15 décembre 2013

Looks Matter

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Scott Jaschik. It's what inside that really counts. Well, maybe not. A national study being released today in book form found that those who are attractive in high school are more likely than those with just average or below average looks to go on to earn a four-year college degree. The results are statistically significant, and hold for males and females, and across ethnic and racial groups. The book is Physical Attractiveness and the Accumulation of Social and Human Capital in Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Assets and Distractions. Read more...

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A National Transfer Network

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Doug Lederman. More than one person told Chris Romer that his vision of creating a national network of high-quality community college programs and selective four-year colleges committed to enrolling their graduates was folly. It's hard enough to get community colleges and elite public and private colleges in a given area to articulate transfer agreements, let alone create something on a national scale, he was told. But the American Honors program that Romer and colleagues unveiled early this year has indeed created such a network, and it is beginning to bear fruit. Read more...

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Accreditation Agita (Update: Accreditor Extended)

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Michael Stratford and Paul Fain. During a hearing Thursday, several Democratic senators mulled whether the federal government should get more involved in the accrediting process. They might have been less enthusiastic if they saw what was happening at another meeting two blocks away. The federal panel that reviews accreditors, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, held that gathering. Faculty members and students from the City College of San Francisco, who for the past year have essentially waged war against the accrediting agency that is threatening to revoke the accreditation of their college, pleaded their case to the panel. Read more...

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Year of the Backlash

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Peter Stokes and Sean Gallagher. A little over 12 months ago, The New York Times famously dubbed 2012 “The Year of the MOOC.” What a difference 365 little days can make. Here at the back end of another calendar year, we wonder if 2013 might come to be thought of as “The Year of the Backlash” within the online higher education community. Even Udacity's founder, Sebastian Thrun, one of the entrepreneurs whose businesses kicked off MOOC mania, seems to be getting into the backlash game. Read more...

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The Real College Barrier for the Working Poor

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Sara Goldrick-Rab. A recent New York Times op-ed blames the rules and regulations of the federal Pell Grant program for many of our nation’s higher education access and completion problems. In short, the authors contend that the rule that defines a full-time course load as 12 or more credits per term hinders students from graduating early or even on time. Read more...

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Questions on Performance Funding

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy David Tandberg and Nicholas Hillman. Policy making is difficult and complex; evaluating the effects of policy can also be quite difficult. Nevertheless, it is important that researchers and policy analysts undertake the hard work of asking difficult questions and doing their best to answer those questions. This is what we attempted to do when we undertook a yearlong effort to evaluate the effects of performance funding on degree completions. This effort has culminated in two peer-reviewed papers and one policy brief which summarizes the results of those papers. Our policy brief was widely distributed and the results were discussed in a recent Inside Higher Ed article. Read more...

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The Chicken or the Egghead?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Scott McLemee. This year is the 50th anniversary of Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter, whose greatest achievement, someone once said, was keeping it to just the one volume. As discussed here a short while ago, the revisionist interpretation of American populism appearing in Hofstadter’s book The Age of Reform (1955) has taken a lot of positivistic hits by subsequent historians. He over-generalized on the basis of a (very) narrowly selected pool of primary sources -- and in the final analysis, he wasn’t really writing about the 1890s at all, but rather his own times, equating the mood and worldview of McCarthyism with the agrarian radicals of the People’s Party. Read more...

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University Enterprise Zones aim to boost start-ups

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy Holly Else. The Treasury has funded a £15 million pilot project to establish three to four University Enterprise Zones in England.
The zones will house clusters of high-tech start-up companies that can access the expertise of the local university.
As part of this, the zones will offer affordable business space for students to start businesses after graduation.
The scheme is designed to combat the shortage of private sector funding for office, laboratory and workshop space for innovative firms. Read more...

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Treasury loan book calculations ‘omit £1.7 billion’

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy John Morgan. The Treasury’s stated plan to fund expansion in student places by the sale of loans omits £1.7 billion in lost repayments arising from the sell off.
Andrew McGettigan, author of The Great University Gamble, who spotted the omission, claimed on his blog that the Treasury’s “back of the envelope calculations missed basic facts about financial assets”.
The Treasury said the omission of the lost graduate repayments from its calculations was “for reasons of commercial sensitivity” (the government is yet to agree any sale of the loans). Read more...

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Nobel laureate attacks ‘luxury journals’

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy Paul Jump. Nobel laureate Randy Schekman has pledged to stop publishing in “luxury journals”, which he believes contribute to the “disfigurement” of science.
Professor Schekman, co-winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, writes in The Guardian that journals such as Cell, Nature and Science “accept papers that make waves because they explore sexy subjects or make challenging claims”.
Because of the high career rewards for publishing in such journals, scientists were influenced by their preferences, leading to “bubbles in fashionable fields where researchers can make the bold claims these journals want, while discouraging other important work, such as replication studies”. Read more...

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