Tuesday, August 29, 2017

UC regards CSA as just "feedback"? 'Them' is or isn't 'Us'-More.

See upcoming:
Audits for JLAC Consideration

2017-125: University of California—Sexual Harassment Cases (Assembly Member Nazarian)


See at the 2:51:00 time mark that UC Practices in Settlements of Title IX Cases is discussed- one horrible set of practices in a case at UCLA is described:

It appears the item below was removed from the agenda just before the meeting:
2017-132: University of California Office of the President—Completion of Audit Work Relating to Duplicative Services & Functions (Assembly Member Ting)


"At the University of California, it pays to be a man"
", UC is certainly not alone in handing out testosterone-fueled pay packages: A 2016 study in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that “women at teaching hospitals holding the rank of professor tended to earn about as much as men holding the lower rank of associate professor.”

"The Bee reported that 385 UC employees earned higher gross pay than Napolitano in 2016. Twenty-two earned higher base pay. All but four of these were men.”"

"The 35 UC system employees with the highest gross pay in 2016 were all men"
"Of those 35 men, 25 of them had the highest base pay in the UC system — meaning even their base paydays are higher than that of "... UC President...


"All 35 of the University of California’s highest-paid employees in 2016 were men"
"The gender disparity among high earners was particularly acute among UC doctors."
Daily Bruin:

UC disputes state audit report on new payroll system costs
"Claire Doan, a UC Office of the President spokesperson, said the state audit includes additional costs that should not contribute to the overall cost estimate. In addition to the UC-estimated implementation cost of $504 million, the audit estimates the UC will spend an extra $183 million for UCPath Center operations, $115 million for financing and $140 million for campus implementation.

“We do not agree with (the audit’s $942 million budget estimate),” Doan said. “We primarily look at it as constructive feedback.”

See on that August UC Regents Health committee meeting that sprung up:
"The agenda involved approving a big bucks executive salary, a review of issues of branding and quality control for the various affiliated health care providers who carry the name of a UC health system, and financial "challenges" for the health enterprise at UCLA. As for affiliations, assurances were given that there is sufficient quality control and monitoring. Some regents were skeptical. UCLA is said to be suffering from costs rising faster than revenues - but, again, assurances were given that a way will be found to deal with the problem."

Maybe committee member Regent Sherman assuaged ...
Remember how they met up with David Geffen for relaxation and sightseeing?
And recently

There's also this in other items : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/even-morning-joe-and-mika-dont-understand-free-speech_us_59a40f35e4b0cb7715bfd729
BFA Chair writes:
Privatization increases inequality and reduces the quality of education

"Separating themselves from the campus, such “spiralists” set about appropriating control from the traditional campus rulers – faculty and faculty who become administrators. Gradually this new executive class begins to dictate terms to the practitioners of teaching and research. This can lead to struggles in which the faculty resist or even contribute to ejecting the chancellor and their entourage, as happened to chancellor Dirks. More often, though, faculty have every interest in complying. To maintain their claim to lead a “world-class” university, the new executives have to hold onto their most distinguished faculty and prevent them from being cherry-picked by private universities. To this end, the new corporate regime co-opts the faculty, protecting their salaries and sometimes even reducing their teaching loads However, they simultaneously divide the faculty, as newcomers have poorer pensions, and conditions in the professional schools are very different from the humanities.

The détente is only possible if exploitation is pushed down the ladder and a new class of faculty – contingent professionals – is created to absorb the extra teaching. For every new assistant professor, roughly two lecturers can be appointed for the same price, each of whom teaches twice as much as a tenure-system faculty member. Moreover, they can be hired and fired almost at will as budgetary circumstances demand."
"Here lies the paradox: the privatization strategy has been a public relations disaster. The news from UC Berkeley is botched handling of sexual harassment cases (to protect the brand), recruiting out-of-state and foreign students instead of California’s own children (to increase revenue); and various forms of petty corruption (in imitation of real executives). The recent audit of the UC Office of the President has been no less damaging to the image of UC.

It is time to turn the tables on the administration, subjecting it to austerity"...
Hechinger Report
After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople
California budgets millions to rebrand long-disparaged vocational education

UC Berkeley new Chancellor goes again to Krasny for the extended interview:

The climate...
rivers in the sky, clouds...
Them, us

Thursday, August 24, 2017

$942 Million! -Report on UC PATH project "Increasing Costs and Scheduling Delays Have Hampered the UCPath Project and Originally Anticipated Savings Are Unlikely to Materialize"

Another update, finally:"California Auditor Blasts UC System Over $942 Million IT System"

Here now is some coverage posted late afternoon from CA papers, their headlines don't wanna mention "$1 Billion dollars" for some reason, see SF Chron with the most intelligible article on it so far..:
"UC ripped again in latest audit that finds bungling of payroll upgrade"

(Is UC "ripped again" the most important aspect, detail in this news?)

And LA Times has a write up that seems like they don't quite understand the findings imo...
"UC's New Payroll System Will Cost At Least $200 Million More Than Expected"

- mostly NO coverage of this latest CSA report released early this morning, but the coverage that does exist so far is strange for it's lack of clarity or refusal to highlight the numbers CSA gave...

Sac Bee was following this UC PATH project costs story in recent years but today they still haven't filed a story on today's developments/report release-and the student papers and tv news are solely focused on covering those invited speakers at Cal for September events- they also still have not posted coverage of today's report release on UC PATH even eight hours later...
Could this all be politics, too? Suppressed speech on UC PATH project overrun to the tune of $1 Billion Dollars story?

Here is some more history:



Other red flag...like:

Earlier original post:
CSA Report on: "2016-125.2 - University of California Office of the President—UCPath Project
"Increasing Costs and Scheduling Delays Have Hampered the UCPath Project and Originally Anticipated Savings Are Unlikely to Materialize"
Release Date: August 24, 2017"

Includes: "Our audit concerning the University of California’s (university) planned systemwide payroll and human resources system, known as UCPath, and other information technology (IT) systems revealed the following:

The Office of the President currently projects UCPath’s implementation cost to be $504 million—$334 million over its original estimate of $170 million—but the full cost to the university is likely to be at least $942 million.
The Office of the President originally estimated that it would complete UCPath by August 2014, but it has delayed the implementation date by nearly five years, to June 2019.
The $753 million in cost savings, primarily from staff reductions, that the Office of the President anticipated would result from UCPath’s implementation, will not materialize.
Despite the significant departures from the original estimated cost, schedule, and savings for UCPath, the Office of the President has not consistently informed the regents of UCPath’s challenges.
Weaknesses in the Office of the President’s project management contributed to UCPath’s escalating cost and schedule delays.
It set aggressive schedules that are susceptible to delays caused by project scope changes or staffing constraints.
It did not establish rigorous change management processes that would have allowed it to assess how changes to the project’s scope would impact its cost and schedule.
Of the three campuses we reviewed concerning their IT contract management, two of the campuses had vaguely worded deliverables for milestones, hindering them from effectively measuring whether the vendors had met their obligations for payment."

Full Report

Fact sheet:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

endless campaigning of various sorts and quotes on 'dismay, disappointment, trade bait, DACA, resignation'

"California needs health-care workers, and it’s asking for help"

"University of California president Janet Napolitano and Dignity Health president Lloyd Dean will co-chair the commission, which is scheduled to hold its first meeting next month and plans to issue research and recommendations throughout the year for state legislators, schools, health care employers and others."


Napolitano writes in HuffPo "How UC is Shaping the Next Generation with First Generation"

UC kicks off systemwide effort to support first-generation students ...


"UC President Lauds Rising Black Enrollment"

DACA negotiations as Dreamers trade bait - all comes up in this new interview:


icymi: Kammen resigns federal post as science envoy, and adds plug for impeachment

"stupid" - "community"...other stuff

"UC Berkeley chancellor calls question about Cal selling beer at games ‘stupid’
She does see the athletic department’s staggering deficit as a serious issue, however."



"Berkeley chancellor to focus on funding and rebuilding community"

In: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/08/15/uc-berkeley-emphasizes-security-ahead-of-protests/
"Yes, would I rather spend those dollars in different ways? Absolutely,” said Christ. “I’d rather have more sections of computer science classes for undergraduates
but it is critical for us to protect free speech and we will expend what we need to in order to do that.”


Some interesting excerpts from the CSA report released yesterday: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2016-125.1.pdf

UC Med seems to come up quite a lot in it..
BTW UC Regents gave out some UC Med raises, what they now call "salary adjustments", just a few days ago in closed session, see:http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/aug17/hsx.pdf
Anyway the CSA excerpts:
Page 26-27: "In one example, the Davis medical center used the vendor’s terms and
conditions in a contract. However, this vendor’s terms and conditions
omitted—among others—the university’s conflict‑of‑interest provision,
which requires a vendor to affirm that to the best of its knowledge,
that no university employee with a financial interest in the vendor
participated in the decision to award the contract. This omission
exposes the Davis medical center to the possibility of awarding
a contract to a vendor that is aware that a university employee
will financially benefit from the contract, which is a violation of
university policy and could be a violation of state law. The Davis
medical center explained that it occasionally uses a vendor’s
terms and conditions if they appear to be fair and reasonable and
if it has the ability to terminate the agreement. Nevertheless, as
this example demonstrates, this practice can create risk for the
university when important provisions are omitted. In addition to
the Davis example, none of the five services contracts we reviewed
that the Office of the President’s local procurement office entered
into contained the standard terms and conditions. The Office of the
President’s local procurement manager was unable to explain why
the standard terms and conditions were not included."

Said they wanted it in 2012 -even earlier-still don't have it in 2017: "The Office of the President attributes its delay in implementing
a contract database to problems with finding the right vendor.
Specifically, the Office of the President explained that in 2012 it
contracted with a vendor to implement contract management
software that was intended to include the capacity to store
information on all university contracts, which would have
addressed the university’s lack of a central contract database.
However, the Office of the President’s director of information,"..."Although the systemwide chief procurement officer
indicated that planning efforts for the central contract database
began in July 2017, because the Office of the President lacks a
project plan, implementation of the central contract database could
be delayed beyond the two years it estimates."...


Pg 38:
"Our review of 10 entries found that nine of the benefits, which
totaled $109 million, were not supported by accounting records
or other appropriate documentation to substantiate the amounts.
For example, we were unable to substantiate the Office of the
President’s claim of $80 million in annual cost reductions for new
contracts related to university health insurance programs. In May
2016, the Office of the President executed two separate agreements
for vendors to provide claim administration and pharmacy benefits
management services for the university’s self‑funded health
insurance programs. It claimed that the two agreements together
would provide $80 million in annual cost reductions for three
years solely as the result of lower expected costs for medical and
pharmacy insurance claims.
However, the Office of the President failed to substantiate its
claimed cost reductions by documenting how its new vendors
would achieve lower expected costs for medical and pharmacy
insurance claims. Such documentation would have included
an analysis of previous costs and a description of how the new
vendors would lower the costs of expected claims. Lacking this
documentation, we were unable to determine the accuracy
or reasonableness of the $80 million in claimed annual cost
reductions. The Office of the President also claimed that the
annual cost reductions of $80 million began in fiscal year 2015–16
even though the new vendors did not begin administering the
university’s self‑insured health programs until January 2017.
Although the Office of the President’s methodology recognizes
benefits as beginning in the same fiscal year that it signs an
agreement, we believe it is more accurate to recognize the benefits
when the agreement is in effect."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Report on "UC —Employee Displacement and Service Contract Policies"

Some coverage: "New UC audit raises more questions about system’s central office
The system doesn’t always follow its own rules regarding contracts that displace university employees"http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/22/new-uc-audit-raises-more-questions-about-systems-central-office/Includes:
"When UCSF laid off the employees in favor of outsourcing the work and the possibility of bringing in some foreign workers to replace the outgoing employees surfaced, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) called on UC President Janet Napolitano to reverse the decision. In a statement to this news organization Tuesday, she said, “I wrote to President Napolitano in November 2016 regarding a decision to outsource IT jobs at the University of California, San Francisco and never received a response. As I pointed out then, the decision was inconsistent with immigration law. This audit now makes clear that it was not consistent with UC policies either. This failure is extremely disappointing.”

California Audit Faults UC System for Flouting Contract Rules
Audit: UC system not following contracting guidelines

This blog post reminds us that UCOP is expanding to luxury office space in new building, see: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/20/oakland-office-tower-planned-on-historic-site-university-tabbed-as-a-tenant/

"University of California system didn't follow its own contracting rules, state audit finds "

"The University of California broke the rules that govern when it is allowed to replace full time employees with contract workers, according to a state audit released on Tuesday.

The second audit of the university’s Office of the President this year also found some of its campuses cut corners in awarding some contracts.

Auditors said two contracts they reviewed that resulted in the replacement of full time employees with contract workers did not fully adhere to the employee replacement guidelines in either contract.

In one case, UC San Francisco entered into a contract to outsource some information technology services, which it estimated would save $30 million over five years by displacing 40 full-time employees and 12 contract workers."
And: "The latest audit also found problems with the contracting itself. Auditors found that some campuses avoided competitive bidding on contracts by repeatedly extending the contract's expiration or increasing its value. For example, auditors said UC Davis amended its contract with a food service vendor 24 times, extending the contract’s term from seven years to 19 years, and increasing its value from $71 million to $237 million."

SF Gate (has a headline that reads like that earlier Labor Dept related story, but it is different from that other item)

State auditor finds UC underpaid contract workers

"In one case, after UC Davis paid $71 million to a food services contractor for a seven-year term, the campus amended the contract 24 times and increased the time frame to 19 years. This caused the contract’s value to balloon to $237 million, the audit said, with no evaluation of whether doing so made economic sense."

Don't get it confused with: http://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/08/university-of-california-owes-more-than.html

The report is titled:" It Has Not Adequately Ensured Compliance With Its Employee Displacement and Services Contract Policies"

CSA report release: "2016-125.1 - University of California Office of the President—Employee Displacement and Service Contract Policies"
Est. Release Date: August 22, 2017
See https://www.auditor.ca.gov
Now available: full report here https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2016-125.1.pdf

Fact sheet: https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/factsheets/2016-125.1.pdf



Our audit concerning the Office of the President's oversight of university locations' use of services contracts revealed the following:

The university has not fully followed its policy for justifying its decisions to displace university employees with services contract workers.
Two of the 31 services contracts we reviewed contained documentation that university employees were displaced.
The two university locations administering these contracts did not fully adhere to the displacement guidelines in either contract.
The Office of the President has not enforced compliance with the displacement guidelines and weaknesses in the guidelines may undermine their effectiveness.
Low‑wage services contract workers received hourly wages that were $3.86 lower than comparable university employees received.
The university generally adhered to the Office of the President's contract policy, but it could make improvements, such as ensuring the standard terms and conditions are included in services contracts.
Some university locations avoided competitive bidding by repeatedly amending contracts and through sole‑source exceptions.
The Office of the President lacks a systemwide database that would allow it to track contracts at all university locations and report basic contract data.
The Office of the President could not substantiate $109 million in benefits it claimed as resulting from its systemwide procurement program."

Lux or Luxe?


Why Universities Are Phasing Out Luxury Dorms
In recent decades higher-education institutions have tried to lure students with extravagant amenities, but some are finding that these attempts can actually threaten enrollment and retention.

Is this really how UCSF is. approaching it?: "Affordability is also driving new housing projects at the University of California’s San Francisco and San Diego campuses. In San Francisco, a shortage of on-campus beds and affordable off-campus housing “threatens enrollment,” said Leslie Santos, the executive director of housing services at UCSF. The San Francisco campus is breaking ground this fall on a new housing complex that reduces square footage per bed by a third in some cases, mostly by eliminating the living room."

Editorial: Failed UC leaders go back to classroom, but keep big bucks

"What happened to California's free tuition? A history of fees and budget issues"


UC Berkeley budget problems stem from state pressure
Campus issues: Revenue generation in Christ’s budget relies too heavily on benevolence and charity

Monday, August 21, 2017

'Transformative faculty' and 403b- Some important pieces...

In this exclusive, in depth article on recent significant changes to UC 403b plans:
"UC adds collective investment trusts to it's 403(b) plans"
- it also includes important quotes from the ne UC COO Guimareas, and more.

"USC dean drug scandal could take costly toll on school's legal battle with UC system"
Los Angeles Times today

"USC downplays fundraising efforts of ex-dean at center of drug scandal"
Los Angeles Times - 2 days ago


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The New Cal Chancellor,- Budget and Fundraising, More

New UC Berkeley leader takes over as school seeks creative money sources
..."Berkeley’s money troubles have emerged as its most visible problem — a gargantuan gap that is down from the $150 million hole revealed in early 2016. Its mandatory debt payments, in part from having to maintain the 149-year-old school, have tripled in the last eight years. But a large chunk of the payments, 20 percent, come from the $470 million Memorial Stadium complex that opened on campus in 2012. Money isn’t UC Berkeley’s only headache. The University of California’s flagship campus is awash in tensions over free speech, sexual harassment and a shortage of student housing."

"She’ll decide soon whether the campus should help athletics pay the seismic retrofit portion of its stadium debt — a plan certain to be unpopular with faculty, given coaches’ million-dollar salaries and the fact that Dirks gave athletics $23 million of campus money last year alone. But Christ says contributing to the stadium may be fair, since non-athletes and the public also use the stadium."
"But more to the point, she may have no choice, said John Cummins, a former chief of staff to four Berkeley chancellors who oversaw Cal athletics in the mid-2000s and continues to study the finances.

“There’s no way that athletics can pay that debt. They just don’t have the money,” Cummins said. “She’ll have to pick up a portion of the debt.”

Getting faculty buy-in would be a true test of Christ’s political skill. One strategy would be to give over Cal’s Art Deco Edwards Stadium to academic purposes, and find somewhere else for the track and soccer that use it now.

Christ said she’ll also decide whether to change how UC Berkeley complies with Title IX, the federal gender equity law — a shift that would shrink the rosters of men’s varsity teams and increase them for women’s. The campus is the only Pac 12 campus that complies by adding women’s teams when there is interest — like this year’s new sand volleyball team."...
"As for the rising number of sexual-harassment claims and the administration’s light-handed treatment of harassers — which prompted UC President Janet Napolitano to increase oversight of discipline decisions in such cases across UC — Christ said she will have no problem complying with a new 60-day deadline for investigating claims.

“It’s essential,” said Christ, who served as the campus Title IX coordinator in the early 1980s. “Our investigations take too long."

"Another reason many faculty members like Christ: She’s already secured enough money — pledges, anyway — to cover 52 percent of this year’s deficit reduction goal. Her plan is to raise more money faster in these ways:"

"Christ was tapped last year to serve as his second-in-command. After Dirks announced he would step down this summer, Christ accepted the top job in March."

- was she actually part of the applicant pool?

"Cal considers selling alcohol at games, demolishing Edwards Stadium, to reduce budget deficit"
http://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/Cal-considers-selling-alcohol-at-games-11818703.php "New head football coach Justin Wilcox is well aware of the financial turmoil facing the university, but he expressed confidence in the administration’s commitment to the top-grossing sport.
“My job is to focus on our football program and developing student-athletes into mature young men, who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” he said after Monday’s practice. “I believe that our administration is committed to doing what is necessary to give our program the best chance to win football games.”"


Meet UC Berkeley’s groundbreaking new chancellor
"Carol Christ is the first woman and oldest person to lead America’s best public university.

CBS local video coverage of FB press conference:

And here in full 40+ minutes:. https://www.facebook.com/UCBerkeley/videos/10155652828654661/

More here:

Student Leadership, Napolitano, Christ, on Charlottesville

SJ Merc News:" Student Leaders Say Campuses Should Be Safe"
"President Napolitano sent the following letter to the UC community in response to the violence in Charlottesville":

" Over the weekend, our country experienced violent and tragic events on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. As the leader of the University of California, an institution dedicated to the vibrant and respectful exchange of ideas, I write to you today to condemn these hateful actions by white supremacists and to reaffirm UC’s values of diversity and inclusion.As I stated over the weekend, UC abhors the violence and hate displayed in Charlottesville that perverted Americans’ right to speak freely. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues at the University of Virginia in denouncing this shameful display and with the UVA students who bravely stood up to a crowd bent on violence. We offer our profound condolences to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, to all the individuals injured in the course of peaceful counterprotests, and to the Virginia state troopers who lost their lives.The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants us all freedom of expression. University campuses in particular are meant to foster an exchange of ideas, and to teach students how to respectfully approach viewpoints different from their own — even when those viewpoints are offensive and hurtful. But the acts of domestic terrorism we saw in Charlottesville represented an assault on our cherished values of diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance. We must continue to speak and act against the shameful behavior we witnessed over the weekend and ensure that our colleges and universities, and our nation as a whole, remain safe and civil for all.Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California and we embrace it as a necessary and valued part of our campus communities. I believe, as I know you do, that our differences — in race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more — make us stronger.UC remains committed to providing a safe, supportive, responsive and equitable environment for every member of the university community. We reject all forms of discrimination, commit to fostering an atmosphere of respect and inclusion, and pledge to defend the right to free speech.This summer and fall, as UC students, faculty and staff return to their campuses, I ask that we all recommit to these enduring values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and work to live up to these ideals in all that we do.


Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ sent out this message today:

"Dear campus community,

I, like so many of you, am horrified by what occurred in Virginia over the weekend. Today, I join with millions of others to condemn the reprehensible acts of the racist groups that brought violence and mayhem to Charlottesville and to the University of Virginia campus.

We must now come together to oppose what are dangerous threats to the values we hold dear as a democracy and as a nation. Our shared belief in reason, diversity, equity and inclusion is what animates and supports our campus community and the university’s academic mission. Now, more than ever, those values are under assault; together we must rise to their defense.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, whose life was senselessly and cruelly cut short by an act of unimaginable hatred. We also send our sincerest condolences to the loved ones of the two state troopers, Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who also died Saturday, when their helicopter crashed en route to the scene of the violence.

On behalf of our campus community, I send wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were physically injured in the mayhem. I also send a message of support and unity to the members of the campus and civic communities who have been deeply shaken and traumatized by these events, and must now begin the difficult process of healing and recovery.

As many of you already know, planning is now underway for potentially controversial events on our campus this fall. Paired with our commitment to the First Amendment is an equally firm commitment to the safety of the members of our campus community and their guests. We believe deeply in the value and importance of non-violence, and we will make every effort to deter, remove, or apprehend those who seek to cause harm to others, as well as to provide the resources, support and guidance that can help make events on our campus safe and successful."


Carol Christ
"Leading Berkeley Through Free Speech Tests
New chancellor assumes duties amid debate over and scrutiny of university’s response to controversial speakers."

Monday, August 14, 2017

Higher Ed at the Fed on IX, HBCU, more. And workplace research.

CA reaction to part of that AP coverage: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-devos-campus-assault-rules-201708-story.html

"The last thing we need is for DeVos and her point person for civil rights [Assistant Secretary Candice Jackson] to get out there and start saying things that imply you can come forward but you’re going to face a really big mountain trying to get anything done,” California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said in an interview. He and 19 other attorneys general signed a letter in July urging DeVos to maintain the Obama-era guidelines.

“The shame that comes from being a victim and having nothing being done to the perpetrator would drive people back into the closet,” he said.
Here’s What Betsy DeVos Told the Associated Press About Higher Ed

Hechinger Report coverage

AP via Fortune interview: Education Secretary Betsy Devos Discusses U.S. Educational Issues

NBC: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/betsy-devos-says-she-didn-t-decry-racism-enough-n791466

WaPo on it:



Harvard Med and UCLA teamed up on this:


"American Workplace Is Physically and Emotionally Taxing; Most Workers Receive Support from Boss and Friends at Work | RAND"

One-fifth of Americans say their workplace is hostile or threatening, study finds - LA Times - Los Angeles Times

$5 million, here or there...Cal's version of "first things first"

Daily Cal just increased the dollar figure in an important headline - a story from a few days ago-from $15 million to $20 million:
"Campus unveils revenue-driven budget that cuts more than $20M from academic, research, administrative divisions"


60 Minutes -CBS rebroadcast that story on UCSF and "They're American workers who just lost their jobs to foreigners. Even worse, they were told to train their replacements. #60Minutes, "
"But it did happen, to Craig and Dawn and Leo and workers at hundreds of companies across the country. Former head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, now president of the University of California, faced a huge public outcry when she got rid of those 80 IT jobs at the Medical Center. She declined to give us an on camera interview, but stated publicly that the university, quote "didn't use the H-1B process in the right way." She instructed the Indian-outsourcing company to stop using H-1B workers.
But that comes too late for Kurt Ho and Robert Harrison. February 28th they packed up – their final day at the Medical Center.

Robert Harrison: It's gonna be a matter of time before everybody else feels the same burden, the same pinch, the same hurt that we're feeling right here at UCSF. It's a matter of time.

After our story, UCSF wrote us and said that it regrets the decision to ask some of its workers to train their replacements. Quote ''it was a mistake, and… the university intends for this to never happen again.'' The Trump administration announced some H-1B visa reforms, that tighten who can qualify for a visa, and increase the scrutiny of companies who sponsor visa holders."

-the University intends for just what exactly to never happen again... Do they just regret the 'train your replacement' part? Or?
Now more on cuts, budget at Cal

"Budget cuts hit Berkeley Law after scandal, drop in ranking"

"UC Berkeley Extension targeted for increased revenue"



Cutting teams on the table as Cal Athletics looks to cut deficit, budget reveals


Cal hires $92,000-a-year social worker for People’s Park homeless

"UC Berkeley has just hired a $92,000-a-year social worker — not to help students, but to deal with the intractable homeless problem at People’s Park.

Includes: ..."Now, newly promoted Chancellor Carol Christ, under pressure to deal with a campus housing shortage, has embraced a task force recommendation to explore building on several university-owned sites that include People’s Park.

She’s running into resistance from activists who promise a fight to preserve the park’s counterculture legacy. So Christ’s “vision for the park” includes not only student dorms, but also supportive housing for the homeless — plus open space and some sort of memorial “honoring the park’s historical past.”

But “first things first,” said campus spokesman Dan Mogulof. He said Christ has made it clear that the university’s first obligation is “to work with the city to address ... safety and the homeless situation in the park.”

And that starts with the social worker, who quietly began his two-year assignment July 17. According to Mogulof, he’s “in the process of assessing the needs of the park’s homeless population” in hopes of connecting them to “social and health services.”


Chrissy Roth-Francis, director of new student services, told us her people talk to the new arrivals “about safety throughout the orientation ... but no specific place, on or off campus, is highlighted.”

If the chancellor’s new vision for the park is ...
UC policy comes up in: " "Consider the news story last week that former UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks will be paid $434,000 through the next academic year, more than 80 percent of the pay he received when he was campus’s top administrator — even though Dirks won’t take up a teaching position on campus until fall 2018. When he becomes a fulltime professor he’ll be paid $237,300 a year.

We aren’t questioning Dirks’ right to a sabbatical, just as we aren’t proposing somehow decreasing government employees’ already earned pensions.

But something is out of whack in our state, where government pensions, benefits and salaries are far beyond what most working people in the private sector could ever hope for."

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Napolitano on DACA, IX, more

See:"Janet Napolitano: Congress has the power — and the responsibility — to protect the ‘dreamers'"


Also in: http://www.syracuse.com/su-news/index.ssf/2017/08/syracuse_university_bound_by_federal_law_sometimes_investigate_sex_crimes_withou.html
Includes: "Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, wrote an essay in 2015 criticizing the expanded interpretation of Title IX. ..."
"The new interpretation of Title IX puts campus... "
- it leaves out some of her more recent comments on it...but does include quotes from Cal alumni as well.
Then see

This new CA Leg:



"such perks help make California’s premier public university system look a lot tougher on student and family budgets than it is on its own."

It is a UC perk , not just a UC Berkeley perk:
"Editorial: UC Berkeley perks are part of the problem"
"Former UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks worried in the Washington Post last week that the battles over provocative speech that defined the end of his tumultuous tenure were “part of a broader assault on the idea of the university itself.” He argued that this especially threatens “public universities such as Berkeley that already grapple with precipitous declines in state funding” and contributes to a “loss of faith ... in values and institutions.”

"Speaking of precarious faith in and financing of public universities, it also emerged last week"
"university survey of other institutions found that most provide paid leave to top administrators returning to faculty jobs. The terms vary, however, and UC’s are among the most generous of the bunch. Moreover, the university has granted extended vacations even to administrators who have resigned in scandal in recent years. As a public system under the social and financial pressures Dirks noted, the university should reconsider what it can afford."

The 'leave it to the trustees and regents' plan?!-- See:
Berkeley Chancellor Dirks Mischaracterizes Goldwater Proposal
National Review

"proposal works by drawing state university trustees more deeply into the management of free-speech related issues. And of course, trustees are a public university’s rightful governing body. With administrative mishandling of campus free-speech an entirely legitimate matter of public concern, it’s time for university trustees to step up and act as a check on administrative abuse."

Friday, August 11, 2017

University of California Owes More Than $1.3 Million in Underpaid Wages

See: UC owes $1.3 million to thousands of underpaid employees

"University of California has reached a $1.3 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor over a payroll issue that resulted in thousands of non-academic employees being routinely underpaid by small dollar amounts on each paycheck."

"after uncovering the problem during the switch to its troubled new payroll system. Incompatible timekeeping methods across its 10 campuses, the university said, led to regular failures in calculating overtime pay for hourly workers.

The agreement, reached in May, covers operations from 2014 through 2016"
", UC will make a tiny adjustment to its overtime rate until it finishes the payroll transition. It will also not seek to claw back any money from an unspecified number of workers who were slightly overpaid during the same period. The university said it did not quantify the total amount that was overpaid, "

Thursday, August 10, 2017

UC Berkeley "cuts $15M from academic, research, administrative divisions"

UC Berkeley "Campus unveils revenue-driven budget that cuts $15M from academic, research, administrative divisions"




August 16, 2017
12:30 pm
Health Services Committee (closed session)
Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of April 13, 2017
H1(X) Discussion Conflicts of Interest in the Health Enterprise: Legal Implications
and Options
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
H2(X) Discussion Salary Adjustment Using Non-State Funds for
Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health System,
San Diego Campus
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]
H3(X) Discussion Salary Adjustments Using Non-State Funds for Certain Members
of the Senior Management Group within the UC Health System

1:15 pm
Health Services Committee (open session - includes public comment session)

Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of April 13, 2017
H1(X) Discussion Conflicts of Interest in the Health Enterprise: Legal Implications
and Options
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

H2(X) Discussion Salary Adjustment Using Non-State Funds for
Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health System,
San Diego Campus
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

H3(X) Discussion Salary Adjustments Using Non-State Funds for Certain Members
of the Senior Management Group within the UC Health System

Open session

H3 Action Approval of Salary Adjustments Using Non-State Funds for
Certain Members of the Senior Management Group within the UC
Health System as Discussed in Closed Session

H4 Discussion Overview of Health Professions Education Foundation

H5 Discussion UC Health Affiliations: Report on Quality Standards for
Brand Extension

H6 Discussion UCLA Health Budget Overview, Los Angeles Campus

What's 'covered' or 'not covered' in UC student athlete free speech?

See, listen to coach 12 minute interview where the subject comes up throughout:

It was follow-up to this interview pointed to yesterday:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Those numbers, those claims..

California colleges full of hungry students
A new Urban Institute study on food insecurity aims to measure just how many college students go hungry.


Diversity rising at UC Santa Cruz decades after affirmative action ban

- includes a chart of comparison numbers, but only for that one campus not at each UC campus...
Epic Move: UC San Diego Health Transitions to Cloud Technology

"UC San Diego Health will also share its EMR system with UC Irvine Health starting this November.
Additionally, Christopher Longhurst, MD, chief information officer at UC San Diego Health, is the sponsoring executive for the development of a UC Health-wide data warehouse, integrating patient data across the UC’s five academic health systems, which together comprise the fourth largest health care system in California."

What could possibly go wrong?

"a reward for incompetence" - Reward for failure to articulate systemwide cognizance of total remuneration...

UC Berkeley ex-chancellor to receive $434,000 while on leave
..."Last year, The Chronicle revealed that UC Berkeley had allowed a former vice chancellor to receive the salary perk even though the former executive had been forced out of the administrative position for violating UC’s sexual harassment policy."
"Three major problems characterized his tenure: a $150 million budget deficit the campus is still trying to eliminate, a series of sexual harassment scandals, and the death of a football player whose medical condition was all but ignored by the athletics department. UC Berkeley admitted liability and paid the family a $4.75 million settlement."
Former UC Berkeley chancellor to earn $434,000 in paid time off

"Nicholas Dirks, the former UC Berkeley chancellor who stepped down earlier this year amid a string of controversies, will receive more than $400,000 during a year off before he returns to teaching next fall.

As chancellor for four years, Dirks earned almost $532,000. During his year-long sabbatical, in accordance with UC policy, he’ll receive $434,000 of that figure, a UC spokeswoman confirmed. Had he served five years as chancellor, he would have received the full amount.

“As is usual practice, UC Berkeley will pay his compensation during this leave, which lasts through June 2018,” the spokeswoman, Dianne Klein, wrote in an email.

The practice might be standard but it doesn’t make sense to some faculty. “What’s there to say? It’s ridiculous, but is in keeping with a history of not thinking or caring about what’s good for the university,” Michael Eisen, a genetics professor at UC Berkeley, wrote in an email.

“Even though it’s part of his contract, this looks like a reward for incompetence,” said Michael Burawoy, chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association. “It is an appalling commentary on the distribution of benefits at a time of supposed fiscal crisis and when many students can barely scrape together a living. He should contribute half his salary to a fund for homeless students.”

Dirks, whose tenure as chancellor at UC Berkeley was plagued by controversy surrounding his handling of campus sexual assault cases and the school’s budget deficit, will spend the year attending conferences, giving lectures and working on a book about the history and future of higher education, said a UC Berkeley spokeswoman, Janet Gilmore.

The year-long break is intended to provide paid time off “to transition from being a full-time administrator to a full-time academic professor,” Gilmore added.

During the 2018-19 school year, Dirks will begin teaching in the Division of Social Sciences at Cal. He’ll earn a little more than $237,300 in that role.

According to Klein, the UC spokeswoman, granting former chancellors a sabbatical “is common among public and private universities in the United States and, at UC helps to compensate for the lower salaries that our chancellors receive.”"


What do UC Chancellors receive as total remuneration? Would they have those outside board seats if they were NOT higher ed admin or UC Chancellors? Recall:
"“Oh, my God,” Howard said. “If these two chancellors have so much free time that they are able to earn $1 million and $400,000 while moonlighting, maybe we should cut their pay and use it to help people priced out of the University of California.”

New UC Davis Chancellor Gary May earns $325780 a year from outside board seats - Sacramento Bee


Former chancellor Nicholas Dirks to be paid $434K while on leave
The Daily Californian
Read some harrowing accounts:
For many UC Berkeley students, affordable housing is elusive

P.S. New Dirks op ed in WaPo is full of irony, he could not get his administration's act together on how to handle Title IX-and other issues- but he has a lot of words on:
""The real issue in the campus speech debate: The university is under assault"

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

VII of IX? More

Reuters: "Google executives over the weekend rushed to denounce an engineer's memo that ascribed ... qualifications of people based on race or gender" could fall under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act"

Not much discussion on how the Title VII involved in that SV memo could tie in to culture and governance approach toward Title IX at one of their main synergistic/collaboration/feeder schools: the farm... A point of origin and where some of their staff teach courses, studied at, etc.
See also:


"Prior to joining Google, Coligado said she experienced a lot of what others had warned her about in the tech industry, including sexual harassment. In 2014, she started a blog while an undergraduate at Stanford University called "Women in Silicon Valley" to celebrate women who've stayed in tech "despite the macro and micro aggressions." She continues to work on the blog, even recruiting a team of three other Googlers to help with it. They post twice a month. "The point is to show their resilience."


And on that same topic, this update on a high profile story there:
That ends on this note:
"For the first time, two of the four senior associate deans at Stanford’s business school are women. Another: The business school is no longer No. 1. In the latest U.S. News rankings, it has slipped to a three-way tie for fourth."

there's also

UCLA QB on "Look, football and school don't go together. They just don't. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs.", More:


Cal football treats players poorly

Monday, August 7, 2017

Anybody Visionary?

Sunday talk got into Higher Ed:


I think it's a combination. And it's partly because they have this republican president who is not really a republican and not really a conservative. And what Jeff Flake was talking about is that he voted against prescription drugs. He voted against the George W. Bush proposals that busted the budget in his view.

He views himself as a real conservative. He's making a distinction between conservatism and populism. And I think that's a good conversation to have for Republicans as well as Democrats. What you're seeing, David, in your precinct and elsewhere, and we certainly see in West Virginia which is, you know, ground zero of Trump country is anger against elites. People feeling that they've been passed over.

Anger, you know, you see the stats on anger against elite colleges even among those who are college educated. Extraordinary. So it's anger against all of us, the media as well. And Trump has just tapped into that. And I really appreciated that Jeff Flake said the, "Lock her up," you know, those cries at the Republican Convention by Michael Flynn, no less, were—the call and response was really a nadir of what I view as the Republican party."


Because I was talking about the importance of character in politics. And an Ivy League law student, conservative, told me I was an ivory tower conservative. I mean, which makes no sense.


That's the right wing talking point now. I mean, that's a very clear--


--And you're an Iraq war veteran.


Right. Right.


--On top of everything else.


But I will say this about the college and university piece. And I'm sure we'll get to this later, nobody made up the Berkeley Riots. Nobody made up the attacks on, you know, on Charles Murray at Middlebury. The craziness at Evergreen State College. I mean, these things are actually happening. And they do really cast appall.


They're actually happening. But also young people who are first-generation college students--


That's right.


--are going to college and having more opportunity than they ever would have had. But it's just that the ring-wing media is focusing on making a national story out of a speaker coming to campus.


And there are free speech--


And so it's a distortion of what's happening on college campuses today.


--throughout the Ivy League and elsewhere and the elite schools, there are free speech mandates really to permit these speakers. It is, as Heather points out, just the sort of the outliers who get focus.

Then later -our president of the UC Regents:

"GOV. JERRY BROWN: It happened because the global economy is changing. America is losing manufacturing jobs both to foreign countries, but also to technology, automation, innovation, and all of that. So we're going through a real transition. If you look at democratic countries around the world, whether it's South Korea or Brazil or in Europe, there's a lot of discontent.

And that discontent is because, I believe, that the foundations, the very basis of our expectations, particularly working people, people in the middle class, people in more vulnerable positions, highly insecure. And what do you do about that? They're skeptical of more government because governments in power have been presiding while people's life chances have deteriorated.

In America, college education has gone from essentially free to now we have a trillion dollars of debt. Home prices are out of the reach of many people. And jobs, downward mobility, insecurity, and all the rest of it. This is a global phenomenon, and Democrats have been the champion of working people, and they haven't been able to deliver in face of these global trends. And, yes, you'd have to say that leadership has not been clever enough, or strong enough, or perhaps visionary enoug


Let's get some 'visionary'...

More coverage of intl angle, see:

And then,

remember it's tie in to domestic angle too:
"Still, Sanders’ bill sets the stage for a larger debate over drug pricing, particularly because it targets federal agencies as well as nonprofits funded by federal grants. If such a law were in place, the government would have more power to regulate major new technologies like CRISPR, the gene-engineering technique that, according to reports this month, has been used to edit a human embryo.

“This is a really big deal,” Jamie Love, the director of KEI, told HuffPost on Monday morning. “This means that the public, who pays for the research and development of a number of drugs, vaccines and other medical technologies, will pay lower prices for inventions that they subsidized.”"

They're gonna try and get into the intricacies over two li'l wee days at Cal:

Aug. 16-17 CRISPRcon to focus on societal issues of gene editing


In headlines:
"New law requires CSU to tell students cost of off-campus housing"

"Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona (Los Angeles County) authored AB990, saying the University of California and California State University systems are using estimates that don’t reflect current market rates, leaving students and families without key information when calculating how much it will cost to attend a university.
AB990 requires each campus in the CSU and requests each campus in the UC to post on their websites the market cost of a one-bedroom apartment near each campus using estimates done on an annual basis. Most campuses already post off-campus costs on their websites, but each calculate it differently, with CSU relying on a survey from 2006 that is adjusted for inflation while UC uses a survey of UC students to estimate housing costs every three years."


More coverage of:
University of California endowment revamps asset allocation in turn to more private assets

Some Op Ed:



Napolitano in Aspen in non UC capacity on:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bad timing for admissions debacles...


Message from UCI Chancellor about current admission issues
Withdrawals to be reversed for majority of affected students

"Chancellor Howard Gillman is issuing the following statement regarding current admissions issues at the University of California, Irvine:

The stories of our students whose college dreams were crushed by our decision to withdraw admissions to hundreds of students are heartbreaking. And unacceptable.

This process is not working. We are a university recognized for advancing the American Dream, not impeding it. This situation is rocking us to our core because it is fundamentally misaligned with our values.

I must step in and change our direction. Effective immediately, all students who received provisional acceptances into UCI will be fully admitted, except those whose transcripts clearly indicate that they did not meet our academic standards. Those standards are: No Ds or Fs their senior year; a senior-year grade point average of at least 3.0; completion of all A-G requirements outlined by the University of California; and required test scores as indicated on the students’ admission portals.

Even for students whose transcripts show that these requirements were not met, we will establish an expedited process to allow students to make the case for extenuating circumstances, and otherwise will work with students to identify other possible pathways into the university.

We’re trying to understand how we under-estimated the number of students who planned to enroll this fall. We’re also trying to understand why we chose to notify students in an insensitive way or couldn’t answer their telephone calls adequately. I intend to find out so this will never happen again. I directed our internal auditor to review the admissions process and suggest areas for improvement. I plan to have a preliminary report within 60 days.

In closing, the students and their families have my personal, sincerest apology. We should not have treated you this way over a missed deadline.

We will welcome all of our wonderful students who worked so hard to satisfy the requirements for UCI admission, and as we move forward we will do everything we can to earn the trust and loyalty of our community."
The timing...
"Statement of UC President Janet Napolitano on public university admissions
UC Office of the President
August 2, 2017

University of California President Janet Napolitano today (August 2) issued the following statement on public university admissions, in light of media reports:

Over the years public universities have been the one tried and true tactic for addressing issues of inequality in our country. Thus, UC has been increasing its outreach efforts to historically underrepresented groups like Latinos and African Americans, while still bound to the strictures of Proposition 209, which bars consideration of race or ethnicity in granting admission. It would be tragic, to say the least, if these efforts somehow ran afoul of this reported misguided Justice Department initiative. "

Statement by UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May on Public University Admissions



And Variety with:

"Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California, said that the UC system has been increasing its outreach to Latino and African American students, but it is still bound by California’s Proposition 209, which prohibits consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions. “It would be tragic, to say the least, if these efforts somehow ran afoul of this reported misguided Justice Department initiative,” she said."

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

UC Regents Meet August 3 on their response to upcoming report

On this

Date: August 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.1
Location: (multiple)
Agenda – Closed Session
C1(X) Discussion State Audit of University of California – Contracted Employees
and Contracting Practices"

On this upcoming report to be released:
2016-125 - University of California—Contracted Employees and Contracting Practices
Est. Release Date: August 2017

Are former and current UC Chancellors worth it?

But first this on the C Inv O at UCOP: "Money-Manager Purge Boosts University of California's Return"


"The university’s largest union, Local 3299 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is skeptical about the push to increase alternatives and issued a report last year criticizing the fees that were paid for poor-performing hedge funds.

The chief investment office “has taken some welcomed steps, but it has not gone far enough to correct its decade-long, failed hedge fund experiment,” Claudia Preparata, a research director at the union, said in an email. “Everyone pays the price, but the burden is felt most by UC’s most vulnerable workers, its lowest-paid front-line staff.”

The investment office said the portfolio changes will help it cut the management fees it pays to fund companies by $500 million over the next five years, according to the July presentation. Some of that will come from renegotiating lower fees from hedge fund managers as well as imposing performance targets that funds must reach before they can be paid"

No quotes from UCI Chancellor?

-Remember last year lots of chancellor raises

In any response he has on wall to wall national and international coverage of UCI on this issue?

- but chancellor names are always attached to any article on new donor money...

"Why did UC-Irvine rescind hundreds of admissions offers? Here's what we know"


Irvine Revokes 500 Admissions Offers
Many suspect they are being punished for the university ending up with a much larger than expected freshman class.


"Ting rips UC for withdrawing admission to hundreds at Irvine"

"Ting criticized UC officials for poorly communicating with the affected students, who were informed of their admissions withdrawals and rights to appeal through an email and notice that was posted on their private student portal.
“Instead of taking the initiative to effectively communicate with students making life changing decisions, Irvine played a high stakes gotcha game with students,” Ting said in a statement. “Sadly, this fiasco is not an isolated incident.”
Two years ago, a similar incident at UC Santa Cruz resulted in hundreds of students being told their admission had been revoked. After lawmakers intervened, UC officials promised they would ensure it did not happen again.
“Back then, university officials said they would pursue system-wide admissions reform so students would not be left alone to twist in the wind with their college aspirations on hold,” Ting said. “This repeat of history suggests nothing was done and students are paying the price. I urge President Janet Napolitano to intervene so all qualified students have a spot at Irvine and to adopt admissions reforms across all campuses. A world class university system does not nickel and dime students like this.”"

-Did UCSC chancellor Blumenthal tell or work with UCOP on how to avoid the problem going forward?


"New UCD chancellor starts work; his predecessor still gets paid $318K"

"UC Davis’ Katehi will teach one course per quarter, conduct research in $318,000 position"

How much is Cal's Dirks getting? -and for what kind of unit/class teaching research load?- or the year sabbatical at full chancellor salary?