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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.

April 22, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, April 22, 2016 – Mary Willingham, co-author of the controversial new book, Cheated, which recounts the largest academic fraud scandal in the NCAA history at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will give a talk on April 26th, at Berkeley.

April 14, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, April 14, 2016 – Laura T. Hamilton, author of a groundbreaking new book, Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College and Beyond, will present a talk on April 18th, at Berkeley, on the effects of “helicopter” parenting on students and the universities they are attending.

April 13, 2016

Ami Zusman Will Discuss the Creation and Expansion of New Doctoral Degrees in Health Fields BERKELEY, CA, April 13, 2016 – In a growing number of fields, particularly in health areas, professionals now need a doctorate. For example, new U.S. audiologists and physical therapists, who until recently just needed master’s degrees, now must have doctorates to enter professional practice. As a result, doctoral enrollments in these areas have skyrocketed since 2000. On April 14th at Berkeley, Ami Zusman, Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, will give a talk on who and what are driving these new degrees and how they compare to older doctoral degrees. Zusman will examine the outcomes and implications of these new doctorates for access to the professions, institutional missions and resources, and costs and benefits to clients and the public.

April 8, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, April 8, 2016 – Student evaluations of teaching (SET) are widely used in academic personnel decisions as a measure of teaching effectiveness. On April 11th at Berkeley, Philip B. Stark, will present findings from joint work, with graduate student Kellie Ottoboni and research fellow Anne Boring of OFCE-Sciences Po, that indicate student evaluations of teaching (SET) are biased against female instructors by an amount that is large and statistically significant. Gender biases can be large enough to cause more-effective instructors to get lower SET than less-effective instructors. Stark will argue that relying on SET in employment decisions can work against women’s career advancement in academia.

April 1, 2016

BERKELEY, CA, April 1, 2016 – No issue in American higher education is more contentious than that of race-based affirmative action. In light of the ongoing debate around the topic and recent Supreme Court rulings, some analysts suggest basing affirmative action policies on class. On April 5th, at Berkeley, Sigal Alon will present findings from her book, Race, Class, and Affirmative Action, in which she evaluates the ability of class-based affirmative action to promote social and economic mobility of disadvantaged populations at selective postsecondary institutions, as compared with a race-based policy. She uses the United States as a case study of race-based preferences, and Israel as a case study of class-based preferences. For each country she compares the model that has actually been implemented to a simulated scenario of the alternative policy type.

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.