23 février 2014

How Average Net Price Fails to Capture the ‘Best Bang’ for Your Buck

By Jonah Newman. This is the second in a series of posts about the data that are likely to appear in the Obama administration’s proposed college-ratings system. For the first post, about graduation rates, click here.
Search for a college on the White House’s College Scorecard, and the first number you’ll see is the institution’s average net price, under a gauge that shows whether the number is low, medium, or high in relation to other colleges. The scorecard was supposed to be a source for prospective students to “compare schools based on a simple criteria—where you can get the most bang for your educational buck,” according to President Obama, who introduced it in his 2013 State of the Union address. More...

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Betting on Vetting

subscribe todayBy Peter Baldwin. Evaluation, not publication, should be academe’s new priority.
Imagine that, having polished a dissertation for publication or finished a second or later book, the social-science scholar sends the typescript to an independent Review Institute. The institute determines a list of five to 10 scholars worldwide who are best placed to evaluate the work, taking into account both those experts cited in it and others who, though prominent in the field, may have a different take on the subject. For a fee like the one publishers now pay outside readers, each evaluator writes a two-page appraisal of the work, avoiding any summary and dealing only with its qualities. Numbers are also assigned on a uniform scale over a range of areas: Quality of the empirical base? How well written? Novel or familiar ground? Advanced or introductory readership? Balanced or polemical? And the like. More...

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Will new higher ed idea boost your job prospects?

http://www.telegram.com/graphics/header/columnistHeader.jpgQ: My uncle told me about a fairly recent development in distance education — MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, from name universities that are available free on the Web.
Now I read that the nonprofit MOOC provider organization Coursera has begun offering certificates to students who take sequences of MOOCs from its university partners. The new program, which I understand is called Specializations, is, or shortly will, offer certificates in data science, mobile app development and cybersecurity, with more types of courses to follow. The Coursera certificates will comprise three to nine courses, each costing between $200 and $500. More...

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Can varsities meet Manuel’s aims?

Mail & GuardianAnd we must also ask how well the National Development Plan articulates higher education's role. There is increasing evidence that high levels of educational attainment contribute to global competitiveness and sustainable socioeconomic development. This has resulted in a number of countries placing higher education at the core of their development strategies. In this context, one may legitimately ask how South Africa measures up and whether the government's National Development Plan (NDP), released in 2012, articulates the role of higher education in contributing to achieving the ambitious goals and targets outlined for 2030. More...

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Minister No Longer Signing University Degrees

The Cambodia DailyBy and . The Minister of Education will no longer place a validating signature on the country’s university degrees, and schools of tertiary education will soon be audited, and properly accredited, for the quality of their education, officials said Monday.
Universities whose courses and degrees fall below par will be shut down entirely, or ordered to take serious remedial action to improve their level of teaching, an education ministry official said. More...

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Universities stand to benefit in recessions, new research shows

Universities across the world actually benefit during recessions, wielding far greater recruiting power to attract talented graduates compared to the private sector, shows new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
In tough financial times the stability of the academic world wins out over the boom-and-bust cycle of the private sector, according to the latest evidence. More...

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Reforms to improve higher education access and quality

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Gilbert Nganga. Burundi, an East African Community, or EAC, member state and the region’s smallest nation, has over the past few years been toiling to rebuild higher education, which had lagged behind due to a decade long conflict that started in 1993. As a result, the country – which joined the EAC bloc in 2007 – still has a nascent higher education sector compared to its East African partners Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. More...

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Internationalising the campus one student at a time

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Karl Markgraf. An innovative programme is helping the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire internationalise its campus by providing new opportunities for students and faculty in all academic disciplines to engage in research, creative activities and service projects throughout the world. The recipient of the Institute of International Education's 2014 Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalising the Campus, UW-Eau Claire's International Fellows Program – IFP – capitalises on the strength and success of high impact academic experiences that have long been offered on our campus. More...

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Austrian survey highlights benefits of study abroad

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Evelyne Glaser. The vast majority of students who have taken part in international study abroad programmes underline the importance of this invaluable experience for their personal development as well as for their professional career. However, to this day, there has not been much substantial and comprehensive research that provides statistical support to the subjective positive evaluation of the effects of international student exchange programmes. More...

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Wales is punching above its weight in research

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Peter W Halligan. Wales is a small, ambitious country within the United Kingdom with a strong and growing international research base, much of which is not fully recognised in Wales or internationally. Over the past five years several reports have suggested that Welsh research has not performed as well as other UK countries or countries of a similar size. More...

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