Monthly Archives: February 2013

‘Destination data’ too narrow a path for schools

‘Destination data’ too narrow a path for schools | Chris Parr | Times Higher Education | 28 February, 2013

Gove’s former top civil servant criticises coalition’s ‘naive’ emphasis on Russell GroupEducation secretary Michael Gove’s decision to publish data showing how many pupils from individual schools go on to Russell Group universities is “narrow and naive”, according to his former top civil servant.


Low-cost universities fail to fill ‘margin’ places

Low-cost universities fail to fill ‘margin’ places | David Matthews | Times Higher Education | 21 February 2013

Coalition reveals ‘disturbing’ shortfall. A key government policy designed to cut tuition fees has been labelled a failure after it emerged that nearly half the places reallocated to lower-cost universities went unfilled.


Unis vow to fight teaching cut-off

Unis vow to fight teaching cut-off | Julie Hare | The Australian Higher Education | 20 February, 2013

AMID growing concern that universities are enrolling too many ill-prepared students, 30,000 nationally are about to take their first steps towards becoming school teachers in one of the 272 undergraduate and 145 postgraduate courses on offer. But a proposal expected to be tabled this week by NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli to restrict enrolments in teacher education would be met with a constitutional challenge.


The Dissertation Can No longer be Defended

The Dissertation Can No longer be Defended | Stacey Patron | Chronicle of Higher Education | 11 February

The dissertation is broken, many scholars agree. So now what? Rethinking the academic centrepiece of a graduate education is an obvious place to start if, as many peopIe believe, Ph.D. programs are in a state of crisis. Universities face urgent calls to reduce the time it takes to complete degrees reduce attrition, and do more to prepare doctoral candidates for nonacademic careers, as students face rising debt and increased competilion for a shrinking number of tenure-track positions


Hesa data show decline in technician numbers

Hesa data show decline in technician numbers | Elizabeth Gibney | Times Higher Education | 14 February 2013

Managerial staff one of few growth areas in HE employment. The number of technicians employed by UK higher education institutions has fallen by 6.2 per cent since 2009-10, analysis by Times Higher Education has shown.


Profile tool will highlight weakness

Profile tool will highlight weakness | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 13 February, 2013

A LOCAL version of the EU’s university profiling tool, U-Map, could be in place within six months as part of a bid to reduce sector obsession with research-biased rankings, while highlighting areas such as teaching. But the tool will shine a spotlight on vulnerabilities, including areas of poor research performance.


A Women’s College Tries a Transformation

A Women’s College Tries a Transformation | Lawrence Biemiller | Chronicle of Higher Education | 4 February, 2013

Can Wilson College be saved? The answer you get depends on whom you ask. Its trustees say yes, even though Wilson’s numbers look fairly bleak right now, like those of many small liberal-arts colleges. Wilson started the fall semester with only 695 students, expects to run a $3-million deficit on a $20-million budget this year, and has $10-million worth of deferred maintenance.

University student marketing spend up 22%

University student marketing spend up 22%. | David Matthews | Times Higher Education | 7 February 2013

‘Neurotic’ sector plays ‘zero-sum game’ despite cap on numbers. UK universities increased their spending on marketing to potential students by nearly a quarter in the run-up to the introduction of higher fees, a Times Higher Education investigation has found, yet suffered a 7.4 per cent fall in applications.


Chris Bowen needs to attract students

Chris Bowen needs to attract students | Julie Hare and Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 06 February, 2013

NEW Tertiary Education Minister Chris Bowen will have to quickly harness his recent experience in immigration as new data shows revenue from international students fell to the lowest level in five years.

International students contributed $14.6 billion to the economy, after reaching a peak of $17bn in 2009, Australian Bureau of Statistics data released yesterday revealed.


Textbooks turn the pages

Students Get Savvier About Textbook Buying, When They Buy at All | Marc Parry | Chronicle of Higher Education | 1 February, 2013

The Chronicle talked with students and found that having more choices in how to get books hasn’t solved the main problem: cost.