21 décembre 2014

A Call for Big Changes to Meet a Big Challenge at Community Colleges

subscribe todayBy Katherine Mangan. Quick fixes aren’t enough to boost lagging completion rates, says a new report.
More than a decade of efforts to propel low-income and underserved students through community college have fallen short because states and colleges haven’t made systemwide commitments to strategies like streamlining degree requirements, accelerating remediation, and financially rewarding colleges for raising graduation and persistence rates, according to a report being released on Thursday by Jobs for the Future. More...

Quick fixes aren’t enough to boost lagging completion rates, says a new report

More than a decade of efforts to propel low-income and underserved students through community college have fallen short because states and colleges haven’t made systemwide commitments to strategies like streamlining degree requirements, accelerating remediation, and financially rewarding colleges for raising graduation and persistence rates, according to a report being released on Thursday by Jobs for the Future.

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Education Department releases framework for rating U.S. colleges and universities

Trove link goes hereBy Nick Anderson. By the start of next school year, the federal government plans to rate colleges on access, affordability and student outcomes — possibly relying on graduates’ employment and earnings data.
Schools could be rated as high performers, low performers, or “in the middle,” according to a “draft framework” of the ratings plan that the Obama administration is releasing Friday. The document, essentially a status report on an initiative President Obama announced in August 2013, leaves many questions unanswered. More...

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17 décembre 2014

Increased pressures, class sizes taking their toll on faculties in academia

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Simona Chiose. In academia, December is the cruellest month.
It’s the time of year when professors, long believed to be persons of substantial leisure, mark hundreds of exams and essays, write course outlines for the winter term, battle deadlines for recommendation letters and try to catch up on their own research. Read more...

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16 décembre 2014

Why are Canadian universities blocking concussion research?

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Paul Echlin. This year, I led an interventional initiative with the Hockey Concussion Education Project (HCEP) that would involve nine Canadian universities and 425 male and female student athletes. The study would prospectively evaluate the effects that physical laws (fewer players on the ice, five against five versus six on six) have upon concussion incidence. One half of all league games would be played with five-on-five players and the other half would be played traditionally with six-on-six players. Read more...

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15 décembre 2014

A fair deal for natives

By Ken Coates. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, elected on Wednesday, has made his priority clear: “To the people across the great land, I say to you, that the values of fairness and tolerance which Canada exports to the world, is a lie when it comes to our people.” The national chief then declared that First Nations expected a far greater share of the country’s prosperity: “To Canada, we say, for far too long we have been dispossessed of our homelands and the wealth of our rightful inheritance.”
To most Canadians, Chief Bellegarde’s statement seems provocative, if not radical. More...

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NRC seen as bureaucratic, lacking focus on commercial research, audit finds

By Don Butler. Key industry decision-makers think of the National Research Council as overly bureaucratic, at times inefficient, and insufficiently focused on commercial applications, according to a “brand audit” commissioned by the NRC.
The $50,000 audit, conducted by Ipsos Reid between May 6 and June 6, 2014, involved in-depth interviews with 39 executives with responsibility for research and innovation within their organizations. Twenty-two were current clients of the NRC and 17 were non-clients. More...

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Mandates burden higher ed., increase costs

By David John Marotta and Megan Russell. In 2013, President Obama declared, "We've got a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt." He recommended his three-part Plan for Making College Affordable, “a better bargain for the middle class."
His three proposals are: pay colleges for students' performances; promote innovation in colleges; and help students manage and make loan payments. More...

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New higher education funding formula doesn’t accurately measure performance

By Tyler Silvy. A late injection of $15 million made a Colorado Commission on Higher Education funding formula announcement more palatable to the University of Northern Colorado, which otherwise would have joined a handful of Colorado schools that wouldn’t secure a full 10 percent state funding increase under the new formula’s guidelines. More...

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Is public higher education losing the public?

By Matthew T. Lambert. The popular discourse today about higher education is largely negative—college costs too much, students learn too little, jobs are too scarce for the graduates who rack up debt to earn back their investment, and universities change at a pace that can only be measured by geologists...glacial.  On the other hand, technology has enabled more non-traditional students to access a higher education than ever before and more students are graduating with certificates and degrees than at any point in human history.  As Dickens once remarked, it is the best of times and the worst of times. More...

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14 décembre 2014

Danger Ahead for the State Universities in São Paulo State

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/the_world_view_blog_header.jpg?itok=P3OlGEpQBy Marcelo Knobel. I will discuss a rather delicate issue that is now happening in the state of São Paulo that, in my opinion, puts at risk the huge effort made in the last 50-60 years to build an excellent public university system. The topic is complex because it is related to salaries, and, in a country with enormous inequalities, it can be risky, even considered politically incorrect, to discuss salaries of university professors who have contributed more than 30 years of public service. Read more...

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