18 mai 2014

Hazards of the Cloud: Data-Storage Service’s Crash Sets Back Researchers

By Steve Kolowich. Dedoose, a cloud-based application for managing research data, suffered a “devastating” technical failure last week that caused academics across the country to lose large amounts of research work, some of which may be gone for good. Read more...

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But Is That Ethical? Ask This App.

By Steve Kolowich. The disclaimer on Santa Clara University’s new mobile app strikes an ominous tone:
“In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website/app.”
Then again the Ethical Decision Making app, developed by the university’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, aims for more-consequential uses than, say, Fruit Ninja or Angry Birds. Read more...

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Coursera Co-Founder Takes a Job at ‘China’s Google’

By Steve Kolowich. A big fish in the education-media world has been swallowed by an even bigger fish. CourseSmart, a major provider of electronic textbook content, has been acquired by the Ingram Content Group, a media company that supplies books and music to thousands of retailers across the world. CourseSmart was created in 2007 by the “big five” textbook companies as an online marketplace for their digital content. Read more...

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Coaches, Not Presidents, Top Public-College Pay List

By Jonah Newman. It’s no secret that in more than 40 states the highest-paid public employee isn’t the governor or even a university president. It’s a public-college football or basketball coach. Coaches’ salaries are well documented and are often cited in comparisons with the salaries of student-athletes ($0) or with professors and college presidents (considerably higher). More...

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Advocates for a Tougher ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule Step Into the Fray

By . Student groups, veterans organizations, and others who want the federal government to put more teeth into its newest proposed “gainful employment” regulation are launching a visible lobbying and public-relations effort over the measure this week. There’s a Twitter campaign set for Wednesday—complete with its own hashtag, #studentsdemand—and a Capitol Hill news conference on Thursday featuring students at for-profit colleges and several U.S. senators. More...

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When Laying Blame for Rising College Costs, Don’t Forget About Enrollment

By . In recent months, higher-education news coverage across the country has focused on the increased share of public-college costs being shifted from state governments to students. The prevailing story line goes like this: States have “disinvested” in higher education during the past quarter-century, “cutting” money for public colleges and forcing institutions to raise tuition to cover the loss of tax dollars. As a result, many of the stories proclaim, students are neck-deep, or worse, in student-loan debt, which is hampering the economy and perhaps even forcing them to borrow more money for other purchases. The first part of this narrative isn’t untrue, according to the figures reported annually by the State Higher Education Executive Officers. More...

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UCLA Sets $4.2-Billion Campaign Goal, Largest by a Public University

By . The University of California at Los Angeles announced on Friday a $4.2-billion campaign, the largest goal sought to date by a public university in the United States. The Centennial Campaign is scheduled to conclude in 2019, the 100th anniversary of the university’s establishment. The bulk of the campaign’s total—$1.65-billion—is earmarked to build up the university’s research, while $1.5-billion would go toward student aid and faculty support, including endowed professorships. Some $800-million would finance a variety of construction projects. The remaining $250-million would be unrestricted. More...

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MOOCs’ disruption is only beginning

The Boston GlobeBy Clayton M. Christensen and Michelle R. Weise. Journalists, as 2013 ended, were busy declaring the death of MOOCs, more formally known as massive open online courses. Silicon Valley startup Udacity, one of the first to offer the free Web-based college classes, had just announced its pivot to vocational training — a sure sign to some that this much-hyped revolution in higher education had failed. The collective sigh of relief from more traditional colleges and universities was audible. More...

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Oh, the humanities: How much does your major, or school choice, really matter?

Deseret NewsBy . Humanities degrees are black holes where unsuspecting students trade in their parents' hard-earned money for some useless knowledge on how to contextualize the writings of Gabriel García Márquez.
Or at least, that seems to be the pervasive message out there for incoming college students looking to choose a major. But according to a report by Brigham Young University, those who choose to major in philosophy or comparative literature have more diverse career options than one might expect. More...

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Banks Say Deals With Colleges Could End If U.S. Rule Adopted

http://s0.2mdn.net/3246688/market_CTA2now_backup_728x90.gifBy Carter Dougherty. Negotiations between industry, consumer groups and universities on U.S. rules for banking services aimed at college students have stalled over a Department of Education proposal to ban most account fees. Financial companies say that if the proposal is adopted it could upend the multimillion-dollar marketing deals between universities and firms including Wells Fargo (WFC:US) & Co., U.S. Bancorp and Huntington Bancshares Inc. (HBAN:US) Advocacy groups maintain that the banks are deliberately painting a worst-case scenario. Read more...

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