05 avril 2014

Collateral Damage

HomeBy Paul Fain. Students at a community college in rural Texas may lose access to federal aid because of a student-loan default measure Congress expanded mostly to keep an eye on for-profit institutions. Read more...

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The MBA for Billionaires

HomeBy David Matthews for Times Higher Education. Academics in Britain may be fighting a fifth year of below-inflation pay rises, but some business schools seem to inhabit a different financial universe. Last month, Times Higher Education attended a champagne reception ­ held at the top of the landmark Gherkin building in London's financial district ­ to celebrate the launch of a new executive M.B.A. The price tag? Nearly £77,000 (about $130,000) for 20 months' tuition. Read more...

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Default Data on Parent PLUS Loans

HomeBy Michael Stratford. The national default rate for Parent PLUS loans has nearly tripled in recent years, but it remains well below the default rates for other federal student loans, according to data released for the first time last week by the U.S. Department of Education. Read more...

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2U Ends Semester Online

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. The online education provider 2U will this summer eliminate its online course pool initiative in favor of developing fully online undergraduate degree programs, ending a high-profile effort to offer scalable, credit-granting online courses at residential colleges. The consortium, known as Semester Online, was initially marketed as a platform for top-tier universities to offer online courses to paying students at participating universities. Read more...

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Prisoners Dilemma

HomeBy Ry Rivard. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has dropped a plan to provide public money for inmate higher education. Instead, his administration is looking to find donors to fund his plan. The proposal, which the Democratic governor announced in February, withered in the face of opposition, particularly among Republicans in the state Senate. Read more...

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Grants vs. Loans

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Much of the debate about encouraging college completion has focused on academic requirements, advising or the curriculum. Many experts commonly say that completion rates are about much more than money. But a study released here Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association suggests that money, and different kinds of money, matter a lot in the graduation of low-income students. Read more...

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A For-Profit Past

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Despite faculty concerns that its pick for president might be unfit for the job, the board of the Community College of Philadelphia confirmed Donald Generals Jr. as the institution’s new leader on Thursday. Generals, vice president for academic affairs at nearby Mercer County Community College in New Jersey, formerly served as provost at the embattled and now-defunct Katherine Gibbs School of New York. The for-profit institution was accused by state officials of making false promises to students before it announced it was closing in 2008. Read more...

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Liberal arts college libraries take on publishers over ebooks

By Carl Straumsheim, for Inside Higher Ed. Library directors at 66 liberal arts colleges in the US have called for academic libraries to reject licensing agreements with publishers that impose restrictions on how ebooks can be accessed and shared. In a statement released by the Oberlin Group, a consortium of 80 liberal arts college libraries, the directors point to the “ecosystem of sharing” that academic libraries at small colleges depend on to plug gaps in the resources they offer - services such as interlibrary loans, for example. More...

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New Coursera chief pledges better communication with partners

By . The incoming head of the largest massive open online course provider has pledged to improve the way it communicates with its university partners. Richard Levin, who was president of Yale University between 1993 and 2013, will become chief executive of Coursera in the middle of next month. More...

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Times Higher Education's annual pay survey

By . What’s behind the big rises for vice-chancellors? Plus, academic pay across the UK.
Download table of UK vice-chancellors’ remuneration 2012-13
Download table of average salary of full-time staff 2012-13

Anger about the pay rises enjoyed by so-called “academic fat cats” in charge of UK universities has been fiercer than ever this year – and the criticism has come not just from those working within higher education. More...

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