Friday, August 26, 2016

Universities and The Public Good?

Dirks announces indefinite suspension of Berkeley Global Campus plans


UC Berkeley Global Campus suspended due to lack of funds
"Dirks also promised that Berkeley would look at other options for a development, such as inviting an anchor tenant like Google to the site, "

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

"The public University of California’s various endowments total about $16 billion. That seems like a lot, too. But that funding serves 10 campuses with 238,000 students, an average of about $67,000 per student. By contrast, Princeton’s endowment per student is about $2.8 million."

Wa Po thinks there is a pace being kept, they went to UCOP for answers:
"How the University of California and other public schools use reserve funds to keep pace"

Fable, fairy tale references. Dialogue, solutions?


Campus budget issue prompts concern from EECS faculty, students over enrollment

"We haven’t even substantiated the fact that there are a significant number of EECS students who can’t get seats,” Mogulof said. He added in an email that Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ wrote an email in response to Rao saying that the financial documents he appeared to be relying on did not paint a “full or adequate picture” of university finance and funding practices.

In addition, in her response to Rao’s email, Christ promised to provide more detailed information about the allocation of TAS funding within a few days but implied that available funds for this semester have been already been allocated.

“As I said to you in our very first email exchange, unlike Rumpelstiltskin, none of us can make gold from straw,” Christ said in her response email.


A previous version of this article stated that campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said waitlisted-class issues are not as severe as some argue. In fact, he said the waitlisting is a complicated issue.

The same article also stated Mogulof said in an email that electrical engineering and computer sciences professor Satish Rao lacked a full picture of UC finance and funding practices. In fact, Mogulof said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ had written in an email that the financial documents Rao appeared to be relying on did not paint the full picture"


Dirks’ New Student Convocation speech praises community, omits campus controversies

"But some new students were disappointed that Dirks did not take the opportunity to open up conversations about some of the serious issues UC Berkeley will face this year such as addressing the multimillion dollar annual budget deficit or sexual harassment cases.

Sofia Guo, an incoming freshman who was at the convocation, said that while she has heard about the campus controversies and Dirks’ plan to resign, she wished she could learn more from the campus administration’s perspective.

“I thought it was kind of expected (that) he didn’t talk about any issues up front,” Guo said. “But I think as a good chancellor or honest chancellor … it would have been a great platform as a first impression, and he was very vague."

The speech was guided by what Dirks believed was appropriate for the occasion, campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said in an email, adding that it was meaningful for new students and was in line with “the needs and interests of the campus he serves.

While her respect for UC Berkeley remains unchanged, incoming freshman Katherine Yen said Dirks’ omission does not bode well for a chancellor who had once touted himself as a man of the students just three years ago,

“As he was speaking, there was this voice in my head going, ‘Yeah, but you’re not mentioning all the problems that we are facing,’ ” Yen said. “He definitely could have done a better job there, since the student body knows — we’re an informed group of students."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

At UC Berkeley "The full debate between privatization and its costs never happened. "

Rebenching is not Berkeley's problem. So if the public system isn't sinking Berkeley, what is?

That would be a combination of public cuts, already mentioned, new costs incurred by campuses, and new costs that UCOP or the state has pushed onto the campuses in recent years. The new costs that UC campuses haven’t incurred themselves include:
  • Normal cost inflation.  VC Wilton estimated this as historically 3-4% per year, meaning the UCOP “deal” on state increases  (4% per year for a few years) is essentially a zero gain.
  • Capital projects.  The state has largely withdrawn from campus development.   
  • Pension contributions (up from zero to 14% of payroll since 2010).
  • Increased employer health care costs, including retiree health care.
  • Central administration, aka UCOP,  which is now funded via campus taxes to the tune of something close to 15% of state funding.
  • Subsidies for UCSF (a $130 million premium in enrollment-based allocations (Appendix A row J * row M)
There are also campus-based structural costs, particularly the practice of covering a large share of research costs (19% at Berkeley) with institutional funds. 


This is in large part because of the managerial decisionism I won't discuss here, and also because, as Jacques Lacan would have expected, denial was an important part of the disclosure.  Wilton Part 1 disclosed budget strategy failure.  Wilton Part 2hid it in plain sight.  While former Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was a true believer who could effortlessly suture the contradiction, Chancellor Dirks was perhaps unsettled by the double message that UC Berkeley’s administration has been broadcasting for a decade: we must privatize; we are more public than ever. Were this so, he would naturally seem indecisive, as though he “embrace[d] ambiguity.”   In fact, privatization is ambiguous.  It wants private money, especially high net tuition, and to keep its public subsidies, and to keep its public-mission image. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rooms with Views at Cal...

UC Berkeley's Bowles Hall 'castle' reopens as select dorm, for $19,000 a year


African-American resource center becomes reality at UC Berkeley this fall

Napolitano on Adjuncts, Students, Katehi

Women in leadership and job possibilities with HRC:

Janet Napolitano: Risk, Resolve, and Running a Major University System

DeRuy: One of the criticisms of higher education is that women so often occupy adjunct positions that pay little and don’t lead to tenure and, importantly, aren’t a pipeline to leadership positions like yours at universities. Is that something you’re focused on at all or think needs to change?
Napolitano: I think in higher education today, there’s a growing use of what we would call “non-ladder-rank faculty,” so ladder rank are tenure-track and non-ladder rank are adjuncts, or they come with different labels. All can be very valuable to the student experience. We haven’t focused on that [trend] intensely in that way. What we have focused on is how do we diversify the faculty both with respect to women, particularly in some disciplines, and with respect to underrepresented minorities. And that’s a really tough issue. You look at colleges of engineering and there aren’t a lot of women on faculties. That’s one of the clearer examples. And so how do we make sure, when we’re searching for ladder-rank faculty, that we are being as inclusive as we can and that the search process is not infected with implicit bias and we end up with the most diverse faculty we can.


DeRuy: When you talk to different generations, you often hear different things from women of different ages about leadership. As someone who spends a lot of time interacting with young people, is there anything that has struck you about young women and their views of leadership?
Napolitano: What I’ve seen this last year amongst students is cynicism about politics and government in general. I think the toxicity of the presidential campaign has contributed to that a lot, and a sense among students of they want to do big important things and they don’t equate that with getting into government or public service or actual electoral politics … I hope it’s something that ameliorates over time because you need good people in these really key jobs in government or university leadership or wherever.


DeRuy: In the last several months, with the chancellor of UC Davis, you felt, and many people felt, that some of what she’d done was not appropriate and that stepping down was the correct thing to do, but was the fact that she was one of not many women in that leadership position and…
Napolitano: And an engineer
DeRuy: Yes, and with her gone, there’s one less woman in a leadership role where there weren’t many to begin with. Did that influence your thinking on the issue?
Napolitano: Not in that way, but it is regrettable because you’re exactly right to point out that she was one of a small number. But in that particular instance, it was questions of misjudgment and candor, and she was held accountable for that and so I don’t think gender had anything to do with those issues.
DeRuy: If Hillary Clinton is elected, she’s committed to a cabinet with at least 50 percent women. If she happens to call, would you be interested in returning to Washington and in what capacity?
Napolitano: Look, I get asked that question a lot. I’m glad for her commitment, you know, I just prefer not to answer questions on the “what if?” She needs to get elected, and I’m pretty committed to the University of California.


At Sac Bee they have this post:

That highlights this video:

Monday, August 22, 2016

On Dirks: Which year is counted as the transition year?

Matier and Ross had this:

If University of California President Janet Napolitano is feeling any ill effects from the twin resignations of high-profile university chancellors accused of mismanagement, she didn’t show it when we spoke with her the oth

“We don’t sit around saying, ‘Woe is me,’” Napolitano said of UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ announcement Tuesday that he was stepping down in the face of mounting faculty opposition to his leadership style

In the meantime, Napolitano said she’s moving to get a new chancellor in place ASAP. That includes forming a search committee and hiring a headhunting firm

“Our goal is to request the regents approve the new chancellor by their March meeting,” she said

Unlike the exit of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, which had been brewing for months, Dirks’ resignation after three years on the job caught even his critics off guard, even though there had been a growing drumbeat of faculty unrest, budgetary woes and embarrassing news about Cal’s handling of sexual harassment claims against high-profile professors

There is also a UC investigation involving a Cal personal trainer who provided free services to the chancellor and his wife, plus questions about the building of a $700,000 security fence around the chancellor’s campus residence and contracting with a former Hillary Clinton staffer to spiff up Dirks’ imag

Dirks called Napolitano on Monday, agreeing he would stay on through the academic year while she conducts a search for his replacem

“In the end, it was Nick’s decision” to step down, she sai

Some faculty members who had been pushing for a “no confidence” vote on Dirks are still debating whether to call publicly for him to leave sooner, something Napolitano said is both “unnecessary

“I don’t see any value in playing musical chairs,” the former Arizona governor and federal Homeland Security ch


SFist point

Regardless of the outcome, Dirks, for his part, will likely remain comfortable with his $532,000 salary behind his $700,000 fence while everyone else fights it out.


Daily Cal has this news:

"Despite several major campus leadership position not yet permanently filled, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced in a campuswide email Monday that the administration will not begin filling in these positions — those decisions will be left up to

Recall UC paid former president Mark Yudof $546,000 in the year after he resigned | The Sacrame

And, UC Davis' Katehi gets $424,360 'parachute' common for university presidents | The Sacramento Bee

So, which year will be counted as Dirks transition year?


Or 2017-18?

And how can Napolitano talk about "no musical chairs" when she does not have the findings looking into Dirks matters yet? Or, has she already received the report?
Does that review maintain its objectivity if those folks working on it and looking into it also see articles where Napolitano has  made a no musical chairs negotiation with Dirks already?


Finally, there is this op ed from Cal faculty in Daily Cal

Campus must change from top down