Friday, December 5, 2014

"Napolitano agreed that graduate education needs some reform, saying that it’s “not good” when it takes nine years to get a humanities Ph.D."

see IHE: U California President Calls for Greater Efforts Defending Graduate Education

During a lengthy discussion period, John Stevenson, dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said he “couldn’t agree more” that both data and anecdotes supported the case for graduate education. But he said he wondered if such utilitarian arguments were “strangling” or too narrowly defining the “rest of the battle” – that is, framing graduate education as a public good.
Napolitano didn’t answer the question directly, but said the U.S. needs well-educated citizens to “thrive,” and reiterated that the country would “not be innovating” without higher education.

and there's also this:
Mary Ellen Lane, an associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Worcester, said that with all the public scrutiny of graduate education, it was hard to have honest conversations about reform, without risking losing further funding.
“When you have these conversations too loudly, the Tea Party wins,” she said.

and Science Now with The Higher Education of Janet Napolitano (includes a good Q and A section)
and further review of her talks in DC like: Her first stop was the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools, where her message of activism clashed with the association’s traditional low profile on the federal scene. Only a half-dozen of the 600 deans and other university officials in attendance raised their hands when Napolitano asked how many planned to find time during the meeting to meet with congressional leaders and agency officials. “I was shocked,” she told ScienceInsider after her speech. “That’s what I mean by the echo chamber,” she added, noting that talking to like-minded colleagues isn’t going to move the needle.

and she says:
I think that from the mid-19th century to post–World War II, there was an unwritten compact in higher education that the federal government would provide the land and fund the research and that the states would build the buildings and pay for the academic experience for the students. And then if there were any activities left over, the student would pay. But that compact no longer exists. The disinvestment by the state of California in higher ed is striking.

The University of California is a big, deep, resilient place. But we must get additional funding to maintain our excellence and serve our residents, because we want to increase our enrollment by 5000 or more. But as far as specific programs to supplant the decline in state support, I’m not sure that this Congress is ready for it.

Visalia Times Delta gets into detail on highschools, transfers and UC -includes comments from HS counselors and charts/numbers on admissions for the region.

AP again on UC Autonomy leg

and an SF Chron opinion column --UC’s new motto: Take the money and run

Freshman Assemblywoman Young Kim, R-Fullerton, shrewdly sees an opening. Shortly after being sworn into office Monday, the Sacramento Bee reported, she introduced a bill to freeze tuition at UC and CSU while the Proposition 30 temporary tax hikes remain in effect.

That leaves Brown to play the role of adult in the room by steering the Legislature toward the light or using his line-item veto to send the message that when a California governor makes promises to the voters, he keeps them.

“I think (Brown) has the moral high ground,” former Gov. Gray Davis told me. “The promise of Prop. 30 was, 'If taxes are raised, tuition will not be.’” Davis doesn’t like to watch the system treat “students as ATM machines and constantly extracting more money.” While some Sacto insiders think Napolitano has the edge in this fight, Davis noted, “I never think it’s a good idea to bet against Jerry Brown.”

and more.

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