23 août 2014

The Digital Natives Are Restless

HomeBy Judith Shapiro. Regular readers of the higher education press have had occasion to learn a great deal about digital developments and online initiatives in higher education. We have heard both about and from those for whom this world is still terra relatively incognita. And, increasingly, we are hearing both about and from those commonly considered to be to be “digital natives” –- the term “native” conveying the idea of their either having been born to the culture in question or being so adapted to it that they might as well have been. Read more...

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Call to Merge 3 Universities

HomeBy Julie Hare for The Australian. A call by the leader of an Australian state for its three universities to consider a full or partial amalgamation comes just two years after the idea was rejected for being too expensive and for the likelihood that the costs would outweigh the benefits. Read more...

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Best Path for Transfer Credit

HomeBy Michael Stratford. Students are most likely to be successful in transferring academic credits when they have higher grade-point averages and move between community colleges and four-year institutions, according to a new federal study released Wednesday. Read more...

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What Students Write

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Professors sometimes bemoan their students' writing skills. But how good are professors at creating quality writing assignments? There's no recent, national study of how and what professors are asking their students to write, despite lots of research suggesting that rich, varied writing assignments and opportunities for feedback mean better student papers. A new book seeks to fill that data void, and argues that what professors are asking their students to write is as important as what students end up writing.
“Writing assignments are revealing classroom artifacts,” says Dan Melzer, reading and writing coordinator at California State University at Sacramento in his book, Assignments Across the Curriculum: A National Study of College Writing (Utah State University Press). Read more...

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For-Profit on the Job Application

HomeBy Paul Fain. In the debate over the value of attending a for-profit college, the rubber hits the road in corporate human resources departments. And now, for the first time, researchers have looked at how employers respond when for-profits are listed on a résumé. The newly released working paper by five economists tracked callbacks by employers in response to 8,914 fictitious job applications. Read more...

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Call for Trustee Activism

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Citing a "failure of higher education governance," a group convened by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni has called on trustees to play a much more active role in overseeing their institutions. The group issued a report suggesting serious erosion in the quality of American higher education. Read more...

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'Hard Times' and Higher Ed

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. "Hard Times" is the theme for this year's annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Many sessions -- including those on higher education -- focus on issues of income inequality. Sociologists presented numerous studies on various ways that policies and practices in American higher education hinder the success of low-income students. Several of the papers suggested that key inequities are not that hard to find, but don't necessarily attract attention. Read more...

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Still a Losing Game

HomeBy Charlie Tyson. More students than ever are taking the ACT, says the ACT’s annual score report, released today. A record 1.84 million high school students who graduated in 2014 took the college readiness test – suggesting that more young people have college in their sights. But for many test-takers, succeeding in postsecondary education might be an empty hope. Average scores remain stagnant. Only 39 percent of test-takers met three or more of the ACT’s college readiness benchmarks in English, math, reading and science – a percentage that’s unchanged from last year. And striking racial gaps persist. Read more...

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Humanities vs. STEM, Redux

HomeBy Charlie Tyson. A new analysis from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences confirms a common fear: humanities majors and STEM majors dwell in separate academic silos. STEM majors, especially engineering students, take few humanities courses, the data show. And humanities majors take even fewer STEM courses. Read more...

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Are International Students Satisfied?

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. An analysis of satisfaction surveys from 60,000 international students at 48 universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia reveals that students are, by and large, satisfied, but that satisfaction levels vary by country of origin and that large proportions of undergraduate international students from a single country can inhibit integration. Read more...

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