Monthly Archives: May 2012

Without fees reform, our children would really feel the pinch

Without fees reform, our children would really feel the pinch | Times Higher Education | 31 May 2012

David Willetts defends the coalition’s student finance policy as a fair, progressive model that will support the present and protect the future.

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Overseas students are expected to return

Overseas students are expected to return | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 30 May, 2012

UNIVERSITIES will enjoy a return to “decent growth” in overseas markets next year but the academic quality of students will be lower, according to a leading analyst. Daniel Guhr, from the US-based Illuminate Consulting Group, predicts growth of 6 to 7 per cent next year for Australian higher education after a flat 2012, assuming that visa streamlining and post-study work rights prove attractive.

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Presidential Pay Remains a Potent Political Target

Presidential Pay Remains a Potent Political Target | Jack Stripling & Andrea Fuller | Chronicle of Higher Education | 25 May, 2012

The article discusses the salaries of public university presidents, focusing on the topic’s use in political discourse in the U.S. and offering a case study of the University of California system (Cal State). The author looks at criticism leveled against the University of Minnesota regarding million dollar executive compensations known as golden parachutes, the stagnation of Cal State’s faculty salaries, as well as comments by F. King Alexander of Cal State at Long Beach.

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Barclays bids to fill the postgraduate student loans gap

Barclays bids to fill the postgraduate student loans gap | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 24 May 2012

As bank talks to BIS, critics ask how a ‘risk-share’ plan will further fair access. One of the UK’s biggest banks has put forward to ministers a proposal for a postgraduate student loans system based on a “risk-share” scheme with universities, Times Higher Education has learned.

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Colleges discount fees to beat cuts

Colleges discount fees to beat cuts  | John Ross | The Australian Higher Education | 23 May, 2012

VICTORIAN colleges are slashing fees to beat state government funding cuts due in July.

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Muscle from Brussels as open access gets an €80bn boost

Muscle from Brussels as open access gets an €80bn boost | Elizabeth Gibney | Times Higher Education | 17 May 2012

‘Hell of a difference’ as Horizon 2020 set to make accessibility the norm. The European Union is set to throw the weight of its €80 billion £64 billion research funding programme behind open-access publishing, Times Higher Education has learned.

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Student spend falls as fees rise

Student spend falls as fees rise | John Ross | The Australian Higher Education 16 May, 2012

UNIVERSITIES increased their revenue from overseas students by almost $1 billion last year, even though overall international education income fell by $2.2bn. New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that the retail, tourism and rental property sectors, rather than higher education institutions, are bearing the brunt of plummeting international student numbers.

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The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps

The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps | Stacy Patton | Chronicle of Higher Education | 11 May 2012

The article presents an examination of statistics related to the increasing amount of Americans who hold advanced academic degrees that have applied for government aid, such as food stamps and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) assistance, between 2007 and 2010. Stigmas associated with applying for public assistance are discussed, including racial stereotypes, and information regarding the failure of tenure-track faculty to recognize the low-pay of adjunct colleagues is discussed.

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Keep health checks for all, Hefce tells quality consultation

Keep health checks for all, Hefce tells quality consultation | John Morgan | Times Higher Education |10 May 2012

Funding body would prefer to retain full reviews for every institution. Unscheduled investigations of standards at universities could be triggered by indicators including poor student satisfaction survey scores, graduate employment data and low levels of “professional accreditation” of teaching staff, England’s funding council has proposed.

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Big sigh of relief as Treasurer spares the axe in budget

Big sigh of relief as Treasurer spares the axe in budget | Julie Hare |  The Australian Higher Education | 09 May, 2012

LABOR has delivered a higher education budget that runs counter to expectations. Instead of cuts to research and dollars shaved from a variety of programs, indexation and a small increase for equity and maths and science promotion have seen universities emerge unscathed.There was some shuffling of the deckchairs in equity funding as enabling programs received a $41.6 million increase that will see the rate per student grow from the current level of $1800 to $3000 from 2014.

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