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:

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