The LSU Top 5 #36

This is the 36th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

Giving Employers What They Don’t Really WantThe Chronicle

There is a huge mismatch between what universities think employers want (transferable knowledge) and what employers actually want (skills). This article looks at what employers want and why universities don’t understand this – at least in the US.

For those who really care about most students’ No. 1 concern, employability, it would behoove them to read the results of those two surveys carefully. … [T]hey tell us that creative, critical, practical, and wisdom-based decision-making and problem-solving skills, along with a mindset of lifelong learning and a strong work ethic, are far more important than current fads in the literature.

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Forget MOOCs–Let’s Use MOOAMinding the Campus – Reforming Our Universities.

Sometimes the best ideas are the most ridiculous, and sometimes the most ridiculous sound like the best. This article is more subtle than the Chronicle’s satire (link) calling for Massive Open Online Administration of universities.

“Studies show that about 30 percent of the cost increases in higher education over the past twenty-five years have been the result of administrative growth,” Ginsberg noted. He suggested that MOOA can reverse this spending growth.  “Currently, hundreds, even thousands, of vice provosts and assistant deans attend the same meetings and undertake the same activities on campuses around the U.S. every day,” he said.  “Imagine the cost savings if one vice provost could make these decisions for hundreds of campuses.”

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University relocation plan stalls for lack of fundingUniversity World News

The plan to move Vietnamese universities out of cities has stalled with a lack of funds and resistance from universities. This article outlines some of the steps already taken and why most campuses continue to operate near city centres.

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School gives 16-year-olds $100,000 to investCNN Money

A US school made investing a bit more real for their Business Club by putting $100,000 on the line. It must be good motivation, but…

So far, they’re down about $2,500. 

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Improving Written FeedbackHunting English

This blog post gives specific advice for marking – both giving better feedback and doing it more quickly. Although written by an English literature teacher, it should be applicable to many different areas.

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