Friday, June 29, 2018

Higher Ed,- Trust- and Title IX Failures, and other things...

Some reading:

"Acclaimed UC Irvine geneticist resigns after committing sexual harassment"
Los Angeles Times


UC MED Promise comes up in :
- Gray, BTW, headed up one of the first JLAC hearings on Title IX and UC -long before Napolitano arrived- (her staff lately seem to be trying to frame her *via occasional friendly op ed incomplete retelling in the usual spots * as the first UC president to see the 'problem' but the actual history says different, the problems were identified and discussed long before her arrival... it is more a question of which UC president actually can get assist from the regents to compel the academic senate to tackle the problems "best" as seen and experienced from all perspectives...or to make clear to the academic senate that it is in it's own interests to start doing so...imo)
UCOP CIO personnel moves:


Cal Chancellor on trust and higher ed at this Aspen Ideas fest talk:

Also there was:

Higher Ed, trust in the space of this:


There's also:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

CA Auditor: "The University of California: Report 2017-125—It Must Take Additional Steps to Address Long-Standing Issues With Its Response to Sexual Harassment Complaints"

New Report released:
Report 2017-125
It Must Take Additional Steps to Address Long-Standing Issues With Its Response to Sexual Harassment Complaints



WaPo has AP quick take short blurb on it:

"Audit faults University of California sex misconduct process"


And LA Times - BTW the report is analysis of UC systemwide with three campuses as sample pool - but here's their headline: "Three UC campuses did not consistently discipline faculty accused of sexual misconduct, state auditor finds"

.."In 2013, UCLA found that Gans had violated university policies by creating a sexually hostile workplace and attempting to establish a romantic relationship with a student he supervised. In a settlement with UC, he agreed to resign from his position and was barred from future employment at the university.

In Sarah’s settlement, UC agreed to an undisclosed payment — but also barred her from studying or working at any university campus or affiliate. That provision outraged Nazarian, who told members of the joint legislative audit committee that it was “imperative to audit and see if this is a common practice among any state agency to revictimize those they have allowed to be a victim to begin with.”

The audit found that UC did not include that ban in the other settlements reviewed and did so in Sarah’s case to close the dispute and minimize the risk of further legal action."...


SF Chronicle: "State audit finds lengthy, inconsistent handling of harassment claims by UC"

"State audit finds lengthy, inconsistent handling of harassment claims by UC"
Jill Tucker


"A state audit found ongoing problems in the University of California’s response to sexual harassment complaints, including lengthy investigations and inconsistent discipline of faculty and staff.

The auditor’s report reviewed sexual harassment cases at three campuses, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UCLA, and found that despite efforts in recent years to address delays and inconsistencies in how the university system responds to sexual violence and harassment, “it must do more to stop, prevent, and remedy sexual harassment at its campuses.”

The auditors reviewed cases involving student victims and faculty or staff harassers. The investigation reviewed 23 cases at the three campuses and found that it took an average of 43 days to discipline staff following an investigation, compared to 220 days for faculty. In one case, it took 600 days to discipline a faculty member after the investigation was completed.

“Delays of this nature contribute to a perception that the university is not responding promptly to complaints, and they also force complainants and respondents to endure a lengthy and stressful process,” according to the report.

"The time difference between staff and faculty decisions is largely because the Academic Senate determines what consequences are warranted in faculty cases, university officials said. Despite a directive by UC president Janet Napolitano in 2016 to limit faculty discipline proceedings to two months, no changes were made within the faculty Senate to address the issue, auditors said.

“The lengthy time the campuses take to resolve Senate faculty cases stands in clear contrast to the (federal) Title IX requirement that the university adopt procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints,” according to the report.

Auditors also cited inconsistent discipline of faculty. Of the cases studied, punishment for physical contact of a nonsexual nature ranged from dismissal, the most severe option available, to a relatively mild warning to abide by policies in the future."...



Audit: UC didn't quickly discipline staff in sexual misconduct cases

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

University of California statements on "growing humanitarian crisis on our southern border,"

UC has released this statement:

"Statement of UC President and former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on immigration
UC Office of the President
Tuesday, June 19, 2018"

Chancellor May statement
Napolitano and May: Statements on Immigration
UC Davis

- will add in additional UC Chancellors' statements here if/ when they are made available by each UC campus or the UC Regents make statement etc


Here are some additional interviews with UC Pres. Napolitano on it:
"Janet Napolitano, former Homeland Security chief, explains why she said no to family separations"

PBS has vid interview and transcript on:

Important things come up in UCOP 'op-ed, panelist,, podcast, rinse- repeat ' cycle

See: "Prospering with an affordable college education"
By Janet Napolitano

There's a response to it from Cato Higher Ed:

"Contra University Of California, Higher Ed Needs Less Federal Money" at


Then,'Cross-border' collaboration: Higher education leaders talk climate change"


And, Politico on:

"Napolitano on family separations: 'I don't know how this could be justified either legally or morally’
The former Homeland Security secretary called Trump’s zero-tolerance policies ‘cruel’ and a ‘misallocation’ of resources ."

At Daily Nexus this in depth article includes some important proposed changes:

"Title IX Policy Changes Proposed by UCOP
A UCSB graduate student representative for the UC Title IX Student Advisory Board presented a series of proposed UC Title IX policy "

..."also being modified to explain the role of the allowed “support person” and advisor during proceedings as well as trying to limit the role lawyers have previously played."...

This one at IHE quick takes :

Monday, June 18, 2018

New Tool in CA UC, CSU Higher Ed Admissions Analysis

See : "California high school grads increasingly leave state for college. Here's why they go."


"About 40,000 California high school graduates left the state for a four-year college in 2016, nearly double the 22,000 who left in 2006, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education. By comparison, only about 17,000 first-time freshmen left other states to come to a four-year college in California during 2016."
Cloud Database by Caspio

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Ripple, cascading, mirror effects,... And 'watershed moments' or 'rehash' views.

As mentioned a couple of times before --:there is this audit report, -it was the first item in the series here:
And referenced : here as well:
Now we know the : report release date will be on this Thursday April 21
The Regents know what the report says and have already responded to it- they met at the end of May ,also as mentioned: here at that time..

Recently-as one of the links above described- the UC systemwide Title IX officer quit after just a relatively short time in the systemwide job. (She came to it after just a year at UCLA Title IX it seems)

There may perhaps be some other early 'before report release' ripples of things showing up in a series of new cases particularly at UCLA:

"Four UCLA employees sue school, alleging workplace sexual harassment"
Los Angeles Times

And then this other case that is a USC and UCLA issue:

"UCLA doctor suspended after allegations of sexual harassment at "...

--Seems more than just "rehash"- approval of that jlac audit request more than just unnecessary "rehash".. maybe some enlightenment on ' what went on'

And then there's that NAS report

"An Elite Science Group Is Giving Advice On Preventing Sexual Harassment — But Hasn’t Gotten Rid Of Its Own Harassers
A report from the National Academy of Sciences says universities are failing on sexual harassment. Critics say it should look in the mirror."

And there is this type of coverage of it (that recent NAS report that is available for purchase to read):


One more time, Here's a post that discusses it with an emphasis on epistemology and USC:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Patience and transparency?

See: "Journalist sues UC Board of Regents over alleged failure to provide requested public records"

Includes the claim:..."Gilmore noted that the campus public records office only has one full-time employee tasked with responding to its “high volume” of public information requests."...
But that is somewhat disingenuous --because it is part of this very well funded and staffed set of offices:
Which is also part of this :


So confusing- where things stand:
"Budget Deal Leaves Higher Education Short"

Some urge patience to find out how it turns out


The 'first female chancellor' appointing some men to leadership positions on campus:

-one wonders what are the up to date demographics of the current chancellor's cabinet?

And her Cal sports plans outlined in an interview behind paid subscribe, -even on transcript:

In another Higher Ed sector there is this latest development on a much watched story:

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

“I wanted to send someone I thought the union could trust — and they did,” she said. More.

A few days ago CNN had this item:
..."In 1985 and 1986, several French and American rocket ships failed to launch properly and subsequently exploded, including the Challenger space shuttle. In the wake of those disasters, Los Angeles Times journalist Tad Szulc reported in July of 1986 that intelligence officers believed the rockets may have been sabotaged with Hughes' help.
"(Intelligence officers) see a clear link between Hughes and possible sabotage of the American and French launches," the newspaper reported then.

- and some local outlets covered it a bit... AP covered it a bit, too

Now, SF Chron links the details to UCOP and UC benefits, retirement policy work, see:

Includes:..."Former colleagues say he worked for UC as a consultant for much of the 2000s, preparing presentations to the UC Regents, representing UC in labor negotiations and drawing up the documents that would set forth their health insurance benefits for the rest of their lives."...
"This just floors me,” said Judy Boyette, a San Francisco attorney who signed O’Beirne’s consulting contracts when she ran human resources and benefits at UC more than a decade ago.
“I wanted to send someone I thought the union could trust — and they did,” she said"

A key UC Regent caught up in the middle of this: "A 'rebellion' mounts among community college professors as California pushes for change"

Then there's:
"Is Jerry Brown’s Chipotle model the right recipe for California universities?"

..."Yet some academics chafe at the idea of simplifying California’s public university curriculum at the very moment when low-income and first-generation students are enrolling in record numbers.

“My fear is that people don’t want high quality for today’s racially diverse and class-diverse millennial generation. They don’t want to pay for it,” said Christopher Newfield, a UC Santa Barbara English professor and author of The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them.

“It’s more warehousing (students) for four or six years rather than making sure we give them top-level skills.”

Adds Mahoney: “Nobody asks Stanford to be Chipotle. Is it fair that low-income and middle-class students get Chipotle and they get Ruth’s Chris Steak House?”

Ditching specialized, upper-division courses in order to free up faculty for general education could give more students access to “bottleneck” classes that they need to graduate, said Newfield, but at the cost of “dumbing down college rather than making it more accessible. You don’t get to the end of the curriculum.”...
And one more!
See also: "Downfall of USC's President: the Problem of Administrative Epistemology"

And, "The University of California leads in US patents"

- and CRISPR gets some more too:

Friday, June 8, 2018

UC 'wins' deals (or compromises) on LANL, State Leg Funding - with some UC Regents' drama behind the scenes...

On LANL bid result:
- this is a new old group: ..."Texas A&M helps run a similar but smaller lab, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, with UC and Battelle (and Bechtel, too). Given the two university systems’ collaborative history, combined with A&M’s conservativeness to balance out UC’s liberal leanings, their bidding group for Los Alamos made for an obvious alliance."... See in:
Rick Perry Hands Texas A&M Lucrative Los Alamos Contract

The regent drama:
..."There was much hand-wringing by the University of California over putting together a new bid for the Los Alamos contract. During a September meeting of the Board of Regents, university regents placed much of the blame for Los Alamos’s problems over the past decade on Bechtel, and decided to move forward with a new bid with a different private partner. Bechtel, of course, did not like that. Shortly after the meeting, Bechtel president Barbara Rusinko sent a letter to UC president Janet Napolitano, responding to each point of criticism levied by the regents—and objecting to their harsh criticism of Rick Perry.

According to the letter, which has been obtained by Texas Monthly, UC regent Richard Blum was concerned about the outcome of the looming bidding war being affected by the political leanings of each bidding group, explaining that they decided to bring Bechtel into their 2006 bid because “they were a Republican group.” Blum also had some unflattering comments about Perry. “Now here we go again,” Blum said at the meeting, according to the letter sent by Bechtel. “We have the former governor of Texas who couldn’t remember that there was an Energy Department that he wanted to get rid of when he ran for president, so my guess is that his understanding of anything about this is probably beyond clueless.”"...

For other coverage:

"The Government’s New Contractor to Run Los Alamos Includes the Same Manager It Effectively Fired for Safety Problems
The Department of Energy said it would seek new leadership for Los Alamos National Laboratory. But the University of California is still there, even after mismanagement caused it to lose its contract to run the lab — twice."



And on UC state leg funding:

Gov. Jerry Brown Reaches California Budget Deal With Democratic Legislative Leaders

..."Although both universities received money on top of the governor’s proposed $92 million increase, the CSU, in particular, fared well.

It received an additional $105 million in ongoing state funding, plus $167 million in one-time money. That includes $120 million for enrollment growth over the next four years, which a legislative staff report says will support an additional 3,641 full-time equivalent students during that span.

The UC also gets $105 million in the deal, but only in one-time funding, which the legislative report says can be used for “general university needs.” The UC does get $5 million in ongoing money to support enrollment growth of 500 undergraduate students.

One-time funding of $35 million will go toward deferred maintenance at each system.

“We didn’t get exactly what we wanted,” said Asm. Kevin McCarthy (D-Sacramento), who chairs the Assembly budget subcommittee on education. “But I think we were able to provide enough to hold back the student fee increases at UC and CSU, and allow UC and CSU to cover their basic needs.”

McCarty says the governor and lawmakers still believe the universities must make more operational changes — the CSU must increase its graduation rate, and the UC must create more internal cost savings both systemwide and in the Office of the President.

“Frankly, this is gonna roll over to the next governor,” he added. “I know there will be a lot of voices who think this wasn’t a deal that’s good enough. But there’s always tomorrow.”

As for the governor’s emphatic declaration from January that he would not agree to any additional funding increases? The Brown administration attributes the budget deal to the outcome of negotiations with Democratic leaders and the governor’s “continued commitment to affordability.”

H.D. Palmer with Brown’s Department of Finance says the agreement reflects “flat tuition for both UC and CSU for the coming year” and includes language to “reduce UC and CSU’s appropriations if they were to increase tuition and fees on students and their families.”

The CSU said back in April that it would not raise tuition in the coming year. The UC, which said in April that it would delay its decision until after the budget, did not immediately respond to a request for comment."...

Other coverage:

Legislative leaders in Sacramento strike deal with Gov. Brown on education funding in his last budget

..."The agreement also offers more funds for the University of California and California State University than Gov. Brown proposed. That prompted UC President Janet Napolitano to announce Friday that the 10-campus system will forego a tuition increase if the compromise becomes law.

The agreement would provide more money to add more undergraduates, bolster legal services for undocumented students and staff, help low-income students with emergency food and housing and help UC Berkeley cope with a deficit."...

"the budget agreement does include new funding for the Online Education Initiative, an existing community college program. It will get $35 million to award competitive grants to develop online courses and content, apart from whatever is done at the stand-alone online college.

Legislative leaders also reach a compromise agreement on Brown’s proposed funding formula for the community colleges that would for the first time tie the award of some state funds to community colleges to the academic progress of their students. "...
This new article on UC at CalMatters:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Newsom on Higher Ed, new student regent, UC and biotech claims, Napolitano on DACA,--also, Women and their $890 billion relationship with higher education in the US

See today's piece at EdSource:
..."Higher education

Will your first budget include any extra funding for the University of California and California State University systems to avoid further tuition hikes?

My first budget will include a significant increase in funding for the UC and CSU systems to avoid further tuition hikes. It has been nothing less than devastating to watch the state’s disinvestment from public higher education, and with it, stripping a generation of Californians of an opportunity those before them enjoyed. State support was slashed by one-third after the Great Recession. We’re just now achieving pre-recession funding levels but we’re also educating thousands more students. We must do better.

As lieutenant governor since 2011, I have had the unique privilege of serving as a University of California regent and California State University trustee, and am proud to have voted against every tuition hike over the past seven years. This year, I urged the UC and CSU systems to postpone yet another vote on tuition until the Legislature and governor had time to reach a budget agreement — I was pleased to see they took that step. Particularly at a time when California has achieved a $6.1 billion budget surplus, the state must invest significantly more in higher education, not place the burden on the backs of students and their families.

What will your administration do to promote college affordability for all Californians?

I have voted against every tuition increase, fought to solve the student debt crisis, and helped lead the charge for Promise Programs across the state, beginning with the San Francisco Promise we launched when I was mayor. I understand that once the total cost of attendance and all available financial aid is taken into account, it’s more expensive for a financially needy student to attend a community college than a UC or CSU campus. Non-tuition expenses like books, transportation and housing can make up 90 percent of the total cost of attendance. That’s why I advocated for legislation to expand the Cal Grant B Access Awards, supporting community college students with these costs.

As governor, I will ensure high schools do all they can to make students aware of their financial aid options. I’ll ground all conversations about tuition and financial aid in the full cost of attendance to reflect the actual cost of postsecondary education. We’ll boost financial aid by increasing the amount of competitive Cal Grant awards and expanding award amounts, and we’ll offer two years of free community college tuition. I’m also alarmed by the staggering number of college students who confront food and housing insecurity. We’ll provide the resources necessary to address these crises. Moreover, 75 percent of serious brain illness manifests before age 25, meaning our college-aged youth are at particular risk. We’ll work to ensure every college adopts comprehensive strategies for raising awareness of symptoms of mental illness, identifying students at risk, and providing support services.

Do you support Brown’s proposal to link some community college funding to student performance? Do you support applying the same notion of linking funding to student performance to the UC and CSU systems?

I support the intent of Gov. Brown’s community college student success proposal, while also paying close attention to the suggestions being offered by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and various campuses. I do believe that the governor should be able to leverage state investments to incentivize the continued improvement of all our educational institutions. Research shows that linking funding to student performance and graduation rates as a piece of the overall higher education budget can be a powerful force in achieving our shared goals.

What is your position on Brown’s proposal to establish an online community collegeto serve so-called “stranded workers” — older workers who lack the skills to advance in the workplace?

We are living in a hinge moment — with globalization and technology detonating at the same time, displacing workers and entire industries. It’s not an easy subject to talk about, but we need to have a serious conversation about the future of work. If we don’t prepare ourselves, our rising levels of wealth and opportunity inequality will only widen. There is no silver bullet that will wholly solve the displacement from future technology, but implementing the right solutions can help ease the transition and protect the workers most vulnerable and susceptible to automation.

While I support the spirit of Governor Brown’s proposal, I do share some of the concerns raised by faculty and students and look forward to continuing conversations about innovative ways to increase access to education and career opportunities. As governor, I will provide individual skills accounts for Californians looking for work so they can always refresh their skills, no matter what stage of life. "...
See full article

UC Regents committee meeting announcement:
June 6 - Special Committee to Select a Student Regent (closed session)


These two races also result in a UC Regents ex officio spot, but not much coverage or primary results coverage:
"California state superintendent of schools race"
"Eleni Kounalakis and Ed Hernandez advance to general election for lieutenant governor"

Biotech firms lobbying for their private interests,- is it a Public Higher Ed interest?

BTW, you can view the latest UC Regents health services committee meeting here:


And same ol', same ol':

Politico doesn't give the full panel presentation, just this on Napolitano's view on DACA
"Napolitano: DACA needs to be fixed by Congress, not the courts"


Still that coverage of that talk was better than the lousy non existent coverage of this Chancellor althletics talk, here:

- which included a strange poll question about Title IX during live coverage...

No surprise, this:

Oh, and the Women and their $890 billion relationship with higher education in the US
See AAUW report and analysis here:
Analysis: Women Hold Two-Thirds of Country’s $1.4-Trillion Student Debt

-It's a HigherEd Maids' Tale...

"Student loan debt just hit $1.5 trillion. Women hold most of it"


"Women Owe Almost $400 Billion More in Student Debt Than Men. You Can Blame That on the Patriarchy."


"Women have $890 billion in student loan debt, the country's biggest share"

Student debt could hold back economic growth, Fed chief says from CNBC.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Troubling Questions Around Dirks' and Christ's Chancellor Decisions On How To Communicate On This (Quashed then Scrubbed?) Report

And what direction did UCB receive or not receive from UCOP on it?-See:

"Cal scrapped probe of football program promised after 2014 death of player"

..."The resulting report — a set of 45 “ideas” for improving health and safety practices “in a perfect world” — effectively ends the prospect of a deep look inside the cloaked culture of Cal football training. Dirks hired the investigators in 2016 after The Chronicle revealed that an earlier examination conducted after defensive lineman’s Ted Agu’s death was tainted by conflicts of interest.

“There’s nothing in (the new report) about actual current practices,” said Michael O’Hare, who teaches public management at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and reviewed the report at The Chronicle’s request. “If you want to know if they’re doing better than when they killed one guy and sent another to the hospital, there’s nothing in this report to tell us. It’s about what we should be doing.”"...

"They were four months into their work when, in March 2017, Dirks quietly halted the examination in a note to Joy and Brazil released by UC Berkeley alongside the new report.

“I now believe that the best way to make good on our aspirations and objectives for the program is to focus exclusively on the future, and not on a review of practices or personnel that are either no longer in place or already subject to change,” Dirks said in the note.

Asked last week why he made that decision, Dirks said: “I inherited a football program that was broken, and am proud of the focus we put on, and success we had with, academic achievement.”

Dirks said members of the football staff wanted him to halt the study altogether after Dykes and Harrington left. Instead, he said, he “adjusted its mandate in order to move forward.”

Langan, of the Berkeley Faculty Association, pointed to one particular recommendation in the new report to show why she believed a thorough look at the football program was still necessary. It suggests creating an “appeal panel” for employees to confidentially report concerns about athletes’ welfare.

In their written responses to the recommendations, Cal officials rejected the idea, saying their campus whistle-blower policy already takes care of that.

Langan disagreed. She cited the case of Mohamed Muqtar, assistant director of student services in the athletics department, who was fired May 17 after seven former players accused him of sexually harassing women for nearly two decades.

“Student-athletes and staff have not felt sufficiently protected by (existing) policies,” she said, adding that a deep look at the football program might have shown that."...

Also see related earlier: