25 janvier 2014

Discord in France

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Clea Caulcutt for Times Higher Education. The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research is trying to bridge the gap between universities and the corporate world. But its latest venture, an advisory group on curriculum reform headed by business leaders, is rubbing some academics up the wrong way.
“We cannot stand by and watch our youth fall victim to the economic crisis,” says Françoise Gri, co-president of the advisory group, Sup’Emploi, and chief executive of the tourism firm Pierre et Vacances. “It’s a national challenge: France can emerge from the fray of global competition thanks to the skills and qualifications of its people.”
Sup’Emploi, which features representatives from higher education and business, was created in December 2013 to work on guidelines to help universities adapt to the needs of a changing economy. Read more...

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Postgraduate courses face ‘perfect storm’

Times Higher EducationBy Holly Else. Taught postgraduate courses are facing a “perfect storm” caused by drops in student numbers and a fall in institution income. That is the view of Mick Fuller, chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education and head of Plymouth University’s graduate school. Professor Fuller, who was speaking at a Westminster Higher Education Forum on 23 January, said institutions were now less able to cross subsidise master’s provision because of the squeeze on undergraduate numbers. Read more...

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Universities ‘face planning problems’ with grant letter delay

Times Higher EducationBy John Morgan. Universities face “difficulties” in planning student recruitment because of a row in government on whether to scrap funding for the poorest students.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England today announced that the delay in the annual grant letter means the announcement of universities’ 2014-15 student number controls, along with the publication of a key access strategy, have been postponed. Hefce adds that it appreciates the delays “may cause some difficulties for your institution”. Read more...

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Universities chief attacks 'damaging' planned budget cut

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Graeme Paton. The head of Universities UK urges the Government to abandon "damaging" proposals to scrap hundreds of millions of pounds from the higher education budget.  Planned cuts to university funding will be “very damaging” to the future of the higher education system in England, a leading vice-chancellor has warned. The Government should “step back” from making further reductions to budgets amid fears the move will damage universities’ global standing, it was claimed. Read more...

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Greater emphasis needed on vocational education

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Hans van Mourik Broekman. Social mobility is hampered by a failure to prepare young people for pathways other than university, says Hans van Mourik Broekman.  Dr Anthony Seldon is an impressive and irrepressible headmaster. His contributions to the debate about social mobility in the UK and its relationship to the divide between independent and state schools have been extensive and are always thought provoking.
His vision of education is enriched by his broad scholarship and his experiences in both the state and independent sector. If every head in the country were as public spirited and energetic as Dr Seldon, our country’s lacklustre educational performance would be greatly improved. Read more...

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University education: the timeless debate

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Josie Gurney-Read. Novelist Evelyn Waugh once asked whether university education was a sound investment; eighty years later and Eleanor Doughty asks the same. In the Daily Mail on 21 June 1930, novelist Evelyn Waugh asked the question ‘Was Oxford Worth While?’ The author left Hertford College in the summer of 1924 without a degree, and shortly before the article’s conception, had published his second novel Vile Bodies.
"Is the money spent on university education a sound capital investment?" he ponders, echoing my sentiments. Ask an employer and the immediate answer is probably yes. Who in their right mind would go through it all otherwise?
Though universities have extended, and education’s net is fit to burst, the same questions crop up eighty-four years later. "Is there a corresponding increase in the graduate’s earning capacity?" Waugh asks, of having gone to university.According to David Willetts, there is. He is adamant that university is "still one of the best routes to a good job and rewarding career". Read more...

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Female graduates expect to earn £1,500 less than male peers

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Josie Gurney-Read. Research suggests that the gap in gender pay expectations among graduates has increased by 44 per cent since 2003.  Research out this week has revealed that, on average, female graduates expect to be paid less than their male counterparts when starting a career, leading to concerns that women are "undervaluing themselves".
The study also revealed that this gap in pay expectations has widened by 44 per cent in the decade from 2003 to 2013. Read more...

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General Education's Remake

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Paul Fain. The academy’s primary liberal education group is working to redesign general education pathways, which it says are becoming obsolete and need to be better grounded in learning outcomes, or competencies. Armed with a $2.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Association of American Colleges and Universities is leading the ambitious effort. The goal is to “develop a portable and competency-based framework for general education,” the association said in a written statement. Read more...

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Congress Takes Note

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Colleen Flaherty. It's time for Congress to pay attention to the abuse of adjunct faculty members, and the way their poor working conditions impact not only them, but their students, says a new report from the House Education and the Workforce Committee. While the report largely endorses previous studies on the subject, “The Just-In-Time Professor” document marks the first time Congress has so formally acknowledged a situation that adjunct activists have long deemed exploitative. Read more...

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Plus d'un quart des ex-chômeurs ont trouvé un emploi grâce à leur réseau

Orientations : études, métiers, alternance, emploi, orientations scolaire22,3 % des ex-demandeurs d'emploi inscrits à Pôle emploi ont trouvé un poste grâce au bouche-à-oreille. Un phénomène auquel compte bien s'adapter l'établissement public.
Ils ont trouvé un emploi, mais pas forcément grâce à Pôle emploi. 22,3 % des ex-chômeurs inscrits sur les listes de l'agence publique sont revenus sur le marché de l'emploi grâce à leurs relations, révèle Pôle emploi, qui compte bien s'adapter à ce phénomène qui n'a rien d'anecdotique. Suite...

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