Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

The most visible item on this week's University of California Regents agenda has the Board considering a cap on the enrollment of non resident students. It appears towards the end of the second month of a Trump administration that has not dampened enthusiasm for debt-free college or free college but increased it. Democrats in California, New York, and elsewhere are proposing debt-free plans and are weighing tuition-free as well ("Degrees Not Debt," "The $48 Fix"). In January, the California Legislative Analyst's Office published a report calculating the costs of debt-free college degrees in the state's (Read more...)
Wed, Mar 15, 2017
Source: Remaking the University


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


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


Today Reclaim California Higher Education released its highly anticipated proposal to save the California Master Plan and with it affordable and public minded higher education: The $48 Fix. The 48 Dollar Fix demonstrates the dramatic effects that California's foolish turn to privatization has had both on the affordability and quality of the state's higher education system and details the practicality of funding all three segments at the level of 2001 state support. As the title makes clear, if this effort was done through an income tax surcharge it would add just $48 dollars a year to the income (Read more...)
Tue, Jan 24, 2017
Source: Remaking the University


The election of Donald Trump has pushed many people to ask how progressives should respond to his presidency. Should we critique and mock all of his actions and statements or should we try to give him the benefit of the doubt and work with him on common interests? I believe the proper response is to not only hold him accountable for his words and actions, but more importantly, we need to equate him with the Republic party. In other words, instead of seeing him as some oddity or anomaly in the political system, we have to show (Read more...)
Mon, Jan 23, 2017
Source: Changing Universities