News

June 24, 2020

Berkeley Blog

In a shot heard around the country, on May 21, 2020, UC’s Board of Regents suspended the requirement and use of standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT, for freshman applicants.  UC will be test optional for campus selection of freshman in fall 2021 and 2022, and “beginning with fall 2023 applicants and ending with fall 2024 applicants, campuses will not consider test scores for admissions selection at all, and will practice test-blind admissions selection.”

June 18, 2020

Inside Higher Ed

Ninety percent of undergraduate students at research universities plan to continue their education in the fall, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 9 percent of students are unsure, and 1 percent say they won’t re-enroll, according to the Student Experience at a Research University COVID-19 survey. The report uses data from 19,155 students at five public research universities.

NASFAA

The vast majority of students at research universities plan to continue their education in the fall of 2020 even as states continue to grapple with containing the novel coronavirus, according to a new study reporting that only 1% of domestic students won’t re-enroll for the upcoming semester.

June 17, 2020

Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium is administering a special survey on the impact of COVID-19 on student experience at 10 US public research universities. The SERU COVID-19 Survey assesses 5 areas of the student experience for both undergraduates and graduate students impacted by the pandemic and campus closures: (1) the transition to remote instruction, (2) the financial impact of COVID-19 on students, (3) student health and wellbeing, (4) belonging and engagement, and (5) future plans.

June 8, 2020

Brill Publishing

The lack of academic integrity combined with the prevalence of fraud and other forms of unethical behavior are problems that higher education faces in both developing and developed countries, at mass and elite universities, and at public and private institutions. While academic misconduct is not new, massification, internationalization, privatization, digitalization, and commercialization have placed ethical challenges higher on the agenda for many universities.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.