Archive for 13 February 2009

Higher education strategy – some further thoughts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 February 2009 by Steve

“As we proceed in Ireland with the strategic review of higher education announced by the government, it may be instructive to look back at a seminal report that was published in the United Kingdom just over ten years ago. The report in question, Higher Education in the Learning Society, was commissioned by the British Government under John Major in 1996 with Labour Party support, and the report was published in 1997 after Tony Blair’s Labour government took office. It was produced by the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, chaired by Sir Ron Dearing; it became popularly known as the Dearing Report. Right at the beginning of the report, the Dearing Committee set out what it regarded as the key elements of a vision for higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 13 February]

Canadian University Drops Language-Police Force on Its Campus

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 February 2009 by Steve

“Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, has shut down a controversial pilot project in which eavesdroppers could intervene in campus conversations deemed to be objectionable, according to an announcement by the university’s vice president, Patrick Deane. In the project, six students, known as ‘dialogue facilitators,’ were given the authority to step in if the talk in private conversations contained offensive language, showed any form of disrespect, or trashed ethnic, gay, or religious groups. The so-called language-police project was widely condemned …” (more)

[Karen Birchard, Chronicle, 12 February]

Harvard Offers Buyouts to 1,600 Employees

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 13 February 2009 by Steve

“Harvard University will offer buyouts to 1,600 workers, or almost 10 percent of its nonfaculty employees, to help deal with the loss last year of $8-billion from its endowment, the Bloomberg news agency reported. In an e-mail message to workers this week, Marilyn Hausammann, vice president for human resources, said the offer would be made to employees age 55 and older, or to those who had worked for the university for more than 10 years …” (more)

[Megan Eckstein, Chronicle, 12 February]

Universities Urged to Ensure ‘Broadest Possible Access’ to Scholarship

Posted in research with tags , , on 13 February 2009 by Steve

“With digital technologies profoundly changing how researchers produce and share scholarship, universities must take a ‘much more active role’ in disseminating that work. That is the central message of a ‘call to action’ issued jointly today by the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of American Universities, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. The paper, ‘The University’s Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship — A Call to Action,’ grew out of a round-table discussion the four groups held last August with provosts, chief research and information officers, library and university-press directors, and senior faculty members from about 20 institutions …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle, 12 February]