Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Graying Presidency

The Graying Presidency | Jack Stripling | Chronicle of Higher Education | 25 September, 2011

Major universities face imminent problems of succession planning. The average age of a college leader is 60, so it’s no surprise that a wave of retirements in higher education’s top jobs is imminent, and significant turnover is fast approaching at the nation’s elite research institutions.


Equity targets still long way off

Equity targets still long way off |  Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 28 September, 2011

WHILE domestic student enrolments increased by nearly 5 per cent in the past year, enrolments of low socio-economic students grew by a mere 0.17 per cent, calling into question whether the Bradley review’s equity targets are achievable.


Ambitious Provider of Online Courses Loses Fans Among Colleges

Ambitious Provider of Online Courses Loses Fans Among Colleges | Sara Lipka | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 18 September, 2011

To students, starting college for $99 a month sounds like a deal. To wonks wrapped up in soaring tuition and declining financial aid, it may sound like a solution.


Pressure on EPSRC mounts over ‘shaping capabilities’ programme

Pressure on EPSRC mounts over ‘shaping capabilities’ programme | Paul Jump | Times Higher Education | 23 September 2011

Six leading scientific bodies, including the Royal Society, have urged the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to reconsider its controversial “shaping capability” measures.Shaping capability would see the EPSRC deciding to raise, maintain or decrease funding levels for specific subjects on the basis of considerations of that subject’s national importance, as well as the UK’s existing excellence and capacity.


Harried, underpaid staff plan to flee the sector

Harried, underpaid staff plan to flee the sector | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 21  September, 2011

TWO in five academics under the age of 30 plan to leave Australian higher education within the next five to 10 years because of high levels of dissatisfaction caused by lack of job security, poor pay and mountains of paperwork and red tape.


With Limited Opportunities to Move, Many Senior Professors Feel Stuck

With Limited Opportunities to Move, Many Senior Professors Feel Stuck |  Audrey Williams June | Chronicle of Higher Education | 11 September, 2011

At some point in many professors’ careers, they want to move. But in the wake of the recession, this once tried-and-true method of recasting an academic career now eludes many faculty members.


CQU’s research dream team

CQU’s research dream team | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 14 September, 2011

IN a rare move, a team of up to 50 researchers and research students will defect from the University of South Australia to join Central Queensland University. And to secure the $7 million deal, CQU will build a bespoke research facility in Adelaide specifically for the team, led by internationally acclaimed sleep researcher, Drew Dawson.


Cheating Is Now Only a Click Away, So Professors Reduce Incentive

With Cheating Only a Click Away, Professors Reduce the Incentive | Jie Jenny Zou | Chronicle of Higher Education | 09 September, 2011

As soon as the handheld gadgets called “clickers” hit the University of Colorado at Boulder, Douglas Duncan saw cheating. He glanced at the first row and saw a student with four clickers spread out before him. It turned out that only one was his—the rest belonged to his sleeping roommates.


Future of entire STEM disciplines in question

Future of entire STEM disciplines in question | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 08 September 2011

Growth in overseas postgrads far outstrips that of home students, says Hefce. The falling proportion of home students on postgraduate science courses could threaten the viability of entire disciplines, according to England’s funding body, with science groups warning that the trend may damage the economy.


UniSA defends its global ranking

UniSA defends its global ranking | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 07 September, 2011

QUESTIONABLE methodology played no role in the University of South Australia’s outstanding result in the latest global rankings, according to vice-chancellor Peter Hoj. Instead, robust performance in teaching and learning, together with a build-up of research-intensive staff, accounted for UniSA coming 256 in the QS World University Rankings this week.