20 mai 2014

The Growing Disconnect Between the Labor Market and Higher Education in Mexico

By Gabriel Sanchez Zinny. In Latin America, there is growing evidence of a major disconnect between the skills being taught in our classrooms and the demands of the labor market. On the one hand, youth aged 18 to 24 are facing extremely high unemployment rates -- but at the same time, large numbers of positions go unfulfilled due to the lack of qualified applicants. This fundamental paradox is the focus of a recent paper by Ernesto Garcia of the Mexican think tank Center for Research on Development (CIDAC), which asks: "What are companies looking for -- and not finding -- in young professionals?"
Garcia's statistics show that private firms primarily reject candidates for lack of knowledge or skills (over 70 percent) rather than a lack of experience (just over two percent) or an incompatible personality (about 25 percent). More...

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18 mai 2014

Unizin: Indiana University’s Secret New “Learning Ecosystem” Coalition

By Michael Feldstein. Indiana University has been the driving force behind the creation of a new organization to develop a “learning ecosystem”. At least ten schools are being quietly asked to contribute $1 million each over a three-year period to join the consortium. The details of what that $1 million buys are unclear at this point. The centerpiece for the short-term appears to be a contract with Instructure for use of the Canvas LMS. But there are also hints of ambitious plans regarding learning object repositories and learning analytics. More...

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Why 'Educational Reform' Sends Educators Running for Cover--And How We Can Change That

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. When someone says "educational reform," most teachers want to duck and run for cover. No wonder. The history of education, K-12, has been regulation and regulated change:  every decade or so, another politician or corporate "visionary" or educational theorist (i.e. moi) decides "everything has to change" and produces a pilot program and then the wheels grind and it becomes a "standard" and teachers around the country have to tear up the old lesson plans and do it all over again.   Typically the reform comes from someone else (typically a college prof, policy maker, or someone affiliated with a for-profit or non-profit educational enterprise) outside K-12 and is delivered to K-12 teachers. More...

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Racial segregation returns to US schools, 60 years after the Supreme Court banned it

The ConversationBy Paul Thomas. As the United States approaches the 60th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Brown vs the Board of Education Supreme Court judgement that helped outlaw racial segregation in American schools, the mainstream media has begun to confront the fact that segregated schools are not just remnants of history.
In 1957, when the governor of Arkansas refused to comply with the Brown vs Board ruling, nine African-American students became the symbol of racial integration when they were admitted to Little Rock Central High School. Paratroopers were called in to help them enter the school gates. It was a turning point in US history for de-segregating public schools. More...

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Has Common App Turned Admissions Into a ‘Straitjacketed Ward of Uniformity’?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. Anyone in the mood for colorful renderings of the big business built around the college-admissions process should read the lawsuit filed last week against the Common Application in a federal court in Oregon. The nonprofit group behind the ever-growing online application, a competitor asserts, “has orchestrated a sea change in the student-application process, turning a once vibrant, diverse, and highly competitive market into a straitjacketed ward of uniformity.” More...

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Coaches, Not Presidents, Top Public-College Pay List

By Jonah Newman. It’s no secret that in more than 40 states the highest-paid public employee isn’t the governor or even a university president. It’s a public-college football or basketball coach. Coaches’ salaries are well documented and are often cited in comparisons with the salaries of student-athletes ($0) or with professors and college presidents (considerably higher). More...

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Banks Say Deals With Colleges Could End If U.S. Rule Adopted

http://s0.2mdn.net/3246688/market_CTA2now_backup_728x90.gifBy Carter Dougherty. Negotiations between industry, consumer groups and universities on U.S. rules for banking services aimed at college students have stalled over a Department of Education proposal to ban most account fees. Financial companies say that if the proposal is adopted it could upend the multimillion-dollar marketing deals between universities and firms including Wells Fargo (WFC:US) & Co., U.S. Bancorp and Huntington Bancshares Inc. (HBAN:US) Advocacy groups maintain that the banks are deliberately painting a worst-case scenario. Read more...

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Microsoft Office 365 for education integrates with real network security

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UB-blue-header_3_0.pngBy Stefanie Botelho. Milton Security Group, Inc., the premier manufacturer of the ICEGuard and Edge 7200 adaptive network security appliances and network management solutions, announced today the release of an integration system between their Cloud Authentication & Security (CAS for short) and Microsoft Office 365 for Education. More...

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17 mai 2014

Did Board Chair Kill Chances for Adjunct to Save Job?

HomeMany faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign believe that James Kilgore, an adjunct who has been told he will not have his contract renewed, is being treated unfairly. Kilgore had strong reviews, and indications that he would be renewed, but that changed when a local newspaper published an article identifying him as a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, who has served jail time before coming to the university (and informing superiors of his past). Read more...

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Professor Wins Promotion While in Jail

HomeConnecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education is "deeply dismayed" at the recent promotion of Ravi Shankar, an associate professor at Central Connecticut State University, to the rank of full professor, it said in a statement Thursday. "We believe that faculty and staff must be held to the highest standards inside as well as outside the classroom."
Shankar, a professor of poetry, was promoted by the board earlier this week, following a recommendation for promotion from the university, the Hartford Courant reported. But the board was unaware that Shankar is serving a two-week portion of a longer, pre-trial jail sentence. Read more...

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