Saturday, April 26, 2014

UCOP: 'It’s not as if those numbers represent a success story'

WaPo:“It’s not as if those numbers represent a success story,” Nina Robinson, associate president and chief policy adviser for the UC system, said Wednesday. see: UC’s experience with an affirmative action ban
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Affirmative Action Push Driving Divide Between California’s Democrats
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what kind of teachers? adjunct, tenure track, what disciplines? UC Riverside Chancellor plans to hire 300 teachers
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Alameda Sun Editorial: Out-of-State Students Called ‘Big Boost’

As environmentalists like to say, “Every cloud has a sulfur lining,” but even as a Pollyannaish Panglossian it is difficult to cipher any good news in the article. How are out-of-staters who bump California students out of UC seats, perceived as good news? Good news for the people of Arkansas, Utah or Nevada maybe, but Californians? Gov. Jerry Brown recently boasted that his budget included $6.8 billion for higher education in California; that’s the amount that the State of California a.k.a. tax payers contributed directly to the UC system so that California children could attend the University of California; graduate and buoy the California economy.

Strange that we should feel warm and fuzzy knowing that this year’s freshman class will be comprised of 25,745 nonresident students, an increase of 3,000 over last year. That’s progress? And this is an accomplishment we as Californians should be celebrating?

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LA Times: Transfers show community colleges' rising reputation
Institutions in California are part of a national trend to recruit community college students, mostly from minority and low-income backgrounds, to improve campus diversity.

UC President Janet Napolitano and other higher education leaders have recently committed to improving the flow of community college students to four-year institutions and UC is seeking to expand outreach in community colleges that send few of their underrepresented students to UC Berkeley, UCLA and other selective campuses.
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Bloomberg: Public Funding for Higher Ed Inches Up at Last. Don't Expect Cheaper Tuition
Bloomberg also has:
"education acts as a filter rather than an investment.": Why Education Spending Doesn't Lead to Economic Growth
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Piketty at Cal- Reich and Lakoff join on comments here in this Daily Cal piece - on higher ed effects, there's:
UC Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff commented that Piketty’s findings have important implications for higher education. Though formal higher education is often thought of as a gateway to potential success, elite universities tend to be more available to people of wealth, promulgating a cycle of inherited wealth.

“The danger in cutting resources from public universities is that it makes them more inaccessible,” Lakoff said.

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