Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dirks In DC, more

WaPo: New UC-Berkeley chancellor is against rating colleges based on graduate earnings
What brought him to Washington, among other business, was a meeting with top U.S. Education Department officials to discuss President Obama’s plan for the federal government to rate colleges on value by the start of the 2015-16 school year.
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...in December 2011...faculty were taking mandatory furloughs, class size was growing, roofs were leaking and e-mail was crashing.

Dirks took office June 1 at a more favorable moment. Prop. 30 hasn’t solved all of the state’s education funding issues — far from it — but it has changed the conversation.

“I’ve been able to take advantage of a renewed sense of optimism,” Dirks said. “There’s a sense of stability. There’s a general sense that we’ve weathered the worst and Berkeley will be able to be the great university that it was.”

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...that it was.
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OC Weekly Reg blog w/ detail on protests at UC Irvine

The student newspaper at UC Irvine: Students Protesting Napolitano Met With Police Aggression
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Reclaiming: “Take Back UCI.” Over 75 participants gathered around a coffin marked “Death of Public Education” and “Death of Workers’ Rights,” many of them “mourning” as they dressed in all black.
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what do the BP at Berkeley folks have to say about this: latest development (they signed off on it at Mission Bay-UCSF but not covered in the Synapse) --and how does this connect to the Keystone pipeline potentially going to British Columbia- isn't that the plan Canada said would happen if it can't go through the center of the US?

another view: Jerry Brown Is Embarrassing California

Brown Joins Harvard in Rejecting Fossil Fuel Divestment
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is this happening?
The next Berkeley Forum event is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 8 and is titled “Influence on Money and Politics,” with speaker Lawrence Lessig.

hope it's -yes- and recorded for broadcast.

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