Monthly Archives: April 2011

At One University, a Budget Standoff

At One University, a Budget Standoff | Scott Carlson | Chronicle of Higher Education | 29 April, 2011

The article presents a profile of University of North Carolina at Greensboro chancellor Linda P. Brady and examines ways in which she is dealing with state budget cuts to higher education. It discusses how Republican Party control of the state’s General Assembly could result in Brady cutting jobs and programs in an effort to reduce the operating costs of the school, explores complaints from faculty and employees regarding her plan to evaluate the university’s academic programs, and describes how the development of the local economy in Greensboro could benefit the school.

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Taking the credit: the rise and rise of private SLC income

Taking the credit: the rise and rise of private SLC income | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 28 April 2011

Threefold increase in private colleges’ public loans since advent of top-up fees. Taking the credit: the rise and rise of private SLC income. Private colleges providing degrees in subjects ranging from law and finance to bible studies and acupuncture have received more than £25 million via taxpayer-subsidised student loans since top-up fees were introduced, Times Higher Education has learned.

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Students want a career in academe

Students want a career in academe | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 27 April, 2011

FEARS that Australia won’t be able to replenish its academic and research workforce may be contradicted in a yet-to-be released government report. But while the National Research Student Survey, obtained in draft form by the HES, shows more than half of those surveyed plan to pursue such a career, it also reveals 40 per cent expect to do so overseas in the medium to long term. And of those who want an academic career, 30 per cent acknowledge it is an unrealistic ambition. Nevertheless, the survey for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations concludes there is “potential within this group for ensuring the future sustainability of the academic workforce”.

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For Business Majors, Easy Does It

For Business Majors, Easy Does It | David Glenn | Chronicle of Higher Education | 22 April, 2011

The article discusses business education at U.S. universities and examines reasons why statistics regarding the amount of time students spend studying and preparing for courses show that undergraduate business students are generally disengaged. It explores the problem solving and critical thinking skills that employers seek when hiring college graduates and describes the business education structure at schools such as Radford University, Ohio University, and the University of Virginia.

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Vocation, vocation: fears over post-92 cuts to humanities

Vocation, vocation: fears over post-92 cuts to humanities | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 21 April 2011

UEL and London Met plans may signal ‘unequal distribution of cultural capital’. A spate of course and school closures has prompted fears for the future of the arts, humanities and social sciences at new universities, with warnings that the subjects are being closed off to poorer students.

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Vice-chancellors cool on research paper

Vice-chancellors cool on research paper | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 20 April , 2011

A FEDERAL government research plan 18 months in the making, delivered amid budget austerity and with no new funding attached, has received responses ranging from muted endorsement to outright disappointment.

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Faculty Experience Doesn’t Always Pay

Faculty Experience Doesn’t Always Pay | Audrey Williams June | Chronicle of Higher Education | 15 April, 2011

The article discusses “It’s Not Over Yet,” an annual study completed by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) regarding college teacher salaries in the U.S in 2010-2011. It examines how the U.S. economic recession is having an impact on pay raises for experienced faculty members, discusses the concepts of salary compression, and presents comments from AAUP officers Saranna R. Thornton and John W. Curtis.

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Banking on doubling foreign enrolments is ‘unbelievable’ aim

Banking on doubling foreign enrolments is ‘unbelievable’ aim | John Morgan | Times Higher Education  | 14 April 2011

Universities are relying on unrealistic targets for overseas income, it is claimed. John Morgan reportsEnglish universities are relying on “unbelievable” plans to increase international student numbers by up to 100 per cent in four years as government policy leads to fears of volatility in home student numbers.

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Colleges Scramble to Avoid Violating Federal-Aid Limit

Colleges Scramble to Avoid Violating Federal-Aid Limit | Goldie Blumenstyk | Chronicle of Higher Education | 8 April, 2011

The article reports on ways in which U.S. for-profit universities are attempting to comply with the federal government’s regulations which require that at least ten percent of their revenue come from sources other than federal student loans. It focuses on a decision by Corinthian Colleges Inc. to increase tuition for students in order to avoid violating the law and provides criticism regarding ways in which this increase will impact student loan debt.

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Hefce fines 19 institutions for over-recruitment

Hefce fines 19 institutions for over-recruitment | Simon Bake | Times Higher Education | 7 April 2011

Penalties emphasise universities’ inability to boost income through expansion. Four universities will lose more than £1 million each in public funding this year and 15 others face smaller clawbacks after exceeding their limits on student places, it has emerged. One of the institutions – London South Bank University – will be docked £2.2 million from its annual grant after taking on almost 600 more students than its cap allowed, figures from the Higher Education Funding Council for England show.Phil Cardew, pro vice-chancellor academic at London South Bank, said the university had experienced a “late surge” in accepted offers.

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