05 mai 2014

Insolite : 500 000 dollars en Bitcoin collectés pour une fac !

Par Romain (Herveys). Des étudiants du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ont lancé une collecte de fond en Bitcoin, afin d'étudier l'utilisation de cette monnaie numérique. Ils ont récolté plus de 500.000 dollars, meltyCampus vous en dit plus.
Grâce à une collecte de fond, le célèbre Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) vient d'acquérir un demi million de dollars en Bitcoin, cette nouvelle monnaie numérique dont on vous a parlé sur meltyCampus et qui a déjà permis à un étudiant de se faire 24.000 dollars d'argent de poche. A l'origine du projet : Dan Elitzer et Jeremy Rubin, deux étudiants membres du MIT Bitcoin Club. Selon Keek.fr, les deux jeunes hommes voulaient "créer un véritable écosystème pour les devises numériques à l'université et pour aider le MIT à maintenir son héritage, qui est d'être à la pointe de la technologie", et ont donc fait appel à des dons de Bitcoins. Suite...

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04 mai 2014

Hard Evidence: are universities getting more money for teaching?

The ConversationBy Claire Crawford and Rowena Crawford. The raising of the cap on tuition fees charged by universities in England to £9,000 per year in 2012 does not currently look like it will save the government much money – but it has led to a substantial increase in the funds universities receive to teach undergraduates. That is the finding of new research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, funded by Universities UK. More...

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The New ‘Austerity Imperative’ for Universities

By . Coming soon: The next outrage in your university health-care plan. And it’s all part of “business as usual.”
Here at Pennsylvania State University, the new bad news is steep hikes in health-coverage rates for graduate students, combined with cuts in benefits. The real “usual” is saving money at the expense of those who can least afford it. More...

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With $500,000, 2 Students Hope to Make Bitcoin MIT’s Currency

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . Starting in the fall, undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will each receive $100 in Bitcoin—seed money meant to jump-start a campus digital-currency economy that can be engaged with and studied by students and faculty members alike. The project is being spearheaded by Jeremy Rubin, a sophomore studying computer science and electrical engineering, and Dan Elitzer, an M.B.A. student and the founder of the MIT Bitcoin Club. Together they have raised $500,000 from MIT alumni and members of the Bitcoin community. More...

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Creative Solutions to Higher Education Finance, Part 2: Using Private Money to Promote the Public Good

By Andrew Kelly. Yesterday’s column looked at how we might shift from a “pay as you go” model of student aid to a Human Capital Savings Account. Today’s ideas look at how we can better leverage private capital and investors to promote the public good. If you’re wondering why we need to reform our approach to higher education finance, you can either go back to part one or wait until tomorrow, when my colleague Awilda Rodriguez will release a new study of Parent PLUS loans. If you need proof that our financial aid system is fundamentally busted, look no further than PLUS loans. More...

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MIT Undergrads Start Semester With $100 in Bitcoin

By Stephanie Mlot. College students typically begin a new year equipped with textbooks, a class schedule, and financial debt. But the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is adding a new component: bitcoin.
Two student members of the MIT Bitcoin Club raised $500,000 for a project that will allow the university to distribute $100 in bitcoin to every undergraduate this fall. All 4,528 students will receive their own wad of online currency to invest, spend, or donate. More...

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Creative Solutions to Higher Education Finance, Part 1

By Andrew Kelly. The world of postsecondary education has changed tremendously since the early 1970s. In 1972, about a quarter of 18-24 year olds enrolled in college; thirty years later, enrollment rates had climbed to 40 percent. The number of non-traditional students—part-time students; adults who are balancing work, family, and school; and so on—has also ballooned, and these students now outnumber the “traditional” undergraduate that lives on campus at a four-year college. College also costs about three times what it used to, even after adjusting for inflation. More...

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Funding UK higher education: why we shouldn't copy Australia

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy Gill Wyness and Richard Murphy. Adopting the Australian tuition fee system could result in poorer students staying away from expensive courses. A new report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) recommends that UK policymakers pay much closer attention to Australia's "advanced" university funding system, which shares many of the features of the UK system, but at considerably lower taxpayer expense. More...

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Welsh university students get most financial support in UK

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy and . Report reveals differences in student grants, loans, fees and debts across the UK countries. Free tuition in Scotland benefits the wealthiest – study.
After 15 years of devolution, which part of the UK offers the most generous student grants, the lowest fees and the least student debt? While the difference in the cost of going to university between Scotland (no fees for Scottish students) and England (up to £9,000 a year in fees) is well known, we hear less about what is happening in other parts of the UK. More...

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Analysis of responses to consultation on HEFCE’s financial memorandum with institutions

HEFCE logoThis document provides an analysis of the responses to the consultation between 16 September and 6 December 2013 and how those responses have been taken into account in the final version of the memorandum of assurance and accountability.
This document provides both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the responses we received on the ‘Financial memorandum: Conditions of grant payments to institutions: Consultation on arrangements for 2014-15 onwards’ (HEFCE 2013/21). It also sets out how we have taken those responses into account in finalising the memorandum which is now entitled ‘Memorandum of assurance and accountability’. More...

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