05 janvier 2014

'Lost' generation

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy Patrick Ainley. Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett's sample of the "lost" class of 2005 university graduates (28 December) confirms the findings of larger and more representative surveys that "almost half of those who've graduated in the last five years in the UK are in non-graduate jobs for which they are overqualified and underpaid. This means the average graduate 'starting salary' of £29,000 is a distant dream for many university leavers, as they take anything that's going in a competitive labour market and render it even more difficult for the less-qualified to find work". More...

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Training Ph.D.’s to Teach Where the Jobs Are

By Paula Krebs. As I was following the annual Council of Graduate Schools meeting on Twitter (#CGS53), I wondered why they hadn’t invited me to speak.
Not me, personally. But someone like me—a dean or department chair at the kind of place most doctoral students (the ones who get jobs) will end up teaching.
I thought about this after @VersatilePhD tweeted a suggestion from Stanford English professor Jennifer Summit: “We can learn from Ph.D. grads who’ve gone on to teaching-intensive institutions.”
Yes. Yes, doctoral programs, you can learn from the teaching institutions how better to prepare Ph.D.'s to teach at teaching institutions. See more...

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Digital trends to shape 2014

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUa0Fk_7FQscWtrZHpz8OJg_QGcHVj2y63B7yEHt5K8aA7JDrjTD2O-wBy Karine Joly. What will 2014 bring to the digital field in higher ed? That’s the million dollar question at the start of this new year. Unfortunately, charting a precise course for success over the next 12 months isn’t possible. More...

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Higher ed leaders select the most effective products of the year

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUa0Fk_7FQscWtrZHpz8OJg_QGcHVj2y63B7yEHt5K8aA7JDrjTD2O-wBy Lauren Williams. The editors of University Business are proud to announce this year’s Readers’ Choice Top Products. Campus leaders from across the country have seized the unique opportunity to nominate the products they are using to operate their institutions more efficiently and enhance students’ experiences. UB’s Top Products award program has seen substantial growth in nominations and winners in just its second year. Our editorial team carefully considered the quality and quantity of nominations in choosing the final list of honorees from hundreds of insightful testimonials that were submitted. More...

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Doubt cast on skills 'crisis' claim

By Claire Brownell. Canada needs a better system for keeping track of who's hiring, Workforce Windsor-Essex executive director Tanya Antoniw said, agreeing with a recent TD Economics report.
The report argues that because of Canada's patchwork system for keeping track of our workforce, we don't actually know whether reports of a skills gap crisis - a serious mismatch between the skills the labour force has and the skills employers need - are accurate. Many key labour force indicators get their information from employer surveys and analyses of online job postings, which are not reliable sources of data, according to the report. More...

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Canadian teachers urge universities to close on-campus cultural schools funded by Chinese government

By Tristin Hopper. In this occasional feature, the National Post tells you everything you need to know about a complicated issue. Today, Tristin Hopper examines the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ challenge last month to Canadian universities to sever all ties with Confucius Institutes, on-campus cultural schools funded and organized by the Chinese government.
What’s a Confucius Institute? 
Named for the 2,500-year-old Chinese philosopher Confucius, originator of such noted Chinese cultural touchstones as self-discipline and respect for elders, Confucius Institutes were founded in 2004, receive their funding from the Government of the People’s Republic of China and now number more than 300 locations worldwide. In Canada, there are at least eight, with more to come. In the words of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton, the institute is “dedicated to strengthening the educational, cultural and economic ties between China and Canada,” and does this through everything from language courses to the organization of cultural events, such as concerts or martial arts tournaments. Some campus locations offer accredited courses and in many cases, Confucius Institutes have collaborated on the development of language curricula in public schools, such as in Edmonton, Vancouver and Regina. More...

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Signs of Surrender in Public Higher Ed

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. In one of his final posts of 2013, political blogger Andrew Sullivan noted that it was the year journalism “surrendered.”
The tipping point for Sullivan was the announcement that Time magazine has internally reorganized so the newsroom reports directly to the business executives, tearing down a wall that has existed since the inception of the free press. Read more...

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On Using Digital Words, Creating Communities

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/CRW.jpgBy Lee Skallerup Bessette. We are, the participants at the MLA, lovers of words. Words from scores of different languages, expressed in different styles, wielded in a myriad of ways. Words that inspire, words that provoke, words that expose our vulnerability, but also words that weave us together in ways that can empower us. Read more...

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Some Assumptions about Libraries

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. Joshua Kim started the year off with a challenge to examine our assumptions. Here are some of mine about the purpose and nature of academic libraries, in no particular order.
Learning how (and why) to explore ideas independently is an important goal of higher education, and libraries enable and inspire that kind of learning. A corollary to that assumption is that when we explore ideas, we are willing to have the information we encounter change our minds. An enigma wrapped inside this corollary to an assumption is the notion that people want to have their minds changed. Wayne Bivens-Tatum questions that notion usefully, suggesting information literacy is an "unnatural" activity. Read more...

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Math Geek Mom: Academic Sandwiches

By Rosemarie Emanuele. There is a theory in Labor Economics that proposes that for some workers, the supply curve describing the number of hours of labor offered at different wage rates might actually bend backwards, leading to lower amounts of labor offered at higher wages. The theory is that at higher wages, some workers might use their extra income to “purchase” more leisure, thus actually offering less labor at very high wages. With the full realization that academic wages in my corner of the world are certainly not “very high”, I often think of this as a good explanation for why some of us choose academia over more high-pressured jobs in industry or government. Only for us, “leisure” should be defined very broadly, and include the ability to teach young people in a nurturing environment and pursue research interests of our own choosing rather than those assigned to us by superiors. Read more...

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