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Archive for January, 2013

ReadWrite: “These are dark days for many colleges and universities. Sharp decreases in government funding and private-giving have forced academic cutbacks. That, along with soaring tuition and disappointing postgraduate employment, has earned the United States the dubious distinction of being number one in college dropouts.”

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Chronicle of Higher Ed: “Roughly one out of every three seniors—and one in four freshmen—often don’t buy required materials because of their price. That recent finding, from the National Survey of Student Engagement,was only the latest in a series of studies to show that students skip textbooks, a phenomenon that some say is growing.”

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Chronicle of Higher Ed: “Despite the hype about e-books, the classic textbook hasn’t gone away. In fact, the hold-it-in-your-hands book remains the first choice for many instructors and students.”

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Pay Nothing? Easier Said Than Done

Chronicle of Higher Ed: “Providing college students with free textbooks is no easy task.  That seems to be the major lesson from several efforts to produce e-books that are low-cost or free to help reduce students’ costs.”

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Campus Technology: “Turnitin has released Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER), an evaluation tool designed to help writing students determine the academic quality of the Internet sources cited in their research papers.”

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Wired Campus: “A Montreal student who was expelled after discovering a security flaw in his college’s computer system is now engaged in a public war of words with the administration, as he tries to persuade it to remove the expulsion from his academic record.”

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Wired Campus: “If you watch a film on Netflix or buy a book on Amazon, those online services quickly provide suggestions of what else you might like. A service for college advising inspired by those recommendation systems is now entering the marketplace.”

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