13 août 2013

Étudiants étrangers : 1G$ d’apport économique pour le Québec

Par Hugo Legris-Tremblay. Montréal s’apprête à accueillir plus de 38 000 étudiants internationaux provenant d’une cinquantaine de pays à la veille de la prochaine rentrée scolaire. Selon les plus récentes statistiques du Ministère des Affaires étrangères du Canada, ces étudiants dépenseront annuellement plus de 1G$ dans l’économie québécoise. L’apport économique de ces nouveaux arrivants est considérable pour l’économie de la province. Leur importance est telle qu’un service d’accueil personnalisé a été mis en place pour eux à l’aéroport Montréal-Trudeau jusqu’au début septembre. Ces étudiants dépensent individuellement en moyenne plus de 26 000$ durant leur séjour au Québec. Seulement en taxes et impôts, les recettes gouvernementales se chiffrent à plus de 80M$ annuellement. Suite de l'article...

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Higher-education innovation reaches new level

http://www.thonline.com/content/tncms/live/global/resources/images/_site/thonline-logo.pngStruggles endured during the Great Recession forge different ways of thinking. Hundreds of investment bankers, venture capitalists and geeky tech entrepreneurs gathered near the pool of the Phoenician, a luxury resort outside Phoenix. The occasion? A high-profile gathering of education innovators, and as guests sipped cocktails, the mood was upbeat... And everyone, it seems, is talking about MOOCs, the "Massive Open Online Courses" offered by elite universities and enrolling millions worldwide. Full article...

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28 juillet 2013

Grading Congressmen, Grading Students

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/lingua-franca-nameplate.pngBy Lucy Ferriss. Every now and then, in academic departments where I’ve worked, faculty members have exchanged graded papers and met to compare and contrast approaches to marking and grading student prose. There’s always an element of anxiety to this otherwise useful exercise: am I missing important points? injecting my own prejudices? failing to grade according to my own rubric? missing or overemphasizing mechanical errors? grading too harshly or not harshly enough? All credit, then, to Representative Mark Takano (Democrat of California, henceforth known as “the Teacher”) for making public his markup and grading of Representative Bill Cassidy’s (Republican of Louisiana, henceforth known as “the Student”) circulated letter opposing the U.S. Senate’s immigration bill. Read more...

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The ‘Secret’ Milgram Experiments

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/percolator-art-new.gifBy Tom Bartlett. In the early 1960s, Stanley Milgram set out to see whether ordinary people would administer painful shocks to a stranger if told to do so by someone in a white lab coat. He found that most people (65 percent) would continue to administer the shocks even when the stranger protested, complained of a heart condition, and stopped responding. The shocks were fake, and the stranger was an actor, but what the findings seemed to say about human nature was real and disturbing. Milgram, then at Yale University, wrote that a subject “divests himself of responsibility by attributing all initiative to the experimenter” and views himself “not as a person acting in a morally accountable way but as the agent of external authority.” Most of us, in other words, are potential Nazis. Read more...

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Inspector General Says Financial Data on For-Profits Makes Oversight ‘Nearly Impossible’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/bottom-line-header.pngBy Goldie Blumenstyk. For-profit colleges rely heavily on federal grants and loans for their revenues, but a new report by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General says the financial information those colleges give to the department is generally not useful enough for it to know how much of those billions of dollars are being spent on marketing, compared with instruction or other purposes. Read more...

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Amerikanische Unis: Zahl der Studienanfänger sinkt

http://www.spiegel.de/static/sys/v10/logo/spiegel_online_logo_460_64.pngGehen US-Unis die Bewerber aus? Zum ersten Mal nach über 20 Jahren sinken die Zahlen der Einschreibungen. Ein Grund: Die Wirtschaftslage entspannt sich.
Erstmals seit mehr als 20 Jahren sank die Zahl der Einschreibungen an amerikanischen Colleges. Im vergangenen Wintersemester hätten sich zwei Prozent weniger Studenten immatrikuliert, berichtet die "New York Times". Mehr...

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Student loans are not the answer

http://images.politico.com/global/news/101208_harvard_university_reut_605.jpgBy William Elliott III. The financial-aid model that American college students depend on is broken. Unfortunately, media coverage and political skirmishes focus on student-loan interest rates and rising student indebtedness, while ignoring the one strategy that can increase personal responsibility, educational outcomes and long-term financial health for students: college savings. For decades, the federal government has subsidized student loans, with more than $600 billion in federal student loans outstanding today. As states have cut funding for higher education and tuition prices have increased, students and their families have taken on more and more debt. Total student loan debt now well exceeds credit-card debt with each student carrying an average debt load of more than $27,000. Read more...

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Does higher education mean lower joy on the job?

By Mary Beth Marklein. American workers with a college degree are less likely than their counterparts with a high school diploma to feel enthusiastic about their jobs, and that's "bad for the U.S. economy," a new report says. American workers who have a college degree are less likely than workers with just a high school diploma to feel enthusiastic about their jobs, and that's "bad for the U.S. economy," a new report says. The trend holds no matter how much workers make or how old they are, says the report by Gallup Education, a division of the research and polling company. It's based on surveys of more than 150,000 American adults conducted in 2012. Read more...

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Warren’s on right side of loan bill

http://www.bostonglobe.com/rw/SysConfig/WebPortal/BostonGlobe/Framework/images/logo-bg.pngBy Joan Vennochi. After listening to Education Secretary Arne Duncan make his pitch for a Senate compromise bill that lowers a July 1 hike in interest rates on student loans, I give him a C. It stands for “contempt” — because that’s what he showed for average American parents who are struggling to pay their children’s college tuition with whatever money they can scrounge up. On Tuesday, Duncan hosted a media conference call to sell a bipartisan proposal that will lower interest rates for now, but raise them in the future. Given the haplessness of the Obama administration when it comes to getting much of anything out of Congress, it’s probably the best option the White House can sign onto. But Duncan’s dodge when it comes to acknowledging the money the government makes off the backs of students — as Senator Elizabeth Warren rightly describes it — is insulting. Read more...

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College career advisors are on the social media bandwagon, but they don’t have much of a view

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UB-logo_4.pngBy Alexandra Levit. Using social media to build one-to-one relations with constituents. A few years ago, career services professionals at colleges and universities in the U.S. didn’t have much use for social media. But all that has changed. The Career Advisory Board, established by DeVry University, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have released a new national survey, “Career Services Use of Social Media Technologies,” about college career centers sentiment toward and usage of social media. Read more...

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