Thursday, December 28, 2017

UC Regent Pattiz resigns effective Feb 16,- Has Tauscher been confirmed?

Some updates and questions on parts of new coverage:

LAT:http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-uc-regent-pattiz-retire-20171228-story.html includes:
"Kieffer, in his Dec. 6 reply, told the regents that no further action on Pattiz was planned, although he would continue to monitor the ongoing litigation.

Monge, Newsom and Torlakson then prepared a draft letter formally asking Kieffer to allow regents at the January meeting to vote on opening an investigation into Pattiz. The letter was not sent because Pattiz announced his retirement.

“None of that had anything to do with my decision to retire,” said Pattiz, adding that the regents did not have the power to investigate him without his consent and that he never would have given it. “My attitude is, it’s been 16 years, the labs are taken care of and this is the time to go.”

-is that-the part in bold- true about the regents rules?

And Daily Cal comes up in : https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/norman-pattiz-uc-regent-harassment_us_5a2ed463e4b078950282a560

"Emilia Dantes, a friend of Park’s, told student newspaper The Daily Californian in 2016 that Park was often afraid of going to work, concerned Pattiz would potentially assault or harass her.

“She was miserable and felt sick to her stomach every day,” Dantes said. “Wondering, is he going to come upstairs today? What will he say? Is this the day he grabs me or touches me?”

Pattiz’s lawyer said there is no Emilia Dantes."


- Did the Daily Cal give their position on the? Is that true?

HuffPo also pointed to in piece on the resignation here:https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/norman-pattiz-resigns-uc-regent_us_5a45888fe4b0b0e5a7a5a9b5


Daily Cal coverage:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/28/uc-regent-norman-pattiz-announces-retirement-amid-sex-harassment-accusations/

Daily Bruin coverage:
http://dailybruin.com/2017/12/28/university-of-california-regent-accused-of-sexual-harassment-resigns/

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Earlier:
See SF Gate for his letter and Chair Kieffer's response:
"UC Regent Norm Pattiz, accused of sexual harassment, announces resignation"

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/UC-Regent-Norm-Pattiz-accused-of-sexual-12460438.php

They both reference Tauscher but has she been confirmed by the CA Senate Rules Committee yet?
Cuz:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/11/unconfirmed-uc-regent-flatly-argued.html

And,
http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/For-decades-UC-has-selected-board-of-regents-11209660.php

In SJ Merc coverage they say they talked to Pattiz about it today:
"UC Regent Norman Pattiz retires in wake of protests over inappropriate comments"
https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/28/uc-regent-norman-pattiz-retires-in-wake-of-protests-over-inappropriate-comments/
Includes: "In the interview, Pattiz brushed off the student protests. “That’s what students do, and they have a perfect right to do it,” he said."

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Regents Varner's and De La Pena's terms end this coming March- so, once again, multiple-3- vacancies on the board for the governor to appoint...

One is reminded of UC PATH, and other things...

See: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article191819394.html
"...Recently, for instance, the Legislature directed Howle to delve into the finances of the University of California, and its cloistered executives, especially President Janet Napolitano, went into full DEFCON 1 mode.

Eventually, Howle learned that responses to her inquiries of officials at individual UC campuses were being routed through Napolitano’s top aides and sanitized of criticism before being forwarded to the auditors.
Howle blew the whistle on the laundering, two top executives walked the plank by resigning and the UC president was admonished by the Board of Regents after taking semi-responsibility. The audit, meanwhile, determined that Napolitano was sitting on a $175 million secret stash of cash."


And then:
...."Howle has done so, in a sense, by excoriating the State Judicial Council, the policymaking arm of the Supreme Court, for its disastrous foray into a centralized case management system. And she didn’t hesitate to hammer UC, which is also constitutionally independent, for its financial mischief."

In reference to the business system debacle one is reminded of UC PATH, a system that UCOP drove as a major initiative and has gone over budget and resulted in high 'assessment fees' That each UC campus must pay to UCOP-and some views hold that the assessment can throw campus budgets in a squeeze and the campus becomes beholden to UCOP for help and then UCOP micromanages that campus e.g. : BERKELEY- that was part of what fueled the $175 million 'scandal'...the other part of the scandal was that senior UCOP staff could not provide Howle's team with the itemized list of what the $175 million went to ...Howle's team had to create that list for UCOP and then later UC passed the list around as though they knew its content all along, that was part of the scandal, too...and that speaks to business systems and mngmnt as well...

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SF Chronicle took it up in a different way
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And nationally there is this

This

This

Which can spin like this:

""scolds Obama administration"

Or handle it like this:
"...majority of Justice Department employees are non-political and remain in place even as administrations change."...

How would that new UC free speech Constitution center handle their megaphone on such news stories as the above? Would the leadership cover their own role in it? Would it be a good thing? For who?- see also: http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2017/10/feeding-dangerous-fiction-redux.html

We still don't know what was in the "private report on UC" that Howle wrote in response to the Moreño report (this time) on UCOP survey tampering

We still don't know what the reforms list looks like *they are reforms deemed necessary even àfter the two staff resigned and Napolitano's apology* but LA Times was privy to it apparently:
"State Auditor Elaine Howle wants University of California regents to consider disciplining university employees who repeatedly interfered with a state audit, tried to hide their actions, misled investigators and withheld requested information until threatened with court action, according to a private report by her office obtained by The Times." See: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-uc-audit-interference-20171122-story.html

And btw UC Regents hired two former state auditors and they presented at the UC Regents September audit and compliance meeting and some of their comments circled around a notion that CSA could not be the arbitor of market rate value re compensation. -at about the 30:00 minute mark there... That's how their consultant work for the regents started off...all of the above is likely to come up again in the new year...

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Scope Creep of the New UC DC-based 'Free Speech Center' -and where is UC campus based faculty, Academic Senate members contribution, research, input in it?

UCLA Fac blog points to: this Politico article that discussed UC
Includes this DC based model as something that can regulate campus based culture etc:
"Napolitano acknowledged that supporting even very provocative free-speech rallies on campus is not a position shared by everyone in the university community, and that there’s not an “insignificant percentage” of students who believe that the First Amendment doesn’t cover hate speech. She said a new UC center on free speech to be based in Washington will explore how to best teach students about the Constitution.

“We have a real education issue before us to educate students about what the First Amendment means and to make sure that they understand that once you start policing speakers based on the content of what they are going to say that sets a horrible precedent,” Napolitano said."

- Note now, not just 'free speech' but now the entire 'Constitution'-- that looks like some serious scope creep...and it was entirely foreseeable. It is not just a duplication of effort concern, there are faculty on each of the UC campuses' engaged in this type of research, teaching of the Constitution and it looks like their participation is not sought by making the efforts of this new center DC based... for add'l concerns see also: http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2017/10/feeding-dangerous-fiction-redux.html
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And, on research implications:
In this story: at HuffPost

This comes up:
... “is a pervasive speech code for lawyers, including on matters unrelated to any pending litigation,” UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh argued in "...

It also includes this highlighted quote from another expert:
"The 14th Amendment is not some special interests amendment for women and people of color and the LGBT community — it’s equal to the First Amendment."

- see how predictably the scope expands?!
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- it would be helpful to have details on how campus-based UC faculty and staff are and will routinely be a part of this UCOP-driven DC-based new center and how these efforts taking place outside of CA will transport it's deliverables, end products, research findings, teachings to campus and students in a manner that will not appear to be by think-tank fiat or a series of dust collecting tomes, unread white papers (but with a nice budget drain on travel, luncheons, dinners, gala at a well-catered DC center etc for the cherry picked participants)..


Monday, December 25, 2017

Boalt Alumnus to Head Civil Rights Division of Dept of Education, -and an article on FERPA and Title IX

Multiple special interests in Higher Ed come up throughout this: "Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Hearings to examine the nominations of Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and Johnny Collett, of Kentucky, to be Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, both of the Department of Education, and Scott A. Mugno, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary, and William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, both of the Department of Labor." See:

https://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/department-of-education-and-department-of-labor-nominations

One of the key appointees is a UC Berkeley Law alum: https://www.help.senate.gov/download/testimony/marcus-testimony
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Right now cspan only has the audio posted here:
https://www.c-span.org/video/?437951-1/health-education-labor-pensions
- but they may eventually post the video and/or transcript...


IHE "Focus Is Title IX in Hearing for OCR Nominee"
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/12/06/focus-title-ix-hearing-ocr-nominee


Earlier they had:
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/10/30/many-groups-are-reserving-judgment-trumps-pick-head-office-civil-rights-exception


Other coverage:
http://www.wftv.com/news/trump-pick-for-education-civil-rights-office-grilled-by-dems/658981459

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/10/26/trump-taps-jewish-community-advocate-as-civil-rights-chief-at-education-department/?utm_term=.1abb9e5411dc
UC comes up multiple times in:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trumps-dangerous-appointment-to-key-civil-rights-position_us_59fdebf6e4b05e3e1f0a018b
Includes:
"In one recent legal action, Marcus filed a complaint against the University of California, Berkeley, describing student activities "...

And another section has:
"Marcus has also been caught falsifying incidents. A formal university investigation of his claim that an “angry mob” of ....at the University of California at Irvine revealed that the activists were simply chanting outside an auditorium after having been locked out of what had been advertised as a public screening of a controversial film. Similarly, Marcus’s website claims that the University of California at Santa Barbara had agreed to his demands that outside observers moderate speakers and classes ... He also said the university agreed that students and staff would be required to take a “training” by an organization ."... See that piece in full for the details, context etc.

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And now this other piece at WaPo:

"What they're not talking about with Title IX that really matters"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/12/20/what-theyre-not-talking-about-with-title-ix-that-really-matters/
That posits:
..."Meaningful reform of Title IX is going to require us to reform the student privacy law — specifically, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act."...

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And again:

"Many college grads face mountain of debt"
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20171224/NEWS/171229869

Napolitano and Chemerinsky at Commonwealth Club talk on Free Speech

Napolitano has been doing interviews, moderator services for Commonwealth Club, this is the latest from earlier this month with the new Berkeley Law Dean Chemerinsky on the subject of free speech and they discuss their new UC center they are collaborating on.



Saturday, December 23, 2017

Overly Broad Strokes, Not pushin' that envelope, myopic, and a breakthrough...

Painting a whole gen like this?!:
"UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ, for insisting on the importance of free speech on campus at a time when, as she herself acknowledged, “we have a generation of students now who are much more willing to think about restrictions on speech.”"
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-santa-naughty-nice-trump-20171223-story.html

Then in that same piece LAT also herald: "The Academy of Motion Pictures, for an awards season that wasn’t #Oscarssowhite (though it is still way too #LightonLatinos and #AintmanyAsians.)"

But just a few weeks ago it was:http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-oscars-2018-predictions-diversity-20171129-story.html and included:"“It appears back to business as usual, unfortunately,”"


And just today their content has generated this feedback:

Twitter Skewers Los Angeles Times — And Stars — For All-White Actress Cover
HuffPost
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/all-white-actress-cover-los-angeles-times-envelope_us_5a3dc12ae4b0b0e5a7a22dbd



https://www.glamour.com/story/twitter-is-not-pleased-about-this-magazine-coverwith-good-reason

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/12/twitter-slams-la-times-for-all-white-magazine-cover/


Here's Why Twitter Is So Angry About This Hollywood-Themed Cover
http://www.refinery29.com/2017/12/186196/la-times-hollywood-envelope-issue-2017

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This Title IX just settling at UC Berkeley: "UC Board of Regents settles sex harassment complaint against professor "
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/22/campus-settles-sex-harassment-claim-professor-nezar-alsayyad-80k/

And SF Gate:

https://www.sfgate.com/education/article/UC-Berkeley-settles-sex-harassment-claim-against-12442973.php


In light of all the decades-long UC Title IX problems, problems recognized by many on all sides of the issue,

And in light of a decades-long UC Regent (whose been at the helm during these UC IX problems) mentioned here:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jennifer-lawrence-receive-sherry-lansing-award-at-hollywood-reporter-women-entertainment-breakfast-1047590

It can feel like a disconnect ... A feeling perhaps of one woman's accolade can be another woman's Coin/Snow, so to speak...

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Some of the coverage can lead some other subject matter experts to even ask a question like this:

"Is #metoo for colleges and sports?"
http://title-ix.blogspot.com/2017/12/is-metoo-for-colleges-and-sports.html

- because the myopia can be real and it can even be used as a tool. recall all those folks using the line that they are 'steeped in academia, academic life and yet don't know anything about that Title IX thing ' - that stance has been used as a tool in a narrative to skew policy.

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Persisting to... a breakthrough:


http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/12/20/first-step-toward-crispr-cure-of-lou-gehrigs-disease/

Novel and retrospective 'Harvard for the 100%'?

This Politico article: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/22/harvard-tax-college-endowments-252892 covers what has they say "...left Higher Ed leaders reeling..."

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A different version of Harvard for the 100% earlier: here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

“The campus has, for decades, not dealt honestly with the budget,” said Christ, who assumed office in mid-summer. “And it has not sought to...


..."reconcile how much money it takes to run a sports program and how much money we’ve allocated.”

That's in: "Chancellor Carol Christ talks Cal athletics: Budget plans, stadium debt, the AD search and finding a sustainable model
https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/14/chancellor-carol-christ-talks-cal-athletics-budget-plans-stadium-debt-the-ad-search-and-finding-a-sustainable-model/


-that new board of visitors
and Berkeley foundation mentioned as
influential --comes up in the story above with regard to direction of Cal Athletics, more. Cal now listing them as upper echelon UC stakeholders, description of them as having greenlighting or opposing campus capital projects influence etc-- are such groups similar to a 'shadow regents'- are such groups - w/ their own dedicated UC support staff serving them - a part of the higher ed master plan? Is it possible that the regents and these other groups might find themselves in opposition to each other, or with differing, opposing goals? Are these types of groups becoming mini "campus regents'and is that a good thing?
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Also a 'chancellor interview' on UCSF
Does Hawgood discuss his: Title IX office problems (that concerns actions of a former Cal faculty equity director) as one of the hardest problems?:

https://ww2.kqed.org/forum/2017/12/18/ucsf-chancellor-sam-hawgood-on-solving-medicines-hardest-problems/?a=commentsATag

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..."The bill had proposed a tax on college and university endowments exceeding $500,000 for every student enrolled, but it included a provision that would have exempted those with fewer than 500 tuition-paying students. The parliamentarian struck only the words "tuition-paying," the Ways and Means representative said."...

http://www.businessinsider.com/house-vote-on-trump-republican-tax-reform-bill-senate-byrd-rule-2017-12

Monday, December 18, 2017

"I certainly don't like the idea of retiring under a cloud," he said.

See: "...The University of California regent who was recorded last year asking an actress at his podcast company if he could hold her breasts said Friday he’s considering resigning amid calls for him to step down from the powerful panel.


UC regent who asked to hold actress’ breasts is considering... The Ball family: When exasperation leads to the wilderness GOP tax bill could trigger $25 billion in cuts to Medicare PG&E may shut off power lines to prevent fires in this... Concerns raised over Breed serving as both SF mayor, supervisor Giants trade starter Matt Moore to the Rangers for prospects SF Aquatic Park closed to swimmers after third sea lion attack...
But Regent Norman Pattiz told The Chronicle that if he does resign, it won’t be because of demands that he do so.

“Had this (recording) not come up, I might have considered retirement more than I’m considering it now,” Pattiz said, noting that he’ll be 75 next month and has been a regent for 16 years. “I certainly don’t like the idea of retiring under a cloud.”

Pattiz, who has apologized for his remarks and said they were meant as a joke, said he hasn’t yet decided whether to step down."....
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/UC-regent-who-asked-to-hold-actress-s-breasts-12435049.php

And,
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/12/16/uc-berkeley-regent-asked-actress-if-could-hold-her-breasts-may-step-down.html


SFGate has:
..."The letter also condemned Pattiz for saying the UC Student Association should be “ashamed of themselves” for approving a resolution calling on the board to dismiss him. Pattiz told the Chronicle he said this because their resolution is “full of information that isn’t true.”...
See:
https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/Radio-Mogul-Considers-Resigning-as-University-12437322.php#photo-12261536

Friday, December 15, 2017

“I’m fairly critical of the Pac-12 organization,’’ she said. “Like many central organizations — you could think about the office of the president here as an analogy, and it’s just human nature — you tend to elaborate your own organization rather than understanding that it should be as small and efficient as possible for the benefit of the members.”

- is that about OP too?
See SJ Merc: "Cal chancellor Carol Christ expresses “three sets of concerns” about the Pac-12’s direction, criticizes the conference office itself"
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/14/cal-chancellor-carol-christ-expresses-three-sets-of-concerns-about-the-pac-12s-direction-criticizes-the-conference-office-itself/

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At Daily Cal:

Examining the lack of faculty diversity in the UC Berkeley biology department

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/15/examining-the-lack-of-faculty-diversity-in-biology-at-uc-berkeley/

..."the only faculty member of color in the UC Berkeley integrative biology department — for nearly 30 years."...

IX At UCSF...

See: "UCSF fired head of sexual harassment prevention office"

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UCSF-fires-head-of-sexual-harassment-prevention-12428999.php
Also:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/14/ucsf-fires-title-ix-director-serious-misconduct-increases-sexual-harassment-prevention-efforts/

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The Takedown of Title IX
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/magazine/the-takedown-of-title-ix.html
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It is unclear when this report will be released:

https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/scope/2017-125
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On the UCSF story at the top...
Also unknown how it might or might not affect link to this other headline:

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/07/researcher-accuses-ucsf-professor-of-leering-at-her-breasts-in-new-lawsuit/

Thursday, December 14, 2017

And a golden goose or goose egg in a pear tree..?

Sing it, w/ feeling:

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"The GOP tax bill contains several provisions that will undercut America’s colleges and universities."

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/killing-the-golden-goose_us_5a31b71de4b07ff75b001e90?section=us_science



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"Colleges, universities targeted in GOP bills"
http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/364380-colleges-universities-targeted-in-gop-bills

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UC applications race:
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-applications-break-records-13th-consecutive-year

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And, has the Cal Chancellor kept promises?
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/11/carol-christ-kept-promises-far/
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The Atlantic on community colleges:
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/12/the-community-college-segregation-machine/548357/

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This Op Ed on Napolitano:
http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/12/napolitano-at-the-end/
Includes:
"Why couldn’t Napolitano pivot? Because her failure wasn’t merely her overly defensive response to an audit. She also failed to offer a compelling vision for transformation of the UC. She never had a policy offense, just defense.
Napolitano made popular moves to increase student diversity and to focus on climate. But what UC needs is a systemic change that gives the universities the footing to expand their enrollment, quality and production of graduates – rapidly.
The opening for this is obvious; PPIC says the state will be short more than 1 million college graduates by the end of the next decade. UC’s leaders should enact a plan to cover half that shortage themselves.
That would mean the doubling or more of its number of graduates. Which would be great. California is no longer the national leader it was during the 20th century in college graduates—21st century leadership requires a return to that.
Also, being able to produce excellent graduates at scale is the essential question for public higher education in the world right now. If UC really is a leader, it needs to lead and show us how to do this.
When I made this point to Napolitano once, she answered by suggesting that would represent mission creep—UC isn’t for everybody. True, but California needs it to be for a lot more people than it currently is.
And to do that, it looks like the UC needs a new leader."


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This story out of UC Davis now at multiple outlets via AP:

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7764611-181/former-uc-davis-professor-conductor?gallery=7707091&artslide=30&sba=AAS


http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/12/12/former-uc-davis-professor-stripped-of-titles-amid-sexual-assault-allegations/

UC Davis strips ex-professor of titles following sexual assault claim
KCRA


http://www.kcra.com/article/uc-davis-strips-ex-professor-of-titles-following-sexual-assault-claim/14430004
And at Sac Bee:


And raises some questions about any academic Senate procedures in it:
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/12/unclear.html

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"Online-only California community college to target 'stranded workers'"
https://edsource.org/2017/online-only-california-community-college-to-target-stranded-workers/591252

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At the moment it seems:

"Proposed tax for graduate students killed, student loan interest deduction saved in congressional bill"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/12/14/grad-tax-dead-student-loan-interest-deduction-saved-in-final-bill/?utm_term=.fc92db6d65f6


Revisit and What's up w/?:
"Republican tax bill takes aims at college athletics, stadium financing"

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2017/11/03/republican-tax-bill-takes-aims-college-athletics-stadium-financing/830583001/

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This was the Dec 13 UC Regents health services committee meeting:




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And importantly, :

GOP Pushes Ahead on Higher Ed Act
"Republicans on House education committee -- with little patience for complaints over rushed process -- advanced out of committee an expansive update to law governing federal aid programs."

'Live long'and?:
...
"After debating and voting on amendments all day Tuesday, the House education committee advanced to the full chamber on a party-line vote a rewrite of the federal law governing higher education in the U.S.
The legislation, called the PROSPER Act, would change accountability for colleges and universities, alter the student financial aid landscape, and loosen restrictions on short-term and for-profit programs."...
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/12/13/gop-higher-ed-update-clears-committee-after-marathon-markup





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Revisiting UC 'Operational Excellence' talk...more.

Let's return to an earlier piece and ponder the true meaning of operational excellence in it:
UC, Texas A&M to team up on bid to operate LANL
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/uc-texas-a-m-to-team-up-on-bid-to/article_953ef4d6-1e04-57fb-833f-5edc42684a71.html

See this section:
.. “But along with UC’s record of experience, of course, comes a record of some failures. There have been failures, in particular, in operations. And now the question becomes, if you’re a selection board, do you go with somebody who has experience but possibly questionable past performance? Or do you go with somebody who doesn’t have that kind of directly relevant experience, but has better past performance in things that are arguably similar?

“Or do you perhaps find somebody, some team, that combines some operational experience that you would consider highly relevant with past performance that you consider to be excellent?”"...


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The 'regent Pattiz and UC regents culture and governance' issue comes up in: "How sexual harassment is playing out in the California governor's race", a new Sac Bee piece:
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article189256529.html

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UC Merced brings in $3billion to State?!:
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/campus-s-economic-impact-state-nears-3-billion
- that's a UC press release...or news?
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Addressed 50 staffers, of a total staff of 10,000...:

..."improve morale and better connect with the school’s 10,000 staff members.

“We couldn’t do what we do, we couldn’t serve our students, we couldn’t serve our faculty were it not for the extraordinary work you do,” Christ told the group of 50 staffers."...
http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/12/08/chancellor-hopes-to-help-staff-find-more-community-on-campus/

A UC Berkeley Law alum, and a UC Davis alum...

Are in this mix of emotions for many on this news:


http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/San-Francisco-Mayor-Ed-Lee-dead-at-65-12423708.php

http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Supervisor-London-Breed-becomes-SF-mayor-upon-Ed-12423909.php



http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Supervisor-London-Breed-becomes-SF-mayor-upon-Ed-12423909.php


- at the place where a majority of UC Regents Meetings occur, although there are now two scheduled for UCLA in the new calendar:
January 24-25 - UCSF Mission Bay
March 14-15 - UCLA
May 23-24 - UCSF Mission Bay
July 18-19 - UCSF Mission Bay
September 26-27 - UCLA
November 14-15 - UCSF Mission Bay

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/

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Speaking of UCLA-
Local abc affiliate on ways to help:
http://6abc.com/how-to-support-california-fire-relief-efforts/2761877/

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gov. "Brown wants Pattiz to resign, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. He has had a senior staff member request Pattiz’s resignation at least once, the sources said, but Pattiz refused."... And on Climate Change

In depth article, see:
"Radio Mogul Under Pressure To Resign From Powerful California University Board
Several women have accused Norman Pattiz of sexual harassment."
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/norman-pattiz-uc-regent-harassment_us_5a2ed463e4b078950282a560

Includes:

..."The issue is complicated by the fact that it’s not possible for anyone ― including the board itself; any California legislative body; or the governor, who appoints most regents ― to remove Pattiz. Instead, Pattiz would need to voluntarily resign.

A lawyer for Pattiz told HuffPost, “Mr. Pattiz did not know of the letter (which I guess isn’t surprising given its underlying purpose).”

Brown wants Pattiz to resign, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. He has had a senior staff member request Pattiz’s resignation at least once, the sources said, but Pattiz refused.

The UC Regents, or as they are more formally known, the Regents of the University of California, are a governing board charged with overseeing the University of California system, including over 200,000 students and over 150,000 faculty and staff members. The Regents have broad powers and help to oversee a multibillion-dollar budget. The scandal-plagued University of California system has been working to improve its handling of sexual harassment cases by speeding up investigation timelines. And earlier this year, the Board of Regents also strengthened its own ethics policies, addressing procedures for investigations into alleged misconduct and providing options for sanctioning a regent if allegations are proven."
...
"Pattiz serves on the Academic and Student Affairs; Governance and Compensation; Public Engagement; and Development committees. He has served as the chair of the National Laboratories committee, but former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who now serves on the Regents, is taking over that position, and Pattiz recently chaired his last committee meeting."

But there are Tauscher's recent controversial comments on sexual harassment, see:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/11/unconfirmed-uc-regent-flatly-argued.html


What are the powers of the UC President of the UC Regents?

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The President of the UC Regents Is Also:"The governor who's castigating the president on climate change"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-governor-whos-castigating-the-president-on-climate-change/


--That piece On many other things as well see the full article for all of it.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

UC 'n A&M for LANL?

See: UC, Texas A&M to team up on bid to operate LANL
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/uc-texas-a-m-to-team-up-on-bid-to/article_953ef4d6-1e04-57fb-833f-5edc42684a71.html

..."“It would make sense politically, certainly,” said Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group, “and it would seem to make sense from a research perspective. Both schools have a little different niche in that regard.”"...



..."Neither officials at the University of California nor those at Texas A&M would confirm their partners or say whether they are working together.

“We can’t confirm or discuss any of our bid partners,” said UC’s Gary Falle, a government relations specialist working with California regents."

See the full article for more.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

UC Regents Health Services Committee, December 13, 2017

Notice of Meeting: Health Services Committee, December 13, 2017

A meeting of The Regents Health Services Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13

See: http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/dec13.html

December 13, 2017
12:30 pm
Health Services Committee (closed session)

Date: December 13, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m.1
Location: Centennial Ballroom, Luskin Conference Center, Los Angeles Campus
Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of October 18, 2017

H1(X) Discussion UC Health Litigation Update
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

H2(X) Discussion UCSF Health Strategic Affiliation, San Francisco Campus

Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]

upon adjournment of closed session

Health Services Committee (open session - includes public comment session)


Agenda – Open Session

Public Comment Period2 (20 minutes)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of October 18, 2017

H3 Discussion Remarks of the Executive Vice President – UC Health

H4 Discussion Overview of Report from the President’s Ad Hoc Task Force
on Health Data Governance


H5 Discussion UC San Diego Health Budget Overview, San Diego Campus

H6 Discussion Potential Leadership to Manage the Leveraging Scale for
 Value Initiative and Corresponding Market Reference Zone

H7 Discussion Clinical Quality Dashboard for University of California
 Medical Centers


Committee membership: Regents Blum, Lansing (Chair), Makarechian, Reiss, and Sherman
(Vice Chair); Ex officio members Brown, Kieffer, and Napolitano;
Executive Vice President Stobo, Chancellors Block and Hawgood;
Advisory members Dimsdale, Hernández, Lipstein, Ramsey, and
Smith



Times indicated and order of business subject to change
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Here is a piece on UC Davis student housing:
"Commentary: So Called Mega-Dorms Are Being Villainized, but there Are Advantages As Well"

http://www.davisvanguard.org/2017/12/commentary-called-mega-dorms-villainized-advantages-well/


And on financial aid :

"In an era of inequity, more and more college financial aid is going to the rich
Poor students still get money, but higher-income classmates get a growing share"
http://hechingerreport.org/era-inequity-college-financial-aid-going-rich/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HechingerReport+%28Hechinger+Report%29

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

UCSF high profile IX Case, -And Higher Ed separate from education in CA or not?

This apparently is a still open case at UCSF, no final findings yet released by that campus and seems to involve a CUCFA leader: "Former UCSF researcher sues UC regents, UCSF professor for alleged sex harassment"
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/06/former-ucsf-researcher-sues-uc-regents-ucsf-professor-alleged-sex-harassment/

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At UC Davis: Public Commenters Speak Out Against Mega-Dorms
http://www.davisvanguard.org/2017/12/public-commenters-speak-mega-dorms/

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"Where they stand: leading Democratic candidates for California governor offer visions for education"
https://edsource.org/2017/where-they-stand-leading-democratic-candidates-for-california-governor-offer-visions-for-education/590875
..."The candidates were not asked to talk about higher education at the Advancement Project California event.

The governor’s influence over education at all levels in the state is massive — and arguably far more than that of the state superintendent of public instruction, whose post is also up for grabs next year, but whose powers have been severely curtailed by the Legislature. The governor has considerable sway over how tens of billions of dollars in state support for child care, K-12 education and postsecondary education are spent.

In addition, the governor can exert direct influence over preK-12 policies through the people he appoints to 4-year terms to the State Board of Education, to the Board of Trustees of the California State University system and to the Board of Regents of the University of California. Because the CSU trustees’ terms are 8 years long, and those of the regents are 12 years, the governor’s influence over these governing bodies is shared by appointees of previous governors who are still serving out their terms. The governor’s appointees are supposed to act independently of the governor, but he makes his influence felt by nominating candidates who typically broadly share his views on
education."...

Another view:
"How Education Could Shape the Governor’s Race in California: Funding, Accountability, Charter Schools"
https://www.the74million.org/article/how-education-could-shape-the-governors-race-in-california-funding-accountability-charter-schools/

And, one more:
..."The University of California system refuses to accept certain high school courses that rely on BJU and Abeka materials for credit. The Association of Christian Schools International sued the University of California System over this issue in 2005. A judge eventually ruled in favor of the UC System."...
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/school-voucher-evangelical-education-betsy-devos_us_5a021962e4b04e96f0c6093c?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Pushing agendas 'talks'- and proper survey handling is important...,more.

"Chemerinsky said during the event that they began each class by polling students on court cases and issues regarding free speech and found the students were “overwhelmingly” on the side of "...
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/05/uc-president-janet-napolitano-interviews-berkeley-law-dean-erwin-chemerinsky-campus-free-speech/

Then there's also that UC prez-penned high-minded op ed at:
Civic Education and the University of California
http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/12/civic-education-university-california/



And these moves:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/uc-berkeley-law-dean-announces-plan-invest-new-owner-la-weekly/



But, most importantly, consider it along with these next two articles:

State Official Seeks Consequences for UC President's Aides Who ...
http://ktla.com/2017/11/22/state-official-seeks-consequences-for-uc-presidents-aides-who-interfered-in-audit-investigation/


It -polling , survey, evaluation,request for feedback- comes up as a task at key points in University business:

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/end-semester-course-evaluations-can-impact-instructor-pay-administrators-say/

With significant results...

And we also have to recall:

http://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/10/brook-ings-no-dissent-brook-ings-no.html



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Cal Athletics, this new hire:
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/uc-berkeley-hires-consultant-help-cut-costs-cal-athletics/

In light of :
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/28/unprecedented-drop-attendance-hits-cal-football/


Also at IHE :https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/12/01/avalanche-football-related-concussion-lawsuits-against-ncaa-and-conferences-could

In light of that Monday night f ball...:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/12/05/after-brutal-steelers-bengals-game-ben-roethlisberger-hopes-his-son-plays-golf/


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Then you've got your University endowments and leg hijinks coverage:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/01/senate-tax-bill-hillsdale-college-endowment-275980

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/gop-higher-education-bill-proposes-eliminating-loan-forgiveness/

Its Makin' folks Moody('s):
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/12/06/moodys-downgrades-higher-educations-outlook


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A flashback to Dirks $200,000 PR moves to get a Ted talk? "consulting firm, to identify “fruitful domestic and international opportunities” for Dirks, such as TED talks, "http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-invested-in-consultants-to-boost-9147047.php

Now:

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/04/tedxberkeley-announces-2018-conference-features-18-speakers/
...
Good luck finding that Napolitano-Chemerinsky talk here:
https://www.commonwealthclub.org

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gettin' read...

See- someone is desperate to move on- this new from LA Times, where they seem to try to soften hard truths:

"Editorial Closing the book on the UC audit"

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-napolitano-uc-audit-20171202-story.html


--But - we point out here : recall the testy exchange between regents Blum and Pattiz about the SEC audit practices in relation to what happened with this year's state UC Audit: that exchange and audio links were included toward the end of this previous post:http://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/09/uc-regents-norms-again.html

Now see these other new editorials today that raise the same angry but very salient points:

https://calmatters.org/articles/commentary-ucs-napolitano-gets-scolded-keeps-job/

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/12/janet_napolitanos_henchman_gets_a_new_university_gig_after_being_fired_for_corruption.html

http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/17/university-of-california-president-janet


And now there are ripple effects at American University see:

"Investigation shows Burwell’s chief of staff pick interfered in University of California "
http://www.theeagleonline.com/article/2017/12/investigation-shows-burwells-chief-of-staff-pick-interfered-in-university-of-california-auditet

Where they point to UC General Counsel like this: "“Seth acted in accordance with the advice of UC’s attorneys,” Burwell said. "

Then see- the American University press release notes this, and some of the sadly ironic or interesting sections are highlighted in bold:

"MEMORANDUM
October 30, 2017

"TO:American University CommunityFROM:Sylvia M. Burwell, President
SUBJECT:Appointment of Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Seth Grossman as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President, effective December 4, 2017. Seth comes to us from the University of California System, where he serves as Chief of Staff to the UC President and as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
A member of the President’s Cabinet, Seth will report directly to me and work.....
At the University of California, Seth was President Janet Napolitano’s top executive in the administration and operation of the UC system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, more than 264,000 students, 209,000 faculty and staff, and an operating budget of more than $31 billion. While managing UC’s senior executive team, he worked closely with UC faculty, student, and staff leaders on a wide range of academic, administrative, policy, and strategic planning matters; oversaw the Office of General Counsel; collaborated with the UC Board of Regents on governance reform; developed UC’s Public Service Law Fellowship Program; chaired UC’s Global Food Initiative; and led UC crisis response efforts. He also led the creation of UC’s first system-wide Title IX office.
Prior to his service at the University of California, Seth was Deputy General Counsel and Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where, among other responsibilities, he helped to lead the development of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Earlier in his career, he served in other government positions with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and also worked in private practice. He earned his BA summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and JD from Yale Law School. He was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, as well as for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Seth is a native of the Washington, DC, area."

https://www.american.edu/president/announcements/October-30-2017.cfm

-- so a couple things..
Grossman oversaw the UC general counsel office while at the same time taking advice from the general counsel office as a staff member?! Who exactly did he supervise on the 'executive leadership team'? These things were not mentioned in the report or by the UC regents in open session. How exactly is that UCOP org chart really working? They have multiple org charts that seem to cloud things even further...

And where is the UC Academic Senate leadership in all this?!

Grossman was made a lecturer at Berkeley Law,
Napolitano was given an academic title at GSPP after her hire.
(Napolitano said that $31 billion turned out to be far more complicated than she originally thought, btw-- so maybe Yellen soon available would be a good ...)

* yet no one is discussing the academic research practices related to survey handling and what happened at UCOP that arise in all of this?!* What UCOP does in practice also becomes part of the research at places like CSHE at Berkeley--with this latest state audit debacle...

Also, the regents in November meeting said they would non specifically take up part of the issue at the January meeting. The UC Academic Senate leadership participates in regents meetings but has not made a public statement on these events addressing the fact that academic titled administrators were involved in 'mishandling' the surveys and other behavior in the audit process--

In September UC Regents meeting Regent Zettel mentioned multiple times that both she and Regent M would like to pursue having the state auditor Howle come back to their compliance and audit committee to present at a special meeting, but no special meeting was ever scheduled and the plan for that was not addressed by the board in open session so it seems that that was tapped down, nixed. Zettel mentioned October as one ideal possible date for a special committee meeting. You can see the compliance and audit committee meeting in September for Zettel's comments on Howle etc in the archive regents post.-- and btw it looked like chair Zettel was not present at the November meeting, or speaking to this- and some other regents also suddenly were not present at the November meeting or speaking to any of this...

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"Berkeley grad students create online calculator to estimate cost of House tax plan"
http://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/berkeley-grad-students-create-online-calculator-to-estimate-cost-of-house-tax-plan/



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One hundred or hundreds?

"Hundreds rally at UC Berkeley to protest proposed graduate student tax hike"

https://www.berkeleyside.com/2017/11/29/hundreds-rally-uc-berkeley-protest-proposed-graduate-student-tax-hike/


"About 100"...
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/29/100-graduate-students-union-workers-swarm-sproul-plaza-protest-republican-tax-bill/

- would the numbers have been higher if the grad students hadn't broken with UCSA?- then again the undergrads are facing likelihood of tuition hikes-...
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On DACA - Silicon Valley, Napolitano networking, lobbying:

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/30/tech-giants-join-janet-napolitano-urge-support-daca/

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Is this a good new thing?

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/30/uc-berkeley-lab-receives-first-ever-bitcoin-donation-valued-50000/

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There's also:
"
Passage of Senate Tax-Reform Bill Leaves Colleges Scrambling"
https://www.chronicle.com/article/Passage-of-Senate-Tax-Reform/241962

Don't miss:

Universities are also to blame for the GOP’s ‘grad student tax’
Charging us tuition, only to waive it, helps to define us as students instead of the essential workers we are.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/11/29/universities-are-also-to-blame-for-the-gops-grad-student-tax/?utm_term=.084972749d11