California Master Plan for Higher Education faces new scrutiny, old challenges

UC President Janet Napolitano, left, CSU Chancellor Timothy White and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris speak after a UC Board of Regents meeting Jan. 22 in San Francisco. The three met to discuss how to address ongoing issues in the state’s higher education system.
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UC President Janet Napolitano, left, CSU Chancellor Timothy White and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris speak after a UC Board of Regents meeting Jan. 22 in San Francisco. The three met to discuss how to address ongoing issues in the state’s higher education system.

California’s blueprint for public higher education is facing renewed scrutiny, as university administrators, state officials and student leaders alike grapple with how a 54-year old landmark plan fits into the state’s changing economic climate.
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UC Berkeley undergraduate students Tony Chen and Rodrigo Ochigame are co-founders of The Open Access Initiative, which attempts to garner support for free online access to research.

Campus joins movement demanding access to research

UC Berkeley is joining a nationwide effort to increase the availability of academic research to the public in light of rising journal subscription costs and limited access

On April 20, a mass email was sent out to UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff members asking them to sign a petition in support of free, open access to research publications.
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Our spirit shall not die

CAMPUS ISSUES: A report co-authored by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau that suggests an alternate governance model is not the solution.

From its founding in 1868 until 1927, the name “University of California” belonged solely to a single campus nestled against the San Francisco Bay Area’s rugged eastern foothills. There were other satellites, yes, but the aforementioned distinction and every advantage it carried were for the benefit of the campus now
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