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National CrossTalk Fall 1999
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UC Berkeley's Experiment in Research Funding   In This Issue
At Deep Springs college, in the remote California desert, students combine academic studies with farm and ranch chores, a combination that is intended to yield an education based on democratic self-governance, personal responsibility and service to others.

UC Berkeley's Experiment in Research Funding
Controversial $25 million agreement with Novartis raises academic freedom questions

The Southern Maine Partnership
University's education faculty collaborates with nearby schools

Preparing Unprepared Students
Cal State Northridge offers a special summer program

Deep Springs College
A little-known educational experiment in the remote California desert

Charles B. Reed
Charles B. Reed has been chancellor of the California State University since March 1998, and was chancellor of the State University System of Florida from 1985 to 1998.

Other Voices
A Babel of Standards
Students face a confusing array of tests and assessments

Teacher Education
The movement from omission to commission

Brother, Can You Paradigm?
Trendy vocabulary word makes editors cringe
  Graduate student Johann Leveau works in a plant and microbial biology lab at UC Berkeley.
  Graduate student Johann Leveau works in a plant and microbial biology lab at UC Berkeley.
Berkeley, California

ALMOST ALL FACULTY members in an entire department at the University of California, Berkeley, including plant specialists noted for their research in genetic engineering, have signed on to an unprecedented five-year, $25 million agreement with a single company.

In return for its investment, Novartis of Switzerland will have first bid on about one-third of the research discoveries of the highly productive Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, whether they were sponsored by the company or the federal or state government.

Some Berkeley faculty members have criticized the agreement because it ties the university too closely to commercial interests, others because it further erodes the faculty's role in campus decision-making

But supporters, including 29 of the department's 31 professors, point out that the pact allows faculty members to choose the research, has no limits on publishing their findings, and creates a working alliance with a company that has a $2.5 billion budget for research and development in the life sciences....(continue)
The Southern Maine Partnership  
David Ruff, a professor of education at Southern Maine University, directs the university═s partnership with Maine school districts.  
David Ruff, a professor of education at Southern Maine University, directs the university's partnership with Maine school districts.  
Brunswick, Maine

IT IS STILL DARK when the big yellow buses lumber to a stop outside Mt. Ararat Middle School, disgorging sleepy students into the old brick building's bright, high-ceilinged corridors, their dark wooden floors buffed to a high shine and the walls lined with orange metal lockers.

For most of these kids it has been a long commute from their homes in the far-flung rural towns and sparsely populated coastal villages and islands that comprise Maine School Administrative District 75. And if the students feel isolated, consider the teachers: Theirs is the only middle school in a radius of five towns, geographically separated from the nearest counterpart or colleague who might offer reassurance or advice

These are the conditions that have helped to foster the nation's most enduring confederation between a university education...(continue)

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