Dramatic decline in J1 visa popularity prompts calls for government action

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of students flying over to the US on a J1 visa is in decline – but the companies that sponsor travelling students say they’re committed to the programme …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, TheJournal.ie, 7 January]

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US open access mandate projected as painful but needed

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2020 by steve

“An expected move by the Trump administration to mandate immediate open access publication of federally funded research has been hailed a major step away from the subscription journal model, with the expected damage to some of the US’ academic societies seen by some as a potentially necessary trade-off. The White House was widely understood to be drafting an executive order that would follow in the footsteps of Plan S, the European-led initiative …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Times Higher Education, 7 January]

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Number of Students Participating in J1 Visa Programme Declining – Haughey

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign and European Affairs Seán Haughey TD has revealed that the number of students participating in the J1 Visa Programme has declined steadily since 2013. The information was released to Deputy Haughey by way of parliamentary questions …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 6 January]

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The New Humanities

Posted in Teaching on November 14th, 2019 by steve

“Once-robust fields are being broken up and stripped for parts. The humanities, we’re often told, are dying. And yet, even as traditional majors like English and history are indeed shrinking, the past decade has also seen the rise of a new kind of humanities, including a wave of hybrid fields such as the digital humanities, environmental humanities, energy humanities, global humanities, urban humanities, food humanities, medical humanities, legal humanities, and public humanities …” (more)

[Jeffrey J Williams, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 November]

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Luxury student accommodation related to poorer academic performance, says US study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students who stay in luxury accommodation achieve, on average, lower grades that those who stay in more traditional style student accommodation, according to a study carried out in the United States. The study, which examined the academic performances of college students staying in accommodation with a luxury-style apartment design that provided privacy and added amenities and students staying in a traditional double-corridor design with shared bathrooms at the ends, found that those staying in the latter type of accommodation achieved higher first semester grade point averages …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 10 October]

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Education publisher Pearson says US students going digital faster than expected

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2019 by steve

“Education publisher Pearson has warned students are turning to online and digital resources faster than bosses expected – hitting its balance sheet. Profits are now expected to be at the bottom end of expectations between £590 million and £640 million, with the news sending shares plunging 17%, down 148p to 712.8p …” (more)

[Simon Neville, Independent, 26 September]

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Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman jailed in college admissions scandal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2019 by steve

“Actress Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in a sweeping college admissions scandal. The Desperate Housewives star was sentenced in Boston’s federal court after pleading guilty in May to a single count of conspiracy and fraud …” (more)

[Independent, 13 September]


The Crisis of University Research

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2019 by steve

“Academia’s pursuit of corporate and government dollars has undermined its commitment to learning. The debate over the role of research in the life of the university was settled a long time ago. In a classic 1852 book, The Idea of a University, the Catholic priest and future cardinal John Henry Newman made what in retrospect appears to have been a last stand against the proposition that research should be an intrinsic part of university life …” (more)

[Richard Drake, The American Scholar, 3 September]


Decline In J1 Students Needs To Be Addressed – Collins

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Niall Collins TD has revealed that the number of students participating in the J1 Visa Programme has declined in recent years. The figures released to Deputy Collins reveal that the number of students heading to the US on the J1 Visa has declined from 4,347 in 2016 to 4,190 in 2017 to 3,522 in 2018 …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 21 July]

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Elsevier Ends Journal Access for UC System

Posted in Teaching on July 11th, 2019 by steve

“Elsevier this week began revoking the University of California system’s journal access – more than six months after the two parties failed to reach agreement on a new bundled journal subscription deal. In December 2018, the university system announced that it would not renew its $10-million-a-year ‘big deal’ with the publisher after negotiations broke down …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 11 July]

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Alaska university system braces for ‘devastating’ budget cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2019 by steve

“University leaders in Alaska are scrambling to prepare for a 41% cut in state funding and mobilizing a last-ditch lobbying effort to try to persuade legislators to overturn the governor’s decision. ‘Simply put, if not overridden, today’s veto will strike an institutional and reputational blow from which we may likely never recover’ …” (more)

[Zachariah Hughes and Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, 1 July]


Mitchell scholarship body claims ‘misleading’, says Rhodes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The head of the Rhodes scholarship programme has dismissed as ‘misleading’ claims by the US-Ireland Alliance that a majority of students choose its scholarship instead. The Mitchell scholarship, which is managed by Trina Vargo, the head of the US-Ireland Alliance, was established almost 20 years ago and named after Senator George Mitchell …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 3 June]

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‘Academe’s Extinction Event’

Posted in Research on May 11th, 2019 by steve

“All at once it hit me: a shudder. I’d been doing fine all day – merrily, even. Fresh off the bus to downtown Chicago, eased by a steady titration since breakfast of Maker’s Mark, I’d fairly danced down Wacker Drive, rolling suitcase in tow. I had this …” (more)

[Andrew Kay, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 May]

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Worried About the Future of the Monograph? So Are Publishers

Posted in Research on April 10th, 2019 by steve

“‘Publish or perish’ used to apply purely to faculty members, but in recent years it also has turned into a question facing academic presses – one that has particular relevance for graduate students and first-book authors …” (more)

[Leonard Cassuto, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 April]

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Elsevier’s Presence on Campuses Spans More Than Journals. That Has Some Scholars Worried.

Posted in Research on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

“On a recent panel on challenges to the future of teaching and research, Colleen Lyon outlined what was, to her, a ‘dangerous’ dynamic in the world of academic publishing. Lyon, a librarian of scholarly communications at the University of Texas at Austin, listed scholarly-publishing tools that had been acquired by the journal publishing giant Elsevier …” (more)

[Lindsay Ellis, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 April]

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Yale Becomes First University to Rescind Admission for Student in College Fraud Scandal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student who was accepted as part of the massive college cheating scandal revealed by the Department of Justice earlier in March. Federal prosecutors charged 50 people for participating in the scheme, which employed bribery, exam cheating and unearned athletic endorsements to help get applicants into prestigious colleges …” (more)

[Ciara Nugent, Time, 26 March]


Almost Half of Female US Economists Report Sex Discrimination

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“Almost half of female economists have experienced gender discrimination, according to an American Economic Association survey that also included hundreds of reports of assault and harassment. 48% of women reported unfair discrimination based on sex and 22% experienced bias for their marital status or caregiving responsibilities …” (more)

[Jeff Kearns, Bloomberg, 18 March]

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We Asked 20 Elite-College Admissions Deans About the Bribery Scandal. Here’s What They Said.

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Dartmouth College each pledged to increase oversight of athletics recruiting in light of an elaborate bribery scheme in college admissions that brought the indictments last week of 11 employees at eight universities, along with more than two dozen parents …” (more)

[Lindsay Ellis, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 March]


Fresh hope visa scheme will be extended to Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There is renewed hope that a special US visa scheme will be extended to Irish citizens who want to work in the US. Irish-American congressman Richard Neal is set to reintroduce a bill that could see around 5,000 work visas made available to Irish people under the E3 programme …” (more)

[Independent, 15 March]

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Higher Education and the Illusion of Meritocracy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 14th, 2019 by steve

“The recently revealed admissions scandal seems to have it all: Three Stooges levels of ineptitude, crude Photoshops, six-figure payoffs, corrupt coaches, and a cadre of low-level celebrities for good measure. But those who see this scandal as anything other than a moment of levity are missing the forest for the trees …” (more)

[Jason England, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 March]