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Thursday, January 31, 2019

UCPath problems - Need we say more?

Op Ed by GRA in Sacramento Bee:

As a graduate student researcher in the neuroscience PhD program at UCLA, I work hard to contribute to the University of California’s research mission. In addition to my studies, I support the efforts of my professors and contribute to published work. I strongly believe in the value of our research.
But ever since UC rolled out its new payroll system in September (UCPath), I’ve faced a new challenge: Each month, I have been paid only 48 percent of my wages. So far this has totaled an underpayment of gross wages of $8,669.67.
UC Associate Vice President of Operations Mark Cianca told the The Bee, “I do want to make it really clear: Everybody gets paid.” Yet, that hasn’t been true for me or many of my colleagues. Some have lost their health insurance and been forced to accumulate credit card debt. Some have even received eviction notices.
Administrators like Cianca fail to understand that many graduate student workers, and UC workers in general, live paycheck to paycheck. Missing even one paycheck is a crisis...

UC Application Drop

From the LA Times:

...(T)he number of students graduating from California high schools is forecast to top out in six years. And that demographic trend already has hit the nation’s northeastern states, where birthrates began declining years ago and enrollment has dropped even at elite institutions, such as Princeton University and MIT.

“What the California system is experiencing this year is just a taste of some of the challenges it will experience in a decade or so,” said Nathan D. Grawe, a Carleton College professor of economics and social sciences, and author of “Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education.”...
Grawe says UC will have less of a reason to worry about a drop-off in enrollment than other college systems in California. Rising education levels among parents and a growing Asian American population will provide buffers for highly selective universities, he said.
Still, he predicts that the number of California students who attend college will drop by 15% overall by 2029. The prediction is a reduction of 17% for those who attend community colleges, but only 6% for those who attend the nation’s top 50 universities, including UCLA, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Irvine, Davis and San Diego.
“The landscape is more forgiving for selective institutions,” Grawe said.
But the potential for a lengthy decline in enrollment, following similar trends across the U.S., has raised questions about the bevy of construction projects under consideration on UC campuses to accommodate the record enrollment of the last few years. UC and California State University are exploring putting a measure on the 2020 ballot for an $8-billion construction bond. Gov. Gavin Newsom also has proposed funding a study on building a new Cal State campus, possibly in Stockton.
Nathan Brostrom, UC’s chief financial officer, said much of the money the system is seeking is needed to repair existing buildings and for upgrades for earthquake safety. UC’s growth has strained campuses in need of more classrooms, teaching labs and student housing...

Shrouded Building

From time to time, we have provided photos of construction of the new Anderson addition. However, it has been largely shrouded from view for awhile. 

The only unshrouded view available is above.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

UC Prez Responds to Proposed Title 9 Changes

UC Prez Napolitano submitted a lengthy letter/response to changes proposed in U.S. Dept. of Education regulations governing Title 9 rules (which cover sexual assault/harassment). The rule changes proposed generally involve application of due process to the investigation and decision-making involved in such cases. As this blog has reported, there have been well-publicized cases in which external courts have reversed decisions of various universities around the country on procedural/due process grounds. Obviously, the issue is politically charged.

One thing which yours truly has remarked on in the past, apart from the issues raised in the letter, is the question of who makes the final determination. Typically, in the case of union-represented employees, of which there are many at UC, there are contractual grievance procedures which end in an outside neutral (arbitrator) hearing evidence and making the decision. The use of an outside neutral deals with the problem of the prosecution and decision-maker being one and the same. It might be useful for UC to consider whether such a division of labor would be beneficial to its Title 9 process. (There are issues, in particular, who pays for the arbitrator, that would have to be resolved. But if the concept is adopted, remedies can be found.)

You can read the Napolitano letter at the link below:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The more things change...

...the more... (well, you know the rest). From the Bruin:

UCLA students call about 11,000 Uber and Lyft rides that never leave campus every week, raising concerns about the environmental impact of unnecessary trips.
UCLA Transportation determined this number using data provided by the two ride-hail companies, said Abdallah Daboussi, senior administrative planning and policy analyst at UCLA Transportation.
Even though these are short trips, they still produce a large amount of carbon emissions, said Yifang Zhu, associate director of the Center for Clean Air and an environmental health sciences professor...
Blog readers may recall that this topic came up back in June 2017 at a presentation to the Emeriti Association:
Or direct to:

Newsom's Budget/Brown's Budget - Part 2

When Gov. Newsom presented his budget, back on January 10th, yours truly provided a written analysis. Now you, lucky readers, can enjoy an oral presentation on the budget by yours truly - direct from a UCLA class with slides, cartoons, and video - at the links below:

Part 1
https://archive.org/details/10bFiscal20191/10b-fiscal+2019-1.wmv

Part 2
https://archive.org/details/10bFiscal20191/10b+fiscal+2019-2.wmv

You're welcome!

Faculty on the UC Free Speech Center Academic Advisory Board

Back in the day at Berkeley
UC has released the names of members of the academic advisory board for the UC Free Speech Center, know officially as the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. Three members are from UCLA:

Board members will assist in the creation of the Center’s project priorities and future selection of fellows. They also will contribute written pieces on topics related to their scholarly activities for the Center’s forthcoming “Weekly Conversation” column, which will be featured on its website: 

https://freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/...

Academic advisory board members

  • Ahmad Atif Ahmad - UC Santa Barbara, Professor, Religious Studies; Chair of the Council on Faculty Welfare, Academic Freedom, and Awards
  • Gerardo Aldana - UC Santa Barbara, Professor, Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies; Chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies
  • Amy Binder - UC San Diego, Professor, Sociology
  • Simone E. Chambers - UC Irvine, Professor, Political Science
  • Michael Mark Cohen - UC Berkeley, Associate Teaching Professor, African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies
  • Lee G. Cooper - UCLA Professor Emeritus, Marketing
  • John Ganim - UC Riverside, Distinguished Professor, English
  • Jody Greene - UC Santa Cruz, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Director of the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning; Professor of Literature
  • David Kaye - UC Irvine, Clinical Professor, Law
  • Suneil K. Koliwad - UC San Francisco, Associate Professor, Medicine, Diabetes Center; Gerold Grodsky, PhD/JAB Chair in Diabetes Research
  • Dana Nelkin - UC San Diego, Professor, Philosophy
  • Tung Nguyen - UC San Francisco
  • Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine; Professor of Medicine
  • Constance Penley - UC Santa Barbara, Professor, Film and Media Studies
  • Mary Beth Pudup - UC Santa Cruz, Director and Associate Professor, Community Studies Program
  • Randolph M. Siverson - UC Davis, Professor Emeritus, Political Science
  • Nella Van Dyke - UC Merced, Professor, Sociology
  • John Villasenor - UCLA, Professor, Public Policy, Electrical Engineering & Management,
  • Eugene Volokh - UCLA School of Law, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law
  • Keith David Watenpaugh - UC Davis, Professor and Director, Human Rights Studies
Full media release at:

Monday, January 28, 2019

Just When You Thought You Were Safe

Now that you are required to use two-factor authentication for various UCLA websites (and various outside functions), you might feel that your information is safe. Maybe not:

From the NY Times:

Here’s how two-factor authentication is supposed to work: You log in to your bank account or email inbox, and after correctly entering your password, you are prompted to confirm the login through an app on your cellphone, a one-time code sent to you via text message or email, a physical YubiKey device or even a phone call. That app, text message, email, YubiKey or phone call is your “second factor,” intended to ensure that even if the person trying to log in isn’t really you, he or she still can’t gain access to your accounts without access to your phone or YubiKey.
You might find two-factor authentication mildly irritating, and there’s a chance you might not even notice the extra step in the login process anymore. Regardless, you probably feel a certain comfort in the idea that at least your money or your inbox is well protected. But like so many other commonly accepted best practices in computer security, we actually know very little about how well two-factor authentication works.
In December, Amnesty International released a report describing an easy-to-apply technique being used to compromise accounts protected by two-factor authentication. The hackers whom Amnesty International investigated, who were targeting accounts belonging to individuals in the Middle East and North Africa, set up phishing pages that captured not only users’ passwords but also the one-time authentication codes generated by their two-factor services.
Setting up phishing websites that look like the login pages for well-known web services is a common way to steal passwords online. Here’s the way it works: Someone designs a website that looks almost exactly like Bank of America’s website and then emails you a message, purporting to be from Bank of America, warning you that your account is about to expire, or your information needs to be updated, and directing you to a fake site where you believe you’re logging into your bank account but instead are just typing your password into a website owned by scammers.

This type of phishing is precisely the kind of threat that two-factor authentication is supposed to protect you against. Unlike so-called dictionary attacks — in which hackers try to guess your password by running through a dictionary of possible choices — forcing people to develop more complicated or longer passwords (a minimum of eight characters with uppercase and lowercase letters, and at least one symbol and one number) does not help at all when someone steals your password via phishing. So the password-complexity requirements that have reigned as a common (and irritating) best practice in every workplace for years are increasingly supplemented by two-factor authentication, to protect you against both dictionary attacks and phishing attacks.
But it turns out that the one-time codes generated by people’s smartphones or sent via text message and email can also be phished. If you’re the hacker, all it takes is adding a component to your fake Bank of America website so that after you prompt someone for his password, you try to log in to his real Bank of America account using the password he has just provided, triggering a second-factor alert that doesn’t alarm him because he thinks he’s signing into Bank of America too. Then, on your fake phishing site, you prompt him to enter his second-factor code and use it to complete the login...

Listen to the Regents' Governance and Compensation Committee Meeting of Jan. 16, 2019

We (finally) finish up with the Regents meetings of January. As blog readers will know, although the Governance and Compensation Committee met on the afternoon of January 16, the official recordings of that period omitted the Committee until yours truly pointed out the gap. The session included a public comments segment in which there was discussion of programs for undocumented students and others, housing at Santa Cruz, and housing at Berkeley. There was then committee discussion of UCOP functions and the implications of the Huron report (which was a reaction to the earlier critical state audit).

The committee then turned to various standards that had been set by the Regents in response to a scandal involving the then-chancellor of Davis awhile back. It was argued that there was an overreaction to the scandal and the standards were too strict. A modified adjustment to the standards was adopted.

Finally, there was the matter of the student advisor* position that had been establish as a pilot program a couple of years ago. There has been a conflict within the student government establishment as to whether the position should be continued. The advisor operates independently of the establishment, which appears to be at the heart of the issue. Not surprisingly, the present student advisor favored continuation; the establishment didn't. It appeared the Regents originally were going to endorse a one-year extension. In the end, they killed the position. My guess is that the Regents didn't want to be in the middle of a dispute and getting rid of the position was the quickest way to end the issue.
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*The position is/was officially spelled with an "o" rather than an "e," if you care.
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You can hear the committee session at:

or direct to:
https://archive.org/details/RegentsGovernComp11619

Sunday, January 27, 2019

More on E-Scooters

Yesterday, we posted about reimbursements for business travel on e-scooters and other such devices. Below is a Bruin op ed dealing with another aspect of the e-scooters on campus:

Scooters are menaces on our campus that cause injuries to innocent people.
The injuries can even get as bad as a broken hip. In fact, that has already happened at UCLA.
On Sept. 24, at about 11:15 a.m., Juming Zhao, a consultant to universities in China, was walking on Charles E. Young Drive South, crossing the street to Tiverton Drive, and hit by an individual riding a scooter. Three students helped Zhao stand up, but the person responsible for the accident fled the scene.
Zhao phoned his wife, Su Chen, the head librarian of the UCLA East Asian Library. Chen took Zhao to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center emergency department, and the attending doctor examined Zhao and ordered an X-ray. At that time, the doctor told Zhao he did not find any fractures on his hip and discharged him. During this visit, the emergency department nurse mentioned to Zhao and Chen that there have been several scooter injuries on campus.
Zhao’s diagnosis changed early the next morning when his primary care physician phoned to inform him that the radiologist had reviewed his X-ray and found his right hip had fractured. The physician requested Zhao to immediately return to the medical center for surgery.
Zhao was operated on the next day. He was bedridden for a week and walked with the assistance of a walker and cane for three months. Zhao had to cancel all of his consulting work for the remainder of 2018.
To this day, he still walks with pain. He can only hope the injury will heal and not adversely affect him for the rest of his life.
UCPD received the report of Zhao’s injury from the hospital emergency department on the same day of the accident. A campus police officer came to see Zhao at the hospital and interviewed him regarding the scooter accident. Several days later, another police officer came to Zhao’s home for a second interview, informing him that several scooter incidents had occurred on campus and that the department had not been able to trace and apprehend the people responsible for those accidents.
UCLA is a world-class institute of higher learning contributing to the teaching and growth of future generations of leaders. It troubles me that someone, most likely a student, collided with Zhao and got away without any sense of responsibility or concern for their victim. The fact that the UCPD has responded to other cases of scooter accidents, but were unable to apprehend the scooter riders causing the accidents, speaks to the issue of moral responsibility of not only the unconscionable riders, but also the bystanders who witnessed such accidents.
In light of the scooter accidents and injuries inflicted on the victims, I urge UCLA to ban scooters on campus until rules are put in place to ensure the safety and health of the community, especially the elderly and those with disabilities.
The encouragement of our Bruin community members to walk or bike on campus will not only contribute to everyone’s personal safety, but will provide a healthy alternative to the use of scooters.
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Author Virginia Li is a research professor and professor emeritus in the Fielding School of Public Health’s department of community health sciences.
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Source: http://dailybruin.com/2019/01/24/op-ed-scooters-on-campus-pose-a-threat-to-the-safety-of-uclas-campus/

Saturday, January 26, 2019

E-Travel, E-Reimbursements?

If other state workers can be reimbursed for official e-scooter and e-bike business travel, presumably the same will be true at UCLA for faculty and employees, or soon will be. [????]

From the Sacramento Bee:

A bit of good news arrived for state workers in a formally worded email from CalHR Thursday: Yes, the state will reimburse you for using JUMP bikes.

The email came in response to employee questions about whether the department’s policy for reimbursing bicycle travel includes electric bikes.

“They could before, it just wasn’t crystal clear,” CalHR spokesman Andrew LaMar said.

The email referenced updates to the state’s travel and relocation policy, which also clarifies that electric scooters — more common in cities such as San Diego and San Francisco — are eligible for reimbursement. For either mode of transport, the policy strongly encourages helmet use.

Additionally, the updates incorporate a piece of legislation passed in September that ensures state employees may be reimbursed for short-term lodging using services such as Airbnb and for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft...

Full story at https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article225082590.html

We advise caution, despite the travel option:

Friday, January 25, 2019

Listen to 2 of the 3 Regents Sessions from Afternoon of January 16, 2019

As per our previous post, no recording of the Governance and Compensation Committee was made available until today. The other two sessions from the afternoon of January 16th were available on a timely basis and we archived those. So below we present what was originally available at the links below along with summaries from the Daily Bruin. (See our earlier posts on the missing official recording.) Note that there was a presentation on one of the National Labs (Lawrence Livermore) at the conclusion of the session of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.

Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Michael Brown, UC provost and UCOP executive vice president of Academic Affairs, gave an update on the UC Center Sacramento, a research and public service site in Sacramento operated by UC Davis. He said the goals of the center include increasing student internships in state and assembly offices, increasing student enrollment in the program and making faculty available to both students and Capitol staff. Brown added the center aims to increase student enrollment by 100 students per term in the next decade.
Thomas McMorrow, chair of the UCCS advisory board, said UCCS connects faculty with students and Capitol staff more effectively than the UC Washington Center program. The UCCS program hosts biweekly lectures attended by not only students but also the staff of the Capitol and government officials.
Griffin-Desta said female athletes graduate at an overall higher rate than male athletes. For example, athletes in NCAA Division I sports have a female graduation rate of 91 percent and a male graduation rate of 79 percent. Christina Rivera, senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at UCLA, said this is because male students have more opportunities to pursue careers in sports. Three student athletes at the committee shared their experiences and discussed ways to enhance student-athlete welfare.
Hailey Rittershofer, a student athlete at UC Davis, said as one of the first queer athletes at her school, she felt she did not know whether her teammates would accept her, and suggested increasing LGBTQ education among student athletes and supporting systems that allow athletes to explore their identities outside of sports and academics.
Evan Singletary, a student athlete at UC Irvine, said he hoped the University would provide more aid for student athletes. He initially lost his athletic scholarship due to injury. He had to work many jobs before earning back the scholarship his second year. However, Singletary said many of his former teammates without scholarships are still working jobs to make ends meet.
Brown said UCOP proposed a multiyear plan for charging supplemental tuition for two graduate professional degree programs at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. The Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition aims to offset reductions in state support for professional schools, according to the Regents’ website.
Rick Mintrop, the director of Leadership for Educational Equity Program at UC Berkeley, said the program has lacked resources in the past, and must increase tuition in order to remain sustainable. LEEP is a professional program for people with backgrounds in leading education organizations. LEEP students graduate with a doctorate of education.
Regent Eloy Ortiz Oakley said he does not want to place more financial burden on LEEP students, who are already working while attending the LEEP program. He added he does not support charging the supplemental tuition. Mintrop insisted the students are middle-class and able to take out loans to finance their tuition.
The committee tabled the motion to increase tuition through PDST for LEEP for further discussion in March.
Marilyn Walker, professor of computer science at UCSC, proposed a PDST of $20,000 for UCSC’s one-year program in natural language processing, which trains students to be engineers with expertise in NLP. The supplemental tuition revenue would be used to hire an executive director to work on outreach to the industry, and to hire graduate students who would serve as teaching assistants and peer mentors.
The committee passed the motion to charge supplemental tuition for UCSC’s NLP PDST program.
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Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
Dan Russi, UCPath Center executive director, said UCOP is aware of the payroll issues UCPath has caused, and that it has caused hardships for students. He added the majority of errors stemmed from complexities such as multiple payment sources and data errors.
Mark Cianca, associate vice president of UCPath Operational Services, said UCPath implemented corrective measures such as notifying campus payroll teams in advance to finalize student pay and finding pay errors before checks are drafted. UCPath also adopted measures to prevent pay issues, such as implementing a team to address urgent pay issues and strengthening student outreach, Cianca said.
The UCPath leadership team decided to delay the final deployment from September to December 2019. UC Irvine also shifted its deployment from March to December 2019.
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Note: The official recording of the Finance and Capital Strategies Committee was cut off before the session ended. We can only present what was put online. (The January 2019 recordings of the Regents sessions were plagued with early cutoffs.)
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You can hear the recording of the Academic and Students Affairs Committee and the presentation on the National Labs at the link below:
Or direct to:
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and Finance and Capital Strategies:

The Regents' Missing Link Has Been Found!

As blog readers will know, we noted that the Regents session of the Governance and Compensation Committee that was held on January 16th was unavailable. After inquiries (and a bit of fun with our posts yesterday), the link today appears on the Regents' website. We will be posting the audio after some conversion, etc. So stand by.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Veterans-UCLA Dispute - Part 2

Chancellor Block replied in yesterday's LA Times to the complaints about UCLA's relationship with the Veterans property:

Sleep-Inducing Follow Up on Governance and Compensation

NAP-olitano?
Our post below noted the absence of an official recording of the Governance and Compensation Committee of the Regents on January 16. What we can say is that when the Committee reported on its activities to the full board on the 17th, its report apparently put the UC prez to sleep. (See above.)

Anyway, it was just about money which is inherently boring. Sample below:

The Committee recommends approval of an incentive award of $490,985 for Plan Year 2017-18, under the Office of the Chief Investment Officer Annual Incentive Plan (AIP), for Jagdeep Singh Bachher as Chief Investment Officer and Vice President – Investments, Office of the President. The recommended incentive award represents 75.252 percent of Mr. Bachher’s annual base salary of $652,454.

Recommended Compensation
Effective Date: upon Regents’ approval
Base Salary: $652,454
AIP Award: $490,985 (75.252 percent of base salary)
Base Salary Plus Recommended AIP Award: $1,143,439
Funding: non-State-funded

Waiting for Governance and Compensation and the Search for Deeper Meaning

The Governance and Compensation Committee of the Regents was scheduled to meet on January 16, but no recording of the meeting is contained on the Regents' website. Where the recording should be (see above and below), one finds a notice that we are awaiting for the Committee to meet on January 22nd at 4 pm. However, since this is already January 24th and we are still awaiting...


Ahh! Perhaps there is some deeper meaning in all of this:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Toil and Trouble at Extension

Not exactly what Shakespeare said but...
From the Bruin: About 75 employees left UCLA Extension amid administrative upheaval, despite UCLA cancelling an initial plan to lay off about one-quarter of UCLA Extension’s employees last year.
From the Bruin: In January 2018, UCLA Extension’s revenue was projected to be $10 million less than the previous year. The projection caused former dean Wayne Smutz to announce layoffs for about one-quarter of UCLA Extension’s employees.
This January, Tom Oser, UCLA Extension interim vice provost, said in an email statement that last year’s announced layoffs never happened.
“The announced layoffs were canceled by Executive Vice Chancellor (and Provost) Scott Waugh,” Oser said. “Approximately 75 people voluntarily left the employment of UCLA Extension for other positions.”
The mass resignation of almost one-third of UCLA Extension’s staff sent ripples through all levels of administration.
At the start of 2018, UCLA Extension had one dean and two associate deans; by the start of 2019, all three deans were gone.
On July 24, 2018, Waugh announced Smutz would retire by Oct. 31...

Less Cash; More Stuff

From Chief Investment Officer, 1-22-19:

The fourth quarter of 2018 ransacked the University of California’s assets as the stock market tanked, but the $114 billion organization forged ahead with its plan to deploy its cash stash into alternatives.
In the first three months of the new fiscal year, which began July 1, the $11.7 billion endowment section of the institution more than halved its position in cash, from roughly 7.5% to about 2.1%, or $300 million, according to a video of the UC Regents’ January 15-17 board meeting.
“We had been talking about our desire to remain opportunistic, but also at the same time, we were concerned with the fact that this growth risk factor was so dominant in our portfolios that we actually wanted to diversify as well,” said Edmond Fong, senior managing director overseeing absolute return, at the meeting. “What we ended up doing was creating a fairly robust pipeline of private market opportunities that shared some common characteristics.”
The similarities between the changes were that several were “non-market non-auction in transactions, directly where we were having a bilateral discussion with the seller,” said Fong, adding that this allowed the UC endowment to “control pricing discipline and reduce costs of transactions.” The cash-fueled allocations brought in additional diversification to the endowment. Fong said these opportunities had a “strong cash-flow profile.”
The shift started in the third quarter, where 60% of that cash went into real estate, with projects that the investment team had identified as good targets. According to Fong, his unit is conservatively underwriting these projects.
Another 20% was invested into other real assets, where they found several co-investments that helped reduce the overall program costs. An additional 15% of the cash was moved into absolute return strategies, via hedge funds.
 “We’re quite comfortable with how we’ve been able to deploy that capital,” Fong said.
The remainder of cash was further committed in the fourth quarter, with 40% to private equity, which included a number of co-investments. Another 40% was invested in absolute return strategies.
“Again, we found a number of unique investment opportunities that we felt would diversify the endowment investment portfolio,” Fong said...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Listen to the Regents Morning Meeting of 1-16-2019

Below is a summary from the Bruin of the morning sessions of the Regents on January 16.

Full Board:
During public comments Wednesday, students from advocacy groups across the UC campuses made demands to UCOP, including that it stop the outsourcing of UC jobs and hire full-time career workers, terminate any ties to federal immigration agencies and divest from companies which students said they think are violating Palestinian human rights.
Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond introduced themselves to the board, adding that they are working to increase accessibility to public education and address food insecurity and labor issues.
UC President Janet Napolitano said California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has released a proposed budget which includes a $240 million increase in ongoing funds to the core education budget, along with a one-time fund of $153 million dollars for things such as maintenance. She added the budget includes increased funding for gun violence research, legal services for undocumented students and increased Cal Grant awards for students who are parents.
Robert May, chair of the UC Academic Senate, said negotiations over the UC’s contract with Elsevier, which owns more than 2,500 journals including Cell and The Lancet, have not been settled. The contract ended Dec. 31, and the UC has been negotiating a new contract with Elsevier for the past few months. The UC aims to lower subscription costs and make all of its research available for free to the public. The Academic Senate is committed to its open-access policy, May added. [Note that the recording of May's remarks were cut off before completion.]
Compliance and Audit Committee:
Suzanne Taylor, the UCOP interim systemwide Title IX coordinator, gave a six-month update on UCOP’s implementation of recommendations from the California state audit of sexual harassment cases. Taylor said the audit recommendation focused on key areas such as ensuring timeliness of investigations and discipline, making sure that policies align with law and promoting consistency in training Title IX. Taylor added the UC president accepted all audit recommendations.
Taylor said the audit remediation plan does not address sexual harassment prevention. Taylor added changes to data collection methods based on the auditors’ recommendations will increase transparency about the Title IX system.
Taylor said auditors found that reports filed against faculty and staff during this audit increased compared to earlier audits and attributed it to positive measures at the UC such as increased outreach to students. She added Title IX informs complainants of their rights to go to law enforcement, and the Title IX office has confidential advocates that support complainants in their decisions.
[Note: The official recording is cut off before the session was completed.]
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The Bruin didn’t cover one session. Here is a summary from yours truly:
Public Engagement and Development:
The meeting of the Public Engagement and Development Committee included presentations on various aspects of UC-Davis activities including assistance provided during the recent wildfires and cooperation with local governments. There was also review of UC environmental efforts, trends in donations, and lobbying at the state level (including cooperation in such efforts with students).
You can hear audio of these sessions at the links below:
Full Board:
Or direct to:
Full Board:
Compliance and Audit:
Public Engagement and Development:

Monday, January 21, 2019

Veterans-UCLA Dispute

The "Sawtelle Veterans Home" back in the day
From today's LA Times: UCLA and the Brentwood School are under fire from advocates who say that neither institution is providing the veteran services they agreed to under their leases on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ West L.A. property.

UCLA, whose Jackie Robinson baseball stadium sits on the sprawling, 388-acre federal land tract, promised veterans a legal clinic, a family welfare center and game tickets. The Brentwood School pledged to share its 22-acre athletic complex on the property with veterans and to give their children 150 scholarships to its summer day camp.

But in September, then-Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) accused the Brentwood School of making it difficult for veterans to use the athletic facilities.

“It appears that veterans face an onerous process to access the facility,” Knight, who was defeated by Democrat Katie Hill in November’s election, said in a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “And the process is designed to discourage veteran usage of the leased land.”

Dan Garcia, chief executive officer of a veterans advocacy group, said the VA had fallen down on oversight of the UCLA legal clinic.

“UCLA’s performance in providing legal services to veterans is highly suspect,” Garcia said.

The VA and the schools said they are keeping their bargains, which also include annual rent payments from UCLA of $300,000, and from Brentwood School of $850,000, as well as $918,000 in non-monetary consideration.

“The services provided by Brentwood School and UCLA principally benefit veterans and their families, and service to veterans is the predominant focus of UCLA’s activities on campus,” VA spokesman Blake K. Anderson said...

Full story at https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ucla-veteran-lease-20190121-story.html