27 décembre 2014

Anthropologists Urged to Focus on Police, Inequality

HomeThe president of the American Anthropological Association on Friday issued a statement calling on anthropologists to act in response to the issue of police killings of unarmed black men.
"In the United States, too many black Americans are killed by officers of the law. As anthropologists, we must speak out whenever our common humanity gives way to discrimination, prejudice and violence". Read more...

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A Mixed Report on Salaita Controversy

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The University of Illinois violated key principles of shared governance and academic freedom in its review -- and rejection -- of the hiring of Steven G. Salaita, a faculty panel has found. The faculty panel's report, released Tuesday, was particularly critical of the use of civility as a standard in making hiring decisions. Read more...

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Accreditors' Sanctions and Quality

HomeBy Michael Stratford. Accrediting agencies, on average, have not been more likely to sanction colleges with poor student outcomes than they are higher-performing institutions, according to an analysis by a Congressional watchdog. But the largest of them -- and the ones that accredit most public and nonprofit colleges -- are, the report notes. A Government Accountability Office report released Monday took particular aim at national accreditors, saying there was no significant difference in how those accrediting agencies responded to colleges with weak and strong student outcomes. Read more...

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Big Union Win

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling last week that could clear the way for much more unionization of faculty members at private colleges and universities. Read more...

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Academic Journals Lead the Way in Profits

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Did you know that Elsevier, the big scholarly-journal publisher, has a more lucrative business than Apple’s? That’s among the points made in a Green Mountain College professor’s striking look at the highly profitable academic-publishing business. The professor—Jason Schmitt, director of the college’s communications-studies program—calls scholarly journals “the most profitable obsolete technology in history.” More...

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Federal Agency Finds Plenty of Fault With Oversight of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Three days before Christmas, the Government Accountability Office put big lumps of coal in the stockings of accreditors and the U.S. Department of Education. The federal office released a report criticizing accrediting agencies’ efforts to oversee academic quality at colleges, and faulting the Education Department for not increasing its own scrutiny of colleges that are under accreditors’ sanctions. More...

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An update on the specifications grading process

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. The last time I posted, I made a public commitment that I would be moving away from traditional points-based grading systems and implementing specifications grading in the upcoming semester. It’s 20 days later, and after a week of in-depth trial and error (mostly error, it feels like), I have working prototypes of specs grading-centered versions of both courses I’ll be teaching. With a few modifications (that’s your cue for suggestions, readers) these are basically ready to “ship”. More...

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'No amount of spin' will change dislike of university fee increases, Labor says

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy Australian Associated Press. Senator Kim Carr criticises Coalition for reportedly spending $500,000 on market research to win support for its deregulation of fees and other changes. More...

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UK research is getting better all the time – or is it?

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy Simon Marginson. Research assessment has a dual character. On the one hand it is rooted in material facts and objective methods. Strong research quality and quantity should be and are rewarded in the research excellence framework (Ref). On the other hand, the outcome is shaped normatively by institutions that select and fashion data for competitive purposes. More...

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A-level students increasingly missing predicted mark

By  . Growing numbers of A-level students are failing to achieve their predicted grades, posing a challenge for university admission tutors. More...

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