Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

Campuses are targets of the alt-right. A new group is proposing a broad, campus-based countermovement. (Read more...)
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

New Gallup data show GOP attitudes about academe are based on views of campus politics. Would abandoning the term “liberal arts” change things? (Read more...)
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH The following are videos of the candlelight vigil at the University of Virginia campus: https://youtu.be/cITuxcGlAr8 https://youtu.be/mm7B4U6745k https://youtu.be/oYjshqCuyTw https://youtu.be/KDuqCpOCqEM https://youtu.be/extOrNa42h4 This next video is from Vice and documents the White Nationalist rally in Charlottesville; It highlights the travesty of Trump's false equivalency: https://youtu.be/P54sP0Nlngg. This final video is from Disney… (Read more...)
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

BY JOHN K. WILSON Today's decision by the University of Florida to ban rental of space for an event by white supremacist Robert Spencer is a threat to free speech on campus, and the reasoning behind it poses a danger to a wide range of speech. University of Florida president W. Kent Fuchs justified his… (Read more...)
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Chancellor Christ(Let's hope the new Berkeley chancellor also has a Plan B along the lines of yesterday's post on this blog.)UC Berkeley chancellor unveils 'Free Speech Year' as right-wing speakers plan campus eventsTeresa Watanabe, LA Times, 8-15-17Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley's 11th chancellor and the first woman to lead the nation's top public research university, unveiled plans Tuesday for a “Free Speech Year” as right-wing speakers prepare to come to campus.Christ said the campus would hold “point-counterpoint” panels to demonstrate how to exchange opposing views in a respectful manner. Other events will explore constitutional questions, the history of Berkeley's free (Read more...)
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

BY HANK REICHMAN Most members of the AAUP, myself included, identify politically on the left side of the political spectrum, as do a majority of American faculty members, especially in the humanities and social sciences. But the AAUP's mission is to “advance academic freedom and shared governance” for all faculty members, regardless of their political… (Read more...)
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

We're waiting for the rest of the message.Yesterday, UC President Napolitano sent the letter reproduced below in response to the events in Charlottesville. Note, however, that those events involved in part the campus of the University of Virginia. There are already reports of similar events planned for California including the City of Berkeley. There is a good chance that such events could involve UC campuses. Thus, apart from urging goodwill, there need to be law enforcement plans in place involving campus police, local municipal police, and the state. (Governor Brown, who likes to point out that he is "president" of (Read more...)
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

New UC Berkeley leader takes over as school seeks creative money sourceshttp://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/New-UC-Berkeley-leader-takes-over-as-school-seeks-11819238.php..."Berkeley's money troubles have emerged as its most visible problem — a gargantuan gap that is down from the $150 million hole revealed in early 2016. Its mandatory debt payments, in part from having to maintain the 149-year-old school, have tripled in the last eight years. But a large chunk of the payments, 20 percent, come from the $470 million Memorial Stadium complex that opened on campus in 2012. Money isn't UC Berkeley's only headache. The University of California's flagship campus is awash in tensions over free speech, sexual (Read more...)
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

SJ Merc News:" Student Leaders Say Campuses Should Be Safe"________"President Napolitano sent the following letter to the UC community in response to the violence in Charlottesville":https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/letter-uc-president-janet-napolitano-violence-charlottesville" Over the weekend, our country experienced violent and tragic events on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. As the leader of the University of California, an institution dedicated to the vibrant and respectful exchange of ideas, I write to you today to condemn these hateful actions by white supremacists and to reaffirm UC's values of diversity and inclusion.As I stated over the weekend, UC abhors the violence and hate displayed in Charlottesville that perverted Americans' (Read more...)
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

CA reaction to part of that AP coverage: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-devos-campus-assault-rules-201708-story.html"The last thing we need is for DeVos and her point person for civil rights [Assistant Secretary Candice Jackson] to get out there and start saying things that imply you can come forward but you're going to face a really big mountain trying to get anything done,” California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said in an interview. He and 19 other attorneys general signed a letter in July urging DeVos to maintain the Obama-era guidelines.“The shame that comes from being a victim and having nothing being done to the perpetrator would drive people (Read more...)
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Cloudminder