Friday, July 25, 2014

A different unkindest cut: Which Way LA? on the Master Plan and Budget Cuts at UC

"Which Way LA?" (KCRW) last night ran a segment on admission of out-of-state students to UC to get full tuition, particularly at Berkeley and UCLA, basically the Michigan Model although no one used that term.  A parents group has a petition - apparently addressed to the legislature and governor - protesting this development. One parent who was interviewed had a kid she has sent to Tufts after not getting into Berkeley or UCLA but who did get into other UCs.  The Master Plan's notion of free tuition was mentioned.  You can hear it at the link below roughly in minutes 6 to 21:

Follow up: The most unkindest cut of all

Yesterday, we featured a posting on plagiarism.  (So I should tell you upfront that the title of this posting comes from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar.")  Anyway, Inside Higher Ed today ran a follow up with links to news articles on the subject of Senator Walsh's indiscretion.  Among them was a Washington Post commentary suggesting that the (only) 14 page "thesis" which was partially plagiarized (unintentionally or due to PTSD according to Walsh), wasn't any good even if it was original.  Over the years, yours truly has told students that apart from the plagiarism itself, once it is found it opens the door to all sorts of unwanted attention.  The Walsh tale is an excellent example that other faculty may want to use.

You can find the Washington Post commentary at

The Inside Higher Ed piece is at

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's a bit harder today to tell students plagiarism will get you nowhere

I could tell you where I got the material below but why not instead just say that I wrote it?

Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man. On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says his time in uniform informs his views on a range of issues. But one of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution. 

Here's a song I wrote, too:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UC and UCLA Freshman Demographics

UC has released data on incoming freshman and other demographic data.  Above is the race/ethnic composition from

More data are available from

There is also some related discussion in today's LA Times:

Also in the LA Times is a report that CSU is cutting back on enrolllment targets for budget reasons:

The problem comes tomorrow

Although the President arrives today in LA, he pretty much stays away from the UCLA area.  Tomorrow, however, is different:

The Santa Monica Patch gives these affected areas tomorrow:

Thursday, July 24, 2014
  • The area around Beverly Boulevard and North Doheny Drive from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The area around Sunset Boulevard and Mandeville Canyon Road from 9-11 a.m.
  • The area around Sunset Boulevard and Barrington Avenue from 10 a.m. to noon 
  • The area around Grand Avenue and West Washington Boulevard from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The area around Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • from 1-3 p.m.
Full story at

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Going into reverse

According to Inside Higher Ed, CSU is reversing its efforts to develop a centralized online education system with loads of students.

The California State University System is replacing its distance education portal with a shared services model less than two years after its launch, as the system’s campuses decide they would rather do the work on their own...

The system (had) set a long-term goal of enrolling more than 250,000 “over the next several decades,” as per early plans, and found a partner in eCollege, the online enabler owned by Pearson. But many faculty members objected to the plan, saying a push for more distance education would directly compete with face-to-face instruction...

Going into reverse can be difficult:

As if you didn't know

Click on chart above for clearer image.  The chart is from the latest UC Accountability Report: