Monthly Archives: June 2011

Disquiet as sector-wide vision turns into ‘numbers control’

Disquiet as sector-wide vision turns into ‘numbers control’ | John Morgan &  Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 30 June 2011

Experts fear race to the bottom and a squeezed middle. The sector has reacted with unease on a number of fronts to this week’s White Paper on higher education. Senior figures have expressed fears that it could compromise quality through downward pressure on fees, and warned of the danger that new competition for top-achieving students could clash with universities’ widening participation aims.


Higher education sector primed to drive reform

Higher education sector primed to drive reform | Andrew Trounson, John Ross and Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 29 June, 2011

THE federal government’s drawn-out bid to introduce a student amenities fee to support campus services may be further delayed after the Greens signalled they want more amendments. The Greens, who will hold the balance of power in the Senate from next month, had already secured some amendments ahead of the bill being passed by the House of Representatives late last year. But now they say students should have more influence on how the funds are spent by universities.


Elite set may adopt GPA

Elite set may adopt GPA | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 23 June 2011

US system seen to offer a more continuous scale, say breakaway group. Seven universities are set to accelerate plans to scrap the UK’s honours degree-classification system by replacing it with the US grade-point average model.


Public concern over university funding, says survey

Public concern over university funding, says survey  | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 22 June, 2011

THE reliance on international students to keep universities afloat has been given an emphatic thumbs down in a survey of the general public about attitudes toward higher education.More than three-quarters of people polled by UMR Research for the National Tertiary Education Union said the federal government was “too reliant on overseas fee-paying students to fund Australia’s universities”.


How educated are state legislators?

How educated are state legislators? | Chronicle for Higher Education | 17 June, 2011

The Chronicle has looked at where each of the 7,000-plus state legislators in America went to college—or whether they went at all. In doing so, we got a glimpse of how the citizens who hold these seats reflect the average American experience.



Most courses will fail KIS data demands over lack of salary information

Most courses will fail KIS data demands over lack of salary information | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 16 June 2011

Just one in seven full-time undergraduate courses and one in 50 part-time programmes will be able to present complete information for prospective students as part of the new standard datasets that universities must publish from next year. The lack of specific coverage for every course, in large part down to limitations on salary data, means that only 40 per cent of the student body in England will be covered by full Key Information Sets KIS, according to a report on the proposals. However, it is hoped that many more single-honours courses – 95 per cent of full-time and 35 per cent of part-time – will be covered by aggregating information and using graduate earnings figures over wider subject areas.


Global Laureate International Universities targets Adelaide

Global Laureate International Universities targets Adelaide | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 15 June, 2011

US-BASED Laureate International Universities is pushing to set up in Adelaide the first new Australian university in more than a decade with a high-end pitch for those prepared to pay for it. The global for-profit Laureate, which boasts former US president Bill Clinton as honorary chancellor, is betting that there will be enough students willing to pay full fees of about $80,000 for their degrees to make its target of 3500 students by 2022 viable.


Export only: fears grow for future of postgrad study

Export only: fears grow for future of postgrad study | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 09 June 2011

UK risks ‘almost exclusively’ educating foreign students, arts university chief tells Simon Baker. The UK risks educating the academic workforce of its competitors while starving itself of home-grown talent if the issue of postgraduate education continues to be put on the “back burner”, a university head has warned.


Sydney nursing staff’s heavier burden

Sydney nursing staff’s heavier burden | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 08 June, 2011

NURSING academics at a Sydney university are being stretched to breaking point as they work 50-hour weeks, with more than 20 contact hours, as a result of shifting teaching loads on to fewer staff to free others for research, while boosting international student enrolments. The University of Technology, Sydney last week was instructed by a WorkCover inspector to undertake a risk assessment of its teaching workloads in which 60 per cent of academics have been dubbed “teaching intensive” and given extra load.


Supreme Court Takes Up Scholars’ Rights

Supreme Court Takes Up Scholars’ Rights | Marc Parry | Chronicle of Higher Education | 3 June, 2011

Lawrence Golan, music teacher and conductor, has a case whose outcome could affect access to many books and films, as well as to some composers’ scores. When Lawrence Golan picks up his baton here at the University of Denver, the musicians in his student orchestra see a genial conductor who corrects their mistakes without raising his voice in frustration.