Archive for 18 November 2008

Integrating the academy: the case of ‘non-academic’ staff

Posted in Life with tags , on 18 November 2008 by Steve

“One of the refreshing aspects of my university, DCU, is that it makes few distinctions between those employees who have academic tasks, and those whose work is administrative, secretarial, technical or professional. There is no hierarchy of decision-making that places the latter groups in a less favourable position. This is significant, because in every other university I know there appears to be open or subdued warfare between academics and others. I recently attended a meeting of one of the learned academic bodies and was astounded to hear a very senior professor from another institution argue that administrators were a cancer in the academic system, but I was even more alarmed when that statement was greeted with mutters of approval by many others present …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 November]

“No Minister will enter UL unimpeded”

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 18 November 2008 by Steve

“Students at the University of Limerick, angry at the increase in registration fees as well as the fear that university fees might be re-introduced, obstruct Arts, Sports and Tourism minister Martin Cullen as he arrives at the university to open the Irish Chamber Orchestra building …” (more)

[The Limerick Blogger, 17 November]

Anyone, anyone? Student attendance and attainment

Posted in teaching with tags on 18 November 2008 by Steve

“A couple of years ago on this blog (yes, it has been that long!) we referred to the paper by Woodfield, Jessop and McMillan on student attendance levels at university. Interestingly, in the forthcoming (December) issue of Studies in Higher Education there’s an article which uses a much larger and broader data set of student attendance at class and attainment (in terms of grades obtained in modules). This latest work is from Loretta Newman-Ford and colleagues at the University of Glamorgan which, as we also reported in this blog (don’t we have our ‘fingers on the pulse’?), uses an electronic fob device to record student attendance, allowing registers to be compiled automatically. This means that compiling data from 22 first year modules across the entire academic year and correlating it with student performance is relatively straightforward …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 17 November]

European Universities Must Do More to Meet Economic Demands, Report Says

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 November 2008 by Steve

“Universities in several European countries are failing to meet the social and economic demands of complex modern economies, says a new report from a Brussels-based think tank that surveyed the higher-education systems of 17 nations, including the United States. The nations in the study, by the Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal, are among the 30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The report, ‘University Systems Ranking: Citizens and Society in the Age of Knowledge’, ranks the higher-education systems based on criteria including levels of participation in postsecondary education and a country’s share of foreign students …” (more)

[Chronicle, 17 November]