13 avril 2013

'More Than a Major'

HomeBy Zack Budryk. Business executives care more about their new hires' thinking, communication and problem-solving skills than they do about their undergraduate majors, according to a survey being released today by the Association of  American Colleges and Universities. The association first conducted the survey in 2006, and has done so periodically since then. The report, entitled "It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success," features the percentage of business executives responding positively to a number of statements, and the results suggest that these employers are not just looking for STEM majors -- or for any one kind of major. Read more...

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11 avril 2013

Flipping the classroom

john_baker_desire2learn_210x400By Rosanna Tamburri. Desire2Learn, one of Canada’s technology success stories, can trace its roots directly to a university classroom. On a recent monday morning, the fourth-floor lobby of Desire2Learn Inc. is crowded with the newest crop of co-op students ready to start their work term. Located in Kitchener, Ontario, in a late 19th-century beige-brick building that once housed a tannery and maker of leather saddles, the company’s open-concept offices are lively with groups of young employees engaged in conversation. Free cafeterias are located throughout the building, and of course there are the ping pong and football tables now de rigueur at any high tech firm worth its salt. Read more...

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Winds of change in higher education

http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/sites/2444/assets/yourdailyjournal225x90.jpgBy Tom Campbell. Senate suggestions that now might be a good time to consider the elimination or consolidation of one or more of the UNC 16-campus system drew immediate and passionate opposition, some calling it a war on public universities. William Link, in his biography of Bill Friday, reminds us the current UNC System was born in controversy. Winds of change in higher education started in the late 1950s. The 1931, three-campus structure gave way to six campuses in the early 1960s, then ultimately the approval of the current 16-campus system in 1971. In the intervening years North Carolina saw education wars never before experienced: regional jealousies, gubernatorial and legislative intervention, parochialism from existing schools, political infighting and governance struggles abounded. If this wasn’t warfare the differences were largely semantic. Read more...

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10 avril 2013

Rigorous Schools Put College Dreams Into Practice

New York TimesBy Kyle Spencer. ALONG his block in Newark’s West Ward, where drugs are endemic and the young residents talk about shootings with alarming nonchalance, Najee Little is known as the smart kid. He got all A’s his sophomore year, breezing through math and awing his English teachers. His mother, a day care worker, and father, who does odd jobs to make ends meet, have high aspirations for him. They want him to earn a college degree. So last year, when Bard College opened an early college high school in Newark for disadvantaged students with dreams of a bachelor’s degree, he was sure he’d do well there. He wrote his first long paper on Plato’s “Republic,” expecting a top grade. He got a D minus. “Honestly,” he recalled, “I was kind of discouraged.” Read more...

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How universities will compete: appeal to elites, move online

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy MICHAEL BARBER, KATELYN DONNELLY and SAAD RIZVI. Our belief is that deep, radical and urgent transformation is required in higher education as much as it is in school systems. Our fear is that, perhaps as a result of complacency, caution or anxiety, or a combination of all three, the pace of change is too slow and the nature of change too incremental.
We need an inspired generation, all of whom are well-educated and some of whom are able to provide the bold, sophisticated leadership that the 21st century demands. We need citizens ready to take personal responsibility both for themselves and for the world around them: citizens who have, and seize, the opportunity to learn and relearn throughout their lives. We need citizens who are ready and able to take their knowledge of the best that has been thought and said and done and apply it to the problems of the present and the future. Read more...

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09 avril 2013

Nurses will soon need university degree

Subscribe to The Gazette and stay connected your wayBy Marian Scott. Requiring new nurses to have a bachelor’s degree as of 2014 could aggravate understaffing in the already overburdened health-care system, the Quebec nurses’ federation warned Sunday.
“It risks creating panic in the health-care system,” Régine Laurent, president of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ), said in an interview after a press conference at federation headquarters.
She asked that the government hold off on its plan to require all new nurses to have a university degree for a few more years, because the conditions needed to make the new system work still aren’t in place. Read more...

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08 avril 2013

Growth Rate Slowing for International Applications for Grad School

DiverseBy Jamaal Abdul-Alim. U.S. graduate schools are getting more applications from students in India and Brazil, but fewer from students in China. Those shifts are among the various changes in the portions of applications being sent to U.S. graduate schools from students around the world, according to a new report being released today from the Council of Graduate Schools.
The report also shows that applications from prospective international students only increased 1 percent in 2013, the smallest increase in the past eight years and significantly lower than the 9- and 11-percent increases that took place in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
The biggest factor in the overall decline in the number of grad school applications from abroad was driven mostly by a decline in applications from China, according to the report, which is Phase I of the 2013 CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey. Phases II and III will deal with admissions and enrollment, respectively. Read more...

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Gap Widens for Faculty at Colleges, Report Finds

New York TimesBy Tamar Lewin.  For the academic elite — tenured professors at private research universities — average pay this year is $167,118, while at public research universities such professors earn $123,393, according to the annual report by the American Association of University Professors. After three years in which overall increases in full-time faculty pay lagged behind the rate of inflation, this year’s average increase, 1.7 percent, kept pace with consumer prices.
But the difficult economic climate of recent years is taking a serious toll on higher education, especially public institutions. As states cut back their support for public institutions, the gap between the pay scales at private and public universities is continuing to grow, the report found. Average pay for assistant professors at private colleges that award only bachelor’s degrees is $62,763, while public colleges paid $58,591. Read more...

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07 avril 2013

Foro Internacional sobre Modelos de Gestión de Investigación Científica para la Educación Supérior

LogoForo Internacional sobre Modelos de Gestión de Investigación Científica para la Educación Supérior - Primer Encuentro Internacional en America Latina de las redes AUIP, RECLA y RUEPEP - Manta, Ecuador, 24 al 26 de abril de 2013.
PROGRAMA Foro Internacional sobre Modelos de Gestión de Investigación Científica para la Educación Supérior, Catalina Rodríguez.
La educación superior latinoamericana y, en particular, la ecuatoriana, enfrenta serios retos en sus esfuerzos por fomentar, estimular y asegurar la creación, avance, desarrollo, transmisión y crítica de la ci encia, de la técnica y de la cultura, entre otros:
- la formación avanzada para la investigación científica, para la aplicación del conocimiento, para la innovación y para la creación artística,
- la difusión, la valorización, la transferencia de conocimiento y la innovación al servicio del desarrollo económico, social y cultural y
- la difusión del conocimiento y la cultura a través de la educación conti nua y permanente.
Este Foro Internacional se propone abrir un espacio de reflexión sobre modelos exitosos de gestión del conocimiento y de la investigación científica utilizados en otros entornos de educación superio r que, eventualmente, puedan servir como modelos de referencia para fortalecer y consolidar las funciones esenciales de todas las universidades e instituciones de educación superior de nuestro en torno.
Temas centrales del Foro

Conferencia Inaugural: Políticas de Investigación Científica y Tecnológicas del Ecuador, René Ramírez, Secretario Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación del Ecuador.
Formación de talento humano para la invest igación, Víctor Cruz Cardona, AUIP, España.
Planificación estratégica para la gestión, Javier Medina Vásquez, Universidad del Valle, Colombia.
Argentina: Gabriela Fabbro, Universidad Austral
Brasil: María de Fátima Sonati, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Colombia: Carlos Corredor, Universidad Simón Bolívar
Chile: Juan Zolezzi, Universidad Santiago de Chile (Por confirmar)
Ecuador: Sergio Flores Matías, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Por confirmar)
España: Manuel Bethencourt Núñez, Universidad de Cádiz
México: Concepción Barrón, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Perú: Patricia Martínez Uribe, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Formación continua y permanente:
- Mónica López Sieben, Secretaria de RUEPEP: "Los estudios de postgrado y la educación continua, herramientas estratégicas para la modernización de las universidades"
- Ana Velazco, Presidenta de RECLA
- Alexandra Bolaños, Secretaria Ejecutiva de RECLA
- Maurizio Betti, Universidad de Bologna, Italia
- Ivo pazzagli, Universidad de Bologna, Italia Comunidades de aprendizaje: redes de conocimiento y de investigación RECLA, REUPEP y AUIP
Inscripción: 50 US$ El pago podrá realizarse directamente en Manta al realizar el registro
Información: Universidad Laica “Eloy Alfaro” de Manabí - posgradouleam@gmail.com Teléfono: +593 05 2622741.

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What Graduate Students Should Know About the Sequester

2014 Best Grad School Rankings are here!By Delece Smith-Barrow. Admissions criteria will change at some schools because of sequestration. Research universities and graduate assistants across the nation are starting to feel the sequester's impact. The across-the-board, $85 billion in discretionary spending cuts began just one month ago. "My NIH grant has already been affected. Our budget has been altered because of it," says Thomas Brown, a professor and vice chair of research for the Department of Neuroscience, Biology and Physiology at Wright State University. Read more...

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