Monthly Archives: March 2009

At the U. of Arizona, Goals Collide With Reality

To be at the University of Arizona these days is, in some ways, to be under siege.

The flagship university in one of the nation’s fastest-growing states may have to eliminate some 600 jobs and merge dozens of programs to deal with two rounds of budget cuts imposed since June. Now the governor is telling the university and other state agencies to prepare for cuts of as much as 20 percent for the next fiscal year.


Watchdog considers ‘more intensive’ inspection regime

Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education

Universities could face more intensive scrutiny during future inspections by the standards watchdog, according to its head. Peter Williams, chief executive of the Quality Assurance Agency, said that the next round of institutional audits by the QAA might pay closer attention to first-hand evidence of academic standards, such as external examiners’ reports.


Students up as the economy shrivels

LAW, business, teaching, engineering and science are recording strong, and in some cases dramatic, increases in enrolment.,25197,25236967-12332,00.html


Cheating Goes Global as Essay Mills Multiply

Thomas Bartlett, Chronicle of Higher Education

From Virginia to Manila: on the trail of papers for cash

The orders keep piling up. A philosophy student needs a paper on Martin Heidegger. A nursing student needs a paper on dying with dignity. An engineering student needs a paper on electric cars.

Screen after screen, assignment after assignment — hundreds at a time, thousands each semester. The students come from all disciplines and all parts of the country. They go to community colleges and Ivy League universities. Some want a 10-page paper; others request an entire dissertation.


Despite losing their punch, some players still won big prizes

Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education

Universities that saw some of the biggest improvements in research funding in light of the 2008 research assessment exercise actually experienced a decline in their overall research performance in the years since the previous exercise in 2001.


Campuses to chase unmet student demand

Andrew Trounson, The Australian Higher Education Supplement

UNIVERSITIES will have access to a growing pool of students on which to base expansion plans in the newly deregulated student market because there will be rising unmet demand as the economy stalls.,25197,25201799-12332,00.html


For Some, Hard Times Make Hiring Easier

Robin Wilson, The Chronicle of Higher Education

The number of colleges freezing faculty hiring seems to grow each week. Yet some institutions are going against the grain of the poor economy and appointing new professors. This decision has given those campuses an edge, yielding top-quality candidates who might not have been within reach in a more-competitive job market.


Russell Group counts the cost as allocations slash the funding available per researcher

Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education

England’s elite research universities have lost an average of more than £6,000 per researcher as a result of last week’s funding allocations, according to a new analysis by Times Higher Education.


Carr set to lift research funding

Guy Healy and Andrew Trounson,  The Australian Higher Education Supplement

IN a breakthrough for university research, Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Kim Carr has won a commitment from Treasury to fully fund the indirect cost of research.,,25167561-12332,00.html


California’s Budget Problems Leave Community Colleges Holding IOU’s

Josh Keller, The Chronicle of Higher Education

When California approved its budget last month, the community-college system managed to escape the sharp budget cuts that befell most other agencies. But the state’s fiscal troubles have nonetheless created a cash crisis for two-year colleges.

As part of its…