Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

Inside Higher Ed is reporting that taxation of grad student tuition waivers has been eliminated from the Republican tax bill:Senate and House negotiators meeting this week to craft compromise tax-reform legislation plan to exclude from a final bill some controversial proposals affecting students and colleges, according to multiple reports.Lawmakers from the two chambers of Congress agreed to drop provisions that would treat graduate student tuition benefits as taxable income and repeal student loan interest deductions. Both provisions were included in House tax legislation passed last month but left out of a bill that narrowly cleared the Senate Dec. 2...Full story (Read more...)
Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

It's hard to imagine how deeply the policies of the Trump Administration will affect America's colleges and universities. As a group, these institutions are already undergoing substantial disruption. 

The old financial models under which most of higher education operate no longer work. The current path for many of them is not sustainable. Many institutions face… (Read more...)
Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Authors of statistics textbook proudly declared, in a footnote, that no one reads footnotes. Photos of the footnote keep going viral. (Read more...)
Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Professors typically refrain from talking about their now-notable former students publicly, but some feel moved to do so in the public interest, good or bad. (Read more...)
Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Reports indicate congressional negotiators have dropped repeal of tax-exempt tuition waivers for graduate students and other provisions affecting higher ed from final tax-reform bill. (Read more...)
Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Men are far more likely to ask, study finds. (Read more...)
Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

BY HANK REICHMAN Tennessee, North Carolina, and Wisconsin have already enacted comprehensive new campus speech laws based on model legislation proposed by the Goldwater Institute, which in critical respects defend free speech by attacking it. (I discussed this legislation previously in a section of one of my lengthy posts on outside speakers, under the subtitle… (Read more...)
Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

The Sacramento Bee has a report on one of the now-common sexual harassment cases that came to light long after the event, this one involving a UC-Davis emeritus professor. (In this case, apparently same-sex harassment was involved.) The news report contains the following excerpt:...Gray, director of academic employment and labor relations in the office of the vice provost for academic affairs, provided an advance copy of his blog post to the university last week. That sparked negotiations over the weekend between the university and Holoman that resulted in the professor agreeing to relinquish his emeritus status, said UC Davis spokeswoman (Read more...)
Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

UC submitted its bid to continue in a managerial role at the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). But it won't say who its partners are. As blog readers will know, it has been reported that UC is partnering with Texas A&M.The University of California was the only organization to confirm Monday it had submitted a bid to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory for the next five years.Bids were due to the National Nuclear Security Administration Monday. The NNSA would not release information about the contractors that submitted bids and would not say when bids would be opened.The UC (Read more...)
Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Let's return to an earlier piece and ponder the true meaning of operational excellence in it:UC, Texas A&M to team up on bid to operate LANLhttp://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/uc-texas-a-m-to-team-up-on-bid-to/article_953ef4d6-1e04-57fb-833f-5edc42684a71.htmlSee this section:.. “But along with UC's record of experience, of course, comes a record of some failures. There have been failures, in particular, in operations. And now the question becomes, if you're a selection board, do you go with somebody who has experience but possibly questionable past performance? Or do you go with somebody who doesn't have that kind of directly relevant experience, but has better past performance in things that are arguably similar?“Or (Read more...)
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Cloudminder