May 4, 2017

We can still be the institution that represents the genuine democratization of knowledge and opportunity. Even in this new and sometimes daunting world, we can still be utopians, “together, here, now,” as I said when I first arrived here four years ago.

April 26, 2017

The University of California, Berkeley, and the community around it have been symbols of free speech for more than 50 years. We still celebrate the legacy of Mario Savio and others who fought in the 1960s to ensure that the First Amendment be honored on campus.

But today Berkeley is facing extraordinary challenges to living up to this legacy. The campus has become a magnet for groups who seek to use the site of the birth of the Free Speech Movement as a staging ground for violence and disruption.

February 23, 2017

UC Berkeley has joined a coalition of the country’s top colleges and universities in the American Talent Initiative, a Bloomberg Philanthropies and Aspen Institute-led effort that met for the first time last week. Our collective goal is to educate 50,000 more low- to moderate-income students by 2025.

February 19, 2017

Lessons from a shameful chapter of our nation’s past take on renewed relevance in our current political moment as fear, racism, xenophobia and jingoism again endanger the civil rights of friends and neighbors, while simultaneously betraying our country’s bedrock values.

February 10, 2017

As a campus community, it befits us to debate issues about which we feel strongly, and to do so with respect for evidence, truth and for the power of argument. Recent op-ed submissions to this newspaper have, however, shifted the debate from one about freedom of speech and the First Amendment to naked endorsements of violent suppression of free speech in the name of supposedly higher values. 

February 3, 2017

In an interview Friday, Peter Sittler, a sophomore at Berkeley and vice president of the organization that sponsored Yiannopoulos’s visit, the Berkeley College Republicans, told me the school’s administration, from Chancellor Nicholas Dirks on down, “worked tirelessly to plan [the event] and make sure it went through.”

January 26, 2017

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent the following message to the campus community on January 26th.

July 11, 2016

May 9, 2016

April 11, 2016

This message was sent to campus faculty and staff on April 11, 2016.

April 1, 2016

This message was sent to campus faculty on April 1, 2016

March 30, 2016

This message was sent to campus faculty, staff and students on March 30, 2016:

March 28, 2016

This message was distributed to UC Berkeley staff on March 28, 2016. 

March 2, 2016

Campus leaders, including Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele, participated in a Leadership Roundtable staff event, March 9. The event, co-sponsored by Berkeley Staff Assembly (BSA) and the Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC), provided an opportunity for staff to engage with campus leadership regarding the campus’ strategic planning and analysis process that are underway. The event was attended by approximately 150 staff, while many others watched online via a live stream video.

February 23, 2016

LA Times

The grand disagreement between Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano has never been resolved. There have been some cease-fires, one showdown and a couple of deals struck. But the deeper argument remains: What sort of institution should the University of California be in the years ahead?

Full article: What's next for Berkeley and UC?

February 11, 2016

UC Berkeley announces major strategic planning initiative to address long-term budgetary concerns. Is it a canary in the coal mine or will it emerge as a model for other institutions seeking similar solutions?

Full article: Can Berkeley stay Berkeley?

February 10, 2016

February 2, 2016

The Budget Call letter is a letter that the Chancellor sends every year to each of the Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts and Deans to provide instructions around preparing the next year’s budget. Dated Feb. 2, 2016, the Budget Call Letter for Fiscal Year 2016-17 is provided here.

October 1, 2015

Times Higher Ed

Public universities must establish new sources of funding if they are to avoid having to choose between access and excellence, the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley has claimed.

Full article: Nicholas Dirks: public universities need not choose between access and excellence

September 22, 2015

With Chancellor Nicholas Dirks entering his third year in the position, the Daily Californian’s Senior Editorial Board sat down with Dirks and campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof to discuss recently released college rankings and the importance of a public university.

Full Article: Chancellor Nicholas Dirks discusses college rankings, importance of public university