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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The University of Chicago is made of safe spaces

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2016 by steve

USA“This letter to incoming students from the University of Chicago’s dean of students is getting a lot of discussion (eg) ‘Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called “trigger warnings”, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial …'” (more)

[Crooked Timber, 27 August]


U of Chicago warns incoming students not to expect safe spaces or trigger warnings

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

USA“Looking for safe spaces on campus or trigger warnings on a syllabus? Incoming students at the University of Chicago have been warned they won’t find either in Hyde Park. They all received a letter recently from John Ellison, dean of students …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 25 August]


Poll: Should Irish colleges ban spirits at student parties?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Beer and wine are the only alcoholic drinks allowed at on-campus parties at California’s Stanford University after it prohibited high volume alcohol spirits. The ban applies to all students living in undergraduate housing and for all on-campus parties …” (more)

[The, 24 August]

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The dangers of the uberization of higher education

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2016 by steve

USA“In higher education, we are increasingly facing the distinct possibility of a faceless future, teacherless courses, online everything, argues David Theo Goldberg …” (more)

[Inside Higher Education, 12 August]


Bravery of Aoife Beary is hailed as new Berkeley law passes vote

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2016 by steve

USA“California is one step closer to new laws aimed at preventing a repeat of the Berkeley balcony collapse tragedy – and it is thanks in large part to the heart-wrenching testimony of Irish survivor Aoife Beary …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 12 August]

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Group seeks to block U of Texas from letting professors keep guns out of offices

Posted in Legal issues on August 5th, 2016 by steve

USA“Texas’ campus carry law took effect this week, despite ongoing protests by faculty members at public universities across the state who say it puts them and students at risk. One small bright spot for opponents of the law was a policy adopted first at the University of Texas at Austin and then several other campuses saying that faculty members with individual offices could ban concealed weapons from that space …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 5 August]

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For an American Student, Surprise at Strength of Trinity’s Influence

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity acts as a very big fish in a small pond, and its location helps it wield a greater influence over Irish life than any university does on the US …” (more)

[Nora Donnelly, University Times, 2 August]

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Ex, Tex

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New laws allowing students to carry concealed guns on campuses have been passed in the US state of Texas. It allows people over 21 to carry pistols in classrooms and buildings in public colleges …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 2 August]

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US ambassador recalls ‘unimaginable’ Berkeley tragedy

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

Ireland“The US ambassador to Ireland has paid tribute to the six young people who lost their lives in the ‘unimaginable tragedy’ of the Berkeley balcony collapse. Speaking on the first anniversary of their deaths, Kevin F O’Malley said the people of the United States ‘extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, friends, and loved ones of the students who lost their lives or were injured’ …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 15 June]

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Berkeley balcony collapse firms request students’ photos

Posted in Legal issues on June 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A number of US companies defending claims for damages from the families of the Berkeley balcony collapse victims and the seven survivors have sought any photographs that might have been taken by the students before the accident as evidence to build a defence in the legal actions …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 15 June]

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Companies seek to blame the victims in Berkeley tragedy

Posted in Legal issues on June 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Several companies being sued over the Berkeley balcony collapse have sought to shift blame for the tragedy onto the victims. At least four firms implicated in the case have claimed that the young Irish students involved may bear some responsibility themselves …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 13 June]

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