How a College Degree ‘Supercharges’ a Divide Among White Voters

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

“In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, pundits and academics marveled at how the college degree had become a key political dividing line: Would Donald Trump become the first Republican presidential nominee in 60 years to lose among white college graduates? It appears that he did …” (more)

[Steven Johnson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 November]


‘Graduate students’ experiences of plagiarism by their professors’

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: This study expands the inquiry about an egregious form of academic misconduct. Participants consist of graduate students who reported a violation of academic integrity because a professor plagiarised their academic work. Based on data collected through interviews and documents, interpretative phenomenological analysis is used to examine participants’ experiences. A key research finding of relevance to Higher Education policy is: individuals in positions of authority failed to resolve the reports. This study calls for more education about authorship. Equally important, universities need clear reporting procedures and protections for students when they report academic violations.

Kimberly D Becker, Graduate students’ experiences of plagiarism by their professors, Higher Education Quarterly. First published: 29 October 2018.

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Do Universities Value Public Engagement? Not Much, Their Policies Suggest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

“Scholarly work that serves the public is the kind of thing that, theoretically, universities want faculty members to pursue. But a new study of the language used by more than 100 colleges in their tenure-and-promotion criteria shows little evidence that such scholarship is valued in a way that advances faculty careers …” (more)

[Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 October]

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Publishers Escalate Legal Battle Against ResearchGate

Posted in Legal issues on October 4th, 2018 by steve

“ResearchGate, a popular for-profit academic social network that makes it easy to find and download research papers, is facing increasing pressure from publishers to change the way it operates. On Tuesday, the American Chemical Society and Elsevier, two large academic publishers, launched a second legal battle against the Berlin-based social networking site – this time not in Europe, but in the US …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 4 October]

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‘Sokal Squared’: Is Huge Publishing Hoax ‘Hilarious and Delightful’ or an Ugly Example of Dishonesty and Bad Faith?

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2018 by steve

“Reactions to an elaborate academic-journal hoax, dubbed ‘Sokal Squared’ by one observer, came fast and furious on Wednesday. Some scholars applauded the hoax for unmasking what they called academe’s leftist, victim-obsessed ideological slant and low publishing standards. Others said it had proved nothing beyond the bad faith and dishonesty of its authors …” (more)

[Alexander Kafka, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 October]


We Need More Men in the Humanities

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Around the turn of the millennium, American society realized a looming crisis: the lack of female representation in STEM fields. But today we are witnessing a crisis of male leadership in a variety of workplaces. From the president to CEOs of major companies to actors and power players in Hollywood, the past several months have exposed the toxic work environments they preside over or worsen in scandal after scandal …” (more)

[Christine Henseler, Inside Higher Ed, 2 October]

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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]


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]


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]


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]


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)

[, 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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