03 août 2014

Bank announces £550 million for university projects

By . The Santander banking group is to invest €700 million (£550 million) in university projects over the next four years, a conference has heard. More...

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Sessional instructors: what we know so far

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogLeo_en.jpgBy Léo Charbonneau. Although the data on sessional faculty in Canada is frustratingly scant, the authors of a new report have made a valuable if tentative contribution to the debate by scouring what little information is available. Their preliminary analysis suggests that “many of the popular assumptions concerning the increasing use of part-time faculty may be incorrect.” But, as with virtually all studies, they conclude with that near-universal refrain: “additional research is needed.”
The report, The “Other” University Teachers: Non-Full-Time Instructors at Ontario Universities, was commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario and released on July 15. More...

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01 août 2014

The Invisible Force Behind College Admissions

Maggie McGrathBy Maggie McGrath and Matt Schifrin. Despite the windowless, bunker-like atmosphere inside the Erie conference room of the Sheraton in downtown Chicago, Galen Graber has to be impressed by his audience: a swath of the 1,500 top admissions and financial aid officials from 635 different schools who have gathered to set policies that determine which kids get into which college and how much money they’ll receive.
Cutting to the chase, Graber, a consultant, launches by taking a poll: “How many of you would say that the primary motivation for offering students merit scholarships is to reward academic achievement?”
Not a single person raises his or her hand. More...

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The starving of Canadian science

The Ottawa Citizen logoBy Subash Sad. What do global warming and science policy in Canada have in common? Well, both of them can be perceived as problems that do not pose a real threat tomorrow, but in some far, distant time. While almost everyone can see the damaging effects of global warming, not many are aware of the way science is funded, conducted and taught in Canada, and how this has deteriorated over the years to such an extent that this is going to pose a serious problem for the future generations to come. More...

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31 juillet 2014

Capacitación docente de calidad para mejorar los resultados educativos de América Latina

La calidad educativa se puede perfeccionar, acercando a través del e-learning instancias de formación a profesores y profesoras, que enfrenten la imposibilidad de acercarse a centros de formación por cuestiones geográficas o disponibilidad de tiempo. Un dato inquietante: aumenta la inversión en educación, pero no mejora su calidad.
por José Luis Lens Fernández, rector del Instituto de Educación Superior Max Weber (www.imwonline.org/). More...

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Obama Administration: These job-training programs are the most effective

eCampus NewsBy Meris Stansbury - . There’s a growing trend, as the economy still lingers in recovery and traditional four-year tuition remains barely affordable, of students and parents coming to understand that if you want relatively stable paying job after postsecondary education, skills training is a great bet. But what programs are currently the most successful. More...

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Reaching out to contingent faculty in the US

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_e7e2a056b6c5e8722188bac5fbb3550f_w80_.jpgBy Paul Clifton. I was very fortunate to be invited to attend and to present my research on academic casualisation in Australia at the 41st Annual Conference on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, hosted by the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions (NCSCBHEP) at City University New York in April. The NCSCBHEP is a joint labour and management centre focussed on the study and promotion of collective bargaining as a means for advancing the working conditions of staff in higher education in the US. More...

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28 juillet 2014

“Redeeming America’s Promise” Is a Travesty

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBMatt Reed. Most of the time, I try to strike a relatively measured and thoughtful tone here.  The report “Redeeming America’s Promise” merits an exception.  Just before the Great Recession, my state -- along with many others -- made a de facto policy decision to shift the lion’s share of the cost for public higher education from the state to the students.  Now that enrollments are in retreat, we’re in serious austerity mode, even as we’re increasingly subjected to “performance” funding on what state funding we do get. Read more...

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Pounding the Table

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBMatt Reed. A few weeks ago, in response to an IHE article about the new book Community Colleges and the Access Effect, by Juliet Lilledahl Scherer and Mirra Leigh Anson, I pledged to read the book and report back.  As promised... It reminded me of the time I spent reading Christopher Lasch, back in the 90’s.  It’s well-written, it makes some great points, it fires off some nice zingers, and yet, when all is said and done, it falls victim to its own largely unexamined assumptions. Read more...

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An Education Reading List for Bill Gates

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John WarnerAccording to the Inside Higher Ed report of his on-stage Q&A at the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Bill Gates was identified as a “voracious” reader of education-related texts, be it of “grand treatises” or “bone-dry technical reports.”
Given Gates’ apparent sincerity and desire to improve education at both the K-12 and college and university levels, I believe we can take him at his word. Read more...

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