Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

The following is reposted with permission from the website of the Colorado state conference of the AAUP. Despite that the symposium gods burdened Boulder with an inevitable spring blizzard, the AAUP Academic Freedom Symposium at CU-Boulder on April 29th was inspiriting and memorable. The melodramatic weather could not discourage participants or attendees; by the afternoon… (Read more...)
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Given the makeup of Congress and the president...Janet Napolitano: Congress has the power — and the responsibility — to protect the ‘dreamers'By Janet Napolitano, August 11, 2017, Washington Post...the likelihood that this suggestion will be heeded is likely close to zero, despite some bipartisan support.Five years ago this week, when I was secretary of Homeland Security, we began accepting the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications from “dreamers” who had been brought to this country without documentation when they were children. I will never forget that day: Tens of thousands of some of the best and brightest young (Read more...)
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Daily Cal just increased the dollar figure in an important headline - a story from a few days ago-from $15 million to $20 million:"Campus unveils revenue-driven budget that cuts more than $20M from academic, research, administrative divisions"http://www.dailycal.org/2017/08/10/campus-unveils-revenue-driven-budget-which-cuts-15m-from-academic-research-administrative-divisions/__60 Minutes -CBS rebroadcast that story on UCSF and "They're American workers who just lost their jobs to foreigners. Even worse, they were told to train their replacements. #60Minutes, "http://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-u-s-jobs-vulnerable-to-workers-with-h-1b-visas-2/Includes:"But it did happen, to Craig and Dawn and Leo and workers at hundreds of companies across the country. Former head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, now president of the University of California, faced (Read more...)
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ last week released a plan for cutting the campus' $110 million deficit by about $53 million during the 2018 fiscal year. The plan relies on new revenue from expanded academic offerings and gifts to account for over half the reduction. Nearly $20 million is slated to be cut from academic, research and administrative units, with a four percent cut for Cal Athletics and a five percent cut for BAMPFA. The campus's top leaders will also forgo a salary increase. According to campus leaders, the revenue-generating academic offerings include “new or expanded academic programming in University Extension, Summer (Read more...)
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Source: Our University

 

BY HANK REICHMAN Blowhard-in-chief Donald Trump's condemnation in the wake of this weekend's events in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia (UVA), of “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides” has been criticized so extensively and justifiably, even by members of his own party — many of whom themselves bear responsibility… (Read more...)
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Testing, testing.The San Francisco Chronicle is running an editorial complaining about the "perks" that were part of the pay package for former UC-Berkeley Chancellor Dirks. It is reproduced below. The editorial notes that his salary was below average for such positions. The argument, nonetheless, is essentially that his overall pay package looks bad to the public.Thomas Edison, who you see in the picture, was noted for practical, pragmatic experimentation. If you have an idea, see what happens if you try it. You know that electricity can make a wire glow, but it typically burns up after a short time. Still, (Read more...)
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

The following are four statements issued by the University of Virginia and President Theresa A. Sullivan over the last 36 hours. They are presented from the most recent to the least recent, and they are followed by news updates. President Sullivan Condemns Demonstration Violence As events have unfolded on Grounds and in Charlottesville… (Read more...)
Sat, Aug 12, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Former UC-Berkeley Chancellor Dirks wrote an op ed in the Washington Post a few days ago about free speech on campus, etc. It is reproduced in full below. But there is one thing that seems to be missing from the op ed, even if you agree with its general theme. There is no sense that Dirks, thinking now about the recent problems at Berkeley, might in retrospect be entertaining the idea that he and other administrators might have done anything different.The real issue in the campus speech debate: The university is under assaultBy Nicholas B. Dirks, August 9, 2017There is (Read more...)
Sat, Aug 12, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

It is a UC perk , not just a UC Berkeley perk:"Editorial: UC Berkeley perks are part of the problem"http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-UC-Berkeley-perks-are-part-of-the-11760961.php includes:"Former UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks worried in the Washington Post last week that the battles over provocative speech that defined the end of his tumultuous tenure were “part of a broader assault on the idea of the university itself.” He argued that this especially threatens “public universities such as Berkeley that already grapple with precipitous declines in state funding” and contributes to a “loss of faith ... in values and institutions.”"Speaking of precarious faith in and financing of public (Read more...)
Sat, Aug 12, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

See:"Janet Napolitano: Congress has the power — and the responsibility — to protect the ‘dreamers'"https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-dreamers/2017/08/11/0f052264-7ead-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.aaeac10a296f_______ Also in: http://www.syracuse.com/su-news/index.ssf/2017/08/syracuse_university_bound_by_federal_law_sometimes_investigate_sex_crimes_withou.htmlIncludes: "Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, wrote an essay in 2015 criticizing the expanded interpretation of Title IX. ..."And,"The new interpretation of Title IX puts campus... "- it leaves out some of her more recent comments on it...but does include quotes from Cal alumni as well._______Then seeThis new CA Leg:https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/statement-uc-president-janet-napolitano-passage-sb-331https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB331 (Read more...)
Sat, Aug 12, 2017
Source: Cloudminder