09 mars 2014

Obamas Promote Federal Student Aid Application

HomePresident Obama on Friday will lay out more details about the education proposals in his budget and also discuss his administration’s efforts to get more students to apply for federal student aid. Read more...

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Are Systems Bad for Flagships?

HomeBy Robert Berdahl, Steven Sample and Raquel M. Rall. For much of the past century, public higher education in the United States has been governed by various forms of state university control. These “systems” and their governing boards define and harmonize the educational interests and needs of their respective states with campus strategic plans, allocate state resources, oversee capital development, and try to buffer institutions from excessive intrusion by politicians and state agencies -- important roles all. Read more...

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Proxy War on For-Profits

HomeBy Paul Fain. A proxy war over the regulation of for-profit colleges is being waged in the editorial pages of The New York Times. In the last week the newspaper has published four opinion pieces that touch on federal oversight of the industry -- two in favor of tightening the screws and two (by the same columnist) defending for-profits for their role in educating underserved students. Read more...

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HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The College Board today announced major changes to the SAT, including a substantial revision to the writing test that was added in 2005 in the last major overhaul of the admissions test. Read more...

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Federal Accountability and Financial Pressure: A Survey of Presidents

HomeBy Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik. College presidents generally agree that their institutions should be reporting much more information about the career and other outcomes of their graduates -- they just don't necessarily want the federal government doing it, Inside Higher Ed's new survey of college presidents reveals. Three-quarters of presidents say their institutions should be reporting the debt levels, job placement rates and graduate school enrollment rates of recent graduates, for instance (though fewer say they are doing so now). Read more...

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Six myths about contract faculty in Canada

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Kane X. Faucher. Let’s discard our false assumptions about adjuncts’ relationship with the university, tenured faculty and the public. Sessionals face a great deal of adversity and insecurity, but clinging to certain assumptions blinds us to the reality of our conditions as an auxiliary academic workforce -- and to insights on how to improve these conditions. Here are some myths that we need to discard. More...

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Quebec ruling supports confidentiality of researchers’ interviews

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Natalie Samson. Court case shows that researchers must design their confidentiality protocols to conform to Canadian law. A recent ruling by a Quebec superior court has major ramifications for researchers who offer confidentiality to people they interview for their research.
On Jan. 21, Justice Sophie Bourque of the Quebec Superior Court ruled in favour of Christine Bruckert and Colette Parent, professors of criminology at the University of Ottawa, and quashed a warrant that would have allowed police to unseal a confidential interview. The decision means that researcher-participant communication is privileged when deemed appropriate by a judge, even though, in Canadian law, the relationship is not automatically privileged the way that a doctor-patient or lawyer-client relationship is. More...

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08 mars 2014

New Study to Focus on Innovative Approaches to Pension Reform in Higher Education

HomeGrowing concerns about the long-term fiscal prospects for college and university retirement and benefit programs will be addressed in a study sponsored by the Center for Studies in  Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California, Berkeley.
With support from Fidelity Investments,  the Higher Education Pension Reform Project will  document major changes to retirement and post-retirement benefit programs that US colleges and universities have adopted in recent years.  The review will look at how programs are funded; the kinds  of programs and benefits offered (such as defined benefit or defined contribution programs); and whether retirement programs that offer health benefits fund them through contributions by employers, employees, or both. The project  will also examine how various programs are governed and administered.
The principal investigator for the project is James A. Hyatt, Senior Research Associate at CSHE and Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the University of Arizona. He has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Polytechnic and State University, as Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the University of California, Berkeley, and as the Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). More...

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06 mars 2014

A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork

New York TimesBy Tamar Lewin. Saying its college admission exams do not focus enough on the important academic skills, the College Board announced on Wednesday a fundamental rethinking of the SAT, ending the longstanding penalty for guessing wrong, cutting obscure vocabulary words and making the essay optional. The president of the College Board, David Coleman, criticized his own test, the SAT, and its main rival, the ACT, saying that both had “become disconnected from the work of our high schools.
”In addition, Mr. Coleman announced programs to help low-income students, who will now be given fee waivers allowing them to apply to four colleges at no charge. Read more...

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Rethinking the Role of Community Colleges

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