15 juin 2014

The Ad People Noticed

HomeBy Charlie Tyson. Academics often bemoan what Marc Bousquet, an associate professor of English at Emory University, called “the qualifications ratchet.” To be competitive for entry-level faculty jobs, Bousquet said, aspiring professors – particularly in the humanities – must have accumulated a body of work that generations ago would have won them tenure.
A job listing published Tuesday by Santa Clara University’s English department struck some observers as the latest occurrence of this brand of publication inflation. Read more...

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Obama Defends College Ratings

HomeBy Michael Stratford. A bipartisan pair of Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives opposing the Obama administration’s college ratings system. The president, meanwhile, defended the proposal as a necessary tool for students. Read more...

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Loan Bill Blocked

HomeBy Michael Stratford. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation that would allow existing student loan borrowers to lower the interest rate on their debt. The loan refinancing bill, championed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and backed by President Obama, failed to clear the 60-vote threshold needed to advance. It was defeated on a 56-38 vote. Read more...

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'Place, Not Race'

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Affirmative action remains a hot topic of political and legal debate. Some advocates of diversity have suggested the class-based affirmative action may be the best approach going forward. A new book, Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America (Beacon Press) argues that place-based affirmative action in college admissions is the best path to help the disadvantaged and promote diversity. Read more...

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Only on Canvas

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Unizin is “the Internet2 for digital education,” its founders say. It’s about “creating common gauge rails.” It will be a “goldmine for researchers.” And it begins with Canvas, Instructure’s learning management system. The digital learning consortium, announced Wednesday morning, aims to simplify how universities share learning analytics, content and software platforms. Read more...

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Throwing Rocks at the Ivory Tower

HomeBy Charlie Tyson. The filmmaker Andrew Rossi seems drawn to industries in decline. (Or alleged decline, anyway.) Rossi’s 2011 documentary “Page One” chronicled The New York Times’ efforts to withstand a brutal media climate. His latest venture, “Ivory Tower,” which debuts Friday in New York and Los Angeles, casts its lens on another institution in crisis: the world of nonprofit higher education. Read more...

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Learning to Adapt

HomeBy Paul Fain. The term "adaptive learning" can mean many things, even to colleges that have begun experimenting with it.
A broad definition is the use of software -- often driven by data collection -- to create a more individualized learning experience for students. Experts say adaptive learning has promise in tailoring coursework and supports to students, which could boost retention and graduation rates. Read more...

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Ethnic minorities face barriers to social mobility and job opportunities

The Guardian homeBy . Academic success is not reflected in employment outcomes, say Manchester University researchers. Britain's ethnic minorities still face significant barriers to social mobility despite many having better qualifications than their white counterparts, according to researchers at the University of Manchester. Chinese, Indian, Irish, Bangladeshi and black African students are now outperforming their white British peers in obtaining five or more GSCEs at grade A* to C, but increased attainment over the past 20 years has failed to translate into improved job outcomes, say academics from the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity. More...

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Ethnic minorities, employment and social mobility: see the research findings

The Guardian homeBy . Findings by the University of Manchester, which are to be presented at the House of Lords on Thursday, show that despite increased educational attainment, ethnic minorities still face barriers to employment and social mobility. More...

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UK science needs more bread-and-butter investment

The Guardian homeBy . As the UK's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills seeks views on capital investment in science and research, the Royal Society of Chemistry looks ahead to 2020 and the basic ingredients we need to create a successful science base. More...

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