Archive for 29 January 2009

Foreign-Born Are More Likely Than Native-Born to Earn Advanced Degrees in US

Posted in teaching with tags , on 29 January 2009 by Steve

“More foreign-born residents have obtained advanced degrees in the United States than native-born Americans have, according to a new Census Bureau report, Educational Attainment in the United States, 2007. In 2007, 11 percent of foreign-born residents reported they had obtained at least a master’s degree, whereas only 10 percent of their native-born counterparts had done so …” (more)

[Megan Eckstein, Chronicle, 29 January]

Overseas students now 20% of UK graduates

Posted in teaching with tags , on 29 January 2009 by Steve

“One in five degrees awarded by British universities went to overseas students last year, according to new figures that will reignite fears that the sector relies too heavily on international students. Meanwhile, the number of UK-based students has virtually stalled with the latest figures published today showing a 1% fall to 1,964,315 overall. The figures, released today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), give details of student enrolments and qualifications obtained at universities in the UK during the 2007-08 academic year. The majority of degrees obtained by overseas students were at postgraduate level …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 29 January]

IFUT secures Rights Commissioner award in respect of flaws in promotion process in NUIM

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 29 January 2009 by Steve

“A Rights Commissioner has awarded €4000 to an IFUT member in NUI Maynooth arising from certain inadequacies in the University’s promotion process. The Rights Commissioner found in favour of IFUT in all areas of its submission. Specifically she said …” (more)

[IFUT, 28 January]

Unjustifiable for O’Keeffe to Give €120,000 Lecturers Massive Pay Hike – Hayes

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 29 January 2009 by Steve

“It has emerged today (Thursday) that just last month Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe granted university professors, who already earn between €123,000 and €160,000, a 5.5% pay hike. Fine Gael Education Spokesman, Brian Hayes TD described this decision as unjustifiable in terms of the dire state of the public finances. ‘At a time when students face a massive hike in registration fees and over half of the universities are in a budget deficit position, unjustifiable pay awards of this nature make it impossible for agreement to be found in the area of third level reform. Batt O’Keeffe must be living on another planet if he thinks that lecturers earning over €120,000 deserve a pay hike … ’” (more)

[Fine Gael, 29 January]

Radical new agenda for universities considered

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 29 January 2009 by Steve

“A radical new agenda for the university sector, in which colleges would enter into much closer alliances or even merge, is being pushed by Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe. The seven university presidents have convened a special meeting next month to consider the move, which, sources say, could have profound implications for the future shape of the sector. One said: ‘We could be looking at the potential merger of universities and/or new alliances between the universities and the (14) institutes of technology’ …” (more)

[Séan Flynn, Irish Times, 28 January]

Top academics get backdated wage rises worth over €10,000

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 29 January 2009 by Steve

“Up to 300 senior university professors are getting backdated 8pc pay rises which will amount to more than €10,000 each. The €3m bill for additional pay was sanctioned by Minister Batt O’Keeffe’s Department of Education and Science last month, the Irish Independent has learned. Up to 5.5pc will be backdated to September 2007 and the remaining 2.5pc to last March. The disclosure of the 7.5-8pc pay rise comes as Government engages in tough talks with the social partners about slashing pay and public spending – and will only add to the budget woes of the universities, which are facing severe cutbacks …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 29 January]

A cheat, moi? That’s unfair

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 29 January 2009 by Steve

“International students may be called plagiarists because of flawed thinking and naive use of software. If the new forms of detection software are to be believed, a sizeable proportion of students are plagiarists – and the worst culprits are international students. But when does poor referencing and an inability to better phrase an original source become cheating – and a reason for serious disciplinary action and the humiliation that goes along with it? An Australian study of Turnitin – a detection service that compares work submitted electronically with the 2.6 billion publicly available pages on the internet and with all the essays it has previously checked – found that 14 per cent of 1,925 essays examined contained examples of plagiarism …” (more)

[Niall Hayes, THE, 29 January]