Has ethical behavior - integrity in public officials' conduct and pursuit of the common good - declined in American public life? Examples of "no moral compass" abound, but is that the norm? UC San Diego's Steve Erie presides over a refreshingly candid panel of elected officials and others who explore the dilemmas they face as they attempt to do the people's business in Congress and the California State Assembly. The panelists include U.S. Congressional Representatives Scott Peters and Susan Davis; California Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen; Dan Howle, CEO of the Independent Voter Project; Stephen Ferruolo, Dean of the University of San Diego School of Law; philanthropist Robert Price and Avril Prakash, president of SOVAC at UC San Diego. Recorded on 10/16/2014.
The high participation higher education system first developed in California has spread to national systems across the world. In 2012 more than half of high school graduates were enrolled in higher education in over fifty countries. Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education at the Institute of Education in London, explains that at the same time there has been a great growth in the level of cross-border engagement and American universities are collaborating all over the world. Although the United States continues to sustain the leading higher education and research system, the university world is rapidly become more plural, with growing educational participation in Latin America, a renaissance in Western Europe, and above all the rise of East Asia as the third great zone of universities and science.