Archive for 11 January 2010

More on University Rankings … press release from QS

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 January 2010 by Steve

“The university ranking system debate continues. Some numbers are provided here on the numbers using the QS database; it would be nice to see similar for the JT rankings. We are still left with the question of what defines quality in a university, however …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 11 January]

Two market-state visions of the future of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 January 2010 by Steve

“Joseph Aoun, the president of Northeastern University, recently published a very insightful article entitled Two different leaders, two different visions in the Huffington Post. His two leaders are Nicholas Sarkozy, the president of France, and Luke Ravenstahl, the mayor of Pittsburgh. Their visions allow us to consider how education may be viewed in different versions of the developing market-state …” (more)

[Lloyd Armstrong, Changing Higher Education, 11 January]

Universities face meltdown – and all of Britain will suffer

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 January 2010 by Steve

“It has taken more than 800 years to create one of the world’s greatest education systems and it looks like it will take just six months to bring it to its knees. Britain’s higher education system is superb – second only to the US, with 18 of our universities in the world’s top 100 – and recognised across the globe as a gold standard. But our gold standard system could be replaced with one of silver, bronze or worse …” (more)

[Michael Arthur and Wendy Piatt, Guardian, 11 January]

Overcoming the Wal-Mart approach to university recruitment

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 January 2010 by Steve

“Application deadlines are fast approaching at Canadian universities, and so it’s as good a time as any to look at the rapidly changing scene of recruitment practices at Canadian universities. The big buzz-word in recruitment these days is ‘Strategic Enrolment Management’ or ‘SEM’, a concept borrowed – often haphazardly – from the United States …” (more)

[HT: Keith Hampson]
[Alex Usher, GlobeCampus, 8 January]

Twitter and the Higher

Posted in research with tags , on 11 January 2010 by Steve

“You know how everyone says that you shouldn’t post anything online that you would not want to see published in a national newspaper? Well, I do try to keep that handy advice in mind, but it works both ways. There are times when you might want to post something online in order to get it into the papers. Last week, a short article appeared in the Times Higher which was the result of a conversation on Twitter …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 11 January]

‘Exploited’ work experience students forced to make tea

Posted in Life with tags on 11 January 2010 by Steve

“The majority of undergraduates sent on short-term internships spend most of their time making tea, answering telephones, filing, scanning and photocopying, it was claimed …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 11 January]

Study finds parental pressure affects university choices

Posted in Life with tags on 11 January 2010 by Steve

“Research by students at the University of Westminster has found that a quarter of London’s university students felt pressured by their parents into choosing a particular degree course or institution. Of the 350 students polled, 25% said they had clashed with their families over which educational path to take, with many students regretting following their parents advice and wishing they had chosen a different university or course …” (more)

[Ian Maull, i-studentadvisor, 11 January]