Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

Where 'an elite university' = UC Berkeley, see: An elite university is offering a fast-track program for tech leaders that's more competitive than Stanfordhttp://www.businessinsider.com/uc-berkeley-met-for-future-tech-leaders-2017-4"Grimes worried that business and engineering students would come to resent MET students, because they receive special treatment. An analogy provided by a colleague calmed those fears."It's like the Navy Seals. They're going through a workload that nobody else is enduring," Grimes says. "Even though not every midshipman is doing the same thing, they respect the ones standing out in the cold water longer, up before the sun rises, to do extra reps.""And,"The Haas School and the (Read more...)
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

This weekend's science marches on Earth Day shook the world. Scientists, parents, children, educators, and beyond took to the streets for powerful mobilizations including teach-ins, dancing, and, of course, marching. Michael Mann, a leading climate researcher at Penn State, spoke and led marchers alongside Bill Nye and other science leaders in Washington, DC. AAUP members… (Read more...)
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Erosion eventually undermines a once-solid structureFrom time to time, this blog has pointed to the political erosion of the 1960 Master Plan. Dan Walters, in a column in the Sacramento Bee, points to two bills currently in the legislature which move in that direction.*One (AB405) would allow community colleges to offer 4-year degrees in cybersecurity.** The pattern in the legislature has been to find some topic in which no formal 4-year degree is being offered by UC or CSU and then propose that community colleges should fill the gap.The other bill (AB207) would authorize Fresno State U to open a (Read more...)
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

CNN Money has a whole bunch of recent stories on higher education and students plights:What Betsy DeVos wants to do to your student loanshttp://money.cnn.com/2017/04/21/pf/college/trump-student-loans-betsy-devos/____Bipartisan bill could help you pay off your student loanshttp://money.cnn.com/2017/03/02/pf/college/bill-student-loan-benefits/______Clamp down on visas for doctors could hurt these parts of the U.S.http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/22/news/economy/doctors-h1b-visa/____What you need to know about New York's tuition-free scholarshiphttp://money.cnn.com/2017/04/10/pf/college/suny-cuny-tuition-free-college/New York offers free college tuition. So do these countrieshttp://money.cnn.com/2017/04/10/pf/college/free-college-tuition-new-york-europe/More proof that college is key to the American Dreamhttp://money.cnn.com/2017/04/03/pf/college/college-degree-homeownership-fed/ (Read more...)
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Academics, graduate students, and others brave the cold and rain in Washington Saturday to rally for science and research. Participants told Inside Higher Ed why they joined the event. (Read more...)
Sat, Apr 22, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

We have noted in prior posts the apparently upcoming Ann Coulter appearance at Berkeley. Earlier this year, there was the clash over the appearance of Milo Yiannopoulos that led to violence. Yiannopoulos - probably to take advantage of the publicity given the Coulter event - has announced a return to Berkeley. However, no specific date was announced:Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos announced that he was planning to launch a comeback tour after his abrupt resignation as editor from the far-right website Breitbart News earlier this year. The multi-day event, which he called "Milo's Free Speech Week," is scheduled be held in (Read more...)
Sat, Apr 22, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

In San Gabriel Valley Tribune see this letter to the editor:"Harassment at the UCsI read with interest, dismay and angst the article about the sexual harassment cases at UC campuses (April 2). I was taken back to my own experience of sexual harassment over 30 years ago at UCLA as a young faculty member. At that time, I was exposed on many occasions to inappropriate touching by a senior faculty member. It was a repeated humiliating violation, and I did my best to push the man off me, but he persisted. He was a consultant on a research project that (Read more...)
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-berkeley-sexual-harassment-20170418-story.htmlAs they say: (Read more...)
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Cute -that in the title for this editorial on UC PATH:http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/21/costly-effort-to-cut-uc-employees-paychecks-2/____Then there's:https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-moves-shut-down-alleged-fraud-targeting-studentshttp://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/20/university-of-california-alleges-12m-health-fraud-scheme/____Wasn't there a better way to handle it from the beginning?https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/19/berkeley-cancels-ann-coulter-speech-over-fears-of-more-violent-protests/?utm_term=.3ac42d06686e (Read more...)
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

The University of California is alleging that it's uncovered a scheme that targeted hundreds of students through its student healthcare plan and cost the UC almost $12 million.In a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the UC said the scheme used information from more than 500 students enrolled in its systemwide Student Health Insurance Plan that allowed doctors to write fraudulent medical prescriptions.The UC is seeking a temporary restraining order hoping to halt the practice and the people behind it.According to the UC, students were invited via social media to participate in fake clinical trials or recruited (Read more...)
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association