28 juillet 2013

Blowing in the Political Wind

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/lingua-franca-nameplate.pngBy Geoffrey Pullum. The Economist has a weekly commentary page, under the pseudonym “Lexington,” about events in the U.S.A. The July 13 Lexington column entitled “The War of the Words” is about politics and language. Predictably, therefore, it begins by quoting you-know-who: Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind. Read more...

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Why Disciplines Are Becoming Less Important

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/worldwise-nameplate.gifBy Nigel Thrift. Are disciplines becoming less important? I think they are. Universities are gradually changing how they operate as disciplines become less central to the construction of knowledge. Historically there are several universities that have tried different ways to organize their academics. In Britain, they include the University of Sussex, which for a long time divided itself into “Schools of Study,” so that students could benefit from a multidisciplinary teaching environment. In the United States, Arizona State University has done something similar with its degree programs. Read more...

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Agencies Say Lenders Need to Work With Student Borrowers

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/the-ticker-nameplate.gifBy . Three federal agencies that regulate banks have issued a joint statement telling lenders they should “work constructively” with borrowers who are having trouble paying back private student loans. The agencies—the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency—say that “prudent workout arrangements” are usually in the best interests of both borrowers and lenders, “even if the restructured loans result in adverse credit classifications or troubled debt restructurings in accordance with accounting requirements under generally accepted accounting principles.” Read more...

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Facebook Remarks Cost Willamette U. Fraternity Its House

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/the-ticker-nameplate.gifBy . Willamette University will evict members of the Sigma Chi fraternity from their campus house and prohibit the group from recruiting new members for violating the university’s student code of conduct, Statesman Journal, in Salem, Ore., reported. The moves follow the May appearance online of images of pages from the fraternity’s private Facebook group. The pages included insulting references to female students and faculty members, as well as mentions of hazings and secret on-campus parties. Read more...

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Head of American Academy of Arts and Sciences Quits After Résumé Controversy

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/the-ticker-nameplate.gifBy . Leslie Cohen Berlowitz has agreed to resign as president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on July 31, after she was accused of embellishing her résumé with a spurious doctoral degree, The Boston Globe reported. In June, Ms. Berlowitz stepped aside while a law firm retained by the academy investigated allegations that she had falsely claimed to hold a doctorate from New York University on grant applications and other documents over the past decade. Read more...

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The ‘Secret’ Milgram Experiments

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/percolator-art-new.gifBy Tom Bartlett. In the early 1960s, Stanley Milgram set out to see whether ordinary people would administer painful shocks to a stranger if told to do so by someone in a white lab coat. He found that most people (65 percent) would continue to administer the shocks even when the stranger protested, complained of a heart condition, and stopped responding. The shocks were fake, and the stranger was an actor, but what the findings seemed to say about human nature was real and disturbing. Milgram, then at Yale University, wrote that a subject “divests himself of responsibility by attributing all initiative to the experimenter” and views himself “not as a person acting in a morally accountable way but as the agent of external authority.” Most of us, in other words, are potential Nazis. Read more...

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Clay Shirky Says MOOCs Will Matter, but Worries About Corporate Players

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Jeffrey R. Young. Clay Shirky, a best-selling author and an associate arts professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, is known for predicting how the latest tech trends will change traditional social institutions. These days he’s turning his focus to colleges themselves, imagining ways that MOOCs and other technologies might reshape higher education. Read more...

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The Professor Who Printed a Handgun

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Marc Parry. People have often seen cyberspace as separate from the physical world. But technologies like the augmented reality of Google Glass or the desktop manufacturing of three-dimensional printing are blurring that line. As the digital and physical converge, the results will have “a transformational effect on the nature of human experience,” says Matt Ratto, a critical-information scholar at the University of Toronto. Read more...

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Web-Hosting Project Hopes to Help Students Reclaim Digital Destinies

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Sara Grossman. Jim Groom and Tim Owens believe that college students are not being adequately prepared to be good “digital citizens” of the 21st century. Partly to blame, they say, is the prebuilt and prepackaged software that many use to create digital identities or to curate their interests online. Services like Facebook and Tumblr do not allow for online experimentation or for a true understanding of how the Web works, they argue. Read more...

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Is It Time for One Loan Program?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/headcount-newnameplate.gifBy Beckie Supiano. The federal student-loan system is broken! There, I said it. If you work in the financial-aid profession, your reaction is to yawn. If you are a student or parent, you breeze through it as just another confusing story about a confusing topic. If you are a member of Congress, you scratch your head and wonder what in the world could this person mean by such a statement—aren’t the federal loans wonderful and helping millions earn degrees? Read more...

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