Wednesday, February 28, 2018

UC Berkeley Under 2 year Dept of Education Monitoring for Title IX Compliance- in new agreement

The agreement includes changes that will apply UC "systemwide" so not just Berkeley -See:
http://complianceresponse.berkeley.edu/pdf/Signed%20Resolution%20Agreement.pdf


http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/02/28/campus-federal-officials-reach-agreement-closing-sexual-misconduct-investigation/


http://complianceresponse.berkeley.edu/

Coverage:
"Feds say UC Berkeley mishandled complaints in sexual harassment cases"
https://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/UC-Berkeley-mishandled-complaints-from-students-12718143.php


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/28/4-years-later-federal-investigation-uc-berkeleys-alleged-mishandling-sexual-misconduct-cases-ends-recommendations/

https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Uc-Berkeley-Enters-Agreement-On-Handling-Of-Sex-12718011.php

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/02/28/uc-berkeley-sexual-misconduct/



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Then see these three new articles getting wide circulation:
"The Bear’s Lair: The untold story of systemic gender discrimination inside UC Berkeley’s IT Department"

https://pando.com/2018/02/23/bears-lair-untold-story-systemic-gender-discrimination-inside-uc-berkeleys-it-department/


"How to be “credible” even if you're a woman... and other takeaways from the Berkeley sexual discrimination investigation"
https://pando.com/2018/02/27/how-be-credible-even-if-youre-woman-and-other-takeaways-berkeley-sexual-discrimination-investigation/


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/26/uc-berkeley-worker-accuses-campus-gender-discrimination/

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/27/sigma-chi-accused-multiple-incidents-drugging-sexual-assault-put-social-probation/

Monday, February 26, 2018

UC on latest DACA SCOTUS Decision, more

See:

"UC statement on Supreme Court decision regarding DACA
UC Office of the President
Monday, February 26, 2018

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-statement-supreme-court-decision-regarding-daca

The University of California issued the following statement regarding a decision today (Feb. 26) by the Supreme Court of the United States to not review UC’s case on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals takes up the case.

“We are pleased the Supreme Court has denied the government's petition. As we argued to the Court, it was inappropriate for the Trump administration to short circuit standard appellate procedure and attempt to skip the U.S. Court of Appeals — a precipitous approach that echoes the government's procedurally improper rescission of DACA at the heart of this case. Now that the administration's extraordinary maneuver has been rightfully rejected, we look forward to defending U.S. District Judge William Alsup's injunction in the Court of Appeals.”"

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Then,
This is why Khosla should have said more, explained academic freedom more-- and addressed the 'same course same syllabus, same content since 1990's' raised in light of new information in present day and how that might require faculty to review that syllabus for possible needed updates or add'l components etc -- that would have been helpful comments from the UCSD Chancellor rather than just his dismissive brief remark covered in SD Union Trib.

"UC San Diego Academic Senate rejects student-led push to cut a course on Woody Allen - Inside Higher Ed
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/02/26/uc-san-diego-academic-senate-rejects-student-led-push-cut-course-woody-allen
- it's truly a bad precedent to just cancel because it is Allen, but there could be a dialogue around whether or not the syllabus addresses or fully addresses the aspects that have recently come to light more fully with add'l data etc -is it really the same course same syllabus being taught sine the 1990s with no meaningful updates just movie selection rotation or not?

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IHE coverage highlighted Cal's Christ on age, but makes no mention about how the Christ hire as chancellor actually 'went down', questions surrounding when she became part of applicant pool?, when she was first approached about the Chancellor position? - at the time of her appointment to chancellor çoverage *weirdly* treated it as a surprise to her without any follow-up questions on the process. Now, just:

"For College Presidents, Is 70 the New 50?"
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/02/16/colleges-keep-hiring-experienced-presidents-even-their-60s-and-70s



THE regurg :


"Is 70 the new 50? US university presidents are getting older"
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/70-new-50-us-university-presidents-are-getting-older



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Many comments on recent new Dirks effort seem to hold the view that he cashed in on new venture,

Private school with global ambition to open in DC and China in 2019
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/private-school-with-global-ambition-to-open-in-dc-and-china-in-2019/2018/02/07/c101aaa2-0b4b-11e8-95a5-c396801049ef_story.html?utm_term=.962347d09656


Former UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks finds new chancellorship in international school system - The Daily Californian
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/13/former-uc-berkeley-chancellor-nicholas-dirks-finds-new-chancellorship-international-school-system/

- former Cal Chancellor Birgeneau signed on to it as well...


LAT keeps updating as new links: this blurb on him and his tidy view of how his chancellor problems at Cal occurred:
Former UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks: The American ...
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-dirks-uc-berkeley-20180218-htmlstory.html


http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-essential-education-updates-southern-former-uc-berkeley-chancellor-nicholas-1519660180-htmlstory.html


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As the Gov and president of the UC Regents tries to advance forward his free community college efforts and online community college initiative, UCOP seeks to highlight the UC Scout program free to highschool but decidedly NOT free to all others:

UC expands free online course offerings for California high school students | University of California
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-expands-free-online-course-offerings-california-high-school-students


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Latest round on UC funding



http://calchannel.granicus.com/AgendaViewer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=5206



Where Title IX meets # MeToo

First, Daily Cal:..."After a meeting with female graduate students, during which some brought up issues of sexual harassment in the department, Lee scheduled a meeting with university investigators. Lee was fired three days before the meeting, and said he believes this to be the cause of his termination.

“In the eight months I worked there, no one ever said they had a problem with my work ethic, production, or professionalism,” Lee said. “There are a lot of questions about this situation and the university will be providing us with answers one way or another.”
In:
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/16/campus-employee-launches-investigation-wrongful-termination/

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See important and interesting Daily Cal compilation on Me Too:

http://www.dailycal.org/section/special/metoo-2018/

And:

http://www.dailycal.org/section/special/metoo-2018/page/2/


Includes these titles:
The future of #MeToo in amateur, professional athletics
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UC Berkeley must do more to support graduate student survivors of sexual misconduct
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Academy Award nominations highlight impact of #MeToo movement, remaining need for progress

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Redefining the ‘Me’ in #MeToo: Campus resources for LGBTQ+ survivors
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‘Just as inappropriate’: Graduate student instructors face harassment from undergraduates
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We are survivors, and we are strong

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Hey, art history, it’s OK to say #MeToo
-- highly recommend this piece as a companion piece to it :
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/knight/
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#MeToo: What do UC Berkeley students think about the movement?
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Why there are no witches to hunt in the #MeToo movement
Then see this piece to compare and contrast:http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/sd-me-woodyallen-petition-20180220-story.html
-It seems like UCSD's Chancellor missed a teachable moment in being framed this way:- he could have said something like what was found in the Daily Cal student op Ed piece or some othermore extensive comment...
"However, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla was blunt on Tuesday when asked what he would have done if Lyon had asked him to cancel one of his own classes for the same reasons.

“I would have told her to move on and get out of my classroom,” Khosla said. “I get to teach in my class.”



Survivors of sexual harassment who are silent still deserve support
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UC Berkeley student musicians find empowerment through music in light of #MeToo
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UC Berkeley townhalls on strategic planning for future, -and current moves...

Strategic planning at Cal conversations coverage:

Town halls offer a chance to hear about — and weigh in on — the future of Berkeley
http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/02/15/town-halls-offer-a-chance-to-hear-about-and-weigh-in-on-the-future-of-berkeley/


Compare with:

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/12/uc-berkeley-administrator-paul-alivisatos-talks-evolving-financial-academic-landscapes-campus-series/


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UCLA Fac Blog wondering about:

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2018/02/any-adults-at-uc-berkeley-watching-over.html

See also:
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/07/berkeley-use-blockchain-technology-combat-homelessness/

Wondered here about similar in prior post on:

http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/11/29/blockchain-lab-receives-campus-first-bitcoin-donation/


http://www.dailycal.org/2017/11/30/uc-berkeley-lab-receives-first-ever-bitcoin-donation-valued-50000/
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And the library cuts was a story rolled out at the same time new funding for another program was rolled out- was that helpful to either management decisions to use that timing?


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/11/uc-berkeley-library-cut-student-faculty-resources/


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/07/uc-berkeley-allocate-800k-undocumented-students-needs-pending-ucop-approval/

Do they not understand that
Higher Ed and SV political games -creating exploiting wedges etc- questions run throughout this esp in light of UCSF offshoring of IT history in relation to:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article197303384.html

Not difficult to imagine
Library and wall used as tools for certain policy positions interchangeably

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

UC regents committee meeting this week, also the 'community' in college- and other important higher ed coverage

See:
February 23 - Working Group on Executive Compensation
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/feb23.html


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On the online higher education initiative:
:http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article200399154.html

Sac Bee: ..."As outlined by Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley in an interview with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board and during a four-hour Senate budget oversight hearing, Brown seeks an initial investment of $100 million, plus $20 million a year, with enrollment to begin next year. The expenditure would be a fraction of the $78.3 billion that is earmarked for public schools and community colleges in the coming fiscal year."....

They forget Napolitano also served on WGU as trustee,board member, also Brown? in past?:
https://calmatters.org/articles/community-college-online-gov-browns-plan-re-imagines-cyber-learning-faces-skeptics/ ..."It’s exactly that kind of human interaction that can sometimes be missing from online-only colleges. A federal audit last fall of Western Governors University found that the majority of the non-profit virtual school’s courses did not involve “regular and substantive interaction” between students and instructors. It called for the Salt Lake City-based university to return more than $700 million in federal financial aid.

The consultants that helped design WGU, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, have been heavily involved in drafting Gov. Brown’s proposal."...


Also on the language, branding, labels of Higher Ed:
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/16/chancellor-defends-community-college-after-trump-remarks/
..."A word about nomenclature because Trump raised the topic. As it happens, some schools in the California system have the word “community” in their name, but most do not. Two are called “junior colleges,” one is a “trade-tech college,” and several more are “city colleges.” The rest are just called colleges.

But Ortiz Oakley said there’s a larger point to the name of the California system.

“A lot of us like the ‘community’ in the name,” he said. “We’re really about serving the community.” He said Washington should take note: “If people are serious about working to rebuild the middle class, you cannot do that without community colleges.”"


Lots of Op Ed like this on a sec ed nom and Title IX in relation to:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-stewart-krevat-kenneth-marcus_us_5a874883e4b004fc31920471


And this in depth piece on college sports major reports:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/college-basketball-corruption_us_5a862b94e4b00bc49f426f7e



Curious facts to remember
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/fewer-americans-are-majoring-in-education-but-will-students-pay-the-price-2018-02-14
...", even fewer college students may pursue education majors. Only 4.6% of college freshmen planned to major in education, down from 10% in the 1970s, according to a May 2017 study from researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles"...


..In August, California Gov. Jerry Brown reversed a law that banned education as a major at colleges and universities in the state. Months later, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe took similar action, directing the Virginia Board of Education to put into effect emergency regulations that would allow public colleges and universities to offer an education major."...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

UC in other spaces...

Napolitano in AZ -_on UC:

Described as "streamed live on Feb 6, 2018 Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network are pleased to host the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, from February 4-6 in Tempe, Arizona for the largest national gathering of higher education presidents, chancellors, trustees, and other senior leaders committed to accelerating climate solutions. In this session, panelists will be speaking about the role of research universities in place-based climate action. Watch live to hear about their work and an exclusive announcement.

Speakers include:
- Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
- Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder
- Michael Drake, President, Ohio State University
- Janet Napolitano, President, University of California System
- Samuel L. Stanley, President, SUNY Stony Brook
- Tim Carter, President, Second Nature, Moderator"



https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/university-california-other-leading-research-universities-form-international-coalition


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That controversial VIP pols and UC gala in SF history, that UCLA imbroglio all comes back up again with this new turn of events
"Iced out of settlement, UC lawyers push for a piece of the San Onofre pie
The San Diego Union-Tribune"
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-greenhouse-grant-20180208-story.html


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On UCSC ocean research:

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/trump-s-push-new-offshore-drilling-likely-run-aground-california

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Perhaps in response to concerns over UCOP over-expansion into various new initiatives - some of which may now move to various UC campuses', there's this move on an extremely undemocratically constructed new initiative that has bounced from talk of being housed out of: UCOP to DC to multi-campus and now to:
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-s-national-center-free-speech-and-civic-engagement-selects-inaugural-class-fellows-expands

The advisory board looks like some picks of the 'favorites of a certain UC regent' and the msm picks of UC interests and is also not representative of the demographics of CA- the group doesn't look much like the future -looks more like the not so great past:
https://freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/advisory-board/



That 'majority- minority' is not comprehensively addressed just by solely 'UC moves on DACA' coverage generated by UC press releases on DACA...

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On a much more uplifting note--

UC Davis was there:

https://www.ucdavis.edu/majors/aerospace-science-and-engineering/what-can-i-do-with-an-aerospace-science-and-engineering-major
..."department chair and UC Davis alumnus, Professor Stephen Robinson. A retired NASA astronaut, he’s been on four shuttle missions, completed three spacewalks and logged 44 days in space.

His fourth trip to space in February 2010 was on the shuttle Endeavor and involved a visit to the International Space Station. Not many aerospace engineering programs can count a former NASA astronaut among their faculty ranks, let alone someone who is as knowledgeable and down-to-earth as Professor Robinson."

He also did the live play by play of the liftoff - that was only available live -- but here's other vid of those moments:




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Some UC Regents mixed into these bad models...

See:


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/06/uc-berkeley-students-petition-remove-architecture-professor-amid-sexual-harassment-allegations/

http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/UC-Berkeley-architecture-students-demand-removal-12556687.php

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On the adjunct part time class at community colleges:
..."Unfortunately, it doesn't make any difference whether we are talking about public colleges or private colleges — the fact of the matter is that every bit and every part of the labor market is in its own bubble," Reich said. "Morally it's wrong. It's unfair. But that's what the economy is doing."
The national trend in recent years has reflected a significant increase in top administrative salaries and a reduction in total money spent on instructional salaries, according to Howard Bunsis, former chair of the American Association of University Professors, who recently performed an analysis of higher education salaries across the country.
"I see this at institution after institution," he said. "The number and salaries of instructors is flat or down; the number and salaries of admins goes up."...
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https://www.sfgate.com/expensive-san-francisco/article/The-secret-lives-of-part-time-Bay-Area-professors-12529299.php

- how does comp for UC admin play into it in Bay area? One UC regent is chancellor of that community college system...
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Those f -ed up models again:

Read this first on higher ed and msm at Variety of all places:

http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/los-angeles-times-firings-davan-maharaj-tronc-ross-levinsohn-1202535485/


Then check out HuffPost full coverage of what is happening at the LAT, the newsroom comings and goings and ownership changes, this piece is the latest:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/los-angeles-times-tronc-sale_us_5a7a27c7e4b07af4e81ec122
- and with that also keep in mind their coverage of UC esp lately in the audit survey tampering at UCOP coverage where LAT had access to certain admin info they wanted covered, but not as public docs just as sometimes vague detail they put in e.g. Howle's letter to UC regents Kieffer; vacca memo about CSA to Napolitano etc..( the 'roaming' OP halls bs etc)

And back to USC that Variety (?!) covered, see now:
USC fundraising tumbles
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-usc-fundraising-keck-20180207-story.html

A few UC regents also sit on their usc boards...
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Then,
University of Michigan Endowment Invests Billions with Donor-Run Funds
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/02/01/university-michigan-endowment-donor-funds/1066143001/

- several uc regents met with them a few years ago at a meeting in UCLA to try to compare, copy that model at UC... - (are there now alphabet soup designs in it? Abc easy as 123...??)

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In some ways admin pursued this nonsense:
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/04/uc-berkeley-split-4m-cost-free-speech-events-uc-office-president/

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Feb 6 two UC Regents Meetings

February 6 - Health Services Committee

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/feb618.html
February 6 - Working Group on Executive Compensation

- the health committee poceedings:





Here is the exec comp meeting:





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http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/feb6.html

Thursday, February 1, 2018

They have "concerns" -The latest, a response

See https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/recommendation_status/2016-130

It is CSA's one stop shop page so to speak for updates on the audit findings and work discussed in immediate last post

It includes lots of info and this helpful graphic:
Because the Governor of California has directed the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) to meet specific criteria—related to recommendations we made—in order to receive certain funding from the State, we are providing information at-a-glance about UCOP's progress in implementing those recommendations. Outlined below are the 33 recommendations which we made to UCOP in our report, The University of California Office of the President: It Failed to Disclose Tens of Millions in Surplus Funds, and Its Budget Practices Are Misleading (Report 2016-130: April 2017).

Overall Assessment

This graphic shows the Office of the President's status in implementing our recommendations. The first pie chart shows the status of recommendations due by April 2018; 10 percent of the recommendations are fully implemented and 10 percent are partially implemented. The remaining 80 percent of the recommendations are pending. The second pie chart shows the status of recommendations due by April 2019; 9 percent of the recommendations are partially implemented and the remaining 91 percent are pending. The last pie chart shows that the Office of the President has not implemented any recommendations due by April 2020; all of these recommendations are pending.




Based on our review of the Office of the President's 6-month response, we have concluded that 30 of the 33 recommendations we made are still pending implementation. We have concerns regarding the Office of the President's implementation of our budgetsalaryemployee benefit policy, and systemwide initiativerecommendations. For example, we are concerned that the Office of the President has not received the regents' approval for $12 million dollars in additional spending. The Office of the President is required to demonstrate a good faith effort in implementing our recommendations by May 1, 2018 to receive $50 million in state funding. However, much work must be done to fully implement all of our recommendations that are due by April 2018.

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There are also these articles and a UC piece:

UC Regents Fight Harassment Suit Against Star Professor


https://www.10news.com/news/hundreds-to-protest-inequality-at-university-of-california



http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2018/01/columbia-plans-to-commit-unfair-labor.html


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/01/31/software-engineer-recalls-impact-alleged-sex-assault-uc-berkeley-professor-james-obrien/



https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/new-student-advisory-board-will-provide-input-sexual-violence-prevention-and-response


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/01/30/uc-systems-sexual-harassment-payouts-total-3-million-3-years/


https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/26/frayed-nerves-at-uc-regents-meeting-as-broken-relationship-with-sacramento-takes-center-stage/