Monthly Archives: October 2009

Whither art: vanity is killing social sciences and the humanities

Whither art: vanity is killing social sciences and the humanities | Matthew Reisz | Times Higher Education | 29 October 2009

Conference hears that scholarly narcissism is leading disciplines to ruin. “Academic narcissism” and a focus on self-promotion over scholarly substance are being blamed for bringing the humanities and the social sciences to the brink.

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Better rate, less cash in ARC grants

Better rate, less cash in ARC grants | Guy Healy | The Australian Higher Education Supplement | 28 October, 2009

THE Australian Research Council has lifted the psychologically important success rate for Discovery grants this year, creating more winners, but it has applied a tighter squeeze to the budgets of researchers. On Monday the ARC announced funding for 925 projects, 80 more than last year. There were 4085 applications, down from last year’s peak of 4164. The success rate was 22.7 per cent, up on last year’s 20.4 per cent, a figure that alarmed the sector.

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Love of Teaching Draws Adjuncts to the Classroom Despite Low Pay

Love of Teaching Draws Adjuncts to the Classroom Despite Low Pay | Audrey Williams June | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 23 October 2009

A ‘Chronicle’ survey of part-timers in Chicago provides insight into their motivations and concerns. They don’t make much money, they don’t have health benefits, and they don’t have job security. So why do adjuncts keep showing up to teach in college classrooms semester after semester, year after year?

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V-c: focus research cash or ‘mediocrity’ awaits

V-c: focus research cash or ‘mediocrity’ awaits | ZoĆ« Corbyn | Times Higher Education | 22 October 2009

Russell Group head says 25-30 institutions should receive 90 per cent of funding. The UK must abandon the idea that excellent research should be funded wherever it is found and concentrate resources on just 25 to 30 universities, the chair of the Russell Group of large research-intensive institutions has argued.

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Dollar’s rise, attacks hit demand

Dollar’s rise, attacks hit demand |Guy Healy | The Australian Higher Education Supplement | 21 October, 2009

OVERSEAS university student numbers could fall by up to 10 per cent later next year, based on a halving in inquiries from India and a strong Australian dollar, according to one of the country’s largest inquiries managers, Hobsons Asia-Pacific.

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The Millennial Muddle: How Stereotyping Students Became an Industry

The Millennial Muddle: How Stereotyping Students Became an Industry | Eric Hoover |The Chronicle of Higher Education | 11 October, 2009

Kids these days. Just look at them. They’ve got those headphones in their ears and a gadget in every hand. They speak in tongues and text in code. They wear flip-flops everywhere. Does anyone really understand them? Only some people do, or so it seems. They are experts who have earned advanced degrees, dissected data, and published books. If the minds of college students are a maze, these specialists sell maps.

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‘Agenda for change’ aims to combat feedback myths

‘Agenda for change’ aims to combat feedback myths | Rebecca Attwood | Times Higher Education | 15 October 2009

Lobby group calls for a ‘fundamental rethink’ of student assessment. Feedback given by tutors to students too often falls short and is founded on “myths, misconceptions and mistaken assumptions”, a group of academics has declared.

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Private bid by Melbourne Institute of Technology for deregulation dividend

Private bid by Melbourne Institute of Technology for deregulation dividend | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education Supplement | 14 October, 2009

AMBITIOUS private higher education provider Melbourne Institute of Technology has set it sights on winning commonwealth supported places in a post-2012 deregulated student market, and is backing its ambitions with a new $80 million campus. MIT predominantly delivers technology and business degrees on behalf of Ballarat University to international students, mainly from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. But millionaire owner Shesh Ghale is aiming to diversify into the domestic market and views the new campus as vital to establishing MIT’s credibility.

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Asia Rising: Countries Funnel Billions Into Universities

Asia Rising: Countries Funnel Billions Into Universities | Mara Hvistendahl | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 9 October, 2009

Across East Asia, governments are funneling resources into elite universities, financing basic research, and expanding access to vocational and junior colleges, all with the goal of driving economic development. Hong Kong and Singapore, compact port cities that have lost their traditional importance as logistics and manufacturing centers, are rushing to turn themselves into centers of innovation.

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UK boosts standing but Asian countries ‘snap at our heels’

UK boosts standing but Asian countries ‘snap at our heels’ | Phil Baty | Times Higher Education | 8 October 2009

US dominance slips, UK improves position but China and Korea close the gap. The UK has improved its standing in the world university rankings, claiming four of the top six places and boosting its representation among the global top 100.

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