1/10 – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon says he’ll oppose rolling back higher-education aid for middle-class students (LATimes): The Middle Class Scholarship program, which benefits students whose families make between $80,000 and $150,000, could become a contentious issue during budget negotiations. Gov. Brown has proposed phasing out the program.
1/12 – Kathleen Salvaty named UC’s first systemwide Title IX coordinator (DailyCal): UC has named its first system-wide Title IX coordinator. Kathleen Salvaty had previously led the Title IX office at UCLA, a role she held since summer 2015.
UCOP’s statement on the hiring can be read here.
1/10 – UCLA professor sanctioned over sexual misconduct allegations returns to teaching, sparking protests (LATimes): Students protested outside the classroom of a professor who recently returned from a suspension tied to accusations of sexual harassment. The professor, Gabriel Piterberg, never admitted to any wrongdoing, but paid a fine and went without pay for a period. The demonstrators resulted in his classes being cancelled.
1/11 – University of California at San Francisco Gets $500 Million Gift (Bloomberg): UCSF has received a $500 million donation from a foundation started by the late Helen Diller and Stanford Diller, who started Prometheus Real Estate Group. The money will largely go into the school’s endowment, an unusual move for such a large gift, the article comments. Typically gifts are tied to more specific projects, such as a new center or building. The gift is tied for the largest ever to a public university.
Also see WSJ
1/11 – Column: Here’s the real reason Cal fired Sonny Dykes (SFChron): Cal’s football program, which is relied on to help fund the school’s other sports programs, has seen declining ticket sales.
1/12 – Review: The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them, by Christopher Newfield (TimesHigherEd): A British university administer criticizes Newfield’s book for its self-righteous tone and what the author calls an “elitist” proposal for free tuition.