02 mars 2014

Pay level leak prompts public outrage, angers rectors

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Michael Gardner. Leaked pay statistics showing drastic increases in the salaries of university leaders have caused an uproar in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The disclosure comes while universities and the state government are squabbling over new higher education legislation. Read more...

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Improving conditions for foreign students, researchers

By Karen MacGregor. The European Union Parliament last week supported draft rules that will offer ‘talented’ non-European international students and researchers improved living and working conditions. The aim is to boost the ability of member countries to attract the world’s finest minds. The draft rules were backed by parliament with 578 votes to 79 against and 21 abstentions – showing considerable support for a rule change that, it said in a press statement, “would also clarify entry and residence conditions”. Read more...

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Time to put protection of HE on the global agenda

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Brendan O'Malley. The reporting in Education Under Attack 2014 shows that the problem of attacks on higher education is “immense”, but most of all it tells us that a collective response is needed involving states and the international higher education sector, according to Robert Quinn, executive director of Scholars at Risk. Read more...

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Higher education under violent attack in 28 countries

By Brendan O'Malley. Attacks on higher education institutions, students and staff are much more widespread than previously thought, according to a study published last Thursday by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack. The study, Education Under Attack 2014, is the most comprehensive yet on the issue of violent attacks against schools, universities, students, teachers, academics, education officials and education trade unionists worldwide by armed groups, armed forces and security forces. Read more...

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Government to combat plagiarism and illegal degrees

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Eugene Vorotnikov. The Russian government has designed a new set of rules to combat fake dissertations and degrees. The move follows a recent order by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after a series of scandals exposed well-known politicians, businessmen and officials who illegally received degrees from prestigious Russian universities. According to a recent study conducted by Anti-Plagiarism, one of Russia’s leading analytical agencies in the field of intellectual property, one out of every 10 theses on history defended in Russia involves plagiarism. Read more...

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ANU’s bilingual MOOC a hit in India

afr.comBy Tim Dodd. Anant Agarwal, president of US massive open online course provider edX, is a native Hindi speaker. He was born and grew up in India until he left for the United States to study for a masters and PhD at Stanford University. Today, India is a major market for edX. Indian students make up 250,000 of the 2 million worldwide who have registered for edX courses.
But Professor Agarwal had to come to the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra to find the first edX MOOC to be delivered in his native language. On April 29, ANU will launch Engaging India, a 10-week course which ANU academics McComas Taylor and Peter Friedlander will present online with the help of ANU India specialists, taking advantage of the university’s widely-recognised expertise on the country. More...

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New ways colleges target rich alumni

By Melanie Hicken. Targeting alumni for donations is big business for colleges and universities -- and schools are getting more savvy with their tactics. Called "prospect research," the practice of targeting wealthy alumni is not new. But the tools are getting better: complex data models using massive databases that store everything from wealth and income to class reunion attendance. Schools can now predict how likely a student's parent or diehard university sports fan is to open their wallet. They can analyze whether a fraternity member tends to be more generous than those who ditched the Greek scene. More...

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Trends forcing change in higher education recruitment

MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MABy Scott O'Connell.From recruiting in the American south to catering to working adults, local colleges and universities are finding new ways to attract students as they deal with a predicted drop-off in high school graduates in the state over the next decade.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of public high school graduates in Massachusetts, after increasing nearly 12 percent from 2003-04 to 2008-09, is expected to fall off 5 percent from 2008-09 to 2021-22. Some other New England states are projected to have even steeper declines. More...

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Why the University Is the Ideal Startup Platform

By Cam Houser. The entrepreneurial spirit at the university level is willing and eager: nearly 90 percent of young people believe that entrepreneurship education is important, according to the Young Entrepreneur Council. And with the advent of the internet, free access to resources, and lowered barriers to entry, students can now start companies with minimal capital. At 3 Day Startup, we help students start companies through our experiential education entrepreneurship programs. Through our work with 5,000 students at 45 schools across the world, we’ve realized that the university is an ideal startup platform. More...

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Popping the higher education bubble

The Boston GlobeBy James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley. Last week, Kenneth Griffin, the founder and CEO of the investment firm Citadel, announced a gift of $150 million to Harvard University to subsidize financial aid. It’s not only Harvard that’s back in the money. A survey earlier this month showed that giving to colleges and universities was back at pre-recession levels, with a record $33.8 billion in charitable contributions during the 2013 fiscal year, almost a 10 percent increase over 2012. Most of this increase was, according to the survey by the Council for Aid to Education, “due to the rebounding in the stock market.”
This is great news for higher education but bad news for higher education reformers who have been hoping that the financial crunch might cause colleges to rethink their operating assumptions. More...

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