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Friday, September 17, 2021

Agenda UC Regents Meeting, September 28-30, 2021

 "Notice of Regents Meeting, September 28-30, 2021"

https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/sept21.html

-many items to note some of it in bold emphasis added below-

September 28-30, 2021

Tuesday, September 28

2:00 pm
	
Board (open session - includes public comment session) 

2:30 pm
	
Investments Committee (open session) 

Agenda – Open Session  
 
 Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of May 11, 2021  

I1 Discussion Review of Fiscal Year 2020–21 Performance of UC Pension, Endowment, Retirement Savings Program, Blue and Gold Pool and Working Capital 

4:00 pm
	
National Laboratories Committee (open session) 

Agenda – Open Session   Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 20, 2021    

N1   Discussion State of the Laboratory: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Wednesday, September 29

8:30 am
	
Board (open session - includes public comment session) 
Agenda – Open Session    
Public Comment Period (20 minutes)
Remarks of the Chair of the Board  
Remarks of the President of the University  
Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate 


Concurrent Meetings

9:30 am
	
Academic and Student Affairs Committee (open session)

Agenda – Open Session 
 
 Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 21, 2021 

 A1 Discussion Update on Student Basic Needs at the University of California  

 A2 Discussion State Budget Allocations of Interest to the Academic and Student 
Affairs Committee  

 A3 Discussion Accountability Sub-Report on Diversity: Systemwide Summary of 
UC Students, Faculty and Staff Representation and Outcomes   

A4 Discussion Financial Aid Outreach, Communication, and Processing   

 A5 Discussion The ASSIST Program: An Intersegmental Partnership Facilitating 
Transfer

9:30 am
	Finance and Capital Strategies Committee (closed session)

Agenda – Closed Session 
 Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 21, 2021     

F1(X)   Action  Approval of Business Terms for Option to Ground Lease and      Ground Lease for People’s Park Permanent Supportive      Housing, Berkeley Campus  
Closed Session Statute Citations:  Acquisition or disposition of property [Education Code §92032(b)(6)]  Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)] 


Upon end of closed
	Finance and Capital Strategies Committee (open session)

Agenda – Open Session  Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 21, 2021    

F2  Action  Consent Agenda:  
 A.2 Preliminary Plans Funding, Neuropsychiatric Replacement 
Hospital, UCLA Health, Los Angeles Campus 
 B.3 Preliminary Plans Funding, UCSF Benioff Children’s 
Hospital Oakland Master Facilities Plan Phase 2 Including 

New Hospital Pavilion, San Francisco Campus  

F3  Action  Budget, Scope, and External Financing, Student Housing and Open   Space Components; and Design, All Components, Following  Action Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act,      Housing Project #2, Berkeley Campus  

F4  Action  2021 Long Range Development Plan Following Action Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, Santa Cruz Campus 


F5  Action  Budget, External Financing, and Design Following Action      Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, Hillcrest      Outpatient Pavilion and Parking Structure, San Diego Campus   

F6  Action  Amendment to University of California 2020-21 Budget for State      Capital Improvements and Approval of University of California      2022-23 Budget for State Capital Improvements    

F7  Discussion University of California Debt Portfolio Overview  

F8  Discussion Preliminary Discussion of the University’s 2022-23 Operating Budget    

F9  Discussion Update on the University’s Seismic Safety Program


1:00 pm
	Special Committee on Nominations (closed session)

Agenda – Closed Session 
 
S1X Action Appointment of Two Regents to Standing Committees 

Concurrent Meetings

1:30 pm
	Public Engagement and Development Committee (open session)

Agenda – Open Session 
 
 Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 21, 2021 

  P1 Discussion Conversation with State Senator Robert Hertzberg    

P2 Discussion UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources: Engaging 
Communities to Build Wildfire Resiliency


1:30 pm
	Compliance and Audit Committee (closed session) 
Agenda – Closed Session  Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of July 21, 2021 

 C1(X)   Discussion Update on the Pension Administration Project   
Closed Session Statute Citations:  Personnel matters [Education Code 
§92032(b)(7)] and Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)] 
 

C2(X)   Action  Recommended Settlement for Board Action   Pharmacogenomics Testing – Proposed Settlement – Government 
Investigation – UC San Diego Health   
Closed Session Statute Citation:  Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)] 
 

C3(X)   Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates  1. AKELLA v. REGENTS OF UNIVERSITY OF 
CALIFORNIA – Judgment for Petitioner Akella Reversed; 
Final  Judgement  Entered  –  Academic  Senate  Bylaw  336  
Discipline – Santa Cruz
 
---on this some history on this case, see: 
"Statement on UC Regents session on faculty dismissal
November 19, 2020'
https://news.ucsc.edu/2020/11/faculty-regents.html

followed by 27 more items see link there

3:30 pm 	Governance Committee (closed session)

Agenda – Closed Session  Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of June 23, 2021 and July 
20, 2021   
 
G1(X)   Discussion Incentive Compensation Using Non-State Funds for Fiscal Year      2020-21 for Chief Investment Officer and Vice President –      Investments and Discussion of Performance of Certain      Employees in the Office of the Chief Investment Officer   
Closed Session Statute Citation:  Personnel matters  [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]  

G2(X)   Discussion Appointment and Compensation for Vice Chancellor – Research,      Berkeley Campus 
 Closed Session Statute Citation:  Personnel matters  [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]  


G3(X)   Discussion Update on Article 5 – Contracting Out and Regents Policy 5402      Compliance  
Closed Session Statute Citation:  Personnel matters  [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]  


G4(X)   Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters  
  Closed Session Statute Citation:  Collective bargaining matters      [Government Code §3596(d)]


Upon end of closed 	Governance Committee (open session) 

Agenda – Open Session 
 
 Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of June 23, 2021 and July 
20, 2021  

G1 Action Approval of Incentive Compensation Using Non-State Funds for 
Fiscal Year 2020-21 for Chief Investment Officer and Vice 
President – Investments, as Discussed in Closed Session    

G2 Action Approval of Appointment and Compensation for Vice Chancellor – 
Research, Berkeley Campus, as Discussed in Closed Session    

G5  Action Amendment of Regents Policy 1302: Public Access to Meetings and 
Public Comment   

G6 Discussion Dates for Regents Meetings for 2023 

Thursday, September 30

8:30 am
	
Board (open session - includes public comment
session) 

Agenda – Open Session 
 
Public Comment Period (20 minutes)

  Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of June 23, 2021, July 20, 21, and 22, 2021  Remarks from Student Associations  

B1 Discussion Fall Campus Opening Plans  

B2 Discussion A Roadmap for Higher Education After the Pandemic: Report of the 
Recovery with Equity Task Force   

B3 Discussion Creating a Comprehensive Plan on UC Capacity    

B4 Discussion Update of COVID-19 Impact on the University of California: UC Health 
Issues  

B5 Action Proposed Sanction for Violation of Regents Policy 2201 by A Regent 

--see also : "Regents Policy 2201: Policy on University of California Admissions Practices and on Participation of Regents and Elected Officials in Individual Admissions Decisions "
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/2201.html
and headlines from that time like:
"US Sen. Feinstein’s Husband Named In UC Admissions Scandal"
https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/09/24/sen-feinsteins-husband-named-in-uc-admissions-scandal/


Committee Reports Including Approvals of Recommendations from Committees:  
 Academic and Student Affairs Committee  
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee  
Governance Committee  
Health Services Committee (meeting of August 18, 2021) 
 Investments Committee  
National Laboratories Committee 
 Public Engagement and Development Committee  
Special Committee on Innovation Transfer and Entrepreneurship (meeting of August 19,  2021)  
Special Committee on Nominations 
 Officers’ and President’s Reports:  
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings  

Upon end of open 	
Board (closed session) 

 
  Agenda – Closed Session  Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of June 23 and 29, 2021 and 
July 22, 2021  
Committee Reports Including Approval of Recommendations from Committees:   Compliance and Audit Committee 
 
Closed Session Statute Citations: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]  Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)] 
 
 Finance and Capital Strategies Committee 
   Closed Session Statute Citations: Acquisition or disposition of property [Education Code §92032(b)(6)]    Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)] 
 
 Governance Committee 
 
Closed Session Statute Citations: Personnel matters  [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]    Collective bargaining matters      [Government Code §3596(d)]  
 Health Services Committee (meeting of August 18, 2021) 
 
  Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]  
 
B6X  Discussion Follow Up Discussion of Performance Goals and Objectives –      President of the University
- a continuation of that topic also discussed in closed session at  UC Regents meeting/retreat from earlier this month

Officers’ and President’s Reports: 
Personnel Matters Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Actions  
 Closed Session Statute Citations:  Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]  
 Acquisition or disposition of property [Education Code §92032(b)(6)]  Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)] 
 
 Security matters [Government Code §11126(c)(18) and Education Code §92032(b)(1)]

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

some President of the UC Regents Recall Election Must Reads- and other things

 See:

first consider UC Berkeley's poll interplay with another poll and how polling and elections are discussed here:

"Newsom recall: How one poll changed the campaign | CalMatters"
https://calmatters.org/politics/2021/09/newsom-recall-poll-campaign/
see sections on:
..."First, there was a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll on July 27, which showed that likely voters were just about evenly split on whether or not Gov. Gavin Newsom deserves to keep his job. 

A few days later came an even more alarming set of figures from SurveyUSA"..."The widely monitored poll average at FiveThirtyEight snapped from the “no” on recall campaign leading by 7 percentage points to a tie. "...

In summary

The early August survey suggested Gov. Gavin Newsom would get ousted — and scared Democrats and progressives into ramping up their efforts. ...

The panic started to set in for California Democrats in the last week of July.

First, there was a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll on July 27, which showed that likely voters were just about evenly split on whether or not Gov. Gavin Newsom deserves to keep his job. 

A few days later came an even more alarming set of figures from SurveyUSA: A majority of likely voters, 51%, wanted to fire Newsom, compared to a mere 40% who did not. It came at a pivotal moment in the chaotic recall, just hours before the first televised debate. And it showed the power of polls — not just to offer a snapshot of the race, but to shape it.    

This one poll upended the conventional wisdom that pundits and political consultants had been spouting for months: The Democratic governor of the reliably Democratic state had little reason to fear the Sept. 14 recall. “Shock poll shows Gavin Newsom losing recall vote by double digits,” read one headline. The widely monitored poll average at FiveThirtyEight snapped from the “no” on recall campaign leading by 7 percentage points to a tie. With a relative scarcity of large statewide polls, that single survey “kind of swung the numbers a lot,” polling guru Nate Silver said in a podcast last week.

For California Democrats, the prospect of Newsom succumbing to a conservative-led recall campaign was the stuff of nightmares.   

But it was also exactly what Newsom and the “no” campaign needed to rouse liberal-leaning voters. They immediately blasted out the bad news like a statistical bat signal for apathetic Democrats.   

“This recall is close,” read the fundraising email to supporters on Aug. 5, the day after the SurveyUSA poll was released. “Close enough to start thinking about what it’d be like if we had a Republican Governor in California. Sorry to put the thought in your head, but it’s true.”

Only maybe it wasn’t.

In its next poll, released at the end of August, SurveyUSA issued a mea culpa in a memo addendum that said the prior poll may have misworded a question and inadvertently inflated the “yes” on recall numbers. "...

and then UC thoughts in it:
“There are two ways in which the polls, potentially, not only reflected but shaped the campaign: One was through this creation of crisis, which motivated Gavin Newsom’s donors, his political allies and his base,” said UC San Diego political scientist Thad Kousser."
"“The second and perhaps more important thing was the polls over the past month have made it clear that Larry Elder would be the next governor, if the recall is successful. Since then Gavin Newsom seems to be gaining ground. Those two facts are not unrelated.”"
...
"A contrarian story’

UCLA political scientist and public opinion researcher Matt Barreto is happy to knock other pollsters for their work on the recall (“It was conducted by drunk clowns,” he said of an August Emerson College survey that showed a close race). 

But he also said the media deserves some blame for mischaracterizing the state of the race earlier in the summer. 

“People in your industry don’t put any effort into it,” he told CalMatters. “A really poor quality poll comes out…and you think, ‘This is a contrarian story, let’s start repeating this!’ Instead, people should have looked at it and laughed it out of their news feed.”"...

-- And, these polls getting mixed together in the narrative,

" The Berkeley poll also takes into account a voter’s reported interest in the race and their past history of participation. The Public Policy Institute of California, another prominent pollster" ..."The new UC Berkeley poll, which found the recall trailing by double digits, looked like a return to “normal” California politics, pollster Mark DiCamillo said in a panel discussion on Friday. "...

https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/09/10/newsom-opens-solid-lead-in-california-recall-says-new-berkeley-igs-poll/

--But not everyone follows nuance of panel discussion - when coverage signals polls being viewed as  props or instruments to game for turnout: 

"Though Republicans, and therefore “yes” voters, are more likely to vote in person on Tuesday, as they did in November 2020, “the recall needs a big red shift,” said Political Data vice president Paul Mitchell. “At some point this becomes a math problem….A high-turnout election ensures that Newsom beats this.”

Not that the Newsom campaign is taking anything for granted. The California Democratic Party tweeted Friday: “Ignore the polls.” After all, it knows as well as anyone what happens when voters begin to take the polls seriously."

- and so getting tangled up in that  - is that a good look for Cal research?
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"California recall 2021: Three ways the election could go | CalMatters"
https://calmatters.org/politics/2021/09/california-recall-election-day-scenarios/

"How The California Recall Became A Real Threat To Democratic Power | HuffPost"
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gavin-newsom-california-recall-real-threat-democrats_n_613fd807e4b09519c508721a
this, as well, is going to have to be looked at as 2022 sets things rolling all over again:
..."The ambivalence of Latino voters toward Newsom has been a particular source of concern and confusion for Democrats. A little over a month ago, an Emerson College poll showed that Latinos were the only racial group in which a narrow majority of voters are supportive of the recall. 

Those numbers have shifted dramatically in just a few weeks with a new Emerson poll conducted on Friday and Saturday showing two-thirds of Latinos opposed to the recall. "...

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there is this coverage of :
"“The University was required to either recognize the petitioned-for unit, or deny recognition based on the reasons enumerated under PERB Regulation 51080(d)(3),” PERB wrote. “Because the University failed to recognize the petitioned-for unit, PERB must treat the University’s September 2, 2021, response as a denial of recognition pursuant to PERB Regulation 51080(d).”  Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP labels itself “one of California’s top management-side labor and employment law firms.”  The firm’s website recently lauded “union avoidance” but has since changed wording.  In emails with a UC spokesperson prior to Sept. 2, the university did not verify that it was working with the firm.  The next step available to Student Researchers United is to petition for a PERB investigation, which must be filed within 90 days of the university’s response.  The researchers first filed for recognition May 24, and the unit spans all UC campuses and 17,000 student researchers."
  PERB rules University of CA rejected researchers union - Santa Barbara News-Press
https://newspress.com/perb-rules-university-of-ca-rejected-researchers-union/

this other thing is about that  opt outs  move on one UC campus apparently??:
https://www.law.com/therecorder/2021/09/13/hanson-bridgett-leonard-carder-defend-university-of-california-president-in-proposed-class-action-over-alleged-union-resignation-barriers/?slreturn=20210813230429
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UCOP grabbing at rankings games coverage: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-scores-top-spots-us-news-world-report-s-2022-university-rankings

UCLA and US News etc: https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-5-years-no-1-public-university-us-news-world-report-2022

As here earlier  pointed to on his first part of this series -here now is the second part of a series, and it sticks to focusing on the UCs again, see:
"Opinion | Why the SAT May be the Best Option - The Case Against ‘Excellence’ at Universities- The New York Times"
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/13/opinion/SAT-universities-admissions.html

also there's : https://blogs.berkeley.edu/2021/09/13/why-uc-berkeley-not-harvard-is-americas-top-college/

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Recall it that way?

 More coverage of :

"FTX.US exchange gets naming rights to Berkeley stadium as crypto, NCAA football collide"
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ftx-exchange-gets-naming-rights-to-berkeley-stadium-as-crypto-college-sports-collide-151852734.html
- some of it is' local color spin' of an alum made the deal to help Cal out, but also in other news coverage elsewhere there is the other angle of some or one of UC Regent Guber's Warriors players have also 'mainstreamed' the affiliation in signing on also with the same outlet recently as well. But the 'relevant- to- topics- at- Janet- Napolitano's- former- DC- big- job' serious questions persist as noted in earlier pieces- wonder what she thinks of the deal?...

SI gets into it a bit more:
"Welcome to Cal's FTX Field, a Naming-Rights Deal Funded by Cryptocurrency
Former Golden Bears walk-on football player is the Chief Operating Officer of the company partnering with Cal on landmark 10-year deal"
https://www.si.com/college/cal/news/cal-field-naming-rights
includes:
"There is one significant asterisk to the claim that the sponsorship will be paid fully in cryptocurrency.  In an answer to one of the Frequently Asked Questions, Cal's release stated this:

    Will Cal accept cryptocurrency given this new agreement?

    While LEARFIELD will accept full payment from FTX in cryptocurrency, Cal Athletics is not yet at that point, but will work with FTX to determine the best path forward. Crypto is being accepted in more locations around the country, and Cal will consider how it can introduce it when the time is right."
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in other parts of higher ed:
"74% of colleges are facing financial challenges, according to a new survey of higher ed professionals"
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/25/74percent-of-colleges-face-financial-challenges-according-to-survey-of-higher-ed-workers.html

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The latest coverage below on the Mills NE U deal seems to really signal how much the CChrist Cal administration deal/negotiation with Mills leadership was not part of trustee discussions at all?? - Was the Cal admin trying to do it like their Under Armour no formal contract arrangement that led to a mess? Or what? Is Cal making any attempt to develop something to present to Mills trustees if, see below, their trustees decide they want to have more options to vote on? Or, is UC out of it completely by choice?

on Mills and its 'not UC Berkeley deal?!' now there is :

Sept3
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2021/09/03/mills-acquisition-vote-postponed-again

in Aug:

"Judge Puts Another Pause on Mills College Merger, Allows Financial Document Review"
https://www.kqed.org/news/11885304/judge-puts-another-pause-on-mills-college-merger-allows-financial-document-review

"A House Divided
The Alumnae Association of Mills College has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a lawsuit against the women’s college that many alumnae don’t support."
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/08/18/mills-college-alumnae-are-split-over-lawsuit

-- the coverage should not use the term "many" since their alumni are not fully counted on their sentiments either way - other than the poll mentioned , small sample size or not.

"New delay of planned Mills College merger may not save historic Oakland women's school"
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/New-delay-of-planned-Mills-College-merger-may-not-16393686.php
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"Why SAT Test Prep Doesn’t Help Who You Might Think It Helps - Opinion-The New York Times'
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/opinion/sat-standardized-tests-ucs.html

"UC Berkeley and California Residents - WSJ"
https://www.wsj.com/articles/university-california-uc-berkeley-in-state-out-of-state-tuition-college-admissions-11630945211
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Back in the Gray Davis recall election then-- a UCSD student  ran using money he won on "Wheel of Fortune." - his key issue was fees/tuition. In the present day he, as an alum, says it would be the issue of free speech. But in state resident tuition back in 2003 was about $4000., now it is triple to quadruple that and out of state and int'l tuition and other costs so much more.  Back then, he received <1% of the vote,  just making it into the top third of candidates, like #39, then. 

For some good local, accurate, historical coverage of it then and now (rather than what is at times the really bad to lousy 24 hr cable news attempts to cover it), see :

https://abc7news.com/gray-davis-recall-arnold-schwarzenegger-california-governor-gavin-newsom/10488037/
and
https://abc7news.com/governor-newsom-recall-update-gavin-california-election-why-is-being-recalled/11012834/

-anecdotally -- maybe, instead of paying attention to just polls, pay attention to what percentage of the vote has come in 'in early voting' and also pay attention to where on the ballot 'Question 1' appears when printed, some who are trying to 'vote no and go' have commented that Question 1 is put close to the instructions and on the seam/fold on the front page. 
Also, note SF Chron article and links in this article for more info on  : 
 
"Why won't all write-in votes count in California's recall election?"
https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Why-won-t-all-write-in-votes-count-in-16434938.php  

-lots of facets to pay attention to.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Sept 9- University of California Regents 'State of the UC' Meeting , rankings games again; Drake comments on creation of new UC campus..

 

 

https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/sept921.html

 https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/sept2021/sept92021.html Forbes in recent days has many, many thoughts and rankings on Cal and the University of California , including on the topic of UCOP's Drake's salary which also, conveniently, is a topic in the public comment and UC Regents agenda items today, and Drake references the Forbes coverage in his opening address -and Drake comments on creation of new UC campus.- so see:






Tuesday, September 7, 2021

UC Berkeley's Chancellor is like Kim K on the issue? -and other things.

We covered this issue earlier with regard to the widely panned fundraiser involving a couple of recent UC Berkeley Nobels and the same sort of fin. instrument used in that --now, in direct branding it concerns Cal's Memorial Stadium,

First, now see:

"Cancel the Memorial Stadium naming rights deal"
https://www.dailycal.org/2021/09/03/cancel-the-memorial-stadium-naming-rights-deal/

then compare it with this:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-06/kardashian-s-instagram-crypto-plug-irks-u-k-finance-watchdog?srnd=premium
Carol's got bad FOMO, too?
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/07/investing/kim-kardashian-crypto-regulators/index.html
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and btw the UC Berkeley Under Armour conclusion is still unknown, recall:

https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2020/08/18/cal-calls-under-armour-effort-to-end-deal-improper.html

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/08/18/details-emerge-in-under-armours-legal-dispute-with-cal-and-they-stretch-the-imagination/
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at UCSD they are addressing a problem in this manner, when that travel-leisure sector is in need of numbers- but it raises questions around computing sec and other policies  if students are based from there as opposed to dorms promised right?:
https://ucsdguardian.org/2021/09/05/four-marriott-hotel-locations-to-offer-ucsd-students-housing/
-similar articles coming out about UCSB as well...
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"UC rejects one-third of student researchers union - Santa Barbara News-Press"
https://newspress.com/uc-rejects-one-third-of-student-researchers-union/
"Student Researchers United sent a survey to researchers to ask about working conditions. And 60% of respondents indicated that they had witnessed workplace discrimination or harassment.

They would like workplace protections, a guaranteed minimum wage and benefits such as parental leave.

But UC says it can’t provide these perks for fellows and trainees.

“The union has no standing to negotiate for wages, terms and conditions of employment and the like for the non-GSRs (fellows and trainees) as they are often governed by specific compensation terms from the respective grants and fellowships over which the union and the University have no control,” the letter says.

Student Researchers United is waiting for PERB to facilitate the next steps.

Members are spreading a digital petition at actionnetwork.org/petitions/recognize-sru-uaw-now, hoping to get UC administrators’ attention."
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Its a mix of Ultron / Jarvis / David B. / Tony S. ?? Or Wanda's -or that high melisma hit by Mimi or -Not.
Higher Ed Labor Summit Vision Platform – The Council of UC Faculty Associations
https://cucfa.org/2021/07/higher-ed-labor-vision-platform/

Don't forget the Regents meeting this week Sept 9th on the same thing and in relation to UC leadership
"the open session visions" vs "the closed sessions visions" here:
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/sept921.html

Saturday, September 4, 2021

The UC-Higher Education- Labor Day Podcast to listen to and other things..


https://ucbfa.org/podcast/

- a conversation with Professor Wendy Brown, it runs about 38 minutes yet gets into so many facets we've covered here in detail and in fits and starts. Brown has a mastery of it and explains it all well for those new to the subject matter.
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then,
check out this UC Berkeley Campus Conversations talk and see how it resonates:

https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/08/27/taking-changemaking-beyond-the-classroom/
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links on news from this week:
Cal #1 on THE rankings:
https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/09/01/uc-berkeley-no-1-u-s-public-8th-best-globally-in-times-higher-ed-rankings/
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on research, notably there's:
https://abc7news.com/mask-study-reduce-covid-spread-stanford-university-medicine/10993703/
--
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/how-much-wildfire-smoke-infiltrating-our-homes
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on a UC faculty member response to UC research:
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article253941803.html
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former UCOP's Napolitano comes up in the 'UCOP boss has UC chancellors sign dinner napkin compacts at Chez P'  history mentioned - in this :
https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/08/31/chez-panisse-turns-50-alice-waters-on-restaurant-re-opening-new-institute-and-book/
--but Napolitano, who acoording to various press releases etc has joined a high number of new private boards while transitioning to a fulltime or 'only slightly back from paid sabbatical' (?)  UC Berkeley faculty member position with a new research center just getting off the ground, -- she's pretty silent right now about all the latest news that is relevant to her research center and more...
btw,
Where's the VP? -no, not a UC one- Sayin' nada? Just l'il tweets are suffice, why?

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

"University of California endowment returns nearly 34%" and Unclear - A September 9th UC Regents Meeting announced.

Infinity, beyond, unclear. see:

https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/sept21/board-september-9.pdf
and
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/
-The regents will be meeting on September 9th, off schedule of set board meetings held bi-monthly- which is scheduled at the very end of the month: Sept 28-30. So, this is another 'special session' like in June?. It reads like a full board session -there is nothing noting which UC Regents committee is holding the meeting or which regent committee chair will preside. Yet the secretary of the regents says it is a committee meeting but there is no usual pro forma list of specific regents committee members of specific committee at the bottom of the agenda . It will have public comment and open session followed by closed session. It is also about performance evaluations reviews of top UC leadership, including UCOP's Drake --and on the topic of Vision for the UC (but with or without an infinity stone, and do they even matter?)  Unclear on the committee with ultimate oversight of this meeting-so can't they confirm full board or which committee/s?
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"University of California endowment returns nearly 34%"
https://www.pionline.com/endowments-and-foundations/university-california-endowment-returns-nearly-34

"Endowments Post Highest Returns Since 1986

Wealthiest colleges and universities post strongest returns, which analysts say will widen the gap between higher education’s haves and have-nots."

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/08/04/endowments-post-strong-returns-fiscal-2021-early-data-show
--other pieces recently on the issue of higher ed endowments recently at Bloomberg, USC on campus paper, and Newsweek 
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"UC Berkeley graduate student researchers hold rally for union recognition"
https://www.dailycal.org/2021/08/30/uc-berkeley-graduate-student-researchers-hold-rally-for-union-recognition/
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"UCSB External Vice President of Statewide Affairs Named President of UC Student Association"
https://dailynexus.com/2021-08-31/ucsb-external-vice-president-of-statewide-affairs-named-president-of-uc-student-association/
-the first UCSB student to hold the title since the 1980s.
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scaled down?
https://www.berkeleyside.org/2021/08/25/uc-berkeley-student-housing-peoples-park
and,
https://slate.com/business/2021/08/judge-rules-uc-berkeley-must-freeze-enrollment-under-environmental-regulation.html
"In the meantime, UC–Davis law professor Chris Elmendorf told me, the case has raised all sorts of worrisome legal questions. Some will mostly keep college provosts up at night. Is every decision to admit a student something that has to be analyzed under the CEQA if a UC goes over its target? Are new faculty subject to environmental review?"