Listen to Part of the Regents Afternoon Session of 1-22-2014

As we have noted in numerous prior posts, the Regents refuse to archive their meetings beyond one year.  So we dutifully record the sessions in real time.  Below is a link to part of the afternoon session of Jan. 22.  This segment is mainly the Committee on Educational Policy.  Gov. Brown was in attendance.  We … Continue reading Listen to Part of the Regents Afternoon Session of 1-22-2014

Oversize Load?

From the Sacramento Bee:...(T)the University of California’s academic student workers union recently filed a complaint against the UC Office of the President demanding that discussions about class size be a part of their contract negotiations. The union has been bargaining with UC since last summer, and its contract expired at the end of the year...The … Continue reading Oversize Load?

Napolitano Responds to UCLA’s Moreno Report

MorenoUC President Napolitano issued a response to the (former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos) “Moreno Report” of Oct. 2013, formally titled “Independent Investigative Report on Acts of Bias and Discrimination Involving Faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles.”  It includes directives to all campus chancellors:1) Every campus should designate an official to serve as … Continue reading Napolitano Responds to UCLA’s Moreno Report

The Resurrection?

[More in our Regents coverage.  See earlier posts.]  The Regents spent some time on the old Master Plan for Higher Ed.  There was discussion, according to news reports, among representatives of UC, CSU, and the community colleges on better coordination....“This report shines an important light on the need to have a central body whose sole … Continue reading The Resurrection?

Issue Heating Up

We noted in yesterday's posting (in the update portion) on the Regents public comment session that there were spokespeople complaining about anti-Israel activities on UC campuses including course credit on one campus, pushes for divestment, etc.  Earlier postings noted statements by the UC prez and several chancellors (including Block) opposing an academic boycott of Israel … Continue reading Issue Heating Up

Let Me In, Please

Apparently, freshman applications to UC are up significantly, especially to UCLA:...Once again, UCLA was the most popular choice in the system, garnering 86,472 freshman applications, up 7.5% from last year; next was UC Berkeley, 73,711; up 8.9%. San Diego was third with 73,437; Santa Barbara received 66,756; Irvine; 66,426; Davis, 60,496; Santa Cruz, 40,687; Riverside, … Continue reading Let Me In, Please

She Sure Didn’t Bumble Her Meeting with the Bee

UC prez Napolitano had a meeting with the editorial board of the Sacramento Bee recently and, evidently, said the right things: Editorial: Janet Napolitano is showing a clear-eyed view of UC mission By the Editorial Board Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014  UC President Janet Napolitano has her priorities for the university system in correct alignment; the … Continue reading She Sure Didn’t Bumble Her Meeting with the Bee

Is there a Changing State Attitude Regarding the UC Pension? Reading Between the Lines

As blog readers will know, UC has had difficulties in getting the state to recognize that its pension liabilities were ultimately those of the state, just as CalPERS and CalSTRS liabilities are liabilities of the state.  Thanks to the two-decade hiatus of contributions, the state seemed to forget about UC's pension.  However, there is beginning … Continue reading Is there a Changing State Attitude Regarding the UC Pension? Reading Between the Lines

UC Follows UCLA and Becomes a No-Smoking Zone Today

Following the earlier lead of UCLA, all UC campuses today become smoke-free zones, including such products as e-cigarettes.  According to a UC media release: ...Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the University of California will be entirely smoke and tobacco free. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, water pipes, pipes, … Continue reading UC Follows UCLA and Becomes a No-Smoking Zone Today