ROPS 2018

EXPLORING FUNDING OPTIONS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA by John Aubrey Douglass UC Berkeley 12.18 (November 2018)

John Aubrey Douglass
2018
Despite massive cuts in state funding over the past thirty years, the University of California has managed to keep enrollment on pace with growth in population.  With California’s population projected to grow 22.5 percent (from 40 to 49 million by 2040), that will no longer be the case, unless UC is able to find a new funding model.

THE EFFECT OF SELECTIVE PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITY ENROLLMENT: EVIDENCE FROM CALIFORNIA by Zachary Bleemer University of California 11.18 (September 2018)

Zachary Bleemer
2018
What are the benefits and costs of attending a selective public research university instead of a less-selective university or college?
This study examines the 2001-2011 Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program, which guaranteed University of California
admission to students in the top four percent of California high school classes. Employing a regression discontinuity design, I
estimate that ELC pulled 8 percent of marginally-admitted students into four "Absorbing'' UC campuses from less-competitive

CALIFORNIA’S AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FIGHT: Power Politics and the University of California by John Aubrey Douglass, UC Berkeley CSHE 5.18 (March 2018)

John Aubrey Douglass
2018

This essay discusses the contentious events leading to the decision by the University of California’s Board of Regents to end affirmative action in admissions, hiring and contracting at the university in July 1995. This controversial decision provided momentum for California’s passage of Proposition 209 the following year ending “racial preferences” for all of the state’s public agencies. In virtually any other state, the debate over university admissions would have bled beyond the confines of a university’s governing board.

HISTORY’S COILS: The UC Nuclear Weapons Laboratories by Patricia A. Pelfrey, UC Berkeley CSHE.7.18 (April 2018)

Patricia A. Pelfrey
2018

Early in the Second World War, Franklin Roosevelt appealed to the nation’s elite universities to join in the quest for powerful new technological weapons to counter the Nazi threat.  Urged on by Nobelist Ernest O.

CAN THE RESEARCH MODEL MOVE BEYOND ITS DOMINANT PATRON? The Future of Support for Fundamental Research in US Universities by Gwilym Croucher, University of Melbourne CSHE.6.18 (April 2018)

Gwilym Croucher
2018

The United States has been the leader in fundamental research for the last seven decades. Fundamental research is overwhelming undertaken in or in conjunction with research-intensive universities, and since the 1950s they have depended on US Federal funding to make this possible. This support has been consistently championed by Congress, is popular across the political spectrum and enjoys long public backing, in no small part because there remains a widespread trust in the societal benefits it provides.

THE UC CLIOMETRIC HISTORY PROJECT AND FORMATTED OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION by Zachary Bleemer, UC Berkeley CSHE 3.18 (February 2018)

Zachary Bleemer
2018

In what ways—and to what degree—have universities contributed to the long-run growth, health, economic mobility, and gender/ethnic equity of their students’ communities and home states? The University of California ClioMetric History Project (UC-CHP), based at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, extends prior research on this question in two ways.

ALTERNATIVE DIGITAL CREDENTIALS: An Imperative for Higher Education by Gary W. Matkin, University of California, Irvine 2.18 (February 2018)

Gary W. Matkin
2018

Alternative Digital Credentials (ADCs) will significantly transform the relationship between higher education institutions and society. By providing fully digital, workplace-relevant, and information-rich records of an individual’s skills and competencies, ADCs will render traditional university transcripts increasingly irrelevant and obsolete. Universities and colleges that to not adopt in some measure the ADC movement will begin to experience a slow decline in market position and patron support.