Universities – World Socialist CWI http://worldsocialist-cwi.org/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:03:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4-150x150.png Universities – World Socialist CWI http://worldsocialist-cwi.org/ 32 32 Puma Teams Up With 10KTF Shop For Its Biggest Web3 Collab Yet https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/puma-teams-up-with-10ktf-shop-for-its-biggest-web3-collab-yet/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:33:27 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/puma-teams-up-with-10ktf-shop-for-its-biggest-web3-collab-yet/ Sportswear brand Puma is expanding its presence in the metaverse by partnering with 10KTF Shop, an NFT project that includes a virtual floating city “New Tokyo” and digital clothing for profile picture avatars. Source: Supplied The store is known for its streetwear offerings and is owned by a fictional digital craftsman called Wagmi-San. The character’s […]]]>

Sportswear brand Puma is expanding its presence in the metaverse by partnering with 10KTF Shop, an NFT project that includes a virtual floating city “New Tokyo” and digital clothing for profile picture avatars.


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The store is known for its streetwear offerings and is owned by a fictional digital craftsman called Wagmi-San. The character’s name is a play on the Web3 phrase “wagmi”, short for “we’re all going to get there”.

News of the partnership was shared at an event hosted by 10KTF in New York. The event was one of many held during the week of NFT.NYC, a conference attended by crypto industry professionals, traders and other Web3 enthusiasts.

Challenger brands to watch in 2022: RTFKT - pushing the limits of sneakers

The official announcement confirms weeks of speculation after Puma tweeted a video showcasing the new take on a classic sneaker. Camouflaged in the video is a frame with the store’s logo and Wagmi-san in front of its window. Despite how hidden it may have been, the subtle clue was quickly uncovered and fueled conversations around its meaning to 10KTF collectors.

Bringing a physical layer to the digital experience

“Puma appreciates the extremely engaged and passionate community that Wagmi-san has nurtured,” said Adam Petrick, Chief Brand Officer at Puma. “We are thrilled to join 10KTF and bring a physical layer to today’s digital experience.”

Wagmi-San has previously hinted at his ambitions to bring physical goods beyond the Metaverse.

“Thanks to the rise of our 10KTF community and like-minded artisans at Puma, one of my long-held dreams is coming true. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring our craftsmanship and stories into the physical realm and usher in a new era for New Tokyo,” he said.

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For now, New Tokyo includes 10KTF collectors, plus 16 additional NFT communities. This includes Gutter Cat Gang and Cool Cats, which have also partnered with Puma as the sports brand becomes increasingly active in the Web3 space.

Last month, Puma also launched an immersive sports-based experience called “Puma and the Land of Games” on Roblox, a global online gaming and game creation platform.

Further details on the 10KTF Shop project will be released in the coming months, Puma said.

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How the New Title IX Rules Affect North Carolina Colleges and Universities https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/how-the-new-title-ix-rules-affect-north-carolina-colleges-and-universities/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:58:59 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/how-the-new-title-ix-rules-affect-north-carolina-colleges-and-universities/ Hannah Inman, organizer of the #BelieveSurvivors rally, leads a march to the fraternity court after speakers told their stories and expressed their frustration with UNC’s response to sexual assault on campus in front of the South Building on Friday October 12, 2018. Julia’s wall jwall@newsobserver.com The Biden administration on Thursday proposed new Title IX rules […]]]>

Hannah Inman, organizer of the #BelieveSurvivors rally, leads a march to the fraternity court after speakers told their stories and expressed their frustration with UNC's response to sexual assault on campus in front of the South Building on Friday October 12, 2018.

Hannah Inman, organizer of the #BelieveSurvivors rally, leads a march to the fraternity court after speakers told their stories and expressed their frustration with UNC’s response to sexual assault on campus in front of the South Building on Friday October 12, 2018.

jwall@newsobserver.com

The Biden administration on Thursday proposed new Title IX rules that establish guidelines for how colleges and universities handle sex discrimination, expand protections for transgender students and broaden the scope of schools’ responsibilities to investigate sexual misconduct investigations.

The proposal would replace federal Title IX guidelines established by former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that went into effect in the fall of 2020. Those rules strengthened the due process rights of students accused in on-campus sexual assault cases, restricts the definition of sexual harassment, increased the standard of proof required to find a responsible student in a disciplinary procedure and required schools to hold “live hearings” with cross-examination of students, like in a courtroom.

The new proposal came Thursday on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits schools receiving federal funding from discriminating against individuals on the basis of gender.

“Over the past 50 years, Title IX has paved the way for millions of girls and women to access equal opportunities in our nation’s schools and has been instrumental in the fight against sexual assault. and sexual violence in educational institutions,” said US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. in a report. “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic law, our proposed changes will allow us to continue this progress and ensure that all students in our country – no matter where they live, who they are or who they love – can learn, grow and thrive in school.

The new regulations specify that students and employees will be protected from all forms of gender discrimination, including on the basis of “sex stereotypes, sex characteristics, pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation and gender.” ‘gender identity’, strengthening protections for LGBTQI+ students.

The proposed changes were motivated by President Joe Biden’s 2021 Executive Order for a Review of Federal Title IX Policies in Response to Trump Administration Regulations, which the Biden Administration supported”weakened protections for survivors of sexual assault and diminished the promise of a discrimination-free education.

American education The Department held public hearings, meetings, and listening sessions with students, parents, educators, state government officials, advocates, attorneys, researchers, and other stakeholders through through its Civil Rights Office.

The new Title IX rules

Some of the most significant changes in the proposed rules relate to how a school investigates allegations of sexual harassment and assault. This includes expanding the definition of what is considered sexual harassment and the types of incidents schools must investigate.

The Biden Rules specify that a university must address all incidents of gender discrimination and harassment that contributes to a hostile educational environment, even if the the incident occurred or is reported off campus, outside of a student’s educational program or activity, or outside of the United States.

The rules also set out more requirements for schools to conduct “reliable and impartial” investigations into complaints. The department described the procedural updates as filling loopholes to protect more students rather than overhauling the process.

Under the proposed regulations, schools must:

▪ Treat complainants and defendants fairly.

▪ Have the ability to offer informal resolution of sex discrimination complaints with Title IX coordinators, investigators, decision makers, and facilitators who do not have a conflict of interest or bias against the parties involved.

▪ Give parties an equal opportunity to present relevant evidence and respond to relevant evidence from other parties and ensure that decision makers objectively assess each party’s evidence;

▪ Have a process for a decision-maker to assess the credibility of parties and witnesses through live examination, but cross-examination is optional and no longer required.

▪ Use the standard of proof of the preponderance of the evidence, which means that it is more likely than not that an accused student violated the rules of student conduct. However, a school may use the clear and convincing standard of proof if it uses that standard in all other comparable proceedings.

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Hannah Inman, organizer of the #BelieveSurvivors rally, leads a march to the fraternity court after speakers told their stories and expressed their frustration with UNC’s response to sexual assault on campus in front of the South Building on Friday October 12, 2018. Julia Wall jwall@newsobserver.com

The UNC System Directives

The UNC system sets Title IX guidelines and a minimum standard for due process at public universities in the state, but each campus can set its own procedures. And universities in the system already use a “preponderance of evidence” standard in student disciplinary proceedings.

Some universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State, give students the right to an attorney and allow cross-examination of witnesses.

Under the new rules, schools would no longer be required to hold live hearings to assess evidence and they can use a single investigator model.

The proposed regulations also specifically direct schools not to “intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against anyone” for reporting an incident or participating in the Title IX process. This includes protecting students from retaliation by other students.

“The proposed settlement reflects the Department’s commitment to giving full effect to Title IX, ensuring that no one experiences sex discrimination in education, and that school procedures for handling complaints of sex discrimination, including the sexual violence and other forms of sexual harassment, be clear, effective and fair to all parties involved,” Deputy Civil Rights Secretary Catherine Lhamon said in a statement.

And after?

The proposed regulations must still go through public comment for a period of 60 days before taking effect.

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on student advocacy, argues that the proposed changes “impede free speech and due process rights for students facing allegations of sexual misconduct on campus”.

Decision to eliminate rights to live hearings, cross-examination and active assistance from counsel is a ‘recipe for constitutional violations that courts are unlikely to ignore,’ says legislative director and FIRE policy Joe Cohn in a statement.

The group plans to submit its formal objections to the proposed changes in the coming weeks.

The Education Department plans to release a separate proposal to explain how Title IX applies to athletics, including how schools determine a student’s eligibility to compete on a men’s or women’s track team. particular.

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Kate Murphy covers higher education for The News & Observer. Previously, she covered higher education for the Cincinnati Enquirer in the Investigative and Corporate Team and USA Today Network. Her work has won state awards in Ohio and Kentucky and she was recently named the Education Writers Association’s 2019 Finalist for Digital Storytelling.
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Japanese universities ‘turn back’ foreign scholars https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/japanese-universities-turn-back-foreign-scholars/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/japanese-universities-turn-back-foreign-scholars/ Japanese universities’ inflexibility on job and career incentives is hurting their ability to attract top researchers from around the world, scholars have warned. Academics working in the country say its institutions’ reluctance to divest from certain practices – whether it’s requiring all professors to invigilate exams or continuing to rely on seniority to determine salary […]]]>

Japanese universities’ inflexibility on job and career incentives is hurting their ability to attract top researchers from around the world, scholars have warned.

Academics working in the country say its institutions’ reluctance to divest from certain practices – whether it’s requiring all professors to invigilate exams or continuing to rely on seniority to determine salary – undermined the ability of universities to remain internationally competitive.

“In many cases, even if you are a prestigious researcher, you have to teach [a] large class without teaching assistants. You have to do a lot of things – including exam assignments, student affairs, demonstration classes at open days and in high school,” said Takakazu Yamagishi, a professor at Nanzan University and director of his International Business Center.

“The fundamental problem is that in general there are no clear divisions between research, teaching and administration in Japanese universities,” he said, adding that research institutes, such as the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, were an exception.

Academics who choose to take on administrative leadership roles are rarely exempt from their core workload, he said. In Professor Yamagishi’s case, he has to teach the same number of classes as his colleagues and take on other duties despite his responsibilities, which leaves his American colleagues baffled.

“There are aspects of Japanese education that are, from the outside, simply breathtaking,” acknowledged Hiroshi Ono, professor of human resource management at Hitotsubashi University.

Having spent much of his academic career in the United States and Sweden, Professor Ono was particularly perplexed by the surveillance system of Japanese universities.

“What amazes me is that they… mobilize tenured professors. Even Nobel Prize-winning professors are supposed to read the instructions and say, ‘The test will now begin… and put down your pencils,’ he said, adding, ‘This is something anyone can TO DO”.

At the country’s most prestigious private universities, which can attract tens of thousands of applicants a year, the load can be even heavier – with some colleagues from other institutions spending three full days proctoring and grading exams, many are still handwritten, Professor Ono said. .

“If you grew up in the Japanese system, you don’t question it,” he said, but acknowledged that international scholars may not have been so enthusiastic: “That may be enough to deter anyone to work in Japanese universities.”

Academics who are not discouraged by such tasks face other obstacles. Husband-and-wife appointments – the practice of hiring a professor and spouse, if both are researchers – which is commonplace in some Western sectors, has yet to gain traction in Japan.

Perhaps more worryingly, most Japanese institutions have yet to fully adopt a merit-based system for calculating academic compensation.

Hitotsubashi was one of the few in the country to launch a merit-based track for scholars, but the pay difference for those with impressive publishing records was not huge, Prof Ono said.

Shinji Kaneko, executive vice president of global initiatives at Hiroshima University, agreed that universities need to take a more merit-based approach, but wondered how that could be done.

“I basically agree, but first we need to agree on the criteria and methods for evaluating which research results are excellent and which are not. This is especially true for faculties in the humanities and social sciences, as many assessment criteria are currently valid only in Japan,” he said.

But unless universities change their stance on one critical detail – the requirement that professors speak Japanese – no flexibility on other issues will allow international professors to be recruited, Professor Kaneko warned.

“Many vacancies require the ability to work in Japanese. This leads to fatal restrictions for international recruiters,” he said.

pola.lem@timeshighereducation.com

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[WORD_ON_THE_WEB] “We need a system of regional university quotas” https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/word_on_the_web-we-need-a-system-of-regional-university-quotas/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:30:27 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/word_on_the_web-we-need-a-system-of-regional-university-quotas/ [WORD_ON_THE_WEB] “We need a system of regional university quotas”The government aims to expand the study of semiconductors in Korean universities. President Yoon Suk-yeol stressed at a cabinet meeting on June 7 that the Ministry of Education should diligently help nurture talented experts in the field of semiconductors. Prime Minister Han Duk-soo said, “The government feels the need to increase the number of students […]]]> [WORD_ON_THE_WEB] “We need a system of regional university quotas”

The government aims to expand the study of semiconductors in Korean universities.

President Yoon Suk-yeol stressed at a cabinet meeting on June 7 that the Ministry of Education should diligently help nurture talented experts in the field of semiconductors.

Prime Minister Han Duk-soo said, “The government feels the need to increase the number of students in universities in the capital and other regions. The relevant departments are discussing the exact scale of the expansion.

Opening or expanding a university was impossible in the capital areas due to the Seoul Metropolitan Area Readjustment Planning Law.

The Ministry of Education plans to revise the law to legalize the opening of new departments and the expansion of existing ones.

However, there are fears that the plan will accelerate the regional bias between the capital and non-capital areas.

#capital_first
“It is right to enlarge the prestigious universities first. They should be first in line in the positive feedback loop.
“We should first develop universities in the capital region. This is where talented people go.

#regional_balance
“If there are industry-related departments in universities located in non-core areas, many more students will want to come to these schools.”
“We need a regional quota system. Students who achieve good grades in universities in the capital region are also hard-working individuals.

#talent_not_manpower
“We are not short of manpower, we are short of talented individuals.
“The industry needs more young semiconductor experts who are more knowledgeable than an undergraduate.”

BY LEE SI-YEOUNG, YOO JI-WOO [yoo.jiwoo@joongang.co.kr]

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Nigerian colleges of education begin month-long strike amid university closures since February https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/nigerian-colleges-of-education-begin-month-long-strike-amid-university-closures-since-february/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 12:16:17 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/nigerian-colleges-of-education-begin-month-long-strike-amid-university-closures-since-february/ The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has begun a month-long strike.This was contained in a statement signed by the President of COEASU, Dr. Smart Olugbeko and the Secretary General, Dr. Ahmed Bazza Lawan, respectively. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU – the Union of Sister Professors […]]]>

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has begun a month-long strike.
This was contained in a statement signed by the President of COEASU, Dr. Smart Olugbeko and the Secretary General, Dr. Ahmed Bazza Lawan, respectively.





The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU – the Union of Sister Professors – has been on strike since February 2022, and the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is still struggling to meet the demands of university professors.
The colleges union noted that the strike suspended by professors in December 2018 will resume immediately for four weeks initially.
Speakers affirmed that the NEC will meet again after the four week strike to reassess the level of government engagement on the issues for a proper decision on the way forward.
According to the statement, the decision was made by the union after a meeting at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba in Delta State on Friday, June 10, where it assessed the level of response of the federal government to its demands, following the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued to the government over the continuing problems of industrial enterprises.
The statement read, inter alia: “The all-out strike suspended by the union in December 2018 will resume immediately for four weeks in the first instance. The NEC will meet again after the four-week strike to reassess the level of government engagement on the issues with a view to a proper decision on the way forward.
“Each chapter convention of the federation should meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 to adequately notify the convention of the commencement of the strike due to the continuing issues and state of inaction leading to industrial action.
“Union leadership at all levels (national, zonal and chapter) should embark on an emphatic media campaign towards transparent public awareness of the issues leading up to the strike.
“The strike must be full and all academic staff at all colleges of education (federal and state) must step down from all statutory duties without exemption.
“All public colleges already on strike to press local demands should make it clear to their respective managements that the local strike will continue in the unexpected event that their local issues remain unresolved at the end of the national strike.
“Vice Presidents/Zone Coordinators shall monitor Chapter compliance in their respective Zones, while defaulting Chapters shall be prevented from enjoying the gains of the struggle and earn such other penalties as the NEC deems applicable based on normal Union rules on collective bargaining.”

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The UP is working on twinnings, joint degrees with foreign universities https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/the-up-is-working-on-twinnings-joint-degrees-with-foreign-universities/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 19:29:49 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/the-up-is-working-on-twinnings-joint-degrees-with-foreign-universities/ Seeking to facilitate students’ study abroad, Panjab University (PU) has initiated the process of academic collaboration with foreign universities. The university recently asked its departments to identify and forward the names of two overseas universities they would like to collaborate with to the Dean’s Office for International Students. Departments were invited to express their interest […]]]>

Seeking to facilitate students’ study abroad, Panjab University (PU) has initiated the process of academic collaboration with foreign universities.

The university recently asked its departments to identify and forward the names of two overseas universities they would like to collaborate with to the Dean’s Office for International Students. Departments were invited to express their interest in offering a degree or qualification in collaboration with a foreign university.

The move comes after the University Grants Commission (UGC) in May notified its UGC (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions to Offer Twinning, Joint Degree and Dual Degree Programs) Regulations, 2022 .

Matchmaking courses encouraged

Deepti Gupta, Dean of International Students at PU, said UGC has started a long-term process of improving higher education by allowing and encouraging Indian universities to partner with foreign universities for programs. of twinning.

“The twinning and semester abroad programs will definitely raise the bar for Indian education. PU has already initiated twinning courses with its overseas partners and they are expected to materialize soon,” she said.

The regulatory body has authorized academic collaboration between Indian and foreign colleges to offer three different types of degree programs – dual, joint and twinning degree programs – to Indian and foreign students. UGC’s approach is in line with the recommendation of the National Education Policy (NEP-2020).

Welcoming the initiative, Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) President Mritunjay Kumar said departments could benefit, adding, “Departments can collaborate with good tertiary institutions abroad and can also attract good students. it will also be a good step to improve the perception of the University.

What are the UGC regulations?

The instance marks the first time that joint degrees have been allowed, but regulations allowing some of these initiatives were first announced in 2012 and amended in 2016. Previous versions, however, have not attracted many takers. .

Under its new regulations, the UGC has also set out eligibility criteria for Indian and foreign higher education institutions for collaboration. Any Indian tertiary institution must have a minimum National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score of 3.01 or be in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) university category top 100 or in the top 1000 from Times Higher Education or QS World. University ranking.

Foreign universities, on the other hand, must be in the top 1000 of the Times Higher Education or QS World University rankings to be eligible.


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Sydney’s best universities slide in 2023 QS World Rankings https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/sydneys-best-universities-slide-in-2023-qs-world-rankings/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/sydneys-best-universities-slide-in-2023-qs-world-rankings/ The Australian National University, in the ACT, remained the highest ranked in the country, but fell from 27 to 30. Loading The report says La Trobe University in Victoria experienced a “meteoric rise” in the rankings, rising 46 places to 316, attributing the improvement to a significant increase in research citations. It was also the […]]]>

The Australian National University, in the ACT, remained the highest ranked in the country, but fell from 27 to 30.

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The report says La Trobe University in Victoria experienced a “meteoric rise” in the rankings, rising 46 places to 316, attributing the improvement to a significant increase in research citations. It was also the only Australian university not to suffer a decline in reputation, based on the opinions of 151,000 academics.

The country’s universities have fallen in QS indicators measuring the proportion of international students and faculty, which has been attributed to Australia’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and border closures.

Australia also fared poorly in terms of teaching resources and student-to-staff ratios, with 84% of universities falling by this measure. Only three local universities have made the top 500 in the world.

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But ANU higher education expert professor Andrew Norton said the QS rankings were not accurate representations of university performance.

“There are a lot of opinions in them rather than hard facts about what happened,” he said. “Perhaps it is at this point that perceptions around Australia have turned negative due to a known reliance on international income.”

For the 11th consecutive year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the QS rankings, which includes 1,418 institutions worldwide. Cambridge University moved up to second place while Stanford University remained in third place. Oxford University fell two places to fourth globally, while Harvard University again finished fifth.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark Scott said the institution had performed well to retain its third place in Australia.

“I commend the university’s academic and professional staff for this strong result and the fact that it was achieved during the major disruption of the pandemic,” he said. “It is a testament to their dedication and hard work and the direct beneficiaries are our students and the wider community.”

Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor of UNSW, who was ranked fourth in the country, said: “This achievement is recognition by our academic peers and the wider community of the caliber of our work, and the efforts of our staff to improve the quality of lives through innovative and pioneering research with global impact,” he said.

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Iowa public universities plan to expand online education https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/iowa-public-universities-plan-to-expand-online-education/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/iowa-public-universities-plan-to-expand-online-education/ Members of the Iowa Board of Regents, from left, David Barker, Greta Rouse and Nancy Boettger, listen to a presentation by Barbara Wilson, president of the University of Iowa, during a meeting Thursday at the Levitt Center for University Advancement at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette) IOWA CITY — Before […]]]>

Members of the Iowa Board of Regents, from left, David Barker, Greta Rouse and Nancy Boettger, listen to a presentation by Barbara Wilson, president of the University of Iowa, during a meeting Thursday at the Levitt Center for University Advancement at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Before the pandemic rocked higher education, colleges and universities across the country were already facing a growing list of concerns — including dwindling state funding, questions about course delivery and an impending enrollment “cliff” among high school graduates pursuing higher education. .

In the aftermath of the pandemic, these challenges remain – and in some cases, they are more prevalent. But COVID-19, with all the pain it has brought, could have brought to the fore a potential solution for higher education: online education.

“The Online Degree and Micro-Credential Market is Expected to Reach $117 Billion in 2025, at an CAGR of 17%, Based on Revised Expectations During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” According to a New “Distance Education and Digital Delivery”. A report from the Iowa Board of Regents released last week after it commissioned Huron Consulting to study the market and opportunities for expanded online education, also sometimes referred to as “distance education.”

After Huron distributed its report internally to regents in October, the board appointed a 12-member “distance education task force” — including University of Iowa President Barbara Wilson, representatives of Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, as well as two regents.

This task force — in hopes of harnessing distance learning to address enrollment issues, funding declines, workforce demands, and student needs — produced a series of recommendations. , which the board approved last week.

One recommendation would have public institutions design a “pilot general education course sharing opportunity,” allowing students enrolled at one institution to take online courses at the other two regent universities.

The task force also advised regents to support faster expansion of new online offerings “with an initial focus on offerings for graduates and professionals” – a space the report shows is thriving.

While Iowa reported a 2% increase in the number of students taking online courses only between fall 2015 and fall 2019, the Illinois system reported a 94% increase; Wisconsin reported a 37% jump; and Indiana reported a 27% increase during this pre-pandemic period.

“With the exception of the University of Minnesota system, the proportion of students from the regent institutions (Iowa) taking only distance education courses was lower than that of all peers, meaning that students only remotely are an area for improvement,” the report said.

Although Iowa’s Regent campuses saw less distance education growth from 2015 to 2019 than its peer university systems, nearly 35% of its students took at least one online course in fall 2019. , making it an obvious place to prioritize amid the overall drop in listings.

“The growth rate of students enrolled in distance education programs (fully online or blended) from 2015 to 2019 significantly exceeded the growth rates of total enrollment,” according to the report.

Total combined enrollment at Iowa’s three public universities fell 13% from a peak of 80,064 in fall 2016 to 69,848 in fall 2021. Meanwhile, between fall 2016 and fall 2019, the percentage of Iowa college students who took some or all of their courses online jumped 54%. from 16,971 to 26,206 – a percentage that has continued to rise thanks to COVID-19, which has prompted many students to consider online education for the first time.

“COVID has expanded the market,” according to the Regents report. “Thirty-three percent of prospective and enrolled students said they had not considered fully online learning before the pandemic, and 59 percent said the pandemic had influenced their decision to consider online learning. line.”

Online Education Professionals

Part of the reason online education presents a possible solution to budgetary problems and dwindling high school graduates is that it broadens the pool of prospects for non-traditional students, like working professionals, while reducing the costs.

According to the report, other strategic benefits of growing campus distance education offerings include:

  • Attract more of the growing proportion of low-income students;
  • Increase revenue through increased enrollment while reducing costs “via operational efficiency”;
  • Stay competitive with traditional universities and new Internet-based offerings;
  • Keep up with rapidly changing job skills within Iowa and surrounding communities;
  • And deal with rising costs to serve students on campus.

“Distance education may present an opportunity for regent institutions to increase revenue through increased enrollment and reduce costs through operational efficiencies,” according to the report.

The council’s original contract for Huron to conduct the distance education study, signed in July 2021, paid it no more than $195,100, plus expenses of up to $19,510. An addendum to that contract in December to help facilitate working group meetings paid the consultant an additional $30,000.

Huron’s work included interviews with stakeholders – including every regent and representatives from every campus in Iowa City, Ames and Cedar Falls. Through these interviews, Huron identified key drivers for the expansion of distance education – such as increased enrollment and revenue – and key target audiences – such as graduate students and lifelong learners. life.

“Both the council and the governing institutions cited reaching new audiences and increasing revenue and enrollment as motivators for the expansion of distance education and digital university delivery,” according to the report. .

Disadvantages of online education

Huron also identified barriers, including initial investment and current systems discouraging online expansion.

“Academic units also believe that to grow online offerings, there needs to be a reallocation of faculty and staff support resources away from other mission-critical activities,” according to the report, which found disagreement. between the regents and the universities on the role the council should play.

“The council and governing institutions agree on the motivations for expanding distance education, but differ on the role the council should play in expansion,” according to the Huron report. “The council is looking to take a more active role and the regent institutions want to pursue their own approaches within the confines of a high-level strategy set by the regents.”

Ultimately, according to a regent summary of the Huron Report, “collaboration among universities with new ‘systemic’ approaches that capture synergies and efficiencies has become most likely to enable the kind of strategic enrollment growth online that the council is looking for”.

A systemic approach highlights the regent thought that distance education is not just about singular changes to attract more students, but about participating in the reinvention of higher education, which allows students to follow more easily courses on different campuses while fundamentally reducing campus costs.

Cross-campus collaboration could also mean more public-private partnerships – like Starbucks, IBM, Amazon and Walmart have done with institutions like Ohio State University, Arizona State University, George Mason University and others.

“The rise of corporate partnerships has changed the education landscape as companies seek to partner with institutions of higher education to develop career-specific curricula to meet their labor needs,” according to the report.

Challenges Iowa’s regent universities will need to overcome to transition to “thinking and behaving like a system,” according to the consultant, include the threat the “system” poses to unique campus identities, the administrative membership that ‘it requires and politics.

“Aligning distance education goals with state needs may require balancing political dynamics,” according to the report. “Several peer systems (and others in the market) have noted that formal, system-wide efforts to expand distance education that rely on the advocacy and promotion of a given political party can impede the long-term viability of formal expansion efforts.”

The path to follow

For now, the board and its public universities are focusing on several task force recommendations to expand distance education offerings:

  • Review the charge and activities of its long-serving Board for State Extension, Continuing and Distance Education and establish new goals;
  • streamlining university and regent policies for online program approvals to “enhance institutions’ ability to respond to market demand”;
  • Identify financial incentives that support the expansion of online programs;
  • Develop a statewide online marketing center promoting its universities’ inventory of online offerings;
  • And design a general education course-sharing pilot program allowing students at one institution to take online courses from one of the other two universities.

Regent David Barker, in his response to the full report last week, warned against bringing too much change too quickly.

“There are so many changes in this area that are happening very quickly,” he said. “We have learned so much over the past two years. We have to follow that. But we must also avoid running after fads.

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Tamil Nadu Universities visit factories to offer BSc, BE to employees | Chennai News https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/tamil-nadu-universities-visit-factories-to-offer-bsc-be-to-employees-chennai-news/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 12:05:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/tamil-nadu-universities-visit-factories-to-offer-bsc-be-to-employees-chennai-news/ CHENNAI: The symbiosis is now complete. From university students to industrial training, universities are now visiting companies to offer degrees to employees. If all goes as planned, 200 female employees of Tata Electronics Private Limited in Hosur will start studying BSc Manufacturing Science, an exclusive degree program for Bharathiar University employees, at their own factory […]]]>
CHENNAI: The symbiosis is now complete. From university students to industrial training, universities are now visiting companies to offer degrees to employees.
If all goes as planned, 200 female employees of Tata Electronics Private Limited in Hosur will start studying BSc Manufacturing Science, an exclusive degree program for Bharathiar University employees, at their own factory from July.
Those young women who joined the labor market after completing Class XII of Underdeveloped Areas will earn the regular degree by studying in their free time and at no cost. About sixty female graduates will begin BE Manufacturing Engineering studies in the same plant from 2022-23.
Anna University has requested permission from AICTE to start the study programme. The Department of Higher Education had announced at the meeting that the Engineering Study Program under Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) for industrial personnel will be introduced to provide them with higher education opportunities .
The BSc Manufacturing Science program has 140 credits with a period of three years under the semester system.
“This is the very first WIL program for corporate employees to be offered in the country,” said P Kaliraj, Vice Chancellor of Bharathiar University. The university has signed the MoU with Tata Electronics Private Limited and will send faculty members to the company’s premises to attend classes. The company will bear the costs.
“Quality manpower to work in the field of manufacturing is very limited. The program is designed with an emphasis on teaching the fundamentals, the principles of electronics, the transmission of application and effective use of various tools. The degree will help them achieve higher qualifications and achieve high paying jobs while they are still working,” he added.
Candidates fill entry-level positions such as CNC lathe, operation, quality department, and chemical technicians. The university also organizes bridging courses for these employees to prepare them for university programs. Anna University will offer BE Manufacturing Engineering to graduate employees.
“We have applied to AICTE to start the degree program at the factory. We are going to delegate faculty members to take courses at the factory. engineering schools,” R Velraj, Vice Chancellor of Anna University, told TOI.
Mando Automotive Private India Limited in Sriperumbudur has also approached Anna University with a similar proposal to enable its graduate employees to obtain degrees under the WIL scheme. “The university is studying the proposal. We expect many more such proposals once we start the course,” he added.
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Space Command HQ benefits Colorado universities, scientists and aerospace engineers, officials say https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/space-command-hq-benefits-colorado-universities-scientists-and-aerospace-engineers-officials-say/ Tue, 31 May 2022 14:00:51 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/space-command-hq-benefits-colorado-universities-scientists-and-aerospace-engineers-officials-say/ Colorado’s universities and its strong aerospace workforce are part of the latest pitch to keep Space Command’s headquarters in Colorado. This time it comes from Representative Joe Neguse and leaders of Colorado’s higher education community. They all wrote Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin and Sec. of Air Force Frank Kendall to highlight Colorado research labs and […]]]>

Colorado’s universities and its strong aerospace workforce are part of the latest pitch to keep Space Command’s headquarters in Colorado. This time it comes from Representative Joe Neguse and leaders of Colorado’s higher education community.

They all wrote Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin and Sec. of Air Force Frank Kendall to highlight Colorado research labs and scientists that would benefit Space Command.

“Colorado universities have been training and nurturing this talented pool of aerospace engineers and scientists for decades,” writes Neguse. “As a former regent of the University of Colorado system, I have seen firsthand the important work our universities do to develop and sustain a strong aerospace workforce and I believe Colorado remains the best place for this work to continue.”

Neguse pointed out that Colorado has the second-largest aerospace economy and workforce, and that maintaining Space Command at Peterson Space Force Base would help protect national security.

Neguse’s letter echoes the sentiments of more than 20 university leaders, who also wrote to the two military leaders highlighting the state’s research capabilities.

“Our institutions are at the forefront of the country’s cutting-edge space research, including the study and advancement of knowledge of our Earth systems as well as the study of low Earth orbit and beyond,” they said. they wrote. “Addressing areas of strategic importance, including space domain awareness, unmanned aircraft systems, propulsion, remote sensing and cybersecurity, etc., enables our faculty researchers to help efforts at Pentagon and on the front lines to keep us safe and protect our way of life.”

They offered to accommodate them at one of their institutions on any future visits to the state.

This is the latest attempt by heads of state to convince the Biden administration to reconsider the decision to found the permanent headquarters of Space Command. Former President Donald Trump reportedly decided to move headquarters to Alabama, on the recommendation of his military leaders to keep headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Members of the Colorado congressional delegation believe that the findings of the GAO inspector general’s report will show that the methodology of the basic ruling was flawed.

This report has not yet been made public.

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