21 octobre 2013

The Innovators Who Are Transforming U.S. Education

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/newsroom/img/custom/2013/10/04/STEM_HeaderLanding_1.jpgDedicated entrepreneurs are getting American students excited about science and math. The new global economy demands a robust workforce, flush with technical know-how. Unfortunately, education in the United States of America has been failing to meet this need. According to the U.S. Department of Education, American students rank 17th in science and 25th in mathematics among industrialized nations.  Despite encouraging signs that lucrative STEM jobs will be greater in number and more accessible than ever in the near future, a national Microsoft survey concluded that only 49 percent of American parents of K–12 students believe STEM education is being treated like a top educational priority. More...

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Social Responsibility and M.B.A.'s

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/misc/nytlogo152x23.gifBy Christopher F. Schuetze. Like many businesspeople, Ketevan Sidamonidze has traveled far — in her case from Georgia, in the Caucasus region, to the Esade business school in Spain — to earn a master’s in business administration. Unlike most others, she said, the driving force in her decision to get an M.B.A. was not to improve her career prospects, but rather to improve her ability do social good.
“I came to Esade because of the way they were advertising their social aspect,” said Ms. Sidamonidze, who is just finishing a degree program that she started in August 2012. “It really stood out.”
At Esade, social entrepreneurship is part of the curriculum, both in the classroom and outside: As an extracurricular activity, Ms. Sidamonidze is part of a team helping to set up a business plan for an organization that brings specialized housing to the elderly. More...

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Guide de la rémunération 2013/2014 des stagiaires du dispositif régional d'orientation et de formation

http://www.espace-competences.org/Portals/_default/Skins/EspaceCompetences/imgs/header_numVert.jpgLe Conseil régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, en collaboration avec l'ASP (Agence de Services et de Paiement), vient de mettre en ligne la nouvelle édition 2013/2014 du Guide de la rémunération des stagiaires dans le cadre des dispositifs régionaux de d'orientation et de formation professionnelle.
Destiné aux personnes chargées de la gestion administrative du suivi des stagiaires de la formation professionnelle, il a pour seul objectif de les aider dans cette tâche, afin que, dans l'intérêt de tous, celui des stagiaires en premier lieu, les documents soient correctement remplis pour éviter des retards éventuels de paiement.
Ce guide est disponible sur l'extranet du dispositif régional des formations (rubrique Actualité).

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New Business Certificates

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/StratEDgy%20Graphic%20Resized.jpg?itok=kIrUoz70By Dayna Catropa. In the past few months there have been many new business-oriented certificates announced.  The program focus, the admissions process and program requirements vary widely.
Certificate in Sustainable Business from Antioch University New England

  • 3 required courses
  • 1 elective from the MBA in Sustainability curriculum. Read more...

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Teaching sustainability in 21st Century America - #6

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/green.jpg?itok=D8D3DXB7By G. Rendell. Probably the most common gripe I hear from teachers -- professors, instructors, trainers, high school teachers, the lot -- is that students don't know how to write any more. I ran into an extreme case of that a few years back, when I tried to mentor a recent high school graduate who just wasn't clicking in community college.  One of his courses had a title along the lines of "College Writing 101", and every week his homework consisted of writing sentences, paragraphs, eventually short essays.  He didn't have a clue. Read more...

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Judging Journals

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. Some valuable commentary has come out since John Bohannon’s article on dubious open access journals was published in Science. The Library Loon has written several useful posts reflecting on what the sting failed to accomplish, pointing out that “the usual means that academic stakeholders, from tenure-and-promotion committees to collection-development librarians, use to judge journal quality are rapidly proving untrustworthy and gaming-prone.” Yet scaling up the kind of work Bohannon did would overtax everyone involved in scholarly publishing. She asks us to think about alternative ways to figure out which publishers and publications have credibility. That attracted a promising proposal from the Digital Drake, to create a well-edited crowd-sourced scholarly answer to Writer Beware, a volunteer project that operates under the aegis of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Read more...

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The Search for the Origins of Pseudo-academic B.S.

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. One of the more common issues my first year writing students struggle with is the propensity to write what I’ve come to refer to as, “Pseudo-academic B.S." (PABS). Anyone who’s taught first-year writing knows the symptoms of PABS, a ten-dollar word substituted for a ten-cent one, sprinklings of “plethora,” “myriad,” and “quintessential.” The tone of the prose sounds like a Masterpiece Theater host who’s swallowed a dictionary and enjoys mangling syntax. A simple idea like, “Smart phone use has increased by 43% among today’s college students,” comes out as: “University undergraduates engage with new touch screen technology phones in increasingly significant ways, which is belied by the fact that 43% of them now do it more.” Read more...

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Ice Breaker

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/provost.jpg?itok=k-3W3N__By Herman Berliner. There are many situations where as an administrator or as a not-for-profit board member it is necessary to engage strangers or almost strangers in conversations for the good of the organization.  Often these conversations go well but first there is that awkward introductory phase. I am sure there are many good alternatives but I have one that may be a guaranteed success.  A cute dog is a great ice breaker. The latest personal example of the effectiveness of a cute dog was yesterday’s homecoming parade at my local school district.  As a board of education member, I march in the parade, which I enjoy doing, but there are always a significant number of parents and students who I don’t know. Read more...

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Moral Ambiguity and School Choice

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Susan O'Doherty. This article, on whether ethical parenting is even possible in 21st-century New York, appeared in New York Magazine on October 6. When I first read about it, via this smackdown in Jezebel, I dismissed it as just more elitist claptrap, promoting the idea that your child's life will be ruined (i.e., the child won't get into an Ivy League college) if she or he starts off at the "wrong" preschool or falters anywhere along the way. Thus, the article implies,  parents are justified in lying, cheating, and pulling any necessary strings to ensure that disaster doesn't befall their darling. Read more...

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A Small Step Forward for China

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/the_world_view_blog_header.jpg?itok=P3OlGEpQBy Qiang Zha. On October 9, 2013 in Hefei, nine elite Chinese universities (members of C9, often acknowledged as “China’s Ivy League”) signed a statement with the presidents of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Group of Eight (GO8) in Australia, and the League of European Research Universities (LERU), endorsing open inquiry, scientific integrity, and other academic values as the key components of a modern research university, and demonstrating an  incipient effort to work closely with top universities in other parts of the world. This move is cherished by some as a bold step on the part of those Chinese universities to openly embrace academic freedom (the Statement describes the 6th characteristic of a modern research university as “exercise of academic freedom”), although this might be merely a small step forward from what was already framed in the National Outline for Medium- and Long-Term Educational Reform and Development (2010–2020), or the 2020 Blueprint. Read more...

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