Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

An Income Cap to Restrict Pell Grant Eligibility Would Punish Students with True Financial Need Submitted by Lindsay Ahlman on October 19, 2017Unlike its House counterpart, the Senate's 2018 budget resolution expected to pass tonight or tomorrow does not detail cuts to student loans and Pell Grants. However, it proposes overall spending levels that would require similar if not exactly the same cuts to student aid proposed in the House's budget resolution that passed in early October. We've previously called attention to these proposals, including the elimination of all mandatory funding for Pell Grants. Today we focus on another (Read more...)
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

In the latest fallout from last spring's disastrous, and disastrously handled, audit, Governor Brown has just signed a new law that tightens up legislative oversight over UC Finances. You will probably remember that the State Auditor challenged UCOP's handling of funds and accused UCOP of intervening in the audit process in order to gain more favorable responses from campus officials (although UCOP denied the allegations). In response, the State transformed UC's budget. And now the state is increasing its intervention into UC budgeting.In what can only be seen as a response UCOP's role in changing campus responses (Read more...)
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law this weekend which imposes strict new budget transparency rules on the University of California, a response to a highly critical state audit that argued UC hid $175 million in reserves. The UC system disputed the audit's framing, conceding the budget may have been hard to read, but resisting the characterization that money was concealed. In response to allegations UCOP interfered in the audit, the bill also prevents campuses from coordinating with UCOP when the state auditor's office requests information. In a follow-up to a piece from last week, Fox News reported on the harassment of (Read more...)
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Source: Our University

 

The Promise of California's “Free College” Bill Submitted by Debbie Cochrane on October 13, 2017California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today (AB 19 from Assemblymember Santiago) that is widely reported to make community college tuition free for Californians. If fully funded by the legislature, the bill would provide dollars sufficient to cover tuition for first-time, full-time students who do not qualify for the California College Promise Grant (known until last month as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver), which has long fully covered community college tuition for students with demonstrated financial need. But the bill actually provides much broader and more (Read more...)
Fri, Oct 13, 2017
Source: TICAS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

While “Free Speech Week” was called off, a number of small rallies drew protestors from opposite sides of the political spectrum to Sproul Plaza last week. A large police presence, reserved in anticipation of “Free Speech Week,” was visible throughout campus and a handful of arrests were made following scuffles. However, the national media paid little attention to events on campus after the much-hyped parade of high profile conservative speakers was cancelled, instead shifting their attention to consider free speech in the context of NFL protests. In an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chancellor Christ contrasted the appearance by (Read more...)
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Another negative report about the University of California appeared last weekend, this time on the front page of Sunday's Los Angeles Times. The headline summarized the storyline: "UC is handing out generous pensions, and students are paying the price with higher tuition." The piece has some analytical problems, but that doesn't keep it from painting a powerfully dark picture of the UC system. I should say up front that I appreciate the investigative efforts of the piece's author, Jack Dolan, and his Times colleagues to collect internal university data and to report coherently on an important issue.UC employees (Read more...)
Thu, Sep 28, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

In the aftermath of the failure of Milofest, the Berkeley Faculty Association has written an op-ed that raises important questions about the relationship between free speech, academic freedom, and political attacks on the university. As the BFA notes:Freedom of speech is one foundational principle of the public university. Academic freedom is another. Since 1964, when the UC Berkeley administration was successfully challenged by the Free Speech Movement to extend First Amendment protections to campus space, the university has had to balance the obligation to allow citizens' speech against the commitment to academic freedom. As a public entity, UC Berkeley (Read more...)
Tue, Sep 26, 2017
Source: Remaking the University