Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

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

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

It is always risky to predict how the future will see our present, but this year's election could be seen as a major turning point for American politics. As Donald Trump exposes the dark side of both the Republican Party and the billionaire class, Hillary Clinton's campaign has disemboweled the Democratic Party and the establishment media. In order for the Democrats to make sure that a real Left alternative was an impossibility, the party had to do whatever was necessary to stop Sanders from gaining the nomination, but the result of this corrupted process is a lost faith in (Read more...)
Wed, Jul 06, 2016
Source: Changing Universities

After Hillary Clinton's recent victories, many pundits and political officials have argued that Senator Sanders should drop put of the race, but there are many reasons for him to continue to fight for more delegates.The first reason he should stay in is that he still has a chance at winning the pledged delegates. Currently, Hillary has 1,650 and Bernie has1,348, and both need 2,383 to win. This means that Hillary leads by 302, and she still has to gain 733 to win the nomination before the convention. With 1,206 delegates still undecided, if the Sanders and Clinton split (Read more...)
Wed, Apr 27, 2016
Source: Changing Universities

The news that UC Davis spentat least $175,000 on public relations to clean up their reputation after pepper spraying defenseless students should not surprise anyone at this point. Universities are highly invested in their public reputation, and they will often go to great lengths to hide negative facts. For example, in response to the state auditor's criticism of UC's recent admissions policies, the university spent money and time not only attacking the audit but also spinning out their owncounter-narrative. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have bought UC's official story that state funding cuts are the only problem, and UC acted (Read more...)
Fri, Apr 15, 2016
Source: Changing Universities

For the past several years, this blog has covered several issues that are the subject of a new state audit of the UC system. Our main concerns have been the unequal funding of the campuses, the crowding out of students from California through nonresident admissions, the lack of UC budget transparency, the failure of the university to estimate the cost of instruction, the limitations of the rebenching process, the increase in spending on administration, and the underfunding of campuses with a high percentage of under-represented students. The new audit backs up all of our past arguments and proposes that the (Read more...)
Tue, Mar 29, 2016
Source: Changing Universities