06 mai 2014

On native education, Atleo retreats, Ottawa follows

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageFor a brief moment, Canada had a window of opportunity to improve education for native children at on-reserve schools with the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, which sets minimum standards and secure levels of funding.
Ottawa’s decision to put Bill C-33 on ice in the wake of Shawn Atleo’s resignation as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is deeply regrettable, but understandable. Mr. Atleo’s support of the bill was the linchpin of its legitimacy. Without him, the government needs renewed buy-in from native leadership. More...

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05 mai 2014

Stephen Hume: Liberals’ plan for higher education reeks of anti-intellectual prejudice

By Stephen Hume. Yet legislature is adorned with historians, literature scholars, musicians and sociologists. I laughed out loud when I read Vaughn Palmer’s joke with Shirley Bond about career choices. The cabinet minister was explaining the governing Liberals’ plan for higher education, which would involve socially engineering our world class universities — three make the top 500 list and one, UBC, ranks 40th — to make them better farm teams for business. The plan would serve the same lazy industries that protest taxes, high wages and skills shortages, but which expect taxpayers to foot the bill for training their future employees. More...

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Struggle, determination and celebration for indigenous graduates

230 people celebrated their graduation Saturday at the U of M's annual Powwow. It was a day Dene Beaudry thought he would never see.
"Education, for me, was a dream," he said.
Yet Beaudry graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba Saturday. The university held its 25th annual graduation Powwow to honour indigenous graduates. Beaudry left school after grade eight, ending up as an adult working with young people in Winnipeg's North End, admonishing them to stay in school, and keeping them on the straight and narrow. More...

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So Goes California

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. Remember the old jingle about “…as General Motor goes, so goes the country…”?
For privacy laws, many have borrowed it to suggest that “…as California goes, so goes the country…” It was true for data breach notification, and with the addition of new attributes that constitute those laws, for example birth date.  A significant new variation relevant to higher education has just been published: Privacy and Information Security Initiative Steering Committee Report to the President. Read more...

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04 mai 2014

Oppressive Hereditary Power

HomeBy William G. Durden. Americans don’t like cheaters. When it comes to how we learn and what we’re able to do with our acquired knowledge, a game has been going on. And many will find themselves systematically locked out of opportunity. Read more...

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Bridge or Back Door?

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. The course: AMS 2270, 20th Century American Culture. The day’s lecture: the Civil Rights movement. The composition of the class: one-third American students, two-thirds international. The international students are enrolled in a pathway program here at the University of South Florida, one of a growing number of such programs that permit international students to take a mix of credit-bearing academic and English as a second language courses despite lacking the English language test scores required for direct admission. Read more...

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Privacy or Pretense?

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Google, pressured by privacy advocates and looming legal challenges, on Wednesday announced it will no longer scan student and faculty emails for advertising keywords, seeking to end a seven-year-long conflict that some university technology officers have said violates federal law. Read more...

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Building on Brazilian scientific mobility momentum

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Leandro R Tessler. Something happened in 2011 that made Brazil a priority for student exchange for American higher education institutions. Suddenly there was an unprecedented interest in cooperating with Brazil. Some Brazilian institutions started to receive up to a dozen visits from American counterparts per week. Read more...

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Rutgers U. Should Not Honor Condoleezza Rice

By . The Rutgers University Board of Governors has invited Condoleezza Rice to speak at the 2014 commencement and to receive an honorary doctor-of-laws degree. No one is denying her right to speak, but many Rutgers faculty members and students are appalled by the board’s decision to grant Rice the university’s highest honor. In response to that decision, my colleagues and I are planning a teach-in, to be held on May 6. We want to give our students a firmer grasp of their own recent history, in which Rice played a major role in the most troubling events. More...

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$6-Million Loan Will Help S.C. State U. Avoid ‘Disaster,’ but Deficit Still Looms

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . South Carolina State University, said last week to be a month away from “financial disaster,” won a state board’s approval on Wednesday to borrow $6-million to help meet its payroll and pay other bills, according to reports by two South Carolina newspapers, The State and The Times and Democrat. More...

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