Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

University of California President Janet Napolitano is headed to Mexico next week to reassure leaders there that the public research university remains committed to academic collaboration — even if some of it, such as climate change research, is at risk under the Trump administration. In an interview Wednesday, Napolitano said she would build on the UC-Mexico Initiative she launched in 2014 despite President Trump's plans to build a border wall, increase immigration enforcement and reduce federal research funding. She said she planned to tell Mexicans during three days of meetings starting next Wednesday, "Regardless of what is happening federally, the University of (Read more...)
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Despite public outcries from students and elected officials, the California State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to raise tuition by 5 percent for the next school year to address an expected shortfall in funding from the state. The vote was 11-8, with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson -- all ex-officio members of the board -- among those dissenting. The trustees approved two amendments -- one to rescind the hike if sufficient state funding comes through, and another calling for reports over the next two years detailing how the additional dollars are spent... Full (Read more...)
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Berkeley's 20,000 disappearing videos seem to be coming back. This blog earlier noted that some independent entity could preserve them. It now seems to be happening: [Excerpt from Daily Cal] LBRY, a content sharing and publishing platform, copied 20,000 lectures from UC Berkeley's YouTube channel before they were deleted and will make them publicly available beginning in April. UC Berkeley announced in early March that it would restrict public access to legacy recorded classroom lectures, or Course Capture, after the Department of Justice determined that the publicly available lectures were not up to standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jeremy (Read more...)
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

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BY BRIAN C. MITCHELL Higher education is misunderstood and struggling financially, but the majority of college and university presidents are increasingly confident that their institutions are financially stable. These seemingly contradictions were found in Inside Higher Education's annual survey of 706 campus leaders. Let's set aside the obvious political concerns among presidents about the Trump Administration or the selection of the new U.S. Education Secretary that underscored many of the questions put to the presidents in the IHE survey, which was conducted in January and early February. It's really too soon to tell what the new policies will be toward higher education or (Read more...)
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Higher education is misunderstood and struggling financially, but the majority of college and university presidents are increasingly confident that their institutions are financially stable. These seemingly contradictions were found in Inside Higher Education's annual survey of 706 campus leaders. Let's set aside the obvious political concerns among presidents about the Trump Administration or the selection… (Read more...)
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

At some point it will become quite clear whether or not the reaching back for past leadership to become once again 'new' leadership works out- or not - for Cal in its current 'difficult time'..Will Dirks' picks for associate Chancellor and newly named LDO effective April 1 (replacing another of Dirks' Associate Chancellor's who will continue in that title as well but have other duties) continue to be part of a Christ administration?http://www.dailycal.org/2017/03/21/uc-berkeley-associate-chancellor-khira-griscavage-set-become-campuss-locally-designated-official/Last July, Dirk's hired (a former Operational Excellence head as) an associate Chancellor just before the SF Chronicle and other papers broke these types of stories on (Read more...)
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

At this month's UC Regents Meeting the UCOP admin took a chunk of time and did their presentation on all the wonders they believe OP does for UC campuses etc, and now there is this PR that they are putting out here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article139750348.htmlJerry Brown travels to Trump's town to look for ‘common ground'http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Jerry-Brown-comes-to-Trump-s-town-to-look-for-11015822.php (Read more...)
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Here's: Berkeley Sociology Forum: Christopher Newfield presents The Great Mistake"Berkeley Sociology Forum and THE Berkeley Faculty Association co-sponsor an author-meets-critics panel. Chris Newfield will present his new book, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them with responses from Professors Kim Voss (Department of Sociology), Henry Brady (Goldman School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science) and Prudence Carter (Graduate School of Education)."Begins with 25 min lecture/overview, then about 40 minutes rebuttal from other panelists, and then five minutes response rebuttal and concludes with section of Q and A with audience. Covers lots (Read more...)
Mon, Mar 20, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

(Also some UC Regents who have close ties to UC Med decisions should be asked about this along with UCSF admin , not just Napolitano)See: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-u-s-jobs-vulnerable-to-workers-with-h-1b-visas/Includes:"Harrison was told he could stay on the job, get paid for four more months, and get a bonus if he trained his replacement. Robert Harrison: And now I'm being told that I h-- not only gonna lose my job, but also have to train these people to take my job.Bill Whitaker: Are you angry?Robert Harrison: Pissed. That exceeds angry. I'm really not a violent guy. I love people. But I've envisioned myself (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Carol Christ has been appointed Berkeley's next chancellor, the first female to hold the position. An expert on Victorian literature, Christ served as executive vice chancellor and provost for six years in the 1990s. In 2002, she left Berkeley, where she had worked since becoming an assistant professor in 1970, to become president of Smith College, a role she held from 2002 to 2013. Christ returned to UC in 2015 to lead the campus's Center for Studies in Higher Education and became interim executive vice chancellor and provost in May, replacing Claude Steele who resigned due to a perception that (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Source: Our University