Trump has just made it harder to attract academic talent

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“On 20 June the Trump administration issued a proclamation limiting entry to the United States under H-1B visas and several categories of the J-1 exchange visitor programme. Both are fundamental for the operation of United States colleges and universities …” (more)

[Gerardo Blanco, University World News, 4 July]

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Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Posted in Research on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“Five years ago, when Jeffrey MacKie-Mason first joined the University of California team that negotiates with academic publishers, he asked a colleague what would happen if he failed to strike a deal. What if, instead, he simply canceled their subscription? ‘I was told I would be fired the next day’, the UC Berkeley librarian says …” (more)

[Gregory Barber, Wired, 16 June]

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International enrolment drop to cost universities US$4.5bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2020 by steve

“United States colleges and universities are bracing for declines in international student enrolments in the coming autumn (fall) semester, a prospect that could lead to a loss of revenues as high as US$4.5 billion and further slow the momentum of overseas recruitment, a pair of reports examining the impact of COVID-19 on US higher education suggest …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 30 May]

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Purdue and Notre Dame Are Going to Open for In-Person Instruction

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

“In recent individual op-eds, Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue, and Father John I Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, both declared they’re going to open their campuses for in-person instruction in the fall. Daniels believes opening is the ‘best option from both a scientific and stewardship standpoint, at least for our particular institution’ …” (more)

[John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, 26 May]

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Predicted grades may leave Leaving Cert students set for US scholarships ‘nervous’, says consultant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students who are set to study in American universities on scholarships may be ‘nervous’ over predicted grades, says a sports consultant. Mark Finnegan, founder of All Sports Recruitment, says there are many positives for predicted grades for students looking to study stateside …” (more)

[Emma Costello,, 25 May]

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How to Cope With Covid-19 Burnout

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“This week: I share the story of a faculty member who lived through burnout, and what it taught her about how to cope; I tell you how some colleges are planning for fall teaching; I point you to remote-teaching related stories you may have missed …” (more)

[Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 May]

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Why One Former Campus Leader Thinks College Rankings Should Stop During the Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The coronavirus has underscored inequities in American society, including among college students. When campuses first began emptying in early March, low-income and first-generation students were more likely to have lost critical sources of food and shelter. When courses moved online, a strong Wi-Fi connection and quiet place to focus were harder to come by …” (more)

[Francie Diep, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 May]

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Women academics seem to be submitting fewer papers during coronavirus. ‘Never seen anything like it,’ says one editor.

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“This was supposed to be a big year for Einat Lev. She planned to do field work in Hawaii and Alaska, submit a major research proposal, then finish writing the last of five papers necessary for her tenure application. In September, she would finally go before the review committee, the final step to becoming a full-fledged associate professor of seismology at Columbia University …” (more)

[Caroline Kitchener, The Lily, 24 April]

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College Campuses Must Reopen in the Fall. Here’s How We Do It.

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“Across the country, college campuses have become ghost towns. Students and professors are hunkered down inside, teaching and learning online. University administrators are tabulating the financial costs of the Covid-19 pandemic, which already exceed the CARES Act’s support for higher education …” (more)

[Christina Paxson, New York Times, 26 April]

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Without stronger academic governance, Covid-19 will concentrate the corporate control of academic publishing

Posted in Research on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a short term uptick in open research practices, both in response to the virus and the need for remote access to research and teaching materials. Samuel Moore argues that the long term impact of Covid-19 and its related economic impact will likely increase the corporate control of academic publishing …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 17 April]

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Will the Pandemic Usher in an Era of Mass Surveillance in Higher Education?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“After college students joined the swarm of 200 million daily Zoom users this semester, experts bashed the company over privacy breaches and concerns about data sharing with third parties. That prompted Zoom executives to start a three-month re-evaluation of the videoconferencing platform’s encryption and licensing …” (more)

[Alexander C Kafka, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 April]

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How universities can open next fall

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2020 by steve

“Having followed carefully the work of experts and science writers the last few weeks, this is my assessment of how a fall term will be possible in the US (at least for some schools), assuming there is no significant medical breakthrough in the coming months (let us hope there is, then it will be easier); readers are invited to offer corrections, suggestions, links to other sources etc. First, universities would be well-advised to start the school year earlier than late August, on the assumption that by June and July we will see some decline in illness and infection …” (more)

[Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog, 9 April]

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How are Academic Institutions Innovating Under Pressure

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Over the past month, the world has changed rather rapidly. Organizations have had to close their physical facilities and move to virtual operations, practically overnight. We are fortunate to have the technology in place to be able to do this, something that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago. And yet with all of these tools, we are still scrambling …” (more)

[Todd A Carpenter, The Scholarly Kitchen, 8 April]

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Academic Libraries at a Pivotal Moment

Posted in Research on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“Higher education institutions are suffering tremendously from the impacts of the pandemic. And, as one university president noted last week, if any colleges and universities are unable to reopen for residential instruction in the fall due to the pandemic’s continuing effects, the results will be ‘cataclysmic’. Even putting aside worst case scenarios, instability in the economy means that many higher education institutions will likely face reduced revenue this upcoming academic year …” (more)

[Roger C Schonfeld and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, The Scholarly Kitchen, 6 April]

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A 20 Foot Cable And The Explosion Of Online Cheating

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“Millions of college students are suddenly going to school online, whether they wanted to or not. Testing those students, administering the assessments of these newly displaced students is, well, a major test for the house of academia. That’s because students cheat …” (more)

[Derek Newton, Forbes, 5 April]

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Advice for University Leaders in the post-coronavirus world

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“You’ve sent your students home for the rest of the semester, moved heaven and earth to shift your classes online, moved your workforce to telework, and scheduled a virtual commencement. What’s next for university leaders as the COVID-19 crisis deepens across America? The most important task this week for presidents, provosts, CFOs and board members is to begin to pivot from short term emergency response to long term strategic adjustment …” (more)

[John Kroger, Inside Higher Ed, 1 April]

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Irish ambassador urges people on J1 visas in the US to return home

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States has urged those who are currently in the country on J1 visas to return home as soon as possible. Daniel Mulhall posted a video on his Twitter page urging people to return to Ireland, saying that people affected should contact their airline immediately …” (more)

[Rudi Kinssella,, 31 March]

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For Higher Education, Nothing Matters More Than September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 29th, 2020 by steve

“Residential colleges and universities are scrambling to finish the academic year online, fretting over next fall’s enrollment, and struggling with cash flow challenges. What terrifies so many higher education leaders is a scenario in which the coronavirus persists into late summer and campuses are not permitted to reopen next fall. If the Class of 2024 is forced to starts its college career from home and an online, the impact will be cataclysmic …” (more)

[Paul LeBlanc, Forbes, 29 March]


Academic Library Response to COVID-19: Real-Time Data Gathering and Dissemination

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“As higher education institutions in the United States began to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving classes online, emptying residence halls, and authorizing remote work, academic librarians found themselves in need of real-time information – not only about their own institution’s practices, but also how other libraries were responding …” (more)

[Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, The Scholarly Kitchen, 23 March]

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Major universities suspend most lab research – but not into coronavirus

Posted in Research on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“This week, Erin Goley froze research at her Johns Hopkins University lab — literally. With the university sending students and professors packing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Goley stopped experiments in the medical school lab, went to a freezer and stored bacteria that scientists are studying …” (more)

[Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, 21 March]

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