Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

UC has proposed capping out-of-state undergraduate enrollment at 20 percent. The details to the proposal are key, as the cap would apply to the system-wide proportion, meaning some campuses would be able to exceed the 20 percent threshold (at Berkeley, nonresidents make up about 24.5 percent), so long as the inflated nonresident enrollment is balanced out elsewhere (at UC Merced, the rate is below one percent). However, the three campuses currently above 20 percent — Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego — would not be allowed to grow their share of out-of-state ranks any further. Last year, lawmakers in Sacramento (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Source: Our University

 

An investigation by the Bay Area News Group has exposed the extent of sexual misconduct on UC campuses, turning up 124 incidents following a records request, which the UC system took 16 months to respond to (a number of other outlets made a similar request, receiving the records at the same time). A number of upsetting stories emerged from UCSF, the campus with the greatest number of incidents. The documents also reveal a tendency to go easy on senior faculty compared to low-ranking staff employees. Elsewhere, a records request by the Sacramento Bee revealed that instead of relying on its (Read more...)
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
Source: Our University

 

The month since the inauguration has made it crystal clear that universities and colleges are going to face a wide range of challenges and attacks in the next few years. President Trumps's appointment of Betsy Devos (known for her contempt both for public institutions and for the faculty within them) as Secretary of Education and Jerry Fallwell Jr. (a major recipient of federal funds through student loans) to chair a task-force on higher education both signal hostility to public higher education. More generally, President Trump has made clear his opposition to some of the most important core principles (Read more...)
Mon, Feb 27, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

Gary May will be the next leader of UC Davis. The electrical engineer and computer scientist, who earned his doctorate at Berkeley, will fill the void left by Linda Katehi, who resigned in August after having been found to violate a number of university policies. His salary will be $495,000, including $75,000 coming from a private endowment. Elsewhere, UC President Janet Napolitano's role advocating for undocumented students was highlighted by multiple publications, one of which contrasted her current position with the 2.5 million people she deported as Secretary of Homeland Security. In an op-ed, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks committed UC Berkeley (Read more...)
Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Source: Our University

 

With the state budget slowly taking shape and two campuses (likely) nearing official announcements concerning their next leaders, it was a slow news week for UC. The big headline concerned a patent fight between Berkeley and MIT/Harvard. Despite an upbeat press release from Berkeley, most media outlets are portraying the decision as a win for the east coast universities. The most likely outcome moving forward is that Berkeley's claim to CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology will be shared with the two private institutions. Also, the LAO offered its analysis of higher education funding to the Legislature, suggesting that “UC's Academic Excellence initiative (Read more...)
Mon, Feb 20, 2017
Source: Our University

 

The turmoil surrounding Milo Yiannopoulos's visit to Berkeley has garnered national attention. Despite the reality that UC Berkeley as an institution honored the invitation of the College Republicans and that the protests by campus members were peaceful and in accord with everyone's First Amendment rights (I say nothing here about the individuals who invaded the protest intent on violence) right-wing figures from President Trump on down have used the incident to inveigh against the University and to threaten its funding and demean its students and faculty.The eagerness with which the Right has attacked UC Berkeley (both the institution and (Read more...)
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

We now have a likely candidate for UC Berkeley's top post, Paul Alivisatos, while UC's run of large settlements following sexual misconduct continues at UC Riverside. UC News 2/6 – Ex-Lawrence Berkeley chief is front-runner for Cal chancellor (SFChron): UC Berkeley Vice-Chancellor for Research Paul Alivisatos is considered the frontrunner in the search for Berkeley's next campus leader. Alivisatos, who formerly ran the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is apparently prized for his familiarity with the campus and his hard sciences background, which the article suggests is seen as key for fundraising. Robert Reich has not applied for the chancellor job, according to (Read more...)
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Source: Our University

 

As you may recall, a bill to eliminate tenure was recently introduced into the Iowa State Senate. After a good deal of pushback it appears to have stalled. But that doesn't mean that the state's Republicans are done trying to attack the rights of Iowa's public workers. In their latest salvo, they are proposing to severely restrict the range of public employee collective bargaining (with the exception of police and firefighters) and also to make it more difficult to establish and maintain union representation. Although this is a widespread attack on all public employees, the proposed legislation will (Read more...)
Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

The violent protest at Berkeley and President Trump's threat to withdraw federal funding dominated the media discourse around UC, but other stories broke, including a $1.15 million settlement UC paid to a rape victim. Non-Milo UC News 2/3 – Creating a Safe Space for California Dreamers (NYT): An in-depth look at UC Merced's efforts to help undocumented and first-generation students 2/1 – Campus admin, UC professor discuss future of public university system (DailyCal): Coverage of Christopher Newfield's talk with Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ. Unfortunately, the article misidentifies Newfield's home institution… 2/1 – Panel: UC Berkeley must change how it sanctions faculty (Read more...)
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Source: Our University

 

UC Regents approved a tuition increase, campus leaders responded to conservative political figures at home and in DC and the health of UC President Napolitano became an issue. UC News 1/26 – UC regents approve first tuition increase after six-year freeze; some students ‘infuriated' (LATimes): Regents approved the first tuition hike since the system's freeze agreement with Gov. Brown Expired. The paper characterizes the hike as: Under the new budget, tuition will rise to $11,502 for the 2017-18 school year — a $282 increase. The student services fee will increase by $54 to $1,128. Nonresident undergraduates will see a total increase of $1,688. They (Read more...)
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Source: Our University