Friday, September 20, 2019

lots of strange moments at UC Regents meeting this week...

All of the regents meetings this week are available below in a prior post.

For just a few of the odd moments to highlight so far, first see:   so then at this week uc regents meeting   a strange moment in morning opening of regents thursday session when regent Lansing in reading the regents resolution on that same retiring executive currently involved in that Title IX case- Lansing, in a vouching sort of way, claimed as part of the resolution read out that  "no one has a bad word to say about this person" - even as he apparently remains in a Title IX case with a URM UC employee as the complainant. UC has not given a public update on the status of the case or UC position on it as far as can tell. Is it appropriate for regents to continue to do this-there are other faculty and senior managemnt who have gone into retirement once a Title IX case (or similar other type of case) launches against them and the regents and their counterparts at the campus level go through these resolutions effusively vouching in the goodbye process. Is that appropriate? 
-Was that Lansing tipping the UC investigation findings in that manner?

(or, in another way where folks are left to wonder:

-It was a shocking moment when UC workers shut down the beginning of the meeting at the end of public comments by chanting " Welcome to UCLA where darker skin gets lower pay" -that hasnt been used yet at Mission Bay..., wow.

-It was a provocative moment during Thursday board session when the faculty rep Bhavnani and the chair Perez of the regents had a testy exchange over why the chair was asking about the powers of the uc regents on their ability to end the use of SAT and other testing services in admissions decisions
and the general counsel told or confirmed to the chair all powers are absolute with this board to do anything, set policy rules with regard to UC etc
and then the faculty rep basically gave a sort of in our own extended timeframe meandering sort of response when asked about senate actions or movement on reseaching the subject- her designate seemed to be more responsive on it... Also, Regent Ortiz Oakley referenced concerns over CA legislation moves on the subject...AB 751 and the importance of regents providing to the legislature clear  and timely signals on UC stance on that policy matter.
for a cleaned up version, see:
"University of California aims to improve graduation rates by 2030"

"The proposal unexpectedly triggered a debate among UC regents about how quickly they will get to consider eliminating standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, as a freshman admissions requirement.

The highly controversial topic of standardized testing is being studied by a special faculty committee. That panel is expected to release its preliminary recommendation by early 2020 with the regents then taking up the issue soon after. However, several regents, including Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the chancellor of California Community Colleges, said they oppose standardized exams and expressed impatience with what they said was a go-slow approach.

But UC president Janet Napolitano cautioned that regents should let the faculty group prepare a well-researched report and not rush. “Whatever we do will be a national precedent and we want it get it right,” said Napolitano, who on Wednesday announced that she will step down from the presidency in August after what will be seven years in the job. Her more deliberative approach to the testing issue appeared to win the day."
 --but its not just a day and it was Chair Perez, Vice Chair Estolano,  Regent Ortiz Oakley who had some pretty strong opinions backed up by some facts (Estolano made clear a view that SAT only serves as a good predictor of income level and not much else. Ortiz Oakley tied harms in wasting time, waiting. Perez wanted to know straight out what the powers of the regents are on the issue. There are other regents who did not speak this time but have previously echoed their positions... Napolitano did try to bring things back by saying UC would be in the best position to wait until evidence based research could support any moves, echoing what the faculty rep round about stated in her response. Keiffer also tried to tap down along with Napolitano. We'll see- once again - its not just a day and regents seem keen to do something on it- and their are chancellors now on record about how the there are no ways to 100% ensure against misuse/cheat/rig  as in e.g Varsity Blues saga...)

(the article also mentions some dire numbers on grad rates at the CSU in that article as well).

-If you watch that particular regents meeting section first (on the SAT issue) it is jarring then to watch other parts of regents meetings, especially throughout the Compliance and Audit commiittee where the regents basically stated they and their UC regents officers have no power to control , among other things, procurement managers at the campus level to make them comply with UC regents policies on procurement * contracting out practices * and make it in line with uc regents approved policies actions...and on $15 minimum wage policy compliance etc. -- but their compliance and audit officers can gently suggest to them... general counsel says all powers sit with the regents but in their committees they claim only the power to suggest to campuses- which one is it?!  (And Regent M raised important history on UC prior getting dinged for all this very same issue  - but the rest of the panel glossed over it or did not understand what he was referencing-- it appeared regent Zettle, regent M former co-chair on this very same committee, was not there to give them chapter and verse...)The same holds true in the discussion of how regents get campuses to comply on Title IX at times.

--A surprisingly odd moment during academic affairs committee when Regent Sures asked the UC systemwide provost and his staff, who are supposed to be well versed on admissions and current events in admissions at UC , he asked if any of them read the recent LAT story on: this headline story picked up widely
"Canadian Chinese mom charged with paying $400,000 to have son admitted to UCLA as fake soccer player"
Includes: ..."Singer told Sui to place $400,000 in an escrow account, which would hold the money until her son was admitted to UCLA, according to the indictment. He told Sui her son wouldn’t “know anything is happening,” the indictment says.
Two weeks later, Sui sent pictures of her son playing tennis to Treibly, who forwarded them to Singer, the indictment says. Singer then sent them to Laura Janke, a former USC assistant soccer coach, telling her, “This young man will be a soccer player from Vancouver for UCLA.”"
"Singer sent the recruiting profile and transcripts to Jorge Salcedo, UCLA’s head men’s soccer coach at the time, prosecutors allege. Salcedo forwarded the transcripts to “UCLA athletics administrators in order to process the recruitment of [Sui’s son] as a UCLA soccer player,” the indictment says.
“The UCLA admissions office typically allocates a number of admissions slots to each head coach to recruit highly qualified athletes,” prosecutors wrote in the indictment. “Being on a UCLA head coach’s list of recruited athletes significantly increases an applicant’s chance of being admitted.”"
..."In another conference call with Treibly, Sui and a translator, Singer told Sui to wire him $100,000, which he explained in English would be paid to “the UCLA men’s soccer coach directly,” the indictment says.
The translator told Sui, according to the indictment: “Your son is admitted to this school through UCLA’s soccer team. That $100,000 is directly transferred to that soccer coach. So, although your son is a tennis player, because there is a place in [the] soccer team, so it is the soccer team that takes your son.”
“OK,” Sui said, according to the indictment."
..."UCLA approved Sui’s son for admission as a recruited soccer player with a 25% athletic scholarship, the indictment says. He signed a letter of intent to play soccer at UCLA in November 2018. His mother wired Singer $300,000 in February, according to the indictment."...

"UCLA mom charged with paying $400K to get son admitted as fake soccer recruit"

-and all the UC systemwide provost  staff said no they did not read that news coverage and then the general counsel said he would tell them about was weird.

Regent Sures did not take up the specific questions and concerns he felt were raised in that news storty but when he alluded to them he seemed deeply troubled by some of the UC actions or interactions described  in that LATimes story...And, his astounded facial expession when he heard them say no,  none of them read it-- that expression was ...understandable.

Here is other coverage of the meeting so far:

This op ed captures well the sentiment at the start and then the realization over time in this op ed on:
"Janet Napolitano to leave University of California with scandal overshadowing successes"


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

University of California President Napolitano will leave position in August 2020. and other things...

"UC president Janet Napolitano stepping down
Her resignation is effective August of 2020"
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    "the reduction of inflation was a remarkable accomplishment"
        the successful achievement of a task.
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        an activity that a person can do well, typically as a result of study or practice.
        "long-distance running was another of her accomplishments"
"The system’s news release credited Napolitano with improving"...
"“With many of my top priorities accomplished and the university on a strong path forward, "

--Are they Napolitano's accomplishments, are they accomplishments yet?
three archive pieces to consider:
"Workers at some UC campuses say they don't earn fair wages"
Oct 22, 2017 - Not only was the hourly rate well below UC's $15 minimum, the union ... appropriate proof that they are paying wages in line with UC policy"

"UCSF’s offshoring of IT jobs gets a national airing on '60 Minutes' "

May 2, 2019 -" Local 3299 union files unfair labor practice charges against UC
They allege the school system has begun to seek agreements with private contract companies to outsource university work."
--Is it used properly in this PR press release?:
"University of California President Janet Napolitano announces decision to step down next year
UC Office of the President Wednesday, September 18, 2019
"University of California President Janet Napolitano announced today (Sept. 18) at the UC Board of Regents meeting that she will step down in August 2020 after seven years of leading California’s preeminent public university system.

“My time at UC has been deeply gratifying and rewarding. I have been honored and inspired every day to serve this institution alongside incredibly dedicated, passionate people,” said Napolitano, the 20th president and first woman to lead the university. “The decision was tough — and this moment, bittersweet — but the time is right.”

Since taking the helm in September 2013, Napolitano has chartered a strong, solid course for the world-class system of 10 campuses, five academic medical centers and three nationally affiliated labs. The impacts of her leadership have reverberated beyond UC and higher education: increasing enrollment and access for California students while stabilizing tuition, shaping issues of national importance such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and chartering innovative initiatives that have established the university as a leader on climate change and Title IX, among other issues. From expanding access for community college transfers to raising the minimum wage at the university, addressing the student housing crisis to battling student hunger, the president’s agenda has underscored her commitment to access and affordability, while directly addressing the practical challenges that students at UC, and at colleges across the nation, face.

Since 2015, UC added more than 17,500 additional California students above planned enrollment, including large numbers of first-generation and transfer students. Stabilizing tuition has also been chief among the president’s priorities, with the 2019-20 academic year marking the seventh time in eight years that UC froze in-state undergraduate tuition despite rising costs across all campuses. Napolitano also lobbied state and federal lawmakers to expand student financial aid to include summer Cal Grants and year-round Pell Grants. Under UC’s program, 57 percent of in-state undergraduates have all tuition and fees covered by financial aid.

Napolitano has also championed social mobility. She expanded Achieve UC, an outreach program that helps California high school students from all backgrounds prepare for admission to the university; to date, the president has visited and spoken at more than 20 high schools in every California region from Redding to San Diego. With 41 percent of UC undergrads the first in their families to attend college, the university launched a systemwide initiative in 2018 to help UC’s first-generation students thrive by connecting them with first-gen faculty mentors. This effort, among others, drew first lady Michelle Obama to partner with the UC system for her 2019 College Signing Day celebration at UCLA, with 10,000 first-gen and underrepresented high school and community college students in attendance. Other markers of UC’s strong focus on social mobility abound: Four UC campuses each enroll more Pell students than the entire Ivy League combined, and within five years of graduating, a majority of UC’s low-income students earn more than their parents.

Under Napolitano’s leadership, UC became the first university in September 2017 to sue the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its rescission of DACA, a program that protects from deportation young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The resulting preliminary injunctions by the courts have enabled many of UC’s undocumented students, along with Dreamers across the nation, to renew their DACA status and live and work in the United States; since January 2018 more than 500,000 DACA recipients have extended their authorizations. Napolitano, who created DACA during her time as DHS secretary, has lent a trusted national voice to this critical issue, which goes before the U.S. Supreme Court in November.

Napolitano’s bold leadership of systemwide priorities and policies has also expanded the university’s influence in other arenas, including sustainability and Title IX. In November 2013, she announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which commits UC to emitting net-zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025, something no other major university system has done to battle climate change. UC has since expanded its sustainability goals, now aiming for 100 percent reliance on clean electricity supplies across its campuses and medical centers, also by 2025. In addition, UC spearheaded the formation of the University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, a group of 21 North American research universities that help communities transition to a low-carbon future.

Napolitano has also taken a strong stance on the critical national issue of sexual violence and sexual harassment by directing major systemwide efforts that include issuing a comprehensive, systemwide policy in 2016, as well as adjudication frameworks for faculty, staff and students; establishing the first systemwide Title IX office to ensure coordination, consistency and timeliness in implementing university policy; speaking out against proposed federal policies that threaten to undermine the very procedures that ensure fairness and justice; and positioning the university to be a nationwide leader in this critical arena.

“We have new regents on UC’s governing board, a new governor in Sacramento, and a presidential election on the horizon. With many of my top priorities accomplished and the university on a strong path forward, I feel it’s the ideal time for a leadership transition — an infusion of new energy and fresh ideas at the university,” said Napolitano.

“I look forward to President Napolitano’s continued support of UC," said Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez. “I look forward to working closely with President Napolitano throughout the rest of this academic year before she embarks on her next chapter. The Board of Regents and I will provide the UC community and the state of California a transparent and thoughtful process to find the next president of the University of California.”

After she steps down on August 1, 2020, Napolitano plans to take time off before teaching at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley where she is currently a tenured professor.

Napolitano’s time at UC is part of her distinguished, decades-long career in public service, following her roles as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, two-term governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, and attorney general of Arizona from 1998 to 2003.

The Board of Regents will soon appoint a committee to start a national search for the next president of the university. Per policy, the search committee will include student, faculty and alumni representatives who will seek and incorporate input from the UC community and the public at large.
See more of President Napolitano's accomplishments as leader of the UC system here.
University of California Office of the President
Media Relations"
LAT higher ed with help from former Daily Cal J. Panzar offers a timeline but it excludes some things
off the top- some of what is missing:
-in her first days having UC chancellors sign compacts at their dinner at chez panisse- she had them sign  on napkins

-the claimed strong arm tactics used by OP mentioned with regard to UCSC chancellor and another chancellor with regard to their campuses audit response to CSA questions review by UCOP tampering- see Moreno Report - the timeline does not get specific on the actions, it just gives it a generalized treatment.

-the UC funded galas at SFs Palace for regents events, and other pricey spots

-travel, lots of inti travel for UCOP
but no receipts in audit findings of OP review

-surprise outside consulting lucrative for some UC chancellors even as they claimed being lowest paid

and at the beginning napolitano s  i don't need to listen to this crap response to student protest of tuition hikes at UC regents meeting...see sf chron
much more, but maybe later ?
Now  see this new post, Remaking the University writes:
"If you work at the University of California, your Office of the President has committed you to producing 200,000 additional degrees by 2030, on top of the one million degrees already expected.  This post is a plea to the hundreds of thousands of faculty, staff, and students who will implement this 20 percent increase.  It's a plea to analyze the material conditions this increase requires, and to work actively for the right ones.

Can this expansion really happen without creating degree-mill conditions, and making life even harder for more vulnerable students?  What new resources will it take to make 1.2 million degrees a great thing for students, for the state, and for UC research?  Materials for this week's Board of Regents meetings offer some clues.

The stakes are high because of the high cost of making unfulfillable promises about core social needs (health, education, housing, work).  Health care is Exhibit A: former Obama administration officials (like the Crooked Media crew) say they all saw the Affordable Care Act as a big step towards what many of them wanted but couldn't yet get from Congress, which was Medicare for All.  But the ACA's compromised design created widespread user disappointments.  These weakened political support both for the ACA and for Medicare for All, making it harder to protect the first and get the second.  Obama officials also spent a lot of time denying that they even wanted Medicare for All ("single payer" as it was often called), since they were afraid of the charges of socialized medicine that they of course got anyway, so they buried their core framing principle (call it equal access to a human right free of market allocation by ability to pay).  People did fight to keep their government backstop on health premiums, but ten years later Medicare for All is still a ways out of reach.

An analogy in higher ed is the effect of overcrowding on undergraduate satisfaction.   The University of California has been producing extra degrees by taking extra students, half or more without state payment, off and on for 15 years.  For the recent history, see the very useful Regents' item F11, Display 1. You might think this would earn UC budget chips it could cash in for state general funds later, but there's no evidence that this has ever happened. If anything, taking unfunded students teaches the state UC can make do with less money per student, and perhaps even zero.  This is a bad precedent for the extra 200,000 students to come.

UC campuses see overcrowding as a tacit and necessary revenue strategy: even those students who don't bring state money still pay tuition.  Item F11 notes statistical costs: "the number of students per ladder-rank and equivalent faculty member, which has grown from fewer than 25 in 2004-05 to more than 28 in 2017-18" (p 5).  Student to core staff ratios have also risen, from 11.5 in 2007-08 to 15.6 students per staff member ten years later.  Ratios of students to frontline staff are in my experience grossly higher. 15.6 may reflect the number of RAs whose payroll is handled by a research center budget officer.  A departmental academic advisor's ratio may be 200:1, 500:1 or 1200:1.

The "user" cost appears in survey data." - it goes on-see the data and the article here:
Its Only Money

--Keep in mind also chair Perez is hoping for a regent committee that can dream up a new version of Committee of Two -Perez specifically mentioned the Committee of Two model- cuz that went so well?! (it was comprised of then Guv Brown - Napolitano a several years ago before what appeared to be a painful break up ) - Now they want it to be a Committee of a Few regents with Newsom  (the impression the regents leave because maybe  they think they got him in a back pocket, or can handle him? As opposed to Brown who some UC chancellors and UC staff openly villify since Brown left office) it seems...

and then they want another UC Regents committee for regents selection of a new UC president

and then they want another UC Regents committee to address ACA 14 before the Legislature takes it up in a few short months  in January 2020, they see this time as a reprieve til Jan.

and Newsom recently did this, so:

if gig employees are getting that protection then UC employees might expect....??., remember the backlash UC faced to that 60 min off shoring story?:

 and that new committee would do as Perez describes "a deeper dig" into trying to find a way for UC to actualize its values as one of the top three employers in CA and then find a way for the Regents to ensure measures where those values are tangible and aligned with what happens in practice, in fact at UC - as in the case of $15 min wage, and contracting out policies where compliance repeatedly is not achieved throughout the UC system.

oh yeah and they wanna have a UC Regents committee on tech transfer, too.

it would be comical if it werent...
you can watch
her comments and resignation announcement:

and the full board session here, her annoucement at the 1:04:00

- Some of the regents also offer their own individual comments on it immediately after chair Perez makes comments on her resignation and the process for filling the position going forward: It is important here to note that even Napolitano's recruitment process to her job at UC  came under scrutiny of the CSA as they reviewed UCOP handling of Title IX and UC PATH: Napolitano UCOP chief of staff and deputy chief of staff and their actions;  and the fact that her deputy chief of staff was in fact the employee of the talent acquisitision firm that was contracted by the UC Regents to handle the applicant pool for those applying to be the next president of the UC . Apparently, her DCOS moved over to UCOP from that hiring firm after she was hired by UC.)
Will the UC Regents allow such moves on the next recruitment?

Hunches and initial musings, impressions...
Of course, there are musings about Napolitano returning to DC in some capacity at the close of the 2020 UC pres election...
Or, maybe the possibility that for health reasons she will move to the professor role at UC Berkeley GSPP  (the one curiously bestowed on her at the time of her hire as UC president and president of the academic senate) for a lighter schedule.
(She has appeared to some viewers of UC Regents meetings to be dozing off during regents meetings - but she may have just been resting her eyes. At other times she has stated that she indeed has been ill during points in time of her UC workload...)

Is it possible that a certain faction is trying to groom Leland ( who announced recently that in addition to resigning as chancellor, she is relocating from UC Merced to UC Berkeley and Bay Area, -and UCOP conveniently located nearby in Oakland) to take over the role?
There was some subtext at the announcement of her resignation as UC Merced chancellor and vague statements from some regents of their looking forward to her future role etc-(recall Leland was appointed by Yudoff, along with the fact that other Yudof chancellor appointments at UC have not fared so well)  Could be somethin' or could be nothin'. Wondered about the Leland angle initially with regard to the UC Berkeley Chancellor role which will begin a recruitment process in about a year and half.
In both the UC Berkeley Chancellor recruitment and the UC president recruitments of C.Christ and Napolitano, the UC Regents claimed that the hire was a last minute sudden addition to the applicant pool ...
One never really knows if those sudden moves were strategic, planned in advance -and so the value or prestige of coordinating commmittees on the recruitment have  significantly diminished any prestige that might otherwise be attached to them.
(and then there is that recent IHE piece on  questionable surprise recruitment processes to consider for higher ed  governance in general. see:
Or, maybe both Leland and Napolitano both just wanna hang out at UC Berkeley like so many others in senior UC leadership when they go out to pasture, so to speak..

several Guvs do it too:
Davis , also hangs out at  Cal and was at the UC Regents meeting today,
Granholm who is stumping for Biden , 
even Jerry Brown -but again no one knows what he is doing if anything on campus but they really like the association with UC...
Jerry Brown’s new gig: Launching a California-China climate change institute at UC Berkeley

Maybe in follow up news and comments from UC the reasoning, timing etc will become clearer.
The optics on the fact that this is a significant portion of UC leadership roles held by women either stepping down or playing musical chairs with their roles should not be lost on the UC regents - but it probably is...
btw Chair Perez, as he thanked Napolitano for her service in acknowledging her resignation, he also thanked  SYSTEMWIDE VP of UC Med and Health Stobo for all his efforts on behalf of -get this- solely UCLA med health! Perez did not frame it as systemwide UC med health-- and, more importantly, Perez did not mention the status or conclusive findings on the Title IX investigation of Stobo in his comments.... what is with all that? 
Other UC news:
"Alleged sex assault victims of former UCLA gynecologist ask UC Board of Regents to conduct investigation"
"Since Heaps was charged, by the University’s own admission, more than 144 women have come forward with complaints. According to published reports, complaints about Heaps go back to 2014, yet he was allowed to continue seeing patients at UCLA,” a press release sent on behalf of the former patients said.

UCLA star gymnast Jeanette Antolin and other former patients will gather outside of meeting Wednesday morning to take a stand in front of board members urging them to conduct this independent investigation.
--In other chair Perez comments on Napolitano resignation during board meeting he also mentioned the need for review of UC regents meetings structure and also review of public engagement and efforts for regents to liaise with CA legislature...
now review:
The emissions waiver  battle and that environment climate crisis bill coverage where multiple ex officio UC Regents come up:

"Newsom breaks with Democrats on environmental ‘Trump insurance’ bill"
and yet,

"Trump Says California's Ability To Set Its Own Emissions Standards Will Be Revoked"

then this,
"Newsom on emissions waiver: Gives history, calls out GOP, quotes Pericles-California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Governor Gavin Newsom responds the Trump Administration move to rescind California’s waiver to set tailpipe emissions."

-then in thiis exchange a reminder that (former CA Guv and Pres of UC Regents) as US Pres Reagan gave CA its first emissions waiver...

 Also, in addition to that UC op ed  from Baccher and Sherman pointed to earlier, see:
-all this as drumbeat spin on that other relevant intl current event to keep in mind.

the new NSA a Berkeley Law grad...

- on patch but not any acknowledgment/announcement yet, even several days later, at UC Berkeley

Monday, September 16, 2019

All this may come up at UC Regents Meeting at UCLA this week

In both public comments and in most likely closed sessions:
"Academic researchers sign petition urging UC to stop delaying negotiations"
..."Academic researchers delivered the petition to every UC chancellor’s office and spoke with each campus’ chancellor or other high-level administrators about issues that affect them, including a lack of job security, low compensation and inequities in the workplace.

Neal Sweeney, who is the vice president of UAW Local 5810, said the union made proposals on over 40 articles in the prospective contract by early June. However, he said he thinks the UC has not been responsive to the union’s proposals.

For instance, Sweeney said the UC has not agreed to the same nondiscrimination protections and sexual harassment protections that unionized academic student employees and postdoctoral researchers have in their contract."...
..."the union also proposed to add paid parental leave to its contract to help close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Women are underrepresented in STEM fields, making up just 22% of the STEM workforce in the United States in 2016.

Female faculty are more likely to leave their jobs earlier in their careers than their male counterparts. Female faculty in STEM are also more likely than their male peers to feel like they don’t belong in their workplace and less likely to agree that their institutions support parenting while on the tenure-track.

“This is kind of a long-told story that women feel that they are not welcome, and then they get pushed out,” Sweeney said"


"Suit Claims a Culture of Retaliation Against UCLA Nurses Who Raise Patient Care/Safety Issues"
Daily Nexus continues this series : "“Unsafe work practices,” a “harassing environment” and repeated “threats” are some of the latest allegations brought against the university in a lawsuit filed nearly two weeks ago, bringing the number of active lawsuits against the UC"


"UC Investments posts strong gains, endowment up 8.24 percent "
"The University of California’s Office of the Chief Investment Officer (UC Investments) announced today (Sept. 12) that its assets under management grew to $126.1 billion as of June 30, a one-year jump of $7.4 billion and a five-year gain of $30 billion.

UC’s $126.1 billion is spread across seven unique financial products. The endowment ended the fiscal year at $13.4 billion, and the pension stood at $70 billion. Working capital was at $14.8 billion, with total return at $9.2 billion and short-term at $5.6 billion. The retirement savings program ended the year at $25.6 billion, Fiat Lux Insurance at $1.1 billion, and the newly created Blue & Gold Pool at $1.3 billion for the three months since its inception.

“What stands out for me in these numbers is our team’s growth and success,” said Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher. “When I joined UC in April 2014, our total assets under management were valued at $91.6 billion. Five years later they total $126.1 billion. We’ve added $2.4 billion in value above our benchmarks and saved $1 billion by reducing management costs.”

Said UC Regent Richard Sherman, chair of the Investments Committee, “Jagdeep and the UC Investments team have delivered solid absolute returns above their benchmarks. They continue to innovate and work collaboratively among themselves and with their partners. They’re right-sized: agile and well-placed to take advantage of economies of scale, best of breed managers and passive equity products. This leads to an extraordinarily low cost of management that enhances our net returns for the benefit of all UC stakeholders.”

“UC Investments has been key to the university’s success on some of our most important and exciting initiatives,” added UC President Janet Napolitano. “Their approach helps our long-term financial outlook and well positions us to meet the challenges of the next 150 years at the University of California. UC Investments has found ways to deepen its relationships with our 10 campuses and add value to the day-to-day benefit of UC.”

The UC endowment grew 8.2 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. The endowment has earned 10.7 percent over three years, 6.8 percent over five years, 9.4 percent over 10 years, 6.3 percent over 20 years and 9.2 percent over 25 years. Over the past five years the endowment has earned $710 million above the market gains of $2.9 billion.

The UC pension gained 6 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. The pension has earned 9.4 percent over three years, 6 percent over five years, 9.3 percent over 10 years, 5.7 percent over 20 years, and 8.7 percent over 25 years. It gained $1.2 billion over the market gains of $16.7 billion since 2014.

The UC Total Return Investment Pool (TRIP) earned 6.3 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. TRIP has earned 6.1 percent over three years, 4.2 percent over five years and 7.5 percent over 10 years. The UC Short-Term Investment Pool earned 2.3 percent for the year, 1.8 percent over three years, 1.6 percent over five years, 1.9 percent over 10 years, 3.2 percent over 20 years and 3.8 percent over 25 years. Working capital added value of $290 million over the past five years.

Performance results will be discussed at the September 17, 2019 meeting of the UC Board of Regents’ Investments Committee. Results are available online at:

The digital version of UC Investments’ annual report for FY2018-2019  is available here:"
Jagdeep and Richard- Richard and Jagdeep on divestment but not divestment from fossil fuels- they  write this op ed:

"UC Investments Are Going Fossil Free. But Not Exactly For The Reasons You  Might Think"

- they want to send the message that the activists didn't make them do it. ___

"Statement from UC President Napolitano on Public Education Facilities Bond "

"CA Legislature passes facilities bond measure for 2020 ballot"


"Possible tuition increases to be discussed at UC Regents meeting"

"Survey reflects CA college students struggling with cost, work responsibility"
"The Student Expenses and Resources Survey, or SEARS, from the California Student Aid Commission, or CSAC, reported that 64 percent of students enrolled in California colleges cite “cost of college” or “balancing school and work responsibilities” as obstacles to their success."

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Way They Discussed It...

...those newspaper-magazine higher ed rankings, where this kinda outfit gets the #18 spot even with:

(sorry to link to forbes in light of: this bs  - but the above is a particularly good article for how it mentions the problems with current higher ed media)

more drip, drip, drip -- see now:
UC comes up a couple of times in:
"These lawsuits could change the stakes for higher ed
We're keeping track of high-profile legal cases that have important implications for colleges and universities."
in advance of regents meeting next week, Napolitano making the rounds on the east coast on this:
the way they discussed 'it'

If you need a quick review:

lots of weird handling of the topic in various quarters, one e.g.:

GMA had a segment where a legal expert said in a sort of no harm, no foul excerpt that there were no victims in it and universities may have even made a little money off of Varsity Blues practices, see:

then some follow up attempt to explain via twitter:

--his news aggregator site had :this on it earlier

where other network legal expert pointed to a compare and contrast with results of a the k-12 admissions case with:

There is also

There was also:


Sara Goldrick Rab on entitlement and privilege in the college admissions scandal


Also, faculty and professors mentioned here by one panelist as the test takers in
 Varsity Blues (that's not quite right) and then the 
host giggles and says Varsity Blues working well financially for USC at the end of
 this odd segment, 

see also this other exchange where candidates, rival ideas tied to faculty, ivory towers
and rich kids buying admission linked to free college proposals discussed:

Sunday, September 8, 2019

UC Regents Agenda for Full Board Meeting Sept 17-19 at UCLA, more

but first- since there's spillover between MIT and UC and the Valley with donor pool- read this:
"The Moral Rot of the MIT Media Lab
Like its parent university, the famed research center became far too comfortable selling its prestige. Even to Jeffrey Epstein."

icymi- the original reporting:
adding in here- this example, update:
noting connection at UC Berkeley:
""Becoming the Entrepreneur of Your Own Life", Reid Hoffman, School of Information Commencement 2011"

"Reid Hoffman in conversation with Nicholas Dirks"
"Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, in conversation with Nicholas Dirks, chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. The conversation was recorded at the 2016 THE World Academic Summit, which took place in Berkeley in September 2016."

 in light of this new article allegations:
"Reid Hoffman Ran Interference for MIT Over Epstein Donations"

the coverage:


and When the Metrical Tail Wags the University Dog


UC Regents meeting this week:


PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Date: September 17, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: UCLA Horace Mann Community School Agenda – Open Session Public Comment Period

P1 Discussion: University-Assisted Community Schools: Mann UCLA Community School

P2 Discussion: UCLA Outreach, Recruitment, Retention and Alumni Engagement

P3 Discussion: The Role of Policy in Closing Opportunity Gaps and Building Healthy Communities

Date: September 17, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom CD
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period
Action: Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 14, 2019

I-1 Discussion: Chief Investment Officer Update on Final FY2018-2019 Performance

I-2 Discussion: The State of the World Economy and the State of Private Markets

Date: September 17, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom CD
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Action: Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 16, 2019

S1 Discussion: CalFresh Eligibility, Access, Enrollment and Partnership Across the University of California

S2 Discussion: Rapid Rehousing Efforts

S3 Discussion: Review of the 2017 Total Cost of Attendance Working Group Report

Date: September 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom AB
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 17, 2019
Remarks of the Chair of the Board
Remarks of the President of the University
Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate

Date: September 18, 2019
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom AB
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Action: Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 17, 2019

C1 Discussion: Internal Audit Activities Report

C2 Discussion: Update on Implementation of Recommendations from State Audit of Sexual Harassment Cases

C3 Discussion: University of California Herbicide Task Force Update

Date: September 18, 2019
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Action: Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of July 17, 2019

P4 Action: Endorsement of Comprehensive Campaign, Irvine Campus

P5 Discussion: UC Research for California: Fighting Wildfires with Cameras

September 18, 2019
12:30 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom CD
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Action: Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 17, 2019

A1 Action: Establishment of a School of Public Health, San Diego Campus

A2 Discussion: Part II of the Annual Accountability Sub-report on Diversity – Health Sciences

A3 Information Annual Report on Regents Policy 3501: Policy on Student Athletes

Date: September 18, 2019
Time: At the conclusion of the closed session
Location: Centennial Ballroom AB
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 17, 2019
Approval of the University of California 2020-21 Budget for State Capital Improvements
University of California Retirement Plan – Proposal to Adopt Changes in Actuarial Assumptions and Authorization to Increase the Employer Contribution Rates
Approval of the Budget, Scope, External Financing and Design, Verano 8 Graduate Student Housing and Approval of Long Range Develop.m.ent Plan Student Housing Amendment Following Action: Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, Irvine Campus

F6 Discussion: Hilgard Faculty Housing, Los Angeles Campus

F7 Discussion: Update on the 2020 Project, Merced Campus

F8 Discussion: 2020 Long Range Develop.m.ent Plan, Merced Campus

F9 Discussion: Integrated Capital Asset Management Program

F10 Discussion: Update Regarding the New Hospital UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center 
program at Parnassus Heights Integrated Form of Agreement and Procurement Strategy, San Francisco Campus

F11 Discussion: Preliminary Discussion: of the University’s 2021 Operating Budget

Date: September 18, 2019
Time: 3:45 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom CD
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Discussion: Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 17, 2019

N1 Action: Approval of Preliminary Funding for Hertz Hall Complex at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Date: September 18, 2019
Time: Upon adjournment of the closed session meeting
Location: Centennial Ballroom AB
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Action: Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of June 17, 2019 and July 17, 2019

G1 Action: Approval of Salary Increases for Certain Level One Senior Management Group Employees and Authorization for the
President of the University to Approve Retroactive Merit-Based Salary Increases for Certain Level Two Senior Management Group and Management and Senior Professional Employees, as Discussed in Closed Session

G2 Action: Approval of Appointment of and Compensation for Vice President, UC National Laboratories, Office of the President as Discussed in Closed Session

G3 Action: Approval of Incentive Compensation Using Non-State Funds for Fiscal Year 2018-19 for Chief Investment Officer and Vice President – Investments

G4 Action: Approval of Contract Amendment for Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Los Angeles Campus, as Discussed in Closed Session

G6 Action: Approval of 2019 Benchmarking Framework/Market Reference Zones for Non-State-Funded UC Health Positions in the Senior Management Group and Approval of Market Reference Zones for All Other Senior Management Group Positions

G7 Action: Suspension of Bylaw 21.7 for the Limited Purpose of Enabling the Davis Campus to Appoint Regent Estolano to a Board of Advisors Position, Provided That Any Such Position is Uncompensated

G8 Action: Dates of Regents Meetings for 2021

Date: September 19, 2019
Time: Upon adjournment of the closed session meeting1
Location: Centennial Ballroom AB
UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period
Resolution in Appreciation
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 18, 2019

B2 Discussion: Eliminating Gaps in Timely Graduation by 2030

B3 Discussion: Update on Cohort-Based Tuition

B4 Discussion: Annual Update on Investment Products Officers’ and President’s Reports:

Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings
Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Action:s

Committee Reports Including Approvals of Recommendations from Committees:
Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Compliance and Audit Committee
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Governance Committee
Health Services Committee (meeting of August 13, 2019)
Investments Committee
National Laboratories Committee
Public Engagement and Development Committee
Special Committee on Basic Needs
Special Committee on Nominations

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Questions Remain on UC Riverside Chancellor's Decision Making, Ties , Role In It...

Education Secretary 'Devos calls the handling abhorrent':
"Michigan State Fined Record $4.5 Million for Failing to Protect Students From Larry Nassar"
The current Michigan State provost has suddenly resigned: "Michigan State provost resigns amid Nassar fallout" -But Current UC Riverside Chancellor Wilcox was the acting provost at Michigan State at the time of the events- see background earlier coverage detailed in links below . includes: Devos:"“It became increasingly clear that any process that MSU had simply was not working, and, more accurately, broken,” DeVos says. “I’m very thankful for the detailed and careful approach that each of these investigations took to what had gone on there.” ..."FSA officials say this is one of the most important Clery investigations the department has ever undertaken, given the breadth of abuse and length of time over which the abuse took place. The fine is the largest in the history of the Clery Act, and it’s nearly twice the $2.4 million the department had levied against Penn State, following its investigation into the 2011 scandal at that university involving the assistant football coach. Previously, the largest Clery Act fine was the $350,000 paid by Eastern Michigan University in 2008 . "... In its separate investigation to the abuse, the Office for Civil Rights, which oversees Title IX, reviewed ... The OCR found that MSU failed to properly respond to reports of abuse of Nassar and to take corrective action. MSU has signed a resolution agreement to address the Title IX violations, including: - Make substantial changes to the University’s Title IX procedures and ensure that certain officials recuse themselves from Title IX matters. - Take remedial actions to address the impact of the sexual misconduct by Nassar and Strampel on students, faculty and other staff within the College, the Sports Medicine Clinic, and related facilities, programs and services. -Provide a process for those victims of Nassar, who have not otherwise had an opportunity to seek remedy, to come forward and seek remedies to which they might be entitled. *Review the actions of current and former employees of the university who had notice but who failed to take appropriate action in response to reports of sexual misconduct by Nassar or Strampel and consider appropriate sanctions against those employees. --*Does that include UCR chancellor Wilcox? Does the Dept of Ed give any info to UC in order to notify, warn or to clear? UCR already was dealing with the questions that arose earlier: -that is just a bit of the past coverage... --Napolitano's prior comment on it to LAT higher ed reporter just punted away ... see: "@TeresaWatanabe ...… .... scandal: @UofCalifornia President Janet Napolitano spoke with Wilcox and sees no need for UC action. ... Report links UC Riverside chancellor to Michigan State sexual ... Update on @ucriverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox and the Michigan State sexual assault scandal: @UofCalifornia President Janet Napolitano spoke with Wilcox and sees no need for UC action. She calls for a “full and fair evaluation" in Michigan of all facts pertaining to Wilcox." ...Still no definitve answer from UCOP on UC Riverside Chancellor's role in it. It appears that University of California is happy to let the timetable for answers to be set by ...Michigan State. Why? How many more years are the questions allowed to remain unanswered?

and questions at UC on UC cases persist as well:
-Mr. Wilcox has been appointed by the UC Regents to serve on various important UC systemwide committees- including to serve as moderator/liaison to the UC staff advisors to the UC Regents  (program)-- this then is not just a UC Riverside- UCOP concern.


Devos' further comments on the case add to the concern, see:

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is baffled that so many adults in power at Michigan State University were neglectful in their roles and didn’t take on the concerns student athletes kept bringing to them regarding sports doctor Larry Nassar.

“I don’t know how you could not have addressed this much earlier on and saved a lot of young women from a lot of pain,” DeVos told me in an interview. "