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Google Decision Spurs Research Libraries to Rethink the Path to Digital Access

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“Tuesday, a federal judge tossed out the proposed settlement in the lawsuit over Google’s vast book-digitization project. Still, research libraries with a stake in that work said they were undeterred …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 March]


Christensen on disruptive innovation in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Regular readers of this blog know how often I call upon Clayton Christensen’s ideas regarding disruptive innovation as described in The Innovator’s Dilemma …” (more)

[Changing Higher Education, 22 March]

… or is the solution to go entirely online?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“As higher education budgets are hit more and more seriously, one US state (Washington) is considering a partnership with the entirely online university …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzysnki, University Blog, 21 March]

US: Academic publishing must promote good scholarship

Posted in research with tags on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Since 2005, and with generous support from the AW Mellon Foundation, The Future of Scholarly Communication Project at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education has been exploring how academic values – including those related to peer review, publishing, sharing and collaboration – influence scholarly communication practices and engagement with new technological affordances, open access publishing and the public good …” (more)

[Diane Harley and Sophia Krzys, University World News, 20 March]

How To Keep Reading the NY Times For Free

Posted in Life with tags on 19 March 2011 by Steve

The NY Times will flip the switch on its digital paywall next Monday, and the Grey Lady don’t come cheap: $15/month for the website and the phone app, $20/month for the website and the iPad app, or a wallet-singeing $35 for web, phone, and iPad. But there are loopholes! And they are generous. Here’s your game plan …” (more)

[Brian Barrett, Gizmodo, 17 March]

Budget limbo continues for US science

Posted in research with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“The US budget limbo continues, as US President Barack Obama this morning signed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government until April 8 …” (more)

[Eugenie Samuel Reich, The Great Beyond, 18 March]

Temple U Will Evacuate 200 From Tokyo Campus After State Dept Warning

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Temple University is evacuating students from its campus here after the US State Department issued a warning about elevated radioactivity in Tokyo from the nuclear reactors damaged in last week’s earthquake and tsunami …” (more)

[David McNeill, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 March]

American Universities Worry About Students Abroad

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“In January, as protests turned chaotic in Cairo, New York University hastened to evacuate 50 students and staff members from three sites across Egypt. Less than a month later, when an earthquake hit New Zealand, Cornell University quickly relocated students whose heavily damaged campus there had suspended classes …” (more)

[Lisa W Foderaro, New York Times, 17 March]

Plagiarism: An Administrator’s Perspective

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Yes, this is another post on plagiarism, which is a topic academics will continue discussing until it disappears (and how likely is that to happen?). ProfHacker has had posts before on preventing plagiarism and responding to plagiarism, and I am sure we will have more posts following this one …” (more)

[HT: Sharon Flynn]
[Nels P Highberg, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 March]

Dear Minister: A letter to the new Minister for Education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“A meeting with American High School counsellors this week and with a visiting Vice President for racial diversity sparked conversation and so reflection on what the Arts Humanities and social sciences offer the world at this moment in time, and what in particular the Irish context offers of value to that realm …” (more)

[Caroline Fennell, Creative Head Space, 17 March]

New Web Site Lists Colleges That Allow Loaded Firearms

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Two antigun advocacy groups have started a new Web site, Armed Campuses, that lists the colleges and universities where people can carry loaded firearms …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 March]

The professor’s night job

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“A former assistant professor of psychology at John F Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California, has sued the institution for sex discrimination, alleging that she was fired for performing in an off-campus burlesque act …” (more)

[Dan Berrett, Inside Higher Ed, 15 March]

US physics feels the squeeze

Posted in research with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“Obama’s pro-science 2012 budget hides some bitter pills for physical scientists …” (more)

[Eugenie Samuel Reich, Nature, 15 March]

On Reluctance

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“An oft-repeated opinion in academic departments is that the person you don’t want as department chair is the one who wants to be department chair. According to this philosophy, it is the deeply reluctant who are the more desirable candidates …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 14 March]

Universities and the future of work

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 March 2011 by Steve

“The United States was facing a massive shortfall of workers with the educational background to support further economic growth, Dr Tracey Wilen-Daugenti told the congress …” (more)

[University World News, 13 March]

A Liberal Education – Should academics join the government?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“Last month was decision time for the many academics who left their tenured jobs to work in the Obama administration. Universities standardly grant leave for at most two years, at which point a professor must either return or resign. Some, of course, can hope to be rehired later, but prudence often rules …” (more)

[Martha C Nussbaum, New Republic, 11 March]

Tiger Chair

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“As a typical professor of Science, I know little about effective management skills, except what I have been able to pick up along the way by experimenting on students and postdocs …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 10 March]

A Folly That Can Cost a Reputation – or Not

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Until last week, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was one of the most popular politicians in Germany. Defense minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, Mr. Guttenberg’s aristocratic background and high-profile marriage to a glamorous television personality had him nicknamed ‘the German Kennedy’. When it emerged that he had copied parts of his doctoral dissertation, the resulting scandal forced him to resign on March 1 …” (more)

[DD Guttenplan, New York Times, 6 March]

Irish Universities steal a march on St Patrick’s Day in Chicago!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Education in Ireland and Irish Universities hosted an information event for high school college counselors and educators at the Union League Fellowship Club in downtown Chicago yesterday …” (more)

[Study in Ireland, 8 March]

Student arrested for changing classmates’ grades for money

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“A 19-year-old student in University of Nevada has been charged with hacking into his school district’s computer system and improving his classmates’ grades …” (more)

[Sean McTiernan, Newswhip, 8 March]