Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cal Admin Communications, Policies Breakdowns

By Professors Wendy Brown, Michael Burawoy, Celeste Langan, Colleen Lye, James Vernon and Dick Walker are current and former chairs of the Berkeley Faculty Association.



At the meeting, Dirks explained that he hadn’t been aware of UC Berkeley’s budgetary woes when plans for the campus originally started — an administrative communication problem that is concerning in and of itself. Even if Dirks’ ignorance is to believed, fiscal shortfalls became mainstream news back in February, yet he still waited eight months before pulling the plug on the $3 billion project.

A mix of things- UC comes up in...

Corporate Universities are Shocked to Learn They have Graduate Student Employees


Also there a link to: More on the Hypocrisy of the University of Chicago Administration
Listen to the Regents Health Committee Meeting of August 11, 2016
"At this meeting, the highlight was discussion of whether the various UC medical centers should be operated independently or as a "system." Exactly, what operating as a system was not clear, but it seems to involve having particular centers specialize in particular procedures. It was not clear what such a system would mean in practice: Would patients be shipped from one center to another? Is that practical? Even the distance between say, UCLA and Irvine, is not negligible. There was also concern that faculty in the centers were not being consulted. Before this idea goes further, the Academic Senates at the various campuses involved may want to inject themselves into the discussion - invited or not."


And lots of various other recent items on UC:

Just in case anyone forgot, or...:

"What You Need to Know About the Past 7 Days
"Exeunt Chancellors
Have you been thinking lately that your reputation could be shinier than it is? That you’d like speaking engagements with fewer Rotarians and more pizzazz? Have you been wondering about bringing on a hired-gun PR firm? Well, don’t — not if you’re a college president and you want to remain one.

That appears to be one lesson from the University of California system, which in August saw two chancellors resign in quick succession.

The first resignation — that of Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor at the Davis campus since 2009 — ended a prolonged controversy that began after campus police officers used pepper spray on students during a 2011 protest. The controversy was fueled partly by the university’s having hired public-relations firms to spruce up its online reputation, along with Ms. Katehi’s, in the aftermath of the pepper-spray incident, and also by what an investigator suggested was Ms. Katehi’s dissembling when asked about her involvement in the PR effort. The university system’s president, Janet A. Napolitano, placed Ms. Katehi on leave in April, so her decision to return to the faculty was not entirely unexpected.

But the second resignation was a surprise — that of Nicholas B. Dirks, chancellor at Berkeley for the past three years, who will also return to teaching after his replacement is found. Mr. Dirks had faced several challenges as chancellor, among them a $150-million budget shortfall, accusations that the university had not responded forcefully enough to sexual-harassment charges against professors, and complaints about a $700,000 fence built to protect the chancellor’s campus residence. The day after his resignation was announced, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the university had spent $200,000 on consultants to promote Mr. Dirks as a "key thought leader" and book him for events like TED talks and the World Economic Forum in Switzerland."


Search for new UC Davis chancellor is on
"The Daily Californian referenced a letter that had been sent to representative leaders in the UC system about Cal’s chancellor search. The Enterprise requested a copy of a letter relating to UCD’s chancellor search but was told by UC Office of the President spokesman Steve Montiel, “We’re not providing that letter. I can tell you that we’re moving quickly, and in a way that ensures a robust and consultative process.”"


Nation’s First State-Funded Firearm Violence Research Center to Be Established at UC Davis


"UC Davis will take the lead in developing a comprehensive, multicampus plan for the new center, which will be submitted to the Office of the President for approval by Oct. 15. The plan will propose and prioritize initial research projects, develop a timeline for accepting applications for small grants, outline efforts to increase philanthropic support to sustain the research, and define an annual operating budget and structure for reporting activities and accomplishments."


Harry Edwards Cuts Texas Ties Over Campus Carry





This mentions some ' familiar to UC' folks:

The Big Corporate Money Behind Jerry Brown



The Great Mistake

How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them


Christopher Newfield

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Richmond: Residents stunned by Cal's cancellation of Global Campus project



CA 's big growing achievement gap...

Disaggregated data in depth:


Economic divide between schools shortchanges our kid


That committee, that letter...more.

College Pushes Back Vs. Political Correctness

U. of Chicago Professor Geoffrey Stone explains the letter sent to students asserting academic freedom takes precedence over safe spaces & trigger warnings


Spike expected in sexual misconduct complaints after increased campus resources, visibility


"To be frank, many conservatives have long opposed Title IX as federal meddling akin to a quota system. Perhaps it was, or perhaps it was a necessary corrective measure to overcome long-standing prejudice that women weren’t interested in sports or weren’t naturally athletic. In any case, it’s long past the time to recognize that Title IX has been a stunning success — far beyond what anyone might have imagined in 1972, in an arena (and pools, gyms and fields) no one had in mind."


Golden Bears bring home 21 medals from Rio


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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Brand U: How colleges, universities and academe shape their images
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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."