Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

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

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Guest post by Lenora Hanson and Elsa Noterman National attention has turned to Wisconsin yet again due to a Republican-led charge to eliminate longstanding and historically progressive state protections for employees. Last week, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), a subcommittee of the Legislature, approved an omnibus motion that not only cuts the university budget by $250 million but also removes tenure protections for faculty from state statutes. The tenure item has led many around the country to conclude that Wisconsin is a conservative testing ground for ALEC-styled initiatives, while media representation would seem to suggest that there has been an (Read more...)
Mon, Jun 15, 2015
Source: Reclaim UC

One the most important debates about the crisis of public higher education these days has to do with understanding the reasons for the restructuring of the public university, which is tied to everything from skyrocketing tuition and student debt to administrative corporatization. In very schematic terms, there are two answers: one focuses on state governments and budget cuts to public higher education, the other on university administrations and their profit-seeking protagonism. The way we choose to answer the question is politically important because it is part of what shapes our strategic and tactical response. If the state government is the (Read more...)
Tue, May 26, 2015
Source: Reclaim UC

Today Governor Brown announced his revised budget. Despite general enthusiasm about its two-year tuition freeze for in-state students, the budget presents a pretty ambiguous picture. In addition to allowing up to 8% annual hikes for out-of-state tuition, it also imposes a series of regressive transformations on the UCs. For example, the budget sets in place requirements that campuses push students toward three-year degrees:In addition to supporting timely four‑year degrees, each campus will develop three‑year degree pathways for 10 out of its top 15 majors by March 1, 2016, which will provide students with another option to earn a UC degree. (Read more...)
Thu, May 14, 2015
Source: Reclaim UC

by Beezer de Martelly “It's a gift to be here—you can take that to the bank.” EVCP Claude Steele, May 5 Berkeley Forum “What Makes a University Public?” “There is deferred maintenance all over the place.” Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, May 5 Berkeley Forum “What Makes a University Public?” For those who haven't been paying attention, UC Berkeley's recent move to expand the Real Estate Office's control has led to some strange and shocking administrative moments in the last couple weeks. One such moment was a May 5 Berkeley Forum in which Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele hosted a chat called (Read more...)
Mon, May 11, 2015
Source: Reclaim UC

The Che Cafe has been occupied. The 35 year old cultural center, social space, DIY music venue, student/worker co-operative and affordable eatery has come under the complete control of students, faculty, alumni and community members who have refused to leave its premises, despite a UC sanctioned eviction notice that became active on March 24 at 6:00 a.m. For over one year, the administration of UCSD has attempted to shut the Che Cafe Collective out of its historic home using a variety of secretive bureaucratic maneuvers, manipulations and blatant lies. This most recent battle between the Che Cafe Collective and UCSD (Read more...)
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Source: Reclaim UC

Reposted from UCOP Bathroom Brigade: Yesterday, March 3, an anonymous group known as the Bathroom Brigade posted “all gender” signs on bathroom doors across UC Berkeley. The signs include the following text: Please excuse our dust! The approval and planning process for a bathroom redesignation is surprisingly time-consuming, but in the interim the University's priority is making sure everyone has safe access to a bathroom. As a temporary measure, we encourage everyone, of all genders, to use this bathroom. We'll put up a permanent sign as soon as we can. In a tongue-in-cheek way, the signs seek to pass as being officially authorized. (Read more...)
Wed, Mar 04, 2015
Source: Reclaim UC

Guest post by Lenora Hanson and Elsa Noterman, graduate students at University of Wisconsin, Madison.Over the past two weeks the University of Wisconsin System and UW-Madison administrations have gone on the defensive against the hemorrhaging of state support for higher education recently proposed in Scott Walker's Biennial Budget—including $300 million in budget cuts (the largest cut in the 44-year history of the UW System). But the current proposed budget cuts and university restructuring should be understood within a larger historical and political context—one in which a push for privatized education has happened (Read more...)
Mon, Feb 09, 2015
Source: Reclaim UC

Talk delivered by Amanda Armstrong at the 2015 MLA Subconference. Vancouver, B.C./Coast Salish Territory. 1/9/15. The germ for this presentation emerged as I was reading Ruth Wilson Gilmore's Golden Gulag. Her second chapter argues that the prison construction boom in 1980s California was a response, on the part of those managing capital and governing the state, to four surpluses, including of capital, labor, land, and state capacity. With respect to capital surpluses, Gilmore shows how investment bankers, in search of profitable sites of investment, developed new financial mechanisms in the early eighties that enabled debt-financed prison construction to go forward without (Read more...)
Fri, Jan 09, 2015
Source: Reclaim UC