16 février 2013

University budget cuts will hamper educator training

Subscribe to The Gazette and stay connected your wayBy Hélène Perrault. Over the last 12 months, Quebec has been subjected to a deep social crisis in which students have taken centre stage to denounce our university system, and more specifically to protest against the projected increase in university tuition fees.
The conflict stems from a perceived or potential threat to access to education for all, which has been a guiding principle of Quebec higher education ever since it was set down 50 years ago in the Parent report. Beyond the debates and number-crunching exercises to define the appropriate dollar cost of tuition fees, there is a consensus that education remains a fundamental societal value for the growth and development of Quebec. Read more...

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What works for rich students discourages poor ones

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Chris Martin. Postsecondary education has never been more essential to an individual’s success in the labour market, a fact increasingly recognized by students and their families. Recently, Statistics Canada reported that postsecondary enrollment increased 2.7 per cent nationally between 2010 and 2011. In many ways, heavy government investment in student financial assistance has made this increase possible, giving students access to loans and grants to meet high educational costs.
However, for such an important investment, financial assistance is rarely thoroughly evaluated and researched. The question of whether it really is equalizing access to postsecondary education is still the source of much debate, with relatively little analysis informing the debate.
It is for this reason that student groups like the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance and the College Student Alliance conduct regular surveys on financial assistance use. For instance, the latest Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey polled 7,298 students, about 8 per cent of full-time undergraduates at participating universities. The survey asks students a series of questions on financial assistance use, as well as parental income and family education. Read more...

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Canada for Sale

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogSpeculativeDiction.jpgBy Melonie Fullick. A recent article in University World News argued that internationalization has “corrupted” higher education in various ways. In spite of the strong term, I found myself agreeing with much of the article, and it also made me think more about how most of the articles I see about internationalization seem to focus on its economic aspects. If–as has also been argued–there are so many social and cultural benefits to recruiting international students, why then is there such a strong focus in most arguments on the financial benefits for universities and nations? What are the potential effects of this focus?
Internationalization, and particularly the recruitment of international students, doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Universities in Canada, at least, must deal with a context in which government funding, relative to institutional expansion, has been insufficient. The solution for distributing scarce resources that’s been implemented in many jurisdictions has been the creation of (quasi-) markets in which universities compete against each other for financial support, including through student recruitment (which brings tuition revenue). This increases the amount of branding and advertising that universities use, and it encourages the student to think and behave like a consumer making choices about educational “products”. Read more...

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Congress opens door to US open access

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/mastheads/mast_blank.gifBy John Morgan. A bill has been introduced into the United States Congress that would require most papers describing publicly-funded research to be made open access within six months of publication.
The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act
, introduced into both houses of Congress on Thursday, would halve the current 12-month maximum embargo required by the National Institutes of Health, and extend open access mandates to all funding agencies with annual budgets of more than $100 million. The move would also bring US embargo limits for repository-based “green” open access into line with those required for science papers in Research Councils UK’s new open access policy, due to come into force on 1 April. However, RCUK recently announced that it will tolerate embargoes of 12 months (and 24 months for non-science papers) during an initial five-year “transition period”. Read more...

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Aid Alters Parental Contributions for Students

HomeGovernment-provided tuition subsidies "crowd out" parental contributions to their children's college educations, although the effect is much more pronounced for students from wealthier families than for those from lower-income backgrounds, a study published Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research asserts. The paper, written by two economists at the University of British Columbia and scholars from Yale and New York University (abstract available here), applies economic modeling to test how various changes in federal financial aid policy would play out if they were put in place. Read more...

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Private Capital, Community Colleges

HomeBy Doug Lederman. There is nothing subtle about the home page of a new venture unveiled Thursday. "$1 Trillion U.S. Student Loan Debt" it screams, with the dollar figure in large yellow type. It then displays the average price of four years at public and private colleges ($71,000 and $158,000, respectively), and follows with data showing that more than a quarter of all bachelor's degree-holders start out at a community college.
The latest bare-knuckled promotional campaign for the nation's two-year colleges? Not exactly, but not wildly off, either. A new investor-backed company, Quad Learning, is teaming up with community colleges to build a national network of honors programs with a collaborative curriculum that they envision giving students an affordable, high-quality associate degree and helping them transfer to topnotch colleges and universities. Read more...

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Money Matters, but So Does Avoiding Red Tape

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/the-conversation-newheader.pngBy Sara Goldrick-Rab. “There’s no such thing as free money,” Joanne, a middle-aged African-American mother of two sitting across the table from me declared. “But for me, getting this college degree depends on whether I have enough money to afford it.”
Solving the problem of college affordability lies at the heart of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $3.3 million Reimagining Aid Delivery & Design project, which has spurred a series of reports covered weekly in the news this year. While the reports run the gamut of possible suggestions, from tying aid to students’ academic backgrounds to replacing the Pell Grant with a federal-state matching grant, they all have a similar refrain: Whatever the solution, it must be cheaper—it simply isn’t possible to request any additional spending. Read more...

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Land-Grant Group Sends a Valentine to Public Universities

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/bottom-line-header.pngBy Don Troop. On the same day that President Obama released his College Scorecard to help students and their families compare institutions, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities unveiled a data-packed scorecard of its own to show how favorably public higher education stacks up against its private nonprofit and for-profit counterparts. The 12-page report compares the average list prices of public universities ($8,655), for-profit institutions ($15,172), and private universities ($29,056), and describes what public-university leaders are doing to control costs at a time of declining government support and rising tuition. The report also compares the average debt of students who borrowed money to attend public universities ($22,000) and private, four-year institutions ($28,100), and touts the economic advantages of a college diploma. Read more...

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14 février 2013

Indexed tuition favoured: poll

Subscribe to The Gazette and stay connected your wayBy Paul Delean. With the thorny issue of university fees still unresolved in Quebec, a new Léger Marketing poll indicates a majority of Quebecers would favour seeing them indexed, not frozen or eliminated.
Asked which of four options they preferred, 50 per cent of respondents chose indexing fees by a percentage reflecting the annual increase in the cost of living.
Another 17 per cent advocated increases higher than the cost of living.
Eleven per cent preferred a freeze, and 18 per cent wanted no fees at all. The remaining four per cent abstained from answering. Read more...

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09 février 2013

Mexico expresses how important Higher Education is for Latin America

Mexico expresses how important Higher Education is for Latin America Mexico addresses Higher Education in the region by celebrating 3 events on this field
Three simultaneous events about Higher Education were celebrated in Merida (Yucatan): III Coloquio Internacional de Evaluación Acreditación y Certificación Profesional Universitaria en América Latina y el Caribe, the Módulo Transdisciplinario de Especialización en Evaluación-Planeación Universitaria, and the meeting of Red Nacional de Evaluadores de México.
Those events seek to strengthen the evaluation and certification processes in Latin America. The Mexican president, Enrique Peña, said that there’s a demographic transition in Mexico and Latin America where young people are taking up the most important social groups, thus Higher Education has to bring answers to that new trend to enhance university talent. For more information follow this link.

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