30 mai 2014

Ketoohamohk Wuske Ketoohomaonk

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . So you’re ready to learn a new language. How about Wampanoag? 
You’ll find it useful if you plan to visit Massachusetts. That is, if you’re traveling by time machine to visit the Massachusetts of about 350 years ago. That was when Wampanoag (aka Massachusett) was the principal language spoken by long-time inhabitants of the region, though it (and they) were being displaced by English invaders. More...

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Make College-Savings Tax Breaks More Equitable, Group Urges

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Report: “Harnessing the Tax Code to Promote College Affordability: Options for Reform”|
Author: Joe Valenti, director of asset building; David A. Bergeron, vice president for postsecondary education; and Elizabeth Baylor, associate director of postsecondary education, all at the Center for American Progress.More...

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Political Fight in India Raises Questions About Academic Credentials

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy Does the head of a country’s higher-education system need a college degree?
That question is dogging the government of Narendra Modi, India’s newly elected prime minister. On Monday, Mr. Modi chose Smriti Irani to lead India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, which oversees the country’s colleges and universitiesMore...

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Controversies Over Campus Speakers Are Said to Have Grown More Frequent

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The number of controversies over speakers on college campuses has risen sharply in the last 15 years, says a report released on Wednesday by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a free-speech advocacy group known as FIREMore...

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At-Risk Students Who Fall Behind Struggle to Catch Up, Study Finds

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Underachieving students in at-risk groups are less likely than other underachieving students to meet college-readiness standards four years later, according to a report released on Thursday by ACT. The report describes the percentage of “far off track” students in at-risk categories. More...

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10 Times the Computing Capacity, at Only Twice the Electricity

subscribe todayBy Megan O'Neil. The University of Maryland at College Park has a new Ferrari of a supercomputer, and it’s students who are taking it for a test drive. Some 60 students enrolled in the university’s high-performance-computing boot camp, now in its second of two weeks, are the first to make use of Deepthought2, the newest supercomputer in higher education. The $4.2-million machine has a processing speed of about 300 teraflops, meaning it can complete up to 300 trillion operations per second, and it has a petabyte of storage. It is the equivalent of 10,000 laptops working together simultaneously, university officials say. Read more...

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‘Is College Worth It?’ You Might First Ask, ‘Worth It for Whom?’

By Jonah Newman. It’s commencement season, so it’s no surprise that the “Is college worth it?” question is making headlines (again) this week. Perhaps fueled by nervous graduates and parents wondering if they’ve just flushed four (or more) years and many thousands of dollars down the drain, a column on that question by David Leonhardt of The New York Times became the most-read and most-emailed article on the newspaper’s websiteMore...

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Racial Gaps in Attainment Widen, as State Support for Higher Ed Falls

By Jonah Newman. The Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics released on Thursday its enormous annual report on the state of education in the United States. “The Condition of Education 2014” is based on 42 national indicators, from preschool enrollment to degree attainment to labor-force participationMore...

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Why the Disciplines Still Matter

subscribe todayBJerry A. JacobsThese days, the term "interdisciplinary" is increasingly assumed to be synonymous with "innovative." The popular notion seems to be that the solutions to real-world problems require the insights of cross-trained researchers, or at least interdisciplinary teams. Indeed, interdisciplinary initiatives are springing up on campuses everywhere. 
For example, Arizona State has reorganized its college of arts and sciences along interdisciplinary lines, and Brown University’s program to support an extra year of graduate interdisciplinary training, which received a $2-million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is in its second year. Read more...

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Nazis, French Porn, and Film Studies: Bernard Natan's Strange Saga

subscribe todayBy Thomas Doherty. Mention Bernard Natan to even the most obsessive connoisseur of French cinema and you’re liable to get a blank stare. If recognized at all, the name might call up a vague association with sleaze and scandal. Natan, a new documentary from Ireland by the filmmakers David Cairns and Paul Duane, sketches in the full and fascinating picture—enumerating Natan’s achievements, debunking the allegations, and reconstructing a legacy lost to malign neglectRead more...

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