Something to Think About While Waiting for the Governor and Regents

Snow at UCLA in 1932The governor is due to give his State of the State address today.  What, if anything, he will say that might have a connection to UC and higher ed is unknown.  The Regents are also meeting today (and tomorrow).Inside Higher Ed today is running a list of average annual snowfalls (in … Continue reading Something to Think About While Waiting for the Governor and Regents

New and Old at the UC Regents

The Regents in 19641-17-2014SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.Richard C. Blum, 78, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents effective March 2, 2014, where he has served since 2002 and was chair from 2007 to 2009. Blum founded Blum Capital Partners L.P. … Continue reading New and Old at the UC Regents

Is the ball still in their court or has the train left the station?

Hey! Let's rebuild the old stadium!Sorry to mix metaphors.  But Inside Higher Ed today has a long story on Berkeley athletics which have recently been in the news for low graduation rates and problems in funding a stadium upgrade.  A white paper from the Berkeley Center for the Study of Higher Education suggests that the … Continue reading Is the ball still in their court or has the train left the station?

Follow Me, Says Crane

We have previously reported on a proposed ballot initiative on public pensions in California that, as written, would cover UC.  There appears to be money behind the campaign for this initiative.  Another indication of such money comes in the form of a letter by former UC Regent David Crane on CalSTRS.  Crane was appointed by … Continue reading Follow Me, Says Crane

Upcoming Events in January

Under the state constitution, Governor Brown will release his budget proposal for 2014-15 at the end of next week.  In the past, bits and pieces were often leaked to the news media ahead of the formal announcement.  So far, that hasn't happened - which might just mean that with the current budgetary calm, there is … Continue reading Upcoming Events in January

Events May Divert the Governor from MOOCs, etc., at the Regents in 2014

Jerry Brown will almost certainly be running for re-election in 2014.  It doesn't look like there will be much of a contest but there will be at least some effort devoted to the campaign.But apart from re-election, Brown is facing some "legacy" problems.  During his first iteration as governor, he wasn't big - to say … Continue reading Events May Divert the Governor from MOOCs, etc., at the Regents in 2014

Core Competencies for Regents?

Yours truly noted with interest this item from the State Worker blog of the Sacramento Bee:CalPERS’ governing board aims to up its collective understanding of everything from financial statements to financial markets with a new set of “core competencies” that will help shape education and training. The policy, which the board is imposing on itself, … Continue reading Core Competencies for Regents?

We’re Not Alone in Pointing to the Risks of Open-Ended Capital Projects

Vannevar BushFrom: The Endless Frontier: Reaping what Bush Sowed?  by Paula Stephan (pp. 33-34)*NBER working paper 19687 (Nov. 2013) Excerpt: Overexpansion of research facilities In recent years, universities have gone on a building binge, constructing a substantial amount of new research space which led to a 30 percent increase in net assignable square feet for … Continue reading We’re Not Alone in Pointing to the Risks of Open-Ended Capital Projects

Lessons from Berkeley’s White Elephant Stadium for UCLA, the Regents, and UC?

People keep noticing Berkeley's White Elephant money-draining stadium - one of the grand capital projects that the Regents routinely approve based on pretty slides and business plans offered by the campuses.  Peter Schrag in the San Francisco Chronicle today ties the low graduation rates of Berkeley athletes with the stadium:...Fueling the... issue is the chronic … Continue reading Lessons from Berkeley’s White Elephant Stadium for UCLA, the Regents, and UC?

Listen to Regents Meeting of Nov. 14, 2013

The November 14 meeting of the Regents opened with public comments.  These included concerns over staffing and safety at UC hospitals, a Berkeley city councilman who called for pension caps on high-paid UC executives, students advocating fossil fuel divestment, concerns about student costs and debt, and spending on “amenities” for students at UC.The Committee on … Continue reading Listen to Regents Meeting of Nov. 14, 2013