Archive for 9 August 2010

Does It Matter What We Do?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“… A fair question is whether education and training programmes are the best use of any available funds. Getting one of these places is undoubtedly a very positive development for the 11,000 potential participants, notwithstanding the fact that education and training do not guarantee subsequent employment in current labour market conditions. Those conditions worsened last week …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 9 August]

Obama to Call for Better Graduation Rates

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“President Obama on Monday will renew his call for the United States to lead the world in college graduation rates by 2020, an ambitious goal that senior administration officials say will require 60% of all young Americans to possess a college degree, up from 40% today …” (more)

[Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 9 August]

Graduate tax ‘would discriminate against British students’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“Foreign students could be given ‘free’ university education under plans to introduce a graduate tax system, ministers have been warned. The Treasury would find it almost impossible to recover money from overseas students when they finished courses in Britain, it was claimed …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 9 August]

What use are historians anyway?

Posted in research with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“It’s been a tough few months for history. In June, Diarmuid Whelan, lecturer in international politics at UCC, died at the age of just 37. The following month Peter Hart passed away in Newfoundland …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 9 August]

Holyrood weighs up graduate tax

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“When Business Secretary Vince Cable called for Lord Browne to give serious consideration to introducing a graduate tax as part of his review into the funding of higher education in England, it was perhaps not immediately obvious that there would be a knock-on effect for students in Scotland …” (more)

[Lindsey Rogersons, Herald Scotland, 7 August]

Coalition politics, graduate taxes and the Browne review

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“John Browne is due to deliver his recommendations on revising the system of undergraduate finance in October. But the starting point for any consideration of what is to come can not be the various policy options he is analysing. It has to be the question of what legislation can be pushed through the House of Commons …” (more)

[William Cullerne Bown, Exquisite Life, 9 August]

DIT: fees will not create money for third level

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration with tags , , , on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“Brian Norton, the president of Dublin Institute of Technology, has said that the introduction of third level fees will not bring any extra money into the third-level sector. However, its introduction would increase student expectations which could not be met by the colleges, he said …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 8 August]

Spreading the news

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“… I confess I sometimes get a very similar feelings when I read the ‘news’ sections of university websites the world over. It’s all about the latest triumphs and successes, and the superiority of that particular university’s strategies and policies. There is never anything to tax the brain or to stimulate discussion …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 August]

Government announces €37m research boost

Posted in research with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“The government has announced an additional €37m in funding for university research centres, which it said will facilitate the creation of jobs in Ireland’s so-called ‘smart economy’. The €37 million investment, which will be spread over six years, takes the funding of the Government’s competence centres programme to €90m over that period …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 August]

Graduate tax would be unfair and bureaucratic

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“When Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, floated the idea of a graduate tax last month he was met by a near-universal chorus of disapproval. Universities and students hated the idea but so too did Conservative members of the Coalition, who wasted no time in briefing that the proposal would never see the light of day …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 9 August]

Teachers Unions vs. Online Education

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“I know a 3-year-old who’s a master of online multitasking. Give him an iPhone, and he’ll cheerfully chat you up while watching YouTube cartoons or playing an alphabet game. In 2010, toddlers start consuming digital information not long after they’ve started consuming solid food. Now take that kid, tack on a handful of years, and drop him into a classroom …” (more)

[Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason.com, August-September]

European transplant games begin at DCU

Posted in Life with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“More than 350 athletes from 24 countries will compete at this year’s European Transplant and Dialysis Games, which was officially opened at Dublin City University yesterday evening …” (more)

[Stephen Mangan, Irish Times, 9 August]

Further thoughts on the higher education bubble

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“… But then what? Assume that I’m right, and that higher education – both undergraduate and graduate, and including professional education like the law schools in which I teach – is heading for a major correction. What will that mean? What should people do? …” (more)

[Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Washington Examiner, 8 August]