16 novembre 2013

Rich Harvard, Poor Harvard

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgHarvard University recently announced an 11.3 percent return on its endowment, which was valued at $32.7 billion on June 30. That's the largest endowment in higher education. The university also recently announced a $6.5 billion fund-raising campaign -- the largest ever in higher education. But an interview released by the university Friday with its chief financial officer, Dan Shore, he focused on financial pressures on the university. He said that the university has a $34 million deficit. And while that's small in the context of the university's $4.2 billion budget, he said that "the path toward our ability to thrive in the future requires that we not wait until the deficit gets even bigger before we start to act, because then it will require us to be in a much more reactive position." He also noted uncertainty about federal support, on which Harvard relies for research. Read more...

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Senators Introduce Bill to Fund Open Education Resources

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgA new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate seeks to tackle the rising cost of textbooks by giving states an incentive to experiment with open educational resources. The Affordable College Textbook Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Al Franken, Democrats of Illinois and Minnesota, respectively, would create a grant program that would fund the creation of new textbooks -- as long as they are made available for free online. Read more...

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Third Try Isn't the Charm

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Paul Fain. Community college students face long odds of eventually earning a bachelor’s degree. And those odds get worse if they leave college more than once along the way. That is the central finding of a new study that tracked the progress of 38,000 community college students in Texas. Toby J. Park, an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at Florida State University, conducted the research. His working paper was presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in St. Louis. Read more...

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The Obamas' New Focus

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Michael Stratford. Michelle Obama on Tuesday kicked off a new White House push to increase the number of low-income students who apply to and graduate from college. Speaking to students at a high school here, the first lady drew on her own personal experiences as a first-generation college student who earned two Ivy League degrees to encourage students to set high expectations and take responsibility for their own higher education. She also highlighted the president’s oft-stated goal of having the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020. Read more...

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The Future Grad Students

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Scott Jaschik. Test-takers who took the GRE in 2012-13 were more likely to be a bit younger and a bit more science-oriented than those who took the exam the year before. And in the quantitative portion of the exam, in particular, foreign talent appears to be outpacing American. These are some of the findings in the latest “Snapshot” of GRE test-takers, released today by the Educational Testing Service. Read more...

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Net Zero

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Colleen Flaherty. Most of the existing research on the employment of adjunct faculty and student success shows a negative relationship, not because adjuncts are bad teachers but because their working conditions prevent them from being as effective as they could be. But earlier this fall, a much-cited study disputed by some, showed the opposite: that students actually may learn more from adjunct faculty members -- at least at research universities that can afford to pay part-timers well and that may discourage tenure-track faculty members from focusing on teaching. Now, a preliminary study is mixing up the literature once again, concluding that employment of adjunct faculty has no impact on student success in community colleges. Read more...

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14 novembre 2013

Mexican universities eye U.S. expansion

By . In an ethnically themed shopping center called Plaza Mexico, just south of Los Angeles, a public university from the Mexican state of Colima has planted its flag. 
Alongside the shopping center’s stores and taquerias, the Universidad de Colima offers mostly remedial education in reading, writing and math to about 100 adult Mexican immigrants. But a handful of students here are also preparing to take their final exams for Mexican degrees, just one of several recent efforts by Mexican universities to branch into providing full-fledged university educations in the United States. More...

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Higher education: A canary in a privatisation coalmine

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Cristina González. A few months ago I was in Chile, where I was invited to lecture on issues in higher education. The moment I arrived, I was struck by how important the subject is in Chile, where it has a pervasive presence in everyday life. 
Huge commercial billboards along the roads announce the services of numerous institutions of higher learning competing aggressively with one another for students, and university buildings display enormous signs too. The visual presence of higher education institutions is impossible to ignore. Read more...

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Bursting the American tertiary education bubble

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy William Patrick Leonard. Academic critics and media commentators have suggested that the United States' tertiary education community's decades of unprecedented growth is a bubble that has or will shortly burst. The US public tertiary education community is widely said to be in crisis. 
The decades of unquestioned governmental financial support of public institutions has steadily waned in recent years. Private tuition-dependent education institutions face similar revenue challenges. Read more...

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