Media Coverage 7/10/17

As UC admissions numbers were revealed this week, the press framed the numbers as both retreating from and advancing a directive from lawmakers to enroll more in-state students. Highlighting a perceived preference for international students, the Sacramento Bee ran the online headline, “UC Davis admits 60 percent of international students but 36 percent of in-state applicants.” SFGate put a more positive spin on system-wide figures with the headline “UC on track to enroll more Californians.” The LA Times split the difference, running “UC on track to enroll 2,500 more Californians this fall, but admission offers decline from last year’s near-historic gains.”

So what actually happened? UC admitted 69,972 California students, a giant leap over two years ago, when the system admitted 61,834 in-state students. However, this year’s figures reflect a decline from last year, when the system admitted 71,178 students from the Golden State. Despite the dip in admission offers, UC says it will enroll 2,500 more California undergraduates this year, fulfilling a pledge it made with lawmakers and the governor after a controversial audit accused the system of favoring non-resident applicants. In total, the UC system agreed to increase in-state enrollment by 10,000 over a three-year stretch, a process that began with an increase of 5,000 last academic year. As UC notes in a press release, “More California students are enrolled at the University of California than at any point in its history.”

In other news, the man the SF Chronicle’s Matier & Ross called the front-runner for Berkeley’s top post has accepted the position Carol Christ held before becoming chancellor this month. As the campus’s new executive vice chancellor and provost, Paul Alivisatos will essentially be second-in-command. The leadership of the UC Regents also saw a passing of the torch, as Monica Lozano stepped down as chair following the conclusion of her one-year term. George Kieffer, an LA-based attorney appointed to the board in 2009 by Schwarzenegger, was elected to a one-year term. He was previously president of the board which oversees the state’s community colleges. While it didn’t receive press attention, the Regents pulled an agenda item that would have allowed UCOP to lower contributions to retiree health benefits.

Admissions Numbers

7/6 – UC on track to enroll 2,500 more Californians this fall, but admission offers decline from last year’s near-historic gains (LATimes): The article highlights the plight of students who thought they had a good shot at admission but fell short, especially at UCLA, where over 100,000 potential freshmen applied, a record for the nation.

7/6 – UC Davis admits 60 percent of international students but 36 percent of in-state applicants (SacBee): Twenty-seven percent of admits were international students, the highest share in the system. However, these numbers reflect Davis’s lower yield of international admits, especially compared to campuses like Berkeley and UCLA.

7/6 – University of California opening more seats for in-state students (KPCC): A UC spokesperson is quoted as saying, “President Napolitano’s initiative to increase California resident enrollment is in direct response to the extraordinary demand, of course, in California, for seats at the University of California.”

7/6 – UC on track to enroll more Californians (SFGate): The article notes UCLA has displaced Berkeley as the most selective campus.

You can read UC’s press release here.

Leadership News

7/5 – Paul Alivisatos named next executive vice chancellor, provost (DailyCal): “This position is a very exciting and special one because we have a new chancellor coming in,” Alivisatos is quoted as saying. “I’m excited about working closely with her and the rest of the community so that Berkeley can really define what the future of public education is.”

7/5 – Prominent L.A. Attorney George Kieffer Elected Chair of UC Board of Regents (LABusiness): The brief article notes Kieffer’s background.

 

You can read UC’s press release here.

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Media Coverage 1/20/17

An in-depth look at UC Riverside from the Chronicle for Higher Education, an LAO report that says UC doesn’t need a new campus and a flurry of editorials.

UC News

1/19 – In California, Tensions Over Growth Divide a Campus (Chronicle): A disconnect between an administration intent on swelling faculty ranks and research output and the existing faculty at UC Riverside has resulted in the impending resignation of a provost. The article frames the discord around UC’s shared governance model, which grants more power to faculty than is typical across the US.

1/16 – Editorial: UC needs a tuition hike, but also a clearer vision of its identity (LATimes): The editorial board notes the proposed tuition hike only impacts wealthier students and is modest, plus they suggest without it, quality could decline.

1/19 – Op-Ed: UC needs to prioritize online education (SacBee): A Yolo County Supervisor argues UC Davis should not waste money building a new Sacramento campus but instead invest in online education.

1/19 – Report: Assessing UC and CSU Enrollment and Capacity (LAO): This report, packed with some interesting figures, notes that both UC and CSU have more than enough capacity to accommodate projected growth. Thus, a new campus is not needed. In particular, the report notes low summer-enrollment.

1/15 – How the UC system is bracing for an escalation of political clashes ahead of Trump (LATimes): UC weighs its commitment to promoting free speech with increasing conflicts over intentionally-inflammatory speakers.

1/16 – Column: Cal football fans: Put your TV contract where the sun don’t shine (SFChronicle): Matier & Ross note the impractical impacts of the PAC-12 Network’s TV deal on Cal’s football games.

1/16 -UC Retirement Plan holds bonds in 2 companies building Dakota Access Pipeline (DailyCal): The UCRP holds bonds in Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, which are behind the DAPL.
1/13 – Editorial: Why ‘Dreamers’ at UC should feel very lucky (SacBee): Article praises UC for (ahead of its time) creating UC Center for Undocumented Student Legal Services.

Media Coverage 9/23/16

After caving to outside pressure from Jewish groups and banning (on officially technical grounds) a student-led DeCal course covering Palestine , UC Berkeley was again swayed by outside pressure to reinstate the class. However, the press hasn’t been able to get the inside story of decision-making that led to the reversal, it seems…

Officially, a university dean met with the class facilitator after she determined the course hadn’t been properly reviewed. After the meeting and a few tweaks to the syllabus, the course has been reinstated. Obviously, this is not the full story, but it is the one the university will admit to.

Elsewhere, a university is suing its student newspaper (an incredible story) and beer sales are now seen as a funding savior. But first, more students on UC campuses:

UC Enrollment

9/22 – UC campuses scramble to make room for thousands more new California students (LAT): The fallout from UCOP’s ‘more in-state students for more money’ deal with Gov. Brown is being felt in  ever tighter dorm rooms. This quote sums up the impact on Berkeley nicely: “Overall, Berkeley expects to hire more than 130 new instructors and teaching assistants. The nearly $3.8 million in state funds the campus received for the new students wasn’t enough to cover the extra classes, instruction, housing, tutoring, mental health services, technology, classrooms and housing. Berkeley had to redirect $2.2 million more to pay for them, even though it faces a critical budget deficit.”

Palestine: A Settler Colonial History

Dean of Social Sciences Carla Hesse’s letter about her decision to reinstate the class can be found here.

9/19 – UC Berkeley reinstates class on Palestine following outcry over its suspension (Guardian): A nice overview of reactions from various sides following the reinstatement.

9/20 – Op-Ed: DeCal’s cancellation transpired through unfair shortcuts (DailyCal): Associate Prof. Samera Esmeir argues the universities swift move to cancel the course throws into doubt “the survival of spaces for students to study and debate difficult and politically complex issues facing our world today.”

9/19 – UC Berkeley reinstates controversial course on history of Palestine (LAT): Article questions whether the syllabus was meaningfully changed.

CSU

9/22 – Governor signs bills to boost graduation rates at California universities (LAT): Law intended to boost the CSU system’s low graduation rate was signed.

Elsewhere in Higher Ed

9/22 – U. Kentucky is suing its student newspaper, trying to block sexual assault reporting (WaPo): In a truly incredible story, UK went ahead and sued its student newspaper, trying to prevent it from releasing public documents (which the state AG ordered the school to hand over to the newspaper). The newspaper believes the university is seeking to protect itself, as the documents in question concern a professor accused of sexual misconduct.

9/19 – Get Yer Beer Here (IHE): Despite fears of drunk undergrads, public universities are turning to alcohol sales at football games to boost revenue and attendance.

9/21 – CC not free for some Oregon students with heavy course loads (AP): A much-hyped free-tuition plan in Oregon comes with a bit of fine print, to the surprise of some students who will see (admittedly) small bills.

Media Coverage 7/8/16

The UC system followed through on a deal with the state to admit more in-state students and, at the same time, increased its enrollment of students of color. At Berkeley, the chancellor agreed to hold a follow-up investigation on the football team, though it’s unclear how much of a focus there will be on a coach who was linked to a student’s death and the beating of a player.

Enrollment

7/6 – UCLA, UC Berkeley boost admissions of Californians, including blacks and Latinos (LATimes): Both UC flagship schools admitted 1,000 more Californians each, including a significant boost in the number of black and Latino students. System-wide, the number of Californians admitted increased by 15 percent, which the article speculates may help ease the concerns of legislators critical of the university following a state audit that alleged the system exercised preferential admission practices for out-of-state students.

7/6 – UC campuses admit more Californians after years of falling rates (SJMercury): Assemblyman McCarty, who has led the criticism of UC’s out-of-state admissions policies, called the news “a good start.”

Football

7/2 – UC Berkeley chancellor orders new probe of football program (SFGate): UC Berkeley chancellor orders a new investigation into the school’s football program following a student death and team-led beating. Faculty protested after a Chronicle investigation revealed a probe into a coach linked to both incidents was biased. The new investigation will not focus on the coach, but instead the overall program.

This & That

7/2 – Cal student among victims in Bangladesh attack (SFChronicle): Tarishi Jain, a native of India, was 18.

7/1 – UC Davis chancellor withholds $200,000 scholarship donation as inquiry continues (SacBee): Embattled UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has withheld donating $200,000 to the university as she is investigated by UCOP. The money comes from her service on the board of an academic publisher, a position she has been criticized for taking.

7/3 – Katehi investigation proceeds, compromises made (DavisEnterprise): UC agrees with Katehi’s team regarding a third party handling the chancellor’s university-owned electronic devices.

6/30 – UCLA Professor Accused Of Sexually Harassing Grad Students Is Returning (HuffPo): Gabriel Piterberg was suspended without pay for the Spring 2015 term, at which point the history professor left for a European fellowship.