29 mai 2014

Colleges Rattled as Obama Seeks Rating System

New York TimesBy The college presidents were appalled. Not only had President Obama called for a government rating system for their schools, but now one of his top education officials was actually suggesting it would be as easy as evaluating a kitchen applianceRead more...

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Ignorance shown about academic freedom at U of S

By Len Findlay. Findlay is a professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan, and chair of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, Canadian Association of University Teachers. Lawrie McFarlane (Academic freedom misunderstood in Canada, SP May 23) remains as ignorant today about academic freedom as he was when he was deputy minister of advanced education in the 1980s.
Indeed, he now seems even more bent on reducing such freedom to a political alibi and bureaucratic toy, seeking to trump a key set of rights and responsibilities via appeals to corporate loyalty and executive obedience. More...

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See the world. But see Canada too

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Antonia MaioniWatching Erin Freeland Ballantyne receive the Public Policy Forum’s Emerging Leader award last month, it occurred to me how much is being overlooked in all of the soul-searching about the potential enrichment of a university education. 
Canada wants its citizens to be players in the global community, so it needs to graduate “students without boundaries”, who can move freely within and beyond our universities, provinces, national borders and academia itself to tackle new challenges and opportunities. More...

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Gen Y's lack of financial independence is striking

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Rob CarrickThe young adults of Generation Y want what their parents have – the full package of careers, cars, houses and kids. 
Yet many of these young people lack full-time jobs in their field and a large number of them are being supported to some extent by their parents, even into their 30s. Plenty of Gen Y members are doing fine in today’s economy, but the overall lack of financial independence is striking. More...

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Student binge drinkers targeted

By Stephen Maughan. The National Union of Students and the Home Office have launched a scheme tackling student binge drinking, including initiations and pub crawls. More...

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SLC rapped over data breach

By . The Student Loans Company has been criticised after sending medical details and even a psychological assessment of applicants to the wrong people. Three students had their details disclosed to other loan applicants in 2012, the Information Commissioner’s Office has revealed. More...

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MLA mulls five-year completion target in PhD reform

By Colleen Flaherty. Colleen Flaherty reports for InsideHigherEd from the Modern Language Association conference 2014. Criticising humanities doctoral programmes is easy. They take too long, they continue to emphasise training for tenure-track faculty positions in an era when such positions are scarce, they encourage the book-model of dissertation at a time when books are hard to publish, even full funding isn’t always “full” – the list goes on.
Solving the PhD predicament is much harder, but that’s what the Modern Language Association is attempting to do, or at least start to do, in a new report. The Report of the MLA Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Literature culminates two formal years of work but reflects discussions dating to 2008 and earlier. More...

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BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers take to stage

By . Scheme offers young researchers the chance to build media profile. The latest crop of New Generation Thinkers have been named. The annual scheme, sponsored by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, was launched in 2010 and selects 10 promising young academics who are not only working in areas judged to be of broad interest, but who also have the presentational skills to make their work accessible. More...

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A-level reforms graded 'F' by students

By . NUS/OCR poll finds widespread disquiet over Michael Gove’s proposals. Three-quarters of students oppose government plans to reform A levels, according to a poll. More...

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University students shunning books in favour of Wikipedia

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy . Prof Orlando Figes, of Birkbeck, University of London, says students no longer read books as they get information from websites such as Wikipedia and SparkNotes. Read more...

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