24 mai 2014

On Being Barefoot in Appalachia

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/CRW.jpgBy Lee Skallerup Bessette. It’s the last week of school, and the sky has suddenly opened up during just before the time when students are trying to make their way to class. My students are coming into class barefoot, largely because they were wearing flip-flops or flats that got soaked or, worse, floated away in the heavy streams of water rushing through campus. I think of this incident when I read this recent piece on Appalachian and other poor, white, rural students. Read more...

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The Adjunct Adjustment Act

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Jennifer Dalby (@injenuity) had a great line on Twitter this weekend. She noted that the Federal TAACCCT grant -- possibly the worst acronym of the decade -- provides funds to retrain workers who have been displaced by global trade and to place them into fields in which they’re likelier to be able to make an adult living.  But the very retraining provided is likely to be provided by adjuncts, who themselves are badly underpaid. She suggested a TAACCCT grant -- presumably with a better acronym -- for adjuncts. Call it the Adjunct Adjustment Act. Read more...

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The Study I’d Like to See

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. I’m hoping that someone has already done this, but if not, it would be incredibly useful if someone did. Education doctorate students, I’m looking at yoooouuuu…
College administrators everywhere are faced consistently with difficult budget decisions. In some cases they’re driven by flat or declining enrollments; in some cases they’re driven by cuts in state support; in some they’re the fallout of unfunded mandates; and in some they’re the predictable side effect of low productivity growth relative to the rest of the economy. Read more...

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For-Profit Status Is Not the Problem

HomeBy Jorge Klor de Alva. The debate on the Department of Education’s proposed “Gainful Employment” rule has fixed attention on the failure by both sides to resolve one of the nation’s most important problems: How to effectively serve the education needs of America’s new traditional students. Read more...

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Professors Need Not Apply

HomeBy Josephine Potuto. The collegiate athletic model is under attack. A Greek chorus chants the refrain: college athletics are professional athletics; college athletics are divorced from campus life; college athletes are students in name only.  Second verse same as the first. Read more...

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No Consensus On Debit Cards, State Authorization

HomeBy Michael Stratford. The Obama administration is now free to move ahead with plans to more tightly regulate campus debit cards and require more aggressive state oversight of online education programs after a federal panel on Tuesday failed to reach agreement on those issues. Read more...

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For-Profits' Fundamental Difference

HomeBy Doug Lederman. Let's stipulate up front that Bob Shireman is anything but an objective observer of for-profit higher education. For much of President Obama's first term, he made life a living hell for colleges in the sector through his aggressive pursuit of new regulations designed to ensure they were preparing their graduates for "gainful employment." Read more...

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23 mai 2014

Chile students' debts go up in smoke

The Guardian homeBy Artist named Fried Potatoes removed tuition contracts he says were worth up to $500m from private university and burned them. For a whole year, a Chilean artist using the name Fried Potatoes (Papas Fritas) planned his revenge. Saying he was collecting material for an art project, the 31-year-old visual artist sneaked into a vault at a notorious private, run-for-profit university and quietly removed tuition contracts. Read more...

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The private burden of public colleges

By . Climbing walls, Jacuzzis, exotic chefs. There are lots of (misguided) explanations for skyrocketing tuition costs at public colleges and universities, which educate about three-quarters of America’s postsecondary students. Of course, very few schools actually offer any of these country-club-like amenities, despite the attention and mockery they’ve earned in the press. So on to the latest scapegoat: greedy executives, or so suggests the coverage of two recent reports about highly paid college presidents. More...

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Congress' plan to rework WIA

Congressional negotiators on Wednesday released a compromise bill to reauthorize the nation’s main job training law.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) — a long overdue reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) — contains mixed news for community colleges. More...

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