Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH It's 2017, and the last classified documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy are due to be released on October 26. In fact, about a quarter of those documents were already released several weeks ahead of time, as if to prime the pump. As if it needs any priming.… (Read more...)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

From the Bruin: University of California student leaders are creating a system to evaluate UC Regents based on their engagement with students. The UC Student Association will release the UC Regent Report Card annually to evaluate how often UC Regents visit campuses and talk to students during their visits and how they vote on issues that affect students. UCSA will vote on the details of the report card at its monthly board meeting this weekend. UCSA President Judith Gutierrez said she thinks the regents are out of touch with students because they have often failed to enact policies that benefit (Read more...)
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

The following piece was written by these members of the University of Chicago faculty: Yali Amit, Professor of Statistics; Anton Ford, Associate Professor of Philosophy; Elaine Hadley, Professor of English; and Denis Hirschfeldt, Professor of Mathematics. Graduate student employees at the university will vote tomorrow and Wednesday to decide if they wish to be represented… (Read more...)
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In what clearly seems a much bigger deal for Harvey Weinstein's alma mater than it likely is for Weinstein himself, the University of Buffalo is seeking to have his honorary degree revoked. Writing for NBC News, Dan Corey has reported the following: Officials at the University at Buffalo, which is part… (Read more...)
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

BY RACHEL BUFF The following is reposted with permission from the atlasofadifficult blog. Rachel Buff is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She recently assumed editorship of the AAUP's Journal of Academic Freedom. Here are the new policies that were adopted this month, or will be adopted next month by the Wisconsin… (Read more...)
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

See:Jerry Brown signs bill to make community college free statewide for first yearhttp://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Jerry-Brown-signs-bill-to-make-community-college-12277171.php____Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill to protect climate research and scientists — but vows to preserve datahttp://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-gov-jerry-brown-vetoes-bill-to-protect-1507935695-htmlstory.html____UC research, work on the Northern California fires comes up in:Despite clear risks, Santa Rosa neighborhood that burned down was exempt from fire regulationshttp://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-coffey-park-explainer-20171011-story.html :"University of California's Cooperative Extension, said the maps were an important step forward in assessing fire danger."...And:https://www.wired.com/story/the-napa-fire-is-a-perfectly-normal-apocalypse/https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/campus-fights-northern-california-fires-provides-aid1http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/10/14/berkeley-students-alums-take-on-back-breaking-work-at-wildfire-evacuation-center/___An UCSA meeting at UCLA covered' here:http://dailybruin.com/2017/10/15/ucsa-recap-oct-14-15/____In June there was:http://fortune.com/2017/06/13/fortune-500-mckesson-opioid-epidemic/Now 60 Minutes with WaPo raises key firms (who have very close ties with UC and other Higher Ed) in their detailed report (Read more...)
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

In the latest fallout from last spring's disastrous, and disastrously handled, audit, Governor Brown has just signed a new law that tightens up legislative oversight over UC Finances. You will probably remember that the State Auditor challenged UCOP's handling of funds and accused UCOP of intervening in the audit process in order to gain more favorable responses from campus officials (although UCOP denied the allegations). In response, the State transformed UC's budget. And now the state is increasing its intervention into UC budgeting.In what can only be seen as a response UCOP's role in changing campus responses (Read more...)
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

Governor Brown is in the midst of feverish signing and vetoing various bills. One bill - SB 169 - would have put into California law the now-revoked federal "guidance" to universities of under Title 9 relating to sexual assault and harassment. Brown notes in his veto message concerns about due process under Title 9 procedures that have arisen in recent years.You can find the veto message at:https://www.gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_169_Veto_Message_2017.pdfThe actual bill is at:https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB169 It might be noted that the bill's language appears to extend into K-12 districts.Brown also includes in his message reference to the "Yes Means Yes" law enacted in 2014. (Read more...)
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law this weekend which imposes strict new budget transparency rules on the University of California, a response to a highly critical state audit that argued UC hid $175 million in reserves. The UC system disputed the audit's framing, conceding the budget may have been hard to read, but resisting the characterization that money was concealed. In response to allegations UCOP interfered in the audit, the bill also prevents campuses from coordinating with UCOP when the state auditor's office requests information. In a follow-up to a piece from last week, Fox News reported on the harassment of (Read more...)
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a law that will require the University of California to be more transparent in how it reports costs and how it deals with the state auditor, a measure that was introduced in the wake of a scathing audit of the UC president's office this spring. The audit found that the UC Office of the President failed to disclose up to $175 million in budget reserve funds, even as the system looked to lawmakers and tuition hikes for more money.Records showed that surveys sent to individual campuses as part of the audit were altered after (Read more...)
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association