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May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017 - The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year (2017) with a series of activities, including a major international conference from November 16-17, 2017 on the Berkeley campus. This conference will gather CSHE alumni and affiliated researchers, along with leading scholars and practitioners from throughout the world, and focused on the theme: The New Nationalism and Universities. The two-day event will also provide a venue for past CSHE Visiting Scholars to return to Berkeley and present their current research, or to reflect on their work while at the Center.

April 27, 2017

April 24, 2017 - In preparation for the University of California’s 150th anniversary in 2018, and as part of its on-going research on the history of UC, CSHE has launched the new University of California ClioMetric History Project (UC-CHP). Clio was the muse of history in Greek mythology, and cliometric refers to the use of data and quantitative methods to explore history.

March 16, 2017

The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) community is delighted with the announcement that our Director, Dr. Carol Christ, has been appointed as U.C. Berkeley’s 11th Chancellor, effective July 1, 2017, after approval by the University of California Board of Regents. She is the first woman appointed Chancellor since the University was founded in 1868. “I feel honored and privileged to lead the campus at this challenging time,” Dr. Christ said. “It is a small way to give back for everything the university has given me. My experience at Berkeley has been transformational; it formed my ideas of higher education, and it formed my ideals of higher education. I look forward to working with Berkeley’s many communities in the months and years ahead in a way true to UC’s motto, ‘Fiat lux’ — ‘Let there be light.’”

February 24, 2017

Berkeley, CA– On March 2nd, Thomas W. Peterson, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at University of California, Merced, and Daniel M. Feitelberg, Vice Chancellor, Planning and Budget, at University of California, Merced, will discuss a means to accommodate the projected growth of eligible students. The talk will take place in the Academic Innovation Studio, locatedin Dwinelle 117 on the UC Berkeley campus, from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm with lunch to follow.

February 9, 2017

Berkeley, CA– On February 9th, Michael Kirst, Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University, and Dick Scott, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Stanford University, will discuss the disconnect between postsecondary education and the Bay Area economy. The talk will take place in the Academic Innovation Studio, located in Dwinelle 117 on the UC Berkeley campus, from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm with lunch to follow.

December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016 – CSHE senior research fellow John Aubrey Douglass recently gave the keynote address at the Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS Summit held at the University of Johannesburg on the New Flagship University model.

December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016 – CSHE is pleased to announce that at least eight major research universities will collaborate in the administration of the new SERU Graduate Student Survey (gradSERU) in 2017.

November 7, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton proposes that all public colleges and universities be made tuition-free for students from families with incomes of up to $85,000 initially, rising to $125,000 by 2021. Clinton also promises a three-month moratorium for all federal student loan borrowers on repaying their debt, during which time borrowers would get help refinancing their loans or moving into income-driven repayment plans.

October 26, 2016

UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) was established in 1957 as an Organized Research Unit (ORU), and the first research institute in the world devoted to the study of systems, institutions, and processes of higher education.  CSHE is now part of the campus’ Goldman School of Public Policy, in part reflecting the Center’s long history of interdisciplinary and policy relevant research. Previously, CSHE reported directly to the UC Berkeley Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

September 26, 2016

Latest Kerr Lecture Book Released:

Simon Marginsons’ The Dream is Over Chronicles Clark Kerr’s Vision for California Higher Education and Its Worried Future

September 1, 2016

Berkeley, CA– On September 8th, Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus of UC Berkeley, and Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, will elaborate on the findings of the Lincoln Project, a comprehensive study that explores the impact of reduced state investment in public higher education, and strategies for the United States to retain the global status of its public research universities. The seminar is sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley, and will take place in the Academic Innovation Studio, located in Dwinelle 117, from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm.

August 26, 2016

In a University World News article, published August 26th 2016, the recent work of John Aubrey Douglass, Senior Research Fellow in Public Policy and Higher Education at the Center for Studies in Higher Education and Patrick Lapid, Ph.D Candidate, Economics and SERU Research Associate at the Center For Studies in Higher Education are highlighted.

July 8, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, July 8, 2016 – On July 11, the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), sponsored by Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), and now in its seventh session, will recognize the extraordinary contributions made to the program by Ralph Hexter, Acting Chancellor, University of California, Davis. The award will be presented by Michael Nacht, Interim Director of CSHE, at the opening dinner of the ELA program, which takes place from July 11th -15th at the Hotel Shattuck, Berkeley.

June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 - In an era of significant disinvestment in public higher education by state governments, many public universities are moving toward a “progressive tuition model” that attempts to invest approximately one-third of tuition income into institutional financial aid for lower-income and middle-class students. The objective is to mitigate the cost of tuition and keep college affordable. But is this model as currently formulated working? What levels of financial stress are students of all income groups experiencing? And are they changing their behaviors?

June 20, 2016

Ana Maria Carneiro, Higher Education Scholar from Brazil, to Discuss the Research University Advantage for Undergraduates at the University of Campinas (Unicamp)

June 3, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, June 3, 2016 – On 6/7, at Berkeley, Samuel Sponem, Visiting Scholar from HEC Montreal, will present a talk on his paper titled, Is Collegiality Eroded by Performance Metrics? In the past decades, universities worldwide have experienced an increasingly pervasive “audit culture”. The proliferation of university rankings, the extensive use of bibliometrics in the evaluation of research, and the definition of performance indicators by states and universities offer ample evidence of this movement of quantification in higher education.

May 16, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, May 16, 2016 - The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) is delighted to announce that Michael Nacht has been appointed as Interim Director, effective May 16th. He will replace Carol Christ, former CSHE Director, who was named the University’s Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost on May 1st.

May 9, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, May 9, 2016 – On 5/10, at Berkeley, Grace Taneri, Visiting Scholar from North Cyprus, will present a talk on how higher education reforms around the world and globalization efforts by higher education institutions (HEIs) have generated on-going debates about academic freedom in Asia and the Middle East and value protection in HEIs of the West (North America, Canada, and Western Europe). While some Western universities and colleges have been concerned about risks to their reputations should they engage in joint projects in these regions, many Western HEIs have launched globalization efforts, including new universities, liberal arts colleges, branch campuses, alliances, and research and teaching partnerships. Taneri’s studies in this area are part of her co-research, with the Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, titled Globalization in Higher Education: Intentions, Conditions and Effects.

May 3, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, May 3, 2016 – Stephanie Beyer, Visiting Scholar at Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, will present findings from her research on how U.S. university rankings shape faculty career trajectories and their academic perceptions in the disciplines of sociology and chemistry, on May 4th, at Berkeley. Rankings, which sociologist Val Burris has described as a “caste system”, have a long tradition in the U.S. higher education system, and are used by the most elite universities for recruiting faculty. Prestigious divisions not only shape the institution itself but also the visions of academics within different prestigious departments.

May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 – A new CSHE analysis proposes eliminating the SAT in Berkeley admissions. Based on UC admissions data dating back over two decades, the analysis finds that SAT scores have become almost entirely redundant and add little to the large body of applicant data now employed in Berkeley’s holistic admissions process. After taking that information into account, SAT scores predict less than 2 percent of the variance in students’ first-year grades at Berkeley.