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Could shrinking NSF’s beloved Indicators be a boon to researchers?

Could shrinking NSF’s beloved Indicators be a boon to researchers? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agency rethinks approach to its massive biennial statistical report.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pondering that seemingly paradoxical approach as part of rethinking Science and Engineering Indicators—the agency’s massive biennial statistical bible covering everything from spending on research and education to regional development, trade, and public attitudes toward science. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, May 4, 2016

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Non-tenure-track faculty at two USC schools approve plan to unionize

Non-tenure-track faculty at two USC schools approve plan to unionize | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Non-tenure-track faculty members at two USC academic units have voted to unionize.The results, announced late Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board, make USC the largest private university in California to have faculty represented by a union.Eligible faculty members in the Rosk (...) - Los Angeles Times, by Jason Song, Feb. 2, 2016

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Budget 2017: Mandatory spending dims prospects for Obama’s budget

Budget 2017: Mandatory spending dims prospects for Obama’s budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Republicans oppose president’s attempt to sidestep caps in budget agreement.


President Barack Obama and the Republican-led Congress reached an agreement last December on a 2-year spending plan that was supposed to lead to a temporary truce in the annual federal budget wars. But this week Obama broke that truce, at least in the eyes of most Republicans, with a 2017 budget request that aims to use revenue not covered by that agreement to boost the budgets of several research agencies. The fiscal legerdemain is likely to trigger even more of a partisan standoff with Congress and darken an already cloudy picture for U.S. researchers who rely on federal funding. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Feb. 11, 2016

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Caltech suspends professor for harassment

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena has suspended a faculty member for gender-based harassment. The university has not disclosed the name of the faculty member, but Science has learned that it is Christian Ott, a professor of theoretical astrophysics who studies gravitational waves and other signals from some of the most violent events in the cosmos. In what is believed to be a first such action by the university, the researcher has been stripped of his Caltech salary and barred from campus for 1 year, is undergoing personalized coaching to become a better mentor, and will need to prove that he has been rehabilitated before he can resume advising students without supervision. Caltech has not curtailed his research activities. The case surfaces as harassment has become a major flashpoint within the astronomy community and even within Congress. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 15 Jan 2016
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États-Unis : débat houleux autour de la discrimination positive à l’université

États-Unis : débat houleux autour de la discrimination positive à l’université | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La Cour Suprême américaine se penche pour la 2e fois sur le cas d’Abigail Fisher, une jeune femme américaine qui affirme avoir été refusée par l’université du Texas parce qu’elle était blanche. Le débat s’est élargi à la question du maintien de la discrimination positive dans l’enseignement supérieur.(...) - Le Figaro, Fanny Lauzier, 10/12/2015

 

 

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NSF peer review remains target for Congress

NSF peer review remains target for Congress | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

House science panel again defines what research is in the national interest.

 

Republican legislators today reiterated their distrust of the National Science Foundation (NSF), with the science committee for the U.S. House of Representatives approving legislation that would tighten its oversight of NSF’s merit-review process. The vote is the latest twist in a bitter fight between many House Republicans and the U.S. scientific establishment over the rules of engagement on federal funding for research. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 8 October 2015

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Peer review, coaching en ligne, bilan des Mooc : l’innovation made in USA

Peer review, coaching en ligne, bilan des Mooc : l’innovation made in USA | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

REVUE DE PRESSE - ÉTATS-UNIS. Academia veut construire son système d’évaluation par les pairs, LearnUp lève huit millions de dollars, et les résultats d’une étude sur les élèves ayant suivi un Mooc. (...) - EducPros, par Jessica Gourdon, 01/10/2015

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New education think tank wants research to drive U.S. policy

New education think tank wants research to drive U.S. policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Linda Darling-Hammond aims to spur new debate over school reform.

 

The United States conducts more education research than any other country. But that output hasn’t translated into a world-class education system. Now, a prominent academic has formed a California-based think tank with the goal of improving that sorry record by putting research results to better use. (...) - Science, by Jeff Mervis, 4 September 2015

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La formation continue, un nouvel horizon pour edX

La formation continue, un nouvel horizon pour edX | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
À l'occasion de sa Learning Expedition à New York et Boston, fin avril, EducPros est retourné rendre visite à edX. En l'espace d'un an, la plateforme open source de Mooc a multiplié par deux le nombre de ses universités partenaires. Et affiche plus de 4 millions d'utilisateurs. Pour financer son développement, edX mise désormais sur la certification et la formation continue. (...) - EducPros, par Cécile Peltier, 12/05/2015

 

 

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Les États-Unis ne sont plus un modèle

Les États-Unis sont l’un des pays qui consacrent le plus de moyens à l’éducation. Ainsi, en 2015, ils y investissent 2,7% de leur PIB contre 1,6% en moyenne pour les pays de l’OCDE. Pourtant, les Américains sont très loin d’être les individus les plus instruits et les plus brillants de la planète.(...) - vigile.net, par Ludovic Marin, 24 avril 2015

 

 

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Controversy awaits as House Republicans roll out long-awaited bill to revamp U.S. research policy

Controversy awaits as House Republicans roll out long-awaited bill to revamp U.S. research policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
New America COMPETES Act includes host of proposed changes

 

The science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step today in its 2-year effort to reshape federal research policy, introducing a long-awaited and controversial bill that covers the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), research at the Department of Energy (DOE), and federal science education policy. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis & David Malakoff, 15 April 2015

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The Capitalist Takeover of Higher Education

The great under-reported crime against education by corporate America is not the buying and selling of schools by for-profit corporations; that this is a significant threat to education is indubitable and well-documented. But the little-discussed threat to education is the deliberate “hollowing-out” of education from within—i.e. by the philosophy which views education, especially at and up through the community-college level, as preparing students to take jobs in the business world upon their graduation, rather than to learn the art of deepening their distinctly human character by engaging in learning and reflection through courses and content that cannot be bought or sold in the business world, such as philosophy, art, humanities, the history of human cultures, logic and critical thinking, ethical decision-making, etc. (...) - CounterPunch, by Robert Abele, March 25, 2015

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Cancer institute plans new award for staff scientists

Cancer institute plans new award for staff scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Move aimed at stabilizing biomedical research labs during tight budget times.

 

The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) plans to test an idea aimed at bringing stability to biomedical research labs: an award to support scientists who want to spend their careers doing research but don’t want to be the harried principal investigator (PI) who runs the lab and chases research grants. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 16 March 2015

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Universités américaines : le cauchemar de la dette étudiante

Universités américaines : le cauchemar de la dette étudiante | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Aux États-Unis, des millions d’étudiants sont contraints de s’endetter lourdement pour pouvoir financer leurs études supérieures. Seuls ou avec leur famille, ils empruntent des dizaines de milliers de dollars sur plusieurs années, mais ils ne parviennent pas toujours à rembourser leurs dettes à leur sortie de l’université et sont contraints de démarrer leur vie active […] - Nouvelles de France, par Eric Martin, 30/04/2016

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Women under-represented in world’s science academies

Women under-represented in world’s science academies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Fewer than half of academies have policies in place to boost gender equality in membership. (...) - Science, by Elisabeth Gibney, 29 Feb., 2016

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NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper

NSF breaks new ground in reprimanding authors of flawed Science paper | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Editor opts for retraction after rejecting correction ordered by agency.


Retractions of scientific papers are common. But the circumstances surrounding this week’s retraction of a 12-year-old Science paper, involving research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), appear to be highly unusual. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Feb. 4, 2016

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The politics of science funding: We need to think about science and knowledge production in a more practical light

The politics of science funding: We need to think about science and knowledge production in a more practical light | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Government funding of science has become an increasingly prominent issue in the United States. Examining the current debate and its consequences, Arne L. Kalleberg interviews Gordon Gauchat about his recent article, “The Political Context of Science in the United States: Public Acceptance of Evidence-Based Policy and Science Funding.” (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences", January 13, 2016
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[US] Federal agencies join forces to regulate for-profit colleges

[US] Federal agencies join forces to regulate for-profit colleges | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Every few weeks, it seems, a new investigation is launched into one of the larger for-profit colleges in the country.

Or there's a new sanction or inquiry into past behavior, such as the U.S. Department of Defense's suspension of the University of Phoenix's participation in the federal tuition assistance program last week. For many who work within the for-profit sector, or advocate for consumers who attend for-profit colleges, these investigations, inquiries and sanctions are connected to an interagency task force created to oversee the institutions. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Ashley A. Smith, October 12, 2015

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MIT and Imperial launch seed fund to support ‘risky’ research

MIT and Imperial launch seed fund to support ‘risky’ research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Money to be set aside for ‘blue skies’ fundamental research.

 

Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in supporting “risky” research that might otherwise not be funded.

The two institutions will initially contribute $300,000 (£200,000) to spark collaborations between their academics, and have said they will invest more if the fund succeeds.

The MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund will cover small-scale experiments that are “early-stage, risky and ‘blue skies’”, an announcement from Imperial said today. (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, October 5 2015

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[USA] What We Still Don’t Know About Higher Education

[USA] What We Still Don’t Know About Higher Education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Mieux connaître l'ESR aux USA

 

What We Still Don’t Know About Higher Education, Content from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, septembre 2015. Signalement par Samuel Bliman. (...) - Blog "Histoires d'Universités" , 28/09/2015

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Comment les États-Unis attirent les étudiants étrangers : ce que révèle un document Wikileaks

Comment les États-Unis attirent les étudiants étrangers : ce que révèle un document Wikileaks | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

LE SITE WIKILEAKS NE CONSTITUE PAS SEULEMENT UNE MINE POUR LES JOURNALISTES D’INVESTIGATION. Les chercheurs en sciences sociales, historiens et politistes en particulier, peuvent également y trouver de quoi nourrir leurs analyses. Un document inédit, publié par Wikileaks en 2010-2011 parmi les télégrammes confidentiels de la diplomatie des États-Unis, et que nous avons recoupé avec d’autres informations publiques en ligne, permet ainsi de jeter un éclairage passionnant sur les stratégies mises en œuvre par l’Oncle Sam pour dynamiser l’attractivité internationale des universités américaines. Il s’agit d’un mémo envoyé au Département d’État, en décembre 2008, par l’ambassadeur des États-Unis en poste à Oslo, Benson Whitney, qui évoque les actions menées par son ambassade en faveur des étudiants norvégiens.(...) - Chroniques de diplomatie universitaire, par Gillaume Tronchet, 30/06/2015

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Je me demande bien si la France fait de tels efforts pour attirer les étudiants étrangers dans ses universités....

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New York Connection. L'enseignement supérieur en ébullition

New York Connection. L'enseignement supérieur en ébullition | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Un nouveau campus en construction, des start-up en plein boom dans le domaine des EdTech, une pensée design qui se répand... L'enseignement supérieur est en plein renouveau dans la Big Apple. Retour sur ce bouillonnement créatif à la veille du départ de la Learning Expedition organisée par EducPros sur la côte Est des États-Unis. (...) - EducPros, par Sylvie Lecherbonnier, 24/04/2015

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[US] Survey shows participation in online courses growing

SAN ANTONIO -- Distance education at community colleges continues to increase even as overall enrollment at two-year institutions falls. (...) -  InsideHigherEd, by Ashley A. Smith, April 21, 2015

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Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test

Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

US science and engineering professors preferred female job candidates by two to one.

 

Universities in the United States employ many more male scientists than female ones. Men are paid more, and in fields such as mathematics, engineering and economics, they hold the majority of top-level jobs. (...) - Nature, by Boer Deng, 13 April 2015

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NSF unveils plan to make scientific papers free

NSF unveils plan to make scientific papers free | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As expected, agency will link abstracts to papers on journals’ websites.

 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today released a long-anticipated policy that will require its grantees to make their peer-reviewed research papers freely available within 12 months of publication in a journal. The agency is not creating its own public archive of full-text papers, but instead will send those searching for papers to publishers’ own websites. (...) -Science, by Jocely Kaiser, 18 March 2015

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