23 février 2014

10 Die in Roof Collapse at South Korean University’s Orientation Event

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . At least nine students and one event organizer were killed on Monday, and others were feared to be trapped, after a roof collapsed during a South Korean university’s freshman-orientation event, according to reports by the Associated Press and Xinhua, the state news agency of China. About 560 students of the Busan University of Foreign Studies had gathered for the event, which took place at a resort in the southeastern city of Gyeongju. More...

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Obama Apologizes to an Art Historian for His Jab About the Discipline

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . President Obama has sent a handwritten apology to an art historian at the University of Texas at Austin who wrote to him to defend her discipline after he joked last month about the value of art-history degrees, according to the art blog Hyperallergic.
Mr. Obama made the remark during a speech about job training, saying, “folks can make a lot more, potentially, with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art-history degree.”
Ann Collins Johns, a senior lecturer in the university’s department of art and art history, wrote a letter to Mr. Obama through the White House’s website shortly after he made the joke, which upset many in higher education. More...

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UNC Officials Announce New Inquiry Into Academic-Fraud Scandal

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The president of the University of North Carolina system and the chancellor of the system’s Chapel Hill campus on Friday announced that they had hired an independent lawyer to conduct another inquiry into Chapel Hill’s academic-fraud scandal, the News & Observer reported. Late last year the former chairman of Chapel Hill’s department of African and Afro-American studies was indicted in connection with allegations that he had accepted money for a class he did not teach. The former chairman, Julius Nyang’oro, and a former department manager were placed at the center of the scandal in previous investigations, one of which found that suspect courses in the department dated as far back as 1997. More...

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The Sweet Kisses of Embodied Cognition

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/percolator-art-new.gifBy Tom Bartlett. I wandered into a session on embodied cognition at last week’s Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference, and I walked away thinking what I heard can’t possibly be true.
I mean, it just can’t be. Can it?
Research on embodied cognition—the idea, basically, that the body strongly influences the mind in multiple ways we’re not aware of (though not everyone agrees with that definition)—is a fairly new field, and in the last few years it has produced a number of head-scratching results. For instance, there’s the 2009 study that seems to show that people holding heavy clipboards are more likely to disagree with weak arguments than people holding light clipboards. Or the study, also published in 2009, that found that people gripping a warm cup of coffee judged others as having a “warm” personality. Read more...

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Borrowing Levels Vary Widely by Sector and Degree

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy . $29,400. That’s the average student-loan burden of 2012 graduates of four-year colleges who borrowed. But averages obscure variation. With that in mind, the New America Foundation released this week a new analysis that looks at how much undergraduates borrowed for different credentials in different sectors over time. More...

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At Test-Optional Colleges, Students Surpass the Scores They Didn’t Submit

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. At nearly three dozen colleges that do not require applicants to take the ACT or SAT, researchers have found only “trivial differences” between the long-term performance of college students who submitted test scores and those who did not. According to a report released on Tuesday, the cumulative grade-point averages of non-submitters was .05 lower than of submitters (2.83 compared with 2.88). The difference in their graduation rates: 0.6 percent. More...

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Bitcoin Gift to U. of Puget Sound Could Be a First

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy . The University of Puget Sound, a private institution in Tacoma, Wash., has received a $10,000 Bitcoin donation that could be the first to a college in the United States. The digital currency was transferred to the university last week and converted into dollars using the e-commerce processor BitPay. The gift was made by Nicolas Cary, chief executive of the Bitcoin site Blockchain and a Puget Sound alumnus. He said he had always wanted to give back to the university and had used Bitcoin because it’s the main currency in his life and career. Read more...

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Harvard and MIT Release Visualization Tools for Trove of MOOC Data

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy . Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have released a set of open-source visualization tools for working with a rich trove of data from more than a million people registered for 17 of the two institutions’ massive open online courses, which are offered through their edX platform. Read more...
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Online-Education Platform 2U Inc. Plans to Go Public

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Megan O'Neil. 2U Inc., an online-education platform that counts the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California among its clients, filed plans on Friday for an initial public offering of up to $100-million in common stock. The company did not disclose the stock’s IPO price. The money will be used to expand student enrollment and to fund technology and content development, the company said. 2U develops and services cloud-based education software used by colleges to deliver courses, and sometimes entire degrees, online. Read more...

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FCC Promises New Rules to Ensure Net Neutrality

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Megan O'Neil. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that he would propose new rules to safeguard what is known as “net neutrality,” or the equal treatment of information flowing across the web. The announcement came a month after a federal appeals court struck down some of the existing rules, adopted in 2010, while affirming the FCC’s ability to regulate Internet-service providers in other ways. Read more...

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