Monday, April 12, 2021

For UC Alumni a perennial problem -Something for graduating classes to 'look forward to'...

 UC Alumni heard the news? don't miss some key questions raised in this series as well:

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2021/04/radio-silence-on-accellion-breach-part-3.html

They didn't do much to reach out to alumni either on:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/04/08/cal-students-staff-warned-of-massive-data-breach-after-nationwide-cyber-attack/
and
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/university-of-california-warns-students-staff-of-risk-after-cyberattack/2512121/
and
https://ucsdguardian.org/2021/04/11/accellion-cyber-attack-on-the-uc-network-prompts-new-personal-safety-measures/
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See in the UC list where alumni show up= an afterthought/way down the list... How many UC alumni know to go check this out?! :
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/data-security/updates-faq/accellion-faq.html#1_5
"Are former employees and students, or UC alumni at risk — should they enroll with Experian?
UC is investigating the full scope of affected data and individuals. For this reason, we decided to make the Experian services available to current and former community members and we strongly encourage everyone to take advantage."

The alumni sites don't mention anything about it. There are two 'alumni regents' who serv short terms on the board, btw.
This may be part of the reason why UC complains of not getting a great donation participation turnout in high individual $ numbers on UC alumni
It may affect former employees too and it seems this group has high turnover...
this new piece at DailyCal
"Lecturers assert their place at University of California"
https://www.dailycal.org/2021/04/09/a-21st-century-workforce-lecturers-assert-their-place-at-university-of-california/
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"Berkeley wants to hear from residents about Cal housing plans, including People’s Park – East Bay Times"
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2021/04/10/berkeley-wants-to-hear-from-residents-about-cal-housing-plans-including-peoples-park/
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this on Chancellor May 
https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2021/04/09/2021-most-admired-ceo-gary-may.html
while the Aggie gets into:
https://theaggie.org/2021/04/09/uc-students-call-for-ucpd-policy-changes-budgetary-reallocations-during-second-uc-campus-safety-symposium/
at Berkeley this talk
https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/04/09/berkeley-talks-franklin-zimring/

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"More Colleges Say They'll Require Students To Have COVID Vaccines For Fall : NPR"
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/11/984787779/should-colleges-require-covid-19-vaccines-for-fall-more-campuses-are-saying-yes

Friday, April 9, 2021

Insta-Back to Normal? And- The 'Power of Ten' Inequities At UC Persist.

 this new executive dean will also now oversee all undergrads component now added in:

Next Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science | Letters & Science
https://ls.berkeley.edu/news/next-executive-dean-college-letters-and-science

Insta-Back to Normal?
"‘Back to normal’: Chancellor Carol Christ discusses fall COVID-19 plans"
https://www.dailycal.org/2021/04/07/back-to-normal-chancellor-carol-christ-discusses-fall-covid-19-plans/
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What if the $1 billlion to UCR based UC PATH went to other things?
"UC grapples with allegations of funding inequities, racism - Los Angeles Times"
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-04-08/uc-grapples-allegations-funding-inequities-racism
includes:
"UC Riverside has only one full-time staff member to serve 5,220 transfer students — the highest workload among UC campuses. By comparison, UC Irvine has nine people — five staffers and four student workers — for 6,655 transfer students. UC Berkeley has five staff members and 28 student workers for 6,334 transfer students.

Riverside counselors each juggle an average of 1,958 students, nearly twice as large as the UC system target — and Riverside has fewer academic advisors, psychiatrists, faculty and staff overall than the system average. To achieve parity, Riverside would need to hire 760 more staff members to meet the systemwide average student-to-staff ratio of 5.6 to 1, according to the campus’ analysis."...
"Recognizing the disparities, the 10 chancellors and then-President Janet Napolitano last year agreed to give a greater share of new state funding over the next three years to campuses with fewer health sciences and doctoral students: Riverside, along with Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ said she joined the consensus to make that change even though her campus would not benefit. But she said any further revamping should recognize that higher-cost doctoral education appropriately receives more funding. She added that she dislikes the “caricature” of some campuses serving privileged students and others, disadvantaged ones, noting that Berkeley also enrolls many low-income and first-generation students.

UCLA could be the biggest loser under any new formula. Chancellor Gene Block declined to talk about the issue.

Critics of the current system, however, are pushing hard for change. No one is advocating that private philanthropy be divvied up among campuses, since donors specify their gift recipients. But Medina and other experts have called for the $1.2 billion in supplemental nonresident tuition annually collected by UC campuses to be shared or “taxed” — a portion going into a pool to be redistributed. Blumenthal said a tax would be justified because regents placed an 18% cap on out-of-state undergraduate students in 2017 — but allowed UCLA, Berkeley, San Diego and Irvine to grandfather in their existing limits, which were as high as 24%."
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a very abbreviated history of it
"Berkeley, a Look Back: UC regents OK Memorial Stadium"
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2021/04/07/berkeley-a-look-back-uc-regents-ok-memorial-stadium-in-1921/
-doesn't get into the retrofit funding and current effects...it was a popular topic during Chancellor Dirks less highlighted during CChrist term as chancellor.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

It can involve Title IX and AntiTrust- 'Regents Rulings' intersect at O’Bannon v. NCAA and NCAA v. Alston becomes avenue to 'SCOTUS Rulings'? and "UC Regents Meeting Health Services Committee-April 6, 2021"

 

 https://www.c-span.org/video/?508652-1/ncaa-v-alston-oral-argument&live=

The coverage appears to be getting blurry in details on regents board decisons , of which there are many... Below where it repeatedly refers to 'regents ruling', 'regents decision' 'regents opinions' : --it should read as 'the decision in NCAA v. Regents U. Oklahoma' etc to be clear, right? The assumption all readers will be able to read the shorthand as indicative of the 1980's decision- can be problematic.

"The NCAA, under fire over amateurism, takes its fight to the Supreme Court"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/04/02/ncaa-vs-alston-supreme-court-oral-arguments/
As the NCAA’s premier event prepares for its big finale, some men’s basketball players have rallied behind the #NotNCAAproperty hashtag. Women’s players have cried foul over glaring equity issues between the two basketball tournaments. And, on Wednesday, nine Supreme Court justices will consider whether the NCAA even has the authority to enforce a rule book that has long placed hard limits on whether college athletes can be paid.

The court will hear arguments in NCAA v. Alston, a long-running antitrust case that’s poised to bolster or possibly abolish the legal claim that the organization has for years relied on to defend its authority and restrict players from receiving compensation. The justices will convene via teleconference to consider a lower-court ruling that would allow colleges to offer academic-related perks to Division I football and basketball players, including scholarships for graduate degrees, paid postgraduate internships and computers and other types of equipment related to education.
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The NCAA lost its last major showdown at the Supreme Court nearly 40 years ago: NCAA v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma. But it came away from that case with a valuable concession that the NCAA was unlike other businesses and “needs ample latitude” to maintain “a revered tradition of amateurism in college sports.

That Supreme Court opinion has served as the NCAA’s trump card for years in batting down legal challenges, and it was mentioned 66 times in the NCAA’s recent 62-page brief and another 22 times in its follow-up brief. Lawyers representing the NCAA say Board of Regents makes clear that the court has already bestowed on the NCAA the ability to determine who’s eligible to play college sports. Those representing the players will argue the citation is overstated, misused and not applicable.

“Board of Regents had nothing to do with the athletes,” said attorney Michael Hausfeld, who battled the NCAA in the seminal O’Bannon v. NCAA case, which found the NCAA had violated federal antitrust laws and sparked further legal challenges. “Why they keep talking about that is beyond me.”...
--O'Bannon University of California player.
It goes on:
NCAA v. Alston was originally filed in March 2014 by former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston and former University of California center Justine Hartman, representing a class of former men’s and women’s college athletes. It’s not directly related to the debate surrounding name, image and likeness (NIL) compensation that’s taking place in Congress and state capitals across the country, nor will it open the floodgates for athletes to start receiving uncapped payment for their on-field exploits.

While the NCAA has recently expressed a willingness to allow athletes to enter into endorsement deals and profit off their name, image and likeness, the organization says the benefits that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken granted in the Alston case are a step too far — and that the NCAA should be able to enforce its own rules without interference from the courts. In its filing, the NCAA warns that “post-eligibility internships that pay unlimited amounts in cash and can be used for recruiting or retention ... will vitiate the distinction between college and professional sports.”

If the lower court ruling is upheld, schools could begin offering incentives to prospective athletes, and the NCAA would be unable to enforce a key part of its rule book.

“We know what’s going to happen if, in fact, Alston is upheld,” said Len Elmore, the former Maryland basketball star who serves as co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, an independent body focused on reform in college sports. “It will open the door in some way, shape or form to pay-for-play and some of the reforms that some people have been pushing for.”

The slippery slope argument is surely a big reason the NCAA asked the Supreme Court to hear the case, but its motives are even more nuanced. The NCAA’s amateurism model is under attack, and the Alston case will likely do one of two things: It can solidify the NCAA’s standing, eliminating ambiguity left by the Board of Regents opinion, and make clear the organization — not the courts — will settle future eligibility questions. Or the justices can clarify key antitrust issues and create avenues for athletes to receive extra benefits and some education-related compensation.

Which path the justices take could go a long way in determining the future of amateurism in college sports.

Roots in a loss
The Board of Regents decision that the NCAA leans on so heavily came in a case the organization lost."
It goes on:

In recent years, though, as the debate around athletes’ rights has intensified, the Alston lawyers have said the Board of Regents opinion isn’t relevant to the present-day argument. They say the 1984 statement about amateurism amounted to “dicta” in the justices’ opinion — comments made in passing but not central to the ruling.

“The big divide in this case is how much do we make of those two pages of dicta in that old case?” said Michael Carrier, a Rutgers law school professor who specializes in antitrust matters and filed an amicus brief to the court on behalf of a group of law, business, economics and sports management professors. “I think that that’s clearly not what the case was about.”

Patrick Bradford, a New York-based antitrust attorney, said the NCAA and the conferences applied undue weight in their filings to the amateurism comments from the Board of Regents opinion in an effort to inflate its standing.

“No real antitrust lawyer thinks that this court or any court is going to be bound by those descriptives,” said Bradford, who filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of a group of Black antitrust lawyers supporting the lower court’s decision. Bradford said the NCAA is trying to “shoehorn” the court’s 1984 support for amateurism into this case.

But at least four other appellate courts have felt compelled by the Board of Regents opinion and leaned on it in siding with the NCAA over the years. As the Supreme Court considers the Alston case, it’s not necessarily bound by any part of the 1984 opinion.

“The Supreme Court is now going to say, ‘Here’s what everything means today,’ ” said Matt Mitten, a law professor at Marquette University and executive director of the National Sports Law Institute. “That’s the question: How does the court think antitrust law should be applied today?”

Antitrust attorneys say it’s not clear why the justices decided to hear this case. It’s possible they feel a need to say something meaningful about amateurism. It’s possible the Alston case is simply the vehicle to examine broader antitrust issues.

The Department of Justice has decided to support the players, and acting solicitor general Elizabeth B. Prelogar will be arguing the government’s position before the court Wednesday. The NCAA insists that the Board of Regents ruling entitles it to an abbreviated review, a “quick look” that would essentially empower the NCAA while precluding the courts from handling eligibility matters. The federal government, in its brief, said the lower courts applied the appropriate principles in siding with Alston, using a more detailed “rule of reason” standard that gives judges discretion.

“The NCAA wants the Supreme Court to rule that, going forward, any rules that it makes related to amateurism basically get immunity, complete deference so that courts can’t review the judgment of the NCAA,” Bradford said. “That’s what they really want.”

The impact of ‘pay-for-play’
The justices will hear the case just days before the Final Four takes place in Indianapolis, the culmination of the annual men’s basketball tournament, which is the NCAA’s biggest moneymaker. The event generates more than $800 million for the organization, accounting for more than 70 percent of the NCAA’s annual revenue.

The nine-figure returns underscore how much the economic landscape has changed since the Board of Regents case, as money has flowed into the NCAA, conferences, schools and coaches’ bank accounts while athletes still receive little more than cost-of-attendance scholarships. The NCAA says there’s a fine line between amateur and professional sports and that its product is diminished and less popular among fans if athletes are compensated.

“Once you start letting athletes get more than a full cost of attendance — and the only reason they’re getting these things is because they’re athletes — it really starts looking like pay-for-play,” Mitten said, “and they start looking more like minor league athletes.”

The NCAA, in its briefs, says the lower courts have “improperly redefined amateurism.” The organization argues that Wilken, who presided over both the Alston and O’Bannon cases, has “adopted an alternative tailored to her newly invented conception of amateurism, a conception that has no basis in reality.”
-remember too, other coverage pointed to in this earlier post :here in which Emmert said no basis in reality of Title IX in higher ed employee relationships?
it goes on:

While some feel the NCAA might have appealed at this time because it hopes a pro-business court might be amenable to its position, others say the NCAA needed to stem the tide of legal challenges and shore up its authority.
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Appealing to the Supreme Court, though, amounted to a major gamble by the NCAA, Balsam said. The NCAA runs the risk of seeing its mostly reliable Board of Regents opinion rendered moot and eclipsed by an updated ruling, weakening its standing in future challenges.

Whatever the Supreme Court decides, it won’t end the debate on paying college athletes as much as it will provide some legal guidance as state and federal governments continue to wrestle with a legal framework. As Elmore said, “Alston is not going to resolve all of the complicated issues in big-time college sports.”

see in full https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/04/02/ncaa-vs-alston-supreme-court-oral-arguments/
Its a reminder of questions that come up on Title IX.  And a reminder of how press coverage can appear to conflate a board of regents into one entity of regents -or  conflate regents with Justices...Regents as Justices-they rule? Are the Board of Regents a Court? What is a 'Board of Regents Ruling' - are their votes"rulings"  -or just majority board votes? --and which board of regents rules other regents? Read this WaPo article and see if you can make the distincitions. Its part of what goes on with Title IX case handling where the courts allow Regents to try to create terms, framework as they go through interative process to try to add in things like due process etc - in stuff some folks call something like extra judicial proceedings or alternative court proceedings. Can leave one wondering which- regents rulings or regents votes- decide it all... Maybe SCOTUS wants to clarify.
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you can watch the UC Regents Health Committee meeting here:

https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/april2021/april2021.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn3yBWnh8wk

updated agenda here: https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/april21.html
Earlier: Upcoming- there is this University of California Regents committee meeting: "Health Services Committee-April 6, 2021" https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/april21/hs.pdf Open Session H1 Discussion Update of the COVID-19 Impact on the University of California: UC Health Issues H2 Discussion Speaker Series – Community Partnerships: Healthy Davis Together, Davis Campus and Vaccination Superstation atPETCO Park, San Diego Campus H3 Discussion Community Ties: UC Health Report on Affiliation Impacts H4 Discussion Existing State of Health Benefit Plans H5 Discussion Strategic Plan and Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget For UC Health Division, Office of the President Closed Sesson https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/april21/hsx.pdf H6(X) Information UC Health Litigation Update
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Biden expands from approx 75,000 helped to about 800,000 see:
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/politics/student-loans-collections-pause-biden/index.html

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Rock the FAFSA, Rock the FAFSA- the students don't like it ?

They say the FAFSA submissions are down significantly. with 9% drop in FAFSA completion rates across the country.

"Aid Application Data Portend Dip in Low-Income, Minority Students
Number of high school seniors completing U.S. financial aid form drops 10 percent; current students renew at healthy rates. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds seem disproportionately affected"
https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2021/02/16/data-financial-aid-applications-portend-drop-low-income-minority

There is a sense that folks might be waiting til the last minute - is it still true that earlier applications get greater amounts of grants aid? Or was that just a myth?

Virginia was mentioned in a stub article quick take AP put out - so its been picked up widely by local press there:
"State offers students free help applying for financial aid"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/state-offers-students-free-help-applying-for-financial-aid/2021/03/22/f6393e02-8b21-11eb-a33e-da28941cb9ac_story.html
but that's just Virginia --what about other states, or support services for underrepresented groups-- are they doing anything similar to help? 
Or, is everyone in a state of feeling that 'these are the times of taking a gap year' sentiments?

Now see :
"Fewer than 2 in 5 high school grads have applied for college financial aid so far"
https://news.yahoo.com/fewer-2-5-high-school-000146896.html

and note:
"Education Department: Colleges Can Use Stimulus Funds To Cancel Some Student Debt"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamminsky/2021/03/19/education-department-colleges-can-use-stimulus-funds-to-cancel-some-student-debt/?sh=130e63e533b6

See  also this US News piece from last year
"How to Get FAFSA Completion Help During COVID-19
High schools and colleges have adapted to offer virtual financial aid support and resources to students during the coronavirus pandemic."
https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/how-to-get-fafsa-completion-help-during-coronavirus
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then see this other reporting from NBC news and some add'l coverage on the topic that might well explain the wariness:

"Parent Plus loans are burying families in college debt
“I feel like I’m stuck in it until I die,” a Nevada father says of the debt he and his wife owe after helping their children pay for college."
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/parent-plus-loans-are-burying-families-college-debt-n1125391

"Inside college merit aid — and the manipulative, lucrative system that keeps it running
Schools ask families to jump through several application hoops just to put themselves in the running to write some of the biggest checks they’ll ever write."
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/inside-college-merit-aid-manipulative-lucrative-system-keeps-it-running-ncna1256800

cnbc offers this:
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/27/how-to-negotiate-more-college-aid-for-the-fall.html

and wealthy or upper mid class parents approach in this,
https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/wealthy-parents-giving-up-guardianship-of-kids-to-qualify-for-financial-aid-reports-64921669581
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Betsy did 12 minute reviews and that could have had some effect as well:
"Borrowers Rejected For Student Loan Cancellation In Only 12 Minutes"
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/business/student-loan-forgiveness-betsy-devos.html
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"Biden will cancel $1 billion in student debt for defrauded borrowers"
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/23/politics/student-loan-forgiveness-biden-administration/index.html
"The change will deliver full loan forgiveness to 73,000 people"
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and since we're into $1 billion see:
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/usc-agrees-1-1-billion-settlement-hundreds-women-alleging-abuse-n1262075
just a bit more costly than UC PATH...
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and those who noted this:
"The billionaire Trump Cabinet member reaped nine figures during her four years in office, a watchdog group revealed."
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/betsy-devos-education-secretary-outside-income_n_6059ba48c5b66a80f4ea7dd1
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"Progressives escalate fight over Education Department student loan office - POLITICO"
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/15/progressives-education-department-student-loan-fight-476154
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And here, since we re-posted recently an archive of a Birgeneau piece expressing his view then on what's been called  'Free College',  
 an archive now of CChrist's view:
-she doesn't yet state in this that 'free college is false and dangerous"- that was a quote from her later  on that idea-- but in it she is  claiming her position of: "Variable pricing is the right principle. From each according to his ability; to each according to his need." 
see:
"Higher education: Should college be free for all?
Carol Christ, Chancellor | May 23, 2015 "
https://blogs.berkeley.edu/2015/05/23/higher-education/
"Should college be free for all? Bernie Sanders thinks so. So did John Adams. “The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people, and must be willing to bear the expense of it,” Adams argued. That belief motivated the establishment of land grant colleges, in the 1862 Morrill Act, “to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life.”

Sanders has proposed a 21st-century equivalent to the Morrill Act, introducing legislation to eliminate undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities; the cost would be financed by a tax on financial transactions. The tax would provide two thirds of the cost; the states would need to match with the remaining third. The proposed legislation contains other provisions as well: that student-loan interest be reduced and that tenured or tenure-track faculty provide 75 percent of the instruction in colleges and universities receiving funds.

At the base of the debate about the cost of college is the question whether college is a private or a public benefit. The answer is clearly both. A college degree increases lifetime earnings substantially — by about $1,000,000 — and provides better and more employment opportunities. But individuals are not the only ones who profit from college; the nation, and the states that compose it, benefit from a more skilled and educated workforce and the social mobility inherent within it. Education, in today’s world, is the path to the American dream.

Colleges currently operate on a system of variable pricing. They discount their tuition for significant numbers of students. In addition, Pell grants — the federal grants for needy students — provide additional subsidies. Forty percent of undergraduate students at the University of California at Berkeley pay no tuition; 65 percent receive some form of financial aid. However, those students whose families are judged to have sufficient resources to pay tuition, are so charged.

Sanders’ proposed legislation carries the greatest benefit for this top 35 percent; despite its populist rhetoric, it would make the biggest difference for those families earning more than $140,000 a year, who don’t qualify for financial aid.

Yet a far higher percentage of students from upper income brackets than those in lower income brackets attend college, despite state and federal investment in financial aid. Seventy-seven percent of adults from families in the top income quartile earn a bachelor’s degree by 24; 9 percent from the bottom quartile. Does this stark difference come from the cost of tuition? The answer is much more complex, involving K-12 preparation, lack of information about college and about financial aid, and the concentration of needy students in those colleges — community colleges and for-profits — with the poorest graduation rates.

We need more public investment in higher education, but free public college tuition for all is not the best use for such funding. We need programs that help students succeed who come to college with less preparation; we need more investment in the community colleges where such students tend to begin post-secondary education; we need more transparency in pricing and financial aid; and we need to discourage the use of financial dollars on merit aid for the wealthy.

Variable pricing is the right principle. From each according to his ability; to each according to his need."

Friday, March 26, 2021

UC Berkeley and Mills Team Up -Against UC Berkeley and Mills?

Still unanswered, is as mentioned here earlier, the question of why a few months ago the CChrist Administration at UC Berkeley and UCOP withdrew their financial support of ISSI program and its location at Cal as they were in years long task force collaboration with Mills on planning, why would that be?
$300,000 withheld from ISSI in order to disband it, relocate it...

Also, it looks like some Mills numbers are mentioned in some coverage:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2021/03/17/mills-college-to-end-new-admissions-after-this-fall-and-stop-offering-four-year-degrees-in-2023/?sh=547778c6578e
According to reporting in the East Bay Times, Mills College was facing a $3 million deficit against its approximately $50 million annual budget. Back in 2017, it had been forced to declare a financial emergency when it faced a $9 million deficit that led to faculty and staff layoffs. And like many small, private colleges, it was bucking strong enrollment head winds in recent years, made all the worse by the pandemic.

SF Chron: "New Mills College surprise: 200 Cal freshmen will live there next year"
https://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/New-Mills-College-surprise-200-UC-Berkeley-16054565.ph
includes:
..." Mills, one of just 37 women’s colleges left in the country, according to the 2021 Collegewise Guide to Women’s Colleges. They plan to protest at 4 p.m. Friday at the school.

On the Facebook page Save Mills, with 1,600 members, students and alumnae had mixed reactions to news that UC Berkeley students will flood the campus. Some saw it as way to help Mills survive. But others quickly calculated the effect of 200 UC Berkeley students on the Mills campus of just 609 undergraduates.

“Students are attending Mills to be surrounded by women, and those that identify as such,” one woman posted. “We need to move fast!”"...
"Hillman said in her letter that the visiting students will have separate classes and residence halls, “but there will be opportunities for Mills and UC Berkeley students to interact through co-curricular activities.”
..." will include courses on education, labor and humanism, followed by internships at Oakland companies and nonprofits. UC Berkeley will hire the instructors."...
"Mills enrollment has dropped by more than 20% since 2018, to 609 undergraduates. Graduate enrollment fell by 28%, to 352 students.

Yet Mills began losing enrollment only in 2014, college records show. A year earlier, with 1,595 students — 917 undergraduates and and 625 graduate students — enrollment was the highest since at least 1990. It remains unclear why enrollment declined every year since then after years of increases."
--begs the question of if they are trying to blame everything on covid? -and - why does the leadership who fell into dismal numbers get to decide the future, construct the planning decisions going forward for both Mills and UC Berkeley?
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KTVU gets into the adjunct labor and staff concerns: 65% adjunct faculty
https://www.ktvu.com/news/mills-college-supporters-demand-board-reverses-decision-to-close-school
includes:
"Alums and unionized workers at the College are calling for transparency from the administration around institutional finances and decision-making," Kate Robinson Beckwith, a staff union organizer, said in a statement. "If Mills College were to collapse, the effects would be catastrophic to our students and workforce, putting staff and faculty at risk of losing their livelihoods and shuttering a school that serves women, people of color, resuming adult learners, and the transgender student community at much higher rates than other higher ed institutions."
..."Students have not been provided with a clear pathway on how to complete their education or receive the degrees their tuition dollars are paying for," staff union bargaining team member Kalie Caetano and  a digital communications manager at Mills, said in a statement. "Neither the staff nor the faculty—over 65 percent of whom are adjuncts—have been provided with any guarantee or incentive for work retention over the course of this ‘transition’." 

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EastBay Times gets  into what happens with music dept archive at Mills:
"Mills College: Is game-changing music department in jeopardy?"
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2021/03/26/mills-college-is-game-changing-music-department-in-jeopardy/
- there's been a music department at UC Berkeley in a very 'desirable location'  part of campus 
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once again,
so see

 Cal space decisions moves being made during Covid while lots of folks are not on campus:

"UC Berkeley declined to speak to KQED on Monday afternoon, and announced it was withdrawing its proposal to close S/SEAL later that evening." see in:
"South and Southeast Asian Studies Community at UC Berkeley Celebrate, School Won’t Close Library"
https://www.kqed.org/news/11865879/south-and-southeast-asian-studies-community-at-uc-berkeley-celebrate-school-wont-close-library

Varsano, the department chair, showed deep concern about the message S/SEAL's closure would send to the Asian community during a time when there have been increasing reports anti-Asian racism and violence against the AAPI community.

"There's this terrible irony that while the campus absolutely seems to be behind these values [of diversity, equity and inclusion], that they would actually eliminate one of the rare spaces that serves this community both intellectually and culturally," Varsano said.

Last Wednesday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ released a letter in support of the Asian American community and condemning the shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, that left eight people dead, six of whom were Asian women.

Varsano, and many others, wrote letters to administrators, library officials and the Chancellor, asking they reconsider the closure.

Dismantling the S/SEAL would be "reinforcing the logic that's behind a lot of the the violence and discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans in this country" both in the present and in the past, said Trent Walker, an alum of UC Berkeley, where he earned a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies and now teaches at Stanford University.
for Cal the Mills move is mostly about relocating and space...

Thursday, March 25, 2021

UC Berkeley now announces new one-year residential program at Mills College

  um, said in an immediate prior post that CChrist and Hillman needed to start making clear any plans because narratives are being formed...

now we have
this just out:
"Berkeley launches one-year residential program at Mills College"
https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/03/25/berkeley-launches-one-year-residential-program-at-mills-college/
some excerpt:
Mills College will be the site of UC Berkeley’s first one-year residential program for 200 first-year students starting in fall 2021

--through UC Berkeley Extension, which runs FPF 
-- the announcement features pictures of male students and in the press coverage of the Mills closure/transition to non degree institute - some of the coverage and response has noted the students who fought against admissions of male students, so?? Why is Cal featuring male student photos in the announcement?

also in the announcement is this: "Another fall program, Berkeley Global Edge in London, a one-semester international experience for newly admitted students, began in 2015, but was suspended in 2020, and will be suspended again in fall 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2019 London cohort had 90 students.

Mills College has a current student body of just over 960; UC Berkeley Changemaker in Oakland will also be a small group — 150 incoming students from the College of Letters and Science and 50 from the Rausser College of Natural Resources.

Berkeley’s new program has an ideal location at Mills College, said Chinyere Oparah, provost and dean of the faculty at Mills."
..."We see ourselves in a relationship with Oakland — as a partner, not as an institution where we’re there to rescue or save anyone: " (like?)..."with our working group of Berkeley faculty and programmers" (programmers? for online?)
[Adding this in here:

 In re-reading the UC Berkeley - Mills announcement on plans designed by a "task force", it came to mind that in Fall Winter 2020, a few months ago, announcement that ISSI was being deconstructed and parceled out to different parts of Cal campus --and over a thousand, including several senior faculty who said they were surprised by the plan for closing ISSI, signed a petition asking CChrist to stop her plan for ISSI -- and now it is clear that CChrist and UC Berkeley admin were in talks at that same time with the provost at Mills about the UC Berkeley-Mills program announced today. Is/was the plan all along to move ISSI to Mills? Its strange so many were left out of the discussion esp because apparently that Mills Faculty provost spoke at UC Berkeley ISSI events, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awZtAKcdNy0

- its a helluva way to treat the host of your talk...or, was ISSI leadership in the loop and when?
All the headlines throughout Fall Winter over ISSI and CChrist was talking to Mills during that entire time was ISSI in anyway part of the planning on Cal-Mills?
The bad headlines come at a cost for Cal in terms of impressions on future applicants etc when they read:
"UC Berkeley students, faculty, alumni fight closing of Institute for the Study of Societal Issues"
https://www.dailycal.org/2020/10/21/uc-berkeley-students-faculty-alumni-fight-closing-of-institute-for-the-study-of-societal-issues/

"UC Berkeley shutting down rare pipeline for doctorates of color. Its supporters are fighting back"
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-shutting-down-rare-pipeline-for-15828740.php

and 
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=411773755549053&story_fbid=3536293363097061

"Cal reverses plan to disband institute that has supported students of color"
https://www.ktvu.com/news/cal-reverses-plan-to-disband-institute-that-has-supported-students-of-color

"Berkeley Social-Justice Institute to Be Shuttered, but Not Without a Fight
Petitioners say its closure shows a lack of commitment to marginalized communities"
https://www.chronicle.com/article/berkeley-social-justice-institute-to-be-shuttered-but-not-without-a-fight
]
Today' announcement on Mills goes on:
...
Unlike FPF, UC Berkeley Changemaker in Oakland will be residential, with Berkeley students living in Mills College residence halls in single occupancy rooms; they also can choose to have a Berkeley roommate. They will have their own instructors with academic appointments through UC Berkeley Extension, each vetted by Berkeley academic departments and the Academic Senate. The students’ academic adviser will be from the Berkeley campus...
If they wish, the first-year Berkeley`students at Mills can take one course on the Berkeley campus each semester...

-- and Both Mills and UC Berkeley have failed within the region to highlight  to gen public these prior connections and perhaps that is why Mills is in the state it is in right now- but that may be by design to get to this point?? But is the Mills community onboard with this: 
"The new Berkeley program at Mills is open to all first-year Berkeley students, not just self-identified women or people who are gender nonbinary." - cuz that means: men.

Berkeley Haas also has had Mills Fast Track Business Programs that allow Berkeley students and alumni to earn a Master of Management degree from Mills in as little as one semester or a Master of Business Administration in as little as two semesters."
"Berkeley has been in conversation with Mills College on a plan for a program on the Mills campus, in part because it would enable Berkeley to enroll more students when it doesn’t have room for them on the main campus,"...
..."“Even with the Fall Program for Freshmen and Global Edge London, we still are overrun in our freshman gateway courses, and there just aren’t enough classrooms; London came up to create more capacity for freshmen,” he said. “By creating this cohort program at Mills, we will be able to educate 200 freshmen for a year, without overtaxing the main campus. The impact is lighter for sophomore year.”

The FPF program was created in the ‘80s, when Berkeley offered spring semester admission to a group of students who were filling seats that otherwise would be empty because some students leave after fall semester and others graduate. These so-called spring admits “needed an academic home” in the fall, said Nagappan, “so Extension created FPF.”"...
..."Russo added that the new program at Mills College is ideal “for a family that wants their student on a campus with less density, for a student who wants a single room instead of a double at the same cost, for a student who hoped to attend a liberal arts college but wasn’t offered admission to it, and a student who is really interested in the Berkeley Changemaker curriculum, which is meant to connect with many majors.”"...--which majors?

"Students in UC Berkelely Changemaker in Oakland will take an online Summer Sessions course from July 6 to Aug. 13 called “The Berkeley Changemaker.” They’ll meet other incoming Berkeley students from around the world and be introduced to 22 of the campus’s most distinguished faculty members, from 16 departments and schools across Berkeley’s campus, who will share how they think about change-making and leadership, and how they put those skills into action.

Guest faculty will include Chancellor Carol Christ,
-so there's some of the CChrist positioning...
 U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen ...

-Yellen is gonna bring that huge entourage to Mills -
à la memories of Mnuchin at UCLA and the issues of that too or its gonna be online?

it goes on:
and nine Distinguished Teaching Award winners at Berkeley."..."Berkeley “decided very deliberately to lean into Oakland as a place and a site for this program,” he said, “We have lots of ambitions and initial ideas for this freshman program, and we’ve had lots of conversations with Mills’ faculty and leadership.”

The connection between the two schools originated “with our past president, Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, who believed strongly in public-private partnerships in higher education and started the Berkeley-Mills Task Force,” said Opharah. “This new program really is a natural building on that rich partnership of creativity and mobilizing strengths.”"
- see in full: https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/03/25/berkeley-launches-one-year-residential-program-at-mills-college/
initial thoughts:
--One additional aspect not spoken to in the announcement is that it is being run through UC Berkeley Extension. So, it now raises the years long issue of 'campaign for fee waivers for UC staff' who want UC to pay their tuition for attending UC to complete degrees.-- Currently UC Berkeley admin offer staff discounted rates and some free UC Berkeley Extension courses. Now it raises the question of why can't staff be included in the above w/ discounted or free tuition/fee waiver agreements as well? And wouldn't that extend to UC systemwide also since Mills and Cal have online courses etc.? Certainly, UCOP employees would also want to partake since they get their training many times at Cal as well. And the UC Regents had to approve all the above at some point right?

In the above  there is :"Koshland agreed that the intellectual strength of the Mills College community and the network it has built over time with Oakland’s artists, activists and educators “will add to the richness of Berkeley students’ experience in this new residential program.”"

It does not explain  who or what a "Koshland" is but the piece is likely referring to :
https://vcue.berkeley.edu/about/catherine-p-koshland
Who is a very learned and kind person but who in the last few years has struggled to fully communicate  list off the tenets of new initiatives on instruction of undergrads and during one campus conversation tried in several remarks to say that it really isn't all that bad in terms of financial and other stressors on students. Then CChrist came out with what sounded  like back track comments and with new initiatives and CChrist new comments about how Cal was just learning there are some inequities and added challenges for students of color at middle class level and lower mid class poor, as well as  transfer students  etc...

And Koshland as in Koshland-Hellman is also a thing as well- what's been a juggernaut of power and influence at UC...
OK, so let's now cover the tie in of the Koshland-Hellman group of influence at UC and at Mills: 
which we did not get into in earlier post on Mills 
Two families outta SF history of what's coined 'societal influence'- some reportage at Berleyside can get deep into the details..
Heck, having a li'l fun  Cal and Mills-they could rename some of the buildings, degrees  : Lehmanns or  Hardly Strictly  or Bluegrass or  Crucible or  Dunsmuir?
Lets go full Koshland Hellman -or naw not really Let's just allude to some of it from the 2000s --the aughts decade
... first for Mills, see a bon vivant and patriarch who was a donor to both UC and Mills and is missed now at each new annual Hardly Strictly music festival he started:
"In memory of Warren Hellman"
January 21, 2012
http://www.thecampanil.com/in-memory-of-warren-hellman/
"She said Hellman would boast, “Look at what my Mills women gave me.”"
Now UC..
- There is some mention of the extended family and affiliates who continue to serve on the board there at Mills and that influence has also been at Cal's California Hall and UCOP headquarters...
When Drake mentioned in earlier days of his UCOP presidency former President Atkinson it can appear to some as signal of a return to the time of Atkinson's appointment and promotion of Dynes and Birgeneau at UCSD and Cal and then led to UCOP...which extends also to some earlier history at Bell Labs...
And, there are members of the family who continue to have influence, positions at Cal. In the early aughts they had very open connection on a relationship chart to recruitment of at least one chancellor position and one UC president postion --along with some personal relationships that influenced career positons for some lower on the rungs of UCOP and UCSD leadership in the intervening years. Some of the details based out of UCSD and Cal and UCOP resulted in scandal or fraught headlines in newspapers and got swept up in other unfortunate situations at individual UC campuses like Davis and UCSC. -Some of the other details at other campuses didn't. Even to this day there are some programs where it can appear to those familiar with the history that there are influences involved in vendor picks for things like contracted out services of set aside minority staff leadership programs that are separate from other established mainstream leadership programs for staff etc which can perhaps continue a trickle of the rumor mill of the early and mid 2000's/ aughts and perhaps prove somewhat demoralizing for staff and even students who observed it. But most folks who know those details  opted out of UC awhile back, right? Perhaps b/c they were sitting in meetings where staff and student workers were openly discussing it as part of decision making. For Title IX complainants some of the details can be triggering or dissuade folks from believing in UC support programs like what is now called Path to Care at Cal etc.  Dunno if those types of scenarios play out at Mills as well  - but at Mills it would be esp. ironic...
Raise this here also  b/c there was a section of the KQED Forum interview, that still lingers in the mind, where the host lamented with Mills' Hillman that there are so many Bay Area billionaires who could easily just resolve Mills' problems, comments from both to that effect-- but be careful what Higher Ed wishes for on billionaire donations because they can come with influence peddling sometimes-- And also remember that Cal struggles with budgets every year now it seems-- even pre-pandemic, and loads of high rollers/ whales donate to UC. It still is not enough.

Also, from Fall 2020 there was this:
"Mills students anticipate an expanded partnership with UC Berkeley in the future"
October 19, 2020
http://www.thecampanil.com/mills-students-expect-a-merge-with-uc-berkeley-in-the-near-future/

"“Earlier this year, motivated by a mutual desire to build on the strengths of each institution for the benefit of our students, faculty, and staff, we began conversations to consider deepening Mills’ long-standing partnership with UC Berkeley,” President Hillman said via email. “While our discussions are preliminary and remain in early stages, our vision is to sustain the socially driven mission of Mills College and enable UC Berkeley to serve more California undergraduate students.”

Students remained on mute during the entirety of the town hall and were asked to send questions ahead of time to Dr. Martin or utilize the Zoom chat function. The majority of the questions students asked were related to seeking clarity about “deepening” the relationship with UC Berkeley, what changes they could expect in the near future, and why this decision is being made.

In 2017, UC Berkeley and Mills established a partnership to aid both institutions with challenges they were facing: Mills has enrollment issues while UC Berkeley struggles with capacity issues. In this partnership, Mills students were able to cross-register for certain courses, and access study abroad and internship programs at UC Berkeley. Students at UC Berkeley would also have access to housing on-campus as well as accelerated graduate programs."
The logistical details of academic and admission changes due to a merge with UC Berkeley have not yet been defined.

“Our academic leaders from both Mills and UC Berkeley are in conversation about the potential for a stronger integration between our campuses. And as these discussions between Mills and UC Berkeley continue, we’ll probably have a much clearer picture of what those academic programs might look like and what potential opportunities would be there for Mills students, faculty and staff,” Dr. Oparah said during the town hall. “So I’ve sort of seen a lot of questions that are very much like ‘What exactly is happening?’ and ‘When is it happening?’ And I wish I had clearer answers for you that gave those kinds of details. President Hillman really wanted to give you an advance notice of things that are underway, conversations that are happening. It’s not something that’s been finalized at this point. There’s no firm timeline on these discussions. No dates are set.”

UC Berkeley is a co-ed university with a student population of over 40,000 compared to the 961 students at Mills. One of the most favorable aspects of the liberal arts college is it’s 8:1 student to professor ratio, with classes averaging eleven students. Undergraduate students are concerned about a great change in their campus life with the entry of new professors who are not familiar with the unique community created at Mills and co-ed student admission, especially co-ed housing.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Outsourced away from UC?- by the President of the UC Regents?

see:

"Gavin Newsom feared a vaccine nightmare. So he outsourced California’s rollout."
https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2021/03/22/why-newsom-isnt-counting-on-his-own-government-to-manage-vaccine-rollout-1368548
includes:
One nagging concern is how Blue Shield will use and retain the personal information it collects as part of the effort. Reports that Blue Shield sought patient data from the University of California, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, has raised concerns, but Markovich has stressed repeatedly that the company is contractually forbidden from using the information for its own business purposes.

“That stuff is gold,” said Andrew Noymer, a professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine, of personal health information, earlier this month. “Everybody wants to know about your health data.” He said the only personal health data Blue Shield should need is “how many arms have been stuck.” 

Brian Metzker, who tracks information technology projects for California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, said the state’s contract with Blue Shield goes well beyond any other IT agreements he’s seen with the state because it gives Blue Shield power over vaccine distribution as well as the delivery process. It requires the company to work with the counties and providers to get them on board.

Metzker acknowledged the systems weren’t up to snuff, but said that the state, after the testing snafus, had worked swiftly to revamp its infectious disease reporting and vaccine management systems, setting up contracts to create and expand capacity within weeks.

“All these systems were there and had been used before, but not scaled to receive the amount the data and test results associated with Covid. And they certainly weren’t set up to receive the volume of data we are now receiving,” Metzker said.

Newsom's move to privatize has won him rare praise from the other side of the aisle. Assemblymember ...(R-...) described ongoing negotiations between Blue Shield and local governments as "the way the private sector and government ought to act."

..., an outspoken critic of the state's IT problems, said the plan helps fill in some key weaknesses for the state — namely its technology and speed."

--and then another  R pol says that Newsom understandable to do it when one looks at what is at stake. 
But what about the president of the UC Regents role part of it?
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The tartan tie guy- with connections to former UC leadership like Napolitano and Brown on climate change initiatives etc.   
offering himself as an alternative:

'The one-time presidential candidate says he opposes the recall effort. The poll suggests he’s thinking about being the fallback option if it succeeds.'
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/23/steyer-newsom-recall-alternative-477735