Thursday, September 29, 2016

More at Berkeley, and systemwide news


See The Guardian: A University of California, Berkeley professor who is the subject of three sexual harassment complaints has filed lawsuits against the women he is accused of victimizing, an unusual step that the students say will not deter them from speaking out.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/29/uc-berkeley-sexual-harassment-blake-wentworth-sues-victims

Daily Cal posted details docs with their article on it: http://www.dailycal.org/2016/09/29/uc-berkeley-professor-blake-wentworth-sues-uc-amid-sex-harassment-allegations/

SF Chron:


UC Berkeley assistant professor claims harassment

http://www.sfgate.com/news/articleComments/UC-Berkeley-assistant-professor-claims-harassment-9415337.php




Earlier:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/UC-harassment-inquiry-shows-system-s-7210185.php

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It reads:
"University of California and UnitedHealth Group to Collaborate, Work Strategically to Improve Health Care
Organizations to jointly leverage their distinctive resources and unique capabilities to advance health outcomes and patient care
Early initiatives to include new OptumLabs data-driven research and discovery center, a focus on stimulating health care innovation at Silicon Valley companies, and training the next generation of data scientists
Organizations to develop new ACO and clinically integrated care networks to improve care for patients and plan sponsors"

See:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160929005139/en/University-California-UnitedHealth-Group-Collaborate-Work-Strategically

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"Under the 10-year partnership unveiled Thursday, UnitedHealth Group Inc. and the UC system will form an accountable care organization that will be offered to large, self-funded employers statewide. In accountable care organizations, or ACOs, physicians, hospitals and an insurer work together to coordinate care, control spending and share savings."

http://khn.org/news/unitedhealth-and-university-of-california-to-forge-unique-alliance/



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But there's no comment on:
"At UC Irvine Health, a spokesperson said the center is “definitely facing some of the same financial pressures as UCSF,” but added that he was “not aware of plans to outsource IT staff” (though he had “not received confirmation one way or the other yet”).
A spokesperson for UCLA Health declined to comment, while UC Davis Health did not respond to a request for comment."
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/09/27/it-workers-fear-more-outsourcing-u-california-system


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Beginning with three pilot projects in Pasadena, San Francisco and Merced,

http://universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-joins-boys-girls-clubs-america-prepare-youth-college

Outliers- It happens like this all the time,


That UC Berkeley THE Higher Ed conference brings up:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/teaching-students-facts-no-longer-critical-internet-age
Includes:
"Teaching students facts 'no longer critical' in internet age
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman tells THE summit that universities should focus on teaching undergraduates how to discern truth

Talking in conversation with Nicholas Dirks, Berkeley's chancellor, Mr Hoffman said that graduates of the past would have had to rely heavily on information that they learned at university.

"That doesn't matter as much anymore; what really matters is the ability to find it quickly on your mobile phone," he said. "Being able to resolve truth is what matters much more than 'oh I know I've read that book, I can't get to it right now'.

"That's still useful but it's no longer critical."

Mr Hoffman said that universities' other key role was to place students within networks that would allow them to develop skills and access opportunities over the course of their lives.

The "old industrial model" of learning skills at university and using them for the rest of your career was radically outdated, he argued.

“Classic pieces of advice like ‘what colour is your parachute’, ‘study your passions’, that is radically insufficient now,” Mr Hoffman said. “Now it’s where are you connecting into networks, are those networks the kinds of things that you will find rewarding, that will lead you on a career trajectory.”

During the discussion, Mr Hoffman outlined his hope that LinkedIn would be able to analyse the career and life outcomes of graduates with particular educational backgrounds, to help prospective students understand which learning path was best for them.

But this approach was criticised by Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, who said such a “predictive environment” might fail to identify and support the “outliers” who would have the ideas which were capable of fundamentally changing society."

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Seem to recall a reference to R. Hoffman and the practice of reading books etc in this discussion on 'growing anti-intellectualusm', (highlighted in a tweet at Remaking the U blog) a panelist in that discussion said somethin' about how Hoffman is known for a quote that goes something like 'we wanna make it so you never have to be alone, lonely anymore' then the panelists riff on that awhile and then mention Zuckerberg FB as well, see at the 32:50 time mark of the audio clip for that particular section of a talk described like this:
"America's Growing Anti-Intellectualism
authors and professors say there is a growing anti-intellectualism and dumbing down of America, and it's on full display in younger generations who refuse to read actual books and whose media diet consists of digital "crap" from their social media feeds.



- Funny, there's that 'just published' UC research on that subject in Nature:
http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/vaop/naam/pdf/npp2016197a.pdf

Making the rounds:http://sports.yahoo.com/news/feeling-lonely-it-could-be-in-your-dna-100257816.html


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And then this pops up (in the twitter feed here as well)

"Music Confounds the Machines" by T Bone Burnett
http://nodepression.com/article/music-confounds-machines
Includes:
"Art is not a market to be conquered or to bow before.

Art is a holy pursuit.

Beneath the subatomic particle level, there are fibers that vibrate at different intensities. Different frequencies. Like violin strings. The physicists say that the particles we are able to see are the notes of the strings vibrating beneath them. If string theory is correct, then music is not only the way our brains work, as the neuroscientists have shown, but also, it is what we are made of, what everything is made of. These are the stakes musicians are playing for.

I want to recommend a book to you — The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul.

John Wilkinson, the translator, in his 1964 introduction, describes the book this way — “The Technological Society is a description of the way in which an autonomous technology is in the process of taking over the traditional values of every society without exception, subverting and surpassing those values to produce at last a monolithic world culture in which all technological difference and variety is mere appearance.” This is the core of the dead serious challenge we face.
The first nuclear weapon was detonated on the morning of July 16, 1945, at 5:29 and 45 seconds.

At that moment, technocrats took control of our culture.

Trinity was the code name of that explosion. It was an unholy trinity.

Technology does only one thing- it tends toward efficiency. It has no aesthetics. It has no ethics. It’s code is binary.

But everything interesting in life- everything that makes life worth living- happens between the binary. Mercy is not binary. Love is not binary. Music and art are not binary. You and I are not binary."


-Read the full thing..
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Then see Daily Cal on quite a life:
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/09/26/berkeley-lab-physicist-edward-joseph-lofgren-dies-102/



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A reminder that recently

-Dirks tweeted this:"The need to teach both music theory and string theory is a necessity for the U.S. economy" and points to this article: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stem-education-is-vital-but-not-at-the-expense-of-the-humanities/


But at Cal it's been feelin' somethin' like

a hollow crown...scandal of empire...in near $150 million budget deficit ruins...

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The President of the UC Regents signed it - he did not veto it- there is UC Constitutional autonomy so, not following it so dunno it's impact on UC?? Not much coverage to explain it...happened around the same time those DeCal class cancellation and reinstated stories were rolling out..

Also not much coverage on Napolitano was honored in NY recently

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'Not a political statement', to extend oneself to a feeling of compassion:
"I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated.”

He's worked with T Bone...

And if you feel that you...
And your will is...
Just believe
And you will find...

In the light.

Fiat Lux or maybe sometimes it is meant to be a question
-Fiat Lux?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today, HRC on Higher Ed: "I don't know how we got to where we are"...

(At the 26:00 mark in this speech event) Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke at a campaign rally at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.On college affordability, options see video of full event remarks:
https://www.c-span.org/video/?415989-1/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-campaign-durham-new-hampshire
And then she says 'but we are gonna fix it'-- don't you have to understand why and how first?
But

She took in a lot of speech $ from higher ed, - shouldn't she already know how the Higher Ed gambit runs, the pitfalls?

And unfortunately remember this post:

http://www.margaretsoltan.com/?p=52891


Which points to:

"Hillary Blasts For-Profit Colleges, but Bill Took Millions From One"

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hillary-blasts-profit-colleges-bill-took-millions-one-n6


Also to consider:

As it is winding down--will it' still continue  in public or private higher ed?
History:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-clinton-foundation-global-empire-20150602-story.html

Could UC efforts become some spinoff of CGI /foundation?

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/politics/former-president-bill-clinton-stops-in-to-manuels-tavern-ahead-of-fundraiser/429181842

Includes:
Bill Clinton said the foundation would no longer hold annual meetings of its international aid program, the Clinton Global Initiative, and it would spin off its foreign-based programs to other charities.

“We're going to transition all of these responsibilities that would require foreign or corporate donations, which I won't accept, and I won't raise money for the foundation if she wins. And I'm happy to do the transition as quickly as we can. We've already found partners who want to take over some of this stuff,” Bill Clinton said Wednesday.



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CGI and WJCF do good, but things can get complicated and even more complicated where public and private higher ed also become involved, right? Global Foundation and global initiative behaviors at state public schools...


Bill Clinton on CGI legacy: 'You have to keep this alive'

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/bill-clinton-global-foundation-speech-228494


Or view his remarks here


https://www.clintonfoundation.org/blog/2016/09/19/top-moments-12th-and-final-cgi-annual-meeting



(Or this coverage:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson/bill-clintons-goodbye-to-c-g-i



Or,

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/21/bill-clinton-s-to-his-foundation-remember-the-good-times.html


Or,

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bill-clinton-defends-clinton-foundation-in-cgi-speech/)


From a 2014 event where HRC spoke on higher education, from the archive:




Reich: "We are leading the world right now in inequality, in terms of advanced economies, and we are leading the world right now in terms of inequality of access to higher education."


His keynote, See: Public higher education ‘dying in the US’, warns Robert Reich
Former secretary of labor tells THE summit that growing inequality in admissions is ‘national tragedy in the making’

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/public-higher-education-dying-us-warns-robert-reich


"Professor Reich, chancellor’s professor of public policy at Berkeley and secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, said that state funding for public higher education had decreased by 18 per cent since 2008.

While 70 per cent of US students are still educated in public universities, these institutions now face significant financial challenges, with Berkeley being no exception.

“Public higher education is dying in the US,” Professor Reich said. “If we stay on the path we are now on, there will be very little difference between public institutions and private institutions in terms of their funding, or their cost structures, or their tuition [fees].”


Professor Reich said that tuition fees at public universities had increased by 33 per cent since 2008. The result was, he said, that students from poor and lower-middle-class families could “no longer afford public higher education”.

“Higher education is becoming less affordable to many in the bottom 60 per cent just at a time when higher education is more necessary than ever before to succeed in the modern economy and just as inequality is widening more than it has ever widened in the US since the 1880s and 1890s,” he said. “Those three things together spell out, it seems to me, a national tragedy in the making.”

Professor Reich said that the problem was exacerbated by the fact that private higher education institutions were “not doing the job they ought to do” to respond to widening inequality. He said that tuition fees at these universities were increasing faster than inflation partly as a result of competition to attract the best academics and to build student facilities that made campuses “look like and function like country clubs”.

He highlighted that federal tax breaks for philanthropic donations meant that the indirect public subsidy for Princeton University now stood at $26,000 (£19,972) per student, compared to the direct subsidy of about $7,000 per student at Berkeley; despite the fact that Berkeley had more students whose background meant that they were eligible for federal subsidy than the entire Ivy League put together."
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UC on:

Students and UC leaders urge Congress to restore year-round Pell Grants

http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/students-uc-leaders-urge-congress-restore-year-round-pell-grants

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Dirks tells THE summit that free tuition would enable government to 'control' public research universities "

See UC Berkeley on the way out Chancellor prognosticated on HRC's Higher Ed plans:
In:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/berkeley-chancellor-clinton-free-college-plan-wont-happen

“I would love to see the Clinton administration come and make college free for students coming from families earning less than $125,000. But I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Professor Dirks said.
He said this was because “if such a thing came to be there would be a real concerted effort to control parts of some of the great research institutions that are public in ways that might compromise their capacity to compete at the highest level”.
Speaking to THE after the session he said a federal programme to support students in paying fees "is possible" but it would be a "complicated political process" given that state governments are in charge of universities. 
He added that it is "inevitable" that state or federal governments would "worry about the cost" of increasing resources for low-income students, which might result in them "controlling" funds for research or faculty. 
During the panel discussion, Professor Dirks added that the amount the US spends on prisons is disproportionate compared to the amount it spends on universities and public institutions must acknowledge that funding will be “increasingly differentiated” and “ad-hoc”.


And,



But Professor Dirks said that although the US can learn from Germany and China, as higher education becomes less selective, “public support goes down too”.

Monday, September 26, 2016

UCSD effects on UCSF?, UC Regents Conflict of commitment policy changes, more.

Update: A $50 million contract in the University of California system opens the door for campuses to move IT services overseas. Will others follow in UCSF’s footsteps and cut jobs?


https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/09/27/it-workers-fear-more-outsourcing-u-california-system

, “Candidly, I am not aware of any major university in the country which has successfully implemented such a substantive IT outsourcing initiative” as the one at UCSF.


...

"The layoffs affect UCSF’s IT office broadly, covering staff members responsible for application support and development, email and phone systems, and data center and network center operations and more, according to an email from university CIO Joseph R. Bengfort. Excluding contract and vacant positions, 49 career employees will lose their jobs.
In interviews with Inside Higher Ed, staff members said they are coping with the decision with a combination of frustration and resignation. Some said they are searching for IT jobs at other campuses in the system. Others said they are considering leaving the industry altogether. They asked that their names not be published as they still have five months of employment left."
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Earlier:
New article on:
"University of California’s ties with HCL are complicated
UC San Diego says its chancellor, who is on the board of directors of an HCL unit, was not involved in UC San Francisco’s vendor negotiations"


http://www.computerworld.com/article/3122998/it-outsourcing/university-of-california-s-ties-with-hcl-are-complicated.html

Includes:


"But this contract may have implications for the San Diego campus.

The University of California's San Diego and San Francisco campuses are separate in the sense that they have their own chief executives and IT leadership. But the IT services contract with HCL negotiated by UCSF can be used at any of the 10 campuses in the 190,000-employee University of California system, said UCSF CIO Joe Bengfort, in a recent interview.

The affected IT employees in San Francisco, who have spoken to Computerworld on the condition of anonymity, believe that the shifting of their jobs to India may be the start of a system-wide effort to move these public, partially taxpayer-supported jobs, overseas. They have reason to believe this is true.

The HCL contract was discussed in August by the university's system-wide Architecture Committee, according to notes from the meeting. Attending were representatives of nearly 20 UC institutions, including from the university's San Diego campus.

The "HCL agreement is UC-wide," according to the committee's meeting notes, which also report: "Other CIOs looking at UCSF experience before other folks dip in. Wait for a year before jumping in with HCL."

Another link that the UC San Diego campus has with the San Francisco campus is the expanded use of the Supercomputer Center as a back-up facility for data.


Membership on a corporate board among top University of California officials is common, and it has posed issues for the university. It recently revised its conflict-of-interest rules, changing them in a way that gives the university broader latitude in determining the definition of a conflict"...

Includes background links on the issues and a UPTE petition:
And: events at UCLA around it

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Also,
http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/ucd/what-do-you-want-in-ucds-next-chancellor/

The Enterprise asked a selection of campus and community thought leaders about what they hope to see in the university’s next chief administrator:

-in depth comments in that article from a broad cross section.

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Berkeley students are wondering why the Cal student regent designate was left out of the Committee UC Regents formed :
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/09/22/asuc-passes-bill-academic-freedom-campus-outcry-palestine-decal/

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At the meeting External Affairs Vice President André Luu submitted another bill in support of the inclusion of an additional student representative on the advisory committee to the UC President that will engage in future searches for the new chancellor. Presently, the committeehas two student members — ASUC President Will Morrow and Graduate Assembly President Iman Sylvain.
“The purpose of the bill is to increase pressure on the UC Board of Regents so they include this additional student, either a student regent or student regent designate, on the decision making process,” Luu said.
If the bill passes through committee meetings Monday, the senate will vote on it at their Sept. 

---Some of the current UC Regents picked for that committee include Regents who dropped out of Cal, and reappointed Regents who  picked the very same chancellors that now UC has to pay for a search to replace after very serious problems  etc.


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At Davis there are questions about why some UC Regents with significant Southern CA interests are on the Committee for a Davis Chancellor search:
"There is decent UC Davis representation on the committee from several faculty members, the president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education and several others known to wear “Go Ags” buttons.
But, predictably, there are also a number of folks not related to our beloved campus, including Regents Bonnie Reiss, George Kieffer, Charlene Zettel, Anthony Rendon and Harvey Brody.
A quick poll of 1,113 people stopped randomly on the main Quad at UCD revealed not a one who had heard of any of the regents in question. Not that fame is a criterion for service."


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Reminder

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/

Reminder:September 27 - Special Meeting (closed session)

September 23, 2016
TO THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA:
Because the membership of the Committee to Advise the President on the Selection of a Chancellor
of the Davis campus includes five members of the Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs
Committee and Public Engagement and Development Committee, there exists the potential for
having present a quorum of a Regents’ Committee when the advisory committee meets.
Although no business of the committees will be considered by the advisory committee, this notice
of meeting is served in order to comply fully with pertinent open meeting laws.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, there will be a Closed Session, Special Joint Meeting of the
Academic and Student Affairs Committee and Public Engagement and Development Committee
concurrent with the Committee to Advise the President on the Selection of a Chancellor of the
Davis campus. The purpose of the meeting is to consider matters related to the appointment and
employment of a new Chancellor [Personnel matters, Education Code section 92032(b)(7)].
The meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. in the Pavilion on the Davis campus and adjourn at
approximately 4:30 p.m.
Anne L. Shaw
(Advisory Committee members: Regents Brody, Kieffer, Reiss, Rendon, and Zettel; ex officio

Friday, September 23, 2016

Napolitano comments on Choudhry, Fin Aid-- and UC on ....

CPRA: http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/23/peele-government-routinely-ignore-the-public-records-acts-most-basic-requirements/


"UC Berkeley’s boilerplate response to public records requests states that the requestor can expect to hear something back in eight weeks. That’s more than double the amount of time a government can take under unusual circumstances to issue a determination.
This is ridiculous to the point that the university might as well be exempt from the law. The staff of UC President Janet Napolitano is just as bad. I’ve had a request pending there since Oct. 28. For the record that’s 333 days from the day I am writing this."
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UC President Napolitano Welcomes Changes to Federal Financial Aid

http://newamericamedia.org/2016/09/uc-president-napolitano-welcomes-changes-to-federal-financial-aid.php

Includes

Over 37 percent of newly admitted UC freshman in 2016 were from low-income families, according to UC admissions data, while just under 43 percent were first-generation college students.

Napolitano highlighted the fact that 55 percent of UC students pay no tuition or fees, and that over half graduate debt free. “We have very robust financial aid,” she said, adding that 2016 marked the “sixth straight year with no tuition increase. Our intent is to keep tuition as low as possible and financial aid as high as possible.”

Average tuition at a UC runs between $12,000 and $13,000 per year.

Most diverse freshman class ever

Napolitano called this year’s incoming cohort “the most diverse ever.” She said the UC would be taking in a record number of community college transfer students – nearly 17,000 – crediting the new Transfer Pathways programs, which streamlined the transfer process for community college students.

Enrollment among Latinos, meanwhile, jumped 28 percent, while for African Americans it rose 32 percent from 2015. UCLA saw the highest number of African Americans admitted, at 6.9 percent of all incoming freshman and transfer students.

The rise in African-American enrollment, Napolitano noted, represents “the largest increase since the [1996] passage of Prop. 209,” which banned race-based admissions in all California colleges and universities.

African Americans are currently 4 percent of the 250,000-strong UC student body. Still, across the UC system their numbers are far below that for Asians (35 percent), whites (24 percent), and Latinos (22 percent).

Napolitano acknowledged the discrepancy, saying, “We have more work to do.”

Part of that work involves an ongoing initiative Napolitano launched in 2014 called Achieve UC, an “umbrella campaign” of various outreach programs, including those targeting primarily low-income high schools across the state with the message that UC’s are attainable.

But Napolitano also stressed that families have an important role to play, saying they need to begin to build expectations “as early as middle school” for their kids around higher education, and to “create an environment that says your education is our top priority.”

Not enough funds from the state

Napolitano added that the university also had taken in over 5,000 in-state students this year, “above what we originally intended.” The figure is part of a three-year plan worked out last year in partnership with Sacramento to enroll a total of 10,000 in-state students. Napolitano said the UC would enroll 2500 next year, and another 2500 in 2018.

The university has been criticized in recent months for not doing enough to enroll in-state students.

The additional students do mean some “stresses and strains” on available resources, Napolitano admitted. “But we’re getting it done.”

Part of those stresses includes a mounting debt that has doubled since the 2008 recession. UC Regents expressed concern over the school’s finances at a recent meeting, arguing that without additional resources maintaining educational quality would be a challenge.

Napolitano noted Wednesday that despite additional dollars in this year’s state budget for specific initiatives – including investments in innovation and entrepreneurship programs – California’s “contribution to higher education is still much lower than it was prior to the recession.”

New America Media and the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) have partnered to promote information on diversity in enrollment for California's ethnic communities"...

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Napolitano comments on Choudhry:


"UC President Janet Napolitano Responds to Racial Discrimination Lawsuit by Former Law School Dean Sujit Choudhry"


http://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/uc-president-janet-napolitano-responds-to-racial-discrimination-lawsuit-by/article_f2d12fdc-8107-11e6-a69e-e794031f1f59.html

Includes:
"University of California president Janet Napolitano responded Sept. 21 to a lawsuit filed against her by Sujit Choudhry, former dean of UC Berkeley’s Law School, who claimed she had racially discriminated against him when she ordered a second investigation into sexual harassment allegations by his executive assistant.

During a press briefing at her office regarding new financial aid and admissions policies, Napolitano told India-West: “Without getting into the details of pending litigation, I will say that we intend to dispute that allegation vigorously.”


The UC president also stated that diversification of campus faculty was one of her primary concerns.

Choudhry, the first Indian American to head up UC Berkeley’s law school – known as Boalt Hall – filed a lawsuit Sept. 15 against Napolitano and UC Regents, alleging that racial discrimination was the motivation behind a second investigation into sexual harassment claims against him."