Saturday, December 5, 2015

professionalization of ...just what exactly?

ya know, the talk from UCOP about all the ways they are creating 'professional standards' for campuses to address Title IX...

or the way the campuses talk about how they are prepping students for their 'professional' lives

Also note in the account below: when complaints are made about quality of instruction -- that is met with deflecting tactic, as apologies for 'triggering' ...

Daily Cal Weekender:

Sexual assault miseducation: The daunting path to changing campus culture

"You all know that girl,” ...“You know, the one that’s too drunk and has puke in her hair?”
The University of California is currently working on improving preventative education across the system. Sheryl Vacca, the University of California Office of the President’s chief compliance and audit officer, announced in September 


The framework will be adopted this January, while implementation and delivery will be left to individual campuses.

A note here: (BTW the UC Regents posted their 2016 meeting dates/schedule
,it lists the Wed - Thurs but not a Thurs.- Fri pattern , they recently stated they were going to adopt a Thurs -Fri schedule, does this signal a change from that plan, or are they going to be revising the calendar as each meeting date approaches?)
Dirks with: Campus staff professionals deserve infinite gratitude

IHE with this piece:

"On Student Academic Freedom"

But what, concretely, does student academic freedom entail? May students, like faculty, claim some version of academic freedom beyond their own legal rights under the First Amendment? And, if so, what kind of academic freedom is most appropriate for students?
The question was addressed nearly 50 years ago in the wake of the civil rights movement in the South, the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley and burgeoning student movement against the Vietnam War. The AAUP and several other associations drafted the 1967 Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students. The proclaimed aim of that Joint Statement -- a kind of Magna Carta for student rights -- was “to enumerate the essential provisions for student freedom to learn.”
It's worth looking back at that seminal document in light of contemporary concerns.


Indeed, as I’ve written elsewhere, the issue at Yale, Missouri and other institutions is largely not one of free expression but of communication, environment and values. Shapiro puts it well: “At a time of unprecedented economic inequality, students of color, immigrants and students from low-income backgrounds -- at rich, elite universities and state schools alike -- are painfully aware that the experiences they bring to campus are ill appreciated by many classmates, teachers and administrators, who come overwhelmingly from a culture of middle-class safety nets and an economy that rewards those who already have. That’s the issue.” 

by Henry Reichman is first vice president of the American Association of University Professors and chair of the association’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.


other interesting reads

on Title IX blog w/ a piece on IX Exemptions and LGBTQ rights 

"If you work in higher education, beware the C word"

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