Welcome to the Wednesday, June 6th edition of the Weekly Dose of Higher Education for BreakDrink.com; I’m Shawn Brackett bringing you this week’s news.
“Committee upholds faculty member’s allegations of academic freedom infringement”
The Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility at the University of California, Davis has found that the institution violated principles of academic freedom in 2010 when it removed Professor Michael Wilkes from his position of directing global health at the UC Davis Health System. Wilkes had written an op-ed critical of UC Davis’ support of a medical procedure designed to supplement prostate exams. Wilkes alleged the university retaliated against him for his professional and academic opinions.
“Can California’s colleges and universities endure continued cuts?”
California’s public higher education system, including community colleges, California State University campuses, and University of California campuses, is under increasing financial stress–the kind of stress some of its leaders are saying has moved beyond “cutting fat” and is now “cutting arteries.” In November, voters in the state will decide on raising taxes to provide hundreds of millions in extra funding to higher education. Collectively, California higher education had the same budget in 2011 as it had in 1997, but with 75,000 more students.
“Body of slain Chinese student studying in Montreal found”
Lin Jun, computer science student at Concordia University in Montreal, went missing on May 24th and was killed sometime between then and May 26th. The Chinese Embassy has issued warnings for Chinese students in Canada to increase their “personal security,” the latest step in a firestorm over Lin Jun’s killing. Questions of racial motivation or a relationship gone sour and evidence of a gruesome murder complicate the tragedy of a lost student. Concordia has published information for additional counseling services for its community in the wake of Lin Jun’s passing.
That’s it for today! Have a good week and we’ll see you next week.