Month: September 2015

U.S. Higher Education News for September 26, 2015


Beer, Julie Crothers. “Educators Worry Dual-Credit Degree Requirement Asks Too Much of Teachers.” Goshen News [IN] 26 Sep. 2015.

. . . Dual credit courses offer students the opportunity to earn college credit for coursework through a postsecondary institution that they complete while enrolled in high school.

Locally, secondary schools partner with Indiana University, Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College, among others, to offer the courses.

According to federal education data, dual credit enrollment has increased 75 percent over the past eight years, with more than two million students enrolled in classes across the country.

But impending changes to the academic requirements for educators could dramatically affect high schools’ ability to offer dual credit courses.

The Higher Learning Commission, a federal organization that accredits higher education institutions in 19 states including Indiana, adopted a new policy in June that requires educators who teach dual credit courses to hold a…

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U.S. Higher Education News for September 25, 2015, Part 1


Anderson, A. Scott. “Let’s Move Utah into Education’s Top 10 States.” Deseret Morning News [Salt Lake City, UT] 25 Sep. 2015.

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) is one of the world’s largest integrated international container transportation, logistics and terminal companies. The firm has moved its U.S. headquarters from California to Utah. It is quite remarkable that one of the world’s largest shippers would have its U.S. headquarters in Utah rather than a major U.S. port city. But what is even more interesting is the reason the company came to Utah.

During the recent Utah Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, Erxin Yao, OOCL’s director of corporate planning and administration, told the Utah trade delegation during a tour of the firm’s Hong Kong facilities that he is a real fan of Utah. “I like Utah because of the people,” he said. “They are friendly, industrious, honest and well-educated.”


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U.S. Higher Education News for September 25, 2015, Part 2


And here are some other items of possible interest from newspapers published outside of the U.S.:

Child, Katharine. “Free Varsity ‘a Waste.’” Times [South Africa] 25 Sep. 2015.

LEADING economists believe that increasing enrolment in preschools in sub-Saharan Africa is a better use of resources than giving free education at high school and university.

The Danish think tank The Copenhagen Consensus made its findings public as world leaders descend on New York to decide on UN targets for the reduction of poverty, hunger, violence and inequality by 2030.

The Danish economists were trying to find the most effective use of the investments necessary to meet the UN targets.

Their analysis suggests that increasing preschool enrolment in sub-Saharan Africa from the present 18% to 59% would return $33 for every dollar spent.

World leaders meet today at the UN to ratify global development goals expected to cost $2.5-trillion between next year…

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Last year, Michigan State University hosted a conference on “Neoliberalism in Public Higher Education.” I was supposed to present a paper at the conference, but because I became ill will some sort of virus, John McNay was kind enough to present the paper for me.

The conference has created a sense of shared purpose among those involved, and the most tangible manifestation of that commitment is a new website called FutureU that is worth following [].

What follows is a list of posts listed on the first page of the blog that is the centerpiece of the site:

FutureU 01

Neoliberalism comes to higher education

by Frank Fear Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University Dearest Dorothy, Who Would Have Ever Thought?!* (*From Charlene Baumbich’s book of …

by msuspartan/ September 6, 2015/ ArticlesPublic Higher Ed

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Neoliberalism & public higher education

By Rubén Martinez, Janice Beecher & Stephen…

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U.S. Higher Education News for September 24, 2015, Part 1


Let’s start with an article from the London Times on the impact of the economic slowdown in China on graduate enrollments in U.S. universities.

“China Crisis a ‘Serious’ Risk for US Grad Schools.” Times Educational Supplement 24 Sep. 2015.

The decline in Chinese students attending US graduate schools is expected to cause major problems for the country’s postgraduate sector given its huge reliance on this cohort, an international conference has heard.

Debra Stewart, emeritus president of the Council of Graduate Schools, said that the slowdown–caused by stuttering economic growth and growing postgraduate provision in China–was likely to have a “very serious impact.”

At the European Association for International Education’s annual conference, which took place in Glasgow from 15 to 18 September, Dr Stewart said that graduate schools had been hit by three consecutive falls in Chinese enrolments “after a decade of double-digit growth.”

Recruitment from China fell by 3 per…

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U.S. Higher Education News for September 24, 2015, Part 2


And here are some other items of possible interest from newspapers published outside of the U.S.:

“City Centres Are the Science Parks of the 21st Century.” Yorkshire Post 24 Sep. 2015.

Britain’s city centres should be seen as the science parks of the 21st century, Leeds City Council’s chief officer for economy and regeneration told a cross-section of the business community.

Speaking at an Innovation Network event co-hosted by Leeds Beckett University and the Yorkshire Post, Tom Bridges addressed what he called some of the “myths” of public policy planning, and said that one of them was that it was a good idea to build science parks.

“We already have one and we’re sat in the middle of it, right here in Leeds city centre,” he said.

“There’s real evidence that knowledge-intensive jobs and functions are moving into city centres. Over half the jobs in Leeds city centre are…

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University of Akron Name Change Considered in an International Context


In previous posts, I have focused on controversial decisions by President Scarborough during his first year at the University of Akron. Several posts have reported on his decisions to eliminate, then to redefine, and finally to restore the University of Akron Press—and, on the faculty and student activism that influenced those changed decisions.

But, beyond that issue, the elimination of 213 staff positions, the closure of the university’s E.J. Thomas Hall for the performing arts, the elimination of the intercollegiate baseball team, and the proposal to change the university’s name have all created an uproar not just on the campus itself but across the broader Akron community.

On the last of those issues, President Scarborough has proposed “re-branding” the university as Ohio Polytechnic University. Although he believes that the name change will herald an institutional shift toward more “entrepreneurial research,” critics of the name change have pointed out that, at…

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Wingnuts on Campus, Wright State Edition


The following item appeared in the September 24 edition of the Dayton Daily News.

“FAIRBORN – Wright State University officials did not charge a Cincinnati man who drew a crowd on the campus last week by tearing pages from a book that he said was the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

“In a YouTube video of the Sept. 15 incident, the man pulled the book from his backpack and ripped pages from it, upsetting spectators around the campus quadrangle, where public speakers often hold forth. . . .

“The man was later escorted to his car by campus police, Wright State Police Chief David Finnie said. There were no arrests, charges or injuries, he said. . . .

“’Our role here was simple,’ he added. ‘First of all, we support people expressing their First Amendment rights. There’s no better place than an academic setting.’ . . .

“The man in…

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Darkly Ironic New Employment Possibilities for Debt-Ridden Students


The following item appeared in the September 24 edition of the Irish Independent:

“50 New Jobs at Student Lender”

Specialist student lender Future Finance is to more than double its workforce to almost 100 people over the next two years as it looks to launch on offering into the Irish market.

The Dublin-based firm is to take on an extra 50 workers, in addition to the 48 staff it currently employs.

The company offers loans specifically designed for both undergraduates and postgraduates to help them fund their higher education. The new jobs being created are in sales, marketing, customer support and product development.

The announcement comes after the company launched its lending offering in the UK 16 months ago.

Established in Dublin in May 2014 Future Finance has to date received over 25,000 applications from students at every university in the UK and has lent a total of over…

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U.S. Higher Education News for September 23, 2015, Part 1


Berry, Bill. “GOP Doesn’t Get That Higher Ed Is a Sound investment.” Capital Times [Madison, WI] 23 Sep. 2015: 42.

UW-Fox Valley was a beehive of activity when business took this columnist to the campus in Menasha last spring. One of 13 freshman-sophomore campuses in the UW System, UW-Fox Valley plays a crucial role in the lives of almost 2,000 young people from Fox Valley. On that day, everyone seemed busy, hustling from one class to another, hurrying through lunch or gathering in groups to study.

This all occurred at a time when politicians in Madison were figuring out new ways to screw higher education. The politicians and their agendas seemed far removed from the Menasha campus, where the young folks were busy learning. Two-year campuses fit the needs of many students who might not otherwise get a chance at higher education. They are less expensive and meet the needs…

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