Saturday, June 19, 2021

On Mills and UC Berkeley and Northeastern U Moves; also UC and Dignity Health as a Title IX example of? -UC "public relations' or 'communicates' Juneteenth?

More than anything else -it is a commemoration, memorializing more than a celebration : an example of holding as sacred the observance of timing and learning of rights into full realization, effect for all.

Communication differentiated from a public relations spin necessary.
"Commemorate Juneteenth: ‘Move toward healing and justice’"
https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/06/18/commemorate-juneteenth-move-toward-healing-and-justice/
--Cal tries to take a 'we told you so earlier' type of spin to it and continues labeling things that are current as 'post'-- while recently using their very same senior well compensated PR staff to write posts on the Berkeley Blog as the highlighted content on the issue and/or as institutional virtue signals content- not adjunct ntt faculty or mid or front level staff pieces?...and then there's :
"... we invited you to commemorate Juneteenth and “genuinely reflect on what you can do to press our university and the country toward our ideals for humanity, justice and equality.” 

"UC will observe Juneteenth as official holiday this year"
https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/06/18/uc-will-observe-juneteenth-as-official-holiday-this-year/
This year we will observe this holiday on Monday, June 28. Starting in 2022, we will celebrate the Juneteenth holiday according to the federal calendar. ...Fiat Lux,
Michael V. Drake, M.D., President”
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"UC applauds Office for Civil Rights’ affirmation of Title IX protections for gay and transgender students and employees" 
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/statement-university-california-president-michael-v-drake-md-office-civil-rights-recent
Thursday, June 17, 2021
University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., issued the following statement today (June 17) on the Office for Civil Rights’ recent announcement affirming Title IX protections for gay and transgender students and employees:We enthusiastically applaud this week’s affirmation by the Office for Civil Rights that Title IX prohibits discrimination against students and employees in schools based on sexual orientation and gender identity, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. For too long, the LGBTQIA+ community has been persecuted and denied legal protection, and this decision advances everyone’s right to be treated fairly, and with dignity and respect. This guidance also aligns with our own commitment to being an inclusive community, and to not only embracing but celebrating diversity.”
-Funny how that comes out as he takes up the issue on UC and Dignity Health:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2021/06/wed-623-uc-regents-to-debate-vote-their.html
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As one reads the news about Mills and UC Berkeley and Northeastern University --all of which is in the formal talks stages with no final agreement yet, including not any UC announcement of any end b/ween Mill and UC plans already announced...

" Mills College may combine with Northeastern to keep the school afloat
The alliance would mean the school would open up undergraduate admissions to men"
https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/06/18/mills-college-explores-combining-with-northeastern-to-keep-the-school-afloat/
Mills College could combine with Boston-based Northeastern 
--includes sentiments in that community of:
“You may be wondering if the announced proposal with Northeastern is good. We’re also wondering. To date, all we know about what the board is doing is that they announced nearly three months ago that Mills would close and that they clearly had no plan. They’ve operated in secrecy,” tweeted the Save Mills College coalition on Friday. “The board has not shared any financial information and given no detail on why they voted to close. It may be that this deal is great. It might not. We have questions. And we have demands for the board: operate transparently! We want Mills to continue. Give us reasons to trust you!”
-a 'why is the failed leadership that also contributed to getting Mills to that point allowed to decide how the spoils are now split? ' sentiments also...

"Mills College will merge with Northeastern University rather than close | EdSource"
https://edsource.org/2021/mills-college-will-merge-with-northeastern-university-rather-than-close/656656
..."Soon after the March announcement about Mills closing, UC Berkeley said it would rent dorms and classroom space at Mills next fall. UC Berkeley, just nine miles away and crunched for space, announced plans for  200 freshman to live on Mills’ Oakland campus and take many of their introductory classes there.

That plan for UC to expand into Mills now appears to be dead. “While we have worked collaboratively over many decades with UC Berkeley, we have been unable to establish a public/private partnership that would further expand our association at this time,” a statement on the Mills College website said."...

--One has to wonder if UC Berkeley's chancellor C.Christ went about her Mills collaborations plans the wrong way?? Cal now apparently abruptly halted on that - is the whole thing really no longer viable? Cal is not making that clear right now.  -Was it all too back door with Cal leadership only in discussions with Mills leadership task force and with not big enough inclusive plans?? Were UCOP and the UC Regents not quick enough to join Cal in efforts? The UC Regents are pleased with their committee structure such that it allows them to meet immediately if something needs to be voted on with regard to UC Health but have they been more sluggish on their meetings agenda with regard to campus issues or acad depts  urgent meetings or things like Cal plans w/ Mills needs?
Once again, it is all still only in the formal talks stage so it would seem apparently also including the unwinding with Cal...
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On the humanities angle at Mills and Northeastern,  its wikipedia yes, some excerpt as an example -there is a heavy UK influence in the funding and --:
"New College of the Humanities at Northeastern"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_College_of_the_Humanities_at_Northeastern
..."New College, Oxford, asked Grayling to change the name again to prevent confusion with the Oxford college."...
"The college's foundation attracted a substantial response in the UK, where most higher education institutions are publicly funded, and a significant amount of adverse publicity;... London's mayor, Boris Johnson, welcomed it as a bold experiment, while The Times argued that higher education has been a closed shop in the UK for too long... There was an angry reaction from sections of the academic community. Complaints included that NCH had copied the course descriptions of the University of London's international programmes on its website; was offering the same syllabus with a significantly higher price tag; and that the senior academics involved with the project would in fact do very little of the teaching.
Academics and administrators within the British academic world have in recent years alluded to the College's for-profit agenda, highlight the college's high tuition fees, the corporate structure as a Limited company, and the membership of the College's board." 
......Britain's former prime minister, Tony Blair, endorsed it and London's mayor, Boris Johnson, called it the boldest experiment in higher education in the UK since the foundation in 1983 of the University of Buckingham, the UK's first private university; he wrote that it showed the way ahead for academics demoralized by government interference with admissions procedures and "scapegoated for the weaknesses of the schools. The Times argued that higher education has been a closed shop in the UK for too long, that all over the world there are excellent universities run independently of the state, and that in its conception NCH is teaching by example.[61] The Economist wrote that there is a market for the idea because of the increasing number of qualified British students who fail to get into their university of choice, in part because of pressure on the top universities from the Office for Fair Access to increase the number of students from state schools; they added that "a 'toffs’ college' of well-heeled Oxbridge near-misses is a provocative concept."[62] The Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, one of the college's partners, said he had read the criticism of NCH with incredulity: "Anyone who cares about the humanities will be cheering Anthony Grayling.""

...Initial "seed capital" of £200,000 for the project was provided, according to British newspaper The Guardian, by the financier Peter Hall.

£10 million in private equity funding was subsequently raised to cover costs for two years, with the expectation that NCH would break even by the third.[25] Cavendish Corporate Finance LLP were the corporate financiers hired by NCH Ltd. and raised this £10 million from a range of private investors including a number of prominent individuals from the world of business and finance.

The 14 academic partners, also referred to as The Professoriate, were announced as:

    philosophers A. C. Grayling, Simon Blackburn and Peter Singer
    historians Sir David Cannadine and Niall Ferguson
    economist Partha Dasgupta
    scientists Richard Dawkins (will be Professor of Evolutionary Biology), Steve Jones (was to have been Professor of Biological Sciences), Steven Pinker
    legal scholars Ronald Dworkin and Adrian Zuckerman
    literary critic Christopher Ricks.

Since the launch of the college, professors Vernon Bogdanor, Daniel C Dennett, Rebecca Goldstein, Roger Halson, Howard Jacobson, Simon May, Barbara McDonald, Stephen Neal, Sir Trevor Nunn and Christopher Peacocke have also lectured at the college.

The college was registered on the UK register of charities in summer 2020."
-few women tenured faculty mentioned in "Funding and governance' of it.
---------------- --and then: There's alot of Bain there at Northeastern and alot of Northeastern at Bain. Of course, there has been Bain OpEx at Cal too (and then there are other consulting etc firms as well) All those things to think about when one institution in a research driven region like Boston steps into another institution's region like N.CA Bay Area. And-also stumbled on this fwiw: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-02-bain-capital-to-buy-penn-foster-a-workforce-skills-provider-that-dates-back-to-late-1800s .."an investment group led by Bain Capital announced that it will buy Penn Foster, a for-profit school with a long history as a provider of workforce training, and as a disruptor in the education sector."..."Bain, along with a group of other investors, bought the school from Vistria Group, another private-equity firm; terms of the deal were not disclosed. Penn Foster was founded way back in the late 1800s, and for most of that time it operated under the name International Correspondence Schools. “They were a distance learning pioneer,” says Sean Gallagher, executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy. The school also pioneered new, more aggressive marketing than other education providers. “For those of us old enough to remember the ubiquitous 1980s TV commercials with Sally Struthers pitching courses and certificates in TV/VCR repair, bookkeeping, etc., that was ICS, or what is today Penn Foster,” says Gallagher. Penn Foster has changed hands many times in the past decade, and former owners include private-equity groups and the Princeton Review. It has even survived a bankruptcy. Officials from Bain emphasized the growing interest in efforts to address a skills gap in the workforce. "Employers are establishing a more pronounced voice in education and training that is fueling a new marketplace for skills," said Warren Valdmanis, a managing director at Bain Capital Double Impact, in a statement." "Penn Foster Secures Investment to Accelerate Pairing of Data Science with Skills-Based Digital Learning Data-driven digital learning platform will enable frontline workers to earn in-demand credentials, build skills required to pursue new fields, career paths" https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/penn-foster-secures-investment-to-accelerate-pairing-of-data-science-with-skills-based-digital-learning-301212749.html "BOSTON, Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Workforce development pioneer Penn Foster today announced a significant new investment from BayPine and Two Sigma Impact to accelerate the build-out of its digital learning platform focused on preparing frontline workers to thrive within high-growth, high-skill jobs. The two investment businesses will partner with Penn Foster to bring new capabilities in data science and advanced technology to help the company continue to offer practical, affordable solutions to its students. "Skill gaps and economic mobility are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin," said Frank Britt, Chief Executive Officer of Penn Foster. "This investment reflects our belief that the combination of advanced labor market analytics with low-cost digital training can help individuals make better-informed decisions about their educational investments. It's about enabling employers to close skill gaps by identifying and creating career paths for historically untapped talent." A digital learning platform that works in partnership with employers, public workforce agencies, and community-based organizations, Penn Foster delivers skill-based training for more than 300,000 working learners each year. In addition to offering accredited programs and certificates in fields ranging from healthcare to skilled trades, Penn Foster partners with major employers, including Lowe's and Walmart, to provide high school diploma and career training courses that are often on-ramps to higher wage roles. "Two Sigma Impact believes that by focusing on creating a better workforce, we can create long term value and better business outcomes," said Ian Blasco, Partner at Two Sigma Impact. "We are excited to work with Penn Foster to apply advanced data science techniques to the development of dynamic, skills-based training that is tightly coupled with the demands of the labor market." "For decades, Penn Foster has been at the forefront of delivering flexible, affordable, and job-relevant development programs that have redefined the intersection of education and work," said Anjan Mukherjee, Managing Partner at BayPine. "The implementation of digital transformation initiatives to unlock human potential is core to our thesis, and we look forward to working closely with management to develop a modern, agile platform at Penn Foster that leverages the power of data to drive better outcomes for working learners." In "Unstuck in the Middle," a white paper released by Penn Foster last year, the company made the case that recognizing skill attainment along a spectrum could unlock economic mobility for workers employed in jobs that require more than a high school diploma but not a four year degree. According to the National Skills Coalition, while middle-skill jobs make up the largest portion of the US labor market, just 44% of workers are currently trained to the middle-skill level. A recent study published by the nonprofit, Opportunity@Work, suggests that the estimated 71 million Americans who lack four-year degrees, but are "Skilled Through Alternative Routes" (STARs), represent an untapped pool of talent for US employers. "The critical need for different ways to approach training and education for workers has become more prominent in the past few years, and the pressure on our economy created by the pandemic has only emphasized that the time has come for a workforce transformation," said Ann Ruble, Operating Partner at Two Sigma Impact. "New data-driven approaches to learning will help expand access to training in high-demand fields for both workers and employers at a time when it is needed most." This investment represents the next phase of Penn Foster's growth following a successful partnership with Bain Capital Double Impact, the impact investing unit of Bain Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Macquarie Capital served as financial advisor and William Blair & Company as co-advisor to Penn Foster. Everberg Capital also participated in the transaction. Jamieson provided transaction management advice. About Penn Foster Penn Foster is bridging the gap between education and economic opportunity to build tomorrow's workforce. We partner with employers, education and workforce organizations, and local community groups to design and deliver digital and blended learning programs that attract, upskill, and retain workers in America's fastest-growing fields and professions. With more than 40,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster helps individuals discover pathways to opportunity through accredited diploma, certificate and degree programs that matter in the world of work. For more information, visit https://www.pennfoster.edu. About BayPine BayPine is a private investment firm that seeks to create lasting value for the firm's investors, portfolio companies and communities in which they operate by driving innovation, digital transformation and sustainable growth in market-leading businesses across traditional sectors of the economy. Headquartered in Boston, BayPine was founded by a team of accomplished investors and senior executives who have a shared passion for building enduring companies. For more information about BayPine, please visit www.baypine.com. About Two Sigma Impact Two Sigma Impact is a business of Two Sigma. Its mission is to combine active, principled ownership and data science with the goal of achieving superior returns and positive social outcomes. The Two Sigma Impact team is focused on workforce impact – where they anticipate innovative and thoughtful investments in humans will lead to an enhanced employee experience, productivity, and long-term financial returns. As part of Two Sigma, Two Sigma Impact has access to expertise in data science, technology, and a range of corporate specialties, and seeks to support its portfolio companies with those resources. SOURCE Penn Foster" __ BTW, -- on Mills coverage in the public statements, so devoid about what tangible positive results the local area -Oakland- will see from such changes or collaborations. Also, one might consider the new pressures it might put on Oakland headquartered UCOP... Northeastern U started off as a small men's college on the Eastcoast? Now its ending an historic women's college in the West?

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