Tuesday, June 22, 2021

It is unusual, It's not unusual? -Again on UC and Dignity Health ; Significant ?s on UC affil.-stem cell governance, policy in CA; Mergers-Acquisitions Higher Ed Style -as edging out of UC on Mills?


Op-Ed in - Los Angeles Times by D. Grossman, professor in the obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences department at UC San Francisco and the director of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health.: 
 "UC betrays its values when it partners with Catholic hospitals that restrict care" https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-06-22/univeristy-of-california-uc-health-center-partnerships 

Then,  several important questions and UC Regent Lansing and (alumni regent) UC Regent Torres come up in this along with many other UC folks and UC policy history on it in this article: 
"In world of stem cell research, ‘UC Caucus’ reigns supreme" 

the unusual as a new type of normal: 
"Public health expert L. Riley: ‘We need to go forward to a new type of normal’ | Berkeley News" 
"Students file class-action lawsuit against UC Davis over elimination of PE classes" https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article252160273.html

They voted for formal talks not on the merger itself at this point, right?, see: 
"Mills College staff, alumnae call for greater transparency after trustees vote for merger with Northeastern"

 IHE covers it now highlighting the ' multi-satellite campus model' in it but not the questions around that-- also includes some ACE affil. comments in support of it without commenting on UC's previously announced arrangements with Mills - see in full: 

"A Potential Cross-Country Merger A deal with Northeastern could prevent Mills from having to close its doors for good. The acquisition would give the Boston-area university its 10th satellite campus and third location in California." https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/06/21/northeastern-university-talks-mills-college-about-potential-acquisition 

"The deal would be a win-win for both Mills and Northeastern, said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs at the American Council on Education. “Northeastern has been looking to increase its presence around the country, and Mills is anxious to preserve the institution,” Hartle said. “I think this has the potential to be enormously beneficial for both institutions.”... 
 ...The potential deal is unusual, but not unheard-of, Hartle said. Most often, institutions acquire other colleges and universities that are located nearby. For example, Delaware State University will acquire Wesley College, which is only a four-minute drive away. Boston University acquired Wheelock College, another Boston private college, in 2017. The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut was recently absorbed by the nearby Goodwin University and Paier College. Like Northeastern, some colleges have sought to expand farther. Middlebury College, a private liberal arts college in Vermont, signed an affiliation agreement with the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California in 2005, and later designated the Monterey Institute as a graduate school of Middlebury College. The context for Middlebury’s acquisition of the Monterey Institute was similar to the pending deal between Northeastern and Mills -- the institute was struggling financially and had been seeking a partner for several years. Middlebury was looking to expand its language and cultural programs focused on Asia, a subject area where Monterey excelled. It’s likely that more and more small colleges like Mills will need to consider a merger or acquisition in the next several years, Hartle said.
 ..."John MacIntosh, managing partner of SeaChange Capital Partners, which manages the Transformational Partnership Fund, is an advocate for mergers, acquisitions and partnerships within higher education. In a recent op-ed for Inside Higher Ed, he wrote about the need for federal investment in higher education partnerships that advance the sector. “The higher education ‘system’ is a decentralized and fragmented set of public and private institutions, many of which are more than 125 years old,” MacIntosh wrote. “The system is increasingly out of date: some institutions are in the wrong place; some are too small; others need capabilities they will be challenged to develop on their own.”

 easily discern if? :

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