27 octobre 2013

UND’s big test: University prepares for once-a-decade visit by accrediting agency


http://www.grandforksherald.com/sites/grandforksherald/template/gfx/GrandForksHerald.pngBy Stephen J. Lee. UND’s leaders have been cramming for three years for a three-day test coming up this week. Five members of the Chicago-based North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission will spend Monday through Wednesday on campus, administering the anything-but-pop quiz.
It’s a test pretty much nobody flunks and UND is marking its 100th such year being accredited by the association, an independent corporation which measures more than 1,000 institutions of higher learning in 19 states. But it’s a mandatory, if minimum, requirement said UND President Robert Kelley, not least because federal financial aid flows only to accredited schools. Such a comprehensive review comes every 10 years, and Kelley said UND officials have been working for several years to make sure the colors will be flying and will be green and white. More...

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How one U.S. college is using a radical new program to reach students around the world


http://www.deseretnews.com/img/deseret-news-mast.pngBy Sara Israelsen-Hartley. Heila Cruz sits at her desk on the back row, hands gently resting on her green and blue binder as she waits for class to start. It's a recent Thursday night and the Taylorsville high school LDS seminary building is slowing filling with 163 students — all of them over the age of 30 — who are meeting for the first time tonight as part of Pathway, an online college-preparation program through BYU-Idaho that is reaching students of all ages and all demographics, all across the world. More...

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Inside Look: Libraries



http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UBTech_leadership.jpgBy Melissa Ezarik. While still a place where one can study, today’s campus libraries are active spaces that offer so much more. Heading to the campus library used to mean needing serious study silence or a spot for solitary scholarly pursuits. Although the library’s shell may look the same, inside it’s a decidedly different and livelier place. “The hush-hush is over. Instead you get noise, you get dialogue, you get engagement, you get creativity, you get sharing,” says Jim Draper, vice president and general manager at Gale, the division of Cengage Learning that provides digital and print products to libraries. More...

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Insurance costs rising for coastal colleges



http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UBTech_leadership.jpgBy Kylie Lacey. Premiums will increase by 25 percent each year until the “full risk rate” is reached. An ocean view may make campus tours scenic, but when it comes to flood insurance, coastal institutions will soon face a deluge of bills. Flood insurance subsidies for colleges and universities located in federally-designated flood zones ended on Oct. 1, when the Biggert Waters Act went into effect. More...

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What Happened to the EDUCAUSE Policy Office?



http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. Having returned from last week’s national EDUCAUSE conference, I am left with the question of what happened to its D.C. Policy Office. When I first assumed my role at Cornell in IT Policy and Law, it was a robust center of ideas, action and commentary on an array of IT policy issues for higher education. Led by Mark Luker, who had been a well-respected CIO before moving to association life in D.C., it featured Steve Worona and Rodney Petersen who very ably and responsively assisted colleges and universities across the country with everything from the development of institutional IT policy to national policy issues. Read more...

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Chicken and Egg



http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. The higher education community, including its associations, has a chicken and an egg conundrum with respect to major political policy issues. Copyright is one of them, and perhaps one of the most significant. 
As both producers and consumers of "intellectual property," higher education leadership tends to play a wary game when it comes to the national policy scene.  To be sure, it will -- and darn well should -- defend itself against legal attacks: Georgia State and Hathi Trust are examples.  But caught in that conundrum, the community only reacts.  With few exceptions -- Professor Samuelson's Center at Berkeley for example, or the Stanford Law Clinic and Harvard’s Berkman Center, high education does not lead. Read more...

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The University's Role in On the Job Training



http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/StratEDgy%20Graphic%20Resized.jpg?itok=kIrUoz70By Dayna Catropa. The Wall Street Journal recently posed this question: “Why aren’t companies getting graduates with the skills they need?”
“The Experts” responded with their perspectives. Reasons cited ranged from “our college graduates can’t write” (Bruce Nolop, former CFO of Pitney Bowes, Inc. and E*Trade Financial Corp.) to “The world has changed since the industrial revolution, but universities have not” (Kenneth Freeman, Allen Questrom professor and dean of Boston University School of Management). 
Eric Speigel, President and CEO of Siemens USA, shared a different perspective. Among other ideas, one of his suggestions focused on the need for companies to provide more on-the-job training for their employees. Read more...

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Open Access, Tenure, and the Common Good



http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. I posted an admittedly rather cranky bit of finger-shaking at Library Journal’s Peer to Peer Review last week chiding academic librarians who can’t be bothered to make their work open access. It seems hypocritical for professionals in our field to advocate for open access without practicing it ourselves. It’s also detrimental to our discipline. Most research in our field is undertaken in order to improve practice. Many academic librarians work in libraries that don't have access to many LIS journals because our collections are shaped around the curriculum, and we don't offer degrees in the field. It’s hard to improve our practice without access to the discipline's research findings. Besides, if we go through the relatively simple steps to make our work open access, we’ll have experiential knowledge about the process that will help us help scholars in other fields who want to make their work available to all. Read more...

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Teaching Sustainability in the 21st Century - #7


http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/green.jpgBy G. Rendell. Math isn't hard, although many people would disagree with that statement.  In fact, basic calculus is something almost any high school graduate should be able to master (although almost none of them do).
It's a commonplace among folks who grok the calculus that the material's not difficult, it's just badly taught.  I'd like to extend that statement to math in general, starting with first-grade arithmetic. Read more...

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Writer's Block and the Art of Blogging



HomeBy Eric Stoller. Sometimes I stare at a wall for a few moments before I begin to tap my fingers on the keyboard. Other times I peruse Twitter or click through my idea tag on Evernote. The conversations of the day mingle with the need for content. When asked today by a communications student at Boston University what I do about writer's block, I said that I didn't believe in it. Writing can always happen…it just might not be polished, perfect, or necessarily linear. My iPad is full of half-written digital scraps of ideas, thoughts, and concepts. I'm constantly playing with the art of writing. Read more...

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