Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

An in-depth look at UC Riverside from the Chronicle for Higher Education, an LAO report that says UC doesn't need a new campus and a flurry of editorials. UC News 1/19 – In California, Tensions Over Growth Divide a Campus (Chronicle): A disconnect between an administration intent on swelling faculty ranks and research output and the existing faculty at UC Riverside has resulted in the impending resignation of a provost. The article frames the discord around UC's shared governance model, which grants more power to faculty than is typical across the US. 1/16 – Editorial: UC needs a tuition hike, but also a (Read more...)
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
Source: Our University


In 2017, universities will be tempted to follow a dual strategy: resist the Trump administration's discriminatory agenda while adopting its underlying business model. In this case, they would oppose intensified hate crimes on campuses, exclusion of Dream Act students, explicit racial scapegoating, and government intimidation, balanced by periodic administrative crackdowns on faculty speech. At the same time, they would move the university further towards the status of a business, synchronizing with our businessman-president and his nominated Secretary of Education, the privatizer-in-chief. This hybrid policy is made more likely by the fact that it is what universities have been doing (Read more...)
Sat, Dec 31, 2016
Source: Remaking the University


Since the election there has been much discussion of higher education's self-inflicted wounds. Mark Lilla and Nicholas Kristof, have trotted out the usual cherry-picked examples of alleged intolerance on (mostly elite) campuses as signs that universities exist at a distance from the real world. Both have ignored the realities of life for most students and faculty, a point that shouldn't surprise us I suppose. After all they are both locked into the New York media bubble whose gaze seems to extend all the way from Cambridge to Washington D.C. These screeds would simply be unhelpful and annoying (Read more...)
Thu, Dec 29, 2016
Source: Remaking the University


As you have probably seen, George Ciccariello-Maher, a political scientist at Drexel University has come under fire for tweeting "all I want for Christmas is white genocide," following his tweet and his condemnation at Breitbart. There have been calls for his firing and he has received death threats. Depressingly, Drexel University issued a statement calling Ciccariello-Maher's statement "inflammatory" and declaring them "utterly reprehensible" and "deeply disturbing" and insisting that they "do not in any way reflect the values of the University." I don't want to enter into a discussion or defense of Ciccariello-Maher's academic freedom here. Both Hank (Read more...)
Tue, Dec 27, 2016
Source: Remaking the University


Now that most of the faculty teaching in the U.S. do not have tenure, it is important to think about how the current political climate might affect these vulnerable teachers. One important thing to keep in mind is that many of these faculty members rely on getting high student evaluations in order to keep their jobs or earn a pay increase. This emphasis on pleasing students not only can result in grade inflation and defensive teaching, but it also places the teacher in an impossible situation when dealing with political issues in a polarized environment. In fact, (Read more...)
Tue, Dec 13, 2016
Source: Changing Universities

The first thing to highlight about the 2016 Presidential election is that our electorial system is unfair – Trump lost the popular vote by over 2 million votes, but he believes he has a mandate. In fact, 42% of eligible voters did not vote at all, and 4% voted for a third party candidate, which means that Trump was supported by less than 27% of the eligible voters, and yet Trump will be likely be able to control the national agenda because the Republicans control both houses of Congress and two-thirds of the governorships. It is also important to (Read more...)
Mon, Dec 05, 2016
Source: Changing Universities

It feels a little silly to flog Mark Lilla's misinformed and retrograde attack on "identity liberalism" while Donald J. Trump appoints wrecking crews to one federal position after another. Jefferson Sessions will wreck Justice's civil rights division. Steve Bannon will wreck basic racial neutrality in White House strategy. Betsy DeVos will wreck public education across the country (network map courtesy of Veterans Today). Mr. Trump's one constructive campaign promise, to rebuild infrastructure, is structured as a privatization play in which investors will get equity for 18 cents on the dollar, with public subsidies supplying the rest. Mr. (Read more...)
Fri, Nov 25, 2016
Source: Remaking the University


If you only vote for one proposition this year in California, I want to urge you to support prop 55. This proposition continues the prop 30 tax increases on top earners in order to support public education. Although these funds do not go directly to higher education, we have seen that when state revenue goes down, the easiest thing to cut is the public support for community colleges, the CSU system, and the UC system. Since almost all other funding in the state is already mandated, increased costs and lower taxes force legislators to reduce their funding (Read more...)
Wed, Nov 02, 2016
Source: Changing Universities

This summer I had the opportunity to speak to several top UC officials, and here are the main myths I heard repeated that relate to previous entries from this blog: 1) We should fund Berkeley and UCLA at a higher rate because these star campuses have put the other campuses on the map. Here we find a type of trickle-down prestige: since the star campuses have high ratings, they help the reputation of the system as a whole. Thus, even if their reputations have been built up over decades of unequal founding, we should all be grateful for what they (Read more...)
Sat, Oct 01, 2016
Source: Changing Universities

UC-AFT has been on the forefront of pushing for the UC system to enroll more students from California, and recent data shows that 2016-2017 will see an increase of 8,000 students in this category. The bad news is that the unequal funding of the campuses continues due to the distribution of non-resident students. The following list shows the percentage of Freshmen enrollments that are non-resident students at each campus: Berkeley 25.2% (down 3.7% from last year) Davis 21.1% (down 4.8%) Irvine 27.2% (down .2%) UCLA (Read more...)
Thu, Sep 22, 2016
Source: Changing Universities