Thursday, December 14, 2017

And a golden goose or goose egg in a pear tree..?

Sing it, w/ feeling:


"The GOP tax bill contains several provisions that will undercut America’s colleges and universities."

"Colleges, universities targeted in GOP bills"

UC applications race:

And, has the Cal Chancellor kept promises?
The Atlantic on community colleges:

This Op Ed on Napolitano:
"Why couldn’t Napolitano pivot? Because her failure wasn’t merely her overly defensive response to an audit. She also failed to offer a compelling vision for transformation of the UC. She never had a policy offense, just defense.
Napolitano made popular moves to increase student diversity and to focus on climate. But what UC needs is a systemic change that gives the universities the footing to expand their enrollment, quality and production of graduates – rapidly.
The opening for this is obvious; PPIC says the state will be short more than 1 million college graduates by the end of the next decade. UC’s leaders should enact a plan to cover half that shortage themselves.
That would mean the doubling or more of its number of graduates. Which would be great. California is no longer the national leader it was during the 20th century in college graduates—21st century leadership requires a return to that.
Also, being able to produce excellent graduates at scale is the essential question for public higher education in the world right now. If UC really is a leader, it needs to lead and show us how to do this.
When I made this point to Napolitano once, she answered by suggesting that would represent mission creep—UC isn’t for everybody. True, but California needs it to be for a lot more people than it currently is.
And to do that, it looks like the UC needs a new leader."

This story out of UC Davis now at multiple outlets via AP:

UC Davis strips ex-professor of titles following sexual assault claim
And at Sac Bee:

And raises some questions about any academic Senate procedures in it:

"Online-only California community college to target 'stranded workers'"


At the moment it seems:

"Proposed tax for graduate students killed, student loan interest deduction saved in congressional bill"

Revisit and What's up w/?:
"Republican tax bill takes aims at college athletics, stadium financing"

This was the Dec 13 UC Regents health services committee meeting:

And importantly, :

GOP Pushes Ahead on Higher Ed Act
"Republicans on House education committee -- with little patience for complaints over rushed process -- advanced out of committee an expansive update to law governing federal aid programs."

'Live long'and?:
"After debating and voting on amendments all day Tuesday, the House education committee advanced to the full chamber on a party-line vote a rewrite of the federal law governing higher education in the U.S.
The legislation, called the PROSPER Act, would change accountability for colleges and universities, alter the student financial aid landscape, and loosen restrictions on short-term and for-profit programs."...

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