Sunday, August 28, 2016


Richmond: Residents stunned by Cal's cancellation of Global Campus project


CA 's big growing achievement gap...

Disaggregated data in depth:


Economic divide between schools shortchanges our kid

That committee, that letter...more.

College Pushes Back Vs. Political Correctness

U. of Chicago Professor Geoffrey Stone explains the letter sent to students asserting academic freedom takes precedence over safe spaces & trigger warnings


Spike expected in sexual misconduct complaints after increased campus resources, visibility

"To be frank, many conservatives have long opposed Title IX as federal meddling akin to a quota system. Perhaps it was, or perhaps it was a necessary corrective measure to overcome long-standing prejudice that women weren’t interested in sports or weren’t naturally athletic. In any case, it’s long past the time to recognize that Title IX has been a stunning success — far beyond what anyone might have imagined in 1972, in an arena (and pools, gyms and fields) no one had in mind."


Golden Bears bring home 21 medals from Rio


Friday, August 26, 2016

Universities and The Public Good?

Dirks announces indefinite suspension of Berkeley Global Campus plans


UC Berkeley Global Campus suspended due to lack of funds
"Dirks also promised that Berkeley would look at other options for a development, such as inviting an anchor tenant like Google to the site, "

Takes place September 26-28 at UC Berkeley
For the first time in the US, the THE World Academic Summit will bring together thought leaders from higher education and leading figures from government, policymaking and industry to address the challenges faced by world-class universities in the 21st century, on the campus of one of the world’s leading public universities, situated in the heart of San Francisco Bay Area.

Why attend?
  • Meet with your peers and develop your network at a three-day summit and prestigious gala dinner
  • Hear from high-profile speakers from top universities including the University of Cambridge, Peking University, LMU Munich, UC Berkeley, National University of Singapore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and many more
  • Engage in debates and share ideas on nurturing research excellence, funding sustainability andteaching for the 21st century
  • Gain exclusive insights as our experts delve into the 2016-17 THE World University Rankings results
  • Plenary session with LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman
THE World Summit Series app
Once registered, you will be able to download the THE World Summit Series app and enhance your networking opportunities. Gain access to the full delegate list, arrange meetings and make contact with other delegates before and at the event.


Fringe events  
Brand U: How colleges, universities and academe shape their images
A symposium with practical workshops for senior professionals in higher education. A separate registration is required for this event.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"The public University of California’s various endowments total about $16 billion. That seems like a lot, too. But that funding serves 10 campuses with 238,000 students, an average of about $67,000 per student. By contrast, Princeton’s endowment per student is about $2.8 million."

Wa Po thinks there is a pace being kept, they went to UCOP for answers:
"How the University of California and other public schools use reserve funds to keep pace"

Fable, fairy tale references. Dialogue, solutions?


Campus budget issue prompts concern from EECS faculty, students over enrollment

"We haven’t even substantiated the fact that there are a significant number of EECS students who can’t get seats,” Mogulof said. He added in an email that Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ wrote an email in response to Rao saying that the financial documents he appeared to be relying on did not paint a “full or adequate picture” of university finance and funding practices.

In addition, in her response to Rao’s email, Christ promised to provide more detailed information about the allocation of TAS funding within a few days but implied that available funds for this semester have been already been allocated.

“As I said to you in our very first email exchange, unlike Rumpelstiltskin, none of us can make gold from straw,” Christ said in her response email.


A previous version of this article stated that campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said waitlisted-class issues are not as severe as some argue. In fact, he said the waitlisting is a complicated issue.

The same article also stated Mogulof said in an email that electrical engineering and computer sciences professor Satish Rao lacked a full picture of UC finance and funding practices. In fact, Mogulof said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ had written in an email that the financial documents Rao appeared to be relying on did not paint the full picture"


Dirks’ New Student Convocation speech praises community, omits campus controversies

"But some new students were disappointed that Dirks did not take the opportunity to open up conversations about some of the serious issues UC Berkeley will face this year such as addressing the multimillion dollar annual budget deficit or sexual harassment cases.

Sofia Guo, an incoming freshman who was at the convocation, said that while she has heard about the campus controversies and Dirks’ plan to resign, she wished she could learn more from the campus administration’s perspective.

“I thought it was kind of expected (that) he didn’t talk about any issues up front,” Guo said. “But I think as a good chancellor or honest chancellor … it would have been a great platform as a first impression, and he was very vague."

The speech was guided by what Dirks believed was appropriate for the occasion, campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said in an email, adding that it was meaningful for new students and was in line with “the needs and interests of the campus he serves.

While her respect for UC Berkeley remains unchanged, incoming freshman Katherine Yen said Dirks’ omission does not bode well for a chancellor who had once touted himself as a man of the students just three years ago,

“As he was speaking, there was this voice in my head going, ‘Yeah, but you’re not mentioning all the problems that we are facing,’ ” Yen said. “He definitely could have done a better job there, since the student body knows — we’re an informed group of students."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

At UC Berkeley "The full debate between privatization and its costs never happened. "

Rebenching is not Berkeley's problem. So if the public system isn't sinking Berkeley, what is?

That would be a combination of public cuts, already mentioned, new costs incurred by campuses, and new costs that UCOP or the state has pushed onto the campuses in recent years. The new costs that UC campuses haven’t incurred themselves include:
  • Normal cost inflation.  VC Wilton estimated this as historically 3-4% per year, meaning the UCOP “deal” on state increases  (4% per year for a few years) is essentially a zero gain.
  • Capital projects.  The state has largely withdrawn from campus development.   
  • Pension contributions (up from zero to 14% of payroll since 2010).
  • Increased employer health care costs, including retiree health care.
  • Central administration, aka UCOP,  which is now funded via campus taxes to the tune of something close to 15% of state funding.
  • Subsidies for UCSF (a $130 million premium in enrollment-based allocations (Appendix A row J * row M)
There are also campus-based structural costs, particularly the practice of covering a large share of research costs (19% at Berkeley) with institutional funds. 


This is in large part because of the managerial decisionism I won't discuss here, and also because, as Jacques Lacan would have expected, denial was an important part of the disclosure.  Wilton Part 1 disclosed budget strategy failure.  Wilton Part 2hid it in plain sight.  While former Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was a true believer who could effortlessly suture the contradiction, Chancellor Dirks was perhaps unsettled by the double message that UC Berkeley’s administration has been broadcasting for a decade: we must privatize; we are more public than ever. Were this so, he would naturally seem indecisive, as though he “embrace[d] ambiguity.”   In fact, privatization is ambiguous.  It wants private money, especially high net tuition, and to keep its public subsidies, and to keep its public-mission image. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016