Thursday, February 8, 2018

UC in other spaces...

Napolitano in AZ -_on UC:

Described as "streamed live on Feb 6, 2018 Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network are pleased to host the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, from February 4-6 in Tempe, Arizona for the largest national gathering of higher education presidents, chancellors, trustees, and other senior leaders committed to accelerating climate solutions. In this session, panelists will be speaking about the role of research universities in place-based climate action. Watch live to hear about their work and an exclusive announcement.

Speakers include:
- Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
- Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder
- Michael Drake, President, Ohio State University
- Janet Napolitano, President, University of California System
- Samuel L. Stanley, President, SUNY Stony Brook
- Tim Carter, President, Second Nature, Moderator"



https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/university-california-other-leading-research-universities-form-international-coalition


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That controversial VIP pols and UC gala in SF history, that UCLA imbroglio all comes back up again with this new turn of events
"Iced out of settlement, UC lawyers push for a piece of the San Onofre pie
The San Diego Union-Tribune"
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-greenhouse-grant-20180208-story.html


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On UCSC ocean research:

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/trump-s-push-new-offshore-drilling-likely-run-aground-california

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Perhaps in response to concerns over UCOP over-expansion into various new initiatives - some of which may now move to various UC campuses', there's this move on an extremely undemocratically constructed new initiative that has bounced from talk of being housed out of: UCOP to DC to multi-campus and now to:
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/uc-s-national-center-free-speech-and-civic-engagement-selects-inaugural-class-fellows-expands

The advisory board looks like some picks of the 'favorites of a certain UC regent' and the msm picks of UC interests and is also not representative of the demographics of CA- the group doesn't look much like the future -looks more like the not so great past:
https://freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/advisory-board/



That 'majority- minority' is not comprehensively addressed just by solely 'UC moves on DACA' coverage generated by UC press releases on DACA...

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On a much more uplifting note--

UC Davis was there:

https://www.ucdavis.edu/majors/aerospace-science-and-engineering/what-can-i-do-with-an-aerospace-science-and-engineering-major
..."department chair and UC Davis alumnus, Professor Stephen Robinson. A retired NASA astronaut, he’s been on four shuttle missions, completed three spacewalks and logged 44 days in space.

His fourth trip to space in February 2010 was on the shuttle Endeavor and involved a visit to the International Space Station. Not many aerospace engineering programs can count a former NASA astronaut among their faculty ranks, let alone someone who is as knowledgeable and down-to-earth as Professor Robinson."

He also did the live play by play of the liftoff - that was only available live -- but here's other vid of those moments:




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Some UC Regents mixed into these bad models...

See:


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/06/uc-berkeley-students-petition-remove-architecture-professor-amid-sexual-harassment-allegations/

http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/UC-Berkeley-architecture-students-demand-removal-12556687.php

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On the adjunct part time class at community colleges:
..."Unfortunately, it doesn't make any difference whether we are talking about public colleges or private colleges — the fact of the matter is that every bit and every part of the labor market is in its own bubble," Reich said. "Morally it's wrong. It's unfair. But that's what the economy is doing."
The national trend in recent years has reflected a significant increase in top administrative salaries and a reduction in total money spent on instructional salaries, according to Howard Bunsis, former chair of the American Association of University Professors, who recently performed an analysis of higher education salaries across the country.
"I see this at institution after institution," he said. "The number and salaries of instructors is flat or down; the number and salaries of admins goes up."...
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https://www.sfgate.com/expensive-san-francisco/article/The-secret-lives-of-part-time-Bay-Area-professors-12529299.php

- how does comp for UC admin play into it in Bay area? One UC regent is chancellor of that community college system...
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Those f -ed up models again:

Read this first on higher ed and msm at Variety of all places:

http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/los-angeles-times-firings-davan-maharaj-tronc-ross-levinsohn-1202535485/


Then check out HuffPost full coverage of what is happening at the LAT, the newsroom comings and goings and ownership changes, this piece is the latest:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/los-angeles-times-tronc-sale_us_5a7a27c7e4b07af4e81ec122
- and with that also keep in mind their coverage of UC esp lately in the audit survey tampering at UCOP coverage where LAT had access to certain admin info they wanted covered, but not as public docs just as sometimes vague detail they put in e.g. Howle's letter to UC regents Kieffer; vacca memo about CSA to Napolitano etc..( the 'roaming' OP halls bs etc)

And back to USC that Variety (?!) covered, see now:
USC fundraising tumbles
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-usc-fundraising-keck-20180207-story.html

A few UC regents also sit on their usc boards...
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Then,
University of Michigan Endowment Invests Billions with Donor-Run Funds
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/02/01/university-michigan-endowment-donor-funds/1066143001/

- several uc regents met with them a few years ago at a meeting in UCLA to try to compare, copy that model at UC... - (are there now alphabet soup designs in it? Abc easy as 123...??)

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In some ways admin pursued this nonsense:
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/04/uc-berkeley-split-4m-cost-free-speech-events-uc-office-president/

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Feb 6 two UC Regents Meetings

February 6 - Health Services Committee

http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/feb618.html
February 6 - Working Group on Executive Compensation

- the health committee poceedings:





Here is the exec comp meeting:





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http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/agendas/feb6.html

Thursday, February 1, 2018

They have "concerns" -The latest, a response

See https://www.auditor.ca.gov/reports/recommendation_status/2016-130

It is CSA's one stop shop page so to speak for updates on the audit findings and work discussed in immediate last post

It includes lots of info and this helpful graphic:
Because the Governor of California has directed the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) to meet specific criteria—related to recommendations we made—in order to receive certain funding from the State, we are providing information at-a-glance about UCOP's progress in implementing those recommendations. Outlined below are the 33 recommendations which we made to UCOP in our report, The University of California Office of the President: It Failed to Disclose Tens of Millions in Surplus Funds, and Its Budget Practices Are Misleading (Report 2016-130: April 2017).

Overall Assessment

This graphic shows the Office of the President's status in implementing our recommendations. The first pie chart shows the status of recommendations due by April 2018; 10 percent of the recommendations are fully implemented and 10 percent are partially implemented. The remaining 80 percent of the recommendations are pending. The second pie chart shows the status of recommendations due by April 2019; 9 percent of the recommendations are partially implemented and the remaining 91 percent are pending. The last pie chart shows that the Office of the President has not implemented any recommendations due by April 2020; all of these recommendations are pending.




Based on our review of the Office of the President's 6-month response, we have concluded that 30 of the 33 recommendations we made are still pending implementation. We have concerns regarding the Office of the President's implementation of our budgetsalaryemployee benefit policy, and systemwide initiativerecommendations. For example, we are concerned that the Office of the President has not received the regents' approval for $12 million dollars in additional spending. The Office of the President is required to demonstrate a good faith effort in implementing our recommendations by May 1, 2018 to receive $50 million in state funding. However, much work must be done to fully implement all of our recommendations that are due by April 2018.

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There are also these articles and a UC piece:

UC Regents Fight Harassment Suit Against Star Professor


https://www.10news.com/news/hundreds-to-protest-inequality-at-university-of-california



http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2018/01/columbia-plans-to-commit-unfair-labor.html


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/01/31/software-engineer-recalls-impact-alleged-sex-assault-uc-berkeley-professor-james-obrien/



https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/new-student-advisory-board-will-provide-input-sexual-violence-prevention-and-response


http://www.dailycal.org/2018/01/30/uc-systems-sexual-harassment-payouts-total-3-million-3-years/


https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/26/frayed-nerves-at-uc-regents-meeting-as-broken-relationship-with-sacramento-takes-center-stage/

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Lingering Themes and No shortage of things...


On free speech at Cal- this latest:
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/25/u-s-justice-department-sides-with-conservative-students-in-uc-berkeley-free-speech-suit/
- which highlighted this particular column:
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/25/where-free-speech-should-be-promoted-free-speech-is-under-attack.html

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Then,

Don't miss: "American Historical Association, Annual Meeting on topic of Free Speech"
https://www.c-span.org/video/?439274-1/american-historical-association-annual-meeting


With this panel:
Carla Hesse
Professor
University of California, Berkeley->History Department

Jonathan Scott Holloway
Provost
Northwestern University

Carol Quillen
President
Davidson College

Michael Roth
President
Wesleyan University

Sanford Ungar
Resident Scholar
Georgetown University->Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

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And Cal alumni magazine has this latest article:

"Is Free Speech Smart? "| California Magazine - Cal Alumni Association
University of California, Berkeley › alumni :
https://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2018-01-18/free-speech-smart

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On Christ's interest in having a ' year of FSM' etc, there's this related topic- with less than a dozen and a half views of each of the talks she hosted at Cal in the Fall -see the list of them there on sidebar in full, but here's hers and Brady's :







And recently,
THE highlighted the series: here
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On the tuition hike vote this week at UC Regents, here's recap with details

From SJ Merc:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/24/amid-outrage-from-students-uc-regents-delay-vote-on-tuition-increase/


From SF Chronicle, SF Gate:
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/UC-regents-put-off-decision-on-raising-tuition-12523350.php

From LA Times:
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-uc-regents-tuition-vote-20180124-story.html


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Chancellor Christ's effort to make the case for tuition hike, which she described as very modest yet essential, at the UC Regents, even included a PR package:
http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/01/24/chancellor-carol-christ-tuition-increases-a-last-but-necessary-resort-to-campus-budget-woes/
She writes:..." I also addressed a lingering misunderstanding on campus and beyond, by explaining that low-income students will not be impacted by any increase in tuition, which would be covered in their financial aid packages. To be clear, we see tuition increases as "...

-the assertions she made at the regents meeting will likely be questioned at these upcoming talks, where the campus is quite aware of plans and budget items in more specific history than the UC regents might be able to easily recall, see this upcoming:


http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/01/22/got-a-question-about-berkeleys-budget-nows-your-chance-to-ask/


--old or 'less new' things still can be items, drains in the budget...Op ex, campus shared services, new capital projects, memorial stadium, playing title ix catch up,
and on that situation she highlighted to the regents: recruitment of a chem Prof but can't afford the lab claims: there's the op ex history of infringement on chem , those old headlines don't help either--And, where were the Berkeley foundation and that new board of visitors to get funding for a top notch lab for a claimed top notch recruitment that didn't happen cuz not enough tuition $$ rolling in, isn't that what those groups are around for, instances like it?


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On Title IX there were multiple UCLA alumni as panelists in this archive, recently remembered, so
--let's recall: this from March 2017



Now several N California groups in this effort:
"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Is Sued Over..."
New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/us/politics/betsy-devos-sexual-assault-guidelines-lawsuit.html


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Jerry Brown in his State of the State on higher Ed:

...
"Despite what is widely believed by some of the most powerful people in Washington, the science of climate change is not in doubt. The national academies of science of every major country in the world -- including Russia and China -- have all endorsed the mainstream view that human caused greenhouse gases are trapping heat in the oceans and in the atmosphere and that action must be taken to avert catastrophic changes in our weather systems. All nations agree except one and that is solely because of one man: our current president.

Here in California, we follow a different path. Enlightened by top scientists at the University of California, Stanford and Caltech, among others, our state has led the way:"
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With respect to higher education, it is clear just how much of our prosperity depends on the intellectual contributions of our institutions of higher learning. National leaders come from all over the world to visit California’s most innovative companies, companies that are filled with highly educated and creative men and women -- many of whom graduated from our public colleges and universities.

Although there is always a struggle for funds, I want to point out that since 2011, the state has increased its annual support of higher education by $5.8 billion, that is:

$1.2 billion for UC,

$1.6 billion for CSU,

$2.4 billion for the community colleges, and

$623 million in additional financial aid.

Even with so many of our students attending college, there are still 2.5 million Californians between 25 and 34 who are in the workforce but lack a postsecondary degree or certificate. These men and women often go out of state or pay high tuition at for-profit institutions to improve their skills and employability. For this group, I want to create the California Online College so these overlooked Californians can get the training they need -- conveniently and at very low cost.
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( Add in here that he then said to the chamber'you can applaud that'- you can see it here)

-- there's some elegaic stuff on the president of the UC regents out there, like:

"For Jerry Brown, the Face of California’s Old Order, the Ranch Is Calling
The New York Times "

"From Moonbeam to mainstream: Jerry Brown in winter | TheHill"

"Gov. Jerry Brown looks back, pushes forward in his final State of the state LA Times"

"Gov. Jerry Brown is in danger of becoming remembered for his ...-LA Times"


--But he is setting up a big imprint on the UC Regents this year with no less than seven new appointments...



This write up was less elegaic, rang a clearer, truer profile of how he might see it:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-transition-jerry-browns-last-california-budget_us_5a598476e4b003efadb6ade1
And it includes:
"In addition to expanding funding for his initiative to focus public education funding on disadvantaged schools as a way to erase stubborn gaps in educational achievement, Brown is doubling down on his longstanding quest to expand online education.

It was called “distance learning” decades ago when Brown first championed the idea of using networked personal computers as the delivery mechanism for instruction.

College and university leaders have dragged their heels, of course, weighed down by an old paradigm of traditional in-person classroom instruction. Their attitudes would be much more persuasive if academic rank was more dependent on teaching than on specialty publishing.

As it is, Brown is now pushing for a statewide online community college, a true democratization of basic higher education. I’ve utilized quite a few online university courses to get up to speed and stay up to speed in several areas. Online learning works well, though it does require some self-starting. If more folks drop classes than in the traditional paradigm, that’s fine. It should be clear that there is no shame in that. If it’s not working for you, move on to something that does. If you need help, ask for it. It’s a different time. Greater access and lower cost means greater volume and increased success.

Sustaining education and knowledge in an increasingly dumbed-down society is a big part of the irreducible core that must be achieved if we are to survive our technological adolescence and move through the transition toward a first truly advanced civilization.
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There's stuff like this on it:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelbernick/2018/01/23/jerry-browns-big-idea-for-upskilling-workers/

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Then see: http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2018/01/online-and-color-line.html
"Jerry Brown's terms as governor have been bad for CSU and UC funding. The doubling of tuition revenues has not actually made up for the state cuts followed by small annual increases. In the UC case, campuses also need to find another $700 million a year for pension costs they didn't have ten years ago, and additional money for buildings that the state doesn't build anymore. For the math behind our Lost Decade, see the last six paragraphs of "A Faculty Overview of the UC Budget--Tenth Anniversary Edition."

Last week, Brown gave CSU and UC even less than the inadequate 4% the systems thought they were getting, namely, 3%, which, subtracting one-time money comes to 2.1%, i.e. to the rate of consumer price inflation. The governor also does not propose a tuition increase. The two systems have 33 campuses between them, and Brown proposes that the structural problems and everyday squeezes at all 33 will remain in place.

Why does the governor and most of the Democratic establishment think UC and CSU can do more with less, and that state cuts don't hurt quality? Brown offered a kind of explanation"...



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Btw, UC PATH has increased now by another $43 million, which put it in the $600+ million range, but whose counting- they mention it in the last five minutes of the fin committee...
The state audit estimated it will come in at $900+ million, the lt gov regent ballparked it potentially at $750 million, it was originally supposed to cost $225 million...