News

May 20, 2020

New York Times

In a recent study, Saul Geiser, a researcher at Berkeley, found that the correlation between family income and SAT scores among University of California applicants is three times as strong as the correlation between their family income and their high school G.P.A.

May 18, 2020

Chalkbeat

The coronavirus means many colleges have temporarily dropped admissions testing requirements, given the uncertainty about when students will be able to take the SAT or ACT.

University World News

The COVID-19 pandemic is all-absorbing, requiring university leaders and academic staff to deal with major transitions in teaching to online formats, probable declines in revenue, hiring freezes and lay-offs and attempts to plan for what lies ahead.

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium is supporting research universities worldwide during the pandemic. The Consortium has developed a special short survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the student experience at research-intensive universities in the US and internationally. The survey was designed to take less than ten minutes to complete and appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students.

May 13, 2020

The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) is pleased to announce the following new additions to the Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS):

May 11, 2020

The Scandal of Standardized Tests Why We Need to Drop the SAT and ACT

Family background factors like parental income, education, and race now account for over 40% of the variance in SAT/ACT scores among UC applicants, according to a new publication by CSHE researcher Saul Geiser. 

May 7, 2020

Berkeley News

Recent years have witnessed a rise in the level of nationalism in many countries with tightened immigration policies and stronger governmental oversight of multinational research collaborations. At the same time, competition among countries and universities for international students has increased significantly, while the demographics of young populations in many countries are shifting.

Now, the onset of a historic global pandemic, with its serious travel challenges and dramatic economic effects, raises yet another threat to the future of internationalization on U.S. campuses.

May 6, 2020

The Center for Studies in Higher Education is currently accepting applications from UC Berkeley doctoral students, who are writing dissertations focused on higher education, to join a stimulating research seminar to be held in 2020-2021.

May 5, 2020

Los Angeles Times

The University of California could reopen just one-third to one-half of dorm rooms this fall in order to maintain safe distances among students amid the coronavirus outbreak, a top UC official said Monday, raising questions about what would happen to others without campus housing.

The Daily Californian

Representatives of the UC and California State University systems discussed the current and future financial impacts of COVID-19 at a livestream Monday.

During the discussion, which was part of the Berkeley Conversations series, the panelists reflected on the challenges the COVID-19 crisis poses to higher education, as well as the potential opportunities for innovation this unique situation offers.

May 4, 2020

Berkeley News

In the last twenty years, California’s 10-campus University of California system and 23-campus state university system have seen significant declines in financial support from the state’s politicians, a trend that will only become more worrisome as California responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

April 27, 2020

Berkeley Blog

The US economy is in a free fall. Businesses have closed and people have been laid off. Unemployment could reach 30 percent in some parts of the country, and if it does there are predictions that an additional 15 percent of the population will fall into poverty. Inequality may grow with significant impact on disadvantaged groups. And this comes at a time when the US economy was already in the midst of a transition related to work.

April 16, 2020

University of California Institutional Research

In this policy brief for the University of California Office of the President, Zachary Bleemer and Aashish Mehta present evidence suggesting that GPA major restrictions disproportionately impact underrepresented and lower-income students with less prior academic opportunity. It links those students to postgraduate outcomes to show that, in at least one comprehensive case study, pushed-out students are sharply prevented from achieving high wages or their preferred careers after graduation.

April 15, 2020

The Daily Californian

In a study published April 8, researchers found that compared to in-person instruction, online education platforms could be used to increase enrollment in STEM programs at a lower cost.

April 9, 2020

International Higher Education

Throughout the world, tuition at any level is regarded as a significant barrier for university access to disadvantaged socioeconomic groups. In the United States, student debt levels are at an historic high. In most cases, the political movement for free tuition does not provide any significant plan on how to make up lost revenue. Consolidating existing financial aid sources, combined with progressive tuition levels, may be a promising model.

San Francisco Chronicle

CSHE in the News - As revealed in a report released by UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education last month, the task force overestimated the predictive value of the SAT and ACT. Its regression analysis omitted student demographic factors such as race, income and parental education level.

April 8, 2020

April 2, 2020

Inside Philanthropy

CSHE in the News - Not too long ago, the state would step in and fund the construction of a new building to meet demand. No longer, John Aubrey Douglass, a senior research fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education, told me. “State funding has already evaporated for seismic retrofitting, new buildings and maintenance,” he said, leaving donors to fill the gap.

March 18, 2020

EdSource

When testing requirements are properly aligned, the best test prep is regular classroom instruction

March 12, 2020

Berkeley Blog

"It is at public universities like UC Berkeley that donors can really impact the socio-economic advancement of California and society in general," said CSHE's Senior Research Fellow, John Douglass for Berkeley Blog