Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

From the Daily Cal:Berkeley College Republicans president impeached by secretary amid power struggle10-12-17Troy Worden was allegedly ousted as the president of Berkeley College Republicans by the organization's secretary at the end of its Thursday evening meeting.Bradley Devlin, the secretary of BCR, allegedly impeached Worden because of how he handled Ben Shapiro's appearance on campus Sept. 14, which was organized by BCR. The club allegedly intends to appoint a “less alt-right” member as president and bring back “actual Republican ideals,” according to a BCR member who asked to remain anonymous out of concern for his reputation.Devlin said he will be “going (Read more...)
Fri, Oct 13, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

From the Washington Post:For disadvantaged students, getting into a top college is a significant feat. But getting a diploma matters far more. Among 100 major public universities across the country — state flagships and other prominent schools — only 11 report a six-year graduation rate of at least 80 percent for students with enough financial need to qualify for federal Pell Grants: Grad (Read more...)
Fri, Oct 13, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

In the midst of natural and unnatural disasters where help is needed- and there are ways to, there is also this UC related news:"Here's Hillary Clinton on stage in Davis talking about Trump, Comey, fake news"http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article178018961.html____"Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence On Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Reports"https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-barack-obama-harvey-weinstein_us_59dcc684e4b0b34afa5c28f1"Until Tuesday afternoon, Clinton had been notably silent on the matter. She didn't mention Weinstein, who has donated and helped raise large sums for the Clintons and the Democratic Party, on Monday at a book tour event at the University of California, Davis ― her first public appearance since the news broke."- the political donations can (Read more...)
Tue, Oct 10, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Last week the student group responsible for the flubbed “Free Speech Week” asked the US Department of Justice to investigate UC Berkeley's administration for what they claim is retaliatory behavior. The group's lawyer alleges in a complaint that Chancellor Christ threatened conservative students with a criminal investigation based on comments she made in reference to hateful messages that appeared in chalk and on posters ahead of the planned event. Berkeley Patriot, the student organization, interpreted Christ's insistence that the campus would investigate the messaging as a veiled threat at conservative students broadly. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Campus spokesman (Read more...)
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Presented simply as two-sided: "On one side, there are increased demands to censor hateful, disrespectful, and bullying expression and to ensure an inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment. On the other side are traditional free speech advocates who charge that recent demands for censorship coddle students and threaten free inquiry."....."In his new book" ...See the admin sponsor of book junket tied to a chancellor themed year: here.____In contrast,A much more of a sophisticated take on it here, in this report- where UC Berkeley recent events comes up in the last third of the story, analysis:___And there's:http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/10/berkeley-lawsuit.html___Are they saying UCLA was the (Read more...)
Fri, Oct 06, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

"This University Suggested International Students Could Be Reported to ICE if They Unionized"https://www.thenation.com/article/this-university-suggested-international-students-could-be-reported-to-ice-if-they-unionized/Includes:"The misinformation continued at the University of Oregon, University of California Santa Cruz, and UCLA, where administration spokespeople alleged that international students would forfeit their visas if they joined impending strikes, releasing statements with language similar to Washington University's FAQ. The statements provoked strong reactions from union leadership; the strike at University of Oregon, which began as a dispute over sick leave, ended in a victory for the workers. While retaliation on the basis of visa status is definitively illegal according to the NLRB, these past intimidation tactics (Read more...)
Thu, Oct 05, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

New law, born of UC scandal, will punish interference with auditshttp://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/article177054611.html"Much of the secret money came from “assessments” on individual campuses to finance system-wide programs. The diversions, Howle said, had been increased even in years when the president's office had not spent all of the money from prior years. And when pressed, she reported, Napolitano had been unable to say how the money had been spent."New law, which targets UC, will punish interference with state auditshttp://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/New-law-which-targets-UC-will-punish-12253549.php___Did all the $ campus assessments go to funding UC PATH?"UCLA fully supports the UCPath initiative, and your attention to UCPath deliverables is imperative for (Read more...)
Thu, Oct 05, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

Exciting News! The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is Back (and More Secure) for the 2018-19 FAFSASubmitted by Diane Cheng on October 3, 2017The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2018-19 school year became available on October 1st, and millions of students can once again use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to electronically transfer their tax information directly into the form. (As we wrote about here, the DRT was taken down due to security concerns in March.) Unfortunately, the DRT will remain unavailable for students applying for aid for the 2017-18 school year, which runs through June (Read more...)
Tue, Oct 03, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

"Supreme Court shuts door on challenge to UC policy on immigrant tuition"http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Supreme-Court-UC-Regents-undocumented-immigrant-12247422.phpIncludes:"Because the regents are not state legislators, Judicial Watch argued, they have no power to enact state laws."___Then this week on a UCSD case, this dev:http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-court-of-appeal/1875267.html..."Specifically, she contends the complaints at issue implicated violations of the Regents' conflict of interest, near relative, code of conduct, whistleblower, and nondiscrimination policies, which have the effect of statutes."...____"New law punishes people who interfere with state audits"http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/New-law-punishes-people-who-interfere-with-state-12247847.phpIncludes:"In June, the regents hired former state Supreme Court Jusice Carlos Moreno to investigate the alleged tampering. No findings have been released, and the president's office did (Read more...)
Mon, Oct 02, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

The farce that was MiloFest has now frittered away into failure. Of course, that will not be the last time that the right-wing attempts to undermine the authority and status of higher education under the guise of standing up for free thought. The challenge will be ongoing.At the same time, we should not allow the fireworks over free speech to divert us from other important attacks on the educational mission of universities. These attacks are driven not by the ideologies of the alt-right but by the ideologies of austerity.One classic case of the damage brought about by (Read more...)
Mon, Oct 02, 2017
Source: Remaking the University