Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

See: on (P)ayroll (A)cademic personnel, (T)imekeeping, (H)uman Resources system"Cost triples, delays mount for UC computer system upgrade"http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article145022269.html________Remember:UC Path is part of the subject matter of a state audit with findings expected in June2016-125 - University of California—Contracted Employees and Contracting PracticesEst. Release Date: June 2017And then there is this still to come:2016-130 - University of California Office of the President—Administrative ExpendituresEst. Release Date: April 2017-- another state audit of UCOP due out later this monthOh and interestingly there was a whistleblower complaint lodged against : them (around almost exactly the same time the Dirk's and Cal athletics WB cases (Read more...)
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Guess potentially,maybe, - they say they are still looking in to it...First see how UCLA apparently has some oversight/ works numbers for UCM and OP,in addition to their own, herehttps://www.finance.ucla.eduIt's the same part of campus now dealing withhttp://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/04/diligence-was-due-but-apparently-didnt.htmlDaily Bruin on itNY Times on it (Read more...)
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

BY LARRY JAFFEE Larry Jaffee is an adjunct assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan and an adjunct lecturer at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, NY. Faculties across the country have expressed disapproval with President Trump's immigration ban. At my Manhattan-based campus it's a critical issue since about half of our student population… (Read more...)
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

The UC system settled lawsuits with Sujit Choudhry, former dean of UC Berkeley's law school, and Tyann Sorrell, a former assistant to Choudhry who accused him of sexual harassment. The deals were reached in March but not announced until Friday. As part of the settlements, Choudhry, who resigned as dean in 2016 amidst the scandal, will pay $50,000 to Sorrell's lawyers and an additional $50,000 to a charity Sorrell will choose. Choudhry will be on an unpaid sabbatical through May 2018, retaining travel and research benefits. After that point, he will resign from the university. According to the Associated Press, (Read more...)
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Source: Our University

 

BY AARON BARLOW Will New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's “free” college tuition plan have much positive impact on the City University of New York (CUNY), the massive system where I teach? I doubt it; it's really not much more than repackaging of programs already in existence. And, as David Brooks points out in The New… (Read more...)
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

BY AARON BARLOW An article in Inside Higher Ed by Colleen Flaherty points out something all of us in academic should already know but that many of us conveniently ignore: women, to put it bluntly, are the dogsbodies of most academic departments. Not only that, but I suspect that they teach a disproportionate percentage of… (Read more...)
Thu, Apr 13, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

BY JOHN K. WILSON Here are some upcoming 2017 events related to the AAUP and academic freedom: The AAUP Annual Conference is being held on June 14-17 in Washington DC. Register now: April 15 at midnight EDT is the deadline for early bird rates. Note that during this year's event, there will also be a special… (Read more...)
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

According to a BuzzFeed report, UC Berkeley knew of at least three sexual misconduct complaints against John Searle, professor emeritus of philosophy, before he was sued last month by a 24-year-old woman. The suit alleges the woman was fired from a post as Searle's research assistant after refusing his advances. BuzzFeed's report claims that in 2014 Searle told an undergraduate he could not employ her in a research position because she was married and therefore would not be committed to the job. In 2013, Searle allegedly tried to kiss a foreign exchange student in his office. In 2004, a graduate (Read more...)
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Source: Our University

 

A ruling on March 23 by the European Patent Office is good news for Berkeley. According to Science, the office ruled in Berkeley's favor concerning a fight over licensing rights to the technology popularly known as CRISPR, announcing its intent to grant Berkeley a patent covering all of the technology's applications. In February, the US Patent and Trademark Office ruled that Berkeley would have to share a patent for the gene-editing technology with the MIT and Harvard-affiliated Broad Institute. A Berkeley scientist, Jennifer Doudna, and her collaborator were the first to use the technology to edit the genes of prokaryotic (Read more...)
Sun, Apr 02, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Once again UC Berkeley is in the news after a high-profile professor has been accused of sexual misconduct. John Searle, professor emeritus of philosophy, has been accused in a lawsuit of sexual assault, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. A 24-year-old UC Berkeley alumna alleges that, while she was employed at the Searle Center for Social Ontology, Searle groped her and told her they would become “lovers,” promising to support her career. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff told university employees, including the Center's director, Jennifer Hudin, who took no formal action. The plaintiff claims that her salary was cut and (Read more...)
Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Source: Our University