11 mai 2013

Hispanic high school graduates pass whites in college enrollment rate

http://s.troveread.com/perpos/0.2.11/5/widgets/rrwv1/img/logo.pngBy Valerie Strauss. It just so happens that in the same week that a co-author of a Heritage Foundation immigration study resigned for suggesting that Hispanics have lower IQs than whites, the Pew Research Hispanic Center released a new analysis showing that Hispanic high school graduates have passed whites in the rate of college enrollment. In a report by Richard Fry and Paul Taylor, the center says that “a record seven-in-ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts.” Read more...

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University: was it worth it?

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy David Ellis. The £9,000 question The first cohort of students paying £9,000 university tuition fees are reaching the end of their first year. David Ellis asks them if it has been worth the hefty pricetag so far. Until recently, those undecided about university were often given a rather dubious piece of advice: “Any degree will do – you just need a qualification.” Universities found applicants for every, and any, course. Equine science was a hit, golf management an unmitigated success. The sceptics laughed (though, interestingly, not Boris) but it wasn’t until Clegg’s broken promise and the tripling of fees that debate about the value of university really kicked off. But here's a thought. Perhaps we should consider what the students themselves think? They are, after all, the ones who matter. Student Money Saver asked 500 for their thoughts. Read more...

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Students demand say over university principals' pay

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor. Taxpayer funding for universities should be withdrawn unless students are consulted fully on the appointment of principals and their salaries, MSPs have been told. The National Union of Students (NUS) led a major attack on a draft code of governance drawn up by the chairs of university governing bodies, arguing that it ignored reform in the hope of protecting vested interests.
Students must be given more power over the “appointment and appraisal” of principals along with helping set the pay packets of such senior officials, they argued. Read more...

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Universities 'need more cash to keep up with world's best'

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Graeme Paton. British universities are lagging behind those in other countries because of a lack of investment in higher education, a major international study has found. The UK was ranked 10th in the world despite boasting some of the globe’s best research institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge, it emerged. According to researchers, it is outperformed by other nations such as the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands in an assessment of the overall effectiveness of the higher education system.
British universities were named among the best in the world on a pound-for-pound basis – measuring research output and the production of a skilled workforce needed to meet the needs of industry. But the study by Universitas 21, an international network of universities and colleges, found that the nation slipped dramatically when assessed by the amount of public and private investment in universities. Read more...

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Britain's universities should take a lesson from the land of the free

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Fraser Nelson. Britain and the US have chosen two very different models for funding universities – and it’s clear which is winning. If a bunch of sadistic academics were to construct a mass experiment into mankind’s ability to resist temptation, it would look a lot like Stanford University. First, plonk a campus in one of the world’s most agreeable climates and make it look more like a spa hotel than a place of study. Next, have students dress as if they have stepped off the beach, and make sure one lies just half an hour away. Then hang hammocks between trees on the way to lecture theatres to ensnare the weak-willed. Finally, funnel 1,800 teenagers a year into this den of distraction – and see if they can do any work.
Oddly, they do. Work of sufficient quality to make Stanford one of the best universities on the planet. While famous for computing (and begetting Silicon Valley), most of its departments are now ranked amongst the world’s top five. Nor is it full of geeks: its athletic record is such that, if Stanford were a country, it would have come sixth in the Olympics – ahead of Germany and Australia. Rather than being a Californian freak, it is just the latest example of an extraordinary trend: the way that American universities are making dazzling progress while most British ones are in a state of crisis. Read more...

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Guardian University Guide 2014: advice for institutions

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/f8df97e0df9f9797bda45deb8c5c707dc4e88eaf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/professional.gifCalling university administrators: the Guardian University Guide will be published on 4 June. Please check our tables to ensure that we have the correct information about your institution. The launch of the Guardian University Guide 2014 is approaching. We would appreciate it if you could take a look at our preview and alert us to anything that seems amiss. The tables won't provide scores but they do show which categories you'll appear in. There are three thing you need to check:
1. Subjects

The main post-publication query we get is "I have just applied to study subject X at institution Y. Why does it not appear in your rankings?" or "You rank institution Y within your table for subject X, but they have stopped offering courses in that subject area." Read more...

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Testing questions: Diane Schmitt, English language teaching academic

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/f8df97e0df9f9797bda45deb8c5c707dc4e88eaf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/professional.gifDiane Schmitt gives the lecturer's perspective on the role English language plays in university learning and teaching
Where do you work and what is the focus of your role?

I teach on an MA in English language teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) where most of my students are international. I also teach English for academic purposes (EAP), mainly in-sessional at the moment. Historically, when my university had a very small scale international office, its English language entry requirements were set based on my advice. Now this role is mainly carried out by staff in marketing.
What is your involvement in English language testing?

My main role is outside my institution working with BALEAP, a global forum for EAP professionals. Prior to becoming chair of BALEAP, I was testing officer on its executive for five years and led a working party that developed a new set of guidelines on English language tests for university entry. The aim was to raise awareness among admissions staff and decision makers in universities about how to select appropriate exams for assessing English language readiness for university. Essentially, the guidelines provide guidance on the right questions to ask about the validity and reliability of any given test in relation to making university admissions decisions. Read more...

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Le rôle des langues dans la mobilité de la connaissance dans les Amériques

http://www.caie-caei.org/wp-content/themes/caei/images/caei_logo_header.pngProchain webinaire #3 CAEI - Le rôle des langues dans la mobilité de la connaissance dans les Amériques
Patrick Chardenet, Responsable de l’antenne Amérique latine, Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
Mai 22, 2013, 14h00 (heure de Montréal, Canada). Langue: Français

La francophonie universitaire et scientifique joue un rôle dans la construction d'un espace interuniversitaire américain à la fois intégré et ouvert sur le monde. À cet égard, l'Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) favorise les différents types de mobilité internationale des chercheurs et des étudiants. Ces mobilités sont mises en œuvre dans un cadre plurilingue faisant du français parmi les autres langues, un vecteur du savoir dans un continuum variable, entre la production, la diffusion et l´enseignement des connaissances. De Monterrey à Montréal, de São Paulo à Moncton, de Buenos Aires à Port-au-Prince en passant par Dakar, Paris, Beyrouth ou Hanoï, la francophonie universitaire stimule la recherche et l’enseignement comme facteurs d’un développement durable partagé.
Ce Webinaire sera l’occasion de présenter les principes de cette politique et leur application par des exemples d´actions de mobilités mises en œuvre par l’AUF avec ses universités membres, ainsi que leurs perspectives dans l’université de demain.
http://www.caie-caei.org/wp-content/themes/caei/images/caei_logo_header.png Upcoming # 3 CAIE - An ról atá ag teangacha i soghluaisteacht an eolais sa Mheiriceá
Patrick Chardenet, Ceann de na antenna Meiriceá Laidineach, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (auf)
22 Bealtaine, 2013, 14:00 (Am Montreal, Ceanada). Langue: Français Teanga: Fraincis. Níos mó...

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Call open for EQUIP change programme

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/sites/hea1/pages/change.jpgDepartmental, faculty or institutional teams are invited to join the EQUIP change programme.
The Evidence-informed quality improvement programme (EQUIP) is the latest change programme from the HEA and aims to help higher education providers take an evidence-informed approach to quality enhancement.
The programme is designed to enable providers to interpret internal and external data and work towards developing policies and practices to improve the quality of the student learning experience.
The HEA’s change team will provide support and expertise in change processes and organisational development. Previous institutional participants in the EQUIP change programme include The Open University, the University of Huddersfield and Newcastle University.
The Open University used the project to ‘understand the student experience in a changing world’ by rationalising and using quantitative and qualitative information from students about their experiences of modules and qualifications.
While at Huddersfield, EQUIP aided a focus on developing virtual learning environments (VLEs) to enhance the student learning experience.
Newcastle University’s participation in the change programme involved using evidence from UK and international students about their experiences to promote learning experiences abroad for UK students and to engage more effectively with incoming students.
The call for applications opens today (8 May 2013) and closes on 28 June 2013.
The year-long programme will begin in September 2013.
Change Services

Higher education providers are experiencing unprecedented changes which are challenging traditional approaches to learning and teaching. The HEA offers a range of services designed to help institutions, faculties and/or departments adapt to these changes and thereby enhance the student learning experience.
Evidence-informed quality improvement programme (EQUIP)

EQUIP is a one-year programme to help providers develop a widespread evidence-informed approach to quality enhancement. It will help HEIs to interpret and apply the institutional and national evidence to the learning experiences of their students.
The call for expressions of interest to participate is now open. The programme will run from Septembe 2013 to September 2014.
Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.
Current Change Programmes

Overview of Services
Our short guide provides an overview of our services for 2012-13, the nature of our support and the benefits of participation. Download the HEA Short Guide to Change Services.
Past Change Programmes

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Jagiellonian University wins in Perspektywy University Ranking (Poland) 2013

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/images/ireg_forum_warsaw/ireg_warsaw_551.jpgPerspektywy Education Foundation announced the winners of the Perspektywy University Ranking 2013. The winner is Jagiellonian University of Krakow followed, by a narrow margin, by the University of Warsaw. Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan took the third place. The Kozminski University was first among the Polish private higher education institutions.
In the Perspektywy University Ranking 2013 overall as many as 33 criteria were used, grouped into six categories: prestige - with the weight of 25%, academic strength (potential) – (15%), academic effectiveness (30%), studying environment (10%), internationalization (15%), and innovation (5%). The results of the Perspektywy University Ranking 2013 were announced in Warsaw in the presence of highest officials the Ministery of Science and Higher Education, the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences and members of the academic community.
To assure quality and transparency, the Board that supervised ranking process was composed of former rectors and outstanding public figures. Prof. Michal Kleiber, President of the Polish Academy of Science chaired the Ranking Board (Kapituła in Polish). In fact, Perspektywy ranking consists not of one but several rankings. The ranking of academic institutions (universities) is the main and the most important one but it there are also: ranking of master level private institutions, ranking of bachelor (engineer) level private institutions on, and ranking of state vocational institutions. Altogether 219 Polish higher education institutions were evaluated in the 2013 ranking. In addition to the Perspektywy University Ranking, Ranking by Field of Study was also published covering 40 most popular fields such as humanities, social sciences, nature, science, psychology, law, engineering, technology and IT.
The 14th edition of Perspektywy University Ranking was published together with a leading Polish daily newspaper “Rzeczpospolita”. All results are listed on www.perspektywy.pl (in Polish). More information: Waldemar Siwinski, w.siwinski@perspektywy.pl.

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