UC President Janet Napolitano

It’s been eight months since Janet Napolitano took over as president of the University of California system, following her stint as U.S. secretary of Homeland Security. She joins us to address the recent killing rampage near UC Santa Barbara, and also to discuss issues including student debt, campus diversity and the differences between working in Washington, D.C. and in the U.C. system.

Janet Napolitano, University of California President & former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Guest

    There seems to be a double standard in America. We’re told by people like Napolitano, “if you see something, say something”. But Ed Snowden did that, specifically he exposed what can only be called organized criminal activity by the federal government, and he’s on the run because of it. When the government commits crimes, “see something say something” isn’t what’s wanted. The government wants cover-ups, not whistleblowers. Why is that so, Janet Napolitano?

  • thucy

    Good for you, Michael Krasny, for bringing up the heckling in protest of Napolitano. Her reply that the hecklers were disrespectful is manipulative and disingenuous.

    • Therese Donnelly

      How is it “manipulative and disingenous” to have wanted the Laney College students to show respect for the UCSB students who had been killed and wounded the day before?

      • thucy

        How? Because Napolitano was trying to evade the issues raised by the students’ protest by shifting focus to an “unpreventable tragedy”. That defines manipulative and disingenuous, Therese.

        • Therese Donnelly

          “Napolitano was trying to evade the issues” How did you reach that conclusion? That’s presumptuous of you unless, of course, you’d been in discussion with her beforehand and had proof that that was her motive for briefly mentioning the tradegy that occurred less than 24 hours earlier.

          • Therese Donnelly

            by ‘tradegy’ I meant ‘tragedy’

          • thucy

            Apparently, you didn’t listen to the speech or take note of the sequence of statements Napolitano made. If you had, you would realize that she was in fact evading the issues raised by the students’ heckling by shifting, Bush-like, to the “unpreventable tragedy.”
            Let’s not forget, Therese, that Napolitano, for all her cuddly feminist forebearance, was also the head of Homeland Security, which is among the most corrupt of US political institutions. She was, despite the XX chromosomal inheritance, someone who very likely “signed off on” torture documents, to the extent such approvals are ever signed.

          • Therese Donnelly

            I listened, in full, to what Janet Napolitano said.

            You seem to be overlooking the fact that she wasn’t at the college to address issues raised by a student protest. She was there, by invitation, to deliver a commencement speech to congratulate the students on their efforts.

            If Janet Napolitano had wanted to evade anything, in the way you have imagined, she could have declined to deliver the address at Laney College.

          • thucy

            Nonsense. You seem to be overlooking the reality that the former head of DHS has a political objective, and has been evasive and false-speaking not only in her role at DHS but in this very Forum interview, as Kathy pointed out.

  • KW

    Thank you President Napolitano for bringing up the high cost of undergraduate education in the 21st Century and working to reduce that cost. What are your plans to help graduate students in professional fields such as Social Welfare, Urban Planning or Public Health who are being charged thousands in Professional Degree Fees (yes, another fee/tuition that wasn’t charged to previous generation of UC Students) in addition to Graduate School tuition without necessarily being able to gain the same income advantage as those earning more financially lucrative degrees such as a MBA or a Master’s from UC Berkeley’s School of Information?

    As a corollary, are there plans to expand programs for those students in higher paid fields like medicine, law or business who want to choose a career path such as public sector or non-profit work that doesn’t provide a salary to repay the tens of thousands in Professional Degree fees incurred during graduate school?

  • Twright

    Why is UC’s policy to allow entry to Out of State Applicants
    over CA residents? In order to collect the higher tuition? As
    opposed to a progressive tuition so CA students may have entry into the Cal system
    wide on the same basis.

  • Kathy

    She stated early in the program the students whose family income is less than $80,000 do not have to pay tuition. Later in the program, she admits to a caller that because the state has reduced the amount available for a university education, it was no longer true that students whose family makes less than $80,000 would not pay anything for tuition.
    Knowing that, why did she make the claim in the first place? She seems to be talking out of both sides of her mouth.

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