Free speech and violence on campus

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

“Sir, – Those who participated in violent protests at the University of California, Berkeley, this week, with the aim of preventing an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos, have done more to empower the Breitbart contributor and his fellow Trump-adoring acolytes than allowing him to speak ever would have …” (more)

[John Hogan, Irish Times, 4 February]

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US immigration ban impacts many students and academic travel from Ireland, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed grave concerns at the Executive order signed by new US President, Donald Trump, prohibiting citizens of seven countries from entering the USA. Mike Jennings said the ban has immediate implications for the entry of students and academic staff to the US, including people living in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 1 February]

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Trump Is Undermining Higher Education as a Global Enterprise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“There are many reasons to be outraged at President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily suspending refugee arrivals and barring individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the United States …” (more)

[Molly Land and Kathryn Libal, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 January]

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European universities call for immediate rethinking of Trump’s executive order

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“The European University Association (EUA) is deeply concerned by the executive order issued by US President Donald Trump and its immediate and unnecessary consequences on international researchers, university faculty and students …” (more)

[Trinity College, 31 January]

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Higher education leaders denounce Trump’s travel ban

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2017 by steve

“Many higher education leaders issued statements over the weekend in response to the Trump administration’s executive order to ban immigrants and nonimmigrant visitors from seven countries, which are majority Muslim, from entering the United States …” (more)

[Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, 30 January]


How Hard Is It for a University to Revoke a PhD?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2017 by steve

“Monica Crowley backed out of a job in the Donald J Trump administration this week following reports that she had plagiarized parts of her dissertation. But whether her Columbia University PhD could be in jeopardy is another matter …” (more)

[Tom Hesse, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 January]

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Helping universities combat depression with mobile technology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2017 by steve

“Depression is the leading mental health issue on college campuses in the US. In 2015, a survey of more than 90,000 students at 108 American colleges and universities found that during the previous year, more than one-third of them had felt so depressed at some point that it was difficult to function …” (more)

[Mi Zhang and others, The Conversation, 13 January]

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Yale Engages with the Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2016 by steve

USA“Over the last few years, elite universities have become increasingly concerned with their status in the global rankings. A decade ago university heads were inclined to ignore rankings or to regard them as insignificant, biased or limited …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 4 December]

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Hundreds of colleges mobilize to defend immigrant students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 24th, 2016 by steve

USA“Hundreds of college and university leaders have mobilized in recent days to defend students who immigrated to the United States as children, without legal permission, and now face a swirl of questions about their future under President-elect Donald Trump …” (more)

[Nick Anderson, Washington Post, 23 November]


US college campus in Dungarvan moves step closer

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The prospect of a prestigious American college creating a new campus in Ireland took a has taken a major step forward.At a press conference on Monday at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, the signing of an memorandum of understanding with Waterford County Council officials was announced. The memo authorises a feasibility study for a new campus in Dungarvan …” (more)

[Conor Kane, Irish Times, 14 November]

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What scientists should focus on – and fear – under Trump

Posted in Research on November 11th, 2016 by steve

USA“How should researchers prepare for the presidency of Donald Trump? Nature asked nine experts in science and the humanities to lay out their advice and concerns ahead of the next US administration …” (more)

[Nature, 11 November]

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Trump and the J-1 Visa: Is it going to be abolished?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

USA“In August 2015, Donald Trump declared that if he were to be elected as president, the J-1 Visa would be terminated. The billionaire businessman described the scheme as a jobs programme for ‘foreign youths’ and wanted it replaced with a scheme which created jobs for young people in US inner cities …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 9 November]

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Trump victory will be a jolt for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2016 by steve

USA“Donald Trump stunned the pundits and confounded the pollsters on Tuesday by being elected president of the United States. Many in higher education – including many college leaders who had long lists of objections to Hillary Clinton’s plan for free public higher education – were horrified by the prospect of a Trump presidency …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 8 November]

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Gender bias found in Earth-science society journals

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2016 by steve

USA“In one of the most detailed breakdowns yet of gender bias in scholarly publishing, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in Washington DC has found that its female members submit fewer papers, and are asked to be peer reviewers less frequently, than men. The effect holds across all age ranges, from scientists in their twenties to those in their seventies …” (more)

[Alexandra Witze, Nature, 29 September]

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Do College Rankings Really Matter?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

USA“Have you ever consulted rankings of top colleges and universities? If so, did the list guide decisions you made or advice you gave about a particular school? How do you think the rankings are calculated? In the Opinion column ‘Why College Rankings Are a Joke’ Frank Bruni writes …” (more)

[Shannon Doyne, New York Times, 19 September]

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Why College Rankings Are a Joke

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

USA“Shortly before the newest US News & World Report college rankings came out last week, I got a fresh glimpse of how ridiculous they can be — and of why panicked high school seniors and their status-conscious parents should not spend the next months obsessing over them …” (more)

[Frank Bruni, New York Times, 17 September]

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‘The balcony collapse that killed my daughter was not an isolated event’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The State of California has today adopted a new law aimed at preventing tragedies such as the balcony collapse in Berkeley which killed six Irish students and injured seven others in June last year …” (more)

[, 15 September]

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Universities failing to make best use of Twitter, researchers say

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2016 by steve

USA“Universities are failing to make best use of Twitter and may promote ‘inaccurate’ depictions of themselves via the social network, a major study says. An analysis of the Twitter accounts of 2,411 US higher education providers found that they were largely used to broadcast information or to highlight positive aspects of their institution …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 13 September]

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Tweeting Your Way to Tenure

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2016 by steve

USA“American Sociological Association report suggests standards by which departments may consider social media activity and other public communications in tenure and promotion decisions …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 8 September]

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California passes new laws following Berkeley tragedy

Posted in Legal issues on September 2nd, 2016 by steve

USA“The California Senate has passed a new law for the construction industry following the devastating Berkeley balcony collapse last year. The bill, which passed in the senate early yesterday with a unanimous vote of 37-0, aims to address the accountability gaps revealed by the Berkeley tragedy and will ‘bring more oversight to the construction contractors’ industry’ …” (more)

[Denise Calnan, Independent, 2 September]

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