06 avril 2015

$135,000 for Commencement Speech?

HomeBy Jake New. After first trying to keep the deal a secret, the University of Houston admitted this week that it is paying Matthew McConaughey $135,000 -- plus travel and a fee to a booking agent -- to speak at its May commencement. Read more...

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Surveying the MOOC Landscape

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. If massive open online course offerings from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be described as a city, then computer science would be its vibrant downtown core, surrounded by less densely populated but no less characteristic neighborhoods of STEM, humanities and social sciences courses. Read more...

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Do Adjunct Quotas Work?

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. As adjuncts and their tenure-track allies struggle to create more full-time positions, some of them have leverage: contracts or state laws that govern the percentage of courses that must be taught by full-time faculty members. But attempts to enforce limits on colleges’ employment of part-time adjuncts prove difficult, as an ongoing legal battle in Massachusetts illustrates. Read more...

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Mixed Opinions on U-Multirank

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. The European Union-sponsored U-Multirank releases its second annual ranking of global universities today.
With 31 indicators across five dimensions -- teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, and regional engagement -- the U-Multirank project aims to rank a diversity of types of universities on a wider range of measures than do the traditional global rankings, which exclusively rank research universities and rely heavily on publications data as well as (in the case of two of the three major world rankings) reputational surveys. Read more...

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U.S. Names Remaining Colleges Under Scrutiny

HomeBy Michael Stratford. Officials at the U.S. Department of Education on Friday released the names of 20 colleges whose access to federal funds they have restricted because audits of those institutions uncovered various problems, most of which were “severe.” Read more...

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The Burgeoning Student Loan Strike

HomeBy Michael Stratford. A big red box of paperwork that activists delivered to federal officials here on Tuesday may hold the key to debt relief for large numbers of students who attended Corinthian Colleges.
The group of former Corinthian students refusing to repay their federal loans, which has now grown to 100 people, met Tuesday with top officials from the U.S. Department of Education, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau student loan ombudsman and representatives from the Treasury Department. Read more...

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Cash Monitoring List Unveiled

HomeBy Michael Stratford. The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday, for the first time, named most of the hundreds of colleges whose federal aid it has restricted because of concerns about their finances or compliance with federal requirements. Read more...

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Transgender Setback

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Seamus Johnston, a transgender man who was expelled from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2012 in a dispute over his use of men's bathrooms and locker rooms. Read more...

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Tenure Denied for Being Trans?

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The U.S. Justice Department on Monday sued Southeastern Oklahoma State University, charging that it denied tenure to Rachel Tudor, effectively firing her in 2011, over her identity as a transgender woman. Read more...

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Professional Salaries Up 2.2%

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Professional positions in higher education administration saw an overall median base salary increase of 2.2 percent in 2014, according to a report issued today by the College and University Professional Association of Human Resources. Read more...

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