Thursday, April 16, 2015

The 'UC Suppressing Accountability Report' ?

What to call it? See:
San Jose Mercury News: UC Delays Release Of Admissions Data Amid Budget Negotiations

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León -- who is still waiting for data he requested weeks ago on how many UC applicants were placed on wait lists -- says the university is "using the hopes of wait-listed students as a bargaining chip in funding negotiations."

--The Committee of Two talks caused delay on the JLAC approved audits of UC--and now is it the cause of the delay on release of this admissions data? Or, is it just a UC delay?

New America Media has another 'UC President interview', see: Napolitano to Gov. Brown -- ‘What Went Down Must Come Up’

"What’s your long-term goal in this battle over state funding?

What we want to do is reengage the state of California in its public universities and its public higher education mission."
Washington Post: California and N.Y. Are Thinking Big On Higher Education. Will The Feds?
includes coverage of CSU system and CCCs.
This excerpt:
Note, to repeat, that real per-student state appropriations are down about 25 percent from 25 years ago. Note that a doubling of net tuition has not brought total resources back to their 2001 peak. Recall that this is the period in which US degree attainment fell to 16th place in OECD rankings. Note that rising college enrollments has now reversed.

In other words, per-student public funding has been cut. Tuition and student debt have boomed concurrently. So Prof. Campos winds up back where we all started, with per-student appropriations that are less that what they were seven years ago or 25 years ago, and with educational problems that follow from the reality of this long-term austerity on the public side of the university system.

2. Expanding Admin

So why did Prof. Campos deny per-student austerity, which is real, to focus on aggregates that stopped rising very quickly about twenty-five years ago?

My theory is that he has been driven half-mad, like many of us, by the refusal of senior academic managers to put their own choices into the picture, and say yes we too have increased costs with our decisions. Prof. Campos seems to have been willing to reinforce damaging stereotypes of overfed public colleges in his obsession with rejecting the causal claim that public cuts (and only public cuts) produce tuition hikes. His last line in the Times reads: "What cannot be defended . . . is the claim that tuition has risen because public funding for higher education has been cut" (emphasis added). In other words, he's saying, universities have hiked tuition also because of other cost increases, many chosen by the universities themselves. And on this point, he is absolutely right.
- much more to it, so see: Remaking the University for the entire post there.

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