Monthly Archives: May 2010

Fears of a pedagogic crisis as £315 million quality fund dries up

Fears of a pedagogic crisis as £315 million quality fund dries up | Rebecca Attwood | Times Higher Education | 27 May 2010

Academics warn that the legacy of the Cetl initiative may be lost. Universities have been warned that they are facing a “pedagogic crisis” as the UK’s largest-ever investment in teaching and learning dries up.

Invest tax in ‘intellectual infrastructure’

Invest tax in ‘intellectual infrastructure’ | Luke Slattery |  The Australian Higher Education | 26 May, 2010

UNIVERSITIES are calling on the Rudd government to channel revenue from the proposed resource super-profits tax – estimated to raise $9 billion a year from 2013-14 – towards a renewal of the nation’s intellectual infrastructure.

Admissions Interviews: Still an Art and a Science

Admissions Interviews: Still an Art and a Science | Eric Hoover & Beckie Supiano | Chronicle of Higher Education | 21 May, 2010

The article discusses the college admissions process, particularly the admissions interview, which some schools still use to select applicants for admission. Some schools, it is noted, still use interviews because it gives applicants a chance to impress college admissions officers and it also helps officers to meet the applicants for themselves. High school student Robert Johns discusses the college interviews that he took part in. Professor Scott E. Highhouse of Bowling Green State University discusses the psychological aspects of interviews and William E. Sedlacek of the University of Maryland at College Park comments on the reliability of assessing future college students via interviews.


Cleared but under a cloud, lecturer ignites freedom row

Cleared but under a cloud, lecturer ignites freedom row | Hannah Fearn | Times Higher Education  | 20 May 2010

Academic caused offence by showing a paper on bats’ sexual practices. A lecturer who has been ordered to undergo two years of “monitoring” after showing a female colleague a paper about oral sex among fruit bats has challenged the president of his university to a debate on the limits of academic freedom.


Standards at risk after budget cut

Standards at risk after budget cut | Stephen Matchett | The Australian Higher Education | 19 May 2010

INDEPENDENT academic standards could be at risk following a buried budget decision to cut funding for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.


A Student’s First College Assignment: Grasping Financial Aid.

A Student’s First College Assignment: Grasping Financial Aid | Hoover, Eric | Chronicle of Higher Education | 14 May, 2010

The article profiles the efforts of high-school senior José Otero to navigate through the college financial aid process. The help received by Otero and his parents from Collegiate Directions Incorporated, a nonprofit group that helps low-income families with the college-application process, is noted. Otero’s decision on what college to attend depends partly on the “funding gap,” his family’s tuition costs after the financial aid is taken into account, and on geography. The encouragement of Theresa O. Atta, Collegiate Directions’s executive director, to Otero’s parents concerning scholarships and loans is discussed.


Sector fears for future as its Commons champions are lost

Sector fears for future as its Commons champions are lost | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 13 May 2010

More incoming MPs are graduates but few have worked in higher education. Higher education lost many of its key parliamentary supporters in the general election and may be vulnerable when crucial decisions about the sector’s future are made, senior figures have warned.


Australian National University to get extra $111m funding

Australian National University to get extra $111m funding | Luke Slattery | The Australian Higher education | 12  May. 2010

THE federal government has moved to strengthen its strategic relationship with the Australian National University by funding a new $111.7 million National Institute for Public Policy in an otherwise tight fiscal environment for higher education funding.


Would You Like Credit With That Internship?

Would You Like Credit With That Internship? | Sara Lipka | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 09 May, 2010

Debra Gelinas’s students want college credit for their internships. Actually, they need it. Companies often insist on credit so that interns might legally qualify as unpaid trainees. So eager students turn to Ms. Gelinas, director of experiential learning at Berklee College of Music, in Boston.

Berklee values practical experience and offers an internship-based course, but students, who intern for record companies and film scorers, balk at the tuition, especially over the summer. So Ms. Gelinas developed a certificate program, a sort of course-lite: fewer assignments, no credit, no fee.


Loss of philosophy at Middlesex raises fears for humanities

Loss of philosophy at Middlesex raises fears for humanities| John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 06 May 2010

Concern that focus on STEM subjects may squeeze out arts in post-92 institutions. Fears have been raised for the future of the humanities in post-1992 universities after Middlesex University announced it is to close its philosophy programmes.