Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

A week-long parade of bad press following the state audit of UCOP has put questions about President Janet Napolitano's leadership front and center. One lawmaker has already called for the former governor and Homeland Security secretary to step down. Gov. Jerry Brown is even in the mix, saying $50 million will be withheld from UC if the system doesn't adopt the audit's recommendations. In an op-ed, Napolitano said her office is in the process of implementing the changes. She struck notes of both apology and defiance, saying that things could have been done better, but insisting the audit's implications of (Read more...)
Sun, May 14, 2017
Source: Our University

 

The Governor's May budget revision is the first concrete sign of UC's weakened condition following the release of the Auditor's Report on the Office of the President. Although there is relatively little change in the State's overall funding to UC, two things stand out.First, the Governor has made it clear that his trust in the University administration has been further damaged. As part of the May revision he has sequestered $50 million until the University completes demonstrates both that it has begun to implement the Auditor's proposals and that it has made progress on pilot budget projects at Riverside, (Read more...)
Fri, May 12, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

On the same day that the state auditor released her scathing report on the UC Office of the President, I was complying with my duty to complete the required online ethics training. How ironic. As I was being told about my ethical obligation to report anything and everything to staff and upper management, the world was learning that the UCOP office tampered with the official audit. Although it is still unclear if the unethical actions of the administration will result in criminal charges, what is clear is that the administration has once again failed to live up (Read more...)
Mon, May 08, 2017
Source: Changing Universities

UC President Janet Napolitano answered questions from lawmakers about a scathing state audit of her office during a legislative hearing Tuesday. Reviews of her response to the audit—which contends UCOP has been hiding money, overpays its employees and interfered with the auditors' survey of employees—were very critical. A column in the LA Times emphasized how UCOP has become a bloated administrative office while academic staff have limped along at the system's ten campuses. Even worse, the column contends, the audit undermines Napolitano's credibility as a champion of public higher education, an institution under threat from a number of directions. (Read more...)
Sun, May 07, 2017
Source: Our University

 

As expected, the State Auditor's report on UCOP has triggered a huge political uproar. The charges of secret reserves, out of control personnel policies, special benefits for executives, and UCOP interference into the audit process have been explosive to say the least. There have been two legislative committee meetings that addressed it, numerous statements from politicians about its implications for UC, and editorials and op-eds expressing justifiable outrage about UCOP secrecy and management practices. Predictably enough, some legislators have called into question UC's constitutional autonomy. Despite, or perhaps because of, efforts by UCOP and the Regents to explain (Read more...)
Sun, May 07, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

The new UCOP scandal is the worst in a long-running series. This one was prompted by a state audit of the Office of the President's budget, which found issues the auditor claimed cast doubt on UCOP's honesty and competence. State officials reacted angrily to the four biggest of a number of charges from State Auditor Elaine M. Howie (pictured): that UCOP spends a good chunk of money from an "undisclosed budget" that is separate from its public budget; that it affords this undisclosed spending with a tax on the campuses that yields more revenue than it needs; that it (Read more...)
Mon, May 01, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

While the press cheered the nonviolent nature of Thursday's protests, commentators characterized recent events as signaling the decline of free speech on campuses. Meanwhile, a scathing audit by the state on UCOP's finances raised questions about whether recent tuition hikes were necessary. Calling to mind disagreements over an earlier state audit concerning non-resident enrollment, UCOP pushed back against the report's findings, calling them misleading and over-the-top. Say what you will about university rankings, but for a bit of good news, Berkeley leads the nation for balancing excellence and affordability, according to a report by Forbes. In her report, State Auditor Elaine (Read more...)
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Source: Our University

 

A massive police presence in Berkeley encountered two opposing but peaceful protest camps Thursday. Following the cancellation of a speech by Ann Coulter, authorities feared a repeat of the violent clashes between right- and left-wing protestors that have plagued downtown Berkeley in recent weeks. One of the points of contention is who, exactly, cancelled the appearance. Student groups invited Coulter to speak on Thursday, but the university asked for Coulter to come at another date so that student safety could be protected. Coulter refused, and called the rescheduling an assault on free speech. A student Republican group who helped invite Coulter (Read more...)
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Source: Our University

 

A multi-agency police response in Berkeley has stood watch over largely peaceful protestors, according to media reports. Right-wing protestors have mostly gathered at Civic Center Park, across from Berkeley high. Left-wing protestors have stuck to campus, according to reports, where a large police presence is visible. According to the Daily Cal, two arrests were made by 1 pm. The student newspaper reports: As of 1 p.m., UCPD had made two protest-related arrests. One individual was arrested on suspicion of carrying a knife on campus, while the other was arrested and charged with wearing a mask and providing false identification to a police (Read more...)
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Central European University may have been saved from closure this month by the crowds that went into the streets to defend it. The threat comes from new licensing requirements that could keep CEU from operating legally in Hungary. The president of this private, English-language university, established by George Soros, Michael Ignatieff, deliberately stirred up public concern by posting analyses of the new regulations along with calls for general support. The effort culminated in a widely covered press conference where he stated that a vindictive government was putting the University's existence at risk.It's rare to see university heads trying to (Read more...)
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Source: Remaking the University