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For the Week of April 26, 2010
Following last week’s news about UC boosting out-of-state enrollments and establishing wait lists for high school seniors, a MediaNews editorial in East Bay newspapers complained that “UC Berkeley’s decision to double the number of out-of-state admissions is a disservice to the 1,725 California students who will be forced to go elsewhere. It is also an insult to the state's taxpayers who provide more than $3 billion a year for the University of California system.”
Support for that position comes from a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California urging the state’s public colleges and universities to expand college eligibility and enrollment for California students. PPIC projects a shortage of 1 million educated workers by 2025. Author Hans Johnson says changes are needed to meet the needs of our knowledge-based economy. “There are other benefits, as well,” he added. “Higher eligibility and transfer rates would lead to a more diverse student body—racially, ethnically, and economically—on UC and CSU campuses.”
An Oakland journalist has asked the Alameda County Superior Court to force UC Berkeley police to return photos he took during a December 11 protest outside Chancellor Birgeneau’s home. David Moore claimed he had identified himself as a journalist but his camera was taken when he was arrested. The photos were never returned when charges were dropped.
UC Berkeley’s Academic Senate heard last week that officials of intercollegiate athletics hadn’t realized they were running a multimillion-dollar deficit because expenses hadn’t been properly tracked. At the end of the meeting, Charles Schwartz (professor emeritus, physics) presented a resolution for the senate to create a special committee to "collect, study and formulate a set of reform proposals concerning the governance and leadership" of the UC system. The senate will issue a mail ballot to vote on the resolution.
To a number of professors, Chancellor Birgeneau’s “special” council to advise him about the money-losing athletics department “flouts the faculty’s clear position,” violates university rules, and is special “mainly for its one-sidedness.”
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