Higher Education Quick Takes
Pearson and the Columbia University School of Continuing Education are today announcing a deal in which the university will offer a series of courses using Pearson's online learning platform. The courses will include a hybrid master of science program in information and knowledge strategy and an online business certificate program.
The government of Ontario on Monday announced plans to provide funds to create 60,000 additional slots in higher education over the next five years. That growth will follow the creation of 75,000 slots between 2003 and this year.
An op-ed in the student newspaper decrying "illegal babies" (born in the United States to those lacking U.S. citizenship) has set off debate and protest at Rollins College. The essay in The Sandspur is illustrated with an image of an alien (as from outer space) and opens as follows: "How would you feel if a stranger broke into your home, began to eat your food, wear your clothes and watch your television? I am assuming you would not be the slightest bit welcoming to this intruder. Your home and all its contents were purchased with the finances you strenuously worked to obtain. Under the 14th Amendment, birthright citizenship allows a pregnant foreigner to waltz right over our borders, have a baby, and the baby receives the benefits of being an American citizen."
The Orlando Sentinel reported that more than 200 people turned out to discuss and critique the op-ed, many of them angry that it had been published. Jamie Prizzi, the freshman who wrote it, said she's bothered by all the criticism, but stands by what she wrote.
Although Loyola University in New Orleans has been calling its teams "Wolfpack" for more than 50 years, North Carolina State University has insisted that the institution stop doing so, or pay a licensing fee, The News & Observer reported. North Carolina State says that it has legal trademark rights that bar others from using the name. Loyola officials have been talking to North Carolina State about a possible resolution of the dispute. The Maroon, Loyola's student newspaper, on Monday ran an editorial saying that it was "ridiculous" for North Carolina State to claim, as it has, that Loyola's use of Wolfpack could result in confusion between the two institutions. "Loyola is a private Jesuit liberal arts institution with an undergraduate population of less than 3,000. NC State, on the other hand, is a public research institution with over 23,000 undergrads," the editorial says. "Athletics are a similar study in contrasts. NC State is a NCAA Division I school and part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, sporting 24 varsity teams. Loyola, in comparison, is a NAIA Division I school in the Southern States Atlantic Conference, with a mere 10 sports teams (including men's and women's teams). Can one believably say that they purchased Loyola Wolfpack basketball tickets in the mistaken belief that they were buying NC State Wolfpack basketball tickets? The probability seems low."
Peking University's plans to expand a program of consultations with different groups of students is worrying some students and human rights advocates, China Daily reported. The university said the program would focus on reaching out to students who are facing academic difficulty. But the university is also planning sessions with "troublesome students," including those with "radical thoughts" that include criticizing the administration. "No universities or schools have the right to deprive students of the freedom to think or speak," said Xiong Bingqi, deputy director of the Beijing-based 21st Century Education Research Institute. "The university is somewhere to cultivate people's independent personalities and thinking, so it's totally wrong for Peking University to intervene in students' freedom to express their different opinions," Xiong said.
Michigan's universities increased spending on administrative positions by an average of 30 percent in the last five years, with the number of administrative jobs up by 19 percent, The Detroit Free Press reported. Both state enrollment levels and state support were relatively constant during that period, and faculty salaries increased by an average of 22 percent, the newspaper found. University officials noted that even if enrollment is flat, credit hours are up, showing the need for more personnel.
Colleges and universities that are highly prestigious tend to have high yields (the percentage of accepted applicants who enroll). But U.S. News & World Report has just published an analysis suggesting that, for law schools, the institutions with the 10 highest yield rates include institutions that are identified by the magazine as the 42nd, 71st, 79th and 140th best law schools, and four that aren't ranked. The data suggest that mission may matter more than typical measures of prestige. Three of the law schools with highest yields are affiliated with religious colleges (Brigham Young, Liberty and Regent Universities). Two others are historically black institutions (Southern and North Carolina Central Universities). The others are the flagship universities in Oklahoma and New Mexico, Harvard and Yale Universities and the University of Memphis.
New York University late Sunday announced plans to launch a full campus -- described as "a comprehensive research university with a liberal arts and science college" -- in Shanghai. The campus will be the first American university with full, independent authority in China -- a legal status approved by the Ministry of Education. Following the creation of a similar outpost in Abu Dhabi, the new campus is part of NYU's idea of becoming a "global network university." The admissions system for the Shanghai campus will be the first in China to include a range of factors beyond the country's national college admissions test. NYU expects to enroll the first students in the fall of 2013, with half of the students coming from China and half from the rest of the world.