Monthly Archives: April 2017

Proceed carefully with Pell-funded dual enrollment programs

Proceed carefully with Pell-funded dual enrollment programs

Earlier this month, Republican Sen. Rob Portman (OH) and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner (VA) joined forces to introduce a bill that would allow high school students to enroll in college coursework using Pell Grant funds. But while such a move could increase access to advanced coursework–and there’s rigorous evidence to suggest longer-term benefits in earning […] … learn more→

Student loans for survival, not education

Student loans for survival, not education

“I’m getting a new bong.” –when I was at a fake school, I overheard a student boasting what he was going to do with his Pell Grant “refund.” When a student, or someone posing as a student, goes to college, he can easily qualify for Federally guaranteed student loan money. Over half the country can’t […] … learn more→

All aboard for a train ticket to bring Europe together again

All aboard for a train ticket to bring Europe together again

In many countries, turning 18 marks the transition into adulthood. With it comes the delights and difficulties of all new rights and responsibilities, from voting to drinking alcohol. Now, there’s talk that it could also be the beginning of an international adventure. Last year, members of the European Parliament debated whether young Europeans should be […] … learn more→

How do we learn to read?

How do we learn to read?

The sign on the public car park in the tiny Tasmanian town of Wynyard reads, Egress from this carpark is to be via the access lane in the rear. “Egress?” I wondered. As my 21-year-old son quipped, perhaps the council had called in the local duke to write its signs. Or at least the local […] … learn more→

How to get a rock star supervisor

How to get a rock star supervisor

Whether it is art, science or a little bit of magic, choosing the ‘right’ phd supervisor is one of the most important decisions you will make. There is no doubt that a little bit of luck (or magic) is involved, and both students and supervisors sometimes wish they had a crystal ball that would enable […] … learn more→

Plagiarism: It’s All Greek to Some

Plagiarism: It’s All Greek to Some

Now more than ever, the issue of truth, integrity and value are paramount to postsecondary education. With the current debate surrounding facts and alternate facts, academia must do all it can to hold the line and ensure it instills a code of practice that serves to protect and support knowledge development, rather than draw into […] … learn more→

Degrees of separation: companies shed degree requirements to promote merit over qualifications

Degrees of separation: companies shed degree requirements to promote merit over qualifications

At the end of 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that close to two-thirds of all Australians had completed a degree or apprenticeship. The growth in the number of people attending a university or TAFE has risen out of a cyclical demand-driven system called “academic inflation”. Think supply and demand. If an employer […] … learn more→

Co-writing with your supervisor – do we need a code of good practice?

Co-writing with your supervisor – do we need a code of good practice?

Yes, universities now promote the practice of doctoral researchers writing with their supervisors, but their advice and support for those involved lags well behind their encouragement. Most universities sign on to the Vancouver protocol, developed by medical researchers, which clarifies publication standards and delineates who ought to be counted as an author. The ICMJA – […] … learn more→

Petition to reduce female tuition?

Petition to reduce female tuition?

    Every few years, some prankster passes around a petition and tries to get fools to sign it. My favorite is when there’s a petition to remove “dihydrogen monoxide” from our lakes and rivers, as “these sources are just full of this chemical, which can kill you if you inhale enough of it.” There’s […] … learn more→

10 Tips for creative writing

10 Tips for creative writing

When you are going to write a creative essay, it’s important to make your work catchy for readers. Follow our tips on creative writing and create great articles. In this guide we have gathered the best ideas that will help to improve your writing skill, so be ready to get a lot of positive feedback […] … learn more→