Monthly Archives: June 2012

Finch’s open-access cure may be ‘worse than the disease’

Finch’s open-access cure may be ‘worse than the disease’ | Paul Jump | Times Higher Education | 28 June 2012

Research elite say cost of gold plan could cripple the sector as publishers profit. A move to full “gold” open-access publishing will “cripple university systems” by incurring large extra costs without significantly improving access to research, leading research universities have warned.

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Private providers surge ahead

Private providers surge ahead | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 27 June, 2012

PRIVATE higher education has grown so rapidly that it now represents 50 per cent of providers and 10 per cent of students, according to a new analysis.

When TAFEs and theology colleges are included, the broad non-university sector accounted for more than $290 million of the $1 billion in FEE-HELP loan funding last year.

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As Land-Grant Law Turns 150, Students Crowd Into Agriculture Colleges

As Land-Grant Law Turns 150, Students Crowd Into Agriculture Colleges | Lawrence Biemiller | Chronicle of Higher Education | 22 June 2012

The article discusses land-grant colleges in the U.S. and reports on several agricultural programs that have experienced growth in the 2000s at schools including the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Florida, and Iowa State University. It offers a brief description of the role of former U.S. Congressman Justin Morrill in designing legislation to establish land-grant colleges in 1862, examines how state and federal budget cuts to higher education are impacting agricultural colleges, and explores how existing programs in agriculture are addressing issues related to population growth, climate change, and agricultural sustainability.

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Open access may require funds to be rationed

Open access may require funds to be rationed | Paul Jump | Times Higher Education | 21 June, 2012

Moving to gold model could cost sector an extra £60m a year, says Finch group. The cost of making the transition to full open access could require universities to discourage or bar researchers from publishing minor papers in order to maintain funds for publication in top journals.

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Blog scrutiny forces reappraisal

Blog scrutiny forces reappraisal | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 20 June, 2012

SCIENTISTS who put on hold a paper on Australasian climate change after bloggers scrutinised their data have been praised for enabling a more open, internet-friendly form of peer review.

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Cheating disputes quadruple – and that’s just ‘tip of the iceberg’

Cheating disputes quadruple – and that’s just ‘tip of the iceberg’ | Jack Grove | Times Higher Education | 14 June 2012

Complaints over penalties a growing concern for the sector, says OIA. The number of students challenging punishments handed out for cheating and plagiarism has quadrupled in just three years.

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Reality of reform hits finances

Reality of reform hits finances| Julie Hare | Australian Higher Education | 13 June, 2012

LAST year, the University of Queensland’s annual report showed it to be Australia’s most financially robust institution with a $204 million surplus. In fact, UQ was in the red to the tune of $38m. Both the University of Melbourne and the University of NSW were also caught short. Both reported a surplus of $89m yet UNSW says its real surplus was $7.5m, while Melbourne scraped close to break-even with $2.7m.

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Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech

Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech | Jeffrey R. Young | Chronicle of Higher Education | 08 June 2012

The article examines how college students are using various forms of technology to cheat while taking online courses. The article focuses on an instance wherein several students taking a virtual science course use an editable Google Doc, or web-based document, to cheat on a test.

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High stakes: £21m fines and ‘blindfold poker’

High stakes: £21m fines and ‘blindfold poker’ | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 07 June 2012

Over-recruitment penalties soar in costly guessing game over enrolments. England’s universities were fined almost £21 million for recruiting too many students this year, more than double the £8 million they were fined last year.

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Big pay for the poor performers

Big pay for the poor performers  | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 06 June, 2012

SIZE matters and it matters most in vice-chancellor’s hip pockets, with the heads of Australia’s biggest universities laying claim to the biggest salaries. But there is an inverse relationship between a vice-chancellor’s salary and how that university does in the Shanghai Jiao Tong world ranking.

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