Archive for 4 May 2010

Academic autonomy and accountability

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“I suppose I should take back one suggestion I made about Tom Garvin’s article in last Saturday’s Irish Times, i.e. that his tone would not stimulate debate. At any rate on this blog site the debate on his comments has been exceptionally lively, and moreover it has prompted me to reflect on one aspect of the topic, or at least I think it’s an aspect …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 May]

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‘It has been a costly journey but we did this to get a competitive edge’

Posted in teaching with tags , on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“The idea of leaving a job to embark on a €30,000 academic adventure is the stuff of boomtime fantasy. The Masters in Business Administration really took off in the good years; there was enough money swilling about for high fliers to take an expensive career break, and plenty of jobs for them when they rejoined the race, that bit closer to the leader board. UCD Smurfit School nudged into international rankings and Ireland was on the MBA map …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 4 May]

McShane attacker history of mental problems

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“One of Natasha McShanee’s suspected attackers, Marcy Cruz, has had a history of mental problems, it has emerged. She was described in court as being ‘mentally unstable’, ‘but a good person’ …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 May]

Students are most worried about the way they are taught

Posted in teaching with tags , on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“The system we have is not in a position to deliver the skilled developers of a knowledge economy …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 May]

End compulsory Irish, says FG, as 14,000 drop subject

Posted in teaching with tags , on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“Almost 14,000 Leaving Certificate students chose not to sit Irish exams last year with the numbers opting out of the exam increasing by 600 a year …” (more)

[Mary Regan, Irish Examiner, 4 May]

Middlesex philosophy closure is more than a blow to education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“… what is surprising, is Edward Esche’s decision to chop off this limb, what appears to the world at large to be Middlesex’s best asset …” (more)

[Edia Connole, Forth, 3 May]

Default Rates for Student Loans Continue Steady Climb

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“Student-loan default rates continue to rise, according to data released by the Education Department today. The data, which reflect the percentage of borrowers who entered repayment in the 2008 fiscal year and defaulted within the next two years, show that the default rate climbed to 7.2%, from 6.7% …” (more)

[Kelly Field, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 May]