The Coddling of the American Mind: ‘trigger warnings’ for a generation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

“While the authors seem bent on sparking a movement, their thesis will struggle to win over their tremulous subjects. The Coddling of the American Mind: ‘trigger warnings’ for a generation. Affronting popular sensibilities at taxpayers’ expense, Leftist excesses on campus reliably inflame middle America. There’s a running thread – ‘campus craziness’ – devoted to them on conservative TV channel Fox News and they were the subject of a cantankerous bestseller credited with fomenting the US culture wars …” (more)

[Stephen Phillips, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Is NYTimes Correct That College Students Don’t Read Books?

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2018 by steve

“Is the NYTimes right that today’s college students don’t read books? This certainly doesn’t track with what I see each day on my campus. My office happens to be located in our main library, which on my campus is also center of all student life …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 3 September]

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American university’s plan for Waterford in doubt as little progress made

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Doubts have been cast over a proposal by an American university to site a European campus on an Office of Public Works site in west Waterford, with any likely development now expected to be downscaled. Two years ago, Mercyhurst University, in Erie, Pennsylvania, signed a memorandum of understanding with Waterford Council officials, authorising them to conduct a feasibility study for the venture …” (more)

[Christy Parker, Irish Examiner, 27 August]

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Queen’s University plans £600k PR drive in America

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University is set to spend £600,000 to raise its profile in the United States. The Belfast seat of learning is seeking to engage a US-based public relations agency ‘with a track record of working with universities’ as it bids to gain a foothold across the Atlantic. The university said it hoped the move will enhance the range of research and collaborations for both students and staff …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 22 August]

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Confucius Institute closed at US university amid concerns about Chinese influence on campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2018 by steve

“The University of North Florida will close a campus branch of a Chinese-run cultural institute, the latest US college to do so amid criticism from US legislators that China uses the institute to influence American higher education …” (more)

[South China Morning Post, 15 August]

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By the numbers: Professors are concerned with higher education under Trump

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2018 by steve

“Many professors in higher education are concerned about the future of education moving forward under the Trump administration with insufficient funding for education being the main issue, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 professors …” (more)

[Michael Sykes, Axios, 12 August]

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Republicans and Democrats Both Think Higher Ed’s on the Wrong Track – for Very Different Reasons

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

“Most Americans aren’t fond of where higher education in the United States is headed, a new Pew Research Center survey has found. To learn why, the results say, find out a person’s political party. The findings, announced on Thursday, said about 61% of Americans think higher education is moving in the wrong direction …” (more)

[Emma Pettit, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 July]

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Families of Berkeley balcony collapse victims gather to mark third anniversary

Posted in Life on July 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Family members of those who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse will gather to remember their loved ones later at a ceremony in California. A memorial plaque is to be unveiled near where the six Dublin students passed away over three years ago … (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 21 July]

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Stop Trying to Sell the Humanities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“The humanities are taking it on the chin. If there were any doubts about this proposition, they have been dispelled by the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point’s proposal to eliminate 13 majors, including history, art, English, philosophy, sociology, political science, French, German, and Spanish …” (more)

[Stanley Fish, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 June]

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Want to Kill Tenure? Be Careful What You Wish For

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 19th, 2018 by steve

“The trustee hadn’t said a word for an hour as the board of the small Midwestern liberal-arts college debated ways to turn around its flagging fortunes. But during a lull in the conversation, he finally spoke up. As David Strauss recalls, ‘He looked at everybody as if we’d all been fools, and said, “Well, the solution is easy. Get rid of tenure”‘. Strauss, a principal of the Art and Science Group, a consulting firm that works with colleges, had heard the argument before …” (more)

[Lee Gardner, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 June]

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‘Big Deal’ Cancellations Gain Momentum

Posted in Research on May 8th, 2018 by steve

“Florida State University recently announced plans to cancel its ‘big deal’ with Elsevier, but it is far from the first university to do so. In recent years, there has been an uptick in the number of reports of libraries dropping their bundled journal deals with big publishers, which can cost upward of $1 million annually …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 4 May]

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US gov denies that Irish J-1 year long visa will be nixed

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2018 by steve

“US State Department denies rumors the year-long J-1 visa for Irish university students is being discontinued. The State Department has strongly denied rumors that the year-long J-1 visa which allows Irish university students and recent graduates to spend a year working in the US is being discontinued …” (more)

[Debbie McGoldrick, IrishCentral, 19 April]

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Experience of Mitchell scholars ‘continues long after leaving Ireland’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on February 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The US-Ireland Alliance was set up by former political aide Trina Vargo in 1998 amid concerns about the relationship between the countries, with the Mitchell Scholarship aiming to connect future US leaders to Ireland. More than 200 students have studied at postgraduate level in Ireland under the programme named after former US senator George Mitchell, who chaired the talks leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Trinity College Dublin to offer degrees in conjunction with US university

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is to offer degrees for the first time in conjunction with Columbia University in New York in the arts and humanities. It is the first international partnership of its kind for Trinity, where students will spend two-year periods in both universities and receive degrees from both institutions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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US universities hand out degrees with guarantees

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2018 by steve

“Students at the 27 public colleges of applied technology in the US state of Tennessee earn qualifications in such complex fields as computer-aided design, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and aviation maintenance. From this autumn, they and their employers will get something else, too: a warranty. If graduates fail state or national licensing exams in their professions, within one year, they will be retrained at no charge …” (more)

[Jon Marcus, Times Higher Education, 21 January]

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What Government Shutdown Means for Higher Ed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2018 by steve

“Congress failed to reach a last-minute agreement Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. That won’t mean immediate consequences for federal student aid recipients or institutional funding. But institutions and students depending on Education Department programs could see an impact if the shutdown drags on …” (more)

[Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed, 19 January]

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J-1 agencies’ hidden fees and strict rules lead to student frustration

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Travelling to the US on a working holiday has been a rite of passage for Irish third-level students for generations but an absence of both choice and transparency when arranging the necessary visas has led many to ask if the price they pay is just too high. Every summer up to 7,000 Irish students head off across the Atlantic …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 4 December]

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US corporations settle lawsuits over Berkeley balcony collapse

Posted in Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Relatives of the six students who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse and the seven survivors have settled legal actions against the corporate owner and property manager of the Californian building. Lawyers for the families declined to say how much was paid in the settlements, saying this was confidential, but the figure is said to total a substantial multimillion-dollar sum …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 20 November]

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A new type of hacking puts professors’ accounts at risk

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“A former wrestler at the University of Iowa was arrested last week for his role in a high-tech cheating scheme. The student, Trevor Graves, secretly installed devices called keyloggers onto campus computers and used them to record his professors’ keystrokes. Armed with his instructors’ institutional log-in details, Graves reportedly boosted his grades over 90 times in a 21-month period, in addition to intercepting exam and test questions …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 1 November]

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What Should the University Be in a Time of Devastation?

Posted in Life on October 28th, 2017 by steve

“Last week marked one month since the beginning of the catastrophe caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. A catastrophe through which we are still living. As of this writing, only 20% of Puerto Rico has power. Our university campus, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, is one of the lucky places that has electricity. We also have water …” (more)

[Catherine M Mazak, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 October]

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