Monthly Archives: January 2011

For-Profit or Not? These Days, the Lines Are Blurred

For-Profit or Not? These Days, the Lines Are Blurred | Goldie Blumenstyk | Chronicle of Higher Education | 28 January 2011

The article discusses the boundaries separating for-profit and non-profit colleges and universities in the U.S. The case of Keiser University and Remington College, which will both change from for-profit to non-profit schools, is discussed. Arthur Keiser, co-founder of Keiser University, discusses the deal that the school has made with Everglades College Inc. and the reputation of for-profit colleges in the U.S. Details about the conversion of Remington College are provided by president Jack W. Forrest. Other topics include the online education provider Ivy Bridge College, which is part of Tiffin University, tax status, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and TCS Education System, which is a consortium of schools.


Fees shift could leave UK ‘haemorrhaging’ cash to EU students

Fees shift could leave UK ‘haemorrhaging’ cash to EU students | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 27 January 2011

As foreign loan debts balloon, experts fear 2012 rise will make things worse. The new tuition fees regime in English universities could worsen a “haemorrhage” of taxpayer-funded loans to citizens of other European Union nations, as well as limiting institutions’ ability to increase the lucrative fees charged to students from further afield.


Cash gap if cap doesn’t fit

Cash gap if cap doesn’t fit |  Andrew Trounson and Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 26 January, 2011

AUSTRALIA’S universities will have spent about $200 million of their own money enrolling unfunded domestic students by the time the Gillard government uncaps the supply of government-funded places next year. According to calculations by the HES, the 18 universities that expect to have unfunded load this year are forgoing about $106m in government student funding. Over 2010 and 2011 that is likely to amount to about $200m. It represents an annual cost of about 0.5 per cent of the sector’s revenue, a saving for the Treasury at the expense of universities.


A Computer Scientist Works to Get the Real Bugs Out

A Computer Scientist Works to Get the Real Bugs Out | Thomas Bartlett | Chronicle of Higher Education | 21 January 2011

The article presents a profile of University of California at Riverside computer science professor Eamonn Keogh. It focuses on his efforts to use a data mining computer technology called Symbolic Aggregate Approximation (SAX) to develop a sensor that will detect malaria-carrying mosquitoes in order to prevent the spread of the disease to humans. It provides a brief history of Keogh’s academic life and career as a professor, examines the cost and design of his proposed mosquito sensor, and discusses other data mining projects of Keogh’s including one focused on electronic book illustrations and one focused on cell phone cameras.


Top research departments fail to shine in impact pilot

Top research departments fail to shine in impact pilot | Paul Jump | Times Higher Education | 20 January 2011

Hefce warns against reading too much into results as departments ‘experiment’. A number of top research departments performed unexpectedly poorly in the first official attempt to measure the impact of academics’ research, new data reveal. Some lower-rated departments also did conspicuously well in the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s pilot impact assessment exercise.


Army of helpers get University of Queensland shipshape

Army of helpers get University of Queensland shipshape | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 19 January, 2011

SODDEN, muddy campuses are part of the new academic year for university students north of the NSW border after the disastrous floods in central and southeast Queensland. The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre, based in Milton, on the Brisbane River, experienced temporary disruption of online and telephone communications and the response date for offers was extended to January 27. The University of Queensland’s main St Lucia campus was among those affected by the worst flooding of the river since 1974. But UQ vice-chancellor Paul Greenfield was heartened by the armies of helpers that descended for the clean-up.


After Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask,’ Elite Colleges Reconsider ROTC

After Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask,’ Elite Colleges Reconsider ROTC | Kelly Field | Chronicle of Higher Education | 14 January 2011

This article explores how U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to repeal the U.S. military policy preventing gay men and women from serving openly in the military, called Don’t ask, don’t tell, could have an impact on Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at universities. It focuses on the possible reinstitution of ROTC programs to Ivy League universities, such as Harvard and Columbia, following the repeal of the policy and chronicles reasons why military policies during the Vietnam War led to many schools abandoning their programs. Topics related to ROTC programs which are examined include tuition funding for enrolled cadets, ideological differences between the goals of the colleges and the military, and the story of Harvard student and ROTC cadet Victoria Migdal.


Taught postgraduate degrees may soon be preserve of the rich

Taught postgraduate degrees may soon be preserve of the rich | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 13 January 2011

Government warned about a looming crisis in an economically vital area. Taught postgraduate courses in England could become “completely populated” by overseas and wealthy home students if fees rise to unaffordable levels in the wake of reforms at undergraduate level, the government has been warned.


Coming up, body to rank rankers

Coming up, body to rank rankers |  Julie Hare and staff reporters | The Australian Higher Education | 12 January, 2011

FOR universities, the only thing worse than suffering the inaccuracies of league tables is not appearing on them. And if you think that the controversy that visited commercial league tables last year will settle, think again.”We are likely to see more university rankings, not less, in 2011,” said Simon Marginson, professor of higher education at the University of Melbourne.


Colleges to Confront Deep Cutbacks

Colleges to Confront Deep Cutbacks | Eric Kelderman | Chronicle of Higher Education | 7 January, 2011

The article discusses ways in which incoming U.S. Republican Party governors are going to handle state budget deficits in 2011 and explores the impact of those plans on the financing of higher education. It focuses on efforts to reduce state budget deficits by Nevada Governor Brian E. Sandoval, South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley, and Maine Governor Paul R. LePage while also avoiding tax increases for citizens in their respective states. Some topics which are explored in the article include increased university autonomy, accountability in higher education, and university tuition increases. Comments from Nevada System of Higher Education chancellor Daniel Klaich and Ohio University system chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut regarding these issues are highlighted.