Archive for 17 January 2010

New quality marks for third-level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“The government is introducing a new ‘quality mark’ for every third-level institution in the country – including universities and institutes of technology. The institutions will have to comply with a code of practice in order to market themselves under the quality mark, according to new legislation that got the green light at cabinet last week …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 17 January]

Britain’s Business Secretary wants to turn the nation’s back on basic science

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“Today in the Observer, business columnist John Naughton describes in exquisite detail the blinkered pig-ignorance of Business Secretary Peter Mandelson’s plan to de-fund basic research in favor of ‘prioritising research that would contribute to Britain’s future prosperity’. That is, he’s only going divert funding to those small, incremental technologies that have well-understood, overhyped revenue models …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 17 January]

Do Top Scholars Make the Best University Leaders?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“Yes, says Amanda Goodall. Here’s a summary and here’s some commentary. Her argument is based on inside knowledge, the ability to set appropriate standards, signaling, and legitimacy …” (more)

[Peter Klein, Organizations and Markets, 8 January]

How to produce, publish and distribute a journal these days

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“Ok, on this I am less confident – having not published a journal before, but I have submitted articles enough to know something about the process. I reckon my experiences publishing textbooks bring some credibility to this idea. I want to have a hand in creating a distributed, networked, open journal here at UC …” (more)

[HT: Garret McMahon]
[Leigh Blackall, 13 January]

The Opening of the Academic Mind

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“How to rescue the professoriate from professionalization. The state of higher education in America is one of those things, like the airline industry or publishing, that’s always in crisis. The academy is too distant from the concerns of everyday life, or else it’s too politically engaged. The academy has become completely irrelevant, except for the fact that it’s too relevant …” (more)

[Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Slate, 17 January]

Grant-aided students buying more booze than books

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“A government report is set to lift the lid on student life – revealing that grant-aided students spend three times more a month on ‘alcohol and socialising’ than on books. The Economic and Social Research Institute report will show that students spend €132 a month on having a good time – but about €30 a month on books and study aides …” (more)

[John Drennan, Independent, 17 January]

Circular Ratings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“New research raises additional questions about the ‘reputational’ survey that is worth 25 percent (more than any other factor) on the US News & World Report rankings of colleges. What the research found is that the reputational scores don’t correlate with changes in factors such as resources or graduation rates, but correlate with the previous year’s rankings …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 13 January]