Transfer Pathways in Postsecondary Education: York University and Seneca College as a Case Study
Report authored by Richard Smith, Sylvia Lin and Robindra Sidhu from York University and Henry Decock and Ursula McCloy from Seneca College
Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday, May 25, 2016
"Grades, gender, age predict success for college-university transfers Strong grades are a primary predictor of success for students transferring between college and university, according to a new study from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The study examined more than 14,000 students who transferred between Seneca College and York University from 2000 to 2012, and also found that students who were younger and/or female were more likely to graduate after moving from a college into a university. Younger students were also more likely to complete their education more quickly in a university-to-college pathway, although gender was not as significant a factor in this case. "
Determined that he and his younger brother would go to college, Eduardo Medina’s parents put money away in a savings account to pay for the tuition.
It never added up to more than $5,000, and before he finished high school on his way to the Ivy League, they were compelled to use it for a different purpose: to help his grandmother avoid losing her home to foreclosure.
Much of the rest of the family’s income went to pay for the cramped two-bedroom apartment in a San Diego suburb where they moved because the schools were slightly better than in the city.
What has happened to Medina since is a case study in the way some government, university, and private programs to help Americans pay for college have become more likely to benefit wealthier students than even the most academically talented lower-income ones.
Estimates of how much animal agriculture adds to greenhouse gases range widely, from about 14 to more than 50 per cent of total global emissions. Agriculture exacerbates climate change in a number of ways. Clearing carbon sinks such as forests to grow or raise food can result in net greenhouse gas increases. Farming, especially on an industrial scale, also requires fossil fuel-burning machinery, as does processing and transporting agricultural products.
"Most new jobs now do not require degree-level qualifications. Encouraging more young people to graduate will create only debt and disappointment"
Summary from Academica Top Ten - Friday, May 20, 2016
"The “knowledge economy” is a myth, writes Guardian contributor “The idea of the knowledge economy is appealing,” writes Andre Spicer for The Guardian, but “the only problem is it is largely a myth.” The author argues that while many western countries are working to produce more university graduates, the truth is that “developed western economies … are not brimming with jobs that require degree-level qualifications. For every job as a skilled computer programmer, there are three jobs flipping burgers.” Spicer adds that no matter which country one looks at, the areas of highest employment growth are ones that do not require a large-scale bolstering of university education. In fact, Spicer argues, there has been a marked decline in demand for knowledge-intensive jobs since 2000, and it is these jobs that are under threat of being automated, not low-skilled ones."
A U.S. study has found about a third of all seafood is counterfeit. And it's not just seafood that's at risk. Food fraud happens with everything from olive oil to honey. The Agenda examines this rising practice, and what can be done about it.
Letters: Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis attacks the Labour party by launching a defence of Zionism which turns it from a political ideology (that can be supported or opposed) into a religion that is beyond question. We British Jews reject this categorically
"Scholars at conference on whether liberal arts need saving focus on evolving threats, including diminishing attention spans, mounting consumerism and a desire by administrators to quantify everything."
Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday, May 25, 2016
"The liberal arts need saving, but from what? The question of “saving” the liberal arts is well-known to many, writes Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed, but the question of what exactly it needs saving from is often more vague. Flaherty recounts some of the major insights that were shared at a recent conference on this subject at the University of Chicago. Among the perceived threats against the liberal arts were declining attention spans in a world of instant gratification, a growing dislike for media or content that is difficult to understand at first glance, and the growing institutional desire to reduce the effectiveness or outcomes of programs to simple metrics."
For too long, the U.S. academic job market has compelled us to see our careers in black and white.
Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tuesday, May 24, 2016
"“Leave the country”: one prof’s advice to new humanities PhDs “I am writing from Ecuador to offer this advice to new PhDs in the humanities,” writes Professor Scott Gibson: “pack your bags.” Gibson recounts the story of how his frustration with the process of applying to US-based colleges led him to look at other parts of the world for tenure-stream work. While a move might not be desirable for everyone, Gibson highlights the benefits of a clean and simple interview process, especially in contrast to the process of applying to countless jobs in your own country. Gibson discusses how a position outside of his home country yielded better compensation than in the US, had a minimal negative impact on his research agenda, and helped him to regain a sense of purpose in his work."
"Indigenous crews comprise largest percentage of firefighters working on the blaze"
"Bruce Cunningham worked an office job last winter, but his thoughts were never far from the dense northern Alberta forest: He missed the trees and wildlife, the feeling of being out on the land with his friends and family, of protecting the land from fire. “The wildland is our home. That’s where we were born, that’s where we were raised. We feel the need that we have to protect it because it is our land, after all,” Mr. Cunningham, a firefighter from the East Prairie Métis Settlement in northern Alberta, said. “It’s like nature to us being out there, right?” Mr. Cunningham is one of about 500 First Nation and Métis firefighters who worked on the Fort McMurray wildfire in recent weeks. Alberta Forestry information officer Lynn Daina said indigenous crews make up half of all resources on the wildfire right now, and comprise the largest percentage of firefighters working on the blaze. She said many people may not be aware of the huge role indigenous firefighters play in managing wildfires in the province, or the history of indigenous firefighting in Alberta. “Before Forestry was even an entity, they were putting out fires. They probably trained our first forest rangers on putting out fires, because they were the ones doing it,” Ms. Daina said. “They were the original stewards of the forest.”"
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