Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

The election of Donald Trump has pushed many people to ask how progressives should respond to his presidency. Should we critique and mock all of his actions and statements or should we try to give him the benefit of the doubt and work with him on common interests? I believe the proper response is to not only hold him accountable for his words and actions, but more importantly, we need to equate him with the Republic party. In other words, instead of seeing him as some oddity or anomaly in the political system, we have to show (Read more...)
Mon, Jan 23, 2017
Source: Changing Universities

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

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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