30 juin 2013

Gender Issues in European Academic Science

Athene Donald's BlogBy Athene Donald. This week has seen me travelling to Vienna and Bratislava for a meeting of the European Research Council’s Scientific Council. Travelling between the two cities along the Danube by fast boat provided a rare treat of a little relaxation fitted into the normally intense work of such a committee meeting. I am still learning the ropes, getting to grips with acronyms (of course) and structures; this was only my second formal meeting of the Council and the ways of Brussels can seem a little mysterious to newcomers. I also attended my first meeting of the Gender Working Group, a group chaired by fellow Council member Isabelle Vernos, who contributed to the recent Nature Special focussing on gender. In her article there she included some ERC statistics and put the case against quotas. There is absolutely no doubt that the ERC takes the issue of gender very seriously and it worries about the statistics surrounding the success rates for women in the various rounds of awards. The figures are not good, as their 2012 Annual Report makes clear. (see data below) Yet the reasons for this are many and complex – and to some extent still unknown. The good news is that the figures are being collated and analysed. The bad news is that there is no simple fix. Read more...

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Poli Sci? Really?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. About once a week, the New York Times runs a piece that’s deliberately, rather than incidentally, about creeping philistinism. This week’s entry, The Decline and Fall of the English Major, is a mostly unremarkable example of the genre. But it included a statistic that made me sit upright: In 1991, 165 students graduated from Yale with a B.A. in English literature. By 2012, that number was 62. In 1991, the top two majors at Yale were history and English. In 2013, they were economics and political science. Read more...

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Striving for Simplicity

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/StratEDgy%20Graphic%20Resized.jpgBy Dayna Catropa. As explored in a previous StratEDgy post, we all tend to think that the more choices we have, the happier we will be. Generally, markets and competitive forces allow organizations in an industry to provide a range of affordable products and services from which consumers can choose. This is mostly positive - we have the freedom to select the product or service that best meets our needs. Read more...

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http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Achieving the Dream and the Aspen Institute have issued a report saying that the pipeline of potential successors to all of the community college presidents who are likely to retire in the next few years is looking thin.  It’s looking at revamping Ed.D. programs to make candidates more appealing and/or prepared. Read more...

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Program Quality and Live Online Class Discussions

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpgBy Joshua Kim. Here are some of the questions that I would ask If I were a potential student evaluating the quality of an online degree program:
1.  Does the class have a regular live online meeting scheduled?
2.  How often does this meeting take place?
3.  Is the class meeting designed and run by the course faculty member?
4.  What is the average number of students in the meeting?
5.  What synchronous online learning technology is utilized for this class meeting?
6.  What is the educational philosophy that informs the design of the class meetings?
7.  Are student groups provided with an online meeting platform for small group work?
In my experience it is the answer to these 7 questions that often provides a window into understanding the quality of inputs and investments into an online course or program. Read more...

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A Warning to My Colleagues

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. I wasn’t surprised by a new study showing concrete benefits for low-income students who attend Early College High School programs. The study used a random lottery to assign certain students to Early College programs, while keeping other, otherwise-similar students out.  Attendance in the programs is positively correlated with subsequent college enrollment and graduation. Programs like that can do wonders for kids in difficult circumstances. They can demystify college, making it seem real. Read more...

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Nepotism Follow-up: Inconsistent Hiring Practices

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/IHE_Sept2012_SoundingBoardLogoV3%20copy-1_0.pngBy Jane Robbins. My last post produced a lot of comments, the most since another issue centered on individual versus institutional interests, collecting royalties when assigning one’s own textbook.  As with all issues on the fuzzy boundary between law and ethics, it’s a tough and often emotional issue. There was also a kind of defense essay, one which I think rather served to underscore my points and to in fact raise further questions about whether we really need (or want) spousal hiring. But I wanted to answer here one particularly complex question that I received anonymously and that may have broad applicability to many institutions. Read more...

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If sustainability is to unify

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/green.jpgBy G. Rendell. One of the considerable number of campus sustainability wonks whose opinions I respect is Dave Newport at UC-Boulder.  Dave's on AASHE's Board of Directors, and he publishes a generally insightful blog.  His latest post sets forth the gravity of the situation facing sustainability in higher ed, thoroughly grounded in the gravity of the situation facing advanced society.  On the whole, what he says makes good sense. Read more...

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5 Stalled Technologies

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpgBy Joshua Kim. Last night I downloaded the Kindle version of Bad Monkey, Carl Hiaasen's latest book. This was the process: I read a review, went to Amazon, purchased the book, and a few seconds later was reading on my Kindle Paperwhite. I had a few minutes today while waiting for a meeting, spare moments that I was able to utilize to keep reading Bad Monkey on the Kindle app on my iPhone. Read more...

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Should a Student Have to Try to Fail?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpgBy John Warner. When Arden Key, a defensive end for Lithonia (GA) High School, committed to attend the University of South Carolina and play for the Gamecocks starting with the 2014 season, he reportedly remarked that he liked the coaching staff and when it comes to school, "The academic part, it's like you have to try to fail." This caused a brief spasm of outrage and counter-outrage in my home state where football is a passion to the point that marriages of Clemson and USC graduates are considered mixed. Read more...

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