23 août 2014

Surge of Indian Grad Students

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. Foreign applications to U.S. graduate schools and initial admission offers to international students continue to increase, driven by a surge of interest from India and despite a slight drop in applications from China, according to a new survey on international graduate admissions from the Council of Graduate Schools. Read more...

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Great Expectations, Bleaker Results

HomeBy Ry Rivard. Higher education consultants tend to project savings beyond what colleges can achieve, sometimes don’t understand the complexities of the institutions they advise, and fail to appreciate the politics around the changes they propose, according to a new study by the Education Advisory Board. Read more...

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Hat in Hand on Facebook

HomeBy Ry Rivard. Colleges are increasingly turning to one-day social media blitzes to raise money, especially from their youngest alumni. The latest will take place today at the University of Vermont, the state’s flagship in Burlington. Officials there have organized a daylong social media “extravaganza” to connect with what it calls its elusive young alums. During the Move In Day Challenge, pegged to the university’s move-in day, officials will post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all day, including videos of students moving in and talking about the university. Read more...

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Twitter Has the Chatter

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Academia.edu, ResearchGate and other websites jostle for the title of go-to social network for researchers, but when faculty members go online to discuss their peers’ work, many of them turn to Twitter.
That’s one takeaway from Richard Van Noorden’s study of social media use in higher education, published last week in the science journal Nature. Read more...

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Don't Shop Online

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Faculty members at George Washington University are once again free to tell students they can save money by buying their textbooks online, after the university initially urged professors to stop pointing students to sources other than the campus bookstore. Read more...

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Place Your Bets

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Can the billion-dollar ed-tech industry, flush with funds from venture capital firms, keep up its record-setting investment pace, or is it setting itself up for a massive crash?
It was a question floated at this year’s Education Innovation Summit, the marquee event for ed-tech companies -- startups and established players alike -- to woo investors eyeing the industry. Read more...

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Approaching balance in an academic life

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. Recently, I received an accolade that not only meant a great deal to me, but also set many thoughts in motion about how I think about work. OK, this is just a Twitter mention, but it comes from a person whose own work I respect; and for me, “succeeding at research and teaching while staying human” is a pretty economical description of a successful academic career. More...

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Deans Love Books

By . “Doesn’t Matt care about publishing books anymore?” That’s what an editor of a well-established humanities journal recently asked one of my press colleagues. The editor had just returned from a meeting with me, where she had expressed interest in publishing “curated” collections of articles from back issues of the journal. It struck me as a wonderful idea. More...

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Citing Syllabi

By . My first experience in the syllabi bakery was years ago while doing some tech support for a certain well-known scholar. She was staring at the beginnings of a reading list on her office computer while I tried to restore a dead laptop. Suddenly, she jumped to her feet and began to browse through her impressive collection of books, ‘Agency,’ she mumbled, ‘I need to assign something on agency.’ The professor was still on a search for agency when I left. More...

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Won’t You Guess My Name?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I didn’t know I was named for the devil until I studied on an exchange program in Belgium. There, I would be introduced as “Mademoiselle Luci Férriss,” and the people who had begun stretching out their hands would recoil. “Lucifer!” they exclaimed more than once. “Why would your parents have saddled you with such a name?”
The answer, of course, is that my parents hadn’t thought they were naming me after the Prince of Darkness. The origin of my first name is the Latin word for light. The origin of my last name is probably the Latin ferrum, referring to ironmakers somewhere back in the family tree; but it could also be the Latin ferre, “to carry,” which made Lucifer the bringer of light, or the dawn. In any case, I’ve rather enjoyed being named after a fallen angel, especially when I’ve found people from other cultures also studying the name in puzzlement. More...

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