Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

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

Urgent: Call-in to support Berkeley Black Lives Matter arrestees On Monday night, more than a thousand Berkeley students and community members marched west from UCB campus, in order to block highway I-80 as part of the ongoing movement against anti-black state violence, and particularly the police murders of Eric Garner and Mike Brown. As one group of 200 or so protesters were marching near the freeway, they were kettled and arrested by police. Most of them were taken Monday night to Santa Rita jail, and are slowly being cited and released. At least one of those who traveled to the (Read more...)
Tue, Dec 09, 2014
Source: Reclaim UC

On Tuesday, state Democratic Party lawmakers presented their 2015 plan for higher education. The most publicized aspects of the plan are, first, that it would marginally increase state contributions to the UC and, second, that it would freeze undergraduate in-state tuition. An in-state tuition freeze would be be much better than Napolitano's original proposal for 5% annual tuition hikes. But there's more to the Democrats' plan: it would also eliminate a recently-established middle class scholarship program, would tie CSU student support to timely completion of degree, and would raise UC out-of-state and international students' tuition by 17 percent, or approximately (Read more...)
Wed, Dec 03, 2014
Source: Reclaim UC

Great compliment to Boak Ferris' article “Why English Matters: What the Science Says.” Reblogged from Clayton Pierce's blog “Education in the Age of Biocapitalism.” Education in the Age of Biocapitalism Over the past 10 years especially, calls to increase Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) output from our country's schools has been deafening. It is impossible to listen to almost any policy maker or CEO speaking on the topic of education reform in the U.S. who does not couch their entire analysis on the STEM worker shortage crisis the country is currently facing. Schools and universities in the U.S., if they (Read more...)
Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Source: Restructuring Public Higher Ed

The world and S.T.E.M. By popular demand, Boak Ferris' revised and expanded version (with footnotes and references) of “Why English Matters…” Why English Matters: WHAT THE SCIENCE SAYS — ON REPLACING STEM WITH M-METALS By Boak Ferris English matters, but only under one condition: if America wants successful professionals and teachers who can innovate ethical advancements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Otherwise, English doesn't matter; it doesn't matter at all. We can always watch TV, push buttons, and play media devices instead. Cart Before the Horse? Do not view this thesis as a gripe over the diminishment of English and related fields as worthy (Read more...)
Fri, Feb 28, 2014
Source: Restructuring Public Higher Ed