30 juin 2013

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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26 juin 2013

US spends more on education than other countries, private sources increase role

http://s.troveread.com/perpos/0.2.11/5/widgets/rrwv1/img/logo.pngBy Valerie Strauss. The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students’ education each year, with parents and private foundations picking up more of the costs than in the past, an international survey released Tuesday found. Despite the spending, U.S. students still trail their rivals on international tests. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — which groups the world’s most developed countries — writes in its annual education report that brand-new and experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe. But U.S. salaries have not risen at the same pace as other nations and the United States is one of the few places where overall education spending has fallen since the economic crisis hit in 2008. Read more...

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25 juin 2013

Where U.S. stands in education internationally — new report

http://s.troveread.com/perpos/0.2.11/5/widgets/rrwv1/img/logo.pngBy Valerie Strauss. A new report that analyzes education trends in several dozen countries says that the United States is behind in early childhood education even though it spends more and that American teachers spend more time in class than their international peers. The report, called “Education at a Glance 2013″ and being released on Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, is a collection of comparable national statistics that paint a picture of the state of education around the world. The countries surveyed are the 34 members of the OECD –  which include many of the most economically advanced countries as well as emerging countries, including Turkey and Mexico — as well as nonmembers Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Read more...

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23 juin 2013

The Academic Graveyard Shift: The Bubble that Didn’t Burst

http://higheredwatch.newamerica.net/sites/all/themes/nafbase/images/logo.pngBy Andrew Lounder. At least a couple of decades ago, scholars began anticipating the retirement of baby boomers. It was to be a magnificent bursting of the bubble that was created when the U.S. population rapidly expanded in the years following World War II. Years went by, and we watched Dennis Hopper market Ameriprise retirement plans to boomers on TV, by greeting senior citizenship on his own rebellious terms (Mr. Easy Rider was not himself a boomer). We waited. We are still waiting. For those observing higher education faculty, we should go ahead and make ourselves comfortable. Fidelity Investments made headlines this week when it reported its findings from a recent survey on higher education faculty retirement planning, which included, “74 percent of these boomers plan to delay retirement past the age of 65, or never retire at all.” Read more...

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Affirmative threat to private-sector admissions

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy John Aubrey Douglass. Once again, the United States Supreme Court will soon pass judgment on affirmative action as a factor in admissions in America’s most selective universities and colleges. As in previous cases, a Euro-American student filed a lawsuit against a highly selective public university, in this case the University of Texas at Austin (UT). The plaintiff, Abigail Noel Fisher, claims overt racial discrimination when UT rejected her freshman application in 2008. Read more...

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When College Becomes a Risky Investment

http://chronicle.com/img/subscribe_11_2011.jpgBy Robert E. Martin. Economists mislead families by framing college attendance as an issue of capital investment rather than one of affordability. Telling parents and students that they should choose the college with the highest net present value, or predicted return on their tuition investment, encourages them to choose the most expensive college they can. Since colleges work to convince the public that quality and cost are directly correlated, the investment framework is a good complement to marketing strategies. In fact, no objective data support the hypothesis that higher cost means higher quality in education. The data are lacking because colleges and universities provide few objective measures of quality, even though the market has called for that evidence for decades. Read more...

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Should all interns be paid for their work?

http://www.cbc.ca/network/includes/gfx/NewsPromo_App%20Generic.jpgDebate follows U.S. court victory for Black Swan interns. The debate over unpaid internships is heating up in the U.S. following a recent court ruling that said Fox Searchlight Pictures violated federal minimum wage laws by not paying interns who worked on the 2010 film Black Swan. A similar case, filed by two former interns against the media giant Conde Nast, is also before a New York court. Read more...

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Labour markets in Canada - Which graduates are really in short supply?

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/icons/envelope.pngBy Ted Hewitt. A spate of analyses and commentaries have appeared recently, proclaiming the deleterious effects of actual and looming skills shortages on the Canadian economy. Yet in reality, the situation – and its solutions – is far more complex than such simple statistics would imply and a closer look at Canada’s “skilled labour shortage” reveals more than a few surprises. Labour shortages, in fact, do not just occur in the sciences, as is commonly presumed. They are just as prevalent – if not more so – in many social sciences and humanities fields. First, consider how the term “skills shortage”, meaning essentially fewer people available to fill critical shortages, is typically characterized. A report prepared by the CIBC World Markets indicates, for example, that in 2012, no less than 30 percent of Canadian businesses indicated that they faced a skilled labour shortage, double the number posted in 2010. Another survey of 100 senior executives published late last year by Workopolis similarly indicated that 32 percent believed that the shortage of skilled workers was the number one problem facing Canadian business in general. Read more...

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