Monthly Archives: September 2012

Careers, Interrupted

Careers Interrupted | Audrey Williams | Chronicle of Higher Education | 28 September, 2012

When universities close entire prorams, professors are forced to hit reset.


Key information may not unlock choice

National Student Survey – Key information may not unlock choice | Jack Grove, Elizabeth Gibney | Times Higher Education | 27 September 2012

NSS scores’ inclusion in KIS could offer perverse incentives. Including student satisfaction scores in Key Information Sets is unlikely to influence students’ university choices but could heap additional pressure on academics to improve results, experts have warned. Statistics from this year’s National Student Survey are now available to students owing to the launch of the new-look Unistats website on 27 September.

Language skill on the up for migrants

Search for skill gets canny | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 26 September, 2012

A NEW skilled migration system, reformed after an explosion in overseas student numbers, has lifted English language standards. The first set of figures from the SkillSelect system show 16 people invited to apply as independent skilled migrants boasted the maximum possible test score of nine under the International English Language Testing System.


All About the Money

All About the Money | Dan Berrett | Chronicle of Higher Education | 21 September, 2012

When it comes to starting salaries, some majors matter more than alma maters. What if that becomes the way students and lawmakers judge colleges?

What is your college degree truly worth?

That is the uestion hat a new report seeks to answer. And it does so by distilling college into a number, expressed in dollars.


Coalition failed to heed Ucas’ AAB warnings

Coalition failed to heed Ucas’ AAB warnings | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 20 September 2012

But could admissions instability lead to further numbers deregulation? The government was warned a year ago by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service that the AAB system and other changes to student numbers would create problems in admissions, it has emerged, as concern mounts over a dramatic shortfall in the number of undergraduates entering higher education this year.


Mergers, takeovers in store for TAFEs

Mergers, takeovers in store for TAFEs | John Ross | The Australian Higher Education | 19 September, 2012

A LEAKED summary of Victorian TAFE transition plans reveals a minefield of possible mergers, takeovers and asset swaps, as universities circle TAFEs weakened by market reforms, denial of federal higher education funds and severe state budget cuts in May.


College’s response to climate change: Lukewarm at best

College’s response to climate change: Lukewarm at best | Julia Love | Chronicle of Higher Education | 14 September, 2012

Administrators usually adapt to global warming only after a college has felt its effects firsthand.


English tuition-fee regime gets thumbs up on mobility

English tuition-fee regime gets thumbs up on mobility | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 13 September 2012

‘Most advanced’ student-support structure in developed world, says OECD. England’s tuition-fee reforms of 2006 produced the most “advanced” student-support system of any developed nation and have not deterred poorer students, while low-fee nations such as France, Spain and Italy are performing poorly.


APEC’s focus falls on quality

APEC’s focus falls on quality | Dennis Shanahan & Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 12 September, 2012

MAINTAINING the quality of university courses and ensuring proper accreditation are the priorities for Asia-Pacific leaders and education ministers in their efforts to rapidly expand offshore campuses in the region. Leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Russia last weekend endorsed an ambitious proposal to greatly enhance course mobility and compatibility for higher education in the Pacific rim.


Shame and anger as new year begins

Shame and anger as new year begins | Robin Wilson | Chronicle of Higher Education | 07 September 2012

As students return, upperclassmen express shame in their university. Professors look for defenders at the top.