08 décembre 2013

QuickWire: Digital Tools for College Prep Still Miss Many Students

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy Hannah Winston. As more and more aspects of higher education become digitized or enhanced by technology, the process of applying to college and planning a successful career there has followed suit. The problem? Students still fall through the cracks. A new report looks at the plethora of digital tools marketed to students to help them get into and make the most of college. It tackles individual websites and mobile apps, like College Confidential and Find Tuition, and provides a comprehensive look at what each offers. More...

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From a Million MOOC Users, a Few Early Research Results

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy Lawrence Biemiller. Preliminary results of a study of 16 massive open online courses offered through the University of Pennsylvania show that only a small percentage of people who start the courses finish them—and that, on average, only half of those who register for the courses even watch the first lecture. The study, conducted by the university’s Graduate School of Education, is reviewing data from about a million users of the courses, which Penn offered on the Coursera platform, from June 2012 to June 2013. More...

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Posting Your Latest Article? You Might Have to Take It Down

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Jennifer Howard. Guy Leonard received an unpleasant surprise in his inbox early this morning: a notice from Academia.edu saying it had taken down a copy of an article of his that he’d posted on the research-sharing platform. The reason? A takedown request from Elsevier, which publishes the journal in which the paper had appeared. Mr. Leonard, a research fellow in the University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, tweeted his dismay and posted a link to a screengrab of the notice. Read more...

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College Board Delays New SAT Until 2016

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. The College Board has delayed the release of the revamped SAT by one year, the organization announced on Tuesday. The new examination will make its debut in the spring of 2016. At the College Board’s annual conference, in October, David Coleman, its president, said colleges would get an early look at the new test this winter, a year ahead of the original rollout date. But in an email to college counselors on Tuesday, Mr. Coleman said feedback from admissions officials and other experts had persuaded the organization to push back its schedule. “We heard clearly from our members … that you need more time, and we listened,” Mr. Coleman wrote. More...

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On a Crash Course for Reinvention

collegeBy Bob Kerrey. Thirty years ago-- with the Cold War ending and the rise of the Internet just beginning -- the demand for a post-secondary degree increased. This was the collective result of millions of individuals making a rational decision that their understanding of the world and their economic opportunities in that world would increase if they earned a college degree. 
Since that time, the global pursuit of an elite education -- often culminating with a high quality American degree -- has not slowed. But, there is a new and growing concern about the cost of that degree. More...

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Nelnet, Inc. commences fixed price cash tender offer for notes of Nelnet Education Loan Funding, Inc.

University Business LogoNelnet, Inc. (NYSE: NNI) (the "Company") announced today that it has commenced a fixed price cash tender offer for any and all outstanding Series 2004‑2 senior auction rate student loan asset‑backed notes and Series 2004‑2 subordinate auction rate student loan asset‑backed notes (collectively, the "Auction Rate Notes") of Nelnet Education Loan Funding, Inc. (the "Issuer"), that are identified in the table below, for the consideration described in the table below (the "Notes Consideration"). More...

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Tough love and a plan for the future – CSPC panel recap

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogTheBlackHole.pngBy David Kent. As our readers know, we ran a panel discussion last month in Toronto at the 5th Annual Canadian Science Policy Conference. It was a packed room and the panel featured heated exchanges at some points (even between panellists!). Many diverse opinions were shared, pointing to a clear need for academic-training reform. Chris Corkery began by representing the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars and their recent survey findings from ~20% of Canadian postdoctoral scholars. This launched the panel discussion by showing that early career researchers in the postdoctoral stage were a growing cohort of young bright minds in their mid-30s who aspired to becoming career researchers, but found themselves in a temporary holding zone when it came to career options. More...

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http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk. What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD?  
Like many PhDs in the Humanities, I initially hoped for a full-time, tenure-track professorship at a university. I was actively on the job market from 2006-2010, but probably applied to only 50-60 schools total (much less than others). Although we were quasi-warned in graduate school about the surfeit of humanities PhDs and dearth of full-time positions, I kept my hopes up at some level. We kept hearing about those “older professors who’ll be retiring soon,” though in hindsight I was too idealistic and gave the university system too much credit in thinking my career ambition would work. More...

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Disappointing Expectations

By Liz Koblyk. While the rewards of work can certainly outshine the challenges, sometimes the challenges take centre stage. This week, a normally calm, philosophical friend put a giant mock grin on her face and asked, in a game show host voice, “How many people am I disappointing right now?” Read more...

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Canada’s PISA results: what you need to know

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogLeo_en.jpgBy Léo Charbonneau. The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, released today the results of its fifth survey of the competencies of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science (with a particular focus on mathematics this time around) in 65 countries and economies. The 2012 survey tested over half a million students, including 21,000 Canadians from 900 schools. It’s a heck of a lot of data to wade through and no doubt policy analysts will be doing just that for weeks, combing through the results in detail and pondering their implications. How did Canada do? It depends on who you ask. According to the Council of Ministers of Education Canada, this latest report “shows high levels of achievement by Canadian students.” (For more detail, the CMEC has prepared an entire 89-page report on the latest findings, Measuring up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study.) More...

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