Monthly Archives: April 2010

Elite Group Admits Georgia Tech; Who’s Next?

Elite Group Admits Georgia Tech; Who’s Next? | Paul Fain | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 30 April , 2010

The article discusses the admission of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to the invitation-only Association of American Universities. It notes that Georgia Tech commands a major share of federal research dollars and is considered among the most prestigious of U.S. research universities. The move means Georgia Tech will be included in important national policy discussions. Additional credible candidates for entry include Boston University, Dartmouth College and Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. Institutions have left the organization, including Catholic University of America and Clark University, when their missions changed. Benefits of membership include meetings of presidents closed to the press and added prestige, which is helpful in annual rankings.


UUK warns members off signing up to visa sponsor scheme

UUK warns members off signing up to visa sponsor scheme | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 29 April 2010

Programme’s ‘poor-quality’ rules could harm reputations abroad, critics say. Universities UK has signalled unhappiness with the government over “poor quality” student visa rules by advising institutions not to apply to become a “highly trusted sponsor” and by venting its criticisms in Parliament.


Sunshine claim clouded by dispute

Sunshine claim clouded by dispute |  Cheryl Jones | The Australian Higher Education | 28 April, 2010

UNIVERSITY of Newcastle researchers relied on “spurious” results in claiming to debunk evidence that global warming is worsening Australia’s droughts, a rival team of scientists contends in the latest battle of the climate wars. The rival team, led by CSIRO climatologist Wenju Cai, fired the salvo in Geophysical Research Letters, the peer-reviewed journal of the powerful American Geophysical Union.


Albion College Pledges Job Help to Future Grads

Albion College Pledges Job Help to Future Grads | Eric Hoover | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 23 April, 2010

The article discusses the “Albion Advantage” plan for helping all students at Albion College in Michigan develop career goals. According to the article, the liberal-arts college will find graduates internships or offer them a free semester of non-credit study if they can’t find a job. Similar plans at the University of Maine at Farmington and at Michigan’s Lansing Community College are noted. Albion College’s expansion of its Career Development Office with pre-professional services into its academics beginning with incoming freshmen is discussed.


‘Publish or perish’ culture distorting research results

‘Publish or perish’ culture distorting research results | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 22 April 2010

Study finds link between academic productivity and positive outcomes. A “publish or perish” culture in which scientific careers rely on the volume of citations is distorting the results of research, a new study suggests.


Uni demands cloud power of watchdog

Uni demands cloud power of watchdog |  Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 21 April, 2010

UNIVERSITIES Australia is pushing for greater control of the development of the new national tertiary education agency following concerns the regulations will be too heavy-handed and undermine university autonomy.UA chairman Peter Coaldrake has written to Education Department secretary Lisa Paul calling for the functions of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency to be gradually phased in.


Faculty Salaries Rise 1.2%, Lowest Increase in 50 Years

Faculty Salaries Rise 1.2%, Lowest Increase in 50 Years | Audrey Williams June | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 16 April, 2010

At the U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, faculty members have held teach-ins, like this one in February, to protest mandatory furloughs. Even without taking such furloughs into account, national salary growth for college instructors this year was the weakest in at least half a century.

“No Refuge,” the title of the American Association of University Professors’ latest annual report on faculty salaries, gives a nod to the economic realities from which higher education has been unable to escape. Among them: A paycheck that barely grew from the year before.


Big three parties united in message on pay restraint

Big three parties united in message on pay restraint | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 15 April 2010

Union alarm as Labour and Lib Dems argue for caps while Tories mull wage freeze. The Conservative Party could freeze pay in higher education if it wins the general election – and Labour and the Liberal Democrats will push for wage restraint.


Research watchdog lacks bite

Research watchdog lacks bite | Guy Healy | The Australian Higher Education | 14 April , 2010

THE Rudd government’s new research watchdog would not prevent paralysing controversies such as the Bruce Hall affair, researcher David Vaux has warned. As evidence emerged yesterday that the new system would conflict with the industrial obligations of universities, Professor Vaux, a National Health and Medical Research Council fellow, said it was also shaping up as a toothless tiger. “It’s a good step in right direction, but it’s a very tiny step,” Professor Vaux said. “The panel is so hamstrung it can’t investigate the merits of the case, it can only look at process.


The Deans of Discontent

The Deans of Discontent | Eric Hoover | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 9 April, 2010

When UVa’s decisions go public, staff members in admissions hear from the denied and parents. Admissions officials are known as counselors, recruiters, and gatekeepers, but in the spring they become something else—the deans of discontent.At selective colleges and universities, the people who evaluate applications must send bad news to thousands and thousands of teenagers each year. Then they must manage disappointment in its many guises. The fiery parent. The blue student. And these days, the anonymous online commenter