Thursday, October 26, 2017

"feel good edicts" and "smoke screens" come up in UC labor issues
"UAW claims UC officials discouraged graduate students from joining unions"
UC Berkeley not in compliance with 2015 fair wage plan, internal audit finds
Change in Bargaining Law for Student Employees
Workers at some UC campuses say they don’t earn fair wages
A food service worker at UCLA says his employer pays him under two names to avoid overtime pay.

College Board Report on tuition, UC's DC solutions to on campus issues...

See College Board Report on tuition here:

WaPo coverage: Families are paying more out of pocket for college as tuition increases surpass grant aid

Net Price Keeps Creeping Up
Tuition and fees increased by a few percentage points across the board, and aid failed to keep pace, annual College Board report shows.

On : "California community college tuition still the lowest nationally; UC above average, study finds"

At UCSB they wrote this:

At CNBC they wrote this :

And at Forbes this:

And at the same time there's this: "DeVos Delays Obama-Era Student Loan Protections Amid Writing New Rules"

New free speech center at my university will drive debate we sorely need: Napolitano
"Our First Amendment right to freely express ourselves is suddenly controversial. It's time to explore the state of free speech on campus and what tomorrow holds for democracy.
JANET NAPOLITANO | Opinion contributor"


UCOP directives to manage UC on campus problems via DC...
UC, roiled by 1st Amendment controversies, to launch national free speech center
"The center’s advisory board will be headed by UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman and UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a renowned 1st Amendment scholar. The pair co-wrote a book, “Free Speech on Campus.”

Other board members include former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer; New York Times columnist Bret Stephens; John King, president and chief executive of the Education Trust and former U.S. secretary of education; Anne Kornblut, director of strategic communications at Facebook; Geoffrey R. Stone, a 1st Amendment scholar and professor at the University of Chicago Law School; Avi Oved, a UCLA law student; and Washington Post columnist George Will."

Is the location of the center and the advisory board membership acceptable to UC community? Will travel etc for these folks to go to DC be paid for by UC via this new center created by fiat? Is that scheme for the purpose of getting to DC more often on a UC dime?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

..."Cal Athletics will have received about $100 million in bailouts, subsidies and annual student fees since fiscal year 2010, according to calculations by The Daily Californian."

An impossible situation’: Cal Athletics gets $20M bailout from chancellor’s office


Title IX and 30 programs likely scapegoating, but how much of $it$ goes to Memorial stadium retrofit etc.? And how much is allotted to each athletic program in the list of 30+?

Napolitano writes: "University of California and State Leaders Work to Enhance Public University Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence"

The President of the UC Regents covered in:
An Unexpected Ally for Betsy DeVos on Campus Sexual Assault
, more like that here and here

UC--A Pubic University System in a state of this:
Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on 'pervasive' harassment in California's Capitol

Women Denounce Harassment in California’s Capital

And then Sac Bee:

"She said a lack of whistleblower protections for Capitol staff makes it nearly impossible for women to do anything about sexual misconduct in the workplace. After her initial complaint to the Assembly in April 2013, Finnigan said, she was intimidated and dragged through an extensive legal battle that ultimately lasted four years. She feels as though the Assembly was trying to “silence” her.

“When a woman comes forward, they do listen, and then they become extremely hostile and make it impossible for you to work there,” she said. “Then you’re the bad guy.”

“The most disappointing part of this to me was the women who could have done something about it and didn’t,” Finnigan added, pointing to Turtle, Fox’s female chief of staff, and then-Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, who was chair of the Assembly Rules Committee, where Finnigan made her complaint.

Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who now serves in the Senate, was one of a half dozen lawmakers to sign the letter about sexual harassment in California politics. She said Finnigan filed her initial complaint against Fox’s chief of staff, not Fox, and it was not a sexual harassment claim.

​The Legislature has a long history of harassment complaints, which generally ended with taxpayer-funded settlements for the accusers. Over the past two decades, at least five have resulted in payouts totaling more than $850,000."

Brook-ings no dissent?, Brook-ings no argument? And 'Junk science'--, 'junk numbers' and narratives that 'get play' and narratives that don't...

That Brookings report got so much coverage by supposedly center right and left political pundits--, but this report with findings that challenge those earlier claims gets little coverage, but surprisingly here it is in CHE:
"Only 1 Percent of Students Would Consider Disrupting Speakers Violently, Survey Finds"

Only 1 Percent of Students Would Consider Disrupting Speakers Violently, Survey Finds
The results of a new survey suggest that very few students would consider resorting to violence to stop a controversial speaker.
It can be difficult to cut through the noise on campus free speech, an issue that arouses strong — and sometimes poorly informed — opinions both inside and outside higher ed.
The issue is so charged that even survey data can be shrouded in controversy. After several news outlets reported last month on a Brookings Institution survey that found a significant percentage of students agreed that violence could be used to combat hateful speech, several scholars contended the survey’s methodology was poor. One even called it "junk science."

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, an organization that advocates for free speech in higher ed, on Wednesday released its latest report on free-speech attitudes on campuses. The results draw on responses last summer from 1,250 undergraduates attending two- or four-year colleges in the United States.

Here are three interesting findings:"...


Remaking the University: Metrics Noir
By Christopher Newfield, Heather Steffen!
"Facebook piloted a scheme to increase voter turnout. Called the “voter megaphone,” the experiment allowed users to click an “I Voted” button and to see if their friends had voted. According to the company, the megaphone brought over 300,000 people to the polls who would otherwise have stayed home. It was a triumphant display of social media’s power to engineer social responsibility. News sites and podcasts abound with stories like this. Tech wizards and data scientists always seem to be tweaking algorithms that promise to make us more civically engaged, environmentally friendly, and personally efficient in a continuous progress toward better, more meaningful lives.
Yet there is a danger to this invisible nudging. Imagine "...


"Feeding a Dangerous Fiction
University crackdowns on speech hurt everyone, writes Christopher Newfield, and renew a false, decades-old depiction of campuses as overrun by censorious radicals."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

An Extended Interview with UC President Napolitano. And the Gov on Title IX. And reminders of "the Regents Govern the Regents" throughout

Title IX , looming Tuition Increases, DACA, UC and Cal Budget, Dirks and Christ, and Free Speech in this lengthy transcript interview of pres Napolitano - the article buried in the Daily Cal Opinion section:

Transcript: Napolitano talks DACA, sexual harassment and tuition


Compare, contrast, attempt to reconcile the above with this other Higher Ed news where we are reminded the governor appoints UC Regents-- and now will he says he will appoint "knowledgeable people" for this:

" I intend to convene a group of knowledgeable persons who can help us chart the way forward."

Right leaning publications are spinning Brown's veto on this as akin to him aligning with the Ed sec DeVos stance, or other articles out there frames him as the last bastion of reasonable liberal- but he mentions more policy rules may be required in his official statement...

Regent Pattiz and UC regents governance comes up in the Daily Cal interview with Napolitano...

It is an interview- that's arguably news --not so much just opinion...

Monday, October 16, 2017

The origins of it...

Jerry Brown signs bill to make community college free statewide for first year


Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill to protect climate research and scientists — but vows to preserve data


UC research, work on the Northern California fires comes up in:

Despite clear risks, Santa Rosa neighborhood that burned down was exempt from fire regulations
University of California’s Cooperative Extension, said the maps were an important step forward in assessing fire danger."...


An UCSA meeting at UCLA covered' here:


In June there was:

60 Minutes with WaPo raises key firms (who have very close ties with UC and other Higher Ed) in their detailed report hitting multiple headlines

Also recall some key individual UC senior management have ties to at least one of the major firms mentioned in the piece as well.

And btw , UC med health committee meets:
Related Resources

October 18, 2017

For 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
And for Open session:

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of August 16, 2017
H1 Discussion Remarks of the Executive Vice President – UC Health

H2 Action Approval of Incentive Compensation Using Health System
Operating Revenues for Fiscal Year 2016-17 for Executive Vice
President – UC Health, Office of the President as Discussed in
Closed Session

H4 Discussion Affiliation for Advisory Services in China, Los Angeles Campus

H5 Discussion Clinical Quality Dashboard for University of California
Medical Centers

On a Title IX veto see:


"Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a law that will require the University of California to be more transparent in how it reports costs and how it deals with the state auditor, a measure that was introduced in the wake of a scathing audit of the UC president's office this spring. The audit found that the UC Office of the President failed to disclose up to $175 million in budget reserve funds, even as the system looked to lawmakers and tuition hikes for more money.
Records showed that surveys sent to individual campuses as part of the audit were altered after consultation with the president's office, raising concerns of interference in the audit by the top office. The new law will prohibit UC campuses from coordinating with the president's office when the state auditor requests information."

Remaking the University with:

UC Loses More Autonomy:

"State's response continues to be based on the notion that legislators and the Regents are the most appropriate people to co-govern the university with UCOP. But as has been proven repeatedly, neither the Legislature, nor the Regents, nor the Governor nor UCOP, for that matter, has demonstrated much grasp of the educational and research practices of the University. What is needed is greater internal democracy rather than simply legislative demands. And that internal democracy should be applied to the question of how to achieve the highest academic accomplishment, not simply how to achieve the greatest savings or, as far too many local administrators seem to think, develop the latest private sector fads."...


An ex officio UC Regent challenges a multi termed UC Regent's wife for a US Senate seat, exciting:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Silence That Was Not Broken At UC Davis...

In the midst of natural and unnatural disasters where help is needed- and there are ways to, there is also this UC related news:

"Here’s Hillary Clinton on stage in Davis talking about Trump, Comey, fake news"

Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence On Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Reports"
"Until Tuesday afternoon, Clinton had been notably silent on the matter. She didn’t mention Weinstein, who has donated and helped raise large sums for the Clintons and the Democratic Party, on Monday at a book tour event at the University of California, Davis ― her first public appearance since the news broke."

- the political donations can flow to and from both sides, hedged bets by contributing to both or all political parties running... all sides... the idealist would say outrage should be non partisan etc (see Tapper, Kimmel apropos comments on that etc)
One of her former staff at State wrote this:

A current UC Berkeley doctoral student was one of the first to speak out, very early on
"Will USC Accept Harvey Weinstein's Women's Program Donation? | Hollywood Reporter - The Hollywood Reporter"

Petition Calls for USC to Reject Harvey Weinstein's $5M Women's Program Donation
Hollywood Reporter"

HRC also made a speech at Stanford, too-

"At Stanford, Hillary Clinton discusses the perils of technology | Stanford News - Stanford University"

But skipped Berkeley...

UC Regents with multiple ties to the film industry, they've also remained silent on the news that broke last week..

Friday, October 6, 2017

That Dean's Book Junket, more...

Presented simply as two-sided:
"On one side, there are increased demands to censor hateful, disrespectful, and bullying expression and to ensure an inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment. On the other side are traditional free speech advocates who charge that recent demands for censorship coddle students and threaten free inquiry."...

"In his new book" ...
See the admin sponsor of book junket tied to a chancellor themed year: here.

In contrast,
A much more of a sophisticated take on it here, in this report- where UC Berkeley recent events comes up in the last third of the story, analysis:


And there's:

Are they saying UCLA was the point of origin/funding for splintering the power of the student vote? Here

Thursday, October 5, 2017

UCSC and UCLA come up in Administrative Resistance to NLRB rules?!

"This University Suggested International Students Could Be Reported to ICE if They Unionized"

"The misinformation continued at the University of Oregon, University of California Santa Cruz, and UCLA, where administration spokespeople alleged that international students would forfeit their visas if they joined impending strikes, releasing statements with language similar to Washington University’s FAQ. The statements provoked strong reactions from union leadership; the strike at University of Oregon, which began as a dispute over sick leave, ended in a victory for the workers. While retaliation on the basis of visa status is definitively illegal according to the NLRB, these past intimidation tactics may offer a taste of future resistance from private university administrations in the event of a strike."

Is that :encouraging oh Can...?, or not?

More Austerity Cover Ups? 'Teach the Budget' vs 'Don't teach the budget"? And those campus assessments and UC PATH...

New law, born of UC scandal, will punish interference with audits
"Much of the secret money came from “assessments” on individual campuses to finance system-wide programs. The diversions, Howle said, had been increased even in years when the president’s office had not spent all of the money from prior years. And when pressed, she reported, Napolitano had been unable to say how the money had been spent."

New law, which targets UC, will punish interference with state audits

Did all the $ campus assessments go to funding UC PATH?
"UCLA fully supports the UCPath initiative, and your attention to UCPath deliverables is imperative for a successful transition. Based on your feedback, we believe that additional time to prepare for the go-live at UCLA is essential and has the benefit of helping all organizations on campus and in UCLA Health Sciences achieve the necessary readiness to be successful. Once UCLA’s go-live date is determined, that information will be provided to you."

Cal compilation of attempts at austerity cover ups-
The latest one-- moving from 'teach the budget' to 'don't teach or talk about that damn budget'?? :
"These were the questions that we originally wanted to pose and perhaps begin to answer. But as soon as we started looking for some basic figures to inform our thinking, we found ourselves facing a more urgent and troubling problem. We made an inquiry to the budget specialist of the social sciences division asking for a broad picture of the budget but received no response. Instead, we found our motives questioned by the dean herself, presumably because our inquiry had been perceived as a threat or as inappropriate. It seems that the dean’s office saw us not as concerned students hoping to understand the budgetary constraints and priorities that shape our everyday academic experience but rather as suspicious intruders eager to tarnish the division’s image. Leaving such strange suspicion aside, our concern is this: If an email inquiry to the staff of our own division is a dead end for accessing basic figures, then how is anyone supposed to make sense of how and why the decisions that determine such things as class size, faculty hires, and the very existence of interdisciplinary centers and programs are made?

Of course, non-transparency about the budget is almost traditional at UC Berkeley. Thus, in an interview with The Daily Californian, Chief Financial Officer Rosemarie Rae attempted to distinguish the new administration by proclaiming its “open and transparent” approach to campus finance. But our (non-)encounter with the social sciences division suggests to us that nothing has changed.

It is not just that efforts toward transparency have"...

Jerry Brown's California Dream: The Rolling Stone Interview
The governor has created a climate-resistant, economically supercharged state – is this the blueprint for a more progressive America?

California has highest poverty rate of all US states, new report finds


Available here:

Monday, October 2, 2017

Austerity and those FSM stunts; UC Regents' 'power to effect statute' ;and students' representation

"Supreme Court shuts door on challenge to UC policy on immigrant tuition"

"Because the regents are not state legislators, Judicial Watch argued, they have no power to enact state laws."

Then this week on a UCSD case, this dev:
..."Specifically, she contends the complaints at issue implicated violations of the Regents' conflict of interest, near relative, code of conduct, whistleblower, and nondiscrimination policies, which have the effect of statutes."...


"New law punishes people who interfere with state audits"
"In June, the regents hired former state Supreme Court Jusice Carlos Moreno to investigate the alleged tampering. No findings have been released, and the president’s office did not respond to a request for an update. Nor did the office respond to a request for comment about the new law."

"Laws Against Audit-Tampering by State Workers Tightened"
"Napolitano’s staff wasted weeks of the auditor’s time by delaying production of documents and accurate figures, Howle said. When auditors finally got the documentation they had requested, Howle said the work was inaccurate and that UC accountants did not even know how much money was reserved. It was through investigation of these errors that the slush fund was discovered.

The misstep that brought one California legislator to call for Napolitano’s resignation and led to several pieces of legislation – including AB 562 – dealing with obstruction of audits, since Napolitano’s staff was also accused of doctoring surveys sent to the UC campuses requesting feedback about the efficacy of the president’s office.

While the campuses were directed to send responses to the auditor, Napolitano’s office instead collected them. Some campuses followed the auditor’s request, but final versions of the surveys sent by the Napolitano’s office contained altered responses – including changes of responses from “dissatisfied” to “satisfied”."

Grad students served as UCSA leadership representation to UC Regents last two years and also as UC student regent representation-- now a splintering off, leaving Undergrad representation on the UC Regents board in a sorry/unrepresented state?:

- current student regents,over past few years and currently, are exclusively from the professional schools at UC campuses'...
- Undergrad pop now relegated to solely student advisors roles and marginalized statement to regents at the tail end of UC regents meetings?

Undergrad students advanced forward : these professional and grad school level student regent and designates...
And then the grad students leave UCSA.
.. and then: claiming their interests are marginalized or is it more about Independence, or power grab?

But maybe there's common cause on some issues:

And there's:

Student Workers Decry ‘Large’ UC Employee Pensions

Are UC admin FSM stunts an effort to distract attention away from their austerity moves?
Don't miss:
"Berkeley Disconnect"
"One classic case of the damage brought about by privatization-driven austerity was revealed amidst the hubbub over free speech week at Berkeley. While most attention was focused on the spectacles of Shapiro and Yiannopoulos, the Daily Cal reported that the Christ administration is proposing to end the funding for the tremendously successful Berkeley Connect program as part of its budget cutting plans.

Berkeley Connect is an innovative program that provides academic mentoring to undergraduates and fellowship support to graduate students. Undergraduates who join the program are linked with a graduate student adviser who helps them navigate their academic experience. Students take part in small discussion groups and workshops, and pursue a specially designed curriculum. Students overwhelmingly praise the program and it has been shown to improve their academic performance. Over 10,000 have participated. Even though the program had its campus support cut last year from $2M to $1M dollars it still was able to support 1200 undergraduates while providing 29 graduate fellowships."..."To be sure, the particular brutalism of Berkeley's imposition of austerity is not due to the campus leadership alone. UCOP is demanding the pace of deficit reduction and therefore making it more difficult to balance the budget without affecting innovative educational programs. But when the campus announces that they have decided to exclude fellowships from the chopping block and then turns around and makes a decision that will cut nearly 30 graduate fellowships, one has to wonder about how believable the administration's claims really are."...

Then there's this 'my boss is great' and not gonna talk about the full financial costs of those recent events , an op ed from the new Berkeley Law Dean here

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Which Ball?

Football so much at the front of coverage, but some interesting b ball coverage highly relevant to UC, higher ed:
"The Feds Could Fix College Sports. But They’re Playing For The Wrong Team.
An antitrust suit against the NCAA’s price-fixing amateur model would benefit players — and rid college sports of the worst corruption that plagues them"
..."It’s not hard to see how the NCAA’s black market gives rise to the sort of financial crimes being alleged by the federal government. Eliminate the black market and the worst of those crimes will go away. In 2009, former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon sued the NCAA, alleging that its rules prohibiting athletes from profiting off their names, images and likenesses violated federal antitrust law. Under the sort of system O’Bannon envisioned, athletes would have been free to share in revenues from jersey sales, shoe deals and other image-related endorsement contracts.

And had O’Bannon prevailed in full, the precise activity that has an Adidas executive "...

Are the leagues that different from each other?
The coach of a team owned by a newly appointed but unconfirmed UC regent, covered by UD : here

He also
--spoke recently at Cal and frequently in the alumni magazine...


If you must on latest 'opportunists on all sides thirsty for UC platform' / Free Speech coverage, there's:

The 'naive professors' framing here:

Another Chancellor message out on it, with opportunity for readers to leave comments: