28 juillet 2013

The Future of (Mostly Higher) Education

http://hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. After finishing filming our last segment on "The History of Higher Education" (Week 3: Teaching Like It's 1992), we are now scouting locations for the "Future of Higher Education."
As you can see from the two photos in this post, the "history of higher education" included a visit from Michael Jackson (well, not really) in my office cum film studio in Smith Warehouse at Duke. Read more...

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What does the university of the future look like?

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash4/277035_6533373917_717582727_q.jpgBy David Evans. Conference organized by U of A brought leaders together to seek answers. “These things always start with budget cuts, don’t they?” Baroness Diana Warwick said with a wry, not-quite-cynical smile over a cup of tea in the restaurant of an Ottawa hotel. She was starting an explanation of how tuition fees of more than $15,000 a year became the poster child for change in higher education in a country once known as the birthplace of the welfare state, and still famously associated with the origins of the modern university. Read more...

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Four Ideas to Fix Higher Education

http://online.wsj.com/img/renocol_DavidWessel.gifBy David Wessel. Can Government Have Affordability and Quality? Until now, the federal government's response to rising college costs has been to spend more on grants, loans and tuition tax breaks. But that is increasingly expensive and does little to assure that taxpayers' and students' (increasingly borrowed) money is well spent. Read more...

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17 juillet 2013

Wissenschafts-Agenda 2025: So soll es an den Unis weitergehen

http://www.spiegel.de/static/sys/v10/logo/spiegel_online_logo_460_64.pngMehr Wettbewerb und neue Leuchttürme: In seinen "Perspektiven des deutschen Wissenschaftssystems" hat der Wissenschaftsrat die hochschulpolitische Marschrichtung für das kommende Jahrzehnt festgelegt. Größter Haken: Dafür braucht es jede Menge Geld. Demografischer Wandel und internationaler Wettbewerb - auf diese beiden Entwicklungen muss das deutsche Hochschulwesen reagieren, findet der Wissenschaftsrat. Gemeint ist: Aktuell sind die Studenten in Deutschland jünger denn je, und es so viele wie noch nie. Doch die Entwicklung könnte sich in Zukunft umkehren, wenn die geburtenstarken Jahrgänge die Hochschulen verlassen haben. Gleichzeitig wird die weltweite wissenschaftliche Konkurrenz immer stärker. Um darauf zu reagieren, müssen sich die deutschen Hochschulen erneuern, und wie das geschehen soll, hat der Wissenschaftsrat nun in seinem Papier "Perspektiven des deutschen Wissenschaftssystems" skizziert. Das 117-Seiten-Dokument ist sperrig, aber durchaus bedeutend für die Entwicklung der deutschen Hochschullandschaft, denn es kommt vom wichtigsten Beratungsgremium von Bund und Ländern in der Hochschul- und Forschungspolitik. Mehr...

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08 juillet 2013

Lanka, the hub of international education by 2020

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2001/pix/SL-Flag.gifBy Uditha Kumarasinghe. The Higher Education Ministry has formulated a National Higher Education Strategic Management Plan for Sri Lanka as a Mid Term Plan covering years 2012 to 2015 to make Sri Lanka an international hub of excellence in higher education by 2020.
The aim of the Ministry is to turn Sri Lanka into a key higher education hub similar to countries such as Singapore, Malaysia or Australia by 2020.
This is why the Ministry invites foreign students to Sri Lanka for their higher studies and world-class universities to set up their branches here, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
The Ministry hopes to increase opportunities and access to higher education and bring up the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in the higher education up to 20 percent by 2015 under the new Strategic Management Plan. The Ministry also plans to convert local universities into world class universities, he said. Read more...

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04 juillet 2013

Eleven Elements for a post-2015 Agenda

This blog by Charlotte Demuijnck, provides an overview of the OECD’s input on the post-2015 agenda. This OECD overview paper on post-2015 is the first in a series that will outline the organisation’s position on the global debate in the lead up to the UN General Assembly in September 2013. This post is part of the Wikiprogress post-2015 series.
This overview paper, Beyond theMillennium Development Goals:Towards an OECD contribution to the post-2015 agenda, outlines the OECD’s involvement in the global transition beyond the MDGs. This preliminary proposal is not intended to be an exhaustive and complete list of OECD contributions but rather a reflection that will help the readers get an understanding of the OECD’s starting point in its participation in the global debate. A series of detailed papers will follow shortly.
In this paper, the OECD acknowledges that “times have changed” and the new global context is characterized by new actors, new resources, a different distribution of growth as well as growing inequalities and a changing geography of poverty. Read more...

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02 juillet 2013

Roads to recovery: three skill and labour market scenarios for 2025

http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/Images-ContentManagement/cover_9081_en_rdax_89x125.jpgIn line with earlier forecasts, Cedefop’s projections for skill supply and demand in the European Union (EU) foresee a gradual return to job growth and an older, but better qualified workforce.
The latest forecast extends the time horizon from 2020 to 2025 and differs from its predecessors in seeing demand for high-level qualifications speeding up.
The forecasts consider three scenarios – baseline, optimistic and pessimistic – to show how different economic circumstances may influence the labour market from now until 2025. All three point to skill mismatches (skill shortages and overqualification) in the European labour market in the medium term. Download the briefing note.

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23 juin 2013

Processing Change and the Importance of Acknowledgment

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/student_affairs_and_technology_blog_header.jpgBy Eric Stoller. Change is thrilling. Change is scary. Change is rejuvenating. Change is fast. Change is slow. Change happens. My consulting endeavors take me all over the country and onto campuses of all shapes and sizes. Most of the time, I'm brought in to talk about social media and strategic communications. What generally happens is that social media are the lead-in to a greater conversation about organizational change and organizational communication. Organizations are usually eager to talk about change with an outsider like myself. I stroll onto campus and bring a new voice to the table. A lot of conversations about change consist of an "airing of grievances" or issues that the organization is dealing with. Read more...

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16 juin 2013

'It's My Business'

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Intellectual property battles in the MOOC age are a “last stand” in the fight for academic freedom, a longtime evangelist of the topic told university professors here Wednesday. If faculty lose that fight, “being a professor will no longer be a profession or a career,” Cary Nelson, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom, said at the annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors, of which he was formerly the president. “Higher ed will be service industry, that’s it.” Read more...

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15 juin 2013

Securing the future of higher education in England

http://www.mooc.ca/assets/img/gRsshopper_88x31.pngA critical path: Securing the future of higher education in England
Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
Display Institute for Public Policy Research, June 14, 2013 The IPPR Commission on the Future of Higher Education sets out a challenge for Britain's Open University: "English higher education institutions should embrace the potential of new technologies by recognising credit from low-­ cost online courses so that these may count, in part, towards degree programmes. To make a start down this road we recommend that the Open University should accredit MOOCs provided via the FutureLearn platform so that they can count towards degree programmes offered by the OU itself and its p... Read more...

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