Monthly Archives: January 2010

Colleges Seek New Ways to Support Female Scientists

Colleges Seek New Ways to Support Female Scientists | Audrey Williams June | The Chronicle of Higher Education |

When Linsey C. Marr was pregnant, she worried that temporarily scaling back her workload once her baby arrived could be perceived badly.

“I didn’t want it to seem as if I was asking for a special favor from the department,” says Ms. Marr, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, who gave birth to a boy, Jasper, in 2007.


Participation gap narrows between young rich and poor

Participation gap narrows between young rich and poor | Rebecca Attwood| Times Higher Education | 28 January 2010

Major Hefce study also shows that the gender divide is closing. A yawning gap exists between the poorest and richest areas of England when it comes to young people’s chances of attending university – but the division is starting to narrow, according to a major new analysis.



Student support up in air

Student support up in air | Bernard Lane and Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education Supplement | 27 January, 2010

MANY thousands of students face the crucial decision whether to go to university or defer amid confusion about income support payments and scholarships.

“Parents and students are making decisions now on the basis of information that could change,” said Vince Callaghan, the author of two new online guides covering practicalities of higher education.


Pay Stagnates for Many Public-University Presidents

Pay Stagnates for Many Public-University Presidents | Marisa López-Rivera | The Chronicle of Higher Education | January 18, 2010

The bad economy is putting the brakes on pay increases for public-university leaders. Base salaries stopped growing last year for more than one-third of the 185 public-university chief executives included in a new Chronicle survey, while 10 percent of those top leaders experienced a decline in total compensation. Many of the cuts came from voluntary reductions in pay and benefits as the economy whittled away at campus budgets.


Funding council seeks powers to eject vice-chancellors

Funding council seeks powers to eject vice-chancellors | Melanie Newman | Times Higher Education | 21 January 2010

‘Assault’ on university autonomy comes in wake of London Met crisis. Vice-chancellors could be ousted by the funding council under new proposals for the sector.


High-risk race to meet new demand

High-risk race to meet new demand | Andrew Trounson and Guy Healy | The Australian Higher Education Supplement | 20 January, 2010

UNIVERSITIES Australia has warned this year’s big expansion of places is unsustainable and the sector will face a challenge to maintain quality and expand unless backed by additional teaching and infrastructure money. UA chief executive Glenn Withers said universities were having to deal with an immediate rise in student demand when improved federal government indexation of teaching cost would not come through until 2011 and 2012. Even then, he said, the sector would need a boost in absolute teaching funds and infrastructure if the government was to meet its long-term participation targets.


The Coal Conundrum Coal-Burning Campuses Face Increased Pressure to Find Alternative Fuels

The Coal Conundrum | Scott Carlson | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 15 January 2010

Under scrutiny from environmental groups and students, colleges seek alternatives to the popular fuel. Discussions about coal are not abstract in Pennsylvania. Coal has brought wealth to this state for more than a century, along with a good deal of misery. On a bone-chilling December day here at the steam plant at Pennsylvania State University, which serves as a main source of heat and some electricity to the bustling main campus of more than 42,000 students, it is apparent that the livelihoods of Pennsylvanians still rely on that old black rock.


Tory government would postpone REF, Willetts reveals

Tory government would postpone REF, Willetts reveals |Melanie Newman | Times Higher Education | 14 January 2010

Delay of up to two years planned to get to grips with impact measure. Melanie Newman reportsThe research excellence framework will be delayed by up to two years if the Conservatives win the 2010 general election, Times Higher Education can reveal.


PhDs victims of migration laws

PhDs victims of migration laws | Bernard Lane  | The Australian Higher Education Supplement |13 January

OVERSEAS students seeking to parlay their advanced science degrees into Australian residency have become unintended victims of tougher rules for skilled migration.

Those with Australian PhDs in fields such as material science and renewable fuels may seek posts overseas rather than endure a much longer wait in the permanent residency queue, Czech-born scientists Jara and Vlad Blazek write in the HES today.


The Priest President of Notre Dame

The Priest President of Notre Dame | Paul Fain | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 8 January 2010

As Notre Dame wrestles with its Catholic character, a strong voice emerges. Seven minutes go fast. So the University of Notre Dame student got right to the point during his meeting with the Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university’s president, one day last fall.

A senior majoring in philosophy and biology, the student shuffled in wearing pressed khakis and a button-down shirt. He fidgeted, sat on the edge of his chair, and delivered a confession: He no longer felt the presence of God.