Wednesday, January 2, 2019

"The Master Plan for Higher Education in California and State Workforce Needs" - and 2019 higher education trends, prognostications

Multiple UC Regents - including some very new recently appointed regents- contributed their higher education views, prognostications to the report that came out in late December:

Report from the CA Governor's Office of Planning and Research

The Master Plan for Higher Education in California and State Workforce Needs"

See also:

"California education issues to watch in 2019 — and predictions of of what will happen-
There will be curbs on charter schools and arguments over school bonds, testing, public pensions..."
- and higher education:
..."Data movement
Gov. Jerry Brown transformed how California schools are financed and governed though the Local Control Funding Formula. But his obstinate opposition to creating a functioning statewide data system has prevented school districts, researchers and policy makers from understanding how well the system is working.

Brown believed that more statewide, uniform data collection could undermine local control and arouse meddling bureaucrats and overreaching legislators. Newsom has no such aversion. Building a data system that expands CALPADS (the existing K-12 data system) and links it with higher education data, the workforce and a yet-to-be-built early childhood database is a key recommendation of the three dozen Getting Down to Facts studies in 2018 and a new report, The Master Plan for Higher Education in California and State Workforce Needs, by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research."...

..."11th grade testing
Thwarted by Gov. Brown’s veto last fall, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, promises to reintroduce a bill to allow school districts to substitute the SAT or ACT college admissions tests for the Smarter Balanced assessments, which the state requires all high school juniors to take. In his veto message, Brown urged giving the University of California more time to decide whether to use Smarter Balanced scores as an admissions criterion. UC and CSU will ask for another year to consider the option, but O’Donnell will say he’s not content to wait and he has the support of dozens of school districts. Besides Brown, the biggest opponent has been State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson; his successor, Thurmond, supports the idea."

"Free community college tuition
For decades California led the nation in making community college affordable. The per-credit cost was the nation’s lowest and all low-income students had their fees waived. But other states have created “college promise programs,” offering free tuition, and last year the Legislature created the California College Promise, with $46 million to waive the first year of tuition for students not already eligible. Newsom, fulfilling a campaign promise, will double that with free tuition for a second year ­for students who commit to take a full load of courses for two years.

Likelihood for an appropriation that will save students $2,208 in tuition and boost the transfer rate to California State University and University of California and the number of associate’s degrees students earn:"...


Then see:

"2018 in Higher Ed: Openings Here and There"

"The single most shocking higher ed piece I read this year was called "Changing demographics of scientific careers." The authors used a "survival model" to quantify the "half-life" of a scientific career in 3 selected fields. I knew that scarcity of grants and tenure-track jobs was hurting younger STEM researchers, as an even more acute scarcity has done the same in the arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences (SASH). But I didn't know about the academic attrition.
The time over which half of the cohort has left the field has shortened from 35 years in the 1960s to only 5 years in the 2010s. In addition, we find a rapid rise (from 25 to 60% since the 1960s) of a group of scientists who spend their entire career only as supporting authors without having led a publication.
Both of these changes are mindboggling. "...

Public Value of Research. 2018 brought wider awareness of financial conflicts of interest in big money science, especially medical science (here's one NYT roundup). Science has been victimized by the market ideology of the post-Reagan period, which posits that private market incentives always increase efficiency of outputs, including research outputs. In reality, financial goals can distort, misdirect, suppress, or block research. "...In 2018, we took a couple more steps into a wider policy discussion. It goes beyond the old time solution of disclosing and managing conflicts of interest to eliminating them. This would happen in part by 1) the increased public funding science whose results are 2) fed mainly into a public domain pipeline rather than licensed directly to the public sector. There are plenty of new ideas out there "...

"). In 2018, the Chronicle Review singlhandedly published all the "decline of the humanities" articles that were dreampt of in America. The supply is now exhausted. Boycott any retreads you see in 2019."...

"fixing extreme funding inequalities between divisions and departments, in which fields like sociology and ethnic studies, which address vital social problems while serving higher shares of students of color, have a fraction of the resources awarded to others."

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