Wednesday, January 9, 2013

#HigherEd news roundup: IHE, CHE dailies & more

Higher Ed news ~ old style
…when there are a lot of adjunct (or NOTTSPASMS) relevant stories in one day, I blog an entire higher ed newsletter or share one with web address directly on the NewFac FB page. I don't every day though, but you can subscribe to IHE's Daily Updates by email or on rss. The Chronicle's version, Academe Today, is by email subscription only. 

Both cover pretty much same ground but it's useful to check both because they won't necessarily cover the same stories with the same perspective or depth. The fair and balanced way to cover both will be to alternate adapting email forward of one while highlighting stories of interest in the other, So that is what I am doing: selected Academe Today stories followed by the Daily Updates news letter. One leads, the other get more space: flipped the next time. least until I work out something less time consuming that includes other sources. Posts of particular interest are highlighted (but not be the same as what you would pick). I'm on Mountain time: don't look for early editions.

Of particular note in Academe Today: (some behind pay wall: don't whine at me about it)

Wired Campus Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities: "Keystroke biometrics"—analyzing a user's typing pattern and rhythm—will be a key part of the MOOC provider's validation process. 
Faculty Regional Accreditor Rejects Adjunct's Plea to Punish Olympic College By Peter Schmidt: Advocates for adjuncts say the development is not a setback in their campaign to enlist accreditors in improving adjuncts' working conditions. 
Bottom Line Study Links State Higher-Education Spending to Demographics and EconomyOverall economic strength is linked with maintaining a "virtuous cycle" of support. Higher unemployment and older populations correlate with less spending. 

Introducing the Adjunct Project 2.0We invite you to explore this expanded crowdsourcing service from The Chronicle created by adjuncts, for adjuncts. Research salaries, get advice, and submit your own data. Browse the site.

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Other sources for highered news we can relate to and use include, d'uh, academented blogs, email lists, groups, listservs, social media, mainstream & local media, alternate press, and, lately, business press. The last three, obviously, will not have the same density of adjunctency relevant pieces but greater reach beyond the Ivory Silo™ ~ a good idea to keep tabs on what they are saying about us, as well as injecting our own voices. That discussion is a matter for another post. Send your suggestions...

And now for today's Inside HigherEd's Daily News Update:
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Hello. Here's what's new on our site today.

Jan 09 2013

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Adjunct faculty make up most of the higher education work force, but their working conditions largely don't reflect their role. Is reform on a wide scale possible? What will it take?
Coursera unveils fee-based, verified courses, which could generate revenue for the company and its university partners.
In stark contrast to most public institutions, North Dakota colleges will likely see a sizeable increase in state appropriations, a decision education leaders attribute to a favorable economic climate and efforts to build the trust of conservative lawmakers.
After a successful pilot, JSTOR is launching its Register & Read program, which lets anyone read up to three articles from 1,200 of its journals every two weeks in exchange for demographic information.
Hudson County Community College is starting an associate of arts in liberal arts with a focus on theater. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is starting a bachelor's of applied biological sciences.

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Did Bo help get the President re-elected? Scott McLemee looks into the burgeoning literature on canine politics

Career Advice (View all)

Even if you aren't asking the questions, you can guide the conversation, writes Katherine Ellison.

Blog U (View all)

Bloomberg news yesterday ran a story about the University of Phoenix, in which it reported drops in quarterly earnings and share price as a function of a drop in enrollment.  The headline reflected net income and enrollment.  But the real news was buried in the fifth paragraph.
In Turkey, students are admitted into universities through a nationwide test. After the students take the test and receive their scores, they submit a list of choices of the institutions and programs they want to attend to a nationwide center which places them to one of their choices. This placement is a result of not only the test score of the student but also the relative scores of all other students who made the same choice across the country.
Like many of you, I took the time to print out and carefully read Lev Gonick's essay "The Year Ahead in IT, 2013". The entire essay is worth spending time with, as you will find a number of challenging ideas and insights embedded in Gonick's writing.
What did you do yesterday? I can tell you exactly what I did, because it's the same way I spend almost all my time as a graduate student.
Since moving to one of the most expensive housing markets in North America eight years ago, we've had to learn to cram ourselves into small living spaces.  Before our relocation, we lived in a 3-bedroom house with basement, deck, front porch, and backyard on a tree-lined street, which we traded in for high-density living--an 850 square-foot condo with a tiny balcony in an apartment complex.  We were two adults, two toddlers, and two cats sharing a cramped space. After a few years we scaled up a bit, but we are still pressed for room.
Just before the holidays, I started reading about the teaching power of stories. That's "stories" in the sense that probably first popped into your mind -- enthralling tales of interesting characters facing challenges in pursuit of a goal.  Children learn to understand pattern, cause-and-effect, motivation, etc., not by having these things explained to them in some form of abstract exposition -- children learn these things (and many more) by seeing/hearing/vicariously experiencing them in action.  Along the way, their brains learn to expect a certain sort of information in a certain form, and configure themselves to process and store such information efficiently.  Memory works by story.  Our lives work by stories.

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