18 juillet 2016

AAU President Mary Sue Coleman Comments on Fisher v University of Texas Decision

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "aau.edu american universities logo"The Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas is good for higher education and good for the country. We are delighted by the Court’s reaffirmation that colleges and universities may judiciously use race as one factor among many in admissions processes designed to achieve their educational goals.
As AAU has stated numerous times in the past, diversity among students adds significantly to the rigor and depth of students’ educational experiences and prepares them for citizenship in a free, plural society. The opportunity to learn and interact with peers with varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives is essential for students who must navigate an interconnected global economy
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Internationally mobile students and their post-graduation migratory behaviour

OECD iLibraryAn analysis of determinants of student mobility and retention rates in the EU
This paper is part of the joint project between the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission and the OECD’s Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs on "Review of Labour Migration Policy in Europe". This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union
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New Forms of Work in the Digital Economy

OECD iLibraryThis paper provides new evidence on the development of online platforms and explores the emergence of new forms of work in the digital economy. Following the rise of platforms that match demand and supply of goods (e-commerce) and information (search, social networks), platform markets for services traded over the Internet (the "x"-economy) have grown exponentially in recent years. The paper analyses how online platforms affect the organisation of markets and work; discusses related opportunities and challenges for individuals participating in such markets; presents analysis of trends and effects of non-standard work in OECD countries; and identifies policy issues related to new forms of work. More...

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Universities UK statement on the outcome of the EU referendum

Universities UKDame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK said:
'Leaving the EU will create significant challenges for universities. Although this is not an outcome that we wished or campaigned for, we respect the decision of the UK electorate. We should remember that leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process with significant opportunities to seek assurances and influence future policy.
'Throughout the transition period our focus will be on securing support that allows our universities to continue to be global in their outlook, internationally networked and an attractive destination for talented people from across Europe. These features are central to ensuring that British universities continue to be the best in the world. More...

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Rapport sur la formation continue et la gestion des carrières dans la haute fonction publique

http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/commun/ceresian/images/logo-an.pngLe 9 octobre 2015, l’École nationale d’administration (ÉNA) a fêté ses 70 ans.
Bien que faisant aujourd’hui l’objet de critiques, tant en raison de son recrutement – jugé par trop homogène – que de sa formation – qui serait parfois lacunaire –, il n’en demeure pas moins que l’instauration d’une école de formation administrative a eu en son temps l’effet d’un mini-cataclysme. Dans ses Mémoires de guerre, le Général de Gaulle résume parfaitement les circonstances de cette création ainsi que l’impact attendu d’une telle réforme : « La satisfaction m’était donnée, le 15 décembre, d’inaugurer l’École nationale d’Administration, institution capitale qui allait rendre rationnels et homogènes le recrutement et la formation des principaux serviteurs de l’État, jusqu’alors originaires de disciplines dispersées. L’École, sortie toute armée du cerveau et des travaux de mon conseiller Michel Debré, recevait le jour, il est vrai, dans l’atmosphère assez sceptique dont l’entouraient les grands corps de la fonction publique et les milieux parlementaires. Mais elle n’en verrait pas moins se dissoudre les préventions, jusqu’à devenir peu à peu, au point de vue de la formation, de la conception et de l’action administratives, la base de l’État nouveau. ».
L’État, confronté à de problématiques qui se renouvellent chaque jour, doit pouvoir s’en remettre, notamment, à une haute fonction publique efficace et solide dont le professionnalisme et la déontologie doivent être exemplaires. Cet objectif ne saurait être atteint sans un parcours de carrière optimal et encadré, débutant par un recrutement – via, notamment, de grandes écoles généralistes (ÉNA) ou techniques (École polytechnique) – adapté aux futures fonctions dévolues et un accompagnement tout au long de la vie professionnelle. Forte de ce constat, la Mission d’évaluation et de contrôle (MEC) de la commission des Finances de l’Assemblée nationale a donc chargé le commissaire des Finances, M. Jean Launay ainsi que M. Michel Zumkeller, commissaire des Lois, d’un rapport sur « La formation continue et la gestion des carrières dans la haute fonction publique ». Voir l'article...

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Education Could Improve Direct Loan Program Customer Service and Oversight

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "gao.gov"The Department of Education (Education) and its contracted loan servicers provide a range of information to borrowers about their federal Direct Loans for higher education, such as repayment plans and procedures, but some borrowers GAO interviewed reported difficulties with contacting servicers through their call centers. Borrowers noted similar concerns in Education's 2014 and 2015 customer satisfaction surveys, and Education identified servicers' call center hours as a key item needing improvement. Education officials said they have no minimum standard for call center hours and each servicer sets its own. As a result, some borrowers have limited access to assistance. For example, a borrower on the West Coast may have an East Coast servicer whose call center hours end at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time (see figure below). A federal taskforce on student loan servicing recommends minimum requirements for effective customer service. Unless Education establishes a minimum standard for call center hours to improve access and align with its strategic goal of providing superior customer service, some borrowers will have difficulty obtaining information to manage their loans, and be more at risk for delinquency or default. More...

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IEAA Research on Learning Abroad

Universities Australia: Discover Learn Lead.In June 2013, Universities Australia signed an agreement with the then Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (now the Department of Education and Training) to lead the development of an information and promotions strategy to assist in the promotion of student mobility programs. The aim of the strategy was threefold:

  • To increase awareness of the benefits of study overseas generally;
  • To increase awareness of the opportunities to study in Asia; and
  • To increase awareness of the funding options offered to students to participate in a mobility program, including the changes to OS-HELP.

The information and promotions strategy also assists in promoting Universities Australia's international higher education priorities as outlined in the Smarter Australia document, which calls for a more holistic approach to internationalisation. More...

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The Fusion Effect: The economic returns to combining arts and science skills

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "nesta.org.uk"The report found that 'fused’ companies, those that combine art and science skills in their workforce:

  •     Show 8% higher sales growth than science-only firms.
  •     Are 2% more likely to bring radical innovations to market.
  •     Employ approximately 3.5 million people - despite accounting for around a tenth of UK companies, they employ roughly a fifth of all workers.

The authors of this report used official data to analyse the contribution of employees’ science and arts skills to the performance of their companies between 2010 and 2012. The research comes at a time when the government is promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) rather than STEAM - with the addition of Arts - in spite of a burgeoning creative economy. More...

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Key points for the further development of the accreditation system

HRK HochschulrektorenkonferenzThe German higher education institutions welcome the fact that the recent decision of the Federal Constitutional Court[1] paves the way for a nationwide and substantial modification of the accreditation system. Regardless of the experiences acquired and the partial success achieved thus far on the current basis through the collaboration of all participants, the existing system has failed to address certain basic aspects in a way that is satisfactory for the higher education institutions.The HRK previously demanded a change to the system and called for the introduction of an Institutional Quality Audit in 2012 [2]. With respect to the necessary modification, the General Meeting of the HRK has noted the following key points:
- The decision of the Federal Constitutional Court does not call the existing system of external quality assurance into question in general terms. It underlines once again the difference between consultation and decision-making and requires directly or indirectly involved legislators in the federal states to introduce procedural and participative regulations. The legislators are to limit themselves to the embedding of essential principles in law and should not, through over-hasty lawmaking, create 'isolated solutions' limited to an individual federal state, which would hamper comparability and recognition at both national and international level. More...

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Nouveau ! le guide du Routard du financement d'entreprise

CCI de France"Le réseau des Chambres de commerce et d'industrie salue le projet de créer un Guide du financement d'entreprise, ouvrage qui fera sûrement référence et auquel les CCI sont fières d'avoir participé.
En effet, le financement des entreprises a toujours été un enjeu important pour le développement économique, et la recherche de financement une étape importante dans l'aboutissement de tout projet. Les modes de financement sont aujourd'hui nombreux et c'est souvent une combinaison des différents types de financements qui permet leur mise en oeuvre.
Parallèlement aux nombreux acteurs qui financent les entreprises, il existe une catégorie d'intervenants que nous pourrions qualifier de « facilitateurs », dont le rôle consiste à accompagner l'entreprise dans la recherche des financements publics ou privés dont elle a besoin. C'est dans cette perspective que les Chambres de commerce et d'industrie structurent leur offre de service allant de l'information au conseil tout en passant par la sensibilisation. Voir l'article...

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