Tuesday, August 30, 2011

UC's 'Reputation Colonic', You Won't Feel A Thing

you'll recall an earlier post where we mentioned how University Diaries coined the term "reputation colonic" with regard to certain types of higher ed donations and, more specifically, a recent UCLA donation - and the UCLA donation was covered by the NY Times- well, UCLA tries to do damage control on this "transformative gift" --and goes further --read the full account: here
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You will not feel it -- but it looks like we are about to lose a bunch of higher ed sunshine in the next few weeks: Closure Of State Commission Could Limit Access To Aggregated Higher Education Data
perhaps the most disturbing sentence in the piece: "“There are other options available once the site goes down, such as think tanks and the UC and CSU systems themselves, but that’s about it,”"
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"The closure of the California Postsecondary Education Commission this fall will mean that, for the first time in 38 years, aggregated higher education data will not be available to the public.

The termination of the commission — whose website receives up to 120,000 hits a day, according to Karen Humphrey, executive director of the commission — is scheduled to occur sometime in the weeks prior to early November. After that, policymakers, reporters and the general public will be forced to look elsewhere in order to access and analyze higher education information."
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Although the commission has until early November to close, Humphrey said the site could be shut down as early as in the next two weeks.

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