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Understanding Society: The research university
"Jason Owen-Smith's recent Research Universities and the Public Good: Discovery for an Uncertain Future "
book  review  university  research  innovation 
6 weeks ago by tsuomela
Home | Greenhouse Studios
"Greenhouse Studios | Scholarly Communications Design at the University of Connecticut solves the problems and explores the opportunities of scholarship in the “digital age.” A transdisciplinary collective, Greenhouse Studios reframes the practices, pathways and products of scholarly communications through design-based, inquiry-driven, collaboration-first approaches to the creation and expression of knowledge."
scholarly-communication  university 
september 2017 by tsuomela
Two books explore how philosophical change led to skyrocketing college tuition - Chicago Tribune
"Two new books help answer these questions: "Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream" by Sara Goldrick-Rab, and "The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them" by Christopher Newfield."
book  review  academia  cost  college  university  economics 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Higher Ed Insights: Results of the Spring 2016 Survey | Ithaka S+R
"In fall 2015, Ithaka S+R invited a select group of higher education administrators and experts to join a panel of advisors. One activity of the panel, which currently consists of 111 members with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is to take part in semi-annual surveys on issues of national importance in higher education. The first of these surveys was administered in the fall of 2015.[1] Ithaka S+R analyzes and publishes the results of these surveys to inform the broader higher education community about the panel’s views on current debates, initiatives, and challenges. The results of the Higher Ed Insights surveys also help guide Ithaka S+R’s research agenda."
academia  academic  research  university  education  pedagogy  survey  america  administration  future  goals 
september 2016 by tsuomela
Sustainability Implementation Toolkit | Ithaka S+R
"What do the digital humanities look like on your campus? What types of projects are your faculty undertaking? Which will require longer-term support, and where will that support come from? What roles do your service units, centers, and digital labs play in the various life-cycle stages, and is this clear to faculty? This toolkit will help administrators create a coherent institutional strategy for supporting digital humanities activities and the valuable outputs that they generate."
digital-humanities  report  sustainability  academic  university  implementation 
june 2015 by tsuomela
The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism | Commonweal Magazine
"Jackson Lears on Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz"
book  review  academia  humanities  culture  education  teaching  pedagogy  learning  philosophy  neoliberalism  college  university 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Home - Worldwide Universities Network
"The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a leading global higher education and research network made up of 16 universities, spanning 10 countries on five continents. Together we work to drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance."
academic  collaboration  university  consortium 
january 2015 by tsuomela
The Digital Panopticon | The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925
"The Digital Panopticon is a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, Tasmania, Oxford and Sussex, with funding from the AHRC. Led by an international team of established researchers, it will use digital technologies to bring together existing and new genealogical, biometric and criminal justice datasets held by different organisations in the UK and Australia. It will explore the impact of the different types of penal punishments on the lives of 66,000 people sentenced at The Old Bailey between 1780 and 1875, develop new and transferable methodologies for understanding and exploiting complex bodies of genealogical, biometric, and criminal justice data and create a searchable website."
digital-humanities  project  academic  university  punishment  crime  history 
july 2014 by tsuomela
Statement on the President’s Proposal for Performance Based Funding | AAUP
from the president of the American Association of University Professors. In response to Obama proposal to base funding on performance.
education  academic  future  finance  funding  college  university  government  regulation 
september 2013 by tsuomela
SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL®
"Research universities are long-lived and mission-driven institutions that generate, make accessible, and preserve over time new knowledge and understanding. ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) have drafted a proposal, “SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)” (PDF), as a long-term solution for higher education to manage its digital assets. The proposal also serves as a response to the recent White House directive on public access to federally funded research and data. The three associations envision SHARE as a network of digital repositories at universities, libraries, and other research institutions across the US that will provide long-term public access to federally funded research articles and data."
data-curation  academic  university  research  government  professional-association 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity | The MIT Press
"What was once the factory is now the university. As deindustrialization spreads and the working class is decentralized, new means of social resistance and political activism need to be sought in what may be the last places where they are possible: the university and the art world. Gerald Raunig’s new book analyzes the potential that cognitive and creative labor has in these two arenas to resist the new regimes of domination imposed by cognitive capitalism. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s concept of “modulation” as the market-driven imperative for the constant transformation and reinvention of subjectivity, in Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity, Raunig charts alternative horizons for resistance. Looking at recent social struggles including the university strikes in Europe, the Spanish ¡Democracia real YA! organization, the Arab revolts, and the Occupy movement, Raunig argues for a reassessment of the importance of cultural and knowledge production. The central role of the university, he asserts, is not as a factory of knowledge but as a place of creative disobedience."
book  publisher  university  academia  business 
july 2013 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Veblen on universities
"In 1918 Thorstein Veblen wrote a surprising short book about the administration and governance of American universities, The Higher Learning In America.  What is most surprising about the book is its date of publication. The critique he offers might have seemed familiar in 1968, whereas it seems precocious in 1918."
education  college  university  academia  critique  1910s  history 
january 2013 by tsuomela
All About the Money - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education
""The Earning Power of Graduates From Tennessee's Colleges and Universities" is the latest effort to precisely quantify the value of a degree. It identifies the payoff that individual programs at specific colleges yield the first year after graduation. While limited to Tennessee, it will be followed by similar analyses in other states, and it marks the arrival of a new way of evaluating higher education that brings conversations about college productivity and performance to the program level."
education  economics  success  college  university  degree  academia  values  state(Tennessee) 
october 2012 by tsuomela
The Narrowing of the American Mind - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Wage studies that look only at the graduate's choice of major may well accelerate the narrowing of the American mind at the very moment in history when multidimensional learning—liberal learning—has become essential to success."
education  economics  success  college  university  degree  academia  values 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Dissent Magazine - Online Features - Universities and the Urban Growth Machine -
"With mortgage and other credit markets still in the doldrums, universities have become a very attractive option for investors looking for high returns on debt-financed growth. Money capital has poured into construction bonds, student loans, and other financial instruments spun out of the tuition bubble. When universities become the apple of the financier’s eye, they begin to generate debt in every direction, as I have shown here. NYU’s own long-term debt is a hefty $2.6 billion, far outpacing that of other comparable urban universities: Columbia ($1.3 billion), USC ($0.973 billion), and Penn ($1.7 billion)."
university  college  debt  money  economics  growth  finance  academia  corporate 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive? « The Scholarly Kitchen
"Before I continue, I want to share an anecdote. One of my first publishing jobs was as the college paperback editor for New American Library, which is now part of Penguin. NAL had a long list of Signet Classics, which included classroom versions of public domain classics — Dickens, Thackeray, Austen, et al. These books were solidly profitable, but we noticed that the sales of our Signet Shakespeare series had begun to flatten out in the face of new competition. So we made the decision to revise the books: new introductions and bibliographies, new covers, and in some instances changes to the texts in light of modern scholarship. And that’s when I learned how college publishing worked. The head of our college marketing group came to me to say she loved the idea behind the new editions, but we had to be careful not to change the page numbers. How’s that again? It seems that many instructors used the same lecture notes year after year, sometimes for decades, and if you changed the page numbers, the notes would have to be revised. This could prompt some professors to switch to competitors’ editions."
academic  publishing  textbook  pricing  economics  professor  teaching  education  college  university 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Joe Paterno's legacy at Penn State in the aftermath of the Freeh Report - Grantland
This was my fundamental mistake. This was our mistake, as a community. The Grand Experiment began as a sales pitch, as a way for Paterno to elevate the standards of the university he loved by using football as the lure. And then at some point, the lure outweighed the catch, and the sales pitch drove motivations, and we were too myopic to see it. At some point, the little white lies that Paterno hid behind — that he would retire after five more years, that Bowling Green was, in fact, a formidable opponent, that the culture of football was in no way segregated from the culture of the university at large — ballooned into this, into a lie so unthinkable that it takes your breath away.
academia  sports  scandal  football  university 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Business - Jordan Weissmann - Why the Internet Isn't Going to End College As We Know It - The Atlantic
"What's more likely to happen is that colleges will learn how to adapt online technology to cut costs as they come under increasing budget pressure. They'll do it slowly, but eventually. The process might lead to fewer lecturers on campus, as schools begin sharing more big survey courses. The Harvards of the world might experiment with more remote, international campuses catering to foreign students. But a wholesale, top to bottom revolution in how we educate students? Not likely, no matter how many times you hear it repeated. "
education  college  university  academic  future  internet  reform  chance  online 
july 2012 by tsuomela
A 150-Year Experiment: Colleges That Serve Everyone | On the Commons
"The most significant connection between land-grant institutions and commons-based organizations and movements exists in their shared interest for the public community. How their interests have been applied or expressed may differ, yet their common theme could be a catalyst for future partnership and collaboration. "
academia  history  american  university  commons  government 
june 2012 by tsuomela
Partisan rancour and public universities: Polarisation in the People's Republic of Madison | The Economist
The role of universities in the story of American polarisation seems to me under-appreciated. America's college towns facilitate within-state sorting according to political affinity by offering temperamentally liberal Wisconsinites or Georgians or Texans attractive places to live among fellow bleeding hearts, but without having to go too far from home. Big state universities also act as magnets drawing "foreign", out-of-state academics, artists and their wannabe students away from their natural habitats on the coasts, counteracting to some degree the polarward drift of right-leaning states.
politics  american  university  education  geography 
june 2012 by tsuomela
sp!ked review of books | The university: still dead
Andrew Delbanco’s insightful new book on the history and future of the American college exposes an institution that has no idea what it should be.
book  review  university  academic  academia  purpose  education  philosophy 
june 2012 by tsuomela
Why I Feel Bad for the Pepper-Spraying Policeman, Lt. John Pike - Alexis Madrigal - National - The Atlantic
Structures, in the sociological sense, constrain human agency. And for that reason, I see John Pike as a casualty of the system, too. Our police forces have enshrined a paradigm of protest policing that turns local cops into paramilitary forces. Let's not pretend that Pike is an independent bad actor. Too many incidents around the country attest to the widespread deployment of these tactics. If we vilify Pike, we let the institutions off way too easy.
wall-street  protests  activism  police  training  repression  college  university  school  school(UCDavis) 
november 2011 by tsuomela
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