21 septembre 2014

Education Dept. Imposes Financial Restrictions on ITT

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The for-profit education provider disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday that the department had put it on “heightened cash monitoring” status, which restricts how it can receive student-aid funds. ITT warned investors in July that it might face financial restrictions over its failure to turn in a series of financial statements and audits from last year by a June 30 deadline. More...

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Common App No Longer Requires Members to Conduct ‘Holistic’ Reviews

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. The Common Application will no longer require member colleges to conduct “holistic” reviews of applicants, the organization announced on Friday. The change in policy will allow institutions that do not require admission essays or recommendations to join the 549 colleges worldwide that use the standardized online admission form. More...

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The MOOC Where Everybody Learned

By . Some MOOC skeptics believe that the only students fit to learn in massive open online courses are those who are already well educated. Without coaching and the support system of a traditional program, the thinking goes, ill-prepared students will not learn a thing. Read more...

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New Online Services Aim to Democratize Admissions Counseling

By . Websites offering online college-admission counseling have proliferated in the past few years, with services whose prices range from free to thousands of dollars. This week saw the launch of two new options that claim to make low-cost resources more widely available. Read more...

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Scholars Take Aim at Student Evaluations’ ‘Air of Objectivity’

http://chronicle.com/img/subscribe-footer.pngBy Dan Berrett. Student course evaluations are often misused statistically and shed little light on the quality of teaching, two scholars at the University of California at Berkeley argue in the draft of a new paper.
"We’re confusing consumer satisfaction with product value," Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at Berkeley, said in an interview.
"An Evaluation of Course Evaluations," which he wrote with Richard Freishtat, senior consultant at Berkeley’s Center for Teaching and Learning, lays out a mathematical critique of the evaluations and describes an alternative vision for analyzing and improving teaching. Read more...

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Madness and the Muse - We’re captivated by the idea of the troubled genius. But is it a fiction?

http://chronicle.com/img/subscribe-footer.pngBy Tom Bartlett. Nancy Andreasen is not a smooth performer-of-ideas in the TED vein, the sort who roams the stage wirelessly mic’d, dispensing wisdom with Broadway-caliber aplomb. She does it old school, podium and PowerPoint, describing her research as she clicks through slides. The 400 or so people gathered for a midafternoon session of this summer's Aspen Ideas Festival were drawn by the promise of learning "The Secrets of the Creative Brain" from Andreasen, a literary scholar turned psychiatrist and neuroscientist, winner of the National Science Medal, and author of a landmark study that found that eight out of 10 writers had experienced some form of mental illness during their lives. Read more...

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Top Portuguese academic decries 'filthy' English

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . A best-selling book penned by a Portuguese don has excoriated the English for being 'promiscuous, dirty and drunken'. Read more...

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University 2015: tackling aptitude tests

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy Nick Morrison. Universities are now more competitive than ever, prompting a rise in the use of aptitude tests to distinguish between applicants, says Nick Morrison. Read more...

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For top universities, students come second

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . Universities are increasingly complex, multibillion-pound organisations in which teaching comes a distant second on the priority list. It’s the start of the academic year, and up and down the country, the motorways will be full of family hatchbacks, transporting teenagers to university for the first time. Read more...

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University reforms 'will lead to surge in students from EU'

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . The Higher Education Policy Institute says that abolishing limits on the recruitment of students to English universities will lead to a rise in the number of EU undergraduates. Read more...

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