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UK: The profit motive is threatening higher education

An architecture is opening up that threatens the public funding, regulation and governance of higher education.

The profitability of higher education partnerships for companies like Pearson Education highlights how educational technology is developed as a way in, both to the extraction of value from universities, and to the recalibration of the purpose of universities to catalyse such extraction further. (...) - University World News,

Richard Hall, 18 November 2012, Issue No:248

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US: NIH proposal to create grant for aging scientists hits a nerve

US: NIH proposal to create grant for aging scientists hits a nerve | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scores of researchers give thumbs-down to award to help emeritus scientists wind down their labs.

 

A seemingly innocuous idea from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nudging aging scientists to retire is being blasted in the blogosphere. NIH’s proposal—an “emeritus” award that senior scientists would use to pass their work on to younger colleagues and wind down their labs—is unnecessary and could take funding away from younger and midcareer scientists, many commenters argued. A few, however, see it as a reasonable idea. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 6 February 2015

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Berkeley tries to track and address salary gaps among professors

Berkeley tries to track and address salary gaps among professors | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lots of colleges and universities acknowledge troublesome -- if relatively small -- gaps in pay among men and women professors, and among white and minority professors. But it’s a hard thing to study and address, given the many variables and competing theories involved. So a new, comprehensive study of tenure-line faculty salaries at the University of California at Berkeley -- along with an administrative pledge to close revealed gaps -- is getting a lot of attention. (...) - @insidehighered, by Colleen Flahert, Februar 6, 2015

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Boston prête à fermer des écoles pour économiser

Boston, la capitale du Massachusetts, connue pour ses universités comme Harvard ou le MIT, envisage d'adopter la voie la plus dure pour faire (...) - Les Echos, par Jacques hubert-Rodier, 06/02/2015
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Report says British universities have been too quick to limit free speech

Report says British universities have been too quick to limit free speech | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Robin Thicke, Nietzsche and Page 3 do not, at first glance, appear to have a great deal to do with terrorism.

But there is a thread that links all three, suggests a new ranking -- freedom of speech. Thicke’s song "Blurred Lines" (accused by some campaigners of glorifying rape), a society dedicated to the German philosopher and The Sunhave all been banned from British universities. (...) - @insidehighered, by Chris Havergal for Times Higher Education, February 5, 2015

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[UK] Higher education plans face a tougher Senate as crossbenchers harden resolve

[UK] Higher education plans face a tougher Senate as crossbenchers harden resolve | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Independent senators John Madigan and Ricky Muir come out more strongly against deregulation after attending regional universities forum (..) - The guardian, by Gabrielle Chan, 3 February 2015

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[USA] Budget proposal includes increase in research funding

[USA] Budget proposal includes increase in research funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Replenishing Research

 

WASHINGTON -- Science and research advocates welcomed President Obama's 2016 budget proposal Monday, which would give the National Science Foundation a "vigorous, healthy budget," according to its director.

Overall, the president’s budget would increase federal spending on research and development by 5.5 percent across a series of agencies.

(...) - @insidehighered, by Kaithlin Mulhere, February 3, 2015

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[UK] Labour must clarify its position on tuition fees

[UK] Labour must clarify its position on tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ed Miliband can win the support of students by the getting the policy right – but there is clearly an impasse on the issue within the party (...) - The Guardian, by Patrick Wintour, 2 February 2015

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Saudi university backs slow road to modernization

Saudi university backs slow road to modernization | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Researchers at top science institute say education will have more

effect than vocal opposition.

Following the high-profile flogging of Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi last month, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) — a multicultural, world-class university in what seems an unlikely setting — is in the spotlight. (...) Nature, by Declan Butler, 03 February, 2015

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Bologna Process is ‘making an impact worldwide’ – CIQG

The Bologna Process has made a difference not only within its 47 member countries but also far beyond Europe’s borders, international higher education consultants said on 29 January at a conference on quality assurance in higher education in Washington. (...) - University World News, by Mary Beth Marklein, 30 January 2015 Issue No:352

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[Canada] Une trentaine de cours annulés à l'UQTR

[Canada] Une trentaine de cours annulés à l'UQTR | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les compressions budgétaires imposées par Québec aux universités ont forcé l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) à annuler une trentaine de cours à sa présente session d'hiver. Alors que de nouvelles coupes menacent toutes les universités de la province, la direction de l'UQTR avoue être inquiète et espère ne pas être obligée de fermer des programmes d'études. (...) - Le Nouvelliste, par Gabriel Delisle, 29/01/2015

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Inadequate childcare policies affect scientists' careers

Juggling between parenthood and professional ambitions.

 

Being able to perform scientific research while raising children is a balancing act that requires highly flexible work arrangements, and could do, in many countries, with additional policy support. (EuroScientist Webzine)
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[Canada] Des cours abolis par dizaines dans les universités

[Canada] Des cours abolis par dizaines dans les universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les universités sortiront grandement affectées par les compressions, selon une nouvelle compilation d’« effets concrets » réalisée par des syndicats en enseignement. Partout, des abolitions de cours, par centaines dans certains établissements, sont prévues ou sont déjà en train de se faire, d’après des documents obtenus par Le Devoir. (...) - Le Devoir, par Lisa-Marie Gervais, 28/01/2015

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Businesses up their investment in UK university research projects

Businesses up their investment in UK university research projects | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The CBI urges universities and companies to look at new models for partnerships, pointing to increased business interest in research collaborations (...) - The Guardian, by Rebecca Ratcliffe, 27 January 2015

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Opening up recruitment for researchers in Europe

Anybody trying to make a career in research will be only too aware of the long-term obstacles that lie ahead of them. Continual assessment and subjection to scrutiny have become prerequisites for sustaining any research career, be it through mandatory research assessment exercises or necessary applications for new grants and sources of funding.  (...) - University World News, by Diana Jane Beech, 06 February 2015 Issue No:353

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[Suisse] Franc fort: les universités craignent des pertes financières

La baisse de l'euro par rapport au franc suisse inquiète les milieux académiques. L'Université de Neuchâtel engagée dans des projets européens de recherche budgétisés sur la base de l'ancien taux plancher pourrait subir une perte de 450'000 francs. L'Université de Genève et l'EPFL craignent aussi des pertes financières.

Les projets sur le point d'être soumis aux instances de sélection devront être redimensionnés, a annoncé vendredi l'Université de Neuchâtel (UniNE). Quant aux projets à venir, ils devront tenir compte de cette nouvelle donnée financière. (...) - Romandie, 06/02/2015

 

 

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Manifestation nationale des étudiants le 2 avril à Montréal

Manifestation nationale des étudiants le 2 avril à Montréal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) annonce la tenue d'une manifestation nationale le 2 avril prochain, à 14h00 au Square Victoria, au centre-ville de Montréal.

Camille Godbout, porte-parole de l'ASSÉ, explique par voie de communiqué qu'il s'agit d'une réplique à l'arrogance du gouvernement du Québec et à son obsession à atteindre à tout prix le déficit zéro. (...) - La Presse Canadienne, 05/02/2015

 

 

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Université Laval: des programmes peu fréquentés en danger

Université Laval: des programmes peu fréquentés en danger | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les programmes d'études peu fréquentés de l'Université Laval sont en danger. Surtout dans les sciences sociales, les lettres. En cette ère de compressions budgétaires, des sacrifices sur l'autel de la rentabilité économique sont annoncés. (...) - La Presse, par Baptiste Ricard-Châtelain, 04/02/2015

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Budget de recherche: Laval vise plus de 1,5 milliard $ sur cinq ans

L'Université Laval compte recevoir et dépenser plus de 1,5 milliard $ au cours des cinq années à venir, seulement pour ses activités de recherche. Un bond de 20 % par rapport au quinquennat précédent... Cette envolée pourrait cependant être freinée brusquement. (...) - Le Soleil, par Baptiste Ricard-Châtelain, 04/02/2015

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[UK] The Guardian view on tuition fees: Labour may pay the price

[UK] The Guardian view on tuition fees: Labour may pay the price | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Editorial: Labour wants to do the right thing on university finance, but its failure to develop and promote its policy over the past three years is a serious error (...) - The Guardian, 2 February 2015

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Savoir et austérité

Savoir et austérité | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Moins de sous, donc moins de profs, moins de livres, moins de diplômés. Et moins de recherche et de qualité de l’enseignement universitaire, très certainement. L’équation liant un financement adéquat et le succès de l’entreprise universitaire semble facile à faire, nul besoin d’un doctorat en mathématiques, semblent croire les recteurs et la communauté de l’enseignement supérieur. (...) - Le Devoir, par Lisa-Marie Gervais, 31/01/2015

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[UK] Universities alarmed by Labour plan to cut tuition fees

Leading UK universities have warned Labour about the financial risks of cutting tuition fees a third to £6,000 (US$9,044) a year. The party is deciding whether to go ahead with a costly pre-election pledge intended to woo the middle class, write Helen Warrell and Elizabeth Rigby for the Financial Times. (...) - University World News, in Financial Times30 January 2015 Issue No:352

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[Québec] Le recteur de l'UdeM plaide pour un rapprochement avec le privé

[Québec] Le recteur de l'UdeM plaide pour un rapprochement avec le privé | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En manque criant de subventions, le recteur de l'Université de Montréal, Guy Breton, plaide pour un rapprochement beaucoup plus grand avec les employeurs des secteurs privé et public (...) - La Presse, par Louise Leduc, 30/01/2015

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[US] Survey finds US public still supports science

[US] Survey finds US public still supports science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers question meaning of an apparent opinion gap between scientists and the public.

The US public trusts scientists and supports science. But scientists and non-scientists are concerned about the state of children’s science education, and researchers are dismayed about the state of US science, according to a poll released on 29 January. (...) - Nature, par Erika Check Hayden, 29 January 2015

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Public engagement: hidden costs for research careers?

Public engagement: hidden costs for research careers? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Some early career scholars feel there is not enough support for academics who reach out, say Richard Watermeyer and Jamie Lewis. (...) - Times Higher Education, by Richard Watermeyer, 22 January 2015

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Working paper suggests online education can lower tuition costs

Working paper suggests online education can lower tuition costs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bending the Cost Curve

Online education can “bend the cost curve” of an undergraduate degree, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, but whether the lower tuition is caused by a boost in productivity -- as opposed to more competition -- is still undetermined. (...) - @insidehighered, by Carl Straumsheim, January 27, 2015

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