USC Has a Bad Patch

We posted yesterday about the news from UC-Berkeley that many earthquake-prone buildings are located in southern California - including in Westwood.  The Westwood-Century City Patch, in picking up the story from the LA Times, blamed USC instead of UC-B, at least in the headline.  See above.  Probably just as well.  Who wants to be the … Continue reading USC Has a Bad Patch

UC-Berkeley Releases Its Earthquake Survey to the LA Times

We have followed the LA Times' story of the concern about certain concrete buildings in the southern California area which might be at risk in a major earthquake.  The Times identified some buildings in an earlier story but noted that UC-Berkeley had a survey list of buildings.  Berkeley was reluctant to provide the list because … Continue reading UC-Berkeley Releases Its Earthquake Survey to the LA Times

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?

Yesterday’s news

Christmas day tends to be a slow news day.  However, for those who didn't see it, the LA Times carried a front page story about UC's online offerings which allow cross-campus credits.  You can find the article at:http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-me-uc-online-20131222,0,6798231.storyBlog readers will be familiar with these offerings.  We noted in a prior post that UCLA seems to … Continue reading Yesterday’s news

UC Berkeley prof says its future is as a ‘finishing school for the superrich of Asia’

The headline for this posting is a direct quote from a headline to an article in the San Francisco Business Times which you can find at http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2013/12/16/uc-berkeley-finishing-school-asia-rich.htmlThe (economics) professor in question is Brad DeLong.  For your information, below is the portion of his post on the Berkeley Blog that deals with the subject of that … Continue reading UC Berkeley prof says its future is as a ‘finishing school for the superrich of Asia’

A Berkeley Admissions Dossier Reader Tells All

Yours truly confesses he missed an August 1 article in the NY Times concerning the UC-Berkeley admissions process (which undoubtedly applies to UCLA as well).  The article gets into the sensitive area of admissions in the post-Prop 209 era.  [Prop 209 bans affirmative action in admissions.]  Since you may also have missed it, here is … Continue reading A Berkeley Admissions Dossier Reader Tells All

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

For Your Information: Request from Berkeley Faculty Assn.

The request to circulate the item below was received by Prof. Meranze of the UCLA Faculty Assn. board from the UC-Berkeley Faculty Assn.:Berkeley Faculty Association Calls for Increased Support of Grad Student Employees: At the end of September, the current 3 year-contract of UAW 2865 representing UC Academic Student Employees (GSIs, readers and tutors) expired … Continue reading For Your Information: Request from Berkeley Faculty Assn.