At Sea in a Deluge of Data

The Chronicle of Higher Education

“Employers responding to this year’s National Association of Colleges and Employers’ “Job Outlook 2014 Survey” said they planned to increase entry-level hiring by almost 8 percent. But what they may not realize is that these seemingly techno-savvy new hires could be missing some basic yet vital research skills.

It’s a problem that we found after interviewing 23 people in charge of hiring at leading employers like Microsoft, KPMG, Nationwide Insurance, the Smithsonian, and the FBI. This research was part of a federally funded study for Project Information Literacy, a national study about how today’s college students find and use information.”

http://chronicle.com/article/At-Sea-in-a-Deluge-of-Data/147477/

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University Presses Under Fire

The Nation

“On May 24, 2012, the University of Missouri System announced that it would close the University of Missouri Press so that it might focus more efficiently on ‘strategic priorities.’ Admirers of the press mobilized rapidly to save it. ‘By abrupt fiat,’ the author William Least Heat-Moon wrote in a local newspaper, the university ‘wants to eradicate a half-century of dedicated work in fostering, developing and publishing more than 2,000 books.’ During a concert in Columbia, Missouri, Lucinda Williams lamented the closing of the press and defended its beleaguered staff. The New York Times and NPR covered the controversy, and 5,200 people signed a petition supporting the press. Four months later, the university reversed its decision. ‘Without question, the best news from the University of Missouri Press,” its editor in chief, Clair Willcox, recently wrote, “is that there is a University of Missouri Press.’

“The Missouri case starkly illustrates a dual reality about the world of university press publishing—many university presses exist on the edge, and a large number of people want them to survive and flourish. Says Peter Berkery, the executive director of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP): ‘University presses are experiencing new, acute and, in some ways, existential pressures, largely from changes occurring in the academy and the technology juggernaut. Random House can see the technology threat and they can throw some substantial resources at it. The press at a small land-grant university doesn’t have the same ability to respond.'”

http://www.thenation.com/article/179712/university-presses-under-fire?page=full#

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition

The New Media Consortium

“The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program. This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.”

http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed

Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States, 2013

Sloan Consortium

“Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States” is the eleventh annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education.

The survey is designed, administered and analyzed by the Babson Survey Research Group, with data collection conducted in partnership with the College Board, and is sponsored in part by Pearson and the Sloan Consortium.

http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/survey/grade-change-2013?org=477&lvl=100&ite=3179&lea=955501&ctr=0&par=1