Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The New Cal Chancellor,- Budget and Fundraising, More

New UC Berkeley leader takes over as school seeks creative money sources
..."Berkeley’s money troubles have emerged as its most visible problem — a gargantuan gap that is down from the $150 million hole revealed in early 2016. Its mandatory debt payments, in part from having to maintain the 149-year-old school, have tripled in the last eight years. But a large chunk of the payments, 20 percent, come from the $470 million Memorial Stadium complex that opened on campus in 2012. Money isn’t UC Berkeley’s only headache. The University of California’s flagship campus is awash in tensions over free speech, sexual harassment and a shortage of student housing."

"She’ll decide soon whether the campus should help athletics pay the seismic retrofit portion of its stadium debt — a plan certain to be unpopular with faculty, given coaches’ million-dollar salaries and the fact that Dirks gave athletics $23 million of campus money last year alone. But Christ says contributing to the stadium may be fair, since non-athletes and the public also use the stadium."
"But more to the point, she may have no choice, said John Cummins, a former chief of staff to four Berkeley chancellors who oversaw Cal athletics in the mid-2000s and continues to study the finances.

“There’s no way that athletics can pay that debt. They just don’t have the money,” Cummins said. “She’ll have to pick up a portion of the debt.”

Getting faculty buy-in would be a true test of Christ’s political skill. One strategy would be to give over Cal’s Art Deco Edwards Stadium to academic purposes, and find somewhere else for the track and soccer that use it now.

Christ said she’ll also decide whether to change how UC Berkeley complies with Title IX, the federal gender equity law — a shift that would shrink the rosters of men’s varsity teams and increase them for women’s. The campus is the only Pac 12 campus that complies by adding women’s teams when there is interest — like this year’s new sand volleyball team."...
"As for the rising number of sexual-harassment claims and the administration’s light-handed treatment of harassers — which prompted UC President Janet Napolitano to increase oversight of discipline decisions in such cases across UC — Christ said she will have no problem complying with a new 60-day deadline for investigating claims.

“It’s essential,” said Christ, who served as the campus Title IX coordinator in the early 1980s. “Our investigations take too long."

"Another reason many faculty members like Christ: She’s already secured enough money — pledges, anyway — to cover 52 percent of this year’s deficit reduction goal. Her plan is to raise more money faster in these ways:"

"Christ was tapped last year to serve as his second-in-command. After Dirks announced he would step down this summer, Christ accepted the top job in March."

- was she actually part of the applicant pool?

"Cal considers selling alcohol at games, demolishing Edwards Stadium, to reduce budget deficit"
http://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/Cal-considers-selling-alcohol-at-games-11818703.php "New head football coach Justin Wilcox is well aware of the financial turmoil facing the university, but he expressed confidence in the administration’s commitment to the top-grossing sport.
“My job is to focus on our football program and developing student-athletes into mature young men, who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” he said after Monday’s practice. “I believe that our administration is committed to doing what is necessary to give our program the best chance to win football games.”"


Meet UC Berkeley’s groundbreaking new chancellor
"Carol Christ is the first woman and oldest person to lead America’s best public university.

CBS local video coverage of FB press conference:

And here in full 40+ minutes:. https://www.facebook.com/UCBerkeley/videos/10155652828654661/

More here:

Student Leadership, Napolitano, Christ, on Charlottesville

SJ Merc News:" Student Leaders Say Campuses Should Be Safe"
"President Napolitano sent the following letter to the UC community in response to the violence in Charlottesville":

" Over the weekend, our country experienced violent and tragic events on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. As the leader of the University of California, an institution dedicated to the vibrant and respectful exchange of ideas, I write to you today to condemn these hateful actions by white supremacists and to reaffirm UC’s values of diversity and inclusion.As I stated over the weekend, UC abhors the violence and hate displayed in Charlottesville that perverted Americans’ right to speak freely. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues at the University of Virginia in denouncing this shameful display and with the UVA students who bravely stood up to a crowd bent on violence. We offer our profound condolences to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, to all the individuals injured in the course of peaceful counterprotests, and to the Virginia state troopers who lost their lives.The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants us all freedom of expression. University campuses in particular are meant to foster an exchange of ideas, and to teach students how to respectfully approach viewpoints different from their own — even when those viewpoints are offensive and hurtful. But the acts of domestic terrorism we saw in Charlottesville represented an assault on our cherished values of diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance. We must continue to speak and act against the shameful behavior we witnessed over the weekend and ensure that our colleges and universities, and our nation as a whole, remain safe and civil for all.Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California and we embrace it as a necessary and valued part of our campus communities. I believe, as I know you do, that our differences — in race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more — make us stronger.UC remains committed to providing a safe, supportive, responsive and equitable environment for every member of the university community. We reject all forms of discrimination, commit to fostering an atmosphere of respect and inclusion, and pledge to defend the right to free speech.This summer and fall, as UC students, faculty and staff return to their campuses, I ask that we all recommit to these enduring values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and work to live up to these ideals in all that we do.


Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ sent out this message today:

"Dear campus community,

I, like so many of you, am horrified by what occurred in Virginia over the weekend. Today, I join with millions of others to condemn the reprehensible acts of the racist groups that brought violence and mayhem to Charlottesville and to the University of Virginia campus.

We must now come together to oppose what are dangerous threats to the values we hold dear as a democracy and as a nation. Our shared belief in reason, diversity, equity and inclusion is what animates and supports our campus community and the university’s academic mission. Now, more than ever, those values are under assault; together we must rise to their defense.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, whose life was senselessly and cruelly cut short by an act of unimaginable hatred. We also send our sincerest condolences to the loved ones of the two state troopers, Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who also died Saturday, when their helicopter crashed en route to the scene of the violence.

On behalf of our campus community, I send wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were physically injured in the mayhem. I also send a message of support and unity to the members of the campus and civic communities who have been deeply shaken and traumatized by these events, and must now begin the difficult process of healing and recovery.

As many of you already know, planning is now underway for potentially controversial events on our campus this fall. Paired with our commitment to the First Amendment is an equally firm commitment to the safety of the members of our campus community and their guests. We believe deeply in the value and importance of non-violence, and we will make every effort to deter, remove, or apprehend those who seek to cause harm to others, as well as to provide the resources, support and guidance that can help make events on our campus safe and successful."


Carol Christ
"Leading Berkeley Through Free Speech Tests
New chancellor assumes duties amid debate over and scrutiny of university’s response to controversial speakers."

Monday, August 14, 2017

Higher Ed at the Fed on IX, HBCU, more. And workplace research.

CA reaction to part of that AP coverage: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-devos-campus-assault-rules-201708-story.html

"The last thing we need is for DeVos and her point person for civil rights [Assistant Secretary Candice Jackson] to get out there and start saying things that imply you can come forward but you’re going to face a really big mountain trying to get anything done,” California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said in an interview. He and 19 other attorneys general signed a letter in July urging DeVos to maintain the Obama-era guidelines.

“The shame that comes from being a victim and having nothing being done to the perpetrator would drive people back into the closet,” he said.
Here’s What Betsy DeVos Told the Associated Press About Higher Ed

Hechinger Report coverage

AP via Fortune interview: Education Secretary Betsy Devos Discusses U.S. Educational Issues

NBC: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/betsy-devos-says-she-didn-t-decry-racism-enough-n791466

WaPo on it:



Harvard Med and UCLA teamed up on this:


"American Workplace Is Physically and Emotionally Taxing; Most Workers Receive Support from Boss and Friends at Work | RAND"

One-fifth of Americans say their workplace is hostile or threatening, study finds - LA Times - Los Angeles Times

$5 million, here or there...Cal's version of "first things first"

Daily Cal just increased the dollar figure in an important headline - a story from a few days ago-from $15 million to $20 million:
"Campus unveils revenue-driven budget that cuts more than $20M from academic, research, administrative divisions"


60 Minutes -CBS rebroadcast that story on UCSF and "They're American workers who just lost their jobs to foreigners. Even worse, they were told to train their replacements. #60Minutes, "
"But it did happen, to Craig and Dawn and Leo and workers at hundreds of companies across the country. Former head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, now president of the University of California, faced a huge public outcry when she got rid of those 80 IT jobs at the Medical Center. She declined to give us an on camera interview, but stated publicly that the university, quote "didn't use the H-1B process in the right way." She instructed the Indian-outsourcing company to stop using H-1B workers.
But that comes too late for Kurt Ho and Robert Harrison. February 28th they packed up – their final day at the Medical Center.

Robert Harrison: It's gonna be a matter of time before everybody else feels the same burden, the same pinch, the same hurt that we're feeling right here at UCSF. It's a matter of time.

After our story, UCSF wrote us and said that it regrets the decision to ask some of its workers to train their replacements. Quote ''it was a mistake, and… the university intends for this to never happen again.'' The Trump administration announced some H-1B visa reforms, that tighten who can qualify for a visa, and increase the scrutiny of companies who sponsor visa holders."

-the University intends for just what exactly to never happen again... Do they just regret the 'train your replacement' part? Or?
Now more on cuts, budget at Cal

"Budget cuts hit Berkeley Law after scandal, drop in ranking"

"UC Berkeley Extension targeted for increased revenue"



Cutting teams on the table as Cal Athletics looks to cut deficit, budget reveals


Cal hires $92,000-a-year social worker for People’s Park homeless

"UC Berkeley has just hired a $92,000-a-year social worker — not to help students, but to deal with the intractable homeless problem at People’s Park.

Includes: ..."Now, newly promoted Chancellor Carol Christ, under pressure to deal with a campus housing shortage, has embraced a task force recommendation to explore building on several university-owned sites that include People’s Park.

She’s running into resistance from activists who promise a fight to preserve the park’s counterculture legacy. So Christ’s “vision for the park” includes not only student dorms, but also supportive housing for the homeless — plus open space and some sort of memorial “honoring the park’s historical past.”

But “first things first,” said campus spokesman Dan Mogulof. He said Christ has made it clear that the university’s first obligation is “to work with the city to address ... safety and the homeless situation in the park.”

And that starts with the social worker, who quietly began his two-year assignment July 17. According to Mogulof, he’s “in the process of assessing the needs of the park’s homeless population” in hopes of connecting them to “social and health services.”


Chrissy Roth-Francis, director of new student services, told us her people talk to the new arrivals “about safety throughout the orientation ... but no specific place, on or off campus, is highlighted.”

If the chancellor’s new vision for the park is ...
UC policy comes up in: " "Consider the news story last week that former UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks will be paid $434,000 through the next academic year, more than 80 percent of the pay he received when he was campus’s top administrator — even though Dirks won’t take up a teaching position on campus until fall 2018. When he becomes a fulltime professor he’ll be paid $237,300 a year.

We aren’t questioning Dirks’ right to a sabbatical, just as we aren’t proposing somehow decreasing government employees’ already earned pensions.

But something is out of whack in our state, where government pensions, benefits and salaries are far beyond what most working people in the private sector could ever hope for."

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Napolitano on DACA, IX, more

See:"Janet Napolitano: Congress has the power — and the responsibility — to protect the ‘dreamers'"


Also in: http://www.syracuse.com/su-news/index.ssf/2017/08/syracuse_university_bound_by_federal_law_sometimes_investigate_sex_crimes_withou.html
Includes: "Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, wrote an essay in 2015 criticizing the expanded interpretation of Title IX. ..."
"The new interpretation of Title IX puts campus... "
- it leaves out some of her more recent comments on it...but does include quotes from Cal alumni as well.
Then see

This new CA Leg:



"such perks help make California’s premier public university system look a lot tougher on student and family budgets than it is on its own."

It is a UC perk , not just a UC Berkeley perk:
"Editorial: UC Berkeley perks are part of the problem"
"Former UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks worried in the Washington Post last week that the battles over provocative speech that defined the end of his tumultuous tenure were “part of a broader assault on the idea of the university itself.” He argued that this especially threatens “public universities such as Berkeley that already grapple with precipitous declines in state funding” and contributes to a “loss of faith ... in values and institutions.”

"Speaking of precarious faith in and financing of public universities, it also emerged last week"
"university survey of other institutions found that most provide paid leave to top administrators returning to faculty jobs. The terms vary, however, and UC’s are among the most generous of the bunch. Moreover, the university has granted extended vacations even to administrators who have resigned in scandal in recent years. As a public system under the social and financial pressures Dirks noted, the university should reconsider what it can afford."

The 'leave it to the trustees and regents' plan?!-- See:
Berkeley Chancellor Dirks Mischaracterizes Goldwater Proposal
National Review

"proposal works by drawing state university trustees more deeply into the management of free-speech related issues. And of course, trustees are a public university’s rightful governing body. With administrative mishandling of campus free-speech an entirely legitimate matter of public concern, it’s time for university trustees to step up and act as a check on administrative abuse."