08 décembre 2013

Average Student Debt Climbs, Again

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Michael Stratford. The average debt that borrowers of student loans had at graduation continued to rise last year, climbing to $29,400 for the class of 2012, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS). This year's figure, based on TICAS calculations of federal data collected every four years, is up by more than 25 percent compared with the group's $23,450 estimate for the class of 2008. Read more...

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Scrutiny for Loan Servicers

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Michael Stratford. Federal regulators next year will begin closer monitoring of companies that process student loan payments for the vast majority of borrowers to make sure they are following the law and not misleading consumers. Under a rule proposed earlier this year and set to be finalized Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, federal regulators will have the authority to oversee a much larger swath of student loan servicers. Read more...

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Don’t Dismiss Performance Funding

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Nancy Shulock and Martha Snyder. A recent research paper published by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education and reported on by Inside Higher Ed criticized states' efforts to fund higher education based in part on outcomes, in addition to enrollment. The authors, David Tandberg and Nicholas Hillman, hoped to provide a "cautionary tale" for those looking to performance funding as a "quick fix."
While we agree that performance-based funding is not the only mechanism for driving change, what we certainly do not need are impulsive conclusions that ignore positive results and financial context. Read more...

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The Courage to Be Ignorant

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Adam Kotsko. This summer, the faculty of Shimer College held a discussion of Jacques Rancière's book The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation. In it, he discusses the educational theory and practice of Joseph Jacotot, who claimed that one could teach a subject one didn't even know in the first place. For Jacotot, teaching isn't a matter of expertise, but of determination. It isn't about transmitting knowledge to the student, but about holding students accountable to the material that they are working on. Read more...

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Whole New World

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Carl Straumsheim. A decade is an eternity in the ed-tech world. A draft of a report on academic freedom and electronic communications, updated for the first time since 2004, shows the American Association of University Professors is moving to extend its protection of faculty rights to keep up with advances in technology. The report, currently in draft form, contains thoughts on topics ranging from social media to cloud computing and cybersecurity, recommending a strong model of shared governance to ensure that faculty members are informed about and involved in solving technology issues. Read more...

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Confirming the MOOC Myth

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Carl Straumsheim. The story so far: Massive open online courses have yet to live up to their potential. But unlocking that potential could already be a pilot at a community college, state university or private institution. More than 200 scholars from institutions all over the world have gathered here at a conference hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington to hear preliminary results from the MOOC Research Initiative, a grant program founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by Athabasca University in Canada. Grantees, who received between $10,000 and $25,000 to examine how MOOCs can be used to change higher education, will compile their findings in a forthcoming edition of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. Read more...

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Noam Chomsky: Modern universities designed to ‘deprive you of your freedom’

The Raw StoryBy Scott Kaufman. The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) released an interview with Noam Chomsky recently in which the noted linguist discussed, among other things, how high student tuition indoctrinates students into corporate culture. 
“There’s no economic basis for high tuitions,” Chomsky said. “One of the very negative aspects of this sharp tuition rise is that it entraps students. It deprives them of their freedom.” 
Chomsky explained that “if you’re going to come out of college with $50,000 of debt, you’re stuck. You couldn’t do the things you wanted to do, like maybe you wanted to become a public interest lawyer, helping poor people. You can’t do it — you have to go to a corporate law firm, pay off your debt. Then you get trapped in that.” More...

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Students want equal education for all

人民网By Xu Lin. China's higher education is getting more accessible for the disabled, but students say more facilities for the mobility challenged are needed. Zhang Haoyu, 25, a postgraduate student from a university in North China, suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic and inherited disorder characterized by fragile bones. He underwent five surgeries when he was a middle school student, and now he can walk with crunches, and often uses a mobility scooter. More...

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Foreign-student programs lose humanitarian roots

By Douglas Todd. Profit motive: Experts call for educational reform and a rethinking of the drive to attract more foreign students that is motivated by money not altruism. It’s time for promoters of international student programs to stop acting as if they are “white knights.”
That’s the view of Hanneke Teekens, one of many scholars studying the so-called “internationalization of higher education” who are growing worried about the ethical pitfalls that have opened up with the meteoric rise in the number of foreign students in the Western world. Read more...

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Signs of revolt mount as French universities reject secular charter

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Ingrid Peritz. Quebec’s largest university is panning the province’s secular charter as a useless measure, adding to signs of a growing revolt against the Parti Québécois’s controversial bill. 
The French-language University of Montreal is challenging the very basis of the government’s argument for its legislation. When the minister responsible for the charter, Bernard Drainville, introduced it in September, he said it was meant to address a “crisis” over religious accommodations that had festered for years and created tensions in Quebec. More...

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