Wednesday, February 07, 2007

UI Held Hostage Day 382 - Feb. 7

Feb. 7, 8:10 a.m.

Big News: UICCU members are petitioning management for reconsideration of challenged vote approving "Optiva." See linked, below, press release, membership petition, State's ruling. (Although I'm neither an organizer, nor even a signer of the petition, the move is consistent with what I've written on the issue, most recently, for example, Nicholas Johnson, "UI Held Hostage Day 62 - Revisiting Optiva," January 17, 2007.)

Other news: Regents designate and approve Search Committee II tasks, hear reports and express interest regarding minority students retention rates, faculty exodus, and auditors continue to probe UIHC computer security.

Stories linked below.

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[Note: If you're new to this blog, and interested in the whole UI President Search story, these blog entries begin with Nicholas Johnson, "UI President Search I," November 18, 2006. Wondering where the "UI Held Hostage" came from? Click here. (As of January 25 the count has run from January 21, 2006, rather than last November.) For any given entry, links to the prior 10 will be found in the left-most column. Going directly to will take you to the latest. Each contains links to the full text of virtually all known media stories and commentary, including mine, since the last blog entry. Together they represent what The Chronicle of Higher Education has called "one of the most comprehensive analyses of the controversy." The last time there was an entry containing the summary of prior entries' commentary (with the heading "This Blog's Focus on Regents' Presidential Search") is Nicholas Johnson, "UI President Search XIII -- Last Week," December 11, 2006. My early proposed solution to the conflict is provided in Nicholas Johnson, "UI President Search VII: The Answer," November 26, 2006. And the fullest collection of basic documents related to the search is contained in Nicholas Johnson, "UI President Search - Dec. 21-25," December 21, 2006 (and updated thereafter), at the bottom of that blog entry under "References". A Blog Index of entries on all subjects since June 2006 is also available. And note that if you know (or can guess at) a word to search on, the "Blogger" bar near the top of your browser has a blank, followed by "SEARCH THIS BLOG," that enables you to search all entries in this Blog since June 2006.]

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Media Stories and Commentary

"Credit Union Members Petition for New Election on Name Change," Press Release, February 6, 2007

The Membership Petition (Petition to Conduct an New Election on the Name of the "University of Iowa Community Credit Union")

Iowa Division of Credit Unions Report (Letter from James E. Forney, Superintendent, Iowa Division of Credit Unions, to Ms. IngridHill, et al., January 8, 2007, Re: UICCU Changing Credit Union Name)

Terry McCoy, "Regents: Minority graduation rates still falling shy of goal," The Daily Iowan, February 7, 2007

Diane Heldt, "UI president search committee promises undergraduate input," The Gazette, February 7, 2007

Diane Heldt, "Minority Graduation Rates Stationary At State Colleges," The Gazette, February 7, 2007

Diane Heldt, "UI Officials: Low Pay Causing Faculty Exodus," The Gazette, February 7, 2007

"State Auditor Collecting Data on Hospital's Computer Access," The Gazette, February 7, 2007

Kathryn Fiegen, "Schools to investigate grad rates; Regents concerned about gap between minorities, non-minorities," Iowa City Press-Citizen, February 7, 2007

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A mini-Optiva is going to open in the basement of the IMU, according to signs posted in the building.

Seems odd to me personally, not that much different from a coca-cola machine in a high school, although there are plenty of those things in the IMU too!