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The New York Times, March 13, 2019
Why Is California All Over the College Admissions Scandal?
Still, I talked to Doug Haynes, vice provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at U.C. Irvine, and he emphasized that thousands of first-generation college students are getting world-class educations at California’s public universities in particular. The scandal, he said, is troubling in large part because it erodes students’ trust in those institutions. “They put their faith in the university to provide clear criteria and confidence in an admissions process that is based on their past achievements and future promise,” Mr. Haynes said. “I think that bond, that trust is so important because it helps distinguish us from other higher education systems in the world.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Los Angeles Times, March 13, 2019
‘This is disgusting’: College cheating scandal shows ugly side of admissions game
Douglas Haynes, a UC Irvine vice provost for academic equity, diversity and inclusion, said the college admissions landscape began radically shifting in the 1990s. Students who used to apply to a few local colleges could more easily try their luck at dozens of schools using centralized online admissions platforms, such as the Common Application. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, March 13, 2019
Unlocking Secrets of Memory and Time in the Brain
study published in January in Nature Neuroscience added support to the idea that the LEC plays a role in time and memory. In the study, 19 college students watched an episode of the television show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” while researchers recorded their brain activity. Afterward, the students were presented with images from the episode and asked to recall when they appeared. The most accurate guesses corresponded with the strongest LEC activity, says Michael Yassa, director of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine, and senior researcher on the study. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Reuters, March 12, 2019
ESPN to launch its own collegiate video game sports championship
Schools like the University of Nevada, Las Vegas now offer esports labs and course work, and the University of California at Irvine even has its own esports arena and summer camp. “As universities continue to grow their esports programs at the varsity, non-varsity and club levels, we’re proud to be providing a platform for national exposure and recognition of some of the most talented players in the collegiate space,” said John Lasker, vice president of ESPN’s Digital Media Programming, in a statement.

Forbes, March 12, 2019
Online Courses Could Widen Inequalities, Not Narrow Them
But the benefits of enrolling in an online rather than a face-to-face course may be exaggerated, according to Di Xu, visiting fellow at the AEI and lead author of the report. Rather than being a low-cost alternative to face-to-face degrees, online courses actually cost more to develop and run, according to [Di] Xu, who is assistant professor of education and social context at the University of California Irvine.

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