Archive for 22 September 2008

Students as customers?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 22 September 2008 by Steve

“From the 1980s it became common to talk about students as the university’s ‘customers’. The thinking behind this was based largely on the desire to describe a relationship between autonomous and more or less equal parties, with the students entitled to demand support and performance from lecturers and professors. Academics on the whole have been uncomfortable with this label, in part because it suggests that higher education is a market activity in which a commodity is being bought by (or on behalf of) the students. But if they are not customers, what are they? They are certainly not just pupils under instruction and subject to the lecturer’s control …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 September]

Celebrity professor stirs up the UCD staff

Posted in research with tags , on 22 September 2008 by Steve

“University College Dublin has defended its choice of historian Diarmuid Ferriter as the new Professor of Modern History despite him being in Boston until this time next year. His appointment has caused significant controversy amid Irish academics because of he is supposedly “not dusty enough” and a bit of a celebrity historian, but he is a firm favourite of the current management of the college. Ferriter’s profile has risen sharply in the past three years, while his critics say that the 35-year-old does not possess the gravitas that a UCD professorship deserves …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 21 September]