Friday, December 26, 2014

Tragically Sad-- Talking Points Mix of the Understandably Awkward

It took a while for news groups to confirm it involved a UC student- CBS Local 2nd Death At UC Berkeley Brings Added Concern About Drinking On College Campuses - very sad news.

LA Times UC's enrollment guarantee gives students an education to fall back on

Because many students prefer private schools or California State University campuses over an unsolicited invitation from UC Merced, the guarantee of admission to UC for the highest-performing seniors has little meaning, said William G. Tierney, co-director of USC's Pullias Center for Higher Education. While "a great talking point," it is not valued by many families and does not help ease enrollment pressures facing public higher education, he said.

Supporters, however, note that the guarantee reflects an implicit promise in the state's 1960 Higher Education Master Plan to provide a spot somewhere in the system for the top 12.5% of California high school graduates. They say the referrals are more important than ever since admission now is so selective at the more highly ranked UC campuses such as Berkeley and UCLA, and it can be futile to rely on their waiting lists.

New York Times:
Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Takes Second Chance to Shape Court includes: Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, called Ms. Kruger “a very unconventional choice — she’s never practiced in California. She’s a Washington lawyer. So why didn’t he pick someone from California?”

...A less 'awkward', tangled topic than the one he opined on earlier this month keep in mind these are thoughts from a UC Irvine Dean on a UCB Prof - both members of UC systemwide academic senate
(that now includes a newly minted UCB prof of public policy who runs UCOP and who used to work at...oh, and check out her position on it in this New Yorker piece, it does get complicated...)

see The Nation:
Prosecute John Yoo, Says Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

There's also this 'I don't wanna know' stance covered in a Salon piece- "I don't care what we did" -from a Cal alum.
It might be more understandable and less awkward if it came from someone who never served in that administration- but it did.
and there's OC Register on Paying for UC Pension Miscues

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