Archive for 2 January 2011

The next Ministers for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs and Education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , , on 2 January 2011 by Steve

“… Aodhán Ó Ríordáin would seem to me to be the best choice as Minister for Education and Skills but I don’t know if he would get it after just being elected to the Dáil. I suppose I could see Jan O’Sullivan in the job but I don’t know if she would be significantly more radical in terms of giving recognition to new gaelscoileanna. Would she have the bottle? …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 2 January]

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Pue’s Recommendations for January

Posted in Life with tags on 2 January 2011 by Steve

Juliana Adelman Over Christmas I read The Selected Works of TS Spivet by Reif Larsen which my canny husband somehow knew I had almost bought for myself each time I entered Hodges Figgis …” (more)

[Pue’s Occurrences, 2 January]

Facebook generation suffer information withdrawal syndrome

Posted in Life with tags on 2 January 2011 by Steve

“Turning off mobile phones, avoiding the internet and tuning out of the television and radio can leave people suffering from symptoms similar to those seen in drug addicts trying to go cold turkey, researchers have found …” (more)

[Richard Gray, Sunday Telegraph, 2 January]

What Do Grades Really Mean?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 January 2011 by Steve

“The Christmas Day edition of the New York Times carried an interesting article entitled ‘A Quest to Explain What Grades Really Mean’. The motivation for the article was based around concerns relating to grade inflation, a topic which has been discussed before on this blog …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 2 January]

A 2011 debate for the universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 January 2011 by Steve

“From time to time I have suggested in this blog that we need a clear vision of what we want universities to be, and to what extent we want them to connect with wider national goals and aspirations …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 January]

Grade inflation: Academia has lost its integrity

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 January 2011 by Steve

“Academic inflation is as dangerous to any country as its financial equivalent. When university degrees no longer represent a genuine assessment of a graduate’s abilities, the whole intellectual currency is debased …” (more)

[Sunday Telegraph, 2 January]

Universities Are Challenged as Demographics Shift

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 January 2011 by Steve

“… Although the changing demographics of college campuses may be grabbing the headlines, the more compelling issue is how the growing number of minority students presents serious social and academic challenges for financially strapped universities, even as the schools are under pressure to boost graduation rates …” (more)

[Reeve Hamilton and Jon Marcus, New York Times, 1 January]