Thursday, May 31, 2018

Faculty on research, Students on campus life-more good reads

A couple more good 'in depth' articles
UC faculty: Trump’s “hostility toward science” could cost us research grants

..."said his committee has not yet uncovered any instances of UC grant applications being denied for political reasons. But he said the committee heard reports of faculty members trying to avoid “certain magic words” when asking the government for funding."...

When UC Berkeley Isn’t the Golden Ticket You Thought It Was

..."Barton said a lot of immigrant families like Miguel’s see a UC education as a golden ticket.

“Then they get here and a lot of them feel tricked,” she said. "They finally made it. It’s supposed to be the answer to everything. But who do they turn to for food security? Who do they turn to to talk about mental health?

“They are suffering in isolation and depression,” Barton sayid. “They are skipping meals and couch-surfing. All of these invisible struggles on this campus at such a prestigious and elite university.”

Miguel has emerged as a leader in a special class Barton has helped pilot over the last two years. It’s called Road to Resiliency, and it gives students on academic probation a place to talk about their struggles and help support each other.

The class, says Barton, helps students "unpack the individual shame that comes with being on academic probation. A lot of times students internalize that D or that F and say, 'This means I'm not cut out for Berkeley. I'm not smart enough. I should just go back and work like the rest of my friends from high school or community college.'"

"It's not that they're not smart enough," Barton says. "It's not that they're not capable, that they don't have the intellectual potential. It's just that they had a whole lot of life happening around them."...

One more round on the Chipotle and higher ed:

Burrito bowls for Jerry Brown: 'It's insulting' to compare UC to Chipotle, advocates say - The Sacramento Bee

More reads:

..."State’s systems need coordination, data

The issue several California college experts identified as among the most important for improving higher education in California might be the least flashy: The state lacks a comprehensive data system to track what happens to students from high school through college and into the workforce.

The governor could lead the way in creating a data system that would shed more light on how students transition to college, where they fall behind and how to get those who drop out back on track toward a degree. It would be central in efforts to improve college completion rates and equity, Cochrane said.

“Having more robust data systems will help us identify exactly what the triggers of the problem are and how to address them,” she said.

Reports have found the overwhelming majority of states — as many as 45 — have such data systems. California is among a handful that don’t, said Lande Ajose, executive director of California Competes, which researches and advocates for strategies to increase the number of people in the state with college credentials.

“We don’t know enough right now, and we can’t really tell how well we’re doing,” said Ajose, who is also chairwoman of the California Student Aid Commission.

Similarly, Ajose and others said, the next governor should create a coordinating body to guide the work of UC, CSU and the community colleges, which too often work separately.

One such entity, the California Postsecondary Education Committee, was shut down in 2011 after Brown eliminated its funding in a line-item budget veto calling the committee “ineffective.” The committee also collected some of the data on how students fare in college that advocates say California now lacks. Brown vetoed a bill in 2015 that would have revived the committee’s function and another in 2012 to create the data system.

Ajose said the committee suffered because the college and university systems wielded too much power over its work. With greater independence, she said, a new body could do a better job of collecting and analyzing data and making recommendations for improvement with a statewide focus.

It’s another issue that might not excite crowds, but will be important for the future of higher education in California, Ajose said.

“We want the next governor to be paying attention to those nitty-gritty issues,” she said."...


This also is a must read - long read where regional- and national- higher ed important issues come up throughout:


Napolitano platitudes on American dream and public service:

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