04 mai 2014

Condoleezza Rice Opts Out of Rutgers U. Graduation

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Condoleezza Rice, who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush and is now a professor at Stanford University, has decided not to speak at the graduation ceremony at Rutgers University, following a protest by students and the faculty. The objections involved Secretary Rice’s role in the war in Iraq, waterboarding, and other controversies of the Bush administration. More...

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Business Leaders See U.S. Colleges as Lagging in Readying Students for Jobs

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Fifty-four percent of business leaders believe the American higher-education system is falling behind developing and emerging countries in preparing students for the work force, according to a poll released by Northeastern University. The survey is the third in a series by the institution. More...

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First Lady’s ‘Reach Higher’ Campaign Urges Students to Complete College

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Michelle Obama on Friday introduced a public campaign encouraging students to pursue and complete a higher education. In a speech at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she participated in a citywide “College Signing Day,” the first lady unveiled a name for her recent efforts to promote college attainment. More...

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Labor Board to Review Use of Employer Email for Union Activity

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . The National Labor Relations Board is reviewing a federal law that permits private employers to bar workers from using company email accounts for union activities. Any change could have significant implications for adjunct faculty members and others in terms of their right to use private colleges’ electronic communications systems for actions like discussing the terms and conditions of employment and whether they want to unionize, said William A. Herbert, executive director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, based at the City University of New York’s Hunter College. More...

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What Does the Education Dept. Know About Race?

By Jonah Newman. Our post last week on minority enrollment and diversity at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor sparked a lively debate in the comments section about demographic data and diversity. More...

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Penn State’s Patent Auction Produces More Lessons Than Revenue

By Goldie Blumenstyk. Last month Pennsylvania State University held an auction to sell dozens of engineering patents to the highest bidder, setting off speculation on whether the move would produce a financial windfall for the university. It also stirred consternation among some in the world of academic research, who feared the auction might create easy pickings for businesses known as “patent-assertion entities.” Such entities, also known as patent trolls or nonpracticing entities, scoop up rights to patents and then use them to assert infringement claims to unsuspecting companies, which often pay to settle rather than incur the cost of litigation. Read more...

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A real plan for higher education

By Dayne Sherman. Did you hear about the new bill to make “duck wrestling” the Louisiana state sport? It will honor Duck Dynasty, the popular reality TV program based in West Monroe.
No, this is not a bill filed this year, but don’t be surprised if it’s filed next year. In Louisiana, politics is entertainment. If it’s not Huey Long leading the LSU band in Tiger Stadium, then it’s Gov. Edward Edwards, known as a “wizard under the sheets,” unlike former Klansman David Duke, a wizard wearing sheets. More...

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For-Profit Colleges Spend Big on Lobbyists to Fight Obama Regulation

businessBy David Halperin. With the May 27 deadline approaching to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Education, big for-profit colleges are pulling out all the stops to gut the Obama Administration's proposed "gainful employment" rule, which is aimed at curbing predatory career training programs.  Taking some of the $33 billion a year they've been getting from taxpayers, the industry is spending big on lobbyists, with a continued heavy emphasis on hiring former Members of Congress and ex-Capitol Hill staffers. Buttressed by a steady flow of campaign contributions from the for-profit college industry to legislators, these lobbyists lean on their former Capitol Hill colleagues to lean on the White House to water down the rule, as happened in 2011 with a prior version of the regulation (which the industry then managed to get thrown out entirely by a federal judge). More...

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How Western New England University is bucking higher ed's big correction

By Craig Douglas. Western New England University lacks the size and branding power to generate much attention in Massachusetts, or elsewhere for that matter. But its responses to the changing winds in higher education are worth a closer look among the many schools at risk of being swept out to sea.
To be sure, Western New England is fighting the tide, too. Its law school enrollment has been steadily sinking since 2009. Full-time undergrad numbers have teetered, while part-time and summer enrollments are off 20 percent over that same 5-year span. Other red flags — weaker selectivity rates among freshman applicants, a growing reliance on tuition discounts, meager endowment returns — appear to highlight a school struggling to keep up with the times. More...

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Higher education funding still at pre-recession levels; Kansas one of few states last year to keep cutting

By Scott Rothschild. States are funding higher education below pre-recession levels, according to a new report.
But while 42 states last year started to restore some of those reductions, Kansas was among eight states that continued to cut, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report said. The report said that across the nation the higher education cuts have led to reduced educational services or steep tuition increases or both. More...

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