Call to focus on ‘student outcomes’, not lecturer qualifications, in US university accreditation

Posted in Teaching on June 10th, 2012 by steve

“Accreditation of US universities should depend less on ‘input’ measures, such as the number of lecturers with PhDs, and more on measures of outputs such as student loan default rates …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 10 June]

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Teaching (about) Physics

Posted in Teaching on June 10th, 2012 by steve

“So the academic year nears its end. This week we have the dreaded meetings of the Examination Boards, complete with External Examiners, ordeal by viva voce for selected students, and finally the lists go up announcing success (or otherwise) for this year’s finalists …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 June]

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Universities can’t handle the truth

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 10th, 2012 by steve

“… A new review of the education sector by the Comptroller and Auditor General reveals a shocking level of denial among third-level bosses who have repeatedly ignored the salary caps, recruitment embargos and promotion restrictions introduced in the wake of the economic crash …” (more)

[Independent, 9 June]

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