Archive for 1 August 2010

Higher Education?

Posted in Life with tags , , on 1 August 2010 by Steve

“In an otherwise confused and incomprehensible discussion about academic life in the NY Times, Mark C Taylor made one comment that I actually agree with: ‘Nothing represses the free expression of ideas more than the long and usually fruitless quest for tenure’ …” (more)

[Shahar Ozeri, Perverse Egalitarianism, 1 August]

New ASTI president to take up role

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 August 2010 by Steve

“Jack Keane is the new President of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 August]

In defence of book publishing

Posted in research with tags on 1 August 2010 by Steve

“… I may be biased about all this, as I have spent quite a few years researching and writing the history of editors and publishers. However, I do think their role is essential in the world of books. The idea of writers uploading their books to the internet and readers simply finding them by searching is a chaotic one, as well a cold and uninviting one …” (more)

[Niamh Cullen, The Little Review, 25 July]

Universities ‘put squeeze on gap years’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 1 August 2010 by Steve

“Top universities are cutting the number of students taking gap years to ease the pressure on places, it emerged today …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Sunday Telegraph, 1 August]

Profit motive can spoil university sector

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 August 2010 by Steve

“A few days ago the BPP College of Professional Studies became the first private university college in Britain since 1976. David Willetts, the minister in charge of universities, evidently believes that competition in higher education, and the incentive of profits, will cut costs and drive up efficiency …” (more)

[Matthew Partridge, Guardian, 31 July]

Land of the rising sun aims to reverse its scientific eclipse

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 August 2010 by Steve

“Japan has traditionally been seen as a scientific giant in Asia – an economic powerhouse that boasts numerous Nobel laureates as well as world-class universities and well-funded government laboratories …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 31 July]

What’s Wrong With the American University System

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 August 2010 by Steve

“… Q. This book has a sense of urgency about it. What were you and Claudia seeing around you that compelled you to blow the whistle? A. I’ve been teaching for a long time – I won’t say how long. In the past 10 or 15 years, I’ve seen a tremendous over-professionalization of the academic world …” (more)

[Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, The Atlantic, 28 July]

Higher Education Is Overrated; Skills Aren’t

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 August 2010 by Steve

“… But what won’t hasten new hiring – and might even dampen job prospects – is the mythical belief that higher education invariably leads to higher employment and better jobs. It doesn’t. Foolish New York Times stories notwithstanding, education is a misleading-to-malignant proxy for economic productivity or performance …” (more)

[Michael Schrage, Harvard Business Review, 29 July]