25 août 2013

Universities voice support for capital money plan

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRGnGrALZfU7SwG8hin71HeOsqHOMe-7U2f_6XcluwZvxslyfwi4UXfHgBy Jeff Amy. As they present their annual request for capital spending, leaders of Mississippi’s eight public universities say they’re pleased with the Legislature’s pledge to borrow $100 million a year to cover the schools’ needs. The College Board adopted the plan at its meeting last week. Each institution adopted 10 top priorities, an amount totaling $634.4 million across the system. Top priorities range from another $30.5 million to pay for the new medical school building at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson to $300,000 to upgrade sprinklers at the Cedar Brook Apartments at the University of Southern Mississippi. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds said the board knows lawmakers won’t contribute the amount needed to cover the total request. However, he said the future map for capital spending laid out in the 2013 bond bill is enough to sustain the universities. More...

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Toward a Permeable, Interconnected Higher Education System

http://s.huffpost.com/images/v/logos/bpage/college.gif?31By . In my former role as a dean at the University of California Los Angeles, I helped thousands of typical American college students gain the knowledge and skills needed to become informed, engaged citizens and progress in their chosen careers. But as the dean of UCLA Extension, these "typical" students were a diverse group of nontraditional learners searching for ways to earn postsecondary degrees and credentials, often while juggling family responsibilities and jobs that meant frequent stops and re-starts for their postsecondary experience -- very different from the first-time college students attending UCLA straight out of high school but representative of the current face of American higher education. More...

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Higher education — a sprawling affair

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/simgad/16845463765698734834When state Sen. John Arthur Smith speaks, people listen — and that includes the rest of the Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez. A Democrat from Deming, Smith is a respected voice on fiscal matters and serves as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
That he has taken the trouble to write to Gov. Martinez about concerns with the financial state of Northern New Mexico College should alert its supporters. That would include students, faculty and staff, not to mention the people of Española and greater Rio Arriba County. More...

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Should foreign students pay the same for college as U.S. students?

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmgLqLH9i5V4JpqXxdeNXn7ouJc28Dh5X0AhJ4JpwxEUWQnu2XqWArRQu3By Jack Curtin. During the period of prosperity after World War II, state coffers from tax revenues overflowed and its universities reaped the benefits. Great teaching, impressive facilities, and solid educational experiences offered an undergraduate residing within state boundaries an amazing deal.
Fast forward 40 years and you discover that tax revenues no longer kept pace with the rising costs of running state colleges. Construction, payroll, pension payouts, and technology all had big price tags. For a period of time, generous benefactors, winning football programs, and March Madness endowment investment strategies all moved things forward, but these dollars soon dried up as a powerful national recession took hold. A substantial funding gap triggered a dramatic increase in the cost of tuition for state residents to send their kids to college. More...

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Obama's Plan To Make College More Affordable

http://a.abcnews.com/assets/images/navigation/abc-logo.pngBy . President Barack Obama on Thursday called for sweeping higher-education reforms that aim to make college more affordable. The president proposed changing the way colleges get federal aid, encouraging institutions to use technology and online learning to make courses more accessible, and capping loan repayment plans depending on how much graduates earn. Rising tuition costs have far outpaced income gains in the past several decades and forced more students than ever to take out loans to pay for college. That’s delayed things like saving for retirement, and even buying a home and getting married for many young people.
“Higher education is the single best investment you can make in your future,” he told students at the University at Buffalo, during the start of a two-day bus tour on college affordability. But students today are saddled with a choice previous generations didn’t have to make, he continued, the choice between saying no to college or saying yes and accepting the burden of debt. More...

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The pro-MOOC coalition cannot hold

By Jonathan Rees. As you might imagine, I follow a lot of people on Twitter who have a different attitude towards MOOCs than I do. One of my favorites is the MOOC pioneer George Siemens. If you don’t know him, he’s one of those nice Canadian people who came up with the idea for MOOCs in the first place. Now though, both on his Twitter feed and on his blog, he gives the distinct impression of continually saying to himself, “What the heck have all these Americans done to our previously excellent idea?” To be honest, I still have trouble with the kinds of MOOCs that Siemens et. al. first imagined. Nevertheless, anybody whose ideas got mugged by a bunch of Clayton Christensen acolytes automatically has my sympathy.
Because I wanted to hear what MOOCs sounded like before MOOCmania began, I downloaded an old Tech Therapy podcast with Siemens on it the last time I was prepping my iPod for the gym. To summarize, Siemens saw MOOCs as 1) Experimental 2) Open 3) Intended for people who already have college degrees and 4) Not designed as a replacement for college courses. More...

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The key to thriving in higher ed today? Flexibility

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-frc3/373468_40643583754_1034214682_q.jpgBy John LaBrie. To look at the data and read stories in the media, post-secondary education is in trouble. According to the Council of Graduate Schools, Enrollments dipped at U.S. graduate schools for both the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years (the last two years for which there is data). Business and law degrees—those stalwarts of higher ed—have had decreases in applications in recent years. Even undergraduate institutions—which hadn’t seen enrollment dips in two decades—are feeling the pinch. More...

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How to Finish Your Phd With an Absentee

http://universityoflies.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/the-golden-girls.jpg?w=150&h=111Specifically, friends in academia who have finished their own degrees and, seeing my own adviser-less situation, have generously offered to read my stuff and help me out.  I resisted for MONTHS, because if reading my old entries have taught me anything, it’s that I’m stubborn and don’t always have the best decision making skills.  If I was a cartoon animal, I’d be the coyote who repeatedly runs into the side of the mountain, even though bashing my face the first time should have been a clue that the tunnel was painted on.
I was afraid to send stuff to these well-meaning friends because they are smarter than me and better writers.  Sounds perfect, right?  Who else would you want to critique your academic bullshit?  And even though these people are truly good friends and have never been judgmental in any other respect, I was convinced that they would think I was a complete moron and wonder how the hell I got into grad school in the first place. More...

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Open Access Success, California style

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn2/211196_167103106682657_146823_q.jpgTwo weeks ago the University of California system-wide Faculty Senate announced that they have passed an open access policy for all 10 campuses. The policy covers 8000 tenure-track faculty, and as many as 40,000 papers annually, making up 2-3% of the worldwide scholarly journal content. More details (and some videos of me looking really tired) are here.
This is a major success. It’s a huge university system, with an unusually powerful federal faculty governance system, and getting any organization that large to do anything forward thinking is itself a triumph, and I’m proud to have been part of it. The policy commits faculty to making their work available using the California Digital Library’s eScholarship platform, or any other open access repository. It will begin on Nov. 1st, and will roll out first at UCLA and UCI, in addition to UCSF which passed a policy in May of 2012.
There has been some attention to this policy in the news media (at the Chronicle, Reason, the Daily Cal at CDE, and a nice Atlantic article that makes the point that open access is crucial to making Wikipedia more reliable). More...

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What I learned as the worst student in the class

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-4707-9f522af822942d1c97b7aed1dbbf191b.jpgBy Adrianne Wadewitz. When professors teach, they teach what they love. What they are experts in. What it is easy for them to learn. Thus, it is easy to forget what it is like to be the student who struggles in the classroom. In fact, many professors may never have had the experience of struggling to learn--they probably effortlessly got A’s or at least easily understood how to teach themselves a topic. How can they, then, sympathize with and, more importantly, effectively teach students who do not intuitively understand their subject matter? More...

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