Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

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

 

“Free Speech Week” is off. Following a series of conflicting media reports, it emerged that the student organization that had hastily invited a parade of alt-right speakers to campus for a week-long event had backed out. After hosting a video-press conference on Saturday, event headliner Milo Yiannopoulos appeared on campus Sunday without the backing of any student organization. The university spent an estimated $800,000 to muster a police force for the event, which was largely peaceful despite a large contingent of protesters and a smaller but sizable coterie of right-wing activists. During his brief speech, Yiannopoulos made a sex joke (Read more...)
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
Source: Our University

 

UC Berkeley spent an estimated $600,000 on marshaling a massive police presence to deter violent protests outside a speech by Ben Shapiro last week. In a statement, the campus said the conservative radio host and UCLA grad's speech went “off with barely a hitch.” Despite fears that Antifa protestors would appear en masse, the campus protest, which drew about one thousand in opposition of Shapiro, was peaceful. Nonetheless, police made nine arrests, mostly stemming from a new City of Berkeley regulation granting the city the power to temporarily ban certain items from public spaces. As the New York Times noted, (Read more...)
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Source: Our University

 

The University of California has sued the Department of Homeland Security, challenging President Trump's decision to rescind DACA following a six month delay. According to a statement from UC President Janet Napolitano, UC's legal case rests on three points: The DHS decision to rescind DACA is not supported by reasoned decision-making as required by federal law. It did not consider the impact of the decision on Dreamers — for example, their expectation that they could study, work, and live in the only country they call home — or the costs of the rescission on the universities and communities in which they (Read more...)
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Trump presides as the King of Pain, inflicting turmoil and loss on others, seemingly without effort or long-term benefit. Last week the pain came from his administration's termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this coming March. The idea seems to be to threaten the program's 800,000 recipients with impeding job loss and deportation while the Congress that made DACA necessary by failing to pass immigration reform works again on passing immigration reform. In "The Psychic Toll of Trump's DACA Decision," Karla Conejo Villavicencio writes,Spreading fear and anxiety, of course, is part of the administration's (Read more...)
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Source: Remaking the University

 

Media coverage of last week's “anti-Marxist” protest and counter-protest in Berkeley was predictably all over the place, the result of no one participant or media organization being able to witness every sign, shove or provocation. Occurring so recently after the tragedy in Charlottesville, the scene was described as comparatively peaceful, though outlets emphasized the violent tactics of Antifa protestors. While the 4,000-strong crowd was described as mostly peaceful and right wing protesters scarce, accounts focused on the behavior of roughly 100 counter-protesters lumped under the Antifa banner. In a piece of commentary in The New Yorker, Jelani Cobb argued the violence (Read more...)
Mon, Sep 04, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Berkeley Protest on Aug. 27 As of early evening Sunday, press reports indicate clashes between right-wing protestors and counter-protesters in downtown Berkeley turned violent, with police using tear gas to disperse the crowds. Those on the right claim they gathered to promote free speech and counter what they perceive to be the spread of Marxism in the US. Counter protestors have organized around a desire to reject what they argue is a right-wing movement centered around racism. Early reports suggest violence surged when antifa protestors jumped a barrier separating the two sides. A full report on media coverage from the protest (Read more...)
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: Our University

 

In light of the tragic events in Charlottesville, this report compiles media coverage and commentary on higher education and the alt-right. The report focuses on issues of free speech raised by the alt-right, advice for how campuses should respond to provocative right-wing speakers, coverage of planned right-wing appearances in Berkeley and the greater Bay Area, and relevant statements by and interviews with Berkeley and UC officials. The report begins with a narrative summary of these topics and concludes with a list of relevant links and article summaries. At the bottom, I've also included a small selection of writings from right-wing (Read more...)
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Source: Our University

 

Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ last week released a plan for cutting the campus's $110 million deficit by about $53 million during the 2018 fiscal year. The plan relies on new revenue from expanded academic offerings and gifts to account for over half the reduction. Nearly $20 million is slated to be cut from academic, research and administrative units, with a four percent cut for Cal Athletics and a five percent cut for BAMPFA. The campus's top leaders will also forgo a salary increase. According to campus leaders, the revenue-generating academic offerings include “new or expanded academic programming in University Extension, Summer (Read more...)
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Source: Our University