Monthly Archives: December 2012

The False Promise of the Education Revolution

The False Promise of the Education Revolution | Scott Carlson and Goldie Blumenstyk | Chronicle of Higher Education | 17 December, 2012

Disruptions’ have the buzz but may put higher education out of reach for those students likely to benefit the mostReinventing Colleges for Whom? Last year, leading lights in for-profit and nonprofit higher education convened in Washington for a conference on private-sector innovation in the industry. The national conversation about dysfunction and disruption in higher education was just heating up, and panelists from start-ups, banking, government, and education waxed enthusiastic about the ways that a traditional college education could be torn down and rebuilt—and about how lots of money could be made along the way.


Futurelearn picks league table stars for debut line-up

Futurelearn picks league table stars for debut line-up | Chris Parr | Times Higher Education | 20 December 2012

Traditional values for OU-led Mooc platform that aims to rival US providers. The institutions chosen to feature on the UK’s new open online course platform have been selected on the basis of their performance in domestic league tables, according to the vice-chancellor of The Open University, which is leading the project


Pay and Perks Creep Up for Private-College Presidents

Pay and Perks Creep Up for Private-College Presidents – Leadership & Governance |  Jack Stripling | Chronicle of Higher Education | 14 December, 2012

Private-college presidents often draw scrutiny for their hefty compensation packages, but most of them have a ready comeback: I could make a lot more money in the corporate world.

While this statement is surely sometimes true, it is also true that some of the nation’s top-paid presidents continue to receive perks that their corporate counterparts have relinquished under shareholder criticism.


Scramble for top students linked to fall in numbers

Scramble for top students linked to fall in numbers | Jack Grove | Times Higher Education | 13 December 2012

Universities and applicants put eggs in one basket, Ucas suggests. The race to snap up the UK’s highest-achieving students may have caused this year’s record fall in undergraduate numbers, a report has suggested.


Women falling foul of research focus

Women falling foul of research focus | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 12 December, 2012

THE new focus on research quality has brought to a halt a decade of progress for women academics at Group of Eight universities, according to researcher Susan Feteris.In a paper to be presented today at the Australian Institute of Physics congress in Sydney, Dr Feteris says the rise in the proportion of women academics within the Go8 came to a halt and began to fall around the time of the first Excellence in Research for Australia round.


In Oil Country, College Enrollments Slow Amid a Gusher of Jobs – Students – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In Oil Country, College Enrollments Slow Amid a Gusher of Jobs | Katherine Mann | Chronicle of Higher Education | 07 December

With an abundance of low-skill jobs paying good wages in the oil business, Texas colleges are finding it difficult to recruit students.


The lecturers who don’t teach but still count

The lecturers who don’t teach but still count | Jack Grove | Times Higher Education | 06 December 2012

UCU study suggests flaws in student-to-staff ratios may mask true class sizes. Class sizes at universities are significantly larger than official figures suggest because many academics described as teachers actually spend most of their time doing research, a study has found.

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Research hits funding void

Research hits funding void | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 05 December, 2012

JULIA Gillard’s ambition to have Australia among the world’s top 10 for research and innovation is being undermined by the government’s failure to provide staffing and costs for a $2 billion investment in research facilities. On the eve of the second national audit of research quality in universities, the HES has learned that critical research infrastructure is on the verge of being shut down or run at sub-capacity because of dwindling resources.