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Recently, Blade Nzimande, South Africa’s Minister for Higher Education and Training, announced that the country’s first universities to be founded since the ending of apartheid will open in 2014. Work on a university in Kimberley in the Northern Cape is set to begin in September, so that it can open in time for the beginning of the academic year in January. The second university will be based in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, a significant agricultural district about 340km northeast of Johannesburg.

Our Dirty Little Secret

It's time for higher education leaders to admit that the way they treat those off the tenure track is unethical, and to commit to change, write Adrianna Kezar, David Longanecker and Daniel Maxey.

Ask the Administrator: Second Round Interviews

A new correspondent writes: "What can candidates expect from second round interviews?"

Accepting Setbacks: Surviving When Your Dissertation Changes

During the Fall 2012 semester I was diligently working on my annotated bibliographies for my comprehensive exams, a task that often takes a full year of preparation if not longer. My goal was to finish analyzing the 150 sources, write them up, take the exams, and, at some point in that semester, also write up my dissertation proposal. The hope was that I’d be ABD (all but dissertation) by the winter break, or at least mid-way through the Spring semester.

Kentucky’s School Technology Leadership Program

The School Technology Leadership Program at the University of Kentucky is an excellent example of an MTOP (Micro-Targeted Online Program).

The Ethics of MOOCs

As the fundamental purpose of MOOCs evolves, so do the ethical questions that surround them.

SEEDS OF HYPE: Wisdom, Wonder, and Plagiarism from the World of Plants

UD's buddy Jonathan alerts her to the latest in the Jane Goodall plagiarism story: The release of her book bemoaning our laying waste to the plants and trees of the earth has been delayed. The publisher will eventually pulp all copies.