02 mars 2014

To Understand Science, Study History

subscribe todayBy Alejandra Dubcovsky. I love the sciences. Because my father was a scientist, I grew up surrounded by talk of running gels, western blots, and poorly calibrated centrifuges. I desperately wanted to be a scientist. First and foremost, to prove to my dad that I could—he was convinced that science was not for me. But also because its importance was easily understood by others. I did not have to explain why I wanted to study science or even what I wanted to study. Throwing out the word "science" seemed to calm anyone’s anxiety about my future. That anxiety is at the heart of current debates about the growth and importance of the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—and, in turn, the decline of humanities majors. Why should students major in English when they could be engineers? Don’t computer-science majors make much more money than those who study philosophy? What does a classics major even do? Science matters, period. The humanities, on the other hand, are interesting at best and superfluous at worst. Or so the current debates, which pit STEM against the humanities, lead us to believe. More...

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Colleges Need Free Speech More Than Trademarks

subscribe todayBy Jacob H. Rooksby. What’s in a trademark? To many people in higher education, mention of the term—which denotes the legal protection afforded words or other devices that identify a good's or service’s source—leads to bewildered looks. "You mean the designs on shirts sold in the bookstore?"
Trademarks in higher education encompass institutional names, logos, and insignias, the iconography that fans love to see featured on all kinds of merchandise. Institutions license their marks on these products, often relying on third parties to broker deals that can produce significant royalties. This $4.6-billion industry appears to be good for colleges, which exploit the revenue channel to make up for losses elsewhere in their operations. More...

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College-Rating Systems: One Size Cannot Fit All

subscribe todayBy Ellen McCulloch-Lovell. If you have followed the Obama administration’s new higher-education rating system, you’ve read that its stated purpose is to "measure college performance … so students and families have the information to select schools that provide the best value." In the measures, "value" is measured with statistics that are available to the federal government.
The great number of colleges in the United States represent all kinds of values and approaches: small liberal-arts colleges, large research universities, religious and secular, those that offer professional tracks, those that promote broad and interdisciplinary study, colleges with general studies and other requirements, colleges where students select their own courses, institutions that offer associate degrees, and those that award Ph.D.’s. There is no "one size fits all" measurement for the diversity and range of institutions. More...

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Education system out of its depth

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaperBy . When Sim Sok Toeur, 32, returned from study in Australia last April, he did so with a vision for Phnom Penh’s skyline.
“A building’s appearance doesn’t matter [to architects here],” he told the Post. “I studied urban development and design as an addition to architecture to get a broader view – and to improve the way cities are developed here.”
For Sok Toeur, a scholarship to study overseas granted him a better quality of education than was possible in Cambodia – even though the country has more than 100 universities, about 40 of which are public. More...

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Universities Australia deal to get students ‘work ready’

The ConversationBy Alexandra Hansen. Universities Australia has announced an agreement with business groups to collaborate on vocational training to improve the employability of graduates.
Universities Australia chair Sandra Harding made the announcement in Canberra today. The agreement will assist students in undertaking Work Integrated Learning. This includes work placements accredited for university course work, mentoring and shadowing programs, and internships. More...

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Universities buck advice by adding courses

Irish ExaminerBy Niall Murray. The number of degrees offered by universities is rising despite pressure to reduce them and help slow the race for points between Leaving Certificate students. With the exception of University College Dublin, universities’ course numbers have risen or are largely unchanged in the nearly three years since the initial agreement that offering fewer but broader general entry courses could help remove the need for school leavers to get top results for places on dozens of degrees.
The figures compiled by the Irish Examiner are based on level 8 degrees offered through the CAO, the numbers of which have jumped from 843 at 43 colleges in 2011 to 953 at 45 higher education institutions this year. However, the majority are offered by the seven universities, and the 579 they will offer places through CAO to Leaving Certificate students this summer is up from 567 in 2011. More...

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Reps Want Committee To Probe Allegations Of Corruption In Universities

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Education to investigate allegations of corruption in the process of accrediting programmes in Nigerian Universities and its attendant’s effects.
The committee is to determine if the condition of physical facilities and teaching staff meets the benchmark and minimum academic standards of programmes in Nigerian universities.
It is also to find out other approved accreditation guidelines and report back to the house within four weeks. More...

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How to use digital marketing to target Chinese students

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Miguel Roberg. Over the last decade, average personal disposable income in China has risen from CNY9,421 to more than CNY24,000 (US$1,540 to US$3,920), and with this surge in income more and more families are choosing foreign over domestic universities for their children. According to the BBC: “In 2010 alone more than 284,000 Chinese went abroad to study, most of them privately funded.” In 2013, the number increased to 339,700 students. Read more...

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A new look at demographic transformation

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Nico Cloete. A recent draft paper on equity indices for South Africa’s university system equated equity with transformation, and delinked equity from development and performance. It fell into the trap of a prevailing condition: using transformation as a code word for race. Further, the formula used produced a result in which several of the most equitable institutions were those being run by a government-appointed administrator. By this, the authors implied their promotion of high equity, yet also regarded the existence of dysfunctional institutions as a given in their proposed model for the South African university system. Read more...

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Differentiation: Africa lags (again) – Or does it?

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Johan Muller. Universities have never been as crucial to nation states as they are today. This is because, in order to compete in the global economy, nations need their university sectors to produce and apply knowledge, and to produce knowledgeable and well-skilled workers across the skill spectrum. This much is contemporary common sense. Read more...

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