Archive for 2 March 2010

Why the National University of Ireland should continue

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2010 by Steve

“Readers of The University Observer whose primary allegiance is – of course – to UCD may not have been too greatly distressed at the announcement of the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, that with the approval of the government, he plans to dissolve the National University of Ireland (NUI). However, as NUI Chancellor and as a graduate, former lecturer and currently adjunct professor in UCD, I believe that this is a bad decision, and not in the interests of UCD students …” (more)

[Maurice Manning, University Observer, 2 March]

Spirited WIT defy Dublin counterparts in hectic finale

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 March 2010 by Steve

WATERFORD IT 0-14 DUBLIN IT 0-12 The fighting spirit that has seen Waterford IT’s emergence as a powerful force in Colleges hurling over the past twenty years was again very much in evidence at James McGinn Park, Ballygunner on Wednesday last where the Waterford side had to dig deep to deny a very good Dublin IT side a first ever Fitzgibbon Cup win over their Waterford counterparts …” (more)

[Phil Fanning, Waterford News and Star, 2 March]

Just like the US?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 March 2010 by Steve

“http://gradeinflation.com/ shows the data generated by TCD academic secretary but for the US….looks pretty similar to her report” (tweet)

[Colm Harmon, Twitter, 2 March]

UCD crash out at Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finals

Posted in Life with tags on 2 March 2010 by Steve

Limerick IT 1-15 UCD 2-9: UCD’s senior hurlers bowed out of the 2010 Fitzgibbon Cup at the hands of Limerick IT thanks to a marauding performance from Galway’s Joe Canning. Despite a last-minute push from UCD, Limerick IT held on with an impressive display of both attacking prowess and solid defence to progress to the next stage of the Fitzgibbon Cup …” (more)

[Jack Logan, University Observer, 2 March]

Tories will give universities control of A-level content

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2010 by Steve

“A Conservative government would immediately overhaul the national curriculum in English, maths and science – and hand control of A-level exam content to universities and academic experts to end ‘political control’, the shadow education secretary, Michael Gove, said today. Every child would get the chance to study all three science subjects – physics, chemistry and biology – separately at GCSE and there would be a return to disciplines such as geometry and algebra in tests for 11-year-olds …” (more)

[Rachel Williams, Guardian, 2 March]

A personal take on grade inflation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2010 by Steve

“The Irish Times carries another front page report on grade inflation in the Irish education sector, citing an unpublished internal TCD study. The statistics presented do seem to indicate a remarkable rise in the percentages of higher grades at third level. This is taken as evidence of grade inflation (I hate the phrase ‘dumbing down’). It is worrying that the Minister seems to be narrowing the focus of his investigation on the rate of increase in higher grades when the underlying causes may be more revealing if he is really committed to reform in the education sector …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Cork Economics, 2 March]

Grade Inflation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 March 2010 by Steve

“Based on reports we know that Minister for Education, Batt O’Keeffe, is considering the impact of grade inflation in second- and third-level education in Ireland. It has emerged that the Minister has ordered the State Examination Commission to examine Leaving Cert. results and the Higher Education Authority to report on third-level results …” (more)

[Seamus Coffey, Economic Incentives, 1 March]