27 septembre 2014

Admissions Leaders Gather to Weigh ‘Prestige, Financial Aid, and Love’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. Indianapolis — Gray areas, pink hair, and a silver scooter. I heard about all of those over three days here at the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual conference, where officials shared concerns about many issues. The challenge of recruiting students in this high-tech age. The relentless need to bolster the bottom line as institutional budgets remain tight. And the weight of expectations—some reasonable, some not—to deliver a bigger, better freshman class each year. More...

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The Man Who Ranks Philosophy Departments Now Rankles Them, Too

http://chronicle.com/img/subscribe-footer.pngBy Peter Schmidt. Brian Leiter may be a law professor, a philosopher, and the editor of an influential report that ranks universities’ philosophy departments. But when it comes to dealing with people he regards as being out of line, a different feature comes to the fore: "I’m a New Yorker." Read more...

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What You Need to Know About Yik Yak, an App Causing Trouble on Campuses

http://chronicle.com/img/subscribe-footer.pngBy Rebecca Koenig. Anonymous posts on a smartphone application called Yik Yak are facilitating conversations on college campuses, but the dialogue is not always fit for the classroom. Discussions on the app sometimes dredge up racist, sexist, and other degrading content, and students at multiple colleges have been arrested for using Yik Yak to post threats to campus safety. Read more...

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Why Academics Stink at Writing

http://chronicle.com/img/subscribe-footer.pngBy Steven Pinker. Together with wearing earth tones, driving Priuses, and having strong opinions about foreign policy, the most conspicuous trait of the American professoriate may be the prose style called academese. An editorial cartoon by Tom Toles shows a bearded academic at his desk offering the following explanation of why SAT verbal scores are at an all-time low. Read more...

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‘Excellent Sheep’ Author Returns to Yale to Tend His Flock

http://chronicle.com/img/subscribe-footer.pngBy Dan Berrett. William Deresiewicz expected a spirited homecoming when he came back to Yale University on Wednesday.
The former English professor at the university has made a lot of enemies on the country’s most prestigious campuses—and it was unclear what reaction he would get during his first visit here since the publication in August of his new book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. Read more...

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The x-factor

By . It sounds like a winning formula for the good life: “A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread – and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness.” That is how Omar Khayyam pictured his poetic life, at least according to the Victorian romantic Edward Fitzgerald, who recast his verses. But it wasn’t as easy as that desert idyll made out. In reality, Omar made his name as an early exponent of algebra. Yet today, young students of mathematics are gaining top grades at GCSE with little or no algebra. More...

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Britain's top private schools 'to train their own teachers'

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) announces that it will launch a new teacher training scheme amid concerns over a shortage of talented recruits. Read more...

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Plymouth University under fire for spending £95,000 on seven chairs

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . Plymouth University under fire for spending £95,000 on seven chairs. Plymouth University has come under fire for spending £95,000 on seven designer chairs for its graduation ceremonies.
The chairs have been commissioned from the designer John Makepeace, and will be used in both its graduation ceremonies and other public university events. A statement issued by the university has corrected initial reports that said the chairs would cost £150,000. More...

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There's a price to be paid for GP co-payment and higher uni fees

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . When the cost of something rises, demand falls. So the Medicare co-payment and university deregulation may mean people are a little sicker and a little more ignorant. More...

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Universities need scholarship that is more confusing – and more exciting

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . Free-ranging thinkers of earlier times, unconfined by university appointments, reflected on whatever they felt like. In 1866 the position of professor of mind and logic became vacant at my university. The two leading candidates were James Martineau, a Unitarian religious philosopher and brother of the writer and early social scientist Harriet Martineau, and the 24-year-old George Croom Robertson. Martineau was regarded as one of the leading thinkers of the day, while Robertson was barely known. More...

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