How do nationalist tendencies play into, or counter, the global expansion of the university? This Global Perspectives review symposium engages with two timely contributions on the current state of the university in world society: Neo-nationalism and Universities: Populists, Autocrats, and the Future of Higher Education by John Aubrey Douglass (Johns Hopkins 2021) and The University and the Global Knowledge Society by David John Frank and John Mayer (Princeton 2020).
September 25, 2023
September 18, 2023
Rille Raaper, Associate Professor at Durham University and a former CSHE visiting scholar (2022), will publish her new book Student Identity and Political Agency: Activism, Representation and Consumer Rights with Routledge in 2024. The book examines the intersections of education, sociology and politics and provides a unique, research-informed account of the student experience in a contemporary higher education setting.
August 30, 2023
On August 28, 2023, CSHE Faculty Affiliate and SERU Principal Researcher Steven Brint published a new article entitled "The Political Machine behind the War on Academic Freedom" at the Chronicle of Higher Education.
August 11, 2023
A new journal article "The 'New Flagship University' and Its Relevance to Brazilian Higher Education", published at the Journal of Research and Innovation in Higher Education (JRIHE), attempted to apply John A. Douglass's "New Flagship University" model to higher education in Brazil.
August 10, 2023
In this article, CSHE's Research Associate Jenae Cohn reviewed a keynote panel discussion about artificial intelligence at the 2023 Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium Symposium. Cohn specifically focused on four aspects: defining AI, how AI may change higher education jobs, academic disciplines in response to AI, and ethical considerations.
August 1, 2023
John Aubrey Douglass's book The California Idea and American Higher Education (Stanford University Press) was recently translated into Japanese. Tamagawa University Press published the translated book in July 2023.
John Aubrey Douglass is Senior Research Fellow for Public Policy and Higher Education at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley.
July 26, 2023
July 24, 2023
Excerpt from the Newsletter:
Igor Chirikov, a senior researcher at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley, said international rankings may be losing their hold as “the global higher-education space become much more fragmented post-Covid.
“Ten years ago, global-competitiveness programs were thriving,” Chirikov said, referring to governments’ efforts to move their universities up the rankings. “Now, the focus is much more internal.”
Recent decades have seen an explosion in doctoral education worldwide. Increased potential for diverse employment has generated greater interest, with cultural, political and environmental tensions focusing the attention of new creative, responsible scholars.
March 20, 2023
The proportion of young Americans holding humanities degrees has declined by about one-third in the past 15 years, with particularly large declines among men.
March 4, 2023
For decades many universities have focused on global rankings and their progeny, the concept of world-class universities (WCUs), to drive academic planning and resource allocation – often under pressure from ministries to climb up this or that commercial ranking.
February 7, 2023
As affirmative action loses political feasibility, many universities have implemented race-neutral alternatives like top percent policies and holistic review to increase enrollment among disadvantaged students. I study these policies’ application, admission, and enrollment effects using University of California administrative data. UC’s affirmative action and top percent policies increased underrepresented minority (URM) enrollment by over 20 percent and less than 4 percent, respectively. Holistic review increases implementing campuses’ URM enrollment by about 7 percent.
January 21, 2023
The midterm elections in the United States brought a sort of victory for President Joe Biden and the Democrats, including the retention of a slim majority in the Senate and ceding only a marginal majority to Republicans in the House of Representatives.
Avoided was an expected much bigger electoral victory by Republicans and a clear majority in both houses of Congress. The net result for federal higher education policy is relative stability, although with some important caveats, including debates on raising the debt level of the federal government.
December 10, 2022
We may all hope that scientific and other forms of knowledge can drive or at least shape responsible public discourse on such important issues as climate change, clean energy and sustainability, poverty, racism, immigration and more generally the promotion of rational thinking and policy-making.
There is a large canon on this concept and its essential role in developing and supporting democracies. Over decades, political observers have extolled the power not only of rational thinking, but competent communications to bring about mutual understanding and social change for the good.
December 5, 2022
A Vietnamese undergraduate student (who spoke on the condition of anonymity) said she had never considered leaving Russia, even when the invasion of Ukraine happened at the end of her first year, because she received a scholarship that covered her tuition and living costs.
“Every year, there are hundreds of students from that kind of scholarship that come here,” she said. “And I also know people who work in the embassy and they just told me to stay put. So I was not too worried.”
September 23, 2022
The editors and authors of the UCL Press publication “Towards a Global Core Value System in Doctoral Education” invite to an online book launch event taking place on October 10, 2022 – 4 pm BST – 5 pm CET – 8 am PST.
September 22, 2022
The University of California isn’t done addressing the fallout over UCLA’s move to the Big Ten that set off a national furor and irked the powerful UC Board of Regents.
August 20, 2022
his is an era of new geopolitics. In this era, we find ourselves in a world that is increasingly multilateral, polylateral and de-Westernised – defined by the preponderance of Western powers and the transition of power from West to East. Some describe it as the emergence of a new Cold War, a period of new ‘great game’ competition between major powers such as Russia, but also increasingly China.
August 3, 2022
The Conditions for Admissions: Access, Equity and the Social Contract of Public Universities by CSHE researcher John Aubrey Douglass has just been published in Japanese by Kyushu University Press.
May 11, 2022
Students’ mastery of subject matter in science and mathematics declines as their lecturers become more involved in research, according to a study of thousands of learners.
The paper claims to be among the first studies to establish a causal relationship between teachers’ research publications and their charges’ academic achievement – and challenges the conclusions of past studies, many of which found no correlation between research and teaching quality or student learning.
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