CSHE News

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.’”



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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, located in Dwinelle 117 on the UC Berkeley campus, from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm with lunch to follow.



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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.



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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. Approximately 170 academic leaders and higher education scholars and representatives from ministries attended the two-day meeting which sought a revised vision of the World Class University concept and alternative narrative to global rankings of universities focus almost entirely on certain measures of research productivity.



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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. 

AAU and Carnegie R1 institutions planning to administer gradSERU include the University of Toronto, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Connecticut; internationally, participating institutions include Utrecht University, the University of Bremen, and the University of Göttingen. In addition, a number of other major universities are considering administration of gradSERU on their campuses and thereby joining this international collaboration.



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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.



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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.



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September 26, 2016 – The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) is pleased to announce the latest publication in its Kerr Lecture Series, The Dream is Over: The Crisis of Clark Kerr’s California Idea of Higher Education, by Simon Marginson. Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, Marginson is the 6th Kerr Lecturer. He draws on the disciplines of sociology, history, and political philosophy in the Dream is Over. The book is now available in paperback andpaperback and open access on-line.



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Does Charging for Tuition Reduce Access? University World News 
John Aubrey Douglass & Patrick Lapid 26 August 2016 Issue No:425
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BERKELEY, CA, July 8, 2016 – On July 14, the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), sponsored by Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), and now in its seventh session, will recognize the outstanding contributions made to the program by Joseph Castro, President, California State University, Fresno. The award will be presented by Carol Christ, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, UC Berkeley, at 6:00 pm, at a reception at the home of Carol Christ.  The 7th Executive Leadership Academy takes place...

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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...

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Ana Maria Carneiro, Higher Education Scholar from Brazil, to Discuss the Research University Advantage for Undergraduates at the University of Campinas (Unicamp)
 
BERKELEY, CA, June 20, 2016 – On June 21st at Berkeley, Ana Maria Carneiro, a visiting scholar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, will discuss her research on undergraduate student engagement at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), a leading research university in Brazil.
 
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Does Measurement of Performance Erode Collegiality?

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...

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Michael Nacht, Professor of Public Policy, Named Interim Director at the Center for Studies in Higher Education

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.

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Grace Taneri, Higher Education Scholar from North Cyprus, to Discuss the Benefits and Risks of Global Engagement with Universities in Asia and the Middle East

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...

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Sociologist Stephanie Beyer to Discuss Divisions and Visions within Academia

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,...

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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...

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 Mary Willingham, Whistleblower on the UNC, Chapel Hill Scandal, To Speak on the Education of Athletes and the Future of Big-Time College Sports 

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...
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Sociologist Laura T. Hamilton Examines the Effects of “Helicopter” Parenting on Students and Institutions
 
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.
 
Involved college parents, frequently referred to as “helicopters”, are often derided...
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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...

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Philip B. Stark, Associate Dean for the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Discusses How Student Teaching Evaluations are Biased Against Female Instructors
 
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...
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Race, Class, and Affirmative Action 
 
Tel-Aviv University Sociology Professor Sigal Alon Presents Findings from Studies Comparing Class-Based and Race-Based Affirmative Action  
 
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...
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UC Historian Patricia A. Pelfrey Discusses Challenges to Governance in UC’s Multicampus System

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...

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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.  Participants in the seminar will be called David P. Gardner Fellows.  Upon completion of the seminar, they will receive a $3000 stipend.  They will also have the opportunity to publish work in the Center for Studies in Higher Education occasional paper series. Application deadline May 1, 2016.



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SERU Consortium Launches Survey of the Student Experience in Top US Public Universities


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BERKELEY, CA, February 3, 2016 – The Center for Studies in Higher Education, at the University of California at Berkeley, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium, are co-sponsoring a major symposium that explores the distinct advantages and challenges that research universities face in providing a high quality undergraduate education, on March 10th-11th, at Berkeley. 
 
Public research universities educate four million students each year; they have...
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Jan 14, 2016 – It is a familiar if not fully explained paradigm. A World Class University (WCU) is supposed to perform highly influential research and retain a brand name that transcends national borders. Perhaps, most importantly, the particular institution needs to sit in the upper echelons of...

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New Paper on Pension Reform in Public Higher Education Published on eScholarship  

Former UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance and CFO James A. Hyatt examines long-term fiscal prospects of university retirement programs.

BERKELEY, CA, December 21, 2015–The Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, has launched a new publication series, titled Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education Studies...

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Peter F. Biehl to Discuss Recommendations for Admitting and Integrating International Students Developed at University of Buffalo

BERKELEY, CA, December 4, 2015 – Peter F. Biehl,  anthropology professor at the University of Buffalo, will present a talk on strategies for public research universities to better integrate and engage international students into campus life, on Dec. 9th at Berkeley.   The number of international students at American universities has risen by 73 percent in the past 10 years.  The benefits of having...

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BERKELEY, CA, Nov. 16, 2015 – Saul Geiser, research associate at Center for Studies in Higher Education,  will present surprising findings from his new study, which indicate that race is now the most influential factor of all the socioeconomic background factors that account for variation in SAT scores, on Nov. 17th at Berkeley.  The study, “The Growing Correlation Between Race and SAT Scores: New Findings...

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Charting a Sustainable Financial Model 

Nathan Brostrom, CFO, University of California, to Discuss System Wide Budget Projections   

BERKELEY, CA, Nov. 12, 2015 – Nathan Brostrom executive Vice President-Chief Financial Officer, University of California, Office of the President, will present a talk on the system wide budget projections for the University of California.  The UC system educates nearly 250,000 students annually and has yearly budget of over $28 billion. As CFO, Brostrom oversees all...

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A New Model for the American Research University

Equity and excellence: William Dabars presents a new institutional design  

BERKELEY, CA, Nov. 2, 2015 – William Dabars will discuss his new book, Designing the New American University, which he co-authored with Arizona State University president Michael M. Crow, in a talk on Nov. 5th at Berkeley.  The book examines the American research university in its contemporary societal context and posits the imperative for a new institutional...

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THE GROWING CORRELATION BETWEEN RACE AND SAT SCORES: NEW FINDINGS FROM CALIFORNIA



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Power of Public:  Leveraging Data to Tell the UC Story



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18 LEADING HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH CENTERS & INSTITUTES CALL FOR KNOWLEDGE ON CAMPUS SHOOTINGS 



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Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite Press Release

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Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite 



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America Needs Talent! Press Release

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Study proposal would restructure tax breaks for wealthy privates – How private are they? - and alter Obama free-tuition plan for community colleges



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International Students at Berkeley Shaped Modern Views of Diversity: article by John Douglass in Voprosy Obrazovaniya

 

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, ...

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



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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.



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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.



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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. 



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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. 



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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.



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