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

Is there something in the air there?

A giant odorous cloud billowed over UC Santa Cruz's Porter Meadow on Saturday as a few thousand people took a bong hit or two or three during an event that's evolved into an international holiday for marijuana smokers.Hoards of mostly college-aged men and women streamed into the grass field in a valley near College Eight … Continue reading Is there something in the air there?

Who Owns the Course?

Inside Higher Ed today carries a story about concerns at UC-Santa Cruz about the ownership of MOOCs.  UC-Santa Cruz is the one UC campus at which the local faculty association has collective bargaining rights:Faculty union officials in California worry professors who agree to teach free online classes could undermine faculty intellectual property rights and collective … Continue reading Who Owns the Course?

One Suspects We Will Be Hearing More About This Issue

Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/20/12UCLA Faculty Leader Found to Have Wronged Professor to Appease Jewish GroupBy Peter SchmidtA faculty panel at the University of California at Los Angeles has admonished the chairman of the university's Academic Senate for violating the rights of an associate professor who had been accused by an outside advocacy group of … Continue reading One Suspects We Will Be Hearing More About This Issue

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

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

Out of Time? How Detailed a PEB Review Will UCLA Have on October 14?

UC-Santa Cruz's Academic Senate presented its program on the recommendations of the Post-Employment Benefits (PEB) Task Force. As noted in a prior posting, UCLA has its session scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14, 10 AM, Royce Hall. The Santa Cruz program apparently featured a detailed and extensive set of slides, available athttp://senate.ucsc.edu/PEB/CFW%20PEB%2017CFWslides0920.pdf If you click on … Continue reading Out of Time? How Detailed a PEB Review Will UCLA Have on October 14?