Friday, December 9, 2016

In a CA state of mind?

A few more items to add:

University of California gives CIO $841,000 bonus despite year of negative returns

The UC Regents posted their meeting schedule for 2017:

January 25-26 - UCSF Mission Bay
March 15-16 - UCSF Mission Bay
May 17-18 - UCSF Mission Bay
July 12-13 - UCSF Mission Bay
September 13-14 - UC San Diego
November 15-16 - UCSF Mission Bay

Gov on ethnic studies:
Newsweek on how:

PPIC new data:

Housing comes up as the driver, not so much tuition?:
NYT on:

Californians rate public colleges highly and back giving them more state dollars, survey shows
The way of the Tau:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The political mind...

CNN: Napolitano in DC talking to CNN about UC and DACA, more.

Or read the transcript : here

Sac Bee:

Former UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi in line to become feminist institute leader at UC Davis

Read more here:

Includes: "Members of the Feminist Research Institute board did not return emails or phone calls this week.

Some student activists who led protests against Katehi earlier this year objected to the appointment, in part because it would give her another leadership role.

“She is sort of marketing herself as the sort of woman that is there for other women,” said Elly Oltersdorf, 21. “There are some things she did for women in STEM and that’s important, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t culpable for her actions.”

And she writes this latest:

"Why I will join the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st, 2017"

includes her comments on how: "the politically corrupt mind speaks of one but not the other."



UC Davis drops big plan for Sacramento with Katehi’s departure


[I’ve] always wanted to write a memoir, and I found that being on sabbatical leave would be the best time to do it,” Katehi said. “After that, I will be teaching next year and it would be very hard to write and publish.”
Katehi believes that women often face higher scrutiny and are at times held to sexist standards.
“For the same mistake, women will be criticized more,” Katehi said. “A lot of times they are called unable to lead. And I thought it’s so important nowadays to talk about gender issues, and to talk about the glass ceiling.”
--And student concerns over her statements about donating scholarships that apparently still has not happened?:
“[I’m] disappointed to see Mrak Hall struggle with communicating the truth about what the chancellor had been doing on campus, whether the furniture or the donations she never donated that was supposed to go to scholarships,” Micek said. “The spokespeople of campus never communicated truthfully and it didn’t take long for the Sac Bee to point out the inconsistencies. Napolitano said ‘Linda misled me’ — she didn’t know about the Internet scrubbing contracts.”
Anthony Estrada, a third-year majoring in managerial economics, feels unsure if Katehi should be allowed to return as a professor at UC Davis.
“From the internet scrubbing, nepotism, conflict of interest, I wonder if she should be on paid leave and still allowed to come back on as a professor next year,” Estrada said. “But I don’t know if a man would have been punished less, or more.”
Helen Bansen, a recent UC Davis graduate who was involved in the Fire Katehi movement, is disappointed that Katehi will be returning to campus.
“I’m frustrated that Katehi is still on campus and allowed to stay in Davis, and that essentially she was given the choice to resign rather than being removed,” Bansen said. “I feel like the things she did and the role she continues to play in a number of companies don’t have the students’ best interest at heart. I’m hoping [there] will be a resurgence of the Fire Katehi movement because she is still given a huge amount of leeway that other people would not have been given.”

Sheryl Sandberg Doesn’t Think Fake News On Facebook Influenced The Election
But a recent survey found that made-up news stories fooled Americans 75 percent of the time


Feelin' it?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Deserving of a better 'present' day

More colleges open food pantries to fight hunger on America's campuses

CRISPR patent hearing produces no clear winner, only 'soft signals'

They were among a select group of mathematicians and scientists honored at a glittering Silicon Valley gala

American teens' math scores fall on an international test

Keepin’ It Real with President Napolitano: The State of the State’s University

"Well, I think times change and the reality is, the state puts in fewer dollars. The reality is that costs do go up. And we have an obligation to be as efficient with our dollars as we can be. But it costs money to offer a world-class education at a research university. Our number-one cost is our personnel, and that’s one of the reasons we are a major world-class university.
But what I think also has changed is that as tuition has gone up, so has financial aid. So as I mentioned, 57 percent of in-state residents pay no tuition or fees, and they’re from families who make less than $80,000 a year. If you make up to $150,000, you get generous aid and you get the Middle Class Scholarship Fund kicking in. So, overall, 75 percent of our California residents will get financial aid. It may not be Bernie Sanders’s view of utopia, but it’s still the best deal going in higher ed."
... Napolitano talks about Title IX too but does not discuss the recent sexual harassment allegations involving UC Regent.
"I think Governor Brown and I have reached a common understanding of a framework. It’s one we reached in 2014 and includes funding that goes through the end of his term. So we did reach an agreement. I’ll just leave it there."

Then see:
“We are not going backwards. We are going forwards,” said Sanders, who lost a hotly contested race for the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton and has since come out swinging
Senator Bernie Sanders' full speech at Zellerbach Hall


Charles Reed, who led CSU as chancellor for 14 years, dies at 75

For those much too young:

Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of loss.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

When is Cal leadership going to explain why, how those decisions were made?
"$7 million, 2 Title IX investigations and a damaged women’s field hockey program
Includes these sections:

Mogulof said the decision was led by the vice chancellors for administration and finance, and real estate, posts at the time held by John Wilton and Bob Lalanne, respectively. Both have since left."

Senior administrators did not appear to be aware of why field hockey was moved from Maxwell. When asked why Maxwell became a football practice field in a 2015 interview with the Daily Cal’s Senior Editorial Board, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said, “I honestly don’t know.” Mogulof said during the interview that the move was “mysterious.”

"After interviews with administrators, coaches and players, The Daily Californian has found the following:
Men’s rugby was given priority access to a field that had been used for both football and rugby in exchange for money for women’s lacrosse and gymnastics. This led to a game of musical chairs with UC Berkeley’s athletic fields, in which field hockey’s field was turned into a football practice field without a plan to replace it.
Athletics administrators failed to inform campus leadership of the reason for field hockey’s relocation.
Cal Athletics failed to complete the terms of a settlement agreement with members of the field hockey team, leaving the campus open to litigation.
The campus spent at least $7.2 million to relocate the field hockey team and to pre-empt additional litigation; Cal Athletics faces a $22 million deficit in 2016.
A formerly strong field hockey program was significantly damaged by construction delays and broken promises by campus administration."

Then also, See Reuters with more on :

"Among the schools that participated: Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Two companies Benson and Gessner have represented – New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc and Dipont Education Management Group – offer services to students that go far beyond meet-and-greets with admissions officers.

Eight former and current New Oriental employees and 17 former Dipont employees told Reuters the firms have engaged in college application fraud, including writing application essays and teacher recommendations, and falsifying high school transcripts."

Friday, December 2, 2016

Higher Ed Has To 'Own It', too

Whatever side and however things turn out Higher Ed and Higher Ed interests played a role in tilting scales...
Now they want to hold conferences to do the assessments
Do folks believe  they are the unbiased third party that can do it ?
The content of their events are unavailable for public viewing unless you watch certain outlets who may have covered it- this is how universities are funneling knowledge?...
Corp media ownership of supposedly scholarly exercise
 "the school calls “the first draft of history.”

Only audio clip with unidentified speakers who worked on or covered campaigns included?!
Just sound clouds
 (the uninspiring is in their 'get inspired' section, ha)

Click on the links below to listen to audio from each session:
Opening Roundtable Session
Panel Discussion: The Media and Election 2016
Democratic Primaries and Convention
Republican Primaries and Convention
Interview with David Fahrenthold
Interview with Nate Silver

Roundtable Discussion: The General Election

Also there was all the purging and shuffling of media figures from certain 24 hour cable news just prior to launch of Election coverage last year that has to get a thorough analysis still

Discussion of this but not in context also of all  other paid pundits ...
But anyway here are some links to those events... Huff Po links - it was interesting timing that Arianna gave up ownership just as general election went full throttle:

Then there was this other exchange at another Higher Ed venue:

Covered by the Daily Mail with video of the key highlighted  exchange that was  missing in other news coverage where they just described it or only gave  limited  excerpt:

Maybe CA Higher Ed can hold events that can tell fuller, accurate, more complete first draft history?


Includes CA Higher Ed experts comments on:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The battles they pick?

Compare and contrast how quickly UC can move on a policy position on a subject other than Title IX:
No months or years of waiting for task force reports or evidence based research etc? 'This committee has to meet, that campus will do this , this campus will do that'..

Just a clear quick policy position by comparison...
"On the immigration front, it's University of California vs. Trump"
Los Angeles Times -

"UC won't assist federal agents in immigration actions against students"
Los Angeles Times - 16 hours ago


So remember that discussion for how UC might or might not be able to remove a board member, that discussion at the UC Regents Meeting? And remember the audio comments  in that clip  of audio the Daily Bruin posted? the "120 and 20lbs of" etc,Remember that?

Then the section where Daily Cal also wrote how Regents talked about this at the Nov meeting:

"the UC Board of Regents meeting earlier this month, the body unanimously approved a new policy requiring that board members comply with regents sexual harassment policy and ethical standards in private life. As a result, regents are also required to take an online sexual harassment prevention course upon appointment and biannually afterward.
Pattiz, a member of the governance and compensation committee that first heard the policy proposal, has said he has already begun the mandated course.
“There is no excuse for any such comments or making anyone feel uncomfortable,” Pattiz told the Los Angeles Times after the first recording was aired. “If I did that, I sincerely apologize, and it will be a valuable learning experience.”
A UC spokesperson was unavailable for comment.
Most regents are appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate. Pattiz is currently serving a 12-year term on the board that expires in 2026.
The board can remove members from leadership positions or ask them to resign, but the standard for removal would generally require criminal proceedings launched by the state attorney general."
And then  now there is:

Includes this tweet:

"Former speaker of the California state Assembly John A. Pérez jumps into race for Becerra's seat "

- that's UC Regent Perez but it does not get into what it means for fellow UC Regent Newsom 's race for Gov.

 For more on that subject:
See Sac Bee

Jerry Brown jolts California politics with Becerra choice
"Within an hour of Brown’s announcement, former Assembly Speaker John Pérez, who had hinted earlier in the week he might run for Democratic national chairman, declared his candidacy for Becerra’s congressional seat, apparently hoping to clear the field."
And the Pres of UC Regents is focused on climate i1:

Read more here:

UC plugs a story about their concern efforts on student hunger

They seem to want brownie points for noticing student hunger after years of students reporting it as their experiences.

but they are mum on that report about UC staff Hunger

And there's

Yep remember the audio 'the 120 lbs, and 20 lbs' comments  in that clip  of audio the Daily Bruin posted?

Petitioning UC Board of Regents
Tell Regent Pattiz To Resign From The UC Board of Regents

Start at about the 4:00 time mark til about the 9:00 mark below:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What took 'em so long?

"In a separate suit today, the Regents of the University of California made similar fraud claims against AIG.
“Plaintiffs suffered tens of billions of dollars in losses, at least, based on false and materially misleading statements that AIG, certain of its executives, directors, underwriters and outside auditor made,” according to the complaint.
The funds accused the company, Sullivan and others of violating Illinois and federal securities laws, committing common law fraud and being unjustly enriched. They asked for unspecified money damages.

Regents’ Suit

The Regents complaint, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges the company hid its exposure to subprime mortgages from 2006 to 2008, inflating the price of its stock and causing the university system to take losses when its AIG shares fell."
Op Ed at Daily Bruin:
"His failure to exude professionalism demonstrates an incapacity to filter and refine his own thoughts and actions. And as with any highly visible and influential position, basic prudence is a baseline requirement – especially in a position like UC regent, where decisions affecting thousands of students need to be pored over and carefully considered. Pattiz’ inability to perform even this essential agency shows that he is most certainly unfit to be a figure of authority – let alone a regent.

If Pattiz has any self respect left, he needs to resign from his post as regent and let the board appoint a more capable member. If he chooses to steadfastly maintain his position, he will only serve as a counterproductive force on the board, going directly against the public service principles the regents strive for. And this is especially egregious, considering the board has made fighting sexual harassment and assault a priority for students and employees. As the Bruin has said before, enacting Title IX reforms while keeping someone so pugnacious on the board compromises the regents’ credibility as an agent of legitimate change in this regard.

[Editorial: UC administrator’s actions do not reflect their own Title IX policies]

Certainly, it’s no secret that the regents are immune to many of the rules they impose on students and employees, and given that the California state legislature has to get involved in order to remove Pattiz, it is quite difficult for the other regents to strip him of his position. The new sexual harassment rules for the regents offer some hope, but they are disproportionate to the discrediting things Pattiz has said and done.

Pattiz has damaged his professional record beyond repair, and resigning remains the only step forward for him. Of course, we can all naively believe that the Pattiz from the tapes – which were recorded in May – is different from the Pattiz who makes administrative decisions, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Pattiz has revealed his true colors, and they most certainly don’t shine blue and gold."