Travers program

The Travers Program is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in Government

Theme: Accountability in Higher Education.

With tuition rising fast and state budgets perpetually crunched, universities are facing intense public scrutiny about the value they deliver to their students and to the public. How should we conceptualize the mission and obligations of universities? Do public universities hold a unique public trust, and has this eroded along with state financial support? How should we measure the performance of universities or individual units within them? What is the effect of prevailing personnel practices such as tenure or increasing reliance on adjuncts on the effectiveness of universities in meeting their social obligations?

Date and Time: The conference will be held in the Garden Room of the UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Center ( on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 9am - 4pm. Continental breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments will be provided. This conference is open to the public, and there is no registration fee.

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Co-sponsored by The Travers Program on Ethics and Accountability in Government, The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, and the Commonwealth Club.