Wednesday, January 22, 2020

UC Regents Meeting Agenda January 21-23 -UPDATED After the Regents trashed their agenda.

UC Regents Meeting Agenda January 21-23
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/jan20.html
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/jan2020/jan2020.html

at: https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/
January 21-23, 2020

Tuesday, January 21

2:00 pm
Investments Committee (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/invest.pdf


Location: Fisher Banquet Room
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period
Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 17, 2019

I-1  Discussion Update on Asset Classes and Investment Products

Investments Committee Membership: Regents Anguiano, Blum, Cohen, Elliott, Leib, Makarechian, Park, and Sherman (Chair), Simmons, Um (Vice Chair), Zettel; Ex officiomembers Pérez, Napolitano, and Newsom; Chancellors Hawgood, Khosla, and Wilcox; Advisory members Bhavnani, and Zager; Staff Advisor Klimow
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5:00 pm
Special Committee on Basic Needs (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/basic-needs.pdf
Location: Fisher Banquet Room


Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 12, 2019

S1 Discussion Approaches to Supporting the Basic Needs of Parenting Students

S2 Discussion Pre-College Basic Needs Outreach and Preparation

S3 DiscussionUpdate on Exploring Housing Insecurity Among University of California Students

Committee membership:  Regents Butler, Cohen, Leib, Park, Simmons, Thurmond, Um, Weddle (Chair); Ex officio members Pérez, Newsom, and Napolitano; Chancellor May; Advisory members Bhavnani, Muwwakkil, and Stegura

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Wednesday, January 22


8:30 am
 
Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/board-1.22.pdf
Location: Robertson Auditorium

Agenda – Open Session

Public Comment Period

Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 13, 2019

Remarks of the Chair of the BoardRemarks of the President of the University

Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate

B1 Discussion Strategic Campus Overview, Merced and Riverside Campuses

B2 Action Approval of University of California Tuition and Fee Plan

After the Board session above ran 3 hours ++ over schedule the regents then reconfigured the agenda in unclear terms, ways. They broke off into Acad and Fin Cap committees- but unclear on the others so check those-- also unclear is the agenda for tomorrow- no clear statements were made to the public about the new schedule and agenda for tomorrow, Thursday seesion.
And many of the committee video links were disabled and then updated to new links - they have now been updated below as well.
BTW if this meeting could be characterized or given a one word title it would be : Theater
-even Napolitano called it ..."rich"

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Concurrent Meetings

12:30 pm
 
Academic and Student Affairs Committee (open session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/acad-student.pdf
Location: Fisher Banquet Room


Agenda – Open Session

Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 13, 2019

A1 Discussion Exploring the Freshman Pipeline to the University of California

A2 Discussion Graduate Education and the California Economy

A3 Action Approval of Revised Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition Schedules for Six Graduate Professional Degree Programs and Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition for Four Graduate Professional Degree Programs

Committee membership:  Regents Anguiano (Chair), Butler (Vice Chair), Elliott, Kieffer, Lansing, Ortiz Oakley, Reilly, Rendon, Sures, Weddle, and Zettel; Ex officio members Pérez, Newsom, Napolitano, and Thurmond; Chancellors Block, Larive, May, Wilcox, and Yang, Interim Chancellor Brostrom; Advisory members Stegura and Gauvain; Staff Advisor Klimow

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12:30 pm
 
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee (closed session) (pdf)

https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/finx.pdf
Location: Robertson Auditorium

Agenda – Closed Session 

Action Approval of the minutes of November 13, 2019

F1(X) Action  Consent Agenda  
A. Acceptance of Gift of Real Property; Delegation of Authority to the President of the University Regarding Authority Over Operating and Management Decisions; Approval of Indemnification Clauses, Intersection Donation, Berkeley Campus  

B. Approval of Ground Lease Amendment for Biological and Environmental Program Integration Center on Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Main Campus in Berkeley *of interest to the National Laboratories Committee

C. Amendment of Lease for Marina Aquatic Center, Los Angeles Campus

Closed Session Statute Citation:  Acquisition or disposition of property[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]

F2X  Action   Approval of Delegations for Participation in a Joint Venture for a Donor Developed Student Housing Project, Santa Barbara Campus

Closed Session Statute Citation:  Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]

F3X  Discussion  Potential Litigation Related to Eminent Domain Action, Hillcrest Medical Center, San Diego CampusClosed Session Statute Citation:  Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

F4X  Action  Acquisition of a Mixed-Use Apartment Complex and External  Financing, Los Angeles Campus

Closed Session Statute Citation:  Acquisition or disposition of property[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]

F5X  Action  Potential Claims and Amendment of the Budget and Approval of External Financing, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences  Building, San Francisco CampusClosed Session Statute Citation:  Acquisition or disposition of property

[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]; Closed Session Statute Citation:  Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

Committee membership:  Regents Blum, Cohen, Estolano, Kounalakis, Leib, Makarechian (Chair), Park (Vice Chair), Rendon, Sherman, Simmons, and Um; Ex officio members Pérez, Napolitano, and Newsom; Chancellors Christ, Gillman, Hawgood, and Khosla; Advisory members Bhavnani,  Mart, and Muwwakkil

Upon end of Finance closed
 
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee (open session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/fin.pdf
Location: Robertson Auditorium


Agenda – Open Session

Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 13, 2019  

F6  Action Consent

A. Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, College of Chemistry Expansion Building, Berkeley Campus

B. Approval of Preliminary Plans Funding, School of Medicine Education Building II, Riverside Campus

C. Conforming Amendments to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 Budgets for State Capital Improvements 

D. Approval of Design Following Action Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, Biological and Environmental Program Integration Center Project, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

F7  Action Authorization to Adopt Resolution of Necessity for Proceedings in Eminent Domain Action Hillcrest Medical Center, San Diego Campus

F8  Discussion Update on the University’s Seismic Safety Program

F9  Discussion Integrated Capital Asset Management Program

F10  Discussion Irvine Campus Medical Complex and Amendment of Scope and Budget, Center for Child Health/Medical Office Building, Irvine Campus

F11  Discussion People’s Park Housing, Berkeley Campus

F12  Information Gateway Student Housing Project, Berkeley Campus

F13  Information Mission Bay East Campus Phase 2 (Block 34) Clinical Building and Parking Garage, San Francisco Campus

F14  Information Overview of UCPath Benefits 

Committee membership:  Regents Blum, Cohen, Estolano, Kounalakis, Leib, Makarechian (Chair), Park (Vice Chair), Rendon, Sherman, Simmons, and Um; Ex officio members Pérez, Napolitano, and Newsom; Chancellors Christ, Gillman, Hawgood, and Khosla; Advisory members Bhavnani, Mart, and Muwwakkil; Staff Advisor Jeffrey
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4:00 pm
Governance Committee (closed session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/govx.pdf
Location: Robertson Auditorium
Upon end of Governance closed
 Closed Session Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 13, 2019  

G1X Discussion  Market-Based Salary Adjustment for Catherine Koshland as Vice Chancellor – Undergraduate Education, Berkeley Campus  Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel Matters[Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

G2X Discussion Market-Based Salary Adjustment for Virginia Steel as University Librarian, Los  Angeles CampusClosed Session Statute Citation: Personnel Matters[Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

G3X Discussion Retroactive Approval of Payment of Temporary Housing Costs for Drew Calandrella, Former Interim Vice Chancellor – Student  Affairs, San Diego Campus

Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel Matters[Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

G4X Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters

Closed Session Statute Citation:  Collective bargaining matters  [Government Code §3596(d)]

G5X Discussion Update on Conflict of Interest Policies and EnforcementClosed Session Statute Citation: Personnel Matters

[Education Code §92032(b)(7)]; Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]
Committee membership:  Regents Anguiano, Elliott, Estolano (Vice Chair), Kieffer, Lansing, Leib, Makarechian, Napolitano, Newsom, Pérez (Chair), Sherman, and Zettel

Governance Committee (open session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/gov.pdf
At the conclusion of the closed session -adding in here a :*note the "approval" already listed below prior to vote in closed session*--
Location: Robertson AuditoriumUCSF–Mission Bay Conference Center1675 Owens Street, San Francisco Agenda – Open Session Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 13, 2019

G1 Action Approval of Market-Based Salary Adjustment for Vice Chancellor–Undergraduate Education, Berkeley Campus, as Discussed inClosed Session

G2 Action  Approval of Market-Based Salary Adjustment for University  Librarian, Los  Angeles Campus, as Discussed in Closed Session

G3 Action Approval of Retroactive Approval of Payment of Temporary  Housing for Interim Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs, San Diego Campus, as Discussed in Closed Session

G6 Action Consent: Correction to Approval of Incentive Compensation Using Non- State Funds for Fiscal Year 2018-19 for Chief Investment Officer and   Vice President – Investments, Office of the President 

Committee membership: Regents Anguiano, Elliott, Estolano (Vice Chair), Kieffer, Lansing, Leib, Makarechian, Napolitano, Newsom, Pérez (Chair), Sherman, and Zettel
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5:00 pm
 
National Laboratories Committee (open session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/labs.pdf

Location: Robertson Auditorium
Agenda – Open Session



Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of September 18, 2019

N1 Discussion Annual Report on Fiscal Year 2019 National Laboratory Performance Ratings

N2 Discussion Update on Accelerating Therapeutics for Opportunities in Medicine

N3 Action Approval of Use of Capital and Campus Opportunity Fund Monies for Southern California Hub Pilot Program

Committee Membership:  Regents Estolano, Kieffer, Kounalakis, Ortiz Oakley, Reilly, Sures (Vice Chair), and Zettel (Chair); Ex officio members Pérez, Napolitano, and Newsom; Chancellors Khosla and Yang; Advisory members Gauvain, and Mart; Staff Advisor Jeffrey
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 Thursday, January 23

8:30 am
 
Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/board-1.23.pdf
Location: Robertson Auditorium


Agenda – Open Session  Public Comment Period
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Concurrent Meetings

9:00 am
 
Compliance and Audit Committee (open session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/audit.pdf
Location: Robertson Auditorium


Open Session  Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 13, 2019 

C1 Discussion University of California Herbicide Task Force Report and  Recommendations

C2 Discussion Report on Independent Assessment of Audit Implementation  Status

Committee membership:  Regents Anguiano, Butler, Cohen (Vice Chair), Elliott (Chair), Estolano, Makarechian, Park, Sures, Um, and Weddle; Ex officio members Newsom and Pérez; Chancellors Christ, Gillman, Hawgood, Khosla, Larive, and Yang; Advisory member Bhavnani;  Staff Advisor Klimow; Expert Financial Advisor Schini


Upon end of Audit open  
Compliance and Audit Committee (closed session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/auditx.pdf
Location: Robertson Auditorium

Agenda – Closed Session

 Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 13, 2019  
C3X Discussion Update on the Pension Administration Project

Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel Matters
[Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

C4X  Action Recommendation for Board Action
** two cases listed**
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

C5X Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and UpdatesClosed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]... 
**no list of cases provided in this agenda**
 
Committee membership:  Regents Anguiano, Butler, Cohen (Vice Chair), Elliott (Chair), Estolano, Makarechian, Park, Sures, Um, and Weddle; Ex officio members Newsom and Pérez; Chancellors Christ, Gillman, Hawgood, Khosla, Larive, and Yang; Advisory member Bhavnani; Expert Financial Advisor Schini


9:00 am
 
Public Engagement and Development Committee (open session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/public-engagement.pdf
Location: Fisher Banquet Room
Agenda – Open Session


Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of November 13, 2019

P1 Discussion Annual Report on Sustainable Practices

P2 Discussion Discussion of Fundraising Strategies

Committee Membership:  Regents Blum, Guber, Kieffer, Lansing, Leib (Chair), Ortiz Oakley, Reilly, Rendon, Sherman, Simmons (Vice Chair) and Zettel; Ex officio members Pérez, Napolitano, and Newsom; Chancellors Block, May, and Wilcox; Interim Chancellor Brostrom, Advisory members Mart, Muwwakkil, Stegura, and Gauvain; Staff Advisor Jeffrey
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10:30 am  
Board (open session) (pdf)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/board2-1.23.pdf
Location: Robertson Auditorium


Agenda – Open Session
Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 14, 2019
 
B3 Action Authorization to Adopt Resolution of Necessity for Proceeding in Eminent Domain Action, Hillcrest Medical Center, San Diego Campus

B4 Discussion State of Title IX

B5  Discussion Faculty Recruitment, Retention and Diversity

Committee Reports Including Approvals of Recommendations from Committees:
Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Compliance and Audit Committee
Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Governance CommitteeHealth Services Committee (meeting of December 10, 2019)
Investments Committee
National Laboratories Committee
Public Engagement and Development Committee
Special Committee on Basic Needs
Special Committee on Nomination Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings
Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Action
Upon end of Board open 
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/boardx-1.23.pdf 
Board (closed session) (pdf)
Location: Robertson Auditorium

Agenda – Closed Session 
Action  Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 14, 2019  and the Joint Meeting of the Board and Special Committee on  Selection of a President, November 14, 2019

B6X Discussion Legal Considerations Relating to Faculty Diversity Item

Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation 
[Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

B7X  Discussion Interim Report of the Special Committee Investigating UCLA’s Response to Sexual Misconduct in Clinical Settings

Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

Committee Reports Including Approval of Recommendations from Committees
:Compliance and Audit Committee

Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel Matters 
 [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]; 

Closed Session Statute Citation:  Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

Finance and Capital strategies Committee
Closed Session Statute Citation:  Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)];

 Closed Session Statute Citation:  Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]Governance CommitteeClosed Session Statute Citation: Collective bargaining matters  [Government   Code §3596(d)]; Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel Matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]; Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

Health Services Committee Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel Matters [Education Code  §92032(b)(7)]

Officers’ and President’s Reports:  Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Actions  Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code  §92032(b)(7)] Acquisition or disposition of property [Education Code  §92032(b)(6)]Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

Times indicated and order of business subject to change
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Some news--This article now up:
"California governor keeps key higher education pledges but significant aid for non-tuition costs remains
In first year, Newsom included more aid for older students and support for two years of free community college tuition. "
https://edsource.org/2020/california-governor-keeps-higher-education-pledges-but-need-for-financial-aid-reform-remains/621713
..."Typically, competitive Cal Grants are available to students entering college more than a year after graduating from high school and community college transfer students who are 28 or older.

The 41,000 competitive Cal Grants that are now available fall well short of the more than 300,000 students who are eligible for those awards. Still, the additional 15,000 grants included in the 2019 budget represented the largest-ever increase in the number of those grants."...

and also, the President of the UC Regents call them his 'former colleagues' , but how former is it ?:

"Newsom proposes funding boost for colleges and universities but education leaders wanted more
Higher education leaders say they will make their appeals to the State Legislature"
https://edsource.org/2020/newsom-proposes-funding-boost-for-colleges-and-universities-but-education-leaders-wanted-more/621956
..."As a member of the two university governing boards as governor and, before that, as lieutenant governor, Newsom said that he knew “the appetites of my colleagues and former colleagues at the UC regents and the CSU board of trustees” in wanting more state money. But he signaled that they should be happy with his plan."..."When asked whether the governor would flatly rule out even a modest tuition increase, his budget staffers Friday, during a briefing with EdSource, emphasized the importance of keeping college affordable and said they would wait to see what the two universities propose.

Online programs for adults to complete their bachelor’s degrees and professional certificates won special attention from Newsom. He offered $4 million in one-time funds for UC and $6 million to CSU for such efforts at extension and continuing education programs that will help adults “improve their long-term economic and social mobility,” the budget document said."...

"Larger systemic flaws within UC system must be addressed in new decade"
https://theaggie.org/2020/01/09/larger-systemic-flaws-within-uc-system-must-be-addressed-in-new-decade/
..."While there was a public forum held at UC Davis during Fall Quarter, it took place on the Friday of finals week, when very little students were in town or available to attend and voice their concerns. With town halls planned across the UC for early 2020, the special committee must ensure a diverse turnout of the “constituent groups of the university,” it hopes to hear from."

"Newsom budget shows ongoing commitment to higher ed, UC says"
https://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/newsom-budget-shows-ongoing-commitment-to-higher-ed-uc-says/

"Newsom expressed adamant opposition on Tuesday to any tuition increase at the ten-campus University of California, saying proposals to hike UC tuition over the next five years were unwarranted. Meanwhile, UC student leaders challenged the timing of a vote by UC regents "...

"Gov. Newsom, students protest University of California tuition hikes — vote delayed
Newsom says tuition increases unwarranted; students say they were not notified in time. "
https://edsource.org/2020/gov-newsom-students-protest-university-of-california-tuition-hikes-vote-delayed/622766
includes:
..."Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed adamant opposition on Tuesday to any tuition increase at the ten-campus University of California, saying proposals to hike UC tuition over the next five years were unwarranted. Meanwhile, UC student leaders challenged the timing of a vote by UC regents on proposed tuition hikes originally scheduled for this week."...

..."Varsha Sarveshwar, president of the UC Student Association, said she believed the vote was delayed after her organization protested that a vote this week would violate state law. She said the regents had notified the student association about proposed tuition increases for one year, but not for the five years the items turned out to include. That was a major change, she said. So the association told the regents that a vote this week would violate AB 970, the 2012 law that requires the student group be notified about any tuition plan 40 days before a vote on it."
-- seems like either UC govt relations folks wanted to rattle Sacto and students as lobbying or they don't know what they're doin'?...
or...

its a game of  either force a 'CA Gov and Leg buyout' or 'fees and tuition $ out of the students
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2020/01/buttering-up-governor-part-3.html
or the circumstances (including the less rosy UC PATH facts) will dictate?...:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2020/01/a-fee-passed-on-to-new-incoming-uc.html

while some subscribe to this:
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-22/why-needy-uc-students-would-be-better-off-with-higher-tuition
 but the history is that the fees were fees not tuition and they were always  very low indeed...

"UC regents won’t vote on undergraduate tuition hikes Wednesday as planned"
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-regents-won-t-vote-on-undergraduate-tuition-14992960.php
includes:
.." — is off the table for now after students were not properly notified.

How that happened depends on who you ask."..."students expect the proposals to return to the regents’ agenda in March or May.

“Over the coming weeks, we’ll continue to advocate for keeping tuition flat and (for) increased state investment,” she said.

The regents still expect to vote Wednesday on raising graduate-level tuition."...

"Newsom Sets Up UC Tuition Showdown; Regents Delay Vote"
https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/01/21/newsom-sets-up-uc-tuition-showdown-regents-delay-vote/
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Regent M, in addition to being supportive of keeping non resident students tuition lower, he also has given the board helpful critical analysis of capital projects and the costs of UC PATH during long intervals when both UC Regents and UCOP and some campus leadership staff were not willing to be so candid/frank/truthful, necessarily critical or just so in the weeds on them. But he also brought a donor in to present to the regents at one meeting with a Disney dorm idea to pitch to the regents , that was not agreat moment in retrospect-- and he sometimes phones in to some committees from exotic locales. Overall, though it seems he is an added value to the board...
the announcement:
https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/01/17/governor-newsom-announces-appointments-1-17-20/

"Hadi Makarechian, 71, of Montecito, will be reappointed effective March 2 to the University of California Board of Regents, where he has served since 2008. Makarechian has been chairman and chief executive officer at Capital Pacific Holdings since 1992. He was chairman for the Makar Properties Board of Directors from 2000 to 2008. Makarechian was president and founder at Shamron Corporation from 1979 to 1991. He is a member of the State University of New York Delta Society and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean’s Council. Makarechian is a member and awardee of the Horatio Alger Association. He is a member of the audit committee and health committee and chair of the finance and capital strategies committee of the University of California Board of Regents. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Makarechian is a Republican.

Jonathan J. “Jay” Sures, 53, of Los Angeles, will be reappointed effective March 2 to the University of California Board of Regents, where he has served since 2019. Sures has been co-president at United Talent Agency since 2017, where he was managing director from 2010 to 2017. He was an assistant visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television from 2005 to 2006. Sures is vice president of the United Talent Agency Charitable Foundation. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Sures is a Democrat."
But why the repeat reappointments with no CA Senate confirmation hearing for Sures or Reilly? a confirmation hearing usually happens within the year of appointment unless there is ...?: "Newsom Reappoints UTA’s Jay Sures To University Of California Board Of Regents" https://deadline.com/2020/01/newsom-reappoints-utas-jay-sures-to-uc-board-of-regents-1202837610/ and https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/uta-co-president-jay-sures-university-of-california-board-of-regents-1203474885/ more on it here as well http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2020/01/reappointed-regent.html ____

UCOP PR office:
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-s-california-student-enrollment-climbs-fourth-straight-year
the coverage :
https://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/ucs-in-state-enrollment-continues-to-climb/

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-21/uc-enrolls-record-number-of-california-students-in-the-fall
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there is a UC regents meeting this week:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2020/01/uc-regents-meeting-agenda-january-21-23.html

Sunday, January 19, 2020

to hear it from there...

https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/jan2020/jan1620.html
at UC Riverside Jan16th  
you have to move to the 20:00 minute in timemark for beginning of open session:
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This next by a former LAT higher ed reporter who knows the views of some of the regents well:
"Leaders selected in California’s unprecedented searches will help shape future of higher education
Replacements sought for UC’s Napolitano and CSU’s White."
https://edsource.org/2020/californias-unprecedented-searches-for-two-leaders-could-shape-future-of-higher-education/622470
--it mentions the prior floated names again.
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more coverage of regents moves on tuition increases plans:
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/uc-proposes-annual-tuition-increases-over-five-years/2216942/
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former UCI and now Berkeley Law dean- and (chair of that systemwide thing that calls itself, oh why bother...) on his view of  "fair tuiition" :
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-17/after-nine-years-the-uc-system-needs-a-tuition-hike
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btw,
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/jan2720.html
January 27, 2020

10:30 am  Town Hall with the Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President Location: Pauley Ballroom West, MLK Student Union, UC Berkeley
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/town-hall-meeting-notice1-27.pdf
- it notes rules for attending and that "The town hall will also be livestreamed on the Presidential search website. " -- but there have been issues with that site posting timely info and failiure to immediately archive those live stream archives -so keep that in mind.

12:30 pm  Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President (closed session)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/meeting-notice1-27.pdf
Times indicated and order of business subject to change
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and emeriti on how it supposedly  should be, again:
https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/01/08/how-presidential-candidates-various-college-plans-stack-opinion
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as perhaps other  IX shocks about to occur:
https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/01/15/how-respond-new-federal-title-ix-regulations-being-published-soon-opinion

as, once again, Berkeley with shocking news:
https://www.dailycal.org/2020/01/17/uc-berkeley-executive-arrested-on-suspicion-of-possessing-child-pornography/

https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/01/16/uc-berkeley-budget-director-arrested-after-child-porn-investigation
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some add"l :


"Free tuition at California public colleges helped the state prosper. There’s no reason it can’t again "
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-20/skelton-california-santiago-tuition-free-college-bill

"“The UC should strive for better”: Students, Faculty and Stakeholders Share Suggestions for the Next UC President at UCLA Public Forum"
http://dailynexus.com/2020-01-16/the-uc-should-strive-for-better-students-faculty-and-stakeholders-share-suggestions-for-the-next-uc-president-at-ucla-public-forum/

"How Diversity Screening At The University Of California Could Degrade Faculty Quality "
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelpoliakoff/2020/01/21/how-diversity-screening-at-the-university-of-california-could-degrade-faculty-quality/#5d48cb391598
- mentions the view by some that there is a 'test case': ..."In this regard, Stephen Bainbridge, professor of law at the University of California–Los Angeles, will be a test case. Professor Bainbridge shared the diversity statement that he submitted for his merit raise, which emphasizes the importance of differing viewpoints in forming a diverse community. If the university cherishes intellectual diversity, then it will value his perspective to support students of faith and conservative political views. It is a case to watch."...

and the Public Engagement Committee is meeting at campuses, this new one scheduled:

"The Regents Public Engagement and Development Committee is scheduled for Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31, 2020, at UC Merced "

https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/jan3020.html

https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/public-engagement-1.30.pdf
Date: January 30–31, 2020 
Time: 2:00 p.m.1Location:California Room, Merced Campus
Agenda – Open Session
January 30 2:00 p.m.        Public Comment Period

P1 DiscussionUC Merced: A Campus of Choice for Student Success

P2 DiscussionUC Merced Engagement in the Central Valley

P3 DiscussionUC Merced: Creating Opportunities and  Addressing Challenges Through Partnership and Collaboration 

January 31 
9:00 a.m. Public Comment Period

9:20 a.m. Campus Tour Commences

10:15 a.m. Adjourn 

Committee Membership:  Regents Blum, Guber, Kieffer, Lansing,  Leib (Chair), Ortiz Oakley, Reilly, Rendon, Sherman, Simmons (Vice Chair) and Zettel; Ex officio members Napolitano, and Newsom; Advisory members Mart, Muwwakkil, and Stegura; Chancellors Block, May,Wilcox, and Interim Chancellor Brostrom; Staff Advisor Jeffrey

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AND
January 31 - Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President (UC Merced)
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/town-hall-meeting-notice1.31.pdf

Thursday, January 16, 2020

A fee passed on to new incoming UC students? Other news.

Now this : “adjustments to selected student charges”-Tuitiion Hikes All Day
Regents agenda item:
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/b2.pdf

"UC proposes five straight years of annual tuition increases "
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-16/uc-proposes-annual-tuition-increases-for-next-five-years

"UC proposes first tuition hike since 2017. It could apply only to incoming students"
https://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/UC-proposes-first-tuition-hike-since-2017-It-14981019.php
Full agenda here: https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2020/01/uc-regents-meeting-agenda-january-21-23.html ______________
Earlier:
"Berkeley's $5M Glitch
Arbitrator says UC Berkeley owes its computer science TAs, including many undergraduates, some $5 million in missed pay and benefits"
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/01/16/arbitrator-says-uc-berkeley-owes-its-computer-science-tas-5-million

"UC Berkeley ordered to repay millions to teaching assistants "
 https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/business/article239324803.html
 
"In 2017, United Auto Workers 2865, the student employee union at the University of California, filed a grievance against the university for hiring hundreds of teaching assistants for fewer than 10 hours per week — or 25 percent full-time equivalent — to avoid paying them tuition remission. As an employment benefit, UC students hired at 25 percent FTE or more are entitled to a have the university partially cover their tuition.
On Monday, an arbitrator ruled in the union’s favor, UAW 2865 announced in an email to its members Tuesday. "
see:
https://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/union-wins-millions-in-restitution-for-tas/

--it is even being picked up in UK tech journal site..  www.theregister.co.uk › 2020/01/15 › uc_berkeley_student_compensation
and other states to potentially reach as many as it may apply to:

so there is an effort to find those past grad students who experienced similar at UC Berkeley but also at other UC campuses if similar practices there
"UC Berkeley ordered to repay millions to teaching assistants"
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/UC-Berkeley-ordered-to-repay-millions-to-teaching-14978072.php
thinking about it:
 "UC Berkeley TA’s declare victory in multi-million grievance fight 
Cal TA’s could be awarded $5 million in tuition backpay"
https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/01/15/cal-tas-declare-victory-in-multi-million grievance-fight/
"Any past or current student teaching assistant who may qualify for the backpay in tuition can fill out a form found on the UAW’s website, www.uaw2865.org."
--asking here: will it turn out like when then UCOP CFO current UCM interim Chancellor Brostrom's advocacy ( to the UC Regents for it- and then-Student Regent Stein's push back against it)  for assessing a  Kashmiri fee that was then passed on to new incoming classes of students as a tuition fee to be paid?:
recall this archive:
https://www.sfgate.com/education/article/UC-student-fee-covers-past-required-refunds-4346600.php
https://dailybruin.com/2013/03/14/regents-vote-to-continue-60-tuition-surcharge-to-pay-for-class-action-lawsuit/
https://www.chronicle.com/article/U-of-California-Must-Refund/64667
-when it remains unclear how many student workers system-wide may have been subjected to it- and when some students are claiming that just they as individual students UC owes approx $30,000 -just one student alone then what will the final numbers really be?

--and/or an attempt at leverage for a CA Leg buyout?
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Op-ed: UC system would benefit from more student representation on Board of Regents
https://dailybruin.com/2020/01/12/op-ed-uc-system-would-benefit-from-more-student-representation-on-board-of-regents/
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What's next for- Janet?- seem to be the focus for leadersthip at UCOP...
There is the recent interview with Janet Napolitano, who btw is still acting University of California president. Napolitano has been on a year long junket for her new book and it is mentioned directly that this interview was secured with the understanding they would discuss her book . She opines on multiple national and int'l news topics incliuding 2020 presidential election, DACA, immigration.  (the interview was conducted on the 10th and published on the 13th)
the interview begins at time mark 1:09:00 and ends at 1:53:00., here:
https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=325674

-On UC:
She makes comments about the current state of  AFSCME contract negotiations in the last three minutes of the interview - that impasse came up in the dem primary pres debates : https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2019/12/president-of-university-of-california.html 

It should be highlighted that she announced her resignation at a time when Pro Publica  was just wrapping up their investigative series that centered on UC and no doubt for many months prior was asking UCOP and UC for comment:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2019/12/university-of-california-still-can-get.html

and inews on human subjects at UC was just about to come out:

https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2019/12/in-light-of-2020-and-ucs-updates-on.html

nor does Napolitano discuss the fact that the UC Chief Compliance offiicer stated at that last UC Regents in Nov 2019 during compliance committee meeting that UC does not have proper protocols or systems in place even to track and monitor whistleblower cases...

--also was not covered in that KPFA interview:

She does not discuss her new role on a new  higher ed committee, appointed by Newsom, nor the billion dollar  bondefffort on facilities upgrades etc. or the CA budget proposal just releaed

She does not address her role on the inquiry into title ix allegations against past chair and current regent Kieffer and any conflict there might be since Kieffer in his time as then incoming chair of the regents basically saved her job during Sacto hearings when several pols were calling for her resignation then. Regents Chair Lozano left the regents board prematurely shortly after those Sact hearings , also can see Moreno report on all that....

-nor the status of UC Path issues, which apparently includes another round of $100 million dollars in project funding   https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2019/11/uc-regent-another-new-100-million-more.html  -- but at the next UC Regents meeting there is a forward  focused "information" presentation, about what UC path should be able to do in the future.

-nor does she get interviewed on the status of the new UC systemwide Title IX case tracking system that has yet to be created- will not be completed and in systemwide use by the time Napolitano leaves office and may not even be reviewed for significant period by the time Napolitano leaves office.
see also:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2019/12/in-light-of-2020-part-ii-title-ix.html
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From January 14
    Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President (UCLA)


also available at: https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/videos/jan2020/jan1420.html

https://dailybruin.com/2020/01/16/community-advocates-improved-higher-education-access-equity-from-new-uc-president/
_____ Cal messaging to boards? https://finance.yahoo.com/news/report-uc-berkeley-center-long-140000129.html
-didn"t Snowden work for... and didn"t Cal have that FB cambridge analytica connection that played out in 2016, so....??
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this is an odd thing
https://150w.berkeley.edu/
(- is it a systemwide sesquicentennial again? or on this issue, just Berkeley?)
 some hypocrisy when juxtaposed w/
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2019/12/uc-regents-meeting-december-10th-health.html

https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2019/11/university-of-california-regents-title.html


If you don't remember how it all went::
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/americas-great-divide-from-obama-to-trump/

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

(UC Regents in) Debates on Admissions testing at UC and Online Instruction struggles at CCC

"ACT chief warns UC that killing the admissions test would harm students"
"Ending the standardized test requirement for admissions at the University of California would deprive students of an objective measure of their skills, among other negative consequences, the head of the ACT test warned the UC regents this week."...
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/ACT-chief-warns-UC-that-killing-the-admissions-14960481.php

The regents haven’t responded to the testing official, but Regents Chair John Pérez offered a skeptical view.

“I appreciate that the ACT wants do everything in their power to protect their revenue stream,” he told The Chronicle. “Our charge, on the other hand, is to identify the best policy” for admitting qualified students and “ensuring that we don’t use (testing) tools that have low predictive value.”

Regent Eloy Ortiz Oakley, also the chancellor of California’s community college system, noted that ACT no doubt fears losing California as a major source of revenue.

“I am not sympathetic to their situation,” Oakley said. “Combined, ACT and the (SAT’s) College Board have created a multi-billion-dollar test-preparation industry that significantly disadvantages low-income students of all backgrounds.”

Both testing companies deny their tests do so.

Oakley added that the “so-called nonprofits” generate significant annual profits — $330 million at ACT, and $1 billion at the College Board — while their chiefs are paid more than $1 million.

“It seems to me that their concerns are financial and not related to the well-being of California undergraduate students,” Oakley said.

Asked to respond, Roorda said Thursday that ACT’s “investments allow us to continually innovate to ensure fair and accurate measures of college and career readiness and to provide high-quality, scientific evidence in support of education and workforce practices, solutions, and services.”

Other UC officials who have spoken out against the testing requirements include UC Provost Michael Brown and UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ.

On Wednesday, Bob Schaeffer, who runs the anti-testing group FairTest and supports the students’ lawsuit against the regents, said Roorda’s letter doesn’t address the suit’s core argument that the requirement “creates an unfair, discriminatory barrier to access for many minority, low-income, first generation, and disabled applicants.

“Therefore the testing mandate violates protections in California’s constitution and statutes.”

The California State University system is also weighing the question but is not expected to decide before UC does

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Regent Ortiz Oakley's comments above and this going on at CCC-- 
no comment- on this- here:
"President of California's online community college to step down
Abrupt departure comes less than one year into a four-year contract that paid her a salary of $385,000"
https://edsource.org/2020/calbright-college-president-resigns/622071

..."A representative from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office said they would not be commenting at this time on Hiles’ resignation.

The fully online, free community college opened in October and has since enrolled more than 300 students in one of three program pathways, all of which are self-paced and designed to be completed in under one year. Former Gov. Jerry Brown envisioned the college as serving adult and underemployed populations of students who are working part-time or stuck in positions that don’t pay a living wage. The California Community College system described those potential students as “stranded workers,” between the ages of 25 and 34. Despite that focus, any student can enroll in the college, which is free to students, since it is a community college.

Calbright officials have said they will partner with employers to offer apprenticeships to students in the three programs — information technology, medical coding and cybersecurity. Those apprenticeships were expected to be announced this spring.

--keep in mind also that the CCC expansion on online degree programs for Californians came up in the Governor's CA budget press conference and in the proposed budget itself:

"Head of California’s new online community college abruptly resigns"
https://calmatters.org/education/higher-education/2020/01/online-community-college-director-heather-hiles-resigns/
"Heather Hiles had hoped to draw on tech industry experience to launch the college. But community college faculty complained the courses were redundant, a no-bid contract with a connected Bay Area recruiter drew attention and no full-time faculty have yet been hired. "
..."More than 450 students have signed up for three tuition-free career pathways in medical coding, cybersecurity and information technology. But Calbright’s launch has not been without hiccups."..."“We continue to question the value of Calbright,” the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges said Monday in a statement responding to Hiles’ resignation. “Unfortunately, new leadership alone will not fix this inherently flawed use of state resources.”

Hired in February at a salary of $385,000, Hiles called the Calbright job a career-capping challenge, expressing hopes to draw on experience creating the digital portfolio site Pathbrite to help the college develop its own custom technology.

But some of Hiles’ actions raised eyebrows — like the signing of a $500,000 no-bid contract with a politically connected executive recruiter to fill top positions. Some board members abstained from ratifying the contract, saying bidding should have been competitive.

see: "Connected Bay Area recruiter gets no bid contract as online community college staffs up"
https://calmatters.org/education/2019/03/carolyn-carpeneti-online-college-contract-newsom-willie-brown/
and
"California’s new online community college taps tech entrepreneur for top job"
https://calmatters.org/education/2019/02/online-community-college-california-heather-hiles-ceo/

The Legislature set aside $100 million in startup funds for the college, along with $20 million annually in ongoing funding. The 2020-2021 budget Governor Gavin Newsom proposed last week would keep that funding intact, while also increasing funding for online continuing education programs provided by University of California and California State University extension programs."...
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this is how Daily Cal covered the Gov proposed budget :
https://www.dailycal.org/2020/01/14/ca-gov-newsom-announces-proposed-state-budget/

this is how some of the faculty are reacting to the budget proposal:
http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2020/01/first-look-at-governors-uc-budget.html

and there's that twitter feed with an on topic tweet there:
"best highered first line of the week: 'For those of you who still insist that I give you a list of the “good ed-tech,” may I present to you: the classroom air filter' @audreywatters http://bit.ly/35KPClB  @reclaimuc @PhilOnEdTech"

-does it take prescience?

Friday, January 10, 2020

University of California in Guvin's 2020-21 CA Budget- as covered with Cal Channel Demise...

First want to begin with highlighting what problematically steps into the void with the end in Sept 2019 of unbiased, non partisan Cal Channel, see :
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/editorials/story/2019-08-16/california-channel-cal-channel-save

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-12-09/california-legislature-live-tv-coverage-is-gone-will-anyone-turn-back-on  

 a few short months ago (because of a claimed lack of fundng for a relatively paltry $2 million by cable broadcasters, who for the past four decades tried to claim the high ground of good corp governance and societal contribution and thus chipped in some of the profits they make off of their customers  to cover that-) 
Now, todays coverage of the Governor's press conference on the CA budget is picked up by and  live streamed w/ the top results/only results to view it close to live  point viewers in the direction of Fox Business and Facebook and AM talk radio sites- - according to top search results by various browsers--- And then if one is self directed : the Governor's web page refers you to his twitter account for a live stream on a tweet there and not a perm CA archive:

https://twitter.com/CAgovernor

--which is not so different from a move by another high level pol executive we all know of... why that move?
while this is now devoid of current budget news
https://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/calchannel/
yesterday just this to let folks know"
https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/01/09/tomorrow-california-state-budget-briefing-by-governor-newsom/
" Governor Gavin Newsom will introduce his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2020-21 tomorrow in Sacramento.
When: Friday, January 10, 2020 ...
Where: California State Capitol, Governor’s Press Conference Room, Room ...
**NOTE: This event is open to credentialed media only and will be streamed live at the @CAgovernor Twitter page."

you can also look at this document where UC comes up on page 88 reportedly
 http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf 

here is UC statement on it:
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/statement-uc-board-regents-chair-p-rez-and-uc-president-napolitano-gov-newsom-s-budget
Statement from UC Board of Regents Chair Pérez and UC President Napolitano on Gov. Newsom’s budget plan
UC Office of the President and UC Board of Regents Friday, January 10, 2020
"UC Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez and UC President Janet Napolitano today (January 10) issued the following statement on Gov. Newsom’s budget plan:

The University of California welcomes the higher education investment in Gov. Newsom’s 2020-21 budget. The budget proposes a funding increase of $217.7 million to our core educational budget as well as one-time funds for select programs. The governor’s spending plan is an important step toward covering the funds necessary to meet UC’s tripartite mission of delivering world-class education, conducting cutting-edge research and providing public service that benefits California and beyond.

Among other support, the governor’s spending plan provides critical, continued funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine and the UCSF Fresno branch campus, helping to expand medical care access to underserved communities in California. Moreover, the proposal also invests in much-needed research on wildfire preparedness as well as crucial legal services for UC’s immigrant students.

The governor’s budget reflects an ongoing commitment to higher education by building upon last year’s budget increase to UC. The University will continue to look for opportunities to collaborate with the governor and Legislature to expand access and affordability for California undergraduates, boost graduate student enrollment, support on-time graduation and close achievement gaps among first-generation and underrepresented students. UC appreciates the governor’s strong continued support of higher education and looks forward to our ongoing partnership."
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/statement-uc-board-regents-chair-p-rez-and-uc-president-napolitano-gov-newsom-s-budget
here is some coverage: "Column: In his second year, Newsom needs to start producing results and focus on the achievable" https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-09/skelton-gavin-newsom-second-year --it could also help if the Guv maintained something better or to replace or bring back Cal Channel to help with getting his message out without partisan spin surrounding it or privately held social media sites to pipe it out. That already existed as a more complete archive across multiple formats: here from 2019 it was as easy as this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ferYVJDSc1o -- many times local news hardly cover it except in brief snippets... _____________ Some new UC news coverage One 'must be a Dean of Humanities to meet those marks' spin on: "UCLA’s AD search looks like anything but an AD search (which could be a good thing) The Bruins look ready to cast a wide net in their search to replace Dan Guerrero" https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/01/07/uclas-ad-search-looks-like-anything-but-an-ad-search-which-could-be-a-good-thing/ "UCLA’s search for an athletic director begins in earnest this month and is expected to last into the spring. Based on the framing, you wouldn’t know if the Bruins are looking for an AD or the next Dean of Humanities. That’s very UCLA and could result in a very bad outcome for UCLA if chancellor Gene Block allows the process to veer too far from the traditional model. The Bruins, for example, cannot afford (in every sense of the word) to hire a former football player who dabbled in politics and once worked the ‘Monday Night Football’ booth. They need … they so desperately need … an experienced college athletics administrator, preferably one who:"...
As this issue continues to come up on the academic side:
"Diversity Statements as 'Litmus Tests'
Mathematician comes out against mandatory diversity statements, while others say they continue to be valuable -- with some caveats."
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/11/19/mathematician-comes-out-against-mandatory-diversity-statements-while-others-say-they
___ at UCSC: "Update on UC’s seismic safety initiative" https://news.ucsc.edu/2020/01/seismic-safety.html - it seems the moment a campus begins to have serious labor issues their PR team wants to veer to talking about seismic, retrofitting, capital projects funding from CA... and that billions in CA budget request ____
there is : "UC Free Speech Center Application and a UCLA Test Case " http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2020/01/uc-free-speech-center-application-and.html see also UC info page :
https://equity.ucla.edu/public_accountability/transparent-progress/incident-in-anthro-lecture/
--And, a bigger UC headache when paired with that new coverage over holidays of a new controversial recent NYT column written by a current board member of that 'UC Free Speech Center' -https://freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/advisory-board/--the series of controversial columns and tweets that UC still refuses to address: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/03/bret-stephens-new-york-times-column-093596 https://www.salon.com/2019/12/30/n-y-times-edits-bret-stephens-jewish-genius-column-to-remove-scholar-who-promoted-racist-views/


The columnist discussed in these articles is also a University of California free speech center  board member :
-- No one at UC willing to come out and take credit or blame or explain for the pick of that UC board member. https://freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/advisory-board/ -- Thus, the composition of that UC Board itself could be a source of future IX, VI complaints? This other story also under free speech topic: "Opinion: The University of California is free to lie — the 28th anniversary of its notorious ... The university filed the suit against people protesting the construction of volleyball courts in People’s Park. For that and other reasons, Berkeley should work to keep the city’s most famous landmark an open space." https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/01/09/opinion-the-university-of-california-is-free-to-lie-the-28th-anniversary-of-its-notorious-slapp-suit ___ more news, Dept of Ed on free speech came up in some of fhe above -but here it comes up on students tuition fees $:-in Politico round of higher ed news : https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-education/2020/01/09/house-plans-vote-to-thwart-devos-rule-on-student-loan-forgiveness-784210 And on admissions decisions it includes: "ACT CEO Marten Roorda is warning of unintended consequences that could strain “teachers, admissions offices, students and the broader education system” if the California public university system decides to halt its use of ACT and SAT scores for undergraduate admissions. — “Removing the testing component may create a new set of problems for the Board to review in the upcoming years,” Roorda wrote in a letter to the University of California Board of Regents. He also emphasized that the ACT’s “decades of research have shown that the combination of high school grades and standardized test scores is the single best predictor of first-year college success.” — Roorda’s letter responds to the university system’s recent discussions over its use of standardized testing scores and its subsequent move to create a task force "to determine whether SAT and ACT tests are useful measures of academic performance for the admissions process." — The University of California has said it expects the task force to provide its recommendation to the university system’s Academic Senate in academic year 2019-20, or within the next few months. " -- with more content on that behind paywall.. -- There is also a new post at Remaking the University: "In Defense of Knowledge" http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2020/01/in-defense-of-knowledge.html and see: https://dailybruin.com/2020/01/08/academic-senate-members-discuss-hopes-for-next-uc-president-to-come-from-academia/

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

UC- 'Dwindling, understaffed'- by design. And another University of California Regents Special Meeting this month.

In addition to the two other UC Regents Special Meetings on Jan 7th and 14th respectively, (for those see:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2020/01/uc-regents-agendas-for-special-meetings.html )
There Now Is ANOTHER ONE: on Jan 16th at UC Riverside
SUDDENLY listed here:
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/
more info here:
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/jan1620.html
January 16, 2020
11:00 am Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President (closed session)  
https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/meeting-notice1-16.pdf
NOTICE OF MEETINGThe Regents of the University of California SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER THE SELECTION OF A PRESIDENT
Date:January 16, 2020 Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location:Highlander Union Building, Riverside Campus
Agenda – Closed Session
S1(X)  DiscussionConsideration of Matters Pertaining to Presidential Search
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters  [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]*Only members of the Special Committee will attend*
Committee membership: Regents Cohen, Elliott, Estolano, Lansing, Park, Sherman, Um, and Weddle; Ex officio members Newsom and Pérez

 and then:

https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/jan20/town-hall-meeting-notice1-16.pdf
1:00-3:00 pm  Town Hall with the Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President
 Location: Room 302, Highlander Union Building, UC Riverside
Date:January 16, 2020
Time: 1:  00 p.m.1Location:Room 302, Highlander Union Building, Riverside Campus
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period
includes: "The purpose of this public meeting of the Special Committee is to solicit observations and advice to inform the search process for the next President of the University of California. Members of the public, stakeholders, and interested parties are encouraged to inform the Secretary and Chief of Staff of their intent to address the Special Committee in advance of the meeting by :"... see link for more. 

-- note here that the regular full board meetings are a known quantitiy - they occur at specific times of the year so the various stakeholders know when to check the regents website to look for the agenda; also, some of the committees that meet off of the full board schedule have now begun listing their meetings at the beginning of the academic year as well e.g. Health committee ; or have moved their meetings back to being part of agenda items in the full board meetings e.g. investments committee.. But these special meetings on selection of a new UC president or a chancellor search are  only sometimes talked about by the regents in advance of their popping up on the regents schedule... the UC Riverside event was not discussed in open session at the regents meeting- it just popped up. Sometimes the regents claim a webpage on the search list full info but sometimes even that is not up to date with upcoming meetings...Even as of this time https://presidentialsearch.universityofcalifornia.edu/index.html DOES NOT list the Jan 16th new event.
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in UC news today:
" UCSC trades workers strike, call for higher wages and more staff
Labor action is latest in a series of strikes at the Santa Cruz campus and across the UC system"
https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2020/01/06/ucsc-trades-workers-strike-call-for-higher-wages-and-more-staff/
includes:
..."Union representatives shared charts purporting to show that some of the UCSC workers make up to 36% less than the prevailing wage in their industry, or up to 32% less than comparable workers at UC Berkeley.

Responding to the strike Monday, UCSC officials said the administration is offering the workers a 23% raise over the next four years along with a $2,500 ratification bonus, caps on health-care cost increases and double-time pay for work beyond 12 hours per day.

“The campus has been actively bargaining in good faith for over two and a half years to obtain a successor contract, and we look forward to resuming negotiations,” UCSC spokesman Scott Hernandez-Jason said in a statement.

But it’s not just wages that are driving the trades workers to strike, according to Baxter and other union reps. It’s also dwindling staffing levels, and what some of the workers see as the UC’s push to “outsource” their jobs to non-union workers.

According to data shared by the union, 13 more trades workers would need to be hired to maintain the same worker-to-student ratio from 2008.
"...

and this is another form of outsourcing causing a big pushback:
"Recent partnership between UC and Dignity Health raises concerns of discrimination"
https://dailybruin.com/2020/01/06/recent-partnership-between-uc-and-dignity-health-raises-concerns-of-discrimination/

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earlier:
An Early Look?

Many folks already know what's in it?
this article posted early today:
"California governor keeps higher education pledges but need for financial aid reforms remains"
https://edsource.org/?p=621713
-was available briefly but removed, now not available.
Likely intended for later in the week when the Jan 10th deadline for CA Gov release of his CA budget proposal occurs and then is tweaked for months up to the May Revise and finalization...

If the headline holds up - no real surprise -- the Gov chose Napolitano and White as his  primary higher education experts (the Council for Post-Secondary Education) And as is sometimes mentioned in public sessions, his staff frequently attend and socialize behind the scenes with UC Regents (meetings) -- The other half of the headline though is the part that will be of interest to read more about - what specifically the article references re:
"need for financial aid reforms remain"...