UC Cyber Campus: The future we want?
A Public Forum with Dean Christopher Edley
October 12, 2010
Morgan Hall 101, UC Berkeley
What is the future of online education at the University of California?
On July 14, the UC Regents approved a pilot program to test the viability of online education with the aim of offering a UC bachelor’s degree that could be earned entirely online. This ambitious proposal looks to increase both access and revenue to the UC by marketing the “UC brand” online to students around the world – “from Sheboygan to Shanghai.” Given the many controversies surrounding for-profit universities that already offer online degrees, this pilot program and the future of a UC “Cyber Campus” has raised eyebrows amongst concerned faculty, students, and alumni.
Berkeley Law Dean Chris Edley and architect of the cyber campus proposal will participate in a public forum on October 12th in 101 Morgan Hall at 5pm. Acting as respondents will be Wendy Brown (Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science), Charlotte McIvor (Graduate Student in Performance Studies), and Dr. Michelle Douskey (Chemistry).
Considering that the entire UC community has much at stake in the future of online education at the UC, the majority of the public forum will be dedicated to taking questions from the audience. We welcome you and your questions.
Sponsored by: UAW Local 2865, the Graduate Assembly, ASUC, AFT Local 1474, the Graduate Student Organizing Committee, SAVE
For more information on the future of online education at the UC, please see the following:
“The Online Learning Pilot Project: Technological Evolution for a World-Leading Public University,” presentation delivered by Christopher Edley and Daniel Greenstein to the UC Board of Regents, July 14, 2010
“UC regents endorse test of online instruction,” SF Chronicle, July 15, 2010
“On UC's Risky Venture Into Online Education: Mortarboards without the bricks,” SF Chronicle, July 18, 2010
“UC online degree proposal rattles academics,” SF Chronicle, July 12, 2010
“UC Must put Emphasis on Education, not on Brand,” Op-Ed from UC Faculty
“An Online UC Degree: A Panacea or a Mirage?” Op-Ed by Berkeley Faculty
“Online learning matches UC's mission” by Christopher Edley, SF Chronicle (July 14, 2010)
Berkeley Faculty Association Report on Cyber Campus Proposal (5/12/10)
Berkeley Faculty Association Repot on the Gould Commission
“California Dreamer,” from Inside Higher Ed, August 3, 2010
“Graduate Student Statement to UC Regents Regarding On-Line Education,” delivered to the UC Regents, May 19, 2010
“The University of California invests $53 million in two diploma mills owned by a regent,” Berkeley Daily Planet, June 22, 2010
“UC Cyber-Campus?” Forum with Michael Krasny Radio Interview with Dean Christopher Edley and Professor Christopher Kutz