP has an unclear role -some Regents said UCOP is akin to corporate headquarters for UC and other Regents said UCOP is a service

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

More push back on how UC Regents are continually appointed in a process that does not follow existing policies. Also- More than 'fitness freebies' downplay spin?

"Former UC Berkeley employee told to lie on taxes, per lawsuit
The woman alleges she was asked to do personal chores for the chancellor’s family."

See coverage of this meeting in DC:
Dianne Feinstein defends Janet Napolitano, Berkeley during Senate hearing on campus free speech

This gets into
Accounting and Conflicts, and multiple failed decades long attempts to enforce existing rule on the UC Regents appointment process, see:

How to Improve Board of Regents Selection? Use the Existing Process

" Request that the Senate insist that the California Constitution be followed when nominating Regents to the University of California

Dear Pro Tem de León,

On June 10, 2017, the San Francisco Chronicle published a front page story, “Are governors ignoring law when appointing UC regents?”[1] reporting that Governor Jerry Brown recently nominated four people to the Board of Regents of the University of California without following the process specified by Article 9 Sections 9d and 9e, which requires consultation with a broad-based committee whose purpose is to ensure that the Regents are “broadly reflective of the economic, cultural, and social diversity of the State.” As the San Francisco Chronicle stated in its June 12 editorial “Follow the law, Gov. Brown,”[2] “California’s Constitution is not a list of suggestions for our elected leaders. In a society subject to the rule of law, its provisions must be followed.”

With the ongoing controversies about the Board of Regents and the UC Office of the President that the Regents oversee, having an effective Board of Regents committed to high quality, accessible, and affordable higher education in California is more important than ever.

We are particularly concerned that the majority of the Regents and of Governor Brown’s latest nominees continue to be dominated by an economic, cultural, and social elite that is not broadly representative of the diversity of the State. In addition, some Regents, including some now nominated, have been invested in privatized higher education and so could benefit financially by the failure of UC in particular and public higher education in general.

If the University of California, as a public institution, administered by the Regents as a public trust, is to further the aspirations of outstanding students from all populations in our state, then the Regents need to be more representative than they currently are of all Californians and the interests of the public.

A more representative Board of Regents would have likely done a better job of assuring accountability of the UC Office of the President and given a higher priority to vigorous efforts to restore high quality, accessible, and tuition-free higher education to the people of California as envisioned in the California Master Plan for Higher Education. A recent report that we and other organizations released through the Reclaim coalition, The $48 Fix,[3] shows that this goal is achievable in California yet there has been no discussion of restoring the Master Plan by the current Board of Regents. The fact that it is dominated by wealthy interests for whom the steadily increasing costs would not be a practical problem may help explain the lack of urgency in building the confidence of the public and policymakers needed to restore tuition-free education at UC.

Therefore, we respectfully request that the Rules Committee enforce the California Constitution by immediately rejecting (without prejudice) the Governor’s nominees.[4] Regent terms begin as soon as the Governor nominates them, so these improperly nominated Regents can vote on issues at the upcoming Regent’s meeting unless the Senate Rules Committee acts quickly to reject them.

We also request that the Constitutionally-required advisory committee be more than a pro forma process and that the Senate state that it will only consider Regent nominees that have been vetted through an open public process. Meetings should be conducted in accordance with the Bagley-Keene Act, including proper public notices of meetings with opportunities for public comment. The rejection of the current slate should not preclude these candidates from being considered in the future via the proper advisory committee process.

Geographical diversity is important. On June 13, the Modesto Bee expressed concerns about the uneven geographic distribution of the current Regents, and that the current slate of nominees does not remedy this problem.[5] For this reason we urge the Senate to require that the advisory committee not simply meet in Sacramento, but hold meetings around the state to collect input and suggestions.

Such a discussion would also provide an opportunity to hear from California students, their families, and other interested parties on the future of UC and what needs to be done to reclaim the California Master Plan for Higher Education.

Thank you for your consideration.

Stanton Glantz
On behalf of the Board of the Council of UC Faculty Associations
And this reminder of UC Regents meetings taking place tomorrow:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Deal on Middle Class Scholarship Program and assessments for UC PATH, more

New state budget deal punishes UC president’s office

"A rejection of Brown’s plan to phase out the Middle Class Scholarship program at the University of California and California State University. Instead, the scholarship program would be kept and Cal Grants would increase to cover rising fees at campuses.


"We have talked repeatedly about the need for oversight,” Rendon said. “We take our accountability role seriously.”
The main budget bill, AB97, sends $296.4 million for Napolitano’s office in the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1 and another $52.4 million for UC Path, the university’s payroll and human resources system.
In the past, the state gave that money to campuses, which were then charged campus assessment fees by Napolitano’s office. That indirect state funding gave the president’s office exclusive control over how to spend that money. Under the deal, the state would instead directly send money to Napolitano’s office and require UC to eliminate the campus fees, so that lawmakers could oversee and control how that money is spent. UC opposed the change, which would be for one year. Lawmakers could decide during budget negotiations next year whether to continue the oversight of Napolitano’s budget.
Lawmakers moved to wrest control of spending by Napolitano’s office after a state audit found a litany of problems there, including hidden funds and misleading accounting practices. The budget bill also includes other strings on the president’s office, such as barring it from providing supplemental retirement payments for new senior administrators.
The state would withhold $50 million in funding if UC doesn’t fix financial problems the state auditor identified in the review.
“After the findings of the auditor, we decided to take action,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco. “We will be providing greater oversight.”"

"Now it turns out that even the process by which the regents themselves are chosen has a tremendous transparency problem."

SF Chronicle:"Follow the law, Gov. Brown"

"But it seems the governor isn’t following this provision of the state Constitution.

Six advisory committee members whom The Chronicle were able to reach said they haven’t been consulted in the selection of any of the governor’s regents.

Instead, they were told who the new regents would be shortly before the governor’s public announcement.

The governor’s office said he “welcomes input” from the committee before issuing the public announcements.

Brown may not be alone in ignoring this state constitutional provision.

According to our interviews with previous advisory committee members, previous governors also failed to consult with them on regent selections. Some previous members said the committee had failed to meet during their tenures and questioned whether it had ever met at all.

This oversight failure has had a negative outcome on the regents board. The 18 appointed regents fit a specific profile: wealthy executives, financiers or attorneys.

Considering this narrow milieu, some of their recent tone-deaf decisions, like charging the university thousands of dollars for pricey parties and dinners, make more sense. But it’s inappropriate behavior in a state with high poverty rates and a struggling middle class. These are precisely the kinds of reasons why voters want more public accountability — as they decided in 1974.

Most importantly, California’s Constitution is not a list of suggestions for our elected leaders.

In a society subject to the rule of law, its provisions must be followed. The state’s courts may have to correct this, and we urge them to look into it."


Monday, June 12, 2017

UC Regents Committees Meet June 21

June 21 - Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Agenda – Open Session
F1 Discussion Review of Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget for Office of the President

June 21 - Health Services Committee
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period2 (20 minutes)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of April 13, 2017
H1 Discussion Remarks of the Executive Vice President – UC Health
H2 Discussion UCSF Health Budget Overview, San Francisco Campus
H3 Discussion Student Health and Counseling Update


Will those four appointed but unconfirmed regents begin sitting in on and participating in UC Regents Committees meetings , or at the July full board meeting ? Those appointed UC Regents are allowed to participate in UC Regents meetings even before/until/or even if they are not confirmed by the CA Senate rules committee for a full year, so...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"unvarnished opinions of campus leaders"??

"Consensus is near on the University of California, but a clash over middle-class scholarships looms

The most volatile item to watch in higher education funding is just how much budget impact there will be from an April state audit of UC President Janet Napolitano’s spending — including charges of hidden surplus cash in her office’s budget and an effort to keep the unvarnished opinions of campus leaders out of the hands of state audit investigators.

Brown proposed in his May revised budget that $50 million in UC funds be tied to a series of reforms. Legislators want to go further, with the Senate demanding new transparency in Napolitano’s office funds and the Assembly proposing to divvy up some of the UC president’s extra cash.

Less talked about, but just as politically contentious, may be the governor’s effort to phase out the program offering UC and Cal State University scholarships to students from families with incomes and assets of up to $156,000. The program is expected to cost $53 million in the coming fiscal year. The Assembly rejected Brown’s plan last month."

Owning the Transition

Seems like Cal grudgingly is now putting out joint statement on the latest filling of positions - that maybe everyone has caught on to 'the prior admin appointed, so' excuses etc
Some coverage treated it as solely Dirks appointments in his last weeks as Chancellor..
See latest Dirks and C.Christ joint statements-they both start off with "UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Carol Christ, interim executive vice chancellor and provost and chancellor-designate, have made this announcement:"

"Eight UC audits in four years"- is that inaccurate?

LA Times
"All of this stems from a state audit — the eighth related to UC in four years "

And then repeated: like this...

Based, it would seem, on this:
"Eight audits in four years? UC is getting strong-armed - Sacramento Bee"

BUT take a look at UC Regents May Meeting roughly two minutes of comment from the CSA refuting that claim, includes quotes from CSA Howle to question from Regent Makarechian about that 'eight audits in four years' assertion:

'You talk about eight audits of the UC when we saw that we went back to the newspaper. We have not done eight audits of the UC in the last four or even five years. We have done
1- this audit
2- a year ago we did the audit on non resident enrollment etc
3- we, every three years do an audit of the Clery...
Because we are responsible for reporting on 6 campuses every three years
We also did the Title IX audit the Title IX audit was not exclusive of UC -it was UC and CSU, where we were asked to look at how well the campuses were doing on and .. is IX being implemented to protect students...
I would dispute the eight audits and we certainly can provide evidence we did not conduct 8 audits over the last four years. and I most certainly did not do 8 audits exclusively of the UC system.'

See the exchange here 1:19:43 - 1:21:00 time mark:

-Even if you include the one additional audit on 'UC PATH -UC contracting' to be released by CSA in August, you still don't get to eight...

Op Ed should include a list of the 8 audits and the corresponding year -or folks are left to wonder what is true...
They said they 'went back to the newspaper'- but were there follow up clarifications/correct /updates on the 'eight audits in four years' claim?

Monday, June 5, 2017

University of California Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano today (June 5) issued the following statement pertaining to an independent review of the state auditor’s allegation that the UC Office of the President interfered with campus surveys connected to the recent state audit.


UC Regents Hire Law Firm to Investigate it central office handling of state audit:

Regents retain consultants to investigate alleged UCOP survey interference

Statement from University of California Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano

University of California Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano today (June 5) issued the following statement pertaining to an independent review of the state auditor’s allegation that the UC Office of the President interfered with campus surveys connected to the recent state audit.

The University of California Board of Regents has retained former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos R. Moreno and the law firm of Hueston Hennigan LLP, to conduct a fact-finding review of actions undertaken by the Office of the President with respect to surveys the California state auditor sent to UC campuses as part of the recent audit of the Office of the President.

Justice Moreno will provide expertise in the areas of fact-finding and neutral evaluation, while Brian Hennigan will be the firm’s partner in charge of providing legal services.

On May 11, 2017, the Board of Regents authorized the chair of the board, in consultation with a regents’ working group, to retain an independent external law firm or other consultant to assist the regents in reviewing these alleged actions. The members of the working group are Regents George Kieffer, Bonnie Reiss, John Pérez, Charlene Zettel and Lozano, who also serves as chair.

The fact-finding review is expected to conclude in a timely manner and the results will be presented to the Board of Regents as soon as they are available.

What's it all about, 403B?

"possible significant losses resulting from the offering of high-cost retail funds as investment options to employees and retirees, in violation of state fiduciary duty laws. We are currently investigating the following plans:

University of California’s Defined Contribution Plan, Tax-Deferred 403(b) Plan, and 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
California State’s Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program"

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Four UC Regent Appointments-Some cynical UC Regents appointments?

Updates below: this reaction: " UC Faculty Assoc. @uc_faculty"
"Governor Brown just named more political and financial elites to be UC Regents, contrary to article 9 section 9d"


"SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Maria Anguiano, 38, of Riverside, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Anguiano has been chief financial officer at Minerva Project Inc. since 2017. She served as a vice chancellor of planning and budget for the University of California, Riverside from 2014 to 2017 and as chief of staff and director of strategic initiatives at the University of California, Office of the President from 2009 to 2014. Anguiano was an assistant vice president at Barclays Capital from 2006 to 2009 and a senior accountant at Deloitte from 2001 to 2004. Anguiano is treasurer of the Impact Fund Board of Directors and a member of the James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Anguiano is a Democrat.

Howard “Peter” Guber, 75, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Guber has been chairman and chief executive officer at Mandalay Entertainment Group since 1995. He was chairman and chief executive officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment from 1989 to 1995, co-owner at Guber Peters Entertainment Company Incorporated from 1979 to 1983 and co-founder at Casablanca Records and Filmworks from 1975 to 1979. Guber was studio chief at Columbia Pictures from 1968 to 1975. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Guber earned Master of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees from the New York University School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Guber is registered without party preference.

Lark Park, 47, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Park has been senior advisor to the Governor for policy in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. since 2015, where she served as a deputy legislative affairs secretary from 2011 to 2015. She was a consultant to the California State Senate’s Committee on Human Services from 2009 to 2011 and to the Committee on Health from 2005 to 2009. Park served as a legislative aide and consultant to State Senator Gloria Romero in 2005 and as legislative aide and press secretary to State Assemblymember Joe Simitian from 2002 to 2005. She was a staff writer at the Industry Standard from 2000 to 2001, editor of equity research at W.R. Hambrecht and Co. in 2000 and a staff reporter at Technologic Partners from 1998 to 2000. Park was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton from 1995 to 1997 and served as a writer at the White House from 1994 to 1995. She earned a Master of Arts degree in English and American literature from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Park is a Democrat.

Ellen Tauscher, 65, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Tauscher has been a strategic advisor at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC since 2012. She served as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2012 and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2009. She is chair of the Governor's Military Council and the eHealth, Inc. Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Edison International Board of Directors and SeaWorld Board of Directors. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Tauscher is a Democrat.


Then see coverage: Jerry Brown appoints 4 new members to UC Board of Regents

Ties to Minerva project, --not a UC model?

The fin and consulting firms that pop up in existing UCOP senior management bios pop up once again
...And it has to be noted that some of those folks in recent years left in the middle of state audit (when it was their role to get UC through such audit processes) or in the middle of hundreds million or multi million projects that were coming in over budget and behind schedule... So that is something to remember of those folks, as we consider background, --Is being an undergrad Bear or Bruin now alum enough to brush away concerns?

Keep in mind the 'if we think we know what we are doing we're kidding ourselves' message from Blum on UC Regents recently too, so...

Anyway, back to this appointment, From archive

"Anguiano is currently Interim Deputy Chief of Staff – Strategic Planning and Analysis at the University of California Office of the President. Prior to that, she served for four years as Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the office of UC’s Chief Financial Officer, Peter Taylor. "-- the same section of UCOP initiatives that gave UC campuses rollout of projects like UC PATH and other project launch origins...

From a bio blurb for another appointment to a position in 2015
Lark Park, 45, of Sacramento, has been appointed Senior Advisor for Policy in the Office of the Governor, where she has served as deputy legislative affairs secretary since 2011. Park was a consultant to the California State Senate Committee on Human Services from 2009 to 2011 and to the Committee on Health from 2005 to 2009. She served as a legislative aide and consultant to State Senator Gloria Romero in 2005 and as legislative aide and press secretary to State Assemblymember Joe Simitian from 2002 to 2005. Park was a staff writer at the Industry Standard from 2000 to 2001, editor of equity research at W.R. Hambrecht and Co. in 2000 and a staff reporter at Technologic Partners from 1998 to 2000. She was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton from 1995 to 1997 and served as a writer at the White House from 1994 to 1995. Park earned a Master of Arts degree in English and American literature from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. ... Park is a Democrat.


Is that a full professor being appointed UC Regent?: "He is a professor at the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television and the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an Entertainment and Media Analyst for Fox Business News."

-Apparently not a prof:

And on the fourth of the four,
Some might see it as a familiar face, typical appointment
Others may view it through the lens of
A pol that revolves to k st. Lobby? Then a regent?

-- Are these inspired picks? Could it've been , say, Oprah and Steyer, or others ? Or, all just power grabs from the usual UC segments?

Should the rules committee delay on confirming? Or is this the best that can be done under circumstances? Remember we are being told by UC Regents not many folks even wannabe or can be UC pres..
- but they don't tell us the real number on qualified applicants in the applicant pool when recruiting for those positions...

Then"University of California Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano and UC President Janet Napolitano today (June 2) welcomed Gov. Brown's four .. ."

And, pivot to/still a 'beyond CA' profile fixation attached to the important cause:

Napolitano: UC won’t back off on climate change efforts

Another version of Cal Title IX problems...

Comes up in:4 lawsuits, including 2 Title IX investigation petitions, filed against regents

Also see, a Dirk's appointment- should it be a Christ appointment?: