Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Napolitano says she is not going to resign...Hasn't hit that five year vesting yet?!- could that be the reason?

Despite Calls to resign UC President not Stepping Down
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/11/28/despite-calls-for-resignation-uc-president-napolitano-is-not-stepping-down/


..."You know, I made a mistake and I acknowledge that in approving that we would review campus responses,” says Napolitano. “But I will simply say I was not involved in the activities after that.”

Knowing her office would see their responses, the investigation found that UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine all changed their answers, replacing criticisms of her office with more praise.

When the investigation revealed the meddling, both Napolitano’s aides resigned for ‘family concerns’.

That prompted the UC Board of Regents to reprimand Napolitano. As for public trust and calls for her to step down, Napolitano says she is not going anywhere.

“Well, my response is to appreciate the expression by the Board of Regents, to continue leadership, and to stay focused on what we are trying to do,” she said. “We have a tough road ahead of us on the education side… I am staying on it.”

The state audit eventually found that Napolitano’s office paid excessive salaries and benefits to top executives and kept $175 million in a private reserve fund that was never disclosed.

The Board of Regents plans to discuss reforms to avoid this kind of thing in the future when they meet in January."

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Politico covers her birthday, but also offers:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/playbook-birthday-janet-napolitano-267881

..."What is a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention? “A particularly disturbing trend is the increasingly partisan view of higher education, with Democrats generally in favor and Republicans increasingly negative. This has important policy ramifications. Witness the negative treatment of higher education in the Republican House and Senate tax plans, for example. The proposals would hurt students and make higher education more expensive and less accessible.”"...

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UC Davis Chancellor on higher ed:

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/article187000278.html

"Gary S. May: Thousands of students at UC Davis and across the country will walk out of classes on Wednesday in a show of solidarity against the repeal of several tax exemptions and deductions that make college affordable for millions of Americans. The House bill is an attack on higher education in the name of reform."

Monday, November 27, 2017

UC Leadership Challenges Extend to UC Regents Board...

"UC needs new leadership. "
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2017/11/uc-needs-new-leadership.html

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UC needs new leadership. But this cannot be limited to finding a replacement for President Napolitano. The UC Regents, after all, have made the decisions--through their choices of presidents and policies--that have brought us to this point. The Regents and UC must give up on trying to mimic the failed Michigan model in finance and the failed managerial model in administration. The new leadership of the university must restore the primacy of academic judgment over the demands of finance, must seek new ways to transfer funds from administration to education, and must be open to ideas from below. Meanwhile, the Senate must move beyond its currently reactivity and begin to act as a producer of vision and not just a commentator on administrative proposals. In addition, faculty throughout the system need to take ownership of their local budgets and campus futures.

UC needs new leadership but it is crucial that that new leadership be based on more inclusive decision making and a vision that places academic judgement and the University's academic future at the heart of its planning."
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"Many college students going hungry, need donated food groceries and food stamps"
http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/Many-college-students-going-hungry-need-donated-12380152.php

Also see:

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/25/california-college-students-are-turning-to-food-stamps.html


The report is on UC systemwide , not just about Berkeley

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On a $23 million salary at UCLA:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/11/233m-and-him.html

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This is on Pattiz:
"Editorial: Regent accused of sexual harassment must exit board"
http://dailybruin.com/2017/11/26/editorial-pattiz-accused-of-sexual-harassment-must-exit-board-of-regents/

However, no discussion of his colleague UC regent replacement on labs committee and her controversial comments on the very same topic...
Unconfirmed UC Regent: "flatly argued that harassment can’t take place between members of Congress. “Female members and male members are equals, they don’t sexually harass each other,” Tauscher said."
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/11/unconfirmed-uc-regent-flatly-argued.html

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"UC President Napolitano Admonished by Regents for State Audit ..."
http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/11/27/uc-president-napolitano-admonished-by-regents-for-state-audit-interference/
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Provided earlier coverage on this at THE but here now is the talk in full:





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If UC pactices , operations are not working so wel --it can be difficult to get support for or belief in the true sympathy for such missives:

"University of California President Janet Napolitano, Student Regent Paul Monge and Student Regent-designate Devon Graves issued the following statement today (Nov. 27):

Federal tax proposals moving through Congress will have a devastating impact on the graduate students at the University of California as well as those across the nation. A repeal of long-established, critical tax benefits — from tuition waivers to loan-debt relief — will threaten the affordability and accessibility of higher education for so many students and families.

Tax reform should not be borne on the backs of our hardworking graduate students. They are vital to the university community and society at large: They further groundbreaking research, mentor the next generation and contribute to the economy. They are our nation’s future and deserve congressional support — not a tax hike.

We stand in solidarity with students as we work together to advocate for fair tax policies and to advance our shared mission of supporting higher education."

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-statement-federal-tax-proposals

CA Chancellor on this:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/free-speech-adopted-hostile-right-discredit-universities

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/14/carol-christ-continues-free-speech-year-panel-healing-harmful-speech-hate-speech/

And Chemerinsky on Cornell:

Should Public Universities Guarantee Free Speech?
http://www.newsweek.com/should-public-universities-guarantee-free-speech-719728

Berkeley Law Prof Urges Cornell to Uphold Freedom of Speech ...
http://cornellsun.com/2017/11/20/berkeley-law-prof-urges-cornell-to-uphold-freedom-of-speech-including-hate-speech/

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Some of the response to UC audit interference reports, more

"California Politics Podcast: Questions and criticism for Janet Napolitano"
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-politics-podcast-questions-1511180954-htmlstory.html

This is a good 20 minute overview:

https://soundcloud.com/politics-california/november-17-running-interference

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"State auditor finds top aides to UC President Napolitano interfered in audit, recommends reforms"
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-uc-audit-interference-20171122-story.html
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"Borenstein: How UC President Napolitano undermined state audit"
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/24/borenstein-how-uc-president-napolitano-undermined-state-audit/

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"Editorial: After audit debacle, fire UC President Napolitano”

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/21/editorial-after-audit-debacle-fire-uc-president-napolitano/


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"Editorial: UC Regents were right to discipline President Napolitano"
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-UC-Regents-were-right-to-discipline-12368827.php
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"Editorial | Napolitano, UC regents both failing Californians in audit fiasco"

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/editorials/sd-uc-president-janet-napolitano-regents-20171121-story.html


"The U-T Editorial Board isn’t calling for Napolitano to resign — yet. But it’s hard to have faith in her or the UC regents now. They failed Californians — and need to prove they’ll “conduct themselves ethically, honestly and with integrity in all dealings.”

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Some on the faculty turn to a familiar refrain used in many previous UC 'sagas', scandals etc. of 'not corruption, just incompetence'

-- there are other takes on it, and one that rings most true is that 'the problems predate Napolitano's arrival'...

But at least there's a willingness to point out a few of the many glaring questions around UC PATH project management decisions ...

"Implementation of the UCPath payroll system was a major issue. This effort has gone over-budget and been much delayed. UCLA was supposed to be among the first campuses to adopt the system, but now will be delayed - apparently due to complications arising from the medical enterprise pay system. It appears that pushing UCLA back will also delay implementation at other campuses. No one quite answered the question (which was raised) as to why UCLA was set to go first if there were known complexities of its medical enterprise payroll system. If UCLA had gone first, it was said that Merced would have had to be removed from its system (since UCLA does Merced's payroll). It was unclear why, if Merced could have been carved out, why the UCLA medical enterprise couldn't have been carved out."
See: http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/11/listen-to-regents-meeting-afternoon-nov.html


So, some belated Happy Thanksgiving in a fuller review of UC news...

And yes there was CRISPR news, and turkey tweets....
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And in other areas:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/21/politics/harvard-affirmative-action-justice-department/index.html


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/11/21/justice-department-investigating-harvards-affirmative-action-policies/?utm_term=.54c2f9a5ad04

Hard to find current coverage with the latest on these earlier headlines:


"Grad Students Say GOP Tax Plan Could Increase Their Taxes 300% | Fortune
Fortun
e "

"Graduate students face alarming tax hike - Nature
Nature Journal"


"Graduate Students Are Freaking Out About the GOP Tax Plan. They Should Be | WIRED
Wired"


"GOP tax reform: Why target education? | The Sacramento Bee

Compared with this latest headline: "
Senate tax reform markup opts to keep tax exemption for graduate students
Washington Examiner"








Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chastise, admonish, apologize, resign, bid, ashamed...the UC Regents...

Investigation of audit tampering report here:

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/nov17/b2attach3.pdf


Latest coverage:

"UC regents admonish UC President Janet Napolitano for approval of interference in state audit"
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-uc-regents-audit-reactions-20171115-story.html

"UC President Janet Napolitano's aides interfered in audit of her office, investigation finds"
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-uc-investigation-janet-napolitano-20171115-story.html

University of California regents chastise Napolitano
http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/University-of-California-regents-chastise-12364353.php

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Drama and accusations grow over University of California audit
Inside Higher Ed
"Doctoring a Survey"
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/11/16/drama-and-accusations-grow-over-university-california-audit

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"University of California to bid on managing nuclear lab"
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/16/university-of-california-to-bid-on-managing-nuclear-lab/
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"University of California Regent: Students Should Be 'Ashamed' for Demanding I Resign for Sexual Harassment"
http://time.com/5027312/uc-regents-norman-pattiz-resignation-harassment/

"Students should be ‘ashamed’ for demanding he resign over sexual comments, UC regent says
Norman Pattiz was recorded making inappropriate sexual comments about a woman’s breasts."
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/15/uc-students-demand-regent-resign-over-sexual-comments/


At CNN:http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1711/10/cnr.08.html
"BALDWIN: Who knows, and also with regard to Norm I just need to say that's obviously your story and CNN hasn't told that story. And we haven't heard from Norm, perhaps we will now.

MCDONALD: There are articles.

BALDWIN: I know, I know, there were. I know there were. I just feel like I needed to pop that in.

MCDONALD: Oh, sure. "

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

UC Regents Add "Special Meetings" on UCOP personnel in response to State Audit-- to their regular meeting November 14-16


In relation to these earlier headlines:
Executives who resigned from UC were involved in audit interference - San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/Executives-who-resigned-from-UC-were-involved-in-12343154.php
See important new agenda items added to end of UC Regents Meetings this week:
Upon end of Board closed
Upon end of Board open
Upon end of Board open 
Upon end of Board closed
And a reminder the UC Regents begin meeting this afternoon:
For up to date agenda items and ways to view- See:

Here is the link to view this session of meetings:
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/nov2017/nov2017.html



Daily Cal has:

UC regents to hear demands for Pattiz's removal; vote on tuition hikes tabled
Daily Californian
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/13/uc-regents-to-hear-demands-for-norman-pattizs-removal-vote-on-2018-19-tuition-hikes-tabled/


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Universities and those same plays, moves...

Linked. See:

Executives who resigned from UC were involved in audit interference
http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/Executives-who-resigned-from-UC-were-involved-in-12343154.php



..."“The process of working with the individual campuses to review the survey responses was suggested by the university’s internal audit staff and reviewed and approved by the university’s attorneys,” Ballard said. “The university’s attorneys were directly involved in working with Bernie (Jones) and the campuses’ responses to the surveys.”

UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said that neither Jones nor Grossman had been forced to leave.

Klein, who is also Napolitano’s spokeswoman, did not respond when asked by text and email about the president’s involvement in the surveys.

At UC Santa Cruz, survey responders initially rated technology help from the president’s office as “poor.” That became “good” after Napolitano’s office intervened. The campus also changed ratings for three services previously judged “fair” to “good.” And they changed their ratings of three other services, including help in identifying top-performing high school students, from “good” to “exceptional.”

UC San Diego’s original survey said administrators were “dissatisfied” with explanations from the president’s office about how it spends the campus fees that keep it afloat. They became “satisfied” after the president’s office reviewed it.


At UC Irvine, survey ratings on questions about the quality of collaboration with the president’s office over campus fees were changed from “OK” to “satisfied,” and others from “satisfied,” to “very satisfied.”

The UC regents will meet in San Francisco on Wednesday and next Thursday. No discussion of the Moreno report is scheduled. The regents will hear an update on UC’s progress implementing other areas of the audit recommendations."

And they also have multiple links to the archive leading up to this new Moreno Report:

Here are links to two sets of email exchanges between the UC Office of the President and several campuses regarding review of campus survey responses:
Here is a link to all Chronicle’s coverage of the state audit of the UC president’s office:


And Sac Bee AP covering it too:
UC executives involved in audit interference, report says

http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article183638341.html

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It is true: that the UC Regents do not list this new $220,000 Moreno Report as an agenda item for the meeting scheduled next week
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/11/agenda-uc-regents-november-meeting.html
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Paradise and Higher Ed...:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/08/paradise-papers-oxford-cambridge-invest-millions-offshore-funds-oxbridge

Eaton on the mood shifts over:
"Endowments Boom as Colleges Bury Earnings Overseas"
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/world/universities-offshore-investments.html?&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0



And another Eaton in UC PR:

https://news.uci.edu/2017/11/07/andrea-gunn-eaton-appointed-uci-chief-campus-counsel/

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Boies feted by : Berkeley Law in recent years...

Now he is caught up in major ethical debate: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/business/weinstein-lawyer-david-boies.html


Fallout from that blockbuster major artile in The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-army-of-spies

Also consider universities' Title IX moves as you read, and UC Regents possible ties to the subject matter...

And: "David Boies's Complicated Conflicts
Did the superstar lawyer cross ethical lines in his representation of Harvey Weinstein?"
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/weinstein-boies/545273/

And The Guardian

"But then attorney David Boies gave a painful interview in which, in a lawyerly way,"

He even came up -around that same time of the Berkeley Law speech he gave- in : "David Boies helped California gay couples win the right to marry. Now he’s attacking teacher tenure" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/09/18/david-boies-helped-california-gay-couples-win-the-right-to-marry-now-hes-attacking-teacher-tenure/?utm_term=.00da530381ec

Recall: his wife interviewed UC pres Napolitano on important issues: here.

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Many concerned about linked issues of academic freedom and free speech , with that in mind,see what looks like administration moves to control narratives and discussion of Free speech parameters now includes $20,000 fellowships of their favorites, chosen few:

https://freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/fellows/apply/



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These issues are linked. Linkages there to see for a long while..

Also see:
https://newworkplace.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/when-workplace-predators-silence-and-intimidate-their-targets/

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Agenda UC Regents November 14-16 Meeting

The regents and their staff make you click around for each committee agenda, here:

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/nov17.html


Tuesday, November 14
2:00 pm
Investments Subcommittee (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf) Location: Fisher Banquet Room

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 12, 2017
I-1 Discussion Update on Investment Products

I-2 Action Adoption, Amendment, and Rescission of Certain Regents Policies
on Investment Matters


Location: Fisher Banquet Room
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 16, 2017

I-3(X) Discussion Update on the Office of the Chief Investment Officer Regarding
Organization and Personnel
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]



Wednesday, November 15
8:30 am
Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf) Location: Robertson Auditorium
Public Comment Period2
(20 minutes)
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 13, 2017
Remarks of the Chair of the Board
Remarks of the President of the University
Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate
Notable Honors and Achievements

Concurrent Meetings
9:30 am
Public Engagement and Development Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Fisher Banquet Room

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 13, 2017

P1 Action Endorsement of Comprehensive Campaign, San Francisco Campus

P2 Discussion Annual Report on Private Support 2016-17

P3 Discussion Update on Sesquicentennial Planning

P4 Discussion UC Advocacy and State Legislative Update

P5 Discussion Federal Government Update

9:30 am
Compliance and Audit Committee (open session) (pdf)Location: Robertson Auditorium


Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 13, 2017

C1 Information Annual Report on Internal Audit Activities, 2016-17

C2 Discussion Update on Six-Month Status Report on Implementation of
Recommendations from State Audit of University of California
Office of the President Administrative Expenditures

C3 Discussion Report on Independent Assessment of Audit Implementation
Status

C4 Information Cyber Risk Program Update

C5 Discussion Annual Report of External Auditors for the Year Ended June 30, 2017
Compliance and Audit Committee (closed session) (pdf)Location: Robertson Auditorium

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 13, 2017
C6(X) Discussion Annual Consultation with Regents’ Auditors Concerning
Performance of University Personnel
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]
C7(X) Discussion Conflicts of Interest in the Health Enterprise
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
C8(X) Action Recommended Settlements for Board Action

C9 lists 23 items

C10

11:30 am
Governance and Compensation Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Fisher Banquet Room


Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 13, 2017

G1 Information Update on University of California Office of the President
Audit of Administrative Expenditures Staff-Related
Implementation Workstreams 1 through 5

G2 Action Amendment of Regents Policy 1203: Emeritus Title for Former
Regents, Senior Leadership, and Staff and Rescission of Standing
Order 103.5

G3 Action Amendment of the Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Charter


Governance and Compensation Committee (closed session) (pdf) Location: Fisher Banquet Room


Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 13, 2017

G4(X) Action Appointment of Regent to Leadership Position

Closed Session Statute Citation: Nomination of officers and members
[Education Code §92032(e)]

G5(X) Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters
Closed Session Statute Citation: Collective bargaining matters


Concurrent Meetings
1:00 pmAcademic and Student Affairs Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Fisher Banquet Room

Action Approval of the Minutes of the meeting of September 13, 2017

A1 Discussion Campus Verification Practices and Policies: Recommendations
from the Academic Verification Task Force

A2 Discussion Report of the Total Cost of Attendance Working Group


National Laboratories Subcommittee (closed session) (pdf) Location: Fisher Banquet Room


Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of January 21, 2016

N1(X) Discussion Update on Partnering Arrangements Related to Proposed Bid for Los
Alamos National Laboratory Contract
Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property 
National Laboratories Subcommittee (open session) (pdf) Location: Fisher Banquet Room

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 13, 2017

N2 Action Approval to Submit Bid for the Los Alamos National Laboratory
Contract

N3 Action Approval of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contract with the DOE
1:00 pmFinance and Capital Strategies Committee (closed session) (pdf) Location: Robertson Auditorium

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 12, 2017

F1(X) Discussion Development and Disposition of a Fire Station and Acquisition of
Torrey Pines Center South, San Diego Campus
Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]

F2(X) Action Approval of Budget Amendment, Increase in External Financing,
and Revision to Business Terms of Master Ground Lease and
Space Lease, Child, Teen, And Family Center and Department of
Psychiatry Building, 2130 Third Street, San Francisco Campus

Finance and Capital Strategies Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Robertson Auditorium


Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 13, 2017

F3 Action Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Emerson Hall
Housing Replacement, Davis Campus

B. Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Teaching and
Learning Complex, Davis Campus

C. Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Kresge College
Non-Academic, Santa Cruz Campus

D. Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Kresge College
Academic, Santa Cruz Campus

E. Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Parnassus Heights
Health Sciences Instruction and Research Buildings
Seismic Improvements, San Francisco Campus

F. Acceptance of the University of California 2018-19 Budget
for State Capital Improvements

F4 Action Adoption of Regents Policy on Reporting Standards for University
of California Significant Information Technology Projects

F5 Action Approval of Budget, Scope, and External Financing, Ridge Walk
Academic Complex, San Diego Campus

F6 Action Approval of Design following Action Pursuant to the California
Environmental Quality Act, Nuevo West Graduate Student
Housing, San Diego Campus

F7 Action Approval of Design following Action Pursuant to the California
Environmental Quality Act, Nuevo East Student Housing,
San Diego Campus

F8 Action Authority to Indemnify Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. for
Potential Third-Party Claims Arising from Agreement in which
Pioneer is to Provide Corn and Sorghum Molecular
Transformation Service for Plant Pathogen Research Projects,
Davis Campus

F9 Action Acceptance of the 2017-27 Capital Financial Plan

F10 Action University of California Financial Reports, 2017

F11 Discussion Update on the 2020 Project, Merced Campus

F12 Discussion Triton Pavilion for Student Resources and Community
Engagement, San Diego Campus

F13 Information Report of Budget to Actual Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2016-17
for the Office of the President

F14 Discussion UCPath Update

F15 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuation of the University of California Retiree
Health Benefit Program

F16 Discussion Annual Actuarial Valuations for the University of California
Retirement Plan and Its Segments and for the 1991 University of
California-Public Employees’ Retirement System Voluntary Early
Retirement Incentive Program
Thursday, November 16
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Robertson Auditorium

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 14, 2017
Committee Reports Including Approval of Recommendations from Committees:
Compliance and Audit Committee
Recommended Settlements for Board Action
Closed Session Statute Citations: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Approval of Budget Amendment, Increase in External Financing,
and Revision to Business Terms of Master Ground Lease and
Space Lease, Child, Teen, and Family Center and Department of
Psychiatry Building, 2130 Third Street, San Francisco Campus
Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]
Governance and Compensation Committee
Closed Session Statute Citations: Nomination of officers and members
[Education Code §92032(e)]
Collective bargaining matters [Government Code §3596(d)]

Health Services Committee (meeting of October 18)
Closed Session Statute Citations: Personnel matters[Education Code §92032(b)(7)]
Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]
Investments Subcommittee
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]
National Laboratories Subcommittee
Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Actions
Personnel Matters
Closed Session Statute Citations: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
Acquisition or disposition of property [Education Code §92032(b)(6)]
Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)Location: Robertson Auditorium


Public Comment2
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the meeting of September 14, 2017
Committee Reports Including Approval of Recommendations from Committees:
Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Compliance and Audit Committee
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Consent Agenda
Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Emerson Hall Housing
Replacement, Davis Campus
Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Teaching and Learning
Complex, Davis Campus

Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Kresge College Non-
Academic, Santa Cruz Campus
Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Kresge College Academic,
Santa Cruz Campus
Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, Parnassus Heights Health
Sciences Instruction and Research Buildings Seismic Improvements,
San Francisco Campus
Acceptance of the University of California 2018-19 Budget for State
Capital Improvements
Adoption of Regents Policy on Reporting Standards for the University of
California Significant Information Technology Projects
Approval of the Budget and Scope and External Financing Ridge Walk
Academic Complex, San Diego Campus
Approval of Design Following Action Pursuant to the California Environmental
Quality Act, Nuevo West Graduate Student Housing, San Diego Campus
Approval of Design Following Action Pursuant to the California Environmental
Quality Act, Nuevo East Student Housing, San Diego Campus
Authority to Indemnify Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. for Potential Third
Party Claims Arising from Agreement in Which Pioneer is to Provide Corn and
Sorghum Molecular Transformation Service for Plant Pathogen Research
Projects, Davis Campus
Acceptance of the 2017-27 Capital Financial Plan
University of California Financial Reports, 2017
Governance and Compensation Committee
Amendment of Regents Policy 1203: Policy on Emeritus Title for Former
Regents, Senior Leadership, and Staff and Rescission of Standing Order 103.5 (b)
and (c)
Amendment of the Finance and Capital Strategies Committee Charter
Appointment of Regent to Leadership Position

Health Services Committee (meeting of October 18, 2017)
Public Engagement and Development Committee
Endorsement of Comprehensive Campaign, San Francisco Campus
Investments Subcommittee
Adoption, Amendment, and Rescission of Certain Regents Policies on Investment
Matters
National Laboratories Subcommittee
Approval to Submit Bid for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Contract
Approval of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contract with the
Department of Energy
Resolution in Appreciation
Unfinished Business (action)
Governance and Compensation Committee Report
(from meeting of September 15, 2017)
Suspension of Bylaw 21.7 for the Limited Purpose of Enabling the Los Angeles
Campus to Reappoint Regent Guber to Part-Time Teaching and Advisory Board
Positions, Provided That Any Such Positions Are Uncompensated

B1 Discussion The Role of Higher Education: A Presentation by the Public Policy
Institute of California


Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Actions
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings
Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bright and Gloomy Forecasts- GSR rights, and "The university is no better off,” Wilton added. “It makes not one cent difference.”


Student workers deserve more complete picture of union benefits
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/03/student-workers-deserve-complete-picture-union-benefits/

..."current and former Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) at UC Berkeley, we are replying to a recent campuswide email from the UC administration regarding GSR unionization. Sent by Graduate Division Dean Fiona Doyle on Oct. 23, with the subject “Message Regarding Union Representation for Graduate Student Researchers,” the message responded to the recent passage of SB 201, a bill granting Graduate Student Researchers in California the right to unionize. Dean Doyle wrote that “UC supports your right to decide for yourself whether unionization is beneficial for you. That choice is yours. UC believes this choice should be well informed.”

But does the UC administration really support our right as GSRs to decide for ourselves whether we want to form a union? And do the administration’s emails give us a complete picture of what GSR unionization means?

The UC administration has lobbied against GSR/RA collective bargaining rights"...

And,

"The Ivy League Has An Unexpected Friend In Donald Trump Their graduate students are trying to unionize. The president may have already stopped them." | HuffPost
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ivy-league-unions-graduate-students_us_59f253d4e4b077d8dfc88d6a

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And, A claim the Cal deficit cut in half:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/02/uc-berkeley-cut-deficit-half-fiscal-years-2016-17-chancellor-announces/


But then check out this other story with a gloomy forecast:

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/02/uc-berkeley-chancellor-proposes-assuming-portion-cal-athletics-debt-exchange-developing-edwards-stadium/
..."Moving some of Cal Athletics’ debt onto the campus’s books, if implemented, would only change where the debt service payments are located, Powell said. The cuts will still have to be made somewhere, he added.

“That’s just moving deck chairs around the Titanic,” said John Wilton, former campus vice chancellor for administration and finance, of a potential debt transfer in a recent interview with The Daily Californian. As vice chancellor for administration and finance, Wilton oversaw the creation of a new funding model for California Memorial Stadium.

“The university is no better off,” Wilton added. “It makes not one cent difference.”"

But SJ Merc give it this headline: "Big relief: Cal to move a portion of stadium debt off athletic department’s books"
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/02/big-relief-cal-to-move-a-portion-of-stadium-debt-off-athletic-departments-books/
Includes: "Details of the debt transfer haven’t been finalized, said spokesman Dan Mogulof, who attended the meeting.

But the move is potentially a game-changer for the Bears in matters ranging from coaching salaries and recruiting budgets to the hiring of a new athletic director.

As such, it has the potential to impact the Pac-12:

Cal is the conference’s premier public university, with a huge alumni base and global reach. A fiscally stable and competitively successful athletic department (specifically, the football and men’s basketball programs) would carry far-reaching benefits.

There is no timetable for the implementation of the debt transfer, nor did Christ reveal the structure: Will it be raw dollars or a percentage? And will it come from the overall debt or the annual debt service?

But it figures to be a significant percentage."
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SF Gate
:UC Berkeley to tap academic funds to help bail out Memorial Stadium

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-to-tap-academic-funds-to-help-bail-12330822.php

"The campus would help pay off only the retrofit debt on the stadium, Mogulof said. He said officials are still trying to determine what portion of the stadium’s $314 million debt comes from the seismic overhaul.
However, the figure is expected to amount to at least 60 percent of the total debt, or $188 million, said one campus source, speaking on condition of anonymity."
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One more time ,we point to this earlier article: to:https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/nicholas-dirks-life-fault-line

", while Dirks knew he was taking on a major challenge, it wasn’t until later that he realised this constrained funding environment was now Berkeley’s “new normal”.

“Everyone thought [Berkeley’s funding] would rebound – the economy had rebounded, so therefore state funding should as well,” he explains. “In fact, today [the state contribution] is 11 per cent.”

To understand this ongoing decline, it is necessary to look at politics as well as economics, and, in particular, at Berkeley’s complex, multilayered governance structure.

As part of the overarching University of California system, the chancellor is beholden to the system’s board of 24 politically appointed regents and its president, currently the former governor of Arizona Janet Napolitano. The latter’s role is to represent all the UC campuses in negotiations with the state governor over issues such as funding, but she also retains control over executive pay, tuition fees and the ratio of in-state and out-of-state students (the latter pay more, and as such can help to balance the books).

So while, at Columbia, it had been part of Dirks’ job to set tuition fees, at Berkeley, the figure “had to be approved by the regents, who were advised by the president. But it was also a negotiation with [California’s] governor, and although we made clear our need for greater revenue…we didn’t get it, and, at a high level, I had almost no control over that.”

If he did not control key income streams, then he did at least have control over expenditure.

“That’s the division of labour,” Dirks jokes. But, again, that was not quite as simple as it sounds because of another aspect of Berkeley’s governance structure – the powerful faculty representation.

The engaged nature of Berkeley academics, the unique culture of the place and a commitment to its fabled role as a public institution are all great points of pride for the institution. This can be a powerful strength: for example, Berkeley excels at attracting the most talented young researchers and holding on to them, despite the higher salaries available elsewhere."
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And yes U house and Blake house are not being used for student, staff or faculty housing, could they be? - but doubt alot of folks care if Chancellor lives on campus, is that real issue?

Unconfirmed UC Regent: "flatly argued that harassment can’t take place between members of Congress. “Female members and male members are equals, they don’t sexually harass each other,” Tauscher said."

See multiple current and former CA female legislators comments on their workplace- including a current unconfirmed UC Regent come up in : "Female lawmakers allege harassment by colleagues in House"
https://www.apnews.com/ca32653c458c4a3e9ef07d31700c14e6

Includes:
"Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher of California flatly argued that harassment can’t take place between members of Congress. “Female members and male members are equals, they don’t sexually harass each other,” Tauscher said.

In fact, the law specifies that harassment can occur between equals, said Jennifer Drobac, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, who teaches a course in sexual harassment law.

“Formally, two members of Congress may have the same status. That doesn’t change the fact that sexual harassment can occur between peers,” Drobac said, noting that numerous other factors can come into play, including the difference in age and length of service between the members, and the mere fact that men have more power in society than women.

Indeed the harassment or hostile incidents experienced by current and former lawmakers occurred when they were young newcomers to Congress, with less seniority than the men who targeted them. Yet the fact that some dispute whether harassment could even occur between members of Congress underscores the complexity of the issue and the fraught questions surrounding it.
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--That is from an unconfirmed UC Regent, at the Title IX compliance challenged UC, where also supposedly equal Academic Senate faculty members also exist and sometimes complain of unequal treatment within their own body and UC Regents then have to intervene in certain situations etc.... BTW Tauschet is being discussed by the regents as a replacement for Pattiz as chair of highly competitive UC labs committee etc, some unfortunate irony there... Unconfirmed UC Regents only receive confirmation through the CA Senate rules committee, and recently the larger Sac staff there made this news in NYT:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/29/us/sacramento-sexual-harassment-california.html

And : now Sac Bee is looking into : http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article182433996.html
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But accusations of outrageous office conduct resulting in large legal settlements are not limited to the Legislature.

A Bee examination of sexual harassment cases involving ... public universities shows that untold millions have been paid out in recent years to settle claims – without any centralized oversight of these settlements, or public accountability for the outcomes.

In the last nine months alone, the University of California governing board agreed to pay more than $2.7 million to settle two claims at UC Santa Cruz and the UC Berkeley School of Law involving sexual assault and sexual harassment by faculty members.

How common are these payouts?

Representatives of California’s key financial and personnel agencies told The Bee they have no master list of sexual harassment settlements – and no easy way to get one –since each department is responsible for its own budgeting, including legal resolutions. The employment count within the executive branch of state government, which doesn’t include ... university systems, is 228,839 workers in 144 departments.

... government regulations allow some of the state’s largest entities – the University of California, for instance, ...– to rely on in-house counsel. ...

Unlike California, some states, including Michigan, meticulously track lawsuit judgments and settlements by department, and make that information available to lawmakers and the public.

“... Bowerman said departments initially were “kicking at how much work it was to pull together,” but he noted that the annual report has been well received and used by the public for a variety of purposes.
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Michigan’s ..
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Earlier this year, the UC regents agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a case involving the former UC Berkeley School of Law dean, Sujit Choudhry.

Choudhry’s former executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, had accused her boss of inappropriately kissing, hugging and touching her. Sorrell and other critics complained that Choudhry was let off too easily by being allowed to remain a tenured faculty member, even though a campus investigation had substantiated the allegations.

The UC Board of Regents also settled a $1.15 million sexual assault case this year with a former UC Santa Cruz student, Luz Portillo. The woman alleged that university officials failed to adequately investigate her claims that her professor, Hector Perla, and another student employee had raped her in June 2015, the day before her graduation, according to media accounts of the case.

UC President Janet Napolitano vowed to improve the university’s handling of complaints related to sexual harassment and sexual violence. In 2016, UC adopted a systemwide model for how its campuses were to investigate and decide such cases, and “we’ve been working hard to implement it consistently and fairly...,” said UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein. More recently, she said, the university created systemwide procedures for investigating complaints against faculty and staff.

Klein said the university monitors legal settlements through multiple databases, on campuses and through the president’s office. Larger settlements are brought before the board of regents for approval, she said....


-- So it would seem that the rules committee might feel a heightened awareness on the subject etc when/if confirmation hearings occur on those four unconfirmed UC Regents...

Sec of Ed: “The federal government took over student loans completely right after the economic downturn. And so … the market for student loans has been basically controlled by the federal government. … And, the federalizing of student loans was ostensibly to help pay for Obamacare. So you’re helping to pay for Obamacare, I guess, with your student loans.”


"DeVos Falsely Suggests That Student Loans Were Federalized to Pay for Obamacare"

http://www.chronicle.com/article/DeVos-Falsely-Suggests-That/241654?cid=db&elqTrackId=8939f3228a24479c87644b9f3b5acc14&elq=22d4e1bf9bce414499259c376fe0cbe5&elqaid=16432&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=7114
CHE also reminds readers: "Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, previously told The Chronicle that she had to explain to the secretary what a specific federal grant for low-income students — commonly known as a “SEOG grant” — was. “Her learning curve where higher ed is concerned is quite vertical,” she said."
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Student loan interest deduction is on the chopping block - CNBC.com
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/02/student-loan-interest-deduction-is-on-the-chopping-block.html


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Berkeley PR staff highlight this:

Conservative thinker to Berkeley: Open your heart to new ideas
http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/11/02/conservative-thinker-to-berkeley-open-your-heart-to-new-ideas/

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Earlier this year, this view on:


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Apples , Bananas




Thursday, November 2, 2017

Student housing crisis, and a question of UC leadership chasing wedge issues instead of making the 'trains run on time'?

Blame it on former admin and take years to write a standard 38 page report, but what will be the rebuttal? Pushback?:
Civil rights policy broken in Cal field hockey case, probe finds; ex-administrator blamed
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/10/30/civil-rights-policy-broken-in-cal-field-hockey-case-report-finds-ex-administrator-blamed/

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This new report on student housing:
http://www.ppic.org/publication/ppic-statewide-survey-californians-and-higher-education-november-2017


Poll finds high housing cost is barrier to college education in California
http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Poll-finds-high-housing-cost-is-barrier-to-12324629.php

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Discussion of Higher Ed revenue streams myths and taboo here:
Troubles of the Michigan Model
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2017/11/troubles-of-michigan-model.html

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Dirks recently tweeted this: "In order to thrive, universities - and societies - need balance of research fields"

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And this is at THE: on his struggles at Cal
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/nicholas-dirks-life-fault-line


They've also got this there:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/will-enforcing-free-speech-campus-bring-freedom-or-tyranny

Check it against this:
Feeding a Dangerous Fiction, Redux
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2017/10/feeding-dangerous-fiction-redux.html

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UC part of joint legal motion to halt repeal of DACA program
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-part-joint-legal-motion-halt-repeal-daca-program

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California Gov. Jerry Brown heads to Europe for climate talks- he returns Nov 14, the UC Regents meet Nov 15-16...