higher education

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Karen Hitchcock: Scientific Research - Is The U.S. Losing its Global Competitiveness?

On a number of occasions over the last couple of years, I have shared my concerns with you regarding the decreasing level of support provided by the federal government for research at our nation’s universities. Indeed, as reported in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, entitled “Strapped”, by Paul Basken and Paul Voosen, the budget of the National Institutes of Health hasn’t exceeded inflation for more than ten years. This lack of growth in the N.I.H., and other federal granting agencies, coupled with the major cuts related to the recent “sequestration” process, endangers this nation’s  research infrastructure and the productivity of our research scientists. To quote the authors, “Budgets are tighter than ever. In [a survey administered by the Chronicle], more than half of the researchers who had led a lab for more than six years said this year was the toughest” …. 62% had reduced lab staff, 78% had reduced the recruitment of graduate students and fellows and 47% had had to drop an area of inquiry that was central to the scientist’s research programs.

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New England News
12:36 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Colleges Emphasizing Experiences Beyond The Classroom

Credit wikipedia.org

The days of learning by simply sitting in a classroom and hitting the books are dwindling as colleges are placing increased emphasis on student travel.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Karen Hitchcock: A Renewed Call To Action

In late January, President Obama announced the creation of a special task force to examine and, as necessary, coordinate federal enforcement efforts regarding rape and sexual assault on our nation’s campuses. This White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault will provide leadership for colleges and universities as they work on developing more transparent and more effective campus procedures to decrease and/or investigate incidents of sexual assault.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Professor, Student Discuss Lobbying Effort On Higher Ed Day

State Capitol

Today is higher education day at the State Capitol in Albany. SUNY faculty and students are urging the legislature and the governor to boost funding for the system. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke about the lobbying effort with SUNY professor Dr. Eileen Landy, Secretary of the Faculty Union, UUP, and SUNY student Rita Yelda.

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Blair Horner: Governor Cuomo's Budget For Higher Education

The governor’s budget is based on a huge promise – that he will keep the budget growth to less than 2%.  The governor presents this number as a simple feat, keep to the rate of inflation and he can use some of the revenues for a tax cut.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Herbert London: Why Are The Humanities Disappearing

I often find myself in the odd position of addressing the question “why are the humanities disappearing?” In most instances my interrogators assume I will say something about the desire for vocational training in an environment where jobs are scarce. Clearly that is an answer, but a partial and unreflective response.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

MA Lawmakers Addressing Student Debt

State lawmakers heard from college students and administrators as well as higher education advocates addressing the issues and potential solutions regarding rising student debt.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

A state committee addressing the rising costs of student loans held a hearing in western Massachusetts today.

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The Roundtable
11:55 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Listener Essay - Embarrassed

  Julie Evans lives in Woodstock where she spends most of her time trying to figure things out. She is a writer, personal mentor, host of the television program Just Say So and an adjunct instructor for Empire State College. She has just completed her memoir entitled Joy Road.

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: Public Higher Education - Disinvestment Puts Quality At Risk

Late one evening not long ago, I had left the TV tuned to the David Letterman show while I finished up some writing.  As the former president of two different public universities – one in the United States and one in Canada – imagine my shock when I heard the following: “I’m dumb, I went to a state college.” Let me repeat that:  “I’m dumb,” said Mr. Letterman, “ I went to a state college.”

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Commentary & Opinion
3:41 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: An Important Step In the Right Direction

A recent article by Larry Rulison in the Times Union posed the question, “Research Triangle found the right formula -- can we?”  As the article acknowledges, there is no simple answer to this question.   Champions of the concept of university–driven innovation made it happen: creative faculty and administration at North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a committed state government; and, industry leaders who saw the competitive advantage of partnering with faculty at research-intensive universities in areas of research and development relevant to their particular product lines.  

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