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:,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

Various UC Campuses Cleared of Anti-Semitism Charges

Inside Higher Ed reported yesterday that UC campuses at Berkeley and Santa Cruz had been cleared of charges of allowing an anti-Semitic atmosphere due to anti-Israel student activities.  The campuses received letters from the US Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) clearing them on free speech grounds.  An article appeared later in the … Continue reading Various UC Campuses Cleared of Anti-Semitism Charges

Another Campus Climate Incident Reported

The story above can be found in more detail at  So far, yours truly found no official response on the UC-Irvine website. Blog readers may recall a somewhat-related video that became known as "Asians in the Library" at UCLA and which sparked an official reaction from Chancellor Block. Possibly, this matter will be discussed at … Continue reading Another Campus Climate Incident Reported

Columnist asks about needs vs. wants

Note: In the future, there are likely to be more such questions - of the type excerpted below - about campus plans for new programs, schools, and even grand hotels.Dan Walters today in the Sacramento Bee: Was UC-Irvine's Law School Strictly Necessary? Six years ago, yours truly wrote a column about a proposed law school … Continue reading Columnist asks about needs vs. wants

Emisions Remissions?

UCLA co-generation plantCalifornia's cash-strapped public universities would save millions of dollars under legislation by Orange County state Sen. Mimi Walters, but the bill's prospects are uncertain because it would alter a landmark global warming law beloved by environmentalists. Walters' proposal seeks to exempt University of California and California State University campuses from the new cap-and-trade … Continue reading Emisions Remissions?

I guess the chemistry was good

UC-Irvine has put a chemistry course on the web.  But it doesn't give credit for it and isn't using the Coursera website (although UC-Irvine is affiliated with Coursera) because it wants to give the course away free.  As for labs, it says that if some other institution wants to offer the course, it will have … Continue reading I guess the chemistry was good

UC-Irvine Gets Some Good Press

Warm welcome to University of California IrvineBy Anat Maor, Jerusalem Post, 2-17-13When I first arrived at the University of California in Irvine, I didn’t know a single person there. To tell you the truth, I was feeling apprehensive about my new role as a professor in Israel studies here, especially given the reputation of the … Continue reading UC-Irvine Gets Some Good Press

Quick! Somebody Tell the Governor!

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over TeachingStudents regularly drop out of massive open online courses before they come to term. For a professor to drop out is less common.But that is what happened on Saturday in “Microeconomics for Managers,” a MOOC offered by the University of California at … Continue reading Quick! Somebody Tell the Governor!