Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Some UC Regents Have Serious Problems With This Month's UC Regents Agenda. And DACA latest developments.

UC Regents decided to post their meeting agenda with nine(9) days notice rather than the ten (10) day rule,
UC Regents has a mystery closed board meeting posted with a bad link as their very last agenda item on the 25th
Multiple governance of UC Regents issues are also up for discussion, along with several sensitive matters related to UC regents and UCOP governance rules amendments all to be discussed and possibly voted on...

And UC scheduled this month's UC Regents meeting on the same day the State of the State is delivered in Sacramento by the President of the UC Regents/Governor Brown, this means that a number of ex officio UC Regents will necessarily be in Sacramento for that event on that day--now see LA Times on the tuition hike vote issue :

"Some UC regents push to delay vote on possible tuition increase'

"State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, an ex-officio regent, asked UC President Janet Napolitano over the weekend to delay a vote because he and some of the other regents won’t be able to attend the budget discussion scheduled for Jan. 25 at UC San Francisco. That’s because Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address is scheduled for the same day.

At least two other ex-officio regents, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torklakson, also will attend Brown’s address and miss the regents meeting. Newsom opposes any tuition increase, his spokesman said.

“To start, it lets the Legislature off the hook of addressing the state’s underfunding of public higher ed,” Rhys Williams, Newsom’s spokesman, said in a text Tuesday.

Students also have asked Napolitano to delay any vote until the March meeting, to be held at UCLA. Student Regent Paul Monge said he and two other student leaders met with Napolitano on Friday and asked for a delay, saying more students would be able to voice their views at a meeting at UCLA than at UCSF, which has no undergraduate campus.

“We’re wanting to provide access to the meeting and make sure there’s robust input from students,” Monge said Tuesday.

Monge said UC officials told students that they wanted a decision on tuition in January to give families time to prepare for any increase. But students countered, he said, that admission decisions for freshmen and transfer students usually are not released until the spring anyway. Freshmen have until May 1 to commit to enroll and transfer students, until June 1.

Delaying a vote, Monge argued, also would give the UC community more time to lobby the Legislature and governor for more money. That, in turn, could eliminate the need for another tuition increase, he said.

Brown made it clear in the 2018-19 budget proposal he unveiled last week that he did not support another tuition increase at UC or Cal State.

“The Administration remains concerned about the impact of tuition increases on lower income students and families and believes more must be done to reduce the universities’ cost structure,” his budget proposal said. “Further reforms should be implemented before the segments consider charging students more.”

At the same time, Brown proposed a 3% increase in base funding for 2018-19, down from a 4% increase in each of the last few years. Leaders of UC and Cal State have expressed concern over the smaller funding increases.

Napolitano and UC Board of Regents Chairman George Kieffer could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. "

This on DACA latest at Daily Bruin:


And this statement from UC:


"The University of California looks forward to defending the federal district court injunction on appeal. U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup’s order rightly rests on the correct application of settled legal principles, which do not permit an agency such as the Department of Homeland Security to act based on a mistaken view of the law. Judge Alsup correctly recognized that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a lawful exercise of enforcement discretion and rejected the government’s argument to the contrary.

We will oppose the government’s highly unusual attempt to take an appeal directly to the Supreme Court. The administration’s disregard for ordinary appellate procedures echoes the irregular manner in which it tried to rescind DACA.

Judge Alsup’s injunction requiring DHS to accept DACA renewals remains in place, and we urge all DACA recipients to submit renewal applications as soon as possible. This does not, however, negate the urgent need for a legislative solution that will allow DACA recipients to permanently remain in the United States."
And this press conference:

Cal Chancellor Christ is dealing with some negative feedback on her handling of related DACA issues

And her free speech year:http://www.dailycal.org/2018/01/14/bay-area-residents-sue-uc-berkeley-city-berkeley-damages-february-yiannopoulos-event/


Napolitano has been on CNN and other outlets talking about DACA
And there is this other coverage of her also:

"Ex-Obama Officials as College Presidents
A significant number of former Obama administration officials have become college presidents, and many are women -- revealing truths about hiring nontraditional presidents."
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/01/15/former-obama-administration-officials-are-being-named-college-presidents--see also the comments there as well...
it included:
"The search leading to Napolitano becoming UC system president hit on some of the same themes. Napolitano’s success was less about her being a cabinet member in the Obama administration than it was about her experience running a large, complex public enterprise with a diverse staff and many different constituencies, according to a UC spokeswoman. Her background at the Department of Homeland Security played a part, but Napolitano’s time as the governor of Arizona was perhaps more important, because she was well regarded for her work with education.
Of course, both Blank and Napolitano have had to deal with controversies during their tenures at their respective institutions. UW Madison’s business school dean in December announced her resignation after just one semester, because her vision for the school was not aligned with Blank’s. Blank has also had to navigate struggles over budgets and tenure in Wisconsin. In California, Napolitano ran into a rocky time of late, taking flak from regents in November following accusations her office sought to tamper with a state audit in an incident that led to the resignation of two of her top aides."


"UC President Napolitano Talks About Moral Leadership During School of Medicine Retreat"
"During the talk, held on Jan. 11, she implored leadership to stand up for researchers to ensure that their voices are heard, criticisms are addressed and academic freedom is embraced – and that it was imperative to educate the public about what real science is. “We have to continue to put forward the fight that real science means something,” she said.

Napolitano elaborated upon how institutional leaders go about addressing systemic problems such as sexual harassment, discrimination and inequalites through setting specific intentions and requiring accountability for changes.

“We marry the knowledge and the expertise that comes out of the university with the public issues of today,” she said, noting three examples of current UC-wide challenges as the 4,000 undocumented UC students, how to minimize the UC system’s carbon footprint and sexual harassment issues. “We should not only not be shy, but should be speaking up and speaking out and uniting what we are talking about with what actions we are taking.”"

Monday, January 15, 2018

UC Regents Meeting Agenda January 24-25



Wednesday, January 24
8:30 am
Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf) Location: Robertson Auditorium

Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment Period2
(20 minutes)
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 15, 2017
Remarks of the Chair of the Board
Remarks of the President of the University
Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate

Concurrent Meetings
9:30 am
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 15, 2017
P1 Discussion Federal Issues Update

P2 Discussion Update on University of California-Sponsored State Legislation for 

P3 Discussion Community Outreach and Impacts, Division of Agriculture and Natural 

P4 Discussion Annual Report on Sustainable Practices 2017

Committee Membership: Regents Blum, Lansing (Vice Chair), Mancia, Monge, Ortiz 
Oakley, Park, Pattiz, and Reiss; Ex officio members Brown, 
Kieffer, and Napolitano; Chancellors Block, Christ, Hawgood, 
Leland, May, and Wilcox; Advisory members May and Morimoto; 
Staff Advisor Main; Student Advisor Sands

9:30 am
Compliance and Audit Committee (open session) (pdf)Location: Robertson Auditorium
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 15, 2017

C1 Discussion Internal Audit Activities Report

Committee membership: Regents Anguiano, De La Peña, Elliott (Vice Chair), Lemus,
Makarechian, Newsom, Pérez, Tauscher, Varner, and Zettel
(Chair); Ex officio members Brown and Kieffer; Chancellors
Blumenthal, Gillman, Khosla, and Yang; Advisory members
Anderson, Graves, and White; Staff Advisor Valdry

Compliance and Audit Committee (closed session) (pdf)Location: Robertson Auditorium

Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 15, 2017
C2(X) Discussion Compliance and Audit Personnel Matters
Closed Session Statute Citation: Personnel matters [Education Code §92032(b)(7)]

C3(X) Discussion Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Litigation Overview
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

C4(X) Discussion Update on Investigation by the Department of Insurance

C5(X) Action Recommended Settlements for Board Action

-2 items posted -

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

C6(X) Discussion Appellate, Trial Court Developments and Updates

-19 items listed-

C7(X) Information Settlements and Separation Agreements Under Delegated
Authority Reported from October 7, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)

11:30 am
Governance and Compensation Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Robertson Auditorium

Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meetings of September 13, 2017 and
November 15, 2017

G1 Action Governance, Policy, and Compliance Reforms: Adoption of Regents
Policy on Compliance with State Audits, Regents Policy on
Independent Reporting to the Board of Regents by Officers with
Dual Reporting Obligations to the Board and to the President of the
University, and Regents Policy on Appointment and Compensation
of Officers of the Regents with Dual Reporting Obligations to the
Board of Regents and to the President of the University;
Amendment of Bylaw 23, Amendment of the Compliance and Audit
Committee Charter; and Amendment of Regents Policy 7702 -
Senior Management Group Performance Management Review

G2 Action Approval of New Benchmarking Framework Resulting in Revisions
to the Market Reference Zones for UC Health Positions in the Senior
Management Group, as Proposed by the UC Health Executive
Compensation Working Group

G3 Action Establishment of New Position in the Senior Management Group of
Associate Vice President – Chief Transformation Officer, UC
Health, and the Market Reference Zone for the Position, Office of
the President

G4 Discussion Semi-Annual Report on Outside Professional Activities Approved in

Committee membership: Regents Blum, Elliott, Lansing, Ortiz Oakley (Vice Chair), Pattiz,
Pérez, Reiss, Sherman (Chair), and Varner; Ex officio members
Brown, Kieffer, and Napolitano

Governance and Compensation Committee (closed session) (pdf) Location: Robertson Auditorium
Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 15, 2017

G5(X) Action Appointment of Regent as Chair of the National Laboratories

G6(X) Action Appointment of Principal Officer Delegation from the Office of the
General Counsel

G7(X) Discussion Collective Bargaining Matters

Concurrent Meetings
1:00 pmAcademic and Student Affairs Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Fisher West Banquet Room

Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 15, 2017

A1 Action Endorsement of Recommendations of the Academic Verification
Task Force

A2 Action Approval of Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition for a
Graduate Professional Degree Program at the Merced Campus

A3 Action Revised Agreement Between the University of California and the
California Institute of Technology for the California Association for
Research in Astronomy

A4 Discussion Benefits of the University of California Undergraduate Research

A5 Discussion Update on UC Center in Sacramento

A6 Discussion Update on Implementation of Recommendations of the Total Cost of
Attendance Working Group

A7 Discussion Discussion of Future Items for the Committee and Board

Committee membership: Regents De La Peña, Elliott, Lansing, Mancia, Monge, Newsom,
Ortiz Oakley, Pattiz, Pérez (Chair), Reiss, Rendon, and Tauscher
(Vice Chair); Ex officio members Brown, Kieffer, Napolitano, and
Torlakson; Chancellors Block, Christ, Leland, Wilcox, and Yang;
Advisory members Graves and White; Staff Advisor Main

National Laboratories Subcommittee (open session) (pdf) Location: Fisher West Banquet Room
Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 15, 2017

N1 Discussion Presentation on the State of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

N2 Discussion Annual Report on Fiscal Year 2017 National Laboratory Performance

N3 Discussion Update on Los Alamos National Laboratory Contract Competition and
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contract Reform

Committee Membership: Regents De La Peña (Vice Chair), Mancia, Napolitano, Newsom,
Ortiz Oakley, Pattiz (Chair), and Tauscher; Ex officio member
Pérez; Chancellors Block, Christ, and Yang; Advisory member White

1:00 pmFinance and Capital Strategies Committee (open session) (pdf) Location: Robertson Auditorium

Agenda – Open Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of November 15, 2017

F1 Action Approval of Amendment #6 to the UCLA 2002 Long Range
Development Plan for Additional On-Campus Student Housing
Following Action Pursuant to the California Environmental
Quality Act, Los Angeles Campus

F2 Action Approval of Budget, External Financing, and Design Following
Action Pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act, Lot 15
Residence Hall, Los Angeles Campus

F3 Action Approval of Budget, External Financing, and Design Following
Action Pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act,
10995 Le Conte Apartments, Los Angeles Campus

F4 Action Approval of Budget, External Financing, and Design Following
Action Pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act,
Southwest Campus Apartments, Los Angeles Campus

F5 Action Approval of the University of California 2018-19 Budget for
Current Operations, Tuition, and Financial Aid, and Adjustment of
the Employer Contribution to the University of California
Retirement Plan

F6 Action Adoption of Regents Policy on a Central Operating Reserve for the
University of California Office of the President and Discussion of
Guidelines Governing the Central Operating Reserve

F7 Discussion University of California Office of the President Fiscal Year
2018-19 Budget Process

F8 Discussion Development of Dundee Residence Hall and Glasgow Dining,
Riverside Campus

F9 Discussion Amendment of the Budget, Joan and Sanford I. Weill
Neurosciences Building, San Francisco Campus

F10 Discussion Regents Policies on Capital, External Financing, and Employee
Housing Assistance Program Matters

F11 Discussion Fiat Lux – The University of California’s Captive Insurance
Company: A Five-Year Update

F12 Discussion UCPath Update

Committee membership: Regents Anguiano, Blum, Lemus, Makarechian (Chair), Park,
Rendon, Sherman (Vice Chair), Varner, and Zettel; Ex officio
members Brown, Kieffer, and Napolitano; Chancellors
Blumenthal, Gillman, Hawgood, Khosla, and May; Advisory
members Anderson, May, and Morimoto; Staff Advisor Valdry;
Student Advisor Sands

Thursday, January 25
8:30 am
Board (open session - includes public comment session) (pdf)Location: Robertson Auditorium
Agenda – Open Session
Public Comment2
Roll Call
Approval of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of November 16, 2017 and the Meeting of
November 16, 2017
Committee Reports Including Approval of Recommendations from Committees:
Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Endorsement of Recommendations of the Academic Verification Task Force
Approval of Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition for a Graduate Professional
Degree Program at the Merced Campus
Revised Agreement Between the University of California and the California
Institute of Technology for the California Association for Research in Astronomy
Compliance and Audit Committee

Public Engagement and Development Committee
National Laboratories Subcommittee
Notable Honors and Achievements
Resolutions in Appreciation
B1 Action Adoption of Resolution on the 150th Anniversary of the University of
B2 Action Approval of the University of California 2018-19 Budget for Current
Operations, Tuition, and Financial Aid, and Adjustment of the Employer
Contribution to the University of California Retirement Plan
Officers’ and President’s Reports:
Report of Interim, Concurrence, and Committee Actions
Report of Materials Mailed Between Meetings

Upon end of Board open
Board (closed session) (pdf) Location: Robertson Auditoriums
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Online community college and UC Regents, initiatives to get the ball rolling

Boosting the numbers of certificates and degrees awarded in focus-- See:
There is this coverage of Regents Oakley and Brown on the new online community college initiative:
In USA Today affiliated Ventura Star:

At Sac Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article194017099.html


And at THE:

At CHE: https://www.chronicle.com/article/In-New-Budget-Proposal/242204


This on DACA:


There was this news on a UCSD student on DACA - but nothing similar on Cal DACA students etc.

This on the labs bid:


And highlighted historical :in this new 60 minutes story


You might recall during this meeting session below that regent Ortiz Oakley comments and chair Kieffer comments and regent Perez comments about their concerns around staff removing agenda items from the UC regents agenda without regental approval as an ongoing pattern, problem... In their comments they did not make clear if it was regents staff or UCOP staff who did it -and that is and was important b/c that 'problem' occurred once again even at that November UC regents meeting where a special session was held to hear a sort of UCOP presidential apology from UCOP about other similar behavior on the surveys....You can hear the regents concerns about this ongoing issue expressed at this committee session at the 2:30 time mark, but it is a 13 minute long meeting, encourage viewing it in it's entirety:

(Reiss normally chairs this committee. During this meeting there was also indirect reference to regent Reiss's absence - now for several months- and there are other regents who have also been absent from regents meetings for several months now, likely health related? "recovery" now mentioned..but the UC regents at their board sessions have not explained them previously or as these long term absences come up.)

With the above in mind, two things:

Maybe someone forgot to tell this Daily Bruin Op Ed :

that the regents already currently operate in political pressure, they are political appointees; that there are other recent reviews of UC regents actions besides just the Pattiz matter that are of concern over how process worked, fairness, thoroughness, and there are regents who've recently said they are kidding themselves if they think they know what they are doing etc- it would seem some additional oversight needed and pushing this initiative on the discussion of regent fitness for office process of reviewing might at least get that ball rolling for the UC regents to display how they self assess internally etc..

And, currently, the UC Regents still do not have their 10 days beforehand agenda posted for their Jan 24-25 scheduled meeting: here.

Friday, January 12, 2018

'S*** holes for all', more on Piketty

"Congress Changed 529 College Savings Plans, And Now States Are Nervous"
https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/01/08/575167214/congress-changed-529-college-savings-plans-and-now-states-are-nervous includes:

" to cover tuition not only at colleges and universities, but also at private elementary and high schools. That's a big, sudden expansion, and it has some experts worried."
..."The real benefit, according to the state experts and independent economists NPR interviewed for this story, is for affluent families — many of whom already have kids in private K-12 schools"...
Remaking the University's cnewf tweeted out this link:

..."moral here is pretty obvious: being born into wealth is a far better choice than working hard at some stupid series of jobs.

This is especially true in contemporary America.

Median wage in constant 2017 dollars:

1990: $27,468

2016: $30,533

Total increase in median wage, 1990-2016: 11.16%

Total increase in S&P 500 average, adjusted for inflation, January 1990 – present: 305.6%"

It is related to this new assessment of Piketty research on income inequality, see:

..."After compiling this first-of-its-kind data set, Jordà's team makes a startling conclusion: If anything, Piketty's book underestimates the historical rate of return on wealth. “The same fact reported [by Piketty] holds true for more countries and more years, and more dramatically,” the researchers conclude."...

One more thing : this alternative view:

The guv received services at UCSF, friends with certain regents tied to interests there, and his health sec is partner of a retired former UCOP exec:


A faculty take on his legacy:


the students and staff likely more concerned with this topic
that is the issue for them, right now

Ironic that the latest chatter on counter celebrity pol opposition in a far off pres election comes from one of the most expensive towns in CA now hit by climate change related disasters...

-- what about the CA gubernatorial race?

One -INO can be the same as the other side's -INO

Born into wealth or not, celebrities or not, state or national - the successful candidate is gonna have to tackle the above, and that's some pretty heavy lifting...

That famous quote:
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

Is it even about words anymore -or deeds now?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Some IX, some DACA, some other things...


Based on this WSJ article that requires subscription:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/allegations-of-groping-lewd-comments-and-rape-academias-metoo-moment-1515672001 based around allegations in something called "
“Sexual Harassment In the Academy: A Crowdsource Survey.”
Some other coverage out there from unfamiliar outlets questions whether or not this Cal student has DACA status or not and whether or not UC knew during enrollment, which also plays into other FERPA concerns related to the campus response and statements on it:

And then there's: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article194085594.html

..."In particular, the complaint alleges that the early morning demonstration was “organized” by the university. That can’t be correct, can it?

An attorney friend explained it to me. Sullivan’s theory, he said, “is that the resident advisers encouraged students to protest Trump’s election, and therefore the university ‘organized’ the protests by acting through its employees.”

To make that case, Sullivan would have to prove that the resident advisers actually did this, that they were acting within the scope of their employment at the time"....

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"a message that the Governor expects UC tuition to remain flat"

And a statement from the Governor that he informed UC of the terms a year ago so they could plan appropriately...
See the last two minutes here:
"California's 2018-19 Governor's Budget"


And also on CSU and UC at the 15:30 mark there as well.

Governor Brown:
"It is enough. Your getting three percent more and that's it. They're not gonna get anymore. And they've got to manage. I think they need a little more scrutiny over how they are spending things. It's just because the University is a good they say 'we've got to have more good' -but if you have too much good it -in certain circumstances - -it becomes a bad. So they're gonna have to live within their means. And what will happen here is when the next recession they'll have to put everything in reverse and lay people off and raise tuition and that's not a good thing. So, they've got to lower the cost structure and there are tools to do that and they need to step up and more creatively engage in the process of making education more affordable."

Can't view on chrome FYI:

Statement from UC Board of Regents Chair George Kieffer and UC President Janet Napolitano on Gov. Brown’s budget plan
UC Office of the President
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"UC Board of Regents Chair George Kieffer and UC President Janet Napolitano today (Jan. 10) issued the following statement on Gov. Brown’s budget plan:

The University of California is pleased that the governor’s budget announced today provides for a funding increase to our core educational budget. This 3 percent increase, however, is less than we anticipated under the framework we established with the governor. That agreement acknowledged the need for ongoing, predictable state funding to maintain UC quality and access while requiring the university to lower its cost structure.

The university will continue to work toward fulfilling its commitments under the framework by spring 2018 and has an ambitious strategy in place to achieve the final component, which is related to transfer student enrollment.

The governor’s budget plan does not include funding for UC enrollment growth. The university is committed to adding an additional 2,000 California undergraduates in fall 2018, including 1,500 that it will fund from its own resources. We have also requested support to add 500 more graduate students, who are critical to the university’s research mission and to meeting the state’s workforce needs. The state budget process has just begun and we hope to continue conversations with the governor and the Legislature to ensure expanded access for fall 2018 and to restore the university to the funding envisioned in the framework."

'bout time

--and students, many others are also pushing for this change- not just :
AFSCME proposes amendment to expel UC Regents by two-thirds vote

-they have until Feb 16th to get a CA leg sponsor:

"...UC Student Regent Paul Monge said he thinks the amendment is necessary because the California Constitution lacks a formal process to remove UC Regents.

“Even a regent with proven misconduct could continue to serve on the board with impunity,” he said.

De los Angeles said the union received feedback from student leaders in November stating they were concerned about Pattiz remaining on the Board of Regents.

“Seeing the public outrage at Pattiz alongside everything going on in the nation, it seemed to us the path forward was to create a way to make this removal easier, ” he said.

AFSCME plans to sponsor the amendment and campaign for legislative support, de los Angeles said. Two-thirds of each house of the state legislature must propose that the amendment be included on a statewide ballot in order for California residents to vote on it.

“At the beginning of each (legislative session), assemblymen and senators pick their legislative packages,” de los Angeles said. “We are pushing our (legislative package) as one measure that legislators should consider.”

De los Angeles said that while ASFCME does not currently have a legislative author sponsoring this measure, they have until Feb. 16 to get a sponsor.

Monge said he thinks requiring two-thirds of both houses of the state legislature to approve removing a regent will ensure they are not removed for frivolous or unjustifiable reasons.

“It is in the public’s interest to ensure a legally recognized process for removing a regent,” he said."...