ROPS 2011


Steven G. Brint
Allison M. Cantwell

Using data from the 2008 University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey, we show that study time and academic conscientiousness were lower among students in humanities and social science majors than among students in science and engineering majors. Analytical and critical thinking experiences were no more evident among humanities and social sciences majors than among science and engineering majors.

Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus, and Future

Diane Harley
Sophia Krzys Acord

Since 2005, and with generous support from the A.W. Mellon Foundation, The Future of Scholarly Communication Project at UC Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) has been exploring how academic values—including those related to peer review, publishing, sharing, and collaboration—influence scholarly communication practices and engagement with new technological affordances, open access publishing, and the public good.

AFTER BROWNE: The New Competitive Regime for English Higher Education

Roger Brown

From 2012 English universities and colleges will be operating in a more demanding market environment. There will be competition on tuition fees for undergraduate (Baccalaureate) programs for the first time. New private, including “for profit”, providers will be entering the market. There will be much more information about what institutions will be offering to existing and potential students. The Government believes that this will raise quality as well as providing a sustainable basis for the future.

DIVERSITY MATTERS: New Directions for Institutional Research on Undergraduate Racial/Ethnic and Economic Diversity

Gregg Thomson

This paper reviews the new directions in institutional research on undergraduate racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity at the University of California, Berkeley. The use of SERU/UCUES and other web-based census surveys has made possible more detailed and extensive analysis of student diversity.


Katharine Lyall

The business models under which most public universities in the U.S. operate have become unsustainable. They were put in place when state economies were stronger and there were fewer programs making competing claims on state funds. The current Great Recession has made things worse, but the unsustainability of current business models derives from longer-term trends that will prevent state investment in higher education from rebounding to prior levels. States and universities are making both incremental and structural changes in response.

Former University of California Chancellors Urge New Funding Models for UC

Fiat Lux

In  this  era of  massive  budget  cuts,  the  survival  of  the  University  of  California  as  a  greatinstitution  of  learninghas  become  the  subject  of increasingly urgent debate.  Twenty-two of the twenty-nine living former UC chancellors met in San Francisco on June 26-28, 2011 to discuss the current threats facing the University and all of California public higher education.  Although the chancellors were not unanimously agreed on every  point,  there  was  general  consensus  regarding  the  principal  recommendations  onfunding  the  University  and  protecting  its  quality.O

Wealth, Cost, and the Undergraduate Student Experience at Large Public Research Universities

Steve Chatman

Relying  primarily  on  the  responses  of  a  proportionally  weighted  sample  of  undergraduate  students  attending eighteen  majorpublic research universities (N > 300K, responses from > 130K, n > 40K)that are part of the Student Experience in the Research University  Consortium,  this  paper  concludes  that  students  from  households  at  all  income  levels  have  been  impacted  by  the increasing  expense  of  higher  education.  The  large  majority  of  students  from  households  at  all  income  levels  have  changed behaviors to make college more affordable.

Creating Choice in California Higher Education: A Proposed Voucher Program

Patrick Murphy

The  state  of  California  currently  has  a  monopoly  on  the  provision  of  higher  education  that is  directly  subsidized  by  state taxpayers.  This proposal suggests that California abandon the single provider approach and offers a choice or voucher program as  a  substitute.   The  purpose  of  proposing  such  a  dramatic  change  is  not  necessarily  intended  to  bring  about  a  shift  in  policy.The paper, instead, uses the voucher proposal as a vehicle to ask:  what is the state’s interest in supporting  higher education with taxpayer dollars and how can it most efficientl