Saturday, December 9, 2017

UC 'n A&M for LANL?

See: UC, Texas A&M to team up on bid to operate LANL

..."“It would make sense politically, certainly,” said Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group, “and it would seem to make sense from a research perspective. Both schools have a little different niche in that regard.”"...

..."Neither officials at the University of California nor those at Texas A&M would confirm their partners or say whether they are working together.

“We can’t confirm or discuss any of our bid partners,” said UC’s Gary Falle, a government relations specialist working with California regents."

See the full article for more.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

UC Regents Health Services Committee, December 13, 2017

Notice of Meeting: Health Services Committee, December 13, 2017

A meeting of The Regents Health Services Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13


December 13, 2017
12:30 pm
Health Services Committee (closed session)

Date: December 13, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m.1
Location: Centennial Ballroom, Luskin Conference Center, Los Angeles Campus
Agenda – Closed Session
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of October 18, 2017

H1(X) Discussion UC Health Litigation Update
Closed Session Statute Citation: Litigation [Education Code §92032(b)(5)]

H2(X) Discussion UCSF Health Strategic Affiliation, San Francisco Campus

Closed Session Statute Citation: Acquisition or disposition of property
[Education Code §92032(b)(6)]

upon adjournment of closed session

Health Services Committee (open session - includes public comment session)

Agenda – Open Session

Public Comment Period2 (20 minutes)
Action Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of October 18, 2017

H3 Discussion Remarks of the Executive Vice President – UC Health

H4 Discussion Overview of Report from the President’s Ad Hoc Task Force
on Health Data Governance

H5 Discussion UC San Diego Health Budget Overview, San Diego Campus

H6 Discussion Potential Leadership to Manage the Leveraging Scale for
 Value Initiative and Corresponding Market Reference Zone

H7 Discussion Clinical Quality Dashboard for University of California
 Medical Centers

Committee membership: Regents Blum, Lansing (Chair), Makarechian, Reiss, and Sherman
(Vice Chair); Ex officio members Brown, Kieffer, and Napolitano;
Executive Vice President Stobo, Chancellors Block and Hawgood;
Advisory members Dimsdale, Hernández, Lipstein, Ramsey, and

Times indicated and order of business subject to change

Here is a piece on UC Davis student housing:
"Commentary: So Called Mega-Dorms Are Being Villainized, but there Are Advantages As Well"

And on financial aid :

"In an era of inequity, more and more college financial aid is going to the rich
Poor students still get money, but higher-income classmates get a growing share"

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

UCSF high profile IX Case, -And Higher Ed separate from education in CA or not?

This apparently is a still open case at UCSF, no final findings yet released by that campus and seems to involve a CUCFA leader: "Former UCSF researcher sues UC regents, UCSF professor for alleged sex harassment"


At UC Davis: Public Commenters Speak Out Against Mega-Dorms


"Where they stand: leading Democratic candidates for California governor offer visions for education"
..."The candidates were not asked to talk about higher education at the Advancement Project California event.

The governor’s influence over education at all levels in the state is massive — and arguably far more than that of the state superintendent of public instruction, whose post is also up for grabs next year, but whose powers have been severely curtailed by the Legislature. The governor has considerable sway over how tens of billions of dollars in state support for child care, K-12 education and postsecondary education are spent.

In addition, the governor can exert direct influence over preK-12 policies through the people he appoints to 4-year terms to the State Board of Education, to the Board of Trustees of the California State University system and to the Board of Regents of the University of California. Because the CSU trustees’ terms are 8 years long, and those of the regents are 12 years, the governor’s influence over these governing bodies is shared by appointees of previous governors who are still serving out their terms. The governor’s appointees are supposed to act independently of the governor, but he makes his influence felt by nominating candidates who typically broadly share his views on

Another view:
"How Education Could Shape the Governor’s Race in California: Funding, Accountability, Charter Schools"

And, one more:
..."The University of California system refuses to accept certain high school courses that rely on BJU and Abeka materials for credit. The Association of Christian Schools International sued the University of California System over this issue in 2005. A judge eventually ruled in favor of the UC System."...

Pushing agendas 'talks'- and proper survey handling is important...,more.

"Chemerinsky said during the event that they began each class by polling students on court cases and issues regarding free speech and found the students were “overwhelmingly” on the side of "...

Then there's also that UC prez-penned high-minded op ed at:
Civic Education and the University of California

And these moves:

But, most importantly, consider it along with these next two articles:

State Official Seeks Consequences for UC President's Aides Who ...

It -polling , survey, evaluation,request for feedback- comes up as a task at key points in University business:

With significant results...

And we also have to recall:

Cal Athletics, this new hire:

In light of :

Also at IHE :

In light of that Monday night f ball...:

Then you've got your University endowments and leg hijinks coverage:

Its Makin' folks Moody('s):

A flashback to Dirks $200,000 PR moves to get a Ted talk? "consulting firm, to identify “fruitful domestic and international opportunities” for Dirks, such as TED talks, "

Good luck finding that Napolitano-Chemerinsky talk here:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gettin' read...

See- someone is desperate to move on- this new from LA Times, where they seem to try to soften hard truths:

"Editorial Closing the book on the UC audit"

--But - we point out here : recall the testy exchange between regents Blum and Pattiz about the SEC audit practices in relation to what happened with this year's state UC Audit: that exchange and audio links were included toward the end of this previous post:

Now see these other new editorials today that raise the same angry but very salient points:

And now there are ripple effects at American University see:

"Investigation shows Burwell’s chief of staff pick interfered in University of California "

Where they point to UC General Counsel like this: "“Seth acted in accordance with the advice of UC’s attorneys,” Burwell said. "

Then see- the American University press release notes this, and some of the sadly ironic or interesting sections are highlighted in bold:

October 30, 2017

"TO:American University CommunityFROM:Sylvia M. Burwell, President
SUBJECT:Appointment of Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Seth Grossman as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President, effective December 4, 2017. Seth comes to us from the University of California System, where he serves as Chief of Staff to the UC President and as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
A member of the President’s Cabinet, Seth will report directly to me and work.....
At the University of California, Seth was President Janet Napolitano’s top executive in the administration and operation of the UC system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, more than 264,000 students, 209,000 faculty and staff, and an operating budget of more than $31 billion. While managing UC’s senior executive team, he worked closely with UC faculty, student, and staff leaders on a wide range of academic, administrative, policy, and strategic planning matters; oversaw the Office of General Counsel; collaborated with the UC Board of Regents on governance reform; developed UC’s Public Service Law Fellowship Program; chaired UC’s Global Food Initiative; and led UC crisis response efforts. He also led the creation of UC’s first system-wide Title IX office.
Prior to his service at the University of California, Seth was Deputy General Counsel and Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where, among other responsibilities, he helped to lead the development of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Earlier in his career, he served in other government positions with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and also worked in private practice. He earned his BA summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and JD from Yale Law School. He was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, as well as for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Seth is a native of the Washington, DC, area."

-- so a couple things..
Grossman oversaw the UC general counsel office while at the same time taking advice from the general counsel office as a staff member?! Who exactly did he supervise on the 'executive leadership team'? These things were not mentioned in the report or by the UC regents in open session. How exactly is that UCOP org chart really working? They have multiple org charts that seem to cloud things even further...

And where is the UC Academic Senate leadership in all this?!

Grossman was made a lecturer at Berkeley Law,
Napolitano was given an academic title at GSPP after her hire.
(Napolitano said that $31 billion turned out to be far more complicated than she originally thought, btw-- so maybe Yellen soon available would be a good ...)

* yet no one is discussing the academic research practices related to survey handling and what happened at UCOP that arise in all of this?!* What UCOP does in practice also becomes part of the research at places like CSHE at Berkeley--with this latest state audit debacle...

Also, the regents in November meeting said they would non specifically take up part of the issue at the January meeting. The UC Academic Senate leadership participates in regents meetings but has not made a public statement on these events addressing the fact that academic titled administrators were involved in 'mishandling' the surveys and other behavior in the audit process--

In September UC Regents meeting Regent Zettel mentioned multiple times that both she and Regent M would like to pursue having the state auditor Howle come back to their compliance and audit committee to present at a special meeting, but no special meeting was ever scheduled and the plan for that was not addressed by the board in open session so it seems that that was tapped down, nixed. Zettel mentioned October as one ideal possible date for a special committee meeting. You can see the compliance and audit committee meeting in September for Zettel's comments on Howle etc in the archive regents post.-- and btw it looked like chair Zettel was not present at the November meeting, or speaking to this- and some other regents also suddenly were not present at the November meeting or speaking to any of this...


"Berkeley grad students create online calculator to estimate cost of House tax plan"


One hundred or hundreds?

"Hundreds rally at UC Berkeley to protest proposed graduate student tax hike"

"About 100"...

- would the numbers have been higher if the grad students hadn't broken with UCSA?- then again the undergrads are facing likelihood of tuition hikes-...

On DACA - Silicon Valley, Napolitano networking, lobbying:


Is this a good new thing?

There's also:
Passage of Senate Tax-Reform Bill Leaves Colleges Scrambling"

Don't miss:

Universities are also to blame for the GOP’s ‘grad student tax’
Charging us tuition, only to waive it, helps to define us as students instead of the essential workers we are.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Napolitano says she is not going to resign...Hasn't hit that five year vesting yet?!- could that be the reason?

Despite Calls to resign UC President not Stepping Down

..."You know, I made a mistake and I acknowledge that in approving that we would review campus responses,” says Napolitano. “But I will simply say I was not involved in the activities after that.”

Knowing her office would see their responses, the investigation found that UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine all changed their answers, replacing criticisms of her office with more praise.

When the investigation revealed the meddling, both Napolitano’s aides resigned for ‘family concerns’.

That prompted the UC Board of Regents to reprimand Napolitano. As for public trust and calls for her to step down, Napolitano says she is not going anywhere.

“Well, my response is to appreciate the expression by the Board of Regents, to continue leadership, and to stay focused on what we are trying to do,” she said. “We have a tough road ahead of us on the education side… I am staying on it.”

The state audit eventually found that Napolitano’s office paid excessive salaries and benefits to top executives and kept $175 million in a private reserve fund that was never disclosed.

The Board of Regents plans to discuss reforms to avoid this kind of thing in the future when they meet in January."


Politico covers her birthday, but also offers:

..."What is a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention? “A particularly disturbing trend is the increasingly partisan view of higher education, with Democrats generally in favor and Republicans increasingly negative. This has important policy ramifications. Witness the negative treatment of higher education in the Republican House and Senate tax plans, for example. The proposals would hurt students and make higher education more expensive and less accessible.”"...

UC Davis Chancellor on higher ed:

"Gary S. May: Thousands of students at UC Davis and across the country will walk out of classes on Wednesday in a show of solidarity against the repeal of several tax exemptions and deductions that make college affordable for millions of Americans. The House bill is an attack on higher education in the name of reform."