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July 27, 2010
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Sac Bee on UC Online Ed

In the past week, the Sacramento Bee published two pieces about the UC online education pilot program. (1) “UC professors raise doubts about online degree plan”; and (2) Editorial: “Online education? Beware of glitches” (1) UC professors raise doubts about … Continue reading

July 26, 2010
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UC Grad Student Pay Lags Behind Competition

As the University of California tries to absorb massive cuts in state funding, a recent UC report shows that without addressing the many financial challenges graduate students face, the academic quality of the entire UC system could slowly erode.

The report, as well as a recent survey of UC Berkeley graduate students, found many concerns about graduate students’ level of compensation, working conditions, child services and affordable housing.
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July 21, 2010
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Samuels on Online Education

In discussing the fiscal problems of the University of California with the Chronicle of Higher Education, President Mark Yudof argued that driving the budgetary problems for the university is the high cost of instructional salaries. According to this common argument, many costs of universities can be reduced, but the high salaries of tenured faculty cannot be lowered, and so the only solution is to find a less expensive way of delivering courses. Continue reading

July 19, 2010
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SF Chron on “UC’s Risky Venture Into Online Education”

A handful of administrators at the University of California are spearheading an effort to create an ambitious online educational program for undergraduates. The idea is that UC could become the first top-tier American university to offer a bachelor’s degree over the Internet. It’s a thought-provoking, fascinating and innovative concept. It’s also a highly risky experiment. Continue reading