Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has issued its annual “Beach Books” attack on colleges for their common reading programs. According to the NAS, “Common readings frequently emphasize progressive political themes—illegal immigrants contribute positively to America, the natural environment must be saved immediately…” In reality, the NAS found that few of the readings involved… (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

See IHE on : https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/24/state-aid-program-changes-debated-several-capitals"In California, for instance, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed phasing out the state's relatively new Middle Class Scholarship program, which is based on students' family income levels.That program, which first went into effect for the 2014-15 academic year, goes to students at the University of California and California State University systems. It was intended for students whose families make too much for them to qualify for other need-based financial aid programs but do not make enough to allow them to easily pay for college in a state with many regions where the cost of living is (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Back in 1978, voters passed Prop 13 which drastically cut local property taxes (and thus indirectly pushed responsibility for local services, especially K-14, to the state.) A year later, still in an anti-tax mood, voters enacted Prop 4 which placed a limit on spending based on a formula. That formula's impact was significantly reduced by a later proposition but it's still on the books and the state is now bumping against it. The governor's interpretation of what the limit is, embedded in his budget proposal, differs from what the LAO and others believe. So there is yet another constraint on (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Our previous post noted the UC prez's concerns about federal budget issues. One issue only tangentially mentioned was federal health expenditures under "Obamacare." Of course, UC hospitals would potentially lose revenue to the extent that funds for Medi-Cal are reduced. But there is a larger effect over the long term.Back in the day when the Master Plan (with its promise of free tuition) was developed, the state's expenditures for Medi-Cal (Medicaid) were zero - since the program didn't exist.Under Obamacare, the state expanded the number of people covered by Medi-Cal substantially, with federal budgetary support. To the extent that such (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

UC President Napolitano issues statement on President Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 budgetUC Office of the PresidentTuesday, May 23, 2017University of California President Janet Napolitano today (May 23) issued the following statement on President Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 budget:While many voices have been raised against President Trump's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, I would like to concentrate on what such drastic cuts in federal support would mean for the University of California and public higher education throughout the country.As president of the nation's largest public research university, I urge Congress to immediately begin work on a revised budget proposal (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

The results of the most recent Tuition Discounting Study from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) are telling and worrisome. The study, released last week, examined how much colleges and universities awarded students in scholarship and grants and how deep tuition discounting has become. The NACUBO study found that the average institutional… (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

With high-profile hazing cases such as the death of Timothy Piazza at Penn State comes more willingness to punish -- by both prosecutors and universities. (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

College finishes disciplinary processes related to Charles Murray visit and its disruption. Local police will not bring charges against anyone for attack on a professor. (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Court vacates a tenure denial by Cornell, finding that the university denied basic due process over allegations that were rejected or never proven. Supporters say an important researcher is having his career stymied. (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

In several states, proposals seek to curb or end expensive grant programs that aren't going to those who are most in need. (Read more...)
Wed, May 24, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News