Higher Education News From Around The Web

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

Former Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is apparently writing a book about about the history of universities. This endeavor may be a continuation of a project that was underway when he was chancellor and delivered what amounted to a lecture on undergraduate education to the regents.*In an interview today in the LA Times, he is quoted as follows:While the American university has become the world standard for excellence in teaching and research, it has also been under growing attack. It's the whole set of headlines from the cost disease, the irresponsibility of administrators, the runaway nature of college sports, the prohibitions (Read more...)
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

From the Bruin: UCLA said it has no plans to shut down a Chinese language and culture center affiliated with the Chinese government, despite comments from federal authorities who believe the center expands China's political influence.Christopher Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said in a Congressional hearing Tuesday that the bureau was concerned about Confucius Institutes, which are educational centers for Chinese language and culture at universities worldwide. Wray's comments followed a question from Sen. Marco Rubio, who last week called on universities to close Confucius Institutes.“It's one of many tools that (China) takes advantage of. … (Read more...)
Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Tobacco. These are real collusions and they have had impact on all of our lives. But Big Academia? Jack Kerwick, one of David Horowitz's followers at FrontPageMag, certainly seems to think so. He sees it, from the best I can glean from his confused piece, as an enemy… (Read more...)
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Academe Blog

 

Bird Scooters Pose Campus Safety ConcernsA growing number of people on campus are using electric scooters from Bird Rides. UCLA prioritizes the safety of the campus community, and as such, UCLA Transportation would like to highlight the importance of campus road safety and California laws regarding electric scooters. UCLA currently does not have an agreement with Bird but has begun discussions regarding a potential partnership.California Vehicle Code (CVC) 407.5(a) defines a motorized scooter as any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, has a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor. CVC (Read more...)
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has issued a new report on higher ed funding (UC, CSU, community colleges). As in previous reports, the LAO continues to fret about whether UC is admitting more than the top 12.5% of high school students, as per the old Master Plan of 1960. It also doesn't like the tendency for funding to be detached from actual enrollment.LAO notes that faculty pay is below the comparison-8 because it is below the private universities in that grouping. But pay is above the public universities. After pointing to this (now longstanding) situation, LAO seems to draw no (Read more...)
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Bard College opens its second "microcollege" in Brooklyn Public Library. The free program, which selects ambitious applicants from underprivileged backgrounds, culminates in an associate's degree. (Read more...)
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Administrators in their 60s and 70s keep snagging prestigious university presidencies. Some see a roadblock rising in front of a new generation of more diverse leaders, while others believe boards are valuing experience and wisdom. (Read more...)
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

In a fast-changing world, nearly everything is unsettled in higher education. (Read more...)
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Scholarly society for engineers and technologists is on blast once again for allegedly minimizing the work of female historians who write about bias against women in technology. (Read more...)
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Inside Higher Ed News

 

Senate Democrats want to use $4 billion from the budget deal for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, but some higher education groups have other ideas for the money. (Read more...)
Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Inside Higher Ed News