Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

Once again UC Berkeley is in the news after a high-profile professor has been accused of sexual misconduct. John Searle, professor emeritus of philosophy, has been accused in a lawsuit of sexual assault, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. A 24-year-old graduate student alleges Searle grouped her and told her they would become “lovers” after promising to support her career while she was employed at the Searle Center for Social Ontology. The lawsuit alleges that the victim told university employees who took no formal action. Jennifer Hudin, the center's director, allegedly told the student she would protect her and that Searle (Read more...)
Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Things have evidently become more complicated and contentious than back in the day:In the final days of 2016, the Regents of the University of California, which governs the University of California (UC) system, filed a lawsuit against a former graduate student from UC Santa Cruz (UCSC). At the center of the legal spat is the proper assignation of a series of patents covering DNA sequencing technologies, which UC alleges were developed while the inventor was under an agreement obliging him to assign those patents to UC. The suit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

I'm going to use a lull in my travel for The Great Mistake in order to start clearing my post backlog, starting with a response to the most recent review, by the sociologist Andrew Perrin. His piece is at the public sociology blog Scatterplot, and, among its other virtues, it offers the most sustained engagement on research costs (Stage 2 of the book's decline cycle) that I've received. I posted a comment on his post and crosspost it here. His skeptical analysis of the emphasis I place on research costs is essential reading. It's the kind of (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

At conference for academic and research librarians, attendees begin to fight back against proposed federal funding cuts. (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Baltimore City Community College: Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Boston Architectural College: Bob Vila, the home-improvement pioneer. Bridgewater College, in Virginia: Philip M. Breedlove, a retired four-star U.S. Air Force general. (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Politics, geography and history all prevent the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education from following Georgia's consolidation path. (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Republicans swept to power after years of complaints about the Obama administration's crackdown on for-profit colleges. But only tentative steps to roll back regulations have followed, and two major rules could be headed for a drawn-out negotiation process. (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Former president of university found guilty of child endangerment. Leader of outside investigation questions whether institution has learned lessons from the scandal. (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Remember "Brown: "First the desire emerges, then the desire becomes a need, and the need becomes a right, and the right becomes a ...etc""Here he is today on Meet the Press (apparently the interview was conducted earlier in the week before the healthcare bill process failed in DC, but) he talks about infrastructure, education, healthcare and much more that is pertinent to UC:___________Also this:Forcing out UC Davis chancellor cost university plentyBy Matier & Rosshttp://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Forcing-out-UC-Davis-chancellor-cost-university-11026947.php (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

[Click to enlarge] The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) produced a history of the reserves in the general fund.* There are now actually two reserves: the regular reserve, and what is sometimes called the rainy-day fund. The latter was actually created under Schwarzenegger but never amounted to anything until Brown's ballot proposition began to fill it. Yours truly has added some commentary in italics to the LAO chart above. As can be seen, the ups and downs of actual reserves follows the business cycle. You can see the recession of the early 1980s, the recession of the early 1990s (which hit California (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association