Are some administrators shivering?

No, not because of the cold weather in other parts of the country.  Rather, because of the headline regarding Northwestern University's football program in today's Inside Higher Ed: Athletes Move to UnionizeThe Internet – or at least, the piece of the Internet where people pay moderate attention to college sports – blew up Tuesday afternoon with … Continue reading Are some administrators shivering?

Is the ball still in their court or has the train left the station?

Hey! Let's rebuild the old stadium!Sorry to mix metaphors.  But Inside Higher Ed today has a long story on Berkeley athletics which have recently been in the news for low graduation rates and problems in funding a stadium upgrade.  A white paper from the Berkeley Center for the Study of Higher Education suggests that the … Continue reading Is the ball still in their court or has the train left the station?

Q&A

The Contra Costa Times ran an interview with UC president Napolitano that was published yesterday.  But apparently the interview occurred in late 2013.  Here are the questions:Q: One of your first proposals was to make tuition rates more predictable. What might that look like?Q: At the last UC regents meeting, Gov. Jerry Brown said UC … Continue reading Q&A

Lessons from Berkeley’s White Elephant Stadium for UCLA, the Regents, and UC?

People keep noticing Berkeley's White Elephant money-draining stadium - one of the grand capital projects that the Regents routinely approve based on pretty slides and business plans offered by the campuses.  Peter Schrag in the San Francisco Chronicle today ties the low graduation rates of Berkeley athletes with the stadium:...Fueling the... issue is the chronic … Continue reading Lessons from Berkeley’s White Elephant Stadium for UCLA, the Regents, and UC?

Berkeley admits to serious student-athlete flaws

From the San Francisco Chronicle: UC Berkeley officials, responding to recent reports of lax admissions standards and poor graduation rates among student athletes, admitted this week that the university has a serious problem that is at times exacerbated by the desire to succeed on the field. "At a point, the pressure to win caused us to … Continue reading Berkeley admits to serious student-athlete flaws

Did Wiseman Catch This? (Check Prior Post)

UC Berkeley, the world's top-ranked public university, is admitting student athletes with shockingly low grades and scores if they show promise as revenue-generating football or basketball players, say two Cal scholars whose new study helps explain why athletes on campus have the worst graduation rates in the country. While the highly competitive university routinely turns away … Continue reading Did Wiseman Catch This? (Check Prior Post)

UCLA’s Lawsuit to Retain Baseball Stadium at VA Property Criticized by LA Times

Westwood's Veterans Home, back in the dayBlog readers will know that various tenants of the VA property in Westwood are facing litigation and potential eviction on the grounds that the property is not being used for its intended purpose.  UCLA's baseball team uses the internal stadium: From yesterday's LA Times' editorial page: [excerpt]:...Instead of appealing … Continue reading UCLA’s Lawsuit to Retain Baseball Stadium at VA Property Criticized by LA Times

Report: Berkeley drops ball on athlete graduation rate

From the San Jose Mercury-News:The No. 1 public university in the country has the least success graduating players among the 72 teams in the major football-playing conferences, according to NCAA data released Thursday. Just 44 percent of Cal's football players graduated within the parameters established by the NCAA. For comparison, archrival Stanford is among the … Continue reading Report: Berkeley drops ball on athlete graduation rate

UCLA will appeal eviction from VA baseball stadium

UCLA ROTC cadet in 1930sFrom the Westwood-Century City Patch:UCLA will appeal a federal judge's ruling that effectively locks the university out of Jackie Robinson Stadium—which is on Veterans Administration land in West Los Angeles —where Bruin baseball has been played for decades, it was announced Tuesday...If appeals fail, the university may have to vacate the … Continue reading UCLA will appeal eviction from VA baseball stadium

UCLA: Take Me Out of the (Legal) Ballgame

Note: Readers of this blog will have been alerted to the situation below in an earlier posting.UCLA has gone to court to overturn a decision that could force it to give up its baseball stadium on land leased from the U.S. veterans agency. The university described itself as a "surprising casualty" of an August ruling … Continue reading UCLA: Take Me Out of the (Legal) Ballgame