07 décembre 2013

Abolition of student numbers cap: the sector responds

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngYesterday’s announcement that student number controls are to be abolished has attracted comment from all quarters. Here is a round-up of responses:
Steve Egan, interim chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said that the removal of the student numbers cap “will give more people the opportunity to benefit from higher education” and welcomed “additional support for STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths] subjects, which will help universities and colleges to capitalise on the upturn in demand in these areas and support economic growth”. He added that Hefce “looks forward to further details from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in due course”. More...

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Students seeking more help from counsellors

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy Jack Grove. More students are seeking help from university counsellors amid growing concerns over debt and future job prospects.
Demand for psychological support services on campus has risen by 16 per cent over the past three years, according to a poll of about a third of all university counsellors undertaken by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, published on 6 December. More...

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Numbers expansion plan is economic ‘nonsense’

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy John Morgan. The plan to fund extra student places by selling the student loan book is “nonsense” in economic terms, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
The highly respected IFS today delivered a stinging verdict on the financing behind the government’s move to abolish the cap on student numbers, announced by the chancellor, George Osborne, in his autumn statement yesterday. More...

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UK punching further above weight on citation impact

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy Paul Jump. UK research has higher citation impact than that of any comparator nation, a report commissioned by the government has revealed.
The report, published on 6 December, says that the average number of citations garnered by UK papers relative to the world average in their field – which is often used as a measure of quality - has been higher than that of papers from any other nation since 2008, and the gap is growing.
Produced by Elsevier and commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, it also shows that, by 2012, the citation impact of the nation typically regarded as producing the highest quality science, the US, had slipped behind Canada and was on a par with that of Germany and Italy. More...

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MBA applications: Join the classroom that never closes

The Guardian homeBy Helena Pozniak. Juggling a career with mba study is no mean feat, but distance learning can help, says Helena Pozniak. Mobile technology has transformed learning. But while it’s easier than ever to combine face-to-face teaching with online study, this type of blended learning is no easy option. Students often continue in full-time executive roles while grappling with the weighty demands of a masters curriculum during evenings and weekends. Read more...

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Autumn Statement 2013: Cap on student recruitment lifted for all universities

The Guardian homeBy Georgia Graham. Chancellor announces limits on recruitment, described as a 'cap of aspiration', will be lifted in 2015. Universities will be allowed to recruit as many students as they want after the government unexpectedly abolished a cap on student numbers. The move could lead to the biggest expansion of higher education in 50 years with no limit of the number places universities are able to offer. Read more...

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The MOOC Phenomenon: Who Takes Massive Open Online Courses and Why?

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have commanded considerable public attention due to their sudden rise and disruptive potential. But there are no robust, published data that describe who is taking these courses and why they are doing so. As such, we do not yet know how transformative the MOOC phenomenon can or will be. We conducted an online survey of students enrolled in at least one of the University of Pennsylvania’s 32 MOOCs offered on the Coursera platform. More...

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Report from 8th European Quality Assurance Forum 'Working together to take quality forward'

The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) took place on 21-23 Novemer, 2013, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.  The theme was “Working together to take quality forward.”
It may not be the most glamorous task, but quality assurance is certainly an important one. Particularly when it comes to new forms of pedagogy such as open educational resources and MOOCs, ensuring a high level of quality and accountability is absolutely crucial. More...

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International study of student performance shows overall decline in math skills

The results of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have been released, comparing student performance in 65 countries around the world.
The PISA study asks “What do 15-year-olds know and what can they do with what they know?” The study included all 34 OECD countries and 31 partner countries and economies, surveying about 510 000 students around the world. Students were assessed on their reading, mathematics, science, and problem-solving skills. More...

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Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council adopts conclusions on effective leadership in education

The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council has adopted a set of conclusions on effective leadership in education. The conclusions recognize the importance of having high-calibre educational leaders who can bring the latest technological and pedagogical innovations to their school systems.
The Council met on 25-26 November, 2013, where it adopted the conclusions on effective leadership in education. More...

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