04 mai 2014

What Does the Education Dept. Know About Race?

By Jonah Newman. Our post last week on minority enrollment and diversity at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor sparked a lively debate in the comments section about demographic data and diversity. More...

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Penn State’s Patent Auction Produces More Lessons Than Revenue

By Goldie Blumenstyk. Last month Pennsylvania State University held an auction to sell dozens of engineering patents to the highest bidder, setting off speculation on whether the move would produce a financial windfall for the university. It also stirred consternation among some in the world of academic research, who feared the auction might create easy pickings for businesses known as “patent-assertion entities.” Such entities, also known as patent trolls or nonpracticing entities, scoop up rights to patents and then use them to assert infringement claims to unsuspecting companies, which often pay to settle rather than incur the cost of litigation. Read more...

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College diversity can survive high court’s decision

The Bellingham HeraldIt’s fair to criticize Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard for suggesting his school has too many white students in comparison with people of color. It was an unfortunate way to frame the importance of a diverse student body to the higher education mission.
Shepard gave the regrettable impression that he thinks universities should decrease the number of white students they enroll. We’re confident he meant that colleges — and the nation as a whole — benefit when more students of all races earn university degrees. Read more...

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A real plan for higher education

By Dayne Sherman. Did you hear about the new bill to make “duck wrestling” the Louisiana state sport? It will honor Duck Dynasty, the popular reality TV program based in West Monroe.
No, this is not a bill filed this year, but don’t be surprised if it’s filed next year. In Louisiana, politics is entertainment. If it’s not Huey Long leading the LSU band in Tiger Stadium, then it’s Gov. Edward Edwards, known as a “wizard under the sheets,” unlike former Klansman David Duke, a wizard wearing sheets. More...

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Student leaders push for state loan reform

mndaily.com | The Minnesota Daily - U of M, Minneapolis, St. PaulBy Blair Emerson. Higher education advocates say a 2008 federal law made state loans less accessible. As Congress works to renew the Higher Education Act this year, student leaders in Minnesota are pushing legislators to make state student loans more accessible. The Minnesota Student Association, the Minnesota State University Student Association and national higher education advocates say the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 restricted how colleges inform students about non-federal loans, driving many students to options more costly than loans provided by the state. The law, enacted in 2010, required colleges to certify all non-federal loans through a lengthy process, said Tricia Grimes, a financial aid analyst at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. More...

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My First MOOC: The Planning Behind a Massive Open Online Course

By . A free online course "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies" launches through Coursera next week on April 28. Come back to Entrepreneur.com as we feature additional interviews with course experts and instructors.
Michael Goldberg was teaching entrepreneurship in Vietnam as a Fulbright Scholar in 2012, when he was approached by a government agency to run a seminar on entrepreneurial ecosystems. The National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship had one request: they did not want him to focus on Silicon Valley, where access to angel investment far surpassed the resources available in transitioning economies. Instead, they wanted him to look closer to home – his home – Cleveland, Ohio. More...

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For-Profit Colleges Spend Big on Lobbyists to Fight Obama Regulation

businessBy David Halperin. With the May 27 deadline approaching to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Education, big for-profit colleges are pulling out all the stops to gut the Obama Administration's proposed "gainful employment" rule, which is aimed at curbing predatory career training programs.  Taking some of the $33 billion a year they've been getting from taxpayers, the industry is spending big on lobbyists, with a continued heavy emphasis on hiring former Members of Congress and ex-Capitol Hill staffers. Buttressed by a steady flow of campaign contributions from the for-profit college industry to legislators, these lobbyists lean on their former Capitol Hill colleagues to lean on the White House to water down the rule, as happened in 2011 with a prior version of the regulation (which the industry then managed to get thrown out entirely by a federal judge). More...

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How Western New England University is bucking higher ed's big correction

By Craig Douglas. Western New England University lacks the size and branding power to generate much attention in Massachusetts, or elsewhere for that matter. But its responses to the changing winds in higher education are worth a closer look among the many schools at risk of being swept out to sea.
To be sure, Western New England is fighting the tide, too. Its law school enrollment has been steadily sinking since 2009. Full-time undergrad numbers have teetered, while part-time and summer enrollments are off 20 percent over that same 5-year span. Other red flags — weaker selectivity rates among freshman applicants, a growing reliance on tuition discounts, meager endowment returns — appear to highlight a school struggling to keep up with the times. More...

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Google halts scanning of Apps for Education accounts

By . The search giant says it will no longer collect student data to use for advertising purposes. Google says it is no longer mining the accounts of Google Apps for Education users for advertising data. Revealing the new policy in a blog post Tuesday, Bram Bout, director of Google for Education, also said that Google has removed a toggle to enable and disable ads in the Apps for Education Administrator console. Removing the toggle means that ads in the Apps for Education suite are now automatically turned off, and administrators cannot turn them back on. Google Apps for Education provides the usual lineup of apps for email, calendar, and document creation but is geared toward students and teachers. More...

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Higher education funding still at pre-recession levels; Kansas one of few states last year to keep cutting

By Scott Rothschild. States are funding higher education below pre-recession levels, according to a new report.
But while 42 states last year started to restore some of those reductions, Kansas was among eight states that continued to cut, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report said. The report said that across the nation the higher education cuts have led to reduced educational services or steep tuition increases or both. More...

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