Monday, August 12, 2019

UC and Tuition and Masters Programs...

First see:

"California public college grads have billions in student loan debt – but it could be worse

..."According to the Public Policy Institute of California, which crunched the federal numbers, 42 percent of 2015 and 2016 grads who received bachelor degrees from the public university system had federal student loan debt, compared to 53 percent in the rest of the United States."

"And 40 percent of doctoral students in the California public university system had debt versus 50 percent in the other 49 states."

"The difference is even more stark at the community college level: just 6 percent of Californians who received associate’s degrees in 2015 and 2016 took on debt, nearly five times less than the national rate of 29 percent.

The average amount of debt U.C. and Cal State grads reported was also lower at all degree levels, except for those obtaining a master’s degree."...

"The picture is notably different for graduates of private universities in California. Just over half of students who received undergraduate degrees from private nonprofit institutions in 2015 and 2016 had some student loan debt, roughly the same as the national rate. And the average debt was nearly identical: $23,600 for the California students versus $23,700 for those in the rest of the country.

Californians who obtained advanced degrees — master’s, doctoral and professional degrees, like a J.D. or M.D. — from private nonprofit universities in the state reported significantly more debt than those outside the state.

Graduates of for-profit universities in California also had comparable levels of debt as students nationwide, except for professional degree holders, who incurred almost $100,000 less in debt than their counterparts elsewhere.

As the Public Policy Institute of California observed, “High demand for many graduate professional programs coupled with expectations of earnings premiums account for both the higher tuition and students’ willingness to take on debt.”

See the two reports the article references as well
"New Federal Data Sheds Light on Student Debt in California"

 Institute for College Access and Success :

--At UC Regents meetings some chancellors have made comments abouts the wonders of masters degrees as revenue streams...

What is UC approach, mission statement on UC and costs of masters programs? Just all about revenue stream for UC?

On masters,  @cnewf pointed to  this CHE article recently :
Aug 7
"UCalif has been spawning for-profit masters like mad, with low low net returns in the projections I’ve seen. Not surprised 2U is cutting back. 
So should public Us"

As Competition Mounts, 2U Signals Big Changes for Online Education - The Chronicle of Higher Education

And Remaking has this new guest post up  about robots replacing profs, or not:
The Automated University


UC put out these two items today:

"UC campuses named America's best value colleges"

"UC statement on final rule regarding “public charge”

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Cal Chancellor Statement on UC Berkeley Becoming Unranked


Chancellor Carol Christ and Paul Alivisatos, executive vice chancellor and provost, issued the following message on Wednesday, Au
gust 7, 2019 as "An update on the recent news about U.S. News and World Report rankings":

Dear Members of the Berkeley campus community,

As you are likely aware, U.S. News and World Report has decided to “unrank” the campus for its 2019 rankings report because of Berkeley’s inadvertent misreporting of data related to alumni giving. To summarize: Berkeley, on our own, uncovered an unfortunate oversight on our part after a change in the ranking methodology. We then, without delay, reported the oversight to the publication, provided the corrected alumni giving data, and accepted responsibility for the error, as well as the consequence.

What follows is our public statement on the matter:

    UC Berkeley recently discovered an issue with the reporting of its alumni giving rate to U.S. News for the purposes of institutional ranking. As soon as we were aware of the matter, we reported it to U.S. News and provided corrected data. From our research it appears that beginning in 2014 U.S. News required universities to report only cash donations (rather than cash donations plus multi-year pledges) as submitted to the nationally-recognized Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) Survey. The then-new change in methodology was apparently overlooked, as we continued using the previously existing U.S. News reporting guidelines. We regret the oversight and look forward to working with U.S. News regarding any additional steps that need to be taken.

This issue should have no effect on the ranking of graduate programs.

U.S. News “unranked” Berkeley from the 2019 list. The 2020 rankings, however, will be published in September 2019. We have submitted corrected data and certified it to U.S. News as accurate, and therefore anticipate being back in the rankings in a couple of months.

Though part of the rankings methodology, the incorrectly reported alumni giving data is most certainly not a measure of the academic quality at UC Berkeley.

Carol Christ

Paul Alivisatos
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

"Loss of ranking impacts campus pride, reputation
Though UC Berkeley still remains a highly esteemed college, its current unranked status is disheartening"

Friday, August 9, 2019

New UC Regent Appointed, New CA Gov moves on Higher Ed: Council for Post-Secondary Education, Higher Education Appointments


Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Council for Post-Secondary Education, Higher Education Appointments

Published: Aug 09, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Continuing his commitment to strengthen California’s systems of higher education and partner with its leaders, Governor Gavin Newsom announced today the formation of the Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education. The Council will serve as an independent consultative resource to the Governor around the economic and social impact of higher education in the state. They will examine issues relating to future capacity, enrollment planning, community college transfers, general education and coordination at the state and regional levels, and make recommendations to the Governor for action. In addition to this Council, the Governor has convened – and will continue to engage – higher education advocates and stakeholders to advise him on issues relating to student access, affordability and success.

“The university and community college systems in the state operate in silos,” said Governor Newsom. “To develop best practices and help our students reach their full potential, we need to work together across institutions. I look forward to working with our state’s higher education leaders to set bold statewide goals and partnering together to achieve them.”

    Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
    Timothy White, Chancellor, California State University
    Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
    Kristen Soares, President, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
    Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Linda Darling-Hammond, President, California State Board of Education
    Allan Zaremberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, CalChamber
    Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, California Labor Federation
    Lenny Mendonca, Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor
    Keely Bosler, Director, California Department of Finance
    Lande Ajose, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor

The Governor also announced several appointees to higher education boards:

Janet Reilly, 55, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Reilly has been co-founder and president of the Board of Directors for Clinic by the Bay since 2008. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to be director of The Presidio Trust from 2015 to 2018. Reilly was director of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District from 2003 to 2015, where she was president of the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012. She was executive producer and on-air television host of The Mix with Janet Reilly for NBC Bay Area – KNTV from 2014 to 2015, a trustee of the Golden Gate Transit Amalgamated Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans from 2010 to 2015 and director of public relations for Mervyn’s Department Stores from 1997 to 2001. Reilly was a district representative for Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan from 1993 to 1995 and an on-air television reporter and anchor for KGWN-TV from 1990 to 1992. She is an advisory board member of the Walt Disney Family Museum and the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at USF, and a board member of the Dignity Health Foundation and the local governing board of the Seton Medical Center. Reilly earned a Master of Science degree in journalism from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Reilly is a Democrat.

Denise Bradley-Tyson, 60, of Pleasanton, has been appointed to the University of California, Hastings College of the Law Board of Directors. Bradley-Tyson has been founder and chief executive officer of Inspired Lux Inc. since 2015 and principal consultant at Denise Bradley Consulting since 2007. She led the opening on the Museum of the African Diaspora, where she was executive director from 2005 to 2007. She is a member of Links Incorporated, the Harvard Alumni Association and the Stanford Alumni Association. Bradley-Tyson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Bradley-Tyson is a Democrat.

Albert “Chip” Zecher, 54, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the University of California, Hastings College of the Law Board of Directors. Zecher has been general counsel of Intevac Inc. since 2013. He was director of compliance at Comtech Xicom Technology from 2008 to 2013. Zecher was civil litigation partner at Pond North LLP from 2002 to 2006 and litigation associate at the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies from 1995 to 2002. Zecher is chair of the Board of Trustees of the Harker School. Zecher earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Zecher is a Democrat.

Napolitano has thoughts on the council:

--and there is already some opposition to the lack of bipartisan representation on the new council cropping up in various corners...
there also was:

UC ordered to pay $1.5 million to former UCLA employee in workplace hostility case

Behind UC’s ‘admission by exception’ side door: sports, money, diversity — and secrecy

Includes highlights like:

"The Varsity Blues college scandal has drawn attention to UC "admissions by exception." Some are athletes, some homeschoolers, some out-of-staters — and at most campuses, they're cloaked in secrecy. "
Documents and interviews with admissions officers show UC’s nine undergraduate campuses are using the policy in very different ways — ways that some campuses prefer to keep secret, even after an internal UC audit urged more transparency. 

    Most campuses said they had no documentation of how many students are admitted by exception, and just one provided records of total numbers and demographics. 

In response to a public records request from CalMatters, for instance, most campuses said they had no documentation of how many students are admitted by exception each year. At least one campus exceeded the 6% cap in 2018.

Just one campus—UCLA—provided records outlining the total numbers and demographics of students admitted under the policy, while two others—UC Santa Cruz and UC Riverside—verbally detailed how they select the exceptional admits.

Together, the three campuses offer a glimpse of how admissions by exception works and how campuses use it to their advantage. Perhaps best known as a tool for athletic recruitment, the policy also helps campuses open access to non-traditional students, and even shore up their bottom lines.

UCLA Admissions by Exception
The campus admitted 132 students by exception in 2018. 

High-School GPA
89% athletes and others with special talents
19% first-generation students


UC Riverside: Homeschooler advantage


UC Santa Cruz: Out-of-staters — and tuition


On basic data, ‘surprising’ secrecy


"Whatever their reasons, some UC campuses are clearly reluctant to share data on admissions by exception. Four months after CalMatters sent public records requests to each of the nine undergraduate campuses seeking information about the number and demographics of students admitted under the policy, only UCLA has provided any documents. UC Riverside and UC Santa Cruz made admissions staff available for interviews.

The other six campuses either failed to respond or said they did not have records that answered any of our questions — even the most basic one about how many students were admitted by exception last year.

When CalMatters followed up, pointing out that UC’s own internal audit was examining that question, some campuses agreed to look into our request — but had yet to provide any documents by deadline.

More details could emerge when the university conducts a second internal audit of its admissions over the next six months, followed by an independent state study requested by the Legislature. 

Assemblymember Tasha Boerner-Horvath, the San Diego Democrat who asked for the state audit, said she found campuses’ lack of documentation “very surprising.”

“It’s a more subjective admissions process than the rest of admissions,” she said. “Is that something that can be theoretically abused? Yes. Are they doing enough due diligence to ensure it’s not being misused?”"
-See article in full.

Also there was:

Former UC Graduate Student Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Regents, Claiming Lack of Due Process in Title IX Proceedings

-in addition to University of California facing novel Title IX class actions, consider this as well:

..."Longford Capital has announced it is the financial backer of a spate of patent infringement complaints filed against major retailers on behalf of the University of California at Santa Barbara in an unusual instance of a litigation funder going public with its role in a suit.

The university on Tuesday "...


and throw in Elsevier here:

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Title IX ball of tangled confusion slows Higher Ed Act Reauthorization and not likely to be resolved by SCOTUS


A split in two federal appeals courts opinions could set up a court challenge at the highest level and give clarity on due process in campus sexual violence cases.

Title IX a Sticking Point in Talks Over New Higher Ed Law

Resolving differences over sexual assault procedures, including requirements for live hearings, emerges as one of the biggest challenges for negotiating a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

A group of eight senators is working to tackle one of the most contentious issues in higher education—when and how colleges need to respond to

Sunday, August 4, 2019

UC Regents Health Services Committee, August 13, more

UC Regents Health Services Committee, August 13, 2019

Agenda – Open Session

ActionApproval of the Minutes of the Meeting of June 11, 2019

 H1 Discussion  Remarks of the Executive Vice President – UC Health, and Follow-Up to Discussion on a Clinical Quality and Safety Working Group

H2 Action  Approval of 2019 Benchmarking Framework/Market Reference Zones f or Non-State-Funded UC Health Positions  in t he Senior Management Group

H3 Discussion University of California Efforts to Improve Diversity in the Health Professions

H4 Discussion  Estimated Funding Needs for University of California Student  Mental Health Services through Fiscal Year 2024-2025 

H5  Discussion  UC Health Transition Update

H6  Discussion  Three-Year Agenda Planning for the Health Services Committee

H7  Information   Clinical Quality Dashboard for University of California Medical Centers

H8  Information     Health System Transactions Approved by the Health Services  Committee for Fiscal Years 2016-2019

Agenda Closed session

ActionApproval of the Minutes of the Meetings of May 16 and June 11,  2019 

H9(X)  Information UC Health Litigation Update


For some weekend news,

this at UC Berkeley on CRISPR via:

"The documents filed Tuesday by UC Berkeley claim that — “in pattern of deception” — Zhang and other Broad scientists presented “cherry-picked data” and “materially misstated facts” in order to prove an earlier date of invention.

“Broad withheld or misrepresented material information with the intent to deceive the Office, in order to secure allowance of the involved patents,” the UC Berkeley lawyers stated in their list of intended motions.

The documents cited a 2015 email sent to Doudna from Shuailiang Lin, one of Zhang’s former lab members.

“My lab notebooks, emails and other files like dropbox or gel pictures recorded every step of the lab's failure process. I am willing to give more details and records if you are interested or whoever is interested to clear the truth,” Lin wrote, according to the document.

The Broad Institute wrote in a statement on its website that UC Berkeley’s claims are “baseless” and do not supplant the lack of “any actual evidence of UC’s work in eukaryotic cells.”

“The UC repeats its previous false claim around an email from a student with an expiring visa who emailed Dr. Doudna seeking a job and promising information. The student was hired by the UC system within days. The email was inaccurate and contrary to all records,” the statement read.

The Broad added that UC Berkeley’s choice of tactics was “deeply unfortunate.”

“It is time for all institutions to move beyond litigation and instead work together to ensure wide, open access to this transformative technology,” the statement concluded.

Both the Broad Institute and UC Berkeley have licensed CRISPR-related patents to for-profit companies. After the patent office’s 2017 decision, Editas — the Broad Institute’s commercial surrogate and primary licensee of CRISPR — went up in value from $765 million to $1 billion, according to Forbes. A patent for CRISPR-Cas9 is valued at approximately $265 million.



 this coverage of IX at UCLA very perplexing for how it does not mention UC Title IX offices in any of it:- just as reminder : the first UC Systemwide  Title IX Officer was appointed in January 2017- that person was the existing UCLA Title IX officer at UCLA, so...

and this on Title IX at UC and CSU :

LA Times on early stages of : "Students accused of sexual harassment sue California universities "

Thursday, August 1, 2019

this UC systemwide audit just approved

and is a CA audit not far behind?
But, UCOP is going to only audit programs with federal funds when concerns over foreign funds is the real concern? and other questions, see:
this news came out yesterday:
"U of California System to audit campuses for foreign influence 'risk'
- see links in that article for addl details.

and  for some background earlier: