Archive for 15 August 2010

Colleges expecting surge in demand

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“Competition for university places is set to spark a rise in demand for entry in to Northern Ireland’s higher education colleges, it has been claimed …” (more)

[Independent, 15 August]

Ireland Take Bronze in World University Rowing

Posted in Life with tags on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s senior eight took bronze at the World University Rowing Championships at Szeged in Hungary today. Britain were well in control through the race, but Ireland were always in medal contention and pushed France into fourth …” (more)

[AFLOAT, 15 August]

Academics and their managers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“With the rise of managerialism at universities – a point of growing concern to the Academic Freedom Committee (AFC) – Robin Briggs’ lecture, The Knowledge Economy and Academic Freedom, at this year’s TB Davie Memorial Lecture on 12 August was quite topical …” (MP3)

[University of Cape Town, 13 August]

College 2.0: Teachers Without Technology Strike Back

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“… After interviewing a few of them this month, it seems to me the key debate between the tech enthusiasts and tech skeptics is really over broader changes in colleges, and anxieties about the academy being turned into just another business. Teaching is not car assembly, the skeptics say, in that there’s no objective checklist to follow …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 August]

Big investment boost for research

Posted in research with tags on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“The largest research investment plan in the history of the Republic of Ireland – €359m (US$473m) – is aimed at transforming the country into ‘Europe’s innovation hub’, according to Brian Cowen, the Irish Taoiseach …” (more)

[John Walshe, University World News, 15 August]

Mental illness rises on campus, study finds

Posted in Life with tags , on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“Severe mental illness is becoming more common on college and university campuses in America, research suggests, reports CBC News. The percentage of students with moderate to severe depression who sought counselling at a US campus increased by 7% from 1998 to 2009 …” (more)

[University World News, 15 August]

EU probes ‘discriminatory’ student selection

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“Sweden’s newly adopted university entrance selection process has come under fire for discriminating against students from other Nordic countries and the European Union. After receiving a complaint, the European Commission has now asked the Swedish government for an explanation …” (more)

[Ard Jongsma, University World News, 15 August]

Universities chief declares death of ‘gap year’ and proposes ‘bridging year’ instead

Posted in Life with tags , on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“The era of the traditional gap year is over and students should abandon plans to see the world before going to university, the head of the admissions body has warned …” (more)

[David Barrett, Sunday Telegraph, 15 August]

The disconnected academic?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“… Declan Kiberd is, rightly, hugely respected in the academic community; but he is also capable of coming out occasionally with some fairly amazing nonsense. An example of that was to be found in yesterday’s Irish Times, in a piece by him under the title ‘Internet can leave you disconnected’. In fact it is more a rant than an article …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 August]

Academic Bankruptcy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“With the academic year about to begin, colleges and universities, as well as students and their parents, are facing an unprecedented financial crisis. What we’ve seen with California’s distinguished state university system — huge cutbacks in spending and a 32% rise in tuition — is likely to become the norm at public and private colleges …” (more)

[Mark C Taylor, New York Times, 14 August]

Will We Have the Best Courses Online in Five Years?

Posted in teaching with tags on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“Within 10 years, half of all high school courses will be taken online, say Clay Christensen and Michael Horn. Bill Gates has now trumped that prediction with an even stronger one: within five years the best higher education will be available on the internet …” (more)

[Paul E Peterson, Education Next, 13 August]

The annual A-level row is almost upon us – the holidays are over

Posted in teaching with tags on 15 August 2010 by Steve

“The punch-up over exam results is about to begin, so brace yourselves for smugness and waffle …” (more)

[Robert Webb, Daily Telegraph, 13 August]