12 novembre 2014

How universities can renew America’s cities

By Bruce Katz. By relocating graduate programs and research institutions into the core of cities, universities and colleges can spur metropolitan growth, says Bruce Katz, a vice president at the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Metropolitan Policy Program.
Over the past decade, businesses and research institutions that produce new discoveries and bring new products to market have, increasingly, moved into urban areas. This new geography of innovation, as I and my colleagues at the Brookings Institution call it, is coinciding with and benefitting from young workers shifting their residential preferences and revaluing city life. More...

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Decoding campus credit

University Business LogoBy Ann C. Logue. The U.S. economy has been through major changes in the last several years, and the effects are being felt on campus. In many cases, this turmoil shows up publicly in the form of a credit-rating downgrade. On some campuses, a change in the credit rating has no effect on the day-to-day operations; on others, it can be devastating. More...

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11 novembre 2014

Double or Nothing

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/provost.jpg?itok=k-3W3N__By Herman Berliner. University Business recently reprinted an article from the Orlando Sentinel noting that University of Central Florida students were protesting a Florida law that students who “take at least 10 percent more credits than required for their degree will pay double for the extra classes.”  And as noted in the article, the UCF Student Senate “unanimously opposed the surcharge and asked that it be scaled back.”
When I started college, I really didn’t know what I wanted to major in. Read more...

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FTC Principles for “Free” Internet

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. I have had an interesting week at work. On Tuesday I met the newest Federal Trade Commissioner, Terrell McSweeny. Responding to a tweet she made about student privacy, I wrote her. Thank heavens our democracy still does exist, she offered an invitation to talk. Very grateful for the opportunity, I used the time to share with her my concerns about student privacy in general and FERPA in particular in light of some unregulated practices in education enterprise cloud computing. Read more...

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Assessment Done Well and Badly

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. If you haven’t yet seen Jeffrey Alan Johnson’s essay on faculty/administration conflicts over assessment, check it out. It’s well worth reading, not least because it goes well beyond the usual first-level conflicts over assessment. (The comments give a pretty good indication of what the usual first-level conflicts are.) Read more...

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No Payments for 90 Days!

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Sometimes I wonder if colleges could learn from appliance stores.
Like many community colleges, we’re enrolling now for Spring classes. Some students sign up as early as humanly possible, in order to get the exact schedules that they want. Many don’t. Read more...

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For-Profit Groups Sue to Block Gainful Employment Rules

HomeThe for-profit sector's primary trade group on Thursday filed suit in federal court to block gainful employment regulations, which the U.S. Department of Education unveiled last week. A federal judge in 2012 halted a previous attempt by the Obama administration to enact rules for vocational programs at for-profits, community colleges and other institutions. Read more...

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A Department's Approach to Recognizing Native Groups

HomeThe English department at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Ontario, has announced that all syllabuses will note that the university is built on land that belonged to Native Canadian groups. The statement will say: “We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of ‎ the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples.” A statement from the department chair, Ute Lischke, said, “In many of our classes at Laurier we critique power dynamics and including this acknowledgement on our course outlines certainly helps to raise students’ awareness about the continuing nature of colonialism. Read more...

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Universities Blast Congressional Probe of NSF Grants

HomeThe Association of American Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions, on Monday criticized an inquiry by the U.S. House science committee into specific National Science Foundation grants. The panel, led by Republican Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, has been requesting information from the NSF about specific grants the agency awarded through its peer review process. Smith has long criticized some NSF research grants as an example of unnecessary or wasteful government spending. Earlier this year, he led efforts in the House to pass new restrictions on how the NSF could fund social science research, a singling out of that discipline that was widely criticized among academic researchers.  It also drew a rare critique by the National Science Board. Read more...

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Dartmouth Professors Vote to Abolish Greek System

HomeFaculty members at Dartmouth College voted, 116-13, Monday to ban the college's fraternities and sororities and to abolish the Greek system.
Similar votes have taken place before and had no effect, but the past year has been marked by increasing anti-Greek sentiment on campus. Responding to a poll in August, hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and alumni said they would like to see the college's Greek system abolished. Read more...

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