10 mai 2015

Lessons to Share

HomeBy Five Superintendents of Federal Service Academies. Sexual assault on college campuses is a national problem. No campus is immune. It is a challenge at public and private institutions, it plagues small colleges as well as universities with tens of thousands of students, it happens at highly selective colleges and institutions that cater to a local demographic. It also happens at our federal service academies (FSAs). Read more...

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Get Well Soon

HomeBy Scott McLemee. You can’t judge a book by its neologisms, but the coinages appearing in the first chapter or two of Carl Cederström and André Spicer’s The Wellness Syndrome (Polity) serve as pretty reliable landmarks for the ground its argument covers. We might start with “orthorexia,” which spell-check regards with suspicion, unlike “anorexia,” its older and better-established cousin. Read more...

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Phatic Academics

HomeBy Jeff Rice. A colleague from another department passed me on campus the other day, a week before the end of classes. “Hi,” I said as we approached one another. Read more...

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Bardolatry as Idolatry

HomeBy Robert Matz. On William Shakespeare’s birthday this year, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) issued a report, “The Unkindest Cut: Shakespeare in Exile in 2015,” which warned that “less than 8 percent of the nation’s top universities require English majors to take even a single course that focuses on Shakespeare.” Warnings about the decline of a traditional literary canon are familiar from conservative academic organizations such as ACTA and the National Association of Scholars. What increasingly strikes me, however, is how frozen in amber these warning are. Read more...

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Teaching Quality, Globally

HomeBy John Morgan for Times Higher Education. The world’s richest nations are due to decide this month whether to press ahead with a major international project to measure university teaching quality that could offer a “fantastic opportunity” for East Asian universities to improve their standing, possibly at the expense of the Western elite. Read more...

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Legislative Fixes for Remediation

HomeBy Ashley A. Smith. Low success rates and high costs are driving more states and institutions to seek new ways to offer developmental or remedial college courses. Read more...

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All-MOOC M.B.A.

HomeBy Jake New. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has chosen an unusual partner for its online M.B.A. program: massive open online course provider Coursera.
The program, known as iMBA, will deliver most of its course content through Specializations, Coursera’s term for course sequences. Read more...

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Don't Tread on Me

HomeBy Jake New. What started as a small demonstration denouncing the mistreatment of black Americans snowballed into a national news story last month, prompting hundreds of protestors to descend on Valdosta State University for a rally that shut down the campus. Read more...

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Fee for Being Foreign

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. Public universities have traditionally had two tiers of pricing for undergraduates: rates for state residents and for nonresidents, respectively. At most public universities, international students pay out-of-state tuition rates. But some public institutions have introduced a third, higher tier specifically for students coming from abroad. Read more...

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The Students Universities 'Cannot Afford to Fail'

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. A recent investigative news program combined with a report from a governmental anticorruption commission have stirred up a debate in Australia about the prevalence of fraud in international student recruitment and the alleged slippage of academic standards as the country’s universities have grown increasingly dependent on the tuition these students bring. The debate in Australia -- where international students account for more than a fifth of university enrollments, compared to just about 4 percent in the U.S. -- arguably has implications for American universities as they seek to grow international student enrollments and increasingly embrace the use of commissioned agents in recruiting, a practice widely accepted in Australia. Read more...

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