Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

See:UC spent nearly $1 million in probe of former UC Davis Chancellor KatehiRead more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article140652933.htmlIncludes"“The big losers in this are the students at the University of California, Davis specifically, and the University of California generally,” said Ed Howard of the Center for Public Interest Law. “If you think of the number of scholarships or the number of computers, or the excellent professors or programs that could have been paid for with that nearly million dollars, that is just tragic.”...Andappreciate the thoroughness of the UCOP investigation, however it clearly would have been much more financially prudent to fire Chancellor Katehi (Read more...)
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

[Click to enlarge] The Brookings Institution reports on a survey of foreign exchange students attending U.S. high schools and their perceptions of whether the American curriculum was harder or easier. Two thirds said it was much easier, an increase since 2001. See the chart above.You can find the study at:https://www.brookings.edu/research/2017-brown-center-report-part-ii-survey-of-foreign-exchange-students/ (Read more...)
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

http://kron4.com/2017/03/23/uc-president-to-send-strong-message-on-mexico-trip/http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-uc-napolitano-mexico-20170323-story.htmlAt LA Times:Posters to go up at UC San Diego targeting Janet Napolitano and 'sanctuary campuses'http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ucsd-posters-20170323-story.htmlAlso this dev:UC Berkeley Receives CRISPR Patent in Europehttp://mobile.the-scientist.com/article/48987/uc-berkeley-receives-crispr-patent-in-europe____https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-teamsters-reach-tentative-agreement-labor-contract-clerical-staffFor more also see footnote at:http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/03/agreement-reached-with-teamsters.html____On Davis student housing:http://www.davisvanguard.org/2017/03/housing-student-perspective/ (Read more...)
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

See:UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks improperly accepted free fitness benefits, university probe findshttp://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-essential-education-updates-southern-uc-berkeley-chancellor-nicholas-dirks-1490390221-htmlstory.html"Overall, Dirks failed to pay $4,990 in fees for the gym membership and personal training, and enjoyed the private use of a Precor Cross Trainer elliptical exercise machine worth between $3,500 and $4,000, according to findings of the heavily redacted report released Friday."An LA firm looked into it, an LA paper covers it -- but there were other items mentioned in earlier coverage besides just the trainer aspect being looked into- what happened with the travel etc.?_____Daily Cal had this http://www.dailycal.org/2017/03/23/senate-hears-outgoing-chancellor-nicholas-dirks/ includes:"...asked Dirks during the meeting to (Read more...)
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Blog readers - if they have been listening to the audios from our posts on recent Regents meetings - that there have been protests by Teamsters over an open contract negotiation with UC. However, a tentative deal has now been reached:UC, Teamsters Local 2010 reach provisional labor agreementBy Ahna Straube | March 23, 2017 | Daily CalThe University of California has reached a provisional labor agreement with Teamsters Local 2010 on a contract that would cover more than 11,000 clerical employees, according to a UC press release issued Thursday.The contract will be effective through March 31, 2022, upon approval by (Read more...)
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

As one chancellor revolves out, and another revolves in at UC-Berkeley, a new sexual harassment scandal arises:It's more bad news for both a discipline and an institution that have been plagued by reports of sexual harassment and assault in recent years: a former research assistant is suing the University of California for failing to properly address her report of misconduct against a star philosopher on the Berkeley campus...Full story at: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/03/24/berkeley-again-accused-protecting-reputation-star-professor-instead-acting-reports (Read more...)
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Jury convicts former Penn State president on one count of child endangerment and finds him not guilty on a second count, and not guilty of conspiracy. (Read more...)
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Arizona State U, known for rejecting norms of traditional campuses, will invest more than $100 million in its library, seeking to serve on-campus and a growing online study body. (Read more...)
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Berkeley is again in hot water for allegedly protecting the reputation of a prominent professor instead of acting on reports of harassment against him. The case this time involves John R. Searle, a noted philosopher of language. (Read more...)
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Director of McGill Institute for the Study of Canada steps down after publishing column critical of Quebec, and many raise questions about academic freedom. (Read more...)
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News