30 juin 2013

Should a Student Have to Try to Fail?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpgBy John Warner. When Arden Key, a defensive end for Lithonia (GA) High School, committed to attend the University of South Carolina and play for the Gamecocks starting with the 2014 season, he reportedly remarked that he liked the coaching staff and when it comes to school, "The academic part, it's like you have to try to fail." This caused a brief spasm of outrage and counter-outrage in my home state where football is a passion to the point that marriages of Clemson and USC graduates are considered mixed. Read more...

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What Is College For?

HomeBy Dan Currell. My college years were spent on a hill in a small town. I was in the company of 3,000 other people – students, faculty, staff – and we were set apart.  The only thing on the agenda was to continue being Gustavus Adolphus College, whatever that meant.  I didn’t know who first set that agenda, and I don’t recall a lot of active reflection on what it meant.  What did it mean to be a residential, liberal arts college in the Swedish Lutheran tradition? We discussed that a little bit, but mostly we just did it. Read more...

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An Interest Rate Compromise?

HomeBy Libby A. Nelson. With only a few days remaining to reach a legislative deal before the interest rate on new, federally subsidized student loans doubles July 1, the Senate appears to be inching closer to a bipartisan compromise. But given deep divisions between Senate Democrats and House Republicans in particular on what to do about student loans, there is still no guarantee that Congress will manage to avert the rate hike in time. Read more...

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No Kids Allowed

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Allie Grasgreen. A Florida State College at Jacksonville sophomore who was turned away from an exam because she took her baby along may have recourse against the institution, after the U.S. Education Department warned colleges this week that they have legal responsibilities to support pregnant and parenting students. Read more...

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'Hall of Shame,' Again

HomeByLibby A. Nelson. The Education Department has updated its annual list of the country’s most expensive colleges (by net price and by list price), and, as always, this year’s list contains familiar names. Columbia University narrowly edged out Sarah Lawrence College -- a perpetual contender on the list, and one that has defended its high tuition -- for the most expensive tuition list price, at $45,290 in the 2011-12 academic year. Read more...

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Who Bill Gates is giving money to now in education

http://s.troveread.com/perpos/0.2.11/5/widgets/rrwv1/img/logo.pngBy Valerie StraussThe Gates Foundation has distributed a slew of grants to educational institutions and organizations in June for varied pursuits, including implementation of the Common Core State Standards, improvement of the federal financial aid system, and creation of a “national cadre of teachers experimenting with the use of games, learning and assessment tools.” Here are some of the largest education grants awarded by the foundation this month, obtained from the foundation’s Web site. Read more...

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Up to 30 HE institutions 'could fail' if falling student demand continues

http://www.independent.co.uk/independent.co.uk/images/independent_masthead.pngBy Rose Troup Buchanan. Dozens of higher education institutions are at risk of closure in the next few years, university leaders have warned. Several university leaders predicted in survey that 'as many as 20 to 30 current higher education institutions could become unviable if student demand continues to fall'.
Over half of the leaders questioned were concerned by falling numbers of undergraduate students, and over 90 per cent were worried by decreasing numbers of UK and EU postgraduates. Read more...

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Government censors science it opposes

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Carol Linnitt. The Canadian government has overhauled science communication policies in a bid to silence any evidence that might go against its economic agenda. Science, and the culture of evidence and inquiry it supports, has a long relationship with democracy. Widely available facts have long served as a check on political power. Attacks on science, and on the ability of scientists to communicate freely, are ultimately attacks on democratic governance. Read more...

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Mexican students eye up UK universities as study destination

The Guardian homeWith rising crime and aspiration pushing Latin American students to study overseas,the UK must prepare to compete with the US and Europe to attract them, suggests Laura Aguirre.
Kidnap, murder, extortion – despite recent reports of improvements, Mexico remains gripped by a crisis which, at its peak, saw the army deployed in some areas in an attempt to wrest back control of the streets from violent drug cartels. Between 2007 and 2012 intentional homicides per capita increased by over 65% in Mexico, while kidnappings increased 250% and extortions 94%. Other countries in the region are also facing social and political challenges for everyday security – the situation in Venezuela, for example, is not much better than Mexico, with a leading criminologist tallying 155,788 murders in the country since 1999. Read more...

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College in Canada more appealing than ever for Americans?

http://a0.twimg.com/profile_images/2609444766/pg3cwi4ht9fq2d08l7a1_normal.pngBy Devin Karambelas. As Canadian colleges cater to international students -- for a variety of reasons -- Americans are heading north for higher education. When Alexie Rudman graduates from college in May 2015, the Rhode Island native is poised to find herself with a lot less debt than her friends back home.
That's because Rudman, 19, decided to study at McGill University in Montreal, which costs $17,000 for international students, all fees included -- roughly half or even a third of what most American private colleges and some public charge for tuition, according to statistics from the College Board.
"I have a sister at Hofstra, which costs upward of $50,000 a year," says Rudman, a French citizen who attends the university for about $3,000 thanks to an accord between both countries that considers French citizens eligible for Canadian benefits. Read more...

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