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March 28, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, March 28, 2016 - As American higher education struggles to adapt to the downward spiral of public support in the wake of the Great Recession of 2008, the reaction has been a steady stream of proposals that argue for redesigning universities from the inside out. Economic models of university organization have been especially influential. On March 30 at Berkeley, Patricia Pelfrey, Senior Research Associate at UCB’s Center for Studies in Higher Education, will discuss the University of California’s unique governance principle, known as the one-university idea, and whether it remains viable in the landscape of 21st century higher education. Its premise is simple: that a large and decentralized system of ten campuses, differing in size, resources, aspirations, and stage of development, can nevertheless be governed as a single university.

March 1, 2016

Graduate students writing dissertations focusing on higher education are invited to apply for membership in a research seminar, co-sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education and the Social Science MATRIX, to be held in 2016-17. The seminar will enable students to meet and work with colleagues in other disciplines and departments. Its goal is to provide the opportunity for participants to engage with work from a range of disciplines on the subject of higher education and thus understand contributions of different disciplinary tools, to have the opportunity to present their own dissertation work, to hear scholars of higher education from both on and off campus discuss their current research, and to learn about career opportunities in the field. The seminar will meet seven times a semester, for two hours at lunch. A workshop in the spring will be devoted specifically to career paths for people in the field.

February 18, 2016

February 8, 2016 - Today, the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium begins administration of a revised version of its undergraduate student survey at 19 of its 24 member campuses in the United States. The 2016 survey introduces a framework that explicitly recognizes the multiple purposes and contexts of undergraduate education.

February 3, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, February 3, 2016 – The Center for Studies in Higher Education, at the University of California at Berkeley, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium, are co-sponsoring a major symposium that explores the distinct advantages and challenges that research universities face in providing a high quality undergraduate education, on March 10th-11th, at Berkeley.

January 14, 2016

Jan 14, 2016 – It is a familiar if not fully explained paradigm. A World Class University (WCU) is supposed to perform highly influential research and retain a brand name that transcends national borders. Perhaps, most importantly, the particular institution needs to sit in the upper echelons of one or more world rankings generated each year by nonprofit and commercial enterprises. In his new book, The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Ranking to National Relevancy (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), CSHE senior research fellow John Aubrey Douglass argues that this is a narrow and detrimental window for the understanding the value, breadth of activities, and societal impact of the best and most influential universities.

December 15, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, December 21, 2015–The Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, has launched a new publication series, titled Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education Studies and Proceedings, on California Digital Library’s eScholarship component. The first paper in the series presents findings from research, conducted by James A. Hyatt, that addresses growing concerns about the long-term viability of university retirement programs. The study, titled Pension Reform in Public Higher Education funded in part by a grant from Fidelity Investments, examines changes to retirement and post-retirement benefit programs around the country. James A. Hyatt is the Associate Director and a senior research associate and principal investigator at the Center for Studies in Higher Education.

December 4, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, December 4, 2015 – Peter F. Biehl, anthropology professor at the University of Buffalo, will present a talk on strategies for public research universities to better integrate and engage international students into campus life, on Dec. 9th at Berkeley. The number of international students at American universities has risen by 73 percent in the past 10 years. The benefits of having more international students on American campuses are clear: apart from contributing billions of dollars to the US economy, international students bring a diverse set of experiences to the American campus and community. This allows for the sort of unique environment where students from diverse backgrounds can exchange ideas on and off campus. But the question remains whether the American public research universities are prepared for including and engaging with such large numbers of international students, especially in STEM and professional schools.

November 15, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, Nov. 16, 2015 – Saul Geiser, research associate at Center for Studies in Higher Education, will present surprising findings from his new study, which indicate that race is now the most influential factor of all the socioeconomic background factors that account for variation in SAT scores, on Nov. 17th at Berkeley. The study, “The Growing Correlation Between Race and SAT Scores: New Findings from California” is based on a sample of over 1.1 million California residents who applied for admission to UC between 1994 and 2011. The author, Saul Geiser, is former director of research for admission and outreach at UC’s Office of the President. The study uses a statistical method known as regression analysis to examine the relative influence of different socioeconomic back ground factors on SAT scores, after controlling for other factors.

November 12, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, Nov. 12, 2015 – Nathan Brostrom executive Vice President-Chief Financial Officer, University of California, Office of the President, will present a talk on the system wide budget projections for the University of California. The UC system educates nearly 250,000 students annually and has yearly budget of over $28 billion. As CFO, Brostrom oversees all aspects of financial manage- ment for the UC system which includes ten campuses, five medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. The mission of the CFO Division is to provide leadership, operational oversight, and system coordination of financial products and services for the University of California community.

November 2, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, Nov. 2, 2015 – William Dabars will discuss his new book, Designing the New American University, which he co-authored with Arizona State University president Michael M. Crow, in a talk on Nov. 5th at Berkeley. The book examines the American research university in its contemporary societal context and posits the imperative for a new institutional model.

October 27, 2015

October 27, 2015 – Socioeconomic background factors, including family income, education, and race/ethnicity, account for a large and growing share, over a third, of the variation in students’ SAT scores, according to a new study published by the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the Berkeley campus of the University of California. Of those factors, race is now most influential.

October 23, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, October 23, 2015 – Pamela Brown, Vice President of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (IRAP) at UC Office of the President (UCOP) will present the findings of the 2015 UC Accountability Report at Berkeley on Oct. 28th. Higher education institutions are increasingly called upon to account for the value of a college degree and the importance of research universities. The report asserts that as the largest public research institution in the world, the University of California (UC) must lead the way in advocating the purpose and importance of public higher education. Now in its 8th year, the report provides an assessment of UC’s progress in meeting key teaching, research, and public-service goals across ten campuses. Similar data is presented in an interactive form in the Information Center. UC utilizes both data sets for strategic planning, budgeting, and performance management, and to identify important policy issues facing UC. In her presentation, Brown will demonstrate how UCOP uses institutional data to respond to performance outcomes and accountability efforts.

October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015 - The Center for Studies in Higher Education joins 17 other leading higher education research centers to call for knowledge about gun violence on college and university campuses. Among them, three Penn GSE research centers — the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, and the Institute for Research on Higher Education

October 15, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, October X, 2015 – On June 24, CSHE hosted research teams to discuss the similarities and differences in the public role and practices of universities, focusing on four prominent public and private institutions: the Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Santiago, UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

October 9, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, October 9, 2015 – At UC Berkeley on Oct. 12, James Hyatt, Associate Director at Center for Studies in Higher Education, will present findings from his new study that addresses growing concerns about the long-term viability of university retirement programs. His research, titled The Higher Education Pension Reform Project, examines changes to retirement and post-retirement benefit programs around the country. Funded by a grant from Fidelity Investments, with support from other organizations, the study is based at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, where Hyatt also serves as principal investigator and senior research associate.

October 5, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, October 5, 2015 – William Deresiewicz, author of a controversial new book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, will present the argument that the culture of elite education stifles risk-taking and independent thinking, in a conversation with Carol Christ, Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education, at Berkeley, on Oct. 7th.

September 29, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, September 29, 2015 – Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of Lumina Foundation and recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education, and public policy, will describe how to develop national resources to push the U.S. back to world prominence, the focus of his new book America Needs Talent, at a talk at Berkeley on Oct. 2. In a conversation with Carol Christ, Director of Center for Studies in Higher Education, Merisotis will explain why the U.S. needs talent to usher in a new era of innovation and success, and why government, the private sector, education, and individuals must make deliberate choices to grow talent in America. Merisotis states:

September 21, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, September 21, 2015 – Dr. Stephen Kosslyn, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Minerva, will speak at Berkeley on Sept. 21 on key aspects of the Minerva program, which globally immerses students of the virtual campus as they study in cities around the world. The Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), established in 2014, is a four-year undergraduate program founded as a partnership between the Minerva Project and KGI. Minerva’s founder, Ben Nelson, former Snapfish president, has scrapped every commonly held assumption about how people should be educated. Minerva offers a newly invented curriculum, cultural immersion, and small interactive online seminars to prepare students to become global leaders and innovators. Nelson states, “We are effectively building a perfect university and we are trying to educate people who we would be excited to see in positions of leadership and influence in the world.”

September 11, 2015

BERKELEY, CA, September 11, 2015 – Dr. Jorge Klor de Alva, president of Nexus Research and Policy Center , will spotlight the findings of a controversial study, “Rich Schools, Poor Students: Tapping Large University Endowments to Improve Student Outcomes” in a Sept. 16 presentation at Berkeley sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education and the Social Science Matrix. The study demonstrates that private universities are not necessarily private. Many are sitting on millions, if not billions, of dollars in tax-exempt endowments. These tax exemptions are government subsidies and dwarf appropriations for public universities. To address the issue of funding equity, the study recommends restructuring the tax breaks to pay for additional student services that would replace the Obama administration’s plan for free tuition at community colleges.

September 10, 2015

The argument that cultural and other forms of diversity enhance the educational experience of all students is generally associated with post-1960 efforts to expand the presence of disadvantaged groups on the campuses of America’s universities and colleges. Yet, as CSHE researcher John Douglass explains in the new article, “International Berkeley” published in the academic journal Voprosy Obrazovaniya, arguments on the merits of cultural diversity have much earlier roots in the historical enrollment of international students. more