Archive for 7 June 2010

Week of the Symposium

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“It might be raining in Galway at the moment, but that’s just because it’s a bank holiday Monday! The sun is predicted to reappear as the 8th Galway Symposium on Higher Education begins on Thursday. This event sees an action-packed programme of keynotes, workshops and, importantly, huddled chattering on the stairs, in the foyer, bar and restaurant …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 7 June]

Two Stressful Days for China’s College Hopefuls

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“Monday marked the start of China’s college entrance exams – a nail-biting day for 10 million Chinese students. The numbers of students taking the exams is down for the second straight year, but that doesn’t mean the path to top marks is easy, and many students are expected to try to take shortcuts. Police in several Chinese provinces arrested at least 64 people in the lead-up to the exams, accusing them of selling a slew of devices to would-be cheaters …” (more)

[China Real Time Report, 7 June]

Industry fears foreign student retreat

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“The international education sector fears government plans due this month to boost the welfare of international students will be flawed by insufficient funding. There are also growing fears that tighter regulations and immigration restrictions are driving students away from Australia …” (more)

[Andrew Trounson, The Australian, 8 June]

Academia and damage control

Posted in research with tags on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“… Loss of public trust in academia is a real problem right now – and without it, academia can’t really exist in a healthy, productive way. As the AAUP’s 1915 Declaration of Principles notes, academic freedom exists as part of a public trust – the public grants it, and, if the public isn’t convinced that academics are worthy of it, it can take academic freedom away. That’s happening, incrementally, but decisively …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 7 June]

The New THE Ranking Methodology

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 June 2010 by Steve

Times Higher Education has given some information about the proposed structure and methodology of their forthcoming World University Rankings. At first sight, the new rankings look as thought they might be an improvement on the THE-QS rankings of 2004-2009 but there are still unanswered questions …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 4 June]

Grade inflation once again

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“A recent article in the Irish Times refers to document prepared by the State Examination Commission acknowledging grade inflation in the Leaving Certificate. This possibility is not new, of course, and has been widely discussed before, sometimes in heated terms …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 7 June]

Finding the bottom line?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“… It is now really important that our politicians and civil servants understand that, from the point we have already reached, we cannot do ‘more with less’. This is not because we don’t want to play our part in steering the country towards recovery, it is precisely because we do want to help but cannot do it this way …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 June]

Serious top grade inflation in Leaving Cert, says exam body

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“The State Examination Commission has acknowledged serious grade inflation in the Leaving Cert results, in briefing documents prepared for the Department of Education. The Commission says the number of students gaining the highest grades (A1, A2 and B1) has almost doubled at higher level since 1992 …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 7 June]

‘Bogus students facing global crackdown’

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“… The scale of the problem is not clear. Nor is it clear what additional steps might be taken given the recent significant changes to visa regulations which are already intended to tackle the issue …” (more)

[Registrarism, 7 June]

Have Canadian Law Schools Become ‘Psychotic Kindergartens’?

Posted in Life with tags on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“Canadian bloggers have been buzzing in the last week about a harsh critique of the country’s law schools, which are compared to ‘psychotic kindergartens’ in a journal article published by Robert Martin, a retired law professor at the University of Western Ontario …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 7 June]

The latest open access controversy: are we in the age of open access, or just on the verge?

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“Debate in scholarship is a healthy sign – and this new debate amongst open access advocates, as recently emerged in the national meeting of Canada’s Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities, is most welcome! It seems that there is a divergence of opinion amongst open access advocates …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 6 June]