Higher Education News From Around The Web

Here are the latest stories from higher education blogs around the web:
 

If there was ever any doubt that the results of the UCOP audit and the University's response has damaged UC's political standing, the 2017-2018 budget should put those to rest. The Budget displays a remarkable suspicion of UC. In this post, I want to indicate 3 of the crucial indications of that suspicion. I hope to discuss some larger questions about the state of UC governance and ways to overcome its evident difficulties in a follow-up post soon.The bottom line is that the new budget provides less state money directly to campuses while increasing the demands that the (Read more...)
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

A former Berkeley employee who worked closely with outgoing Chancellor Nicholas Dirks claims in a lawsuit she was forced to lie on tax forms. After reporting a series of personal jobs she completed for Dirks and his family on a form, including servicing the chancellor's personal car and taking his child to the dentist, Alice McNeil alleges she was instructed by Dirk's chief of staff to alter the form. In the lawsuit, McNeil says she complied to keep her job, but under a subsequent chief of staff, she again attempted to include personal work she performed on tax documents and (Read more...)
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Source: Our University

 

On June 2, following the negative state audit of budget practices at UC's Office of the President (UCOP) and then regental partygate, the governor's office announced four new appointments to the UC Board of Regents. This rekindled some press interest in the conflict between the sudden announcement of completed appointments and the process described in the state constitution. Yesterday, the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) has written a letter to state Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León asking that "the California Constitution be followed when nominating Regents to the University of California." I'll discuss the letter and (Read more...)
Tue, Jun 20, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

Last Tuesday Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a $125 billion budget deal that includes a provision they claim will strip UCOP of much of its financial independence. The move comes in response to the blistering audit of the office Janet Napolitano leads as UC's president. According to the audit, UC had been concealing funds and carrying out misleading accounting techniques, though UCOP has refuted the audit's characterization. Under previous funding schemes, UCOP was funded by assessing fees on the system's campuses. Under the new deal, the state will reshuffle the money it typically gave to (Read more...)
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Berkeley's Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics released a report this past week which highlighted the immense financial shadow the university's stadium casts over the entire campus. As a Dead Spin headline succinctly and colorfully noted, “Cal Is Fucked Because Of Its Stupid Stadium Deal.” The over $400 million debt tied to seismic retrofitting of Memorial Stadium and the creation of a new gym could continue to cost the university well into the next century. Interest on Cal Athletics' debt will exceed income for the foreseeable future, the report notes. Media accounts focused on the task force's failure to reach a (Read more...)
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Source: Our University

 

The UC Regents revealed their utter failure of integrity and effectiveness at their last meeting when they were discussing the state audit of the Office of the President. Instead of simply trying to get to the truth of the way UCOP has been acting, most of the regents spent a great deal of time praising President Napolitano and each other. What they failed to examine was why and how UCOP interfered with the audit, and if UCOP was hiding money and actions from the regents themselves. Moreover, no one asked why the campuses changed their reviews of UCOP: (Read more...)
Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Changing Universities

This week's UC Regents meeting is the tenth anniversary of a Senate First and, so far, a Senate last--a direct presentation to the UC Regents of a faculty view of the budget. In May 2007, Senate chair John Oakley and UC Provost Rory Hume arranged for me as the chair of UCPB to present the budgetary conclusions of what came to be known as the Futures Report. It had, over a two year period, been researched and written by UCPB, approved by Academic Council, and submitted to President Bob Dynes for transmission to the board. John (Read more...)
Fri, May 19, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

The Governor's May budget revision is the first concrete sign of UC's weakened condition following the release of the Auditor's Report on the Office of the President. Although there is relatively little change in the State's overall funding to UC, two things stand out.First, the Governor has made it clear that his trust in the University administration has been further damaged. As part of the May revision he has sequestered $50 million until the University completes demonstrates both that it has begun to implement the Auditor's proposals and that it has made progress on pilot budget projects at Riverside, (Read more...)
Fri, May 12, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

On the same day that the state auditor released her scathing report on the UC Office of the President, I was complying with my duty to complete the required online ethics training. How ironic. As I was being told about my ethical obligation to report anything and everything to staff and upper management, the world was learning that the UCOP office tampered with the official audit. Although it is still unclear if the unethical actions of the administration will result in criminal charges, what is clear is that the administration has once again failed to live up (Read more...)
Mon, May 08, 2017
Source: Changing Universities

As expected, the State Auditor's report on UCOP has triggered a huge political uproar. The charges of secret reserves, out of control personnel policies, special benefits for executives, and UCOP interference into the audit process have been explosive to say the least. There have been two legislative committee meetings that addressed it, numerous statements from politicians about its implications for UC, and editorials and op-eds expressing justifiable outrage about UCOP secrecy and management practices. Predictably enough, some legislators have called into question UC's constitutional autonomy. Despite, or perhaps because of, efforts by UCOP and the Regents to explain (Read more...)
Sun, May 07, 2017
Source: Remaking the University