01 septembre 2013

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

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HEFCE distributes public money for higher education to universities and colleges in England, and ensures that this money is used to deliver the greatest benefit to students and the wider public. HEFCE monitors that universities and colleges are financially healthy, that their courses are good quality, and that everyone with the potential to enter higher education has a fair chance to do so. The link address is: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/about/

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What Happened to Ivy Bridge?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Ry Rivard. Ivy Bridge College will cease to exist next month, just five years after Tiffin University and Altius Education created the online, two-year degree program. Tiffin, a small private institution in Ohio, appears ready to move on after deciding to drop Ivy Bridge over accreditation woes. But problems for Altius Education may be far from over.
The San Francisco-based education company is now facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more...

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National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

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 The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) is a research centre funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and hosted by the University of South Australia. The work of the National Centre informs student equity policy and practice in Australian higher education. The link address is: http://w3.unisa.edu.au/hawkeinstitute/ncsehe/default.asp.

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Mandatory Reporting Perils

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Ry Rivard. A Swarthmore College student who was booted from the resident assistant program for refusing to name a sexual assault victim says she’s being punished for speaking out publicly – and prompting a federal investigation, no less – about the institution’s failure to protect those very survivors. Retaliating against would-be R.A. Mia Ferguson would be illegal under rules enforced by the same U.S. Education Department unit that is investigating Swarthmore, the Office for Civil Rights, and could theoretically lead to an investigation in itself. Read more...

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European Access Network (EAN)

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 The European Access Network encourages wider access to higher education for those who are currently under-represented, whether for reasons of gender, ethnic origin, nationality, age, disability, family background, vocational training, geographic location, or earlier educational disadvantage. The four pillars of the EAN are access, equity, diversity and inclusion. The link address is: http://www.ean-edu.org/

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Downgrading Elite Colleges

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Ry Rivard. Over the past year and a half, the credit ratings of several prestigious liberal arts colleges have been downgraded or assigned a negative outlook by Moody’s Investors Service. 
(Note: This article has been updated from an earlier version to note that these ratings were issued over the last 18 months, not the past several months.) 
These are institutions -- Haverford College, Morehouse College, Oberlin College and Wellesley College – that top students seek out, yet they are showing small but noticeable signs of fiscal stress several years after the end of the recession. Their downgraded ratings are still better than those of plenty of other institutions, and Moody's has issued plenty of gloomy projects about  colleges during the economic downturn. But the recent actions are notable because they affect colleges that are by many measures -- money, prestige, history -- among the most fortunate in the country. Read more...

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Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)

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 CHEER is the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research located in the Department of Education within the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex.CHEER provides an intellectual home and an institutional space for collaborative and interdisciplinary research considering equity in higher education in relation to three main themes: identities, assessment and transitions. Through its links with national and international research centres, CHEER seeks to promote research collaboration, seminars, consultancy and academic partnerships. The link address is: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/cheer/aboutus

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The Professors Who Make the MOOCs

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Steve Kolowich. What is it like to teach 10,000 or more students at once, and does it really work? The largest-ever survey of professors who have taught MOOCs, or massive open online courses, shows that the process is time-consuming, but, according to the instructors, often successful. Nearly half of the professors felt their online courses were as rigorous academically as the versions they taught in the classroom. The survey, conducted by The Chronicle, attempted to reach every professor who has taught a MOOC. The online questionnaire was sent to 184 professors in late February, and 103 of them responded. Hype around these new free online courses has grown louder and louder since a few professors at Stanford University drew hundreds of thousands of students to online computer-science courses in 2011. Since then MOOCs, which charge no tuition and are open to anybody with Internet access, have been touted by reformers as a way to transform higher education and expand college access. Many professors teaching MOOCs had a similarly positive outlook: Asked whether they believe MOOCs "are worth the hype," 79 percent said yes. Read more...

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Africa Higher Education Collaborative

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 The Africa Higher Education Collaborative is a programme of the Institute of International Education and identifies strategies for increasing equity and access to higher education in Africa. AHEC seeks to accomplish this task by serving as a think tank and source of information for policy makers, practitioners and the interested public. The link address is: http://www.africahighered.org/

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$56 million university tech project to create 30,000 finance jobs

http://cdn.arnnet.com.au/staticfiles/arn/images/logo.png?release=1377838423By . A world class financial services technology lab at the University of Sydney is looking to double Australia's financial services exports and create 30,000 jobs. The $56 million Financial Services Innovation Partnership, announced today by Federal Innovation Minister, Kim Carr, will aim to “democratise” time series prediction technology by giving a larger number of Australian companies access to predictions of their financial data within a fraction of a second. The technology uses mathematical algorithms and computer systems to predict future values and brings together the brightest minds in the fields of economics, engineering, mathematics and computer science. Director of the University’s Computer Engineering Laboratory, Associate Professor Philip Leong, told ARN the project would double financial services exports and create 30,0000 jobs in the industry. Read more...

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