12 avril 2014

Atlantic universities try to boost enrolment amid a declining university-aged cohort

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Rosanna Tamburri. It is crunch time in Eastern Canada.
Cape Breton University is a long way from home for Chinese student Qiang Zhang, who prefers to go by his chosen English name “Kelex.” But he has nothing but praise for CBU, where he is pursuing a bachelor of hospitality and tourism management degree. Not even the unusually harsh winter has dampened his enthusiasm. Earlier in the day he had a job interview with a major Halifax hotel. If all goes well, he plans to stay. More...

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International workshop on policy for OER and less used languages

International Council for Open and Distance EducationICDE and the LangOER network in partnership with the Nordic OER network are organizing a workshop for a small group of leading world experts in post-secondary education to be held in Oslo on Monday, 28 April. The event will seek to assess the situation for open educational resource around the globe with particular reference to less used languages.


Less used languages are languages such as Norwegian, Swedish, Greek, Xhosa and Zulu which find themselves needing to contend with a fast evolving educational landscape currently dominated by English. Less used languages also include regional and minority languages.

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are defined by UNESCO as any type of educational materials in the public domain or with an open licence. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them.


Focus on:

  • What is the situation when it comes to OER and less used languages?
  • What issues arise from that situation  - and how could they be met?

Also with reference to:

  • How can OER enhance the position of less used languages on a global scale?
  • What policies are favourable to the uptake of quality OER and quality open educational practices in less used language communities?

The workshop will provide input to a working policy paper on OER and challenges and opportunities for less used languages in a global, European, Nordic and national perspective. More...

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New research into the impact of policy changes on student attitudes to learning

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/css/hea2/images/hea2-header-bg-swirl.pngStudents have a mixed level of identification with the notion of themselves as ‘consumers’, and they continue to value excellent teaching, research published today into the impact of policy changes on student attitudes and approaches to learning in higher education shows.
The research, by Michael Tomlinson of the University of Southampton and funded by the HEA, reveals that the majority of students in the study spoke of having greater rights and stronger grounds for appraising and questioning the provision they received, but that the notion of actively consuming higher education did not seem to capture the majority's approaches. More...

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HEIW Report launched in South Africa

GUNi LogoThe South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF) met at the University of Western Cape, in Cape Town, on 3 and 4 April 2014. There were 60 leading community engagement advocates and academics involved across South African universities, including the advisor to the national Minister of Higher Education and Training. More...

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Rankings are an Important Factor for International Students

http://www.volitve.marhl.com/slike/dosez/ireg.pngStudies of British and American students have shown that university rankings are less important than other factors in the choice of a university. However, a recent study has discovered that this is not true for international students who are thinking about studying in the UK and Australia.
A survey of nearly 14,000 prospective international students by Hobson’s, a higher education advice group, and the Parthenon Group has found that tuition fees, global institutional rankings and subject rankings were very important and that “student experience” and contact time with faculty were of less significance.

QS Intelligence Unit
Times Higher Education

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Vic Unis pay $17m to Consultants

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_5b19dccaf4dd86dd45dc2e13dec72aea_w80_.jpgPosted by Paul Kniest. Victorian Universities pay consultants  a cool $17m in 2013. Today’s Higher Education Section of the Australian has a story entitled Unis consultants make $17m killingIn this story Andrew Trounson (who by the way broke the story on Vic TAFE funding Crisis on Wednesday 2 April well before The Age) reveals that Victoria’s universities spent about $17m on consultancy fees in 2013. According to the story Booz & Co were paid $6.5m by the University of Melbourne to provide advice on business practice and processes and who wouldn’t drink to that!
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) received a total of $4.4m from all Victorian universities. More...

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Is the ERA antithetical to intellectual freedom?

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_5b19dccaf4dd86dd45dc2e13dec72aea_w80_.jpgPosted by Jen T. Kwok. This article by Janin Bredehoeft, University of Sydney, appeared in the March 2014 issue of Advocate.
A year after the release of the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2012 National Report, the Australian Research Council (ARC) is preparing for the 2015 ERA exercise, though clouds remain over the assessment of research impact, and whether it will still be a metric driven approach.
Based upon existing public debate, there appears to be fierce disagreement about the appropriate balance between metrics and peer review. From some quarters  the assessment of impact is unnecessary unless buckets of funding are allocated through the assessment.At the start of 2014, draft ERA 2015 submission documents were made available for public comment, though the guidelines are currently bereft of any reference to the intended new measures of impact and engagement. Notably they also fail to reform or repudiate the kinds of institutional game-playing that the NTEU warned about in our 2013 report Impact of ERA Research Assessment on University Behaviour and their Staff. More...

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National General and Professional Staff Conference 2013

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_5b19dccaf4dd86dd45dc2e13dec72aea_w80_.jpgPosted by Adam Knobel.On 5 – 6 November at the University of Adelaide, NTEU held a national conference for general and professional staff. The key themes of the conference were to examine:
  • The roles of General/Professional staff
  • Career development and goals
  • Change and continuity in mass higher education.
All the Australian universities were represented, with library, technical and admin staff from levels 3 to 9. More...

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Commission of Audit: one-sided, secretive and political

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_5b19dccaf4dd86dd45dc2e13dec72aea_w80_.jpgPosted by Paul Clifton (NTEU National Office). This article by Terri MacDonald appears in the March 2014 issue of Advocate.
In October, the Federal Government announced the commencement of the National Commission of Audit, intended to be a whole of government review for the purpose of cutting expenditure and reducing the size of public service. 
The Commission is headed by Tony Shepherd, former President of the Business Council of Australia. Its members are drawn from big business interests and/or conservative politics: Dr Peter Boxall, Tony Cole, Robert Fisher and Amanda Vanstone. The Commission’s head of secretariat and economic adviser  is conservative macro-economist Peter Crone.
The Commission is tasked with reporting to Government in two phases: the first, due mid-February 2014, focused on public sector performance and accountability. The second, to be delivered in May, is designed to inform the Government’s considerations for the 2014–15 Budget.
Neither of the Commission’s reports are to be made publically available. More...

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We are already in a Beyond-GDP world, but we need a compass

This blog, written by Donato Speroni, provides some highlights from the final conference of the BRAINPOoL project which prove useful for moving beyond GDP. The post is based on an article published on numerus.corriere.it and is part of the Wikiprogress Series on Data and Statistics.
Being a journalist and blogger about statistics and politics, I have been following the “Beyond GDP” (B-GDP) research since the 1st OECD Forum on “Statistics, Knowledge and policy” in Palermo in 2004. We all know that the need to find new ways for measuring progress was outlined almost 50 years ago by Robert Kennedy and that the research became a global effort from 2009, after the publication of the Stiglitz Report. The economic crisis dramatized the need for new parameters, because it changed the values contributing to an acceptable well-being, while sustainability is also becoming a growing concern. More...

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