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Gene D. Block

Entries by Gene D. Block

Supreme Court Decision on Race in Admissions Leaves Reason to Be Hopeful

(162) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 5:05 PM

Monday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may leave us all waiting to see what the case of a Texas woman challenging her state's affirmative action laws means for all of us in higher education, but there is reason to be hopeful. In remanding the case back to a lower...

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Our Obligation to Student Athletes

(7) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 11:13 AM

As California's largest university, we've renovated many buildings here at UCLA, but one project that's about to be completed has a special meaning to everyone who's ever passed through here, and even to many who have never set foot in Westwood.

Tonight and tomorrow, after more than two years of...

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Can the Next President Put Public Universities Back on Top?

(15) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 1:21 PM

This week, UCLA and Zócalo Public Square brought a topic near to my heart to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.: "Can the Next President Put Public Universities Back on Top?"

With New York Times Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt moderating a panel that included University...

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Public Higher Education: Too Big -- and Far Too Important -- to Fail

(33) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 2:56 PM

President Obama recently called on the nation's governors to invest more in education, including public higher education. "Countries that out-educate us today," he told the assembled governors at the White House, "will out-compete us tomorrow."

The president also observed that budgets at the state and federal levels are about making...

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So Much Is at Stake: The Future of UCLA

(14) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 9:00 AM

Recently, the University of California Board of Regents approved a systemwide increase of 32 percent in undergraduate student fees. The magnitude of their action is unprecedented. Students across the 10 campuses were outraged. They see the steep hike as an affront to the basic purpose of the UC -- to...

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