24 mai 2014

Harvard U. Will Loosen Subject-Test Requirement

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. Harvard University will no longer require all applicants for undergraduate admission to submit scores from SAT subject tests, according to an email sent last week to the institution’s alumni interviewers. In the May 14 message, William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, wrote that Harvard would soon change how it describes its testing requirements. “While we normally require two SAT subject tests,” he wrote, the new language will say, “you may apply without them if the cost of taking the tests represents a financial hardship or if you prefer to have your application considered without them.” More...

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ConnectEDU Sells CoursEval to Venture-Capital Firm

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy Lawrence Biemiller. A Maine-based venture-capital firm is buying Academic Management Systems and its CoursEval software line from the bankrupt education-technology company ConnectEDU, according to a news release from the North Atlantic Capital Corporation, the purchaser. Brian Hopewell, vice president of Academic Management Systems, said the change would “allow us to bring more resources to bear on innovation and growth.” The release said that CoursEval is in use at more than 300 institutions for evaluating both courses and instructors. More...

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Middlebury Faculty Seeks to Cut Ties With Online-Education Company

By Steve Kolowich. The faculty at Middlebury College last week took a stand against the Vermont institution’s partnership with K12, an online-education company that has been helping the college turn its reputation as a language-instruction mecca into a business venture. Read more...

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European Students and Employers Seek More Web-Development MOOCs

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . Students, education providers, and employers call massive open online courses one of the best ways to learn web-development skills, according to a report released on Thursday by the European Commission. More...

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Women Are Underrepresented as College Chiefs but May Get Higher Pay

By Jonah Newman. Walk into the president’s office at a public research university, and chances are high that the person behind the desk is a man. An 84-percent chance, in fact. According to new data from The Chronicle’s annual survey of executive compensation, women accounted for just 40 of the 254 people who served as chief executives of public universities and public-college systems in 2012-13. More...

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Death of ‘Patent Troll’ Bill Is Mixed Blessing for Research Universities

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/bottom-line-header.pngBy Goldie Blumenstyk. Congress now seems unlikely this year to pass patent-reform legislation aimed at controlling so-called patent trolls. That’s both good news and bad news for the research universities that have been in the thick of the debate. The bad news, according to John C. Vaughn, executive vice president of the Association of American Universities, is that there will be no new law, yet “there is a problem out there to be solved.” The good news, he says, is that proposals being pushed by the computer and information-technology industry, which many universities found “really quite problematic,” are unlikely to be enacted this year either. Read more...

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An Incomplete Rainbow - Queer freedom and the tolerance trap

By Suzanna Danuta Walters. When I came out, at 16, in those fashion-challenged late 70s when tweedy jackets and pinky rings had to do hard labor in signifying lesbian identity, my (liberal) mother sent me to a shrink before she began her queer re-education and joined the cause, righteous pink triangle pinned on her ample bosom. I knew not one other gay kid, there were no support groups in my high school, and I felt so very alone until I blissfully discovered gay bars, gay bookstores, and the gay movement. Now my 19-year-old daughter (after a high-school career of being the "s" in gay-straight alliances) seems to imagine she gains street cred by claiming queer provenance and goes to a college where gender bending is just another day and creative pronouns business as usual. More...

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Think College Costs Too Much? Thank the Government

By Arthur F. Kirk Jr. I am not going to argue that a four-year college education isn’t expensive. It is. I won’t argue that its return on investment makes it worthwhile, although it surely does. I also cannot argue that increasing the number of administrators doesn’t increase the cost of a higher education. It does. More...

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Trust the Education Department With a Student Database? Not Likely

By Richard Ekman. A proposal for a detailed federal database of all college students has once again surfaced, the brainchild of researchers who believe that a major purpose of colleges is to serve as data sources for their own studies, and of policy wonks who think that any nationwide effort worth doing must be owned and operated by the federal government. More...

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NIH to Require Gender Balance in Subjects of Animal Studies

By Paul Basken. The National Institutes of Health announced on Wednesday a new policy requiring that both sexes be represented among the subjects of preclinical biomedical research it finances involving animal and cell models. More than two decades after requiring gender balance among human beings in the trials themselves, NIH leaders said they now realize that the same step should be applied to the laboratory experiments that inform those trials. The policy reflects a widespread recognition of differences in how men and women differ in their responses to medical treatments, the NIH’s director, Francis S. Collins, and the director of the NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health, Janine A. Clayton, wrote in an article in Nature announcing the policy. More...

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