Monday, November 7, 2011

“Because of the financial notoriety of California"

Middle class families make sacrifices to afford UC Berkeley education

UC Berkeley launches initiative to increase faculty salaries, improve retention
Changing Universities has this new post: Wage Disparities in the Professorial Ranks

but we also really need an in depth analysis of it in the 'racial ranks'...-- there also is this news from a few days back: UC to standardize HR and payroll business processes across locations --the same crap at Cal is going systemwide...yep, going to continue to help pay for this kind of stuff.
Remaking the University has: this new post: The Story that Needs Changing
and there is this:
Campus works to improve atmosphere for women in College of Engineering

in response to this:

At UC Berkeley, engineering student Cassie Parkos never considered leaving the program, but the senior mechanical engineering and material sciences major is well aware that facing the inherent sexism of a male-dominated field tests women’s confidence – especially when it comes to fitting in.

While UC Berkeley is 51 percent female, the college of engineering is 23 percent. And individual departments can be more homogenous. The mechanical engineering program was 15 percent female in 2010, according to data from the American Society for Engineering Education.

Parkos, who has long blond hair, has been called “Barbie engineer” by her male classmates more than a few times. They've also accused her of having PMS when working together on team assignments.

One male professor who had just returned from a trip to the Middle East joked in class that in Saudi Arabia, women aren’t allowed to drive – and that it wasn’t a bad idea. The joke got plenty of laughs, and some male classmates looked at Parkos to gauge her reaction.

During her internship this past summer in a manufacturing shop, Parkos frequently got whistled at by others. When she wanted to have professional conversations, she was asked out.

“I wasn’t taken seriously,” she said. “It’s a lot easier to be taken seriously if you don’t stand out so much.”

And because women stand out in engineering, there’s also a lot of pressure not to make mistakes. “You constantly have to be a role model so men don’t associate your shortcomings with your gender,” she said.

Parkos was especially disappointed when one of the few female engineering professors in the college turned out to be what she considered a mediocre teacher. Parkos found herself worrying that the men in her class – many of whom had likely never had a female engineering professor – were judging all female engineers by this poor example.

Parkos said she has friends who have left the major because it was too hard or they were turned off by the sexism. For her, it’s made her that much more determined to stay.

She also has drawn strength from many programs geared at increasing the number of women in the field. She lived in themed campus housing specifically for women in science and engineering, where special events include dinners with faculty, study groups, tutoring, mentoring and field trips.
-- full article from CA Watch. Interesting that California Watch has a better pulse on this stuff than the administration (the administration that desperately needs to be paid competitive 'market rate salaries').
and the l'il earthquakes keep coming.

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