16 novembre 2013

The Obamas' New Focus

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Michael Stratford. Michelle Obama on Tuesday kicked off a new White House push to increase the number of low-income students who apply to and graduate from college. Speaking to students at a high school here, the first lady drew on her own personal experiences as a first-generation college student who earned two Ivy League degrees to encourage students to set high expectations and take responsibility for their own higher education. She also highlighted the president’s oft-stated goal of having the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020. Read more...

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The Future Grad Students

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Scott Jaschik. Test-takers who took the GRE in 2012-13 were more likely to be a bit younger and a bit more science-oriented than those who took the exam the year before. And in the quantitative portion of the exam, in particular, foreign talent appears to be outpacing American. These are some of the findings in the latest “Snapshot” of GRE test-takers, released today by the Educational Testing Service. Read more...

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Net Zero

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Colleen Flaherty. Most of the existing research on the employment of adjunct faculty and student success shows a negative relationship, not because adjuncts are bad teachers but because their working conditions prevent them from being as effective as they could be. But earlier this fall, a much-cited study disputed by some, showed the opposite: that students actually may learn more from adjunct faculty members -- at least at research universities that can afford to pay part-timers well and that may discourage tenure-track faculty members from focusing on teaching. Now, a preliminary study is mixing up the literature once again, concluding that employment of adjunct faculty has no impact on student success in community colleges. Read more...

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Open Access and Academic Freedom

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Cary Nelson. Over the last decade there has been a rapid evolution toward increased scholarly publishing online. Much of it remains proprietary publishing available only through paid access, but there are now a number of peer-reviewed gold access online scholarly journals, and book publishers commonly make a table of contents and a sample chapter freely available. Google meanwhile has made the complete texts of millions of public domain books available for free. And there are countless websites devoted to more narrowly defined online publishing projects. Read more...

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False Dichotomy

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Devin T. Hagerty. The liberal arts are dead, or — at best — dying. That's the theme of story after story in today’s news media. Professional skills training is in. The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are in. Practical, vocational higher education is in. The liberal arts are out, relics of a “traditional” way of thinking that has been overtaken by the pressing demands of our dizzyingly complex digital age. As new students arrived on college campuses this fall, the message many of them heard is that majoring in history, or English, or anthropology is a surefire recipe for a life of irrelevance and poor job prospects. Read more...

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3 Ways to Boost College Access

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Justin Draeger. Today the Senate is holding a hearing on student aid and college access with a focus on simplification, in advance of the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Focusing on streamlining federal student aid and making the various programs more flexible is a well-reasoned approach in a fiscal environment where increases in federal funding for the programs appear unlikely. Here are three recommendations policy makers can apply immediately to simplify programs and increase college access. Read more...

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Pearson audit to ‘challenge’ universities on learning outcomes

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy Chris Parr. Firm will detail effectiveness of its courses by auditing products. 
Education publishing company Pearson is to introduce an “efficacy framework” that will detail the effectiveness of its courses and learning materials in the same depth as its financial accounts. More...

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Qu’est-ce qu’une grande école aujourd’hui ?

http://orientation.blog.lemonde.fr/files/2011/08/Edhec-Olivier-Rollot-208x300.jpgBlog "Il y a une vie après le bac" d'Olivier Rollot. Polytechnique, HEC mais aussi les Beaux-Arts ou Normale Sup, les grandes écoles ce sont autant de noms mythiques qui fascinent les lycéens. Très élitistes, ces « top grandes écoles » restent difficilement accessibles au commun des bacheliers. Il faut en effet quasi forcément faire partie des meilleurs élèves des meilleurs lycées pour intégrer les prépas qui en donnent l’accès. Mais des centaines d’autres grandes écoles ouvrent leurs portes aux bons élèves. More...

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Teachers Lack a Respect for Authority – The Challenge of Collaboration in Learning

Rob WatsonBy . The Independent is reporting today that “Too many teachers have no respect for authority and are hampering schools’ attempts to improve standards”. Chief schools inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, warned that “head teachers are being ‘undermined by a pervasive resentment of all things managerial’ by some of their teaching staff’, and that “some teachers simply will not accept that a school isn’t a collective but an organisation with clear hierarchies and separate duties.” More...

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Academic Teaching Doesn’t Prepare Students for Life

By . Academics. Most of our current school system revolves around it, and yet, I think it falls miserably short of what our kids need. To be honest, I think our academic system of education is highly overrated, at best. At worst, it destroys a number of our kids.
Hear me out. I’m not saying that our kids shouldn’t learn to read, or do math, or develop other valuable skills. But too often, the focus of our kids’ school day is Content with a capital C, with little connection to why it matters. Instead of learning together, many of our students spend hours filling in worksheets or copying down lecture notes that they could google in 30 seconds. More...

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