Indiana presidents speak out against ‘religious freedom’ law

Madeline Will, The Chronicle of Higher Education 03 April 2015 University World News Global Edition Issue 361 The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act has stoked national controversy and outrage since Governor Mike Pence signed it into law on Thursday. Meanwhile, for university leaders in the state, it has become a public-relations nightmare. The Indiana state …Continue reading »

Top universities abandon support for government plans

Geoff Maslen 31 March 2015 University World News Global Edition Issue 361 The nation’s leading Group of Eight research-intensive universities has done a sudden about-turn in its support for the federal government’s higher education reforms and called for an independent “depoliticised” review by the learned academies and employer and business organisations. The nation’s leading Group …Continue reading »

Universities and colleges face wholesale reforms

Jan Petter Myklebust 30 March 2015 University World News Global Edition Issue 361 The Norwegian government has begun the biggest higher education reforms since 1994, when 98 higher education institutions were merged into 26 university colleges. Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said he expected significantly fewer universities and university colleges would exist …Continue reading »

Q&A with authors of book about redesigning America’s community colleges

Submitted by Ashley A. Smith on April 2, 2015 – 3:00am Success at community colleges will take off once institutions streamline their offerings. That’s the position the authors of Redesigning America’s Community Colleges take. Thomas R. Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins, all with the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, believe the …Continue reading »

Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology release updated MOOC research

Submitted by Carl Straumsheim on April 2, 2015 – 3:00am If massive open online course offerings from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be described as a city, then computer science would be its vibrant downtown core, surrounded by less densely populated but no less characteristic neighborhoods of STEM, humanities and social sciences courses. …Continue reading »