Wednesday, October 1, 2014

More On That CCC $10,000 BA Degree

From former Daily Cal now US News and World Report's Allie Bidwell on The $10,000 Community College BA California is the latest state to allow community colleges to offer select bachelor's degree programs.

As employers are increasingly looking for college-educated workers to fill lower level jobs, community colleges are stepping up to the plate to meet those workforce demands.

Financial Aid as the bandage for future Tuition Hikes and other things

Daily Cal: Napolitano said even if tuition increases, student financial aid is robust and not anticipated to change, and she pointed to the 55 percent of California-resident UC students who pay no tuition.

[UCOP is the equivalent of a campus -that's what Napolitano said about UCOP when she talked about Global Food Initiative rollout and the reinstatement of ANR there,

and Senior UCOP officials are considered the 'equivalent' of Chancellors-- those were the terms used by the committee chair at the July UC Regents meeting when UCOP officials received raises during comp committee...

But Regent Blum made the point to CA Senate Rules committee that 'we don't teach anything in Oakland-OP'-- he has also said that several times at UC Regents meetings for years.]

and, wait for it: --
"She spoke specifically about the efforts to address sexual assault on campus, mentioning that these kinds of student-centered movements do not begin in the UC Office of the President.

“We will do all we can from UCOP to support education efforts, to support training, to support awareness — and cultural sensitivity awareness in particular — but we cannot do this from Oakland,” Napolitano said. “This really has to be grassroots among the students themselves with the support of Oakland.”

(That means UCOP threw the hot potato back at the campuses. The question of 'What is UCOP?' -still yet to be answered.)

Then there's attaching reporting of Campus Assaults to the Cal Grant Program --see Daily Cal

Gatto introduced the legislation after several high-profile universities, including the University of Southern California and UC Berkeley, were accused by students of mishandling sexual assault cases such as by allegedly underreporting the number of incidents to appear safer.

“This isn’t just a women’s issue, and we can’t keep viewing it through that lens,” said co-author of the bill Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal in an emailed statement. “All of us expect our college campuses to be safe places for students, and yet when it comes to preventing sexual assault, they’re dropping the ball.”

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

'reporting' and 'culture and governance'

Pols who sometimes hold ex offico status in higher ed want the 'students to report behavior, bystander interventions on other students'...see:
(btw if one remembers the Faludi, Hoff-Sommers, Paglia conference speaker panels from back in the day-- it seems you don't pronounce the G in Paglia- it has an h sound kinda like how J is pronounced in Spanish -so it's PAH-lia)

Title IX blog with more on that piece of leg

and “It’s On Us” Anti-Sex Assault Program Blames Bystanders"- post points out some things to consider.

In this next clip there is discussion of the existence of a workplace culture where employees didn't think they could report a problem up to their managers, supervisors-- a culture at a place that the now UC Pres ran during the 2011 problem they cover here:

Napolitano does not talk about 'reporting it'- whatever the 'it' might be- the closest she came to taking up the topic was a long while back on Meet The Press when she talked about how she viewed Snowden specifically. She has not made statements to the UC community about how she expects the UC admin to address faculty, staff or students who have to report various problems up the chain within UC. The questions on 'is it a safe space to tell?' remain- it's about 'the culture and governance' that spills over, permeates everything.

It would be good to see her write, speak on this in depth (like Yudof on the First Amendment) instead of these short l'il interviews where she is eager to talk about international issues while not touching on any of the controversies/issues of her old job during her tenure that still linger around. Wish she would just go 'all in' on talking solely about UC policy and ops and in depth - just have the PR folks issue a press release that she isn't running for CA Gov or Holder's position etc.- and keep the focus on UC issues.

Daily Cal Campus Adjunct Professor Jennifer Granholm Considered As Possible Attorney General

Seems she's been in the "senior research fellow at The UC Berkeley Energy and Climate" side of things...
and she was at Dow and then months later she left Dow, not sure where she's at on some things...

but folks are still wondering if Napolitano would take the job- and no one has asked her directly about it (abc local reporter only asked about the CA Gov -see above).

Napolitano On Her 'Frosh' Year , and Berkeley Faculty Association Events September 30 and October 1 reminder

Inside Higher Ed essay: My Freshman Year By Janet Napolitano

she starts off talking about the org. complexity (remember yet to be confirmed UC Regents were told by the CA Senate Rules Committee that 'UC is big, unwieldy' couldn't be used as excuses for persistent lack of policy on admissions and other problems)
--one of the comments at IHE "it is unparalleled self promotion" (the "is this just a springboard,holding place on the way to something more" concerns)
--maybe talk more about the 'big, unwieldy, behemoth'?

see: The New Normal: What does it mean to work at UC today – a BFA sponsored event 9/30/14


The Operation of the Machine: UC Then and Now, A BFA Sponsored Event 10/1/14

Teaching evaluations don't make the mark
Boalt likely to raise tuition?
a billionaire speaker at UCLA takes on a billionaire speaker at UC Berkeley and...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gov Signs CCC Bachelor Degrees Leg.

Sac Bee:
Jerry Brown Approves Community College Bachelor's Degrees


“This is landmark legislation that is a game changer for California’s higher education system and our workforce preparedness,” state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, who authored the bill, said in a statement. “SB 850 boosts the focus of our community colleges on job training and increasing the accessibility and affordability of our state’s higher education system.”

Brown also vetoed Assembly Bill 46 from Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, which would have required California State University to share performance data from online courses with its faculty academic senates.

In a veto message, Brown called the bill unnecessary, and cited student privacy and cost issues.

“I am aware of the deep concerns that the sponsor of the bill has expressed regarding online courses,” Brown wrote. “These courses, however, could play an important role in helping to reduce the bottleneck that too often prevents students from graduating on time.”

“This is one of the reasons I believe that we should not unduly limit the introduction of online courses in the Cal State system.”

Brown has been a strong supporter of online education, including a 2013 experiment at San Jose State University that was cancelled after dismal early results, prompting Pan’s legislation.

so, check out those leg. moves above and then read: Is College Still Worth It? Christopher Newfield on Aspiring Adults Adrift, Los Angeles Review of Books
And yet Academically Adrift did offer a choice between two stories. The visible media story was that colleges keep jacking up prices on a shoddy product. Students and faculty have agreed to ask almost nothing of each other while covering that up. To keep the money coming in, university management stresses student engagement rather than academic rigor. Therefore, what colleges need are tougher discipline, reduced subsidies, mandated focus on learning outcomes, and rigorous learning assessment, coming from managerial bodies not controlled by the faculty.

The book’s second story was the reverse. Colleges aren’t too far from business but too close. They have been making their students business-ready for years by bolting vocational majors to the liberal arts and sciences core. It turns out that these vocational majors offer limited learning, which are the main college source of post-1980s declines. The college crisis was not that college was offering bad academic subjects, but that college had added a lot of non-academic subjects in an effort to address workforce needs. Therefore, the best way to fix academia would be to let it be academic again, renewing its focus on the liberal arts and sciences. This would mean getting business out of the way.

It was of course “our failing colleges” that got the A-side listing. The B-side, “our failing pragmatism: how a market focus hurt college learning” — never got played.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

UC Berkeley Report On Academics and Athletics released

Daily Cal: Task Force on Academics and Athletics discusses report at press conference
“I think that there are a lot of us … who would be able to compete academically if it weren’t for the hours we put into athletics,” Singer said. “I think that athletes will always face (that stereotype), just because we are held to different academic standards than non-athletes in the admissions process.”

At the press conference, Conkey said integration will mean “providing spaces where athletes and non-athletes can interact,” such as including athletes in new student orientation for nonathletes and pairing student-athletes with nonstudent-athlete roommates in the residence halls.

The report cited unique challenges for African American student-athletes on campus. The recent UC-wide campus climate survey revealed that black students felt the most disrespected of any specific group. Because at least 25 percent of African American students on campus are student-athletes, the task force called for addressing this specific issue.

Document: Final Report and Recommendations from Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics & Athletics

and see SF Chron: Cal’s plan: Inch up standards for athlete admissions
“We were talking about a handful of students who most likely didn’t fail but just gave up,” said interim Athletic Director Michael Williams. “We as an institution had probably failed them in not providing the services that were necessary to make their experience at Cal, the meaningful, engaged experience it should be.”

and includes:
Faculty a bit dubious

But some faculty members were dubious that it could achieve that goal.

The proposed SAT cutoff scores are below average for all students who take the test, which is 496 for verbal and 514 for math, said Michael O’Hare, who teaches public management at the Goldman School of Public Policy and has read the task force report.

“If the SAT is any kind of measure of ability to do college work, I would not recommend an applicant with those scores go to Cal, which is a way-above-average student intellectual environment,” he said.

And if the applicant spends as much time on the field as is usually required for football and men’s basketball rather than studying, he said, “this just sounds like a recipe for heartbreak and frustration.”

and a round up of other links -see here- includes
Task force issues report on academics and athletics (Cal Athletics press release)
Message from Chancellor Dirks (PDF)
Chair’s cover letter (PDF)
Task force letter from Mike Williams (PDF)
Final report (PDF)
Recommendations and timeline (PDF)
Athletic admissions policy — guiding principles (PDF)

Some local coverage

but Cal access to the video of the full press conference is not to be found here -or anywhere??

a play on The Paper Chase?

KCRA has an ongoing series on student college debt- can't find the content for the entire series easily/quickly in one spot- but in this video UC Davis and the cost of becoming a doctor is discussed - along with the accelerated three year program.