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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

May 23, 2015

May 23, 2015 - Read Carol Christ's, former President of Smith College and current CSHE Director, thoughts on free education.

May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015 - Richard C. Atkinson, President Emeritus of the University of California, and Saul Geiser, Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley, write an op-ed article in The New York Times about the College Board's revised SAT.

April 22, 2015

Carol Christ, former President of Smith College and current CSHE Director, reviews Remaking College: The changing ecology of higher education (Stanford University Press, 2015) written by Michael Kirst, Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University and the current President of the California State Board of Education and Mitchell Stevens, Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University.

February 25, 2015

Dr. Ronald L. Huesman, Jr. (Ron) is a CSHE Research Associate and the Managing Director of the Student Experience in the Research University-Association of American Universities Consortium (SERU-AAU). SERU-AAU is an academic and policy research partnership between the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California – Berkeley and the University of Minnesota. The SERU-AAU consortium is a group of leading research extensive universities in the United States made up of researchers and scholars who collaborate to generate institutional, comparative, and longitudinal data on student experience in research universities.

January 29, 2015

The Center takes great pleasure in announcing the autobiography of Neil J. Smelser, University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and past Center Director. Entitled Wanderlust in Academia, the autobiography is available on-line at the Center’s eScholarship site.

January 5, 2015

I began my career at Berkeley in 1970, as a faculty member in the English Department. My academic specialty is Victorian literature. In the course of my faculty career, I held a series of administrative positions: chair of my department, Dean of Humanities, Provost and Dean of the College of Letters and Science, and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

November 24, 2014

Dear Colleagues, It is with great pleasure that we announce Professor Emerita Carol T. Christ as the director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE). Director Christ’s appointment will begin on January 1, 2015. Carol Christ brings to this position her comprehensive leadership experience, deep knowledge of the Berkeley campus, and a forward-looking perspective for the Center.

November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014 - After some five years of discussion and development, the Student Experience in Research University (SERU) Consortium based at the Center has launched a new SERU Graduate Student Survey. The new survey was developed in collaboration with SERU AAU and International partners, with a lead role by the University of Minnesota. The Survey is currently being piloted at the University of Virginia and the University of Minnesota, and will likely be administered at three or more SERU International Member universities. The SERU Consortium continues to refine and develop the SERU Undergraduate Survey (UCUES). SERU campuses help to further develop survey instruments, share data under agreed protocols, share best practices and collaborate in research that, in turn, informs SERU member campuses and SERU survey development.
The Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Igor Chirikov is the new Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) International Consortium’s Managing Director.

July 1, 2014

The Center for Studies in Higher Education is pleased to announce a new collaboration: the President Emeritus David Pierpont Gardner website. Debuting early August, Dr. Gardner’s website will highlight his presidencies at the University of Utah from 1973-1983 and the University of California from 1983-1992.

April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014 - It’s a familiar if not fully explained paradigm. A “World Class University” (WCU) is supposed to have highly ranked research output, a culture of excellence, great facilities, and a brand name that transcends national borders. But perhaps most important, the particular institution needs to sit in the upper echelons of one or more world rankings generated each year by non-profit and for-profit entities. That is the ultimate proof for many government ministers and for much of the global higher education community. Or is it?

April 24, 2014

April 24, 2014 - The proportion of California high school graduates attending the University of California has fallen to its lowest level in three decades, according to a new study in the Center’s Research and Occasional Paper Series. Only 7.3 percent of the state’s graduating high school seniors entered UC as freshmen between 2010 and 2012, the lowest percentage since 1982. “Back to the Future: Freshman Admissions at the University of California, 1994 to the Present and Beyond,” is based on a sample of 1.1 million California high school graduates who applied for admission as freshmen at UC over the past two decades. The author, Saul Geiser, is a research associate at the Center and former director of research for admissions and outreach at UC’s Office of the President.

April 21, 2014

CSHE's newsletter At The Center vol 2 issue 1 is now available. Please click here to read.
April 21, 2014 - The world is thirsty for higher education. International talent continues to seek access to colleges and universities in the United States and particularly in California, which boasts a pioneering higher education system with global brand- name appeal that is unmatched by any other state – indeed any other nation. Yet California, and the US in general, is an underperformer when compared to our economic rivals in terms of the percentage of international students we have enrolled in our higher education institutions, and particularly at the undergraduate level. These circumstances pose a tremendous opportunity.

April 9, 2014

Dr. Qiang Guo has been a postdoctoral Visiting Scholar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education since July 2013, working under the mentorship of CSHE Director C. Judson King and Professor Wen-hsin Yeh of the Berkeley History Department.

March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014: Growing concerns about the long-term fiscal prospects for college and university retirement and benefit programs will be addressed in a study sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California, Berkeley.

January 15, 2014

January 15, 2014: The December 2013 issue of History of Universities, published by Oxford University Press, pays tribute to Berkeley emeritus professor of history and former CSHE director Sheldon Rothblatt. The festschrift of articles by nine noted higher-education scholars honors his “truly monumental” contributions over the past fifty years “to the study of higher learning, of higher education, and to the history of universities,” write Roy Lowe and Yoshihito Yasuhara. “During this period there has been hardly any debate in these fields which has not owed something to him. His work has repeatedly challenged those around him to reconsider and to redefine their inquiries.”