A Different Kind of Grade Inflation

From the Orange County Register: When Jose Carrillo went through medical school at Dartmouth College a decade ago, students would have thick books weighing down their white coats with reference information in case they needed it while making rounds... Today, Carrillo is helping third-year medical students understand neurology at UCI Medical Center in Orange... (L)oaded … Continue reading A Different Kind of Grade Inflation

Someone Else, Not Me

Inside Higher Ed today carries a story about various institutions that are offering MOOCs (massive open online courses).  Some of these courses have been approved for college credit by the American Council on Education.  But the institutions offering the courses say they are for other universities; they won't give credit for the courses to their … Continue reading Someone Else, Not Me

Something to keep in mind from our colleagues at UC-Irvine

People with exceptional memory recall, have different brainsPeople who can easily recall every moment of their lives have different brains than others, a new study has claimed. University of California-Irvinescientists have found fascinating differences in the brains and mental processes of an extraordinary group of people who can effortlessly recall every moment of their lives … Continue reading Something to keep in mind from our colleagues at UC-Irvine

More and More Getting Off Scale

The Daily Bruin today has a piece on proposals for dealing with faculty salary scales which have grown increasingly outmoded.  As the table, based on a graphic in the Bruin, illustrates, most faculty at UCLA are paid off-scale.  The University, for recruitment and retention purposes, tries to meet the external academic labor market.  In effect, … Continue reading More and More Getting Off Scale

UC students to protest at regents meeting (tomorrow)

Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury-News 11-26-11Student protesters with the Occupy movement will converge on four UC campuses Monday morning to vent their fury at a meeting of the regents, with demonstrators in Davis attempting a campuswide shutdown. The meeting, rescheduled after cancellation earlier this month because of threats of violence and vandalism, now includes … Continue reading UC students to protest at regents meeting (tomorrow)

Doing Good

The Washington Monthly has a ranking of national universities by "their contribution to the public good." It looks at such things as students on Pell Grants. UC-San Diego comes in as #1, UCLA as #2, UC-Berkeley #3, UC-Riverside #5, UC-Davis #8, UC-Santa Barbara #13, UC-Irvine #60. The full listing is at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings_2011/national_university_rank.php

Viewpoint from Irvine: Differential Tuition at UC Would Devalue Cheaper Campuses

UC Irvine film studies professor Peter Krapp, the immediate past chairman of the UC system Academic Senate's University Committee on Planning and Budget, responded to the LA Times' May 9 article, "University of California weighs varying tuitions at its 10 campuses." He argues differential tuition at UC would create or reinforce a hierarchy of academic … Continue reading Viewpoint from Irvine: Differential Tuition at UC Would Devalue Cheaper Campuses

Hot Potato?

The Assn. of American Universities (AAU) is a organization with major research universities as its members including UCLA. Its current president, Robert Berdahl, is a past chancellor of UC-Berkeley. UC-Berkeley is a member. Davis, Irvine, San Diego, and Santa Barbara are also members. On March 31, the AAU issued the press release below with other … Continue reading Hot Potato?

Audio of Regents Meeting on Budget, 3-16-11, For Your Listening Pleasure

The Regents meeting this morning dealt with budgetary issues. There were reports by three chancellors (from Santa Cruz, Irvine, and Berkeley) on the impact of the budget squeeze on their campuses. The Regents had various reactions to the situation. Plans were offered by Peter Taylor to generate more cash through portfolio management. He argued that … Continue reading Audio of Regents Meeting on Budget, 3-16-11, For Your Listening Pleasure

UC-Irvine Muslim Students Case: Radio Report

For those interested in the so-called "Irvine 11" Muslim students case, you might be interested in the KPCC Airtalk program of Feb. 7. Below is the text that goes with the podcast. Below that is a link to a podcast of the program.The Orange County District Attorney has charged the so-called “Irvine 11” with conspiring … Continue reading UC-Irvine Muslim Students Case: Radio Report