Radio Report from Regents Meeting at UC Riverside January 31, 2012Posted by jessedrew in Uncategorized.
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Many people have asked me about the UC Riverside Regents meeting, and I wanted to share this radio report filed from the event by a former UC Davis student:
Higher Education and Income Mobility January 31, 2012Posted by davidmwittman in access to education.
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The New York Times had an eye-opening article on intergenerational
income mobility in the United States; by many measures it is lower
than in most countries in Western Europe and Canada. One metastudy
found us tied for last with Britain. One way to quantify this
mobility is to look at income quintiles: how are people born to the bottom
fifth of earners distributed across the income quintiles
in adulthood? If you don’t have time to read the article, just take a
look at this graphic comparing the US and Denmark in that respect.
Branding and re-branding January 30, 2012Posted by Julie Sze in university.
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Since Naomi promised that we would have content every day, and because no one else has posted, I wanted to share this information. We’re not regularly updating on all the UCD and UC news related to pepper-spraying, since that duplicates other blogs.
but I think this post
relates to the question of how faculty can support students. we can support students by not abdicating our roles in the faculty governance and learning about budgets and decisions about how money flows and decisions are made, both at this campus and at UCOP (I know I have much to learn on these topics!).
This news item reminds me of a conversation I had last week with a colleague with whom I disagree on many related issues.
But one thing I did agree with her is this: we have to make changes that improve things (university practices, the lives of our students etc). otherwise, everything after Nov. 18th will been for nothing. And that would be the worst of all.
IS THE UNIVERSITY A PUBLIC GOOD, AND IF SO, WHY? January 27, 2012Posted by jrhall103 in Uncategorized.
Tags: dominant ideology, john r hall, laura grindstaff, marketization, private benefit
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Copyright © 2012
John R. Hall
What might be the “social” basis of justification for how universities are structured and supported? “Privatization” and “marketization” – discussed in this venue by my colleague Laura Grindstaff – are useful ways of characterizing a system of higher education headed in the wrong direction. But we also need a positive sense of why higher education is a “public good” and not just a “private benefit.” The dominant ideology in the U.S. today suggests that the person who benefits should pay. And students must be benefitting, or seriously irrational, else why would they want college degrees anyway?
Who has access to what? January 27, 2012Posted by Julie Sze in Guest blog, students, university.
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Laura Grindstaff, Sociology
It’s been more than two months since footage of the pepper-spraying of peaceful student protesters went viral, re-energizing the student movement and prompting a flurry of media coverage, campus town-hall meetings, teach-ins, and letter-writing campaigns. As it was for so many others, business as usual was on hold for me as I organized some events and attended many more, sometimes speaking out (not always coherently, I recall) but mostly seeking to learn as much as I could from those in and outside my regular networks. Although I have devoted much of my academic career to studying social inequality, I’m not an activist and have little activist experience aside from helping to unionize UC graduate students in the mid-1990s (a largely successful venture: my own TAs now have better pay and half the work I had when in their shoes).
how can faculty support students? January 25, 2012Posted by Julie Sze in protests, students.
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On-line and in person after Nov. 18th, a number of faculty thought it was important that this website be called “UC faculty supporting students.” This concept is broad and in future posts, I hope others will share ideas about how to support students. For me, the interest in supporting students has many roots- intellectual and personal (these are in the last paragraph of the post, if you are interested).
As David’s post yesterday shows, semantics and word choices matter. This website is about “supporting” students. Much of the discourse is “about” students. Of course, I’m well aware that there is a broad range of student feeling about the issues of privatization and Occupy UCD.
That said, today’s post shares concrete suggestions from a few students on how faculty can support them. The first comes via Anne-Marie Litak, an English major, who shares (with permission) thoughts put forth by a fellow student involved in the Occupation of UC Davis, who says that one way to support students, is to literally stand alongside them in the frontlines of protest, as in this UC Riverside faculty member did at protests last and this week at the UC Regents meeting, where they were met with batons and hit with projectiles.
“Teach us to learn. Empower us to think critically. Type in bold font at the top of your syllabus, “I do not know everything! – This class is a slice of a potential reality that I have to share.” There are many ways of knowing “truth” in this world. Our responsibility is to create knowledge that is disseminated to the rest of the world; this puts us in a position of privilege to articulate our understanding of reality in a way that is inclusive of other possibilities. Keep us questioning everything that you teach us.
How I got involved January 24, 2012Posted by davidmwittman in no-confidence vote.
Tags: Linda Katehi
It was the “fact sheet” that radicalized me.
I have never been politically active in my life. Although I have
opinions on political issues, I have always found immersing myself in
my own work far more rewarding than joining the political fray. Of
course, when I saw the videos of campus police pepper-spraying
students on the quad on November 18 I was disturbed, but I would have
been content to sign a few petitions and vote in any faculty votes on
I did sign the letter, written by other physics faculty, calling on
the chancellor to step down. This was not a knee-jerk reaction to the
video; I understood that it would take time to properly assess
culpability for the events of that day. Rather, I called for her
resignation because her leadership in the aftermath of the
pepper-spraying was so awful, and because it was clear that she needed
to be sent a very strong message to take a more pro-student stance.
However, at that point I still wasn’t energized enough to actually do
anything. In the week to ten days following the signing of that
letter by a majority of the physics faculty, Chancellor Katehi
embarked on a charm offensive, proclaiming that she takes
responsibility, etc, and though I viewed that as likely to be
insincere damage control, I was starting to be worn down.
Then came the “fact sheet.”
The American Nightmare January 23, 2012Posted by Naomi Janowitz in personal.
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I joined with Julie to help launch this website after my grandmother Rose appeared to me in a dream. She came to America from Eastern Europe as the traveling companion for an elderly woman. She stayed because my grandmother found America included two amazing things (besides my grandfather): public libraries and public education for women.
In my dream she scolded me about what has happened to public education, haunting me with one astute question, as was her style: Why has the UC system copied the worst business practices in America instead of helping businesses learn some of the precious lessons of public education?
OK, I admitted to her in my sleep, some people dreamt that UC should pull itself up by its bootstraps and be more like American businesses. This dream has already become true in part and now we can point to our own practices of golden handshakes, people who make $300,000 a year telling us that it is impossible for their friends to work for less than $450,000, top-down thinking, indifference to quality instead of embracing the Public Good, and violent suppression of dissent (something my grandmother was familiar with from childhood). But anyway, Grandma, those huge salaries are only a small part of the problem. The state has run out of money. She replies with her most disdainful curse: Go bang your head against the wall until you figure out something better to do with it. Even if they are 1% of the problem, they are wrong because they are wrong. They are wrong at Walmart and wrong at UC too.
That is, she tells me that there is a better solution and I should start using my head to figure out what it is. How many combined years of education are there at just one faculty meeting she asks, even as her figure fades into the night. Your students are thinking, were her last words. I wake up with a headache.
Starting today, this website will offer daily guest blogs Monday through Friday. Check in and see what your fellow faculty and students have to say. It is not yours to finish to the task, but neither can you abstain from it.
Reasons to Vote No Confidence January 13, 2012Posted by Julie Sze in no-confidence vote.
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Here are two statements to vote No Confidence in the upcoming vote, authored by David Copp from PhilosophyMotion on Five Part Vote of Confidence
Will UC Davis Faculty Vote “No Confidence” in the Chancellor? January 9, 2012Posted by Drew Halfmann in Uncategorized.
Tags: Academic Senate, Linda Katehi, Mark Yudof, Nathan Brown, Walter Leal