Monthly Archives: October 2012

Study aid rebadged for Asia

Study aid rebadged for Asia | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 31 October, 2012

THE 12,000 Asian Century student scholarships program talked up by Julia Gillard is just a rebadging of an existing scheme with no new money or awards.In the white paper, the government says: “We will commit 12,000 Australia Awards Asian Century over the next five years to nations in Asia to encourage people-to-people links with the region.”


The Hard Numbers Behind Scholarly Publishing’s Gender Gap

Scholarly Publishing’s Gender Gap | Robin Wilson | Chronicle of Higher Education | 26 October, 2012

Women cluster in certain fields, according to a study of millions of journal articles, while men get more credit

When Jennifer Jacquet first visited Carl T. Bergstrom’s evolutionary-biology lab at the University of Washington last year, she was surrounded by men. Men staring at data on the 27-inch Mac Pro computer screen that takes center stage in the lab. Men talking about mathematical proofs, about a South Park episode on evolution, about their latest mountain-climbing adventures.


Reforms’ impact on deficit may be less than zero, says Hepi

Reforms’ impact on deficit may be less than zero, says Hepi | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 25 October 2012

Analysis with revised data and modelling points to ‘serious’ consequences ahead. ‘The true cost of the new student loans system will be much higher than the government has predicted and could wipe out all its claimed savings from replacing direct public funding with higher tuition fees, according to an analysis by the Higher Education Policy Institute.


Research cut stirs university divisions

Research cut stirs university divisions | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 24 October , 2012

THE federal government’s $500 million cut in research funds has driven a wedge into the sector, pitting the student access and expansion agenda against the research funding that drives global rankings for elite research universities.Group of Eight chairman and University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer has slammed the delay in new money for indirect research costs, blaming the blowout in the cost of the government’s “ill conceived” uncapping of student places. But he immediately put offside those universities that have aggressively expanded places.


College, Reinvented

College, Reinvented | David Schwen | Chronicle of Higher Education | 19 October, 2012

Last month you could see who was lining up against higher education just by looking at the local magazine rack. It seemed to be pretty much everyone.

Newsweek ran a provocative cover story—”Is College a Lousy Investment?”—which suggested that we might be better off sending kids into jobs and apprenticeships. The conservatives at The Weekly Standard were bemoaning the death of Western literature, blaming its demise on “the general crisis of higher education,” which was “the next big bubble to burst.” And Utne Reader, the lefty digest, used a scornful image to push its cover story about “indentured students”: a cartoon of Albert Einstein flipping burgers.


Affluent neighbours obscure true number of poor put off by fees

Affluent neighbours obscure true number of poor put off by fee | Jack Grove | Times Higher Education | 18 October 2012

Experts say many young people deterred by fear of debt are missed by Polar data. The near tripling of tuition fees may be deterring many more potential students from poor families than official data suggest because of flaws in the way participation is measured, experts have warned.


Go8 fear cuts to $150m funding

Go8 fear cuts to $150m funding  | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Eduction | 17 October, 2012

CONCERNS that $150 million intended for research infrastructure could be on the chopping block are reaching fever pitch as the university sector prepares itself for cuts ahead of this month’s mini-budget. Any cuts to the next budgeted increase of the Sustainable Research Excellence initiative, which provides funding for the indirect costs of grants, would particularly affect the research-intensive Group of Eight.


The Parent Loan Trap

The Parent Loan Trap | Marian Wang (ProPublica), Beckie Supiano, and Andrea Fuller |  The Chronicle of Higher Education | 12 October, 2012

More than a decade after Aurora Almendral first set foot on her dream college campus, she and her mother still shoulder the cost of that choice. Ms. Almendral had been accepted to New York University in 1998, but even after adding up scholarships, grants, and the max she could take out in federal student loans, the private university—among nation’s costliest—still seemed out of reach.


Bracing for impact may cost sector millions

Bracing for impact may cost sector millions | Paul Jump | Times Higher Education | 11 October 2012

Universities ‘falling over themselves’ to hire staff to handle REF case studies. The UK higher education sector could spend in excess of £2 million a year on the salaries of staff recruited to help institutions handle the impact element of the research excellence framework.


NSF Raises Alarm Over Falling State Support for Research Universities – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

NSF Raises Alarm Over Falling State Support for Research Universities | Paul Basken | Chronicle of Higher Education | 05 October, 2012

A report by the science foundation’s board depicts the cutbacks as a threat to the country’s long-term economic health.