09 mars 2014

Six myths about contract faculty in Canada

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Kane X. Faucher. Let’s discard our false assumptions about adjuncts’ relationship with the university, tenured faculty and the public. Sessionals face a great deal of adversity and insecurity, but clinging to certain assumptions blinds us to the reality of our conditions as an auxiliary academic workforce -- and to insights on how to improve these conditions. Here are some myths that we need to discard. More...

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Quebec ruling supports confidentiality of researchers’ interviews

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Natalie Samson. Court case shows that researchers must design their confidentiality protocols to conform to Canadian law. A recent ruling by a Quebec superior court has major ramifications for researchers who offer confidentiality to people they interview for their research.
On Jan. 21, Justice Sophie Bourque of the Quebec Superior Court ruled in favour of Christine Bruckert and Colette Parent, professors of criminology at the University of Ottawa, and quashed a warrant that would have allowed police to unseal a confidential interview. The decision means that researcher-participant communication is privileged when deemed appropriate by a judge, even though, in Canadian law, the relationship is not automatically privileged the way that a doctor-patient or lawyer-client relationship is. More...

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08 mars 2014

New Study to Focus on Innovative Approaches to Pension Reform in Higher Education

HomeGrowing concerns about the long-term fiscal prospects for college and university retirement and benefit programs will be addressed in a study sponsored by the Center for Studies in  Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California, Berkeley.
With support from Fidelity Investments,  the Higher Education Pension Reform Project will  document major changes to retirement and post-retirement benefit programs that US colleges and universities have adopted in recent years.  The review will look at how programs are funded; the kinds  of programs and benefits offered (such as defined benefit or defined contribution programs); and whether retirement programs that offer health benefits fund them through contributions by employers, employees, or both. The project  will also examine how various programs are governed and administered.
The principal investigator for the project is James A. Hyatt, Senior Research Associate at CSHE and Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the University of Arizona. He has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Polytechnic and State University, as Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the University of California, Berkeley, and as the Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). More...

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06 mars 2014

A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork

New York TimesBy Tamar Lewin. Saying its college admission exams do not focus enough on the important academic skills, the College Board announced on Wednesday a fundamental rethinking of the SAT, ending the longstanding penalty for guessing wrong, cutting obscure vocabulary words and making the essay optional. The president of the College Board, David Coleman, criticized his own test, the SAT, and its main rival, the ACT, saying that both had “become disconnected from the work of our high schools.
”In addition, Mr. Coleman announced programs to help low-income students, who will now be given fee waivers allowing them to apply to four colleges at no charge. Read more...

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Rethinking the Role of Community Colleges

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02 mars 2014

Kubaner an US-Uni: Auslandsstudium beim Klassenfeind

http://www.spiegel.de/static/sys/v10/logo/spiegel_online_logo_460_64.pngSie sind die 17 ersten Auslandstudenten Kubas in den USA, denn seit gut einem Jahr genießen Kubaner etwas mehr Reisefreiheit. Die Studenten aus dem sozialistischen Inselstaat fürchten: Nach der Rückkehr aus Miami wartet auf sie der Geheimdienst.
Die große Auswahl an Obst auf dem Markt hat sie überrascht. Und auch, wie schnell das Internet in den USA funktioniert. 17 junge Kubaner sind seit ein paar Wochen in Miami, um dort zu studieren. Sie sind die ersten Bürger der sozialistischen Karibikinsel seit mehr als 50 Jahren, die das im Land des sogenannten Erzfeindes legal tun können. Mehr...

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Common Application Announces Abrupt Change in Leadership

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. Rob Killion, the Common Application’s executive director, has left the organization he led for nearly 10 years, but he insists he did not do so willingly. Late Wednesday afternoon, the Common Application announced that Mr. Killion had stepped down. In an interview, Thyra Briggs, president of the Common App’s Board of Directors, said Mr. Killion had decided to leave following conversations about the organization’s future. “Ultimately, it was Rob’s decision to step down,” she said. More...

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One Community-College District’s Bet to Keep Students Enrolled

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy . Will allowing students to register in advance for a year’s worth of courses keep them enrolled and on track to a degree?
That’s the question Sandy McGlothlin and her colleagues at California’s West Hills Community College District hope to answer with Reg365. This spring, the district will roll out the new policy, which will give students at the district’s three colleges a chance to sign up during spring registration for classes in the following summer, fall, and spring. More...

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Government Investigations and Suits Against For-Profit Colleges: the Grid

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/bottom-line-header.pngBy . With the announcement on Wednesday by New Mexico’s attorney general, Gary King, that his office was suing ITT Educational Services over alleged misrepresentations to nursing students, a total of 22 state attorneys general are now known to be investigating or suing for-profit-college companies. Several federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (which also announced a lawsuit against ITT this week), and the Federal Trade Commission, have also taken such actions. Read more...

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Private HE must up quality, not profits – President

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Francis Kokutse. Efforts to expand tertiary education through the participation of the private sector should not only be an opportunity for private institutions to make money – it should also lead to the provision of quality education, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has said. Read more...

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