Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

With all the fuss about the state audit, one might have thought that the auditor would have focused on where the big bucks that the Regents oversee are. Consider the headline number that triggered the brouhaha that there was a "hidden reserve" in UCOP of $175 million that the Regents didn't know about, or have the ability to make policy about. UCOP, of course, disputes that number and says the "true" reserve is under $40 million. But consider the capital expenditures the Regents routinely approve, based on campus requests that are blessed by UCOP. The UCLA Grand Hotel involved an (Read more...)
Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

BY HANK REICHMAN In an important article in the November-December 2016 issue of Academe, National Book Award winner Ibram Kendi — who will be keynoting the AAUP's annual conference in Washington next month — explained “Why Standardized Tests Have Standardized Postracial Ideology.” “In all the major affirmative action cases,” Kendi argued, supporters and opponents usually… (Read more...)
Sun, May 21, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

We continue our catching up with the Regents by skipping to the May 18 session. We have already posted audio of May 16 and the morning of May 17. We'll come back to the afternoon of May 17 and the full May 18 session in a later post. In the meantime, below is a video of what California State Auditor presented to the Regents as a summary of her earlier report. Her comments were followed by discussion of the report which UCOP has promised to implement. The report dealt with reserve funds, various initiatives by UCOP, and seeming interference by (Read more...)
Sun, May 21, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

The flood of news concerning the UCOP audit slowed to a trickle this week, though the repercussions of an earlier audit made news. The Regents approved a cap on nonresident undergraduate enrollment, a policy change spurred by a 2016 audit that found in-state students were disadvantaged in the admissions process as UC sought the financial benefits of out-state-students. System-wide, UC's undergraduate student body is about 16.5 percent nonresident. The cap will allow the proportion to grow to 18 percent at five campuses currently below that threshold. Four campuses—Berkeley, UCLA, San Diego and Irvine—exceed that limit. Instead of being forced to (Read more...)
Sun, May 21, 2017
Source: Our University

 

The political fallout will likely play out well into the next academic year and 2018.. because the UC PATH and UC practices on contracted employees audit results will be made public in August, UC PATH being a main driver of increases of the campuses 'assessment' they have to pay UCOP,-along with how the audit process with UCOP went in this other instance-just as students return to campuses...So see :https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2017-05-18/the-latest-uc-regents-meeting-to-discuss-audit-is-underwayIncluded:"The Latest on a UC Regents meeting to cap nonresident enrollment and discuss critical audit (all times local):2:30 p.m.A top California legislator is disappointed the UC Board of Regents (Read more...)
Sun, May 21, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Now available are the audio recordings of the meetings the Regents held on the morning of May 17, 2017.The audios are preserved by this blog indefinitely because the Regents delete their recordings after one year. Under the revised format for Regents meetings, committees meet simultaneously in different rooms. On the morning of May 17, there was a full board meeting and then meetings of three committees. Academic and Student Affairs and then National Labs met in one room. In another room, Finance and Capital Strategies met. Here is a direct link to Academic and Student Affairs and National Labs:All the (Read more...)
Sun, May 21, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Who gets it?From time to time, we have noted this litigation which seems to go on without end. If any legal beagles want to provide an interpretation, we would welcome it.SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Attorneys for the University of California, Davis, torpedoed its former researchers' main arguments during day 4 of a contentious trial over who gets the right to breed multimillion-dollar California strawberries, raising questions as to how a federal jury will decide the case.Former UC Davis researchers Doug Shaw and Kirk Larson ran the university's world-renowned strawberry-breeding program until they retired in 2014. They say the school rejected (Read more...)
Sun, May 21, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

The problem isn't the field, it's a process that no longer meets its original ends. Yesterday, Hank Reichman posted on a hoax that takes advantage of a flawed process to try to single out a particular field for derision. What follows is merely an addendum, with my own particular slant, to what he wrote: As anyone… (Read more...)
Sun, May 21, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

BY HANK REICHMAN My twitter feed was humming this morning with reaction to an article published in Skeptic Magazine, by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay. They managed to submit a hoax article — “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct” — to a journal they purported to be about gender studies and quickly celebrated this achievement… (Read more...)
Sat, May 20, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

On Thursday, May 18, California State University, Los Angeles student and immigration rights activist Claudia Rueda was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents as she moved her family's car outside their home. Federal agents had detained Rueda's mother earlier this month. The following statement on her detention was released today by the California Faculty Association… (Read more...)
Fri, May 19, 2017
Source: Academe Blog