10 août 2014

NCAA Approves Changes to Give Big 5 Conferences More Autonomy

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . As expected, the NCAA has voted to approve a series of governance changes that will give the five biggest athletic conferences more freedom to operate independently. According to an NCAA news release, the Division I Board of Directors voted, 16 to 2, to approve the new rules. More...

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Proposed Bill Would Exempt Student Workers From Obamacare Provision

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . A North Carolina congressman has introduced a bill that would exempt student employees from part of the Affordable Care Act, the health-care overhaul often called Obamacare. More...

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Why the NCAA Lost Round 1 of the Amateurism Fight, and What It Means

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . A federal judge handed down a landmark legal victory for student athletes on Friday, ruling that the NCAA’s amateur model constitutes an antitrust violation by limiting the amount of revenue athletes can make off their names and likenesses. More...

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Are Courses Outdated? MIT Considers Offering ‘Modules’ Instead

By . People now buy songs, not albums. They read articles, not newspapers. So why not mix and match learning “modules” rather than lock into 12-week university courses?
That question is a major theme of a 213-page report released on Monday by a committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology exploring how the 153-year-old engineering powerhouse should innovate to adapt to new technologies and new student expectations. More...

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09 août 2014

A few select facts for your back-to-school enjoyment

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogLeo_en.jpgBy Léo Charbonneau. The beginning of August is too early for me to contemplate back-to-school activities – the summer goes by too quickly as it is – but it hasn’t been too early for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to start its back-to-school messaging. In anticipation of the return to classes in September, AUCC has put out another list of select facts about postsecondary education in Canada (you can download the full list here in PDF). The association put out a similar list last year with slightly different statistics. More...

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A sampling of the words of wisdom relayed by the 2014 honorary degree recipients, from coast to coast - Honoris causa.

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Peggy Berkowitz. “My fellow graduates – oh, I do like the sound of that!” began Rick Mercer, after accepting an honorary degree – his eighth – from Western University this past June. As he told the assembled gathering of academics, graduates and guests, he doesn’t hold a single earned degree. More...

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08 août 2014

Star finds taxpayer-funded MaRS’ math doesn’t quite add up

By . Star investigation: Public agency cites confidentiality agreements when asked to back up numbers, keeps names of most clients secret, as CEO who earns more than half a million dollars a year disagrees with Star’s conclusions.
Ontario’s engine for growing business — MaRS Discovery District — has made some powerful claims recently.
The publicly funded organization boasts it has generated $3 billion in economic impact; that more than two million people have used its online entrepreneurship resources; and that it hosts more than 2,000 events annually.
But an ongoing Star investigation into MaRS reveals two problems: many of MaRS’ claims are confusing and embellished, and its secrecy is preventing the public and future entrepreneurs from learning its true track record. More...

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06 août 2014

Who needs Harvard? Send us your best and brightest

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Mark Kingwell. Last week, in an essay for the New Republic, “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League,” former Yale professor William Deresiewicz continued his assault on the values of America’s top universities, drawing on a stint serving with an admissions committee. Far from being the elite institutions of learning they pretend to be, he argued, the Ivy League has become a training ground for clever, self-involved yet biddable youngsters – “out-of-touch, entitled little shit[s],” to quote one of them – who make especially good fodder for the morally bankrupt financial sector. More...

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05 août 2014

Racy frosh event video angers Ottawa student federation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Racy frosh event video angers Ottawa student federation
Umnattributed, CBC News, Aug 01, 2014

Every once in a while, you get a photo of a person enjoying a university social activity (such as binge drinking) with the caption "you can't do this in online learning." The implication of course is that the physical and social presence of an in-person class creates an experience that can't be duplicated off-campus. More...

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04 août 2014

The Rise of the For-Profits: Assessing their True Impact (Part 2)

The EvoLLLutionBy  - EvoLLLution. Not to suggest that they were working in concert, but by and large these institutions — some of which were new, others that had been hanging around on the margins for many years — applied some of the basic principles of the marketplace to an industry that had not been treated like a marketplace before. More...

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